Weekend Fun: Festivals, Colonial Celebration, Grandparents Day

Festival season is in full swing with the Brookhaven Country Fair, the Dockside Family Festival and Hallockville's Fall Festival running all weekend long. Also, relive history at Raynham Hall Museum's Colonial Day. Boogie on down to Benner's Farm for its annual Fiddle and Folk Festival, or bring your kids' favorite grownups to the South Fork Natural History Museum for a free Grandparents Day celebration.

In the meantime, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. And our September GoList offers up fun, family events for the entire month.

Don't forget to check out our local DEALS page, where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for LI kids. Check back often as we're constantly adding more.

Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Grange Fair, Fairies, Play2Learn

This weekend is a great time to be a kid in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

All ages will love the return of the Holy Trinity Greek Festival, replete with carnival fun and Greek culture, as well as the Yorktown Grange Fair, whose carnival is enhanced by family performances and fun contests.

There’s an unusual abundance of programs that celebrate fairies and the like, including Legends & Lore of the Little People, while the Play2Learn Festival celebrates the importance of childhood play. Looking to spark an interest in art? Sample a variety of art forms at Open House and Free Arts Day to see what clicks with your little da Vinci.

More of our top picks are below, and many more events are on our Event Calendar. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters!

The Griffith Park Ghost Train Is Back for Halloween 2017!

It's ba-ack!

If your family is a die-hard Halloween-loving crew, you probably never miss the fabulous, kitsch-as-a-witch Griffith Park Ghost Train—except last year when you sorely missed it. We certainly pined for it last October, when the all-volunteer crew of train enthusiasts at Los Angeles Live Steamers took a year off from their annual, spooktastic labor of love. But whether you love the ride or had never heard of it, we can all share in the wonderful news that the Ghost Train rides again in 2017!

Weekend Fun: Fall Festivals, Bats, and a Celebration of Apples

With Labor Day weekend behind us, the fall season is officially here. School is back in session, making weekend fun with the kids even more precious. Celebrate at harvest and autumn festivals in Hebron and Ledyard. Enjoy everything apple at the St. Peter's Apple Festival. If you are looking to stay indoors, the Wadsworth Atheneum's free admission Saturday is this weekend, as is UConn's annual community puppet-making workshop. As always, we recommend calling ahead in the event of rain to make sure outdoor events are still on.

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Family Restaurants Near Barclays Center for Post-Show Kid Eats

When you’re heading to an event at the Barclays Center with the kids, you have one of two options: Get in quickly and fill them up with sometimes-pricey, always dependable vendor food, or... plan ahead and leave time to hit one of the kid-friendly restaurants in the neighborhood after the show, concert, or game. Opened in 2012, it's home to the Brooklyn Nets, New York Islanders, and often hosts the circus, headliners like Katy Perry, and Disney on Ice.

Fort Greene has recently turned into a foodie destination, bringing in all sorts of specialty food shops (Doughnut Plant, anyone?), food halls, and myriad culinary hot spots, from southern barbecue to custom ramen. So take advantage of the trip and the area: Grab your kids and grab a table at our favorite places around the arena.

Raising Well-Rounded Kids: 10 Philly Classes Outside the Box

There's no doubt about, the Delaware Valley offers no shortage of great classes for Philly area kids. Whether you're looking for swimming, dance, acting, or something crafty, you can find just about anything around here. That's why we've decided to round up some of the more unique classes for kids around Philadelphia. Now is the perfect time to expose your kids to as much as possible so they can discover their own passions.

Go-Kart and Slot Car Racing Destinations for LI Kids

Want to go for a spin? Then check out one of Long Island’s go-kart or slot car tracks.   

Parents of kids who love being in the driver’s seat will love what these high-speed destinations offer. Inexpensive and thrilling, they’re ideal for kids who refuse to take a back seat to anyone. Gentlemen (and ladies), start your engines. 

For more indoor fun, see our guide to play spaces and fun zones. If your kids prefer to pedal, our guide to Long Island biking trails offers great rides in Nassau, Suffolk, and the East End.

5 Kid-Friendly Urban Farms Right Here in New York City

Times—and the food industry—have changed from when I was a kid. In the 1980s, everything we ate came from the freezer section, cans, and boxes. Microwaves were hot kitchen appliances. I didn't even know what an unpicked strawberry looked like or what type of plant blueberries grew on. Trees, maybe? Now, knowing where your food comes from, understanding sustainability, and eating local are all hot topics that parents are passionate about. New York City offers plenty of farmers' markets, gardens, and parks to get close to nature. But did you know there are plenty of farms, too?

We've compiled a list of open-to-the-public farms within NYC that all deserve a visit. Each one has a special and interesting hook. Make sure to check seasonal hours/days-of-operation before you travel. 

Several of the farms profiled below, while others are squeezed right into a standard city block. If you really want that full country vibe, you can always head out to the nearby farms of Long Island, New Jersey, and Westchester for pick-your-own apples, tractor rides, and petting zoos.

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