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Fall is finally here, and we’re so ready for it! It’s the season of brightly colored leaves, cozy hoodies, pumpkin spices, haunted houses, and endless spooky fun. It also doesn’t hurt having the kids back in school all day…. Speaking of the kids, the fall edition of our digital Family Fun Guide is your secret weapon to ensuring your family has the best season ever. After all, don’t we all deserve a little extra enjoyment this year? Happy fall, y’all! Jeannine Cintron, Katelin Walling, and Elizabeth Winchester Directors of Content, DM•Parents Helping Parents Make Better Decisions NYMetro @nymetroparents

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8 L et’s Go Apple Picking! These are the top spots to pick your own apples in our area. 18 Tips for Apple Picking with Kids Before you head to the orchard for an afternoon of picking apples, read these tips to ensure your whole family has a great outing! 22 Fun Places to Go Family attractions in the tri-state area 24 Pick Your Own Pumpkins Choose the perfect gourd to carve into a jack-o’-lantern at one of our favorite pumpkin patches. 36 Volunteering with Kids 8 ideas to find the right project or opportunity to give back to the community with your family 40 Fall Fairs, Festivals, & Shows Celebrate the season by attending one of these fun events. 54 Advertisers’ Index

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Let’s Go Apple Picking!

These are the top spots to pick your own apples in our area. By Alison Leighton


hen the fall rolls around, I get excited about one big thing (no, not back-to-school season…): apple picking season! This time of year brings us cute boots and sweaters, preparing to cozy up by a fire, and pick-your-own apples! I also think a trip to the farm isn’t complete without a cup of delicious apple cider, followed by homemade treats (I’m looking at you, apple cider doughnuts!). If you’re ready for apples galore, then check out these farms on our area. Your family will have a blast picking fresh fruit and checking out the various activities offered at each place, such as petting zoos, corn mazes, or sunflower picking. A few things to keep in mind: Opening seasons are approximate as of the writing of this article since crops are based on weather conditions. Always check the farm’s website or call ahead to confirm availability and COVID-19 guidelines given the ever-changing conditions. And don’t forget proper footwear as fields can be muddy or have uneven ground. Most farms don’t allow pets or picnicking (or any outside food, for that matter).


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Westchester County Harvest Moon Farm and Orchards

130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem 914-485-1210 HOURS: Through October, weekends only. Reservations required and available now. Farm store: Monday-Sunday, 9am-5pm (April-December) COST: $10 parking, $25 for a peck (approximately 12lbs). Pick-your-own apples and pears are available in September and October. You can also buy pasture-raised, hormone-free organic meats and local dairy at the farm store, as well as local maple syrup, seasonal flowers, and veggies. It hosts entertaining seasonal events as well, including a Fall Festival every weekend from Labor Day to Halloween and Hardscrabble Cider Live Music and Pizza nights.

Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm

1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights 914-245-5111 HOURS: Farm: Wednesday-Monday through mid-December; pick-your-own: daily, 10am4:30pm when fruit is in season. Apple picking is anticipated to start Sept. 4; check website for updates. COST: Prices were not announced as of press time; check website for updates. Note: You will have to pay for a minimum quantity based on your party size (1-peck bag for 2 adults; ½-bushel bag for 3-4 adults). Here you’ll find a variety of pick-your-own options, including apples in September. Just make sure to call before visiting to confirm the availability of fruit. Picking poles are available to rent to help you reach for the higher apples (there is a rental fee). You can take a hay wagon to that week’s picking orchard, which your children will love! (Note: The wagon ride may not be available due to COVID-19.) Plus, the Farm Market, Country Market, and Bakery are open daily, 10am-5pm. You can take home freshly baked pies, apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, and other treats. Adults will love visiting the winery and the tasting room, and your kids will have a blast in the corn maze.

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Outhouse Orchards

139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem 914-277-3188 HOURS: Hours vary; visit the website to make reservations. COST: Pre-pay $30 for a small bag (15lbs) or $45 for a large bag (25lbs). Take in the beautiful fall foliage as you stroll through these orchards. September and October will be full of apples for picking—and there are pole pickers to borrow for the hard-to-reach spots. Don’t forget to visit the corn maze ($10 per person; free for children younger than 5 with adult). With the beautiful views surrounding the farm, you’ll love taking the hayride. And your family will love the farm stand, which sells doughnuts, pies, preserves, honey, flowers, and a variety of farm goods.

Orange County Ochs Orchard

4 Ochs Lane (off Route 94), Warwick 845-986-1591 HOURS: Store: year-round, daily, 9am5:30pm. U-pick begins after Labor Day; daily hours based on availability, call to confirm. COST: Apples are sold by the bag and pumpkins by the pound. Parking is always free! Before visiting, call the store or visit its Facebook page to confirm what is available. This farm allows picnics (don’t forget to take trash with you), and it sells drinks but encourages you to bring your own water. When you’re done picking, stop by the store for homemade ice cream (all berry and fruit flavors are made using the farm’s own produce), or take home some cider from its cider mill and indulge in the homemade cider doughnuts and pies (available weekends). Plus, there is also a small farm, and you can visit their animals. 10

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Rockland County Orchards of Concklin

2 S. Mountain Road (off Route 45), Pomona (for GPS: 1010 Route 45, Pomona) 845-354-0369 HOURS: Pick-your-own apples projected to start Sept. 11; store: daily, 9am-5pm COST: half-peck bag is $13 per person Not only are you able to come enjoy apple picking, but the orchard also has a farm stand featuring fresh-pressed apple cider and a delicious bakery filled with pies, cookies, and cakes. Retail Store is fully open and curbside pickup is still available. Nursery and Garden Center open daily, 9am-5pm. Check the website for the pick-your-own schedule.

Long Island Hayden’s Peach Orchard

561 Hulse Landing Road (near Wildwood State Park), Wading River 631-929-1115 HOURS: Monday, 9am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-6pm. Apple picking season is slated to begin late August/early September, call before visiting to confirm. COST: $20 entrance fee covers 3 people and the first 10lbs of apples; $2 per additional pound At this orchard, you can pick your own apples through late October. The orchard also has plenty of pre-picked fruits available at the farm stand. Visit the website for timely orchard updates or call for fruit availability.

Milk Pail Fresh Market

Market: 1346 Montauk Highway, Watermill U-Pick: 50 Horsemill Lane, Watermill 631-537-2565 HOURS: Market: year-round, Monday and Wednesday-Saturday, 9:30am-5:30pm; Sunday, 10am-5:30pm. U-pick: Labor Day weekend through October: Friday-Sunday, 10am-5:30pm COST: $14-$51.45 depending on container; a bag must be purchased to enter u-pick farm. The farm has more than 20 varieties of apples during picking season—all ideal for adding lots of flavors to your homemade pie! Plus, there are dwarf trees, which are the perfect height for younger kids to pick apples on their own. And when you’re finished picking, treat yourself to coffee, hot cider, and baked goods at the farm stand. 12

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Wickham’s Fruit Farms

28700 Main Road, Cutchogue 631-734-6441 HOURS: PYO: Monday-Saturday 10am-3pm; Farm stand: MondaySaturday, 9am-5pm COST: Call to confirm pricing Picking fruit here is like making your mark on history: Wickham’s fruit is grown on some of the oldest continually cultivated land in the country! Apple picking is estimated to start in late September or early October, and the farm asks that you call ahead to confirm availability. Note: You can only use the containers the farm provides. Wagon rides are available Saturdays during apple-picking season; it’s a great way to get to the orchards but also to view the farm! When you’re done picking, try the delicious apple cider, which is pressed from the oldest cider press on Long Island (built in 1902!), and some homemade apple cider doughnuts.

