Weekend Fun for Boston Kids, September 17-18: Curious George, Wild Weather, LEGO City

Are you ready to spend the day picking apples or choosing the perfect pumpkin? In addition to farm fun, there are oodles of outdoor activities on the calendar this weekend. Celebrate Trails & Sails on the shore and sea or jump on a swan boat for the last weekend of the season. Speaking of celebrations, everyone's favorite monkey is appearing at not one but two special birthday bashes at the library and in Harvard Square to share his joy at turning 75. How many kids are lucky enough to sing "Happy Birthday" to a monkey?

There's no shortage of indoor fun with weekend, either, with special programs devoted to wild weather, hacking, or designing with LEGO bricks. Finally, a bike ride or outdoor concert are other perfect ways to welcome fall in style.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full events calendar!

70+ Baby Classes Around NJ: Music, Gym, Art, Swim

Parent and child classes can be some of the most wonderful bonding activities during those early years (and months)—plus it's a great excuse to get out of the house! These interactive classes help babies, toddlers, and preschoolers forge new relationships with others, sample a host of playthings, and test out new skills.

In New Jersey, as is the case elsewhere, the class choices seem to multiply every year: music, art, yoga, sports, ballet, world languages, nature, swimming. You are sure to find something that will interest both you and your child. And, don’t expect these sessions to be filled with just moms. Dad, the nanny, grandparents, and all types of caregivers can join in the fun. Some classes offer independent play for toddlers, or even options where both siblings can attend.

Read on for a sampling of the best baby classes around New Jersey offerings. Find even more options in our NJ Classes Guide and Directory of Listings.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Hawks, Cider, and a Day of Play, September 17-18

The honeycrisp apples arrived at our farmers' market last week, and it feels like an excellent time to celebrate the fall harvest in Connecticut. On tap this weekend, there's Cider Saturday in New Canaan, the Raspberry Festival in Sherman, and of course, the beloved Guilford Fair.  Saturday looks like an auspicious day for apple picking so check out our guide to Apple and Pumpkin Picking to get some ideas before you set out.

These fall weekends are particularly action packed, and many pumpkin patches and haunted houses are still finalizing their schedules. Make sure that you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so that you won't miss any of the fun! As always, our event calendar is updated with the latest activities, and our top suggestions for fun this weekend are broken out below. Enjoy!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: American Gold Cup, Cider & Donut Festival

As the temperature starts to drop and families settle in to the new school year, fun events shift from hot dogs and ice cream to apples and pumpkins. So what’s in store for this weekend?

Festivals! You can have your fill of them in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, such as the Armonk Cider & Donut Festival. Also this weekend is the return of the American Gold Cup, an iconic equestrian event, with not only high-stakes competition but also fun family activities. For cultural fun, the FDR Pow Wow immerses visitors in Native American customs, while the Beacon Independent Film Festival features a day devoted to family programming and activities. And fans of the Caped Crusader can honor their hero at Batman Day.

Several of our top picks for this weekend appear on our September GoList, as it’s a big weekend for big events. Read on for the rest—then continue to our Event Calendar for even more great options!

Ways to Enjoy the Fall Foliage in Connecticut with the Family

Come October, millions of tourists from all over the United States and abroad flock to New England to catch a glimpse of the glorious colors of our fall foliage, to 'leaf-peep'. Nowhere in the world can you see such breathtakingly colored canopies as in our region. We have our sweet Indian summers and the diversity of our flora to thank for it. Yankee Magazine named Kent, CT one of the Best Foliage Towns in New England for five years running. Check out our day trip post to Kent to get the low down on what to do while visiting and soaking in the beauty of nature. For even more ideas in your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter.  Check out our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide for lots of other great info!

Weekend Fun: Poseidon Parade, Brooklyn Book Fest, Scarecrows

This weekend features six incredible September GoList picks, including Brooklyn Book Fair's second Children's Day, the annual Medieval Fest in Fort Tryon Park, the opening of Morningside Lights workshops, and a brand-new farm festival right in South Street Seaport. Plus enjoy fun outdoor fests like the Mid-Autumn Moon celebration in Chinatown and the 92nd Street Y's annual street fest.

For more family-friendly fun, head to the New York Botanical Garden for Scarecrows & Pumpkins, the mermaid and sea-themed Poseidon's Parade in Rockaway Beach, or a Star Trek-themed Family Day at the Paley Center. Whew!

Be sure to mark your calendars for next weekend's FREE Family Fun Day, Sunday, September 25, with Kumon Math and Reading Centers. Kids and parents can experience everything Kumon offers while enjoying face painting, chocolate tasting, and other treats!

Read on for all of our best bets for weekend fun. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar, our Fall Fun Guide, and just-released roundup on the city's best fall harvest festivals.

What Ages Get in Free at Philly Museums, Zoos, Gardens, Amusement Parks

Let's be honest, having kids can be expensive. Entertaining kids can be even more expensive. Museums, zoos, and amusement parks can be fun and even educational, but not always economical. Sometimes the best time to go is when the littlest ones can still get in with free admission. Maybe you can even check a few things off of your bucket list. To make it easy, we've created this list of which places offer free admission for what ages. So hurry up and plan that outing while the kids are still little.

Pumpkin Patches for LA, Ventura, & Orange County Kids

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...

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