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 Fall Corn Mazes Near Philly for Hayrides, Pumpkins, and More

As cool crisp nights begin to make outdoor excursions more bearable, fun fall-themed activities for families to enjoy seem to pop up all over. You can choose to engage in traditional favorites such as apple picking and harvest festivals, or go on an adventure, exploring a corn maze as a family.

Many area farms have professionally designed mazes spanning several acres, with new designs each year that can take up to two hours to complete. Many of the large mazes have special themed games where visitors follow clues along the way, testing their knowledge and navigational skills. Older kids will appreciate the nighttime flashlight mazes or scary Halloween themes, while the younger set will enjoy the smaller hay mazes available at most farms. Whatever your family’s adventure level is, this list is sure to have something for everyone.

Weekday Picks: Grandparents Week, Art Party at Grand Park, and 9/11 Memorials

This is not just any week, folks; it's Grandparents Week! Noah's Ark gives the whole family a chance to celebrate National Grandparents Day all week long at Skirball Cultural Center, with up to two grandparents (or great-aunts or great-uncles) getting in free when purchasing child ticket. The older set can watch or join in as kids enjoy the floor-to-ceiling wooden ark filled with animals two by two.

Grand Park in Downtown LA hosts a free daylong party for families to launch the art installation Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Led by the Getty, the event is a series of thematically linked exhibitions by art institutions throughout Southern California, exploring Latin American in relation to the LA area. Families can learn more about the exhibits through a pop-up installation and social space, an immersive workshop, and live entertainment.

And since the week begins with September 11, we're highlighting two kid-friendly events to mark the day. In particular, Pepperdine's annual 9/11 Flag Memorial, with thousands of flags flapping in the sea breeze, is always worth a drive up PCH.

For more activities, visit the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and our September GoList. Read on for some of what's going on this week.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Puppets, Sculpture, and a Skating Show; Sept 11- 15

We're calling this arts' appreciation week in Boston—from performing to visual arts, there's something that's going to speak to every type of creative kid across the region. At the week's start, children can flock to the library to enjoy a mini acting class or a feel-good puppet show. A little farther west on Wednesday, nature—and sculpture—will be on display. To close out the week, some of the most brilliant figure skaters will be performing in Allston to help raise money for the Dana-Farber cancer center. That's art—and sport—for a great cause.

If you're a mom of twins, consider heading to Walpole to meet and swap notes with others who will truly get you. There's connection to be had—and perhaps just as important, Bubbling Brook ice cream. I think you ladies deserve at least a double scoop.

For more September treats in Boston and beyond, check out our Events Calendar.

Weekday Events: Street Fair, Apple Season, Movies

Backpacks, books, and buses, oh my! School is back in session across Long Island. But the fun doesn't stop just because classes have started.

There’s still plenty to do both outside and in. From apple picking to fall fairs and festivals, Long Island is hopping this second week of September. Remember to check out our September GoList and our Fall Fun Guide for the best in seasonal family entertainment.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Jazz Fest, Crafts at Lyndhurst

Summer may soon become a dim memory, but the fun doesn’t stop for Westchester families!

White Plains comes alive with the sound of music at various locations, both indoors and out, over a five-day period at the Jazz Fest & Food Festival (and many of the performances are FREE). Kids can learn a new skill at the Video Editing Workshop while teens can test their bridge-making skills at STEM for Teens.

Read on for our top picks for each weekday, and then visit our Event Calendar for more. Stick with Mommy Poppins for end-of-summer and autumn fun by signing up for our weekly newsletters and following us on Facebook.

Get Outta Town: 30 Perfect Fall Family Day Trips from NYC

With fall upon us, we're craving more than just a change of seasons. Sometimes, fresh scenery—even just for a day—can do wonders to reboot and re-energize weary New Yorkers who dodged tourists and packed subways all summer.

Whether fall in your house means an afternoon harvesting nature's bounty at local farms, heading out for a hike, or staying close to home to explore a new-to-you corner of the city, we've got daycations sure to satisfy any mood. Read on for 30 picks sure to inspire your love of the season, and find more getaways in our Day Trip and Travel Guide.

Weekday Picks: Four Town Fair, Berlin Fair, and Bubbles: September 11 - 15

Like most of us, you are probably still trying to figure out the school year routine this week. If you're still debating extracurricular options, take a peak at our Classes and Activities Guide. In between the homework and the soccer practice and the band rehearsal, there's still fun to be had: experiment with bubbles, head out for country fun at the  Four Town Fair, and at the 69th Berlin Fair. And on Monday, let's not forget 9/11. Check your town for any memorials that may be planned. 

Read on for the best bets for this week, and be sure to click over to our frequently updated Event Calendar for even more options. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to be sure you don't miss a thing.

Weekday Fun: Corn Mazes, Carnival, Fall Crafts, Creative Stories

While it’s technically still summer, there’s a whiff of fall in the air this mid-September week. Corn maze season is here at The Farm in Harmony and Alstede Farms, among others. Marlboro Library offers a Fantastic Fall Craft, and there’s fall festival fun to be had at St. Benedict Parish Carnival. Plus, stop by free events such as the Free Music Together Class in Randolph, Uptown Storytime in Hoboken, and Creative Stories on Thursdays in Gillette.

Read on for our best children's events the week of September 11–15, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and September GoList for even more pre-fall adventures.

Weekday Fun: Live-Scored Star Wars, San Gennaro, DIY Rockets

For New York City kids, early fall is a time of planting and feasting. The New York Botanical Garden begins a corn-doll making workshop on Wednesday, and the Feast of San Gennaro gets going in Little Italy on Thursday. Of course, if a family needs to go extra-terrestrial, the New York Philharmonic begins live-scoring Star Wars movies on Friday.

Just looking to escape the city? See our Fall Fun Guide to petting zoos, corn mazes, and farms right outside the five boroughs. Or maybe stay here and get a bite in Fort Greene. In the meantime, our September GoList is always overflowing with oodles of cool stuff to do, and our Event Calendar can help you plan your day-to-day activities. 

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