Great Summer Fairs and Festivals for Long Island Families

Nothing says summer more than spending time as a family at a fair or festival on Long Island. It's a chance to be outdoors, spend time with the friends and neighbors, and make lasting memories.

Whether your family enjoys an old-fashioned street fair in your neighborhood or ventures nearby to see how other communities celebrate summer, these family-friendly events are sure to leave everyone smiling. Plus, many of these events are FREE to the public. That's why we've rounded up a list of the best fairs and festivals taking place in Nassau and Suffolk counties and on the East End in July and August. 

For more seasonal inspiration, check out our Summer Fun Guide and Events Calendar. And while you're at it, consider one or two of our 25 must-do activities with kids this summer. If you're on a budget, try a few of our 50 FREE things to do with LI kids before school resumes. 

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Champions of Magic, Summer Symphony Nights, June 30-July 1

It's hard to believe, but just like that we're closing the door to June and sliding into July! Now is the time to get cracking on those summer bucket lists and soak up the remaining time you have with the kids before they head back to school. Or maybe you're feeling like summer is starting to drag... in which case, we've got you covered there, too! Just check out our ultimate Summer and Vacation Camp Guide for plenty of options and ideas to keep the kids busy. 

This upcoming week also marks the 4th of July, and there are endless options all over the city for celebrating with family and watching some awesome fireworks' displays. You can even get a jump start on the festivities by attending the Fulshear Freedom Fest or Traders Village Independence Day Celebration this Sunday. 

Not sure how you want to celebrate the 4th this year? Our event calendar has all the best 4th of July celebrations, as well as activities for every other day of the week. Need more long-term planning? We recommend our June GoList, which features the best events and activities of the month. You can also stay up to speed with everything happening on Mommy Poppins by signing up for our weekly newsletter. It's the easiest way to see all of our content!

For anyone planning an upcoming event, we invite you to submit your event to our calendar so we can share it with all our great readers. It's as easy as filling out a form and hitting submit, then we'll review it and publish it from there.

Now let's check out what's happening in Houston this weekend.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Summer Campout, Movie Nights, June 23-24

Summer activities are happening in full force around our city, and this weekend is packed to the brim with some awesome events you don't want to miss. With the sun promising to come back out by Saturday, now is the time to start picking out some outdoor activities, whether it's an evening summer "campout", breakfast on the bayou, or taking part in STEM Saturday at Discovery Green. We also highly recommend checking out Challenger Seven Memorial Park in Webster, named as such for the seven astronauts who lost their lives in the 1986 Challenger space shuttle explosion. (Since we live in Houston, though, and the weather changes on a dime, here's a handy little Indoor Fun Guide JUST IN CASE.)

All of this on-again, off-again rain can make it challenging to pre-plan your days, however our event calendar is full of both indoor and outdoor activities for kids of all ages, so you never have to worry about what you're going to do. Doing some long-term planning? Then head over to our June GoList for a highlight reel of this month's events. 

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Event planners: we want YOU! We love featuring the best events happening in and around Houston, and we try our best to get everything up on our calendar. If you notice that your event hasn't made it on yet, or you want to get a head start and ensure it's on our calendar nice and early, please submit your event to us so we can get it published. All you have to do is fill out the form and hit submit, then we'll take it from there.Easy-peasy.

Let's chat about the weekend now, and see what's in store. 

Best Water Parks for Toddlers Near NYC

When temperatures soar, there's always New York's FREE neighborhood pools or sprinklers for a quick cool down with the kids, but on particularly hot summer days, nothing beats the heat like a splashing out on a trip to a water park near NYC

Families with toddlers in tow aren't looking for big slides or big waves, though, so we've rounded up our top splash pads for the preschool set. Prepare to find toddler-sized attractions, along with perks such as nursing stations and FREE mini life jackets—and don't worry, there's plenty of big-kid fun to go around, too. So read on for details on 11 parks within two hours of New York City that cater to the littlest water explorers.

Check out our NYC Beaches, Pools, and Water Fun Guide for more family-friendly ideas on how to cool down in the city.

