10 Must Do Activities Before Summer Slips Away

In the beginning of summer, many Philly families create a summer bucket list. You know, a list of summertime 'to-do's' that provide fun, entertainment, and even some educational value. Now that August is here, it is imperative to make the last days of summer count. If you didn't make a bucket list, or can't locate it, no worries. We have rounded up our top 10 activities that every Philly family should try to experience before school schedules take over.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids, August 8-12: Theater in the Fort, Free Movies, Meteor Showers

We're not even going to mention how summer – jam-packed with free activities like outdoor movies and concerts, dance parties, and art workshops – will soon come to a close for our kids. Instead we'll soak up every moment of sun and free fun we can before the back-to-school frenzy begins, welcoming meteor showers and lazy afternoons at the beach. We'll do some exploring, too: tackling a new hike, taking the ferry to a fort, making day trips to Salem and Plymouth, and maybe even getting away for a few days.

So, in the spirit of seizing the (summer) day, we offer the following suggestions for things to do with the kids this week. In addition to our weekday picks below, we have an Event Calendar loaded with fun things to do. Enjoy!

Weekday Picks: Nature Nights, Singin' in the Rain, Theatricum Botanicum, Aug 8-12

Most Angelenos—and even people from beyond the Southland—think of amusement parks when they think of Anaheim. The OC hub is a magic kingdom replete with enchanted places to eat cotton candy and ride rides, from Adventure City to Knott’s Berry Farm to Disneyland. While all of this artifice can be greatly entertaining, those yearning to commune with nature could try a mid-week twilight stroll through Anaheim’s Oak Canyon Nature Center , a 58-acre park with three canyons and a stream running throughout.

Longing to add a little moisture to LA's hot and dry summer? Gene Kelly can take care of that for you at The Academy this week in Singin’ in the Rain. Or introduce your teens and tweens to French farce with Moliere’s Imaginary Invalid at the Theatricum Botanicum. This rustic venue nestled in Topanga Canyon is one of our most special theaters. Read our review of the show first, though, as Moliere can be a bit a bit racy.

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

Weekday Picks: Sunflower Maze, Ants, and Lighthouse, August 8-12, 2016

The countdown is on for the last few weeks of summer. Time to take care of those last things on your summer bucket list. If that includes taking the kids out for fun things to do around town, we have the low down on what's happening where and when. For a run down of 25 of our best things to do in August, check out our August GoList.  This week's fun includes free family concerts, learning about a lighthouse, acquiring some survival skills and more.

While you can, enjoy our CT Summer Fun Guide and CT Beach and Water Fun Guide.  The Event Calendar is continually updated with events so check back often and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to be sure you don't miss a thing.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Olympics, Diaper Derby, Juggling Stories

Between camp costs, vacation expenses, pool fees, and the daily indulgences to keep kids occupied, summer fun can deplete our bank accounts. It should therefore come as good news that all of our top picks this week are FREE!

For starters, there are a couple of promising performances, including the Traveling Lantern Company’s interactive show about a young athlete who competes in the Olympics of Ancient Greece. All ages and skill levels can connect body, mind, and spirit at the picturesque Sunset Yoga in the Park. There’s also action for the youngest of children, as crawlers “compete” in the Diaper Derby.

These are just a few of the many fun activities in store for Westchester families, so don’t stop there—continue on for the rest of our faves and find many more on our Event Calendar!

11 Family Camping Spots Near NYC

Camping trips are great for kids, especially NYC kids. They get to spend time outside in green spaces that might seem to go on forever for city kids and learn esteem-building skills, including how to canoe, fish, chop wood, cook over a fire, pitch a tent, and more. Camping trips are low-tech—although I have seen electrified tents—so they allow families time to unplug and reconnect with each other.  Plus, pitching a tent is an affordable alternative to a hotel.

My family and I are camping enthusiasts. In fact, our basement storage unit in NYC is packed with tents and backpacks and my son has been sleeping outside since age 2. We plan an extended camping trip every year, and recently enjoyed an amazing trip to Letchworth State Park in upstate New York. We plan to pitch our tents in the Adirondacks later this summer. 

Camping can be dirty and difficult, requiring plenty of equipment, including a car. That alone can make an overnight trip to the great outdoors a challenge for many NYC families. But it doesn't have to be that way. There are at least 11 sites in the tristate area perfect for first-timers and families. These sites, within a few hours travel time, are packed with things to keep kids busy and two of these campgrounds are within city limits. A number of these prime destinations are accessible via mass transit, and one campground even provides nearly everything you need.  

There's no excuse not to hit the woods for a family vacation this year.  

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