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Weekend Fun: Maritime Fest, Museum Day, Bull Riding

Professional bull riders buck into Long Island this weekend, providing extreme sport and fun for attendees. Otherwise, set sail for the Maritime Festival in Greenport. Or hit up a host og  Long Island museums for FREE admission during the Smithsonian Museum's Day Live.

Our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. And our September GoList offers up fun, family events for the entire month.

Don't forget to check out our local DEALS page, where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for LI kids. Check back often as we're regularly adding more.

Also, it's time for our annual Besties balloting, and we want to hear from you. Weigh in on the best of Long Island at our voting page here. Your vote makes you eligible to win one of a number of prizes. See the prizes available here, and vote before it's too late.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Oktoberfest, Jay Day, Country Fair

With so many fantastic family programs this time of year in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, we've been extra busy culling it all together for our readers.

In addition to several fall festivals there’s an eclectic assortment of one-of-a-kind happenings, some of which appeared on our September GoList.  Beyond the usual foods typically harvested in autumn, this weekend that cadre is joined by a Honey Harvest Party. Catch kid flicks from around the globe at The Best of the New York International Children's Festival. Celebrate German food and culture at Oktoberfest or American heritage (and books and animals) at the multi-faceted Jay Day. Horse lovers will get a kick out of the Peekskill Rotary Annual Horse Show and Country Fair

This weekend offers a bonanza of entertaining and enriching events (not to mention apple picking), so you’ll definitely want to visit our Event Calendar to see the extensive fun beyond our top picks below. Enjoy as much as you can take in—and if you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters to avoid missing any of the fun!

Weekend Fun: Maker Faire, Atlantic Antic, Buses, and Potter

It's fall fair and festival season! New York City kids can find one everywhere they turn this weekend, from the World Maker Faire, in Queens, to the Astor Alive Festival, in Manhattan. In Brooklyn, there's the 6th Annual Breukelen Country Fair and the Atlantic Antic, which is so big it has the 24th Annual Bus Festival inside it.

Nonetheless, there's no shortage of small, cozy events happening this weekend. Check out Elmer the Duck, in Manhattan, or the Harry Potter Summer Storytime at the Strand. Speaking of storytimes, see our fresh guide to storytimes around New York City. We've also got you covered if you're looking for children's books about rad women and civil rights heroes

Meanwhile, our September GoList is winding down but still offers oodles of fun, and our Fall Fun Guide is only gaining speed with corn mazes, top harvest festspumpkin patches, and seasonal day trips. Make sure to see our Event Calendar for things to do on any particular day in the future.

Weekend Fun: Harvest Fairs, Waterfalls, and a Celebration of Nature

Summer weather is scheduled to make a comeback this weekend, with unseasonable temperatures expected to climb back into the mid-80s Saturday and Sunday. The warm sunny weekend is perfect for checking out Connecticut's largest annual agricultural fair. There's more outdoor fun to be had at the Fair Weather Acres Fall Festival and in Newington at the annual Waterfall Fest. Head to Trumbull for a celebration of crisp fall apples, or just relax and spend some time learning about that most peaceful of critters, the monarch butterfly. As always, we recommend calling ahead in the event of rain to make sure outdoor events are still on.

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Top 10 Spots for Horseback Riding Classes Near Philadelphia

With hundreds of miles of riding trails in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs, there are so many reasons to learn to ride a horse! Riding is both an exhilarating experience and a rather good workout. Horseback riding enthusiasts also extol the emotional benefits of riding, make it a perfect well-rounded sport for your child to pick up. It's also a great excuse to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

If riding isn't your child's thing after all, check out other classes in the area.

Best Brooklyn Storytimes for Kids and Babies

Neighborhood story hours for preschoolers and babies abound in Brooklyn, providing a fun, no-fuss outing, especially on cold or rainy days. Most storytimes are free (or cheap), and many venues offer additional kid activities before or after the reading, including plenty of book-browsing, so the fun can continue even when storytime ends.

Read on for our top picks for read-along sessions in Brooklyn at libraries, bookstores, and other tot spots, and find more story hours at these Manhattan spots.

See NYC's Only Corn Maze and More Fall Fun at this Queens Farm

There aren't many better ways to get the family excited for the fall in NYC than taking the kids for a tour through a three-acre corn maze in the middle of Queens and letting their imaginations run wild. The Queens County Farm Museum's Amazing Maize Maze opens for the season September 23, and it's just one of the quintessential fall activities happening at this New York City institution.

The Amazing Maize Maze is the only corn maze in the city. My family and I have conquered lots of these mazes and can happily say that the one at the Queens County Farm Museum is just as much fun as its country counterparts. We made it through in just about one hour—even with a pair of 8-year-olds leading the way. That left us plenty of time to enjoy other farm fun. We've got some tips for how to make the most of your visit to the farm and the corn maze. But no, we aren't giving you the route. You'll still need to figure that out yourself!

Corn Mazes and Fall Farm Fun for Long Island Kids

Fall on Long Island means cooler weather and shorter days, but it also means fun seasonal activities such as hayrides and corn mazes. Whether you make it a race or plan your route strategically, corn mazes are fun for the whole family and they don’t always have to be scary. Many mazes and hayrides are available during the day, so even the youngest family members can enjoy these seasonal outdoor activities.

Call venues ahead of time to be sure they are open, especially if the weather is bad or if there has been a storm. Wearing boots or comfortable shoes is a good idea as the fields can be uneven and potentially wet. For more seasonal fun, check out our list of fall fairs and festivals and the best farms for apple picking

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