Bronx Water Playgrounds and Sprinklers to Cool Off the Kids

Although the kids might beg, not every summer day can be a pool day. Still, water play is essential to summer survival in NYC. Enter playgrounds loaded with water jets and refreshing splash pads for instant relief. Kids (and their grown-ups) can frolic in sprinklers and spray showers, many with nifty features like footbridges, geysers, and themed settings. We've told you about some of our favorite playgrounds with water features citywide, but we know the Bronx needs a shout-out all its own. Read on for details on seven of our favorite splash pads in NYC's northernmost borough.

Find more water fun in our Beaches, Pools, Water Parks Guide, or cool NYC activities in our Summer Fun Guide

10 Perfect Places to Fly a Kite in Boston With Kids

Chicago may be the Windy City, but it often seems like Boston could have earned that nickname, too. Ocean breezes are a near-constant presence and there’s no better way to harness them than by flying a kite. Despite Boston’s low elevation, there are plenty of hills and beaches in the area that provide the perfect places to get some air. We’ve rounded up 10 of them, some of which also have awesome playgrounds. Now go fly a kite!

Best NJ Summer Day Trips for Families

Are the kids bored with the same park every day? We've got plenty of summer day trip ideas you can take the family on without even leaving the state! Pick fresh fruit and let the kids pet some barnyard animals; check out a national monument; visit NJ's own Victorian seaside town; head to a giant lake water park; or visit the beach, boardwalk, and aquarium all in one day.

So just hop in the car and head out to enjoy one of these 13 fun New Jersey day trips for this summer. Need more inspiration? Peruse our NJ Family Day Trip and Getaway Guide for even more ideas.

15 Coney Island & Brighton Beach Family-Friendly Restaurants

If you're day tripping to Coney Island or Brighton Beach with the kids for the subway-accessible beach, amusement park rides, aquarium, or just to enjoy the ocean breeze, you'll likely need to stop to eat at some point. You're sure to find more traditional family restaurants, serving up kid-pleasers such as pizza, hot dogs, burgers, and shakes in a casual atmosphere along the Coney boardwalk, and because Brighton has a large Russian population, restaurants there will be family-friendly, too, but in a different way. There are many upscale spots where kids contact exotic foods, adult conversation and, alas, cigarette smoke. I realize this may be a deal breaker for some, but you'll still see plenty of children in these restaurants, even at midnight, chowing down on delicacies such as cow's tongue, pickled cabbage, or, if they're picky, fried potatoes and bread.

And in recent years, chains such as Checkers, Johnny Rockets, Wendy's, Popeyes Chicken, and Applebee's have moved into the area. There's even a Wahlburgers, but since this one has cool, outdoor roof seating, we'll give it a pass. As a longtime local, I'm rounding up some of the best eats for families in the area, whether you're looking for an immersive Russian cultural experience or just want a quick meal that doesn't have a logo on it.

Find more great NYC eats in our Family-Friendly Restaurant Guide.

 

10 Must Do Activities Before Summer Slips Away

In the beginning of summer, many Philly families create a summer bucket list. You know, a list of summertime 'to-do's' that provide fun, entertainment, and even some educational value. Now that August is here, it is imperative to make the last days of summer count. If you didn't make a bucket list, or can't locate it, no worries. We have rounded up our top 10 activities that every Philly family should try to experience before school schedules take over.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids, August 8-12: Theater in the Fort, Free Movies, Meteor Showers

We're not even going to mention how summer – jam-packed with free activities like outdoor movies and concerts, dance parties, and art workshops – will soon come to a close for our kids. Instead we'll soak up every moment of sun and free fun we can before the back-to-school frenzy begins, welcoming meteor showers and lazy afternoons at the beach. We'll do some exploring, too: tackling a new hike, taking the ferry to a fort, making day trips to Salem and Plymouth, and maybe even getting away for a few days.

So, in the spirit of seizing the (summer) day, we offer the following suggestions for things to do with the kids this week. In addition to our weekday picks below, we have an Event Calendar loaded with fun things to do. Enjoy!

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