Fun Fall Harvest Festivals for NJ Families

Here comes Fall! As much as I love summer, I find myself looking forward to this season's arrival more and more every year. The cooler weather, crunching of leaves underfoot and pumpkin-flavored everything are all highlights of the season. And let’s not forget Halloween! New Jersey has many wonderful fairs and festivals for your family to enjoy this autumn—grab the kids (and a jacket) and check out these great fall events coming to a town near you.


News: STEM City? Mini Maker Faires Arrive and Computer Science Push at Schools

Good news for budding Makers everywhere: A nationwide series of Mini Maker Faires will arrive in NYC this fall. A partnership between Barnes & Noble and Make: Magazine will bring mini workshops that encourage kids to experiment with technology like robotics and 3D printing to city stores November 6-8.

Of course, don't forget that the massive World Maker Faire kicks off on Saturday, September 26, in Queens at the New York Hall of Science. (It's a Mommy Poppins September GoList and top weekend event pick.) 

A weekend workshop is one thing, but Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to make sure NYC kids have access to computer science every day with a new city school initiative. Read on for the scoop on this and other parenting news this week, including Midtown's new food hall and the best ways to navigate city streets during the pope's visit.

Where to Swap Baby and Kid Clothes and Toys in NYC

Clothing and toy swaps are such a New York City necessity. Buying brand-new clothes and toys every time your tot outgrows something (that often still has the tags on!) just doesn't make sense. It's environmentally unsound, and wastes money and space, something we NYC families already have too little of. Luckily, a number of neighborhood and city groups offer family-friendly swap events where you can trade in gently used children's items for new-to-you finds. It's easy—and painless on your wallet.

We've got the scoop on the top swaps in the city so you can find the right one for your family.

Pumpkin Carving Events in New Jersey

The kids are excitedly preparing for Halloween, with visions of candy, costumes and pumpkins dancing in their heads. New Jersey is home to many wonderful pumpkin-themed events this season, everything from elaborate pumpkin exhibits to carving competitions to good old-fashioned pumpkin picking and decorating. Read on for our top picks and check out the Mommy Poppins NJ Halloween Guide for more fun events.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Blood Moon, Museum Day, and Abbot Kinney September 26 - 27

This weekend, we moon you six ways to Sunday.  We're going to fool moon you, harvest moon you, and blood moon you; we're going to moonrise you,  Chinatown moon you, and now-you-see-me, now-you-don't, lunar eclipse moon you. We might even moon you in other ways, but pics or it didn't happen, capiche?

And because nothing is more welcome when the Earth is plunged into total darkness than a visit from those eight-legged creatures of the class arachnida, we're gonna throw in some spiders for good measure. Lots of them. Roaming free. Possibly hungry for blood, possibly not. Definitely creepy crawly.

And though the sky may or may not be falling, it is in fact fall, so throw back a few pumpkin lattes and reconnect with the earth. Start plotting which autumn harvest train ride, pumpkin patch, happiest spookfest in So Cal you're going to hit. (It's never too early to break out the costumes, and no one has ever looked a free treat in the mouth).

Did some one say free treat? Hello! Free coffee and donut! Who loves ya, baby? Mommy Poppins, that's who; to the moon and back!

 Keep reading for our mooniest picks for this weekend....

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Papal Visit, Smithsonian Museums September 26-27

We’ve been hearing about it for weeks, maybe months. The Pope is visiting Philadelphia! Whether you are venturing into the city for the Festival of Families, the Papal Mass or exploring the Religious Liberty exhibit at the National Constitution Center, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed.

However, if you’d prefer to avoid Philly altogether, the suburbs have much to offer this weekend. Explore a Smithsonian Museum such as Glencairn Museum, National Toy Museum or Delaware Museum of Natural History as they celebrate Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live. Or, embrace nature at Linvilla Orchards' Apple Festival, Bucktoe Creek Perserve's Children I-Spy Birding event or Riverbend Environmental Education Center's Play is Natural children's program.

Below are our top weekend picks but be sure to browse through our events calendar to find additional ideas. Whether you spend your weekend in the city or out in the suburbs, enjoy!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: ArtWeek and Kids Really Rock, September 26-27

The lineup of cool activities going on as part of ArtWeek Boston is enough to keep our calendars full this weekend. With all kinds of exhibits and performances, including some specially designed for kids, families can make a day of it in and around town. Whether your little ones like to rock to great music, listen to a storyteller, or explore performing arts, you can find it this weekend.

If you're looking to get the family outdoors, Sunday's full moon or an afternoon at a harvest hoedown might offer the perfect respite from the back-in-school craziness. 

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

  • One of these local theater classes might be the perfect thing for any budding thespians in the house.
  • Fall is here, and the season brings with it plenty of fun things to do!
  • It's time for one of our favorite fall traditions: Pick your family's perfect pumpkin at one of these pumpkin patches.

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Festival by the Sea, Long Island Fair, September 26-27

Fall is in full swing with a number of outdoor carnivals, rides, fare and family fun. Be sure to check out our complete roundup of Fall Fairs and Festivals. And with October fast approaching, you'll also want to check out our Halloween Guide for plenty of spooky (and not so spooky) fun with the kids.

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