Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: STEM, Yoga, and Summer Solstice; June 19-23

It's a week of wonders here in Boston. Whether your child is more fascinated in things nautical or meteorological, science or circus acts, there's sure to be something that will inspire awe between now and next weekend. If you haven't gotten a glimpse at the glorious tall ships which have taken up temporary residence in our waters, be sure to head down to the harbor before they depart for the next port of call. There are kid-friendly introductions to engineering downtown and to yoga in Chestnut Hill. If watching contortionists sounds more appealing than acting like one, be sure to check out the circus acts, musical numbers, and museum activities in Cambridge. Hilltop sunsets and a free glimpse at one of our city's most underrated exhibits close out this wondrous week. If you're craving more, connect to our Events Calendar for fun ideas this week and beyond. 

Weekday Picks: Folk Concert, 17th Century Encampment, and Sports, June 19-23, 2017

This Wednesday officially marks the first day of summer, and with it comes fun days at the beachoutdoor movies, music festivals, and indoor play (for when it gets too hot).  This week alone, families can enjoy a 17th Century Encampment, an alternative folk music outdoor concert, and the international festival of arts and ideas

Many kids have finished school so feel free to scour the Event Calendar to ensure everyone stays busy and happy. Check back here often and follow us on Facebook, InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest so that you don't miss a thing. Happy Summer!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Mega Outdoor Yoga, Fireman’s Parade & Carnival

The week ahead marks the last day of school for many Westchester families, a time to celebrate the start of summer (and, let’s face it, the moment of panic that our kids will soon be let loose!). We’ve got some really cool events lined up, so read on for our top picks.

As carnival season continues, kids will surely love to celebrate at the Yorktown Heights Fireman's Carnival and Parade. To unwind, especially after the stress of finals and a year of hard work, focus on mindfulness and health at the hugely popular Get On Your Mat For Mental Health - Outdoor Yoga Event. If your kids are gearing up for a babysitting gig, sign them up for this FREE Babysitting Clinic, where they can learn fundamentals of safety from a nurse.

This is far from all, so read on for the rest and then head to our Event Calendar for many more great activities to choose from and sign up for our weekly newsletters  to stay in the know!

Weekday Fun: NJ State Fair, Free Movies, Campout on the Beach

Mid-June turns up the heat with outdoor festival excitement and keeps it cool with fun indoor activities. There are rides and games aplenty at the St. Gregory the Great Carnival, the North Wildwood Italian-American Festival, and the famous New Jersey State Fair. Take a break from the heat at Camden Aquarium’s Animal Adventures, Bowtie Cinemas Summer Kids Series, and New Jersey State Museum’s Summer Maker Space.

Read on for our best children's events the week of June 19–23, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and June GoList for even more early-summer fun.

Fireworks! 45 Different 4th of July Displays in Los Angeles & Orange County

This post is currently being updated for 2018.

Who's ready for some rockets' red glare? LA and Orange County's many communities compete for sky space on July 4th, launching fireworks willy-nilly at the stroke of 9pm. From the mountains, to the valleys, to the ocean, Angelenos have plenty of directions to look on Independence Day. Whether your plan is to book a fireworks cruise, to lay a blanket in a park, or to close all the windows and try not to wake the baby, it helps to know where those firecrackers are being aimed. Below is a list of locations lighting up the night sky on the 4th of July (plus one on June 24). We'll keep adding more right up to the day!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Summer Solstice, Museum Deals, Bugs June 19-23

Summer officially arrives this week in Philadelphia! What better way to celebrate the new season than with some of the amazing activities found in our event calendar.

To recognize the longest day of the year, Riverbend hosts its Summer Solstice Celebration complete with live animal demonstrations, puppet shows, and pond exploration. Wolf's Hollow County Park offers the chance to participate in a Summer Solstice Hike. And, Delaware Art Museum allows visitors to wander about and take in the beauty of nature at its Summer Solstice Labyrinth. In addition to summertime events, many venues throughout the Delaware Valley are featuring deeply discounted admission such as the Franklin Institute, the Brandywine Zoo, and the Delaware Children's Museum. Once nighttime arrives, view landmarks such as Glencairn Museum, Cairnwood Estates, and Bryn Athyn Cathedral set aglow, or see the first flashes of lighting bugs at Green Lane Park.

Keep reading for our top picks for the week and get ready for a great summer!

Weekday Fun: Fireworks, FREE Museums, SI Yankees vs. Cyclones

New York City kids in public school aren't free yet, but the summer events go full-throttle this week. Make Music New York looms large above it all, on Wednesday, June 21, with free concerts just about everywhere in the city, all day. The Staten Island Yankees and Brooklyn Cyclones open a home-and-home series against each other on Monday and Tuesday, and a slew of select museums in lower Manhattan go FREE on Tuesday night.

On Friday, regular fireworks begin at Coney Island, if you can't wait for the Independence Day fireworks displays across the city. Or, if the summer makes you want to get into the great outdoors, check out our lowdown on FREE camping inside New York City parks.

Meanwhile, our June GoList sprints into the new season with you, with our Summer Fun Guide and event calendar keeping equal pace. Boom!

5 New England Resorts with Great Kids Camps

Still looking for the perfect summer getaway? To us, a vacation that combines family fun with opportunities for grown-up-only time can't be beat, but a lot of hotels and resorts seem to specialize in one type of experience or the other. So we did some digging to find regional hotels that are best for parents looking to spend quality time with their kids—and each other.

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