Best Free Halloween Events for Kids in New York City

What's the one way to make a costume-and-candy filled Halloween celebration even sweeter? Make it FREE. In New York City there are so many no-cost fetes, we've decided to give parents a real treat: a roundup of FREE Halloween events for kids in all five boroughs, including big annual favorites such as Fort Greene's BAMboo! block party, Brookfield Place Halloween Party, and the Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla in Central Park, and the one-night-only theatrical spectacle at Brooklyn's Halloween 313 house.

So bring your trick-or-treat bags, but leave your wallets at home for these gratis happenings. Then check out our Halloween Fun Guide for details on the best trick-or-treat spots and other seasonal festivities.

Spanish Classes for Preschoolers in Westchester

Given a child’s spongy mind, it’s no surprise to learn that kids who learn a second language at a young age may benefit from increased cognitive advantages. While some families may not wish to enroll in a full-on immersion or bilingual preschool, classes that teach Spanish may be more fitting for your child.

We’ve gathered up several places in Westchester where your preschooler can learn Spanish. While the choices are varied, the one thing they all have in common is an emphasis on fun.

Looking for more enrichment classes? Be sure to consult our Classes Guide and our directory, and don’t forget to visit our Preschool Guide

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Pumpkins, Harvest Hayride, Oktoberfest

October is the heart of pumpkin season, and you can get your fill at the many great events happening around the state this weekend. If farm-fresh air, corn mazes, and animals are on your agenda, be sure to check out Terhune Orchards' Fall Festival Weekends or the Great Pumpkin Festival at Heaven Hill Farm, where the games include pig racing and a spiderweb crawl. Oktoberfest at Historic Smithville is another classic family event of fun, food, and games. Ever tried pumpkin picking by moonlight? If not, be sure to hop on a Harvest Moon Hayride at Alstede Farms. And if you need a break from all the pumpkins, the Drop-in Studio workshop at the Montclair Art Museum offers the perfect respite. Even better, five of our events are FREE this weekend! 

For more fun ideas, take a look at our Event Calendar and Fall Fun Guide for NJ Kids. And don't forget that it's fall picking season at New Jersey farms, so be sure to peruse our Farm Guide for apple and pumpkin picking spots, plus more hayrides and harvest festivals.

Halloween Happenings and Parades in Fairfield County, CT

Halloween seems to get bigger and better every year--and I'm not just talking about the size of the candy bars. Back in the day, we were happy just to trick or treat in our neighborhood, but these days, you can start celebrating at the beginning of October and continue celebrating all month long! Even if you don't live for Halloween, we've got a lot of great ideas for ways to get out there and enjoy (both spooky and non-spooky) in our Connecticut Halloween and Fall Fun Guide.

Here in Fairfield County we have a huge variety of activities and events from Halloween parades to hayrides to pumpkin patches and more. We've collected some of our favorite Halloween happenings here, but don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletters and keep tabs on our event calendar so that you won't miss any Halloween fun!

Skill Mill NYC Opens Maker Spot on UWS with Laser Cutter

It seems maker spaces are popping up all over New York City this fall. We just profiled a new spot on the Upper East Side, and now there's a new STEM center the Upper West Side. The just opened Skill Mill NYC, though, expects to appeal to a slightly older demographic and more advanced set of makers—middle school kids, teens, and adults—in part because of its heavy-duty and very cool tools. Remember how Tim Allen on Home Improvement always asked for “More power?” At Skill Mill NYC, you're gonna get more power. A massive laser cutter will let students handle wood, leather, cardboard, and other significant materials for big projects, plus there's a 3D printer and other sophisticated design options and tools.

Read on for the scoop on NYC's latest state-of-the-art maker space, and for more high-tech fun, be sure to check out our STEM Guide.

Kids Eat Free Restaurants in the Philadelphia Area

Not only does the Philly area have a plethora of fun adventures for families, it's also a haven for food freebies and discounts for kids. Whether you're visiting the city or the suburbs, you will find chain restaurants and local spots that offer a break on the bill for kiddos. Want to plan an itinerary for the day or weekend? Check out our events calendar, choose a restaurant near your activity, and you're on your way! Don't forget to confirm these deals with the restaurants before you head out.

13 Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Deer Park

Perhaps best known for the Deer Park outlets and the Deer Park theater, there is an exceedingly great number​ of kid-friendly things to do in the northeast corner of Babylon. While the deer the town was named for no longer roam Deer Park Avenue, there is still plenty for children to explore and do.

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