Things To Do in Chicago this Weekend with Kids: Youth Art Fest, Oz, Free Museums

Kid-friendly art walks, harvest festivals, and cultural celebrations top the calendar for Chicago families this weekend. To start with, there's the usual full complement of fun fall festivities, including the Oak Brook Autumn Fest, Oak Park's Oaktoberfest, the Autumn in the Park Festival in Palos Park, Bolingbrook's big End of Summer Carnival, the Geneva Autumn Fest, and Naperville's activity-packed Harvest Pow-Wow where kids can learn about the harvest traditions of Native American cultures. The Chicago Japanese Matsuri bids summer farewell in traditional Japanese style with games, crafts, and tasty food.

The day culture fans have been waiting for arrives on Saturday with Smithsonian Free Museum Day: 20+ museums and institutions offer free ticketed admission, including the Adler Planetarium, but don't wait to book your tickets. Also on Saturday, the YAS! Youth Arts Showcase Fest in Millennium Park highlights the creativity of Chicago kids with exhibits and performances. Stick around for another creative, only-in-our-city event that night as the Moonlight Parade at the Bean fills Millennium Park with drummers, glow sticks, and lanterns.

This weekend is also opening day for the Chicago Children's Museum's exhibit devoted to the art of Mo Willems, much-loved author of the Knuffle Bunny and Elephant and Piggie books. Art-loving families can also stroll the Beverly Art Walk or explore the Andersonville Arts Week Fest this weekend. 

Ready for Halloween yet? Pull out your ruby slippers and your lion costume early for the weekend-long Midwest Wizard of Ozfest in Tinley Park, with puppet shows, performances, and photo-ops on the Yellow Brick Road. 

And those are just the highlights! There's lots more to do in this weekend's roundup and in our jam-packed Event Calendar.

Things To Do in Westchester this Weekend: Jay Day, Playland Fall Fun

This first weekend of fall is packed with fantastic family events in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. 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.  

Have you heard the news? Though Playland usually closes for the season the weekend after Labor Day, it's opening this weekend and next with some fall-fest attractions, to boot.

Celebrate American heritage (and books and animals) at the multi-faceted Jay Day, or celebrate people of various abilities at the Wheelchair Games. Get up close with a helicopter and other fun vehicles at the annual Touch-a-Truck event, or take advantage of FREE admission to a host of museums in Westchester and throughout the Tri-State area.

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. And be sure to check out our Fall Fun Guide for Westchester Kids for more seasonal happenings. 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!

Things to Do in Philly this Weekend: Candytopia, Museum Day Live! September 21-22

The season of autumn officially arrives in the Delaware Valley this weekend. That means it is time for fall wardrobes, football, apple treats, and fantastic family events that can be found in our events calendar.

Philly families can embrace the start of the new time of year by building a scarecrow at Floral & Hardy of Skippack, making crafts and getting faces painted at terrain's Autumn Bounty Festival in Glen Mills, or wandering through a Straw Maze at Woodmere. Festival goers can watch the boats race by during the Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival, see martial arts demonstrations at the Korean Festival & Harvest Celebration, or listen to outdoor tunes at Linvilla Orchards during its Arts & Music Festival. Museum enthusiasts can take advantage of the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! opportunity, a chance to visit a variety of local museums for free (2 tickets per family). Those who love candy, and, frankly who doesn't, can experience Candytopia which opens this weekend in Philly. Sweet, right?

Do you know what else is sweet? Getting the low-down on the latest and greatest baby and parenting info! New and expectant parents should mark their calendars for The Mother of All Baby Showers at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday, September 25.

Until then, read on for our top picks for this fall weekend.

Things to Do in DC this Weekend: Festivals, Nature September 21-22, 2019

With National Hispanic Heritage Month kicking off this week, DC families will notice the fiesta spirit in and around the nation’s capitol, from festivals to music to historical exhibits. Looking to get into the fall spirit? Apple picking season is in full force and autumnal activities abound. There’s also nature to explore, movies to watch, and music to tap your feet to. If you need more ideas for Saturday, Sunday, and beyond, be sure and check out our events calendar.

No matter what you choose, Mommy Poppins DC wishes you a weekend full of fun family memories!

