Labor Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Fairs, History, Parade September 3-5

Philly families know that Labor Day weekend and the start of September mean the unofficial end of summer. So, whether you're taking one last trip to the shore, visiting an amusement park, or exploring Historic Philadelphia, make the most of this three day weekend.

Learn about Medieval England with a trip to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair. Experience our nation's history by listening to the Declaration of Independence Reading or watching a military demonstration. See the horses and ride the amusements at Ludwig's Corner Horse Show and Country Fair. Cool off inside The Barnes Museum for its Free First Sunday event to make an art project. Or, enjoy the summer sun by watching butterflies at Churchville Nature Center or searching for birds at Peace Valley Nature Center.

Our weekend top picks are below, but be sure to browse through our entire Events Calendar for even more family fun ideas. As summer 2016 comes to a close and families make way for soccer practice, piano lessons, and homework to begin, enjoy this weekend and make memories to last a lifetime.

Labor Day Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Fairs, Farms, and Family Nature Adventures, September 3-5

For many in Connecticut, this past week was back to school, but it sure still feels like summer outside! Labor Day weekend gives us one last hurrah for summer--one more weekend to enjoy the beach, water parks, and pools before we focus all our thoughts on apple picking, fall foliage, and pumpkin patches (although some apple orchards have opened for the season including Lyman Orchards, where their 275th anniversary corn maze opens for the season on Saturday and where Steve Songs of PBS Kids will put on a free show on Sunday.

To see what else is happening around the state, browse the Mommy Poppins Events Calendar. For the latest and best family-friendly activities, subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend with your family.

Labor Day Weekend with Kids: CORNucopia, NY Air Show, Kids' Film Fest

It's hard to believe Labor Day Weekend is already upon us (sniff, sniff). If you, too, are feeling a bit nostalgic about another summer gone by, don't start singing the blues just yet. There are great ways for families to celebrate the unofficial end of summer in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

For entertainment, there’s corn-y fun at the fourth annual CORNucopia, dazzling air maneuvers and parachute jumps at the New York Air Show and the return of the New York International Children’s Film Festival: Westchester. For alternatives to the customary barbecue, ways to honor Labor Day include Labor Day Celebration and the Labor Day Commemoration

These are just a few of our top picks—read on for all this and more. Also, be sure to check out our Event Calendar for more fun activities every day of the week. Have a happy, safe and fun Labor Day Weekend!

Labor Day Weekend NYC: Carnivals, Tugboats, Unicycles, Pools

With NYC kids heading back to school soon, the Labor Day weekend is always a little bittersweet. Families can make the most of these last few carefree days as there is a ton of fun to be had over the three-day weekend in the city. Head to Governors Island to give one-wheeling a try at NYC's annual two-day unicycle fest; participate in the Jr. West Indian American Carnival Parade; enjoy old-fashioned fun at the Richmond County Fair; or hit the perfect-for-preschoolers West Side County Fair

Labor Day weekend also means the almost-end of the outdoor beach, pool and sprinkler season, so you may want to make one last trip to enjoy one of those while you still can. 

Speaking of trips, our Family Travel Guide offers plenty of family getaway ideas for places like Boston, PhiladelphiaNiagara Falls, the Adirondacks, Hershey, and of course the Jersey Shore and Long Island's East End, along with other great destinations for this and upcoming holiday weekends. Want to stay closer? We've also got a number of day trip ideas to museums, nature spots, and great towns, plus even some local camping options. Or cross off one final item from your NYC summer bucket list, from interactive art to outdoor roller skating.

If you haven't checked out our just-released 100 Things to Do in New York State with Kids roundup, now's a good time, too. (Those October school holidays will be here before you know it.)

Read on for all of our Labor Day weekend picks. You'll find additional suggestions in our Event Calendar and September GoList. Wishing you a fabulous end of summer!

Best Fall Fairs and Festivals for NJ Families in September

September is almost here and the carefree days of summer are drawing to a close. Fortunately there’s still plenty of fun to be had in the Garden State, with many great fairs and festivals on the calendar this month. Explore nature at the NJ Wild Outdoor Expo, chow down on delicious seafood at the Atlantic City Seafood Festival, or listen to some exciting tales at the NJ Storytelling Festival.

Check out this dozen-plus awesome festivals, and visit our Events Calendar and September GoList for more fabulous ideas.

Please note that events marked FREE have no admission charge, but fees for some activities may apply.

After-School Registration Now Open for Free NYC Program

We've told you all about the lottery for free kid activities operated by the NYC Parks Department, but did you know it also has you covered for after-school? Registration for the FREE after-school program run by the Parks Department opened on August 29 for NYC kids ages 6 to 13, and we've got details on what the program offers and how to sign up.

Find more after-school options in the Mommy Poppins Classes Guide.

September GoList: Best Things to Do With Long Island Kids This Month

As summer crowds dissipate and the evenings begin to beckon long sleeves, Long Island continues to put on some of the best kid-friendly events in the country. Old Westbury Gardens boasts two fun programs: Fall into September with Nighttime Noises or participate in their Sweet Eats honey tasting. Or perhaps set your sights high with the Kite Festival at the Long Island Maritime Museum. Check out the list below and click over to our comprehensive Long Island Events Calendar for inspiration; we have you covered with some of the best events and activities happening throughout the area. And don't forget to also take a look at our Summer Fun Guide to make the most out of September. After all, the majority of the month is still summertime.

5 Orange County Tearooms for Kids and their Dowager Countess

If you are regularly invited to eat and drink imaginary cakes, scones, and PG Tips from a Fischer-Price tea set, why not reciprocate with an invitation to a kid-friendly high tea at an Orange County teahouse? Forget trying to make conversation with Barbie and the teddy bears; taking your tea party on the road offers a chance to spend quality time with your kiddos while indulging in real scones, clotted cream, and cucumber sandwiches.

Kids love getting all dressed up to gorge themselves on desserts, while parents get to indulge in countless cups of caffeine in a room with an adult vibe. It's a win-win. Pinkies up!

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