This Weekend's Fun for LA Kids: Dino Fair, Museum Day, Abbot Kinney Fest

We've been bemoaning the end of summer for a while now (back in school with summer favorites come and gone) so this may come as a surprise to you, but fall only officially starts this weekend. We're still saying goodbye to a few suspiciously summery series, with the LA County Fair and Festival of Children ending this weekend.

Yet for a supposedly autumnal weekend, there are a whole lotta festivities going on: festivals that splash, festivals that roarfestivals that make you shout Opa!  Festivals that remind you LA is a series of small towns, (with some very happening streets!), festivals that wiggle and waggle and put the dog on the board, festivals that make you put on a bib. And that's not half the festive festivities we've got going on this weekend.

Summer? It ain't over til the fat talented lady starts singing.  

Fall into our favorite picks for this weekend...

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Pumpkins, Trolls, Stargazing, Sept 23-24

Friday is officially the first day of Fall, but we know in Houston we'll have the summer-like weather for a few more weeks, so let's make the most out of it with many fall adventures all over town. Start planning your next photo opportunity at a nearby pumpkin patch, schedule your next hay ride with the kids, or a visit to a farm corn maze with the entire family. Plan ahead with this list of fall festivals with your family and friends. 

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Meanwhile, our September GoList is winding down but still offers oodles of fun, and our Fall Fun Guide is only gaining speed. Make sure to see our event calendar for things to do on any particular day of the month —there's no shortage of fun things to do this Fall! 

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It's time to check out what's going on this weekend: 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Shopkins, PJ Masks, Museums September 23-24

Children in the Delaware Valley are certainly in for a treat during this first weekend of autumn. An array of amazing entertainment and activities can be found in our event calendar.

Philly kids who are big fans of the little toys called Shopkins are going to love Shopkins Live! as the Shopville gang takes the stage at The Keswick Theater. Like PJ Mask from Disney Jr.? See Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko at the Merriam Theater. Thomas the Tank Engine can be found on the rails at Strasburg while the Disney princess, Mulan, is back on the big screen at your local AMC Theater. Even though Halloween is over a month away, Philly families can get started with some spooky fun. Events such as Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest for older kids and The Count's Halloween Spooktacular for little ones begin to creep into the calendar.

Families seeking free activities can experience Smithsonian Magazine Day Live which allows visitors free admission for two guests at some fantastic local venues such as the Hagley Museum, Mercer Museum, Woodford Mansion, and Penn Museum. Other free opportunities include Techgirlz Robotics, Javascript, and Inforgraphics workshops for girls ages 12-14, or the APS Annual Garden Party held at Jefferson Gardens, perfect for the entire family.

For more autumn fun, browse through our comprehensive Fall Activity Guide and make it a great weekend!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Outdoor Art, Jazz, and Fluff, Sept 23-24

After dealing with a sick kiddo last weekend, everyone in my household can't wait to get out this weekend. We'll be heading to JP to enjoy our favorite open studios event of the year. There's also a huge event for teen bookworms, a fall fest (complete with a pumpkin drop!), and the marshmallow-iest festival in the world

Celebrate Newtonville with some jazz, dance in the streets of Allston, or walk 26.2 miles for a good cause (or cheer on the walkers!). Whatever you do, I hope you stay healthy and germ-free! 

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Need more family fun ideas? Check out our full events calendar.

Weekend Fun: Maritime Fest, Museum Day, Bull Riding

Professional bull riders buck into Long Island this weekend, providing extreme sport and fun for attendees. Otherwise, set sail for the Maritime Festival in Greenport. Or hit up a host og  Long Island museums for FREE admission during the Smithsonian Museum's Day Live.

Our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. And our September GoList offers up fun, family events for the entire month.

Don't forget to check out our local DEALS page, where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for LI kids. Check back often as we're regularly adding more.

Also, it's time for our annual Besties balloting, and we want to hear from you. Weigh in on the best of Long Island at our voting page here. Your vote makes you eligible to win one of a number of prizes. See the prizes available here, and vote before it's too late.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Oktoberfest, Jay Day, Country Fair

With so many fantastic family programs this time of year in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, we've been extra busy culling it all together for our readers.

In addition to several fall festivals there’s an eclectic assortment of one-of-a-kind happenings, some of which appeared on our September GoList.  Beyond the usual foods typically harvested in autumn, this weekend that cadre is joined by a Honey Harvest Party. Catch kid flicks from around the globe at The Best of the New York International Children's Festival. Celebrate German food and culture at Oktoberfest or American heritage (and books and animals) at the multi-faceted Jay Day. Horse lovers will get a kick out of the Peekskill Rotary Annual Horse Show and Country Fair

This weekend offers a bonanza of entertaining and enriching events (not to mention apple picking), so you’ll definitely want to visit our Event Calendar to see the extensive fun beyond our top picks below. Enjoy as much as you can take in—and if you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters to avoid missing any of the fun!

Weekend Fun: Maker Faire, Atlantic Antic, Buses, and Potter

It's fall fair and festival season! New York City kids can find one everywhere they turn this weekend, from the World Maker Faire, in Queens, to the Astor Alive Festival, in Manhattan. In Brooklyn, there's the 6th Annual Breukelen Country Fair and the Atlantic Antic, which is so big it has the 24th Annual Bus Festival inside it.

Nonetheless, there's no shortage of small, cozy events happening this weekend. Check out Elmer the Duck, in Manhattan, or the Harry Potter Summer Storytime at the Strand. Speaking of storytimes, see our fresh guide to storytimes around New York City. We've also got you covered if you're looking for children's books about rad women and civil rights heroes

Meanwhile, our September GoList is winding down but still offers oodles of fun, and our Fall Fun Guide is only gaining speed with corn mazes, top harvest festspumpkin patches, and seasonal day trips. Make sure to see our Event Calendar for things to do on any particular day in the future.

Top 10 Reasons Orange County Is the Best Place To Raise Kids

Disneyland may be the Happiest Place on Earth, but it's far from the only reason locals brag about living in Orange County. Great beaches, picturesque parks, and close proximity to the desert and mountains are just a few of the many perks of raising your kids within a stone's throw of Mickey Mouse. That, and the fact that it's not LA. Here are the top 10 reasons why children and parents alike love growing up in The OC.

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