Attending the Awe-Inspiring Houston Art Car Parade

When I moved to Houston, I noticed something different about the cars I saw on the road in my neck of the woods. While driving around the Heights I remember seeing one car painted with colorful cat faces and another covered in Day of the Dead figurines. When I finally learned these cars were associated with the Houston Art Car Museum and annual Art Car Parade, I knew I (and my family) needed to see more. We now try to go to the parade every year, and it never disappoints. 

Koreatown with Kids: Best Places to Shop, Eat, and Play

One of the best reasons to endure the cost of living and the crowded streets of New York City is just how easy it is to explore other cultures with your kids. There are vibrant ethnic enclaves around every corner, but few quite as vibrant as Midtown Manhattan's Koreatown.

Developed in the 1980s, this small enclave can be found between West 31st and West 33rd Streets and Fifth Avenue and Broadway. The main drag is Korea Way, aka West 32nd Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue. Although the district is small, really just two city blocks, it is packed with more than 100 shops and restaurants. If you can't see them, look up. Much like Seoul, the businesses in K-Town are stacked on top of each other to maximize space.  

We've rounded up 13 of the best places to explore in Manhattan's Koreatown as a family, so read on before your next outing. Peruse our Neighborhood Guides for more NYC nabes to explore, including those in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

Houston's Fall & Winter Family Fun Runs

Fall marks the beginning of a lot of things, from Pumpkin Spice-flavored everything, (slightly) cooler weather, and race season for all of Houston's running enthusiasts. Interested in doing something active and fun with the whole family? Look no further than this list of family fun runs happening throughout the Houston area over the next few months. Whether you're a seasoned runner, weekend warrior, stroller strider, or someone who just wants to get outdoors and do something different with the family, there's a race on this list for you. 

30 Things to Do with Kids in the Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley is a year-round family destination for families all over the tristate area, and it's no surprise. It's loaded with natural beauty—parks, lakes, mountains—delicious food, and wonderful art museums, theaters and play spaces. With events timed for nearly every holiday, and enough attractions to suit almost any type of family, the area makes for the perfect family getaway or day trip.

We’ve gathered up our top 30 things to do in the Hudson Valley—destinations that will appeal to natives and visitors alike. (Attention latter group: If you need somewhere to stay while you explore, we’ve got you covered there too.) So read on, make your checklist, and sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know!  

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Faeries, Apples, and Halloween Events, October 1-2

I know that we need the rain, but with so much outdoor fun scheduled for this weekend in Connecticut—from country fairs to family festivals to pirate invasions—I hope the gray days called for in the latest forecast are wrong. You won't want to miss the opening weekends of the Apple Harvest Festival in Southington or Wee Faerie Village in Old Lyme, which are great fun for adults and kids alike. You also have until Friday to enter our contest to win a family four pack to the perpetually crowd pleasing corn maze at Lyman Orchard by clicking here

If, like me, you're already negotiating costumes and candy selections for Halloween, you can set the spooky mood with some haunted activities running the gamut from mildly scary to slightly adventurous to totally terrifying.

We will do our best to keep up with weather cancelations in our frequently updated event calendar, but if the weather is at all questionable, be sure to contact venues directly before heading out for any scheduled outdoor activities. Make sure that you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so that you won't miss any of the Halloween fun! 

5 Day Trips Perfect for Fall

Now that it is allegedly cooler outside and you can leave your house without fear of overheating, it's the ideal time to visit these nearby spots that could feel pretty miserable during summer. Before the holiday season gets into gear, pack up the car and take the kids to look at gators or see where Texas' favorite ice cream is made. We've rounded up five fun day trips below.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Boo at the Zoo, Mark in the Park, Early Spookfests, Oct 1 - 2

Here's how I look at it: Halloween activities in the beginning of October are an excellent opportunity to use last year's costume one more time. No one wants to spoil the surprise of the new costume too soon (read: get ice cream and paint all over it). In fact, we may be using our costume from two years ago, since, um, last year's costume has ice cream and paint all over it.  

So, where might one wear an Elsa/ Rey/ Iron Man costume this weekend? How about Boo at the Zoo? How about Knotts Spooky Farm? How about Spooky Science at the Discovery Cube? How about Brick or Treat? Need to get in the pumpkineering spirit? Ghostly, spirited shows await. Need to get your gourd on? Let us patch you through. Not quite ready to admit it's fall? We'll ease you in, one harvested leaf at a time. And in the weeks ahead, you can figure out what costume to get put the finishing touches on the costume you absolutely have already figured out for this year.

Keep reading to learn more about the well-disguised weekend ahead...

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Storybook Walk, SeaFaire - October 1-2

Fall is a festive time on Long Island. There's Pumpkinfest at the Cornell farms in Yaphank, the Long Island Fair at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, a Shinnecock Youth Dance in Quogue and much more. Grab a hoodie and head outside!

Get active this weekend with the great events below. Don't see your event listed here? Add it to our events calendar. And if you didn't receive this post in your inbox, sounds like you need to subscribe to our newsletter.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Trucks, Festivals, Museums Oct 1-2

By October, fall activities have officially taken over the family calendar. Between chauffeuring kids to their games and rearranging plans around the NFL football schedule, Philly parents might feel like there is little time to relax and have fun as a family. Thanks to our weekend's event calendar (and an Eagles Bye Week), there are tons of amazing autumn experiences that can fit into any busy schedule.

Build your very own fire truck at the local Home Depot, then, visit real trucks and tractors at Winterthur. Embrace the fall season by making a scarecrow or painting a pumpkin at Morris Arboretum's Fall Festival or learning about 18th century trades at Newlin Grist Mill's Fall Harvest Festival. Discover a local museum; both The Barnes Foundation and the Brandywine River Museum offer free Sunday admission this weekend and Penn Museum hosts its Gallery Romp featuring the theme, Ancient Rome.

To search our event calendar for activities close to home, be sure to check off your county. Narrow the search even further by miles from home and age group. Have a fantastic fall weekend!

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