One perk of raising children in the DC area is the volume of high-quality classes for kids. If you have a budding ballerina or Baryshnikov—or a kid who wants to learn some smooth K-pop moves at an area dance class—have no fear. We have all the info on dance classes for kids near DC, along with their current COVID precautions.
Drew Kristofik's early career editing teen magazines somehow morphed into a seven-year stint at MacNeil/Lehrer, followed by a very long sojourn at Nickelodeon/Viacom as Director of Content for Nick online and then Editor-in-Chief of ParentsConnect.com local. She was a founding member of the WebbyAward winning GoCityKids, has written for Family Fun Magazine, Vanity Fair, and New York, and her novel for middle schoolers, The Time Boat, is available on Amazon Kindle. She strives to keep the MommyPoppins New York Events calendar packed and accurate, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Need to fill a week or two of summer camp this summer? Or, not ready to send the kids back to a full-time day camp? Good news: There are a number of FREE online summer camps from top-notch organizations and nonprofits that still have open weeks!
These virtual camps from the likes of 4-H Club and UNICEF are open to kids all over the US, from Boston to Los Angeles, so kids in cities thousands of miles apart have a chance to meet and connect with kids they might otherwise never have known. We love that most won't cost you a cent and might just help fill a few hours of your kid's day with some really fun summer activities. Find more virtual summer programs in our Camp Directory, or check out our local Summer Camp Guides for in-person options.
Summer is the season of FREE in NYC—and here it comes. There's no-cost fun everywhere you turn, from festivals and concerts to kayaking, movies, and more. With the public school break upon us, and the kids itching to play (and swim), we've rounded up FREE things for families to do every single day of summer vacation. Starting with Saturday, June 26, and running all the way through Sunday, September 12 (it's not summer without the Mermaid Parade!), we've compiled the best FREE things to do with kids in NYC all summer!
Of course, this list isn't comprehensive. There are literally hundreds of FREE fun events happening across our city this school break. You can find more cool seasonal activities and destinations in our Summer Fun Guide, including beach day trips, FREE splash pads, and more. Check out our Activity Calendar for more fun happenings.
Still searching for a summer camp for a week or two? Check out our NYC Summer Camp Guide.
Free Things to Do Anytime in Summer 2021
If the thought of cool ocean breezes and sand between your toes is alluring, it's time to consider a trek to one of the family-friendly beaches near Washington, DC. Of course, getting to a bona fide beach requires a (sometimes lengthy) car ride from the capital area, and some nearby shores are still off limits due to the pandemic.
Still, we've managed to gather up some beach intel just for you, with this list of nine seaside options that are open and welcoming out-of-towners this summer.
So pack the car (and the kids) for a beach day trip or a long weekend—the summer possibilities are endless. And keep an eye on the public pool situation—if all goes well, pools might open one day soon.
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9, 2021, and mothers everywhere (especially in the midst of a pandemic) deserve a great weekend—and an edible, or at least Instagram-worthy, breakfast in bed.
Depending on the success of that meal, you might also want/need to grab brunch before launching fully into the day, and we found some great options citywide. When tummies are pleasantly sated, you'll be ready to focus on the 25 excellent options we found to enhance your Mother's Day celebration.