This Week: Free Summer Fun, Fireworks and Day Trips

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The high temperatures and humidity we've been experiencing say summer arrived weeks ago, but for NYC public school kids, break is just beginning. And we're celebrating with a variety of fun-filled events, from a School's Out Celebration in Coney Island, to a slew of free fests and concerts.

Heading to Long Island's East End this summer? Here's a roundup of super cheap (yes, really) activities for kids. There's also a ton of free fun to be had in nearby New Jersey. Plan a day trip to the Garden State for entertainment like the NJ Barbecue Championship, blueberry festivals and beach outings. For dino-obsessed kids, we've got a list of places to find the prehistoric creatures in Connecticut that's sure to be a hit.

Our Travel site has details on a blissful family farm vacation in New Hampshire.

Here's what else we covered on the NYC site this week:

Kick off summer vacation with a bang at a Coney Island fireworks display on Friday evening.

Speaking of summer break, we've got a list of 100 free things to do this summer in NYC—one no-cost activity every single day the kids are off from school.

Our biweekly news roundup has details on free summer circus performances and swimming lessons, plus new solar-powered charging stations at city beaches.

Here are our top picks for free family concerts in July, including a performance by Grammy winner Randy Newman.

July 4th is next week, and we've got the scoop on the best places to watch Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.

Calling all Lego lovers: check out Brick Fest Live! at the New York Hall of Science for lots of plastic brick-building fun.

Our focus on Little Neck, Queens continues with a roundup of 10 scrumptious family-friendly restaurants.

Best bets for the weekend include Coney Island's School's Out Celebration, Summer on the Hudson's RiverFish Celebration and SummerStage Family Day with Swedish circus arts duo Magmanus in Brooklyn Bridge Park.