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Westchester

Westchester Children’s Museum

Rye

Visit a vibrant, interactive learning and play space for kids toddler to teen. Creative, energizing, unique STEAM programs and exhibits, wide open, sunny space, and a welcoming environment enable kids to make connections with ideas and each other; take risks and problem solve, and have fun. Exhibits include Toddler Beach, Wind Tunnel Design Challenge, Build…

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Bronx

The Greek Revival period rooms of this splendid 19th century home close to the bay are currently only open 12 – 3 pm Saturdays & Sundays ($15/adults, $10/seniors & students), but the gorgeous grounds including specular formal, terraced gardens can be explored any day. Situated within a 60-acre New York City Landmark Historic District and is surrounded by a “forever wild” zoned forest. Look for a circa 1840 Carriage House, a Children’s Organic Garden, climbable sculptures, a colonial graveyard, an authentically fabricated Lenape wigwam and lots of nature.

Enjoy outdoor music the first Friday evening of each month and other interesting programming for all ages.

Greenburgh Nature Center

Scarsdale

From dawn till dusk, explore 33-acres of hiking trails, native meadow and vernal pond, and say hello to outdoor animals including goats, bunnies and eagles. Play on a large nature-inspired playground with lots of equipment for all ages.

Inside the historic manor house (open Tuesday–Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm), find two floors of live…

Lasdon Park & Arboretum

Katonah

This 234-acre public park has extensive formal gardens, an arboretum with a number of tree collections and a number of walking trails including a stunning veteran’s memorial trail. Highlights include a Chinese Friendship Garden and the dinosaur garden with life-size statues. Use your smart phone to follow Lexi the T-Rexi through your experience.

The Shop…

Muscoot Farm

Katonoah

Experience farm animals, agriculture, wildlife, and history in at a former working dairy farm.

Visit 50+ animals, including cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and pigs, by walking up to their pens or inside their barns.  View historic buildings such as the milk house, the ice house, the brooder house, and the carriage…

Boundless Adventures

Purchase

Swing, climb, balance, traverse and zip-line at this aerial adventure park in Westchester. Explore a variety of high ropes courses with 110 platforms in the trees featuring unique elements and zip lines on every course.

Nine courses for all skill levels – low to the ground and high in the trees, with age limits for each…

Harvest Moon

North Salem

🍎 Pick apples on a beautiful hillside orchard with panoramic views. Picking bags start at $15 for 3 lbs (cash only).

🎃 Pick pumpkins from a patch.

🚜 Enjoy live country music and hay rides. Across the road from Outhouse Orchards, which has a fun corn maze.

🍩  Food options including BBQ lunch, farm-raised burger and…

Outhouse Orchards

North Salem

🍎 This family-owned and operated orchard in northern Westchester has lots of apples to pick and gorgeous views.

🎃 Pick from a wide selection of pumpkins and gourds in the (vine-free) pumpkin patch.

🌽 Use the map to find the hidden clues among the stalks in the fun corn maze to solve a puzzle and…

Greenburgh Nature Center Run Wild

Scarsdale

Run wild at Greenburgh Nature Center in a kids’ forest run and obstacle course. Enjoy some friendly competition while getting active out in nature. Best for ages 5-15. Rain or shine.

Climb, crawl, traverse, and throw your way through lovely forests and grounds in a mile+ course. Additional obstacles include balance beam, rope climb and…

Stuart’s Fruit Farm

Granite Springs

🍎 Pick a variety of apples  among pretty farm foliage at this friendly, family-run farm with a great view.

🎃 Choose from a pumpkin patch.

🚜 Hay rides available on weekends.

🍩 Visit the farm stand for gourds, Indian corn and corn stalks plus produce and freshly baked farm-made pies and doughnuts.

⏱ No reservations…

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

Yorktown Heights

🍎 Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins at this peaceful farm. Pick up bags, baskets, and picking poles then walk to this week’s picking orchard.

🎃 Get a pumpkin from the patch.

🌽 Explore a corn maze.

