Weekday Fun: Music, Spider Hunt, and the Eclipse

This week, it’s time to look to the sky. Just be careful.

Monday, for the first time in years, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse. And while we aren't in the path of totality, Long Islanders are lucky enough to be in a path of partial darkness.

There are plenty of hot spots up and down the Island to get a good view of this celestial event, including the Cradle of Aviation Museum and Sagamore Hill. Check out our special eclipse post for details and for precautions in watching the event with small children. Check out our August GoList for other fun ideas to finish up summer with a bang.

On to the week’s other top events!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Solar Eclipse, Fairs, Community Art

Many families may be heading out of town this week; however, for those choosing to stay close to home, the week ahead is full of fun activities. We’ve culled our top picks for every weekday.

The big national news is the solar eclipse, and we’ve identified numerous ways to make this a memorable occasion for your family, including group viewing parties like the Celebrate the Partial Solar Eclipse. This week also brings the start of two of our August GoList highlights—the Dutchess County Fair and the Otisville Country Fair—both of which are chockfull of midway and country-fair fun.

Read on for more details and be sure to visit our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Fun: Solar Eclipse, Beach Movies, Car Cruise

Don’t panic that summer is coming to a close! This week's agenda offers tons of fun in the sun. Free outdoor movie events this week include Cape May Movies on the Beach, Zoo-Vies at Turtle Back Zoo, and Zoo-Flix After Dark at Van Saun. Spend more time outdoors at Smithville Car Cruise and Donaldson Farms’ Summer Nights. Plus, don’t miss a unique opportunity to view the Solar Eclipse at RVCC’s Planetarium. Monday's calendar spotlights more eclipse-viewing events.  

Read on for our best children's events the week of August 21–25, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and August GoList for even more late-summer adventures.

Courage and Compassion at Harriet Beecher Stowe's House

Children love superheroes, those powerful people whose good deeds defeat evil, and leave the world a better place. Once kids start hearing about the amazing life of Harriet Beecher Stowe, they'll realize she totally qualifies as one. A tour of Hartford County's Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, which features her home and a museum, offers the opportunity to learn about this beloved author, and how she helped change history.

Weekday Fun: Solar Eclipse, Free Broadway, and Seaport Tennis

New York City kids get treated to a major celestial event this week: the first, full solar eclipse over North America since 1979. As expected, there's a load of events to choose from, including a full eclipse shindig at the Hayden Planetarium, a slew of free library gatherings, and a free, super-cool viewing in the garden of Pioneer Works, in Red Hook. Also, see our full guide to watching the eclipse as a family.

That doesn't mean the rest of the week gets blocked out! You have Grand Central's Summer Send-Off starting Tuesday, with free, daily performances from the casts of Broadway's biggest shows, like School of Rock, or The Great Comet of 1812. You also have a free tennis party, at the South Street Seaport, celebrating the U.S. Open. 

Got a summer infant? See our list of 12 surprisingly fun places to hang with your baby in New York City. Meanwhile, our action-packed August GoList isn't done with you yet, and our Summer Fun Guide continues to burst with fun ideas. Catch these 30 must-do summer events and activities before the kids head back to school. For deeper into the future, see our Event Calendar

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Solar Eclipse, Free Fun, History August 21-25

At long last, the solar eclipse occurs on Monday! Although Philadelphia isn't among the prime viewing locations, it is still a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see this celestial phenomenon. Luckily, there are many local spots hosting solar eclipse events such as Independence Seaport Museum, Franklin Institute, Wagner Free Institute of Science, Brandywine Creek State Park, and Myrick Conservation Center.

After checking eclipse-watching off your lifetime bucket list, savor some free summertime fun. See an outdoor movie at The Dell or Pennypack on the Delaware, watch the Summer Mummers entertain the crowd at Powell Lane Plaza, partake in a Tinkergarten Trial Class at Wooden Park, or jam to live music at Kerr Park. Explore the life of Benjamin Franklin with a free visit to Benjamin Franklin Museum. In addition, kids can participate in free programming such as Barnacles and Bullets at the New Hall Military Museum and Colonial Stations situated throughout Historic Philadelphia.

Reality-check... the school year is just around the corner. Combat back-to-school jitters with a trip to Bucks County Children's Museum and be sure to check out a few consignment sales to update your kids' wardrobe with clothes for the season. For now, continue reading for our top weekday picks.

A Visit to Auerfarm in Bloomfield

Sprawled on 120 acres in Bloomfield, Auerfarm is a pastoral oasis in the Hartford area. From the moment you turn on the dirt road, you feel the freedom and peace of farm life. Children will be more than happy to explore for a couple of hours, romping in meadows, spotting dragonflies, and greeting farm animals. 

Yosemite: Plan a Fun, Kid-Friendly Getaway to California's Favorite National Park

Where can one see El Capitan and Half Dome simultaneously, gaze at two thousand-year-old trees, and hike to the foot of a waterfall? Answer: Yosemite, California.

If you live in the LA area, Yosemite National Park and the surrounding areas are a must-see, and a great spot for a quick getaway that feels farther away than it is. But with so many options in one park, it's also a destination unto itself, worthy of travel from afar.

Here's a quick guide for planning a Yosemite getaway with kids in tow.

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