Preschoolers

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. 

If you have an event you want to share, make sure to 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.

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.

Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself.

The Ultimate Guide to Philly Area Tot Lots

Everyone knows that going to a playground with a toddler can be treacherous. Everything is a little too big and you find yourself helicoptering your kids' every move. That's why tot lots are perfect for the smallest kiddos. With fun interactive areas, smaller steps and slides, and baby swings, kids can have a little more independence (and so can you). If you’re looking for fun, safe playgrounds ideal for younger kids, we've got a list of some great tot lots in the Philadelphia area. 

35 Fun Things To Do with Kids around Pasadena

If you're working your way down our bucket list of 100 things to do before your LA kids grow up, you might start to notice how many of those things are in Pasadena—and we're not just talking Rose Parade. The inland community rivals Santa Monica for family friendly, walkable streets and variety of arts and entertainment. It's also one of the oldest communities in the LA area, which gave it a head start on collecting cool stuff. Let the tourists spend their days in Hollywood; we know there's more going on most weekends in Pasadena, a city so bursting with kid and family-friendly activities that we couldn't stop at just 25. Read on for 35 things to do around Pasadena.

25 Top Things to Do with NYC Preschoolers Before They Turn 5

New York City doesn't scrimp when it comes to creating awesome family events and institutions, from the many children's museums and zoos and gardens to only-here street and art fests. But as a mom of two children younger than 5, I'm always looking for fun activities that appeal to the city's youngest children. It's such a special window of time, and I want to create lasting memories—within budgetary reason, and manageable enough for kids who sometimes still need a nap and a sippy cup of milk.

So, inspired by our roundup of 100 things to do with kids in NYC before they grow up, we came up with a list of 25 things to do with toddlers and preschoolers around the city before they turn 5 and head to kindergarten. A few of our selections are well-known favorites with specific under-the-radar attractions for preschoolers, while others are more off the beaten path, but all are things we've enjoyed doing or aspire to try soon!

Halloween Happenings and Parades in Fairfield County, CT

Halloween seems to get bigger and better every year--and I'm not just talking about the size of the candy bars. Back in the day, we were happy just to trick or treat in our neighborhood, but these days, you can start celebrating at the beginning of October and continue celebrating all month long! Even if you don't live for Halloween, we've got a lot of great ideas for ways to get out there and enjoy (both spooky and non-spooky) in our Connecticut Halloween and Fall Fun Guide.

Here in Fairfield County we have a huge variety of activities and events from Halloween parades to hayrides to pumpkin patches and more. We've collected some of our favorite Halloween happenings here, but don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletters and keep tabs on our event calendar so that you won't miss any Halloween fun!

A Dozen Easy Fall Hikes in NJ for Families with Small Children

Hiking with small children can be fun for the whole family, if you choose the right trails, pack enough snacks, and build in some break time for little legs. Autumn in New Jersey may be the ideal time to get the family outdoors for a nature walk or easy hike, when trees are ablaze with fall colors and temperatures are just right.

Read on for our list of short, family-friendly hikes with scenic vistas and shady picnic spots. As for the snacks, try letting kids make their own trail mix before a nature walk: set out some bowls of nuts, pretzel sticks, dried fruits, and chocolate chips or M&Ms, and let the kids fill a plastic baggie with their favorite fuel. Before setting out, make sure everyone dresses in layers and wears comfortable shoes, and don't forget to pack sunscreen, bug spray, and plenty of water.

For more outdoor adventures, check out one of the state's many nature centers, which offer a host of family-friendly activities as well as hiking trails. Happy hiking!

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