Labor Day Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Festivals, Corn Maze, Concerts

It's hard to believe Labor Day Weekend is already upon us (sniff, sniff). If you, too, are feeling a bit nostalgic about another summer gone by, don't start singing the blues just yet. There are lots of great ways for families to celebrate the unofficial end of summer in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

The headline event is the return of CORNucopia, loaded with corn-y fun of assorted varieties; and, for alternatives to the customary barbecue, ways to honor Labor Day include the West Point Band's Labor Day Concert, replete with fireworks and a cannon firing. Soak up some of the summer's remaining outdoor concerts and films, including Worldfest, featuring the Viva Brazil Dancers. Families can also support a good cause and work off that summer ice cream at the Labor Day Race/Walk & Kids Fun Run, or browse the wares and meet the artisans at the annual Woodstock–New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair

These are just a few of our top picks—read on for all this and more. Be sure to check out our Event Calendar for more fun activities, and follow us on Facebook! Have a fun Labor Day Weekend!

Best STEM Classes for New Jersey Kids

Is your child interested in exploring the "hows," "whys," and "what-ifs" of the world around them? STEM classes can be a wonderful way to foster their curiosity and help them think critically and creatively. We've rounded up 14 STEM enrichment programs in New Jersey that offer instruction in coding, robotics, architecture, engineering, chess, and more. 

For more kids' classes, be sure to check out our Guide to Classes and Enrichment Programs for NJ Kids.

Labor Day Weekend Things To Do with LA Kids: Fleet Week, Fiesta Hermosa, & Fair

It had to happen sooner or later. After many fits and false starts, folks trying to bring our season of fun to a ridiculously early close (props to Hermosa for doing it right), and a whole lotta bellyaching about how it’s not fair (um, that would be me), the time has come to acknowledge: summer break is over. It’s Labor Day weekend, and, while it may mark the end of summer, it’s also known in some circles as the biggest weekend of them all. We’re going to fill every moment with fairs and festivals (hello, Sailor!), cook-offs and concerts.

This weekend sees the last hurrah of some favorite summer series. But never fear: while your white-wearing days may be over, the fun is just beginning. Why, this weekend alone sees the return of a much loved festival in Santa Monica, a historical do-over (no spoilers here!), and a struggle between Greeks and geeks for dominance in Long Beach. (Someone is going to be saying aloha!)

Now get out there and enjoy summer's last gasp, because the best is yet to come. And we're going to have every last bit of it on our calendar.

Keep reading for our most Laborious picks for the weekend...

Labor Day Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Ice Cream Social, Labor Day Backyard Bash, Aug. 31 - Sept. 2

It's the first holiday of the school year! This upcoming Labor Day weekend is packed with awesome, family-friendly events, and we can't wait to share them all with you. Whether you're flexing your volleyball skills at the GCVA Labor Day Classic, indulging in a sweet treat at Stevenson Park's annual Ice Cream Social, or making your own ice cream at George Ranch's Labor Day Backyard Bash there are no shortage of events and activities taking place. 

Labor Day also means we can start thinking about fall, and we've rounded up 34 FREE places to play in Houston as the weather turns cooler. 

Other awesome articles worth checking out that have showed up on Mommy Poppins recently include: How to Get Free Admission To Houston's Biggest Attractions for KidsToddler Dance Classes Around Houston For Your Tiny Dancer, and Making the Most of a Day Trip to Moody Gardens.

Be sure to check out our event calendar for even more awesome events daily and our September GoList for a highlight reel of what to expect throughout the month. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter so you can stay on top of everything that's happening at Mommy Poppins; after all, what could be better than having all the best content delivered right to your inbox?

For all of our event planners out there: we want to help you promote your event! All you have to do is submit your event to our site for our review and we'll get it published and promoted to all our readers. We love supporting events of all sizes, so be sure to share with us so we can share with everyone following us.  

And now, it's time to kick back and relax during the long weekend; the only thing left to do is plan it out!

Labor Day Weekend Things to Do in Connecticut: Fairs, Pears, and Concerts

Cool, crisp mornings can mean one thing: the end of summer is here. Luckily, Labor Day weekend gives us an excuse for one last hurrah: one more weekend to enjoy summer fairs and festivals, including The Goshen Fair, the Woodstock Fair, and the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. For food and entertainment on the water, you can't beat the Blues & Views Festival, right on the Saugatuck River in downtown Westport, where there will be tasty treats and libations, as well as activities and musical entertainment for kids. And here's what's picking: pears and guitar strings (Steve Songs!) in Middlefield.

