Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Getty Garden, Pokemon & Juliet, BrickFest, August 6 -7

This pocket monsters thing goes much deeper than anyone knew. In recent weeks, Pokemon have been spotted playing with our children, wandering our national parks, and hiding in plain sight among wild animals. Evidence strongly suggests that they ran with the dinosaurs. But perhaps the most compelling argument for the influence these creatures have had on society is the latest revelation: Shakespeare wrote about them. He was Team Mystic; she was Team Valor: their star-crossed love affair colors our view of romance even today.

Or maybe it's just a story. Who knows? Stories are big in our culture—stories about imaginary friends and curious monkeys and dinosaurs, stories made up in the moment and tales that have stood the test of time.  We're big fat liars  tellers of tales.

Which brings us to the biggest story of all:  it's August, and school is starting up again before you know it.  So get out there and enjoy all this town has to offer. (Luckily, it's a lot!)

Keep reading for our picks of LA's stories (and unlikely places to find Pokemon) this weekend...  

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Rock Party, Star Party, Aug 6-7

Once the calendar turns to August, every Philly family knows that summer days (and nights) are fleeting. Thankfully, this weekend's Event Calendar provides lots of fun to make the most of the remaining, carefree summer moments.

Celebrate summer with lawn games and antique cars at Pennypacker Mills' In the Good Old Summertime event. Indulge in sweet tomatoes at Oasis Family Farm or juicy peaches at Linvilla Orchards. Learn about geology at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education's Rock Party! or gaze at the stars in the summer skies at Delaware Museum of Natural History's Star Party. Conclude the weekend at a festival such as Penn's Landing's ACANA Festival, Northern Liberties' 2nd Street Festival, or the Philadelphia Museum of Arts' Sight & Sounds Family Festival.

Continue reading for our top picks for the weekend ahead. With just a few more weeks before school begins, seize the opportunity to make the most of this summer weekend.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Carnivals, Fairs, and Model Yachts, August 6-7

It's off in the distance and looking a little bit hazy, but it's there just the same: the first day of school. My family has three weeks left, and I find myself desperate to pack in all the fun that I promised myself we'd get to this summer. Happily, this weekend we have not one but two fireman's carnivals, a world-class jazz festival, a special evening by the Pawcatuck River, and a model yacht regatta that will appeal to both boat and remote control enthusiasts alike. 

If you're still trying to make every summer day count, we have plenty of suggestions in our Event Calendar, which is updated throughout the week. For the latest and best family-friendly events, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

Here are some suggestions for the weekend ahead! 

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Renaissance Faire, Native American Celebration

You'll feel like you've traveled the globe and back in time after attending the events on tap this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

For starters, the beloved New York Renaissance Faire returns this weekend, which is a must-do if you’ve never donned your Elizabethan garb and watched jousting with a turkey leg in hand. If that's not enough Renaissance for you, indulge further at Arts in the Amphitheater: Theater Nights with a Shakespearean production by an all-girl cast. Also on the global itinerary are the annual Native American Heritage Celebration and the Indian Heritage Festival. In a different vein, the return of Kid's Night with Quintette 7 & "Instrument Petting Zoo" is a kid-focused outdoor concert by a big band with the added opportunity to get hands-on with the instruments.

Read on for more details on our top weekend picks—many of which are FREE. Be sure to click through to the event listing for full details. Making plans weeks in advance? Check out our newly posted August GoList for our best bets throughout the month. And remember to check out the myriad weekday and weekend events captured in our Event Calendar—there's no shortage of fun things to do all summer long! 

Weekend Fun: Summer Streets, Dragon Boats, Olympics, Kids Rule

Plenty of outdoor fun is in store for NYC kids and families this weekend, starting with the first of three Summer Streets—fun, car-free Saturday mornings in Manhattan—and the exciting Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Other weekend highlights include Kids Rule weekend in the Bronx, a kid-sized comic con in Bryant Park, and the Hindu lamp ceremony in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Plus, the Children's Museum of Manhattan is hosting a slew of Olympic-themed activities to celebrate the games, and history geeks will love seeing the New-York Historical Society's reenactment of the infamous Burr-Hamilton duel. Head to Prospect Park for an adorable Adoptapalooza.

If you're planning a day trip, the New York Renaissance Faire opens this weekend in Sterling Forest just north of the city. Or if you're hoping to skip town for a weekend getaway, we've got the scoop on exploring Mystic, Connecticut, with kids.

All of our best bets for weekend fun are below—11 of which are FREE. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar, Summer Fun Guide and just released August GoList.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids, August 6-7: Maritime Festival, Vintage Baseball, GospelFest

Like many young Bostonians, my kids are history buffs, and boy, are they in for a treat this weekend with everything from maritime history celebrations (pictured) to the opportunity to catch some vintage baseball on one of the Harbor Islands. If your kids prefer baseball in its current form, you won't want to miss the Red Sox Showcase, a wonderful way to experience Fenway for free outside the park.

Now that it's August, though, I definitely plan to make sure my family gets to enjoy free outdoor concerts and movies around town. Some of the best picks this weekend include GospelFest, a showing of The Good Dinosaur, and jazz at the fort. If your family prefers to rock it out, you might want to hit the family-friendly House of Blues Youth Rock Show indoors instead.

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Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

Just Peachy: Best Pick-Your-Own Peach Farms in New Jersey

The first sight of peaches in the supermarket always assures me that spring has arrived. Inevitably, I give in to temptation and bring a few home only to find that the fruit isn't yet juicy or sweet. By August, a good peach offers us a multi-sensory eating experience with a distinctive smell, taste, and that wonderfully messy drip. Of course, the fruit is even yummier when you and your kids pick it yourself. The Garden State has plenty of orchards to visit, no matter where you live. Most offer peaches and nectarines now and many will follow with apple-picking in the fall. Most farms are cash only and all suggest that visitors call ahead to make sure crops are still plentiful and what, specifically, is available on any given day. Have fun!

10 Worth-the-Money Experiences for LI Kids this Summer

Long Island is definitely an expensive place to live, so when parents find ways to save money on their kids’ activities and experiences (or even better, do them for free), we jump at it. But there are a few things to do this summer that are worth that extra splurge. And for more ideas on what to do before school is back in session, check out our Summer Fun Guide.

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