Lewin Farms

812 Sound Ave., Calverton Apple Orchard: Fresh Pond Avenue, approximately 2 miles east of farm stand, follow signs 631-929-4327 HOURS: Farm stand: Wednesday-Monday, 9am-5pm; u-pick fields: daily, 9am-4:30pm; call each day for u-pick availability COST: Call for u-pick prices. Keep in mind: U-pick is cash only; an ATM is located at the farm stand. Apple picking is slated to begin in late August/early September and may not be available every day. The farm provides containers, but you are welcome to bring your own. Plus, the whole family will enjoy exploring the corn maze! Don’t forget to stop by the farm stand, which sells fresh fruits and veggies, many of which are grown on the farm, and delicious ice cream with the farms own fruit inside! Family Fun Guide 13

Bergen County, NJ Demarest Farms

244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale 201-666-0472 HOURS: PYO apples begins Sept. 4; Thursday-Monday, 8am-5pm COST: $7 ages 2 and older, includes free parking and entrance to orchard; $14 for a bag to hold the apples you pick (bag holds 10-12lbs.) This farm has it all—pick your own fruit of all varieties, plus a petting zoo, Halloween lights, and more. When you’re done picking, check out the farm store with a bakery, apple cider, flowers, and fresh produce. All pick-your-own activities require advanced, online reservations this year (this allows the farm to manage proper social distancing and COVID-19 regulations). Visits will be limited to your reservation time frame, so arrive promptly at your scheduled time; late arrivals must still leave at the end of the reservation time.

Morris County, NJ Alstede Farms

1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester 908-879-7189 HOURS: Farm Store: daily, 9am-7pm; PYO: daily, 9am-6pm COST: $14.99-$59.99. Pre-purchased tickets required. The farm has more than 50 different apple varieties. Check out the corn maze, evergreen maze, and sunflower trail (included with cost of PYO). Kids will love the pony rides and the tractor-pulled wagon ride, and you’ll want to come back for the farm’s live music events. And before you leave, indulge in the treats found at the Farm Store with homemade ice cream, fudge, apple cider doughnuts, and other desserts. Check out all the fun events and family activities the farm offers, including visits with its farm animals, by visiting the website. Oh, and if you’re coming from out of town, it offers a free shuttle service between the Gladstone Train Station and Alstede Farms on weekends and holidays (advanced reservation required). 14

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Middlesex County, NJ Von Thun’s Farm

519 Ridge Road, South Brunswick 732-329-8656 HOURS: Monday-Friday, 10am-6:30pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-6pm; apple picking: Sept. 18 through October COST: $3 ages 2 and older; at time of press, half bushel, bushel, and family bag prices were TBD; call to confirm price. The farm has two apple orchards and grows eight varieties of apples, which are available at different times during the season. Call ahead if you’re looking for a specific variety. Be sure to check out the Fall Festival Weekends, which feature more than 25 fall activities including a corn maze, pumpkin picking, hayrides, farm animals, pedal karts, and mini golf! Plus, you can grab some of the farm’s all-natural pasture-raised Angus beef to bring home and grill or shop the farm market for fruits, veggies, cider doughnuts, and more.


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Giamarese Farm

155 Fresh Ponds Road, East Brunswick 732-821-9494 HOURS: Through September: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-3pm. October: daily, 10am-6pm. Arrive at least 1 hour before closing. Stop by the Farm Market before heading into the fields. COST: Call for pricing. Apple season is approximately late August through Columbus Day. The farm also has weekday fall educational hayrides (it includes a stop to see the farm animals, such as horses, pigs, turkeys, and more) and Fall Harvest Weekends. Stop by the Farm Market to bring home its homegrown fruits and veggies, baked goods, jam, ice cream, and fall decorations and treats.

Mercer County, NJ Lee Turkey Farm

201 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor 609-448-0629 HOURS: Monday-Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 2-6pm. Last entry to orchards is 5pm. COST: $2 membership fee; $5 deposit per adult, which is applied toward your entire purchase. Prices for fruit posted in market. Before entering the fields and orchards, you must become a member of the Lee Turkey Farm Pick Your Own Club by completing a liability form. You will receive a picking card that acts as a pass and discount card for the entire season. Apple are available mid-August through October. There is a farm market, and you can purchase homegrown, oven-ready turkeys. Plus, the farm typically hosts a Fall Harvest Festival—a fun family affair during which you can enjoy a corn maze. Family Fun Guide 17

Tips for

Apple Picking with Kids

Before you head to the orchard for an afternoon of picking apples, read these tips to ensure your whole family has a great outing!


By Anja Webb

hat better way to have a fun fall day than by going apple picking with your family? This quintessential activity is perfect for kids of all ages, whether you’re trying to get your moody teen to spend some time with the family, or you’re looking to take your little ones to a place where they can use their “outside voices.” Though picking apples may seem straightforward, kids can find a way to make anything difficult. Here are local farmers’ best tips for planning your family trip to the farm.

Check what varieties are available. Especially if you’re picky about your apples, you’ll want to check the farm’s schedule before you head over. Some varieties ripen at different times, while others are only available for a limited time. “The apples you would pick in late August are very different from the apples you’d pick in late October,” says Sarah Potenza, farm manager of Hurds Family Farm. More popular types of apples can run out quickly as well. Most farms have websites, emails, or a telephone number that you can call to find out what’s available.


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Call to confirm current conditions and safety policies. There’s nothing more inconvenient than driving all the way out of town only to show up to a closed farm, or one that’s all out of apples. Call to check availability, confirm hours, and make sure they don’t anticipate closing for any severe weather. If you see there might be some storms later in the day, check out the farm’s weather policy. Be sure to also check the farm’s COVID safety policies—they likely have timed-entry tickets and other requirements.

Go early to avoid crowds. Peak times at the farm are usually 12-4pm. If you want to avoid lines, crowds, or dealing with others, try visiting in the morning or on a weekday. Kurt Alstede, a farmer at Alstede Farms, recommends taking a day off during the week or coming on a school holiday.

Be prepared to carry or cart around little ones. A day at the farm typically involves being on your feet. Children may tire easy or have limited mobility, so Potenza suggests taking along a wagon or stroller to cart them through the lanes. Alstede recommends a stroller with bigger wheels, as small foldable strollers don’t do well on unpaved terrain. For infants, he suggests parents bring a baby carrier to carry their child more easily.

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Plan to spend a whole day on the farm. Though many apple-picking destinations are a quick drive away, heading to the farm is still a day trip. Bring extra diapers, snacks, sunscreen, and any other supplies you may need to help you make it through a day outside. You might want to wear hats or sunglasses as well. See what other attractions there are in the neighborhood, be it cute villages and homey diners or breathtaking landscapes and natural beauties.

Wear layers. “We always recommend layers and sturdy footwear,” advises Katie Ross, marketing and communications manager at Fishkill Farms. The weather can change in a heartbeat. Prepare for all sorts of weather and always keep a jacket handy.


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Be mindful of bees and yellow jackets. These critters love apples, but don’t worry, you’ll be fine so long as you’re prepared. If you do see a bee, keep your cool. It’s important to remember the bees are here for the apples, not the people. If you leave them alone, they’ll likely return the favor.

Only pick what’s ripe. “Apples don’t ripen off the tree, like peaches and nectarines will,” Ross says. What you pick is what you get, in terms of ripeness. For this reason, you’ll want to pay attention to signage on the farm. If an area isn’t open for picking, it’s because the farmers have deemed the fruit unready for consumption. Additionally, don’t pick anything that you have to fight the tree to get. An apple should come off easily, without yanking or force.

