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The Gerber Baby Photo Search Is Happening Now on Instagram

Think your kid is the cutest? Well, baby food maker Gerber just opened its annual Gerber Baby photo contest, so it’s time to take your best shot.

Parents can enter newborns to children up to age 4 in the photo search contest that selects a child ambassador for the brand. Simply post a photo of your cutie to Instagram with the hashtag #GerberPhotoSearch2018 between October 1 and October 20 to join in the fun. Remember to make your profile public, so Gerber can see your photo.

20 Family-Friendly Things To Do with NJ Kids in Westfield

Warning: It may take just one visit to fall seriously in love with Westfield. This Union County town off the Route 22 corridor is known for its beautiful tree-lined residential streets and smart downtown with great restaurants and shopping. Though Westfield is just 6.29 square miles, families have a host of options for enjoying this great town with a sophisticated but homey feel.

Columbus Day Weekend Events for New Jersey Kids

Good thing this weekend lasts three days, because there's way too much fall fun to squeeze into two! Columbus Day weekend is jam-packed with farm festivals, theme park excitement, local fairs, and more. Theme parks are gearing up for Halloween with festive events like Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest, Diggerlannd's Diggerfest, Storybook Land's October Fun, and Field Station Dinosaurs' Dinosaurs After Dark.

Party and pick at pumpkin farms this weekend with Terhune's Family Fall Fun Weekends, Johnson's Fall Festival Weekends, and A. Casola's Fall Fest. Abma's offers special Columbus Day Hayrides. Check out pumpkins in all their glory at Blackwood Pumpkin Festival, 18th Annual Pumpkin Festival, and Pumpkin Fest 2018.

Local towns are going all-out for the long weekend with festivals in Hightstown, Scotch Plains, Caldwell, Dunellen, and Long Branch, plus a kite spectacular on Long Beach Island

Looking for things to do on Monday? Check out our list of 25+ Fun Things To Do with NJ Kids on Columbus Day

Find even more options in our Fall Fun Guide for NJ Kids, including Cool Pumpkin Displays and 20 Fall Day Trips. And look to our October GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

60+ Free Things To Do with New Jersey Kids in October

There are no tricks here, just treats! We present more than 60 free events taking place in October throughout New Jersey. Save your money for candy and costumes, and load up on dozens of no-cost events every day of the month. Food, crafts, and fall fun are on tap at free harvest festivals that include Hoboken Harvest Festival, Pierfest 4th Annual Fall Festival, Dunellen HarvestFest, Harvest Homecoming at the Frazee House, and many more.

Check out admission-free pumpkin spectaculars like Pumpkin Fest 2018, the South Jersey Pumpkin Show Festival, and the 26th Annual Pumpkin Festival. And of course, October tops off with the main event of the season: Halloween. Throw on those costumes and head over to free celebrations including trunk-or-treats in Wildwood, Westfield, and Glassboro, and parades in Maplewood, Seaside Heights, and Toms River.

Read on for this month's picks! For more free and low-cost fun, check out our Event Calendar, as well as our Fall Fun Guide for New Jersey Kids and more Free Halloween events.

Best Halloween Events for New Jersey Preschoolers

"Trick-or-treat!" Kids of all ages love reciting those magic words in exchange for bags filled with goodies. Walking through the streets and knocking on strangers’ doors late in the evening, however, may not be the best option for toddlers and preschoolers. Luckily, New Jersey offers plenty of opportunities for safe trick-or-treating in controlled environments. From pumpkin farms to amusement parks to community events, you can experience the fun of trick-or-treating without worry at these structured, family-friendly outings.

Read on for 20 fun ways to celebrate the holiday with little ones, and find even more Halloween happenings in our Event Calendar and Halloween Guide.

25 Things To Do in Nashville, TN with Kids

It only takes one minute in the Music City to see it's truly alive, from the constant pulse of live music in almost every public space and eatery to the rich history and beautiful landmarks. One thing is for sure, your family will never be bored. There is something for every kid, from the train enthusiast to the science lover to the outdoor adventurer.

