Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Muscoot Pumpkins, Fall Fest, Ghost Stories

We’re heading into an abbreviated school week, with Monday being Columbus Day, which for many Westchester families means extra opportunity for free time!

While it’s a tough call to choose one top pick for Monday (in fact, we compiled a list dedicated to what to do on Columbus Day), we're liking the sound of Pumpkin Picking Weekend, with pumpkin-carving demos, animal encounters and other festive fall fun. We know it’s a school night, but here’s a rare opportunity to see the The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze before Halloween. Looking for high-end entertainment? Introduce your kids to  jazz music as the Brandford Marsalis Quartet comes to Westchester.

Read on for our top weekday picks, and be sure to also check our Event Calendar and our October GoList for more family fun throughout the month! If you haven't already, sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know!

25+ Free Events for New Jersey Kids in October

The best things in life really are free, especially when it comes to family activities. In this new monthly feature, Mommy Poppins NJ presents the best FREE events happening in the upcoming weeks. This month, you can look forward to plenty of free storytimes and festivals, and, of course, a ton of Halloween fun. And speaking of that haunting holiday, check out our list of 30 Free Halloween Events and Parades for NJ Kids for even more ways to celebrate without cracking open your wallet.

Read on for this month's picks, and don't forget to check out our Event Calendar and October GoList for more free and low-cost fall fun.

Free Indoor Play Spaces for Long Island Kids

When the weather is gray and chilly, it's easier to stay inside and hide. But for children that can be among the most boring things to do.

All across Long Island, there are play spaces and indoor playgrounds to keep your kids happily occupied. But how about some low-key kids spots hiding in plain sight? And better yet, how about FREE destinations? From malls to bookstores and libraries, there is plenty of FREE fun to be had for Long Island kids.

Enjoy these unique play destinations, but remember at most venues a parent/adult must be present to supervise children.

For more indoor fun, don't forget our guide to rainy day activities on Long Island.

Get Ready for a Brand-New Chelsea Waterside Playground

Organizers broke ground last week on a big overhaul to one of the west side's favorite playgrounds, the Chelsea Waterside Play Area. The park, nestled between the West Side Highway and 11th Avenue on 23rd Street, is beloved for its expansive and colorful water park features in the summer, and multiple sections of year-round jungle gym equipment, swings, and sandbox.

We reviewed it not long after it opened 17 years ago, but since then it's seen "enthusiastic wear and tear," and some sections had even been closed for repair, according to the local organizations that manage the park, the Hudson River Trust and Friends of Hudson River Park. After raising $3.4 million dollars for a "complete renovation and expansion," the groups, in partnership with NYC city officials, broke ground for the revamp on Wednesday, October 3. Scroll down to read all about the impressive new features.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Fall Fun, Festivals, Museums, October 9-13

October is jam-packed with apples and pumpkins to pick, games to play at fall festivals, and exhibits to view at local museums. As always, Philly families can rely upon Mommy Poppins Philadelphia to round up some great options for the week ahead.

Take a hayride to pick apples at Johnson's Corner Farm or play among the pumpkins at Longwood Gardens. Babies can see works of art from the comfort of their stroller at the Philadelphia Museum of Art while toddlers and preschoolers can bop along in a music session or participate in apple activities at Bucks County Children's Museum. Older kids may appreciate a visit to the haunted USS Olympia. The entire family can celebrate the Jewish holiday, Sukkot, with crafts and stories at Please Touch Museum's Family Festival.

For additional fun, consider booking a train ride to see fall foliage or making reservations for a fall family weekend getaway. However you choose to spend the week, make it a great one.

Scenic Sunday Drives for Leaf Peeping this Fall in Connecticut

Finally. It’s what we’ve all been waiting for. We have on our booties and flannel. We have been sipping our PSLs for days (weeks.) We are ready. And now, the season’s main event has finally begun and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s leaf peeping season and us New Englanders, well, we live for this kind of stuff. It’s just part of our DNA. (That and Pumpkin Spice) We’ve rounded up some of our favorite routes throughout the state with optimal leaf peeping views for your enjoyment. And, be sure to check out our CT Halloween & Fall Fun Guide for Kids.

Best Places for Trick or Treating in Houston

Halloween is only a couple weeks away, which means it's time to start finalizing costumes (just realized you're in a pinch? We've got you covered with easy, last-minute costume ideas!) and determining where you're taking the kiddos trick or treating, especially if you're looking to branch out past your own neighborhood this year. Not sure where to start looking? Check out these Houston neighborhoods and hotspots for fun, safe, and friendly trick or treating this Halloween.

Foliage on Foot: 10 Great Fall Hikes for Westchester Kids

Despite this somewhat-wonky weather, it is officially fall and the leaves have begun to change. While fall foliage drives can be fun, bringing the kids on an outdoor hike has the added bonus of letting them burn off some energy.

We polled our writers and readers and have gathered up a list of some of our favorite places in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley to bring kids to hike for beautiful autumn views. (Does the word “hike” make you instinctually grimace? No worries—we’ve included some easy options for those who are used to seeing the leaves from behind a windshield.)

Be sure to consult our Fall Fun Guide for more seasonal activities, and follow us on Facebook

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