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

September is a fresh start for New Jersey kids, with a new school year, a new season and a new list of September must-dos. From early fall fun to busy street fairs, we've hand-picked 18 of our favorite things to do this month. You can challenge yourselves to giant corn mazes, get in the Halloween spirit with theme park chills and thrills and hop aboard a pumpkin train.

For even more September fun, look to our roundup of September Fairs and Festivals and the best places to pick your own apples, and find a great selection of after-school activities in our Guide to Classes and Enrichment Programs for NJ Kids. Don't forget to check out our Event Calendar for a complete listing of happenings this month and beyond. 

September GoList: Best Things to Do With Long Island Kids

Kids eager for an extended vacation might not agree, but is there a finer month on Long Island than September? As summer winds down and the weather cools, the region begins its colorful transition into autumn’s pageantry.

September weekends offer seasonal and cultural celebrations and a chance to discover Long Island’s natural beauty. Immerse yourself this month in Native American culture and traditions, explore maritime history, or spend a day on the East End visiting a farm. Or maybe just explore a museum, lighthouse, or seasonal festival.

Whatever you choose, your family is bound to have fun, learn something, and make memories. Here then is our list of the best ways to keep your family entertained in this back-to-school month.

September GoList: Top Things to Do with Kids in Boston

September is so bittersweet: Carefree summer is in the rearview mirror, but there's the promise of fun fall activities ahead. Luckily in Boston, we enjoy temperate weather all month long that's perfect for spending outdoors at a festival, getting out on the water, watching giant kinetic sculptures in action, and singing farewell to summer. 

Mark your calendar with these kid-friendly picks as well as our favorite free September activities, because you won't want to miss any of this month's spectacular lineup of events for Boston families.  

17 Fall Festivals and Fairs for DC Families

Summer comes to a halt in September, but that doesn't mean festival season is behind us. Fall brings harvest festivals with pumpkin-flavored everything and apples galore, events celebrating cultures both near and far, and craft fairs to help you stock up early on holiday shopping. The DC area is brimming with family festival fun this autumn.

Keep reading for kid-friendly events that you'll love to add to your crew's calendar, and don't forget to check out our events calendar for more fall fun.

Here's the NYC Public School Calendar for 2019-2020

If you've got a child in public school, you live by the school calendar. Many local NYC preschools follow the public school schedule too. The New York City Department of Education's calendar for the 2019-2020 school year is below, and you'll want to bookmark it now for reference—and to help with planning family vacations and school break camp coverage

With the exception of the occasional unplanned snow day or case of the sniffles, these are all of the dates you can count on your kiddos being out of school during the 2019-2020 school year.

September GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids This Month

Yes, we're back to school, but that definitely doesn't mean the fun of the season has ended. Squeeze the last bit of summer out of September and then turn right around and enjoy the first glimpses of fall. While this month can feel especially busy as you try to get back into the swing of the school year routine, we've made having fun easy for you with our top picks for September all in one place. So round up the family and get going, from free museum admission to the start of Fall activities, an annual Mushroom Festival, a visit from Thomas the Train, and more.

Things to Do Labor Day Weekend With Chicago Kids: Taste of Polonia, Circus, Fall Fests

Labor Day weekend is a last, sweet taste of summer for Chicago families. Fitting enough, then, that the weekend is packed with delicious food festivals and fairs, including the annual Taste of Polonia, with pierogis, performances, and a play area for kids, Elmhurst's 'Cue for a Cause barbecue competition, and the Great American Lobster Fest at Navy Pier, with music, activities, and tasty crustaceans.

This may be a good weekend to blow the kids' bedtime for a last late-night hurrah, like the final summer fireworks show on the lake, or the jaw-dropping lineup of concerts at the Jazz Festival. But despite what the name might suggest, Midnight Circus in the Parks performs in the afternoon at McKinley Park this weekend (and is coming soon to a park near you, with Foster Park next on the schedule).

And that's just the start of the family-friendly fun on the Labor Day weekend calendar. There's the Alley Art Festival in Aurora, the African Festival of the Arts in Washington Park, and end-of-summer, start-of-fall celebrations in Naperville, Frankfort, Geneva, and Schaumburg, plus, living history comes to Oak Brook with a Civil War encampment taking over Graue Mill.

Give your swimsuits one last workout at the beach, pool, or spray park, tick a few more items off your summer bucket list, and then get ready for fall: Apple picking season is already underway at orchards around Chicago, and our event calendar is filling up with fall fun. Have a great holiday weekend!

Best Fall Festivals for NYC Kids in September

Kick off autumn at one of September's fun-filled (and mostly FREE) fall festivals in NYC. Annual family favorites abound this month, including top September GoList picks such as the Richmond County Fair and the annual Queens County Fair. For a lively local celebration, make sure you hit up the One Crown Heights Neighborhood Festival at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. There are also plenty of cool under-the-radar events you may not have heard of, including a marine science fest in Tribeca, a sweet honey fest in Rockaway Beach, and Italian fairs in the Bronx and on Staten Island, which are both a lot less crowded than San Gennaro.

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

Labor Day Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Festivals, Beaches, Corn Mazes

It's hard to believe Labor Day Weekend is upon us! Before diving into school and busy schedules, make the most of this unofficial last weekend of the summer. Choose from a variety of fairs and festivals, including St. Bart's Italian Festival in Scotch Plains and the Scandinavian Festival in Budd Lake. Or make it a carnival weekend at the Boonton Fire Department Labor Day Carnival.

For a last blast of summer fun, squeeze in a trip to the Jersey Shore before the beaches officially close after Labor Day; cool off at one of the state's awesome family water parks; or spend a day swimming at the lake. Just get there early, as parking lots are likely to overflow on the holiday weekend! Ready for fall? Corn maze season kicks off early at Stony Hills Farms and Alstede Farms

For even more options, take a look at our full Event Calendar and Summer Fun Guide. In a back-to-school state of mind? Check out our NJ Classes Guide to find something new to do this fall.

The Best Playgrounds in Queens

Although every pocket and corner of Queens has a neighborhood playground, we’ve taken the time to scout the cream of the crop for NYC kids. Whether you're visiting from another borough or just want to explore a new-to-you-neighborhood, here are 11 of our favorite romping spots in Queens, from Astoria to the Rockaways. These parks offer clean, safe equipment with innovative and fun details that go beyond the jungle gyms of the past, like rope spider webskid-sized Ferris wheels, and super cool sprinklers

Looking to make more of a splash? Check out our roundup of the top water playgrounds in Queens or find more playgrounds across the five boroughs in our NYC Parks & Playgrounds guide.

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