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The suburbs are the place to savor the summer—no matter where you are…

 

Memorial Day weekend marks the official start to summer. But just because we can’t get together for BBQs, beach parties and parades doesn’t mean your crew can’t savor the summer kickoff—and get to know some family-friendly communities in the process. 

 

Catch a Drive-in Movie in the Bay Area Suburbs 

There’s nothing like hitting the movies—and taking in the amazing family-friendly blockbusters—during the summer months. It’s the ultimate break—kick back, relax and eat popcorn by the handful while enjoying an amazing flick with the family.  


Even though traditional theaters are shut down for the time being, Bay Area families can still get in on the cinematic action. In San Jose and Concord, drive-in movie theaters have reopened for business, drawing families ready to kick back and take in a movie—at a responsible social distance, of course. These theaters encourage viewers to BYOP—bring your own popcorn—and hunker down right in their cars.

Tickets are $8.25 for general admission, $1.75 for ages 5-11 and kids under 5 are free. Tuesdays are “Family Fun Night” and general admission is just $5.50. This weekend, movies include ET, Jurassic Park, Jumanji, Trolls World Tour, Shrek and Hunger Games, among others.


Hit the Beach (in the AM) in Connecticut and Westchester
This weekend, four Connecticut state park beaches will be open to the public. So if you’re hankering for a day at the shore, this is your chance—though be sure to get there early as parks are limiting the number of guests to ensure everyone can observe a 15-feet-apart policy. 

 

Source: CT Post.com/Patrick Sikes / For Hearst Connecticut Media


Because  parks and beaches are so central to life in these suburbs, this is a great way to explore—even if activities aren’t in full swing. Open beaches include Sherwood Island in Westport, Silver Sands in Milford, Hammonasset in Madison and Rocky Neck in East Lyme. Grab your cooler, round up your beach blankets and go. And given the location of each beach, you’ll be in a prime spot to explore the suburbs on your way to and from the city.

The beaches at Playland Park and Croton Point Park will also be open this weekend. Like the Connecticut beaches, plan to arrive early—the beaches will shut down at 50% capacity. 

 

Grab some local goodies in Westchester 

The Muscoot Farm Farmers’ Market in Katonah is officially open, from 10am to 2:30pm this Sunday. This is a popular farmers market drawing residents from all over Westchester—and it’s a great chance to get the lay of the land while checking out the local foods that could become your family’s staples most-move. 

 

Source: Daily Voice

 

If you do head to the farmers’ market, be sure to BYOB—bring your own bags—as well as masks and gloves. You’ll also need to register online since shopping time is limited. 

 

Celebrate the Stars in the Boston ‘burbs!

Galileo himself will go live from Lincoln this Saturday, helping young astronomers learn the ins and outs of the night sky. The event starts at 7:30pm and is ideal for all ages. All you need is a good view of the sky—bonus points for bringing a telescope or, even, binoculars! 

 

Sign up to get your family’s free “ticket” and, day of, you’ll get a Zoom link to join in on all the fun.

 

Art Meets Nature in the Dallas Suburbs 

McKinney, Texas is home to the popular McKinney Performing Arts Center—and each year it hosts a juried art show and exhibition which draws families from all over DFW. 

 

This year’s event Unique by Nature is being hosted online, giving families everywhere a chance to virtually explore the artwork and learn more about what makes McKinney so special.

 

In Brookfield, IL, Memorial Day is for the Birds (and the Bears and the Zebras…)

The Chicago suburbs are home to one of the best zoos around—the Brookfield Zoo! And this weekend is a perfect weekend to “head to the zoo.” 

 

Source: Chicago Zoological Society

 

For starters, this week is Bear Awareness Week and the Brookfield Zoo has tons of ways to celebrate. Ask questions, check out some animals you didn’t even know were bears and get the inside scoop from leading experts. After that, check out #BringtheZootoYou to come face to face with some amazing animals, live. 

 

 

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