30 Top Things to Do in Brooklyn with Preschool Age Kids

Brooklyn is full of fun experiences for little kids, whether you live here or are just looking for new adventures. From pedal boating in Prospect Park to sharing Key lime pie along the water in Red Hook, we guarantee you’ll want to take your preschooler or toddler on these 30 must-do activities.

And one of the great things about these early years is that your kids may not be in school every day, so you often can avoid the weekends and enjoy some of these Brooklyn places without crowds.

Dance Classes for Kids in the Philly Area

Dance studios and classes come in a variety of styles for all ages. Some focus on fun and fitness while others trend toward competition and professional training. Many offer classes starting with Mommy & Me for the youngest dancers, and expand their variety as children get older and more skilled. Whether the aspiring dancer is into ballet, jazz, tap, modern, or hip hop, this list has something for everyone.

Best Halloween Events for NJ Preschoolers

Trick-or-treat! Kids of all ages love reciting those magic words and receiving bags full of goodies. However, walking through the streets and knocking on strangers’ doors may not be the best option for toddlers and preschoolers. Luckily, New Jersey offers plenty of opportunities for safe trick-or-treating in controlled environments. From pumpkin farms to amusement parks to community events, you can experience all the fun of trick-or-treat without the worry at these structured, family-friendly happenings. For even more things to do on and around Halloween, check out our Halloween Guide!

Apple Fest at Cane Island

Autumn is in full swing as we settle into October, and there are tons of ways to enjoy the marginally cooler weather, from fall festivals, pumpkin patches, and other family-friendly seasonal activities. I saw multiple billboards around Houston for Apple Fest debuting this month, and I decided my son and I would attend its opening day after realizing one of the festival's locations is a short drive from our home in Katy.

Halloween Train Show at Lasdon Park: Spooky Fun for Westchester Kids

With so many Halloween happenings in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, it can be hard to narrow down the choices on these limited October weekends. While many events are clearly geared toward older kids, the Halloween Train Show at Lasdon Park in Katonah is perfect for preschoolers, younger elementary kids or anyone who falls on the lower end of the scare-o-meter. 

The show is open on Saturdays and Sunday in October, and we have the scoop on what you need to know. Looking for more spooktacular things to do? Consult our Halloween Guide and sign up for our newsletters.

Weekday Picks: Celebrating Prime Pumpkin Season, Oct. 10-14

The calendar is a cornucopia of fall events, from pumpkin patches to fall festivals, from creepy crawlies at the zoo to hay mazes and tractor-drawn wagon rides. For more holiday ideas and inspiration, check out our lists of pumpkin patches and mazes, as well as this comprehensive guide of Halloween fun and activities throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties. 

If escaping from the approaching holidays is more your speed, there are lots of activities to help you do that as well, including film screenings and theater performances. Head on over to the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar, as well as our picks for the month in our October GoList. Read on for some of the highlights for this week.

Top Picks for Boston Kids: Toddler Tuesday, Midnight Zoo, Frightful Friday

You may have been so completely consumed by news of Hurricane Matthew's devastation and the presidential race that you missed a few local goings-on, so here's a quick rundown: Roxbury has a new place for kids to romp, Marcella Playground, and Henry Bear's Park opened a new location at Legacy Place in Dedham. (Stellabella Toys has closed, but Henry Bear's Park is accepting unused gift cards and coupons from Stellabella until the end of this year, which takes away some of the sting.) A cool new exhibition, Shakespeare Unauthorized, opens this Friday at the Boston Public Library and runs through March. Also, did you know the The Octonauts are coming to town next month? If you're still on the fence about getting tickets to Octonauts Live, read our review of the show.

Below, check out our top picks for kid-friendly fun in Boston this week, including a couple of Halloween-themed events and a free neighborhood celebration we look forward to all year. It's also time to register for winter classes and we have the scoop on everything from parent-child swim classes to ice skating lessons in our Classes Guide.

Itching for a vacation? Take a look at 15 ideas for a fun-filled New England getaway, and don't forget to vote for your favorite family spots in Boston – you'll be entered to win some seriously amazing prizes, including a vacation in Puerto Vallarta. 

Here's to a great week!

Weekday Picks: Chowder, Hay Mazes, and Ghost Tours: October 10-14, 2016

With Columbus Day and Yom Kippur this week, there's a lot going on here in Connecticut! If you're lucky enough to have Monday off, there's all kinds of long weekend fun going on from a tour of Graywall Farm in Lebanon to a build-a-scarecrow workshop in Greenwich to my family's own favorite, Chowder Days at Mystic Seaport.

Halloween activities are in full swing throughout the rest of the week as well, with the Hay Maze at Stew Leonard's in Newington, Pumpkintown USA is East Hampton, and the Haunted Hayride in Shelton--among many other activities that you can find in our Fall and Halloween Guide--all receiving visitors. Be sure to click over to our frequently updated Event Calendar for even more suggestions, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to be sure you're up to date on the latest and greatest activities this jam-packed holiday season.

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