Weekday Fun: Animal Mummies, Garden Bats, and Shibori

New York City kids love the cool night skies of early fall, and two events this week take their faces skyward, one to study bats in the East Village and another to seek out stars from The High Line. Also, there's a block party in DUMBO featuring elephants parachuting from the sky.

For more terrestrial fun, you've got animal mummies in Brooklyn, the ancient art of Shibori in Tribeca, and storytelling on Staten Island. Also, see our guide to the best storytimes for babies in Brooklyn. 

Our September GoList is almost on its last lap; stay tuned for October while using our Fall Fun Guide and our Event Calendar for all of your autumn planning needs. 

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Nature, Art, Free Fun September 25-29

As the leaves begin to turn into hues of red, gold, and orange and cooler air blows into the Delaware Valley, Philly families can fill these autumn days with lots of fun found in our event calendar.

Outdoorsy types can spend time in nature with a day trip to Pumpkinland or an evening visit to the Witches' House by hayride both at Linvilla Orchards. Wander about the grounds of Longwood Gardens and view the Summer of Spectacle as it concludes this week. Head to The Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County where kids can participate in a variety of outdoor activities or stop by Tyler Arboretum for a cooking workshop featuring apples. Those looking for a creative outlet can make arts and crafts at Monkey Fish Toys' free drop-in sessions in Exton or West Chester as well as Chester County Art Association's free Mommy and Me classes or classes for children 4 and older held at Exton Square Mall. Love computers? School-aged children up through teens can visit South Philadelphia Library to participate in its Gaming! event while girls ages 12-14 can design mobile apps at AWeber Communications.

Fill your family calendar with fall fun such as apple and pumpkin picking, corn maze fun, and autumn train rides. For now, continue reading for our top picks for the week.

Slingshot a Pumpkin, Dive into a Corn Pit, and Get Lost in a Corn Maze at Benedict's Home and Garden

Ever use a four-foot slingshot to launch a pumpkin at a target? No? How about dive head first into a pit of corn? Well, let us point you in the direction of Benedict’s Home and Garden in Monroe. And, while we're talking Fairfield County pumpkins and corn pits, check out our fall fun guide and subscribe our newsletter so you won't miss corn maze, apple orchard, or harvest festival this season. 

Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free In Houston - 2017

Eating out with your children can be tricky. Whether they nitpick their food or they are picky eaters in general, it can be a crapshoot whether they eat at all. However, there are some Houston restaurants that at least make things easier for your wallet. Here's a roundup of what restaurants offer free kids' meals with the purchase of an adult entree sorted by the days of the week the deals are offered. Happy eating!

Pumpkin Patches Near NYC Where Kids Can Pick Their Own

We can't deny it any longer: The Halloween season is upon us! And what's All Hallows' Eve without the perfect pumpkin? Sure you can grab one from the local farmers' market, grocery store, or one of the few pumpkin patches right here in New York City in a pinch. But for a more immersive experience, head to the country to pick your own this fall. Many of these farms and orchards offer additional activities for kids, including hayrides, bouncy houses, corn mazes, and apple picking, so you can expand your hunt into a family day trip.

Like our recent profile of nearby pick-your-own-apple orchards, these 12 pumpkin patches are all about an hour from Midtown Manhattan by car. We even found a few reachable via public transportation.

Halloween Events in Salem, MA: Spooky, Not-Too-Scary Fun for Little Ones

If your kids are like mine, they started getting excited for Halloween about the time the 4th of July fireworks ended. From the costumes to carving pumpkins, it’s a whimsical time full of imagination, and revolves around children like no other holiday. And we’re lucky to live very close to what may be the Halloween capital of the country: Salem

But despite what you might have heard about "Witch City," it’s not all scary stuff. Many of the events happening in Salem over the next month are tailor-made for families, replacing most of the tricks with treats. This year, the town has introduced a new Wednesday program just for kids, and have made some old favorites more fun than frightening. If you've never done fall in Salem, it's time!

Halloween and Fall Foliage Train Rides for New Jersey Kids

Halloween and hayrides go hand in hand, but if you really want to up your game this year, take a trip on a Halloween train! If you have a junior conductor in your family, don't miss out on one of these four seasonal NJ railway adventures. From spooky to scenic, these rides offer a unique bit of fall fun for the whole family: passengers can take a seat in a vintage caboose, travel through gorgeous fall foliage, visit a pumpkin patch, and even trick-or-treat onboard. After the ride, round out the day with autumn activities like corn mazes, crafts, and a costume party.

Check out our NJ Fall Fun Guide for even more seasonal family fun around the state.

25 Things We Are Excited To Do with Philly Kids This Fall

Summer is over, there’s a chill in the air, and the kids have settled into the school year. Before we know it, we’ll be talking holiday shopping and snow days! Until then, there’s plenty of time to take the children to some of the coolest playgrounds, check out the latest museum exhibits, and enjoy everything Philly has to offer.

We've rounded up the top 25 things we're most excited to do with the family this fall. With so many fun activities to squeeze in before the holidays, the days of crisp, autumn air will fly by in a flash!

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