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Pumpkin Festivals and Jack-O-Lantern Displays for New England Families

New England is brimming with fall festivals, but kids are particularly enamored with events celebrating the humble pumpkin: the symbol of autumn and Halloween. Whether you stick close to home or make a day or weekend trip out of it, going to a pumpkin festival or visiting a glowing jack-o'-lantern display is a fun, family-friendly way to get into the spirit of the season. Here's a sampling of pumpkin fun in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine over the next month. Get inspired for a trip to the pumpkin patch for a jack-o'-lantern display on your own front porch!

Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the US and Caribbean for Families

An all-inclusive resort, or one with extra levels of service and amenities, is almost always a boon to parents traveling with their kids. All-inclusive hotels relieve some of the pressure to entertain little ones, feed them, and even make it easier to decide what to do next during a family vacation

We've rounded up some of our favorite all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, as well as here in the U.S. Of course, they don't always come cheap, so we've included a couple of more budget options, too. These soup-to-nuts getaways will please the most discerning pint-sized guests (and their paying adults).

Read on for family-friendly resorts that make vacations easy, so you can kick back, relax and just enjoy.

Hayrides Near Boston: Harvest or Halloween Fun

Hayrides are an fall ritual for many families. Depending on the age of your child, you might be in search of a gentle meander through fields or a spine-chilling adventure that sparks Halloween excitement. Tons of Boston-area farms offer hayrides, and we’ve rounded them up for you here. The best part? Most of these farms also offer other activities to entertain your family like apple pickingcorn mazes, and delicious cider doughnuts. Happy—or spooky—trails!

Interactive 'Dr. Seuss Experience' to Tour North America

Readers of all ages have probably longed to step inside the colorful and whimsical worlds that exist inside Dr. Seuss' beloved stories. Now fans can finally get their fantastical fix as "The Dr. Seuss Experience," a brand-new exhibit, tours North America. The immersive and interactive celebration of the imagination of author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel is billed as a "Seuss-tacular sensory spectacle" families won't want to miss. 

Special Needs Classes and Enrichment Programs for Boston Kids

Like all kids, children with intellectual or physical differences are born with a natural curiosity, and deserve programs that boost their brains, bodies, and social skills. The right environment is critical to a child's development, so we've sought out classes and programs that provide fun and nurturing opportunities for children with special needs, specifically. Along with these classes in sports, the arts, and more, you'll find more enrichment programs in our Boston Classes and Activities Guide.

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.  

20 Fun Fall Activities for Preschoolers in the Boston Area

So many fall traditions in Boston and Massachusetts seem tailor-made for preschoolers: Who better to upend a freshly raked leaf pile or run around a pumpkin patch long enough to find that perfect Jack-O-Lantern? From events like the Topsfield Fair and Frog Pond Pumpkin Float to annual favorites like apple picking and corn mazes, we've rounded up twenty of the best ways to have some big fall adventures with little companions this fall. And if you have even tinier tykes, check out our fall fun guide—toddler edition!

Quebec City with Kids: 25 Things To Do in Old Quebec and Beyond

Quebec City is often touted as a European vacation alternative—a picturesque city where you can walk cobblestone streets, sit in bistros, and order in French without a transatlantic plane ticket. Yes, Quebec’s old town streets are quaint and pedestrian-friendly, but families should visit Quebec City because it’s full of wonderful and unique attractions and culture in its own right. 

As the only walled city in North America and a Unesco World Heritage site, this Canadian city is full of history. Yet, the best things to do in Quebec City also include modern attractions, such as family-friendly museums, an indoor amusement park, and lots of great outdoor spaces, parks, and festivals that make it a fun place to visit.

Read on to discover the top things to do in Quebec City with kids. Then make sure to read about our top picks for Quebec City restaurants for families.

Corn Mazes Near Boston With Fun Extras Like Zip Lines, Playgrounds, and Rides

Larger-than-life corn mazes offer families the challenge of working through a tricky puzzle together, all while enjoying New England's crisp fall weather. Add exciting play areas, hayrides, pumpkin patches, and quirky country games (like apple and pumpkin blasters), and a corn maze outing becomes one of our favorite fall activities. Here are some of the Boston area's best corn mazes for an outdoor autumn adventure. 

Things To Do in Boston this Weekend: Oktoberfest, Arts, and Dancing

Dust off your dancing shoes and show off some fancy footwork this weekend. You and the kids can try an Urbanity class at their annual open house, rock out at the JP music festival, or dance to Irish music at the ICC 5k & Family Fun Day. There is even a festival for dogs and the people who love them, and a birthday party for a gibbon. For more early fall fun, gaze at the stars at Robbins Farm Park, eat brats and wear lederhosen at Oktoberfest, and appreciate local artists at the Boston Arts Festival

Also, the season for ripe, juicy apples is here, so be sure to bookmark our favorite apple picking spots around Boston if you haven't already. Don't forget to check out our September GoList and Fall Fun Guide for even more ideas for what to do with the family this weekend. 

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