Dumbo with Kids: 50 Fun Things to Do for Families

The Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood of Dumbo is a draw for both visiting tourists and locals eager to enjoy the water and city views, family-friendly restaurants, shops, and plenty of outdoor activities. Located between the famous Manhattan Bridge (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) and Brooklyn Bridge, this neighborhood offers stunning views of lower Manhattan, cobblestone streets, and experiences varied enough to keep the whole family entertained.

The neighborhood's crown jewel is Brooklyn Bridge Park—a stunning waterfront park that boasts lovely walking paths, playgrounds, roller skating, kayaking, swimming, and an impressive sports complex at Pier 5—but this eclectic area also offers an abundance of delicious eats, scores of beautiful shops, indoor play spaces for kids, and so much more. Read on for 50 things to see, do, and explore with kids in Dumbo.  

Where to Find Cider Donuts in Fairfield County

The humble cider donut. They are, without a doubt, not only an autumn tradition but a necessity here in the northeast. We in Fairfield County could not be luckier because we live in a major epicenter of cider donut greatness and just because apple picking season ends, this does not mean cider donuts go with it. Whether you prefer them moist or cakey, and whether you spell it donut or doughnut, here is a round-up of the very best places around to score one. Or a dozen. 

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Jack o' Lantern Sail, Bats, Barnacles & Broomsticks October 29-30

This Halloween weekend spook up some fun for the whole family. Carve a pumpkin and watch it float at the The Great Jack o' Lantern Spectacular Sail at Belmont Lake State Park. Enjoy safe trick or treating in Long Beach, at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton or Broadway Mall in Hicksville. Attend a Pumpkin Parade at one of Gymboree's locations in East NorthportWoodbury or Oceanside.

Do the monster mash and party like a ghoul at the Ghostly Gala at the Long Island Children's Museum, the Fall Festival at Queens County Farm, the Haunted Whaling Boo-seum at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum or  Family Fun Day at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook.

Also, as the temperature starts to drop, now is the perfect time to peruse our Long Island Classes Guide to find indoor, educational opportunities for children of all ages.

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Scary Easy Ideas for a Spooktacular Halloween Party

It's never too late to organize a super simple Halloween Party. This year I hosted our fifth annual neighborhood party and tested out some frighteningly easy Halloween snack recipes. They must have been a hit, because my little ghosts and goblins didn’t let out a single boo in protest. Now that I have my fifth party under my (witch's) hat, here are a few tricks for how to host your own Halloween Party.

Things To Do Halloween Weekend with LA Kids: Oct 29 - 30

Our calendar, just like your treat bag, is overflowing this weekend. With tons of carnivals and festivals and parades and celebrations, LA is aquiver with the pumpkin-mania that is Halloween. Find the fun at parks, parks, and parks; at zoos, zoos, and zoos; and at theme parks, theme parks, and theme parks... you get the picture. There's no way we can fit them all here, so this weekend more than ever I encourage you to check out our full listings.

As if our schedule weren't full enough, there's another major holiday nipping at Halloween's heels. Most Día de los Muertos events are this weekend, and there's no better place than LA to rejoice in the memory of our departed loved ones. There are even a few events with no holiday affiliation as such, though it's not hard to see the synergism between Halloween and, say, Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic Con or the Spider Pavilion.

Whatever your plans, I advise you to conserve your strength: Monday is coming. (There's a silver lining, though: one lucky Momma is going to find a Target Gift Card in her goody bag!)

Keep reading for our trickiest treats for this weekend...

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Trick-or-Treating & Halloween Parties, Oct. 29-31

Halloween weekend is finally here! For all last-minute mamas out there, check out our ideas for quick costume ideas. There are tons of things to do around Houston this weekend, and you still have time to visit an area pumpkin patch, take a hayride, or visit a haunted house. Also, if trick-or-treating isn't your family's thing, check out an area trunk-or-treat, where kids can collect candy in safe and controlled environments. 

Don't forget to check our calendar for daily events, and you can sign up for our FREE weekly newsletters to receive our latest posts, event details, and more. If you sign up right now you get a chance to win a family's membership to the Children's Museum of Houston, which means free admission for a year along with access to members-only events.

Without further ado, here is your Halloween weekend lineup:

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Halloween Eve, Kid Convention, Pet Parade; October 29-30

It's no secret that we live in one of the best cities in the world to celebrate Halloween. We've got it all, from spooky festivities at the Franklin Park Zoo's Zoo Howl to the North End Halloween Party & Parade and up to Salem, an entire town that celebrates Halloween all month long. Even pets can get in on the Halloween fun with the "Howl-o-ween" Pet Parade.

Had your Halloween fix? There's plenty of other non-scary events happening this weekend including the Kid Convention at the Edward M Kennedy Institute, the Innoskate Public Festival for skateboarding enthusiasts, and [Doll]houses Have Stories at the Concord Museum.

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

Enter our contest to win a Target gift card, help us pick our Besties for more great prizes, and don't forget to check out the full events calendar for way more Halloween fun!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Day of the Dead, Zoo Boo, October 29-30

There is no excuse to be bored during this fall weekend. Our events calendar is filled to the brim with family fun to please those who like nature, animals, adventure, and culture.

Take a hayride at Milky Way Farms in Chester Springs, Hagley Museum in Wilmington, or Freddy Hill Farms in Lansdale. Visit the animals at The Elmwood Park Zoo or The Philadelphia Zoo since both feature their Boo at the Zoo events this weekend. Put on your Halloween costume and march in the Halloween Parade Extravaganza at The Ambler Theatre or collect treats at Mayfair Memorial Park's Halloween Birthday Trunk or Treat. Participate in Day of the Dead celebrations at the Mütter Museum or Penn Museum. For more Halloween fun this weekend, check out our guide.

If you haven't yet, enter our giveaway for a chance to win a $100 Target gift card! Stay up-to-date with the latest fun by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Have a spectacular weekend!

Halloween Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Tricks, Treats, and Trolleys, October 29-31

All of us here at Mommy Poppins CT wish you and your family a very happy and safe Halloween! Since Halloween falls on a Monday this year, which may be particularly challenging for younger kids, there is all kinds of daytime fun over the weekend particularly geared for younger kids, including a Hobgoblin Fair, a Halloween Festival, and a Haunted House (among many others!). For those who may be looking to focus on something besides Halloween, check out the Wild About Animals Festival at the Imagine Nation Museum and Kids Day at the picturesque Audubon facility in Sharon.

If you're beginning to look forward to the holidays that come after Halloween, Mommy Poppins is sponsoring a fantastic giveaway for a $100 Gift Card with Target, who have been expanding their Our Generation line of dolls. For more information and contest rules, click here

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