All A-Boo! Halloween and Fall Train Rides for New Jersey Kids

Halloween and hayrides go hand in hand, but have your kids ever heard of a "Halloween train"? If you have a junior train conductor in your family, don't miss out on one of these four seasonal NJ railway adventures. Take a seat in a vintage caboose, travel through gorgeous fall foliage, pick pumpkins to bring home, and even trick-or-treat onboard. After the ride, round out the day with autumn activities, from corn mazes to crafts to spooky scarecrows.

Check out our NJ Fall Fun Guide for even more seasonal family fun around the state, and find more cool fall train rides just over the border in Pennsylvania, from a haunted ride to preschooler-friendly Day Out with Thomas.

25 Splash Pads Around Houston

There's no denying that when the first heat wave of summer hits Houston, it hits hard. And as every Houstonian knows, once it comes it's here for the long haul - sometimes well into "fall." This means it becomes crucial to find fun ways to keep the kids cool without locking them indoors. Luckily, there is no shortage of splash pads here, and we rounded up 25 splash pads and spray parks that span all of Houston and its surrounding communities.

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Where to Go Pumpkin Picking in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

Autumn is in full swing and it's a beautiful time of year to be outdoors! We've told you all about the wonderful fall festivals and where to go apple picking. Now we're turning our attention to the great pumpkins.  

We've rounded up our favorite places to go pumpkin picking in the Lower Hudson Valley. Sure, you can buy your pumpkins from the supermarket or your local farmer's market, but if you're looking for a more authentic experience, head to a nearby pumpkin patch!

Looking for more fall activities? Consult our Fall Fun Guide and follow us on Facebook

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The Best Fall Pumpkin Picking for Families in the Philly Area

Celebrate harvest season with a special adventure to a pumpkin patch. Urban families can find pumpkins as close as Franklin Square in Philadelphia, or take a beautiful drive to a real working farm. Every pumpkin patch offers other family fun, such as festivals, hayrides, corn mazes, playgrounds, apple cider tastings— all while searching for the perfect pumpkin.

Weekday Picks: Pirates, Doughnuts, Lobsters, and Pumpkins, Sept. 19-23

This week's activities offer a chance to bid adieu to summer and embrace fall, all at once. Kids can begin a lifelong obsession with the taste of lobster at the Redondo Beach Lobster Festival, beginning Friday evening. Oh sure, there will be bands, and carnival games, and stand-up paddle board lessons, but let’s face it: the tasty crustaceans are the stars of this show.

And while the weather is still nice enough for such coastal festivals, the changing of the seasons also brings out a bumper crop of fall activities, with pumpkin patches leading the way. The Pumpkin Patch at Irvine Park Railroad is among the first to open, while others get underway in the next week or two.

Our 10 picks for the week follow. For more activities, go to our Event Calendar and our monthly GoList. And stay in the know by signing up for our free weekly newsletter.

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Exploring the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

The first time I went to the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center was to attend a wedding when I was almost nine months pregnant. I couldn't believe that this fairytale forest setting existed within the concrete jungle of Houston. The 155-acre nature sanctuary is on Memorial Park's west side, and it is a nonprofit facility that features five miles of walking trails as well as interactive exhibits and habitats.

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Reasons Why You Will Love Mommy and Baby Yoga Classes

As a yoga teacher, I love that Houston has tons of yoga studios and varieties of yoga to choose from. From hot yoga, live music, partner yoga or practicing in a brewery - if there is a way to practice yoga, you can find it in Houston! Yoga offers a multitude of benefits, from increasing strength and flexibility to decreasing stress and tension. I credit yoga with decreasing my anxiety, improving my posture and helping me to become more mindful in my daily life.

When I was pregnant, prenatal yoga helped me to embrace my changing body while allowing my busy mind to quiet down. Once my baby arrived, I was no longer sure how to incorporate yoga into my life. I felt intimidated by the idea of attending a traditional yoga class as my body was still recovering. I also had to contend with the new challenge of finding somewhere for my baby to be. Fortunately, Houston’s yoga community did not disappoint, and I found two great mommy and baby yoga classes that offer two very different approaches.

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Free Weekday Picks for Boston Kids, Sept 19-23

There are lots of wonderful (and free!) events happening this week: we're excited about a nature-themed scavenger hunt, meeting the author of some of our favorite picture books, and celebrating Rosh Hashanah with birthday customs from around the globe. What we're downright giddy about, though, is the return of Play Me, I'm Yours, a public art installation of street pianos painted by local artists and organizations. What better way to celebrate our beloved city than to set out on a quest to explore every Boston neighborhood and play every piano? Many of the pianos are located at some of our favorite places, like Sullivan's on Castle Island, the Esplanade Playspace, and at the Boston Children's Museum, and others will acquaint us with places we haven't been before. Join us on our piano hunt – 60 pianos to find by October 10 – ready, set, play!

Want more ideas? Check out our Event Calendar.

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