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Polar Express and Santa Trains Near NYC This Holiday Season

The magic of Chris Van Allsburg’s popular Christmas picture book, The Polar Express, comes to life again this winter with festive holiday trains within a whistle's blow of the New York City metro area. A huge hit with kids and parents alike, these trains spark the imagination and holiday spirit with seasonal snacks, stories, even token gifts—not to mention a visit from Santa himself.

These old-school cabooses (some harking back to the 1920s) offer a classic holiday ambience. There's a Polar Express just an hour south into New Jersey, or the one-day-only Tri-State Santa Train about 50 minutes away, or consider a day trip to the Catskills or weekend getaway to Pennsylvania Dutch Country for this Santa's Paradise Express. Best of all, families can combine the annual Santa Claus photo op with a sweet adventure sure to create lasting memories.

Remember: these train rides sell out quickly, often months in advance, so book now if you want to go.

Ultimate Guide to FREE Halloween Events 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 the next as well as 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 great FREE options.

Bucket List of Free Places to Play in CT

Play is synonymous with childhood; it develops physical strength, social skills, imagination, and it’s a whole lot of fun. Just watch children buzzing by on a playground or in a park, giggling in a sandbox, or raising their arms in delight as they zoom down a slide. Throw in a free opportunity for play, and most parents will be as giddy as their kids. So here are some suggestions where to burn off energy, but not cash.

Jump N Play Is the Latest Must-See Queens Bounce House

Queens already has more indoor bounce houses than any other NYC borough, but it just added another! Jump N Play opened this past summer in Ozone Park, a neighborhood that's also rapidly growing its list of exciting indoor play spaces.

This location, with its fire-engine-red exterior, is impossible to miss. Inside is even harder to resist. The humongous two main rooms offer one bounce house after another. My 5-year-old's jaw dropped and he went speechless for about a full 60 seconds. Read on for our review and important know-before-you-go details about this new play spot.

Disney on Ice Brings Moana and Elsa Show to NYC Metro Area

A Disney on Ice show skates into the greater New York City area this November with some of the entertainment company's most popular female characters. This Dare to Dream production features Moana for the first time, but also Belle of Beauty and the Beast, Elsa and Anna of Frozen fame, and plenty more princesses.

The family show kicks off in the metro region at the Prudential Center in Newark, November 1-5. It then plays Barclays Center in Brooklyn, November 9-12, and finally at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island, November 15-November 26.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Head of the Charles, Bats, and a Lantern Parade, Oct 21-22

Ready, set, row! This weekend is the Head of the Charles—read our complete guide to watching as a family—as well as an extra special boat's birthday (and both events are free!). It's your last chance to visit King Richard's Faire this season. In the Halloween spirit? Build a house for this Halloween-y creaturemeet some creepy crawlies, walk amongst a forest of jack o' lanterns, and then join in a monster mash-up.

A few more fun activities include a Haitian dance workshop, a special storytime about the immigration experience, a mobile science lab, and even a chance to light up the night at a lantern parade.

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Need more family fun ideas? Check out our full events calendar.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Scarecrows, Pumpkin Patches, and a Red Hot Chili Festival, October 21 & 22

We are into late October, and across Connecticut the leaves are falling, and so are the temperatures. Need a little heat to chase away the chills? Check out the annual Red Hot Chili Festival this weekend. Or, for a real-life scare, take an otherworldly tour of the Harriett Beecher Stowe House and learn about the famous author's lifelong interest in the spirit world.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Wings Over Houston Airshow, ArBOOretum

This weekend is jam-packed with activities as we begin to really gear up for fall. Pumpkin patches are out in full force, fall festivals are peaking, and trunk-or-treat events are popping up around the city, offering a safe alternative to neighborhood trick-or-treating.

The cooler weather also makes this weekend a great time to visit the Texas Renaissance Festival and check out their kid-friendly shows and acts or check out nearby Seabrook with the help of our insider's guide to the city.

And since it's always a good idea to have some indoor options up your sleeve, you definitely want to take note of the Ninja Warrior obstacle courses located around the city. 

Don't forget to peruse our fall bucket list and our October GoList for even more family events and activities, and check out our event calendar, which is always stocked with ideas for every day of the week. 

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Now, let's get on to this weekend's events!

Weekend Fun: Country Fair, Pumpkin Carving, Science Day

Sagamore Hill is ready to deliver information, education and demonstrations free to the public. at its very first Science Day.

And while the autumn weather is still gourd-ous outside, keep exploring and enjoying the great outdoors at the Family Fall & Halloween Festival in Massapequa or the Rock Hall Country Fair in Lawrence. Get crafty at Jones Beach, make a harvest wreath, or create a boo-tiful mini garden at Atlantic Nursery. Get dolled up for the Princess Masquerade Ball at Tots-on-Track or enjoy a leisurely family stroll through the village of Huntington during the Heckscher Art Museum's Art Walk.

Did someone says freebie? We've rounded up some free events for the family this month. It's not too early to make a plan for Halloween. Check out our list of Best Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat with Long Island Kids

Our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. And our October GoList offers other fun, family events for the final weeks of the month.

Don't forget to check out our local DEALS page, where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for LI kids. Check back often as we're regularly adding more.

Also, it's time for our annual Besties balloting, and we want to hear from you. Weigh in on the best of Long Island at our voting page here. Your vote makes you eligible to win one of a number of prizes. See the prizes available here, and vote before it's too late.

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