Suburban Indoor Play Spaces near Philly for Kids of All Ages

Indoor play spaces have a bunch of benefits – they provide fun out of the sun or rain or cold and offer a variety of activities, including those that wouldn’t be as safe or accessible outside like rock climbing. Take the kids to one of these great places to burn some energy whether they want to bounce, climb, or play sports. For play places specifically for toddlers and preschoolers, check here for Montgomery, Bucks, and Delaware counties.

Weekday Picks: Beach, Skating, and Mariachis, August 15-19

For many, my family included, this is the last week of summer. Some unlucky souls have already returned to school, and others still have a few more blissful weeks. One inevitability of the summer is that we tend to spend more money than we do during the school year. By this week my family is spent out, so I’m only picking free or almost free things to do.

Monday is $1 splash day at the Annenberg, and this Monday is a particularly good one because the Santa Monica Public Library will be there with games, activities, and stories. Long Beach offers free skate lessons at Bixby Park on Tuesday; Descanso Gardens has free evening admission on Wednesday, and Echo Park Rising begins on Thursday with a free celebration of one of our most special neighborhoods. On Friday head to MacArthur Park’s Levitt Pavilion for a free Mariachi Festival. That Tres Leches cake is supposed to be soggy—it was not left out in the rain!

Summer ain’t over yet, so do be on the lookout for movies and music and theater. Enjoy the bounty of free and al fresco offerings while you still can.

Find more ideas in Mommy Poppins’ Event Calendar, Monthly GoList and Weekly Newsletter.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Antique Car Show, Teddy Bear Picnics

With the weather being hot, humid and rainy, we’re strategizing for the week ahead with a mix of indoor and outdoor family activities in Westchester.

On the list: several enriching programs that are so much fun, kids won’t mind learning over summer vacation, including the Hour of Code Workshop. Bring your favorite stuffed animal to any of the several events this week that honor the furry guys, including the Teddy Bear Picnic. When the temps drop in the evening, head to the Bronxville Summer Concert and Antique Car Show for dining and dancing in the street, along with an array of antique cars to ogle at.

As was the case last week, all of our top picks for this week are FREE! So put your wallet away and check out our Event Calendar for many more great activities.

Weekday Fun in NJ: Pirate Day, Peanuts Movie, Afternoon Tea

Nothing says summer evenings like entertainment under the night sky, especially when it’s free! Spend relaxing evenings this week at Point Pleasant’s Kiddie Beach Show, Van Saun’s Zoo-Flix, and Wildwood’s Concert Under the Stars. While we’re talking free, stop by the no-cost Pirate Day and Peanuts Movie. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Caterpillars, Sculptures, Crocodiles

We can't help noticing that the summer series of music, movies, and free fun are starting to wind down. Maybe that's just as well—these dog days of summer with 1000 percent humidity, heat advisories, and thunderstorms have some of us pining for the crisp, cool days of autumn. We've been looking for ways to escape the heat, so for this week's picks we have ideas to keep the kids busy indoors at local libraries, museums, and even at a bowling alley. There are a couple of outdoor picks, too— it is still summer, after all.

Our Event Calendar is also loaded with things to do, whether you're looking for indoor or outdoor activities. Cheers!

Weekday Fun: Boogie Woogie, Drums, Storytime, Free Concerts

NYC parents can leave their wallets at home this week: we've got FREE ways to engage the kids every day. Head to Hudson River Park's Pier 25 for a Rolie Polie Guacamole concert, enjoy stories and crafts in Bryant Park, dance the night away at the Staten Island Children's Museum, groove to a concert by Shine & the Moonbeams in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and participate in a sunset drumming circle in Battery Park City. Looking for more FREE fun? Browse this summer list.

Thursday morning you may want to camp out on your computer to snag a great deal on Broadway Week tickets; selected shows are buy-one-get-one-free. If you're looking for suggestions, check out our post on the Best of Broadway for kids.

Other ideas for warm-weather amusement include romping in a sprinkler playground (we've recently rounded up our faves in the Bronx and Queens) and riding the tram to Roosevelt Island for a day of play in Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. Find a slew of outdoor concerts and film screenings to round out your week. Plus, we are still adding to our Summer Fun Guide for NYC Kids, which includes lots of ways to enjoy the waning summer, including boat rides, water and amusement parks, day trips and weekend-getaway destinations, camping spots, and the best local farms for berry and peach picking.

And don't forget: our Events Calendar is always a good place to find something to do with the kids today (and every day).

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Crafts, Movies, History August 15-19

Mid-August is upon us and the countdown to the end of summer and the start of a new school year is on. For some, there are only 2 weeks of summer left! So, make the most of these carefree days with activities that can be found in our Events Calendar.

Create an art project with the Chester County Art Association at Exton Mall or construct an Olympic torch at the American Swedish Historical Museum's Toddler Time. Enjoy a movie with baby at The Colonial Theatre or take the bigger kids to a $1 film at Upper Darby's Studio Movie Grill. Experience the Philadelphia Folk Festival with its puppeteers, storytellers, jugglers, and musicians or step back in time with a visit to Pennypacker Mills or Historic Philadelphia.

Read on for our top picks for the week ahead. Stay current with the latest activities by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Enjoy!

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