Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Wings Over Houston Airshow, ArBOOretum

This weekend is jam-packed with activities as we begin to really gear up for fall. Pumpkin patches are out in full force, fall festivals are peaking, and trunk-or-treat events are popping up around the city, offering a safe alternative to neighborhood trick-or-treating.

The cooler weather also makes this weekend a great time to visit the Texas Renaissance Festival and check out their kid-friendly shows and acts or check out nearby Seabrook with the help of our insider's guide to the city.

And since it's always a good idea to have some indoor options up your sleeve, you definitely want to take note of the Ninja Warrior obstacle courses located around the city. 

Don't forget to peruse our fall bucket list and our October GoList for even more family events and activities, and check out our event calendar, which is always stocked with ideas for every day of the week. 

If you have an event you want to share, make sure to submit your own event to our calendar. And to stay on the up and up with everything happening around Houston, subscribe to our free weekly newsletter with great posts like this delivered to your inbox.

Now, let's get on to this weekend's events!

Weekend Fun: Country Fair, Pumpkin Carving, Science Day

Sagamore Hill is ready to deliver information, education and demonstrations free to the public. at its very first Science Day.

And while the autumn weather is still gourd-ous outside, keep exploring and enjoying the great outdoors at the Family Fall & Halloween Festival in Massapequa or the Rock Hall Country Fair in Lawrence. Get crafty at Jones Beach, make a harvest wreath, or create a boo-tiful mini garden at Atlantic Nursery. Get dolled up for the Princess Masquerade Ball at Tots-on-Track or enjoy a leisurely family stroll through the village of Huntington during the Heckscher Art Museum's Art Walk.

Did someone says freebie? We've rounded up some free events for the family this month. It's not too early to make a plan for Halloween. Check out our list of Best Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat with Long Island Kids

Our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. And our October GoList offers other fun, family events for the final weeks of the month.

Don't forget to check out our local DEALS page, where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for LI kids. Check back often as we're regularly adding more.

Also, it's time for our annual Besties balloting, and we want to hear from you. Weigh in on the best of Long Island at our voting page here. Your vote makes you eligible to win one of a number of prizes. See the prizes available here, and vote before it's too late.

Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself.

The Ultimate Guide to Philly Area Tot Lots

Everyone knows that going to a playground with a toddler can be treacherous. Everything is a little too big and you find yourself helicoptering your kids' every move. That's why tot lots are perfect for the smallest kiddos. With fun interactive areas, smaller steps and slides, and baby swings, kids can have a little more independence (and so can you). If you’re looking for fun, safe playgrounds ideal for younger kids, we've got a list of some great tot lots in the Philadelphia area. 

New Guidelines and Tips for Early Allergen Introduction to Babies

From crying it out to co-sleeping, swaddling to self soothing, conflicting parenting ideas can make our poor sleep deprived heads spin. And even more so when it comes to feeding. For​ ​decades,​ new parents​ ​were​ ​instructed not to introduce possible ​allergens before baby's first birthday or later. Foods like fish, eggs, cow's milk, and peanuts were stuck under a fridge magnet with a scary warning about potential life-long allergies, and the need to create an allergy management plan, if your little one was found to have an allergy when you finally introduced these forbidden foods.

More recently though, research is changing the way families approach the introduction of potentially allergenic foods. In fact, in 2015, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) said that there is no reason to delay the introduction of potentially allergenic foods past 4-6 months of age - a total reversal from previous beliefs and practices. Since that time, even more research regarding the early introduction of allergens has been pouring in and, most recently, the FDA approved a qualified health claim for the early introduction of ground peanuts just this month.

Head spinning yet? We’ve partnered with Inspired Start to provide tips to simplify introducing potentially allergenic foods to baby, in accordance with AAAAI’s latest information:

35 Fun Things To Do with Kids around Pasadena

If you're working your way down our bucket list of 100 things to do before your LA kids grow up, you might start to notice how many of those things are in Pasadena—and we're not just talking Rose Parade. The inland community rivals Santa Monica for family friendly, walkable streets and variety of arts and entertainment. It's also one of the oldest communities in the LA area, which gave it a head start on collecting cool stuff. Let the tourists spend their days in Hollywood; we know there's more going on most weekends in Pasadena, a city so bursting with kid and family-friendly activities that we couldn't stop at just 25. Read on for 35 things to do around Pasadena.

12 Free Places to Play Indoors Around Boston

For families with energetic kids, perhaps the biggest bummer of colder weather is losing the ability to while away entire afternoons at a local playground. Sure, we're blessed with a bevy of spectacular indoor play zones here in Boston, but many charge $10 or more per child for an hour or two of fun. Sometimes, what kids (and exhausted parents) really need is the indoor equivalent of your neighborhood playground—an open, public space where they can pop in, monkey around, and socialize for an hour or two, no reservation or hefty admission required. We've tracked down a few spots in and around town where your kids can play—and you can take a load off—for free. (Note that none of these places allow you to drop kids off, unsupervised; but having some new toys and playmates to entertain them will definitely feel like a break.)

20 Things All New Parents on Long Island Should Know

We all agree: Long Island is a great place to raise kids. There are parks galore, plenty of fun things to do all year long, and no shortage of places that cater to children.

But things still can seem overwhelming when you’re a new mom or dad. We here at Mommy Poppins can help make your life easier with some of our favorite insider tricks that every new parent on Long Island should add to his or her arsenal.

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