🚜 Take a wagon ride to and from the orchard on select weekends in early September  – on other days,…

Home of the ‘Legend’

Sleepy Hall

At this family-friendly happening, tour the first floor of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” author Washington Irving’s house—decorated for the season— and watch an original shadow puppet short film and enjoy games on the lawn. A special exhibit highlights how the Legend has lived in the imagination of popular culture through the centuries since its…

Brick Or Treat Monster Party

Yonkers

Get into the Halloween spirit with all types of monsterrific LEGO activities and a new 4D Halloween movie – The Great Monster Chase. Brick or Treat to collect all of the LEGO bricks to complete a awesome LEGO witch build, complete monster training , create a LEGO pumpkin for the pumpkin patch, add to an…

Hudson River Museum

Yonkers

Learn about the connections between arts, sciences, and history on a family-friendly museum situated on the banks of the Hudson River. See a Planetarium show, check out rotating exhibits, go inside Red Grooms’ The Bookstore, a sculpto-pictorama with amusing details, riotous color, and exploding perspectives.

Experience what life was like in 1877 on a 45-minute…

Katonah Museum of Art

Katonah

A distinctly modernist building in the scenic hamlet of Katonah hosts three to four exhibitions annually, covering a broad range of art and humanities topics. Explore the peaceful sculpture garden and surrounding Norway spruce trees.

Current exhibitions include ARRIVALS, featuring some 50 works spanning the 16th century to the present, exploring arrivals to America –…

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

Croton-on-Hudson

Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns – all designed and hand-carved on site by a team of artisans – with synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack, this one-of-a-kind event.

Listen for the Headless Horseman and watch out for swooping jack o’lantern bats. See…

Boundless Adventures HallowGlow

Purchase

Climb though neon lights, smoke machines & creepy music. Swing, climb, balance, traverse and zip-line at this aerial adventure park gone Halloween. Explore a variety of high ropes courses with 110 platforms in the trees featuring unique elements and zip lines on every course. Candy provided; costumes encouraged.

Nine courses for all skill levels –…

Untermyer Gardens Family Fun Day

Yonkers

A historic 43 acre park in Yonkers with gorgeous flowers, stunning Hudson River views and picturesque architecture becomes even more magical with a Magic Show Featuring Omar Olusion (1 pm, $5/child, $10/adult), kite flying on the big lawn (2-4 pm, $10/kite) and learn a magic trick ($10 props). During  Family Adventure Tours (2 pm, 2:30…

Irving’s Legend

Sleepy Hollow

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk casts a spell with dramatic performances of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Performed outdoors under the stars at the author’s home with live music  an appearance from the Headless Horseman.

All ages welcome, but it’s a…

Greenburgh Nature Center Fall Festival

Scarsdale

Celebrate fall  with live music, crafts and games, a pumpkin and scarecrow walk, apple cider demonstrations and tastings, vendors selling sustainable items, meadow dedication, and more.

Also explore 33-acres of hiking trails, native meadow and vernal pond, and say hello to outdoor animals including goats, bunnies and eagles. Play on a large nature-inspired playground with…

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience

Yorktown Heights

Walk into the depths of a dark forest and discover fantastic beasts and iconic wizarding world moments. Follow a trail through a mysterious and magical forest full of interactive moments, mesmerizing lights, and theatrical illusions. Come face-to-face with magical creatures from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, including Hippogriffs, Centaurs, Unicorns, Nifflers, and more. Use…

Westchester Children’s Museum Halloween Spooktacular

Rye

Celebrate Halloween with a (not spooky) day of arts & crafts, STEM workshops, stories, songs, and lots of surprises. Costumes encouraged.

Join costume parades at 10:30 am & 3 pm. Learn about pumpkins (and see some explode and meet creepy, crawly critters.

Explore creative, energizing, unique STEAM programs and exhibits, wide open, sunny space. Exhibits…

Folk Art: Mexican Day of the Dead

Pelham

Join Pelham Art Center for a folk art celebration of Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos). Experience this festive Mexican tradition in which passed loved ones are remembered with joy and celebration. Renowned artist Zafiro Romero-Acevedo returns to the Pelham Art Center to share the history of one of Mexico’s richest traditions…

Hudson Valley

Hurds Family Farm

Modena

🍎 Choose from tons of apple varieties at a 120-acre, uncrowded family farm with lots of agritainment.

🎃 Pick a pumpkin from a patch on a scenic hill (starting late Septmeber).

