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Best Kid-Friendly Hotels for a Los Angeles Family Vacation

Finding bliss and relaxation on vacation is so much easier when the kiddos are happy. Whether you're visiting Los Angeles, housing out-of-town guests, or indulging in a staycation (though we can recommend some kid-friendly hotels all around the world), why not choose a hotel that caters to the smallest guests? These LA resorts offer a little slice of paradise, family-friendly amenities, and unique experiences that might make you want to ditch that faraway destination and spend the weekend in SoCal. The best part is watching the kids have a blast, too.

Weekend Fun: Riverfest, Fairy Walk, Movies on the Sand

September is in full force now, and that means an abundance of activities for Westchester and Hudson Valley families.

Several neighborhoods are celebrating town pride, including the all-new Mount Kisco SeptemberFest, a three-day extravaganza that includes a carnival and more; Larchmont Day, which boasts pony rides, big trucks, and more; and the annual Riverfest, an extravagant waterfront street party featuring performers, international cuisine, and other attractions.

Did your kids overdose on their iPads this summer? Help them “detox” at Survive, which dares tweens to overcome various challenges in nature (gasp!) without their electronic devices. Or don your best wings and head out for a Fairy Walk.

Read on for details on these and other great events happening this weekend. Don't forget: Our Event Calendar offers many more fun happenings this weekend and beyond in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters!

30 Awesome Things To Do with Westchester Preschoolers this Fall

We usher in autumn with the start of school and the uncorking of champagne (just us?), but it's also a time 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 certain outdoor spots 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. For more options, check out  our Event Calendar—and don’t forget to sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook.

Apple Recipes to Make with Kids: Making the Most of Apple Picking Adventures

What do with all those apples? Whether we've plucked our bounty from an orchard or market, there comes a time each fall when we feel like we'll never make a dent in our fall harvest. That's why we at Mommy Poppins decided to pull together our favorite family recipes for using up all that red, green, and gold goodness. After you've checked out an apple picking spot in Boston, New YorkPhiladelphia, Los AngelesNew Jersey, Westchester, or Connecticut, set aside a cozy morning or afternoon to prepare one or two of these family-friendly treats with your little sous-chefs.

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.

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze Rises in the 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 2018 shows begin Friday, September 28, and run through Saturday, November 24—thus extending the Halloween season straight through to Thanksgiving. 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 several new features. Looking for more fall and Halloween fun? Be sure to sign up for our newsletters!

Weekend Fun: Playland Closing Day, Grange Fair, Children's Film Fest

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, featuring family performances, fun contests, and lots more.

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. Or take in films from around the world at the New York International Children’s Film Festival

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

52 School Lunch Ideas for Lunches Kids Will Actually Eat

Chances are that by now you've had some healthy, well-packed lunches delivered back into your hands virtually untouched at the school end of the day. There should be a special name for the heartbreak one endures at the words "I told you I hate peanut-butter and jelly," when not only is this the first you're hearing of it, but you spent extra money on organic jelly and freshly ground peanut butter. And if not PBJ, then what? Well, we've got 52 answers to that question!

Fall Festivals in Westchester and the Hudson Valley: Apples, Pumpkins, Cider

Usher in the fall season in Westchester and the Hudson Valley with a host of family autumn festivals. The area's harvest celebrations are packed with 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. And be sure to consult our guide to the best places for apple picking, many of which include festival-like added attractions.

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September GoList: The Best Things to Do With Kids in Westchester

Though September signals the closing of beaches and pools and the return to school, there are so many scheduled events this month in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, it was hard to narrow down our favorites! With fall festivals, film festivals, a book festival, a maker's festival, and non-festivals, the events this month are true standouts.

Extremely corn-y fun awaits in various forms at CORNucopia—perfect for the younger set. For sportier action, catch an equestrian competition and more at the prestigious American Gold Cup. The Chappaqua Children's Book Festival (held in October last year) is a perennial favorite, with opportunities to meet beloved authors and illustrators. 

Though Halloween might seem a ways off, trust us: You don’t want to delay snagging your tickets to The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze, which go on sale September 4 (a moment’s delay, and you’ll wind up with a date closer to Thanksgiving). And the New York Renaissance Faire, which runs through the end of September, is worthy of a reminder after being featured in our August GoList.

Beyond these, there are many reasons to keep tabs on our Event Calendar this month, where you’ll find activities that celebrate Labor Day, the return to school, Grandparents Day, and the start of autumn, among other occasions. Stay in the know with our newsletters and check back frequently for updates.

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