This Weekend's Fun for LA Kids: Kidspace Pumpkins, Reyes Adobe, Fall Fests, Ghosts, & Peanuts

The pumpkins are coming in fast and furious. They're free to see; they're Falling, and good grief they're pumpkins, Charlie Brown! Scare up a little enthusiasm (and perhaps a smidgen of terror) and chugga choo on down to the patch nearest you.

What's cool about LA is that we always have a lot going on. Though the world may be looking orange, here in LA we see the rainbow. We celebrate cultures from around the world and in our own backyard. We look to the stars and the water below; we find the truths in our past and the future. Weekends around here are the real deal. 

So get on board for the dog and pony  (and muppet) show that is an October weekend in LA. And get readyHalloween is only a couple of weeks away!

Keep reading for the many colors of weekend in LA....

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Pumpkin Days, Peppa Pig, Harry Potter October 14-15

There is no doubt Philly families are in for a treat this October weekend. For starters, there are many ways to enjoy the autumn season. Make a scarecrow at Tyler Arboretum's Pumpkin Days Celebration, participate in a pumpkin catapult launch at Hagley, take a hayride at Pennypacker Farm's Harvest Fest, and explore Peace Valley Nature Center to search for autumn birds. Kids eager to wear their Halloween costumes can visit the animals while collecting treats at Elmwood Park Zoo's Boo at the Zoo.

After filling up on fall fun, check out some unique opportunities for gamers, book worms, music lovers, and pig fanatics. Minecraft fans can get stoked for a weekend filled with gaming at Minefaire held at the Philadelphia Expo. Those who enjoy the Harry Potter series can search for artifacts during a Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Rock out with Ratboy Jr. at World Cafe Live or sing along with The Cat's Pajamas performing at the Girard Avenue Street Fair. But, if truth be told, most preschoolers just want to see Peppa Pig Live! at Keswick Theatre.

Keep reading for more ideas for family fun.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Children's Book Festival, The Magic Garden

Here we are in mid-October, when Halloween is just around the corner and fall fun peaks. 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 local festivals celebrating autumn and other fun events for Westchester and Hudson Valley families. 

Though it’s hard to pass up all the Halloween fun, there are a bunch of compelling events this weekend that don’t involve pumpkins or hauntings. One of the big headliners is the return of the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival, where young bibliophiles get the chance to meet authors and illustrators, collect autographs, hear book readings and celebrate beloved literature. Speaking of beloved, Carole and Paula of TV’s The Magic Garden reunite on stage for a live performance to sing about the Story Box and other ‘70s nostalgia. Other performances include Disney’s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve and, after being named a finalist on America’s Got Talent, Catapult struts their shadow-dancing stuff.

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!

Step Back in Time at NJ's Living History Farms

The Garden State's many wonderful farms are perfect spots for a family-friendly outing any time of year. But a few special farmsteads offer visitors the unique opportunity to experience farm life just as it existed many years ago. These living history farms give visitors the chance to try their hand at chores like bottle-feeding lambs, gathering honey, and harvesting ice. If you're looking for a fun, educational experience for the entire family, hands-on historical farms are a great choice.

For even more outdoor family fun, check out these New Jersey farms and historic villages

Hotel Rooms with Views of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Chances are you're not even thinking about Thanksgiving yet. After all, we still have Halloween to get through! But as anyone in the NYC hotel industry will tell you, families looking to book a hotel where they can watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Midtown Manhattan do so up to a year ahead of time! For a room with a view of Snoopy, Spidey, Hello Kitty, and their other inflatable pals, you've really got to plan in advance.

It's not just NYC tourists who splurge on hotels for the Thanksgiving parade, either. Over the past few years, we've had many New Yorkers write in asking which hotels looked out on the Macy's Parade route (it sure beats watching from the street). While most of these hotels still have availability at the time of this writing, call right away as they'll most likely sell out soon. And if you do get shut out, it's worth checking closer to Thanksgiving since there are sometimes last-minute cancelations.

For a budget-saving alternative, catch a prime viewing spot the night before the parade as the giant balloons are inflated on the Upper West Side.

Weekend Fun: Fall Festivals, Daniel Tiger, Boo at the Zoo

Fall and all of the activity that goes along with it are in full swing! From harvest festivals and farm fun to family-oriented frights, this weekend has it all. Get into the Halloween spirit at Boo at the Zoo at Space Farms in Sussex or at the Amazing Pumpkin Carve in Titusville. Celebrate everything autumn at the over-the-top South Jersey Pumpkin Show Festival in Woodstown, and ditch the tractor and take a pony ride to the pumpkin patch in Flemington.

In the mood for a performance? Kid faves Daniel Tiger, the Cat in the Hat, and more take the stage at various theaters in NJ.

Be sure to check out our Fall Fun Guide for more excitement, and find a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond in our Event Calendar

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