From Brooklyn to Summer:
five perfect day trips to take with your tots

It's the last weekend in July, and August is right around the corner. It's time to seize Summer 2016 by the water wings with one of these easy family day trips. Most are only an hour from Brooklyn, which means you can leave early and still be back for afternoon nap. Enjoy, and pretty please help us spread the word about SkipKid!

Jacob Riis Park, The Rockaways. Dubbed "The People's Beach," Jacob Riis Park is a popular summer destination for families. In addition to the sand and surf there is great food at the Riis beach bazaar, including the ever popular Ample Hills.
Hooks Creek Lake, Cheesequake State Park, Middlesex County, New Jersey. If ocean waves keep your toddler from jumping right in, try a lake! Hooks Creek Lake has a lifeguard, changing areas, and concession stand--in short, everything you need to keep your toddler safe and happy during a day at the "beach." 
Bear Mountain State Park, Harriman, New York. If your kids are anything like ours, they can quickly wear out on activities. So give them plenty of options! Take a family walk along gorgeous mountain trails, splash in the  pool, ride the merry-go-round, swing at the playground, rent a boat, even visit the zoo. There are endless ways to spend the day at Bear Mountain.
38th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Powwow, Queens County Farm Museum, Floral Park, Queens. This weekend, you can experience New York City's oldest and largest powwow, which will feature three days of intertribal Native American dance competitions, all open to the public. Over forty Indian nations are represented at this spectacular event, held in the apple orchard on the farm grounds.
Stone Barns Center, Tarrytown, New York. Spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon at Stone Barns and participate in a variety of seasonal, hands-on activities. Meet the animals, collect eggs, and take a drop-in tours of the grounds--all are included with your one-day admission ticket. A visit is not complete without a trip to the Blue Hill Cafe, which offers visitors light snacks, farm-fresh lattes, and other locally-grown goodies
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