Helpful Tips for Watching the Head of the Charles

The Charles is a magnet for many Boston families, whether it's for a paddle down the river or a perfect fall day hanging out on the Esplanade. And this time of year, when the leaves are turning and the riverfront is at its most beautiful, countless families flock to the Head of the Charles Regatta, one of the world’s most competitive rowing races, when more than ten thousand rowers compete for nearly half a million spectators. Watching the rowers from the riverbank is an annual tradition for many Bostonians—but with the crowds and uncertain seating arrangements, it can be tricky to navigate with kids. After several years of attending the Head of the Charles, I have some helpful hints to keep you and your family warm and happy while you watch the race.

10 Prime Spots To Hang with a Baby on the Eastside of LA

Having a new baby is a blessing. An exhausting, isolating blessing. To remember what a gift it can be, new moms and dads need to get out of the darn house every once and awhile. If you live on the Eastside of Los Angeles, whether it’s Boyle Heights or Echo Park, you’ve got some cool options to catch your breath with baby in tow. Here are a few of the best spots to get some hang time in with your mini-me.

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

Trick or treat! Los Angeles moved down to fifth place 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!

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Zoo Boo, Bayou City Art Festival, Symphonic Spooktacular

Toasty temperatures can't put a damper on our fall fun here in Houston, and it's time to start making important decisions like where you're going to trick or treat this Halloween, when you're going to check out the fall festivities at Froberg's Farm (say that five times fast!), and who you're going to vote for during this year's Houston Besties where you vote on your favorite local businesses and get a chance to win some awesome prizes.

In need of a new park to visit? You're definitely going to want to add Clear Lake Park to your list. With six different playgrounds and a waterfront view, it's sure to be a hit. 

There's also still plenty of time to check out our fall bucket list and our October GoList for a host of family events and activities, and our event calendar is always stocked with ideas for every day of the week. 

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Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Archeology, Concerts, and Rubber Ducks, Oct 14-15

Calling all budding archaeologists! This weekend there is not one but two family-friendly digs for anyone interested in discovering what secrets lie underground beneath our feet. Speaking of making new discoveries, there's also a nature and art lab featuring Lego critter creations; the Constitution sails once again; and 3,000 rubber ducks are invading Boston Harbor. Kids can makes some Halloween creations (parents too!), Scott Jameson is hosting a magic show, and KERPLUNK!

Free Indoor Play Spaces for Long Island Kids

When the weather is gray and chilly, it's easier to stay inside and hide. But for children that can be among the most boring things to do.

All across Long Island, there are play spaces and indoor playgrounds to keep your kids happily occupied. But how about some low-key kids spots hiding in plain sight? And better yet, how about FREE destinations? From malls to bookstores and libraries, there is plenty of FREE fun to be had for Long Island kids.

Enjoy these unique play destinations, but remember at most venues a parent/adult must be present to supervise children.

For more indoor fun, don't forget our guide to rainy day activities on Long Island.

Best Places to Trick or Treat in Connecticut this Halloween

Which neighborhood is best for Halloween trick-or-treating in Connecticut? That's a tricky one! But we can certainly point you in some fun directions full of treats! Here's a list of our favorite trick-or-treating spots and weekend events so you'll know where to bring your kids this Halloween. Is your area not great for trick or treating?  Take them to some of these trunk or treating events. For more seasonal fun, check out our jam-packed Halloween Guide. Many stores in local towns and villages will likely will be handing out candy in the afternoon on October 31, but as a general rule trick-or-treating starts at dusk. 

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Fort Bend County Fair, Pumpkin Patches, Fall Festivals

October is here, and with it comes the start of fall festivals, pumpkin patches, and consignment sales with great deals on clothes and toys. To help narrow down which activities you should check out around town, see our ultimate fall bucket list

This month will also (hopefully!) give us some cooler weather, making it the perfect time to trek on over to the Missouri City Edible Trail and play outside at the beautiful and unique Donovan Park. If you find yourself in need of even more activities to fill up your calendar, check out our October GoList and event calendar for some of the best things to do with the family in Houston. 

Don't forget that you can submit your own event to our calendar. And to stay on the up and up with everything happening around Houston, subscribe to our free weekly newsletter with great posts like this delivered to your inbox.

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