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Father's Day Weekend for NJ Kids: Fairs, Trains, Amusement Parks

Dad is the VIP on this mid-June weekend. While Father's Day falls on Sunday, the whole weekend is filled with family-friendly—and especially dad-friendly—festivities. If Dad likes rides and games, spend the weekend at the Tri-County Fair, or score free-for-fathers admission on Sunday at Casino Pier and Morey's Piers. For a slower, more scenic ride, hop on Whippany Railroad Museum's Father's Day Train Ride

June festival season is in full bloom this weekend. Swing by Sea Isle City's Skimmer Festival or Nutley's Annual Father's Day Street Fair, or step back in time at Cape May's Military Time Line Weekend. Plus, summer's free movie season gets a jump-start on Saturday at Highland Park Outdoor Movie Theater.

Find even more weekend options in our Summer Fun Guide, including Jersey Shore Boardwalks and Amusement Parks. And look to our June GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Best NJ Swimming Pools with Day Passes for Families and Kids

Not ready to take the plunge on a swimming pool membership? Not to worry: there are pool clubs throughout New Jersey that allow guests to spend the day swimming without membership or residency. Many of them feature splash pads, kiddie pools, water slides, and playgrounds, making a day at the pool one of our favorite summer activities for kids.

Read on for a dozen NJ swimming pools that offer day passes without restrictions. And be sure to sign up for our FREE newsletters to get posts like this delivered to your inbox.

Asheville with Kids: 40 Best Things to Do in Asheville, NC

Asheville, NC, is a popular destination for visitors, including families, with so many fun things to do like the Biltmore Estate, a thriving food and arts scene, a Vanderbilt mansion with extensive grounds, and its kid-friendly local breweries. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the plentiful hiking trails, waterfalls, and swimming holes. I frequently visit my sister’s family in Asheville and get to explore this charming Southern city with my young nephew, so I wanted to share the inside skinny on the best family-friendly attractions, restaurants, and what to do in Asheville with kids.

Find more family fun destinations in our Family Travel City Guides, and be sure to check our picks for North Carolina's best beaches for families.

The Best Lakes for Swimming with Kids in New Jersey

New Jersey is known for its outstanding beaches, but it also has some of the best lakes for swimming in the Northeast. This summer, if you want a break from the pounding waves, dive into the calm waters of one of these beautiful New Jersey lakes.

For more wet (and dry) summer fun, check out our NJ Kids Summer Activities Guide—and sign up for our FREE newsletters to get posts like this delivered to your inbox!

How Can I Find Free Summer Meal Programs for Kids?

Many parents rely on the free breakfast and lunch available through the local school system to keep their kids' engines running—but what happens in the summer? Thankfully, there are still free meal programs available when school lets out.

Parents will find free breakfast, lunch, and sometimes afternoon snacks and more meals served up at certain parks, schools, community centers, hospitals, and elsewhere this summer. Many of the summer meal programs are federally funded through the USDA's Summer Food Service Program, but administered by local organizations, cities, or states. Read on for tips on how to find a free kids meal near you.

Father's Day in New Jersey: Fun Ways To Celebrate Dad with Kids

Father's Day can be more than golfing and barbecues this year, with such a great variety of family-friendly activities happening across the state. Whether Dad prefers baseball or fishing, nature hikes or amusement parks, our list of Father's Day happenings has all of this and more. Read on for our top picks for celebrating Dad this June.

For even more ways to have fun with fathers throughout the month, check out our Summer Fun Guide, including our roundup of family festivals in June, as well as our Event Calendar. And if Dad really has his heart set on golfing, there's always (mini-) golf!

Weekend Fun: Magic School Bus, NJ Fairy Fair, Strawberry Festivals

Feel like fair-hopping this weekend? The second weekend of June is packed with summery fairs of all kinds, spotlighting books, history, culture, and even fairies.

Step back in time at Civil War Weekend, or explore Spanish art and culture at Feria de Sevilla. There's something for readers of all ages to enjoy at the Maplewood- South Orange Book Festival, while little ones can spread their wings at The New Jersey Fairy Fair. Strawberry festival season continues at several farms throughout NJ, and local festivities are happening this weekend in Bayonne, Glassboro, Montclair, and Montvale.

Find even more weekend options in our Summer Fun Guide, including New Fun Spots for Kids Opening at the Jersey Shore. And look to our June GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Jersey Shore Boardwalks and Amusement Parks for Family Fun

Everyone loves a good trip to the beach, but Jersey Shore boardwalks are where the real memories are made. Whether you make it a day trip or have weekend or week-long plans for a summer vacation, one thing you most definitely don't want to miss is time on the boardwalk.

From frozen custard and funnel cakes to rides and mini-golf—and a few that feature water parks and toddler amusements—a boardwalk ups the ante on your usual trip to the beach. Boardwalks and the Jersey Shore go hand-in-hand, but if you are making only one trip this year, make sure it's to one of the best!

Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark: Next-Level Family Fun in New York's Catskills

Billed as the biggest indoor water park in New York state, the Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark is finally open! 

Since we first learned about this exciting new indoor water park in the Catskills more than a year ago, our New York-area families have been anticipating its grand opening, which took place in April. 

Eager for a weekend getaway, I recently visited the family-friendly resort for an overnight stay with my 5-year-old daughter. Sitting on two beautiful acres, with 318,000 gallons of water running through it, and 80,000-square-feet of water attractions—plus lots of splashes and sprays—the Kartrite does not disappoint.

Enter to Win the Summer Boredom Busters Giveaway!

What's the secret to a happy summer? Keeping kids busy! We've rounded up a great group of prizes in our Summer Boredom Busters Prize Package (total value $220.82) includes games, toys and activity books for fun and enrichment to keep kids from falling into the dreaded summer slide. This prize package is recommended for children ages 4 and up. 

The Summer Boredom Busters Giveaway Package Includes:

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