Mini Golf, Batting Cages, and Fun for Kids in the Hamptons and North Fork

Yes, the beaches are beautiful in the Hamptons and North Fork, but sooner or later, your family is going to be looking for something else to do this summer. For a change of pace and a chance for your kids to brush up on their golf and baseball bat swings, or just get out of the sun, we’ve rounded up a list of family-friendly mini golf courses, batting cages and indoor fun like arcades out east.

Most places have snack bars and some offer other amenities such as boat rentals so you can make a whole day of it.

For more fun activities on the east end, be sure to check out our guide to the Hamptons and North Fork and our listing of kayak, canoe, and paddle board rental places. And when your family is ready to hit the beach again, we found the best beaches for families on Long Island. Have fun!

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Book Fest, Butterfly Release, Earth Day, April 22-23

It's all good this weekend. First, there's good for the environment: Earth Day recognizes the importance of looking after the number one mother (Earth) with a flurry of good festivals celebrating the planet we call home. You can show Momma E some love at the zoo, the aquarium, gardens, or the beach, and on bikes, at the movies, with crafts, concerts, kites, and cleanups.

Then there's a good book. You can find plenty of those at the LA Times Festival of Books, one of the goodliest events of the year. 

And since one good turn deserves another, why not join a whole bunch of science types gathering at the Columbia Memorial Space Center, showing all the good science can do? More science lovers are getting together in Pershing Square; a whole lot of good could come of it.

Keep reading for our most goodly finds this weekend...

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Earth Day, March for Science, Cigna Streets, April 22-23

This weekend go outdoors and celebrate Earth Day! Many of your favorite places in Houston have fun parties for the planet this weekend, like the Houston Zoo (as if you need a better reason to visit than the new baby giraffe!) and the Downtown Aquarium. Or maybe you want to take part of a nationwide movement at the March for Science in midtown Houston. 

Are you planning a birthday party soon? Check out our Birthday Party Guide featuring animal party entertainers, fun indoor locations, cool science-themed parties, first birthday party ideas, and more. If you want to take the take the party to the next level you might want to explore these one-of-a-kind birthday party ideas.

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For more family fun ideas, our event calendar has things to do every day, and our April GoList to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? And for great posts like this delivered to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Read on for more things to do this weekend.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Brick Fest Live, Earth Day, Science Festival April 22-23

Living in the Delaware Valley offers many perks for Philly families such as historic Philadelphia, interesting museums, and, who is kidding who, amazing food! However, every spring, children and grown ups alike can look forward to some special annual experiences that can be found in our event calendar.

Anyone who loves building with little plastic blocks (not stepping on them, ouch!) is sure to be in Lego heaven at the annual Brick Fest Live. Celebrate Earth Day by biking down Pennypack trail, learning about the environment through play at Lardner's Point Park, visiting an environmental exhibit at the National Constitution Center, or participating in Narberth Park's NarbEarth Day. But, wait, the annual Philadelphia Science Festival is in full swing too! Opportunities include events such as Science in the Park.in which kids can participate in S.T.E.M. activities. Or deepen the experience in fields of ecology, farming, or architecture at events throughout the city.

With a jam-packed weekend of fun, be sure to narrow down your search using the filters. Now, continue reading for our top picks.

Amazing Birthday Cakes for Kids in Northern New Jersey

With all of the amazing bakeries in New Jersey, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to finding a cake for your kid’s birthday bash. But which ones are a cut above? We cake-tested our way across northern New Jersey (somebody had to do it!) to find show-stopping sweets that take the cake!

Whether you want ice cream, gluten-free goodies, or a 3-D replica of your child’s favorite TV show character, there’s something for everyone in this delicious roundup of northern NJ bakeries and bakers. You can find even more party-planning info in our NJ Kids’ Birthday Party Ideas Guide

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Earth Day Celebrations, Sheep-to-Shawl Festival

This Saturday marks the 47th annual Earth Day, and with the event falling on a weekend, there are many ways for Westchester families to go green.

Among the many Earth Day activities we’ve rounded up are Green Ossining’s Earth Day Festival, an in-park event offering conscience-raising information about food sustainability and fun kids’ activities, as well as Sky and Earth Day, a motley indoor event combining cloud study, telescope viewing and a screening of The Victorian’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Another headline event is the return of the annual Sheep-to-Shawl, a historic-themed festival for contemporary sheepish fun. Another fun way to step back in time is at the annual Colonial Day, where visitors can buy sweets from the colonial baker and practice their ABCs in a one-room schoolhouse. Sports fans, on the other hand, can browse collectibles and memorabilia (and snag a free pack of cards) at the Baseball Card Show.

All this and much more can be found on our Event Calendar (including ways to spend spring break), and our April GoList can help you zero in on some of our favorites throughout the month.

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