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

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Hawks, Butterflies, and Bagels, September 16-17

Ah, fall! The calendar might not have made it official but the cool breezes, warm apple pies, festivals, and road races have put us in an autumn frame of mind! On tap this weekend, there's Cider Saturday in New Canaan, the Raspberry Festival in Sherman, and of course, the beloved Berlin Fair. Greenwich Audubon has their annual informative and fun Hawk Watch, which includes lots of opportunities to get up close and personal with birds of prey. Saturday looks like an auspicious day for apple picking so check out our guide to Apple and Pumpkin Picking to get some ideas before you set out.

These fall weekends are particularly action packed so make sure that you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram so that you won't miss any of the fun! As always, our event calendar is updated with the latest activities, and our top suggestions for fun this weekend are broken out below. Enjoy!

Halloween Crazy? 6 Halloween Trips To (Further) Fall in Love with Halloween

Is there a reason for why every Halloween movie is set in New England? YES! Because Halloween in New England is AWESOME!

With its creaky floorboards, leaning gravestones and dank forests, what better place to enjoy the absolute BEST holiday of the year? From the thrill of corn mazes to the terror of haunted houses, there is NO better place in the world than autumn right here! So I say: let's start celebrating starting RIGHT NOW with one of these over-the-top Halloween excursions that take the world's greatest holiday to the next level. For even MORE fun in the autumn sun, check out our complete Halloween and Fall Fun Guide.

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