10 Great Places for Fall Leaf-Peeping Right in NYC

Signs of fall's arrival are all around us as the leaves in New York City's parks and along tree-lined streets start to turn. This is the time of year when many families plan a day trip upstate or to New Jersey to gaze at gorgeous red, orange, and yellow foliage. But you don't need to leave NYC to take in some stunning autumn sights. In addition to major green spaces like Central Park, Prospect Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Staten Island's Greenbelt and Van Cortlandt Park, there are some wonderful off the beaten path city spots where you can enjoy colorful panoramic views that deliver the full splendor of fall.
 

Weekend Fun: Open House NY, Ragamuffin Parade, Pickle Day

Need a little break from harvest- and Halloween-themed activities? Celebrate NYC architecture this weekend with one of our October GoList picks, Open House NY, a weekend-long event offering FREE access to urban gems like the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, Bartow Pell Mansion, and the African Burial Ground, among other family-friendly options. Kids can create a city at the Center for Architecture, build imagined cities at MOMA, and hit the Cooper Hewitt's Design Fest. All FREE.

And now, back to your regularly scheduled October mayhem:

The countdown to Halloween continues with the 52nd annual Ragamuffin Parade in Bay Ridge, and performances and pumpkins aplenty at the Harvest Festival on Randall's Island. Hop on a horse-drawn hay ride at Carl Schurz Park's Harvest Fest, help make the Haunted Paper House on Governors Island, hit the Earth School Fall Fest or the Bank Street School one (where Laurie Berkner is scheduled to perform), bop over to the Hip Hop Halloween Celebration in Queens, make a scary movie, or scope out the Sunday Social on Montague Street.

Plus, Sunday is Pickle Day on the Lower East Side, packed with all things sweet and sour...in addition to face painters, balloon twisters, and carnival games.

Don't miss our Ultimate Halloween Fun Guide, and our list of the Best Free Halloween Events for Kids. And remember that our Fall Fun Guide and daily event calendar are always excellent resources for family fun!

The Village Play Cafe: Fun for Littles and Fuel for Moms and Dads

It takes a village, right? It’s something I believe so strongly ever since my son was born last year—so I feel like I stumbled upon my soulmates when I found out about The Village Play Cafe in Chatham. Just opened in July, this indoor play space is truly the hautest hive for mamas and their baby bees (ages 1–5) to come for the day to work, play, and leave feeling energized and excited to take on the rest of the week. At least that’s how I felt when I walked out of their doors earlier this week.

21 Halloween Movies with Kid-Friendly Thrills and Chills

Are the kids excited for Halloween? Build on their anticipation with a family Halloween movie night that brings all those witches, ghosts, and goblins to life!

Pop some popcorn or whip up an on-season batch of scarecrow snack mix and candy corn punch while you settle in for a cozy night on the couch with one of these top Halloween movies. It's the perfect family-friendly nightcap to fall days spent apple and pumpkin picking or puzzling your way out of a corn maze.

With so many spooky films available to rent or stream, it can be hard to choose the right one for your family. From preschool to preteen, our list of the best Halloween movies for kids has something to put everyone in the Halloween spirit.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Farmers Market Fall Fest, Depot Day, and Lots of Halloween Scares

The weekends around here have been Halloweeny for a while now, but they're starting to get a little...scary. And I don't just mean because you realized that your kid's desired costume is on backorder til Christmas so you may have to make one yourself. I mean honest to goodness, Momma's too old for this, scare the bejeebus out of you, old school nightmare-inducing terror.

Thank heavens for the light side. The pumpkin paths with a little extra, the fall festival in the middle of our big city, the old fashioned mechanisms and the newfangled futurism and the prehistoric history. Nothing beats the look of joy on an elephant's face as he chows down on a whole pumpkin. (At least I think that's joy?) Nothing beats the look of joy on your kids' faces when they chow down on fluffy puffy marshmallows. (Now I know that's joy!)

This weekend you can go to your happy place, whether it's a train depot, a Japanese gardenSalem, Massachusetts, or outer space. Tons of fun, and none of it scary. Except for that thing about the costume. Anyone know a good seamstress?

Keep reading for our favorite picks for the weekend, which totally aren't scary...

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Bayou City Art Festival, Family Day at the Ocean Star, Oct.13-14

Did you hear the news? The annual Gerber Baby Photo Contest is officially rolling! If you haven't submitted your photo yet, you still have until Oct. 20 to get your kid's cutest photo in the running. Just post to Instagram with the hashtag #GerberPhotoSearch2018. 

In case you've been living under a rock (pun intended), we've found the coolest new outdoor activity to add to your list of things to try: painted rocks. The premise is simple; you paint a rock with your kiddo, usually with a kind message, and then you "hide" it around town for others to find. Check out all the details of this crazy cool new trend!

Whenever you're in need of some more activity inspiration, we'd love for you to check out our event calendar, which is full of events happening all over the Houston. You can also use our October GoList to find the top events happening around town throughout the month. Have an awesome event you want to share? Submit your event to our calendar so we can check it out and get it published. And last but not least, you can also make staying up to speed with everything happening on our little corner of the web a breeze by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

Now let's see what's on tap for the weekend!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Pumpkins, Book Fest, and a Build Zone, Oct 13-14

Pumpkin season is in full swing, and this weekend we've got pumpkin everything: pumpkin nights, pumpkin painting, and even pumpkin people. For more Halloween fun, brave this historic (and haunted!) castle and grab a costume for this monster fest. There's also a festival perfect for book lovers, a chance to exercise engineering skills (for free), and a way for teens to get some community service hours (followed by a harvest treat!). 

Weekend Fun: Jack O'Lantern Blaze, Warwick Applefest, Touch-a-Truck

Fall fun continues this weekend with apple picking, pumpkin picking, fall festivals, and the like, and now Halloween is really in view. In addition to all the big Halloween events recurring throughout the month (add Scared By the Sound to that list, which starts this weekend), there are also numerous ways to celebrate autumn and other fun events for Westchester and Hudson Valley families. 

Returning this year are the apple-licious Warwick Applefest, featuring assorted attractions and delicacies, and the Junior League of Bronxville's Touch-A-Truck Event, offering big-vehicle fun and the chance to support local charities. New this year is Apple Cidering, which demonstrates the process and allows samples of the sweet stuff. And for the utmost in sweetness, bring your fluffy friend to the Teddy Bear Clinic and Health Fair.

This is just the beginning! Read on for our top weekend picks, visit our Event Calendar for more, and refer to our October Go List for our top choices for the rest of the month!

Weekend Fun: Oyster Festival, Children's Theater, PumpkinFest

Check the scare at the door at these not-so-spooky Halloween walks and events. Parade around the City by the Sea this weekend at Long Beach's Halloween parade and fall festival. View LEGO sculptures on display and then create your own at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization Educational & Cultural Center. Catch Pinkalicious on the stage in Patchogue or A Kooky Spooky Halloween in Port Jefferson. 

Attention leaf peepers: Be sure to check out our nature walk guide for the best spot to spot the changing colors. 

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.

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