Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Centennial Oktober Kids-Fest, Celebration Seabrook, Oct. 6-7

Don your favorite set of PJs, because we're kicking off this upcoming weekend early with a special family-friendly pajama party at Discovery Green's moonGARDEN exhibit on Friday. The evening, which concludes the exhibit's run in the park, features stargazing and special celebrity readings of "Goodnight Moon," plus a serving of milk and cookies. 

Can we all say a little hooray for the (slightly) cooler weather we've been enjoying? Even a marginal break in the heat means that outdoor activities are infinitely more enjoyable, which is why we think now is the perfect time to take the kids to the Renaissance Festival this weekend or out for a family camping trip (or you could even camp at RenFest...). Let's celebrate the change in seasons with all the outdoor activities! 

Speaking of activities, if you have an event or activity coming up that you want to share, we want to share it too! Submit your event to our event calendar and we'll add it to our ever-growing list of awesome happenings around town. The start of a new month also means we have a brand new October GoList up, so be sure to stop by and check out some of the best events that are going on throughout the month so you can plan out your weekends with the kids and GO! 

We also recommend signing up for our weekly newsletter so you can stay up to speed with everything happening on Mommy Poppins. We promise not to bombard you with superfluous emails; just a weekly check-in or two sharing the best of the best! 

Without any further delay, let's check out what this lovely first weekend in October has in store for us.

Columbus Day Weekend Fun: Pumpkins, HONK!, and Mini Maker Faire; Oct 6-7

The long Columbus Day weekend comes at a perfect time: There are just too many cool musical, spooky, and fall-themed activities to fit into two short days! Carve out time for some patriotic and musical parading: The annual Columbus Day Parade returns to East Boston and HONK!, is back for three days of rooting, tooting fun. Also on the festival front: STEM-loving kids can rejoice, because the Mini Maker Faire is happening all weekend long. 

Weekend Fun: Columbus Day, Fall Fests, Harry Potter, and Animal Blessings

Columbus Day weekend is here, and there's so much to do with kids around NYC it would take another three-day weekend to fit everything in. The annual Columbus Day Parade steps off in Midtown, of course, and there are Indigenous Peoples' Day celebrations at the National Museum of the American Indian and the Museum of the City of New York.

This weekend also brings FREE fall festivals in full force, including the Harlem Harvest Festival, the Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival, and the Jefferson Market Garden Children's Festival. Plus there's Fall Family Day at the Museum of the Moving Image, Honey and Harvest Festival at the NYBG, and the rocking and rolling 25th Annual Bus Festival in Dumbo.

Great kid-friendly concerts, exhibits, and shows abound, too: It's opening weekend for the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibit at the New-York Historical Society (and as of this writing, there are still ticket times available Monday afternoon) as well as Laurie Berkner's Pillowland at New York City Children's Theater. Michael and the Rockness Monsters kick off the season at Symphony Space, Charlotte's Web spins its enchantment on Saturday in Tribeca, and two Fringe Jr shows open their doors (The Odyssey and Super: The Musical). There's also a FREE performance by Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards Saturday at Lincoln Center.

And it's time for animal blessings! Head to Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn on Saturday and St. John the Divine on Sunday to watch a parade of animals both exotic and domestic—bring your own Horace T. Goldfish or Woofs A. Pup for a blessing on the pulpit green. To the delight of tiny creature fans, the butterflies are back at the American Museum of Natural History this weekend, too.

Read on for our top picks for the coming weekend, or check out our list of 25 Fun Things to Do on Columbus Day in NYC. Also, be sure to check our October GoList and just released Halloween Guide to help you plan out the rest of this fall. As always, our Event Calendar is full of activities and events for every day of the week.

What Happened to Columbus Day? What's Indigenous Peoples Day? And Is There School?

If, like many Angelenos, you were once a resident of another state—or even if you can remember to way back before 2009—you may be experiencing your annual attack of Columbus Day confusion. Is there school on Monday? Is it a holiday? Should you be picking something to do from the Mommy Poppins events calendar? And what about Indigenous Peoples Day—is that a thing? Go ahead and check your school district’s calendar if it makes you feel better, but we can end the mystery for you right here: yes, your public school kids have school on Monday.

