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Autumn in New York: 10 Fall Family Fun Activities to Enjoy in the Big Apple

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It’s autumn in New York and seasonal family fun is ripe for the picking!

Here are 10 of our favorite fall activities for kids and parents, from Halloween parades to fabulous foliage viewing, all right in New York City.

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Great November Getaways for NJ Teachers’ Convention School Break

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Guess what New Jersey parents? Your kids are about to have a 4-day weekend! November 9 – 12 is the NJEA Convention, aka the NJ Teachers’ Convention, when all public schools are closed while teachers attend a professional development conference in Atlantic City. Why not take advantage of the break and plan a getaway with the family?

The good news is that the crowds are usually thin, and prices low, for this long weekend in many destinations since only New Jersey public schools have off. (Which is not to say there are no crowds. At Disney World these November dates are called “New Jersey Week,” and the theme parks — and flights to Orlando, and actually Florida in general — are packed! And if you ask your kids, they’d probably like to avoid seeing their teachers in Atlantic City….)

Ready to take a break? Here are some great getaway options for NJ Teachers’ Convention School Break:

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Pumpkin Picking in Orange County, New York

Pumpkin Picking in Orange County, New York

Every year my family heads up to the Hudson Valley and Warwick, NY just over the border from Vernon, NJ, for fall fun. We go apple picking and hiking along the Appalachian Trail in September, sampling cider and warm cider doughnuts as we go. But come October, we turn our thoughts to finding the perfect pumpkin for Halloween in the expansive farms of aptly named Orange County.

While you’re in the area, the town of Warwick is filled with lovely independent shops and places to eat. My family also loves Warwick Valley Winery which has live music on weekend afternoons and a fabulous cafe that serves truffle fries and delicious wood-oven pizza.

Here’s your guide for Pumpkin Picking in Orange County, New York! The farms below offer pick your own pumpkins and plenty of other entertainment for families:

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Day Trip: Apple Picking in New Jersey and New York State

Apple Picking in New Jersey and New York

The breezy temperatures are a sign that autumn is near, which has us thinking about apples. Apple picking that it! Thankfully, we’re lucky to live within reach of some of the area’s best apple orchards in New Jersey and New York State.

These farms offer much more than just apples. Plan a day trip and enjoy hayrides, corn mazes, live music, ad markets that sell melt-in-your-mouth autumn treats (like apple cider doughnuts, yum!). How do you like them apples?

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Smithsonian Museum Day Live is Your Chance to Get Free Admission to 1,500+Museums

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Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of arts & culture hosted by Smithsonian magazine. This year’s admission free event takes place on Saturday, September 23.

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Last Minute Family Day Trips & Mini Getaways To Take Over Labor Day Weekend

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The last long weekend of summer is coming — Monday, September 4, is Labor Day. Whether you have a 3-day or 4-day weekend, it’s plenty of time to fit in one last hurrah of summer before school starts and to take some Day Trips or a mini getaway with the family.

We have lots of awesome ideas. So grab your keys, pack the kids into the car, and happy travels!

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Don’t Miss These Awesome Solar Eclipse Viewing Tips from Neil DeGrasse Tyson

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“If you don’t experience a full solar eclipse,” says celebrated astrophysicist and director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium Neil DeGrasse Tyson, “you are not living life to the fullest!”

This morning, Playground was lucky to attend a discussion about the Eclipse led by stellar astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson at the American Museum of Natural History (also a great spot for a special sleepover).

On August 21, a solar eclipse will darken the skies in an arc from Oregon to South Carolina, the first time a solar eclipse will be visible in the United States since 1979, and the first time a path of totality (when the moon completely covers the sun) has been completely in the US in 85 years — making it a pretty big deal (the next one won’t be until 2024).

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Affordable and Fun NYC Theater for Little Kids

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Have preschoolers and little kids at home and looking for cultural inspiration? You’ve come to the right place!

Whether you want to try out live performance for the first time or are looking for a cool respite from the summer heat, we’ve put together a list of affordable and fun NYC Theater for little kids. These shows have a running time of 1 hour with no intermission, perfect for little ones who like their arts & culture short and sweet.

And since you’ll be in The City, make it a real Day Trip and visit one of our favorite places in The Big Apple.

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