Best Fall Museum Exhibits for NYC Kids

Fall brings school, the harvest and, for New Yorkers, lots of cool new culture. Our city's world-class museums are debuting the latest exhibits, and we've rounded up seven that sound particularly engaging for kids. Some are interactive, others are eye-popping but all make for enriching family outings. Even the more grown-up exhibitions cater to younger children with complementary hands-on workshops.

Weekday Event Picks for LA Kids: Happy New Year, Pop-up Pool, and Pharaohs, September 14-18

School is mostly closed on Monday, in observance of the Jewish New Year. While we wish a happy day to those who will be in temple, many of us now have the luxury of a three day weekend, or the pleasant problem of figuring out what to do with this day off (which, though not unexpected, takes many of us by surprise every time). Although winding down for the season, the Annenberg Beach House has a pop-up pool day on Monday. This is not a discounted dollar day, but I think $10 per adult and $4 per kid is a worthwhile expense during this heat wave. And of course there are always water parks.

Corn Mazes with the Kids in Fairfield County, CT

A trip to a corn maze is one of my favorite fall activities. I love any excuse to get out there and enjoy a nice day. There's something so special about a corn maze because farms have to do some serious planning to design, grow and harvest the crops in just the right way for the maze to be successful. Going through a corn maze also gives you one of those rare opportunities to safely hand over the reigns to your child and let them be in charge of where to go and how to find the way out. What better way to bond than to band together and head straight into something where you know you can get lost and the only way out is to concentrate on the map, read the clues and work together to get to the other side. Combine your trip with a pumpkin patch and cider mill and you've got yourself a pretty excellent fall day to make lifelong family memories. Residents of lower Fairfield County have to be prepared to travel a bit to get to one of the three we've found, but bear in mind, the farms all have lots of other goodies available -- pumpkins, hay rides, cider, and/or mums -- all that fantastic fall stuff! For more fall fun, check out our CT Fall Fun and Halloween Guide. Corn mazes puzzle us with just the right mix of fresh air and frustration, so you wont be sorry if you grab some cider and get lost in one. These corn-y masterpieces are only around for a few weeks each fall so don't miss your chance! For even more ideas in your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter

Fall Fun Runs/Walks for Long Island Families

Just because the cooler weather is coming doesn't mean your family can't still get outside and get healthy. In fact, fall is the perfect season to get everyone moving and spending some quality time together.

If you need more motivation, there also happens to be several organizations hosting Kids Fun Runs this season, in conjunction with longer races for adults. It's the perfect way to hit the pavement for your health--and a good cause. And for more family-friendly activities, be sure to check out our Long Island Events Calendar.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Pinata Party, Fall Fruits, September 14-18

It’s mid-September, and before you know it, you’ll be budgeting for holiday shopping. Take advantage of all the fun freebies offered this week, including Chatham Library’s Fall Fruits, Barnes and Noble Monday Morning Storytime, Tykes Tuesday at Deptford Skating and Colts Neck Library’s Read to the Therapy Dogs. Celebrate the week’s end at St. Benedict Parish Carnival with free admission. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Halloween Witch's Finger Cookies Recipe for Your Halloween Party or Bake Sale

Every year a mom at our school makes these fabulous Halloween cookies and I've always wanted to try them myself. They're such a simple, clever idea and I love that they're not overly sweet with lots frosting like most theme cookies are. Feel free to improvise on the recipe. Some people add a little green food coloring or paint the fingernails. You can also add red gel to the "severed" ends or put some strawberry jam under the fingernails. Get creative.

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Italian Feast, Family Festival, September 14-18

September is in full swing, and just because school is back in session doesn't mean the fun times are over. This week, there are festivals, feasts and classes. In fact, if you're looking for more after-school and weekend enrichment for the kids, be sure to take a look at our Long Island Classes Guide.

And remember, this list is only our favorites for the week. You can find much more to keep the family occupied on our Long Island Events Calendar.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Storytelling and Dance Parties, September 14-18

If I had to pick my family's favorite rainy day activity, I'd have to say it's reading. We all love books, whether we're reading alone, together, or out loud. But every once in a while, it's nice to sit back and listen to someone spin a yarn. Thankfully, there are some great storytelling programs on the calendar this week. Going to see a storyteller perform in Faneuil Hall is a great excuse to check out the nearby public market that opened in the Haymarket this summer. If you prefer to get the whole family moving, a family-friendly dance party on the Greenway offers free lessons and live music starting on Wednesday. What fun!

Whatever you decide to do this week, don't forget to check the full Event Calendar for other exciting happenings.

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