The Best LI Destinations for Kids to Learn About Diversity

It might be difficult for your wee one to imagine of a world outside of his or her Matchbox or Shopkins collections. However, teaching kids early on about different cultures can help them appreciate differences in people and traditions. These museums and historical sites offer educational information about the diverse cultures that make up Long Island.

For more Long Island spots brimming with information, visit our museum guide. From outer space to trains, there's an educational opportunity waiting to engage your family.

The NYBG Holiday Train Show Returns with Tons of Updates in 2017

We may still be a few weeks away from Halloween, but the trappings of the holiday season have started to creep onto store shelves, and we're already anticipating one of our favorite seasonal traditions: the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden.

In 2017, the iconic skyscrapers of Midtown Manhattan take center stage. The show, which opens to the public on Wednesday, November 22, debuts all-new replicas of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, General Electric Building, and St. Bartholomew's Church.

Science Meets Football: Catch the New Gridiron Glory Exhibit at the MOS

To say Boston loves its Pats would be an understatement. So it makes sense that the Museum of Science's newest exhibit would be an homage to the sport that this town obsesses over for at least half the year. On Sunday, "Gridiron Glory," considered the biggest exhibit about American football ever created, opened at the MOS, and my three boys and I got an early peek. Even if you or your kids aren't football fanatics, read on: There are plenty of interesting scientific and interactive elements—physics! computer stations! a broad jump area!—to keep most any visitor intrigued. And don't miss these other kid-friendly fall and winter museum exhibits...there's something for everyone in our lineup.

The All-New Jay Ghoul's House of Curiosities is Whodunit Halloween Fun

Combining Halloween with a game of Clue, this year’s entirely new edition of Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities at Lyndhurst Castle (named for the original occupant, Jay Gould) features a walk-through murder mystery with character encounters throughout the Gothic mansion.

We recently attended a preview and have the skinny on what to expect. Read on for the low-down!

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This Weekend's Fun for LA Kids: Kidspace Pumpkins, Reyes Adobe, Fall Fests, Ghosts, & Peanuts

The pumpkins are coming in fast and furious. They're free to see; they're Falling, and good grief they're pumpkins, Charlie Brown! Scare up a little enthusiasm (and perhaps a smidgen of terror) and chugga choo on down to the patch nearest you.

What's cool about LA is that we always have a lot going on. Though the world may be looking orange, here in LA we see the rainbow. We celebrate cultures from around the world and in our own backyard. We look to the stars and the water below; we find the truths in our past and the future. Weekends around here are the real deal. 

So get on board for the dog and pony  (and muppet) show that is an October weekend in LA. And get readyHalloween is only a couple of weeks away!

Keep reading for the many colors of weekend in LA....

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Pumpkin Days, Peppa Pig, Harry Potter October 14-15

There is no doubt Philly families are in for a treat this October weekend. For starters, there are many ways to enjoy the autumn season. Make a scarecrow at Tyler Arboretum's Pumpkin Days Celebration, participate in a pumpkin catapult launch at Hagley, take a hayride at Pennypacker Farm's Harvest Fest, and explore Peace Valley Nature Center to search for autumn birds. Kids eager to wear their Halloween costumes can visit the animals while collecting treats at Elmwood Park Zoo's Boo at the Zoo.

After filling up on fall fun, check out some unique opportunities for gamers, book worms, music lovers, and pig fanatics. Minecraft fans can get stoked for a weekend filled with gaming at Minefaire held at the Philadelphia Expo. Those who enjoy the Harry Potter series can search for artifacts during a Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Rock out with Ratboy Jr. at World Cafe Live or sing along with The Cat's Pajamas performing at the Girard Avenue Street Fair. But, if truth be told, most preschoolers just want to see Peppa Pig Live! at Keswick Theatre.

Keep reading for more ideas for family fun.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Children's Book Festival, The Magic Garden

Here we are in mid-October, when Halloween is just around the corner and fall fun peaks. In addition to all the big Halloween events recurring throughout the month (add Scared By the Sound to that list, which starts this weekend), there are also numerous local festivals celebrating autumn and other fun events for Westchester and Hudson Valley families. 

Though it’s hard to pass up all the Halloween fun, there are a bunch of compelling events this weekend that don’t involve pumpkins or hauntings. One of the big headliners is the return of the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival, where young bibliophiles get the chance to meet authors and illustrators, collect autographs, hear book readings and celebrate beloved literature. Speaking of beloved, Carole and Paula of TV’s The Magic Garden reunite on stage for a live performance to sing about the Story Box and other ‘70s nostalgia. Other performances include Disney’s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve and, after being named a finalist on America’s Got Talent, Catapult struts their shadow-dancing stuff.

This is just the beginning! Read on for our top weekend picks, visit our Event Calendar for more, and refer to our October Go List for our top choices for the rest of the month!

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