Check out other activities on the farm. Many farms offer special activities, from petting zoos and bouncy houses to corn mazes and live music. Additionally, there are often harvest festivals with entertainment and homemade foods, so you might want to plan your visit around one of the special events. Just be sure to respect the farms’ capacity and distancing rules on these activities.

Stay hydrated! “The most common thing that’s overlooked is the importance of properly hydrating when you’re going to go out and spend a couple hours on the farm,” Alstede says. Even though the weather is cooling down, be prepared to sweat while outside. Bring a big bottle of water and enough liquids for your family. Though most farms have beverages for sale, it’s best to keep some water on you just in case. If you’re out in the fields when thirst strikes, you’ll want to be able to quench it then and there, without having to head to the store. Nobody wants to deal with dehydration while spending a day with the family.

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Top of the Rock

50th Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, Midtown, Manhattan 212-698-2000 Stand among skyscrapers at Top of the Rock. With sweeping views of Central Park and Manhattan’s Uptown, Midtown, and Downtown skyscrapers, the view from Top of the Rock is truly unforgettable. Enjoy three indoor and outdoor viewing decks, including the 70th floor open-air roof deck. Visit for tickets and information.

great food! With entertainment fit for the whole family, everyone is sure to have a great time when they visit the indoor city of fun!

Long Island Aquarium

431 E. Main St., Riverhead 631-208-9200 xH2O (426) 631-208-9200 x125 Featuring one of the largest all-living coral reef displays, a 120,000-gallon shark tank, year-round sea lion shows, African penguins, touch tanks, and more than 100 exhibits including indoor gardens of the Butterflies and Bugs habitat! Try an aquatic adventure like the Shark Dive, Penguin Encounter, or the Pirate Snorkel Adventure (seasonal).

Mountain Creek Zip Tours

200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ 973-827-2000 Fly to new heights with Mountain Creek Zip Tours. Scenic location atop one of the highest mountains in the state, Mountain Creek Zip Tours offers guests panoramic views of the Appalachian Mountains and smile-inducing speeds as you zip across a serene mountain lake. Open Thursday-Sunday until Oct. 31. ​

Museum of Arts and Design

2 Columbus Circle, Upper West Side, Manhattan 212-299-7777 • Join us for Art Alive, a drop-in gallery-visit and art-making experience for general audiences that takes place every Saturday and Sunday. Artist-educators on the floor facilitate discussions of a single artwork or group of artworks in an exhibition and lead gallery-friendly, art-making activities focusing on sustainable and upcycled materials. Free with museum admission and open to all ages. Visitors can join in at any time between 12-2pm.

Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Ave., at 103rd Street, East Harlem 212-534-1672 • • The only museum dedicated to all things NYC, the Museum of the City of New York shares the stories of the world’s most influential metropolis. Whether it’s our lively exhibitions or family programs, the museum is a place for children of all ages. Reserve tickets online today. Open Friday-Sunday, 10am-6pm.

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Sportime USA

380 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford 914-592-2111 x2 • Sportime USA is the ideal place to visit this autumn! With a restaurant on the premises, and activities for all ages, including a Superfly Thrill Ride, four-dimensional motion theater, laser tag, rock-climbing wall, a Ballocity Arena, batting cages, bumper cars, Himalaya coaster, kiddie rides, video and prize ticket games, billiards, and soft-adventure play area.

Storybook Land

6415 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 609-646-0103 • Your pay-one-price admission to Storybook Land includes unlimited rides, along with access to all of our storybook and Halloween attractions! Climb aboard the Happy Hayride, find your way through our huge Hay Maze, and decorate a pumpkin! Nothing scary, just happy Halloween fun!​

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Pick Your Own


Choose the perfect gourd to carve into a jack-o’-lantern at one of our favorite pumpkin patches. By Stacey Feintuch

Apple cider. Fresh donuts. Pumpkin spice lattes. These are the smells and tastes associated with fall. And of course, what’s more synonymous with fall than pumpkin picking. Fortunately, this area has plenty of spots to spend a fall day in the great outdoors, picking the perfect pumpkin. Here are some of our favorite spots.

New York City Decker Farm

435 Richmond Hill Road, Staten Island 718-351-1611 HOURS: Oct. 2-31, Saturday-Sunday (plus Monday, Oct. 11), 11am-5pm ADMISSION: $4-$11. Tickets on sale online. Check website for details. This pumpkin patch features pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Complete with photo-ops and fall decorations, you’re sure to experience a picture-perfect moment as you decide which pumpkin to take home. And don’t miss the Pumpkin Chucking, Snack Wagon, Living History Demonstrations, and more! WHY WE LOVE IT: Watch the kids try to solve a maze made completely of hay bales.


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Queens County Farm Museum

73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park 718-347-3276 HOURS: Oct. 1-30, daily, 11am-4:30pm ADMISSION: Pumpkins priced by size. October is pumpkin month at Queens County Farm. Enjoy the crisp fall air as you wander through the patch to scoop up the perfect pumpkin. Walk the farm grounds and soak in some New York history. This farm is one of the longest continually farmed sites in New York State, dating back to 1697. WHY WE LOVE IT: Enjoy on-site hayrides and a 3-acre interactive corn maze.

Rockland County Dr. Davies Farm

306 Route 304, Congers 845-268-7020 HOURS: Exact times for pumpkin picking not available at press time. Online reservations available and walk-ins welcome. Check website for details. ADMISSION: The pumpkin patch is free to walk but pay for all that you pick (pumpkins range from $3-$40). Grab your wagon or wheelbarrow and come on down to the pumpkin patch at this farm—it’s been family run since 1891. You can even take hayride to the patch (optional at $10), or go apple picking while you’re here, too. WHY WE LOVE IT: They sell mouthwatering delicious homemade doughnuts and cold and hot apple cider. 26

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Westchester County Outhouse Orchards

139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem 914-277-3188 HOURS: Saturday-Sunday, 9am-5:30pm; arrive within the first hour of your admission and finish within your reservation time slot. ADMISSION: Reserve a ticket online for entrance and parking at the orchard for one vehicle: $15, plus $2.73 fee covers all people inside the vehicle. At the farm, you can purchase bags for apple picking, corn maze tickets, or browse the country store. You’ll find a wide selection of pumpkins, gourds, and Halloween decorations that will get you in the fall spirit as soon as you lay eyes on their pumpkin patch (all pumpkins are vine free). Pick your favorite pumpkin and staff will weigh it for you at the check-out tent. WHY WE LOVE IT: The 2021 corn maze is ready for you to solve. See if you can find your way out.

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights 914-245-5111 HOURS: Anticipated opening for pumpkins is Oct. 1: Wednesday-Monday, 10am-4:30pm. Check Harvest Calendar for exact dates. ADMISSION: Check back for details. The 2021 season celebrates the 105th year of harvest at Wilkens. When you’re done choosing your pumpkin, get lost in the corn maze that gets a new and updated design each year. WHY WE LOVE IT: It also offers pick-your-own apples, peaches, nectarines, and Christmas trees.

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Orange County Apple Ridge Orchards

101 Jessup Road, Warwick 845-987-7717 HOURS: Pumpkin picking begins Sept. 18: Thursday-Sunday and holidays, 9am6pm. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates. ADMISSION: $3 per person ages 2 and older. Includes free parking and entrance to the farm. $10 for each pumpkin picked of any size. This orchard is among the most scenic and rustic spots in the Hudson and Warwick valleys. Enjoy the patch as well as custom farm displays. After your pick-your-own experience, stop by the farm stand to get some treats including its famous apple cider doughnuts and pies. WHY WE LOVE IT: Enjoy a Pumpkin Picking Movie Night on the farm featuring Spookley the Square Pumpkin.

