Best Beaches Near NYC for a Dreamy Family Daycation

Summertime means beach time, but while there are lots of shores near and even in NYC, some are more family friendly than others. After packing up your gear and schlepping the kids by car, train, bus, or ferry, the last thing you want to find out is that your chosen beach has no bathroom or that bathing suits are optional. Skip the guesswork with our roundup of these seven beaches for NYC families, including detailed info on attractions, food, bathrooms, and hidden costs. Most are within two hours of Manhattan by car and are easily accessible via public transportation as well, so you can plot a great staycation for your brood.

Find more beach fun in our Beaches, Pools, and Water Playgrounds Guide, or check out these summer day trip ideas.

Best Pick-Your-Own Blueberry Farms and Festivals for NJ Families

Blueberry picking is a perfect summer activity for the whole family: the bushes are low, the berries pop off the plants easily, and your family can literally pick hundreds without breaking the bank—or your back hauling them home. Lucky for us, blueberries are the official state fruit of New Jersey, and they are plentiful throughout the Garden State. We’ve assembled a list of some of the best pick-your-own farms and blueberry festivals NJ has to offer for kids. Happy picking!

This Weekend's Fun for LA Kids: Shakespeare, Sound of Music, Summerfest, Seal Day

Hoo boy. In case you missed it, it's officially summer (as of June 21), functionally summer (kids out of school), and happy fun times summer—in that a good many of our summer standards have begun. You can catch the free Shakespeare in Griffith Park, the LevittLA free concerts, tons and tons o' summer movies (freeworth the ticket price, indoorsoutdoors, you name it, we got it), and tons and tons o' summer concerts (freeworth the ticket price, indoorsoutdoors, you name it, we got it). You can chill at Dodger Stadium or the Hollywood Bowl, and—kaboom!

Sorry, got a little distracted by the red, white, and blue in the sky. July 4th may be nearly two weeks away, but the fireworks are already starting. (Another sure sign of summer!) Don't panic if you haven't got your June/July/August plans in place; we can take it together, day by day, looking ahead for funfree, and just darn fabulous ways to fill your days. It's what we do.

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

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Food, Nature, Balloons, June 24-25

Now that summer has arrived and the days are longer, the race begins to fill the time with fantastic family fun. Thankfully, this weekend's options do not disappoint Philly parents as our event calendar is overflowing with excitement to please the most diverse tribe.

Begin the weekend with food! Start with delicious blueberry pies and jellies or sweet raspberry creations. Indulge in mouth-watering ice cream and then burn off the extra calories with a nature walk or colorful 5K. Celebrate summer with an arts festival, a midsommarfest, or an old-fashioned baseball game. Appreciate nature with an overnight campout, bug hunt, or boat ride. Be sure to carve out time to experience the Chester County Balloon Festival and appreciate the beauty of hot air balloons, the fun of remote controlled airplanes, and the excitement of the Kids' Zone.

Continue reading for additional top picks for this summer weekend. Make it a great one!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Block Parties, Strawberries, and a Family Fun Day; June 24-25

With so many kids getting out of school this week, this last weekend in June really feels like the official start to summer. Kids can rejoice in this new found freedom by heading to an awesome block party, celebrating the wonders of the world, partying with some furry friends, or enjoying a family fun day

There's also still several strawberry festivals rounding out this berry's picking season, not to mention butterflies and dragonflies to discover, and even an event for little car buffs

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Need more family fun ideas? Check out our full events calendar.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Camping, Festivals, and Fireworks, June 24-25

It is officially summer so we've dusted off our beach chairs and stocked up on a supply of sunscreen. We're ready for some adventures! This weekend, we might hit a beach party with fireworks in East Haven, catch the kickoff of one of our favorite summer concert series with a performance by the McLovins at Bayley Beach in picturesque Rowayton, or spend the night at the New Canaan Nature Center, a fun and easy camping experience for even very young children.

Believe it or not, fireworks season begins this weekend with displays in Danbury,  Branford, Hebron, Coventry, and Bridgeport, to name just a few. As we count down to the July 4th holiday, families can find a little historical context at the 17th Century Encampment at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum.

As always, for the latest and greatest happenings across the state, check out our Event Calendar, which is constantly updated with new listings. To keep up with everything going on in CT, subscribe to our free newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram,  Twitter, and Pinterest. Have a fabulous weekend!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Festivals, Fairs, Carnivals, Concerts

Summer has officially arrived, and there is no shortage of ways for families to celebrate this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

One of our top picks for June is the return of the American Roots Music Festival, a full day and evening of performances by both established and up-and-coming artists in a bucolic outdoor setting. For a totally different genre, try Music of the Caribbean—also outdoors and totally FREE.

Other items on tap this weekend include a couple seasonal fairs and festivals—including the Palisades Fair, highlights of which include hypnotists and other eyebrow-raising attractions—and the cultural African American Heritage Celebration. Family Day offers a flower-themed combination of activities in a museum setting,

More of our top picks are below and many more events are on our Event Calendar. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook!

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Freaky Friday, Wizard of Oz, June 24-25

Two words to describe this coming weekend: HOT and WET. We are definitely not looking forward to this weekend's weather but don't worry, we have the perfect list of things to do indoors. You can enjoy family-friendly performances like Freaky Friday or The Wizard of Oz and forget about what's going on outside for at least a couple of hours. Are you still planning your summer adventures? Don't forget to include this list of 30 free things to do this summer, enjoy a festival or two, or maybe head southeast and check out the newly renovated aquarium at Moody Gardens

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Summer is in full swing! Check out our June GoList or the complete event calendar to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? Have this post delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

Now let's check out what's going on this weekend: 

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