Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Racing Pumpkins, P-22, and Enchanted Crawlies, Oct 22-23

This weekend we're all thinking about one thing: the race. And who will win? Will it be the big orange pumpkin, or... a different big orange pumpkin? One way or another, it's going to be a big orange pumpkin, though I suppose it could be a small orange pumpkin. But whoever wins, it's going to be a pumpkin. And the lucky people who get to watch those crazy racing pumpkins of Manhattan Beach! Go, gourds, go!

It's also a big weekend for P-22, the adventurous mountain lion who rose to fame when he crossed two freeways to get from his birthplace in the Santa Monica Mountains to his adopted homeland of Griffith Park. P-22 (or P-kitty as he's known to his friends) is the feline of the hour at a festival given in his honor.

Come to think of it, there are going to be a lot of winners this weekend. Three hundred year old witches, kids with Broadway dreams, hungry critters, mad monsters, lucky puppies, eager beagles, ping pong prodigies, and more and more and more. It's a good time to be in Los Angeles, and remember: when our kids are happy, we all win.

Keep reading for our winningest picks for this weekend...

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: LEGO KidsFest, ArBOOretum, Tomball Bluegrass Festival, Oct. 22-23

Houston's faux fall is in full swing, but the good news is a cool front is allegedly on its way to town just in time for the weekend. You and the family can visit pumpkin patches and take pictures wearing cute fall clothes instead of tank tops, check out area festivals, or test your wits at a haunted house. Hayrides are another good option, and many are hosted at area farms which provide a full day of family fun.

Here's a list of the biggest events happening in October, and don't forget to check our calendar for weekday and weekend activities. 

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Rock Hall Country Fair, Halloween Family Fun Fest October 22-23

A week before Halloween and the festivities are just getting started. Enjoy the Halloween Spooktacular at Sweetbriar Nature Center or traipse in costume down the village of Bellmore for the Halloween Parade. Run amuck on Molloy College's campus during the Halloween Family Fun Fest in Rockville Centre or at the Rock Hall Country Fair in Lawrence. Feeling fit? Take on the Tiny Titan Obstacle Run as a family.

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 Philly Kids: Harry Potter, Goblins, Shell Show October 22-23

With Halloween a little over a week away, Philly families can see that our events calendar is getting spookier and scarier as the days go by. This weekend offers encounters with wizards in Chestnut Hill, goblins at Camden Children's Garden, and ghosts at Evans-Mumbower Mill. Visitors to Ebenzener Maxwell Mansion can even participate in a 'who-done-it' mystery!

But, if your crew seeks not-so-scary fun (instead of the golden snitch), fear not! There is plenty of excitement in store. Sesame Place invites children to Abby's Magical Magician Ball this weekend. The Academy of Music features Cinderella's Children's Ball before the Pennsylvania Ballet takes the stage. And, The Academy of Natural Science hosts its annual Philadelphia Shell Show which displays thousands of unique sea shells.

Browse through our entire calendar and narrow down your options by using our search functions selecting location, ages, and keywords. Keep reading to learn about our top picks for the weekend!

Weekend Fun: Giant Pumpkins, Dance Party, Halloween Fests

Halloween festivities are in full force this October weekend in NYC with a host of events, including Giant Pumpkins at the New York Botanical Garden, a special effects workshop at NYSCI, a LGBT-friendly family Monster Mash, the East Village's Halloween Dog Parade, and the annual Halloween fest at the Bleecker Street Playground.

Don't forget to peruse our Halloween Guide for FREE paradesFREE events, and where to trick or treat in NYC, plus local haunted houses and less-spooky Halloween fun for preschool-age children.

If you're not quite ready for Halloween festivities, enjoy fairy fun at Wave Hill's Enchanted Weekend, learn about the rich history and traditions of Dia de los Muertos—festivities are taking place this weekend in Crown Heights and on Staten Island, or just rock out at a family-friendly dance party hosted by CirKiz.

Or looking ahead to the next holiday? Book your Thanksgiving dinner out at these NYC restaurants in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, or grab tickets now to a magical Polar Express or Santa holiday train.

All of our top weekend picks are below, with more options in our Event Calendar and Fall Fun Guide

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Carnivals, Explore-a-Thon

If you’re looking to maximize use of those Halloween costumes, rest assured there are plenty of opportunities for Westchester families. Though costumes are optional, plenty of Halloween fun lies ahead.

For starters, there’s the Bronxville Children's Halloween Festival, an annual community event featuring pony rides, carnival rides, live music and more. In a similar vein is the annual Ragamuffin Parade and Carnival, which combines a parade with carnival rides and more. If you’re more into the creepy side of the holiday, pile on the fear factor at Spooky Stories from Six Feet Under, with live storytelling set among the dead.

For a departure from Halloween, enjoy FREE fun for all ages (including both workshops and screenings) at YoFi Fest - The Yonkers Film Festival or the return of Family Fun Day, where circus workshops, crafting and more await the younger set.

But that’s not all! There are even more ragamuffin parades, FREE Halloween programs and other seasonal fun that’s not to be missed. Be sure to consult our Halloween guide for Westchester and the Hudson Valley, and to turn the creepiness up a notch, check out our guide to Cemetery Tours. There are still many more options to choose from on our Event Calendar, so head there after you read on for more! 

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Lantern Parade and Head of the Charles, October 22-23

I grew up in Boston and it has been so much fun to rediscover as a parent some of the seasonal activities I remember from when I was a kid. Many are not only still around but are bigger and better than ever. Several are happening this weekend, like the Lantern Parade (pictured) with approximately 4,000 people walking around Jamaica Pond at sunset with brightly colored lanterns. King Richard's Faire is now in its 35th year of offering jousting and minstrels every weekend in the fall. Of course, it wouldn't be fall in Cambridge without the Head of the Charles, the world's largest regatta.

Halloween happenings are in full swing with creepy haunted attractions for older kids, not-so-scary activities for the little ones, and plenty of free festivities. October is also a great time to visit Witch City, where the Halloween celebration runs all month long.

Enjoy the weekend of fall fun here in Boston and beyond. Help us pick our Besties and don't forget to check out the full events calendar!

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Fall Fairs, Nature Hikes, and Spooky Science

It may feel like mid-June out there, but the calendar says it's the height of fall. After all, can you bake a pie with fresh apples or pumpkins you picked yourself in the summer? With Halloween next week, there are plenty of corn mazes and haunted houses all around the state, but don't forget about other family fun, like a renaissance faire or that classic staple of entertainment for all ages, the circus. For even more ideas, check out our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide. Make sure you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so that you won't miss any of the fun! As always, our event calendar is updated with the latest activities. Our top suggestions for fun this weekend are broken out below. Enjoy!


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