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Where to Go Pumpkin Picking in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

Autumn is in full swing and it's a beautiful time of year to be outdoors! We've told you all about the wonderful fall festivals and where to go apple picking. Now we're turning our attention to the great pumpkins.  

We've rounded up our favorite places to go pumpkin picking in the Lower Hudson Valley. Sure, you can buy your pumpkins from the supermarket or your local farmer's market, but if you're looking for a more authentic experience, head to one of these nearby pumpkin patches. (Remember to contact the farms before heading out. Many are family owned and operated, and hours may change with little or no notice.)

Looking for more fall activities? Consult our Fall Fun Guide and follow us on Facebook

Best Corn Mazes for Kids in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

In our quest to find the best fall fun in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, we’ve located the best apple picking, the best autumn festivals and even the best cider doughnuts. So what’s left? Corn mazes!

All of the mazes on this list also offer other fall activities, enabling you to get a one-stop deal with plenty of all-day fun.

For even more ideas, be sure to check out our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Jazz Fest, Crafts at Lyndhurst

Summer may soon become a dim memory, but the fun doesn’t stop for Westchester families!

White Plains comes alive with the sound of music at various locations, both indoors and out, over a five-day period at the Jazz Fest & Food Festival (and many of the performances are FREE). Kids can learn a new skill at the Video Editing Workshop while teens can test their bridge-making skills at STEM for Teens.

Read on for our top picks for each weekday, and then visit our Event Calendar for more. Stick with Mommy Poppins for end-of-summer and autumn fun by signing up for our weekly newsletters and following us on Facebook.

Fall Festivals in Westchester: Cider, Donuts, Pumpkin Carving & Hayrides

Usher in the fall season in Westchester with a host of family autumn festivals. The area's harvest celebrations are packed with fun seasonal activities for kids, including pumpkin fun, hayrides, apple-cidering, doughnuts and more.

We've rounded up details on the best upcoming fall festivals in Westchester, several of which made our September GoList. Be sure to consult our guide to best places for apple picking, many of which include festival-like added attractions.

Looking for more family fun? Get the most out of the season with our newsletters and follow us on Facebook

30 Awesome Things to Do with Westchester Preschoolers this Fall

Not only is autumn ushered in with the start of school and the uncorking of champagne (just us?), but it also marks the chance to take part in such annual traditions as apple picking, pumpkin picking and Halloween celebrations. It also gives Westchester families one last opportunity to visit many outdoor activities before they close up shop for the winter.

We’ve gathered up our favorite things to do with preschoolers this fall in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, and you can find even more options on our Event Calendar. Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Grange Fair, Fairies, Play2Learn

This weekend is a great time to be a kid in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

All ages will love the return of the Holy Trinity Greek Festival, replete with carnival fun and Greek culture, as well as the Yorktown Grange Fair, whose carnival is enhanced by family performances and fun contests.

There’s an unusual abundance of programs that celebrate fairies and the like, including Legends & Lore of the Little People, while the Play2Learn Festival celebrates the importance of childhood play. Looking to spark an interest in art? Sample a variety of art forms at Open House and Free Arts Day to see what clicks with your little da Vinci.

More of our top picks are below, and many more events are on our Event Calendar. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters!

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze Rises in Hudson Valley Again

There are some experiences every family should try once. Then there are annual events that, after you try them, you vow to do every year forevermore. The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson,  a Hudson Valley Halloween staple with thousands of hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns, falls firmly in the latter category.

The downside of the Blaze is that tickets start selling out way in advance ... like early September. The 2017 shows begin Friday, September 29, and run through Saturday, November 25—a longer run than planned in years past. They are not held every day, so start checking the calendar now. Our NYC readers should know that the Blaze is definitely worth splurging on, even if you need to rent a Zipcar. It's also accessible via public transportation.

Read on for what you need to know about this Halloween spectacle, including details about this year's installations (including the timely Pumpkin Zee Bridge). Looking for more fall and Halloween fun? Sign up for our newsletters

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Greek Festival, Bingo, Garlic Wow

True, the days of summer vacation are dwindling for Westchester families, but it’s not too late to squeeze in some family-oriented summer fun!

If your kids are dreading the return to school, psych them up at Back-to-School Bingo. One of next weekend’s headliners gets a jump start mid-week, giving you additional time to work the Holy Trinity Greek Festival into your schedule (opa!). And we’d be remiss if we didn’t alert you to The Ultimate Garlic Experience—a cinematic, culinary and virtual-reality sensation.

These are just a few of our top picks for the coming week—but don't stop there! The fun doesn't end, and neither does our search for the best family events in Westchester. Be sure to peruse our Event Calendar for more of our great finds and check out our monthly GoList to plan all of September!

Enjoy Labor Day and the return to school!

Best Places for Apple Picking with Kids in Westchester and Rockland

Apple picking season is here! I used to look forward to apple picking every year as a child, and now I have just as much fun watching my little ones run through the orchards—not to mention the fresh-pressed apple cider and hot, delicious cider doughnuts! Many farms also have family-friendly entertainment and activities including live music, corn mazes and more. Apple picking is also a great farm-to-table teaching opportunity and a wonderful way to ease out of summer.

So get your apple recipes ready and read on for our top picks for apple picking with kids in Westchester and Rockland County. (Remember to contact the farms before heading out. Many are family owned and operated, and hours may change with little or no notice.)

Also see our top picks for apple picking in Dutchess and Orange and sign up for our newsletters.

Labor Day Weekend with Kids: CORNucopia, Harvest Fest, Fireworks

It's hard to believe Labor Day Weekend is already upon us (sniff, sniff). If you, too, are feeling a bit nostalgic about another summer gone by, don't start singing the blues just yet. There are great ways for families to celebrate the unofficial end of summer in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

The headline event is the return of CORNucopia, loaded with corn-y fun of assorted varieties, as well as the return of the New York International Children’s Film Festival, featuring imports from around the world for all ages. Families can also support a good cause and work off that summer ice cream at the Mini-Dash Race, and for alternatives to the customary barbecue, ways to honor Labor Day include Labor Day Celebration and the Labor Day Commemoration

These are just a few of our top picks—read on for all this and more. Be sure to check out our Event Calendar for more fun activities, and follow us on Facebook! Have a fun Labor Day Weekend!

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