Things to Do in DC this Weekend:Festivals, Culture, Pumpkins October 5-6, 2019

The first weekend of October is upon us, and with it, fall goes into high gear. Fall festivals, pumpkin picking, apple picking, Halloween activities...there's a lot to choose from! Read on for our top picks and then head over to our events calendar for more ideas.

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Things to Do in Philly this Weekend: Pumpkin Pawlooza, Trucks, Tractors, Trains October 5-6

It's beginning to look a lot like autumn. Pumpkins are lined up by the doorstep, cornstalks are affixed to street lights, and Philly kids are in a constant state of chatter deciding what to be for Halloween. Yes, fall is in the air and the perfect time for families throughout the Delaware Valley to create a bucket list for the season. There are festivals to attend, pumpkins and apples to pick, and foliage to admire.

This weekends presents many ideas to add to your list. In the city, Morris Arboretum provides a weekend filled with all things fall including pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making, and apple tasting. In the suburbs, Newlin Grist Mill hosts its Fall Harvest Festival; Bensalem township offers its annual Fall Festival; and Radnor township features its Fall Harvest & Great Pumpkin Patch event. For kids who love things that go, consider exploring Trucks and Tractors at Winterthur, or taking a train ride to see the changing leaves on the West Chester Railroad. Other noteworthy weekend highlights include Skippack Days in Skippack, Pumpkin Pawlooza at the Garden State Discovery Museum, and APS Annual Garden Party at Jefferson Garden.

Still looking for more ideas to create your family's perfect fall bucket list? Be sure to browse through our event calendar by using tags, location, and age.

Things To Do in Westchester this Weekend: Blaze, Book Festival, Applefest

Fall fun continues this weekend for Westchester and Hudson Valley families with apple picking, pumpkin picking, fall festivals, and the like—and now many of the large-scale Halloween activities are added to the mix. Among the scary attractions for older kids is Hudson Horrors, a walk-through haunted-house experience.

One of the big headliners this weekend is the return of the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival, where young bibliophiles get the chance to meet authors and illustrators, collect autographs, hear book readings, and celebrate beloved literature. Also returning this year are the apple-licious Warwick Applefest, featuring assorted attractions and delicacies, and the Ultimate Willy Wonka Party, attended by two of the film's cast members. Horse lovers will get a kick out of the Peekskill Rotary Annual Horse Show and Country Fair

This is just the beginning! Read on for our top weekend picks, visit our Event Calendar for more, and refer to our October Go List for our top choices for the rest of the month!

Things To Do on Long Island this Weekend with Kids: Pumpkinfest, Irish Day, Oktoberfest

Welcome October on Long Island with a sunset wagon ride along Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank. Theatre Three is hosting a family-friendly Halloween show, A Kooky Spooky Halloween.

See our Fall Family Fun Guide for the best in seasonal entertainment, including day trip ideas, fall festivals, corn mazes. and plenty of FREE events and activities. As always, our Event Calendar and October GoList are loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Bust My Buffers! Thomas the Train Rolls Into the Museum of Science

Wondering what a cheeky little tank engine can teach our kids about science? With STEM learning stations and opportunities for developing social skills, the Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails temporary exhibit at Boston's Museum of Science is a sneakily educational outing that children will experience as just plain fun. In a city filled with fun museums for kids, I recently chose to bring a preschooler and a toddler to this new exhibit at MOS, and I was so glad I did. The kids came away from the visit with new knowledge about train engineering and history, and an even deeper love for Thomas.

CAMP in Flatiron Reinvents Itself Again with New Theme, More Fun

CAMP, one of our favorite NYC stores where kids can play for FREE (and one of our favorite new additions to NYC last year, period) isn't your average toy store with a play space. The entire space reinvents itself every season, making it an imaginative wonderland designed for repeat exploration.

Situated on the corner of 16th Street and Fifth Avenue, CAMP looks like a retail shop from the street—albeit one with an on-site Milk Bar and a funky collection of merchandise, from toys and games to books and clothing. But look closer and you'll see that there's something spectacular hiding behind a secret door. Find the entrance (with the help of a super-friendly CAMP counselor) and you're in for hours of fun, and a cool indoor place to play.

The play space at CAMP just launched its latest themed reinvention—read on for a peek inside.

Free in October: 25 Totally Free Things To Do with Kids in Los Angeles this Month

October sees the arrival of spooky season here in Los Angeles, which means you're already committed to spending on costumes and candy. If you don't have a lot of spare cash to spend beyond the trick-or-teating, no problem; there's still plenty of free fun to be had by the whole family. From Halloween happenings to sweater weather shenanigans, you can hit the town without hitting the bank. Here are just a few of the free events happening this month—look for more free fun on our ultimate Halloween event list.

15 Best Candy Stores for New York City Kids

For many New York City kids, holidays like Halloween (and Valentine's Day, and Easter, and...) mean candy. In New York City, there's no shortage of candy stores, making it a good time (and place) to be a kid with a hankering for the sweet stuff.

Many of these NYC spots are stores without seating or bathrooms; instead they house shelves and aisles overflowing with packages of colorful, cavity-creating treasures. A few offer more modern treats and additions like chocolate-making classes for kids. Read on for our 15 favorite candy shops in all of NYC.

Toys 'R' Us to Open Playroom Pop-up in Chicago and Atlanta

Calling all Toys "R" Us kids in Atlanta and Chicago! The fun folks at Candytopia, who you know from every amazing candy-filled Instagram photo you’ve seen in the last year, are teaming up with Toys "R" Us to create an all-new, totally immersive pop-up just for kids—and just in time for the holidays. The Toys "R" Us Adventure promises to be just as Insta-worthy as it’s Candytopia counterpart. Selfies with Geoffrey!

Things To Do in NJ this Weekend: Fall Festivals, Zombie Walk, Sesame Street Live

While October has only just begun, Halloween fun kicks into high gear this weekend. Get in the Halloween spirit at celebrations like Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest, Asbury Park Zombie Walk, and Morris County Park Palooza.

Take your pick of pumpkin events this weekend, including Pumpkin Pawlooza, The Giant Pumpkin Carve & Pumpkin Pageant, and Blackwood Pumpkin Festival. And add a touch of magic to the weekend at Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic.

Check out our Fall Fun Guide for NJ Kids for more options, including 25+ Free Halloween Events and Parades for NJ Kids. And look to our October GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

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