20 Things to Do in Boston with Kids This Fall

Ah, fall… can there be a better season to get out and do things as a family in Boston? The draining heat of summer is behind us, back to school jitters have subsided, and the threat of winter’s cold and snow is (hopefully) still weeks away. The beauty of nature surrounds us and family fun is plentiful, whether you want to experience a little culture or frolic on a farm. To herald in the season, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite, must-do autumn activities for families.

Fall Fairs and Festivals in the Hartford Area

There's nothing like fall in New England. The crisp air ushers in many time-honored traditions -- foliage hikes, apple picking, hay rides to pumpkin patches, and the start of the fall fair and festival season. Connecticut offers some of the best fairs in New England, filled with family fun and activities. Nothing is better than fried dough, midway games, rides, kettle corn, and the sweet stickiness of caramel apples and apple cider. Check out the options below along with our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide; with the variety of fairs offered in greater Hartford, there is something for everyone! 

Spa Parties for Kids in the Hartford Area

My daughter, like many other little girls, loves to dress up and pretend to be a Princess. This is probably just the start of many years to come of her wanting to get pampered. Really, what woman doesn't enjoy a day at the spa?! As she gets older I envision many special mom and daughter day trips to the salon getting our nails done together. For the little girl, adolescent or even teen who enjoys getting all dolled up, a spa party with her friends would be a perfect way to celebrate a birthday. There are some great selections in the Hartford County area that cater to just that kind of party! If a spa party in Fairfield County might be more convenient for you we've covered some options there as well. For even more great party ideas check out our Party Guide.

Family Day Trip to a Kid-Friendly Long Island Winery

Apples and pumpkins aren't the only things ripe for the tasting on Long Island this fall harvest season. The bucolic North Fork is home to many family-friendly wineries that make for great day trips. Adults can indulge in a variety of fine vintages, while children picnic and frolic in the wide-open fields.

The gorgeous Sparkling Pointe Winery in Southold, Long Island is a particularly sweet destination for NYC families. Though it's less than two hours by car from Midtown Manhattan, it feels worlds away thanks to its grand opulence and wide selection of sparkling wines. And because it's just a short drive away from many other family attractions, including a working lighthouse and pick-your-own apples, you can make a fun day of it with the kids.

Top Pumpkin Picking Farms for Families in New Jersey

There’s a sudden crispness to the air, the kids have gone back to school and our thoughts have turned to Fall, a beautiful time to get out and about in New Jersey. Looking for some autumnal activities? How about pumpkin picking? Hey, they don’t call this the Garden State for nothing! There are plenty of fantastic farms in NJ with activities from hay rides to corn mazes to pumpkin painting to birthday parties. Here’s a list of our favorite New Jersey pumpkin picking farms. Looking for other yummy fall fun? Try our post on Fun Fall Harvest Festivals in NJ. And don't forget to sign up for our emails to get more Halloween and family activities each week.

Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes in New Haven County

Aside from foreign travel, and I don't know, baby dolphins, I don't know what could be more near and dear to my heart than pumpkin picking.  To me, it screams, 'This is what life is about!!!'  The autumn sun, crisp air, giggling kids, a cup of hot cider -- it's the antithesis to the workweek grind.   Some of the spots we found in New Haven County are the definition of agri-tourism, so they also made our list of Apple Picking Orchards in central CT.  Whether your looking for slender pumpkins or plump, big farms or small, New Haven County has what you seek.  For even more ideas in your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter.  Check out our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide for lots of other great info!

Fall Festivals and Fairs in CT (Fairfield County)

For a few glorious weeks, we garner the envy of friends and family in California, Florida, Texas, and Hawaii as sugar maples crown our day-to-day lives with extraordinary color.  October is when all those folks wish they were HERE, clutching that steaming cider and cracking up as the kids trip through the pumpkin patches.  Aside from all the fantastic farms and corn mazes you can visit, there are several fall festivals popping up all season long, all over Fairfield County. Check out our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide for lots of other great info! Subscribe to our weekly newsletter and don't miss out on CT fun again!

A LittleBits Electronics Maker Space Opens in Soho

The new littleBits electronics maker space in Soho is fast winning over New York's littlest tinkerers and inventors. The homegrown startup's first NYC store lets grade-school kids (and adults) play, invent and build for FREE using its electronic building blocks that snap together via magnets, making it simple for all levels to follow these STEM-inspired lesson plans. Of course, no need to tell the kids you approve of such tech play. Why spoil their fun?

The only problem? It's a pop-up shop, so though you can find littleBits at its West Broadway location through the 2015 holidays, it plans to close up in January. 

Read on for the Mommy Poppins review of NYC's newest maker spot.

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