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10 Free (or Cheap) Weekday Events for Philly Kids: October 16-20

Whether your kids likes exploring museums, cozying up with a good book, being outside, or gearing up for the Halloween season, there are many options for Philly families during this October week. Museum goers can discover new things at the Franklin Institute during its free Community Night or engage in hands-on learning at Delaware Children's Museum's $2 Nights. Children who are mesmerized by books can listen to captivating stories at the library, in a bookstore, in enchanted woods, or near a gristmill. Outdoorsy types can learn about animals and their habitat at Nottingham County Park, take a wagon ride to view fall foliage at Warwick County Park, or meet a real bobcat at Upper Schuylkill Valley Park!

Free Indoor Play Places for Philly Area Kids

Summer’s in the rear view, and Philly parents might be wondering where to go for a fun escape from the cooler weather. Philadelphia is home to tons of museums and playgrounds, but did you know that there are also plenty of family-friendly spots for free indoor fun? We've rounded up some great indoor venues below, and also some other spots that parents will enjoy as well. Did we mention they're all free?

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Pumpkin Days, Peppa Pig, Harry Potter October 14-15

There is no doubt Philly families are in for a treat this October weekend. For starters, there are many ways to enjoy the autumn season. Make a scarecrow at Tyler Arboretum's Pumpkin Days Celebration, participate in a pumpkin catapult launch at Hagley, take a hayride at Pennypacker Farm's Harvest Fest, and explore Peace Valley Nature Center to search for autumn birds. Kids eager to wear their Halloween costumes can visit the animals while collecting treats at Elmwood Park Zoo's Boo at the Zoo.

After filling up on fall fun, check out some unique opportunities for gamers, book worms, music lovers, and pig fanatics. Minecraft fans can get stoked for a weekend filled with gaming at Minefaire held at the Philadelphia Expo. Those who enjoy the Harry Potter series can search for artifacts during a Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Rock out with Ratboy Jr. at World Cafe Live or sing along with The Cat's Pajamas performing at the Girard Avenue Street Fair. But, if truth be told, most preschoolers just want to see Peppa Pig Live! at Keswick Theatre.

Keep reading for more ideas for family fun.

THE GLOW: A Jack O'Lantern Experience Lights Up Fairmount Park

There's nothing that says Halloween like pumpkins- except maybe a carved pumpkin. If you've ever carved your own pumpkin, you know how much work it can be even to follow a simple pattern. Featuring more than 5,000 brightly lit carved pumpkins, THE GLOW certainly doesn't disappoint when it comes to jack-o-lanterns. The larger-than-life pumpkin structures make this event a must-do for Halloween. Read on to find out all you need to know before attending this spectacular event.

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:

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