End of Summer Checklist: 30Things To Do in Connecticut with Kids Before School Starts

Before beach towels get stored away for another season and late summer nights are replaced by bedtime curfews, there's still plenty of time to embrace late-summer fun with Connecticut kids. Here are our favorite things to close out the summer vacation season as a family. Don't forget to check our list of must-do August activities, free August fun, and events calendar for even more ideas for making the most of summer's end.

50 Cool Things to Do Indoors With NYC Kids on Hot Summer Days

If you’re looking to escape the summer heat, even just for a few hours during an especially steamy afternoon, check out one of these 50 activities to help you and your kiddos chill. We’re all for loading up on the SPF and heading outdoors when the sun is shining, but once the humidity and heat start to get the best of everyone, it’s time to seek out indoor summer activities with air conditioning. So after you’ve hit every playground, zoo, and water feature in town, here's where to take the tribe indoors for some cool fun. 

Thrill to Zip Line, Ropes Courses, and More at Jones Beach's New Adventure Park

WildPlay, an adventure park featuring ropes, bridges and tunnels, as well as a 700-foot zip line that runs parallel to the Atlantic Ocean, opened in July at Jones Beach State Park. Whether you're conquering your fear of heights or challenging your physical abilities, there's an activity for every level of intensity. In fact, the whole experience makes for a terrific parenting lesson. Read on for our review of Jones Beach's newest attraction.

There are plenty more thrill-seeking destinations on Long Island. Check out these spots for little (and big) adrenaline junkies in your house. Or visit another state park on Long Island and embark on an adventure of your own.

Best Jersey Shore Hotels and Resorts for NJ Families

Summer days may be waning, but there is still time to plan a family getaway to the Jersey Shore. We've rounded up 10 of our favorite kid-friendly beach hotels from Asbury Park to Cape May.

Book a room and enjoy one last weekend at a Jersey Shore beach before school starts, or take advantage of lower rates and smaller crowds after Labor Day. Look for places to stay beyond the Jersey Shore with our roundup of NJ's top kid-friendly hotels and resorts. And make the most of the rest of the summer with our ideas for fun things to do with kids before school starts.

Top Playgrounds for Toddlers and Preschoolers in Westchester

There are lots of great parks and playgrounds in Westchester, no matter which city or town you live in. But finding a playground that’s suitable for the under-5 set can sometimes be a challenge—you want them to be safe; they want to try that giant, twisty slide with a group of wild 7-year-olds on it.

Happily, there are a number of toddler-friendly playgrounds throughout the area, with plenty of safe options for keeping them occupied and having fun. We've rounded up a few of our favorites.

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25 Must Do Activities Before Summer Slips Away

With just a few short weeks until Philly kids start back to school, Philly parents look forward to August with great anticipation. After all, getting into a routine brings a sense of order and predictability back to the household. But before normalcy completely returns to the Delaware Valley, there is still some summer left to be had. Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up our top 25 things to do before summer fades away and school schedules take over. There isn't much time left so read on and get ready to finish out Summer 2019 strong!

11 Top Hotels with Outdoor Water Parks for Families with Kids

Kids generally love the perks of staying at hotels but add on a water park and that regular family getaway suddenly hits thrilling new heights. Think of all the family fun: lazy rivers right outside the door, a room nearby for naptime, instant ways to cool down, and no time wasted stuck in traffic to the local pool or beach.

We've rounded up 11 top U.S. hotels and resorts with water parks where families can chill out and cool off at the same time. Find great places to stay (and play) in Florida, Texas, California, and the East Coast.

Free and Cheap After-School Programs & Classes in Houston

Whether it's because you're working out of necessity or choice, or a busy schedule means the kids need care in the awkward hour(s) before and after school, finding a safe, reliable, and AFFORDABLE option can be difficult. The Harris County Department of Education has resources in its Out2Learn program index including suggested providers for schools and organizations, and your local schools should have resources available to you as well. Read on for nine options that are either free or inexpensive enough to not break the bank.

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