Summer Fun Guide

Can’t-miss concerts, must-see movies and other fun stuff. 


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On with the Show(s)

Pop stars and country legends are playing venues all around the U.S. Some of the big-name acts currently touring:

➜ TAYLOR SWIFT / THE 1989 WORLD TOUR
➜ ONE DIRECTION / ON THE ROAD AGAIN TOUR
➜ ARIANA GRANDE / THE HONEYMOON TOUR
➜ MEGHAN TRAINOR / THE MTRAIN TOUR
➜ MIRANDA LAMBERT / CERTIFIED PLATINUM TOUR ➜ LITTLE BIG TOWN / THE PAINKILLER TOUR 

That's the Ticket 

To score seats to sold-out shows, try SeatGeek.com. It’s a search engine that scours the web for available tickets and lets you easily compare listings. Plus, the interactive seat map shows exactly where you’ll be sitting. 

Pump Up the Volume 

The music mavens at Spotify created the Ultimate Family Circle Summer Playlist—two and a half hours of upbeat, party-perfect picks. 


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Shelf-fulfilling 

Terrific summer reads, courtesy of our Facebook and Instagram followers—plus bonus picks from our resident book recommender, Executive Editor Darcy Jacobs. 

The White Princess by Philippa Gregory. It’s historical fiction, but I love the period.” —@mommyrandr ALREADY READ IT? Coming in August from Gregory, The Taming of the Queen.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty!” —Danielle Hester ALREADY READ IT? Try The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes.

“Just finished The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah— very good!” —Janet Kenney ALREADY READ IT? Get All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Room by Emma Donoghue. I can’t suggest it enough.” —Raven Foster ALREADY READ IT? Consider The Daylight Marriage by Heidi Pitlor.

“Working on the third book of the Game of Thrones series.” —Kathleen Jacobs Sienkiewicz ALREADY READ IT? Check out the YA crossover An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova was a great read.” —Vivian Raymond ALREADY READ IT? Pick up The Day We Met by Rowan Coleman. 


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Field Day

Baseball, basketball, soccer—talk about nonstop action! Check these websites for word of ticket discounts and family-friendly promotions.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER mlssoccer.com Teams: 20
Extra points: Tune in to the All-Star Game—pitting top players against one of London’s premier teams—July 29 on Fox Sports 1.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL mlb.com
Teams: 30
Extra points: More than 120 different bobbleheads will be given away throughout the season.

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION wnba.com
Teams: 12
Extra points: Children can join a favorite team’s Kids Club for special perks. 


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Class Acts

MICHAELS PASSPORT TO IMAGINATION

Classes are themed to summer pastimes like county fairs, music festivals and the boardwalk. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Michaels.com, $5 per session

LOWE’S BUILD AND GROW

Build basic wooden projects—this summer features an Avengers-inspired fun kit. Select Saturdays. Lowes.com, free

JO-ANN FABRIC AND CRAFT STORES

Teen Sewing Basics offers beginner lessons to make lounge pants. Classes for all ages are offered frequently and start at $10. Promotions can cut costs and supplies are often free. Joann.com