Pumpkin Patches: Where to Go Pumpkin Picking in Westchester & Hudson Valley

Autumn is in full swing and it's a beautiful time of year to be outdoors! This month we've mentioned wonderful fall festivals and where to go apple picking in Westchester and Rockland as well as Dutchess and Orange

Now with the Halloween season upon us, we've rounded up the best places to go pumpkin picking in 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!

Pumpkin picking is a great family outing and kids have loads of fun scouring the fields to find the perfect gourd. As we mentioned with apple picking, be sure to call ahead to confirm hours, crop availability and attractions. 

 

Along Came a Spider Pavilion: Creepy Fun for LA Kids

While some may ring in the Halloween season by smearing shrubs with 99-cent store fuzzy webbing and plastic spiders, the arachnid purists over at the Natural History Museum have a more organic approach. Each autumn a screened pavilion on the museum’s South Lawn becomes home to more free-range, eight-legged tenants than anyone in his right mind could want – in short, an arachnophobe’s worst nightmare and an eight-year-old boy’s version of heaven.

Pumpkin Picking Farms & Corn Mazes On Long Island

Plenty of pumpkins, nestled alongside mysterious corn mazes and the occasional haunted house, await Long Island residents this fall. Some pumpkins are pre-picked and neatly arranged in a pumpkin patch, while others are available for picking right off the vine. All of the farms listed here provide either carts or wheelbarrows to transport the pumpkins. Read on for our pumpkin picking tips, as well as a list of farms throughout Long Island. For more pumpkin picking destinations in the tri-state area check out Pick Your Own Guide: Where to Pick Your Own Fruits and Vegetables in New York, New Jersey, Long Island, and Connecticut.

And for more seasonal fun, check out our Long Island Halloween Guide, as well as sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Great Pumpkin Festival, Nature Quest, Sept 26-27

Fall is officially here and you can savor the first weekend of the season with some awesome fresh-air activities: get a head start picking out an orange beauty during Heaven Hill Farm’s Great Pumpkin Festival, sample local eats and let the kids get their faces painted at Hoboken’s annual Fall Arts & Music Festival or test your outdoor knowledge during The Great Nature Quest at Echo Hill Park. And if you need a few more ways to keep the kiddos entertained, check out Open Cockpit Weekend at the Aviation Museum, Insect Insanity at Cora Hartshorn Arboretum or Batman Day Storytime at Watchung Booksellers. Whatever you decide to do this weekend, we hope you enjoy it with family and friends. For even more activity options, check out our Event Calendar .

The 10 Best Pancake Spots for NYC Kids

We've sleuthed out the most scrumptious spots serving up pancakes—that very essential kid food—in NYC.

Sure you can find pancakes on nearly every brunch menu across the city, or you could whip up a batch (pour mix into bowl, add water) when your kid asks for them AGAIN! this week, but not every flapjack is created equal. Why not let NYC's pros handle this one? Besides, New York is one of the best places to take kids out to try new foods, and pancakes are no exception. We've found the best classic blueberry pancakes, red velvet pancakes, gluten- and dairy-free varieties, cheap and fancy ones, and crepes, too!

Read on for your next family brunch outing.

Pumpkin Patches for LA, Ventura, & Orange County Kids

Halloween costumes have replaced back-to-school sales, and the spiders have moved in at the Natural History Museum; the time has come to surrender to the Great Pumpkin. Mind you, the big guy is spoiled for choice around the Southland in Halloween season. We won't presume to call one pumpkin patch more sincere than the others, but LA’s pumpkin patches (and pseudo pumpkin patches) run a satisfying gamut from small to large, folksy to commercial. Whether you're hoping for a hit-and-run Halloween photo or a day's outing in autumnal reverie, your destination is below...

20 Things to Do in Boston with Kids This Fall

Ah, fall… can there be a better season to get out and do things as a family in Boston? The draining heat of summer is behind us, back to school jitters have subsided, and the threat of winter’s cold and snow is (hopefully) still weeks away. The beauty of nature surrounds us and family fun is plentiful, whether you want to experience a little culture or frolic on a farm. To herald in the season, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite, must-do autumn activities for families.

Fall Fairs and Festivals in the Hartford Area

There's nothing like fall in New England. The crisp air ushers in many time-honored traditions -- foliage hikes, apple picking, hay rides to pumpkin patches, and the start of the fall fair and festival season. Connecticut offers some of the best fairs in New England, filled with family fun and activities. Nothing is better than fried dough, midway games, rides, kettle corn, and the sweet stickiness of caramel apples and apple cider. Check out the options below along with our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide; with the variety of fairs offered in greater Hartford, there is something for everyone! 

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