(Do) Fence Me In: 6 Great Playgrounds for Toddlers in Westchester

There are lots of great parks and playgrounds in Westchester, no matter which city or town you live in. But finding a playground that’s suitable for the under-5 set can sometimes be a challenge: You want them to be safe—and they want to try that giant, twisty slide with a group of wild 7-year-olds on it.

No need to worry. Turns out there are a number of toddler-friendly playgrounds throughout the area, with plenty to do to keep them occupied and having fun. We've rounded up a few of our favorites.

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Best Summer Festivals for NYC Kids This August

Many families flee the city in August for end-of-summer vacations, but it's actually one of my favorite months to be in NYC.

With summer staples like swimming, play fountains, Governors Island, and hundreds of free summer fun, there's plenty to do if you stick around. Plus, only-in-August favorites like Summer Streets and Arthur Ashe Kids' Day really pack in the fun.

So we've rounded up 11 FREE family-friendly festivals happening throughout the Big Apple in August to help you get the most out of NYC with kids during the last month of summer.

August GoList: Best Things to Do with Long Island Kids

They call them the dog days of August, when it might seem impossible to enjoy yourself in the hot and sticky outdoors of a Long Island summer

Nonsense, we say. In fact, we here at Mommy Poppins think there’s plenty to bark about in the final full month of summer.

This month, we’re highlighting street fairs and summer festivals, children’s theater, and more. Children can frolic by the light of the full moon or in the darkness of a solar eclipse. Either way, cherish this month, because kids know what’s coming in September—back to school. This just may be your last chance to take advantage of these 50 FREE things to do with LI kids this summer.

And remember, our Long Island Events Calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout the month.

20 August Fairs and Festivals for New Jersey Families

New Jersey has fairs and festivals galore this August. Flutter over to Pennington for a Butterfly Festival, indulge in sweet summer peaches at Princeton's Just Peachy Festival, or enjoy classic fair fun like carnival rides and games at a county fair. With so many options, the family calendar will be packed all month long. Read on for our top picks, and find more ways to make the most of August with our Summer Fun Guide.

40 Things to Do with Kids in Portsmouth, NH

Portsmouth, New Hampshire is one of our favorite destinations for a short New England getaway: Each time we visit, we discover something new. During our most recent Portsmouth mini-vacation, we found foodie delights, explored the many wonders of Prescott Park, and had a blast at Water Country.

As a seacoast city just over an hour's drive from Boston, Portsmouth is a hotspot in the summertime, and with good reason: The Prescott Park Arts Festival brings world-class live entertainment to New England at affordable prices all season long. The lush gardens in Prescott Park and across the street at the Strawbery Banke Museum are gorgeous oases in the summer months. Water fun abounds, whether at a water park, on one of Portsmouth’s islands, or aboard a river cruise. However, the town shines in the colder months too, especially during the holidays. The annual Vintage Christmas celebration is on our must-do list. Whenever you decide to go, there is an abundance of fun for families. These are our top picks for exploring Portsmouth with kids:

65 Free Outdoor Family Movies This August in NYC

In August, free outdoor flicks can be found almost every night in New York City. Not all are family-friendly, though, so we've rounded up those that are, and behold: More than 60 FREE outdoor movies this August, most rated G, PG, or PG-13 (with two Rs thrown in there for your sophisticated New Yorker tween or teen) organized by date. All you need to do is carve out time in your busy NYC summer schedule and pack a blanket and snacks.

Click through to our listings for details, including addresses and times. Arrive early to stake out a good spot or to enjoy pre-screening fun like kids' activities and music where offered. In case of rain, movies may be canceled, so before heading out check the series' official websites for weather-related updates.

Top Picks for Houston Restaurant Weeks With Kids

Houston Restaurant Weeks 2017 is here. Are your taste buds ready? From Aug. 1-Sept. 30, dozens of Houston's best eateries offer specialty menus at a set price with proceeds benefiting the Houston Food Bank. While all of the participating spots make for great date nights, there are plenty of kid-friendly spots as well! Here are 10 options we love. All still offer regular menus throughout the month as well as staple kids' menus.

Restaurant week menu prices are the same no matter where you go, with brunch at $22, lunch for $20, and dinner for $35-$45, depending on the establishment. So, what are you waiting for? Get to eating!

Free Things To Do with Philly Kids Before Summer Ends

Summers in Philly are filled with swimming excursions, camping trips, and family vacations to the Jersey shore. But by summer's end, kids are bored and already worried about the start of a new school year. You might be looking to get out of the house and break that cabin fever for a few hours without breaking the bank! We've rounded up some of the best free events around Philly happening in August. To see additional upcoming events, check out our event calendar. For more free fun, be sure to check out our free outdoor movie post and free outdoor concert post!

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