Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Fairs and Festivals, May 30-Jun 3

Sure, the end of school is on the horizon for some, but we know many of you are looking for preschools for your little ones to attend this fall. To help you on your journey, Mommy Poppins now has a Preschool Guide dedicated to giving advice on finding a good-fit school, as well as age-specific activities for your preschooler. Best of all, we have a searachable directory of Westchester preschools for easy discovery. If your favorite school isn't our list, just let us know

Meanwhile, the transition from May to June is like one big party for Westchester families, with parades, festivals and fairs all week! Celebrate the red, white and blue at any of the Memorial Day celebrations we've identified, then honor the red, white and green at Festa Italiana.

If you’ve had your fill of hoopla, take it down a notch by making a Friendship Bracelet or wiggling and giggling at Graham Clarke's Musical Tuesday.

This is just a sampling of all that awaits you on our Event Calendar, so head there after reading on for each of our top picks for mid-week. Also check out our hot-off-the-press June GoList for highlights of the whole month!

Beach Clubs In or Near New York City

We're always writing about great things to do during your NYC staycation and we want to add a new one to our ever-growing list: Join a beach club. All of these clubs offer members similar amenities: massive swimming pools; organized kids' activities like sports and arts and crafts, and sometimes even a day camp; spas, restaurants and lounges; and, of course, access to pristine private beaches, so you have plenty of space to spread out.

Beach clubs sell seasonal memberships from Memorial Day to Labor Day, which give you access to their facilities. Most also offer optional rental accommodations like bath cabins or cabanas. Many are on Long Island’s South Shore and are most easily accessible by car, but we found one in Brooklyn you can take the subway to.

Free Outdoor Movies for NYC Kids This Summer

New York City will screen hundreds of FREE outdoor movies this summer, many of them just for kids. The city greatly expanded its offerings for the summer of 2016; its Movies Under the Stars series will screen more than 300 films in 2016 on top of the many other popular annual series hosted by various associations, park groups and their corporate sponsors.

A few outdoor movie series, such as RiverFlicks for Kids in the West Village, are aimed specifically at children. But even grown-up series, such as those in Bryant Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park, include a family-friendly screening or two. Movies usually begin between 8 and 8:30pm, but plan to arrive early: The well-known series fill up fast (expect crowds at Bryant Park). Sometimes there is even pre-movie entertainment.

Even if you see a flick you've watched a dozen or so times at home, it's a totally different experience viewing it in the open air alongside several hundred other fans. It's a thrilling, communal event and a summer rite of passage for NYC kids and grown-ups. So pack a picnic, bring your blanket, sit back, relax and enjoy the show at one of these outdoor summer movie series in NYC.

Find more seasonal activities in our Summer Fun Guide.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Summer in Boston Begins, May 30 - June 3

It may not technically be summer, but it looks like no one got the memo—not the farmers' markets, weather prognosticators, or local pools and spray parks. Several free outdoor summer music series start this week with concerts aplenty, creating soundtracks for family dancing and al fresco dining. Speaking of enjoying a meal outdoors: It's picnic season, and we recommend packing up your favorite summer foods and heading to one of our 12 favorite spots for picnicking with the kids in Boston. Stargazing is in the forecast, too, as long as the weather holds. There's plenty more to do, so be sure to check out our Events Calendar for ideas.

Happy Summer!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Parades, Music, Strawberries May 30-June 3

Despite the short work/school week ahead, there is no shortage of educational experiences this week. To start, teach young ones about Memorial Day at the Independence Seaport Museum's Memorial Day ceremony. Then, head to the National Constitution Center's Free Admission Day to share the story of how our country became free and the reasons why we honor those who have fought for our nation.

Once Memorial Day ceremonies and parades are through, explore outdoor fun such as carnival rides at St. Paul's Church or live music in Downtown West Chester. For further excitement, plan an overnight adventure at The Philadelphia Zoo or Penn Museum, or, relax with baby while checking out a movie at Bryn Mawr Institute or PFS Roxy Theater.

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Weekday Fun: Memorial Day Parades, Free Concerts, Little Guggs

Memorial Day means the return of NYC's warm weather favorites like Riverside Park's free kiddie music series, which kicks off on Thursday with a classical Indian concert and alfresco dancing. (Read our roundup of other fun and FREE outdoor concerts happening all month.) Other weekday highlights include NYC's oldest Memorial Day Parade, MoMath's game-themed Family Friday and the Guggenheim's new tots-only program Little Guggs.

This week also brings the start of NYC's free boating programs and, if the weather cooperates, we may even see the sprinklers activated throughout the city's water playgrounds (some were on last week for the mini heat wave). If a trip to the movies is on your radar, we caught a sneak peak of The Angry Birds Moviefind out what our blogger and her kid thought before you head out.

You can find plenty of other ideas for family fun in our Event Calendar and Summer Fun Guide.

32 Festivals, Fairs and Carnivals for Philly Families this June

As the school year comes to a close and extracurricular activities wind down, the festival, fair and carnival season is just getting started! We've compiled a list of all the great festivals and fairs happening this June. From the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to annual traditions, there is something for every member of the family. So, get out your calendar and be sure to make time for the array of fun that awaits Philly families this month!

Help Us Choose the Best of LA: Vote for Your Favorite Spots and Win!

How do we love LA? Help us count the ways! We know that Los Angeles is the best place to raise kids, but even the best has its best. So we're counting on you, our Mommy Poppins readers and the most savvy parents we know, to help us pick the Best of LA. The best play spaces? We've got 'em. Family restaurants? We've got those, too. Swim classes, dance classes, and baby 'n' me? The greatest ones are all in sunny SoCal, along with the coolest theaters, museums, kindie bands, camps—heck, even our dentists are the best. But only you can tell us which is the best of the best, so we're asking you to vote for your favorites in all of these categories and more.

Of course, we know you're busy parents, so we've got some fantastic prizes lined up to thank you for sharing your expertise: how does a free bowling party at Lucky Strike sound? Or what about a family glamping trip at El Capitan Canyon? Or a year's worth of STEM activities delivered to your door? Or an Ojai Getaway? Give us 5 minutes and your expert opinions, then let us know which prize you'd prefer—it's a win-win for everyone!

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