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!

Things To Do in Chicago this Weekend with Kids: Mexican Independence, Book Fest

The kids are back in school at last, and there's a lot (more) to celebrate this weekend for Chicago families, plenty of it FREE. Festivals and parades in honor of Mexican Independence Day come to Pilsen and Aurora, and the harvest moon is celebrated with traditional Chinese mooncakes and lanterns at the Mid-Autumn Festival. It's also the 150th anniversary of the landmark Chicago Water Tower this weekend, which means a fun neighborhood festival on the Mag Mile. Plus, the World Music Festival kicks off with an all-ages pan-Latin concert lineup on Saturday.

Lakeview East and Ravenswood both host neighborhood art fairs this weekend, and there are fall festivals in Orland Park and Carol Stream. Kids can touch trucks or touch turtles, roast marshmallows at a harvest bonfire, rock out to The Beatles, or meet Elsa and Anna at a special screening of Frozen. And at the 23rd annual Children's Book Fair in Hyde Park, your whole fam can pick up some new page-turners for fall.

Believe it or not, those are just the highlights—see more ideas for this weekend below, and keep an eye on our event calendar and ever-growing lists of Fall Festivals and Free Things To Do this Fall in Chicago. And don't forget that apple picking season is full swing: Pick a pretty peck at these apple orchards near Chicago.

Things to Do in Philly this Weekend: Peppa Pig, Faerie Fest, Trains September 14-15

There is no doubt about it. Philly kids are in for a fantastic September weekend. From opportunities to see beloved children's characters such as Peppa Pig and Thomas the Tank Engine to enchanting themed events featuring faeries and wizards, young ones throughout the region are sure to be filled with delight and adventure. 

After seeing your kids' favorite television idol, make lasting family memories at a local festival. Step back in time to learn about archaeology at Newlin Grist Mill or watch tin smithing and corn husk doll making demonstration at Evans-Mumbower Mill. Ride the amusements at Radnor Fall Festival, taste delicious Mexican cuisine at Penn's Landing, or listen to dynamic storytelling at Howell Living History Farm. Get a jumpstart on seasonal fun and embrace autumn by building a scarecrow at Peddler's Village or taking a hayride at Hellerick's Family Farm.

Don't forget to view our list with the region's best fall consignment sales to outfit your crew for sweater weather. Be sure to check back since new sales are constantly being added. Continue reading for our top picks for the weekend ahead.

Things to Do in DC this Weekend: Fall festivals, Music, Movies September 14-15, 2019

Ahh the weekend...a time to kick back and relax. With school underway and schedules getting back to normal, the temptation might be to stay in, but take a look below and at our events calendar and you’ll have other ideas. This weekend is a perfect time to get out of explore DC. From fall festivals to family music to Cirque du Soleil, there’s much to do and just two days to do it in. So pack up the stroller and some snacks and get goin’! Family memories don’t just make themselves. 

Staten Island with Kids: Top 51 Things to Do for Families

When you ask most New Yorkers what they know about Staten Island, they name-check the Staten Island Ferry and then just stare blankly. But as a mom raising her two sons in NYC's "forgotten borough," I know firsthand how enriching and fun Staten Island can be for families, both residents and visitors.

St. George, where you disembark from the ferry, is probably the neighborhood that feels most like the rest of NYC, with its awesome views of the downtown Manhattan skyline. Many borough attractions are located here, including the minor-league Staten Island Yankees stadium, the stunning St. George Theatre, the sobering Staten Island September 11 Memorial, the Staten Island Museum, plus lots of restaurants and quaint Victorian townhouses. 

But go further inland and it's not just all malls and suburban sprawl. With almost 12,300 acres of protected parkland, Staten Island is rightly known as the greenest borough and boasts some of the most beautiful parks in the city, such as the Staten Island Greenbelt, home to the Carousel for All Children as well as living history museum Historic Richmond Town. Staten Island also has plenty of fun indoor play spaces, a great old-school roller rink, and even a trampoline park. There are lots of culture spots, too, like the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden and museums located in lovely historic homes like the Alice Austen House. And while a car is helpful in terms of getting around, we actually do have public transportation. Check out the top 51 things to do in Staten Island with kids.

Things To Do in Westchester this Weekend: Riverfest, Fairy Walk, Larchmont Day

There are so many things to do in Westchester and the Hudson Valley on this second weekend of September—and a lot of our top picks are FREE!

Several neighborhoods are celebrating town pride: the Mount Kisco SeptemberFest will be happening all weekend long, and Saturday's celebrations include Larchmont Day, featuring big trucks, pony rides, a bouncy castle, and activity stations; and the annual Yonkers Riverfest, a waterfront street party with performers, kayaking, a kids' carnival area, and other attractions. Choose one of the fall festivals we've told you about, several of which are happening this weekend, or don your best wings and head out for a Fairy Walk.

Read on for details on these and other great events happening this weekend. Our Event Calendar offers many more fun happenings this weekend and beyond in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters!

Things to do on Long Island this Weekend with Kids: Dragon Boat Races, KidStock, Italian Festival

Cheer on dragon boat racing teams as they compete over a 250-meter course at a harborfront festival in Port Jefferson this weekend.

It's all peace and love at Kidstock in Port Washington. This open-air family festival features musical entertainment that kids and parents can enjoy together. There are more festivals at Harbes Family FarmGarden Of Eve, Benner's FarmHofstra University and Hicks Nurseries.

Partake in a day of spy-related tours and activities for Culper Spy Day at the Long Island Museum.

See our Fall Family Fun Guide and our September GoList 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 is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Horseback Riding in NYC: Lessons and Rides for Kids

Horseback riding in New York City? You bet! While your NYC apartment probably won't accommodate a pet pony, you can indulge your child’s love of horses without leaving town. There are several options for family-friendly horseback riding and grooming lessons, plus drop-in trail riding experiences for a unique way to experience the great outdoors in NYC.

Sadly, Claremont Riding Academy, the last remaining horse stable in Manhattan, closed in 2007 so there's no longer horseback riding in Central Park. However, there are stables in the other four boroughs that allow families to make like it's the Wild West. 


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