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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Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Trick-or-Treating & Halloween Parties, Oct. 29-31

Halloween weekend is finally here! For all last-minute mamas out there, check out our ideas for quick costume ideas. There are tons of things to do around Houston this weekend, and you still have time to visit an area pumpkin patch, take a hayride, or visit a haunted house. Also, if trick-or-treating isn't your family's thing, check out an area trunk-or-treat, where kids can collect candy in safe and controlled environments. 

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Without further ado, here is your Halloween weekend lineup:

Halloween Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Tricks, Treats, and Trolleys, October 29-31

All of us here at Mommy Poppins CT wish you and your family a very happy and safe Halloween! Since Halloween falls on a Monday this year, which may be particularly challenging for younger kids, there is all kinds of daytime fun over the weekend particularly geared for younger kids, including a Hobgoblin Fair, a Halloween Festival, and a Haunted House (among many others!). For those who may be looking to focus on something besides Halloween, check out the Wild About Animals Festival at the Imagine Nation Museum and Kids Day at the picturesque Audubon facility in Sharon.

If you're beginning to look forward to the holidays that come after Halloween, Mommy Poppins is sponsoring a fantastic giveaway for a $100 Gift Card with Target, who have been expanding their Our Generation line of dolls. For more information and contest rules, click here

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Leftover Halloween Candy? Ways To Use It (Or Lose It) in New Jersey

Twix, Milky Ways, Sour Patch Kids, Skittles! It seems like kids collect enough Halloween candy to last a lifetime. Instead of saving your surplus supply of Kit Kats or having your children consume it all in one night (or worse, you consume it all in one night), take a look at our alternate ideas for using up your little ones' leftover candy haul – whether you donate it, bake with it, make money from it (!), or make others smile with it. Hope you have a great Halloween, New Jersey!

Kids and the Election: Teaching Your Children About Voting

With just a few weeks until the election and politics all over the news, voter fatigue may have started to set in. It’s at this point many of us are thinking, “I can’t wait until this election is over.” I’m definitely there. But it’s important to remember what’s at the core of all this political ping pong (or maybe dodge ball): our vote. Whether you look at selecting our country’s leaders as a right, privilege, duty, or obligation, it is an opportunity to have our voices heard. It is also a teachable moment for our kids. For tips and resources for teaching your kids (even the youngest of the crew) about citizenship and the importance of being informed and involved, read on. We have a rundown of ideas, interactive websites, books, and crafts for you to share with toddlers to teens.

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!

Art Classes for Philly Kids and Homeschoolers

Art is a wonderful form of self-expression. Art classes are a great way to help kids hone their creativity, to discover new talents, or even just de-stress. There are so many great places in and around Philly for art, and many of them offer classes for young artists. Some even offer homeschool classes for kids who learn at home and are looking to socialize with their peers. We've rounded up some great nearby art classes-- perfect for after school activity or to fulfill homeschool curriculums.

10 Best Things to Do on Halloween in Houston

Halloween is almost here! Don't sweat it if you don't have costumes yet - we have you covered. There are tons of trunk-or-treats happening around the city this weekend and on Halloween (along with continued pumpkin patches and haunted houses) where kids can collect candy in a safe and controlled environment, but if you're looking for some wicked fun on actual Halloween day, read on for 10 great options.

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.


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