Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Cardboard Capers and Fall Festivals, October 15-16

After such a cold, rainy Sunday, my family and I are looking forward to getting back outside this weekend. With the autumn weather as crisp and sunny as it has been these past few days, now is the time to be out enjoying the activities of the season. A few fall favorites are the Boston Book Festival setting up in Copley for both days this weekend and the North Shore Food Truck Festival on Saturday in Stoneham. For baseball lovers mourning the end of the Red Sox season, the Fenway Park Experience is back in Faneuil Hall. I will be heading to the Fall for Scituate festival with my crew on Sunday for some hay rides and the apple cider donuts we get there every year.

In case our lovely New England fall weather does take a turn, there is plenty to do indoors at events like Paper Marbling at the Paul Revere House, Cardboard Explosion (pictured) at Puppet Showplace Theater, or the Art & Theater Workshop at the Arsenal Center for the Arts.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Speaking of trips, you can win one just for helping us pick our Besties.

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full events calendar!

Weekend Fun: Kids Fest, Open House NYC, City of Science

This weekend is loaded with fall fun, including Kids Fest in Madison Square Park, the Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch at the Queens Botanical Garden, and Diwali celebrations. Plus City of Science lands in Park Slope, and the annual Open House New York lets families go behind the scenes at many of New York City's most celebrated institutions, museums, colleges, and even private venues.

In a Halloween state of mind? Check out the upcoming Halloween paradesno-cost Halloween events, and the top Halloween celebrations for NYC kids. Head over to Scarecrows & Pumpkins at the New York Botanical Garden this weekend, Luna Park for its annual Halloween Harvest, the Bronx for Boo at the Zoo, or even a Halloween-themed puppet show. Plus, there's pumpkin chucking at NYSCI already and the very popular Fire Museum Halloween Party (tickets go fast! It is now sold out).

There's also new children's theater opening this weekend, pumpkins ready to be picked, and fall foliage hikes as the leaves begin to turn. Plus, we're halfway through the fall already, so time to scoop up the last of the NY-area apples, visit the city's only corn maze, and check out the final harvest festivals.

Remember, more options for this weekend, October 15-16, are available on our Event Calendar. Also, be sure to peruse our Fall Fun Guide and Halloween Guide for even more seasonal activities.

7 Places for Yummy Hot Chocolate With Long Island Kids

Ready or not, the cooler weather is coming. One of my family’s favorite ways to warm up is by enjoying a big cup of hot chocolate. And while you can make it at home, it’s always nice to get out of the house with the kids—after all, it can help squash any cabin fever the kids might be experiencing and there’s no cleanup for you. Here are seven places that serve up delicious hot chocolate and other yummy treats. For more cool weather fun, check out our Fall Fun Guide.

Knott's at Halloween: Is the Scary Farm for Kids?

Halloween haunts are a major part of autumn for some SoCal kids, and Knott's Scary Farm is the theme park haunt that launched them all 40-odd years ago. Touted as the largest Halloween event in the country, the Scary Farm's reputation for terror precedes it. But is it that scary—or Knott? The daytime Halloween attraction, Camp Spooky, is good, clean holiday fun with nothing to ruin a toddler's day; but long before dusk falls everyone cute and cuddly is shuffled to the exit, allowing an entirely different crowd to fill the park as the Berry turns Scary. Should your tweens be among that crowd? And what exactly goes on?

Best Indoor Obstacle Courses in NJ

Got kids who can't get enough of American Ninja Warrior? You're in luck: There are several places in New Jersey where little ninjas can try out obstacle courses like those seen on the popular TV show. As the weather gets cooler and new episodes of the show air, autumn is a great time to find the most exciting indoor courses to get your kids climbing, vaulting, tumbling, and balancing. From ropes courses and rock walls to parkour hurdles and ninja-riffic birthday parties, these New Jersey climbing gyms will keep your adventure-seekers moving right through the winter.

Haunted Halloween Houses and Not-too-Spooky Walks for NYC Kids

Looking for a not-too-scary Halloween fright for the kids? A tricked-out haunted house or slightly spooky Halloween trail just might be the right kind of boo for you.

Haunted houses long have been a popular suburban Halloween stapleLong Island, Westchester, Connecticut, and New Jersey are rife with them. And while NYC has gained several spooky haunted houses of its own, including Blood Manor, those are for grown-ups only. However, there are a handful of haunted houses in New York City that offer gentler Halloween chills for families.

You're sure to find spooky family-friendly attractions at pretty much every Halloween festival and fall fair. But we're skipping those to tell you about the best of the city's more elaborate and kid-friendly haunted houses and other spooky attractions for kids this year. Read on for the scoop—and heed the age warnings. While grade-school kids can attend most of these, not all are suitable for preschoolers.


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