Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Apples, Scarecrows, Festivals September 16-17

It may already be the middle of September, but fall doesn't technically begin until next week. However, our event calendar is certainly showing signs of the change in season. From apple-picking to scarecrow-making, Philadelphia families can anticipate lots of fall-themed fun this weekend.

Head to Linvilla Orchards for its annual Arts, Crafts, & Music Festival. Kids can enjoy roaming through the corn maze, taking a pony ride, or picking apples. Speaking of apples, The Market at DelVal's Apple Fun Days offers families another opportunity to pick their own apples as well as inflatable fun and crafts for the kids. Those who enjoy hands-on activities can take a trip to Peddler's Village for its annual Scarecrow Festival and build their very own scarecrow. Interested in seeing a theatrical performance this weekend? Hedgerow Theater presents Storybook: Treasure Island while The Sedgewick Theater features Aesop's Fables. Or, experience storytelling at its finest during the 25th Annual New Jersey Storytelling Festival.

Get a jumpstart on planning your fall bucket list by checking out our newest posts featuring Fall Festivals, Corn Mazes, and Fall Train Rides. Or visit our Fall Fun Guide for even more seasonal fun. For now, keep reading about all the fun that is in store this weekend.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Hawks, Butterflies, and Bagels, September 16-17

Ah, fall! The calendar might not have made it official but the cool breezes, warm apple pies, festivals, and road races have put us in an autumn frame of mind! On tap this weekend, there's Cider Saturday in New Canaan, the Raspberry Festival in Sherman, and of course, the beloved Berlin Fair. Greenwich Audubon has their annual informative and fun Hawk Watch, which includes lots of opportunities to get up close and personal with birds of prey. Saturday looks like an auspicious day for apple picking so check out our guide to Apple and Pumpkin Picking to get some ideas before you set out.

These fall weekends are particularly action packed so make sure that you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram so that you won't miss any of the fun! As always, our event calendar is updated with the latest activities, and our top suggestions for fun this weekend are broken out below. Enjoy!

Halloween Crazy? 6 Halloween Trips To (Further) Fall in Love with Halloween

Is there a reason for why every Halloween movie is set in New England? YES! Because Halloween in New England is AWESOME!

With its creaky floorboards, leaning gravestones and dank forests, what better place to enjoy the absolute BEST holiday of the year? From the thrill of corn mazes to the terror of haunted houses, there is NO better place in the world than autumn right here! So I say: let's start celebrating starting RIGHT NOW with one of these over-the-top Halloween excursions that take the world's greatest holiday to the next level. For even MORE fun in the autumn sun, check out our complete Halloween and Fall Fun Guide.

Weekend Fun: Kites, Dragon Boats, Pirate Festival

The Long Island Children's Museum reopens after its annual two-week fixup with the traveling exhibit Heart & Seoul: Growing Up in Korea. You can also spend Saturday Mary Poppins-style at the Kite Festival in West Sayville, or watch colorful Port Jefferson Harbor come alive at the annual Dragon Boat Race Festival.

Celebrate the season with the ​Fall Festival at Hicks Nurseries, at the Long Island Garlic Festival, or perhaps a local vineyard. Apple picking is also in full swing. Check out these parks for an easy family hike, or head over to our Fall Fun Guide for more seasonal options.

Our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. And our September GoList offers up fun, family events for the entire month.

Don't forget to check out our local DEALS page, where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for LI kids. Check back often as we're constantly adding more.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: American Gold Cup, Festivals, Bed Race

September is in full force now, and that means peak season for festivals and cultural immersion for Westchester and Hudson Valley families.

An annual fall tradition is the American Gold Cup, the five-day equestrian event that offers more than horse-jumping. Other outing options include New World Voyager – Wassa Pan Afrika, a performance that brings the audience on a trip to Africa, and Survive, which dares tweens to overcome various challenges in nature—gasp!—without their electronic devices. All ages can party in the street at the annual Riverfest, and from the files of “Seriously?” comes the annual Bed Race. Westchester fall festivals also kick off this weekend.

Read on for details on these and other great events happening this weekend. Don't forget: Our Event Calendar offers many more fun happenings this weekend and beyond in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters!

Tickets On Sale Now for Insanely Huge Bounce House Coming to Houston

The world's largest bounce house is coming to Houston in October, and tickets are on sale now! From the pictures of previous Big Bounce America events, this is something you don't want to miss. (And the kids too, I guess.)

The Big Bounce America makes its third stop in Texas Oct. 27-29 in Houston at Houston Sports Park, the training grounds for the Houston Dynamo near Hwy. 288 and Airport Boulevard. Tickets range from $9-$25 depending on how long you're looking to jump and play.

Weekend Fun: A Book Fair, a Tech Playground, and Marine Science

New York City kids like to learn (OK, most the time) and with school in full swing, events with an educational spin abound. There's a 'technology playground' at the World's Fair Nano in Greenpoint, and more science at Submerge: NYC Marine Science Festival in Tribeca. The Brooklyn Book Festival Children's Day, with five stages of top children's authors, has more reading-fun than seems fair. Speaking of education—hey parents! Looking for a preschool? Check out our preschool fair on Sunday, September 17!

Another highlight of the school year: free museum times! See our full guide. We also have a new guide for you, this one an extensive lowdown on six newly renovated playgrounds to check out this fall. Not enough outdoor fun for you? See our guide to five kid-friendly farms right here in New York City.

We'll also get some early Halloween fun on Coney Island with the kickoff to Luna Park's Halloween Harvest Festival, and there are fall street fests in Sunset ParkFlatbush, and of course, San Gennaro in Little Italy.

Make sure our September GoList is always on hand, and keep our Fall Fun Guide close for apple picking outings, corn mazes, and more day trips. And don't forget our Event Calendar for all your day-to-day planning needs.

Halloween, Fall Foliage, & Bonfire Train Rides for Philly Families

As cooler weather reaches the Delaware Valley, Philly families are reminded of their own autumnal traditions. Perhaps picking apples at a local apple orchard, raking leaves in the backyard, and carving pumpkins on the kitchen table come to mind. This year, consider adding a new experience to your fall 'must do' list by climbing aboard one of the many train rides available throughout our region. From viewing fall foliage to picking pumpkins to eating brunch or dinner onboard, there are several unique train experiences that are sure to delight children of all ages. Looking for more trains? Check out New Jersey's Halloween Train list for even more fun.

Be sure to search our event calendar for plenty of additional family activities for the fall season.

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