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Need something new to watch with the family? Take a look at the new Netflix kids’ shows and movies for October

With Halloween just around the corner, October is a great time to plan another cozy family movie night before we say hello to fall. Whether you like Halloween movies or not, Netflix has plenty of new and entertaining options for you this month. You’ll find shows like Oddballs will be available, along with favorites like Charlotte’s Web and Hotel Transylvania 2. The only question left is who’s going to pop the corn?

New Netflix Kids’ Shows and Movies Coming in October

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Oddballs Season 1

Oct. 1: Barbie: It Takes Two (Season 2)
Follow Malibu and Brooklyn as they face challenges as friends and learn that sometimes it takes more than two.

Oct. 1: Charlotte's Web
A pig named Wilbur makes friends with a Spider named Charlotte who helps save his life.

Oct. 3: Chip and Potato (Season 4)
Chip faces new adventures in kindergarten all with the help of her pal, Potato.

Oct. 7: Oddballs (Season 1)
James, a boy shaped as a bubble, runs into predicaments and adventures with his friends in this kids comedy show.

Oct. 9: Missing Link
Tired of living alone, Mr. Link, a huge, furry creature, recruits an explorer and an adventurer to accompany him to Shangri-La, but their journey does not turn out as expected.

Related: 21 Family Movies That Celebrate Diversity

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Wendell & Wild on Netflix

Oct. 10: Lego Ninjago (Season 4-Part 2)
Enjoy another part to season 4 of one of your kids' favorite shows.

Oct. 14: The Curse of Bridge Hollow
A Halloween-hating father and his daughter team up when their new town has been taken over by an evil spirit.

Oct. 15: Blippi's Spooky Spell Halloween
Enjoy this Halloween special set in Blippi's universe.

Oct. 17: Waffles + Mochi's Restaurant (season 2)
Follow your favorite characters as they explore their passion for food with help from Mrs. Obama and world-renowned chefs.

Oct. 19: The School for Good and Evil
Best friends Sophie and Agatha find their friendship tested after they're both allowed admission to an enchanted school that trains heroes and villains.

Oct. 22: LOL Surprise! Winter Fashion Show
Enjoy this winter fashion show special.

Oct. 25: Barbie Epic Road Trip
Check out this fun Barbie adventure!

Oct. 27: Daniel Spellbound (Season 1)
Daniel discovers a rare artifact while searching for magical items and suddenly the magical world becomes unstable.

Oct. 27: Hotel Transylvania 2
Dracula is worried that his half-human, half-vampire grandson isn't showing his vampire side and creates a "monster-in-training" boot camp for him.

Oct. 28: Wendell & Wild
Two scheming demons get help from a teen so that they can leave the Underworld and run amok in the Land of Living.

Kids’ Titles Leaving Netflix in October

Monster House

Stuart Little 2

Sofia the First

 

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Check out these wicked-fun Halloween events Boston kids can’t get enough of

Halloween is just around the corner, parents, and you know what that means. Busting out those Halloween costumes and wearing them as many times as you can before October comes to an end. So in the spirit of the season, we’ve found kid-friendly Halloween events Boston families can enjoy to help you out. From haunted trails and ghostly gardens to slimy science and spooky art, here’s where to scare up family fun around Boston in October.

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Pumpkins in the Park
Enjoy Halloween-themed games and activities, a costume parade, spooky music by Nate the DJ, and more. Then hit the pumpkin-lit Animal Nocturnal Trail, a short walk through the woods dotted with fun facts about the nocturnal animals found at Bird Park. Along the trail, four “nocturnal animals” hand out candy to tick-or-treaters, so remember to wear your costume and bring a trick-or-treat bag and flashlight. Oct. 22, 2022. Event details.

Zoo Howl
Animals and Halloween adventures await families at Franklin Park Zoo's Zoo Howl, where kids are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals. Expect mystery animal encounters, costume contests and education stations where kids can meet with Zoo educators to learn about creepy crawly critters. Take a stroll along the trick-or-treat trail and complete the scavenger hunt to win prizes, too. You'll need advance tickets for this one. Oct. 29 & 30, 2022. Event details.

Hillside Halloween
Get dressed up in your costumes and bring the family out to the Fruitlands Hillside for a trick-or-treating walk on the museum campus. Timed ticketing will control the flow of guests through the site, allowing you plenty of space for safe Halloween fun. Oct. 28, 2022. Event details.

October Play Date at ICA
It’s almost Halloween! The perfect time to bring the kids to ICA to get inspired and enjoy free admission for families. Plans are still in the works, but if things run like last year, you can expect a special Halloween activity in the galleries and Visitor Assistants will be passing out treats. Costumes are encouraged! Tickets required. Oct. 29, 2022. Event details.

Spooky Shrinky Dinks
Join this spooky STEM Shrinky Dink Workshop where kids can make ghosts, pumpkins, and monsters from fun shrinkable plastic. Oct. 19, 2022. Event details.

Related: Where Boston Families Can Pick the Perfect Pumpkin

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Halloween Spooktacular
The Boston Children's Museum is where you'll find this spooktacular celebration that's fun and safe for little ghouls and goblins of all ages. This after-hours experience includes a pumpkin patch especially for little ones, pumpkin putt-putt, and a potion mixing activity for budding scientists. Don't forget the treats you'll get to leave with too. Tickets are required. Oct. 29, 2022. Event details.

Halloween at deCordova
Watch the harvest moon travel across the sky as you and your family complete a series of ghoulish activities, all inspired by mysterious artworks. Explore different disguises, create monstrous shadows and solve tantalizing mysteries! Make sure to pick up your treats after the tricks are completed. Oct. 21 & 28, 2022. Event details.

Frightful Fridays at the Gore Mansion
The Gore’s popular Halloween program returns this October! Enjoy spooky tales—but nothing too scary. The 45-minute program features five stories and occurs twice per evening at 6:30 p.m. and again at 7:45 p.m. Best for kids 6 & up. Oct. 14, 21 & 28, 2022. Event details.

Spooky Bones & Creepy Crawlers
Celebrate the scariest time of year with this show-and-tell-and-touch style event full of real animal skeletons and the creepiest of crawlies. Kids will learn about adaptations, and how the bodies of vertebrates and invertebrates accomplish the same tasks in different ways. Oct. 23, 2022. Event details.

Related: Where to Find Fall's Fabulous Colors around Boston

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Fall-O-Ween Children's Festival
Come dance and party during the afternoon at the Fall-o-Ween Bash. This free, family-friendly event, hosted by the City, will also include lots of spooky activities and giveaways for all ages. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Oct. 22, 2022. Event details.

Halloween Hullabaloo
It’s Halloween weekend at the Discovery Museum. Challenge yourself to a few holes of Pumpkin Putt Putt and other outdoor games with a frightfully fun twist. Use your powers of observation on a Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt, and expect other ghostly surprises to pop up around the Museum. Costumes are encouraged. Psst...don't forget this sense-ational scavenger hunt also at the museum in October. Oct. 29 & 30, 2022. Event details.

