50 Things To Do in Newport, RI with Kids

Newport, Rhode Island has a reputation as a summer playground for the elite, but in truth it makes for a great family vacation.  Yes, you will see fabulous Gilded Age mansions and expensive sailing yachts in the harbor. But coastal Newport is an egalitarian town that can even be a bargain during the off-season. 

In summer there are lots of low-cost public boating opportunities, free beaches, a rich line up of outdoor concerts, and easy hikes that exploit the area’s natural beauty.  In winter months the public skating rink, free holiday festivities and the annual Winter Festival provide cold weather fun.  There are casual restaurants and hotels that cater to families.  Newport’s manageable size makes it a wonderful walking town, so if you don’t have a car, keep this in mind. 

See our Rhode Island Fun Guide for more Rhode Island family activity ideas. Here's what to do, where to eat and stay in Newport for families:

Free Outdoor Movies for Long Island Kids This Summer

This summer when the sun goes down, chances are a free, family-friendly movie will be playing outdoors somewhere on Long Island. It’s an ideal way to spend family time under the stars. So spread a blanket, bring a few lawn chairs, pack some snacks or perhaps a picnic dinner, and enjoy the show.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is best to arrive early. And be sure to check each venue’s website for up-to-date information on weather-related cancelations.

For more outdoor family activities, check out our roundups of the best places for a family picnic and the best beaches for families on Long Island. Plus, our Event Calendar and Summer Fun Guide are loaded with ideas for more seasonal fun for your family. Happy summer.

Pick-Your-Own Blueberries and More NJ Berry Farms for 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!

100 Free Things to Do This Summer with Kids in New York City

Summer is the season of FREE in NYC—and here it comes. There's no-cost fun everywhere you turn, from festivals, outdoor movies, and concerts, to kayaking and fireworks. With the public school break upon us, and the kids itching to play (and swim), we've rounded up FREE things for families to do every single day of summer vacation. Starting with Wednesday, June 27 and running all the way through Wednesday, September 5, 2018, we've compiled the best FREE things to do with kids in NYC all summer!

Of course, this list isn't comprehensive. There are literally hundreds of FREE fun events happening across our city this school break. You can find more cool seasonal activities and destinations in our Summer Fun Guide, including beach day trips, FREE splash pads, and more. Check out our Events Calendar for more events.

Still searching for a summer camp for a week or two? Check out our NYC summer camp directory and guide.

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

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

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!

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