Halloween Thrills and Chills: Haunted Theme Parks Near Boston

Sure, a haunted house is spooky fun and a haunted castle is even better. However, if your kids have been there and done that, they might be looking for a more extreme adventure this Halloween. New England’s theme parks go all out for the most frightful holiday, mixing the thrills of the rides with chilling theatrics and special effects. Even if your kids aren't into the scary stuff, there is plenty of Halloween-themed fun to be had.

Crayola Experience Review: A Day Trip for Doodlers

There are few sights more satisfying than a quietly coloring, fully focused child. Entering the four-story Crayola Experience in Easton, Pennsylvania, does not exactly replicate that peaceful scenario, but there’s no doubt that it’s a kid doodler’s paradise.

Part creators’ studio, part indoor playground, this kid entertainment center is bedecked in bold primary colors with smiling crayons beaming at you from every corner. It offers more than two dozen art-making stations using the full spectrum of Crayola materials—paints, clay, markers and yes, crayons—as well as more active entertainment like a multilevel play, bounce and climbing structure, a water table and a “Move and Groove” dance-like game.

Read on for the full Mommy Poppins review.

10 Free Halloween Celebrations for LA Kids

If you've already spent on the Halloween costume (and perhaps a second one if you bought too early), and the pumpkin (and perhaps a second one if you bought too early), and the Halloween candy (and perhaps an extra aerobics class, if you bought too early), then you might have reached your limit with spending money on this mother-of-all kids' holidays. That's when it's time to start sniffing out all of the great free Halloween activities that keep the mood going at this haunting time of year. Never fear - there's a frightful number of free events for your little goblins. Here are 10 of our favorites - the scream of the crop!

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Halloween Camp In, Pumpkin Patch Day, October 24-25

Beautiful autumn weather weekends are dwindling fast, so put on those cozy sweaters and take the family out for an adventure. With Halloween just around the corner, there’s plenty of ghoulishly good fun to be had from the Pre-Halloween Trick or Treat event in downtown Westfield to the Halloween Camp In at Liberty Science Center to Night of the Living Zoo at Turtle Back. And to get your fill of all things autumn, head to The Great Pumpkin Festival at Heaven Hill Farm, Pumpkin Patch Day at Liberty Hall Museum or take a leisurely Fall Leaves Walk at Liberty State Park. Whatever you decide to do this weekend, we hope you enjoy it with family and friends. For even more activity options, check out our Event Calendar.

Superheroes Descend on New-York Historical Society

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superheroes in Gotham! The New-York Historical Society's brand-new exhibit debut celebrates our city's role in the creation of caped crusaders like Superman, Batman and Spider-Man, and the evolution of the genre from comics to TV shows to multimillion-dollar movies.

With only a few hands-on stations and lots of long passages to read, the exhibition was created with adults in mind. However, school-age kids who love comic books or superheroes will find plenty of things that make them exclaim, "Holy smokes!" Robin-style, including a Batmobile from the campy '60s TV series Batman and an original copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man. It's one of our top NYC fall art picks this season.

Best Professional Children’s Photographers in NJ: Capturing the Moment

‘Tis the season for holiday cards adorned with (professional) pictures of your cutie pies! Many moms today are hiring photographers to capture those very special moments in their child's lives, whether their child is 1 week old or 1 year old. Some of these experienced baby photographers will even travel to your home for a session. Here's a round-up of some very talented--and very patient!--New Jersey baby photographers who can capture some beautiful images of your baby.

Lower Hudson Valley Destination Playground: Hasbrouck Park in New Paltz

The leaves may be turning and the weather getting chillier, but this doesn’t mean kids have any less any energy. During our travels around the Lower Hudson Valley in search of fall fun, we checked out the Hasbrouck Park playground in New Paltz to see if it’s worth the trip and destination playground status. 

We’ve already told you about the many cool things to do in New Paltz, and we’re pleased to add this playground as yet another reason for families to head up to Ulster County. 


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