Inquiry-Based Learning is Front and Center at Blue School

What does it take to be named one of the most innovative schools in the entire world? Just ask the founders of New York City's Blue School, who actually co-created the performance art phenomenon Blue Man Group more than a decade before deciding to build an educational program that embodies that same boundless energy and rule-breaking creativity. Since it first entered the scene back in 2006, the independent school for two-year-olds through eighth grade has been named one of the thirteen most innovative global schools by Business Insider and one of just six selected by Wired magazine.

Located in lower Manhattan, the oh-so-modern Blue School campus is filled with unexpected spaces including a "Wonder Room," an Upcycling Center, and a double-height Materials Library. Meanwhile, thoughtfully designed classrooms; designated lab spaces for studio art, STEAM, science, music, and drama; a gymnasium and performing arts space; and the outdoor roof and terrace are all equally reflective of the school's mission to provide students with endless opportunities for collaboration, exploration, and self-expression. (You can see for yourself at an upcoming open house or admissions tour.) Across the campus, you'll find two-year-olds exploring materials by digging their toes into mounds of clay; third graders writing non-fiction pieces about Westward Expansion through the eyes of animals who bared witness; and fifth graders studying social justice through independent research into the unknown stories of known activists.

Halloween and Fall Foliage Train Rides for New Jersey Kids

Halloween and hayrides go hand in hand, but if you really want to up your game this year, take a trip on a Halloween train! If you have a junior conductor in your family, don't miss out on one of these four seasonal NJ railway adventures—plus one across the Delaware in Pennsylvania.

From spooky to scenic, these rides offer a unique bit of fall fun for the whole family: passengers can take a seat in a vintage caboose, travel through gorgeous fall foliage, visit a pumpkin patch, and even trick-or-treat onboard. After the ride, round out the day with autumn activities like corn mazes, crafts, and a costume party.

Check out our NJ Fall Fun Guide for even more seasonal family fun around the state.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Fall Nature Walk, Fiestas Patrias, Sept. 15-16

Y'all, it's officially midway through September, and despite temperatures that are still steadily climbing into the 90+ range every day, that means fall (well, Houston's version of fall) is here. It's time to start planning weekends around our fall bucket list, hitting up all the family-friendly fall festivals and snapping photos at the different pumpkin patches around the city, even if it means we're sweating through our flannel while we're doing it. 

This weekend also marks the annual celebration of Mexico's fight for independence, and in true Houston style, we're celebrating it big with events like the 50th Annual Fiestas Patrias Parade, a day of Fiestas Patrias activities at the Children's Museum of Houston, and a Fiestas Patrias celebration at Trader's Village

In case you haven't quite filled up your daily calendar yet, our event calendar and our September GoList are stocked with awesome events and activities happening in every corner of the Houston area, so you're always equipped to keep boredom at bay. We are also ready to deliver everything happening on Mommy Poppins straight to you when you sign up for our weekly newsletter, keeping you in the know with the best tips, tricks, and activities we have to offer. 

If you have an event you're planning, we would love to feature it on our calendar! All you have to do is submit your event to us for our review so we can make sure it's a good fit, and we'll get it published from there.

Now, without further ado, let's take a look at the upcoming weekend!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Fiesta, Foodies, and Owls, Sept 15-16

One of my favorite things about the city of Boston is its seemingly endless supply of multicultural events. This weekend, kids can explore cultures of the world at Greek Fest and a Latin fiesta. Roslindale is hosting one of its increasingly popular neighborhood music fests, Somerville is striking up the bands, and America's Test Kitchen is having an event for budding chefs and foodies. There's another food-inspired event featuring all things local, and not one but two owl prowls (one is a campout!).  

Weekend Fun: Monarchs, Brooklyn Book Fest, San Gennaro, Stages in the Square

NYC is aflutter with Monarch madness this weekend as the butterflies make their yearly migratory pitstop in the city. Learn more at Wave Hill's In the Path of Monarch Butterflies on Saturday and Sunday, or visit the Monarch Celebration Saturday on Randall's Island. (Consider it a warmup for the Natural History Museum's popular annual butterfly exhibit, opening October 6.)

