Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center: Adventures for Kids of All Ages

The Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center opened in May of this year, and it is more than a branch of the Children's Museum of Houston. Although it is sponsored by the organization, it isn't merely a replica of the popular downtown museum. Instead, it is filled with attractions that make it worth a visit in its own right. 

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Music, Games and Shopping Galore at the Houston Children's Festival

Even though the Houston Children's Festival has been around for longer than I have been on this planet - it celebrates its 29th anniversary in 2017 - I had never made the trek to see what all the fuss was all about. My family and I attended this year and I can happily say it was well worth the trip from our corner of the metroplex. The country's largest children's festival features live entertainment, booths for parents, local food trucks, games, and (so) much more. It can be an overwhelming weekend if you do not plan ahead, so check out our breakdown of how to maximize your festival fun.

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Weekday Fun: Mo Willems, Puppet Show, Laurie Berkner Live

Art, music—and math? It's another great September week in NYC for the kiddos. Check out a brand-new exhibit at the New York Hall of Science, Science Inspires Art: Food, and catch the final week of Mo Willems-inspired storytimes at the New-York Historical Society. Kindie rock fans can meet Laurie Berkner and enjoy a FREE mini-concert.

Thinking about enrichment programs for your kids? On Sunday, September 25, join Mommy Poppins and Kumon Math and Reading Centers for a morning of family fun. Kids can enjoy face painting, a balloon twister, and chocolate tastings, while parents explore the many programs offered by Kumon for all ages and abilities, from preschoolers to teens.

Our top picks for the week are below, but there are many more options in our Event Calendar. For more seasonal fun, be sure to peruse or Fall Activity Guide.

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Weekday Fun in NJ: Zoo Playtime, Children's Garden, Bird Walk

There's plenty of outdoor fun on tap this week in NJ as we soak in the final weeks of warm weather. Hit the Camden Children's Garden for a hands-on parent-child workshop, head to Liberty State Park for a bird walk, or nosh your way through the Mercer County Italian American Festival. Special storytimes are also in this week's spotlight: check out the Bergen County Zoo’s Playtime at the Zoo and the Hoboken Historical Museum’s Uptown Storytime. Kids can even get a chance to read to a pup at Tail Waggin’ Tutors.

Read on for our best children's events for the week of September 19-23, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar, September GoList, and Fall Fun Guide for even more autumnal amusements.

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Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Fall, Museums, Science September 19-23

According to the Farmer's Almanac, autumn officially arrives in Philadelphia this week. Philly families are already seeing the change of seasons with the addition of many fall activities to our Events Calendar.

This week, families can visit Varner Farms in Collegeville to pick pumpkins or Hellerick's Family Farm in Doylestown to see the farm animals. Wander through the straw maze at Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia or pick apples at an orchard in the suburbs to make a tasty pie! After indulging in delicious apple goodness, explore the Philadelphia Museum of Art during Pay What You Wish, draw a work of art inspired by the exhibits at the Delaware Art Museum's Sketch It! workshop, or learn about science at the Franklin Institute's free Community Night.

To stay current on the latest happenings, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Happy fall!

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Family Friendly Restaurants at CityCentre

CityCentre may be known as a happy hour hot spot, but it's also home to many family friendly restaurants as well as a green space perfect for kids to run around and play. In case you are not sure where to head with the kids in tow, look no further than our list of restaurants sure to please the whole family.

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How to Get Started in Homeschooling

Hundreds of parents in Connecticut have made the decision to bring their children home from public and private schools this year. These families join the thousands of other families who have been instructing their children from home already. Although the reasons parents choose to instruct their children from home differ widely, their numbers are on the rise. According to the National Home Education Research Institute, there are around 2.3 million home educated students in the United States and the numbers are growing annually between 2 and 8 percent. If you are one of the families who have made this decision, you may be wondering where to start. 

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Best of LA Kids 2016: Here Are the Winners!

Our readers have spoken. This summer we asked all of you—our wonderful community of Los Angeles area parents—to vote for the best family businesses and resources in 24 categories. You chose from 10 nominees in each category (and four voters were picked at random to enjoy great prizes from our sponsors!), and the votes are now in. We announced the winners at a fun event hosted by one of our nominees, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, and shared the moment via Facebook Live broadcast. In case you missed it, here is a complete list of the winners of our Best of LA Kids contest—and for future reference, be sure to bookmark our Best of LA Kids Winners Guide):

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