🌽 Follow clues to solve a riddle in the 2-acre scarecrow- shaped corn maze. Little ones can follow the alphabet through a smaller maze.

🚜…

Fishkill Farms

Hopewell JCT

🍎 Pick sustainably-grown apples, including some organic varieties, straight from the trees on a spacious farm.

🎃 Choose a pumpkin from a (sometimes muddy) patch.

🚜 On weekends, enjoy live music (12-4 pm) &  hay rides throughout the large orchard. Pick-your-own flowers and herbs, sweet & hot peppers and tomatoes depending on availability.

🍩 Food for…

New York Renaissance Faire

Tuxedo

Take a rollicking romp through Elizabethan England, set within the majestic groves of Sterling Forest. Travel back in time to an age of adventure.

Join Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I on a grand visit to a beautiful 16th century English village. Meet Robin Hood and his Merry Band. See amazing acrobats, magical fairies, dancing cats,…

Barton Orchards

Poughquag

🍎 Visit this 175 acre working family farm for apple picking and tons of activities.

🎃Pumpkins available.

🌽 Explore a five acre corn maze.

🚜 Feed baby goats, alpacas, peacock, rabbits, mini horses, pigs and ducks at the Petting Zoo. On weekends, enjoy live music, a Fun Park with mazes, games and a giant slide,…

CONNECTICUT

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Stamford

Try a variety of seasonal indoor and outdoor activities at this large museum & nature center.

* Walk over 80 acres of walking nature trails – including a universally accessible Wheels in the Woods Trail. Follow  a brook with pretty waterfalls, look for abundant wildlife (including an otter pond), and learn with interpretive educational signs.…

Stepping Stones

Norwalk

This recently re-opened award-winning children’s museum features exciting interactive exhibits and STEAM-infused programming in beautifully-renovated spaces.

* Play with giant games, make noise with household objects, test your balance and get fresh air in a giant open-air tent in Celebration Courtyard.

* Be mesmerized by ColorCoaster is a 27-foot kinetic sculpture and a non-stop giant…

The Maritime Aquarium Cruises

Norwalk

Explore the Norwalk Island chain by water on a 64-foot all-aluminum catamaran that runs virtually silently on electric power. Study marine biodiversity from the water’s surface down to the bottom and learn Long Island Sound’s interdependent marine life. Watch sampling techniques such as a plankton tow, trawl net and biodredge that generally bring up a…

New Jersey

High Exposure

Northvale

Get active indoors with rock climbing, ninja courses, parkour and nerf battles in a 26,000 square ft. facility extreme sports facility.

* Sit on a toilet 38 feet in the air or walk the plank and jump into the abyss below. Play on warped walls, salmon ladders, vaults, swings and ropes.

* Ages 6+ can…

South Mountain Fairy Trail

Millburn

Discover dozens of tiny fairy houses made of natural materials like twigs, acorns and moss dotted along part of the Rahway Trail.

* Enter at the Locust Grove entrance across from the Millburn Library. Look for the Rahway Trail sign near the large blue recycling bin in the midway in the parking lot.

* The…

Liberty Science Center

Jersey City

Lots to explore throughout this large, interactive museum. Step inside a giant microscope lens, create your own engineering challenge using foam blocks and wooden shapes, get creative with a giant wall installation made of 952 pixel dials and try more hands-on science.

Explore multiple routes in the massive suspended Infinity Climber (surrounded by 19 miles…

American Dream

East Rutherford

This indoor mega-mall has towns over-the-top, entirely indoor activities. Prices vary by day. Gets crowded, so go early.

* Ride thrilling roller coasters and family-friendly rides plus meet favorite characters like Dora The Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at indoor theme park Nickelodeon Universe ($59–$85).

* Swim, splash and slide with…

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer

Jersey City

This action-packed exhibition lets you jump into challenges with your favorite hard-shelled crime fighters: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael. Visit the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ underground lair and leap into action to solve puzzles, navigate mazes, and conquer obstacles.

Shoot pizza into apartment windows, navigate a rope maze without triggering alarms, and peer through the…

Halloween Party at Liberty Science Center

Jersey City

Explores the spooky side of science. Make your way through the fan-favorite outdoor Spider Maze and learn about ten species of spiders along the path. Visit a giant indoor pumpkin patch, check out a 3D movie about a haunted house, and meet some creepy, crawly animals.

