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Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Fall Fun, Festivals, Museums, October 9-13

October is jam-packed with apples and pumpkins to pick, games to play at fall festivals, and exhibits to view at local museums. As always, Philly families can rely upon Mommy Poppins Philadelphia to round up some great options for the week ahead.

Take a hayride to pick apples at Johnson's Corner Farm or play among the pumpkins at Longwood Gardens. Babies can see works of art from the comfort of their stroller at the Philadelphia Museum of Art while toddlers and preschoolers can bop along in a music session or participate in apple activities at Bucks County Children's Museum. Older kids may appreciate a visit to the haunted USS Olympia. The entire family can celebrate the Jewish holiday, Sukkot, with crafts and stories at Please Touch Museum's Family Festival.

For additional fun, consider booking a train ride to see fall foliage or making reservations for a fall family weekend getaway. However you choose to spend the week, make it a great one.

Free Halloween Fun for Kids in the Delaware Valley

Halloween is such an exciting time for Philly kids. Games of make-believe come to life when kids dress as their favorite superhero, princess, or storybook character. And, whether you spent weeks creating a Pinterest-worthy costume out of recycled materials or you purchased the perfect outfit from a local shop, Philly parents are glad to know there are many free events for their kids to wear their latest Halloween gear.

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up some free fun for everyone in the family. From parades to mall events to pumpkin patches, young ones and older kids alike can savor all the sweetness of this candy-filled season. Many of these activities distribute treats and most encourage kids to wear costumes which is sure to delight the little pirates, monsters, or fairies in your crew. Be sure to browse through our event calendar for a multitude of delightfully spooky activities. For now, continue reading to find free Halloween fun!

Columbus Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Truck and Tractor Day, October 7-9

Many Philly families have an extra day off for the Columbus Day holiday. Spend this long October weekend by enjoying some of the many seasonal and entertaining activities that can be found in our event calendar.

Get in an autumnal mood with a visit to Longwood Garden's Pumpkin Playground as it opens for the season. Walk through Morris Arboretum to view the scarecrows or get lost in a corn maze at Freddy's Fallfest. Or, be entertained by seeing Snow White on stage at The Media Theatre. Looking for free fun? Activities that offer free admission include David Pincus Extra Fun Day at Smith, Newlin Grist Mill's Fall Harvest Festival, and Bensalem Fall Festival which features a car show, concert, and fireworks at the Bensalem Municipal Complex.

Make the most of the weekend by browsing through our calendar using the location, ages, and tags filters. For now, read about our top picks and savor that extra day of family fun.

10 Free Places to Enjoy Fall Foliage in the Philly Area

One of the most picturesque times of the year is finally upon us! Fall in Philly brings with it lots of awesome outdoor activities for kids, from apple-picking to Halloween haunts, and more, but if you’re looking for an afternoon of free family fun, why not simplify and take a drive, walk, or bike ride to glimpse the fall foliage? Even though Philly is known for its skyscrapers, the city is also home to ample green spaces, which provide a beautiful backdrop this time of year. Here are a few of our favorite spots:

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Library Programs, Farm Fun, The Glow October 2-6

Even though the weather has been unseasonably hot, Philly families know that October is here. Cornstalks, chrysanthemums, and pumpkins adorn neighborhood homes. Halloween candy is stacked on grocery store shelves. And, the Mommy Poppins event calendar is brimming with great activities for fall.

This week offers lots of amazing opportunities to learn and discover new things at local libraries. For example, younger children can participate in a music and movement storytime at Philadelphia City Institute while teenagers can head to the Teen Center at Parkway Central Library for an afternoon of creative fun. Tweens and teens can also play video games on the big screen at South Philadelphia Library. For children who may feel overwhelmed by crowds and noise, are on the autism spectrum, or have sensory processing issues, Fumo Family Library hosts a 30 minute sensory storytime.

After visiting the library, embrace some fall fun at farms throughout the Delaware Valley such as Hellerick's Family Farm and Varner Farm. Each offer hayrides, corn maze fun, and pumpkin picking. Older kids may enjoy being spooked by a Ghost Tour of Philadelphia while younger ones can play a round of Spooky Mini Golf at Franklin Square. The end of the week brings the opening night of The Glow: A Jack O'Lantern Experience, an experience everyone in the family can appreciate.

Continue reading for our top picks for the week. Enjoy!

October GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids This Month

Gone are the unseasonably hot days of September and the cooler days of October are (hopefully) on their way. Fall is here, whether it feels like it or not, and that means we've got plenty of apple picking, pumpkin picking, corn mazes, and more. Halloween is just around the corner and we have no shortage of fun activities. Whether you're looking to get some extra use out of those costumes, find a great place to trick-or-treat, get scared at a spooky haunted house, or try your luck at a haunted escape room, you can find just about anything in our Halloween Guide.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Daniel Tiger, DiggerFest, Tiny Titans September 30-October 1

So much fun awaits Philly families throughout the Delaware Valley this weekend. From museum exhibits to harvest festivals, from free opportunities to special splurges, Philly kids are sure to be smiling ear to ear.

Begin the weekend with a trip to a local museum as some of our favorites welcome brand new exhibits. Little ones will love visiting the Please Touch Museum's Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, A Grr-iffic Exhibit. Future paleontologists can explore Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies at The Academy of Natural Sciences while future archaeologists can be inspired by the Terracotta Warriors on view at the Franklin Institute. Celebrate both the traditional and modern Korean culture at harvest festivals held at Morris Arboretum and Delaware Art Museum. Free weekend fun includes admission to Benjamin Franklin Museum on Saturday and Barnes Foundation and Brandywine River Museum on Sunday. Complete the weekend with a splurge to DiggerFest for little ones or a haunted escape room for the tweens and teens in the family.

As the cooler weather settles into the region, be sure to check out some of the amazing deals at local consignment sales. Now, continue reading for the rest of our top picks.

24 Scary Haunted Houses, Ghost Tours & Hayrides for Philly Teens and Tweens

This Halloween season, teens and tweens in the Philadelphia area have plenty of options for a spooky adventure. We’ve compiled a list of haunted houses, hotels and hospitals, ghost tours, zombie-filled amusement parks, horrifying hayrides, and creepy corn mazes. Older kids will encounter witches, werewolves, skeletons, bloody monsters, ghosts, and ghouls around every corner at many of these terrifying entertainment attractions. Most of these events are NOT recommended for children under the age of 12. Be sure to check each location's website for more info on dates and schedules. Enter if you dare!

Find the Perfect Halloween Costume At One of These Local Shops

Whether your child wants to be cute, funny, or scary this Halloween, there are plenty of shops in and around Philadelphia that will have the popular costumes for this season (expect to see plenty of Moanas, Lightning McQueens, and Wonder Women). We've rounded up some of the many costume shops in the area so you can find the perfect costumes for your little ones.

To get more than just one night's use out of the costume, check out these local Halloween-themed adventures.

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