Boston Boat Rides that Kids Love—Codzilla, Pirate Ships, Whale Watches, and More

With summer in full swing and Boston Harbor within reach, what better way to spend quality family time than to take to the seas? Our city, after all, has a deep and exciting nautical history, and while docked ships like the Tea Party Museum and USS Constitution are fun to climb aboard and poke around, kids really go crazy for the action of a venture offshore. Boston Harbor has whale watches, speedboats, schooners, and even a pirate ship—enough seafaring options to satisfy every member of the family. 

Swimming Spots to Host a Pool Party for Your NYC Kid

Hosting a swimming birthday party is a decadent way to celebrate your child's next big day. Kids can hit the water for an instant taste of summer no matter the season.

While FREE swimming spots abound in the summer months, the rules make it a little difficult to party there. So, expect to fork over some dough if you want to throw a good, old-fashioned pool party at one of these spots that offer packages to the general public—most are offered year round.

Great Outdoor Dining Spots for Kids on Long Island

Feeding kids isn’t always a breeze. With such picky eaters, you just never know what’s going to happen.

So why not make life a bit easier by dining out? And why not choose a kid-friendly restaurant with outdoor seating, which just might entertain your little darlings.

Here are more than a dozen Long Island spots that serve up fabulous views along with great, kid-friendly meals. And if going out to a restaurant isn't your thing, check out these great places to picnic on Long Island.

If after dinner, your kids crave some sweets why not check out our list of old-time ice cream parlors on Long Island or traditional candy shops. Our guide to summer fun on Long Island offers great seasonal destinations and more. Enjoy.

11 New Ice Cream Shops in or Near Boston

There are few things more quintessentially summer than eating an ice cream cone or sipping a frappe on a hot day. It’s a rite of passage for kids—and one that adults definitely won’t mind partaking in, too. And we can’t think of a better time to snag a cool treat than on National Ice Cream Day, which is Sunday, July 16, this year. So we’re bringing you a rundown of the newest ice cream shops in Boston that are open just in time for you to celebrate.

This Elite Bronx Tennis Program Helps Kids Become Pros

According to Malcom Gladwell’s Outliers, "ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness," and when it comes to tennis, Centre Court Logistics agrees. The philosophy behind the elite training program is that sufficient practice in a particular skill can take anyone to top-tier proficiency, and students who start clocking those crucial hours on the court at an early age are best equipped to succeed. That's exactly why during their next round of tryouts, which take place this summer, the coaches will be looking for tennis-loving kids ages five to ten who hope to one day play with the pros.

5 Reasons These Giant Blue Blocks Are a Birthday Party Must

Before you call in the clowns or hire another Elsa impersonator, there's a new way to keep kids entertained at your next birthday bash! Real Good Play brings a safe, structured, mobile play system and a trained play associate to your home or venue, encouraging hours of endless exploration for partygoers. The system features Imagination Playground's™ Big Blue Blocks, which come in seriously abstract shapes that can be creatively lined up, stacked, and connected, inspiring children to design their own inventions, environments, and activities. Conceived and designed by award-winning architect David Rockwell, the blocks are already a big hit at many of the finest Children's Museums worldwide, but Real Good Play is first to bring the fun to your own backyard (literally).

Young, Wild, and Free in New Haven County

Few words bring more joy to a parent's heart than the word FREE. Because let's face it, keeping kids entertained can be a pricey prospect. Give your wallet the day off once in a while and seek out some priceless family time free of charge. And don't worry, just because you don't have to fork over the green doesn't mean these are second best. I've rounded up some of New Haven County's first rate free activities guaranteed to delight everyone from the water babies to the space buffs and a whole lot in between. If you want to venture further afield, check out some free summer activities in Hartford County or visit some of the fairs, festivals, and carnivals in New Haven County, many of which offer free admission.

This Weekend's Fun for LA Kids: Festivals for Trains, Lotuses, Lobsters, and OC

I don't want to say Santa Monica's trying too hard, but hey, little hamlet, what are you trying to prove? We get it—fun times by the water, typically 10 to 20 degrees cooler than the rest of LA. Yay, you. But really now. The library, the college pool, the local museum; even the mayor is getting in on the act, being all "ride with me, what a fun town, we have bike lanes."

Of course, SaMo isn't the only game in town. LA is downright festive with all the festivals. Oceans and Orange Countychoo choos and Camarillo, luchadores lobsters and lotuses. This weekend you can pose with a big inflatable balloon sculpture thing; you can sample a sweet sundae; you can party with the PD. You can see many, many movies and listen to many, many concerts (in the great outdoors, no less).

Whether you're 310-ing it, or 323-ing it, or even 909-ing it, there's no better place to be than SoCal this weekend. (Or any weekend for that matter, let's be honest.) Let the festivities begin!

Keep reading for our most "we're not trying too hard, we're just that good" picks for this weekend...


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