Soons Orchards

23 Soons Circle, New Hampton 845-374-5471 HOURS: It will likely start by Sept. 18 and runs weekends and holiday Mondays until Halloween. Wagons run from 10am or 11am until 4pm, depending on demand and weather. ADMISSION: Check back for details. The orchard offers reservations and accepts walk-ins. Enjoy a fall afternoon outing in the lower Hudson Valley. No pre-picked pumpkins on a lawn here. Take a hayride to their actual pumpkin patch and pick pumpkins off the vine. It also offers apple picking, a farm market, and a tap room serving foods, snacks, and cocktails. WHY WE LOVE IT: Soons makes its own kettle corn; nut butters like peanut, almond, and cashew; and hummus (roasted red pepper and regular lemon garlic). 28

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Dutchess County Dykeman Farm

31 Dykeman Lane, Pawling 845-832-6068 HOURS: Pumpkin picking typically opens the last weekend in September and runs Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm through October. Check website for details. ADMISSION: Free parking and free admission. This fourth-generation family-owned and -operated farm has been offering pick-your-own pumpkins since 1974. Enjoy more than the pumpkin patch here: Take advantage of a photo spot, purchase local honey, enjoy the kids play area, buy some fall décor, and more. WHY WE LOVE IT: Hayrides are free!

Fishkill Farms

9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction 845-897-4377 HOURS: Pumpkin picking expected to begin Saturday, Sept. 18. Reservations will be required. Reservation arrival times are generally from 9am-4:30pm. The last entry to the orchard is at 5pm, and it closes at 6pm. Reservations are rain or shine. ADMISSION: If you have an apple picking reservation, you don’t need a pumpkin reservation and can pick and pay for your pumpkins when you’re here. Pumpkins are flat prices depending on their weight class. If you want to just pick pumpkins, pricing is $30 which includes entry for up to 5 people (ages 2 and older, kids under 2 don’t need to be counted in the reservation number) as well as $20 worth of pumpkins from pumpkin patch. An additional two people can be added at check in for $5 each. Fishkill Farms is an apple orchard and diversified fruit and vegetable farm. Kids will love getting lost in the corn maze and taking a wagon ride throughout the orchard. Hungry? Enjoy a delicious Jerk Chicken meal at the outdoor grill. WHY WE LOVE IT: You can pick your own ecocertified or organic apples, too. Family Fun Guide 29

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Greig Farm

227 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook 845-758-8007 HOURS: Pumpkin picking typically begins mid-September and continues through early November: daily, 9am-7pm. ADMISSION: No entry fee. Pay only for what you pick by the pound. 2021 prices will be announced soon. Bring friends and family together and spend an afternoon picking pumpkins. This pick-your-own farm in the Hudson Valley has been family run since 1942. While the farm does cut many of the pumpkins off the vine for you, you may find one still on the vine. WHY WE LOVE IT: We can’t get over the gorgeous photos of the farm on social media.

Long Island Albert H. Schmitt Family Farms

6 Bagatelle Road, Dix Hills 631-549-3276 HOURS: Pumpkin picking typically runs late September-October, Saturday-Sunday and Oct. 11, 10am-5pm. Check website for details. ADMISSION: Prices are TBA. This farm has been a family business for many decades. It’s more than just pumpkin picking here. Enjoy hayrides, duck races, an animal train ride, and more. WHY WE LOVE IT: It sells roasted corn as well as apple cider and apple cider doughnuts. 30

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Brightwaters Farms

1624 Manatuck Blvd., Bay Shore 631-665-5411 HOURS: Fall harvest usually runs in October. They’re typically open Wednesday-Friday, 12-5pm; Saturday-Sunday and Oct. 11, 9am-5pm. Check back for details. ADMISSION: Typically, no charge during the week; $10 weekends. Check back for details. Come to Brightwaters Farms with family and friends and experience the warm, serene atmosphere of its more than 12-acre countryside setting. Fall activities include hayrides, magic shows, and farm-animal feeding. WHY WE LOVE IT: Concession menu options galore here! Enjoy roasted corn, jumbo turkey legs, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and more.

Elwood Pumpkin Farm

1500 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington 631-368-8626 HOURS: Sept. 18-19: SaturdaySunday, 1-5pm. Sept 25-30: Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. Oct. 1-31: Monday-Friday, 3-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am5pm ADMISSION: Pumpkins are priced by size. This farm is Long Island’s most western pumpkin farm. Unlike most other farms in the area, pumpkins are grown in the fields. You’re invited to pick off the vine while supplies last. Enjoy a wagon ride around the farm and a small corn maze perfect for kids (both require a fee). WHY WE LOVE IT: This farm is also Long Island’s most western cut-your-own Christmas tree farm. Family Fun Guide 31

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F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm

26 Pinelawn Road, Melville 631-271-3276 HOURS: Sept. 18-Oct. 31, Monday-Friday, 12-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm ADMISSION: $10; free for children ages 16 months and younger. Pumpkins are an additional fee. Hayrides, mini golf, photo ops, and access to the playground are all included in your admission at this family farm. On weekends, there’s even more fun, including pony rides, a petting zoo, haunted corn trail, and a haunted house (all require an additional fee). WHY WE LOVE IT: Want a taste of Halloween but your kids aren’t ready for a full haunted house? The farm offers a daytime walkthrough of the haunted house, with the lights turned on and no actors.

Hank’s Pumpkintown 240 Montauk Highway, Watermill 631-726-4667 HOURS: Sept. 11-12, Saturday-Sunday, 9:30am-5:45pm; starting Sept. 16: daily, 9:30am-5:45pm ADMISSION: Pumpkins: $0.74 per pound. Maze Park Wristbands: $18 Saturday-Sunday and holidays; $12 Monday-Friday Get ready for a full day of fall family fun when you head to Hank’s! It features more than 30 acres of attractions and activities, including pumpkin picking, three interactive corn mazes, wagon rides, barrel train rides, a jump pad, gem mining (for an extra fee), pedal karts, play structures, a giant slide, and more. WHY WE LOVE IT: When your kids are done exploring all the fun here, stop by the farm market for apple cider slushies, hand-dipped candy and caramel apples.

Lewin Farms

812 Sound Ave., Calverton 631-929-4327 HOURS: daily, 9am-4:40pm; call to confirm availability. Pumpkins are anticipated late September to late October. ADMISSION: Call to confirm pumpkin prices; u-pick is cash only. This fourth-generation family farm was the first Long Island farm to offer pick-your-own to Long Islanders. It now offers a variety of seasonal you-pick options, including pumpkins and apples, berries, vegetables, and Christmas trees. WHY WE LOVE IT: Before you pick your pumpkins, head over to the farm’s corn maze—the 2021 maze is the most challenging one yet! 32

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Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm

270 West Lane, Riverhead 631-722-3467 HOURS: Sept. 18-Oct. 30: Monday-Friday, 12-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, plus Oct. 11, 9am-5pm. Call ahead if rain is forecasted. ADMISSION: Pumpkins: $0.79 per pound. Corn maze: $10. Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm is a family-owned and -operated business nestled on the East End of Long Island. Farmer Jim is a third-generation farmer, but the first in his family to have a pick-your-own pumpkin farm. The farm started in 1976 with just over an acre. It’s grown into a 26-acre field where you can roam and pick from 18 varieties of pumpkins straight off the vine. WHY WE LOVE IT: The farm doesn’t just offer pumpkins. It grows and sells mums, cabbage, kale, cornstalks, straw bales, and more.

