Weekend Fun: Dragon Boats, They Might Be Giants, Coney Fest

New York City kids love to dance, right? Then they'll love this weekend's events, like the Bhangra Family Dance on Saturday and the 36th Annual Battery Dance Festival on Sunday. There's also a Coney Island Food and Music Festival, and hey, you could just dance (or bike or stroll) down the car-free Park Avenue for this Saturday's Summer Streets fest, too.

Equally danceable, They Might Be Giants plays a free family show in Central Park, probably an event no young music fan should miss. Speaking of parks, more than a few host cool stuff this weekend, like the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Corona Park and a kid-friendly production of A Midsummer's Night Dream in Carl Schurz Park

Maybe you want to leave the city...without leaving the city? Head for the best unkept secret on Staten Island with the Mommy Poppins guide to the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden.

Our August GoList and our Summer Fun Guide are powered up with events as always, and our event calendar adds things to do daily. And don't forget to check out our brand-new local DEALS page, where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for NYC kids. Check back often as we're constantly adding new deals every day.  

Weekend Fun: Retro Gaming, Fishing Derby, Slime Fest

It's on like Donkey Kong at the Long Island Retro Gaming Exhibit. Show off your joy stick skills this weekend and teach your wee ones what gaming life was like before iPads. Or cast a line at the Snapper & Crab Derby off of Captree Pier. Let the kiddies make ooey gooey slime (and let someone else clean up after) at Slime Fest in Syosset.

Check out our August GoList for the best family events throughout 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 more family adventures.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Don't forget to check out our brand-new local DEALS page, where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for LI kids. Check back often as we're constantly adding more.

Check Out a Free Museum or Zoo Membership Pass at your Local Suburban Library

Looking for something free to do to entertain the kiddos? If you live in the suburbs, go to your local library and you can check out passes for you and your family to visit a number of great nearby museums, zoos, and gardens. Each library has different policies when it comes to checking out library passes, so be sure to call or check in at your local branch before reserving. To search and see what's available, use the keywords "Museum Pass" in your library's catalog search. You'll only be able to check out passes in your county with your library card and some libraries have restrictions about what township you live in, so scroll down to your county to see what great passes you can find. 

Birthing Centers in NYC: Where to Find Them

Pregnant New Yorkers often seek out their OB or midwife based a few key factors, including where that doctor delivers babies. You might sort through hospital c-section rates, get recommendations from your local mom group, and check various doctor reviews and ratings before narrowing down your list. But if you're looking for birthing center, the choices in NYC are more limited, though a small handful of venues do exist in both Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Birthing centers provide a more home-like environment, where moms-to-be are given the encouragement to labor in their own way, free from medical intervention. There is often a tub available as water is known to ease labor pains, full-size beds, and more perks to make mom more comfortable. It can be a great option for those not ready for a home birth, nor interested in a traditional hospital childbirth. Just know that birthing centers don’t offer epidurals, so you'll need to come to terms with that idea early on.

We’ve rounded up the birthing centers currently serving New York City, including both freestanding and in-hospital centers.

School Start and End Dates: 2017-18 Academic Year Calendars for Houston-Area Schools

The greater Houston area is home to many, many school districts. And the nature of being a Houstonian means you have at least one friend or family member who lives in a different district than you. It's always handy to have school dates on hand, so bookmark this page for the 2017-18 academic calendars and start and end dates for the area's 31 school districts.

Blast Off at Port Jefferson's Redesigned Rocketship Park

Although not a new playground location, Clifton H. Lee Memorial Park, or Rocketship Park, in Port Jefferson is brand new. Opened to the public in late June, this playground has undergone a $900,000 renovation nearly two years in the making. It was worth the wait with many fun features for toddlers to big kids. So get ready to blast off to Rocketship Park with our playground review.

Long Island has so many playgrounds to enjoy. Check out our list of the beach playgrounds, and toddler playgrounds. And take advantage of what’s left of summer with our Summer Fun Guide.

For more fun things to do in Port Jefferson, check out our day trip guide to this kid-friendly North Shore community

Weekend Fun: Butterfly Festival, Wizard of Oz, County Fairs

No matter what your kids are into, you're bound to find something fun this weekend. You can hear a nautical tale at Cape May's Lighthouse Storytime, head to Liberty State Park to Explore the Hudson River Estuary, or see entertaining experiments at Mad Science Summer Camp in Paramus. Travel back in time at the Living History Encampment in Historic Smithville, or fall under the spell of The Wizard of Oz at the Morris Museum's Bickford Theatre. 

Try one of the many fairs and festivals happening this month, including the Festival of the Sea in Long Beach Township and the Watershed Butterfly Festival in Pennington.

Find ways to beat the heat in our Summer Fun Guide for NJ Kids, which includes our list of the Best Jersey Shore Beaches for Families. And be sure to check out our Event Calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Read on for more of our weekend picks, and don't forget to visit our brand-new local DEALS page to score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for NJ kids. 

NYC Destination Playground: Nelson A. Rockefeller Park Has It All

In New York City, there are playgrounds—the kind you can step out the front door and find in your local neighborhood—and then there are playgrounds—these go beyond the basic jungle gym and include things like super-sized climbing structures, expansive sandboxes, or fancy water features. But, get this: Nelson A. Rockefeller Park has all that and some extra special features that make it truly destination worthy in my family's book.

Located in Battery Park City this playground provides enough entertainment for your whole family to while a day away, no matter your ages. Find more great playgrounds in our NYC Parks & Playgrounds Guide.

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