18 Best Events this Fall for Philly Preschoolers and Toddlers

As the air has started to cool, the humidity has lifted, leaves are changing colors, and we are surrounded everywhere by the flavors of pumpkin spice, fall is certainly in full swing. There's plenty for Philly preschoolers to do from fall festivals to apple picking, corn mazes, and Halloween fun. Pick your perfect pumpkin, take a scenic train ride, or enjoy some fall-themed treats. Whether your child enjoys ghosts and ghouls, gentle haunts, or a not-so-scary Halloween, you're sure to find something to please everyone in your family. We've rounded up some of our favorite fall-themed fun specifically for preschoolers.

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 to engage in traditional favorites such as apple picking and harvest festivals, or go on an adventure, exploring a corn maze as a family.

Many area farms have professionally designed mazes spanning several acres, with new designs each year that can take up to two hours to complete. Many of the large mazes have special themed games where visitors follow clues along the way, testing their knowledge and navigational skills. Older kids will appreciate the nighttime flashlight mazes or scary Halloween themes, while the younger set will enjoy the smaller hay mazes available at most farms. Whatever your family’s adventure level is, this list is sure to have something for everyone.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Nature, Storytime, Fall Fest September 11-15

Moms, Dads, and kids alike can enjoy the fun that September brings throughout the Delaware Valley. Philly families can carve out time for some semi-spontaneous fun between school days and extracurricular activities with the amazing opportunities found in this week's event calendar.

Take the baby for a stroll through The Philadelphia Museum of Art, or have baby in tow while watching a grown-up movie at The Colonial Theatre. Engage toddlers in learning about the world around them with nature encounters at Briar Bush Nature Center. Little ones can pause for storytime among the animals at The Brandywine Zoo or in the Outdoor Children's Classroom at Morris Arboretum. Children who are homeschooled can dive into the topic of aquatic ecosystem exploration at Bartram's Garden. End the week by taking the entire family to Spruce Street Harbor Park for its Fall Fest or by watching the horses at the Devon Fall Classic.

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

Autumn is such a beautiful time of year to enjoy the outdoors in the Delaware Valley. The temperature is cooler, skies are clear and the changing leaves create a spectacular backdrop to any event. Fortunately, there are so many opportunities to celebrate the season - whether it is attending a harvest festival in your community, or taking a drive to a farm or orchard. We have rounded up a list of some of the numerous events taking place this fall, including hayrides, pumpkin patches, scarecrow-building, live entertainment, and cider donuts! Keep checking our calendar as well as our Fall Activity Guide, as we are continuously adding new events for Fall!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Trains, Grandparents' Day, Sept 9-10

With one week of school routine under the belts of many Philly families, it is time to savor some family time this weekend. Thankfully, there are plenty of choices that can be found in our event calendar. First off, there are a multitude of festivals featuring everything from fungi fun at the Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square, to art appreciation at Doylestown Art Festival, to historical fun at Chadds Ford Days. Train lovers in the family won't be disappointed. West Chester Railroad savors the last bit of summer during its Summer Picnic Train. Colebrookdale Railroad takes passengers to a vintage baseball game while folks at Greenbank Station can step back in time to Civil War days. Best yet, Thomas and Friends are riding the rails at Morris Arboretum all weekend long.

Don't forget to celebrate Grandparents' Day on Sunday. Treat grandma and grandpa to brunch at Franklin Square, or let them take the kids to visit a museum such as the National Museum of American Jewish History, or to Lorimer Park for a nature scavenger hunt.

With such a jam-packed event calendar, be sure to filter by age, tags, and location. Have a great weekend!

Raising Well-Rounded Kids: 10 Philly Classes Outside the Box

There's no doubt about, the Delaware Valley offers no shortage of great classes for Philly area kids. Whether you're looking for swimming, dance, acting, or something crafty, you can find just about anything around here. That's why we've decided to round up some of the more unique classes for kids around Philadelphia. Now is the perfect time to expose your kids to as much as possible so they can discover their own passions.

Grandparents' Day in Philly: Time to Send the Kids to Grandma's

Whether you call them Grandma, Granddad, Nana, or Poppop, grandparents add an enormous amount of value to the life of a child. They're the best babysitters, treat sharers, spoilers, and we love them so. And what better excuse than Grandparents' Day (September 10) to send the kids out for some fun with their grands (and get some time to yourself)! We have rounded up some wonderful ways to celebrate grandparents. From sporting events to nature excursions, there is something for everyone. Keep reading to discover all the ways to show Mom Mom and Pop how much you love them this Grandparents' Day.

14 Philly Fringe Shows You Can Actually Bring Your Kids To

Philly Fringe Festival returns every year in September. With tons of independent productions exploding with talent and unique ideas, it's such a wonderful time to check out theatre, dance performances, and more in Philadelphia. If you have kids, it can be quite the challenge to find the right Fringe show. Many shows in the festival feature adult themes and content, and ocassionally even nudity, so just how do you navigate this amazing festival with children? Don't worry, we've made it easy by rounding up tons of great Fringe shows that are safe to bring the kiddos to. So get ready to see some spectacular shows like nothing you've ever seen before.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Labor Day Fun, Storytimes, Honey Festival September 4-8

Traditionally speaking, the day after Labor Day marks the first day of school for many Philly kids. But, just because school is starting does not mean that the fun has to end. Quite the contrary, as our event calendar is filled with many ways to spend time with the family.

Start the week off by celebrating Labor Day with roller skating at Blue Cross RiverRink, touring the exhibits at the Museum of the American Revolution, or visiting the penguins at Adventure Aquarium. Squeeze in time to listen to stories at free events held at Reading Terminal Market, Big Blue Marble Bookstore, or Smith. Older kids can enjoy spending the evening seeing the trains at the Marshall Steam Museum while kids of all ages can learn about honey-making at Glen Foerd during part of the Philadelphia Honey Festival. Don't forget about West Chester's Swingin' Summer Thursdays as well as University City's Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll.

Since summer technically doesn't end until mid-September, make the most of these sunny days by spending family time together. Because, before you know it, everything will be pumpkin-flavored!

Best Apple Picking Orchards for Philadelphia Families

We know it must be Fall when we feel that chill in the air, the leaves start to change color, harvest festivals abound and apple picking season begins. Pennsylvania is one of the country's top apple producing states, so we are fortunate to have a number of orchards in the area where we can enjoy this favorite Fall tradition. Many of the orchards host activities to extend the fun beyond apple picking - everything from tractor rides and corn mazes to moon bounces and music festivals.

There are several pick-your-own apple orchards and farms listed below, all within an hour's drive of Philadelphia. Because farm conditions and apple selection can vary throughout the season, it is recommended to call or check the website before visiting.


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