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Long Island cont’d

White Post Farms

250 Old Country Road, Melville 631-351-9373 HOURS: Sept. 18-Oct. 3, SaturdaySunday, 10am-6pm. Oct. 9-24 (plus Oct. 11), Saturday-Sunday, 9am-6pm. ADMISSION: $32.95 (+tax); free for children younger than 15 months. Pumpkins: $0.69 per pound. Fall Festival weekends at White Post Farms feature pumpkin picking, an animal farm, pony rides and train rides (both require an extra fee), sing-along hayrides, pumpkin painting, a variety of family shows, tasty treats, and more. WHY WE LOVE IT: In addition to getting up close to the farm’s animals, kids can hand or bottle feed some of the animals (for an extra fee).

New Jersey Alstede Farms 1 Alstede Farm Lane, Chester 908-879-7189 HOURS: daily, 9am-6pm (last admission to pick-your-own is 5pm). Pumpkins anticipated to be available mid- to late September. Check the website for updates. ADMISSION: Exact prices for pumpkin picking not available yet. Check the website to make reservations in advance online (it’s a little cheaper than purchasing at the door and guarantees your entry) Alstede Farms offers orange and white pumpkins, munchkins, gourds, and assorted winter squash—all available in u-pick! Pony and tractor-pulled wagon rides are offered daily (for an extra fee). Plus, you can visit with and feed some of the farm’s animals. WHY WE LOVE IT: Sunflower, evergreen, and corn mazes are on-site and included with pickyour-own admission.


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Demarest Farms

244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale 201-666-0472 HOURS: Through Oct. 31: Thursday-Sunday, 8am-5pm. Visits limited to your reservation time frame. Arrive promptly at your scheduled time. If you arrive late, you’ll still be asked to the leave at the end of your reservation time. ADMISSION: Use the online reservation system: $7 ages 2 and older (includes free parking and entrance to the pumpkin patch), plus $12 for the largest pumpkin that you pick. Free for children younger than 2. Open since 1886, this farm is a staple in Bergen County. Hayrides still aren’t being given right now, so wear shoes for walking on uneven surfaces. No outside items allowed including strollers, backpacks, and purses. WHY WE LOVE IT: Save room for the farm’s delish apple cider doughnuts!

Secor Farms

85 Airmont Ave., Mahwah 201-529-2595 HOURS: Pumpkin picking typically goes from mid-September until the end of October, daily, 9am4:30pm. Check website for details. ADMISSION: Pricing varies depending on size of pumpkin. Walk to the decorated pumpkin patch to find the best pumpkin to take home. Scattered in the pumpkin patch, you’ll also find fun decorations for photo ops. In addition to pumpkins, it carries a large selection of gourds, jack-be-little pumpkins, corn stalks, and Halloween decorations. WHY WE LOVE IT: Check out the farm’s market, which carries a variety of New York state apples, fresh-pressed apple cider, and homemade apple cider doughnuts.

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Volunteering with Kids

8 ideas to find the right project or opportunity to give back to the community with your family By Elizabeth Winchester

One of the most rewarding family activities is community service. Finding a way to give back to your community together can be very meaningful to all involved. Follow these tips to find a project that is a good fit for your family, and to get your project off the ground.

Community concerns. The first step is to identify a problem. Think about problems that exist in your community by asking your kids about things they may have noticed on their school playground or at a local park. Look through local newspapers for problems you might be able to address together. 36

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Family issues.

Find the facts.

Think about causes that are even closer to home—like a health problem affecting someone in your family. There are many walks and fun runs that help raise awareness and/or funds for medical conditions.

Once you decide on a problem or cause, learn more about it. Research the problem together online or by talking to experts who can provide more information.

Use strengths and skills. Encourage kids to think of ways that they can help address your problem of focus. Have them think of how they can use their interests and talents to help.

A family affair. Get your whole family involved—grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, too! Relatives may want to take part in the activity you choose to do. If you are fundraising, they may be able to contribute. All family members can help spread the word to others about your project to make it more successful. Family Fun Guide 37

Connect your project to learning.

Have fun!

If you decide to have a bake sale to raise money for a charity, have kids use math skills to keep track of the money you raise. If you collect coats or canned foods, have kids write about how taking part made them feel. Kids may choose to share their stories on Thanksgiving as they think about feeling grateful and thankful.

Kids will enjoy spending time together on a family volunteering project especially when they understand they are helping to make a difference in the world around them.

Share your success. We would love to hear about your family project. Send a photo and description to us at or tag us on Facebook or Instagram (@NYMetroParents, @RocklandParent, or @SIParent). Tell people in your community about your work. You may inspire them to lend a hand.


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Project Suggestions Here are some general ideas for ways to volunteer with kids: · Honor heroes—veterans, soldiers, front line workers, teachers—by making and distributing thank-you notes to thank them for their service.

· Make holiday cards and bring them to a local nursing home or shelter. · Collect food or other supplies needed for animals at a local shelter. · Collect coins for a charity, such as UNICEF. · Collect canned goods for Thanksgiving baskets for people in need. Kids can make placemats and other decorations to make the baskets look beautiful.

· Make sandwiches to be distributed at a soup kitchen (check with your local soup kitchen first to see if they’ll accept food made outside the facility).

· Donate old toys and clothing to families in need. · Have a bake sale or lemonade stand. Choose an organization to support and donate the money you raise.

· Pick up papers, cans, and trash littered in the schoolyard, local park, or other location.

· Make posters to encourage your community to follow recycling guidelines and to understand why recycling is important.

· Take part in a walk or run to raise money and awareness of a cause that affects people, such as food allergy, cancers, and heart health. Family Fun Guide 39


Fairs, Festivals, & Shows

Celebrate the season by attending one of these fun events in the tri-state area.

October EarthIrvington

WHEN: Oct. 1-2, Friday, 6pm; Saturday, 1pm WHERE: O’Hara Nature Center, 170 Mountain Road, Irvington WHAT: EarthIrvington is a 2-day environmental festival featuring

musical performances, film screenings and forums, sustainable eats, and outdoor activities for the whole family. WANT TO GO? Friday: $12; Saturday: free family day 1-4pm, $12 for 4pm performance. Advanced registration required.

South Bound Brook Fall Festival Presented by AT&T WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 2, 11am-7pm WHERE: Memorial Park, 78 Elizabeth

St., South

Bound Brook, NJ Bring your appetite to this fall extravaganza featuring more than 15 food trucks. Plus, enjoy boardwalk-style games, a bounce house, face painters, craft vendors, and live music. The event helps support local first responders. WANT TO GO? $6; $4 children ages 10-4. Online ticketing is available. Visit South Bound Brook Police Department Facebook page for more information. WHAT:


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Sustainability Walk and Showcase

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 2, 10am-2pm WHERE: Congers Lake, 6 Gilchrest Road, Congers WHAT: This event encourages people to enjoy nature

and gain a greater understanding about the environment and how to protect it while also providing a fun day of activities. WANT TO GO? $10; free for ages 18 and younger. Advanced registration required.

Adirondack Kids Day

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 2. Check the website for the schedule. WHERE: 160 NY-28, Inlet WHAT: Enjoy a day of free family fun. Enter French

Louie’s Fishing Derby, head to the Children’s Authors and Illustrators Fair, take a hike, and so much more. Stop by the Kiwanis Information Booth at Chambers Commons for a schedule of events and a free goodie bag for every child. WANT TO GO? Free admission and parking.