Things To Do on Long Island this Weekend with Kids: Maritime & Fall Festivals, Touch-A-Truck, Sesame Street Live

Sail into Greenport for the Maritime Festival this weekend. Enjoy classic wooden boats, kayak races, demonstrations of high-tech water sports, wood carving, model ship building, and more.

Or enjoy carnival rides, live music, craft vendors, children's shows including the National Circus Project, a petting zoo, pony rides, and more at Lido Beach Town Park's Festival by the Sea. There are also festivals in SeafordBellmore, WoodburyOld Bethpage and Smithtown this weekend.

Elmo teams up with Abby and Justin, embarking on an amazing journey to be a part of a visiting magic show in Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic show this weekend at the Nassau Coliseum.

Children have a hands-on opportunity to see, touch, and explore heavy machinery and meet the people who build, protect, and serve the community at the Hampton Bays Firehouse FREE  Touch-A-Truck event.

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.

HudsonWay Immersion School Brings Mandarin and Spanish Bilingual Education to NYC and NJ

Founded in 2005 by an expectant mom committed to giving her soon-to-be-born twins a bilingual education, HudsonWay Immersion School (HWIS) has grown from a home-based class of five kids into an academically rigorous, full immersion Mandarin and Spanish language program for children ages 2 through grade 8. Beginning in PreK, HWIS's core curriculum is taught in both English and the selected foreign language, with the goal of helping students develop advanced cognitive skills, higher second language proficiency, strong social skills, and an increased awareness of the many diverse cultures in our ever-changing world.

Over the last 14 years, the bilingual school has expanded to two campuses in Stirling, New Jersey and New York City, including a brand new facility in Midtown West that just opened in time for the 2019–20 school year. With all this momentum, we sat down with the mastermind mom behind HudsonWay Immersion School, Sharon Huang, to learn more about the unique dual language program and the new Manhattan campus.

14 Not-So-Scary Halloween Events in NYC for the Preschool Set

With a little one who gets tired after one or two blocks of trick-or-treating, I find myself hunting for Halloween events that are more geared towards his age group. Luckily for us, NYC boasts plenty of less spooky, pre-bedtime events for the littlest ghouls and goblins. 

With that in mind, we've put together a list of 14 Halloween events perfect for the preschool set, many of them FREE. Enjoy these gentle Halloween events while you can—your kids will be celebrating at the Village Halloween Parade before you know it.

Find even more festive happenings for all age groups in our Halloween guide (including kid-friendly costume parades around the city), and of course in our events calendar, which is continually updated with new, fun events as we find out about them.

Things To Do in NJ this Weekend: Harvest Fests, Peppa Pig, Oktoberfest

With a roster full of harvest festivals, apple picking, and corn mazes, it's beginning to look a lot like fall on this first official weekend of the season. Take in everything autumn has to offer at seasonal festivals like Morey's Piers' Annual Oktoberfest, Wildwood Crest's Annual Seafarers Celebration, and fall festivals in Hopewell and Westfield.

Experience the flavors of fall at Allaire's Fall Apple Festival and Tenafly's Apple Cider Making. Plus, make it a theatrical weekend at State Theatre Family Day or a production of Peppa Pig Live!

Check out our Fall Fun Guide for NJ Kids for more options, including 20 Fall Day Trips and 50+ Fall Events for NJ Preschoolers. And look to our September GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Music Classes for Children in Hartford County and Central Connecticut

Not simple a source of creative expression, music has been known to be critical for brain development, fostering self-esteem, improving language, and building many other great skills. Here's an extensive list of schools that offer instrument lessons (piano, violin, and more) or other music class programs (from movement-based classes to vocal instruction). For even more fun ideas, check out our Connecticut Classes and Enrichment Guide.

Boston Kids' Sports Classes That Focus on Fun and Boost Athletic Skills

The benefits of playing sports are plenty: Kids get exercise, distance from screens, an appreciation for teamwork, and new pals to play with. Luckily, the Boston area offers many athletic teams and classes that develop kids' skills while making sure they have fun, too. From traditional team sports like soccer and baseball to individual pursuits such as skating, swimming, and karate, these athletic programs in Boston and surrounding Massachusetts towns might just spark a lifelong passion. For more enrichment programs, look at our Boston Classes and Activities Guide.

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