Father's Day Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Fun Runs, Barbecue & Brews, Texas Taco Mania, June 16-17

To all the dads, grandfathers, and men who fill the role of dad: Happy Father's Day from all of us on the Mommy Poppins Houston team! You guys are the best! Starting to panic because you still don't have anything planned to celebrate Dad? In addition to a weekend packed with Father's Day specific events, we also put together a unique list of Father's Day ideas we know Dad will actually love.

In case you missed it, we have had a lot of fun posts pop up on Mommy Poppins recently that are packed with fun summer ideas: 

We make it easy to keep your days full of interesting and unique activities; simply check out our event calendar for different things that are happening in and around Houston all week long, or our June GoList for an overview of some of the best events to attend throughout the month. We can also send all of our latest and greatest articles straight to your inbox when you sign up for our weekly newsletter. It's the easiest way to stay up to speed with everything that's happening on our site.

For anyone planning or hosting an event: we want to make sure you get coverage! We are constantly researching all of the events and activities going on in Houston and updating our calendar accordingly, however if you notice your event hasn't made it to our calendar yet we'd love for you to submit your event to us so we can get it published. Help us help you! 

Now let's get to planning this Father's Day weekend!

Best Toddler Playgrounds in Lower Manhattan

Thanks to the residential boom in Lower Manhattan, the borough's southernmost point is more family-friendly than ever. Streets that once were the domain of Financial District workers running for their offices are now just as likely to be full of strollers and newly-walking tots. The many new playgrounds that have been constructed or renovated in this area make downtown Manhattan a part of the city you don't want to miss for family fun.

The playgrounds on this list offer fun things to do for all ages but are especially great for toddlers—because as all parents of toddlers know, finding a playground where your little one won't get run over by bigger kids is no small feat. Fun equipment, appropriate climbing structures, infant swings, thoughtful layouts, and a bevy of sandboxes await you at these downtown playgrounds, all located south of Washington Square Park. Time to get swinging!

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Movies Under the Moon, Wild Families, June 9-10

The start of summer is always so full of promise: sticky popsicle dates, lazy pool days, moonlit movies (Little Giants is playing in Sugar Land on Saturday!), and days upon days to accomplish everything on your summer bucket list.

Of course, there is also a certain amount of creativity that comes into play to keep the wails of "I'm bored!" at bay, which is why we came up with cheap outdoor games that are sure to be a hit with kids of all ages and created an entire guide of Houston area summer and vacation camps for the kids to attend. There will be no boredom this summer! 

Get a head start on your days by making sure to check out our event calendar. It's always full of fun happenings every day around the city. For a peek at what this month has to offer, check out our June GoList. And to have everything we publish delivered straight to you, make sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter so you never miss a beat.

We try our best to stay on top of all the events and activities our awesome city has to offer, however if you notice your event hasn't made it to our calendar yet we'd love for you to submit your event to us so we can get it published. Let's work together to promote your events with our readers!

On that note, let's find out what's happening this weekend so you can make it one for the books. 

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: School's Out Summer Bash, Houston Show Choir, June 2-3

Coming off of a long weekend isn't quite so bad when the following weekend marks the beginning of summer. Bring on the lazy pool days, family vacations, and general fun in the sun

In need of some new-to-you water spots? We definitely recommend checking out all of the different FREE splash pads Houston has to offer, as well as the numerous family-friendly beaches in Galveston. Head south now to enjoy the incredible clear water you've been reading about.

Before you head to the water, though, these articles are worth a read:

For daily inspiration, head over to our event calendar and our June GoList, where you can find all the best weekday and weekend events, as well as some of the best events happening this month. You also definitely want to sign up for our weekly newsletter to stay on top of everything Mommy Poppins has to offer throughout the week. 

As always, we love to showcase the best new and recurring events happening around Houston and we work hard to make sure they are all published on our calendar. If you have an awesome event coming up and notice we haven't published it yet, we ask that you submit your event to our calendar so we can share it with all of our readers. Just fill out the form and we'll take it from there!

Now, let's kick back and plan the weekend together!

12 Things To Do with Your Long Island Baby Before They Turn 1

Those long nine months finally are over and it's time to enjoy all the moments you dreamed about. Baby is here, which means there are many memorable firsts ahead.

No matter the season, there is always something new to experience with your little one on Long Island. Whether it's a trip to the ocean, or a visit to the pumpkin patch, the first year is full of milestones. Get your camera (or phone) ready, because this list is full of Kodak moments.


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