Weekday Picks: Museums Galore, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Free Indoor Treats, July 25-29

This week starts out with the city holding its breath for the families of the Santa Clarita Valley and the firefighters who are working to save their homes. Alas, we also hold our breath because of the smoke that hovers over our heads. These are good days to visit a museum, particularly if you can catch one of LA or OC's many free museum admission days. You might not know all of the city's smaller museums or low cost museums; and have you checked out the Valley's new Discovery Cube? Ever been to the GRAMMY Museum? Have you seen the Endeavour yet? Or The Broad? Add in some planetariums and the Science Center and you could easily spend the entire week indoors.

Of course we hope the air will clear quickly and leave room for the many other things to do on Mommy Poppins’ Event Calendar, particularly during this season of outdoor concerts and movies. From Pasadena to Studio City to Beverly Hills to Santa Monica, there is almost always something extra going on during the summer. My kids and I like to spend at least one summer day at the Tar Pits. The grounds at the Los Angeles County Museum are perfect for picnicking, and whether or not we make it inside the George C. Page Museum, the mammoths surrounded by bubbling tar are always worth a look. This Tuesday, Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox offers an extra reason to visit LACMA.

Find more ideas in Mommy Poppins’ Event Calendar, Monthly GoList and weekly newsletter.

Weekday Picks: Village Fair Days, Harry Potter and Rabbit Bags, July 25-29, 2016

Sometimes, especially in late July, indoor air conditioned play is just the ticket. Check out our Indoor Fun Guide for all sorts of ways to beat the heat this summer. On Monday, children can enjoy hands-on programs that show how farmers care for their animals. In the mood for a little music? There are many free family concerts this week including a country band in Ridgefield.  For those interested in summer fairs, you can get your fix at the New Milford Village Fair Days this Friday and coming weekend. 

Enjoy our CT Summer Fun Guide and CT Beach and Water Fun Guide for even more ways to enjoy the season with kids. As always, the Event Calendar is continually updated with events so check back often and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to be sure you don't miss a thing.

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Nature MakerSpace, Let's Talk Turtles, July 25-29

From enjoying the outdoor gardens at Long Island Children's Museum and learning about sea life in Greenport to talking about turtles and building a bug house, there is plenty to do on Long Island this week to connect kids with nature. And there's even more going on this week, so be sure to take a look at our Long Island events calendar and our Summer Fun Guide. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Belly Dancing, Pool Party

If you feel summer is zipping by, slow down and take greater advantage of all the great goings-on for Westchester families! Everyone’s bucket list should include at least one outdoor movie and one outdoor performance, right? We have plenty of options to help you check those to-dos off your list—plus a lot more in store.

The big news this coming week is the much-anticipated release of the newest installment of the Harry Potter book series, the J.K. Rowling sensation that has taken both kids and adults by storm. Pumping up the excitement are the back-to-back Harry Potter Parties. Another top pick this week is the return of Aszmara Middle Eastern, featuring belly dancing, live music and costumes. For unadulterated fun, hit the Evening Pool Party & Movie to catch an evening dip and outdoor flick.

These are just a few of our top picks; there's more below and many more options on our Event Calendar. Consult our Summer Fun Guide for more great seasonal excitement!

Weekday Fun in NJ: Italian Festival, County Fair, Magic

With all the summer fairs and festivals popping up, this week is like one big party. Take in all the rides, games and fun at St. Ann’s Italian Festival, 2016 Monmouth County Fair, QuickChek Festival of Ballooning and Manasquan Fireman’s Fair. If you need an indoor breather, stop by State Theatre’s showing of Despicable Me 2 and Dikki’s Wacky Magic Show at Morris Museum. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids, July 25-29: Storymobile, Splash Dance, and Folk Fest

Without a doubt, one of my favorite things about summer is all the fantastic library programming. Topping this week's picks is a visit from the ReadBoston Storymobile at the main branch of the Boston Public Library, which recently reopened its newly-renovated space (pictured). If you haven't checked it out yet, you are in for a treat! But if you'd rather spend a summer day outdoors, let the librarians come to you, on the beach, no less, or hit the river instead for an amazing summer experience.

This week also boasts some great family events to create or observe the visual arts, along with tons of outdoor concerts popping up all week, including the first evening of the Lowell Folk Festival. Besides all these great picks, be sure to keep your eye on the full Event Calendar for other fun upcoming events.

Weekday Fun: Math Metropolis, Kids Music, Theater, and Art

NYC parents can leave their wallets at home this week and still have a great time with their kids—all our picks for the coming days are completely FREE! Families can enjoy an alfresco art class in Riverside Park, hit the Museum of Mathematics' outdoor Math Midway in the Financial District, drop a line in the Hudson River for some catch and release fishing, enjoy The Not-Its! live as they wrap up the kiddie concert season in Madison Square Park, and catch Theaterworks USA's latest summer production, Junie B. Jones Essential Survival Guide to School. Looking for more FREE activities? Peruse our post on gratis happenings all summer long.

Families can also visit the Morris-Jamel Mansion, aka Manhattan's oldest house (George Washington slept there!), check out the cool new Star Trek and Ghostbusters exhibits, or maybe just let the kids romp at a new playground—Ramon Aponte Playground in Midtown West just reopened after a year-long makeover.

Check out our jam-packed Summer Guide and Event Calendar for even more ways to enjoy the season with kids in NYC.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: PoliticalFest, County Fair, Carnivals, July 25-29

Whether you follow politics or not, there is no escaping it this week since Philadelphia hosts the Democratic National Convention. As media, politicians, and citizens of the nation attend the convention and visit the sites that Philly has to offer, be aware that traffic and wait times in and around the city could be longer.

However, hosting the convention does has its perks for us locals. The National Constitution Center along with 6 other locations throughout the city present PoliticalFest, a one-of-a-kind festival showcasing our country's political history and government in a non-partisan way.

On the other hand, consider taking this opportunity to enjoy the suburbs and all they offer. This week, families can enjoy good old-fashioned carnival fun at Kimberton Fair, Midway Fire Company Carnival, or Cochranville Fire Company Carnival. Create art at Darlington Art Center, Monkey Fish Toys, or a Michael's near you. Visit the Bucks County Children's Museum for its Summer Nights event featuring the Sound of Music by Bucks County Playhouse Youth Company or take a ride to Winterthur for its Terrific Tuesdays children's program.

Putting all politics aside, certainly everyone can vote for a fun-filled week ahead!


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