Harvest Fests, Pumpkin Patches, and Hayrides Right Here in NYC

If you think you need to head out of the city for an authentic fall harvest experience, we've got good news: You can pick the perfect pumpkin, go on a hayride, meet farm animals, and even get lost in a massive corn maze right here in NYC.

So if you're looking to skip the car rental, hop onto the subway instead to head out to these fall harvest festivals and pumpkin patches, all located within the five boroughs. Looking for more fall fun? Check out our NYC Fall Fun Guide for the best of the season.

Swim Lessons for Kids in and Near Fairfield County, CT

Whether you have a little fish or a child who is scared around water, swim lessons are important for teaching kids to be comfortable and safe at Connecticut's many pools, lakes, and beaches. The Fairfield area is full of pools offering mommy-and-me, parent-child, and independent swim lessons that develop kids' confidence, survival skills, and individual strokes. Check out our Classes and Activities Guide for even more sporty and aquatic fun.

Interactive 'Dr. Seuss Experience' to Tour North America

Readers of all ages have probably longed to step inside the colorful and whimsical worlds that exist inside Dr. Seuss' beloved stories. Now fans can finally get their fantastical fix as "The Dr. Seuss Experience," a brand-new exhibit, tours North America. The immersive and interactive celebration of the imagination of author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel is billed as a "Seuss-tacular sensory spectacle" families won't want to miss. 

Special Needs Classes and Enrichment Programs for Boston Kids

Like all kids, children with intellectual or physical differences are born with a natural curiosity, and deserve programs that boost their brains, bodies, and social skills. The right environment is critical to a child's development, so we've sought out classes and programs that provide fun and nurturing opportunities for children with special needs, specifically. Along with these classes in sports, the arts, and more, you'll find more enrichment programs in our Boston Classes and Activities Guide.

Things To Do in LA this Weekend: Mexican Independence, Chinatown Moon, and Coast

They're going to try to tell you it's pumpkin season, but it's not, not matter what the seasonal aisle at Trader Joe's may be implying. It's just plain old September, a neither here nor there month, but clearly not fall and  in no way Halloweeny.

You know what it is? Fiestas Patrias, aka Mexican Independence Day. No hay calabazas ahora.

You know what it is? Talk like a Pirate Day, so shut yer gourd about Jack-o'-lanterns afore we make ye walk the plank.  

You know what it is? Coast Open Streets, a day we get out and walk our way through Santa Monica. You're going to use your feet to get around, not some bippity boppity boo'ed pumpkin.

You know what it is? Opening day of the Spider Pavilion, an arachnology themed exhibit without any seasonal connotation to speak of.

To review: this weekend is many things, but pumpkiny it is not. Sorry to squash your hopes.

Keep reading for our spiciest picks for this big orange weekend....

Things To Do in Connecticut this Weekend: Hawks, Cider, Berlin Fair

With so many corn mazes, festivals, and road races taking place all over the state, it's clear I'm not the only person in an autumn state of mind! On tap this weekend, there's Cider Saturday in New Canaan, the SeptemberFest in Fairfield, and of course, the beloved Berlin Fair. Greenwich Audubon has their annual informative and fun Hawk Watch, which includes lots of opportunities to get up close and personal with birds of prey.

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 updated with the latest activities, and our top suggestions for fun this weekend are broken down below. Have fun!

Things to Do in Houston this Weekend with Kids: Gatorfest, Fiestas Patrias, Sept. 14-15

Y'all, it's officially midway through September, and despite temperatures that are still steadily climbing into the 90+ range every day, that means fall (well, Houston's version of fall) is here. That means that it's time to start planning weekends around our fall bucket list, hitting up all the family-friendly fall festivals and taking advantage of all the free things happening around Houston this month.

This weekend also marks the annual celebration of Mexico's fight for independence, and in true Houston style, we're celebrating it big with events like the a day of Fiestas Patrias activities at the Children's Museum of Houston, a special Fiesta Sinfónica performance by the Houston Symphony, and a Fiestas Patrias celebration at Trader's Village.

As if that weren't enough, we've barely even scratched the surface with all the awesome events you can find on our event calendar and in our September GoList, so be sure to check those out when you're in need of a little inspiration. We'd also love for you to sign up for our weekly newsletter; it's full of the best tips, tricks, and activities we have to offer.

Now, without further ado, let's take a look at the upcoming weekend!

Things To Do in Boston this Weekend: Porch Fest, Food Fest, Owls

With so many kid-friendly fall fests happening this weekend, parents will have a hard time narrowing down their choices. For music lovers, Roslindale is having its annual Porch Fest, and Strike Up the Bands is back in Somerville. The Boston Local Food Fest is serving up delicious local grub, and family members young and old can get inspired to move at the new Boston Social Fitness Festival. Animal fans can go on an owl prowl, practice yoga with goats, and check out a new exhibit on butterflies. Gamers won't want to miss Boston FIGFest—now at a new location.  

Things To Do in NYC this Weekend with Kids: San Gennaro, Concerts, Monarchs

NYC is aflutter with Monarch madness this weekend as the butterflies make their yearly migratory pitstop in the city. Learn more at the Monarch Celebration on Saturday on Randall's Island  (consider it a warmup for the return of the American Museum of Natural History's popular annual butterfly exhibit, opening October 12). Creatures with a somewhat more impressive wingspan gather at the annual Raptor Fest in Central Park on Saturday. And non-winged creatures get a moment in the sun when moles invade Skirball Center in Philippe Quesne's punk rock performance. (Kids can parade with the moles through Greenwich Village on Thursday, Sept 12, at 2pm, too!)

Big celebrations include Madison Square Park's Stages in the Square on Saturday, with a packed roster of live performances, the cannoli-fueled crush that is Little Italy's San Gennaro Festival, and the start of Morningside Lights' weeklong festivities, which culminate next weekend (September 21) with the annual lantern-lit parade.

The Bronx is action-packed this weekend: Head to City Island for the Fall Arts and Crafts fair (make a day of it with dinner at one of the island's kid-friendly restaurants). Or visit Wave Hill's weekend-long family art project. All that, plus Boogie on the Blvd returns on Sunday to shut down the Grand Concourse center lanes between 162nd and 170th Streets.

Brooklyn's in party mode, too, with the Brooklyn United Back-to School extravaganza, the One Crown Heights Neighborhood Fest, and Old Stone House's annual Bike Jumble. And on Governors Island, kids can create sustainable energy machineswatch amazing WWI re-enactments, or participate in the annual African Film Fest—or all three!

As always, keep our September Go List handy, and refer to the full Mommy Poppins calendar for more fall fun!


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