Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Children's Book Festival, Autumn Campfire, Sept 19-20

This weekend is the perfect opportunity to bridge the gap between summer and fall. Take advantage of the warm days and slightly cooler evenings with some early autumn outdoor fun: check out the Classic Car & Truck Show at the Tuckerton Seaport, lace up up your boots for a Night Campfire & Hike at Tenafly Nature Center or pick some juicy ripe apples and take a hay ride during Alstede Farms Fall Family Days. For more late September activities to keep the gang busy, head to an early Oktoberfest at Crystal Springs Resort or the much-loved Princeton Children’s Book Festival hosted by the Princeton Library. Whatever you decide to do this weekend, we hope you enjoy it with family and friends. For even more activity options, check out our Event Calendar .

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo: Highlights and Tips for Taking the Kids

When we were invited by the Roger Williams Park Zoo to attend the annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, I was delighted—but when something is billed as “spectacular,” I am always at least a little bit skeptical. As it turns out, the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular lives up to its name. More than just a collection of carved pumpkins, it is a curated show of highly skilled and imaginative artwork, with a soundtrack to boot.

My family has long had an annual Halloween tradition of attending a zoo event during the daytime; now that my kids are older and are starting to outgrow Zoo Howl and Boo at the Zoo, maybe the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular will become our new Halloween zoo tradition.

Keep reading for highlights from the show and tips for getting the most out of the experience—perhaps it will become your family's new tradition, too.

The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia: A Parent's Review

The Philadelphia area is a hub for the arts and sciences for kids and grown-ups alike. Not only do the city’s museums provide a great opportunity for educational fun, they also provide relief from inclement weather during any season. The Academy of Natural Sciences is one such venue. I brought my family for a visit during one of the hottest months of the year, and it was certainly worth the drive from the suburbs.

Best Corn Mazes for Kids Near Boston

Larger-than-life corn mazes offer families the challenge of finding their way through winding paths to solve a mystery, claim a prize, or just make it to the other side – a perfect fall activity that gets kids and parents working together. Choose a farm with a corn maze to take your apple picking and pumpkin patch excursions up a level, plan an unforgettable birthday bash for your child, or just have a blast as a family. Here are some of the Boston area's best corn mazes for an outdoor autumn adventure. 

Fall 2015: Best New Classes for Westchester Kids

Fall is upon us and Westchester is blooming with new facilities that cater to families and a slew of new class options for all ages. Even established facilities are sprouting up with novel course offerings. Not sure where to start? We've rounded up new clsses throughout Westchester, to help keep you in the know. 

While some are traditional offerings like music and painting, we've also found an eclectic assortment including toy design, special-needs yoga and gaga. Several options are even tailored to infants as young as three weeks!

Read on to learn more about these and other new classes for kids in Westchester this fall! Also consult our Event Calendar for additional class options that don’t require a multi-week commitment.

Best Fall Theater Shows for NYC Kids

Autumn marks the start of a new theater season, but you don't need to shell out big bucks on Broadway shows to give your kids a memorable live entertainment experience in NYC. This fall, preschoolers will go gaga for engaging, page-to-stage adaptations of some of their favorite picture books like Goodnight Moon, The Velveteen Rabbit and Click, Clack, Moo, while school-age children can catch a show about the American Revolution, an avant-garde lineup of shorts and kid-friendly Shakespeare. There are even a pair of productions specifically created for children on the autism spectrum. Best of all, 10 of our picks are $20 or less per ticket.

25 Things We Can't Wait to Do with Kids This Fall in NJ

What’s not to love about fall? The cool autumn air, brilliant color leaves, apples, pumpkins, Halloween... the list goes on and on. Once the fall begins, I always find that my calendar is bursting with activities, from pumpkin-picking to harvest festivals to Halloween-everything. Get outside and take advantage of all of the seasonal fun our Garden State has to offer. Here are 25 fantastic fall activities to enjoy with your family.

Apple Picking Orchards in the New Haven Area

There's no better way to mark the start of fall than going apple picking. This year is supposed to be a banner year for apples, so  grab the kids and head out to these New Haven area orchards for some pick your own fun! For more places to go picking, check out our CT Apple Picking Guide. And for some ideas for what to do with all of those apples once you've picked them, check out these awesome recipes that even the kids can help with!

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