Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Book and Film Festivals, Sesame Street Live

The last weekend in September is swelling with arts events and fall festivals. You’ll want to attend them all, so grab your planner and read on to figure out how to squeeze everything in!

The big headliner is the return of the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival, where young bibliophiles get the chance to meet authors and illustrators, collect autographs, hear book readings and celebrate beloved literature. Kid Flix 1: The Best of the New York International Children's Festival is another highlight, where both curated children’s films and hands-on film-related activities combine to spark the imaginations of young cinephiles. Climb aboard the “Cultural Trolley” to visit the numerous venues opening their doors for arts immersion at the FREE New Rochelle Arts Fest, or take advantage of FREE admission at Smithsonian Museum Day Live! For little ones, rock out with your favorite Muppets at Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music.” 

Ready for more? Read on for details and other top picks, and then continue to our Event Calendar for even more great options. Be sure to consult our round-ups of Westchester and Hudson Valley festivals for more!

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Apples, Animals, and Native American Nature Walk, September 24-25

Fall is here! The days are still warm but the nights are beginning to turn crisp. It's time for apple picking, pumpkin picking, and corn mazes (win 4 tickets to Lyman Orchards corn maze here!). This is a prime weekend for fall fairs including the 40th Annual Apple Festival in Trumbull, the Durham Fair, and The Big E in Mass.. Check out our Halloween and Fall Guide. Haunted houses are starting to pop up around the state. Make sure you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so that you won't miss any of the fun! As always, our event calendar is updated with the latest activities. Our top suggestions for fun this weekend are broken out below. Enjoy!

Harvest Festivals, Hayrides and Fall Fair Fun in New Jersey

Summer festivals may be retired for the year, but lucky us, it's harvest time! We've already celebrated a number of great family fairs in New Jersey this September, but the real-deal harvest celebrations are just gearing up.

From hayrides to pumpkin decorating (and picking), pie contests to scarecrow-building, live animals to live music, these local fall-tastic fairs offer something for everyone in the family. Some even incorporate a little early Halloween fun. Read on for nearly 20 great harvest fests in New Jersey, including the Harvest Home Festival at the Historic Longstreet Farm, a Pumpkin Palooza in Cherry Hill, and the annual Hoboken Harvest Festival.

For an unconventional fall adventure on wheels, be sure to check out our list of Halloween and Fall Train Rides, as well as our Fall Fun Guide for more seasonal activities around the Garden State.

SciTech Kids Opens UES Maker Space

After four years of running classes, birthday parties, and summer camps out of a variety of locations in New York City, SciTech Kids finally has opened permanent maker space for kids and grown-ups.

SciTech's new home on East 81st Street celebrated its grand opening on September 17, 2016. With City Council member Ben Kallos on hand to help cut the ribbon, founder Kim Magloire—a biologist, epidemiologist, science coordinator for NYU Polytechnic's Science Summer Research Program, and a mom—welcomed families to its assortment of tech stations.

Beginner's Guide to Homeschooling: Gym Classes and Sports

It's true that homeschooling creates a really unique and wonderful bond with your kids, but, sometimes, it's really hard. When you consider the fact that you're responsible for teaching your child everything, getting some socialization time in with other kids, and making sure they're healthy and physically active- well, it's just too much. That's why we started this monthly series of articles, to help homeschool parents, new and vets alike, find all the resources you need to make it a completely enjoyable experience. Which means, taking some responsibilities off of your plate. There are a lot of great classes out there, specifically for homeschool kids. Maybe there's a subject you don't feel comfortable teaching your child, or maybe you just don't know how to keep them active, or (real talk), maybe you need a break. We've found a lot of great phys ed, gym, and sport options to enroll the kids in to keep them healthy and strong. 

7 Long Island Historic Sites That Kids Will Love

History is plentiful here on Long Island, you just have to know where to find it. Famous residents have included poets and presidents, and there is no shortage of Gold Coast mansions and military installations as well. This all adds up to an impressive roster of historic sites, many which offer great photo opportunities and fun for kids.

For more educational spaces on Long Island, check out our Museum Guide.

A Visit to Pumpkintown U.S.A.

If you’re looking for a destination that celebrates autumn, grants pumpkins celebrity status, and leaves out the scary stuff, set your GPS location to Pumpkintown U.S.A., located less than 30 minutes southeast of Hartford. Here you can sit and chat with Barack and Michelle Gourdama, watch Arnold Squashernager flex his muscles, or crash the wedding of Tanya Turnip and Willie Joe Beet. They are but a few of the adorable pumpkinheads that will welcome thousands of visitors from now until the end of October. If you have children under age 10, Pumpkintown is a "must see" this fall, and be sure to browse our Connecticut Fall Guide for more fun ideas. 

Take the Kids to These Fall Fairs in New England

Fall brings with it a lot of fun traditions like pumpkin carving and apple picking. It also means it’s time for the annual fall fair, a really fun way for families to spend the day together. New England is home to dozens of quaint agricultural fairs that feature farm animals, midways with rides, and fair food like fried dough. We’ve rounded up one of the best fall fairs from each New England state so you can experience this classic seasonal tradition with your kids while enjoying fall foliage day trips all over the region.


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