Best Corn Mazes for Kids in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

In our quest to find the best fall fun in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, we’ve located the best apple picking, the best autumn festivals and even the best cider doughnuts. So what’s left? Corn mazes!

All of the mazes on this list also offer other fall activities, enabling you to get a one-stop deal with plenty of all-day fun.

For even more ideas, be sure to check out our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook.

B. F. Clyde's Cider Mill : A Delicious Mystic Steam Powered Autumnal Tradition

Come September, a kaleidoscope of colors begin to creep across the Connecticut hills, sweeping from the North down into valleys that shelter russet-red barns and milky white farmhouses, steepled churches and tidy village greens. Ah, Fall in New England. Give us all of the autumnal traditions from country fairs and harvest festivals to pumpkin carving contests to farm stands piled high with the season’s fresh bounty. This season, we are visiting some of our very favorite places to savor the brilliant hues, roadside farms and centuries-old cider mills, like B.F. Clyde’s in Mystic.

7 Spots to Explore the Immigrant Experience with City Kids

No matter your political leanings, immigration is a hot topic of conversation these days, and New York has a rich and ongoing history as a gateway to our country. We've combed through our city's top museums and cultural institutions to pinpoint some of the most kid-friendly destinations for those curious about the immigrant experience, or looking to teach children about diversity and tolerance for others.

Of course NYC often plays host to rotating art exhibits related to this theme, which you can always find in our event calendar. One upcoming highlight is the annual outdoor Photoville exhibition in Dumbo, where families will find both American and global diversity and immigration stories on display, from Syrian refugee tales to a Newark campus to Detroit.

Now, here are seven NYC spots where history leaps off the pages for interactive exploration.

Indoor Playground Fun at Houston Party Playland

In Texas, our weather is anything but predictable. Rainy one day and scorching hot the next seems to be quite the trend for much of the year. And then, there are those random winter days where it's just too cold for many of us Southerners to venture outdoors unless we absolutely have to! When you have restless kids stuck in your house for too long and it's too hot, too cold, too rainy, or too anything else to play on one of the many playgrounds in the Houston area, indoor play places become the perfect refuge. With several brightly colored play scapes, kid-friendly music, and play areas zoned for specific age groups, Houston Party Playland in southeast Houston is one of our absolute favorite indoor play spaces. 

10 Real-Deal Pumpkin Patches Near Boston, Plus Our Favorite Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Signs of Halloween are cropping up everywhere, and it’s time to start thinking about finding your perfect pumpkin. While local farm stands and even grocery stores typically have some handsome specimens, it can be a lot more fun to pick your own straight from the fields they were grown on. A couple of the spots here even allow you to pull your picks straight from the vine, which can be a special experience akin to cutting down your own Christmas tree. Plus, many of these pumpkin patches offer additional activities for families, like hay rides, bouncy houses and corn mazes, so you can turn your hunt into a fall pumpkin patch day trip.

Read to the end, where you'll find my family's favorite pumpkin bread recipe. Yum!

Best Fall Corn Mazes Near Philly for Hayrides, Pumpkins, and More

As cool crisp nights begin to make outdoor excursions more bearable, fun fall-themed activities for families to enjoy seem to pop up all over. You can choose to engage in traditional favorites such as apple picking and harvest festivals, or go on an adventure, exploring a corn maze as a family.

Many area farms have professionally designed mazes spanning several acres, with new designs each year that can take up to two hours to complete. Many of the large mazes have special themed games where visitors follow clues along the way, testing their knowledge and navigational skills. Older kids will appreciate the nighttime flashlight mazes or scary Halloween themes, while the younger set will enjoy the smaller hay mazes available at most farms. Whatever your family’s adventure level is, this list is sure to have something for everyone.

Weekday Picks: Grandparents Week, Art Party at Grand Park, and 9/11 Memorials

This is not just any week, folks; it's Grandparents Week! Noah's Ark gives the whole family a chance to celebrate National Grandparents Day all week long at Skirball Cultural Center, with up to two grandparents (or great-aunts or great-uncles) getting in free when purchasing child ticket. The older set can watch or join in as kids enjoy the floor-to-ceiling wooden ark filled with animals two by two.

Grand Park in Downtown LA hosts a free daylong party for families to launch the art installation Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Led by the Getty, the event is a series of thematically linked exhibitions by art institutions throughout Southern California, exploring Latin American in relation to the LA area. Families can learn more about the exhibits through a pop-up installation and social space, an immersive workshop, and live entertainment.

And since the week begins with September 11, we're highlighting two kid-friendly events to mark the day. In particular, Pepperdine's annual 9/11 Flag Memorial, with thousands of flags flapping in the sea breeze, is always worth a drive up PCH.

For more activities, visit the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and our September GoList. Read on for some of what's going on this week.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Puppets, Sculpture, and a Skating Show; Sept 11- 15

We're calling this arts' appreciation week in Boston—from performing to visual arts, there's something that's going to speak to every type of creative kid across the region. At the week's start, children can flock to the library to enjoy a mini acting class or a feel-good puppet show. A little farther west on Wednesday, nature—and sculpture—will be on display. To close out the week, some of the most brilliant figure skaters will be performing in Allston to help raise money for the Dana-Farber cancer center. That's art—and sport—for a great cause.

If you're a mom of twins, consider heading to Walpole to meet and swap notes with others who will truly get you. There's connection to be had—and perhaps just as important, Bubbling Brook ice cream. I think you ladies deserve at least a double scoop.

For more September treats in Boston and beyond, check out our Events Calendar.

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