September is one of the best times to explore suburbia like a true insider…
Celebrate a successful first week of school by getting out and exploring the NYC suburbs. These family-friendly events and activities are serious local draws, giving you a chance to mix and mingle with your (maybe) future neighbors!
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HEADING TO WESTCHESTER?
Check out the carnival at the Shops of Nanuet Thursday-Sunday. Snag a $30 unlimited ride wristband, available daily. On Saturday, visit Hastings-on-Hudson for the River Spirit Music & Arts Festival from 12pm-10pm.
Take a kids pizza cooking class at Whole Foods from 11am-12:30pm on Sunday. This event is free.
Rye Playland closes for the 2019 season on Sunday. Visit the park this weekend to enjoy its beaches, concerts, rides and other attractions.
Zip-line and climb your way through Boundless Adventures’ 9-course aerial adventure park this weekend. Kids ages 7 and up may participate.
Enjoy a relaxing day boating at Wampus Brook Park. Hourly and daily boat rentals are available for $10 or $50.
Watch a Revolutionary War reenactment on the Bedford Village Green from 11am-3:30pm. The festivities include colonial games, an encampment, dancing, food trucks, a bonfire and more.
Enjoy a family campout at Katonah Memorial Park from Saturday at 3pm until Sunday at 10:30am. Admission is $40/tent and includes games, a campfire and family fun.
The New Rochelle Street Fair is Sunday from 11am-5pm, featuring a fun-filled day of local food, craft vendors, live music and entertainment.
Meet some locals and help your toddlers ages 3 and under socialize during a play group at Gigi’s Playhouse on Saturday from 10am-11:30am. The group is free.
Watch “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” at the Jacob Burns Film Center at 12pm on Saturday. Tickets are $15 for non-members.
Spend Sunday afternoon listening to live music with a plate of fresh lobster in hand during Piermont’s Lobsterfest from 2pm-6pm. Tickets are $30/adults and $12/kids.
HEADING TO LONG ISLAND?
The community is invited to the Family Fun Festival on Sunday, beginning at 10am. Admission is $15/child and comes with a petting zoo and food.
The 40th Annual Italian Festival is Thursday-Sunday, with different specials each night. There will be fireworks on Saturday, music daily and Sunday is family day, including free rides for kids. Also, in nearby Sands Point, check out Sands Point Preserve’s Village Day Fall Festival at 12pm on Sunday. Kids will love pony rides, a petting zoo, hayrides, pumpkin painting and other fall activities.
See what life was like during colonial times during Colonial Day at the Raynham Hall Museum on Sunday from 12pm-4pm, featuring reenactments, cooking demos and period music.
Make a Clay Pot Scarecrow at Michael’s on Saturday from 10am-12pm. Admission is $3/child.
HEADING TO NEW JERSEY?
Daddy Matty’s BBQ is hosting a music festival from 12pm-10pm on Saturday, Tickets are $50/adults, $15/kids and includes BBQ, live music and lawn games.
The Millwheels Cultural Fair and Food Festival is 2pm-4pm at Taylor Park. The event celebrates Millburn’s multicultural history and is a great opportunity to explore the area.
The Sweet & Savory Beer, Wine & Food Truck Festival is 3pm-8pm on Saturday, featuring 20+ food vendors, a craft fair and a beer and wine garden.
West Orange’s free Rock the Block party, featuring live music, bounce houses and tons of fun for kids, from 3pm-6pm on Sunday.
Demarest Farms is open for apple picking from 9am-4:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. There’s also a petting zoo, hayrides, photo ops and play areas. Admission is $7/person.
Listen to music around the clock during this family-friendly 24-hour jamboree in South Orange, beginning at 12pm on Saturday. It’s free.
Explore classic cars during the Warren Township Classic Car Show on Sunday from 9am-3pm.
HEADING TO CONNECTICUT?
Visit the LEGO Club at the Darien Library for a special building session from 2pm-4pm on Saturday.
Enjoy life music and family fun during Fieldfest in New Canaan from 5pm-10pm on Saturday. Kids 18 and under are free.
The Harbor Point Farmers Market is from 9am-2pm on Sunday.
The Norwalk Oyster Festival is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and children under 5 are free. There will be entertainment each evening, plus excellent oysters and local cuisine.
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