25 Rainy Day Activities for Families in Philadelphia

If rainy days and Mondays bring you down, it's probably because you feel stuck indoors. While a rainy day here and there is a great excuse for cuddling on the couch and watching movies or baking cookies, a few rainy days in a row can be a drag. But don't fret, there are many ways to get out of the house to have an indoor adventure in Philadelphia, from indoor playgrounds to more educational experiences than we can possibly name in one list, it could rain for 40 days and 40 nights and there would still be plenty to explore.

Campgrounds Near Houston to Make Your Family Fall in Love With Nature

My family is a camping family. We also are a family that loves to book our weekends full of things to do, whether that's taking advantage of activities around Houston or traveling elsewhere. Camping started as something fun and cheap (emphasis on the cheap) to do in college with my then-boyfriend and current husband, and it slowly morphed into our preferred way to get out of town and see various parts of the city as the years passed. As our family has grown, we've gone from tent camping to trailer camping and tried out everything else possible in between.

Weekday Picks: Boney Island, Hocus Pocus Under the Gun, Muertos Novenarios, Oct. 24-28

All things Halloween ahead of the holiday, from displays on private lawns to a movie screening on the fantail of the battleship Iowa, are on tap this week. Kids can test how many pumpkins they can carry at the Santa Monica Farmers Market, dress up for a Mini Monster Bash in La Habra and check out the Día de los Muertos procession on Olvera Steet. For more Halloween ideas, check out our roundups of Halloween fun and activitiesHalloween ghost trains and rides, and the best places to trick-or-treat in Orange County or in LA.

The Mommy Poppins Event Calendar includes lots more options for fun and activities, and our picks for the month are detailed in our October GoList. Here are some of our favorite outings this week.

Weekday Picks for Kids: Last-Minute Halloween Crafts and Adventures - October 24-28

It's the week before Halloween, your last chance to paint pumpkins, craft costumes, and take in some scary science.  Before the ghouls and goblins retreat for the year, be sure to get your little gremlins engaged with these awesome weekday events on Long Island. And don't forget -- our Long Island Halloween Guide is here to keep you and the family busy all week (and weekend!) long.

Free Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Halloween Week Is a Real Thing; Oct 24-28

The kids were bummed about Halloween falling on a Monday until they realized that it means a whole week of Halloween celebrations leading up to the 31st. Halloween Week is here, my friends, and it is filled with trick-or-treating opportunities before the big day, spooky-themed art and science activities (pictured), wicked walks, not-so-scary story times, and even an inaugural pumpkin roll.

Our picks for this week aren't all Halloween-related, though. We're excited about art-making for kids of all ages at the library in South Boston, a JCC preschool open house in Hingham, and picture book mania in Porter Square.

Don't forget, you can win fabulous prizes from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Great Wolf Lodge, and Puerto Vallarta just for helping us pick our Besties. Have a spooktacular week, and check out our Event Calendar for more family-friendly fun in Boston.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Candy Corn Crafts, Spooky Tales

You might notice a theme in our top picks for weekday activities for Westchester families this week: It’s Halloween! Why wait for October 31, when there are so many spirited programs that set the mood?

Pull up a toadstool for some Spooky Tales, or show off your costume at the indoor Halloween Parade. And inspiration (and sugar) abounds at Candy Corn Crafts.

There are several really cool FREE Halloween programs happening throughout the week. And if you need a departure from holiday-themed activities, know that our Event Calendar has a varied assortment of other fun happening all week and beyond!

Weekday Fun in NJ: Jack -O-Lanterns, Pumpkin Festival, Harvest Hayride

Just one week left until Halloween! Take a break from shelling out money on candy and costumes, and enjoy some Halloween festivities that won’t cost a penny. Libraries are hosting fun freebies such as Hazlet’s Happy Halloween Spooktacular and Jersey City’s Halloween Crafts. Try out a free dance class in costume at Peak-A-Boo Friend Week or catch a free hayride at the Mount Holly Pumpkin Festival. Check out more free Halloween fun here.

Also this week, there’s no shortage of amazing jack-o-lanterns at Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns and The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience. Read on for our best children's events the week of Oct 24–28, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar, October GoList, and Halloween Events Guide for even more Halloween happenings.

Quick No-Fly Getaways for Burned-Out Parents in the NYC Area

There comes a time in every parent’s life...when you’re afraid you’re going to lose your mind if you don’t get a break.

At first, the idea of leaving your newborn baby might seem impossibly out of the question. But as parenthood rolls on year after year, getting away becomes essential. A lengthy overseas vacation of your pre-kids years might be out of reach, but a quick overnight? Yesssss!

So when your mini-me is driving you up the wall, you feel the need for quiet to collect a thought or two, or you just want to reconnect with your partner, check out these seven destinations for those in the greater New York City metro area. No need to hop on a plane. These trips are all within a 2 1/2-hour drive of Midtown Manhattan, and several are reachable by public transportation. Many offer R&R perks, including in-house spas.

Find more weekend getaways, including those of the family variety, in our travel section, including Hudson Valley resorts for families.


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