Ghostly Garden Scavenger Hunt
Join in on this spooky outdoor scavenger hunt where you decipher a series of hints to find hidden Halloween-themed destinations tucked away throughout the thickly-settled plots and trellises of the Berkeley Community Garden. Costumed characters will be handing out treats (no tricks), so wear your costume and bring a trick-or-treat bag and flashlight. Oct. 22, 2022. Event details.

Minni Workshop: Slime Science
Slime scientists ages 4-10 will be lining up for Minni’s spookiest and gooiest workshop yet. Grab your cauldrons and create creepy concoctions in Minni's Halloween Slime workshop. Kids will make the most of three different slimy interpretations of everything Halloween, beginning with fluffy pumpkin slime, and concluding with a bubbly witches brew. Oct. 30, 2022. Event details.

Minni Workshop: Spooky Houses
Another chance to join a Minni workshop, kids will love this spooky take on architecture. Kids ages 4-10 will use an exciting medley of recycled and craft materials to design their own facades complete with towering turrets and ghastly gargoyles. Perfect for spooky season. Oct. 29, 2022. Event details.

Related: Mark Your Calendars! Boston's Best Fall Festivals for Families

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Costume Parade
Put on your costume and meet others in the Children’s Library on Halloween to get the day started. There will be a storytime and then kids can parade around the library. Oct. 31, 2022. Event details.

Boo in the Barnyard
It’s almost Halloween—time to show off your costumes! The animals at Weir River Farm love to see kids dressed up for Halloween. Wear your costume and meet Nutmeg the pony, Ruby the llama, Poppy the goat, and Dixie the potbellied pig, as well as other farm animals. Kids will love the scavenger hunt, craft, and the taste of a sweet treat.Registration is required. Oct. 8, 15, 21 & 29, 2022. Event details.

Halloween Puppet Show
In this special Halloween show, Tom helps Freddy the Troll see that he doesn’t have to be scared of children. The vibrant and amusing visual elements will appeal to children as young as 2, while fun lyrics will engage children up to twelve, and adults, too. It’s a great way to celebrate Halloween with the family. Oct. 26, 2022. Event details.

Halloween on the Hill
The folks at Long Hill are excited to bring back Halloween on the Hill. Come explore the beautiful property as it's transformed into a celebration of autumn and the Halloween season. Expect a few new surprises this year as you follow the trail that features over 1,000 jack-o'-lanterns, hundreds of mums and pumpkins, elaborate Halloween sets, light displays, music, and more. Wed.-Sun., Sep. 30-Oct. 31, 2022. Event details.

Boo at the Zoo
Thrills, chills, and animals await you at Stone Zoo's Boo at the Zoo, where children throughout New England are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals. You never know what lurks around every corner on the trick-or-treat trail. Kids will also enjoy ghoulish games and a costume contest in addition to watching animals enjoy their pumpkin enrichments. Oct. 22 & 23, 2022. Event details.

Related: 9 Magical Treehouses Families Can Actually Rent in New England

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From a DJ booth for the big kids to butterfly wings for the littles, you can use your old cardboard boxes to create these unique Halloween costumes

It’s that time of year! The weather has that autumn chill, everything is pumpkin-flavored (just look at TJ’s latest pumpkin offerings!), and the kids are buzzing with family costume ideas. Instead of breaking your budget on a store-bought costume, why not reuse those Amazon boxes you have stashed away? They’re called “boxtumes,” and with just a little crafty inspiration and your child’s imagination, you can create any number of cardboard box costumes that will make for a happy Halloween. Looking for some more DIY inspiration? Check out these Halloween crafts for kids, super-cool pumpkin carving stencils (your neighbors will flip!), and haunted Halloween decorations.

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Vending Machine

This is an easy, and great idea for using up all those boxes from Amazon! Just be warned— this cool costume could have other trick-or-treaters trying to get the candy to dispense. A Slinky, paint, and a few other items are all you’ll need to make your version of this tasty get-up. Head over to Thrifty and Thriving to get the entire tutorial.

 

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DJ

Snag a shirt from your favorite band, some headphones, and some chains and you'll be on your way to building a fantastic DJ costume. Use your box to make the turntable and grab a record from Goodwill. Super easy! 

Related: 34 Incredible Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids

Mixtape & Rock Star

We love this sibling costume idea that has you cutting a mixtape and guitar out of boxes. Bonus: your kids can wear comfy clothes for the rest of the costume which means you'll definitely be winning at Halloween. 

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An Order of Fries

Yum! A fab nod at fast food, this French fry costume is purely adorable. Seriously. It goes from plain ol’ cardboard to a cool costume with just a few artsy steps. Get the full how-to from The Project Girl.

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A Macaron

Oui, oui, your child is a fabulously French macaron. This scrumptious costume looks good enough to eat. Sadly, you can't, but it’s fun to create and your child will get a kick out of being their favorite dessert. Check out the design from Studio DIY.

 

Minecraft

Your little ones will love painting these Minecraft heads for their Halloween costumes this year. 

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A Kid in a Box

This illusion costume is super fun and easy to build. Just use a mask from last year and a hoodie to create the creature who is carrying you. Then you get to be carried in the box. Super fun! 

Paper Dolls

We love this creative option that would be super easy to cut out and decorate this Halloween! 

 

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X-Ray

How cute is this little x-ray costume? Not only is the skeleton totally on point for Halloween, but have a sibling or a parent dress up as a doctor, and boom—it's a family costume. Find out how to make one with your Amazon box by heading over to Rachael Burgess

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A Pair of Dice

Try your luck at making a set of dice this Halloween. Perfect for twins or BFFs, one of the best things about this costume is that it doesn't take a ton of supplies to make. Get the tutorial over at Sugar Bee Crafts

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A Daring Dino

Go Jurassic this Halloween with an adorable dinosaur cardboard box Halloween costume. Your kiddo can fit inside the box, making it easy to wear (in other words, no tight suits or itchy head coverings that your tot will surely refuse to even touch). And bonus, your kiddos can paint their dino any way they want. Get the full instructions from Adventure In a Box.

 

Alien

Get yourself some foil and craft a UFO out of those cardboard boxes for an out-of-this-world costume! 

Related: 27 Family Halloween Costume Ideas to Copy This Year

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An Envelope

Someone has mail. No, not email—a real letter that’s made from paper. Okay, so the letter isn’t exactly all paper and pen marks. It’s cardboard! With a box and some creativity, you can build your child a cute airmail costume. Get the details from Studio DIY.

 

Thomas the Train

Your preschooler can’t stop going on and on about his favorite little blue engine. He's totally into Thomas the Train and is begging (like every 30 seconds) for a costume that features his fave. Well, here’s where this costume from Little Red Window comes in. It’s artsy, fun, and something you can DIY at home.

 

Airplane

You’ve seen Disney’s Planes something like a trillion times. And now your child wants to play one of the roles. For Halloween, that is. Don’t worry about finding a ready-made L’il Dipper costume at the mall (or online). Check out this cardboard box version from Desert Chica.

