Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Puppet Palooza, Swords, and Flag Garden; May 22-26

Thanks to all the smart cookies who joined me, Peppa Pig and PAW Patrol's Marshall at Bedford's Learning Express to do brainy games with Summer Brain Quest. It was a blast to see so many kids excited about learning—and about summerThis week gives us more reasons to get out of the house and learn something new. There are pop-up puppets telling classic fairy tales north of the river, and an event celebrating swords throughout history in the 'burbs. A beloved toy store will teach children about the Jewish holiday of Shavout through stories, and a South Shore museum will show kids how dirt is beneficial to a variety of critters and creatures. At week's end, parents can help kids absorb the meaning of Memorial Day through just the sort of visual display that children respond to: a breathtaking garden of flags planted in Boston Common. Have a great week, and take a peek at our Events Calendar for more fun ideas.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Country Fair, Memorial Day Crafts

While organized activities sometimes slow down before a holiday, there’s loads of fun in store in anticipation of Memorial Day weekend.

Don’t miss the second annual Country Fair as American as apple pie (pie-baking contest included!) and a local fundraiser, to boot. But first, get your holiday gear ready at a workshop where your kids can make a Memorial Day baton. For more art fun, take the mess outside at a splattering painting workshop that educates kids about the style of Jackson Pollock (bare feet recommended).

Read on for more on these and our other top picks—most of which are FREE. Our Event Calendar has many more offerings, so head there next. Sign up for our weekly newsletters to receive our highlights for Memorial Day weekend and beyond!

Help us choose our Besties and be entered to win one of two terrific prizes: a  a two night stay for four at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains or a family four-pack of admission tickets to Quassy Amusement Park and Waterpark in Middlebury, Connecticut.  Vote today!

Take the Subway to NYC Beaches: Coney, Rockaway, Orchard Beach

Fourteen miles of sparkling sand and crashing waves can be found in four of the five boroughs (sorry river-locked Manhattan), which is good news for NYC families. Because as much as we enjoy hitting the Jersey Shore, Fire Island, and other Long Island beaches, we're not big fans of renting cars and sitting in traffic.

New York City's beaches are just a subway, bus, or ferry ride away. From the "Bronx Rivera" to iconic Coney Island and the Rockaways, these urban seasides often offer just about everything suburban beaches do except the out-of-town commute.

The Best Beaches for Families on Long Island

Summer is heading our way. Soon you'll be digging out the swimsuits and sunscreen with one hand while filling a picnic basket with the other.

Stretching along the north and south shores of Long Island are dazzling beaches known for their family-friendly vibes and natural beauty. Whether you have younger kids looking for tranquil shores or older kids looking to body surf, there is a Long Island beach for you. It's time to get ready for cool sea breezes and the feeling of sand between your toes.

At Long Island's family beaches you'll find picnic areas, swimming pools, and bathroom complexes along with food trucks and umbrella rentals. Use our guide to choose the best beach for your family's needs. These beaches are open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, unless noted. Prices listed are for summer 2017.

If you're in the mood to travel, check out our list of the best family beaches near New York City or our guide to the Jersey Shore area. For more family fun, see our Long Island amusement and water parks guide.

Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Kite Festival, Farm Animals, Crafty Kids

Springtime is the perfect time to spend with farm animals. This week, meet some farm friends at Abma's Barnyard Visits, and learn more about farm inhabitants at Terhune Orchards’ Read & Pick with a farm theme. Zoo animals are in the spotlight as well at Turtle Back Zoo's Night Moves. Plus, go fly a kite or watch them soar through the sky, as the holiday weekend kicks off at Wildwoods International Kite Festival.

Read on for our best children's events the week of May 22–26, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and May GoList for even more May fun.

Also, this is the last week to cast your vote for the New Jersey Besties! When you vote you'll be entered to win one of two terrific prizes: a luxurious NYC getaway including a suite credit from Suiteness and a custom itinerary designed by Mommy Poppins herself, Anna Fader, or a two-night stay for four at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains. The contest ends May 28, so vote today!  

Weekday Fun: Whipped Cream, Bliss Plaza, and Fleet Week

The scorching heat is taking a break in NYC. Now you and the kiddos can enjoy outdoor movies in a park or even on the deck of the USS Intrepid, or one of the many a free-music-for-preschoolers parties launching across the city, like the new one in Bliss Plaza, in Queens.

Fleet Week begins this week, too, with the "Parade of Ships" entering New York Harbor on Wednesday, tides willing. For more outdoor fun, see our guide to the best family festivals and street fairs in New York City during the month of May.

Got a burning baby sleep question? Tune in to our Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon for a live Q&A with pediatrician Harvey Karp, author of Happiest Baby on the Block.

Our May GoList is entering its final stretch! Also, never forget our Spring Fun Guide is willing to help. For longer-term planning, as always, see our event calendar

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Nature, Art, Science May 22-26

How can you resist the amazing line-up that the Delaware Valley has in store for Philly families this week?

Little ones who seek outdoor fun can listen to nature stories, hike the trails, learn about worms, or explore the properties of water. For the art lover, there are plenty of opportunities to make crafts, create masterpieces, or tour art museums. Budding scientists can wander throughout the Franklin Institute during its Community Night or discover the world of minerals and gems at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Splurge with a trip to see a show or root for the home team at a baseball game.

Celebrate the beginning of summer with Mommy Poppins Philadelphia at our Summer Brain Quest Kickoff Party at Smith. Be sure to click through to get tickets and start the season off right!


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