Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Festivals, Gardening, and Scavengers Hunts September 19-20

The honey crisp apples arrived at our farmers' market last week, and suddenly we need jackets at the bus stop in the morning. Even while we enjoy the bright, warm days, we're in an autumnal state of mind at my house. We can't wait to go apple picking and we look forward to pumpkin-themed events such as this weekend's 50th Annual Pumpkin Festival in Seymour. 

These fall weekends are particularly action packed, and many pumpkin patches and haunted houses are still finalizing their schedules. Make sure that you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so that you won't miss any of the Halloween fun! 

As always, our event calendar is updated with the latest activities, and our top suggestions for fun this weekend are broken out below. Enjoy!

LA County Fair: Fun Beyond the Roller Coasters, Even on a Hot Day

Somehow, during all my years in LA County, I had never ventured out to Pomona for the Los Angeles County Fair until this past weekend. The fair always seemed so big that I didn't know where to begin, and generally so hot that I hesitated to try. Thrill ride fans probably already know the vast opportunities the fair offers for hurtling bodies through space in a variety of carnivalesque ways; but truth be told my own thrill ride needs can be satisfied in an hour or two at the Santa Monica Pier. I brought my family to the fair in search of a different experience, something more akin to a spider spinning "Some Pig" above a farmer's prize livestock. And while I didn't find Charlotte, I did find several unexpected ways to enjoy a September day–many of which turned out to be shady, breezy, or even air conditioned. And let's be honest, that pretty much always matters during LA County Fair season.

Our day at the fair was a triple-digit scorcher–the kind that makes my family question my sanity when I head the car east. Here are five unexpectedly fun ways we found to escape the heat while enjoying the LA Fair.

Weekend Fun: Queens County Fair, Brooklyn Book Fest, Adorable Adoptapalooza, September 19-20

There are so many incredible things going on this weekend, you're going to wish you could clone yourself. Enjoy carnival rides and farm animals at the Queens County Fair, celebrate quality kid lit at the Brooklyn Book Festival's first-ever Children's Day or check out the grand opening of the new Staten Island Museum.

And that's just a taste of what's going on—kites, cannoli and an aquatic parade are also on the menu. Read on for all of our best bets for the weekend. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Fall Fun Guide.

Get Hands-On with Nature and Science at Brooklyn Environmental Center

Ever wonder what type of fish swim in the East River, or which species of trees dot the perimeter of the adjacent Brooklyn Bridge Park? The recently opened Environmental Education Center, which sits under the Manhattan Bridge along the Dumbo waterfront, will answer these questions and more for NYC kids and adults who can explore hands-on exhibits during FREE drop-in hours or sign up for a paid STEM-inspired class to learn all about the ecology and history of the surrounding waterfront habitat. And yep, this family spot is hosting both weekend and weekday drop-in hours!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Families: Fall Festivals, Circus Latino, Chinese Acrobats, Sep. 19-20

As the temperatures start to drop and families settle in to the new school year, fun events for families shift from hot dogs and ice cream to apples and pumpkins. So what’s in store for this weekend?

Festivals! You can have your fill of some half dozen of them in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, including the SOWE Music Festival, Armonk Cider & Donut Festival and the Hudson Valley Apple Festival. But equally noteworthy are the cultural performances with an international flair—namely Circus Latino and Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats.

Ready for more? Read on—then continue to our Events Calendar for even more great options. Craving even more fall festivals? We’ve rounded up our top finds for Westchester and the Hudson Valley so you can see them in one place.

Super Skate Parks for Long Island Kids

If your adventuresome little skater dude or gal likes to carve and ollie, turning your furniture and various household items into their skating playground, then this post is for you! Instead, take them to one of these skate parks across Long Island where roller skaters, bladers, skateboards, trick bikers and more can show off their stunts--fully padded and protected of course!

And for more fun in the area, be sure to check out our Long Island Events Calendar.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Children's Book Festival, Autumn Campfire, Sept 19-20

This weekend is the perfect opportunity to bridge the gap between summer and fall. Take advantage of the warm days and slightly cooler evenings with some early autumn outdoor fun: check out the Classic Car & Truck Show at the Tuckerton Seaport, lace up up your boots for a Night Campfire & Hike at Tenafly Nature Center or pick some juicy ripe apples and take a hay ride during Alstede Farms Fall Family Days. For more late September activities to keep the gang busy, head to an early Oktoberfest at Crystal Springs Resort or the much-loved Princeton Children’s Book Festival hosted by the Princeton Library. Whatever you decide to do this weekend, we hope you enjoy it with family and friends. For even more activity options, check out our Event Calendar .

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