And for more guides on visiting cities around the world with kids, check out our Mommy Poppins Family City Guide.

October GoList: The Best Things To Do with NJ Kids This Month

Halloween may be the star of the show this month, but there's plenty of other fun to be had in the days and weeks leading up to the big event. This month is jam-packed with fall fun, including harvest festivals and corn mazes, as well as live performances of kid favorites like The Rainbow Fish and The Wizard of Oz.  

Also this month, you can meet the hard-shelled residents of Adventure Aquarium during the fourth annual Sea Turtle Awareness Weekend; dance the night away at Garden State Discovery Museum's Fairy Ball; and watch kites soar over the ocean at the LBI Fly International Kite Festival.

There are Halloween happenings aplenty, geared toward everyone from older kids to the littlest trick-or-treaters. Head down the shore for Boo at the Boardwalk, enjoy not-too-spooky fun at Goblins in the Garden in Camden, and don your black hat for Witch's Day Out in Smithville. Throughout the month, you can take the family for a ride on a Halloween train, check out a cool pumpkin display, and enjoy kid-friendly Halloween and fall fun at amusement parks like Diggerland and Storybook Land

Read on for more than 20 of the best events this October for NJ kids. For even more ideas, check out our list of 40 Things We Can't Wait To Do with NJ Kids This Fall, and find fun that's just right for little ones in our roundup of the Best Fall Events for NJ Preschoolers. Be sure to check our Event Calendar often for new happenings added daily. 

25+ Fun Things To Do with NJ Kids on Columbus Day

If you're scratching your head to come up with some fun ways to spend Columbus Day with kids who are home from school, look no further. We've pulled together a list of more than two dozen fun family outings that NJ kids are bound to love, from picking pumpkins to visiting sea turtles. You can find many more options in our Fall Fun Guide—and if the weather's looking iffy, check out our Indoor Playspace Guide for a backup plan!

Northeast's First Disney Junior Play Zone Opens at Menlo Park Mall

Calling all Mouseketeers! A Disney Junior Play Zone—the first and only one in the Northeast—had its grand opening at Menlo Park Mall this past weekend. Located on the upper level near Nordstrom, the brand-new, FREE indoor play space features all your kids’ favorite Disney Junior characters—Mickey Mouse and Friends, Puppy Dog Pals, Muppet Babies, and more—in interactive displays, climbable play sets, and a variety of games and activities. 

New Jersey families are no stranger to the hustling and bustling Menlo Park Mall. Located near several major highways, the shopping mecca is the perfect place for our region's inaugural Disney Junior Play Zone (the other three locations are in Texas malls). Already home to other family-friendly favorites including Rainforest Cafe, Color Me Mine, and Build-A-Bear, this 1.26-million-square-foot shopping destination now offers parents of young kids yet another reason to visit.

Read on, and get ready to play ‘til you drop!

Weekend Fun: Oktoberfest, Giant Pumpkin Carve, Disney Jr. Dance Party

Let's end September on a festive note with heaping batch of fall festivals. Celebrate anything and everything associated with the season at harvest festivals, such as the Bergen County Fall Harvest Festival, Harvest Home Festival, and the 14th Annual Fall Family Festival. Bring pumpkins into the mix at The Giant Pumpkin Carve & Pumpkin Pageant, or with a ride on a pumpkin train. And spend a spooky evening at Field Station: Dinosaurs with the return of Dinosaurs After Dark.

Arts and music take the stage at creative festivals in Hoboken and Maplewood. And delicious fare is on the menu at Smithville's Italian Festival and the Yogi Berra Stadium Food Truck & Craft Beer Fest. Plus, the fall children's theater scene is off to a great start with Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. 

Check out our Fall Fun Guide for NJ Kids for more options for family fun, including Cool Pumpkin Displays, Festivals and Decorating Events in NJ. And look to our September GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

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