September GoList: The Best Things To Do With NJ Kids This Month

Sure, it may feel like the only place to "Go" this month is school, but there are actually some really fun New Jersey events in September that you might not want to miss. As always, we've chosen our favorites, so shake off the back-to-school blues and dance with Peppa Pig, take selfies with the Merrel Twins, and even swim with some happy (wet) dogs. And for even more September fun, check out our post on September Fairs and Festivals.

Be Cool: Bond with Teens & Tweens at Hunter Mountain in the Catskills

With a tween and a teen in the household, it’s not easy for my family to find activities we can all get excited about. And planning a trip together? Fugghedaboudit. However, we recently discovered the sweet spot where we can adventure together as a family and have plenty of space for relaxing at the end of the day (because, as we’re learning, teens need LOTS of space): Hunter Mountain in New York’s Catskills. With an itinerary of ziplining, hiking, swimming, Skyriding and lounging in our suite, we were all very happy campers. There’s much on Hunter Mountain and in the surrounding area to appeal to both parents and older kids. Here are some highlights, including outdoor adventures, special dining-shopping hybrids and ample opportunities to chill out (or whatever the kids say these days).

5 Educational After School Programs for Philadelphia Kids and Teens

The school year is upon us, which, for some, means normalcy is returning. For those who work late and need to extend school hours, or for kids interested in further pursuing their passion for science or the arts, after school programs are great. These programs are the perfect way to keep kids entertained in those late afternoon hours while continuing to further their education. Keep those brains working a little longer with some of these awesome programs.

Weekday Picks: Pretend City, Hollywood Bowl & New California Incline, Aug 29 - Sept 2

While summer may well be winding down and the kids may well be back in school, there are still outdoorsy things to do—so go do them! The Hollywood Bowl honors 400 years of the Bard with Shakespeare at the Bowl this week; actors from the great playwright’s very own Globe Theatre in London perform scenes accompanied by music inspired by his works, including my personal favorite, Nino Rota’s soundtrack to Romeo and Juliet. In other amphitheaters, this is also the final week of Orange County's summer staple, The Pageant of the Masters.

If the "theatah" feels too high falutin’, break on through to the pop culture side at the Redondo Beach Pier, where Doors tribute band Strange Days can light your fire.

The El Segundo Museum of Art, or ESMoA (not sure how it’s pronounced but it is kind of an arty monniker), hosts Tinkertopia. This drop in design and build evening is free for kids and their adult; and it makes good, artistic use of recycled materials. 

And finally, if you've been feeling the pain of the California Incline closure, the re-opening this week is celebrated with a once-in-a-lifetime pedestrian-only ramp party.

As always, there are plenty more ideas to be found on the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar.

Best Fall Festivals for NYC Kids in September

Kick off autumn at one of these fun-filled (and mostly FREE) fall festivals in NYC. Annual family favorites abound this month, including top September picks such as the Richmond County Fair and the Little Red Lighthouse Festival. But there are also plenty of cool under-the-radar events you may not have heard of, including a kite festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park, a sweet honey celebration in Rockaway Beach, and Italian fairs in the Bronx and on Staten Island, both a lot less crowded than San Gennaro. There's also farm fun and even more kiddie rides.

So banish the back-to-school blues by hitting one (or more) of these kid-friendly fetes this September.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Pink Party, Pirates, Kid Yoga

Though summer break is winding down, summertime fun still abounds for Westchester families!

The New York International Children’s Film Festival: Westchester  opens on Friday, with assorted flicks for different ages from around the world. The Annual Pink Party returns with pink cupcakes, lemonade, stories and more, while the Pirate Party encourages participants to talk, think and play like a pirate.

So don’t go singing the summer’s-over blues; just read on for these and other top picks for the week and head to our Event Calendar for even more great options to choose from!

Weekday Fun in NJ: Italian Festival, Paint Party, Apple Picking

The summer may be winding down, but there’s still plenty of seasonal fun around the state in this final week of August. Catch the grand finales of outdoor movies and concerts with Movie Monday, Zoo-Flix and Wildwood Concerts Under the Stars. Then, kick off September with games, rides and fun at Scotch Plains’ Labor Day Italian Festival. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks: Art, Movies, and a Midsummer Night's Dream: August 29-September 2, 2016

For many parents this is it, the moment we've all been waiting for: most public schools in the state are back in session this week. But never fear! Even as we send the kiddos off with freshly sharpened pencils and nutritionally balanced lunches, there's still plenty of fun to be had in the evenings and afternoons. If you're still looking for extracurricular activities for the fall, you won't want to miss Tuesday's open house at the Darien Arts Center where kids can try mini versions of the regular art, music, theater, and dance classes. Bid summer a fond farewell with a magical outdoor performance of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream or start your weekend off with a relaxing family-friendly movie on the beach.

The Event Calendar is continually updated with free events, activities, and the best things to do in CT so check back often and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to be sure you don't miss a thing.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Monsters, Butterflies, New Zoo, August 29-September 2

I don't know about you, but I can't believe my kids are going back to school already this week. They can't believe it either, especially since it still feels so much like summer. So before the homework piles on, I'm planning on using this week to ease into school with as much fun as we can manage. There's still time to catch one of the local free outdoor movies, stop by a festival, or hit the beach one last time.

There's also some excitement going on at Franklin Park Zoo this week, with the opening of the new children's zoo that features four diverse ecosystem "neighborhoods," including a new home for the adorable red pandas (pictured). It's a good week to volunteer as a family, too, with a special opportunity to help out at the Greenway's butterfly garden. Besides all these great picks, be sure to keep your eye on the full Event Calendar for other fun upcoming events.

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