CORNucopia at Philipsburg Manor: A-Maize-ing Family Fun

Labor Day weekend ushers in the return of one of our favorite fall festivals, CORNucopia. The annual festival at Philipsburg Manor in the picturesque Sleepy Hollow is filled with all manner of old-fashioned corn(y) fun set in the 18th century. Not sure about the fun factor at an event devoted to corn? You’ll be a-maize-d! My family and I attended last year and can't wait to return. Expect corny—and quality—fun, from music to corn-shucking contests.

Day Trip to Van Saun Park: 10 Things to Do with Kids

Looking for an outdoor play adventure beyond the local playground? Make Bergen County’s Van Saun Park your family’s day trip destination. My own family makes this hour-away journey a few time a year, and it never disappoints. With its massive playground, splash pad, carousel and train rides, plus a zoo, a trip to Van Saun almost feels like a theme park visit (minus the admission fee). The playground and zoo are open year-round, while some of the activities, such as the rides, are seasonal (April through October). A little tip-- there’s plenty of parking, but weekends get pretty crowded; you may want to arrive early. Please note that admission to Van Saun Park is free, including the playground and splash pad, but some features do require an additional fee, as noted. Here are 10 awesome things to do on your next Van Saun Park adventure:

26 Ways To Keep Enjoying Summer after School Begins

Whether you're relieved by the quiet or disturbed by the abrupt ending, most LA families are using those three little words (back to school) a whole lot earlier these days. Of course, dropping our kids off at school doesn't change the weather; there might be no child left behind at the beach, but it's still summer until close to Halloween. So if your family is not yet ready for summer to end, pick a few items off our Endless Summer List and go have some fun while the sun still shines!

10 Underrated NYC Parks You Don't Want to Miss

Central Park, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park—even if you only just arrived in NYC, we probably don't need to tell you that these are all must-see green spaces. Yet, according to the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, 14 percent of the city is parkland—that's more than 30,000 acres!

So if you're looking for a new-to-you outdoor destination to explore, we've got 10 off-the-beaten-path parks worth putting on your NYC family bucket list. Some are massive and boast a wide array of attractions for all seasons; others are small but picturesque and host popular annual events for families. Don't worry if you can't make it to all of these before school starts—we have at least a few more months of fair weather ahead!

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Fiesta La Ballona, LA Birthday, Cardboard Regatta, August 27 -28

We are now in the thick of back to school. (If you're not back to school yet, what are you, living on the East Coast? Or just in the South Bay?) Instead of summer weekends filled with free concerts and movies, it's time to shift gears to weekends filled with free concerts and movies. Hoping for free festivals at the beach? Ha! Afraid you'll have to settle for a free festival at the beach this weekend. And remember all that free theater this summer was known for? Guess what you get this weekend: free theater (and consider yourself lucky for that!).

It's not all bad: apparently when the sun goes down, the stars come out. And unlike jam-packed summer weekends when we can only fit a fraction of the events in our newsletter, this weekend, you'll find a fraction of the events in our newsletter. (The rest our on our handy dandy calendar, of course.)

Enjoy this quiet weekend with lots to do; we'll be hitting the non-stop candy-corn-to-candy-cane holiday run soon enough. (Sorry, not sorry!)

Keep reading for our picks for this never a dull moment weekend...

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Trains, Festivals, Nature August 27-28

For many, it's the last weekend of summer. Say goodbye to carefree days and hello to homework and hectic schedules. Wait a minute, not so fast! There is an entire weekend ahead for Philly families with plenty of fun in our Events Calendar.

For the train lover in the family, there are many options. Visit Morris Arboretum as they welcome the circus to the Garden Railway. Experience a Day Out with Thomas at Strasburg Railroad. Or, climb aboard to find a seat on the West Chester Railroad for a relaxing Summertime Picnic Train Ride. Those who appreciate good eats are in for a treat. Fairmount's Philadelphia Jerk Festival, Linvilla Orchard's Tomato Festival and the Ukrainian American Sports Center's Ukrainian Folk Festival all happen this weekend. Finish off the weekend by exploring Upper Schuylkill Valley Park for its Butterfly Celebration and ChesLen Preserve for its Tinkergarten Nature Play event.

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Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Pirate Fest, LI Live Steamers August 27-28

Have a swashbuckling good time at The Whaling Museum's Pirate Fest. Or learn about Birds of Prey at Sagamore Hill - and enjoy free admission this weekend. Savor the great outdoors with a Family Hike at Caumsett Park in Lloyd Harbor or hop aboard the Long Island Live Steamers for a train ride around the woods in Brookhaven. There's plenty more to explore on Long Island this summer.

Get active this weekend with the great events below. Don't see your event listed here? Add it to our events calendar. And if you didn't receive this post in your inbox, sounds like you need to subscribe to our newsletter

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