 

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Cardboard Wings

Whether it’s princesses, fairies, or butterflies that interest your child, this cardboard costume is absolutely everything. It’s super simple, but still artsy enough to get your creative kid into the crafty creation process. Learn how to turn your old boxes into a crown and beautiful butterfly wings over at The Sweetest Occasion.

 

Related: 23 Last-Minute Costumes You Can Totally Pull Off

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Fire Truck

You don’t have to keep the cardboard for the costume itself. This sweet firefighter outfit is easy to make—you can probably pick plenty of items from the dress-up bin to use. Here’s where the cardboard comes in. Use it to create the cutest fire truck wagon ever! Get the details from Repeat Crafter Me.

 

 

 

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Take the kids on an art scavenger hunt through the city when you head out in search of these murals in Boston

One of the best ways to make memories with the kids is by experiencing art together. As much as we love the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and ICA, we know going to the museum isn’t the only way to see great art. You can find some amazing wall art locally just by walking down the street. If you’re in Boston or just visiting, make sure to pay these murals a visit for some Insta-worthy memories with the kids.

Rise
Silvia López Chavez

This stunning mural can be found a short walk away from Boston Harbor and is one of a collection of other ocean themed murals by the project Sea Walls. The murals aim to bring awareness to ocean pollution and how people can make a change. It shows a mestiza woman rising from the water with sea creatures and plants hindered by trash and plastic below the surface. This beautiful mural is both inspiring and educational and definitely worth the trip to see it.

218 Marginal St.
Boston

Related: 15 Trailblazing Women Who Changed Massachusetts

Arsenal Yards-Ouizi Mural
Louise “Ouizi” Jones

Feel like taking a few cute pics of the kiddos before doing some shopping? Be sure to check out this fabulous floral piece in Watertown, just 20 minutes east of Boston, before heading to the Watertown Mall to get some new outfits for more Instagram family pics.

118 Arsenal Yards Blvd.
Watertown, MA

Breathe Life Together
Rob “ProBlak” Gibbs

Boston is one of the most diverse cities out there, so it only makes sense that this large-scale artwork celebrates just that. Located on Congress Street on the Greenway, a cute and confident young Black girl can be seen kneeling in front of a stereo. Take your kids to see this beautiful reminder to be proud of who we are and embrace our uniqueness.

251 Congress St.
Boston

Related: 10 Places to Learn about Black History in Boston

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The Mayor’s Mural Crew

If you are in the mood to take the kids on an art adventure, you can’t go wrong with making this one of your stops. This mural was painted at the side of The Purple Cactus restaurant in Jamaica Plain, which is about 20 minutes south of Boston. This vibrant mural was actually made by a group of high school students through a program called The Mayor’s Mural Crew, which employs young Boston-area artists to help cover up graffiti throughout the city. You will definitely want to grab a few burritos for the fam after taking tons of pictures of the kiddos in front of this impressive mural.

674 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA

Legacy Place Mural

Shopping with the kids and filling your Instagram feed with cute photos definitely goes hand-in-hand. If you’re planning for an all day shopping escapade, taking some pics in front of this light-hearted, pastel mural should be at the top of your list.

680 Legacy Place
Dedham, MA

Plastic Pandora
Lauren YS

Another mural that brings to light the damages of plastic pollution is this pretty, purple wall art that’s just a few minutes’ walk from East Boston Memorial Park. This painting depicts a mermaid-like being and other sea creatures imprisoned by a water bottle and some netting. This is a great moment for some cute pics of your little one in front of the mural and some discussion of the importance of recycling afterwards as you walk to the park.

62 Chelsea St.
East Boston

Related: 10 Wacky Facts about Boston We Bet You Didn’t Know

Ars et Scientia
El Mac

Need some wall art to get you and your kids thinking? Check out this mural on Leon Street. It shows a Goddess-like being holding a brush in one hand and lighting bolt in the other. This mural is an instant conversation starter and will linger in your minds (and your newsfeed) for a long time.

37 Leon St.
Boston

Fox Mural
James Weinberg

The family is in for a treat with this cute wall art that looks like it came out of a children’s book. This mural can be found on the side of Za’s Pizza in Arlington and a short walk away from the Edith M. Fox Library. Take some photos, grab a pizza, and check out a few books from the library for a fun family afternoon.

138 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington, MA

Related: Stock Your Bookshelves with These 12 Kids Books about Boston

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Miss Zukie & JPO Mural

Lastly, this fun and colorful mural is one that is worth the trip to the North Shore of Boston. You’re sure to see some big smiles as your little ones stare into this vibrant, large-scale painting located in Lynn. The many cartoon faces and splotches of color captured on this canvas-turned-building are silly, and your kids will enjoy pointing out the emerging shapes.

Good to Know: This mural is found in a busy parking lot. Make plans to visit this mural on weekends when the lot is empty.

16 City Hall Square
Lynn, MA

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There’s something about a cabin in the woods that restores your family’s energy

Ready to escape the world and spend some time in nature? We get it. Book yourself (and the kids) a few days at a cozy cabin in the woods to take some time away from the screens and just relax among the trees. This list has family-friendly cabins across the U.S. including Gatlinburg cabins, cabins in the Rocky Mountains, cabins near lakes, and even some dog-friendly cabins. Nature awaits—what are you waiting for?

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Hood Canal Cabin—Hoopdsport, WA

This Airbnb rental on the Hood Canal has everything a PNW vacation home should. Kayaks and rowboats (with lifejackets too!) are available for use on the over 100 feet of private waterfront just outside the home. Spend your days digging for clams and oysters nearby; then bring them back to grill on the deck while you watch the sun set. Bring fixings for s’mores and head down to the fire pit to enjoy those with the kids once dinner’s over. The house is close to the Olympic National Park entrance (remember your park pass) and Lake Cushman activities, too. Weekend or week … you’ll find plenty to do.

Sleeps: 5 guests 
Cost: $252/night
Online: airbnb.com

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Architectural Retreat—Seattle, WA

If you’ve got a little LEGO lover in the fam, he or she is going to think everything about this house is awesome! The bright and funky architectural home (Wendell Lovett) includes LEGO design elements in the kitchen and LEGO wall art (using real bricks!), as well as plenty of open space and light-filled rooms. Parents and kiddos alike will love the A-frame design and spots of bright colors and stylish furnishings around every corner.

Sleeps: 8 
Cost: $509/night
Online: airbnb.com

Related: Cozy Up: 10 Nearby Vacation Rentals to Make You Feel at Home

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The Woodlands Cabin—Sandy, OR

The Woodlands House sits on five acres of wooded property. It is a beautiful 3 bedroom home (plus kids' room) with two outdoor decks surrounded by beautiful trees. It's perfect for getaways or a trip to the mountains, as it's a 25-minute drive from Mount Hood skiing, 15-minutes from hikes, and only 45 min from PDX.

The large deck off the main level that overlooks a trickling stream, is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee and watch deer come to the water for a drink. The deck also features a large 6-person hot tub, that is perfect to soak your bones after a day of skiing or hiking.

