Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: County Fair, Lighted Boat Parade, Insane Inflatables

A bounty of festivals and other summer fun continues this weekend for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, with a mix of live performances, carnival action and a few twists.

The Putnam County Fair has all the trappings of carnival amusement, live animals and other fun stuff. The annual Lighted Boat Parade returns to illuminate New Rochelle harbor. For more exotic entertainment, experience South America at Paraguayan Harp and Folk Music. It might not be March, but Erin Go Bragh at the Irish Heritage Celebration. And if your family is into extreme anything, you won’t want to miss the Insane Inflatable 5K—not your toddler’s bouncy house, for sure!

Read on for more details and more great options to choose from—then consult our Event Calendar for our daily selection of activities. Also check out our Summer Fun Guide, which has ideas for every aspect of the season!

Weekend Fun: Robots, Double Dutch, Lollipops for Breakfast

There's plenty of adventure and athletics on tap for kids in New York City this final weekend in July. On Saturday, July 29, kids can take a free ride on the zip line at Alley Pond Park Adventure Course's 10th-Year Extravaganza, or enjoy a FREE hula-hooping event in Bryant Park. All weekend, Lincoln Center celebrates the art of double Dutch. If you can't make those, or just want unscripted, outdoor physical play, see our guide to the New York City playgrounds with the most shade.

If athletics isn't your thing but being outside is, check out the 7th Annual New York Poetry Festival on Governors Island on Saturday and Sunday, especially its Children's Festival. On Sunday, there's an art party on the roof of the Brooklyn Children's Museum, and on the same day, in Fort Greene Park, kids can learn how to make a glass mosaic

Keep cool as we enter the dog days of the summer, aka August, with our Guide to Best Beaches, Pools, Splash Pads and Water Parks. Please continue to avail yourself of our packed Summer Fun Guide, and maybe even begin to peek at fall events via our Event Calendar.

Don't forget to check out our brand-new local DEALS page where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for NYC kids. Check back often as we're constantly adding new ones.

Diggerland: A NJ Amusement Park for Construction-Loving Kids

If your kids can't get enough of trucks and dirt, head to Diggerland USA, a construction-themed amusement park in West Berlin. Diggerland is a child's construction-site fantasy, with a setup designed to fulfill the dreams of little builders ages 2 and up.

My 2-year-old son and I recently took the ride to West Berlin to see what it was all about, and we had a blast. However, we'll probably wait another year before returning so as to avoid the temptations of the rides he wasn't big enough to go on just yet. That said, if you're looking for a unique alternative to traditional amusement parks this summer, a trip to Diggerland is definitely in order. 

Weekend Fun: Carousel Stories, Pirates, and Connecticut's Coney Island

Summer is racing by at breakneck speed, with the last weekend of July already upon us. In addition to the numerous fairs and festivals this weekend there are a number of unique events perfect for a family with kids. For starters how about spending a day as a pirate? You can also learn about the history of carousels and their animals, and even celebrate reaching summer's halfway point.  As always, in the event of rain, be sure to check that your intended activity is still on before jumping into the car.

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Weekend Fun: Birds of Prey, Theater, a Barn Dance, Free Music

Hawks and owls and kestrels—oh my!

Head to Sagamore Hill National Historic Site this weekend as it hosts resident birds of prey from Sweetbriar Nature Center. See how Freckleface Strawberry attempts to clear her face of pesky freckles on stage at the Engeman Theatre. Or bee-bop around to the sounds of beats made by garden veggies at the Vegetable Orchestra.

Check out our July GoList for the best family events for the rest of the month. For more seasonal activities, pop over to our Summer Fun Guide or our day trips guide. Check out our guides to Long Island playgrounds or amusement parks and water parks for more family adventures.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself

Get Moving: Free Outdoor Workouts for Philly Families this Summer

Whether you're trying to get back into shape or stay in shape, working out is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Not only does it keep parents happy and healthy, but it teaches kids how to keep moving and be healthy. If you're looking for a little extra motivation, check out these FREE workouts around the city this summer- bring your little kids with you in the stroller or have older kids join in!

Looking for mommy and me classes? Check out our round-up of Where to Get Fit With Baby.

20 Things Your Kid Can Do to Support the Paris Climate Accord

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." -Dr. Seuss

When it comes to making a difference in our world, even grown-ups can feel pretty small sometimes. It's hard to imagine that a single act could really change much of anything. But looking at the big picture can help. Imagine if everybody on your street did the same small things every day. And imagine if each of those neighbors told a friend, who started doing those small things, too. Before long, all of those individual little acts start to add up to big change. With the U.S. government's recent decision to back out of the Paris Climate Accord, an agreement in which individual countries pledge to do their part to curb global warming, now more than ever we need to think of ways we can start living a little lighter. Set aside a half-hour with your child and read this list of simple things kids and parents can do, together, to support the efforts and spirit behind the Paris Climate Accord.

Listen to the Music: Westchester's Free Outdoor Summer Concerts in August

We’re at just about the half-way mark for summer vacation, and seeing these outdoor concerts are still one of our favorite things about the season. Held in the evenings, when the weather has cooled a bit and everyone could use a little chill, an outdoor concert is the perfect way to end the day with kids. Best of all? They're FREE!

We’ve already told you about the concerts in July, and we hope you didn’t think we’d leave you hanging for August. Check out the complete list below, and sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know about all things summer.

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