Weekend Fun: The Birds and the Bees...and the Butterflies

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, even if the calendar (and thermometer) say otherwise. Outdoor fairs and festivals galore are taking place around the state, including the state's annual Trails Day celebration, taking place at 236 different sites. You can also take part in an annual Butterfly Party in honor of a Newtown victim, and learn about how butterflies help the birds and the bees when it comes to pollination. Be sure to check with the venues directly for any outdoor activities in the event of weather-related schedule changes.

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Zip Line and Aerial Treetop Fun Coming to Bronx Zoo

We must have been good this year. New York City kids have barely had time to check out the just opened zip line and climbing tower at Adventures at Governors Island when the Bronx Zoo confirms it will open a Treetop Adventure park with a zip line that soars 400-feet in each direction across the Bronx River, multiple aerial climbing courses, and more in mid-June. (Note: The opening dates have been pushed back as of June 9. We will update you as soon as we have the info.)

Just a few weeks ago, NYC kids had but one outdoor adventure park with a zip line. Now they'll be able to boast of three! Read on for what to expect from these new top Bronx attractions, including opening dates.

23 Best Water Playgrounds and Sprinklers for Kids in NYC

When we were growing up, New York City playgrounds had sprinklers. Now parks and playgrounds across the five boroughs possess "water features"—fountains, geysers, rivers, pumps, and beautiful spraying statues. Kids just love them, and we parents prefer these newfangled playgrounds because they're pretty and cool, and make us feel as if our exorbitant NYC housing costs are justified.

As the city's sprinkler season gets into gear, it's good to know where to find the wildest and wettest playgrounds around. There are hundreds of water features in NYC parks, and we've highlighted some favorites by neighborhood: best of Queens and best of the Bronx. Some are cooler (literally and figuratively) than others, and more amazing ones seem to open every year. When we first published this article in 2008, we had five favorite splashing spots. Now we're up to 23 fancy playgrounds where kids can get wet in NYC. See if your favorites made our list (and if not, clue us in via Facebook).

Best Festivals for Long Island Families This June

The month of June on Long Island is the unofficial kickoff to summer street fairs, festivals, and fun for the entire family. From food-focused events to arts and crafts and pirate-themed festivals, there is plenty of fun to be found on the streets and in the parks of Nassau and Suffolk counties in June. And, the best part: Admission to many of these events is FREE.

So check out our picks for the top June street fairs and festivals and be sure to mark them on your calendar. Click through the listings for locations, times, specific costs, potential weather postponements, and other information. As always, you’ll find more family-friendly things to do this summer in our June GoList and our Long Island Events Calendar.

12 Boston Spots Where Kids Can Make Father's Day Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and there's a vast array of crafty places where kids can make a special gift for their favorite guy. Whether it’s making a masterpiece before the holiday or going as a family to make something together, Boston kids have plenty of opportunities over the next couple weeks to create gifts above and beyond a construction paper card or bottle of aftershave. From sand art knick-knacks to handmade wooden games, there's a gift-making opportunity to suit every child—and every kind of Dad.

June GoList: Best Things To Do with CT Kids This Month

We've rounded up 27 of our favorite things to do in June so that you won't miss out on all that's happening this first month of summer. It's CT Trails Day June 3rd - 4th and CT Open House Day on June 10th so we've included just a few of the fun events occurring on those days. Highlights this month include lots of festivals, horse shoe crabs, food trucks, and a butterfly party. Of course our Summer Fun Guide is a terrific resource for family fun, too! And make sure to follow us on our new Instagram page

Here's the list of 27 of our favorite things to do in June with CT kids. Have fun!

11 Fun Father's Day Ideas Houston Dads Will Actually Love

He ties shoes, fixes every broken toy, plays ball in the backyard and always knows how to make mom smile, and he is the hardest person to shop for. Dad is a superhero in his own right, and with Father's Day right around the corner, it's time to start brainstorming ideas to let dad know just how much we appreciate him. Give dad the gift of a fun experience. It doesn't matter if the dad in your life is active or into the arts, is someone who appreciates fine dining and a superb wine or wants to spend the afternoon outdoors with a cold beer and crawfish, we've got you covered with fun Father's Day events spanning all of Houston - from Kemah to The Woodlands and back.  

July 4th Fireworks Cruises in NYC: See Macy's Show on a Boat

The Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks display is ready to light up the city skyline, and some of the most spectacular views can be seen from the water. The display illuminates the East River annually, and nothing quite compares with watching the celebration up close from a boat. Plus, you don't have to battle the crowds with the kids.

Of course, these special cruises don't come cheaply and many are only open to ages 21 and older. We set out to find the lowest-cost July 4th fireworks cruises in NYC that also welcome children. If you're interested, book quickly. Some already have sold out and the remaining tickets will go quickly.

LA Summer Camps with Availability — Yes, Even Now!

How stressful is the end of the school year? Let me count the ways. Oh sure, there's the silver lining coming of not having to drive to school or argue about homework for 10 blissful weeks; but blissful loses its luster pretty quickly in the face of, "What are we going to do today?" – particularly if you already know that what YOU need to do doesn't involve sprinklers or beaches. We know we should have figured out summer camp by now, really we do. We have a stack of flyers for neat-o programs that are probably filled up already with kids whose parents got on this weeks ago.

Summer vacation may be staring you in the face, but there's no need to panic; all of the camps listed below still have availability as of this publish date. Some of the programs even allow families to book by the day, for ultimate spontaneity. After all, you have to leave some time to bum around doing the fun things in our Summer Guide.

June GoList: Best Things to Do With Houston Kids This Month

Summer is finally here! Don't get stir crazy - there are lots of things to do with the kids this month, like arts and crafts at the Museum of Fine Arts, music and dancing at the Miller Outdoor Theatre, and $1 movie screenings.

It's an exciting month for Mommy Poppins - on June 3 we are kicking off summer with Brain Quest at Chick-fil-A in Sawyer Heights, and we are inviting all Houston families to party with us! There will be gift bags, entertainers, and delicious chicken to eat, of course.

This month you can also cool off at a Houston area splash pad, or if you're feeling adventurous, head to a nearby water park. For the movie fanatics, be sure to check out our roundup of free and cheap summer movies, from outdoor to indoor screenings.

If you are still looking for last-minute summer camp options (no judgment), check out our comprehensive camp guide for ideas from art camps to science camps. Read on for more family fun this month.


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