Tweens & Teens

4th of July Fireworks in Connecticut

Who doesn't love fireworks—especially after a sandy day at the beach like the celebration in East Haven? Here in Connecticut, fireworks season starts before July 4th and continues afterward, too. Kick off summer with a bang with our roundup of more than 40 (!) CT pyrotechnic displays in honor of Independence Day. As always before heading out, check the weather forecast and parking restrictions, especially at beaches. Some venues allow nonresidents to pay for parking on-site, but others require that passes be purchased in advance at a separate location.

50 Things To Do in Newport, RI with Kids

Newport, Rhode Island has a reputation as a summer playground for the elite, but in truth it makes for a great family vacation.  Yes, you will see fabulous Gilded Age mansions and expensive sailing yachts in the harbor. But coastal Newport is an egalitarian town that can even be a bargain during the off-season. 

In summer there are lots of low-cost public boating opportunities, free beaches, a rich line up of outdoor concerts, and easy hikes that exploit the area’s natural beauty.  In winter months the public skating rink, free holiday festivities and the annual Winter Festival provide cold weather fun.  There are casual restaurants and hotels that cater to families.  Newport’s manageable size makes it a wonderful walking town, so if you don’t have a car, keep this in mind. 

See our Rhode Island Fun Guide for more Rhode Island family activity ideas. Here's what to do, where to eat and stay in Newport for families:

Free Outdoor Movies for Long Island Kids This Summer

This summer when the sun goes down, chances are a free, family-friendly movie will be playing outdoors somewhere on Long Island. It’s an ideal way to spend family time under the stars. So spread a blanket, bring a few lawn chairs, pack some snacks or perhaps a picnic dinner, and enjoy the show.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is best to arrive early. And be sure to check each venue’s website for up-to-date information on weather-related cancelations.

For more outdoor family activities, check out our roundups of the best places for a family picnic and the best beaches for families on Long Island. Plus, our Event Calendar and Summer Fun Guide are loaded with ideas for more seasonal fun for your family. Happy summer.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Camping, Festivals, and Fireworks, June 24-25

It is officially summer so we've dusted off our beach chairs and stocked up on a supply of sunscreen. We're ready for some adventures! This weekend, we might hit a beach party with fireworks in East Haven, catch the kickoff of one of our favorite summer concert series with a performance by the McLovins at Bayley Beach in picturesque Rowayton, or spend the night at the New Canaan Nature Center, a fun and easy camping experience for even very young children.

Believe it or not, fireworks season begins this weekend with displays in Danbury,  Branford, Hebron, Coventry, and Bridgeport, to name just a few. As we count down to the July 4th holiday, families can find a little historical context at the 17th Century Encampment at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum.

As always, for the latest and greatest happenings across the state, check out our Event Calendar, which is constantly updated with new listings. To keep up with everything going on in CT, subscribe to our free newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram,  Twitter, and Pinterest. Have a fabulous weekend!

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

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

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!

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

Free Outdoor Kids Music Concert Series in NYC This Summer

While lots of New York City's fantastic seasonal events are kid appropriate, children hold a special place in their hearts for music. And what's better than not just one but a series of spectacular, outdoor, family-friendly and FREE music performances?

It's likely that your neighborhood parks, playgrounds, piers and plazas right around the corner have a kiddie-filled line-up throughout the summer, so scroll, click, and set reminders with your favorites. With top family bands playing annual series like Mad. Sq. Kids and SummerStage Family Workshops, you're sure to find something everyone can wiggle to from one week to the next. We've already told you about the great concerts playing in June for NYC kids, and now we're rounding up the rest of the summer with concerts in July and August to keep the kids grooving all summer!

For specific family concert picks, check out our roundups of the best performances, or you can find even more family fun in our jam-packed Summer Guide.

Free Summer Mini Camps at Apple Arrive in NJ

If you've got an 8-12 year-old interested in STEM or movie-making, hurry up and run to the nearest computer; Apple just opened registration for its FREE summer mini camps in coding and more STEM subjects.

The mini sessions, which run over three consequetive days, are offered at a dozen Apple store locations throughout New Jersey and are 100% free, so slots are going fast.

For more summer camp ideas, check out our New Jersey Summer Camp Guide and Directory.

Fun Miniature Golf Courses in Greater Boston

Eagle, birdie, bogey, par…you don't need a clue what those terms mean to excel in our favorite form of golf: putt-putt. Miniature golf is a great summer outing for families because it's entertaining for a variety of ages, and a chance to spend time outdoors—without the time commitment, training, or investment that comes with "real" golf. We have several special mini golf spots not far from Boston where you and the kids can perfect your putts, dodge elaborate obstacles, and grab a treat; read up to see where your next round should be.

Registration for Apple Camp, Apple's FREE Three-Day Summer Camp, is Open Now!

If you've got an 8-12-year-old interested in STEM or movie-making, hurry up and run to the nearest computer; Apple has just opened registration for its free three-day camps. Located at different Apple store locations in the Houston area, these camps won't last long and are 100 percent free, so we wanted you to be the first to know!

For more camp information and ideas, check out our Camp Guide and Directory.

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