Heritage, Harvest and Horse Festival

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 2, 9:30am-5pm WHERE: Fort Ticonderoga, 102 Fort Ti Road,

Ticonderoga WHAT: The autumn-themed event features a meetand-greet with animals, food, beverages, crafts, and a 6-acre corn maze. Learn about the historical importance of horses and other working animals. WANT TO GO? $24; $22 seniors; $12 children ages 5-15.

Harvest Festival

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 2, 10am-5pm WHERE: New Jersey Botanical Garden, 2 Morris Road, Ringwood, NJ WHAT: Browse through the many artists and craftspeople showing their

hand-crafted items. There will be a kids’ zone that features, games, hayrides, face painting, pumpkin painting and more. Come hungry and eat from a variety of food truck vendors and enjoy live music. WANT TO GO? Admission is free. $5 parking.

Saddle Brook Fun Family Street Fair

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 3, 10am-5pm WHERE: Market Street, 299 Market St., Saddle Brook, NJ WHAT: Come out to the Annual UNICO Street Fair featuring

merchandise and craft vendors, kiddie rides, great food, local merchants and civic groups, and music. WANT TO GO? Admission is free. Family Fun Guide 41

F A L L October

Fall Fairs, Festivals, & Shows


The 46th Annual Atlantic Antic

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 3, 12-6pm WHERE: Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, Atlantic Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn WHAT: Come out to Brooklyn’s oldest and largest street festival. This mile-long stage and global

street bazaar features artists, crafters, food purveyors, performers, and nonprofit community organizations. WANT TO GO? Admission is free.

New York Renaissance Faire

WHEN: Through Oct. 3: Saturday-Sundays, 10am-7pm WHERE: New York Renaissance Faire Grounds, 600 Route


Tuxedo WHAT: Travel

back in time to a 16th-century English village. Cheer your favorite knight at the Joust Tournament. Feast on savory sweets and tempting treats. See acrobats, magical fairies, swashbuckling pirates, and more. Play a game of skill or chance. Stroll the quaint village as the music of the Renaissance surrounds you. WANT TO GO? $29.95; $13 children ages 5-12; free for children younger than 5. Advanced registration required.

The Dude Perfect 2021 Tour

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 9, 7pm WHERE: NYCB LIVE, Home of The

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale WHAT: One of the most popular channels on YouTube has become an international sensation. Dude Perfect turns fun into a successful enterprise with a positive, faith-based message. WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $30. Advance registration required.

Imagination Movers

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 9, 11am WHERE: Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown St., Peeksill WHAT: The Imagination Movers is a high-energy, interactive live music

act that’s fun for the whole family. Though its catchy tunes are expressly written for kids, the music equally as enjoyable for parents. WANT TO GO? $23; additional $30 for meet-and-greet. 42

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45th Annual Riverhead Country Fair

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 10, 10am-5pm WHERE: Downtown Riverhead, Main Street, Riverhead WHAT: Enjoy craft vendors, food, carnival rides, and

games for children. WANT TO GO? Admission is free.

Nyack’s Famous Street Fair

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 10, 10am-5pm WHERE: Downtown Nyack, Main Street


Broadway, Nyack Two hundred exhibitors will line downtown with arts, crafts, retail items, unique gifts, and home decor. All kinds of festival foods will be available set up in tents and food trucks. Held rain or shine. WANT TO GO? Admission is free. WHAT:

Lake George Village Oktoberfest

Oct. 8-10, Friday, 5-10pm; Saturday, 12-10pm; Sunday, 12-5pm WHERE: Canada Street, Lake George WHAT: Features music, dancing, and traditional German Polka bands. The Bier Garden features local handcrafted German-inspired ales, lagers, and beer brewed with New York State hops from Lake George’s own Adirondack Brewery. Authentic German food includes wurst, German potato salad, spatzle, and more. WANT TO GO? Admission is free. WHEN:

Italian Festival at the Mount

WHEN: Oct. 8-11, Friday, 6-11pm; Saturday, 12-11pm; Sunday, 12-9pm; Monday, 12-5pm WHERE: Mount Loretto, 6581 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island WHAT: Organized by Catholic Charities of Staten Island, this fall festival celebrates

everything Italian! Activities include rides and games for kids, vendors, food, a sangria, beer and wine garden, live music, and lots of delicious eats. WANT TO GO? $5; $5 parking. Tickets can be purchased online.

Circus Vazquez

Oct. 1-11, Monday-Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday-Sunday, 2pm, 5pm, and 8pm WHERE: 250 Woodbridge Center Drive, Woodbridge, NJ WHAT: The Circus Vazquez 2021 tour features several performances with acts from around the world. WANT TO GO? $25 and up. Advanced registration required. WHEN:

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F A L L October

Fall Fairs, Festivals, & Shows


14th Annual Pearl River Day

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 16, 11am-8pm WHERE: Pearl River Chamber of Commerce, East Central Avenue, Pearl River WHAT: Street fair with craft vendors, food vendors, bouncy castle, pumpkin painting,

and more.

Musical performances throughout the day. WANT TO GO? Admission is free.

7th Annual Nanuet Street Fair

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 17, 10am-5pm WHERE: Nanuet Chamber of Commerce, Main Street, Nanuet WHAT: This year’s fair will feature nearly 200 vendors, a Kidz Zone,

car/jeep show, musical entertainment, and more. The Kidz Zone will include activities, crafts, karate demonstrations, musical performances, and a live reptile show. WANT TO GO? Admission is free.

Montvale Street Festival and Craft Show WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 17, 10am-5pm WHERE: The Montvale Chamber of

Commerce, 101

Paragon Drive, Montvale. WHAT: The event will feature more than 150 quality exhibitors, a special arts and crafts section, food, and live entertainment. Check out the special Kids Traveling Shindig section, brimming with fun activities including mechanical kiddie rides, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, sand art, temporary tattoos, and games. WANT TO GO? Admission is free.

Boo at the Zoo

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 23, 10:30am-3pm WHERE: Trailside Museum and Boo at Bear

Mountain State Park, 55 Hessian Drive, Highland Falls WHAT: Arrive at 10:30am to make bear treats, then watch the bears enjoy the treats. Family-friendly activities include pumpkin decorating, face painting, games, and crafts. Wear your favorite not-so-spooky Halloween costume. WANT TO GO? $1 suggested donation. 44

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Downtown Riverhead’s Annual Halloween Fest

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 23, 3-8pm WHERE: Downtown Riverhead, Main Street, Riverhead WHAT: Have a spooktacular time with activities throughout

the weekend such as the Haunted Ale-Trail at local breweries and distilleries, spirited shows at the historic Suffolk Theater, coffin races, trick or treating, goblin parade, and more. Registration required for Coffin Race. Rain Date: Oct. 24. WANT TO GO? Admission is free.

Harvest Festival at Clay Pit Ponds

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 23, 11am-3pm WHERE: Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve

Nature Interpretive Center, 2351 Veterans Road W.,

Staten Island WHAT: Activities include pumpkin carving, scarecrow building, apple bobbing, face painting, a puppet show, crafts, games, and more. Rain date: Oct. 30. WANT TO GO? Admission is free.

Prana Prenatal and Newborn Expo

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 23, 10am-4pm WHERE: The Space at Westchester Avenue,

2125 Westchester Ave., Rye WHAT: For expecting or new moms. Vendors here are mostly small business owners and moms themselves. WANT TO GO? $25. Advanced registration required.

