Weekend Events for Kids on Long Island, September 11-13: End of Summer Festivals, Pet Expo, and More

With school back in session, chances are your weekend sports and activities have started up again as well. I actually miss having my kids around, though, and that's why I'm looking forward to spending some time with them this weekend. If you're like me, luckily, there are plenty of great things going on this weekend on Long Island, even if you have to squeeze in some quality family time between practice or class. Here are our suggestions for some of the best events:

New York City Kids Weekend Events for September 11-13: Free Festivals Galore, Hudson Celebrations, Drinks for Mom and More

Summer may be over, but the events are not slowing down at all. In fact, it’s almost as if everyone waited for summer vacation to end and planned all these absurdly cool (and mostly free) events for this weekend. From celebrating Henry Hudson’s 400th anniversary, to county fairs, book festivals, motorcycle shows, films, and more fun on Governor’s Island (and you thought GI was done for the season…) there’s almost too much to do to fit it all into one weekend. Ease everyone's transition back-to-school by picking your favorite events and then heading out—there’s no time to waste!  
 

Don't forget we have more weekend activities in our event calendar and separate round-ups for Long Island and New Jersey on those pages. Or sign up to get our new Long Island and New Jersey newsletters.

5 Fun Ways to Learn about New York History and Dutch Culture During NY400 Week

Four hundred years ago Henry Hudson and his Dutch ship, the Halve Maen ("Half Moon") arrived at what is now New York Harbor. This week, from September 8-13, NY400 celebrates the anniversary of Henry Hudson's historic voyage with a sea of events culminating in NY Harbor Day on Sunday, September 13th. NY400 Week gives New Yorkers a chance to immerse themselves in Dutch culture, New York history and lots of fun stuff long the way. Here are some highlights:

News: Swine Flu Vaccines, SIGG Bottle Swap, NY Hall of Science Closed, More

Happy Labor Day. Summer is officially over for New York City kids and that means back to school time. Check out some recipes and other useful information in our Back to School Guide.

It also means this is the last week of our summer-long Susie's Supper Club Dinner Party Giveaway. We've given away 9 dinner parties for 10 people and we have just one left to give away. In order to enter, just answer our short reader survey.

If Labor Day to you means preparing to apply to Preschools, maybe you've been checking out our Preschool Guide. We want to overhaul it and make i easier to use, so if you care to answer our ONE QUESTION survey we'd really love to get your input. Click Here to take survey.

Here's the rest of the news:

Naturally Nora Healthy Birthday Cake and Frosting Mixes

One of my favorite things is birthday cake, especially from a box and double especially covered in frosting. I'm not a fan of all the fancy buttercream frostings and fancy cakes. I like regular old moist and fluffy chocolate or vanilla birthday cake slathered in rich, sweet frosting. But knowing that your cake is filled with hydrogenated oils and trans fats really takes the fun out of it. Especially as a mom. How can we enjoy stuffing our faces with cake when we know how bad it is for us?

Thankfully, Nora Schultz, a New Jersey mom, has solved this problem with her Naturally Nora cake and frosting mixes, made from 100 percent natural ingredients. There are not even any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. (The confetti cake is colored with things like spinach extract and turmeric!). They are also dairy and soy free. But most importantly, for me, Naturally Nora mixes contain no trans fats or hydrogenated oils.

AfterSchool and Weekend Classes for Kids in Queens

It can be a challenge tracking down great classes for your kids in Queens. To help make it a little easier, we rounded up some of the ones we think are worth checking out all over the borough. Feel free to add your faves in the comments.

Discount Theater Tickets for Kids: Subscribe for these family-friendly New York City shows

[UPDATED: OCTOBER 16, 2012]

New York City offers a wide range of theater opportunities for kids of all ages, from shows specially tailored to preschoolers to highly sophisticated offerings that even adults will dig. Many of your favorite places, like the New Victory Theater and Tribeca Performing Arts Center, offer subscriptions that make it exceptionally affordable to get a little culture. Not only do memberships cost less per show, they give you access to the best seats in the house and make you eligible for other special offerings and discounts. Read on for our top picks and sign up now!

2012-2013 season subscription information for family-friendly theater productions in NYC:

5 Labor Day Weekend Getaways from New York City via Bus or Train

If you want to get out of the city for Labor Day weekend but you don't have a car, don't fret. You don't have to feel left out of the weekend getaway crowd, just because you don't have a car and loads of cash. There are several fun places you can go for the day or weekend using public transportation. These inexpensive getaways are fun for the whole family. Just hop on the bus or train and you're on your way to a world of fun.

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