25 Summer Festivals You Don't Want to Miss

Sure, you've probably visited your fair share of pumpkin, apple, and strawberry festivals. But have you been to a Podunk Bluegrass festival? Or a Sailfest? Or perhaps a Potato and Corn fest? Summer may be short here in Connecticut but it sure is jammin' with festivals from June through Labor Day. Whether you're planning to indulge in some strawberry shortcake piled high with whipped cream, check out some really cool cars at an antique car show, or groove to some reggae, there are so many family-friendly festivals happening all summer long. Grab a picnic basket and a blanket, pack your camera, and have some fun at one of these Connecticut festivals. And, be sure to check out our Connecticut Summer Fun Guide to help plan some pretty epic adventures with the whole crew this summer. 

Outdoor Games and Toys to Make Your Kids' Summer a Hit for Cheap

When the temperatures soar and school lets out, it’s time to break out the outdoor games for the kids. Whether trying to keep them entertained at the beach, a backyard BBQ, or just at the park, parents everywhere know that an engaging outdoor toy for toddlers to teens can be the perfect antidote to the inevitable “We’re bored” summer refrain with which we’re all so familiar.

Unfortunately, just walking into your nearest retailer and grabbing the most interesting looking outdoor game off the shelf doesn’t always work out. It could end up overly complicated, not age-appropriate, break upon contact—or even worse: not hold their attention! So we at Mommy Poppins rounded up our favorite summer toys for kids from over the years, including water games, and even tested out new ones, to bring you this list of more than a dozen, inexpensive options to play with your kids this summer.

Summer Fun: Free & Cheap Movies for Houston Families

Pool days, water parks and splash pads may be the name of the game when it comes to summer - especially in Houston where any day below 90 degrees is considered cool - but sometimes you need something a little more low-key to entertain the kids. You know - an activity that involves less sunscreen, towels, wet swimsuits and sunburns and more air conditioning and sitting (relatively) still. The solution? You take the kids to see a movie. The problem? Going to the movies can get pretty pricey, especially when you have multiple kids in tow who all want popcorn and candy. But fear not, there are plenty of free and low-cost movie screenings around Houston this summer, both indoor and outdoor just waiting for you. 

Read on for lots of free flicks you can enjoy under the stars (just grab a blanket or lawn chairs) and cheap movies at the theater (think $1 or less) you can hit up during the day, and visit our Summer Fun Guide for more things to do around Houston. 

Great Amusement Parks for Preschoolers and Toddlers in New Jersey

Looking for a place to take your little ones for gentle thrills and kid-friendly amusements? We've rounded up 15 NJ amusement parks that are perfect for the younger set. Some, like Storybook Land, are geared exclusively toward small children, while others, like Morey's Piers and Jenkinson's Boardwalk, offer a solid selection of kiddie rides in addition to bigger thrills. 

We've limited our list of amusement parks to those located in New Jersey—to search for more tot-friendly spots in surrounding areas, check out the Best Amusement Parks for Preschoolers in and Near NYC.

All Sorts of Free Fun for You and the Kids This June

It's the first month since your kids got out of school and it's time to find some fun things to do. You don't want to blow your whole entertainment budget in the first month of summer, so FREE is the target price tag. This is a great month because during the month of June, Connecticut celebrates with their Trails Day and their Open House Day. And of course don't forget all the discounted dad-missions for Dad on Father's Day.

11 Unique 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.

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!


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