Fall Festival at the Mount

WHEN: Oct. 23-24, Saturday-Sunday, times TBA WHERE: Mount Loretto, 6581 Hylan Blvd., Staten

Island Organized by Catholic Charities of Staten Island, this fall festival will feature a pumpkin patch, rides, games, DJ, vendors, and food trucks. WANT TO GO? $5; $5 parking. WHAT:

Fall Festival

WHEN: Oct. 23-24, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-3pm WHERE: Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale WHAT: Bring the whole family to enjoy games, vendors, live music,

apple cidering demos, a pumpkin and scarecrow walk, and more. Be sure to come dressed for the costume parade. Event held rain or shine except for in extreme weather. WANT TO GO? $7-$10. Family Fun Guide 45

F A L L October

Fall Fairs, Festivals, & Shows


The West Hempstead Fall Street Fair

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 24, 10am-5pm WHERE: West Hempstead Kiwanis Club, Nassau Boulevard,

West Hempstead WHAT: Activities include free ice cream to the first 500 kids ages 12 and younger, inflatable rides, rock wall, food, live entertainment, and craft fair featuring 100 vendors. WANT TO GO? Admission is free.

Fall Festival

WHEN: Through Oct. 24: Saturday-Sunday and Columbus Day, 10am-6pm (last admission at 4pm); after Oct. 9, gates open at 9am WHERE: White Post Farms, 250 Old country Road, Melville WHAT: Unlimited hayrides, Play in the Hay activity, family shows for all to enjoy, and more. Pumpkins, pony rides, train rides, feed for animals and birds are available at an additional cost. WANT TO GO? $32.95;

Dinosaurs After Dark

WHEN: Sept. 24-Oct. 30, Friday-Saturday, 6:45-9:30pm WHERE: Field Station: Dinosaurs, 40 Fort Lee Road, Leonia, NJ WHAT: A spooky, funny, and thrilling adventure for the whole family.

Featuring a lantern lit tour of the park. At the end of the night, everyone will gather around the campfire for a dinosaur sing-along, roasted marshmallows, and hot chocolate. WANT TO GO? $24.95 explorer pass; $16.95 day pass; free for children younger than 2.

The Amazing Maize Maze

WHEN: Through Oct. 30: Friday, 12-4:30pm; Saturday-Sunday,

11am-4:30pm; Monday, Oct. 11, 11am-4:30pm WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Floral Park, Queens WHAT: This year The Amazing Maize Maze celebrates the genius of Andy Warhol’s pop art. The adventure begins with a Stalk Talk to prepare you for the 3-acre challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles, and making your way to Victory Bridge where the full vista of Warhol’s Cow is revealed. WANT TO GO? $12; $8 children ages 4-11; free children ages 3 and younger. Advanced registration required. 46

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Arts in the Plaza

WHEN: Through Oct. 30, Saturdays, 10am-3pm WHERE: Kennedy Plaza, 1 W. Chester St., Long Beach WHAT: Arts in the Plaza is a weekly, outdoor arts festival

that features handcrafted art by Long

Island artists, live music, and cultural performances. WANT TO GO? Admission is free.


WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 31, 2-5pm WHERE: Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene, Brooklyn WHAT: The action-packed afternoon features music, carnival games, arts and crafts,

and a candy giveaway. Families will delight in wild, wacky, and adorable costumes and can win prizes with an entry in the annual costume contest. WANT TO GO? Admission is free.

Spookley The Square Pumpkin: The Musical WHEN: Sept. 25-Oct. 31. See website for schedule WHERE: Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts

at the Smithtown Historical Society, 239 E. Main St., Smithtown WHAT: This is the story of a square pumpkin living in a round pumpkin patch on Holiday Hill Farm. Shunned by the other pumpkins but helped by some friends, Spookley tries his best, but he isn’t sure he has what it takes until a mighty storm threatens Holiday Hill Farm. WANT TO GO? $18. Advanced registration required.

Boo at the Zoo

WHEN: Oct. 2-31, Saturday-Sunday, plus Monday, Oct. 11. Check the website for schedule. WHERE: Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx WHAT: The zoo’s annual Halloween event is back. Enjoy pumpkin carving demos, magic shows, a pumpkin trail, crafts, costume parade, and more. WANT TO GO? $39.95; $34.95 seniors; $29.95 children ages 3-12; free for children ages 2 and younger.

Pumpkin and Craft Brew Weekends

WHEN: Oct. 2-31; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-6pm WHERE: Garden of Even Farm, 4558 Sound Ave.,

Riverhead WHAT: Admission includes unlimited access to minipumpkin field, Family Fun Fields, unlimited hayrides (weather permitting), pedal karts, hay tower, farm animals, spider web, and more. Fee does not include cost of pumpkins. WANT TO GO? $9.95; free for children younger than 2. Family Fun Guide 47

F A L L October

Fall Fairs, Festivals, & Shows


Spooky Fest

WHEN:: Oct. 8-31; Friday-Sunday, 6:30-9:30pm WHERE: Center for Science Teaching and Learning

Tanglewood Preserve, 1450 Tanglewood Road,

Rockville Center WHAT: Sixteen acres are transformed into a family-friendly Halloween event. Wooded paths, exhibits, and festivities on the preserve will be featured, with eerie lighting, special effects, and characters along the way. WANT TO GO? $12-$20. Advanced registration required.

Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure

Through Oct. 31: Friday, 5:30pm-12am; Saturday, 1112am; Sunday, 11am-10pm WHERE: Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, NJ WHAT: Dare to enter this popular Halloween event, featuring family-friendly attractions during the day...and thrills once the sun goes down. WANT TO GO? $29.99 and up. Advanced registration required.


Halloween Light Show

Through Oct. 31: Sunday-Thursday, 7-9pm; FridaySaturday, 7-9:30pm WHERE: Demarest Farms, 244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale, NJ WHAT: Join Demarest Farms during this spooky time of year and experience the spooktacular Halloween Light Show. Take your vehicle on a guided tour through 32 acres of brilliant Halloween light displays, enjoy farm fresh goodies in the retail farm market. Warm-up by the fire pits with make-your-own S’mores and hot cocoa. WANT TO GO? $35 per car. Advanced registration required. WHEN:

Jack-O’-Lantern Experience and Fall Festival at Skylands Stadium WHEN: Oct. 1-Nov. 7, opens daily at 5 pm WHERE: Skylands Stadium, 94 Championship Place, Augusta, NJ WHAT: Take a 45-minute spooky Halloween stroll featuring more

than 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins. Go on carnival rides, enjoy seasonal food and drinks, paint pumpkins, and more. WANT TO GO? $19 and up; $34 VIP access. Tickets must be purchased online. Parking: free. 48

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NYC Winter Lantern Festival Drive-Thru Adventure

WHEN: Oct. 28-Jan. 9, 2022. See website for schedule. WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive,

Roslyn WHAT: Drive through this luminescent experience called A Bug’s Night. Enjoy a display of festive holiday lights, projection mapping, and hand-made lanterns in the shape of flowers, bugs, animals, and more. WANT TO GO? Per car: $34.99 Wednesday-Thursday; $49.99 Friday-Sunday; $59.99 Dec. 24-Jan. 2, 2022.

