Weekday Event Picks for LA Kids: Manly Music, Moonlight Movies, Museum Nights, August 17-21

Keeping cool will be a challenge this week, but Frozen is back at El Capitan for an end of summer sing-a-long. If movie theater AC doesn’t do it for you, cool off with gelatoice cream, or fro-yo, then head to the beach; we have plenty of them. At some you can even catch a free concert or movie. Another way to keep cool on a hot day is by heading indoors to an ice skating rink. Or, if you'd prefer to just read about skating, hockey lovers and the LA Kings will be spending some quality storytime together at the Brentwood branch library. And this is the last week to celebrate summer nights in the garden at the Natural History Museum. 

Finally, if you have a boy whose voice is in flux as he creeps from tween to teen, you may want to bring him to the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus auditions this week. The LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble is one of few in the country to serve the changing male voice.

As always there os plenty more on the Mommy Poppins’ Event Calendar.

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Maker Mondays, Storytime in the Sand, August 17-21

Soak up every last bit of these last weeks of summer. Kids can get creative at Long Island Children's Museum or at a Lego playdate with friends. There's also outdoor fun in Patchogue and Long Beach.

And this list is just the beginning: Our Long Island Events Calendar is packed with activities to keep kids of all ages busy, while our Summer Fun Guide has tons of cool ideas on ways to enjoy the season. Spending time out East? Check out our Hamptons & North Fork Family Guide.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Fairies, Concerts, Workshops, Aug. 17-21

Many families may be heading out of town this week; however, for those choosing to stay close to home, the week ahead is full of fun activities. We’ve culled our top picks, which include a mix of entertainment and workshops—all of which are FREE!

Enjoy a live concert and and antique car show at the Bronxville Summer Concert Series, learn a new skill at a Video Editing Workshop or, for pixie lovers, craft a cozy home for woodland friends at Fairy House Craft-shop. Read on for more details and be sure to visit our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Beach Movie, Paddleboarding, and Campfire August 17-21

Much to my entire family's chagrin, we are slipping into back-to-school mode this week, as we finish up neglected summer homework packets, do a little back to school shopping (don't forget that tax-free week in CT is August 16th-22nd), and perhaps most importantly of all, make some final summer memories. We've collected some of our favorite activities for the week from across the state, including a super fun movie by the beach in Madison, a paddle boarding class in Danbury, a fun summer campfire in Mystic, and so much more. Whatever you decide to do this week, don't forget to check the full Event Calendar for more fun things to do!

Gymnastics Classes in Lower Hudson Valley: Where Kids Can Tumble, Bounce and Cheer

Kids love to run, jump, hang, climb and flip—and most are just as likely to tackle the playground monkey bars as they are to use their bed as a trampoline. Channeling that energy and sense of adventure through a sport like gymnastics can be a great way to enhance motor skills and encourage safe play and exploration, making it an ideal first activity for many young children (honestly, who doesn’t love a jumbo-sized trampoline or a massive foam pit?)

Whether you have an aspiring Gabby Douglas on your hands, or are jut looking to try out a new (and incredibly fun) activity, gymnastics classes may be just what you're looking for. We’ve explored gymnastics centers in Westchester; now we're taking a look at a few great options in the Lower Hudson Valley.

Find an NYC Summer Camp for the Last Weeks of Summer Break 2015

NYC public school students don't go back to class until September 9 this year, so what's a working parent to do? Camp of course! While many New York City camps end by mid-August, we've rounded up the ones that have availability in late August and early September (as of this writing).

So skip lugging the kids to the office, and check out one of these summer camps. Ballet? Toy building? Puppet making? French lessons? There are plenty of options, but be warned: You're not the only one scrambling to find something to keep the kids occupied for these last—challenging—days of summer, and camps are likely to book up fast.

Read on for 2015 late summer NYC camp ideas and other warm weather kid activities to try during these last days of school vacation.

100 Things To Do in LA with Kids Before They Grow Up

Kids. We can't stop them from growing up so fast, but we can try not to miss any of the best, most memorable things to do in their home town. Mommy Poppins LA treats you to our top 100 nifty, thrifty, and most heart-warming family bonding activities in LA. Being phenomenal Southern California parents, you've certainly already done several of these; but of the 100 not-to-be-missed, family-fun things to do we came up with around Los Angeles (in no particular order), there are likely a few you haven't yet scheduled. Why not start this weekend?

If you're in the mood for a more local itinerary, check out one of our neighborhood bucket lists. And finally a tip: Check our list of ages that kids get in free at SoCal attractions as you make your plan!

Best Campgrounds Near Boston for Camping with Kids

My family never went camping when I was little, but I fell in love with the great outdoors as an adult and love sharing it with my own family. As a parent, I've brought my kids tent camping since they were toddlers, but even when they were babies we camped in cabins. Spending a night at a campground is certainly more economical than a hotel if you're traveling, but it's also a great way to escape the city.

The following campgrounds are all close enough to Boston for a quick weekend getaway and are well worth a visit, whether you want to head north, south, east, or west.

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