Beginner's Guide to Homeschooling: Gym Classes and Sports

It's true that homeschooling creates a really unique and wonderful bond with your kids, but, sometimes, it's really hard. When you consider the fact that you're responsible for teaching your child everything, getting some socialization time in with other kids, and making sure they're healthy and physically active- well, it's just too much. That's why we started this monthly series of articles, to help homeschool parents, new and vets alike, find all the resources you need to make it a completely enjoyable experience. Which means, taking some responsibilities off of your plate. There are a lot of great classes out there, specifically for homeschool kids. Maybe there's a subject you don't feel comfortable teaching your child, or maybe you just don't know how to keep them active, or (real talk), maybe you need a break. We've found a lot of great phys ed, gym, and sport options to enroll the kids in to keep them healthy and strong. 

7 Long Island Historic Sites That Kids Will Love

History is plentiful here on Long Island, you just have to know where to find it. Famous residents have included poets and presidents, and there is no shortage of Gold Coast mansions and military installations as well. This all adds up to an impressive roster of historic sites, many which offer great photo opportunities and fun for kids.

For more educational spaces on Long Island, check out our Museum Guide.

A Visit to Pumpkintown U.S.A.

If you’re looking for a destination that celebrates autumn, grants pumpkins celebrity status, and leaves out the scary stuff, set your GPS location to Pumpkintown U.S.A., located less than 30 minutes southeast of Hartford. Here you can sit and chat with Barack and Michelle Gourdama, watch Arnold Squashernager flex his muscles, or crash the wedding of Tanya Turnip and Willie Joe Beet. They are but a few of the adorable pumpkinheads that will welcome thousands of visitors from now until the end of October. If you have children under age 10, Pumpkintown is a "must see" this fall, and be sure to browse our Connecticut Fall Guide for more fun ideas. 

Take the Kids to These Fall Fairs in New England

Fall brings with it a lot of fun traditions like pumpkin carving and apple picking. It also means it’s time for the annual fall fair, a really fun way for families to spend the day together. New England is home to dozens of quaint agricultural fairs that feature farm animals, midways with rides, and fair food like fried dough. We’ve rounded up one of the best fall fairs from each New England state so you can experience this classic seasonal tradition with your kids while enjoying fall foliage day trips all over the region.

12 Houston Area Farmers' Markets Not to Miss

Family trips to the local farmers' market are the best. There's just nothing that quite compares to walking past stands stocked with colorful produce and local treasures and knowing that whatever you bring home is going to be fresh, seasonal, and bursting with flavor. It's also a great way to encourage healthy eating with your kids; I know mine loves to pick out fresh fruits and vegetables to bring home each week!

No matter where you live in the greater Houston area, there's a farmers' market nearby. We've rounded up some local markets for you, so all you have to do is get in the car, grab a coffee (too cliché?), and go. 

Penguins, Puppets, and Daniel Tiger! Fall Theater for NYC Kids

Autumn marks the start of a new theater season, but you don't need to shell out big bucks on Broadway shows to give your kids a memorable live entertainment experience in NYC. This fall, preschoolers will go gaga for engaging, page-to-stage adaptations of some of their favorite picture books and TV shows like The Ugly Duckling, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, and Mr. Popper's Penguins. Meanwhile, school-age children can catch a pair of steampunk-styled spectacles—Cirque du Soleil's Kurios and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea—plus avant-garde offerings at Lincoln Center and La MaMa. Best of all, 10 of our picks are $20 or less per ticket.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Hoboken Fest, Play Day, Book Fair

Although it still feels a bit steamy in New Jersey, the seasonal fall activities are well underway in the Garden State. Round up the gang for apple picking this weekend during the fall festival at Terhune Orchards, try your hand at apple cider making at Tenafly Nature Center, or get a jump start on Halloween during the Giant Pumpkin Carve at the Salem County Fairgrounds.

For even more late September fun, head to the annual Hoboken Fall Arts & Music Festival, Play Day in South Orange, or the Princeton Children's Book Festival. And don't forget to score your tickets to a few upcoming Halloween events, including these fall train rides and the brand-new RISE, a stunning display of 5,000 hand-carved pumpkins that arrives in NJ for the very first time this Halloween season.

Looking for something new to do this fall? Sign up for a baby and me class with one of these 70-plus options around NJ, or check out our NJ Classes Guide and Directory of Listings to find something that's right for your child.

Take a look at our Event Calendar and September GoList for even more fun things to do with NJ kids.

Check Out a Free Museum or Zoo Membership Pass at your Local Suburban Library

Looking for something cheap or free to do to entertain the kiddos? If you live in the suburbs, go to your local library and you can check out passes for you and your family to visit a number of great nearby museums, zoos, and gardens. Each library has different policies when it comes to checking out library passes, so be sure to call or check in at your local branch before reserving. To search and see what's available, use the keywords "Museum Pass" in your library's catalog search. You'll only be able to check out passes in your county with your library card, so scroll down to your county to see what great passes you can find.


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