Halloween Adventures at PA and South Jersey Amusement Parks

Summertime visits to an amusement park often mean dealing with long lines and hot weather. Fortunately, many parks around the Philadelphia area are extending the season into the cooler fall months with Halloween-themed attractions.  This can be a fantastic off-peak day trip for thrill-seeking families looking to enjoy a Halloween experience beyond the local parades and festivals. Several of the theme parks have kid-friendly attractions during the day, then transform into frightening tween-and-above entertainment zones.  There are often trick-or-treat opportunities and costume contests, so children (and even some adults) can gather candy goodies and show off their Halloween disguises. If your family is seeking some over-the-top Halloween fun ranging anywhere from silly to downright scary, check our list of amusement parks sure to provide excitement.  

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: MakerSpace Opening and Campfire Cookout, September 21-25

That chilly fall air will be here before we know it, so I for one plan to extend summer for as long as I can. Luckily, we've still got our pick of great outdoor events to keep kids happy all week. Looking to head indoors? Maker spaces are all the rage these days, and with good reason. What kid doesn't love crafting, building, and inventing? With the grand opening of a new MakerSpace (pictured) at the Children's Museum in Easton this week, kids South of Boston can get in the game. Finally, one last item to keep on your radar for the coming week: ArtWeek Boston opens on Friday with tons of special activities, many of which are free. 

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Weekday Fun: Hands-On Art Projects, Kite Flying, Maker Faire Preview, September 21-25

Many NYC kids are looking at another abbreviated week of classes with the just opened public schools closed on Wednesday and Thursday for Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha, respectively. We've added extra options for cool kid weekday activities on those days for families not observing the holidays. And don't forget, we told you last week about the great upcoming fall theater, local festivals and pumpkin patches and a newly opened Environmental Educational Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Our best bets for Monday, September 21-Friday, September 25 include the grand opening of the Children's Museum of Manhattan's interactive, NYC-themed installation, FREE collaborative lantern-making workshops, kite flying and a sneak peek at Maker Faire. Of course, you can find lots of other ideas in our jam-packed Event Calendar.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: STEAM, Locker Craft, Sewing, Sept. 21-25

The week ahead has lots of fun activities in store for Westchester families. If the building of the new Tappan Zee Bridge has piqued your kids’ curiosity, sign them up for Building Suspense. In honor of the upcoming Banned Book Week, which raises awareness that censorship remains an issue in the U.S., kids can take part with Banned Book Art. Kids can also get artsy with a sewing machine at T-Shirt Backpack Workshop.

Read on for our top picks for the coming week—all of which are FREE. There’s also plenty more where that came from! Head to our Event Calendar for multiple listings every day of the week.

Corn Mazes in PA: Take the Kids for Hayrides, Pumpkin Picking and Fall Harvest Fun Near Philly

The Fall season brings so many new activities that families can enjoy this time of year.  Traditional favorites such as apple picking and harvest festivals provide great fun for kids, but if yours are ready for a different adventure, add a corn maze to your weekend plans.

We have listed many farms in the area that have professionally designed mazes spanning several acres that can take up to two hours to complete.  Many of the large mazes have special themed games where visitors follow clues along the way, testing their knowledge and navigational skills.  Older kids will appreciate the nighttime flashlight mazes or scary Halloween themes while the younger set will enjoy the smaller hay mazes available at most farms.  Whatever your family’s adventure level is, this list is sure to have something for everyone.

Best Places to Trick or Treat This Halloween in Litchfield County

Litchfield County is a beautiful place to live and play especially this time of year. The rural setting makes for a very pretty picture indeed. In many areas, that same rural setting might not be the most conducive for trick or treating if the next house is a mile away! We have to get creative and go where the candy is so we've rounded up a few options for you. For more Halloween fun and ideas check out our CT Halloween and Fall Fun Guide which includes places to trick or treat in other areas as well. Be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter so that you can keep up with all of the fun events happening across Connecticut. 

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