Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Day of the Dead, Zoo Boo, October 29-30

There is no excuse to be bored during this fall weekend. Our events calendar is filled to the brim with family fun to please those who like nature, animals, adventure, and culture.

Take a hayride at Milky Way Farms in Chester Springs, Hagley Museum in Wilmington, or Freddy Hill Farms in Lansdale. Visit the animals at The Elmwood Park Zoo or The Philadelphia Zoo since both feature their Boo at the Zoo events this weekend. Put on your Halloween costume and march in the Halloween Parade Extravaganza at The Ambler Theatre or collect treats at Mayfair Memorial Park's Halloween Birthday Trunk or Treat. Participate in Day of the Dead celebrations at the Mütter Museum or Penn Museum. For more Halloween fun this weekend, check out our guide.

If you haven't yet, enter our giveaway for a chance to win a $100 Target gift card! Stay up-to-date with the latest fun by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Have a spectacular weekend!

Halloween Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Tricks, Treats, and Trolleys, October 29-31

All of us here at Mommy Poppins CT wish you and your family a very happy and safe Halloween! Since Halloween falls on a Monday this year, which may be particularly challenging for younger kids, there is all kinds of daytime fun over the weekend particularly geared for younger kids, including a Hobgoblin Fair, a Halloween Festival, and a Haunted House (among many others!). For those who may be looking to focus on something besides Halloween, check out the Wild About Animals Festival at the Imagine Nation Museum and Kids Day at the picturesque Audubon facility in Sharon.

If you're beginning to look forward to the holidays that come after Halloween, Mommy Poppins is sponsoring a fantastic giveaway for a $100 Gift Card with Target, who have been expanding their Our Generation line of dolls. For more information and contest rules, click here

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Halloween Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Parades, Festivals and More!

Eek! It’s the final weekend before Halloween! Westchester and the Hudson Valley crank up the fun, and below we’ve highlighted some of our faves.

In addition to all the large-scale events found in our Halloween guide, like Horseman’s Hollow and Jay Ghoul's House of Curiosities, a don’t-miss event is the annual Nyack Halloween Parade, whether you march in it or spectate. This is the second largest in New York State (second only to the Greenwich Village event). Preschoolers will enjoy the abundant offerings at Harvest Moon Festival, and Howlin' Halloween offers evening spookiness in an outdoor nature setting. Also for Halloween, we’ve rounded up fun ragamuffin parades, our favorite programs at Westchester nature centers and freebies at Westchester libraries.

Meanwhile, unrelated to Halloween, Bear Mountain Oktoberfest wraps up this weekend--last call for your fix of bratwurst and apple streudel! Other outing options include Survive, which dares tweens to overcome various challenges in nature—gasp!—without their electronic devices.

We can’t fit all the fun in our top picks, so be sure to visit our Event Calendar for all the Halloween happenings and much more!

Halloween Weekend for NYC Kids: Parades and Trick-or-Treat Fun

Although Halloween officially takes place on Monday, NYC's weekend is loaded with spooktacular fun for the kids. Many of our favorite Halloween celebrations are taking place this weekend, including costume parades, Halloween at the Seaport, a Haunted Halloween Carnival in Park Slope, the return of LC Trick-or-Treat, and more. We also have details on day-of Halloween events, including two Brooklyn favorites: BAM's block party and Halloween 313 in Fort Greene. Don't forget: you can donate all your leftover candy (and whatever you can pry away from your kids) to military members and veterans, needy kids, and more feel-good causes.

Other weekend fun includes two seasonal openings: the Winter Village at Bryant Park and the LeFrak Center's ice skating rinks, plus a three-day celebration honoring Day of the Dead at St. Mark's Church. Looking ahead to that next big holiday? Book your Thanksgiving dinner at these NYC restaurants, or sign up to volunteer as a family with these local charities. Get a jump start on holiday shopping (or just stock up on diapers and paper towels like we do!) by entering our $100 Target gift card giveaway.

Need a break from planning your kid's costume, and well, everything else? Consider these nearby getaways for burned out NYC parents.

We had a tough time narrowing down our top picks for this weekend, so be sure to check out our Event Calendar and Halloween Guide for even more ideas.

Keep an eye out for our November GoList coming soon, too!

Leftover Halloween Candy? Ways To Use It (Or Lose It) in New Jersey

Twix, Milky Ways, Sour Patch Kids, Skittles! It seems like kids collect enough Halloween candy to last a lifetime. Instead of saving your surplus supply of Kit Kats or having your children consume it all in one night (or worse, you consume it all in one night), take a look at our alternate ideas for using up your little ones' leftover candy haul – whether you donate it, bake with it, make money from it (!), or make others smile with it. Hope you have a great Halloween, New Jersey!

Kids and the Election: Teaching Your Children About Voting

With just a few weeks until the election and politics all over the news, voter fatigue may have started to set in. It’s at this point many of us are thinking, “I can’t wait until this election is over.” I’m definitely there. But it’s important to remember what’s at the core of all this political ping pong (or maybe dodge ball): our vote. Whether you look at selecting our country’s leaders as a right, privilege, duty, or obligation, it is an opportunity to have our voices heard. It is also a teachable moment for our kids. For tips and resources for teaching your kids (even the youngest of the crew) about citizenship and the importance of being informed and involved, read on. We have a rundown of ideas, interactive websites, books, and crafts for you to share with toddlers to teens.

10 Free and Festive Halloween Celebrations for LA Kids

If you've already spent on the Halloween costume (and perhaps a second one if you bought too early), and the pumpkin (and perhaps a second one if you bought too early), and the Halloween candy (and perhaps an extra aerobics class, if you bought too early), then you might have reached your limit with spending money on this mother-of-all kids' holidays. That's when it's time to start sniffing out all of the great free Halloween activities that keep the mood going at this haunting time of year. Never fear - there's a frightful number of free events for your little goblins. Here are 10 of our favorites - the scream of the crop!

Art Classes for Philly Kids and Homeschoolers

Art is a wonderful form of self-expression. Art classes are a great way to help kids hone their creativity, to discover new talents, or even just de-stress. There are so many great places in and around Philly for art, and many of them offer classes for young artists. Some even offer homeschool classes for kids who learn at home and are looking to socialize with their peers. We've rounded up some great nearby art classes-- perfect for after school activity or to fulfill homeschool curriculums.


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