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Great Summer Fairs and Festivals for Long Island Families

The smell of funnel cake is in the air as fairs and festivals kick off the summer season on Long Island. Summers are perfect for spending time outside with the family and getting to know your neighbors and community.

From old-fashioned street fairs to ethnic celebrations such as Native American powwows and the Highland Games, these family-friendly events are sure to leave everyone smiling. Festivals take place in Nassau and Suffolk counties and all the way to the East End. For more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Freaky Friday, Wizard of Oz, June 24-25

Two words to describe this coming weekend: HOT and WET. We are definitely not looking forward to this weekend's weather but don't worry, we have the perfect list of things to do indoors. You can enjoy family-friendly performances like Freaky Friday or The Wizard of Oz and forget about what's going on outside for at least a couple of hours. Are you still planning your summer adventures? Don't forget to include this list of 30 free things to do this summer, enjoy a festival or two, or maybe head southeast and check out the newly renovated aquarium at Moody Gardens

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Summer is in full swing! Check out our June GoList or the complete event calendar to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? Have this post delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

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Father's Day Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Crawfish Boils, Family Fun Run

Happy Father's Day from Mommy Poppins Houston! This weekend you can be sure to have fun with dad and the entire family at many of these Father's Day events. Also, don't miss out on many summer concerts all around town, maybe catch a movie for free (or seriously cheap) or cool off outdoors at one of the many splash pads around Houston.

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Indoor Swimming Classes for Long Island Kids

Long Islanders often boast of long weekends at our family-friendly beaches and endless opportunities for indoor aquatic activities. With proper swim instruction, children can be safe and have fun around our many waterways. From private swim classes to community pools, there are plenty of swim instruction destinations from which to choose. The great thing about these pools is that when summer is gone, kids can continue classes and add to their skills. There are schools for those as young as 6 months, continuing through lifeguard training. 

In addition, Long Island has well-maintained outdoor pools for long days of family fun, including these on the East End. For even more outdoor adventures, see our guide to Long Island's best parks and playgrounds and our guide to LI's best amusement and water parks.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Summer Fun Fest, Lake Houston Art Festival, June 10-11

June in Houston is in full swing! If you're looking for fun things to do this summer, check out our summer guide to plan your family's adventures. We have lots of ideas, from Houston parks with lots of shade to the best summer day trips. There is so much to do in these summer months; you won't want to miss out. This weekend alone you can be sure to have fun with the entire family at awesome shows, festivals, and more. 

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Looking for more? Check out our June GoList or the complete event calendar to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? Have this post delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

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15 Parent and Me Swim Classes To Keep LA & OC Babies and Toddlers Afloat

I wasn't born in water like some babies are, but I certainly could have lived in it when I was young. It's no wonder, because kids dig water, and the younger we start them in it, the earlier they build the skills needed to swim confidently and safely. Mommy and Me – or Daddy and Me – classes are a fun and bonding introduction to a lifelong love of swimming. And lucky for us and our tots, there are classes galore all around the Southland. We know some Great Private Swim Classes for LA Kids, but the classes below are all about taking the plunge alongside your wee one. Dive into our extensive list of area Mommy or Daddy and Me classes.

Free Concerts for NYC Kids This June: Tim Kubart, Suzi Shelton

Free outdoor music is one of the hallmarks of a great NYC summer...in our opinion anyway. Pack a picnic, stake out a spot, lay down a blanket, and soak up some no-cost culture in the form of New York City's top kindie bands as they play FREE concerts at some of the city's most beloved parks and playgrounds.

Of course there are so many performances that it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth the time, energy, and schlep. That's why we've done the work for you. Read on for a dozen-plus cool concerts happening this June for NYC kids, and look out for our recommendations for the rest of the summer, coming soon!

Kiddie Playland: Worthy Addition to Long Island Play Spaces

Kiddie Playland in Williston Park is a bright and cheerful addition to Nassau County’s collection of indoor play spaces for kids. Whether you are looking for open play on a rainy day or are interested in one of the many classes offered, this new spot has it all. Kiddie Playland is an ideal play space for kids ages up to age 6, and there are class offerings for those up to age 10.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Summer Kickoff Party, Discover Dinosaurs, June 3-4

This weekend is our BIG summer kickoff party with Brain Quest! Join us for a morning of fun featuring face painting, a princess appearance and photo opportunities with "real" dinosaurs, plus delicious food from Chick-fil-A. Get your tickets now to secure a copy of the brand new Summer Brain Quest book and tons of goodies courtesy of Chick-fil-A. We look forward to meeting you and your families this Saturday! 

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