Labor Day Weekend Things to Do in Boston : Fairs, Jazz, and a Dog Cruise

Bummed to be back to school? The fun activities going on this Labor Day weekend in the Boston area can take the sting out of summer's ending. Family-friendly festivals abound, and there's even a cruise where kids can take their pups aboard. It's your last chance to catch a free movie at the Pru and do one last Swan Boat ride. Participate in a sporting event for a good cause at this 3rd Annual Wiffle Ball Tournament and the Run for the Hills 5k Road Race. Enjoy discounts at Edaville for Military Appreciation, and celebrate international heritage at the Bread & Roses Festival.

Whatever you choose to do, we at Mommy Poppins wish you a happy and healthy Labor Day Weekend!

Things to Do Labor Day Weekend: West Indian Fests, Tugboats, and Unicycles

For NYC kids, Labor Day weekend means one last chance to check off a few boxes on that summer bucket list. On Governors Island, take a spin at NYC's annual unicycle fest and then stick around for the Japan Performing Arts fest. Or head to an outdoor carnival at the Richmond County Fair on Staten Island. This weekend's big West Indian Day celebrations include the Junior Carnival Parade on Saturday, CMOM's West Indian and Caribbean Celebration Sunday and Monday, and the West Indian American Day Carnival on Monday. And don't miss the spectacular Great North River Tugboat race!

If you forgot to enter the advance lottery for Public Theater's rendition of Disney's Hercules, don't despair. Tickets can still be scored with a little luck and perserverence. All you have to do is register for a Patron ID and try the daily in-person lottery system. You never know! And if your efforts come to naught, you can still hustle over to Bryant Park for Othello.

There's still time to end the summer with your beach game strong: Hit the Jersey shore with our handy-dandy guide, daytrip to Long Beach or Asbury Park, take the subway (or ferry) to the beach, or hit the road for a nearby freshwater swimming lake. For less sandy but equally fun options, see our guide to outdoor pools and sprinklers within the five boroughs, plus nearby amusement parks and water theme parks.

​Looking for something low impact and close to home? Enjoy family brunch outdoors at one of these kid-friendly restaurants in Manhattan or Brooklyn, or go for an ice cream crawl at these worthy NYC sweet shops. If the clouds don't stay away this weekend, we've got suggestions for rainy day fun at museums and play spaces.

Read on for all of our Labor Day weekend picks. You'll find additional suggestions in our Event Calendar and September GoList. So long, summer!

Labor Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, History, Summerfest

As the last few days of August fade into September, Philly parents begin to understand the reality that summer unofficially ends this weekend.And, what a great summer it was! Throughout the Delaware Valley, Philly families have played at the playground, taken swimming lessons, eaten ice cream, watched outdoor movies, and visited nearby small towns. How can Summer 2019 be over already?

Thankfully, Philly kids have one more weekend to enjoy summertime fun found in our events calendar. If your family wants to hit a festival, you can step back in time with a visit to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival, learn about sustainable living at the Blue Corn Green and Organic Festival, see the area's finest horses at Ludwig's Corner Horse Show and Country Fair, or explore the rich tradition of the Polish culture at the Polish-American Festival. Those interested in history can head to Historic Philadelphia to listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence or a story at the Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches or see a military demonstration, Wander over to the Museum of the American Revolution for some Back to School fun plus free admission for kids 12 and under. Finish up the weekend with a visit to the waterfront for its last weekend of BlueCross RiverRink Summerfest.

Keep reading for more ways to enjoy Labor Day weekend before summer disappears!

Entering NYC Kindergarten: 5 Things to Know

The first day of kindergarten is exciting, nerve-wracking, hectic, tear-jerking and adorably photogenic all over the country. But New York City kids (and parents) face a unique set of challenges when headed to school for the very first time.

I have three children, ages 16, 12 and 8. That means I’ve been through NYC kindergarten three times. (I’ve also been through the admissions process three times, and wrote an entire book, Getting Into NYC Kindergarten, of tips and tricks.)

Over the years, I’ve learned five things that all families must know in order to have a successful transition from pre-K (public or private) into elementary school (public, private, charter, gifted, magnet, religious; like I said, it’s NYC, things are different here).

Check out the list below and learn from my mistakes, rather than your own.

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