Places for a Family Bike Ride in Fairfield County, CT

For years, my husband and I have been saying that we need to get bikes.  So today, after a quick coffee stop (much needed) we drove to a nearby bike shop.  Now, the last time I got a new bike, the only decisions to be made were which color (blue or pink) and basket or no basket.  Well…things have changed!  Mountain bike, hybrid bike, street bike, racing bike, suspension, no suspension, road tires – my head is still swimming.  Somehow me managed to leave with two bikes ordered, ready for pick up in a mere 7 days.  So tonight I’m looking into bike trails that the five of us can tackle together before the cold weather sets in.  Listed are some nice places in Fairfield County. Hope to see you out there…I’ll be the one on the pink bike with the basket, no bell.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Reading & Beading, Fairy Ball, October 12-16

This week kicks off with Columbus Day; a day off from school, meaning an extra day to entertain the little ones. Just Bead Yourself offers all kinds of creative workshops on Monday, such as Pinkalicious Reading & Beading and Afternoon Tea with My Doll & Me, or take a Rockin’ Rocket Ride on Monday at RVCC’s planetarium. There are plenty of opportunities for preschoolers to burn some energy this week, including skating at Tyke’s Tuesday and Kidz Village’s Paint Your Own Pumpkin And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: CosPlay, Pumpkin Painting, Ghouls & Ghosts, October 12-16

Most families are enjoying a day off on Monday, so spend Columbus Day in costume in Cold Spring Harbor. Then it's time to focus on Halloween, with everything from pumpkin painting to rocking with ghouls and goblins this week to entertain the kids.

For even more fall fun, check out our Long Island Events Calendar, as well as our Halloween Guide. In fact, you can get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Hispanic Heritage Month Happenings, October 12-16

Raising bilingual and bicultural children can be quite a challenge, so it's wonderful to see all kinds of events cropping up to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. From a celebration with Mariana Iranzi (pictured) to a Spanish story time to an event with La Piñata, there are plenty of activities to immerse kids in the Spanish language and culture this whole week. There are also some other great activities to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather we've been having, including a fun hike for parents and babies. Be sure to keep an eye on the full Event Calendar for more happenings all month!

This Week’s Picks: Halloween Beckons! Pumpkin Patches, Spooky Movies, Terror Train, October 12-16

Halloween is one of my family’s very favorite holidays. My daughter has had her costume for weeks. I’ve been holding out but will likely break down and fill up the candy corn bowl before the week is over. While trick-or-treating and candy eating on the 31st are what it’s all about, in truth the joy of Halloween is in the anticipation. By mid-October celebrations are well underway; you may not want to carve pumpkins yet in this heat wave, but it’s a great time to visit the patch. Underwood Farms is especially fun, and a mid-week visit is a low-cost way to avoid the weekend crush.

Something I missed last year (won’t make that mistake twice!) is the Halloween Ghost Train operated by LA Live Steamers in Griffith Park. Oh, and it’s the second week of the month, so there are free days at The Autry and Japanese American National Museum if you and yours are looking for some non-holiday related fun. Read on for our favorite five things going on this week.

Weekday Fun: Columbus Day, Minecraft, Back to the Future Anniversary, October 12-16

Maximize your three-day weekend by fitting in extra activities on Monday—we've found 17 things to do with kids on Columbus Day! It's also the perfect day to kick off your Halloween revelry by hitting a nearby pumpkin patch or corn maze, shopping for a costume or going on a fall day trip.

Of course even once school and work start up again, the fun doesn't need to stop. Our best bets for Tuesday, October 13-Friday, October 16 include a Minecraft club, a FREE storytime for tots, a teen night out at the Met and one of our top picks of the month, a multimedia anniversary screening of Back to the Future.

As always, you can find lots of other ideas in our Event Calendar and Fall Fun Guide.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Halloween Sewing, Book pARTy, Haunted Street, Oct. 12-16

Such a fun week lies ahead, with a mix of both seasonal and anytime activities to delight Westchester families! While the “big” fall events tend to be reserved for the weekend, these “just right” happenings are perfect for a weekday.

Fun Halloween options include Sewing Trick or Treat Pouches and the kick-off of Haunted Huguenot Street, while a departure from the fall theme is the chance to be very grown-up at the Exhibition Opening for “Dancers Among Us.”

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Best Corn Mazes for Kids in Westchester and Lower Hudson Valley

In our quest to find the best fall fun in Westchester and the Lower 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, and with our available weekends rapidly dwindling, you can get a one-stop deal with plenty of all-day fun.

For even more ideas, be sure to check out our Event Calendar!

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