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35 Fall Harvest Festivals Near Philly: Pumpkins, Apples, and Scarecrows, Oh My!

With the arrival of autumn, there is no better way to enjoy cooler temperatures, colorful foliage, and delicious autumnal foods than with a fall festival. Fortunately for Philly families, there are many opportunities throughout the Delaware Valley. Whether staying local to attend a harvest festival in your community or heading to a farm or orchard, these events are sure to have something for everyone. Many events taking place this fall include hayrides, pumpkin patches, scarecrow-building, and apple picking while others have live entertainment. 

Don't forget to browse checking our event calendar as well as our Fall Activity Guide for new events that are continually added and updated. For now, read on and find the perfect fall festival for your family.

Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the US and Caribbean for Families

An all-inclusive resort, or one with extra levels of service and amenities, is almost always a boon to parents traveling with their kids. All-inclusive hotels relieve some of the pressure to entertain little ones, feed them, and even make it easier to decide what to do next during a family vacation

We've rounded up some of our favorite all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, as well as here in the U.S. Of course, they don't always come cheap, so we've included a couple of more budget options, too. These soup-to-nuts getaways will please the most discerning pint-sized guests (and their paying adults).

Read on for family-friendly resorts that make vacations easy, so you can kick back, relax and just enjoy.

13 Birthday Party Venues for Philly Tweens

You've made it! You have a decade or more of parenthood under your belt, and new and exciting challenges and learning experiences are on the horizon. Your little baby is a baby no more, but a tween! And that in-between age calls for something unique and fun that really celebrates the individual your child is and has become. Here are some of our top picks.

Interactive 'Dr. Seuss Experience' to Tour North America

Readers of all ages have probably longed to step inside the colorful and whimsical worlds that exist inside Dr. Seuss' beloved stories. Now fans can finally get their fantastical fix as "The Dr. Seuss Experience," a brand-new exhibit, tours North America. The immersive and interactive celebration of the imagination of author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel is billed as a "Seuss-tacular sensory spectacle" families won't want to miss. 

Things to Do in Philly this Weekend: Peppa Pig, Faerie Fest, Trains September 14-15

There is no doubt about it. Philly kids are in for a fantastic September weekend. From opportunities to see beloved children's characters such as Peppa Pig and Thomas the Tank Engine to enchanting themed events featuring faeries and wizards, young ones throughout the region are sure to be filled with delight and adventure. 

After seeing your kids' favorite television idol, make lasting family memories at a local festival. Step back in time to learn about archaeology at Newlin Grist Mill or watch tin smithing and corn husk doll making demonstration at Evans-Mumbower Mill. Ride the amusements at Radnor Fall Festival, taste delicious Mexican cuisine at Penn's Landing, or listen to dynamic storytelling at Howell Living History Farm. Get a jumpstart on seasonal fun and embrace autumn by building a scarecrow at Peddler's Village or taking a hayride at Hellerick's Family Farm.

Don't forget to view our list with the region's best fall consignment sales to outfit your crew for sweater weather. Be sure to check back since new sales are constantly being added. Continue reading for our top picks for the weekend ahead.

25 Best Events this Fall for Philly Preschoolers and Toddlers

Cooler air, changing leaves, and houses adorned with pumpkins and mums are strong indicators that the season of fall has begun in the Delaware Valley. Philly preschoolers can look forward to lots of autumn excitement found in our events calendar. From fall festivals and apple picking to corn mazes and Halloween fun, little ones are sure to embrace this time of year. Our list includes activities such as picking the perfect pumpkin, taking a scenic train ride, enjoying nature, or splurging with a trip to an amusement park. Keep reading for our favorite fall-themed fun specifically with toddlers and preschoolers in mind.

Quebec City with Kids: 25 Things To Do in Old Quebec and Beyond

Quebec City is often touted as a European vacation alternative—a picturesque city where you can walk cobblestone streets, sit in bistros, and order in French without a transatlantic plane ticket. Yes, Quebec’s old town streets are quaint and pedestrian-friendly, but families should visit Quebec City because it’s full of wonderful and unique attractions and culture in its own right. 

As the only walled city in North America and a Unesco World Heritage site, this Canadian city is full of history. Yet, the best things to do in Quebec City also include modern attractions, such as family-friendly museums, an indoor amusement park, and lots of great outdoor spaces, parks, and festivals that make it a fun place to visit.

Read on to discover the top things to do in Quebec City with kids. Then make sure to read about our top picks for Quebec City restaurants for families.

Best Fall Corn Mazes Near Philly for Hayrides, Pumpkins, and More

As cool crisp nights begin to make outdoor excursions more bearable, fun fall-themed activities for families to enjoy seem to pop up all over. You can choose traditional favorites such as apple picking,  pumpkin picking, or enjoying the fall colors or go on an adventure, exploring a corn maze as a family.

The corn maze is a Pennsylvania tradition—quite literally. The first corn maze as we know it today was built in our state in 1993, and 25 years later, the Keystone State boasts some truly impressive mazes. The largest occupies twenty five acres, and many of them feature special themes, games, and activities. The sheer variety of these mazes offers something for kids of all ages, and some farms even offer nighttime hours, where kids can work their way through the darkened maze with flashlights. Some mazes even offer thrills and chills for the truly adventurous. All told, there is something for everyone.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Trains, Grandparents Day September 7-8

Philly kids are adjusting to the new school year and acclimating to a different routine, but that doesn't mean family fun has to end. After all, summer technically lasts until mid-September. Why not spend part of the weekend with activities found in the Mommy Poppins's event calendar?

Start off by attending a festival. There are opportunities to appreciate the culture of Poland and Brazil, learn about the impact of honey bees, or pretend to be a superhero. Foodies can enjoy good eats at the Mushroom Festival or Whoopie Pie Festival while music lovers rock out to tunes at Haverford Music Festival. Other noteworthy experience include Caln Community Day, Doylestown Art Festival, Bryn Mawr Day, and Brandywine Festival of the Arts.

Don't forget that Sunday is Grandparents Day! Take Granny and Pop to a museum to learn about family trees, an arboretum to see Thomas the Tank Engine, or the pier for some fishing. No matter how you spend your weekend, make it a great one.

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