Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Fireworks, Freedom Celebration, July 1-2

July is here! And you don't have to wait until the Fourth of July to enjoy fireworks shows. This weekend you can find them all over town starting Friday. Be sure to check out our list of places where to see the Fourth of July fireworks around Houston.   

This month is the perfect one to enjoy a dip into a free local pool or a visit to a nearby water park. Don't miss the opportunity to get your children into swimming lessons to get them ready for summer fun. If you have a summer birthday, check out our birthday party guide for ideas, like many places to host both indoor and outdoor birthday pool parties in Houston! 

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Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Fireworks, Historic Games, and a Film Fest; July 1-2

Let the fireworks shows begin! Independence Day may fall on a Tuesday this year but that doesn't mean kids can't start celebrating. Harborfest is going strong all weekend long, and neighborhoods like Braintree, the North End, and Acton (not to mention at Edaville too) have festivities of their own.

Film fans can enjoy a movie under the stars, and history buffs can explore the Old Colony region with a special passport to stamp. Need an excuse to get out on the water? Head to the islands to build a fort with giant blocks and play games from another era.

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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, BBQ, Fireworks July 1-2

With a boom, a sparkle, and a sizzle, the first weekend in July unleashes its many patriotic celebrations, perfect for every Philly family.

Eat a traditional Fourth of July BBQ with Elmo, Zoe, and the gang from Sesame Street at Sesame Place. Or, indulge in a Red, White, and Blue BBQ Bash at Peddlers' Village. Visit the African American Museum in Philadelphia, National Constitution Center, Brandywine River Museum, or The Barnes Foundation for free. Celebrate our nation's birthday by stepping back in time to learn how to write with a quill pen or to see how soldiers lived during the Revolutionary War. End the weekend with firework fun at Ridley Park, Nottingham County Park, or Longwood Gardens.

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Surfer's Cove Opens: LEGOLAND's Water Park Gets Even Cooler

I've always found plenty to love about SoCal's fun-filled brick wonderland, but Legoland's new water park expansion this summer adds one more reason to visit. Surfer's Cove is a whole new section at Legoland's water park, upgrading the seasonal attraction from a park add-on to a summer experience worthy of a visit all its own. The new area brings more slides, more waves, and more ways to get wet for kids of all ages. Could you fit all of Legoland's action into one day? Anything's possible, but the bigger, better water park makes a family want to take advantage of one of the many deals that include keeping the fun going all year. Allow me to explain what makes Legoland so darned special.

Independence Day Weekend Fun: Fireworks, Lobsters, and Reel Nostalgia

As you can imagine, there is plenty to do this Independence Day weekend. From the traditional fireworks displays and carnivals, to a celebration of all things lobster, to touring the first ship to spot the New World, there is plenty for everyone. As always, be sure to check with the venues directly for any outdoor activities in the event of weather-related schedule changes.

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Pre-July 4th Weekend Fun: Pop-Up Pools, Angry Birds, Beatboxing

Like the calm before the storm of July 4th, the weekend of July 1 through July 2 holds some secret treats for New York City kids. Sure, you have to wait another few days for Macy's 4th of July Fireworks, or the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest until Tuesday July 4, but school is OUT! 

Considering how many New Yorkers might skip work July 3 and turn it into a four day weekend with, say, a trip to the Jersey Shore, or the Hamptons, this also might be the perfect weekend to dodge crowds at a local amusement park, or one of our favorite local—and free—pools, water playgrounds or beaches.

Older kids can Kayak Polo in the East River and preschoolers can dig Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, in Park Slope. There's a brand-new children's exhibit, Let's Dance!, opening up, and an Angry Birds slingshot that we know the kids can't wait to get their hands on. 

All of our best bets for the weekend are below. If you need a closer look at Tuesday, July 4, see our guide to events the week of July 3, or our guide on where to watch the Macy's fireworks, and whatever else you may need to know. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide. If you're looking to plan ahead, our July GoList features the absolute best things to do with kids throughout the month in NYC.

Happy pre-Independence Day weekend!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Pyrotechnics, Pirate Quest

Fourth of July weekend is upon us and with it comes a long list of family celebrations in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Some of the Westchester firework displays start as early as Friday, including the annual Pops, Patriots & Fireworks.

Fireworks aren’t the only pyrotechnics lighting up the sky this weekend. A Night on Fire returns with a dazzling performance to ignite Westchester senses. Also taking to the sky is the New York Air Show, featuring aerial maneuvers, parachute jumps and other excitement. For more thrills, hit the rides at the annual Fireman's Carnival, and budding swashbucklers can enjoy the debut of Pirate Quest.

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