14 Things to Do With Kids at the Texas Renaissance Festival

The Texas Renaissance Festival is back in town, and if you and your family have never been, make this year your first. As the state's largest festival of its kind (and one of the biggest in the country), it is an experience like no other - and it's just a short drive from Houston. Even its 200-acre location has an eclectic story; a former strip-mining site turned Renaissance theme park complete with authentic art, larger-than-life statues and structures, and a village of shops, restaurants, and stages that look like they've been plucked from another era.

The Texas Renaissance Festival has things to do for families and kids, making it a great weekend getaway from Houston.

9 Easy Fall Family Hikes in NYC

It finally feels like fall in New York City, which means my family is headed to the hiking trail. At least once a quarter, usually coinciding with the change of seasons, someone in the family decides it's time to escape to the woods for a little urban relief. And really, there's no need to head upstate or to the 'burbs to get that outdoors fix.  

Did you know that our fair city is home to over 300 miles of hiking trails through 10,000 acres of unencumbered Mother Nature? We have sampled enough parks around NYC to confidently share this list of trails that vary in length, scenery, and difficulty (including those just right for little legs), and that reward hikers with views of water, bridges, and yes, that gorgeous fall foliage. Whatever borough you call home, my boy, who helped to compile this list, and I hope you will have a blast lacing up and hitting the trails. Note: He is too young to share mommy's byline. 

12 Online Tutoring Services to Help Kids Get Ahead in School

Online tutoring services for kids and teens are readily available at the click of a mouse, making these sites the perfect, in-a-pinch solution for hectic family life.

Perhaps it's 9:30pm on a Thursday, and your 10-year-old has been struggling for over an hour with a particularly tough math question. Maybe math was never your thing. His anxiety is building, yours is through the roof, and you have no idea where to turn...

Kids can get help with core school subjects, specialized classes and subjects, SAT tutoring, and yes, online math tutors, usually instantly, through online tutoring sites. Most offer tutoring chat via text, video, and audio, connecting tutor with student for help or extra practice with just about anything, from chemistry to languages, such as an online Spanish tutor. Some services even run 24/7. So whether your first grader needs help with reading or your high school student wants to pull up that AP calculus grade, consider checking out one of these 12 online tutoring platforms.

Things To Do in LA this Weekend with Kids: Museum Day, Sing-a-long Sound of Music, and Dino Fest

I'm sorry, but do you EVER clean up? Look around you—this place is a mess! Well, this weekend we are putting our foot down. You are getting yourself to the coastline (or possibly an inland waterway) to do your part, pitch in, and clean up. The Coastal Cleanup is a simple way for the whole family to participate in making the world a better place. (This week the beach; next week their rooms.)

I'm not saying there's any reason you have to clean up now in particular, though it might have something to do with the parade of pumpkins making their way toward every doorstep near you, in preparation for October (fest). Hey, did we mention the spiders? Yeah, you're probably gonna wanna clean.

If you do a good job, then rewards await you. You can delve into dinosaurs and race with rubber duckies; you can solve a problem like Maria and the puzzle of getting into museums for free. We appreciate you (we're not the only ones), and we want the best for you. Such as... the cleanest picks for this weekend's events.

Keep reading to find them.

Things to Do in Houston This Weekend With Kids: Polish Harvest Festival, Family Beach Challenge

Y'all, you know it's officially the fall season when we start sharing articles like where to find fall festivals, pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes. We even compiled an awesome Fall Bucket List to help make this next season a great one, and we could not be more excited about all it has to offer. The only thing that needs to happen next is for the weather to get the memo! 

This upcoming weekend is full of festival fun, with celebrations ranging from favorites like the Polish Harvest Festival for a healthy dose of culture to the extra spicy Texas Hot Sauce Festival and the ever popular kid-favorite, Blessington Farm's Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival.  

Speaking of awesome events, make sure you also check out our event calendar, our September GoList, and our Free Things to Do in September posts; they're packed with events and activities throughout the month that your family won't want to miss. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter to have everything we publish delivered right to you so you never miss any new content we roll out. 

For anyone planning an event, we know this is a busy, exciting time of the year and we would love for you to submit your event to our event calendar if it's not already on there so we can share it with all of our awesome readers. Just fill out the form and we'll take it from there. 

Now let's see what's on tap for the upcoming weekend. 

Things To Do in Connecticut this Weekend: Pumpkins, Scarecrows, County Fairs

This week the calendar says we are officially entering fall...and that means we can turn our attention to pumpkins and harvest fun. Head over to Seymour for the annual Pumpkin Festival, or travel to Pumpkintown, USA to see the famous collection of jack-o'-lantern people. Kids love making their own scarecrows in Simsbury. And corn mazes are cropping up everywhere!

There also are plenty of other activities this week. Newtown is hosting a free program about polination and Norwalk is celebrating its first-ever Norwalk Strong. And this isn't even counting all the traditional county fairs, like these in Guilford and Orange.

These fall weekends are particularly action packed so make sure that you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook and Instagram so that you won't miss any of the fun! As always, our event calendar is constantly being updated with the latest activities. Have fun!

Things To Do in Boston this Weekend: Fluff, Vikings, and River Celebrations

It's a party all weekend long with events celebrating marshmallow fluff, Greek heritage, begonias, and even mighty vikings. Fans of all things happening on the Island of Sodor should check out the new Thomas and Friends exhibit at the Museum of Science, and nature lovers can head to Salem for a full weekend of walks, hikes, and sailing. This weekend is also the fall-favorite RiverSing, where families can enjoy live music and dancing in the open air. 

Check our full events calendar and follow our Facebook page for even more ideas for keeping kids busy this weekend. Have fun—fluff-y or otherwise!

Things To Do in NYC this Weekend: Free Museums, Book Fest, County Fair

This Saturday, the annual Smithsonian Museum Day means FREE ticketed admission to participating museums around NYC, including the Fire Museum, the Jewish Museum and more. Be sure to download tickets in advance. Psst: The Intrepid Museum is participating, so you might be able to sign up for the Intrepid Adventures' Flying in Style workshop for FREE! Cap off the day by watching the gorgeous Morningside Lights parade on the Upper West Side.

Other beloved annual favorites coming to NYC this weekend include the Brooklyn Book Festival's Children's Day, the BAM Animation Block Party, Carnegie Hall's Fall Family Day, and the 92 Y's annual street festival, which includes performances by Broadway superstars. For science-loving kids, the City of Science celebration at the College of Staten Island promises plenty of free, hands-on projects and activities.

Looking for an old-fashioned fall festival now that the calendar says it's officially autumn? Take your pick: This weekend the Queens County Farm Museum kicks off its annual corn maze at the Queens County Fair, and rides, bounce houses, and face painting also liven up the Brownstone School Fall Fun Fair on the Upper West. Plus, there are free pony rides and a tie-dye workshop waiting for you at the 25th Annual Common Ground Fest in Morningside Park.

Check the calendar for more, and snag an inside peek at where to find pumpkin patches and hay rides right here in NYC.

20 Unique Birthday Party Spots for New Jersey Kids

Painting party? Been there. Pool party? Done that. If you're fresh out of ideas for your child's next birthday, fear not. We've pulled together some of NJ's most unique birthday party venues for kids, whether they're into sports, arts, or science. From flying high at an indoor skydiving center to starring in a Broadway-style birthday performance, these birthday parties break the mold. 

Be sure to check out our Birthday Party Guide for even more options.

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