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September GoList: Top Things to Do with Kids in Boston

September is so bittersweet: Carefree summer is in the rearview mirror, but there's the promise of fun fall activities ahead. Luckily in Boston, we enjoy temperate weather all month long that's perfect for spending outdoors at a festival, getting out on the water, watching giant kinetic sculptures in action, and singing farewell to summer. 

Mark your calendar with these kid-friendly picks as well as our favorite free September activities, because you won't want to miss any of this month's spectacular lineup of events for Boston families.  

Labor Day Weekend Things to Do in Boston : Fairs, Jazz, and a Dog Cruise

Bummed to be back to school? The fun activities going on this Labor Day weekend in the Boston area can take the sting out of summer's ending. Family-friendly festivals abound, and there's even a cruise where kids can take their pups aboard. It's your last chance to catch a free movie at the Pru and do one last Swan Boat ride. Participate in a sporting event for a good cause at this 3rd Annual Wiffle Ball Tournament and the Run for the Hills 5k Road Race. Enjoy discounts at Edaville for Military Appreciation, and celebrate international heritage at the Bread & Roses Festival.

Whatever you choose to do, we at Mommy Poppins wish you a happy and healthy Labor Day Weekend!

65 School Lunch Ideas: Back-to-School Lunches Kids Will Actually Eat

Chances are you've had a healthy, well-packed school lunch delivered back into your hands virtually untouched at the end of the school day. There should be a special name for the heartbreak one endures at the words, "I told you I hate peanut-butter and jelly," when not only is this the first you're hearing of it, but you spent extra on organic jelly and freshly ground peanut butter. And if not PBJ, then what? Well, we've got 65 answers to the question of what to pack in a successful school lunch.

Free Things to Do with Boston Kids in September

With all the money parents spend on back-to-school supplies, it should come as a relief to know there are a lot of fun and free family-friendly events in Boston this September. From street fairs and festivals to cruises and concerts, getting the most out of Boston with the kids won't cost you an arm and a leg. Here are our picks for free fun this September with the kiddos (and be sure to check our calendar for even more activities added daily).

Fall Festivals and Fairs for Boston Kids and Families

Crisp morning air, ripe apples, and school bells...all signs it's time for fall festivals and fairs in and around Boston! There are so many autumnal celebrations across Massachusetts that it can be hard to know which ones are good for families. We took the guesswork out of it by narrowing the field down to our favorites. You’ll find good food, fun activities, music, performances, and much more at these fall festivals in Boston which—like so many awesome happenings in our Fall Fun Guide—are perfect for both parents and kids.

St. Augustine, Florida: 25 Best Things to Do with Kids

Florida has its “Emerald Coast,” its "Space Coast," its “Treasure Coast,” and even its “Forgotten Coast.” But unless you spend time in its northernmost section, you might be unaware of its “Historic Coast,” home of the haven of St. Augustine.

About an hour south of Jacksonville, whose sizable airport services most major carriers, sits America’s oldest city. St. Augustine, founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, is one of but a handful of American cities to have the flags of five nations fly above its buildings at one time or another. (Bonus points if you can name the countries: Answer below.)

To visit the city’s charming cobblestone streets and seemingly ancient architecture is to be reminded of Florida’s multicultural history. Of course, these days visitors are better welcomed than the 17th-century pirates who sailed in for plunder; these days, St. Augustine opens its doors to all types of boaters, pilots, campers, cyclists, and even the occasional camping and RV vacationers.

Best Places to Go Apple Picking with Kids Near Boston

Nothing says fall in New England like a family outing to pick ripe, juicy apples at a nearby orchard. With many orchards to choose from in the greater Boston area and across Massachusetts, families won't have to travel far to find a place to pick their own apples, starting in late August through mid-October. We’ve assembled a list of some of our favorite apple picking spots, some of which also have petting farms, country stores, hayrides, corn mazes, and other kid-friendly activities. Craving more seasonal activities? Check out our Fall Fun Guide with Boston kids.

Things to Do in Boston this Weekend: Teddy Bears, Peaches, and Boats

Ahoy mateys! This weekend is the Antique & Classic Boat Festival in Salem, where families can watch some truly amazing vessels on the water and even maybe see what it's like to ride one. While you're on the North Shore, swing by the Connors Farm Peach Festival and ride their new custom-built Putnam Railroad train. Got a sick teddy? Bring your favorite bear or stuffie to Stone Zoo for a check up. It's also your last chance to visit the Marshfield Fair until next summer.

Money-Saving Deals on Boston Area Kids Classes

If you're on the hunt for fall kids activities, your wallet will thank you for this one! Some much-loved children's programs across the Boston area have offered to extend special offers to Mommy Poppins readers just in time for fall 2019 registration. Read on to find deals on STEAM courses, theater and dance classes, soccer lessons, and more for Boston kids.

Don't drag your feet, because these deals will literally disappear as they expire. If you don't see a deal listed below it means the offer is no longer available. If you're looking for even more kids classes, visit our Boston Classes Guide, or you can even search our Directory by location and age!

Best Things to Do With Kids at Boston Children's Museum

Our city is full of family-friendly museums, but only Boston Children's Museum is designed just for kids. Whether you're looking for a few hours to kill or somewhere to enjoy an entire day with your kids, there's no better destination in Boston. This three-story museum offers endless entertainment and discovery, including exhibits that focus on science, culture, social awareness, health and fitness, the arts, and more. While the museum may seem overwhelming, we've broken it down, level by level, so you can plan your visit and make sure you see all the best exhibits.

Make sure to save some extra time to head outside before or after your visit to play, slide, and explore at Martin's Park playground, and if you want to make a full day of it, explore all that the surrounding Seaport neighborhood has to offer

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