Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Jack o' Lantern Sail, Bats, Barnacles & Broomsticks October 29-30

This Halloween weekend spook up some fun for the whole family. Carve a pumpkin and watch it float at the The Great Jack o' Lantern Spectacular Sail at Belmont Lake State Park. Enjoy safe trick or treating in Long Beach, at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton or Broadway Mall in Hicksville. Attend a Pumpkin Parade at one of Gymboree's locations in East NorthportWoodbury or Oceanside.

Do the monster mash and party like a ghoul at the Ghostly Gala at the Long Island Children's Museum, the Fall Festival at Queens County Farm, the Haunted Whaling Boo-seum at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum or  Family Fun Day at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook.

Also, as the temperature starts to drop, now is the perfect time to peruse our Long Island Classes Guide to find indoor, educational opportunities for children of all ages.

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10 Free and Festive Halloween Celebrations for LA Kids

If you've already spent on the Halloween costume (and perhaps a second one if you bought too early), and the pumpkin (and perhaps a second one if you bought too early), and the Halloween candy (and perhaps an extra aerobics class, if you bought too early), then you might have reached your limit with spending money on this mother-of-all kids' holidays. That's when it's time to start sniffing out all of the great free Halloween activities that keep the mood going at this haunting time of year. Never fear - there's a frightful number of free events for your little goblins. Here are 10 of our favorites - the scream of the crop!

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.

Best Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat for Los Angeles Kids

Trick or treat! Los Angeles moved down to fifth place this year in Zillow's Halloween list of the country's 20 best cities for trick-or-treating—but that's not slowing down anyone around here. The real estate website bases its trick-or-treat ranking on criteria like home value and crime rates. That's good, but what about special effects and Halloween decorations? If one figures in the number of film industry creatives living in a given metropolitan area, LA wins first place by a country mile. Speaking of country miles, if you've walked the distance between houses in the most expensive LA neighborhoods, you know that higher home value does not always translate to better trick-or-treating. What does? Well, keep your Halloween hats on, because we've got a list of some of LA and Orange County's most legendary trick-or-treat neighborhoods. I defy anyone in Philadelphia to beat these!

Postpartum Support Resources for New Moms in New York City

In those final sleepless nights before your baby is born, you might lie awake thinking of what to put in your hospital bag, who will watch the dog, or heck, finalizing the name! But the arrival of that baby brings on a whole new onslaught of questions.

Is he getting enough milk? Why won’t she sleep more than 45 minutes at a time? He cries so much….is it an allergy? When will I get this under control? Where can I find a mellow mommy and me class? WTF is that stabbing pain in my pelvis? And once the wave of eager family and friend visitors subside, and let’s be honest, your partner goes back to work, it’s usually just mom and babe. Who to ask? Where to find help?

Lucky for you, we NYC Mommy Poppins moms have a few babies between the lot of us. We’re not going to say just how many, but we are compiling a list of resources that have been helpful to us over the years, from postpartum therapy and lactation consultants to parent support groups. And don’t forget to peruse our Baby and Pregnancy Guide for more NYC resources.

NYC Car Services with Car Seats for Babies and Kids

Whether you're headed to the pediatrician, the airport, or just visiting New York City, it can be hard to find a taxi or car service that offers car seats. In fact, it's probably one of the most frequent questions that tourists and locals alike email in to ask us about. 

If you have a car seat of your own, taxi drivers are required to let you install it; I've had anxious drivers balk, but I've always made them wait. But maybe you don't feel like lugging your seat to and from JFK or up and down the pediatrician's steps. Solution? Call a car service with car seats!

We've rounded up some of our staff favorites for service in all five boroughs. Just remember to specifically request an infant or a toddler seat.

Tot Town: New Play Space in Crown Heights for Brookyn Kids

Brooklyn kids have a new place to climb, crawl, and create, but parents will also like Tot Town for the features geared toward them. With touches like cozy couches, free Wi-Fi, and outlets for laptops and phones, parents can relax while toddlers and preschoolers play games, make music, create art, and more. We've got the scoop on Crown Heights' newest play space. 

Play Space Spotlight: Junior Jet Club

Nestled within the Cradle of Aviation is one of my favorite interactive open play areas: The Junior Jet Club.

At only $2.50 per child (free with museum admission), it is one of the most inexpensive (and fun!) ways to spend a few hours with children under 6 years old.

Open play is available 9:30am - 5pm every day, with no appointment necessary.

Best Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat for Long Island Kids

There's nothing like trick-or-treating in your own neighborhood right here on Long Island, or heading to your favorite downtown to fill up on treats from local businesses. You know how to traverse every nook and cranny. Plus, you probably have a good idea which houses to avoid and which to knock on twice for those sweet rewards. The camaraderie among neighbors can fill residents with pride.

But sometimes change is good.

So which Long Island neighborhoods are best for trick-or-treating? We prefer ones that have houses close together, banks of merchants who participate, are well lit and have minimal traffic running through them. Read on for a list of our favorites.

Check out our Halloween Guide for more Long Island trick-or-treating fun, including these top events for kids and not-too-scary haunted houses and walks.

Weekend Fun For Houston Kids: Festivals, Pumpkins, Zoo Boo, Oct 15-16

With Halloween right around the corner, you can be sure to find plenty of spooky houses and pumpkin patches around to take the family to town. For something different this weekend, check out the Korean Festival or Italian Festival. If you are feeling adventurous, then drive up north for the Renaissance Festival.

October is so much fun in Houston. Browse through our entire calendar and narrow down your options by using our search functions selecting location, ages, and keywords. Don't see your event listed here? You can go ahead and add it yourself to our listings. And if you don't receive this post in your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter. Keep reading to learn about our top picks for this weekend in Houston! 


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