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25 Water Games for Kids To Play All Summer Long

Due to a recent shift in my career path, I'm staying home with my kids this summer—all 10 weeks of it! There will be no camp to tire them out or sitter to entertain them. Luckily, we have access to one thing really works for filling out long summer days: water. My kids—and yours, I bet—like to get wet.

Our family started a Boredom Busters jar: a painted Mason jar full of ideas to keep the kiddies busy. Anyone complaining of boredom can open it and pick out an activity. Many of the ideas come from the Mommy Poppins' 100 Summer Play Activities List and a few from the list of '70s Outdoor Games. But their absolute favorites are water-based, like the 25 cool and splishy-splashy activities below. 

Top Paintball Fields for Teens and Tweens Near Philadelphia

While you might not normally think about paintball as a great way to get into the "great outdoors" the fact of the matter is, paintball parks are typically acres of land where your kids will basically get a chance to play an epic game of hide-and-seek with some hilarious, if slightly painful, consequences. Your teen or tween may already be a fan, or you might be trying to find some way to burn off their excessive energy. Either way, you are in luck because the Philadelphia suburbs has some great fields, many of which are family-friendly.

Pier C Park in Hoboken: An Urban Oasis for NJ Kids and Families

Not your typical suburban playground, Hoboken’s Pier C Park has a decidedly urban vibe that will delight little and big kids alike—and adults, too! With the Manhattan skyline as a gorgeous backdrop, this amoeba-shaped oasis sits on a two-and-a-half-acre pier off the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, between Third and Fourth Streets in downtown Hoboken.

The park is separated into two playgrounds and also offers sand and water play. You won’t find any of your standard, primary-colored play equipment here, nor any swings. The landscape has an old-fashioned feel, with lots of rustic wood and metal touches. The promenade, along the eastern edge of the pier, provides grassy lawn areas for families to picnic, play games, and soak in the sights. Use this day trip–worthy park as a launch pad to enjoy all that Hoboken has to offer.

Family Friendly Restaurants in The Hamptons & North Fork

It might please moms and dads to know the East End offers an assortment of family-friendly eateries. These spots offer everything from the traditional lobster roll to a "guppy" menu, ideal for young appetites.

Some of these locations even offer outdoor dining with stunning views, so it's a good idea to venture out early to avoid the crowds. We've rounded our favorite family-friendly locations, where you can sample the catch of the day (or most anything else) and eat with boats shimmering in the marina behind you. (Did we say summer photo-op?)

Before heading out to the East End, be sure to check our guide to the Hamptons and North Fork to help plan your visit. In addition, check out our list of 50 Things to Do with Kids in the Hamptons and North Fork. Bring your appetite, because delicious options are waiting.

Paddle On: 5 Places to Canoe or Kayak in Houston

My husband and I both went to college at Texas State University in San Marcos, which (in my obviously unbiased opinion) is arguably one of the most beautiful college campuses in Texas. Being tucked in the Texas Hill Country and surrounded by rivers means there is no shortage of water related activities to do. My husband even took kayaking as one of his electives! Our kayaking adventures came to a dead stop when we moved back to Houston post-graduation, though, largely because we made the same assumption that many people probably make: there's really nowhere to kayak or canoe in the Bayou City. But after doing some research, boy, were we wrong.

One of Houston's best-kept secrets is that it isn't just home to numerous hike and bike trails but also an abundance of waterways perfect for paddling and just waiting to be explored. Here are five of my favorite spots to kayak and canoe in Houston.

Tubing and Water Rafting Adventures for Philly Families

One of my fondest family-bonding memories was setting out on our first whitewater rafting adventure. I was nine, barely old enough for the rapids my family picked, so when I helped steer the boat past a "dangerous rock" (as our guide put it) I felt incredibly important. The entire day was fun, we worked together as a team, and we still talk about our adventures to this day. All this to say, whitewater rafting is seriously one of the most fun things I can think of to do as a family. Second only to our many adventures tubing. Nothing beats a day on the river, floating, swimming, and basking in the sun. Occasionally catching a little rapid and racing to see who can get to the best spots first.

If you are tired of these 90 degree days and looking for some spectacular fun outdoor activities, we have you covered with our picks of the best rafting and tubing spots in the area. For more water fun, check out our roundup of spots to go canoeing and boating near Philadelphia.

If you decide to head to the Poconos for your water adventures, check out our list of 61 Things To Do in the Poconos for more fun places to check out while you're there.

Weekday Picks: Animals, Yoga, and Bubble Mania, July 24-28, 2017

We are officially at the halfway point in our summer: my kids head back to school in six weeks. I'm not going to sugar coat it: some of the days have been loooooong, but I'm taking stock of our summer bucket list goals, and I'm making plans. Lots of plans. This week, we're planning to take in a little bubble magic at either the Otis Library on Monday or the Ivoryton Playhouse on Friday, and we're going to chill out with a little yoga in Greenwich, before enjoying some animal encounters in Coventry and New Canaan.

For more options, be sure to check our events calendar, which we update constantly with the latest and greatest local fun, and follow us on Facebook, InstagramTwitterPinterest, and Instagram so that you don't miss a thing. Have a great week!

10 Great Beach Day Trips in Connecticut

As a lifelong resident of Connecticut, the list of my state's redeeming qualities is lengthy.  Among the attributes of living in the Nutmeg State, is our close proximity to water.  No matter where in Connecticut you find yourself, you're likely within an hour's drive of a beach!  And, in the summer, with anxious, energetic kiddos, the less time spent in the car, the better.  So, we've compiled a list of 10 great beach day trips within Connecticut.  There's sure to be one close to you! Make sure to check out our list of 8 Affordable Connecticut Beaches too. And for more summer fun check out our CT Summer Fun Guide.

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