Things To Do in LA this Weekend with Kids: Museum Day, Sing-a-long Sound of Music, and Dino Fest

I'm sorry, but do you EVER clean up? Look around you—this place is a mess! Well, this weekend we are putting our foot down. You are getting yourself to the coastline (or possibly an inland waterway) to do your part, pitch in, and clean up. The Coastal Cleanup is a simple way for the whole family to participate in making the world a better place. (This week the beach; next week their rooms.)

I'm not saying there's any reason you have to clean up now in particular, though it might have something to do with the parade of pumpkins making their way toward every doorstep near you, in preparation for October (fest). Hey, did we mention the spiders? Yeah, you're probably gonna wanna clean.

If you do a good job, then rewards await you. You can delve into dinosaurs and race with rubber duckies; you can solve a problem like Maria and the puzzle of getting into museums for free. We appreciate you (we're not the only ones), and we want the best for you. Such as... the cleanest picks for this weekend's events.

Keep reading to find them.

Things to Do in Houston This Weekend With Kids: Polish Harvest Festival, Family Beach Challenge

Y'all, you know it's officially the fall season when we start sharing articles like where to find fall festivals, pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes. We even compiled an awesome Fall Bucket List to help make this next season a great one, and we could not be more excited about all it has to offer. The only thing that needs to happen next is for the weather to get the memo! 

This upcoming weekend is full of festival fun, with celebrations ranging from favorites like the Polish Harvest Festival for a healthy dose of culture to the extra spicy Texas Hot Sauce Festival and the ever popular kid-favorite, Blessington Farm's Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival.  

Speaking of awesome events, make sure you also check out our event calendar, our September GoList, and our Free Things to Do in September posts; they're packed with events and activities throughout the month that your family won't want to miss. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter to have everything we publish delivered right to you so you never miss any new content we roll out. 

For anyone planning an event, we know this is a busy, exciting time of the year and we would love for you to submit your event to our event calendar if it's not already on there so we can share it with all of our awesome readers. Just fill out the form and we'll take it from there. 

Now let's see what's on tap for the upcoming weekend. 

Things To Do in Boston this Weekend: Fluff, Vikings, and River Celebrations

It's a party all weekend long with events celebrating marshmallow fluff, Greek heritage, begonias, and even mighty vikings. Fans of all things happening on the Island of Sodor should check out the new Thomas and Friends exhibit at the Museum of Science, and nature lovers can head to Salem for a full weekend of walks, hikes, and sailing. This weekend is also the fall-favorite RiverSing, where families can enjoy live music and dancing in the open air. 

Check our full events calendar and follow our Facebook page for even more ideas for keeping kids busy this weekend. Have fun—fluff-y or otherwise!

Things To Do in Connecticut this Weekend: Pumpkins, Scarecrows, County Fairs

This week the calendar says we are officially entering fall...and that means we can turn our attention to pumpkins and harvest fun. Head over to Seymour for the annual Pumpkin Festival, or travel to Pumpkintown, USA to see the famous collection of jack-o'-lantern people. Kids love making their own scarecrows in Simsbury. And corn mazes are cropping up everywhere!

There also are plenty of other activities this week. Newtown is hosting a free program about polination and Norwalk is celebrating its first-ever Norwalk Strong. And this isn't even counting all the traditional county fairs, like these in Guilford and Orange.

These fall weekends are particularly action packed so make sure that you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook and Instagram so that you won't miss any of the fun! As always, our event calendar is constantly being updated with the latest activities. Have fun!

Things To Do in NYC this Weekend: Free Museums, Book Fest, City of Science, Queens County Fair

This Saturday, the annual Smithsonian Museum Day means FREE ticketed admission to participating museums around NYC, including the Fire Museum, the Jewish Museum and more. Be sure to download tickets in advance. Psst: The Intrepid Museum is participating, so you might be able to sign up for the Intrepid Adventures' Flying in Style workshop for FREE! Cap off the day by watching the gorgeous Morningside Lights parade on the Upper West Side.

Other beloved annual favorites coming to NYC this weekend include the Brooklyn Book Festival's Children's Day, the BAM Animation Block Party, Carnegie Hall's Fall Family Day, and the 92 Y's annual street festival, which includes performances by Broadway superstars. For science-loving kids, the City of Science celebration at the College of Staten Island promises plenty of free, hands-on projects and activities.

Looking for an old-fashioned fall festival now that the calendar says it's officially autumn? Take your pick: This weekend the Queens County Farm Museum kicks off its annual corn maze at the Queens County Fair, and rides, bounce houses, and face painting also liven up the Brownstone School Fall Fun Fair on the Upper West. Plus, there are free pony rides and a tie-dye workshop waiting for you at the 25th Annual Common Ground Fest in Morningside Park.

