Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Turtle Hatch Day, Cardboard Race, Theater, August 22-23

Start packing in the fun as summer winds down to its last few weeks. Go on a scavenger adventure outdoors in Hampton Bays or indoors in Hicksville.

Catch the last run of Mary Poppins at the Long Island Children's Museum or Cinderella's Glass Slipper at the Smithtown Performing Arts Center

Remember, you can find even more options in our jam-packed Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide. To receive our posts in your inbox, subscribe to our free newsletters.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Festivals, Fireworks, and Pancakes with Penguins August 22-23

Many of children in Connecticut begin school over the next few weeks, so this weekend is a bit of a last hurrah for summer. The CT Science Center in Hartford is hosting its 5th Annual Back 2 School Bash to get everyone in the mood, with visits from all your favorite super heroes, including Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, and more. CT Fair season is beginning to get underway, and there are several to choose from, including the 114th Hamburg Fair and the Bridgewater Country Fair, which are described below.

If you're starting to map out fall activities, check out our guide to After School Programs, Classes and Activities and keep an eye on the event calendar as we continue to add open houses.

And if it's too soon to think about fall, we have plenty of suggestions to stretch out the in our Summer Fun Guide. For the latest and best family-friendly events, subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

Here are some suggestions for the weekend ahead. Enjoy! 

Weekend Fun for Westchester Families: Fairy Walk, Country Fair, Falconry, Aug. 22-23

If you’re looking for fun family activities in Westchester and the Hudson Valley this weekend, you’ve come to the right place! For a FREE performance by a troupe that’s played at Carnegie Hall, catch the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. Pixie lovers will delight in a Fairy Walk, while baseball fans can enjoy extra entertainment at Rockland Boulders Beach Day. For midway fun, try the Otisville Country Fair, and the most intriguing nature program on our radar is Sky Hunters in Flight, which introduces visitors to the uncommon sport of falconry.

For more summer fun in and around Westchester, look no further than our Event Calendar, where you'll find many more great ways to enjoy August with your family—many of which are FREE. 

Weekend: Carousel Opens in Battery, Clifford Hits NYC, Queens Art Party, August 22-23

The Battery's aquatic-themed SeaGlass Carousel is about to debut, and we can't wait to experience this virtual ocean ride. Plus, Volkswagen Beetles take over Governors Island, Clifford the Big Red Dog meets his young fans in Bryant Park, Long Island City hosts an art-filled block party and family-friendly shows continue at the Fringe.

Read on for all of our best bets. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

25 Ways To Keep Enjoying Summer after School Begins

Whether you're relieved by the quiet or disturbed by the abrupt ending, most LA families are using those three little words (back to school) a whole lot earlier than they used to. Of course, getting our back-to-school shopping out of the way early doesn't change the weather; there might be no child left behind at the beach, but it's still summer. If your family is not ready for summer to end, pick a few items off our Endless Summer List and go have some fun in the sun!

New Play 'Studio' Opens in Queens for Babies, Toddlers and School Kids

It's no secret that the Queens neighborhoods of Sunnyside and Woodside are loaded with kids and families, and while we're spoiled with fantastic parks and libraries, the popular area is definitely lacking indoor play spaces.

Sure there's Chuck E. Cheese's, but try finding a local drop-in play spot on a rainy or too cold or too hot day, and you're sure to hear other parents complain about the dearth of options—until now. Sabrina's Play Studio opened this summer on busy Queens Boulevard across from the New Calvary Cemetery, and parents immediately, with their toddlers and older kids in tow, began to queue.

Check out our review of this bright, indoor kids' playground in western Queens that offers both weekday and weekend drop-in play sessions.

Connecticut Beaches with Playgrounds

When you have young children, the beach can seem like more trouble than it's worth—the swim diapers, the water wings, the picnic lunch, the blankets, the towels, the sand everywhere. But throw in a beachside playground, and suddenly you're more willing to make a go of it. There are several spots in Connecticut, be it Fairfield County, New Haven County or out East, where kids can enjoy the best of land and sea together, with a playground plunked down near the water's edge. A handful are quite new, and celebrate the lives of children lost on 12-14-12 in colorful splendor. For more info on CT Beaches check out our CT Beach and Water Fun Guide.

Bird Watching with Long Island Kids

Nature is abound on Long Island and one way to squeeze in some quality family time is to learn which animals share our home. Luckily, various kinds of birds can be found here throughout the year and families can learn more about where the best spots are to watch our feathered friends take flight.

Can't get enough? We've also rounded up places where you can have an Animal Encounter or On the Farm birthday party.

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