The Best Children's Theater in NYC This Summer

New York City's family theater scene is hotter than a heat wave. Some people might think the dog days of summer are a cultural wasteland and that all the cool openings won't start again until fall, but that's just not the case when it comes to kids' shows.

There are options for all ages, interests, and budgets, including a page-to-stage adaptation of a Junie B. Jones picture book, family-friendly outdoor Shakespeare, the return of a glow-in-the-dark extravaganza, and a brand-new Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes. Best of all, some picks are less than $25 per ticket, and three are 100 percent FREE! Plus, we found discount codes for the pricier ones.

Best Miniature Golf Courses in New Jersey

It's summer and that means day trips, swimming, water parks, random adventures with the small people, and yes, putt-putt. Apparently New Jersey is the land of windmills and teeny-weeny pencils, because our fair state has at least 53, that’s right, fifty-three courses. We're highlighting nearly half of these courses, so get out that little pencil, and make your way around the state. See websites for prices and hours.

New 53rd Street Library Opens with Children's Room, Teen Zone

The New York Public Library opened its brand-new 53rd Street branch in late June, offering some great features for families in a busy NYC corridor, including a spacious Children’s Room, Teen Zone, laptop bank, and programming and events for kids of all ages in a modern, subterranean setting. The 53rd Street Library replaces the longstanding Donnell Library that was razed in 2008. A series of setbacks, including the financial crisis of 2008 caused a lengthy delay in the construction of the new library, which sits below a luxury hotel and condo, but we think it might have been worth the wait.

Free, educational, and engaging library activities were indispensable during the early days with my son, so I was excited to check out the new library in Midtown West and learn more about its many offerings. Read on for a little preview of this gorgeous library, and don't forget to check out the trove of book suggestions, for babies to teens, for summer reading from the NYPL before you head in. Our Summer Slide Busters guide has even more library and STEAM-related fun activity ideas for NYC kids.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Circus, OC Fair, Love Long Beach, July 16 -17

Gotta catch em all! This weekend is all about chasing after those little monsters. They've been spotted everywhere: at the Festival of the Arts and the Natural History Museum, munching on deep fried goods at the OC Fair and cleaning up at the beach.  

Whether your monsters be Shakespearean or Seussical, supercute or out of this world, they're not hard to spot: your monsters are the ones asking you what you've got planned for the weekend, while simultaneously wondering where the snacks are and complaining that they're bored. Luckily, Mommy Poppins has the solution to your woes, no app needed: our ever-growing calendar of events offers something for every taste (including Pokemon!).

(But seriously, if anyone knows where to find Eevee, let me and my little Pokemonster know!)

Keep reading for our most monstrous picks for this weekend...

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, History, Trains July 16-17

During this July weekend, Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley are bursting with family-friendly festivals, outdoor concerts, and educational experiences. Peddler's Village celebrates delicate, sweet blueberries to the twang of a fiddle during its Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival. Newlin Grist Mill rocks at its outdoor music festival fundraiser. Eastern State Penitentiary hosts Bastille Day, an event full of food, music, and comical, historic entertainment, while Fort Mifflin helps visitors step back to Civil War times with weapons demos and open hearth cooking all weekend long.

If you've got a train lover in the family, you are in luck this weekend. Ride the rails for a summertime picnic at West Chester Railroad, visit with Santa Claus (yes, even Santa needs a little summer vacay) as he boards at Greenbank Station, or see Thomas & Friends at Morris Arboretum.

Continue reading below to view our top picks, but don't forget to check out all the fun on our Events Calendar. To narrow down your options, click on the respective county, ages, or tags. Enjoy a fun-filled weekend!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids, July 16-17: FunFest, Festivals, and Discovery Woods

This might be the weekend for summer festivals in Boston, with offerings celebrating everything from beloved family-friendly television station WGBH (pictured) to the arts. There's even a chance to get in on the fun by volunteering at a puppet pageant as part of the Outside the Box festival. Other tempting opportunities for outdoor fun include events on Peddocks Island and in the brand new, fully accessible Discovery Woods.

If the weather stays nice enough, a free outdoor showing of Monsters, Inc. a free family walk, or the chance to touch a truck offer some low-key summer fun. And if all of that isn't enough, a spoonful of sugar can certainly go a long way!

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

  • Got a hankering for a road trip? Niagara Falls is a great destination for any family's bucket list.
  • Tara shares all the deets on 8 outdoor water parks near Boston for families.
  • If the kids are begging to play Pokemon Go, make sure to read Anna's tips first.
  • For anyone who prefers an out-of-town museum, these kid-friendly choices fit the bill.
  • If you're thinking of a city vacation, don't forget Philadelphia.

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!


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