Weekend Fun: Come Out and Play, Muppets, Back to the Beach

Hey, New York City kids! Ready for movies, music, and theater? This weekend, The Jim Henson Exhibition, with loads of Muppet movies and artifacts, launches in Queens, while the new That Chemistry Show brings to Manhattan what That Physical Show did, but maybe messier. Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band hit Bryant Park, and Fort Greene Park gets jazzy.

That's not all. Staten Island's biggest outdoor festival of the summer, Back to the Beach, runs all weekend, and on Saturday Governors Island hosts the time-travel fun of Come Out and Play Family Day. Need to cool off? See our guide to the best water theme parks near NYC, as well as our 50 ways to cool off in NYC with kids this summer.

Save money with our 100 FREE Things to Do this Summer list, or head over to our brand-new local DEALS page! We've created a spot for some of our favorite NYC businesses to give you a deal on their services. How about 15% off camp apple seeds? Or save $100 at Play On! musical theater and drama camps? There are even discounts on birthday party packages. Check it out, and check back often as we're constantly adding new ones.

For more fun, see our July GoList, our Summer Fun Guide, and our equally action-packed Event Calendar

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: County Fair, Kids' Night, Family Day

A bounty of fun continues this weekend for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, with a mix of live performances, carnival action and hands-on arts exploration.

The Orange County Fair, first held in 1840, brings thrills and chills of various sorts—from carnival fun to demolition derbies. The Upright Citizens Brigade returns for an encore performance of zany humor at Arts in the Amphitheater: Comedy Night

In addition to the big-band entertainment that Kid's Night with Quintette 7 & Instrument Petting Zoo provides, kids also have an opportunity to get hands-on with the instruments. If your future star is looking for performance experience (or to combat stage fright), sign them up for Kids' Open Mic Night, and all ages are encouraged to think like an artist at Family Day.

Read on for more details and more great options to choose from—then consult our Event Calendar for our daily selection of activities. Also consult our Summer Activity Guide for ideas all season long!

Weekend Fun: A Magic Show & a Movie Under the Stars

Channel your inner yogi this weekend with a family yoga workshop in Hicksville. Or catch a flick under the stars at Nickerson Beach. Get schooled in science at Old Westbury Gardens.

Check out our July Go List for the best family events for the rest of the month. For more seasonal activities, pop over to our Summer Fun Guide or our day trips guide. Check out our guides to Long Island playgrounds or amusement parks and water parks for the best in family adventures.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself

Clementon Park in South Jersey: Amusement Rides and Water Fun for Kids

What's your favorite type of theme park attraction: water rides, dry rides, or wave pools? If your family loves all three, there's no need to choose at Clementon Park and Splashworld. This South Jersey combo theme/water park next to Clementon Lake has a 110-year history of entertaining New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware families with a variety of attractions.

Weekend Fun: Sunflowers, Outdoor Movies, and Fairy Tale Theater, July 22-23

The temperatures this week made everyone in my house short-tempered and cranky--especially me--so I'm looking forward to a weekend with plenty of opportunities to cool off and chill out. Saturday's opening of Sunflowers for Wishes at Buttonwood Farm looks like just the thing to cheer us all up (in addition to the gorgeous sunflowers, did I mention there's homemade ice cream?). Some theatrical magic might also lift our spirits, with performances at the Summer Theatre of New Canaan or the last weekend of the Richter's Fairy Tale Theater (note the new performance location in Bethel). 

If all else fails, there are plenty of outdoor movies on the calendar this weekend, from Secret Life of Pets at Shady Beach in Norwalk to Zootopia at Mill River Park in Stamford to Sing at Riverwalk in Shelton to The BFG at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Canton. For more ideas, check the Mommy Poppins events calendar and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Stay cool out there!

Governors Island Will Stay Open Through Halloween

The good news keeps rolling in on our favorite (formerly summer-only) destination: Governors Island is expanding its season through October 31. Last year it closed up for the season in late September, and previously, Labor Day weekend had been its typical closing date.

The news, announced by the Trust for Governors Island on Tuesday, July 18, comes on the heels of the isle opening a month early this spring, meaning the 2017 season now runs a full six months giving visitors a chance to enjoy an entirely new season and more rich programming on the island.

The mega green space is slowly creeping toward its goal of year-round fun. Read on for details of what's in store for its fall programming, including a cool Halloween event that we're sure is going to rocket to the top of every New York family's must-do list for October.

Reel It In: 16 Places To Go Fishing with Philly Kids

When I was a kid, going out for a day of fishing with mom or dad (or one of my grandparents) was such a treat! It usually meant some quality alone time where I could ask all of life's questions, get honest answers, and possibly end the day with an ice cream treat. With a huge variety of fish and well-stocked waters in the region’s lakes, rivers, and streams, there are plenty of great spots to check out for a fun day of bonding over the age old pastime of fishing. Even if you don't get a bite, chances are you will walk away with memories that make it all worthwhile.

Looking for more ways to get outdoors with your little ones? How about a hiking trip, a picnic, an adventure out on the water, or even a little cave exploration?


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