Boston Summer Camps with Availability — Yes, Even Now!

You've signed your last permission slip, figured out teacher's gifts, and even fished the flip-flops out from the dark reaches of the closet. You give yourself a pat on the back—before suddenly realizing that you somehow failed to finalize a week or two—or six—of your kids' summer plans. Yes, friend, we've been there. But there's no need for panic: Thanks to late cancellations, additional capacity, and other reasons, all of the top-notch camps below still have spots open as of this publish date. As a bonus, some programs even allow families to book by the day, allowing you to sneak in some spontaneous family fun, too. Between our list of still-available camps below and our handy summer fun guide, we've got you covered (for all but the sunscreen).

Queens Zoo: Full of Surprises for Little and Big Kids

Tucked inside Queens’ largest park, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, is the lovely 18-acre Queens Zoo. Unlike other city zoos (read: sometimes crowded and overwhelming), families can tour the entire grounds in just a few hours. Take a leisurely loop around the whole complex and you’ll find eagles, puma, bears, sea lions, coyotes, an aviary filled with exotic birds, and more.

If zoos are high on your summer to-do list, check out these other borough favorites in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn.

A Visit to the New Britain Museum of American Art

Something happens when you bring a child into a fine art museum. Their talking hushes and their eyes sparkle as they take in the colors and creations of the things all around them. Right here in the Hartford area, we have a terrific museum of American art that offers a variety of things for kids. Familiar names like Alexander Calder, Andrew Wyeth, and Ansel Adams grace the walls of this urban museum.

Westchester Summer Camps with Availability — Yes, Even Now!

The school year is winding down and kids all over Westchester are rejoicing. As for their parents? Not so much. Sure, there's the silver lining coming of not having to drive to school or argue about homework during the lazy summer months, but blissful loses its luster pretty quickly in the face of "What are we going to do today?"—particularly if you already know that what YOU have to do doesn't involve sprinklers or beaches.

We know we should have squared away summer camp for the kids by now. We have the flyers, we've read about the fantastic programs going on—programs that are probably already filled up with kids whose parents got on this weeks ago. But there's no need to panic! We've compiled a list of Westchester summer camps that still have space available as of this publish date.

Kid-Friendly Hikes, Swimming at Jersey's Cheesequake State Park

What better way to foster a child's natural love of the outdoors than with a hike in one of New Jersey's beautiful parks?

As a mom of two young boys (ages 3 and 6) and a non-walking baby, any trail my crew is going to explore must be fairly short, clearly delineated, not travel by any crazy drop-offs, not be too steep, have bathrooms somewhat nearby, and meander past interesting scenery. Cheesequake State Park in Matawan perfectly meets these criteria and is a great spot for introducing your kids to hiking—and even lake swimming.

Retro Summer Fun: Back in Time at Hudson Valley's Drive-In Movie Theaters

Despite some chains’ efforts to spruce up their movie theaters, there is still nothing quite like a drive-in movie experience—a summer tradition for our family. Perhaps it’s nostalgia—or the fact that my 4-year-old can chatter throughout the movie without bothering anyone (except his older brother). Before the show, kids play Frisbee and tag in front of the monstrous theater screen, and since the movies start on the later side (it must be dark, after all), half of them are clad in pajamas.

The Lower Hudson Valley is home to several drive-in theaters—a real treat, as these theaters are rapidly diminishing across the U.S. We've got details on theaters in our area, as well as useful tips for enjoying the drive-in with kids.

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Get Artsy at One of These Fairfield County Museums

Kids and museums. The two don't always go together like PB & J. Many museums are too quiet, too formal and quite frankly, too stuffy, particularly for a three year old. That being said, there are quite a few great museums that actually cater to children with innovative, hands-on programming designed specifically for kids. From helicopters to Colonial Connecticut to modern art, Fairfield County has many first-class museums featuring history and the arts. Most of our museums are also small, easily accessible and extremely family-friendly. Here's a round up of our favorites:

Long Island Summer Camps With Availability — Yes, Even Now

If you haven't spent a minute thinking about summer camp this year, there's no need to panic. There are Long Island programs, particularly in Nassau County, that still have spaces available.

Of course, if you've been too busy to book a camp for your kids, you might not have time to call around now. That's why we did the work for you. Here are several Long Island camps that as of early June still have spots for summer 2017. Some even are offering special discounts for Mommy Poppins readers. To find about more Long Island-based camps, check out our comprehensive Summer Camp Guide.

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