15 Halloween Events in Salem With More Treats Than Tricks

One of the most fun holidays to celebrate with kids is Halloween. From the costumes to carving pumpkins, it’s a whimsical time full of imagination. And we’re lucky to live very close to one of the spookiest spots in New England: Salem

But it’s not all scary stuff. Many of the events happening in the Witch City throughout October are tailor made for families, replacing most of the tricks with treats. We’ve highlighted some of the best kid-friendly happenings, so you can have the most fun Halloween yet!

Best Family Shows at the New Victory Theater This Season 2016

For more than two decades, the award-winning New Victory Theater in the heart of Times Square has been a local family favorite to catch entertaining and affordable productions for all ages. But it's much more than just a place to go see a show. Through a range of educational offerings like hands-on workshops, interactive pre- and post-show activities, and performances to accommodate audiences with special needs, the organization is raising the next generation of theatergoers.

Mommy Poppins is proud to partner with the New Vic for the fourth year in a row. Throughout the season, we'll be giving you access to its incredible lineup of shows and special exclusive events for Mommy Poppins readers. We kick off our partnership with a preview of the New Victory's 2016-2017 season, including show recommendations for every age and stage, tips on how to save on tickets, and video clips from the upcoming productions.

5 Revolutionary War Sites in New Jersey to Visit with Kids

In certain parts of New Jersey, it seems like you can’t walk more than a few feet without stumbling upon a spot where George Washington and the Continental Army made history during the Revolutionary War. Indeed, New Jersey is known as “The Crossroads of the American Revolution,” and Washington spent more time in our strategically located state than anywhere else during the war. It’s pretty incredible when you think about it: the Revolutionary War happened all around us.

Whether you're looking to put a little educational spin on your next family day trip or your child is suddenly turning into a budding historian, a visit to one of these historic spots can make a great way to spend a morning or afternoon in New Jersey. You'll see old barracks and monuments, hike along nature trails, and even enjoy hands-on activities and demonstrations at places like the Princeton Battlefield State Park. 

Read on for five of the best sites in NJ for kids to soak up a little American history.

The Best Apple Cider Doughnuts in Westchester

Quick survey: What’s your favorite part about fall? If your priority list looks anything like ours, apple cider doughnuts have secured a top spot. Think of them as the reward you earn after long hours of apple picking.

We've gathered up our favorite places, many of which offer them fresh from the fryer so they're still warm when you buy them. Looking for more fall fun? Take a look at our Fall Fun Guide and follow us on Facebook

Pumpkin Picking Farms & Corn Mazes On Long Island

Plenty of pumpkins, nestled alongside mysterious corn mazes and the occasional haunted house, await Long Island residents this fall. Some pumpkins are pre-picked and neatly arranged in a pumpkin patch, while others are available for picking right off the vine. All of the farms listed here provide either carts or wheelbarrows to transport the pumpkins. Read on for our pumpkin picking tips, as well as a list of farms throughout Long Island. For more pumpkin picking destinations in the tri-state area check out Pick Your Own Guide: Where to Pick Your Own Fruits and Vegetables in New York, New Jersey, Long Island, and Connecticut.

And for more seasonal fun, check out our Long Island Halloween Guide, as well as sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Corn Mazes in PA: Take the Kids for Hayrides, Pumpkin Picking and Fall Harvest Fun Near Philly

The fall season brings so many new activities for families to enjoy. Traditional favorites such as apple picking and harvest festivals provide great fun for kids, but if yours are ready for a different adventure, add a corn maze to your weekend plans.

We have listed many farms in the area that have professionally designed mazes spanning several acres that can take up to two hours to complete. Many of the large mazes have special themed games where visitors follow clues along the way, testing their knowledge and navigational skills. Older kids will appreciate the nighttime flashlight mazes or scary Halloween themes, while the younger set will enjoy the smaller hay mazes available at most farms. Whatever your family’s adventure level is, this list is sure to have something for everyone.

Weekday Picks: Makerspaces, Movies, and the Beginning of Halloween Fun: September 26- 30, 2016

My household has been energized by the autumnal dip in temperature and humidity. Suddenly it's fun to be outside again! Unfortunately, we're also 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, at a provocative film about the educational system, 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 click over to our frequently updated Event Calendar for even more suggestions, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to be sure you're never out of the loop.

Days and Times for FREE Admission to Houston's Museums

For tourists and locals alike, Houston provides a culturally diverse selection of museums, art centers, and gardens. However, many individuals may not know that these locales are completely free or offer free admission on certain days and times. Keep this list nearby when planning your next visit. 

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