Columbus Day Weekend Fun: Fall Fests, Jack-O'-Lanterns, Frontier Days

This Columbus Day weekend plan a group sunset wagon ride along Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank. Or support the recently flood-damaged Theatre Three with its family-friendly Halloween show, A Kooky Spooky Halloween.

Visit a fall farm festival at Harbes, Fink's, Schmitt's, BrightwatersWhite Post or Dee's Nursery.

See our Fall Family Fun Guide 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 and October GoList are loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Pumpkins, Explorers, and Hero Hounds - Columbus Day Weekend Fun for CT Kids

The calendar has turned over to October, meaning it's time to dig the sweaters and windbreakers out of the closet. The month-long celebration of spooky that is all things Halloween begins in earnest this weekend, with haunted houses, a haunted street, a haunted island, and even a haunted town. Not quite ready for ghosts and goblins? There are more traditional fall fairs going on in Warren and Portland. There also is an animal benefit fair in Stratford, and you can share your favorite hobbies at the annual Maker Faire in Hartford.

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20 Family-Friendly Things To Do with NJ Kids in Westfield

Warning: It may take just one visit to fall seriously in love with Westfield. This Union County town off the Route 22 corridor is known for its beautiful tree-lined residential streets and smart downtown with great restaurants and shopping. Though Westfield is just 6.29 square miles, families have a host of options for enjoying this great town with a sophisticated but homey feel.

Columbus Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids:Trucks, Tractors, History, Sea Turtles October 6-8

It's Columbus Day weekend, a time when Philly families may have an extra day off from school and work. Make the most of the additional free time with some fall fun found in our event calendar.

For families who love history, head to Newlin Grist Mill for its Fall Harvest Festival to learn about 18th century trades or visit the Betsy Ross House in Historic Philadelphia to watch Colonial Chocolate Making demonstrations. For kids who love things that go, consider exploring Trucks and Tractors at Winterthur, paddling a kayak along the Schuylkill River, or taking a train ride to see the changing leaves on the West Chester Railroad. Families seeking indoor fun can learn about sea turtles at Adventure Aquarium, discover what a Harvest Moon is at Wagner Free Institute of Science, or see Five Little Pumpkins take the stage at The Media Theatre. Don't forget to take part in one of the many fall festivals occurring throughout the Delaware Valley.

Filter through our event calendar by using tags, location, and age to find the perfect way to spend your weekend. For now, keep reading for our top picks!

Pop-Up Museum for Dogs and Dog Lovers Opens in NYC

Raising kids in New York City isn’t without challenges, but it’s certainly never dull. Each weekend, we have the luxury of choosing between a variety of playgrounds, museums, and events—and lately, it seems like the city has been awash in Instagrammable popups. In the past six months alone, new museums and experiences devoted to dreams, candy, color, tea, and even optical illusions have opened here.

But it's New York, which means there's always room for one more cool thing to do. Since my family is always on the hunt for dog-friendly activities, we were excited to check out Human’s Best Friend, a new pop-up experience for dogs and the people who love them, located in the West Village. Read on for an inside look at NYC's latest pop-up for pooches—and their paparazzi.

Columbus Day Weekend Events for Westchester Kids

Thank goodness Columbus Day weekend is three days—you’ll need every minute to soak up the tons of fun we’ve identified for Westchester and Hudson Valley families!

For starters, the headliner of the holiday weekend is the Eastchester Columbus Day Carnival and Parade, featuring a big carnival, a parade, meatball contest, fireworks, and more. 

There are all the big Halloween events recurring each weekend throughout October. Other seasonal fun can be had at the Pumpkin Picking Autumn Celebration (or pick your pumpkin at any of the other destinations we’ve rounded up), as well as a few of the fall festivals we’ve rounded up, such as Heritage Applefest.

While supporting a charitable cause for kids, get loads in return at Heroes for a Cure Carnival and Fall Festival, including hot-air balloon rides, helicopter rides, and extensive fun over the four-day event. The Yorktown Festival & Street Fair is a similar affair in terms of diverse sources of family fun.

If you’re hoping for the return of Croton Comic Con, you’ll have to wait till next year, we’re told.

Read on for all our top weekend picks—but don’t stop there! We’ve got fun happening all month long, so visit our Event Calendar, consult our guide for scenic autumn drives, and check out our October GoList for our hot-off-the-press top picks!

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