Free Perks That Come with Your Westchester Library Card

If your library card hasn’t left your wallet in a while, it may be time to pry it from its confines and put it to use.

More than a means to borrow books, your Westchester library card is your ticket to a host of privileges that you might not even know about. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, so take this opportunity to get one for each member of your family if you haven’t already. Read on to see what you might be missing—and it’s a lot more than just reading!

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Indulge at the Southington Apple Harvest Festival

If you’re looking for a small-town fair big on entertainment, mouth-watering foods, and scrumptious desserts, the Southington Apple Harvest Festival, celebrating its 49th year and mentioned in our 30 Fun Things to Do This Fall in Connecticut is sure to deliver. Nestled around the charming Southington Town Green, this family-oriented event attracts about 100,000 visitors annually. Add free admission and free parking to the fact that purchases benefit local community organizations and businesses, and you have an all-around feel good experience. 

Weekday Picks: Mickey's Halloween Party, Spiders, Lobsters, & a Pumpkin Train

We don't scare easily, until we look up from our busy lives and realize Halloween is just around the corner! All the signs are there, including a few annual events that kick off this week—like Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland. Disney's special event evenings, when kids can trick-or-treat throughout the park, continue through Halloween, but tickets are very limited (so the park does not get overcrowded). Our insider tip: Hit up the treat stations early in the evening, then rent a locker to stow goodies, so you aren't hauling them around the park and onto attractions. We learned this lesson while climbing Tarzan's Treehouse with a treasure trove of treats in our backpacks!

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is also up and running for the season. The annual Halloween event features plenty of family-friendly fun, including the Pumpkin Train, haunted house, a hay ride and hay maze, panning for gold, and carnival games. The creepy crawlies are back downtown, too, with the return of the the Natural History Museum's Spider Pavilion. Visitors walk among orb weavers and their intricate webs, which might freak out some folks out, but rest assured the spiders aren't dangerous and prefer to keep to themselves. To know what to expect, read our review.

All that, plus Tuesday is Talk Like a Pirate Day—and Santa Monica Aquarium knows how to celebrate, putting parrots on landlubbers shoulders as they learn how to make rope and get those little ships in little bottles.

Besides these activities, there are plenty more ideas to be found on the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar; and be sure to check out our picks for the month in the September GoList.

Weekday Fun: Kindermusik Playdate, Harvest Moon Hayride, Fright Fest

As summer transitions into fall, what better way to spend the week than autumnal festivities and lots of freebies? Celebrate the new season at events like Ort Farms’ Apple Cider Kindermusik Playdate and Alstede Farms’ Harvest Moon Hayride and Night Time Corn Maze. Plus, have fun without spending a dime at Holmdel Library’s Magic Show, Long Hill Library’s Food Fun, Barnes & Noble's Storytime, and a Story Hour at Historic Cold Springs Village.

And if your schools are closed on Thursday and Friday for Rosh Hashanah, it's the perfect time to explore everything fall with activities such as corn mazes, pumpkin farms, day trips and more seasonal fun

Read on for our best children's events the week of September 18–22, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and September GoList for even more fall happenings.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Peace Day, Family Science, and Shopkins; Sept 18- 22

Looking for a treat to make busy September a little sweeter? Look toward the end of next week, when there's fun to be had from downtown stages to the country fields. As if the little plastic confections don't seem to pop up in every nook and cranny of your world already, Shopkins will be taking the spotlight on Thursday only; if you have a collector on your hands, grab your tickets now. And on Friday, the all-new Mega Farm Festival, a souped-up offshoot of all the family fun and great eats that Davis Farmland has long hosted, kicks off harvest season.

And yes, there's enrichment to be had this week, too. Homework helpers, those wonderful fairies who volunteer their time at the Boston Public Library, start their (free!) services in J.P. this week. There's a very special storytime focusing on world peace at the Mary Baker Eddy, and an opportunity to get the whole family thinking about science—and working together—at a fun event in Roslindale.

For more interesting activities this week in Boston and beyond, check out our Events Calendar.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Talk Like a Pirate, Pepperoni Pizza Day

While school is closed for Rosh Hashanah, lots of activities are offered for those who don’t celebrate the holiday. Consult our Event Calendar for our faves, as well as many events to choose from every day of the week!

In addition to the Jewish New Year, this week we Welcome Fall and celebrate lesser-known “holidays,” like Talk Like a Pirate Day and National Pepperoni Pizza Day.

Read on for more of our top picks, and be sure to sign up for our FREE weekly newsletters to stay in the know!

Weekday Picks: Connecticut Day, Shopkins, and Harold and the Purple Crayon, September 18-22, 2017

Happy New Year to all our readers celebrating Rosh Hashanah! May the coming year be filled with love, friendship, and joy! This week we've collected all kinds of activities including a fantastic party and book giveaway for anyone who's home from school on Thursday. If you've got the flexibility for a mid-week road trip, Connecticut Day at the Big E on Wednesday is a fabulous opportunity to show your Nutmeg Pride, and if you're staying closer to home, check out the Chickadees program in Mystic or splurge on a night out with the Shopkins Live.  

For more options, be sure to check our Event Calendar, which we update constantly with the latest and greatest local fun, and follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram so that you don't miss anything. Have a great week!

Weekday Events: Fall Fest, Music, and Movies

On Friday, the calendar turns officially from summer to fall. So this week it’s time to start enjoying the autumn adventures we love best, including apple picking and a fall festival.

Celebrate Hispanic heritage at the Long Island Children's museum or make an emoji bag at a DIY workshop this week.

School closed for Rosh Hashanah? Try a day trip to a cute Long Island town, marina, or another attraction like a petting zoo or nature center.

Remember to check out our Fall Fun Guide, as well as our fall fairs and festivals roundup to know what’s going on all over Long Island this autumn. Our September GoList is loaded with fun things to do through the end of the month, so check in if you're in need of ideas. 

And now on to the main event—our picks for the best in weekday fun.

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