Ways to Enjoy the Fall Foliage in Connecticut with the Family

Come October, millions of tourists from all over the United States and abroad flock to New England to catch a glimpse of the glorious colors of our fall foliage, to 'leaf-peep'. Nowhere in the world can you see such breathtakingly colored canopies as in our region. We have our sweet Indian summers and the diversity of our flora to thank for it. Yankee Magazine named Kent, CT one of the Best Foliage Towns in New England for five years running. Check out our day trip post to Kent to get the low down on what to do while visiting and soaking in the beauty of nature. For even more ideas in your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter.  Check out our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide for lots of other great info!

Weekend Fun: Poseidon Parade, Brooklyn Book Fest, Scarecrows

This weekend features six incredible September GoList picks, including Brooklyn Book Fair's second Children's Day, the annual Medieval Fest in Fort Tryon Park, the opening of Morningside Lights workshops, and a brand-new farm festival right in South Street Seaport. Plus enjoy fun outdoor fests like the Mid-Autumn Moon celebration in Chinatown and the 92nd Street Y's annual street fest.

For more family-friendly fun, head to the New York Botanical Garden for Scarecrows & Pumpkins, the mermaid and sea-themed Poseidon's Parade in Rockaway Beach, or a Star Trek-themed Family Day at the Paley Center. Whew!

Be sure to mark your calendars for next weekend's FREE Family Fun Day, Sunday, September 25, with Kumon Math and Reading Centers. Kids and parents can experience everything Kumon offers while enjoying face painting, chocolate tasting, and other treats!

Read on for all of our best bets for weekend fun. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar, our Fall Fun Guide, and just-released roundup on the city's best fall harvest festivals.

What Ages Get in Free at Philly Museums, Zoos, Gardens, Amusement Parks

Let's be honest, having kids can be expensive. Entertaining kids can be even more expensive. Museums, zoos, and amusement parks can be fun and even educational, but not always economical. Sometimes the best time to go is when the littlest ones can still get in with free admission. Maybe you can even check a few things off of your bucket list. To make it easy, we've created this list of which places offer free admission for what ages. So hurry up and plan that outing while the kids are still little.

Pumpkin Patches for LA, Ventura, & Orange County Kids

The time has come to surrender to the Great Pumpkin. Mind you, the big guy is spoiled for choice around the Southland in Halloween season. We won't presume to call one pumpkin patch more sincere than the others, but LA’s pumpkin patches (and pseudo pumpkin patches) run a satisfying gamut from small to large, folksy to commercial. Whether you're hoping for a hit-and-run Halloween photo or a day's outing in autumnal reverie, your destination is below...

Harvest Festivals, Pumpkin Patches, and Hayrides in NYC

If you think you need to head out to the 'burbs for an authentic fall harvest experience, we've got good news: You can pick the perfect pumpkin, go on a hayride, ride a pony or meet farm animals, and even get lost in a massive corn maze right here in NYC. Did we mention we're excited for fall in the city?

So if you're looking to skip the car rental, hop onto the subway instead to head out to these fall harvest festivals and pumpkin patches, all located within the five boroughs. Looking for more fall fun? Check out our NYC Fall Guide for the best of the season.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Bugs Galore, Kidz Bop, Street Fairs

Now that we're back into the swing of school and September schedules, how about a fun family outing for the whole gang? This weekend is full of engaging events like the Fall Drum Circle at the Grounds for Sculpture, the Kidz Bop anniversary concert at the BB&T Pavilion and the All About Downtown Street Fair in Jersey City. Also check out two great storytime events: Bugs Galore at the NJ State Museum and The Best Days Are Dog Days at Watchung Booksellers. 

Need to please kids of different ages? Try one of these family outings in NJ that work for kids as young as two on up to teens. Preschoolers parents might peruse our Best Fall Events for NJ Preschoolers roundup to score tickets now to hot shows and festivals. Of course, apple picking is always a hit; you can even try these low-spray NJ orchards.

For more options, take a look at our full Event CalendarSeptember GoList, and just-released Fall Fun Guide. In a back-to-school kind of mind? Check out our NJ Classes Guide and Directory of Listings to find something new to do this fall.

Storytimes for NYC Kids: Read Your Way Around Manhattan

Storytimes are a great free—or super low-cost—kid activity that can often provide the incentive families need to get out of the house on those rainy, cold or snowy days when cabin fever is likely to set in. Hosted throughout NYC at libraries, bookstores, museums, and other fun places, most of these baby and kid reading sessions don't require reservations, making it easy to just drop in. Plus, many of these storytimes incorporate arts and craft projects and, considering the venues that host them, a story hour can easily turn into a full morning or afternoon of fun.

Read on for our most up-to-date list of storytimes for fall and winter 2016 in Manhattan. Also, be sure to peruse our post on NYC's best independent bookstores for kids for more reading inspiration, and if you're in the outer boroughs, we've also written about storytimes in Brooklyn and in Queens.

Where to Get Fit with Baby: Mommy & Me Fitness Classes

It’s hard to make the time to get back into shape after baby arrives, and maybe even more so once that bundle of joy begins to crawl and walk. Try one of these gyms that offer babysitting, or if you're not quite ready to leave baby, check out a Mommy & me fitness classes. Moms bring their babies, some snacks or toys, water bottles, and enjoy time with the baby while stretching, strengthening and nurturing their bodies. 


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