Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Apples, Music, Museums, September 24-25

As the last weekend in September approaches, Philly families have many autumnal ways to spend quality time together. Whether it is enjoying the cooler weather outside, or visiting a local museum, our events calendar provides a variety of opportunities to celebrate the first official weekend of fall.

If you are looking for outdoor fun, pick your own apples while listening to tunes by Makin' Music at Linvilla Orchard's Apple Festival. Explore the grounds at Longwood Garden during Meadow Days. Cheer on your favorite dragon boat team at Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival. Or, take a ride to Lancaster's Long Park for Festival Latinoamericano, a celebration featuring live music, traditional dancing, and children's activities. After spending time outside, explore one of the many museums participating in Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! or visit Penn Museum for its International Day of Peace event.

Continue reading for this weekend's top picks. Be sure to sign up to receive our weekend and weekday newsletters delivered to your inbox every week.

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Weekend Fun: Atlantic Antic, Queens County Fair, Harvest Fests

Get ready for festival fun this weekend in New York City. Hit the massive Atlantic Antic and Bus Festival in Brooklyn, make your way to the Queens County Fair for midway delights and the opening of its corn maze, geek out at Submerge: NYC Marine Science Festival, celebrate Brooklyn's agricultural roots at Breukelen Country Fair, or one of NYC's historic landmarks at the Little Red Lighthouse Festival.

Already in a Halloween state of mind? Head over to Scarecrows & Pumpkins at the New York Botanical Garden or make your way to Luna Park for opening weekend of its Annual Halloween Harvest. Also on tap this weekend: Mommy Poppins and Kumon Math and Reading Centers are hosting a morning of family fun. Kids can enjoy face painting, a balloon artist, chocolate tastings, and more delicious treats while exploring the enrichment offerings from Kumon.

There's also new children's theater shows opening this weekend, fall art to see, and FREE museum tickets courtesy Smithsonian Museum Day. 

Read on for all of our best bets for the coming weekend. Remember, more options are available on our Event Calendar. Also, be sure to peruse our Fall Fun Guide for even more seasonal fun. 

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Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Book and Film Festivals, Sesame Street Live

The last weekend in September is swelling with arts events and fall festivals. You’ll want to attend them all, so grab your planner and read on to figure out how to squeeze everything in!

The big headliner is the return of the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival, where young bibliophiles get the chance to meet authors and illustrators, collect autographs, hear book readings and celebrate beloved literature. Kid Flix 1: The Best of the New York International Children's Festival is another highlight, where both curated children’s films and hands-on film-related activities combine to spark the imaginations of young cinephiles. Climb aboard the “Cultural Trolley” to visit the numerous venues opening their doors for arts immersion at the FREE New Rochelle Arts Fest, or take advantage of FREE admission at Smithsonian Museum Day Live! For little ones, rock out with your favorite Muppets at Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music.” 

Ready for more? Read on for details and other top picks, and then continue to our Event Calendar for even more great options. Be sure to consult our round-ups of Westchester and Hudson Valley festivals for more!

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Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Apples, Animals, and Native American Nature Walk, September 24-25

Fall is here! The days are still warm but the nights are beginning to turn crisp. It's time for apple picking, pumpkin picking, and corn mazes (win 4 tickets to Lyman Orchards corn maze here!). This is a prime weekend for fall fairs including the 40th Annual Apple Festival in Trumbull, the Durham Fair, and The Big E in Mass.. Check out our Halloween and Fall Guide. Haunted houses are starting to pop up around the state. Make sure you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so that you won't miss any of the fun! As always, our event calendar is updated with the latest activities. Our top suggestions for fun this weekend are broken out below. Enjoy!

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Harvest Festivals, Hayrides and Fall Fair Fun in New Jersey

Summer festivals may be retired for the year, but lucky us, it's harvest time! We've already celebrated a number of great family fairs in New Jersey this September, but the real-deal harvest celebrations are just gearing up.

From hayrides to pumpkin decorating (and picking), pie contests to scarecrow-building, live animals to live music, these local fall-tastic fairs offer something for everyone in the family. Some even incorporate a little early Halloween fun. Read on for nearly 20 great harvest fests in New Jersey, including the Harvest Home Festival at the Historic Longstreet Farm, a Pumpkin Palooza in Cherry Hill, and the annual Hoboken Harvest Festival.

For an unconventional fall adventure on wheels, be sure to check out our list of Halloween and Fall Train Rides, as well as our Fall Fun Guide for more seasonal activities around the Garden State.

SciTech Kids Opens UES Maker Space

After four years of running classes, birthday parties, and summer camps out of a variety of locations in New York City, SciTech Kids finally has opened permanent maker space for kids and grown-ups.

SciTech's new home on East 81st Street celebrated its grand opening on September 17, 2016. With City Council member Ben Kallos on hand to help cut the ribbon, founder Kim Magloire—a biologist, epidemiologist, science coordinator for NYU Polytechnic's Science Summer Research Program, and a mom—welcomed families to its assortment of tech stations.

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Beginner's Guide to Homeschooling: Gym Classes and Sports

It's true that homeschooling creates a really unique and wonderful bond with your kids, but, sometimes, it's really hard. When you consider the fact that you're responsible for teaching your child everything, getting some socialization time in with other kids, and making sure they're healthy and physically active- well, it's just too much. That's why we started this monthly series of articles, to help homeschool parents, new and vets alike, find all the resources you need to make it a completely enjoyable experience. Which means, taking some responsibilities off of your plate. There are a lot of great classes out there, specifically for homeschool kids. Maybe there's a subject you don't feel comfortable teaching your child, or maybe you just don't know how to keep them active, or (real talk), maybe you need a break. We've found a lot of great phys ed, gym, and sport options to enroll the kids in to keep them healthy and strong. 

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7 Long Island Historic Sites That Kids Will Love

History is plentiful here on Long Island, you just have to know where to find it. Famous residents have included poets and presidents, and there is no shortage of Gold Coast mansions and military installations as well. This all adds up to an impressive roster of historic sites, many which offer great photo opportunities and fun for kids.

For more educational spaces on Long Island, check out our Museum Guide.

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