Big (non-entomological) celebrations this weekend 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 Children's Day at the Brooklyn Book Festival, with some of the biggest names in little-kid lit.

And that's not all. Saturday in the city brings the Brooklyn Army Terminal Block Party to Sunset Park and Raptor Fest to the Bronx, while Sunday offers the chance to make art with MoMA in Soho or rev up little engines at the Antique Motorcycle Show in Queens. Downtown families looking for preschool options shouldn't miss the Lower Manhattan Early Education Fair. Free, but advance registration required. 

As always, keep our September Go List handy, and refer to the full Mommy Poppins calendar for more fall fun!

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Coastal Clean Up, Spider Pavilion, Mexican Independence

I'm sorry, but do you EVER clean up? Look around you—this place is a mess! Well, this weekend we are putting our foot down. You are getting yourself to the coastline (or possibly an inland waterway) to do your part, pitch in, clean up, and do your share. The Coastal Cleanup is a simple way for the whole family to participate in making the world a better place. (This week the beach, next week their rooms.)

I'm not saying there's any reason you have to clean up now in particular, though it might have something to do with the parade of pumpkins making their way towards every doorstep near you, in preparation for October (fest). Hey, did we mention the spiders? Yeah, you're probably gonna wanna clean.

It's also Mexican Independence Day this weekend (the real Mexican Independence Day, not the holiday that people think is Mexican Independence Day in May). We have celebraciones aplenty, including the oldest and biggest Hispanic parade in the country.

Keep reading for our cleanest list of weekend events...

Weekend Fun: Riverfest, Fairy Walk, Movies on the Sand

September is in full force now, and that means an abundance of activities for Westchester and Hudson Valley families.

Several neighborhoods are celebrating town pride, including the all-new Mount Kisco SeptemberFest, a three-day extravaganza that includes a carnival and more; Larchmont Day, which boasts pony rides, big trucks, and more; and the annual Riverfest, an extravagant waterfront street party featuring performers, international cuisine, and other attractions.

Did your kids overdose on their iPads this summer? Help them “detox” at Survive, which dares tweens to overcome various challenges in nature (gasp!) without their electronic devices. 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. Don't forget: 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!

Weekend Fun: LI Fair, Dragon Boat Races, KidStock

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.

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.

Hawks, Hayrides, and Hoedowns: Fabulous Fall Fun for Connecticut Kids, September 15-16

With so many corn mazes, festivals, and road races taking place all over the state, it's clear that I'm not the only person in an autumn state of mind! On tap this weekend, there's Cider Saturday in New Canaan, the SeptemberFest in Fairfield, and of course, the beloved Berlin Fair. Greenwich Audubon has their annual informative and fun Hawk Watch, which includes lots of opportunities to get up close and personal with birds of prey.

These fall weekends are particularly action packed so make sure that you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, and Instagram so that you won't miss any of the fun! As always, our event calendar is updated with the latest activities, and our top suggestions for fun this weekend are broken out below. Have fun!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Superheroes, Faerie Fest, Trains September 15-16

Philly kids are sure to be all smiles this September weekend as our event calendar is filled with amazing activities. Superheroes and faeries fly into the region ready to entertain. Thomas the Tank Engine barrels down the tracks. And a variety of festivals provide plenty of opportunities to make lasting family memories.

Quite a few weekend events have autumnal themes, even though technically it's the last official weekend of summer. Families can take a wagon ride to the apple orchard during Apples Fun Days at Shady Brook Farm, build a scarecrow at Peddler's Village, or learn about colonial traditions at Evans-Mumbower Mill's Fall Mill Festival.

Be sure to prepare the kids for the change in season by shopping some of the regions best consignment sales. Check back often as new sales are added regularly. For now, read about the fun that awaits Philly families and get ready to make autumn memories with your loved ones.

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