Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Food Fest, Kids Festival, Aug 19-20

For some Houstonians, the last weekend of the summer is here. Our kiddos are going back to school and our days are going back to quietness and grown up tasks. Make the most out of this weekend with the help of our event calendar and our ultimate summer guide. Don't forget the solar eclipse is next week, so plan ahead with tips on how to watch it safely together as a family

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Read on for more details on our top weekend picks and be sure to click through for full details. Making plans weeks in advance? Check out the August GoList for our best bets throughout the month. And remember to check out our event calendar—there's no shortage of fun things to do all summer long! 

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Now, let's check out what's going on this weekend: 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Culture, Music August 19-20

Summer in the Delaware Valley is slowly slipping away, but the summer fun hasn't ended yet for Philly families. On both Saturday and Sunday, families can experience the Festival of Flight showcasing airplanes and automobiles, or visit the Philadelphia Folk Festival to hear plenty of folk music and enjoy fun children's activities. Looking to learn about a new culture or celebrate your own heritage? Visit the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing as it hosts a Caribbean Festival, one of the many summertime events courtesy of PECO's Multicultural Festival Series.

More weekend excitement includes outdoor movies at Franklin Square, Limerick Community Park, and Kingsessing Playground, as well as outdoor concerts such as the 40th Street Summer Series, Norristown Free Outdoor Concert Series, and Radio 104.5 Summer Block Parties. For something a little more low-key, cool down with a swim at a pop-up pool or splash pad before they close for the season. Those looking for a real thrill can plan a tubing and water rafting adventure. No weekend is complete without a sweet treat at your favorite ice cream shop! Plan out the rest of the month's activities with something from our August GoList, and make sure your summer goes out with a bang!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: History, a Wildlife Walk, and Chantey Sing ; August 19-20

Summer is one big party for kids (maybe less so for parents?)—and this weekend there are parties galore for kids and parents alike. There are the traditional events that originated more than a century ago in the North End and Marshfield, and a more contemporary festival happening in the West End. Families can also celebrate the past at a living history festival as well as all things vintage

This party is bringing the heat, and for a cooler vibe, head to the Navy Yard for a chantey sing. There's also a (free!) wildlife walk, and binoculars for the kiddos are included.

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Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Country Fairs, Dragon Boats, and the CT Open, August 19-20

Tennis, anyone? The CT Open rolls into town this weekend, and you won't want to miss defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska or two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitovas at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale. Their Kids Day on Sunday offers affordable admission as well as on-court clinics, giveaways, and autograph sessions. Or perhaps you have a hankering for some carnival rides, the animals, the music, and fried dough? Then don't miss the array of country fairs happening all over Connecticut from Bridgewater to Somers to Lyme, not to mention the Oyster Festival in Milford or a Dragon Boat Festival in Hartford. If all this fair-going has left you looking for something a little more sedate, catch your breath at the Up-Cycled Paper Bead Necklace workshop in New Haven or an outdoor screening of The Secret Life of Pets at Riverwalk in Shelton. 

For the latest and best family-friendly goings on around the state, keep checking in on our frequently updated events calendar and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and don't miss our new Instagram feed--tag your photos with #mommypoppinsct to share your weekend adventures with us!

Have fun!

Weekend Fun: Volkswagen Jam, Final Summer Streets, Sand Sculpting

It's a craft-y weekend for New York City kids, from the "Be A Bee" project at Wave Hill to the sand-sculpting contest in Coney Island. The Queens Museum weighs in with a cool aircraft-craft, and you can build your own kite at the Kite Flying Festival on the Upper West Side. On Saturday, there's 2,000 pounds of clay to play with in Long Island City.

For purely outdoor events, Park Slope closes off its northernmost streets for a festival, and Governors Island hosts a fleet of vintage Volkswagens. And don't forget: this is the final weekend for Summer Streets. Not enough? Check our guide to great places to play laser tag.

Our August GoList and our Summer Fun Guide continue to list the best kid- and family-friendly to-dos of August, and our Events Calendar bursts with activities while it now begins to fill with pre-fall events. Close out summer with one trip to the beach, pool, or water park, or some of the going-fast FREE fun, from music to movies to kayaks.

We're counting down the days to back-to-school for NYC kids, so register for those fall programs with our NYC Classes Guide, or shop for a new school or preschool.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: RibFest, Jewish Festival, Boat Show

There's something for every taste—and every age—this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

Celebrate Jewish heritage at the Jewish Music & Arts Heritage Festival, where entertainment, food, amusements for the kiddies and shopping await. Sports fans can get their fill of memorabilia and more at the Baseball Card Show, while future stars can strut their stuff at Kids' Open Mic Night. Interested in nautical history? Check out the Antique & Classic Boats Show. And all ages can feast on the Hudson Valley RibFest, which offers more than just the opportunity to chow down.

Read on for more details and many more options, including assorted live entertainment ahead. Additionally, our August GoList highlights our top picks for the month, and don't forget: Our Event Calendar includes suggestions for every day of the week, so check back often!

Weekend Fun: Beach Feast, Art Fest, Pirates, Wii Contest

Shine bright at Lighthouse Weekend in Montauk this weekend, but beware of pirate visitors. At Garden of Eve farm in Riverhead, celebrate all things tomato while visiting resident farm animals, climbing a spider web rope, and much more. 

Check out our August GoList for the best family events throughout the rest of the month. For more seasonal activities, pop over to our Summer Fun Guide or our day trips guide. Check out our guides to Long Island playgrounds or amusement parks and water parks for more family adventures.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Don't forget to check out our new local DEALS page, where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for LI kids. Check back often as we're constantly adding more.

American Ninja Warrior Kids Learn Parkour at this Freerunning Orange County Gym

If your kid bounces off the walls even after a full day of activities, you might be raising a little ninja warrior, and a candidate for Orange County's hip and hopping gym, Firestorm Freerunning & Acrobatics. This Santa Ana gym is owned and operated by local fitness guru Justin Taylor (who appeared on the reality TV show American Ninja Warrior). It's also a premier training site for parkour, the latest fitness craze to capture the imagination of active kids.

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