Sleeps: 7
Cost: $506/night
Online: airbnb.com

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Waterfront Cabin—Washougal, WA

This secluded, riverfront cabin sits on a full wooded acre with private access to the Washougal River. Prepare dinner in the well-appointed kitchen and then lounge by the wood stove. This home is located just 40 miles northeast of Portland and only 12 miles from downtown Washougal. The surrounding forest is filled with native northwestern plants and old-growth trees, some of which are more than 300 years old. A wide variety of outdoor activities are possible here, yet the setting itself is secluded and free from the noise and distractions of everyday life.

Sleeps: 7
Cost: $268/night
Online: airbnb.com

Related: Portland’s Wonderfully Weird Family-Friendly Airbnbs

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Tahoe Donner Basecamp—Truckee, CA

You will love the hygge vibe at this cozy cabin in the Tahoe Donner community. You'll find tons of spots for everyone to sleep in and a fire pit for nights under the stars. The kitchen has everything you'll need to cook for your crew and there are even extra winter clothes if you've forgotten something. The kids will especially love the game room in the basement. 

Sleeps: 10
Cost: $285/night
Online: airbnb.com

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Gold Country Round House with Waterfall—Grass Valley, CA

This brand-new house is going to be your new favorite family destination. Its unique round shape provides views for miles of the five-acre property. You'll find a rushing creek, a pond, and a waterfall, plus a hot tub on the deck. Cook up a meal in the gourmet kitchen and enjoy all the Gold Country beauty.

Sleeps: 11
Cost: $252/night
Online: airbnb.com

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Arnold House in the Trees—Arnold, CA

This spot would be a great option to bring your whole crew as it comfortably sleeps up to 14 people. The two-story deck will be everyone's favorite and the newly renovated kitchen has everything you need. Nearby attractions include the Stanislaus River, the quirky town of Murphys, Bear Valley ski area, and Big Trees State Park. There are tons of tubing spots nearby in the winter and the cabin has the gear you can borrow. 

Sleeps: 11
Cost: $199/night
Online: airbnb.com

Related: 15 Spots for Your Next Airbnb Stay Near the Bay Area

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Mountain Retreat—Topanga, CA

Tucked away in the hills of Topanga, this clean and character-filled 3-bedroom home offers mountain views, multiple patios and a backyard wooded path to explore. The third bedroom has two built-in platform twin beds perfect for kiddos who will feel like they're sleeping in their own little treehouse. 

Sleeps:
 4
Cost: $814/night
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Pineland Chalet—Wrightwood, CA

A short,  leisurely drive through the pine tree-lined mountain road welcomes you to Pineland Chalet. You arrive and are greeted with the smell of vanilla-scented pines. This adorably decorated mountain cabin sleeps 8, with 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. 

If the mountains are your kind of playground, you can fulfill your outdoor adventure needs with hiking, zip-lining, or playing 18 holes of disc golf in the summer season. In the winter months, let your downhill dreams take flight with skiing, snowboarding, or inner-tubing at Southern California’s closest and most popular winter resort, Mountain High.

Sleeps: 8
Cost
: $276/night
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Vintage Cabin With Private Sledding Hill—Big Bear

This charming little log cabin is everything you'd want from a spot in Big Bear: Warm and cozy, with the sort of simple charm that makes you want to snuggle up by the fire after a day of snow play. Built by hand from 1949 through 1951, the cabin has original kitchen appliances and light fixtures, a large custom wood burning fireplace and vintage decor. Outside, kids can swing on the tree swing, sled in the private back yard or climb into the treehouse. It's also just a short drive to the ski slopes and local tubing destinations. 

Bonus: Got pets? There's no need to leave your pup at home as the cabin is pet-friendly (and stay for free!). 

Sleeps: 5
Cost: $545/night
Online: airbnb.com

Related: All the Reasons Why Big Bear Is a Family-Favorite Destination

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Luxurious Ski Condo—Mammoth

When you've got a whole brood of kids to bundle up and get out the door, anything that makes things simpler is worth it. Enter: This 2,000-square-foot condo located a few feet from the Canyon Lodge Ski Lifts and Gondolas is well worth the price tag. Aside from easy access to the slopes, this place has luxurious furnishings, stainless steel appliances, and an "expansive bunkroom" for the kids with two plush bunk beds (both bottom bunks have queen-size mattresses!). There's also a private patio with a hot tub, fire pit, barbecue and pizza oven. 

Sleeps: 10
Cost
: $772/night
Online: airbnb.com

Related: The Ultimate Family Guide to Skiing in Mammoth with Kids

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Boulder Lodge—Idyllwild

Kids will get a kick out of the fact there are actual boulders INSIDE this gorgeous Idyllwild home. Just a 2-minute drive to the center of the town of Idyllwild, the "Boulder Lodge" features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a loft with a daybed—plus two decks with amazing mountain views and plenty of space for outdoor dining and star gazing. Stroll the grounds outside to find a full teepee, a hammock, and a six-person hot tub. 

Bonus: The home is located just across from the Idyllwild Nature Center, which offers guided tours and educational opportunities for visitors of all ages. 

Sleeps: 6
Cost: $471/night
Online: airbnb.com

Related: 10 Cozy Cabins Near LA for Families in Search of Winter

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Lazy Bear Cabin—Crown King, AZ

This beautiful cozy cabin is nestled on a hillside just 1 mile from the town of Crown King. Settled in the Sunny South neighborhood this house has beautiful views from every location on the wrap-around deck. Cook up some dinner on the BBQ and enjoy the picturesque property. 

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $156/night
Online: airbnb.com

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Windy Rock Lodge—Sedona, AZ

Windy Rock Lodge is found in the heart of Oak Creek Canyon, bordered by the babbling Oak Creek and lush Coconino National Forest. Huge windows reveal the majestic mountains and Ponderosa Pines. This rustic cabin is crafted from natural pine tree beams found on the property and local river rock. The experience here comes with the charms of forest life with views like you've never seen before. 

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $156/night
Online: airbnb.com

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Pedernales Cabin at A-Frame Ranch—Fredericksburg, TX

The Pedernales Cabin at A-Frame Ranch is a brand new, modern A-frame cabin set on 17 beautiful acres right on the edge of charming Fredericksburg, TX. This is a place to truly unwind and feel like you’re out in the country while being less than a 10-minute drive to Main Street. The area has so much to offer, from dance halls and wineries to gourmet restaurants and hiking. Or stay in the entire weekend—sit back on the deck while gazing at the stars and then watch the deer go by in the morning!

Sleeps: 9
Cost: $265/night
Online: airbnb.com

Related: All the Best Things to Do with Kids in Fredericksburg, TX

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Historic Log Cabin by the Bay—Ellison Bay, WI

"Doc's Hideaway" sits at the tip of the Door County peninsula in beautiful Gills Rock, surrounded by lush woods on one side and the picturesque Bay and bluffs on the other. This mid-1800s cabin has been lovingly renovated (admire the character of the original hand-scraped wood walls and ceiling beams) with all the amenities and comforts of home. Cabin guests enjoy lake access and a private waterfront patio and seating area (with two kayaks provided).

