Best PA Apple Picking Orchards for Philadelphia Families

We know it must be Fall when we feel that chill in the air, the leaves start to change color, harvest festivals abound and apple picking season begins. Pennsylvania is one of the country's top apple producing states, so we are fortunate to have a number of orchards in the area where we can enjoy this favorite Fall tradition. Many of the orchards host activities to extend the fun beyond apple picking - everything from tractor rides and corn mazes to moon bounces and music festivals.

There are several pick-your-own apple orchards and farms listed below, all within an hour's drive of Philadelphia. Because farm conditions and apple selection can vary throughout the season, it is recommended to call or check the website before visiting.

Labor Day Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Nature's Nighttime Noises, Movies on the Beach September 3-5

Send off the unofficial end of summer in style with a Drip Painting Family Workshop in East Hampton or by learning about Nature's Nighttime Noises at Old Westbury Gardens. Catch a flick under the stars in Long Beach or put on your detective's hat at the Maritime Museum's Run the Colors activity. 

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California Incline, Santa Monica's Door to the Beach, Opens for Labor Day Weekend

People accuse Angelenos of talking too much about traffic. They think we're obsessed with our cars. I wish I could say they were wrong. But the truth is that when a major connector road to Santa Monica Beach reopens after a 15 month closure, the reaction from locals does look like something out of SNL's The Californians. When the first cars drove honking and selfying through the police barricade Thursday evening, past rows of news cameras and cheering crowds, a voice behind me even drawled, "Wow, Dude. I'm so happy."

15 Places to Go Apple Picking Near Boston with Kids

Nothing says fall in New England like a family excursion to the apple orchards. With many orchards to choose from, families can head a short distance from Boston for their choice of places to pick their own apples starting in late August through mid-October.

We’ve assembled a list of some of our favorite places to pick apples near Boston, but with over 50 farms in the area offering apple picking, there are many more to choose from. In addition to apple picking, many of the orchards offer petting farms, country stores, hay rides, corn mazes, and other kid-friendly activities, so leave plenty of time to take advantage of all these farms have to offer. You can even plan your child's fall farm birthday party at some of the farms.

And if you're looking for some ideas for what to do with all those apples, we've put together some of our favorite apple recipes for inspiration!

So Long Summer! 21 Reasons NYC Parents Can't Wait for Fall

It seems like only yesterday I was anticipating summer with the same giddy excitement as my grade-schoolers. Once we hit Memorial Day, I was in full-on countdown mode. I couldn't wait for lazy summer mornings that fade into afternoons of romping in our favorite playgrounds, spoiling dinner with an extra scoop of our favorite ice cream, and all that weekend beach, water and amusement park fun.

We made our summer fun list and checked off one activity after another. Now I'm worn out. I'm sick of being sticky with the summer heat and sunblock, inhaling the noxious subway platform fumes, dripping popsicles — all of it. Gimme the cooler weather and all that comes with it, including back-to-school and all that cozy fall fun. I'm guessing I'm not the only one. Here are 21 reasons this summer-weary NYC momma is anticipating the change of seasons. Happy fall all!

After-School Programs in New Jersey with an Academic Focus

Back to school means a return to classes, tests, homework, and book reports. It can be stressful when kids struggle with the curriculum, especially for full-time working parents. Students might be learning new concepts in math and language arts with which parents aren't familiar. If you are concerned about your kids falling behind academically, or just want to give them a leg up on the new school year, you are in luck. New Jersey is home to a bunch of great after-school academic programs. Check out some of our top picks below. 

For some great tutoring options, read our post on New Jersey Tutoring Centers, or find more great enrichment programs in our Classes Directory.

Fall Festivals in Westchester: Pumpkin Carving, Corn Mazes and Hayrides

Usher in the fall season in Weschester with a host of family autumn festivals. The area's harvest celebrations are packed with fun seasonal activities for kids, including pumpkin decorating and carving, hayrides, corn mazes and more.

We've rounded up details on the best upcoming fall festivals in Westchester. Several made our September GoList of best monthly picks, and city readers take note: all are an easy commute from New York!

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Fun and Free Things To Do with LA Kids Labor Day Weekend

Well, after many fits and false starts, folks trying to bring our season of fun to a ridiculously early close (I’m looking at you, Glendale), and a whole lotta bellyaching about how it’s not fair (um, that would be me), the time has come to acknowledge: summer break is over. It’s Labor Day weekend, and, while it may mark the end of summer, it’s also known in some circles as the biggest weekend of them all. We’re going to fill every moment with fairs and festivals, (hello, Sailor!), cook-offs and concerts, and enjoy the last hurrah of many of our favorite summer series.

And never fear, while your white-wearing days may be over, the fun is just beginning. Check out our September GoList if you doubt me, for the scoop on the awesome awesomeness ahead. (Not to get all spoilery on you, but get ready to be blown away by mouth-watering lobster, festivals galore, the return of the butterflies, and the block party of the century.)

Now get out there and enjoy summer's last gasp, because the best is yet to come. And we're going to have every last bit of it on our calendar.

Keep reading for our favorite picks for the weekend...


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