Weekday Picks: Week at the Museum, Contemporary Art, Mummies, Hot Wheels, & George, September 21-25

This week is all about museums. Scientific discovery begins with curiosity, and no one has more of that than a springy monkey called George. The Discovery Cube LA opens a new exhibit dedicated to this rapscallion and his long suffering friend in the yellow hat.

The mummies have arrived at the Natural History Museum. Mummies are indeed fascinating but can sometimes be a bit scary for little ones, so tread cautiously. In Santa Ana, The Discovery Cube debuts Hot Wheels: Race to Win, an investigation of the science behind speed. Two museums that don’t need special scheduling are The California Science Center in Exposition Park and our new contemporary art museum, The Broad, both of which are always free.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Autumn Crafts, Reptiles, Tractors, September 21-25

Get the creative juices flowing this week at artsy, crafty fall events throughout New Jersey. Kids have the opportunity to create garden crafts at Story Time: Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt, instruments at Tinkering with Sound and apple creations at both Apple & Potato Printing and Fall Preschool Nature Classes. They can also have an art-filled night out at Kids Only Paint Party. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Halloween Adventures at PA and South Jersey Amusement Parks

Summertime visits to an amusement park often mean dealing with long lines and hot weather. Fortunately, many parks around the Philadelphia area are extending the season into the cooler fall months with Halloween-themed attractions.  This can be a fantastic off-peak day trip for thrill-seeking families looking to enjoy a Halloween experience beyond the local parades and festivals. Several of the theme parks have kid-friendly attractions during the day, then transform into frightening tween-and-above entertainment zones.  There are often trick-or-treat opportunities and costume contests, so children (and even some adults) can gather candy goodies and show off their Halloween disguises. If your family is seeking some over-the-top Halloween fun ranging anywhere from silly to downright scary, check our list of amusement parks sure to provide excitement.  

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: MakerSpace Opening and Campfire Cookout, September 21-25

That chilly fall air will be here before we know it, so I for one plan to extend summer for as long as I can. Luckily, we've still got our pick of great outdoor events to keep kids happy all week. Looking to head indoors? Maker spaces are all the rage these days, and with good reason. What kid doesn't love crafting, building, and inventing? With the grand opening of a new MakerSpace (pictured) at the Children's Museum in Easton this week, kids South of Boston can get in the game. Finally, one last item to keep on your radar for the coming week: ArtWeek Boston opens on Friday with tons of special activities, many of which are free. 

If you find yourself with some extra time now that the kids are in school, consider joining our team! Mommy Poppins Boston is looking for freelance writers who live in the Boston area and love to explore the city with their kids. If you're interested in applying, email Roberta at la@mommypoppins.com

Weekday Fun: Hands-On Art Projects, Kite Flying, Maker Faire Preview, September 21-25

Many NYC kids are looking at another abbreviated week of classes with the just opened public schools closed on Wednesday and Thursday for Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha, respectively. We've added extra options for cool kid weekday activities on those days for families not observing the holidays. And don't forget, we told you last week about the great upcoming fall theater, local festivals and pumpkin patches and a newly opened Environmental Educational Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Our best bets for Monday, September 21-Friday, September 25 include the grand opening of the Children's Museum of Manhattan's interactive, NYC-themed installation, FREE collaborative lantern-making workshops, kite flying and a sneak peek at Maker Faire. Of course, you can find lots of other ideas in our jam-packed Event Calendar.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: STEAM, Locker Craft, Sewing, Sept. 21-25

The week ahead has lots of fun activities in store for Westchester families. If the building of the new Tappan Zee Bridge has piqued your kids’ curiosity, sign them up for Building Suspense. In honor of the upcoming Banned Book Week, which raises awareness that censorship remains an issue in the U.S., kids can take part with Banned Book Art. Kids can also get artsy with a sewing machine at T-Shirt Backpack Workshop.

Read on for our top picks for the coming week—all of which are FREE. There’s also plenty more where that came from! Head to our Event Calendar for multiple listings every day of the week.

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