Historic NJ Villages That Are Fun for Kids & Families

With all of our modern technology and conveniences, today's kids (and grown-ups!) have a hard time imagining what life was like in the U.S. in the 18th and 19th centuries. Luckily, NJ kids don't have to learn about this long-ago time only from books—they can experience it firsthand at one of the state's many historic villages.

From working farms to blacksmith shops, general stores to cottages, these villages offer plenty to see for day-tripping families. Whether you are looking for an authentic old-school outing or an afternoon of quaint shopping, we've got you covered. This fall, unplug the family and step back in time at one of these historic New Jersey villages that are fun for kids and adults alike.

For more historical day trip inspiration, check out our list of Revolutionary War Sites To Visit with Kids

Get Lost... in a Corn Maze in the Hartford Area

Fall is a great time of year for families to spend time together outdoors enjoying the brisk weather and beautiful foliage in Hartford County. The autumn season is filled with so many activities like pumpkin picking, spooky Halloween events, fairs and you can’t forget corn mazes! Why not get together with another family and have a "Family Corn Maze Challenge"? Which family will get out of the maze fastest?  Here's a list of places to do just that in the Hartford area.

Got a Horse Lover? Here are 6 Spots for Riding Lessons Around Boston

For many kids, learning to ride a horse is a distant dream. The good news? That dream could become a reality with several stables and farms offering lessons within easy driving distance of Boston. Some cater to beginners, and others only to committed equestrians, but they all offer lessons to kids dreaming of riding into the sunset. Find more interesting, out-of-box athletic programs in our class guide.

All Aboard the Rosenberg Railroad Museum

My son loves to visit museums, and frequently requests repeat visits to the butterfly museum, the "museum with the dinosaurs," and the Children's Museum - all of which we've been to many times in his short three years of life. As a result, I'm always on the lookout for new ones to visit, particularly those that fall into the category of being lesser-known museums that offer a little something extra. The Rosenberg Railroad Museum landed on my radar a few months ago, and when we found ourselves with an open morning on a beautiful day, checking it out became a top priority. 

This Weekend's Fun for LA Kids: Coastal Cleanup, Mexican Independence, & Pacific Standard Time

All the talk this week about Pacific Standard Time—it's not anything to do with clocks. It's about LA's influence on LA. Just about every museum in LA is offering a take on it. And it's not just exhibits; there are performances, free days, free days with performances... and Mexican Independence Day as well. The extra attention on Los Angeles and Latin America (yes, those are the two LAs) may be why folks are putting special effort into clearing out and cleaning up. (Except in my house, natch. Oh, poop!)

Or maybe all the cleaning has to do with the reports of spiders being seen in Exposition Park. Big, beautiful spiders—lots of them, and from the looks of things they're planning on staying a while. That's so LA!

Keep reading for our most LA (or most LA) picks for this weekend...

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: RRM Fall Fest, Fiestas Patrias, Texas Taco Music Fest

Fall is right around the corner! We've been blessed with nice weather all week and, even though this weekend will be hot again, it's never too early to start planning your weekend and fall adventures with Mommy Poppins. With our help, you can be sure to enjoy the many Fall favorites such as pumpkin patcheshay ridesfall festivals and corn mazes with your family and friends. 

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Want to make plans in advance?? Check out the September GoList or our best bets throughout the month. And remember to check out our event calendar—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: Apples, Scarecrows, Festivals September 16-17

It may already be the middle of September, but fall doesn't technically begin until next week. However, our event calendar is certainly showing signs of the change in season. From apple-picking to scarecrow-making, Philadelphia families can anticipate lots of fall-themed fun this weekend.

Head to Linvilla Orchards for its annual Arts, Crafts, & Music Festival. Kids can enjoy roaming through the corn maze, taking a pony ride, or picking apples. Speaking of apples, The Market at DelVal's Apple Fun Days offers families another opportunity to pick their own apples as well as inflatable fun and crafts for the kids. Those who enjoy hands-on activities can take a trip to Peddler's Village for its annual Scarecrow Festival and build their very own scarecrow. Interested in seeing a theatrical performance this weekend? Hedgerow Theater presents Storybook: Treasure Island while The Sedgewick Theater features Aesop's Fables. Or, experience storytelling at its finest during the 25th Annual New Jersey Storytelling Festival.

Get a jumpstart on planning your fall bucket list by checking out our newest posts featuring Fall Festivals, Corn Mazes, and Fall Train Rides. Or visit our Fall Fun Guide for even more seasonal fun. For now, keep reading about all the fun that is in store this 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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