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Take A Free Ferry Ride With Your Family This Summer
We've rounded up three options to quell your boat cravings in the past, suggesting cruises that leave from NYC and allow you to enjoy the open water for a while. But what does one do if you don't have time for a boating vacation? Take a free ferry and make the most of your short boat ride, of course. Here are three free ferry options to and from Manhattan. (read the story...)

How to Keep Kids Safe at Amusement Parks
A trip to the amusement park offers tons of family fun, but there are some common health and safety mishaps you should prepare for. Before you take your kids to the theme park this summer, take these safety tips into consideration. (read the story...)

Family Camping in NYC Parks
Did you know many New York City parks host free Family Camping events in the summer? Get the details on those campouts here, including locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island; 2012 dates; and how to register your family. (read the story...)

Best Beaches for Families in Connecticut
Check out the best beaches in Connecticut for swimming, fishing, picnicking, sailing, and just plain relaxing in the sun. Round up the swimsuits, sunscreen, and sand toys and try out a new spot this summer -- it might just become your favorite. (read the story...)

Best Beaches on Long Island for Families
Whether you prefer the dramatic cliffs and rocky shores of the Sound, the ocean’s rough waves, or the calm of local bays and lakes, there’s a beach for every taste along Long Island’s miles of coastline. So grab some towels, pack up the kids’ sand toys, and discover a different beach each week. We bet you’ll have a new local favorite by the end of the summer! (read the story...)

Fun Family Events on Governors Island this Summer
Governors Island, just a short ferry ride from Manhattan and Brooklyn, will host several fun family- and kid-friendly events this summer, all free or low cost. (read the story...)

Fun July 4 Events in Brooklyn
Check out these fun Fourth of July cultural events for kids happening in Brooklyn and nearby, including historical activities in Prospect Park and Historic Richmond Town's holiday celebration. (read the story...)

Historical Activities in Fairfield County this Summer
Fun and low-cost historical events happening this summer in Connecticut, including history tours and activities in Fairfield, Mashantucket, Norwalk, Rowayton, and Wilton. (read the story...)

A Parent's Guide to Getting into the Olympic Spirit
While the 2012 summer medal action is taking place in London, there are plenty of chances to get into the Olympic spirit closer to home. (read the story...)

Collect and Trade Pins with Friends to Show Your Olympic Spirit
Do you want to show Team USA your support but can't make it to the 2012 Olympic Games in person? Collecting the official pins and trading them with friends is a great way for kids and their families to be involved in the Olympics this summer. (read the story...)

Free Summer Outdoor Concerts in Rockland
Check out these free outdoor summer concert series in Rockland County, NY, hosted by Clarkstown, Nyack, Stony Point, and Suffern in July and August. Each offers a variety of family-friendly music. (read the story...)

Jungle Bob Opens Interactive Visitor Center in Centereach
Jungle Bob's Reptile World will have a new family adventure this summer: The Outback. Jungle Bob, a nature conservationist, wants to educate people about the unusual animals he loves. (read the story...)

Summer Fun in the Shade
This summer, whether it’s a rainy day or you’re trying to take a break from the sun, there are plenty of fun indoor activities to keep your child active, healthy, and anything but bored. (read the story...)

Three Ways to Hit the Open Water from the Heart of NYC
Have a craving for the open water this summer? Disney and Carnival Cruises and The Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge are offering cruises right from the heart of NYC. All three options are sure to quell your boat cravings. (read the story...)

Expert Tips and Tricks to Build a Better Sandcastle
Summer is around the corner and that means lots of time spent on the beach with your kids. Use these experts' tips and tricks to build a sandcastle like a pro. (read the story...)

Make No Sew Blankets for Animal Shelters
The kids are on summer vacation, but it's raining outside. Making no sew blankets is a great activity to keep them occupied for a while. And when they're done, donate them to a local animal shelter. (read the story...)

Travel Back in Time to Colonial Williamsburg
See what living during the colonial times was like with a visit to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, a family-friendly destination. (read the story...)

What to Do with Kids in Mystic, Connecticut
Take the family to nearby Mystic, Connecticut, a coastal New England town with a big history, small-town charm, and maritime culture. Read on for exciting descriptions of such Mystic attractions as the Pequot Museum, the Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport, and much more. (read the story...)

Hiking and Nature Trails Near NYC
Check out these scenic outdoor hiking options near New York City, in Southeast New York's Westchester and Rockland Counties, on Long Island, and in nearby Fairfield County, Connecticut. The mountains, parks, and other nature areas listed here are all offer easy hiking and nature trails that kids and families of all skill levels can enjoy. So pack a picnic and get outdoors! (read the story...)

Best Beaches for Families in Westchester County, NY
Enjoy the miles of coastline in Westchester County, New York, at these family-friendly beaches. (read the story...)

Fun, Creative, and Educational Summer Activities for Kids in the New York City Area
Once school lets out for the summer, kids are always looking for something fun, interesting, or creative to do. After all, there are only so many TV reruns to watch and video games to play before the "I’m bored!” cries begin. Even in the summer, parents still have time to encourage their kids to do something special (and maybe even a little educational) this year. (read the story...)

The Summer Trip Pep Talk for Kids
As parents, we save all year and make sacrifices for a summer family trip, so expectations are high come vacation time. Here are a few strategies from an experienced mom on how to make your vacation with the kids as smooth and memorable as possible. (read the story...)

2011 New Rochelle Farmers Market Opens
The New Rochelle Farmers Market opens for its third season of delicious locally grown food and vibrant locally based atmosphere on Friday, June 17, 2011, at the Library Green. (read the story...)

NYC Theater Review: 'Zarkana' is Cirque du Soleil's Latest, Outrageous Hit
The famous Cirque du Soleil launches its newest show, "Zarkana," at Radio City Music Hall in NYC with all the troupe's signature razzle dazzle -- and then some. (read the story...)

How To Honor America This Fourth Of July
With July 4th fast approaching, Americans again have the opportunity to show their community spirit. Whether it's bringing back patriotic parades, volunteering at schools and places of worship, or honoring the brave men and women who protect us, there are many easy ways to help your town. (read the story...)


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