New Polar Express Train Arrives in NJ this Holiday Season

There's a new train chuffing into Whippany Station this Christmas season: Holiday revelers who want to ride the rails can hop aboard The Polar Express. This train ride will replace the Santa Claus Special, which has been run by the Whippany Railway Museum for the last 24 years. The Polar Express will be operated by the Morristown Erie Railway. 

And don't worry – if you're not quite ready to think about Christmas just yet, there's still plenty of fall fun to be had throughout New Jersey. 

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Pumpkins, Pixar, and Prehistoric Finds, Oct 15-16

There will be no problem finding pumpkins this weekend. You can find them here; you can find them there; you can find them everywhere. We've got 'em at the zoo, at the aquarium, on the farm, and on a railroad. (And another. And another. Pumpkins seem to like railroads.)

You know what else you'll have no trouble finding this weekend? Fossils. It's a big weekend for archaelogy in general, so dig in.

You know what else you'll have no trouble finding this weekend? Something awesome to do. Because it's October. In Los Angeles. Every day is like another treat in your basket. Dig in, pumpkin!

Keep reading for our most pumpkiny picks for this weekend...

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Enchanted Forest Trail, Spooky Fest October 15-16

Hop into autumn at the Sands Point Fall Festival or enjoy not-so-spooky attractions and activities at Spooky Fest at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning. Art and adventure await at the Westbury Street Fair. And approved for adults and children of all ages and abilities is the HappyFest Obstacle Course in Calverton.

Also, as the temperature starts to drop, now is the perfect time to peruse our Long Island Classes Guide to find indoor, educational opportunities for children of all ages.

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Weekend Fun For Houston Kids: Festivals, Pumpkins, Zoo Boo, Oct 15-16

With Halloween right around the corner, you can be sure to find plenty of spooky houses and pumpkin patches around to take the family to town. For something different this weekend, check out the Korean Festival or Italian Festival. If you are feeling adventurous, then drive up north for the Renaissance Festival.

October is so much fun in Houston. Browse through our entire calendar and narrow down your options by using our search functions selecting location, ages, and keywords. Don't see your event listed here? You can go ahead and add it yourself to our listings. And if you don't receive this post in your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter. Keep reading to learn about our top picks for this weekend in Houston! 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Minecraft, Cheesesteaks, Festivals Oct 15-16

Philly families have many amazing and unique options when looking for family fun this weekend. For the foodie, head to Lincoln Financial Field for Philly's Cheesesteak Festival. Those into building virtual worlds, won't want to miss Minefaire Expo held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. And, if your looking for the latest and greatest in baby products and parenting advice, be sure to stop by the first annual Philadelphia Baby & Family Expo.

If your family is still working on tackling the autumn bucket list, you are in luck. Take a hayride at Pennypacker Mills, trick-or-treat through the Chocolate Factory at Hershey Park, or paint pumpkins at Riverbend Environmental Education Center's Shiverfest. Browse through our round-ups highlighting fall train rides, fall festivals, pumpkin patches, and fall consignment sales too!

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Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Renaissance Faire, Pumpkin Carnival, and Ballet Spooktacular, October 15-16

Those crisp, clear mornings have put a spring in my step and reminded me once again that fall is my favorite time of year in Connecticut. This coming weekend is brimming with all manner of fall fun, from country fairs to school carnivals to Halloween adventures for the young to the slightly more mature.  

As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and our friends at Lyman Orchards are sponsoring a Paint the Pumpkin Pink event on Saturday that will raise funds for the Middlesex Comprehensive Breast Center. While you're there, do some apple picking, check out the corn maze, and (from noon to 4:00 pm) visit with some of our crafty Mommy Poppins crew who will be on hand leading a creative magnetic clothespin craft activity. 

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Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Cardboard Capers and Fall Festivals, October 15-16

After such a cold, rainy Sunday, my family and I are looking forward to getting back outside this weekend. With the autumn weather as crisp and sunny as it has been these past few days, now is the time to be out enjoying the activities of the season. A few fall favorites are the Boston Book Festival setting up in Copley for both days this weekend and the North Shore Food Truck Festival on Saturday in Stoneham. For baseball lovers mourning the end of the Red Sox season, the Fenway Park Experience is back in Faneuil Hall. I will be heading to the Fall for Scituate festival with my crew on Sunday for some hay rides and the apple cider donuts we get there every year.

In case our lovely New England fall weather does take a turn, there is plenty to do indoors at events like Paper Marbling at the Paul Revere House, Cardboard Explosion (pictured) at Puppet Showplace Theater, or the Art & Theater Workshop at the Arsenal Center for the Arts.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Speaking of trips, you can win one just for helping us pick our Besties.

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

Weekend Fun: Kids Fest, Open House NYC, City of Science

This weekend is loaded with fall fun, including Kids Fest in Madison Square Park, the Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch at the Queens Botanical Garden, and Diwali celebrations. Plus City of Science lands in Park Slope, and the annual Open House New York lets families go behind the scenes at many of New York City's most celebrated institutions, museums, colleges, and even private venues.

In a Halloween state of mind? Check out the upcoming Halloween paradesno-cost Halloween events, and the top Halloween celebrations for NYC kids. Head over to Scarecrows & Pumpkins at the New York Botanical Garden this weekend, Luna Park for its annual Halloween Harvest, the Bronx for Boo at the Zoo, or even a Halloween-themed puppet show. Plus, there's pumpkin chucking at NYSCI already and the very popular Fire Museum Halloween Party (tickets go fast! It is now sold out).

There's also new children's theater opening this weekend, pumpkins ready to be picked, and fall foliage hikes as the leaves begin to turn. Plus, we're halfway through the fall already, so time to scoop up the last of the NY-area apples, visit the city's only corn maze, and check out the final harvest festivals.

Remember, more options for this weekend, October 15-16, are available on our Event Calendar. Also, be sure to peruse our Fall Fun Guide and Halloween Guide for even more seasonal activities.


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