Weekday Fun in NJ: Pirate Day, Peanuts Movie, Afternoon Tea

Nothing says summer evenings like entertainment under the night sky, especially when it’s free! Spend relaxing evenings this week at Point Pleasant’s Kiddie Beach Show, Van Saun’s Zoo-Flix, and Wildwood’s Concert Under the Stars. While we’re talking free, stop by the no-cost Pirate Day and Peanuts Movie. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Caterpillars, Sculptures, Crocodiles

We can't help noticing that the summer series of music, movies, and free fun are starting to wind down. Maybe that's just as well—these dog days of summer with 1000 percent humidity, heat advisories, and thunderstorms have some of us pining for the crisp, cool days of autumn. We've been looking for ways to escape the heat, so for this week's picks we have ideas to keep the kids busy indoors at local libraries, museums, and even at a bowling alley. There are a couple of outdoor picks, too— it is still summer, after all.

Our Event Calendar is also loaded with things to do, whether you're looking for indoor or outdoor activities. Cheers!

Weekday Fun: Boogie Woogie, Drums, Storytime, Free Concerts

NYC parents can leave their wallets at home this week: we've got FREE ways to engage the kids every day. Head to Hudson River Park's Pier 25 for a Rolie Polie Guacamole concert, enjoy stories and crafts in Bryant Park, dance the night away at the Staten Island Children's Museum, groove to a concert by Shine & the Moonbeams in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and participate in a sunset drumming circle in Battery Park City. Looking for more FREE fun? Browse this summer list.

Thursday morning you may want to camp out on your computer to snag a great deal on Broadway Week tickets; selected shows are buy-one-get-one-free. If you're looking for suggestions, check out our post on the Best of Broadway for kids.

Other ideas for warm-weather amusement include romping in a sprinkler playground (we've recently rounded up our faves in the Bronx and Queens) and riding the tram to Roosevelt Island for a day of play in Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. Find a slew of outdoor concerts and film screenings to round out your week. Plus, we are still adding to our Summer Fun Guide for NYC Kids, which includes lots of ways to enjoy the waning summer, including boat rides, water and amusement parks, day trips and weekend-getaway destinations, camping spots, and the best local farms for berry and peach picking.

And don't forget: our Events Calendar is always a good place to find something to do with the kids today (and every day).

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Crafts, Movies, History August 15-19

Mid-August is upon us and the countdown to the end of summer and the start of a new school year is on. For some, there are only 2 weeks of summer left! So, make the most of these carefree days with activities that can be found in our Events Calendar.

Create an art project with the Chester County Art Association at Exton Mall or construct an Olympic torch at the American Swedish Historical Museum's Toddler Time. Enjoy a movie with baby at The Colonial Theatre or take the bigger kids to a $1 film at Upper Darby's Studio Movie Grill. Experience the Philadelphia Folk Festival with its puppeteers, storytellers, jugglers, and musicians or step back in time with a visit to Pennypacker Mills or Historic Philadelphia.

Read on for our top picks for the week ahead. Stay current with the latest activities by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Enjoy!

20 Things to Do with Kids in Historic Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is known for its rich history, and is the site of a turning point in the Civil War. History buffs can get lost for days wandering the battlefields, exploring the town, and immersing themselves in the life of the 1860s in carefully restored homes and museums. But there is more to Gettysburg than just the battlefields. Beautiful open spaces, rolling hills, quaint antique shops, a bustling college town, and fine dining make this an excellent destination for your next family trip. To help you make the most out of your vacation, we've compiled a detailed list of attractions and must-do activities to please everyone in your family.

Take the Kids to the EcoTarium for Indoor and Outdoor Fun

The EcoTarium is a museum about an hour west of Boston that tends to get overshadowed by the Museum of Science. That's a shame, because the EcoTarium is a fun destination for kids, with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities. Located on one of the hills of Worcester, the EcoTarium combines elements of a traditional science museum with flavors of an animal habitat and woodland trail. Anyone with kids heading for the main entrance will likely be delayed by the interactive musical and building-block activities just outside the front door, including a xylophone of sorts made of large plastic pipes (pictured).

Once families do get inside, the first thing they might hear are the screams.

What Ages Get in Free to NYC Museums, Zoos, Amusement Parks

How's the old adage go? The best things in life are free. But for families in NYC, that may sound like crazy talk. From housing to classes to entertainment, everything here seems to cost so much money...or does it?

The fact is, there's plenty of FREE fun for kids in New York City. And even top family attractions that charge entry fees like museums, zoos, amusement parks, and water parks offer no-cost admission for children under certain ages, and those savings can really add up, especially when you have preschoolers or toddlers

So, we decided to make a list of when the freebies end for kids at New York City's best family destinations, from tourist hot spots like the Statue of Liberty to all of the children's museums and zoos. Yet another reason to wish your children could stay young forever! We've even included a few of our favorite picks in nearby locales, too.

Note: The cut-off ages imply that once kids reach that age, they no longer qualify for free admission, and some places may ask for proof of age. Looking for a 100% FREE outing? Check out our roundup of no-cost admission hours at NYC museums.

South Mountain Reservation for Kids: Swings, Zoo, Fairy Trail

For an easy day hike with the kids, New Jersey’s local “reservations,” essentially mini state forests and parks, are my family’s go-to. The 2,110-acre South Mountain Reservation in Essex County is one of our favorites. The recreation complex includes hiking trails, but also a zoo, mini golf, and a fantastic playground.

Read on for our best family bets for this Jersey green space, or check out some of our other favorite NJ reservations like nearby Watchung, or day trip ideas.


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