Weekday Picks: Connecticut Day, Shopkins, and Harold and the Purple Crayon, September 18-22, 2017

Happy New Year to all our readers celebrating Rosh Hashanah! May the coming year be filled with love, friendship, and joy! This week we've collected all kinds of activities including a fantastic party and book giveaway for anyone who's home from school on Thursday. If you've got the flexibility for a mid-week road trip, Connecticut Day at the Big E on Wednesday is a fabulous opportunity to show your Nutmeg Pride, and if you're staying closer to home, check out the Chickadees program in Mystic or splurge on a night out with the Shopkins Live.  

For more options, be sure to check our Event Calendar, which we update constantly with the latest and greatest local fun, and follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram so that you don't miss anything. Have a great week!

Weekday Events: Fall Fest, Music, and Movies

On Friday, the calendar turns officially from summer to fall. So this week it’s time to start enjoying the autumn adventures we love best, including apple picking and a fall festival.

Celebrate Hispanic heritage at the Long Island Children's museum or make an emoji bag at a DIY workshop this week.

School closed for Rosh Hashanah? Try a day trip to a cute Long Island town, marina, or another attraction like a petting zoo or nature center.

Remember to check out our Fall Fun Guide, as well as our fall fairs and festivals roundup to know what’s going on all over Long Island this autumn. Our September GoList is loaded with fun things to do through the end of the month, so check in if you're in need of ideas. 

And now on to the main event—our picks for the best in weekday fun.

Weekday Fun: Rosh Hashanah, Do-Si-Do, and Some Good and Evil

Days off from school? No problem! New York City Kids sans class at the end of this week can head to Prospect Park's Rosh Hashanah activities on Thursday, and they can cap off their Friday with a giant square dance in Bryant Park.

If you want to keep it simple, check out our new Best Playgrounds in Prospect Park, Ranked. If you want to keep their brains working, see our guide to seven musuems to explore the immigrant experience with kids. Or use the days off from school to take a day trip out of the city for apple picking or another fall activity.

Meanwhile, our September GoList and Fall Fun Guide are available for monthly and seasonal planning, and our Event Calendar is filled with fun for anytime now or in the future.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Nature, Constitution Day, Community Night September 18-22

Autumn officially arrives on Friday! Philly families can anticipate the smell of cool autumn air, flowering chrysanthemums, and pumpkin-flavored coffee, creamers, donuts, breads, pies, cookies- ALL THINGS PUMPKIN!

Our event calendar also offers up some activities to engage the senses. Older kids can investigate seeds and plants while toddlers can learn about busy little squirrels and preschoolers explore the life of the monarch with a visit to Tyler Arboretum. Get a jumpstart on your fall bucket list with a trip to Hellerick's Family Farm and climb in the spider net, slide down the corn chute, and see the farm animals. Or, cross off a final summer bucket list item (it's technically summer until Friday) by checking out St. Gregory's Church Carnival in Philly or St. Madeline's Church Carnival in Ridley Park. Those looking for indoor fun are in luck. This week, the National Constitution Center recognizes Constitution Day with lots of intriguing programs to learn about this important founding document. Franklin Institute provides free admission from 5 PM to 8 PM during its Community Night and Winterthur hosts its WOW! Wee Ones event so kids can experience the museum through exploration and movement.

Be sure to review our September GoList as you are filling your family calendar with fun for the month. Now, keep reading to see some of our top picks.

Bring the Kids While You Workout: Gyms With Childcare in Fairfield County

Yes! You've decided to join the gym and you're pumped about getting pumped up. First priority: make sure you join a gym that makes working out convenient. That means: in-gym childcare!

Of course, there are some days when you want to include the kids in a workout. You can always move it with your posse on a favorite local hike or bike ridean outdoor ropes course or other great active trips found in our Fairfield County Guide. I have four kids, and can't always count on getting out of bed at 5:30 a.m. or on my hubs getting home in time for my favorite yoga class. For that reason, I narrowed my gym choices to those fitness facilities that offer childcare in Fairfield County.

Places to Throw an Indoor Play Gym Birthday Party in New Haven County

Is your child’s birthday right around the corner but you’ve put off planning his or her party? Are you concerned about having way too many rambunctious little feet running through your house and the mess that might accompany it? Or maybe you just don’t have enough time to set up and decorate? Then consider having your next party at an indoor play gym. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy your child’s special day without the worry of set up, clean up, or lack of space. There are several different play gym options in New Haven County. We've also rounded up some other indoor playspaces in New Haven County here. Check out a space near you and start planning today! For more party ideas check out our Connecticut Party Guide.

10 Fall Activities to Keep Toddlers Busy Around Boston

Fall is a lovely season in Boston, but can leave toddlers (and their parents) feeling a little bereft. With beach days behind us and big kids back in school, it can be tricky to find activities that keep little ones busy (and mama sane). Luckily, our city and 'burbs are full of autumnal treats that are especially suited to new walkers and talkers. There are lots of parent-child classes, yes, but sometimes we're all just looking for a fun outing that doesn't require much advanced planning. Here are a dozen of our favorite things to fill the time between naptime.

Best Family Theater in NYC this Fall: Paw Patrol to Shakespeare

Autumn marks the start of a new theater season, but you don't need to shell out big bucks on Broadway shows to give your kids a memorable live entertainment experience in NYC. In fact, this fall boasts more high-quality productions for young audiences than in recent years—so many in fact, we have a whopping 22 picks, and that's after whittling down the contenders!

Preschoolers will go gaga for return engagements of popular stage incarnations of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Pete the Cat, and Paw Patrol. Older kids can get schooled in the classics with creative, kid-centric adaptations of Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde. There's funky fare for tweens at Lincoln Center and BAM, plus everyone in your family can cheer the highly anticipated return of the Big Apple Circus. Best of all, most of our picks are $25 or less per ticket.

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