10 Real-Deal Pumpkin Patches Near Boston, Plus Our Favorite Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Signs of Halloween are cropping up everywhere, and it’s time to start thinking about finding your perfect pumpkin. While local farm stands and even grocery stores typically have some handsome specimens, it can be a lot more fun to pick your own straight from the fields they were grown on. A couple of the spots here even allow you to pull your picks straight from the vine, which can be a special experience akin to cutting down your own Christmas tree. Plus, many of these pumpkin patches offer additional activities for families, like hay rides, bouncy houses and corn mazes, so you can turn your hunt into a fall pumpkin patch day trip.

Read to the end, where you'll find my family's favorite pumpkin bread recipe. Yum!

Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in NYC Now

New York City kids live in one of the culinary capitals of the universe—and fortunately for all of us parents, some of the best new restaurants in our food-obsessed city are totally family-friendly. Whether you're headed out for a special celebratory meal as a family, eating out after a long day of family fun exploring NYC's museums and neighborhoods, or just need a break from cooking, here are some the of hottest NYC restaurants to check out with the kids. 

Best Montgomery County Parks and Playgrounds

Montgomery County has an abundance of family-friendly events and activities sure to keep the entire family busy and learning all year round. Across the county there are many beautiful parks, creative playgrounds and play spaces, and walking trails that can be enjoyed by residents and non-residents alike. We've rounded up some of our favorite parks and playgrounds in the area. Whether you live there, or your visiting for a day, there are plenty of great places to play!

Too hot, cold, or wet to play outside? Check out our favorite indoor play spaces in Montgomery County.

Indoor Obstacle Courses, Ninja Warrior Training, and Aerial Arts for NJ Kids

Got kids who are obsessed with American Ninja Warrior and want the thrill of climbing warped walls? Or junior acrobats hoping to twirl in the air like circus performers in The Greatest Showman? Well, they're in luck, because New Jersey is home to many indoor ninja-style obstacle courses and gyms with aerial arts training where your little acrobats and ninjas can practice the stunts and tricks they have seen on TV and under the big top.

These indoor adventures will get your kids climbing, vaulting, swinging, and balancing. From ropes courses and rock walls to trapeze swings and even plate-spinning, these New Jersey facilities will keep your adventure-seekers moving right through the winter. Many offer birthday party packages and group rates too. 

Find more active spots for NJ kids in our Kids' Sports Centers Guide and Indoor Play Spaces Guide

Nature Centers Sure to Delight Long Island Kids

Long Island has an abundance of natural parklands and beautiful waterways to explore. We are spoiled by the many beaches to enjoy in the summer and hiking trails bursting with fall colors. These experiences are enhanced by museums and nature centers that help us learn and appreciate what we have here. Many of these destinations offer indoor and outdoor nature-based activities for children and caregivers.

When it's time to unplug and spend some quality time together, there's nothing like taking in some fresh air and connecting with nature and each other. So we've compiled this directory of nature centers with all the information you'll need for a fun family outing celebrating the great outdoors in Nassau, Suffolk, and the East End

Looking for more ways to experience nature? Take a look at our list of family-friendly hiking trails and great bike trails for Long Island families. If you have a budding naturalist, check out the different ways Long Island kids can have fun and learn in outdoor classrooms

Halloween's Best Ghost Trains and Spooky Rides for LA Kids

So you've already been to the pumpkin patches, and you're ready to take Halloween to the next level; you're ready, in fact, to put it in motion. Well, we know several deadly ways to take this haunt on the road before it's time to trick-or-treat, with everything from an old-fashioned train ride through fields of pumpkins, to a spooky tour through the bowels of a haunted ship, or even a scream-filled hayride through fields of zombies. Whatever Halloween means to your family, you can make it a ride at one (or more) of these vehicular annual haunts. After all, the family that hunts down armies of zombies together stays together.

Mind-Bending Museum of Illusions Opens in Chelsea

New York City doesn't lack for fabulous museums or Instagrammable-popups but put them together and you'll come close to the brand new Museum of Illusions, opening today in Chelsea.

Equal parts trippy, mind-bending fun house and educational wonderland, the museum is home to more than 70 exhibits that will trick your senses, force you to question your perceptions and look at the whole space from a different perspective. Modeled after the original location in Zagreb, Croatia, the New York location is the first installation of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Museum Day, Sing-a-long Sound of Music, and Tiny Tot Olympics

Fall, fall, fall, harvestHalloween, fall. You can't hide from it now because here it is. The sun is doing that thing it does when it flies south for the winter and, assuming we don't see our shadow, we're looking at 6 more weeks of autumn. (Note to kids: don't learn your science from sleep-deprived mommies. Stay in school!)

And you know us, we're all about school ... as in old school! Union Station offers a crash course in the classics, such as Pac Man, Donkey Kong, and Street Fighter. You can learn the notes to sing at the Hollywood Bowl or listen to the high notes on Santa Monica Pier. Venues all around town screen golden oldies from the 60s, 80s, and 00s.

Out with the old, you say? We've got some new ideas and some big surprises. (LOL). But the things we love most are best described as timeless. Some things never go out of style, like keeping our kids safe and valuing peace.

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

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Mid-Autumn Fest, Kidz Bop, Sept. 22-23

Our Fall Fun and Harvest Guide is here, and it's packed with everything all of the best fall activities and events happening throughout the season. In it you'll find fall festivals, pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes and everything else you need to ensure your fall is jam-packed with the best seasonal activities; you definitely want to check it out! 

This upcoming weekend is also full of festival fun, with celebrations ranging from cultural favorites like Mid-Autumn Fest at the Children's Museum and the Houston Armenian Festival to transporation-themed events like Bomber Field's B-17 & Big Bird Air Show and Fall Fun Fest at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum and everything in between. 

Speaking of awesome events, have you stopped by our event calendar or our September GoList yet? Our event calendar is being updated daily and both resources feature some of the best events and activities Houston has to offer. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter to have everything we publish delivered right to you so you never miss any new content we roll out. 

For anyone planning an event: we would love for you to submit your event to our event calendar if it's not already on there so we can share it with all of our awesome readers. Just fill out the form and we'll take it from there. 

Now let's see what's on tap for the upcoming weekend. 

Weekend Fun: Fluff, Art Shows, and River Celebrations, Sept 22-23

Just when you were starting to think that fall festivals in Boston were all about hayrides and pumpkins, along comes a weekend like this—with events celebrating marshmallow fluff, an amazing community service organization, diversity, and even begonias. Art aficionados should definitely head to JP for the biggest art fest of the year and nature lovers should swing by Salem for this awesome weekend of walks, hikes, and sailing

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