Weekday Fun: Columbus Day, Minecraft, Back to the Future Anniversary, October 12-16

Maximize your three-day weekend by fitting in extra activities on Monday—we've found 17 things to do with kids on Columbus Day! It's also the perfect day to kick off your Halloween revelry by hitting a nearby pumpkin patch or corn maze, shopping for a costume or going on a fall day trip.

Of course even once school and work start up again, the fun doesn't need to stop. Our best bets for Tuesday, October 13-Friday, October 16 include a Minecraft club, a FREE storytime for tots, a teen night out at the Met and one of our top picks of the month, a multimedia anniversary screening of Back to the Future.

As always, you can find lots of other ideas in our Event Calendar and Fall Fun Guide.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Halloween Sewing, Book pARTy, Haunted Street, Oct. 12-16

Such a fun week lies ahead, with a mix of both seasonal and anytime activities to delight Westchester families! While the “big” fall events tend to be reserved for the weekend, these “just right” happenings are perfect for a weekday.

Fun Halloween options include Sewing Trick or Treat Pouches and the kick-off of Haunted Huguenot Street, while a departure from the fall theme is the chance to be very grown-up at the Exhibition Opening for “Dancers Among Us.”

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Best Corn Mazes for Kids in Westchester and Lower Hudson Valley

In our quest to find the best fall fun in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley, we’ve located the best apple picking, the best autumn festivals and even the best cider doughnuts. So what’s left? Corn mazes!

All of the mazes on this list also offer other fall activities, and with our available weekends rapidly dwindling, you can get a one-stop deal with plenty of all-day fun.

For even more ideas, be sure to check out our Event Calendar!

Valley Performing Arts Center: Theater's New Play Date Series for LA Families

As a native Angeleno, I pride myself on having been to most of our local venues at least once in my life, but recently I discovered one that is brand new to me: The Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge. VPAC, as those in the know call it, is in fact a fairly recent addition to our cultural scene, having begun its inaugural season in 2011. VPAC is a light, bright, large theater with comfortable seating and easy and affordable parking (including a free shuttle for those who need it). While Valley residents must surely appreciate this addition to their neighborhood, those of us living on the Westside, Hollywood, or beyond can also enjoy it for years to come. Though Northridge sounds far away, it really took us less than half an hour to get there from the Westside and was well worth the trip—particularly for the debut a marvelous new family series, the VPAC Play Date, featuring a range of performances geared towards children and their families.

Camp Spooky: Knott's Berry Farm's Halloween Haunt for Young Kids

If you've got older kids (or a macabre Halloween side yourself), you know what a great job our LA and OC theme parks do of haunting those who love to be scared every October. But what about the kids who just like things mildly spooky - like maybe a couple of smiling ghosts and a spider or two? Sure, Disneyland has Mickey's Halloween Party, but that still involves staying up way past bedtime. If you have little ones you want to bring to a happy Halloween haunt without staying out past dark, where the scariest mummy looks suspiciously like Peppermint Patty, then Camp Spooky is the place you oughta be.

Our Visit to the Wee Faerie Village at Florence Griswold Museum in New London County

During the next three weeks, in a kingdom of enchantment sprawled along the scenic Lieutenant River in New London County, hundreds of little princesses and princes with shimmering wings and golden crowns will race each other through this royal territory. This year’s Wee Faerie Village at Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme features 32 fairy houses inspired by beloved childhood classics. The annual event attracted some 19,000 visitors last year, and for good reason.

Cool and Free Halloween Programs for Kids in Westchester

This post is currently being updated for 2016.

If you think Halloween library programs are only about storytime and pasting paper pumpkins—think again! While Westchester libraries continue to offer the more tried-and-true events for families, there are also a bunch of stand-out events that are frightfully fun.

Below we’ve listed ten inventive Halloween library programs, which collectively represent the gamut of ages from preschool up to high school, including spooky events, like Ghost Hunting 101, workshops that help with costume preparation like Halloween Makeup Workshop, crafty events like Vampire Fang Necklaces and recreation like Creepy Carnival. Best of all—they’re all FREE!

Read on for our top picks, and then continue on to our Events Calendar for many more fun October events.

5 Family Ski Resorts in Connecticut: The Lowdown

Winters in Connecticut can be much more bearable if you stay active and enjoy the outdoors. Our Winter Fun Guide has plenty of ways to do just that! Below is a comparison of five area ski resorts that are family-friendly. Tip: If you want to avoid lines head to any of these mountains FIRST thing in the morning and be pleasantly surprised. I was at Mohawk one morning and had the lodge to myself! Going on a week day is always great too. If cross country skiing is more your thing check out these recommendations in Hartford and Fairfield Counties. For even more skiing and snow sports ideas please check out our Ski and Snow Sports Guide.

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