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Top 20 Things to Do in Summer in New York City

Top 20 Things to Do in Summer in New York City

Have the most fun this summer with our list of the top 20 things to do in New York City, including Fourth 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.

Top 20 Things to Do in Summer in Fairfield County, CT

Top 20 Things to Do in Summer in Fairfield County, CT

Have the most fun this summer in Fairfield County, CT, with our list of the top 20 must-do events for your family. Pick your own strawberries, enjoy free outdoor Shakespeare, hit a local beach, and much more, all close to home!

Top 20 Things to Do in Summer in Westchester

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.

Top 20 Summer Activities in Rockland County

Top 20 Summer Activities in Rockland County

UPDATED JUNE 2015: Have fun this summer in Rockland County with our list of the top 20 things to do, including activities in Ramapo, Nyack, Orangetown, Clarkstown, Haverstraw, and nearby Bergen County, NJ.

Best Beaches in the New York City Area

Best Beaches in the New York City Area

UPDATED JUNE 2015: 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.

Where to Find New York-Area Mini Golf Courses

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.

Where To Catch A Minor League Baseball Game

Where To Catch A Minor League Baseball Game

UPDATED APRIL 2015: 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.

A Guide to Carousels in the New York City Area

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.

Seven Simple Ways to Help Prevent Summer Slide

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.

125 Ways to Have Fun Outside this Summer

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.

Gardening Activities for the Whole Family

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.

Tips for a Successful and Enjoyable Gardening Experience

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.

DIY Grassy Garden Gnomes Craft for Kids

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.

12 Fun Ideas to Wear Kids Out

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.

Where to Watch and Play Sports This Summer

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.

Camping & Scout Inspired Summer Activities

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.

17 Best Activities for a Lazy Sunday

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.

5 Ways to Indulge Kids' Dinosaur Obsession

5 Ways to Indulge Kids' Dinosaur Obsession

Indulge your kids' dinosaur obsession this summer with any of these fun outdoor activities taking place across the Tri-State area.

Rainy Day Dino Fun in the NYC Area

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.

Splish Splash: 8 Ways to Have Water Fun

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!

Recipes and Creative Ideas for Summer Picnics, BBQs, and Parties

Recipes and Creative Ideas for Summer Picnics, BBQs, and Parties

One of the best things about summer is eating outside, whether it's at a picnic, BBQ, street festival, or even a restaurant. Here are more than a dozen creative and fun ways to eat outside this season, including tons of summer-inspired recipes.

Guide to Stargazing in the NY Metro Area

Guide to Stargazing in the NY Metro Area

New York City has a beautiful skyline, but the lights on all of those buildings can sometimes blind us to the real beauty–the sky itself! This guide gives great locations to stargaze in the NY metro area.

Family-Friendly Outdoor Movies

Family-Friendly Outdoor Movies

UPDATED: July 2015. Find outdoor movie screenings this summer in the New York City area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Rockland County, Bergen County, Westchester County, and Fairfield County, CT.

20 Plants to Grow in Your Kid's Garden

20 Plants to Grow in Your Kid's Garden

Roots, Shoots, Buckets, & Boots, by Sharon Lovejoy, shares 20 plants that are ideal for your kid's first garden. Lovejoy's suggestion include plants with vibrant colors, fast-growing plants, and plants that are useful in everyday life. Happy growing!

Where to Launch Your Boat in NY Metro Area

Where to Launch Your Boat in NY Metro Area

Own an aquatic vessel and ready to take on the open sea? Take your boat, canoe, or kayak to these public boat launches in the NY metro area to captain your own adventure!




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