Yippee for Labor Day! Family Fun Times Ten.

Before we make plans for Thanksgiving or iron out the details for the Christmas holidays let’s celebrate the end of summer. From LEGO animals at the Denver Zoo, Shakespeare in the park, and the American Music Festival in Virginia Beach to Bumbershoot in Seattle, Festival of Sail in San Diego and the lively Celebrate Bandera in Texas, family fun is the whole idea.

Native American Dance Practice at Celebrate Bandera.

Celebrate Bandera features uniquely American cultural experiences including lively music and colorful dance ceremonies.

The best festivals for families are both interactive and engaging making it easy share extra fun with kids. I always add another level to Labor Day weekend festivals and celebrations. I think they should not just be fun for families but also provide on-the-spot learning experiences as a bonus to jumpstart the school year.

Plenty of celebrations do just that. There are oodles of terrific ways to spend quality time with kids which makes me say, “Yippee for Labor Day!” I have my favorites and I have heard from folks who have theirs.

Virginia Beach American Music Festival includes great music, fireworks on the beach and Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is showcasing dinosaur roars.

Festival of Sail 2015 in San Diego has not just tall ships, yummy eats and great music but plenty of chances to sail in the harbor.

Duplos and LEGOS at KidFest.

So many LEGOS, so little time. Celebrate KidFest Labor Day weekend in Austin.

Bumbershoot in Seattle celebrates with music, arts, comedy and has Youngershoot – a festival within the festival created just for kids.

LEGOS, my new favorite thing to do, make the scene in Denver at the Zoo, and KidFest in Austen, Texas.

William Shakespeare sets the stage in Washington DC with Midsummer Night’s Dream performances as part of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s annual “Free for All.” In San Francisco SFShakes presents free Shakespeare in the Park productions of Romeo and Juliet at The Presidio.

Add to these ideas a slew of Renaissance festivals which fall during Labor Day weekend and inlcude themed celebrations, interactive quests, and royal parades. The send-off to summer looks promising.

For the full list of family-friendly festivals and events including the best of Labor Day celebrations go to the Festivals and Events folder featured at theFamilyTravelFiles.com

Yippee for Labor Day!

Nancy Nelson-Duac

Curator of the Good Stuff for the Family Travel Files

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