Sleeps: 6
Cost: $180/night
Online: airbnb.com

Related: Outdoor Adventure Awaits in Door County, Wisconsin

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Cozy Little Cabin on the Lake—Johnsburg, IL

This cabin is perfect for your next totally off-grid family adventure. You'll find some great walleye fishing right outside your door where Pistake Lake meets Fox River. There's no TV or internet so be ready to relax as a family. 

Sleeps: 5
Cost: $245/night
Online: airbnb.com

Large Rural Cabin | Bayard, IA

This secluded cabin sleeps 16 and is perfect for your next family gathering. Grill at the outdoor BBQ or cook up a meal in one of the cabin's two kitchens. There are six bedrooms and plenty of outdoor space for exploring.

Sleeps: 16
Cost: $349/night
Online: airbnb.com

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Mountain View Cabin—Bailey, CO

Unbelievable views from the massive upper and lower decks + hot tub will make this spot a family favorite. Deer watch through picture windows & enjoy the seclusion. This family-friendly home feels FAR from everything but is only a few minutes off the main road. The cabin includes a high chair, two pack-n-plays, a baby gate, and numerous toys/accessories. If your kids happen to be of the furry variety, our home is dog-friendly and equipped with a large dog bed and pet bowls. 

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $321/night
Online: airbnb.com

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Kilo Cabin—Covington, GA

Fall asleep to the murmur of crickets and wake up to birdsong at Kilo Cabin. You’ll feel like you’re deep in the mountains, but you're only 40 minutes from downtown Atlanta, 50 minutes from the airport, and a straight shot 15 minutes south of I-20. You can expect to have solitude and lots of wildlife at this family cabin. 

Sleeps: 10
Cost: $176/night
Online: airbnb.com

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Majestic Mountain Retreat—Sevierville, TN

This cabin offers a charming and private Smoky Mountain escape. The peacefulness and solitude provide all the privacy you need for a break from the stress of the real world with your family. The cabin setting is quiet with the only noise being the Dollywood train whistle and local wildlife going about their day. The cabin is surrounded by woods on all sides, except of course for the clearing of the view. 

Sleeps: 4
Cost: $255/night
Online: airbnb.com

Related: These Cozy Cabins Are Perfect for Your Next Smoky Mountains Visit

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The Sanctuary—Vesuvius, VA

Perched up high on nearly 60 acres, you are sure to get fresh air and the rest you are searching for! The property is only 4 miles to Wintergreen, 6 miles to Sherando Lake and backs up to the Blue Ridge Parkway there are plenty of things to do or just relax and enjoy the crickets and stars.  

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $364/night
Online: airbnb.com

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The Dogtown Cabin at Applecart Farm—Rockport, MA

Applecart Farm is one of the most private residential properties in Rockport. The property is surrounded by close to 2500 acres of protected woodlands and miles of trails but is only a 5-minute walk to the train station and a 10-minute walk to downtown Rockport. Kids will love visiting with the friendly miniature horses that live on the property.

Sleeps: 5
Cost
: $306/night
Online: airbnb.com

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The Little Lake Cabin—New Fairfield, CT

Settle in at this New Fairfield, CT cabin across from Candlewood Lake and a two-minute drive from Squantz Pond State Park. This little house has stylish touches all around, as well as a fire pit and patio, outdoor shower and even an inflatable hot tub! 

Sleeps: 5
Rate:
$302/night
Online: airbnb.com

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Halloween will be here before you know it. Time to head to a pumpkin patch near Boston to pick that just-right jack-o-lantern

Boston’s cooler mornings and changing leaves are a sign it’s that time of year again. Time to pick out a future jack-o-lantern with your Halloween-lovin’ half-pints. These tried and true pumpkin patches Boston families love have the all the patch perks your kids love. We’re talking corn mazes, crafts, playgrounds, pony rides, and more. Get ’em while you still can and carve out fun this weekend!

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Shelburne Farm

If you want to combine your family’s two favorite fall activities—picking apples and picking pumpkins—there’s no better spot to do in than Shelburne Farm. Not only can you find the perfect jack-o-lantern wannabe, but families can pick so many different types of apples throughout the month of October too. Then it’s off to the playground to clamber up the combine climber, play at the John Deere tractor playground, visit the farm animals, play in the hay area (and take a ride too) before grabbing a bag of warm cider donuts to finish off your day.

Dates: Sep. 10-November, 2022

106 W. Acton Rd.
Stow, MA
Online: shelburnefarm.com

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Nihtila Farm

Especially when you’ve got tots in tow, it’s best to keep it simple. And that’s what we love about this family-owned farm that offers u-pick pumpkins straight off the vine and hay rides too. Pick up fall décor and fresh produce from the store when you’re there. The farm is open Fridays through Sundays, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Good to Know: This patch is also open on Monday, Oct. 10, 2022.

Dates: Sep. 23-Oct. 30, 2022

12 Nihtila Lane
Holbrook, MA 
Online: nihtilafarm.wixsite.com

Related: Find Fall Adventures at These Boston-area Corn Mazes

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Smolak Farms

This North Andover spot welcomes families to visit their working farm to pick your pumpkin. The weekends in September and October (plus Indigenous Peoples Day) are Fall Festival days with even more fun on the farm. Expect hayrides, carnival games, cow trains, live music and more. Families can pay per experience or get a kids combo ticket and do it all. 

Dates: weekends, Sep.-Oct., 2022

315 S. Bradford St.
North Andover, MA
Online: smolakfarms.com

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Connors Farm

This farm has been in business since 1904, and they've got the pumpkin patch scene down. Their seven-acre corn maze is a huge draw and the barn and silo with slides is a little kid favorite. Take your family pic at the giant rocking chair and then see how far you can launch apples in the apple cannons. You'll need tickets to get in on the fun.

Dates: Sep. 3-Oct. 31, 2022

30 Valley Rd.
Danvers, MA
Online: connorsfarm.com

Related: Bushels of Fun! 13 Orchards Where You Can Pick Apples

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Tougas Family Farm

This farm is full of all of the fall favorites—apple picking, a pumpkin patch, and everyone's favorite apple cider donuts. Take a wagon ride to the orchard, and then let the kids climb on the farm-themed playground before you head home with all of your goodies. 

Dates: Now through end of Oct.

234 Ball St.
Northborough, MA
Online: tougasfamilyfarm.com

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Wilson Farm

Founded by Irish immigrants, Wilson Farm has been in operation at its present location since 1884. You won't be able to resist purchasing the apple cider donuts when you see them popping out of the donut machine, available on the weekends. Kids will love visiting the farm animals after you've picked the perfect pumpkin.

Good to Know: Looking to add an extra sweet activity to your pumpkin patch visit? Sign up for the Haunted Gingerbread House Workshop on Oct. 19.

Dates: Weekends, Sep.-Oct. 2022

10 Pleasant St.
Lexington, MA
Online: wilsonfarm.com

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Boston Hill Farm

Pick your own pumpkin directly from the field at this spot that is open every day. Grab a red wagon before you head out in case one of the giant gourds is calling your name. If you're looking for special sugar pumpkins (or other baking essentials), give them a call and they'll pick them ahead of time. Also, dogs (on leashes) are allowed here.

