Legoland New York Announces Summer 2020 Opening

Get ready for brick-tastic fun in the Hudson Valley next summer: Legoland New York Resort will open on July 4, 2020. Situated about 60 miles outside New York City in Goshen, the 150-acre park will be the biggest Legoland yet. 

The amusement park, geared toward ages 2-12, will be the third Legoland to open in the U.S., joining the parks in California and Florida. Visitors to the Hudson Valley park will be able to explore seven themed "lands" featuring more than 50 rides, attractions, and shows—including a brand-new ride exclusive to the New York location. 

50 Best Kids' Movies for Family Movie Night

Some of the best kids' movies were made decades ago. If you're looking for the perfect flick to please everyone tonight, we suggest putting the new releases aside for now and introducing kids to these classic family movies.

Get the popcorn popped, the kids snuggled up on the couch, and now you're ready to peruse this list of our top 50 kids' movies sure to win over the pickiest of film critics. From The Wizard of Oz to Sandlot and everything in between, it’s time to turn down the lights and enjoy some quality time with the entire family.

Things To Do in LA this Weekend: Boo at the Zoo, Children's Book Fest, Mark in the Park

It's beginning to look a lot like pumpkins, everywhere I go. And so it begins! The Harvest. The Corn Mazes. The Patches. We are on a crazed, giddy run to the end of the month.

But don't get spooked! Yes, there are scary things afoot. Yes, you can choose the dark and shadowy path. But you can also choose to welcome the season with laughs (and science!). You can fear the night or you can get in on the fun. Halloween is what you make it, and LA makes it easy to choose family-friendly. Or not.

Public service announcement for purists who wait to celebrate Halloween until, well, Halloween: There's still lots to do! This weekend sees festivals Greek and Southeast Asian, Manhattan Beachian and Encinoish. You can buy a ticket to the 20s, catch a plane, train, or (very small) automobileThe streets of Los Angeles are open wide, and you can make your mark in Grand Park. So go out there and scare up some fun.

Keep reading for our favorite treats for this weekend, no trick!

Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Pumpkin Fest, The Original Greek Festival

Can we all say a little hooray for the (slightly) cooler weather we've been enjoying? Even a marginal break in the heat means that outdoor activities are infinitely more enjoyable, which is why we think now is the perfect time to take the kids to the Renaissance Festival, which is kicking off this weekend! We also highly recommend going on a family camping trip... OR you could even combine the two and camp at RenFest. Let's celebrate the change in seasons with all the outdoor activities! 

Speaking of activities, there are no shortage of amazing events happening this weekend. Some highlights include the 40th Annual Festival Chicano, Stargazing with Houston Astronomical Society, and the Fort Bend County Fair. It's guaranteed to be a good weekend no matter what you pick, that's for sure!

If you have an event or activity coming up that you want to share, we want to share it too! Submit your event to our event calendar and we'll add it to our ever-growing list of awesome happenings around town. The start of a new month also means we have a brand new October GoList up, so be sure to stop by and check out some of the best events that are going on throughout the month so you can plan out your weekends with the kids and GO! 

We also recommend signing up for our weekly newsletter so you can stay up to speed with everything happening on Mommy Poppins.

Without any further delay, let's check out what this lovely first weekend in October has in store for us.

Things To Do in Boston this Weekend: Topsfield Fair, Pumpkinfest, Fun Runs

Why wait until the end of the month to show off those costumes? Kids of all ages are encouraged to don some festive garb at the "Be Our Guest" event at Hammond Castle and the Not-So-Spooky Halloween at Edaville. Fall festival fun continues with the opening of the Topsfield Fair, October Festival at Winslow Farm, Columbus Park Fall Fest, and one dedicated to everyone's favorite seasonal gourd, Pumpkinfest. Want to get some exercise and enjoy the autumn air? Lace up some sneakers and head to the Apple Harvest Run and Boston's newest 5k, the Sci-k Fun Run.

Things To Do in Connecticut this Weekend: Apple Harvest Festivals, Pumpkins, and Animal Love

The calendar has turned over to October, meaning it's time to dig the sweaters, windbreakers, and yes, old costumes out of the closet! Start your weekend at the Connecticut Trolley Museum's Pumpkin Patch or the Wee Faerie Village in Old Lyme. There are apple festivals in both Southington and Litchfield. Have some creepy family fun in Westport or enjoy some waterfront festivities at Pumpkins on the Pier. For animals lovers, there is the annual Fall Festival to Benefit Animals in Stratford. 

Of course, the spooky and sweet holiday activities begin, too—see our Halloween Guide for more. To make sure that you don't miss any of the seasonal fun, subscribe to our free weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Have fun out there!

Best Fairfield-Area Halloween Events: Trunk or Treat, Parades, and More

Halloween seems to get bigger and better every year—and I'm not just talking about the size of the candy bars. Back in the day, we were happy just to trick or treat in our neighborhood, but now, you can find a fun Halloween event pretty much any day, all October long. Here around Fairfield, we have a huge variety of activities devoted to the spookiest holiday, from trunk or treat events to costume parades to pumpkin festivals. Our Connecticut Halloween Guide has you covered, but don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletters and keep tabs on our event calendar so that you won't miss any newly added Halloween fun.

Things To Do in NYC with Kids this Weekend: Lighthouse, Pumpkins, Animals, Harvest

It's harvest season in NYC, which means pumpkins are ripe for picking at neighborhood supermarkets and bodegas—and local patches, too. Harvest fests abound this weekend, so you can take your pick (see what we did there?) from options that include the Harlem Harvest Fest, Jefferson Market Garden, the Greenbelt Pumpkin Fest, Oktoberfest in Sunnyside, and the Harvest Fest on Randall's Island. You can even gather 'round a seasonal campfire in Prospect Park and learn about native corn in the Battery.

On the Upper West Side, Oran Etkin and Timbalooloo rock Symphony Space on Saturday, and preschoolers can get their fill of world roots music for free at Lincoln Center's Brown Rice Family concert. Plus, Jazz at Lincoln Center introduces kids to the music of Chick Corea.

CMOM's Comic Con runs all weekend, the Little Red Lighthouse Fest celebrates the 77th anniversary of the book that made it famous, animals get blessings at St. John the Divine (and dogs get their day in Central Park), and Sunday is Pickle Day on the Lower East Side, packed with all things sweet and sour, plus face painters, balloon twisters, and carnival games.

Don't miss our Ultimate Halloween Fun Guide, and our list of the Best Free Halloween Events for Kids. And remember that our Fall Fun Guide and daily event calendar are always excellent resources for family fun!

The Best Kids Shows of Off-Broadway's New Victory Theater 2019-2020 Season

For the past 24 years, the award-winning New Victory Theater in the heart of Times Square has been the premier destination to catch entertaining and affordable productions for all ages. But the beloved New Victory is much more than just a place to catch a show in NYC. Through hands-on workshops, interactive pre- and post-show activities, and performances adjusted for children with special needs, the nonprofit organization is raising the bar for what theater for young audiences can be. I know this firsthand: I've been bringing my daughter to the New Victory Theater for well over a decade, and her formative experiences there inspired her love of live entertainment. I'm pleased to share a preview of the New Victory's 2019-2020 season, including the best plays for kids of different ages (even big kids, like mine), and ways to save on tickets.

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