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5 Summer Events Kids Will Love

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School's out, which is the perfect time to find something fun for the entire family to do. Whether your kids are sports enthusiasts or superhero fans, there are plenty of things for them to do this summer. Here are our top 5!

#1 Baseball Game

Baseball games are a staple of the spring and summer months. First, there's the game itself: baseball is one of the most beloved sports in America. Kids, especially those on a Little League team, will adore seeing the live-action game in person. There's nothing quite like hearing the crack of the bat or seeing the players we idolize from afar live in person. Baseball games are a fun family affair too, providing a chance to root for your favorite team together. Plus, it's a great chance to enjoy the outdoors on a nice summer day, indulge in concession stand food, and get caught up in the excitement of the experience. (Plus, we may or may not be running a pretty cool baseball promotion to go along with this one. Just sayin'.)

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We already know about staples on Broadway (Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King), but looking ahead to the late summer/fall theater season, there are a few new shows to get excited about. While I touched on a few back in April, including Romeo and Juliet (opening August 24) and Waiting for Godot/No Man's Land (opening November 24), these new ones involve Shakespeare, music, and super-awkward first dates.

Let It Be

Opens: July 24, 2013

About: The Beatles! And who doesn't love The Beatles? This musical features some of their amazing music, all while telling the story of their rise to fame. It will also include "state-of-the-art projection technology and 3D sound" (whatever that means, but it sounds fun!). The original production was created to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary, but the West End production grew so successful that it's heading to the states.

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I'm a little biased because I remember going to a Ringling Bros. circus show when I was in second grade on a field trip with my class. I loved every dazzling second of it. But going to the circus really is is a bit like a rite of passage in the U.S. With animals like tigers, elephants, horses, and even goats and llamas, plus superhuman acrobatics and athletics, what’s not to love? There’s a reason Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been among the top events on for the last few months — everyone enjoys the circus! Here are five reasons why...

1. Visiting a circus is like participating in a little piece of history. Circuses date back to Ancient Rome. Then, it was an exhibition for horse and chariot races, staged battles, and equestrian shows — all things that have obviously faded out of practice today. Still, those circuses started the tradition of displaying jugglers, acrobats, and trained animals. What it boils down to is this: circuses have been around literally for centuries, with great success, so who are we to argue?

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In the concert world, April marks the beginnings of festival season, which lasts all summer long. Crossroads Guitar Festival is a great opportunity for music buffs to commemorate the fun summer of music ahead.

Meanwhile, in sports, the MLB seasons starts! April is also big for theater, and most of Broadway's plays will be opening this month — including (finally) Tom Hanks in his role as Mike McAlary.

While we may not be looking forward to the April showers, we're totally looking forward to the warmer weather, as well as these upcoming events in concerts, sports, and theater:


Dave Matthews Band: Though the band toured frequently in the '90s, DMB hasn't toured since 2011. Now they're back with a tour that begins April 6 in Alabama; just a few weeks later, on April 28, they'll headline the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

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Beyonce: Beyonce last toured in 2009 following her I Am... album. Although the Mrs. Carter album has yet to be released, The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour kicks off April 24.

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Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival: After three years, the Crossroads Festival is back! This two-day festival is scheduled for April 12 and April 13 in New York, NY.

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Other Concerts in April:

  • Fleetwood Mac begins April 4.
  • The Postal Service begins April 9.
  • Rush begins April 23.
  • John Mayer begins April 25.
  • Jimmy Buffett begins April 27.
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July has lots of things to look forward to, including Independence Day (July 4) and Embrace Your Geekness Day (July 13). But what about live events after the fireworks are over? Check out our guide for the top July events:


American Idol Live: The hit talent show is hitting the road once again, kicking off a tour on July 6 in Detroit, MI. The show will visit dozens of cities before ending its tour in Milwaukee, WI, on September 11.

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Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks: The duo is joining forces for a brief summer tour. The Heart & Soul Tour begins in Cleveland, OH, on July 20, continuing through August 9.

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One Direction: The newest hit boy band continues its 2012 trek across North America through July 1. Tickets are also available for NEXT July (and June and August) for their 2013 dates.

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Other Concerts in July:

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd begins July 8.
  • Iron Maiden and Journey begin their respective tours July 21.
  • Celine Dion continues her Las Vegas residency.
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