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How to Save Money on Your Next BBQ
Want to host a traditional summer barbecue with all the classic food staples without breaking the bank? Follow these seven tips to slash costs without cutting flavor! Perfect for a patriotic 4th of July, or any time. (read the story...)

10 Ways to Make a Summer Barbecue Healthier
Dietitians at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital share summer grilling tips and tasty recipe ideas for a healthy backyard barbecue cookout with friends and family. (read the story...)

Your Season-by-Season Guide to Fun in the New York City Area
There are so many fun things to do in the NYC area, all year 'round! We've picked the top 20 best events for families in each season in the following areas: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, Rockland County, and Fairfield County, CT. (read the story...)

Top 20 Things to Do in Summer on Long Island
Summer is the perfect time to be outside, and we've compiled a list of the top 20 things to do on Long Island in the summer, including Long Island Ducks games, berry picking, outdoor music festivals and concerts, the Shinnecock Indian Nation Pow Wow, and a Pirate Festival at the Long Island Maritime Museum. (read the story...)

Free Family Fun Camp at Books-A-Million Every Saturday in July
Books-A-Million will host a Free Family Fun Camp every Saturday in July at each of its 258 locations. Books-A-Million offers such programs as a refreshing way to help parents provide their children with creative outlets for learning during the summer break. (read the story...)

Top 20 Things to Do in Summer in New York City
Summer is the perfect time to be outside, and we've compiled a list of the top 20 things to do in New York City in the summer, including paddle boat rental at Central Park in Manhattan, Macy's 4th of July Fireworks, outdoor music festivals and concerts, the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Queens, and wet and wild fun at Coney Island in Brooklyn. (read the story...)

Top 20 Things to Do in Summer in Fairfield County, CT
Summer is the perfect time to be outside, and we've compiled a list of the top 20 things to do in in the summer in Fairfield County, CT, from Greenwich to Westport, to Norwalk, and even Bridgeport, including where to pick strawberries, free outdoor Shakespeare, local Connecticut beaches, and the Westport Fine Arts Festival. (read the story...)

Top 20 Things to Do in Summer in Westchester
Summer is the perfect time to be outside, and we've compiled a list of the top 20 things to do in Westchester County in the summer, including where to pick strawberries, outdoor music festivals and concerts, county fairs, and where to see fireworks. (read the story...)

Top 20 Summer Activities in Rockland County
Have fun this summer in Rockland County with our top 20 best summer activities in Rockland County, including activities in Ramapo, Nyack, Orangetown, Clarkstown, and Haverstraw. We've got summer fun at Bear Mountain, the annual Strawberry Festival, and Nyack's Famous Street Fair. (read the story...)

Best Beaches in the New York City Area
UPDATED JUNE 2014: What better way to cool off this summer than at the beach? Pack up your suits, towels, and sunscreen and head to one of these family-friendly sandy spots for a day full of sun, swimming, and sandcastle construction. There are many places to enjoy the miles of coastline in the New York City area, including Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, New Jersey, and Westchester and Rockland Counties. (read the story...)

Where to Find New York-Area Mini Golf Courses
Miniature golf promises a fun time for all. Here's a listing of putt-putt courses throughout the New York City area, including indoor and outdoor mini golf in NYC, Long Island, Westchester County, and Rockland County. (read the story...)

Where To: Catch A Minor League Baseball Game
UPDATED MARCH, 2014: The Minor League Baseball season in the New York metro area runs through September and many of these venues have special offers for families, making one of these games a perfect family outing when the kids are off from school. Check out the minor league baseball teams that play in New York and NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. (read the story...)

A Guide to Carousels in the New York City Area
Our guide includes carousels and merry-go-rounds in New York City, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. You'll find details on each carousel, including its location, hours it's open, price per ride, and a description. (read the story...)

Seven Simple Ways to Help Prevent Summer Slide
When Summer break approaches, many parents worry about potential “brain drain” during this timeline. Patti Rommel, Director of Research and Development at Lakeshore Learning Materials, shares 7 great tips for how to prevent summer slide while having fun. (read the story...)

125 Ways to Have Fun Outside this Summer
Make the most of your summer with these creative ideas for outdoor fun with kids. Our editors have compiled 125 reasons to get outside in the sunny season, from scout-inspired activities to eating outdoors, gardening with kids, dinosaur-focused fun, activities on the water, live sporting events, and much more. (read the story...)

Gardening Activities for the Whole Family
Whether you want to start growing your own produce or your child has expressed interested in digging in the soil, we've compiled a list of 17 ways to a grow a green thumb, including gardening activities for kids, gardening tools for kids, what to plant in a kid's garden, how to create small container gardens, and how to start composting. (read the story...)

Tips for a Successful and Enjoyable Gardening Experience
Mel Bartholomew, who developed the Square Foot Gardening method, shares five tips for a successful and enjoyable gardening experience with your kids. (read the story...)

DIY Grassy Garden Gnomes Craft for Kids
If you're growing a garden this year, or if you want to try growing something small before committing to a garden, have your kids help make grassy garden gnomes. The DIY garden decoration—a chia-pet like project—is a great craft for kids. (read the story...)

12 Fun Ideas to Wear Kids Out
With a little elbow grease and a lot of creativity, we guarantee these options will run your kids ragged. From games to hikes, it'll be nap time before your kids know it. (read the story...)

Where to Watch and Play Sports This Summer
Summer is the time for some good, clean fun with your family. From cheering on the home team to competing alongside your kids, all our ideas for getting into the game are surefire winners. (read the story...)

Camping & Scout Inspired Summer Activities
From fly fishing to orienteering, the Great American Backyard Campout to stargazing as a family, summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and get in touch with nature. (read the story...)

17 Best Activities for a Lazy Sunday
After a rambunctious summer Saturday, it can feel great to get back to center with a mellow Sunday. Skip the urge to hibernate—just turn down the volume with the 17 best activities for a lazy day. (read the story...)

5 Ways to Indulge Kids' Dinosaur Obsession This Summer
Indulge your kids' dinosaur obsession this summer with any of these fun outdoor activities taking place across the Tri-State area. (read the story...)

Rainy Day Dino Fun in the NYC Area
From flying dinos at the American Museum of Natural History to arena shows featuring "living" dinosaurs, you can enjoy prehistoric fun even on the rainiest days this summer. (read the story...)

Splish Splash: 8 Ways to Have Water Fun
It's wet and it's cool—need another reason to head to the water? Here are 8 ways to have fun getting wet! (read the story...)


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