Corn Mazes with the Kids in Fairfield County, CT

A trip to a corn maze is one of my favorite fall activities. Going through a corn maze gives you one of those rare opportunities to safely hand over the reigns to your child and let them be in charge of where to go and how to find the way out. What better way to bond than to band together and head straight into a place where you know you can get lost and the only way out is to concentrate on the map, read the clues and work together to get to the other side. Combine your trip with a pumpkin patch and cider mill and you've got yourself a pretty excellent fall day to make lifelong family memories. For more fall fun, check out our CT Fall Fun and Halloween Guide. These corn-y masterpieces are only around for a few weeks each fall so don't miss your chance! For even more ideas in your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter

Weekday Picks: LA Fleet Week, Tall Ships, and 3 Free Museums, Sept 5-9

Parents of kids who love boats, this is your week to be a hero. We launch Labor Day with the first ever LA Fleet Week, an event that the US military has been celebrating annually in other port cities since 1935. Active duty ships from the US Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Army dock in San Pedro to offer tours, demos, fireworks, and a STEM Expo. But wait—there's more! The week finishes with the annual arrival of the Tall Ships in Dana Point, including a Friday evening sunset sail and photo op.

And if two days of epic boat outings are not enough, there is always the option of filling the days in between with a visit to the Queen Mary or a whale watching cruise. It's enough to make a person crave a good seafood dinner; good thing we know some classic seafood shacks for summer evening indulgence.

As always, there are plenty more ideas to be found on the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar, as well as our picks for the month in our September GoList. School may be in session, but the fun carries on regardless; read on for our favorite outings this week.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Bread, Roses, and Free Classes Galore, Sept 5-9

The kids are back in school by mid-week, which means more time with the littlest ones who aren't yet old enough for those first-day-of-school photos. A stroll with baby and a few new friends sounds perfect. It's also time to choose classes, whether they're of the baby-and-me variety or after school extracurriculars for older kids, and this week is bursting with free open houses and trial classes in dance, music, and tumbling. It's not too soon to start a preschool search for your little one, as evidenced by the JCC's Preschool Open House in Newton. Contemplating classes and preschools for your kids also means the possibility of dropping serious cash, so we've chosen all free picks for you this week. (We do what we can.)

Our Event Calendar is overflowing with fun and festive opportunities to check out classes for kids this week. With themes, favorite characters like Angelina Ballerina, Olaf, and Mickey Mouse, refreshments, and crafts, they sound more like parties than trial classes. We're game!

Weekday Picks: Goshen Fair, Maritime Heritage Festival, & Hebron Harvest Fair : September 5 - 9, 2016

If your CT kid hasn't started back to school yet, most likely they do this week right after the three-day weekend. We've rounded up FREE apps to make back-to-school as seamless as possible. If you are thinking about preschools for next year you may be interested in bilingual preschool options in the Hartford area, or perhaps our list of nature based preschools across the state.  If you are looking for enriching after school activities, check out our CT Classes Guide.

This week's highlights include lots of Labor Day fun, including large country fairs and the Lime Rock Historics, game night at the library, and making 3-D paper buses from paper.  Read on for the best bets for this week, and be sure to click over to our jam-packed Event Calendar for even more options. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to be sure you don't miss a thing.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Pokemon Go Madness, Grandparent’s Day

If you’re singing the Labor Day blues—don’t! We promise you, there’s plenty more fun coming up for Westchester families.

One of next weekend’s headliners gets a jump start mid-week, giving you additional time to work the Holy Trinity Greek Festival into your schedule (opa!). This week is also time to Celebrate Grandparent's Day, and if your kids still have Pikachu fever, let them loose at Pokemon Madness.

Read on for our top picks for each weekday, and then visit our Event Calendar for more. Stick with Mommy Poppins for end-of-summer and autumn fun by signing up for our weekly newsletters and consulting our monthly GoList for stimulating family activities regardless of the season.

Enjoy Labor Day and the return to school!

Weekday Fun in NJ: Labor Day, Free Concerts, Butterflies

September is here and what better way to kick off a new month and the start of school than with a holiday weekend! Celebrate the bonus day off at Funplex’s Labor Day Party or Adventure Aquarium’s Penguin Awareness Weekend. Then, it’s back to school for most New Jersey kids, but you can still squeeze in those last licks of summer at Liberty State Park’s Summerfest and METC’s Family Friendly Concert Series. Don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options.

And if you're looking for more ideas to keep the kids busy on Labor Day, take a drive to a New Jersey day trip hotspot, get in one last splash at a sprayground, head to the apple orchard for DIY picking, or check out tons of fun New Jersey activities with 100 Things to Do in New Jersey with Kids Before They Grow Up.

Of course, keep an eye on the weather. With a tropical storm headed our way, you can expect some closures, especially along the Shore on Monday or any outdoor activities.

Weekday Fun: Theater Bargains, Cirque du Soleil, Must-See Art

The three-day weekend rolls right into the start of school for most NYC kids, so you may want to take it easy this week. We've rounded up FREE apps and lots of edu-taining ideas to make back-to-school as seamless as possible. For kids starting preschool, try these steps to ease the transition. Just starting the preschool search? Register to attend the Lower Manhattan Early Education Fair, organized by our friends at Hudson River Park Mamas. If you're in Brooklyn you might want to consider these 10 immersion preschools teachings little ones a second or third language! And if you're looking for stimulating activities for kids of any age, browse our list of Classes & Enrichment for NYC Kids. And don't forget that NYC just opened up registration for its FREE after-school program at rec centers.

This week's highlights include lots of Labor Day fun, the opening of the latest high-flying show from Cirque du Soleil at Barclays Center, and pay-what-you-wish admission at the New-York Historical Society. If you want to snag some inexpensive seats for Stomp, the Gazillion Bubble Show, or one of the other kid-friendly off-Broadway shows, the annual 20at20 promotion starts this week.  

Read on for the best bets for this week, and be sure to click over to our jam-packed Event Calendar for even more options.

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