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Weekday Fun: Kindermusik Playdate, Harvest Moon Hayride, Fright Fest

As summer transitions into fall, what better way to spend the week than autumnal festivities and lots of freebies? Celebrate the new season at events like Ort Farms’ Apple Cider Kindermusik Playdate and Alstede Farms’ Harvest Moon Hayride and Night Time Corn Maze. Plus, have fun without spending a dime at Holmdel Library’s Magic Show, Long Hill Library’s Food Fun, Barnes & Noble's Storytime, and a Story Hour at Historic Cold Springs Village.

And if your schools are closed on Thursday and Friday for Rosh Hashanah, it's the perfect time to explore everything fall with activities such as corn mazes, pumpkin farms, day trips and more seasonal fun

Read on for our best children's events the week of September 18–22, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and September GoList for even more fall happenings.

Top Pumpkin Picking Farms for New Jersey Families

Nothing says fall (or Halloween) quite like a pumpkin. When these festive gourds start appearing on front stoops and in windows across New Jersey, you know autumn really has arrived. This year, skip the grocery store pumpkins and take a day trip to one of NJ's excellent pumpkin patches, where you're sure to run into more fall fun, including barnyard animals, hay and corn mazes, and even the season's other favorite fruit: apples

Red on for more than a dozen spots where you'll be sure to find the perfect pumpkin.

Closer to the New York border? Check out these Westchester and Hudson Valley pumpkin patches. If you're in south Jersey or headed for a Bucks County getaway this fall, our Philadelphia site has the scoop on Pennsylvania pumpkin patches.

Weekday Fun: Corn Mazes, Carnival, Fall Crafts, Creative Stories

While it’s technically still summer, there’s a whiff of fall in the air this mid-September week. Corn maze season is here at The Farm in Harmony and Alstede Farms, among others. Marlboro Library offers a Fantastic Fall Craft, and there’s fall festival fun to be had at St. Benedict Parish Carnival. Plus, stop by free events such as the Free Music Together Class in Randolph, Uptown Storytime in Hoboken, and Creative Stories on Thursdays in Gillette.

Read on for our best children's events the week of September 11–15, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and September GoList for even more pre-fall adventures.

Amazing Corn Mazes at New Jersey Farms

Get ready… get set… get lost in an amazing New Jersey corn maze! The Garden State is home to oodles of spectacular corn mazes, ranging from massive 10-acre labyrinths to simpler, child-friendly courses, including hay bale mazes just right for toddlers and preschoolers. Games, clues, and even techie bonuses enhance many of the more elaborate maze experiences. Got a tween or teen? Check out courses that are open after hours for a nighttime and sometimes spooky adventure.

Many of these 16 corn mazes we've rounded up are day trip–worthy on their own, but you'll also likely find apple and pumpkin picking options, hayrides, and even fall festivals, plus petting zoos in some instances. So get out your fall to-do list, and navigate your way through one of these great New Jersey corn mazes. Check out our Fall Fun Guide for NJ Kids to find even more ways to enjoy the crisp autumn days.

Weekday Fun: Greek Festivals, Labor Day, AirFest

It’s a momentous week for New Jersey kiddos. This first full week of September marks the tail-end of summer break for many and the start of school. Kick off the week with fun Labor Day events such as the Rutherford Street Fair, St. Bartholomew/UNICO Italian Festival, and Airfest 2017. Top off the busy week with Greek delights at Union’s Greek Festival and the Flemington Opa! Greek Festival.

Read on for our best children's events the week of September 4–8, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and September GoList for even more September fun.

Weekday Fun: Let's Get Growing, Kiddie Beach Show, Music on Main

If you’re craving a final taste of summer, this last week of August features sunny, outdoor fun, with a little learning thrown in the mix. Embark on those last shore adventures at Casino Pier’s Eat, Putt, and Play, Margate’s Thrilling Thursdays, and Jenkinson’s Kiddie Beach Show finale. Spend time outdoors while learning about nature this week at Tinkergarten’s Free Trial Class, Let’s Get Growing at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, and Tulpehaking's First Friday Storytime.

Read on for our best children's events the week of August 28 – September 1, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more say-goodbye-to-summer fun.

Weekday Fun: Solar Eclipse, Beach Movies, Car Cruise

Don’t panic that summer is coming to a close! This week's agenda offers tons of fun in the sun. Free outdoor movie events this week include Cape May Movies on the Beach, Zoo-Vies at Turtle Back Zoo, and Zoo-Flix After Dark at Van Saun. Spend more time outdoors at Smithville Car Cruise and Donaldson Farms’ Summer Nights. Plus, don’t miss a unique opportunity to view the Solar Eclipse at RVCC’s Planetarium. Monday's calendar spotlights more eclipse-viewing events.  

Read on for our best children's events the week of August 21–25, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and August GoList for even more late-summer adventures.

Weekday Fun: Summer Movies, Kiddie Beach Show, Awesome Animal Artists

It’s mid-August movie madness! Milk those last few weeks summer movie freebies and cheapies, including this week’s Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express, Free Movie Nights at OSPAC, Thrilling Thursdays in Margate, and Summer Blast in Plainsboro.

Plus, make the summer days last a little longer at family-friendly evening events like Kiddie Beach Show, Sweet Sounds of Downtown Jazz and Step into Stories: Mouse Paint.

Read on for our best children's events the week of August 14-18, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and August GoList for even more mid-August excitement.

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