Weekday Picks: Pirates, Doughnuts, Lobsters, and Pumpkins, Sept. 19-23

This week's activities offer a chance to bid adieu to summer and embrace fall, all at once. Kids can begin a lifelong obsession with the taste of lobster at the Redondo Beach Lobster Festival, beginning Friday evening. Oh sure, there will be bands, and carnival games, and stand-up paddle board lessons, but let’s face it: the tasty crustaceans are the stars of this show.

And while the weather is still nice enough for such coastal festivals, the changing of the seasons also brings out a bumper crop of fall activities, with pumpkin patches leading the way. The Pumpkin Patch at Irvine Park Railroad is among the first to open, while others get underway in the next week or two.

Our 10 picks for the week follow. For more activities, go to our Event Calendar and our monthly GoList. And stay in the know by signing up for our free weekly newsletter.

Exploring the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

The first time I went to the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center was to attend a wedding when I was almost nine months pregnant. I couldn't believe that this fairytale forest setting existed within the concrete jungle of Houston. The 155-acre nature sanctuary is on Memorial Park's west side, and it is a nonprofit facility that features five miles of walking trails as well as interactive exhibits and habitats.

Reasons Why You Will Love Mommy and Baby Yoga Classes

As a yoga teacher, I love that Houston has tons of yoga studios and varieties of yoga to choose from. From hot yoga, live music, partner yoga or practicing in a brewery - if there is a way to practice yoga, you can find it in Houston! Yoga offers a multitude of benefits, from increasing strength and flexibility to decreasing stress and tension. I credit yoga with decreasing my anxiety, improving my posture and helping me to become more mindful in my daily life.

When I was pregnant, prenatal yoga helped me to embrace my changing body while allowing my busy mind to quiet down. Once my baby arrived, I was no longer sure how to incorporate yoga into my life. I felt intimidated by the idea of attending a traditional yoga class as my body was still recovering. I also had to contend with the new challenge of finding somewhere for my baby to be. Fortunately, Houston’s yoga community did not disappoint, and I found two great mommy and baby yoga classes that offer two very different approaches.

Free Weekday Picks for Boston Kids, Sept 19-23

There are lots of wonderful (and free!) events happening this week: we're excited about a nature-themed scavenger hunt, meeting the author of some of our favorite picture books, and celebrating Rosh Hashanah with birthday customs from around the globe. What we're downright giddy about, though, is the return of Play Me, I'm Yours, a public art installation of street pianos painted by local artists and organizations. What better way to celebrate our beloved city than to set out on a quest to explore every Boston neighborhood and play every piano? Many of the pianos are located at some of our favorite places, like Sullivan's on Castle Island, the Esplanade Playspace, and at the Boston Children's Museum, and others will acquaint us with places we haven't been before. Join us on our piano hunt – 60 pianos to find by October 10 – ready, set, play!

Want more ideas? Check out our Event Calendar.

The Woodlands Children's Museum: Little Kid Heaven

The Houston Children's Museum is great, but it can be a bit overwhelming for younger children. The last time I took my toddler I could see the fear in his eyes as I tried to herd him and his cousin through seas of big kids. It's why I love The Woodlands Children's Museum because it is perfect for my family right now. The 11,000-square-foot facility is geared toward children up to age 10, and the best part is it is just small enough that I can sit in one spot for a good 5-10 minutes and still have my toddler in sight.

Weekday Picks: Star Party, Swan Lake, Durham Fair: September 19 - 23, 2016

Autumn is in the air as we get settled into the new school routines and this week there is plenty of fun to be had all around Connecticut. Check out Eshu Bumpus, as he entertains families with songs and stories, enjoy Swan Lake performed by the Russian Grand Ballet, or check out the Durham Fair, CT's largest agricultural fair. 

Thinking about pumpkin and apple picking? Cause now's the time! Our guide will help you find the perfect place for your next picking adventure.

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.

10 Kid Friendly Attractions at Kemah Boardwalk

Situated about 20 miles outside of downtown Houston, Kemah delivers a drastic change of scenery from city life without the long drive. It's packed with kid-friendly attractions that will keep the whole family entertained for hours, from rides to exhibits.

My toddler and I hit up Kemah Boardwalk one hot summer morning to take in all it has to offer. If you are interested in planning a trip for your family, here are 10 activities not to miss.

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