Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Roald Dahl Turns 100, Square Dancing

The week ahead offers many inspired activities for Westchester families, and we’re pleased to report that all of our top picks are FREE!

Put away the iPads and put on your dancing shoes for Friendly Squares Dance Club Free Fun Night; celebrate what would be a beloved author’s centennial at Roald Dahl's 100th Birthday bash; or turn heads when you return to school sporting your handmade Bodacious, Bedazzling Bookmarks & Covers.

There are many more FREE programs on Event Calendar as well, so head there after reading on for the rest of our top picks. And don't forget to review our monthly GoList for our September favorites!

Weekday Picks: Museums, Street Fest, and Classic Cars: September 12 - 16, 2016

If your house is anything like mine, you're probably still working on establishing your school year routine. If you're still debating extracurricular options, take a peak at our Classes and Activities Guide. In between the homework and the soccer practice and the band rehearsal, there's still fun to be had with classic cars out on the boardwalk, or exploring a nature center, or even enjoying a street festival

Read on for the best bets for this week, and be sure to click over to our frequently updated Event Calendar for even more options. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to be sure you don't miss a thing.

Weekday Fun in NJ: Toddler Trek, Que by the Sea, Chocolate

It’s the first full week of school for most New Jersey kids. Relieve homework and new-school stress with some fresh, almost-fall air at Movies in the Park and Que by the Sea. Or, kick back after school at Maker Monday. Toddlers and preschoolers can stay just as busy as big sis or bro with fun activities like Pottery Barn’s storytime and a Chocolate Works' mommy and me session.

Read on for our best children's events the week of September 12-16, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar, September GoList, and Fall Fun Guide for even more great things to do this week.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Storytime, Nature, Constitution Day September 12-16

The quiet of September has entered many homes throughout Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. As the children now head off to school, the silence in the house can be deafening. But, then...the kids return from school! Not quiet for long, right? Keep the kids engaged with lots of educational and exciting activities found in our Events Calendar.

Listen to stories at Longwood Gardens and Newlin Grist Mill. Try a free Music for Aardvarks demo class at Major Moment Studio, First Unitarian Church, or Philadelphia Dance Theatre. Explore nature with a Harvest Moon Walk at Peace Valley Nature Center. Wander through the Philadelphia Art Museum during its Pay What You Wish opportunity, or examine our nation's Constitution on Constitution Day at the National Constitution Center as it offers free admission.

Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom, so read on to see all of the options available this week.

Weekday Fun: Mission to Space, San Gennaro, Free Fun, Planes

Many school kids citywide get are celebrating a short school week (already!) thanks to Monday's observance of Eid al-Adha. Enjoy the day off and the rest of the week with fun outings including nature-themed activities in Prospect Park, the debut of a new space-age exhibit Mission to Space at the Children's Museum of the Arts, and a free visit to the New York Hall of Science during its no-admission hours to explore the hands-on Going Places - Technology of Transport exhibit before it closes September 18. Plus, the 90th edition of the Feast of San Gennaro takes over the streets of Little Italy this week.

Still haven't signed the kids up for after-school or weekend enrichment classes and sports? Our Classes Guide is your go-to online resource, plus we have two special events coming up in Manhattan that should be on your calendar. You can join us at our FREE Family Fun Day on Sunday, September 25, with Kumon Math and Reading Centers. Kids and parents can experience everything that Kumon offers while enjoying face painting, chocolate tasting, and other treats!

If preschool is in your future, register to attend the FREE Lower Manhattan Early Education Fair this Saturday, September 18, organized by our friends at Hudson River Park Mamas. You can meet dozens of preschool directors and ask questions in a low-key, comfortable setting. 

Read on for the best bets for this week and be sure to click over to our jam-packed Event Calendar and Fall Fun Guide for even more options. And don't forget to take a look at our Best Fall Events for Preschoolers and September GoList.

Read on for our best family event picks in NYC the week of September 12-16.

Turrell with Tots: "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace

Famed American artist James Turrell may not have guessed that his "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace would be a veritable classroom for youngsters, but this outdoor art installation is a great space for conversations with kids about colors, shapes, and even numbers.  

Located at the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion at Rice University, Turrell's "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace looks, at first glance, like something from outer space. The two-level pyramidal structure with an opening in its roof sits on an immaculately manicured hill near the Shepherd School of Music. It's an architectural sight to behold on its own, but the real magic happens at sunrise and sunset. Well, about 40 minutes before sunrise, and about 8-10 minutes before sunset, to be precise. During these times, a mesmerizing light show takes place as LED light is projected onto the roof of the Skyspace.  

Terrific Trampoline Parks in Connecticut

Much as it pains me to admit, my kids have outgrown playgrounds. The slides and swings and zip lines that used to entertain them are now, as they say with rolled eyes, "Boooooring." Be that as it may, they have not outgrown the need to have some fun moving their bodies, and this summer when it was oh so hot outside, we had the pleasure of exploring the new generation of trampoline parks that have cropped up all over the state, from Fairfield County to Hartford and beyond. Keep in mind that parks tend to be particularly crowded on weekends and school breaks, and where advanced reservations are possible, we recommend them in order to avoid disappointment. Be warned that if you are bringing your child's friends, they will need to have signed waiver forms from their parents (most of the parks named below have the forms on their websites) . For more fun indoor play ideas check out our Connecticut Indoor Play Guide.

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