Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Belly Dancing, Pool Party

If you feel summer is zipping by, slow down and take greater advantage of all the great goings-on for Westchester families! Everyone’s bucket list should include at least one outdoor movie and one outdoor performance, right? We have plenty of options to help you check those to-dos off your list—plus a lot more in store.

The big news this coming week is the much-anticipated release of the newest installment of the Harry Potter book series, the J.K. Rowling sensation that has taken both kids and adults by storm. Pumping up the excitement are the back-to-back Harry Potter Parties. Another top pick this week is the return of Aszmara Middle Eastern, featuring belly dancing, live music and costumes. For unadulterated fun, hit the Evening Pool Party & Movie to catch an evening dip and outdoor flick.

These are just a few of our top picks; there's more below and many more options on our Event Calendar. Consult our Summer Fun Guide for more great seasonal excitement!

Weekday Fun in NJ: Italian Festival, County Fair, Magic

With all the summer fairs and festivals popping up, this week is like one big party. Take in all the rides, games and fun at St. Ann’s Italian Festival, 2016 Monmouth County Fair, QuickChek Festival of Ballooning and Manasquan Fireman’s Fair. If you need an indoor breather, stop by State Theatre’s showing of Despicable Me 2 and Dikki’s Wacky Magic Show at Morris Museum. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids, July 25-29: Storymobile, Splash Dance, and Folk Fest

Without a doubt, one of my favorite things about summer is all the fantastic library programming. Topping this week's picks is a visit from the ReadBoston Storymobile at the main branch of the Boston Public Library, which recently reopened its newly-renovated space (pictured). If you haven't checked it out yet, you are in for a treat! But if you'd rather spend a summer day outdoors, let the librarians come to you, on the beach, no less, or hit the river instead for an amazing summer experience.

This week also boasts some great family events to create or observe the visual arts, along with tons of outdoor concerts popping up all week, including the first evening of the Lowell Folk Festival. Besides all these great picks, be sure to keep your eye on the full Event Calendar for other fun upcoming events.

Weekday Fun: Math Metropolis, Kids Music, Theater, and Art

NYC parents can leave their wallets at home this week and still have a great time with their kids—all our picks for the coming days are completely FREE! Families can enjoy an alfresco art class in Riverside Park, hit the Museum of Mathematics' outdoor Math Midway in the Financial District, drop a line in the Hudson River for some catch and release fishing, enjoy The Not-Its! live as they wrap up the kiddie concert season in Madison Square Park, and catch Theaterworks USA's latest summer production, Junie B. Jones Essential Survival Guide to School. Looking for more FREE activities? Peruse our post on gratis happenings all summer long.

Families can also visit the Morris-Jamel Mansion, aka Manhattan's oldest house (George Washington slept there!), check out the cool new Star Trek and Ghostbusters exhibits, or maybe just let the kids romp at a new playground—Ramon Aponte Playground in Midtown West just reopened after a year-long makeover.

Check out our jam-packed Summer Guide and Event Calendar for even more ways to enjoy the season with kids in NYC.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: PoliticalFest, County Fair, Carnivals, July 25-29

Whether you follow politics or not, there is no escaping it this week since Philadelphia hosts the Democratic National Convention. As media, politicians, and citizens of the nation attend the convention and visit the sites that Philly has to offer, be aware that traffic and wait times in and around the city could be longer.

However, hosting the convention does has its perks for us locals. The National Constitution Center along with 6 other locations throughout the city present PoliticalFest, a one-of-a-kind festival showcasing our country's political history and government in a non-partisan way.

On the other hand, consider taking this opportunity to enjoy the suburbs and all they offer. This week, families can enjoy good old-fashioned carnival fun at Kimberton Fair, Midway Fire Company Carnival, or Cochranville Fire Company Carnival. Create art at Darlington Art Center, Monkey Fish Toys, or a Michael's near you. Visit the Bucks County Children's Museum for its Summer Nights event featuring the Sound of Music by Bucks County Playhouse Youth Company or take a ride to Winterthur for its Terrific Tuesdays children's program.

Putting all politics aside, certainly everyone can vote for a fun-filled week ahead!

A Peaceful Trip Back in Time at Boscobel House and Gardens

 Overlooking West Point, Constitution Island and the Hudson River, Boscobel House and Gardens is a wonderful place to step back in time and take a break from our modern rush-around world. Originally built in Montrose, N.Y., and moved to its current location in Garrison in the 1950s, Boscobel House dates back to the early 1800s.

Throughout the year Boscobel hosts a variety of family-friendly events, in addition to the tours, picnicking, hiking and sight seeing opportunities that are available April through December. We have what you need to know about visiting these immaculately restored grounds, which reflect the grandeur of when it was home to one of Westchester’s wealthiest women. 

25 Things To Do in Cincinnati with Kids

Cincinnati, Ohio hits the highbrow and lowbrow sweet spot for families. It may be referred to as the Queen City, but there are no regal airs in this utterly unpretentious town.

Proud of its working-class roots, Cincinnati forges into the 21st century with plenty of innovations. Its compact core makes it ideal for walking and an eagerly anticipated new streetcar route opens in September, connecting its diverse outlying neighborhoods with the vibrant downtown. Nature lovers can bask in Cincinnati's leafy parks just minutes from the city center. Pro sports are a big deal, with baseball’s Reds and football’s Bengals leading the charge, but families with an interest in history and the arts have also come to the right place.

To help families get the most out a visit to Ohio's Queen City, we've pulled together a carefully curated list of things to see and experience with kids. For more stateside family vacation ideas, be sure to check out our United States Family Travel Guide.

100 Things To Do in NYC with Kids Before They Grow Up

The number of family-friendly happenings in New York City on any given day is enough to overwhelm most parents. Our city plays host to top-notch museums and art, creative play spaces, amazing parks and playgrounds, and even amusement parks, all of which pump out fun children's programming year-round. Even NYC restaurants get into the game, hosting dedicated kid play spaces, events, and cool DIY opportunities like ice-cream and chocolate making.

Yet every year, our kids suddenly grow up on us a little more. They age out of one activity after another, whether it's storytime at the library, the carousel, or just needing to hold our hand as they cross the street. That's why we're focused on finding ways to take advantage of all the amazing things to do in New York City with kids, creating meaningful memories as we go. I created this "life list" of all the things I want to experience with my kids before they grow up. It's not just the stuff that is fun to do, but also the stuff that I think will be important to do with them—things that will shape them and be formative in their experience as little New Yorkers. We're also big fans of FREE fun, so we included as much of that as possible!

So enjoy this list of 100 things to do in NYC, whether you're a local or a visitor trying to experience the very best of our city. Now, off I go to wring every drop of goodness from that damp, dirty rag that is New York City.

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