Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Blood Moon, Museum Day, and Abbot Kinney September 26 - 27

This weekend, we moon you six ways to Sunday.  We're going to fool moon you, harvest moon you, and blood moon you; we're going to moonrise you,  Chinatown moon you, and now-you-see-me, now-you-don't, lunar eclipse moon you. We might even moon you in other ways, but pics or it didn't happen, capiche?

And because nothing is more welcome when the Earth is plunged into total darkness than a visit from those eight-legged creatures of the class arachnida, we're gonna throw in some spiders for good measure. Lots of them. Roaming free. Possibly hungry for blood, possibly not. Definitely creepy crawly.

And though the sky may or may not be falling, it is in fact fall, so throw back a few pumpkin lattes and reconnect with the earth. Start plotting which autumn harvest train ride, pumpkin patch, happiest spookfest in So Cal you're going to hit. (It's never too early to break out the costumes, and no one has ever looked a free treat in the mouth).

Did some one say free treat? Hello! Free coffee and donut! Who loves ya, baby? Mommy Poppins, that's who; to the moon and back!

 Keep reading for our mooniest picks for this weekend....

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Papal Visit, Smithsonian Museums September 26-27

We’ve been hearing about it for weeks, maybe months. The Pope is visiting Philadelphia! Whether you are venturing into the city for the Festival of Families, the Papal Mass or exploring the Religious Liberty exhibit at the National Constitution Center, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed.

However, if you’d prefer to avoid Philly altogether, the suburbs have much to offer this weekend. Explore a Smithsonian Museum such as Glencairn Museum, National Toy Museum or Delaware Museum of Natural History as they celebrate Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live. Or, embrace nature at Linvilla Orchards' Apple Festival, Bucktoe Creek Perserve's Children I-Spy Birding event or Riverbend Environmental Education Center's Play is Natural children's program.

Below are our top weekend picks but be sure to browse through our events calendar to find additional ideas. Whether you spend your weekend in the city or out in the suburbs, enjoy!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: ArtWeek and Kids Really Rock, September 26-27

The lineup of cool activities going on as part of ArtWeek Boston is enough to keep our calendars full this weekend. With all kinds of exhibits and performances, including some specially designed for kids, families can make a day of it in and around town. Whether your little ones like to rock to great music, listen to a storyteller, or explore performing arts, you can find it this weekend.

If you're looking to get the family outdoors, Sunday's full moon or an afternoon at a harvest hoedown might offer the perfect respite from the back-in-school craziness. 

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

  • One of these local theater classes might be the perfect thing for any budding thespians in the house.
  • Fall is here, and the season brings with it plenty of fun things to do!
  • It's time for one of our favorite fall traditions: Pick your family's perfect pumpkin at one of these pumpkin patches.

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Festival by the Sea, Long Island Fair, September 26-27

Fall is in full swing with a number of outdoor carnivals, rides, fare and family fun. Be sure to check out our complete roundup of Fall Fairs and Festivals. And with October fast approaching, you'll also want to check out our Halloween Guide for plenty of spooky (and not so spooky) fun with the kids.

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Weekend Fun for Westchester Families: Yo-Yo Ma, Trucks and Helicopters, Free Museums, Sep. 26-27

With so many fantastic family programs occurring this time of year in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, we at Mommy Poppins have been extra busy culling it all together for our readers. In addition to several fall festivals this weekend (Garlic Festival, anyone?), there’s an eclectic assortment of one-of-a-kind happenings.

The arts are alive in Westchester, with a performance by Yo-Yo Ma and the chance to hop aboard the “Culture Trolley,” which wends its way to more than 30 venues across two towns at Arts Fest. Kids can get hands-on at the Printing Press Children's Program or at Touch-A-Truck (which also includes a helicopter). Wee ones can delight in mingling with fairies and elves at Legends & Lore of the Little People

This weekend offers a bonanza of entertaining and enriching events (not to mention apple picking), so you’ll definitely want to visit our Events Calendar to see the extensive fun beyond our top picks below. Enjoy!

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Bagpipes, Honey, and Giant Pumpkins, September 26-27

Connecticut is a perfect place to celebrate fall: the warm days, the crisp nights, and the slowly turning leaves. We have so many picturesque spots to enjoy the season while building scarecrows or getting lost in corn mazes, or even learning about beekeeping and local honey.

We have tracked down some of our favorite fall fairs in Hartford and Fairfield, and we're constantly updating our CT Halloween and Fall Fun Guide with the latest and greatest scary (and not so scary) adventures. Make sure that you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so that you won't miss any of the Halloween fun! 

Have a great weekend!

Weekend Fun: Maker Faire, Atlantic Antic, Jim Henson Puppet Fest, September 26-27

Look out: It's another NYC weekend packed with great kid and family events. With Brooklyn's largest street fair Atlantic Antic, the Morningside Lights illuminated parade, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Chile Pepper Festival and Maker Faire in Queens all taking place this weekend, be prepared to make some tough choices! Plus, the Children's Museum of Manhattan debuts its new NYC-themed installation, the Museum of the Moving Image celebrates Jim Henson, and many cultural institutions are offering FREE admission thanks to Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day.

Read on for all of our best bets, and check out the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and Fall Fun Guide for more things to do.

Pumpkin Picking Places for Boston Families

Signs of Halloween are cropping up everywhere, and it’s time to start thinking about finding your perfect pumpkin. While local farm stands, farmers' markets and even grocery stores typically have a good selection, it can be a lot more fun to pick your own straight from the field. Many pumpkin patches offer additional activities for families, like hay rides, bouncy houses and corn mazes, so you can turn your hunt into a fall pumpkin patch day trip.

Read to the end, where you'll find my family's favorite pumpkin bread recipe. Yum!

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