The Best Apple Cider Doughnuts in Westchester

Quick survey: What’s your favorite part about fall? If your priority list looks anything like ours, apple cider doughnuts have secured a top spot. Think of them as the reward you earn after long hours of apple picking.

We've gathered up our favorite places, many of which offer them fresh from the fryer so they're still warm when you buy them. Looking for more fall fun? Take a look at our Fall Fun Guide and follow us on Facebook

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.

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Corn Mazes in PA: Take the Kids for Hayrides, Pumpkin Picking and Fall Harvest Fun Near Philly

The fall season brings so many new activities for families to enjoy. Traditional favorites such as apple picking and harvest festivals provide great fun for kids, but if yours are ready for a different adventure, add a corn maze to your weekend plans.

We have listed many farms in the area that have professionally designed mazes spanning several acres that can take up to two hours to complete. Many of the large mazes have special themed games where visitors follow clues along the way, testing their knowledge and navigational skills. Older kids will appreciate the nighttime flashlight mazes or scary Halloween themes, while the younger set will enjoy the smaller hay mazes available at most farms. Whatever your family’s adventure level is, this list is sure to have something for everyone.

Weekday Picks: Makerspaces, Movies, and the Beginning of Halloween Fun: September 26- 30, 2016

My household has been energized by the autumnal dip in temperature and humidity. Suddenly it's fun to be outside again! Unfortunately, we're also settling into our school routines and with homework and swim practice, there are only so many hours in the day for fun. We've made a plan for the week ahead and hope to see you at some of the following activities, whether on a non-scary pumpkin adventure, at a provocative film about the educational system, or checking out a life-sized beaver lodge.

If you've got apple picking on your mind, the weekdays  can be a great time to beat the crowds. Check our guide to find the perfect place for your next picking adventure (always double check the picking conditions/hours before heading out).

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Days and Times for FREE Admission to Houston's Museums

For tourists and locals alike, Houston provides a culturally diverse selection of museums, art centers, and gardens. However, many individuals may not know that these locales are completely free or offer free admission on certain days and times. Keep this list nearby when planning your next visit. 

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Twister Competition, Fall Carnival

As we say goodbye to September, we say hello to fall, embracing all the autumnal fun that comes with the chillier weather.

Though summer is over, that doesn’t mean that carnival fun has to be! Keep it going at Fall Carnival. Alternatively, get tangled in the Twister Competition. For a more pragmatic opportunity, both parents and their tweens can pick up some pointers on how to be Home Alone from a former emergency responder.

These are just a few of our top picks for the weekdays ahead. Read on for the rest and for additional details, and don’t forget to turn to our Event Calendar  for many more options!

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19 Corn Mazes for Kids Near NYC

Navigating the twists and turns of a giant corn maze is the perfect fall outing for adventurous NYC families. Yet, with dozens of mazes scattered throughout the rural parts of our tristate area, the real challenge is deciding which one to visit.

My family loves our annual corn maze romp to the local Queens County Farm Museum's Amazing Maize Maze. It's just the right size for kids, includes fun challenges and clues—and doesn't take all day to get to. However, if you're looking to get out of the city for that true country feel or headed upstate or elsewhere for a long weekend getaway, we've also compiled a list of almost two dozen of the area's best corn mazes—most within 90 minutes of NYC.

We've broken down our picks to let you know which are better for older kids vs. preschoolers, which are accessible by train and which has the best doughnuts. Most farms include extra seasonal things to do like pumpkin picking, pony rides, petting zoos and even a 100-foot monster slide in one case—all of which adds up to a perfect day trip this fall.

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Free Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Monkeying With Robots and Zoo Animals, Sept 26-30

Calling all fans of fall in New England: The apples are ready for picking, the corn mazes are ready for solving, and the pumpkins are ready to be turned into jack-o-lanterns. Local farms can get crowded during the weekends, so if you have little ones and can swing a weekday visit, we highly recommend it. Most apple orchards are open during the week, the Marini Farm and Connor Farm corn mazes are open daily, and low-key pumpkin picking, without all the bells and whistles, is available daily at a handful of farms. If you can sneak away for a day trip, we have five great ideas for combining a short getaway with an apple picking excursion. Get all the farm-tastic details in our Fall Fun Guide.

If you're already thinking about a family vacation to someplace warm this winter, we have a deal for you: tell us about your favorite, go-to family spots in Boston, and you'll be entered to win a swagalicious trip and other super-snazzy prizes.

Check out our top, FREE picks for kid-friendly fun in Boston this week. Our Event Calendar is always full of cool things to do, too. Have a great week!

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