Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Peaches, Insects, Trains August 12-13

Philly families are in store for a peachy weekend! Peddlers' Village, Linvilla Orchards, and Oasis Family Farm host festivals in honor of this sweet summertime fruit. Some events feature pick-your-own opportunities while other offer peach pies, cobblers, and ice cream as well as children's activities. Kiddos who love nature and animals are sure to be interested in the Academy of Natural Science's Bug Fest or The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association's Butterfly Festival. Families with train lovers can take a camping trip (sans sleepover) on Colebrookdale Railroad's Campfire Express or travel for a summertime picnic on the West Chester Railroad. Younger engineers can visit the famous little blue engine from the island of Sodor who makes his way down the tracks at Morris Arboretum all weekend long.

Trying to escape the August weather? Find reprieve in air-conditioning at Easton's Crayola Factory, one of many local museums, or your neighborhood library. For now, continue reading for some of the amazing activities found in our event calendar.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Southern Fried Chicken Fest, Detective Days, Aug 12-13

The countdown has started and summer is almost coming to an end, so don't forget to check off these items off our ultimate summer bucket list. The season may be coming to a close, but this Houston summer heat is here to stay for a few more months, so be sure to check out our summer fun guide to make the most out of it with many lists like these water games for kids, parks with tons of shade, and of course, our favorite splash pads around town

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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 our newly posted 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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Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Stargazing, Science, and Baseball; August 12-13

As we all know, here in New England the lovely warm evenings of summer don't last too long, as much as we wish they would. Luckily this weekend, kids can take back the night by prowling for owls at a campout, cruising under the stars, celebrating the August moon, and checking out some meteors (with a side of s'mores). In the daytime but also in the spirit of science and seafaring, be sure to explore GreenFest, visit the Rosies at the Navy Yard, and learn how science can dance.

Be sure soak up the summer and check out the game and all things baseball on the Common. Also, if your little one has a teddy bear that's experienced trauma in the mayhem of summer life, take him to Angell this weekend and they will patch him right up. (How cute is that?)

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Weekend Fun: Waterski Show, Pirates, and All Things Italian

The dog days are upon us, and soon it will be time for back-to-school shopping. But there is still time for a few more weekends of summer fun. For starters how about learning about the history of the very first airplane flight, which took place right here in Connecticut (no matter what North Carolina says). For more down-to-earth fun, learn about the role pirates played in Colonial trade. And after you've worked up an appetite, refuel with pizza, porchetta, sausages, pastries, and gelato at the 50th Annual Italian Festival. As always, in the event of rain, be sure to check that your intended activity is still on before jumping into the car.

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Free, Kid Friendly Workouts for Mom or Dad at the Mall

The first time you throw your little ones in the backseat of the car and take them to the mall, it’s a magical, low-cost experience for all: Ice cream! Merry-go-round! Free air conditioning! A few hours later, you’ve got yourself a happy, tired family. The twentieth time? Not so much.

But don’t give up! Malls want you to come, and they’re willing to do you a favor or two to get you there. It may seem counterintuitive to head to the mall in search of free stuff, but, in the spirit of reeling us in, many malls offer kid-friendly, free workouts for moms. In other words, the mall is one of very few places where you can exercise without dropping a wad of cash on an expensive class and/or babysitter. I can’t promise that you won’t end up splurging on lunch or a new pair of skinny jeans (that’s the whole point of the free workout, isn’t it?), but the sweat sessions listed below are free to anyone with an iron will.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Fireman's Carnival, Family Campout, Renaissance Kids

Here’s hoping you’re staying in town this weekend, ’cause there’s plenty for families to do in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

For one, it’s a great time to visit the New York Renaissance Faire, as there are perks for kids—including free admission and a costume contest! The South Salem Fire Department's Carnival is in town, featuring rides, games and food. Watch and mingle with artists performing their crafts at Artists on the Street or do some family bonding at the Overnight Family Campout. For stage entertainment, get your giggles on at Mr. Pennygraff’s Cirkus Sideshow Spectacle.  

Read on for more details on our top weekend picks—many of which are FREE. Planning the rest of the summer? Check out our August GoList for our top picks for the month. And remember to check out the extensive weekday and weekend events we've captured in our Event Calendar!

Best STEM Classes for New Jersey Kids

Is your child interested in exploring the "hows," "whys," and "what-ifs" of the world around them? STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) enrichment classes can be a wonderful way to foster their curiosity and help them think critically and creatively. We've rounded up 11 NJ enrichment programs that offer instruction in coding, robotics, architecture, engineering, chess, and more. 

Weekend Fun: Dragon Boats, They Might Be Giants, Coney Fest

New York City kids love to dance, right? Then they'll love this weekend's events, like the Bhangra Family Dance on Saturday and the 36th Annual Battery Dance Festival on Sunday. There's also a Coney Island Food and Music Festival, and hey, you could just dance (or bike or stroll) down the car-free Park Avenue for this Saturday's Summer Streets fest, too.

Equally danceable, They Might Be Giants plays a free family show in Central Park, probably an event no young music fan should miss. Speaking of parks, more than a few host cool stuff this weekend, like the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Corona Park and a kid-friendly production of A Midsummer's Night Dream in Carl Schurz Park

Maybe you want to leave the city...without leaving the city? Head for the best unkept secret on Staten Island with the Mommy Poppins guide to the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden.

Our August GoList and our Summer Fun Guide are powered up with events as always, and our event calendar adds things to do daily. And don't forget to check out our brand-new local DEALS page, where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for NYC kids. Check back often as we're constantly adding new deals every day.  

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