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Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Harry Potter Concert, Lion King, July 22-23

Houston summer nights are hot and humid, the days are long and full of fun, so plan this coming weekend with free moviesfairs and festivals, concerts, and more all over town. If you are wanting to cool off, check out our list of splash pads or free pools in Houston. 

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Summer is in full swing! Check out our July 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.

Now let's check out what's going on this weekend: 

New Moms' Groups for Boston-Area Moms and Babies

As a soon-to-be new mom, one of the things I’m most looking forward to is finding a group of other new moms to bond with. Finding others in a similar stage of parenthood can be a great way to gather support and share advice, especially during those tiring newborn days. Luckily, there are plenty of options to choose from in Boston, no matter what type of group you’re looking for or what neighborhood you live in. And best of all? Most of them are free!

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Lion King, Oz, Julydoscope, July 15-16

This weekend in Houston is roaring with fun for the entire family with the modern adaptation of both The Lion King and The Wizard of Oz, with performances in theaters Downtown. Plus, outdoor summer fun continues with free moviesfairs and festivals, concerts, and more all over town.

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

Summer is in full swing! Check out our July 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.

Now let's check out what's going on this weekend: 

Best Water Parks for Toddlers Near NYC

Spending a day around the wave pool at a water park is one of our favorite ways to while away a summer day. Of course, when temperatures soar, we might just sprint over to one of New York's many FREE neighborhood pool or sprinklers for a quick cool down, but sometimes it's an all-day water park kind of heat.

Families with toddlers in tow aren't looking for big slides or big waves. So although we've already told you about the many water parks near NYC, we've rounded up our top preschool splash pads. 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 ideas on how to cool down.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Christmas in July 5k, Paw Patrol, July 8-9

We are almost half way through the summer, so this weekend is the perfect opportunity for Houston peeps to evaluate progress on the family summer bucket list. Maybe you are steadily making it happen or you just now realize many activities haven't been completed, don't worry because this weekend's event calendar can certainly help cross off a few items. 

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

Summer is in full swing! Check out our July 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.

Now let's check out what's going on this weekend: 

50 Free Things To Do with Toddlers This Summer in NYC

New York City is chock-full of exciting summer to-dos for its youngest citizens. Sure, visiting the sprinklers at your local playground is sometimes enough to make your toddlers’s day. But for those occasions when you feel a yearning to venture farther afield, we’ve rounded up 50 FREE things to do with toddlers this July and August.

We've already put together a list of 100 Free Things To Do in NYC This Summer for kids of all ages, but the suggestions that follow are tailored just for little kids.

Looking for additional inspiration? Check out our Summer Fun GuideEvent Calendar, and Free in NYC Guide

Long Island Aquarium Offers Over 100 Exhibits and Interactive Adventures

With its fantastical Lost City of Atlantis theme, Long Island Aquarium combines myth and science to create an environment that's engaging for visitors of all ages. Located in downtown Riverhead, the Long Island Aquarium celebrates the Peconic River just outside its doors and the many creatures who call the water their home. From colorful fish in larger-than-life tanks to huge American alligators, the aquarium features more than one hundred exhibits, plus interactive experiences that will have kids and adults completely captivated. Dip your hand into one of the numerous touch tanks, get up close and personal with a penguin, or even snap a selfie with a sea lion. My family certainly couldn't get enough of the seemingly endless activities on our recent visit.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Fireworks, Freedom Celebration, July 1-2

July is here! And you don't have to wait until the Fourth of July to enjoy fireworks shows. This weekend you can find them all over town starting Friday. Be sure to check out our list of places where to see the Fourth of July fireworks around Houston.   

This month is the perfect one to enjoy a dip into a free local pool or a visit to a nearby water park. Don't miss the opportunity to get your children into swimming lessons to get them ready for summer fun. If you have a summer birthday, check out our birthday party guide for ideas, like many places to host both indoor and outdoor birthday pool parties in Houston! 

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

Summer is in full swing! Check out 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!

Now let's check out what's going on this weekend: 

New Indoor Play Space in Central NJ Is a Magical Spot for Small Kids

Something magical has come to Morganville, NJ: Magic Sky Play, a new indoor play facility for young children (8 and under). 

Magic Sky is a 2017 Mommy Poppins Bestie Awards Winner, for good reason. Its bright, open layout and creative activities are perfectly suited to a young child's imagination (and the needs of his or her parent). I recently visited with my 6- and 3-year-olds, and we had a blast exploring this sweet new spot. 

Free Admission for Active Duty Military Families with Blue Star Museums

Free museum admission is not just for kids in the summer months. More than 2000 museums across the country have joined the Blue Star initiative, offering free admission to active military personnel and their families* all summer long, from Memorial Day (Monday May 29 through Labor Day (Monday September 4). Spread the word; if you don't have active military in your own family, let your friends know that from the Automobile Driving Museum to the Santa Monica Aquarium and a whole slew in between, the men and women who protect all of our families can treat their families this summer.

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