Weekday Fun: Dinosaurs After Dark, Shopkins Live, Oktoberfest

It’s the first full week of fall, and there are lots of reasons to celebrate! Get in the pre-Halloween spirit at Field Station Dinosaurs’ Dinosaurs After Dark, or party German-style at Morey’s Piers' Oktoberfest 2017. The new season brings new museum excitement with Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails Exhibit at Liberty Science Center and The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts' After School experience. Plus, relish the fall weather (if it ever comes!) at great festivals, pumpkin farms, and corn mazes

Read on for our best children's events the week of September 25–29, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and September GoList for even more early-fall fun.

Weekday Picks: Corn Mazes, Apple Festival, and the Beginning of Halloween Fun: September 25- 29

These beautiful warm days throw a wrench into the fall wardrobe plans, but no bother, it won't last long. Now that school is back in session, we're settling into our school routines and with homework and swim practice, there are only so many hours in the day for fun. We've made a plan for the week ahead and hope to see you at some of the following activities, whether on a non-scary pumpkin adventure, finding our way through a corn maze, or checking out a life-sized beaver lodge.

If you've got apple picking on your mind, the weekdays  can be a great time to beat the crowds. Check our guide to find the perfect place for your next picking adventure (always double check the picking conditions/hours before heading out).

Be sure to find all things Halloween and Fall in our guide and click over to our frequently updated Event Calendar for even more suggestions. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to be sure you're never out of the loop.

Weekday Events: Open Play, Music, Storytime

The leaves are changing and there’s pumpkin spice everywhere. It must be fall.

This week, there are open-play spots up and down the Island. Our September GoList is the source for more Islandwide fun, including exciting shows, fall festivals, and more. Also, be sure to read up on our Fall Fun Guide, where you can treat yourself to the best apple picking in the area and much more.

A reminder: It's time for our annual Besties balloting, and we want to hear from you. Weigh in on the best of Long Island at our voting page here. Your vote makes you eligible to win one of a number of prizes. See the prizes available here, and vote before it's too late.

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

Despite the hot and humid weather, it technically is the first official full week of autumn. As the leaves begin to turn into hues of red, gold, and orange and cooler air blows in (hopefully sooner than later), Philly families can fill these fall 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.

Westchester's Top Haunted Houses and Halloween Events for Kids

Think you can handle the Creepy Morgue at Playland or survive the Haunt at Rocky Ledge? Whether you’re local or a daytripper, Westchester is a hot spot of exciting and fun (and terrifying!) Halloween happenings for children. We've collected some of the best frights, a couple ideas better suited for the younger ghouls, and a few fun parades in the Lower Hudson Valley.  

Keep in mind that the listed age minimums are suggested by the event producers. You know your kid best—what’s no big deal to one grade-schooler could cause nightmares for weeks to another.

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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!

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