Get tickets to a Halloween-themed laser show or the…

Alstede Farms

Chester

🍎 This spacious family farm hosts pick your own apples.

🎃 Also choose your own pumpkins and sunflowers.

🌽 Traverse a giant fruit-themed corn maze with produce facts posted at points along the way and Blooming Giants Sunflower Trail.

🚜  Activities include scenic tractor-drawn wagon rides, wagon train rides for kids, and a bounce house.…

Paddle Boats at Orange Reservoir

West Orange

Paddle a swan-shaped boat on the Orange Reservoir. Boats seat 2 or 4. For ages 2+. Tickets sold on a first come, first served basis. No advanced sales. Weekends only

Also play on the Children’s Regatta Playground with a wave-like rubberized safety surface and a series of play equipment designed to look like boats. A…

Happy Day Farm Fall Harvest

Manalapan

🎃 Choose from a large variety of gourds in Pumpkinville and enter a pumpkin house. No apples to pick but plenty else to keep kids busy.

🌽 Explore a 10-acre corn maze. Look for Maize-O-Poly squares to scan with a phone and play a digital game (text and GPS hints available).

🚜 Over 35 games, activities…

Terhune Orchards

Princeton

🍎 Pick-your-own apples at a winery/farm near Princeton. 

🎃 Pumpkins also available.

🌽 Explore a sunflower trail and corn stalk maze.

🚜 Also find pony rides, barnyard animals, a Hay Bale Maze, pumpkin painting, pedal tractors, duck races and more. Enjoy live music from local musicians (12-4 pm).  Walk through a life-size story book adventure, filled…

Haunt O’ Ween

Holmdel

Celebrate Halloween in an expansive, immersive family-friendly space covered in thousands of pumpkins. Go trick-or-treating in the Town of Haunt O’ Ween, wander through the streets of Ghoul City, visit the Farm House, venture into the Hidden Hollows and explore over 200,000 square ft of festivities. Take a spin on rides, jump in multiple bounce…

LONG ISLAND

The Adventure Park at Long Island

Wheatley Heights

Climb and swing in trees with 11 trails, 22 ziplines & 148 treetop platforms.

* Ages 3+ can play in the a miniature course set up right above the ground (24 inches) with balance beams, a slide, nets to climb through, and a suspended house that sways.

* Ages 7+ can try self-guided climbing adventures…

Lewin Farms

Calverton

🍎 A fourth-generation family farm in Long Island’s North Fork has a wide variety of u-pick fields. Gather several varieties of apples – plus tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers (cash only).

🎃 Pick from a wide selection of pumpkins and gourds in a large pumpkin patch.

🌽 The 5-acre corn maze has a new design each…

White Post Farms

Melville

🎃 Pick pumpkins at this unique farm and garden center perfect for animal lovers.

🚜 Take a sing-along hayride and paint pumpkins. Feed giraffes, become a perch for parakeets, pet farm animals, watch primates play and ride ponies. Live entertainment includes performances by the Dominguez Poodles, dog stunts by the Canine Stars and an animal-themed magic…

Harbes Family Farm

Mattituck

🍎 Pick apples and explore 8 acres of family fun. . Featuring 27 different varieties, the orchard uses an innovative trellis system to grow apples that are within reach of even the smallest of hands.

🎃 Choose from many varieties of on-the-vine pumpkins and gourds in a 7-acre “u-pick” Barnyard Pumpkin Patch.
🌽 Help…

Waterdrinker Farm Fall Festival

Manorville

🎃 Pick pumpkins and sunflowers ($2/stem) in spacious fields.

🚜 Activities include mini golf, a jumbo jump pad, barnyard animals, roasted corn, tractor pedal cars for tots and barnyard animals daily plus train and hay rides only on weekends & holidays.

⏱ No advance reservations; pay at the gate. Capacity is limited so come early.

Blaze: Long Island

Old Bethpage

Walk an immersive pumpkin trail on the grounds of a 19th-century village. See more than 7,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns, all carved by a team of artisans
Find legendary local icons in a Hall of Fame, gaze at a Pumpkin Planetarium, see larger-than-life sea creatures and watch your head as an animated Headless Horseman rides…