Dates: Now through end of Oct.

1370 Turnpike St.
North Andover, MA
Online: bostonhillfarm.com

Related: Where to Find Fall's Fabulous Colors around Boston

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Westward Orchards Farm Store

This smaller farm offers a quaint pumpkin picking scene without all of the rides and hooplah. They offer pick-your-own blueberries in the summer and u-pick apples in the fall. Kids will love riding the wagon out to the pumpkin patch (weekends only, starting September 24, 2022). Our tip? Be sure to save some room for the apple cider donuts when you visit.

Dates: Now through end of Oct.

178 Mass Ave.
Harvard, MA
Online: westwardorchards.com

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Crescent Farms

Just 40 minutes north of Boston, Crescent Farms has over 400 acres of farmland that includes pumpkin patches, gourds, hay fields, corn fields, and produce. Allow some extra time to check out the 15-acre corn maze ($8/person) or take a hayride (weekends for $3). The farm animals and promise of Richardson Ice Cream make this a family favorite.

Dates: Sep.17, 2002

150 Willow Ave.
Bradford, MA
Online: crescentfarm.com

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Celebrate the fall-idays with a family leaf-peeping excursion to find fall colors around Boston

Cooler mornings and changing leaves can only mean one thing in Boston. Fall is here. And while that means a trip to the pumpkin patch and a run through the corn maze, before sitting down to enjoy a hot cup of cider and a mini donut for most families, it’s also a great time to see the city awash in ever-changing shades of red, orange and gold. There’s a reason New England is a destination for leaf-peepers from all around. The whole state puts on a serious technicolor show—but these are our favorite places to find fall colors around Boston.

Public Garden

When it comes to places to find fall colors around Boston, you can’t go wrong with a trip to the Public Garden. Families can count on the first botanical garden in the country to be bursting with color in fall, thanks in part to the diverse tree and plant-life you’ll find here. The Japanese Maples with their brilliant reds are hard to miss and the chance to spot wildlife on the pond is another draw for families.

4 Charles St.
Boston
Online: boston.gov

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Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary

If you want to get away from the city, just a bit, head to this urban sanctuary in Mattapan. Its gentle trails and inviting boardwalks through wetlands and meadows are just the right speed for tots and big kids. Our suggestion? Bring your binoculars to see if you can spot any of the 150 different species of birds that call the Sanctuary home.

500 Walk Hill St.
Boston
Online: massaudubon.org

Boston Common

While there’s never a bad time to visit Boston Common, fall is definitely the right season. Is it any wonder the city’s oldest trees put on a brilliant autumn show. Maples, Oaks and Chestnut trees are dressed in their vibrant best and your kiddos are sure to find plenty of leaves to take home for their next art project on the open lawns and walkways.

139 Tremont St.
Boston
Online: boston.gov

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Back Bay Fens

An Emerald Necklace highlight, The Fens is an easy spot to spy the best colors of the season and snap a few post-worthy photos too. When you’re done drinking in the color, make a playground pit stop with your leaf-peeping crew.

100 Park Dr.
Boston
Online: boston.gov

Related: 10 Family Hikes You Can Take in Any Season

The Esplanade

From the Fens, head toward the Charles River to find more red, orange and golden hued leaves. Set against the water, this open walking space is great for parents pushing strollers and toddlers who need to run. Just remember to bundle up your kiddos as it can get a bit breezy along the waterfront in fall.

Charles River Esplanade
Boston
Online: esplanade.org

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Noanet Woodlands

With 16 miles of tree-lined trails families can easily spend the day at this nearby nature preserve. You’ll find all the colors of fall here, plus lots of wildlife too—including migrating hawks and turtles and bullfrogs in any of the four different ponds that dot the property. If your kiddos are up to it, make your way up the 1.5 mile trail to Noanet Peak. The view on a sunny fall day is totally worth it!

Good to know: There’s a $6 parking fee for non-Trustees members.

Insider tip: Get farm-fresh fixings for dinner when you hit the nearby Powisett Farm Store on your way home. It’s open Thursdays through Saturdays.

Powissett Street
Dover, MA
Online: thetrustees.org

Related: Mark Your Calendars! Boston's Best Fall Festivals for Families

Arnold Arboretum

On the west end of the Emerald Necklace is Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, a living museum, and a sure-fire spot to find fall fully blooming. Although kids’ learning packs aren’t currently available, there are still plenty of ways kids can have fun (and learn something too!) during a visit. And a trip up Peter’s Hill is always a treat, especially when an abundance of color below awaits you at the top.

Insider tip: If you want to learn more about the plant-life around you, download the Arboretum’s mobile app, Expeditions.

125 Arborway
Boston
Online: arboretum.harvard.edu

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Blue Hills Reservation

Head out of the city a ways to find miles of trails and lots of colorful trees at Blue Hills Reservation. Park at the Houghton’s Pond parking lot (it’s free) and then make your way to the Skyline trail to take it all in. The views from the top of Great Blue Hill are unbeatable this time of year, and it’s slight elevation gain makes it accessible to even the tiniest trail trekkers.

725 Hillside
Milton, MA
Online: mass.gov

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These Boston festivals offer a little something for everyone—from pizza and books to carnival rides and floating lanterns

As the temperatures in New England begin to cool down, and the foliage transitions to long-awaited orange and brown shades, there is no better time to get the family together for fresh air and festive outings. These Boston festivals have got it all. From the best places to pick up sweet apple cider donuts or do Halloween-themed crafts to cultural celebrations and all the food fairs Boston can muster, these fall festivals and fairs top our list of family-friendly fall activities.

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The Big E

Boasting it’s appropriate name, The Big E is one of the largest agricultural fairs in the United States and lasts 17 days. Even though there are special events each day, like the concerts put on by well-known musicians as well as up and coming ones, there are many daily activities and attractions to look forward to. You can shop at the Farmer’s Market, attend the Circus Spectacular, or find the perfect spot to watch the daily Mardi Gras parade. However your family plans their trip to this grand fair, you are sure to have lots to talk about on the ride home.

Dates: Sep. 16-Oct. 2, 2022
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The Topsfield Fair

If your family is up for a drive away from the city, be sure to make The Topsfield Fair one of your destinations. Located about 30 minutes north of Boston, this fair is one of the most beloved by families in the area. From a ferris wheel (and other rides) to barnyard animals to fresh produce and live musical performances, this fair has it all. And yes, there will be loads of fresh apple cider and donuts. Families should note that there are different events and attractions scheduled for each day, so be sure to plan out what sounds the most exciting. You can take your pick from giant pumpkin weighing, a horse show, and a demolition derby race among many others.

Dates: Sep. 30-Oct. 10, 2022
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Related: Bushels of Fun! 13 Orchards Where You Can Pick Your Own Apples

Boston Pizza Festival

Pizza is the perfect family dinner for any occasion, making this the perfect family festival. Bring your hungry crowd over to City Hall Plaza, where pizza vendors from not just the city, but all over the world, will come together to serve their original recipes. Your family will be able to sample the large variety of pizzas and vote on your favorite. Aside from the scrumptious pizzas, there will be live music and giveaways. Don’t forget to bring home a box of the best pie for later.

