September GoList: Top Things to Do with Kids in Boston

September is so bittersweet. All the excitement the new school year brings is tinged with feelings of nostalgia for the carefree days of summer. However, we still have the weekends and glorious days that are perfect for spending outdoors at a festival, getting out on the water, watching giant kinetic sculptures in action, and "honking" in farewell to summer. 

Add these top picks for September to your calendar now, because won't want to miss any of this month's spectacular lineup of events for Boston families.  

Best Things To Do with NYC Kids: September GoList

Get your calendars ready! Here are the top 17 things to do with kids in New York City this September, at least a dozen of which are FREE.

Just because the kids are heading back to school doesn't mean the fun has to stop. In fact, September is one of the best months for FREE outdoor fun. There are a slew of alfresco festivals for families, including Brooklyn's biggest street fair, Atlantic Antic; the perfect-for-preschoolers West Side County Fair; the pageantry-filled Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park; the loopy NYC Unicycle Festival on Governors Island; and there's NYC farm fun at Historic Richmond Town's old-fashioned County Fair, as well as the Queens County Fair. This year there are two new festivals that look particularly cool, the agri-fun farm fest at the South Street Seaport and the three-day Astor Alive Festival that wraps up with a colorful parade designed by the creative folks behind the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.  

Other September highlights include the new Revolutionary War exhibit at the New-York Historical Society, immersive theater for kids at the New Victory Theater, and a FREE concert by Dan Zanes.    

Plus, tickets are on sale for next month's super popular Maker Faire and the Hudson Valley's best Halloween activity, the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze. (If you want to see Blaze, it is best to get your tickets now.)

Labor Day Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Penguins, Italian Festival, Nature Walk

The unofficial last weekend of summer is here New Jersey, and it’s time to enjoy one final carefree family outing before diving into school, schedules and busy September. If you've decided to stick around town, there's some great events to keep the whole gang happy! Get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine during the St. Bart's Italian Festival in Scotch Plains, the Hands-On History Weekend at Historic Cold Spring Village or the Movies in the Garden along the Camden Waterfront. You can also learn about endangered penguins during Penguin Awareness Weekend at Adventure Aquarium and sample some delicious ethnic eats at the Scandinavian Festival in Budd Lake. 

For more options, take a look at our full Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

Beginner's Guide to Homeschooling: Finding a Homeschool Group

If you're thinking about homeschooling, your first concern is probably how your kid will ever see other kids. It's normal to worry about feeling isolated and not knowing what to do or where to go, but don't. Your kid will be socialized, I promise. I was homeschooled from 5th grade all the way through high school, and I struggle more with maintaining adult relationships now than I ever did with friendships then, and trust me, it has nothing to do with the fact that I was homeschooled. Homeschooling has changed so much in the 10 years since I was homeschooled. While the resources are still a bit lacking, there are definitely more families homeschooling now for more of a variety of reasons. Whatever your reason may be, whether your jumping in for preschool or high school, starting out can be daunting and hard. The first thing you'll want to do is find a good group, which may offer classes, get togethers, and field trips.

Mommy Poppins hopes to become a great resource for homeschool families, so stay tuned for our series of articles on different homeschooling topics.

September GoList: The Best Things to Do With Kids in Westchester

September is here, summer is winding down and a new school year is upon us. Not to worry, the fun doesn't end with the final days of summer. In fact, there are so many fantastic events for families in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, it was hard to narrow down our favorites!

Prolong outdoor time with any of the many festivals, including the Cider & Donut FestivalCORNucopia and the annual Fall Harvest Festival. The diverse cultural offerings this month are numerous, including a family performance of Sesame Street Live Elmo Makes Music. For a sportier special event, catch the prestigious American Gold Cup.

Beyond these, there are many reasons to keep tabs on our Event Calendar this month, where you’ll find activities that celebrate Labor Day, the return to school, Grandparents Day and the start of autumn, among other occasions. Stay in the know with our FREE newsletters and check back frequently for updates.

Grab your calendar, get ready for a great time and read on for our favorite things to do with kids in Westchester and the Hudson Valley this month!

September GoList: Best Things To Do with LA and OC Kids This Month

September is bitter-sweet. The relief of having back all those hours in the day is tinged with the loss of long, balmy summer evenings without homework or lunches to prepare. And who among us is ready to hear the word "Halloween"? No, better to look to the September weekends as an opportunity to pretend that summer is still with us. Luckily the weather and the SoCal fun generally cooperate! Read on for the best of September in LA, Ventura, and OC. We'll keep adding to our calendar daily and sending our weekly newsletter in time for each weekend, but here's your chance to plan ahead for these September favorites.

Click through to the full listings, and you can automatically add them to your personal calendar.

Drama Classes for Kids in Fairfield County, CT

Multiple Choice.  Your child: A) confuses all sources of light with limelight, B) is woefully shy, but shocked everyone (not least of all, you) with his breakout performance at last year's Christmas pageant, or C) doesn't enjoy physical/mental activity of the sporting sort.  If you chose A, B or C, drama lessons might be the plot twist your child's after-school routine needs!  Actually, an expert in Parents magazine this month explains any kid can benefit from a little drama, saying "one landmark study found children involved in the arts for nine hours a week are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement."  That's the sort of return on results you want before investing in another extracurricular activity. We've researched the group classes, but many of the studios in Fairfield County also offer private lessons for those super-dedicated to their craft! Check out our Classes and Activities Guide for even more after school fun!

100 Things to Do in New York State with Kids Before They Grow Up

We might be biased, but we think New York state has it all for families. From the gorgeous Hamptons beaches to the rugged state forests, serene lakes, and deafening Niagara Falls to the culture and arts found in New York City on up through the river towns and beyond—we feel pretty lucky.

Plus, we’re pretty good at making delicious food items from ramen burgers and bagels to ice cream, and even wine at family-friendly vineyards on Long Island and through the Finger Lakes. There are children’s museums galore. Kids have no shortage of water and theme parks, cool playgrounds, zoos, outdoor art, and nature, of course.

And yet, the thing about childhood is that it’s finite. The kids grow up, maybe move away. Sniff, sniff. We want to soak up every moment. So we put together this list of 100 of our favorite things to do around New York, from upstate and the Adirondacks to Long Island and NYC. We collected suggestions from the many Mommy Poppins contributors, past and former, to fuse it all together just for you (OK, for us, too). Whether you're planning a long-weekend getaway or a family day trip, you're sure to find some ideas here. Enjoy!

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