Long Island Summer Camps With Availability — Yes, Even Now

If you haven't spent a minute thinking about summer camp this year, there's no need to panic. There are Long Island summer camp programs that have spaces available. Of course, if you've been too busy to book a camp for your kids, you might not have time to call around now. That's why we did the work for you. Here are several Long Island camps that as of early June still have spots for summer 2018.  There are over 20 locations across Long Island. To search by location, open the map at the bottom of the page. To find about more Long Island-based camps, check out our comprehensive Summer Camp Guide and Directory

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Strawberries, Pirates, and CT Open House Day, June 9-10

It's the sweetest time of year in Connecticut: strawberry season! You can celebrate with fruit-filled festivals in South Windsor, Madison, Farmington, and Cheshire...or if you're in more of a DYI frame of mind, peruse our pick-your-own post and head to the fields yourself (as of this writing, Jones Family Farms had opened with Lyman Orchards expected to follow on Friday).

And it's also a great time to show your Nutmeg State pride with CT Open House Day, which offers lots of opportunities to explore destinations near and far for free or at a steep discount, or to revel in region-specific festivals including Celebrate West Hartford, Georgetown Day, or even the Sea Music Festival at Mystic Seaport...I mean, where else but Connecitcut are you likely to find a celebration of sea chanteys?

For even more options, check out our Event Calendar, which is constantly updated with new listings from across the state. To keep up with everything going on in CT, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Have a fabulous weekend!

Fun Family-Friendly Bike Rides in New Jersey

Riding a bike is more than a childhood milestone. It develops a sense of balance, strengthens muscles, fosters an appreciation of the outdoors, and makes for wonderful family bonding time. Luckily for NJ families, there are tons of family-friendly bike trails throughout the state, from the Kittatinny Mountains to the Jersey Shore

Read on for 15 of our favorite spots for a family-friendly ride. If you prefer to travel on foot, check out a dozen easy hikes in NJ for families with small children.

Where to Find Free and Cheap Bowling in Houston This Summer

Finding an indoor family-friendly activity to beat the heat in Houston doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Bowling is the perfect choice for families with kids of all ages who want to enjoy a fun sport in a cool, air-conditioned atmosphere. Little ones can use bumpers to keep gutter balls at bay, while older kids can get a little more competitive with each other and their parents. Some bowling alleys even offer tasty food options and arcade games to keep the good times rolling and create a memorable experience for the entire family. 

Weekend Fun: Fairy and Gnome Fest, Butterfly Bonanza, Marina Day

Fairies, gnomes, butterflies, and pirates are just some of the magical creatures you'll encounter this weekend at mid-June's almost-summer fairs and festivals. Abma's Farms hosts its Annual Fairy and Gnome Gardening Festival, while Pyramid Mountain hosts a Butterfly Bonanza. And ahoy, matey, look out for pirates at National Marina Day-Pirate Spirit.

Some fantastic and free festivals take place this weekend, including the Maplewood-South Orange Book Festival, The Metfest, Juneteenth in Morristown, and Kidchella. Plus, head down the shore for the New Jersey Irish Festival and the start of the Long Branch Bands by the Beach Series

Check out our Spring Guide for New Jersey Kids for more options for family fun, plus beat the heat at the Best Water Playgrounds and Splash Pads in New Jersey. And look to our event calendar and June GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Enjoy Free Family Camping in NYC Parks with Urban Park Rangers

Contrary to what you might think, you don't need to invest in expensive equipment or even leave New York City to pitch a tent and camp this summer. The Urban Park Rangers offer FREE overnight family camping in city parks at select times and locations throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Bonus: They bring almost everything you need for a night spent under the stars, including the tent!

The annual program kicks off a little before Memorial Day and although it's FREE, advance registration is required for all campouts. Read on to find out how to snag a spot at one of these cool camping trips.

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