Dates: Oct. 1 & 2, 2022
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Boston Water Lantern Festival

Food, music, and connection is what bring folks together at this outdoor festival. It’s a chance to assemble, design, and eventually release lighted lanterns on the water in a community ceremony that brings all the feels. Come early and play lawn games, lay out a picnic to enjoy with the kids, and work to craft the perfect lantern before the sun sets. When it does, everyone gathers for the release. What a sight to see.

Date: Oct. 8, 2022
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New Bedford Seaport Chowderfest

There’s nothing like a hot bowl of New England chowder to warm your family up on a chilly fall day. Even the little picky eaters at your table will enjoy this festival where a variety of local restaurants and food trucks will be serving their different chowders and soups for you to sample and vote on. With live music and the gorgeous ocean scenery, be prepared to leave with sleepy smiles and full tummies.

Date: Oct. 8, 2022
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Related: Plan a Fall Escape! 10 New England Cabins to Rent Now

Columbus Park Fall Festival

Another kid-friendly festival to look forward to in Boston is this fall festival at Christopher Columbus Park. Located on the waterfront and just a few minutes walk from Quincy Market, this is the perfect festival if your little ones are eager to dress up early for Halloween. They can even join the costume parade through the park that starts right at noon. There will be plenty of activities afterwards to keep your kiddos busy, including craft tables, games, balloon animals, but also a reptile circus and magician show. Not only is this a free event, there will even be free goodies for the kids–definitely worth attending this fantastic fall festival.

Date: Oct. 15, 2022
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Kids’ Fun Fest

A yearly event in the spooky city of Salem, about 30 minutes north of Boston, this kids’ festival is one you don’t want to miss before the cold weather really kicks in. Kids can take their pick of bouncy houses, carnival rides, face painting, and much more. This fall festival is perfect for kids of all ages and also a great chance to explore the historic Witch City, with its many tourist attractions and museums. During the month of October there are so many other exciting events in Salem like ghost tours and other haunted happenings.

Date: Oct. 22, 2022
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Related: Carve Out Fun at Boston’s Best Pumpkin Patches

Boston Bookfest

Bookworms of all ages will love this annual festival held downtown. It brings books, people, and a love a reading together in one big event where you and the kids can shop, listen, and learn lots. This year’s festival promises to be a good one with presenters you won’t want to miss, and books you won’t want to put down.

Date: Oct. 29, 2022
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Looking for an exciting new way to stay with the kids? It doesn’t get any better than these treehouse rentals in New England

When it comes to epic family vacations, New England offers plenty of options for families. There are rentals with epic pools and compounds where you and your besties can stay. But if we’re honest, nothing beats sleeping among the trees. And when it comes to treehouse rentals New England has more than its fair share of storybook stays. Your kids’ imaginations will soar when they wake up high above it all in the trees, listening to morning birds and bubbling streams.

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Moose Meadow Lodge Treehouse | Waterbury, VT

Stay in a two story log cabin in the trees when you rent this lakefront treehouse. Steeped in rustic cabin detail, it features a living and dining area on the first floor and a master bedroom upstairs. Kids will love the spiral staircase that wraps around an actual tree running through the house. Outside, Adirondack chairs give you a great lake view. Sit peacefully or cast a line into the trout-filled waters. The perk of this New England treehouse? It’s part of a bed and breakfast, so you’ll get a lovely meal each morning that you don’t have to prepare.

Sleeps: 4
Cost: $650/night
Online: airbnb.com

Related: Plan a Fall Escape: 10 New England Cabins to Rent Now

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Outpost Treehouse | St. Johnsbury, VT

Settle into the heart of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, not too far from New Hampshire’s White Mountains, this is an outdoor retreat that offers more than just a cozy treehouse for families to stay in. While we know you’ll love the master bedroom, lofted sleeping space for the kids, elevated deck, and kitchen with a farmhouse sink. Full of vintage and reclaimed materials, lots of love went into constructing this house. But beyond the stay it’s a jumping off point for all kinds of outdoor activities. Whether you want to mountain bike, hike, or ski, this treehouse rental in New England is the spot to stay when you do.

Sleeps: 6
Cost: $289/night
Online: airbnb.com

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Two-Story Treehouse by the Lake | Newbury, NH

A hand-crafted Hobbit door welcomes visitors to this luxurious two-story treehouse in New Hampshire. And it’s the attention to details that makes this treehouse rental in New England one for the books. Radiant heat helps warm cold toes in the colder months and the wrap-around deck gives you that 360 degree forest view that’s hard to beat. When bedtime hits, you can the kids can retire to separate rooms for the night. It even has AC for the hot summer months and a fireplace to keep you warm in the winter. A great travel destination any time of the year.

Sleeps: 4
Cost: $321/night
Online: airbnb.com

Related: Boston's 10 Best Hikes for Kids (for When You Need to Get Outside)

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Stone City Treehouse | Hardwick, VT

Call the grandparents because this New England treehouse rental is a parents-only retreat. There’s lots to love about this charming rental among the trees–it’s situated by a stream, has a hammock where you can relax and read, and its simple pleasures means you can slow down a bit and enjoy time together. Cook dinner on the propane camp grill, and climb in the loft to settle in for a good night’s sleep (finally!). Settle in at the treehouse during your stay or check out the nearby activities like hiking, skiing, or tasting at local breweries and distilleries.

Sleeps: 2
Cost: $234/night
Online: airbnb.com

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Whimsically Designed Treehouse | Moretown, VT

If we didn’t know better, we’d think this charming treehouse rental in New England was the home of the Seven Dwarfs. Perched high in the trees, accessible by a wooden bridge, this rustic rental is full of charm. Designed by B'fer Roth, host of The Treehouse Guys, it incorporates actual trees into its living spaces. Inside the treehouse you’ll find beds to sleep seven, a fireplace, and kitchen, even toys for the kids. Just keep in mind the toilet is composting and many of the beds are in a loft that’s not walled off, so it’s best to sleep up there with your crew. Beyond the treehouse, families can hike, explore, and even swim in the nearby creek if it isn’t too cold yet. And if you want to head into town, Waterbury is only a 15 minute drive.

Sleeps: 7
Cost: $338/night
Online: airbnb.com

Related: 11 Incredible Group Getaways for Your Next Vacation

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Modern Treehouse with Water Views | Georgetown, ME

Perched at the top of a 21-acre wood, you can’t beat the lake views from this modern tree dwelling. An autumn stay is filled with all the season’s color and a winter visit should definitely include snow shoeing and a dip in the hot tub. In the main structure you’ll find two bedrooms, and a kitchen. Then wander over the rope bridge to the second structure where you’ll find a quiet living space to sit and ponder. Town isn’t too far away and it’s where families can explore quintessentially Maine beaches at Reid State Park or cruise to a lighthouse.

