Labor Day Weekend for NYC Kids: Carnival Rides, Tug Boats, Butterflies and Unicycles

The Labor Day holiday is always bittersweet—it's the last weekend before the kids head back to school, so we want to make the most of these carefree days. Perhaps one last trip to NYC’s great beaches and outdoor pools is in order before they close for the season. But there are too many cool things to do to sit around moping about the end of summer.

Looking for a great day or weekend trip? We've got lots of destination inspiration in our Family Travel Guide, including last-minute Labor Day weekend getaways, plus mom-reviewed nearby water and amusement parks.

But you don’t need to leave NYC to enjoy a special outing. Labor Day weekend brings many of our favorite family events of the month, including Staten Island's annual Richmond County Fair, the NYC Unicycle Festival on Governors Island and the West Side County Fair on the Upper West Side.

Read on for all of our Labor Day weekend picks. You'll find additional suggestions in our Event Calendar and Summer Fun Guide. Wishing you a fabulous end of summer!

Fall Foliage in New Jersey - 6 Great Parks for Autumn Leaves

Summer is touted as the best season to enjoy the great outdoors, with its barbecues, pool parties and sunshine. But I personally think autumn is the perfect time to venture outside - the air is crisp and the leaves are changing to vibrant hues of yellow, red and orange. We're at that sweet spot of the year where the heat has subsided but temperatures aren't cold enough to keep us indoors. You can pick pumpkins, star gaze, or head to an NJ park to look at the brilliant fall foliage.

Labor Day Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Shinnecock Pow Wow, Car Show, September 5-7

The end has come! Summer, that is. Before the back-to-school moans and groans set in, why not set out for a fun-packed family adventure this Labor Day weekend? From car shows to nature walks, Mommy Poppins Long Island has a family-friendly activity for you.

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CORNucopia at Philipsburg Manor: A-Maize-ing Fun for Westchester Families

Autumn is on the horizon and while many families may be spending these last few days of summer vacation trying to sneak in that last-minute getaway, for those opting to stay close to home, Labor Day Weekend ushers in the return of CORNucopia, the annual corn- and 18th-century-themed festival at Philipsburg Manor. Not sure about the fun factor at an event devoted to corn? You’ll be a-maize-d! My family and I attended last year and can't wait to return. Expect corny—and quality—fun.

Labor Day Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Fairs, Farms, and BBQ's September 5-7

For many in Connecticut, this past week was back to school, but it sure still feels like summer outside! Labor Day weekend gives us one last hurrah for summer--one more weekend to enjoy the beach, water parks, and pools before we focus all our thoughts on apple picking, fall foliage, and pumpkin patches (although some apple orchards have opened for the season including Blue Jay Orchards and Silverman's Farm (be sure to call any orchard before setting out for the day for updated picking conditions).

To see what else is happening around the state, browse the Mommy Poppins Family Events Calendar. For the latest and best family-friendly events, subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend with your family.

Apple Picking Near Boston with Kids: Pick Your Own Fun!

Nothing says fall in New England like a family excursion to the apple orchards. With many orchards to choose from, families can head a short distance from Boston for their choice of places to pick their own apples starting in late August through mid-October.

We’ve assembled a list of some of our favorite places to pick apples near Boston, but with over 50 farms in the area offering apple picking, there are many more to choose from. In addition to apple picking, many of the orchards offer petting farms, country stores, hay rides, corn mazes, and other kid-friendly activities, so leave plenty of time to take advantage of all these farms have to offer. You can also plan your child's fall farm birthday party at some of the farms.

And if you're looking for some ideas for what to do with all those apples, we've put together some of our favorite apple recipes for inspiration!
 

Apple Recipes for Kids and Families - Making the Most of Apple Picking Adventures

What to do with all those apples… Whether I’ve brought home a bushel or two from an apple picking excursion or been tempted by one of those handy tote bags full of of fresh apples from the grocery store, there comes a time each fall when I feel like I’ll never make a dent in our apple harvest.

So each year, we go in search of a new apple recipe in hopes of adding to our list of favorites. This year's find—inside out caramel apples—definitely makes the list. Instructions for these and some of our other favorite apple concoctions follow. Kids can even help with some of them; just be careful with the sharp knives.

Pick-Your-Own Apple Orchards this Autumn in Connecticut (Eastern CT)

It just wouldn’t be fall in CT without an apple picking adventure.   For us, apple picking means a beautiful day, road tripping with friends, eating nothing but donuts and apples for 5 straight hours…and the inevitable stomachache that follows! Fortunately, this year's apple crop is booming unlike last year.  If you are heading out to pick straight from the tree, definitely call ahead to see what's available.  Our Apple Picking Guide covers Pick Your Own Farms all over CT. Some farms to consider in Eastern CT:

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