Check the calendar for more, and snag an inside peek at where to find pumpkin patches and hay rides right here in NYC.

20 Unique Birthday Party Spots for New Jersey Kids

Painting party? Been there. Pool party? Done that. If you're fresh out of ideas for your child's next birthday, fear not. We've pulled together some of NJ's most unique birthday party venues for kids, whether they're into sports, arts, or science. From flying high at an indoor skydiving center to starring in a Broadway-style birthday performance, these birthday parties break the mold. 

Be sure to check out our Birthday Party Guide for even more options.

Things To Do in Chicago this Weekend with Kids: Youth Art Fest, Oz, Free Museums

Kid-friendly art walks, harvest festivals, and cultural celebrations top the calendar for Chicago families this weekend. To start with, there's the usual full complement of fun fall festivities, including the Oak Brook Autumn Fest, Oak Park's Oaktoberfest, the Autumn in the Park Festival in Palos Park, Bolingbrook's big End of Summer Carnival, the Geneva Autumn Fest, and Naperville's activity-packed Harvest Pow-Wow where kids can learn about the harvest traditions of Native American cultures. The Chicago Japanese Matsuri bids summer farewell in traditional Japanese style with games, crafts, and tasty food.

The day culture fans have been waiting for arrives on Saturday with Smithsonian Free Museum Day: 20+ museums and institutions offer free ticketed admission, including the Adler Planetarium, but don't wait to book your tickets. Also on Saturday, the YAS! Youth Arts Showcase Fest in Millennium Park highlights the creativity of Chicago kids with exhibits and performances. Stick around for another creative, only-in-our-city event that night as the Moonlight Parade at the Bean fills Millennium Park with drummers, glow sticks, and lanterns.

This weekend is also opening day for the Chicago Children's Museum's exhibit devoted to the art of Mo Willems, much-loved author of the Knuffle Bunny and Elephant and Piggie books. Art-loving families can also stroll the Beverly Art Walk or explore the Andersonville Arts Week Fest this weekend. 

Ready for Halloween yet? Pull out your ruby slippers and your lion costume early for the weekend-long Midwest Wizard of Ozfest in Tinley Park, with puppet shows, performances, and photo-ops on the Yellow Brick Road. 

And those are just the highlights! There's lots more to do in this weekend's roundup and in our jam-packed Event Calendar.

Things To Do in Westchester this Weekend: Jay Day, Playland Fall Fun

This first weekend of fall is packed with fantastic family events in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. In addition to several fall festivals, there’s an eclectic assortment of one-of-a-kind happenings, some of which appeared on our September GoList.  

Have you heard the news? Though Playland usually closes for the season the weekend after Labor Day, it's opening this weekend and next with some fall-fest attractions, to boot.

Celebrate American heritage (and books and animals) at the multi-faceted Jay Day, or celebrate people of various abilities at the Wheelchair Games. Get up close with a helicopter and other fun vehicles at the annual Touch-a-Truck event, or take advantage of FREE admission to a host of museums in Westchester and throughout the Tri-State area.

This weekend offers a bonanza of entertaining and enriching events (not to mention apple picking), so you’ll definitely want to visit our Event Calendar to see the extensive fun beyond our top picks below. And be sure to check out our Fall Fun Guide for Westchester Kids for more seasonal happenings. Enjoy as much as you can take in—and if you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters to avoid missing any of the fun!

Things to Do in Philly this Weekend: Candytopia, Museum Day Live! September 21-22

The season of autumn officially arrives in the Delaware Valley this weekend. That means it is time for fall wardrobes, football, apple treats, and fantastic family events that can be found in our events calendar.

Philly families can embrace the start of the new time of year by building a scarecrow at Floral & Hardy of Skippack, making crafts and getting faces painted at terrain's Autumn Bounty Festival in Glen Mills, or wandering through a Straw Maze at Woodmere. Festival goers can watch the boats race by during the Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival, see martial arts demonstrations at the Korean Festival & Harvest Celebration, or listen to outdoor tunes at Linvilla Orchards during its Arts & Music Festival. Museum enthusiasts can take advantage of the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! opportunity, a chance to visit a variety of local museums for free (2 tickets per family). Those who love candy, and, frankly who doesn't, can experience Candytopia which opens this weekend in Philly. Sweet, right?

Do you know what else is sweet? Getting the low-down on the latest and greatest baby and parenting info! New and expectant parents should mark their calendars for The Mother of All Baby Showers at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday, September 25.

Until then, read on for our top picks for this fall weekend.

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