7 Great Jersey Shore Lighthouses to See with Kids

Did you know that New Jersey has nearly a dozen lighthouses open to the public? Whether your kids are old enough to climb them or not, there's plenty to do and see on a lighthouse tour. Most are located near beaches or state parks full of family-friendly diversions so they make great destinations for day trips. This is an affordable—sometimes even free—summer activity your whole family will love, so we're rounding up a few of our favorites.

For more Shore fun, check out our Jersey Shore Family Guide.

NYC Fourth of July Fireworks Cruises: See Macy's Show on a Boat

The NYC Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016, and some of the most spectacular views are from the water. The display lights up the East River, and nothing quite compares with watching the celebration up close from a boat. Plus, you don't have to battle the crowds with the kids.

Of course, these special cruises don't come cheaply and many are only open to ages 21 and older. We set out to find the lowest-cost Fourth of July Fireworks cruises in NYC that also welcome children. If you're interested, book quickly. Some already have sold out and the remaining tickets will go quickly.

Memorial Day Fun in NJ

For the brave among us (read: young), Memorial Day weekend means time to hit the beach or pool. For the rest of us, it means the start of summer and all the seasonal activities that come with warm weather. Backyard barbecues. Street fairs and festivals. Farmer's markets. Outdoor concerts. New animals to see at the zoo. And of course, vacations to look forward to. Whether you're ready for swimsuits and sandals or still wearing long sleeves and sneakers, our Calendar of Events includes something for everyone.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Butterflies, Bugs, Expo Line, and Free, May 21 -22

We are going places, and Baby it won't cost you a thing. Do I have to Expo-lain it to you? By places, I mean back and forth between Santa Monica and Downtown, and by not a thing, I mean free. Well, free on Saturday at least—which works out well, because on Saturday you can go from the beach to the Natural History Museum for its annual bug fair (free with admission). And when you have to leave the Natural History Museum (because bugs), you can go all the way to the beach to cleanse your spirit (and possibly the beach). Win-free-win.

We're also going bowling. But that won't cost you a thing either. After that, though, we're going to Whole Foods, which won't cost you a thing. Your kids can get a health check at Pretend City, which will cost you no money (and if the kids want to go inside afterwards they'll get a free ticket).

If money is no object this weekend, you can learn about science in the mountains, Bradbury at the library, robotics by the ocean, or dance with the ballet. You'll have to pony up some "free" though. Because you get what you pay for, and the best things in life are free!

Keep reading for our picks for this weekend, freely given...

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Food, Festivals, Outdoor Fun May 21-22

Time flies when you are having fun as the saying goes. However, when raising children, fun is often defined in many different ways. This weekend's Events Calendar is full of exciting and educational experiences to keep everyone in the family engaged and entertained.

Philly families can savor delicious Italian cuisine at the South 9th Street Italian Market. Afterwards, head up the highway to stop by Peddler's Village's Strawberry Festival for a decadent dessert. Or, grab a basket and gather berries at one of the many PYO strawberry farms located throughout the Delaware Valley.

Once your appetite has been satisfied, venture outdoors to learn about bees, fish, frogs, birds, and other interesting animals. Conclude the weekend with an outdoor concert or a family-friendly movie. To keep up with the latest Philly fun, be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest and like us on Facebook.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Happy as Clams, Turtle Day, May 21-22

Find out why Clammy is not as "happy as a clam" in a live theatrical performance held at the Long Island Children's Museum. Celebrate World Turtle Day at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge or attend a rockin' Turtle Party at The Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor. Or head outside for a Picnic in the Park at The Center for Science Teaching and Learning.

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