NYC Winter Lantern Festival

Oct. 29-Jan. 9, 2022. See website for schedule. WHERE: Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island WHAT: The NYC Winter Lantern Festival returns for a third year to transform Snug Harbor’s botanical garden into an immersive world of light. In addition to its lantern display, there will be a DJ, projection mapping, and food vendors. WANT TO GO? $24.99; $16.99 children ages 3-12. Dec. 24-Jan. 2. 2022: $29.99; $16.99 children ages 3-12. WHEN:

November Christmas in the Country

WHEN: Nov. 4-7, Thursday-Friday, 10am-9pm; Saturday, 9am-6pm, Sunday, 10am-4pm WHERE: Event Center on the Fairgrounds, 5820 S. Park Ave., Hamburg WHAT: More than 400 artisans are spread out over five buildings, featuring bath and beauty

products, fun and elegant jewelry, hand-poured candles, clothing, pottery, original wall art, woodwork, home décor, and holiday gifts. WANT TO GO? Check the website for detailed information.

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F A L L November

Fall Fairs, Festivals, & Shows


The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

WHEN: Through Nov. 7. Check the website for the schedule. WHERE: Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round

Swamp Road, Old Bethpage WHAT: See thousands of illuminated and hand-card pumpkins, complete with synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack. WANT TO GO? Tickets must be purchased in advance. Check the website for prices.

Continuum Holiday Bazaar 2021

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 13, 10am-4pm WHERE: Continuum of Care, 109 Legion Ave., New Haven, CT WHAT: Looking to give back as you shop this year? Head to this

holiday shopping event where proceeds help support those in need. Plus, meet Santa and enjoy food, raffles, and more. WANT TO GO? Admission is free!

Disney On Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party WHEN:

Nov. 10-14, Wednesday, 7pm; Thursday, 11am and 7pm; Friday, 7pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11am, 3pm, and 7pm WHERE: Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Prospect Heights, Brooklyn WHAT: Embark on a quest with Mickey Mouse and pals as they follow Captain Hook’s treasure map for clues to find Tinker Bell after he attempts to capture her magic. WANT TO GO? $20 and up. Advanced registration required.

Circus Vazquez

WHEN: Nov. 1-15, Monday-Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday-Sunday, 2pm, 5pm, and 8pm WHERE: Harlem River North Lot, Bronx WHAT: The Circus Vazquez 2021 tour features several performances with acts from around the world. WANT TO GO? $25 and up. Advanced registration required. 50

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Best of BAMkids Film Festival: Ready for Adventure!

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 20, 11am WHERE: Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene, Brooklyn WHAT: Enjoy a selection of the most popular animated and short films for children

ages 6-8. The

event showcases seven films from five countries. WANT TO GO? $14; $10 children ages 13 and younger; $9 BAM members. Advanced registration required.

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

WHEN: Through Nov. 21. Check the website for the schedule. WHERE: Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-

Hudson WHAT: Get ready for a bright, festive, and spooky event. Stroll through a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack-o’-lanterns. WANT TO GO? Tickets must be purchased in advance. Check the website for prices.

Macy’s 95th Thanksgiving Day Parade

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 25, 9am-12pm WHERE: Manhattan; NBC will air it live nationwide. WHAT: The world-famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day

Parade returns and will celebrate its 95th year, featuring its signature mix of giant helium balloons, floats, celebrities (including Santa Claus!), and much more. WANT TO GO? Those interested in attending in person should check the website in advance of their trip to the parade route. Pertinent details on public viewing and other information will be announced in November.

Xpedition Dino

WHEN: Through Nov. 30. See website for schedule WHERE: Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., NJ WHAT: This prehistoric adventure features 30 life-sized dinosaurs


realistic movement and sound. Add this experience to your Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure, or your day at the theme park. WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $19.99. Advanced registration required.

Circus Vazquez

WHEN: Nov. 19-Dec. 12, Monday-Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday-Sunday, 2pm, 5pm, and 8pm WHERE: Citi Field, 41 Seaver Way, Flushing, Queens WHAT: The Circus Vazquez 2021 tour features several performances with acts from around the world. WANT TO GO? $25 and up. Advanced registration required. Family Fun Guide 51

F A L L November

Fall Fairs, Festivals, & Shows

cont’d 13th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop

Nov. 26-Dec. 24. Hours for photos with Santa: MondayFriday, 12-6pm; Saturday, 9am-6pm WHERE: Sam Bridge Nursery and Greenhouses, 437 North St., Greenwich, CT WHAT: Dasher, Dancer, and Prancer are visiting from the North Pole to help Santa set up his Connecticut workshop. On Nov. 26, welcome the reindeer’s arrival with a party from 12-6pm featuring refreshments, face painting and other activities. The reindeer will leave the festival on Dec. 22, but Santa will stay through Dec. 24, 9am-3pm, for photos. WANT TO GO? Admission is free, but there is a charge for photos with Santa.


Fantasy of Lights and Lighthouse Point Park

WHEN: Nov. 18-Dec. 31; Sunday-Thursday, 5-9pm; FridaySaturday, 5-10pm WHERE: Lighthouse Point, 2 Lighthouse Road, New Haven, CT WHAT: See dazzling and colorful holiday scenes at this drive-through. WANT TO GO? $10 car or minivan; $25 minibus; $50 full-size bus. Online ticketing available.

Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes

WHEN: Nov. 5-Jan. 2, 2022. See the website for schedule, WHERE: Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave., Midtown, Manhattan WHAT: The Christmas Spectacular stars the Radio City Rockettes, the longest-running

dance company in America, admired for their iconic style of dance, talent, and athleticism. WANT TO GO? $49 and up.


WHEN: Nov. 24-Jan. 2, 2022. See website for schedule. WHERE: The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx WHAT: Discover the beauty of the NYBG landmark landscape and

historic buildings after dark, breathtakingly illuminated with a newly expanded 1½-mile colorful experience. WANT TO GO? Check the website for pricing updates. Advanced registration required. 52

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The Polar Express 4D™ Experience

WHEN: Nov. 26-Jan 2, 2022, daily every hour WHERE: IMAX Theater Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, CT WHAT: Audiences will feel immersed in a 13-minute version of the 2004 film.

This memorable cinematic experience combines a 3-D movie with sensory special effects, such as snow, wind, seat motion, scents of hot cocoa and forest, and more. WANT TO GO? $7

Orchard of Lights

WHEN: Nov. 23-Jan. 9, 2022. See website for schedule. WHERE: Demarest Farms, 244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale, NJ WHAT: Take your vehicle on a guided tour through 32 acres

of brilliant holiday light displays, warm up by the fire pit, take pictures with Santa, make your own s’mores, and listen to Santa’s singing reindeer. WANT TO GO? $35 per car. Advanced registration required.

11th Annual Holiday Light Fantasia

WHEN: Nov. 25- Jan. 2, 2022, Thursday-Sunday, 5-10pm WHERE: Goodwin Park, 1106 Maple Ave., Hartford, CT WHAT: The 2-mile line of displays transforms Goodwin Park


a drive-through wonderland of holiday spirit with a brilliant collection of more than 1 million lights. WANT TO GO? $20 car; $30 limousine; $55 mini bus; $105 full-size bus. Online ticketing available.

NYC Winter Lantern Festival

WHEN: Nov. 25-Jan 9, 2022. See website for schedule. WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little

Neck Parkway, Floral Park, Queens winter experience features a dazzling display of festive holiday lights and hand-made lanterns in the shape of flowers, tractors, farm animals and more. WANT TO GO? $24.99; $16.99 children ages 3-12. Dec. 23-Jan. 2, 2022: $29.99; $16.99 children ages 3-12. WHAT: This

Holiday Train Show

WHEN: Nov. 20-Jan 23, 2022. See website for schedule. WHERE: The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx WHAT: Marvel at model trains zipping through a display of more than 175 famous New York landmarks

each recreated from natural materials such as pinecones, acorns, and seeds. WANT TO GO? Check the website for pricing updates. Advanced registration required. Family Fun Guide 53

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