Sleeps: 4
Cost: $333/night
Online: airbnb.com

Treehouse on a Working Farm | Willington, CT

This treehouse rental on Bluebird Farm in Connecticut may only be 90 minutes from the city, but you’ll feel worlds away when you get there. The comfy space sleeps four and includes modern conveniences like a kitchenette, WiFi, and a fireplace. Beyond these comforts of home, kids will love seeing the farm animals. In the morning or evening they can get a guided farm animal tour so they can see them up close. During the day you can relax on the property or explore the area. Wineries, breweries, and antique shops take center stage here. In the evening, curl up around the firepit and watch the stars.

Good to Know: There is no guarantee of running water from November 15 to April 15 due to seasonal freezing. In other words, you may not have running water for dishes and showers if you book during this time.

Sleeps: 4
Cost: $231/night
Online: airbnb.com

Related: It's Fall Y'all: Must-Do Activities for Boston Families

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Canopy Treehouse | Sanford, ME

If you want to strip away all the hustle and bustle of the city, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the forest, this is the treehouse for your family. Part of a larger footprint of tiny homes available on Littlefield Pond, it’s got everything you need to spend time in nature with the kids. Two bedrooms, both with queen beds, a fully stocked kitchen, even a hot tub out on the deck. Spend your days exploring the area, or simply head out the front door and down the spiral staircase to SUP or kayak on the lake or even fish for your dinner.

Insider Tip: If you can’t book this one, try the Sky Frame or Cliff House. Both are owned by the same group of families and are situated around the lake.

Sleeps: 4
Cost: $449/night
Online: airbnb.com

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Hermit Thrush Treehouse | West Pawlet, VT

You’ll double your fun at this two treehouse compound in western Vermont. A fantastic treehouse rental New England-style, it reeks of authenticity, and the owner warns that gnomes and elves might stop by for tea. Made with reclaimed materials, this rustic retreat is accessed by rickety stairs and bridge. It offers families an escape from city life that’s not always easy to find. Spread out in the three bedrooms, and plan to cook your meals in the open-air kitchen pavilion. Retire for the day around the firepit with s’mores and a sunset.

Good to Know: This rental is only available from June through October. Dogs are not allowed.

Sleeps: 11
Cost: $180/night
Online: airbnb.com

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You know fall is on the horizon when the leaves start to change and the kids head back to school. But the surest sign your favorite season is closer than you think is kids asking to go apple picking. And although it’s not quite time to pull out your cozy sweaters and scarves just yet, it is time to plan your family’s annual outing to a nearby orchard. There’s no doubt some of the best memories are made going apple picking near Boston and playing on the farms. Bring home fall’s sweetest bounty to fill your kiddo’s lunchboxes or bake fall treats to share. Whatever reason you need a bushel or a peck, here’s where to find the best apple orchards around Boston.

Apple picking season means corn mazes, cider donuts, and farm animals are in your future

Honeypot Hill Orchard

Check out this historic orchard in Stow, Massachusetts where you can pick 25 different varieties of apples daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. You can also pick your own blueberries (through early September), peaches, and plums (both go into September). Once you and the kids have filled your bushel, take a hayride, explore one of three different mazes (hint: tots will love the little hedge maze), and wave the the mini ponies, goats, chickens, and pigs that call the farm home. However you choose to spend the day on this farm, be sure to check out the farm store filled with fresh jams, pies, and drinks to warm you up before heading home.

50 Boon Rd.
Stow, MA
Online: honeypothill.com

Dowse Orchards

Fresh-pressed apple cider is the name of the game at this spot that's been farming for over 200 years. And when you come to pick your own, apples aren't the only thing you'll have access to. In addition to the August apples (think: Astrachan, Early Mac, Gravenstein, Jersey, and Puritan to name a few), you can also pick sweet corn and mums. Then in September expect more apples, plus pumpkins. Our suggestion? Stock up on maple syrup and preserves while you are there, and don't forget to return for Christmas trees in December.

98 N. Main St.
Sherborn, MA
Online: dowseorchards.com

Related: Hit the Road! 9 Day Trip Destinations for Long Weekends

Brooksby Farm

The summer apple and peach picking season is underway at Brooksby. Families can check the Facebook page to get the latest picking updates, then load up the kids and head to the orchard to fill your buckets with those crisp apples you've been craving all summer. Families can also pick blueberries and green beans when they're there and swing by the farm store for even more fresh goodies, plus cider and donuts. 

54 Felton St.
Peabody, MA
Online: brooksbyfarm.org

Connors Farm

Mark your calendars for September 6, the start of u-pick apple season at Connors Farm, just north of the city. It's the same day the Barnyard Friends corn maze opens so you won't want to miss it. The themed play areas will also be open so plan to spend some time on this farm. Psst... if you've got older kids, pick apples in the late afternoon then stay for the flashlight corn maze that runs weekends starting September 30. 

30 Valley Road (Rt. 35)
Danvers, MA
Online: connorsfarm.com

Related: Find Fall Adventures at These Boston-Area Corn Mazes

Russell Orchards

Who doesn't love fruit picking, seeing farm animals, and enjoying baked goods? You can find all of these things and more at Russell Orchards. Apple picking begins on September 3, but they still have blackberries and blueberries for a little longer. And of course they have lot of delicious fruits, veggies, and treats available for purchase in the farm store.

143 Argilla Rd.
Ipswich, MA
Online: russellorchards.com

 

Cider Hill Farm

Load up on all the fresh fruits of the season, not just apples, when you pick your own at this farm about an hour north of the city. You can get tickets in advance to pick or plan to walk in with the kids whenever the mood strikes (the farm is open for u-pick daily from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.). Once you’ve filled your basket with ripe red apples, plan to play in the giant sandbox, ride trikes, swing, or even take in a family program while you’re there (hint: the Wednesdays Farms Tots program is the cutest). Plus, between the farm store and the food truck (there on the weekends) you can get your fill of mini donuts and cider that lets you know fall is really here.

45 Fern Ave.
Amsbury, MA
Online: ciderhill.com

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Boston Hill Farm

Pick your own apples at this farm that's open every day, from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. No plan needed. Grab a red wagon before you head out in case one of the giant gourds is calling your name. Then get your fill of McIntosh, Cortland, Macoun, Ginger Gold, Paula Red, and Red Delicious apples that are great for baking and snacking. Dogs are allowed on this farm, but they must be on a leash and can't join you in the Farm Stand.

1370 Turnpike St.
North Andover, MA
Online: bostonhillfarm.com

 

Carver Hill Farm

You'll have a blast at this family-run orchard. From July through November, check out all of their delicious, fresh-picked fruits and vegetables available for purchase at their farm store. And after a long day of apple picking, swing by the snack window for some ice cream, apple crisp, or donuts. Just over an hour outside of Boston, this is the perfect day trip you're looking for.

101 Brookside Ave.
Stow, MA
Online: carverhillorchard.com

Tougas Family Farm

This farm is full of all of the late summer and fall favorites your family loves. Come to pick apples (they've got over 30 different varieties), peaches, blackberries, and sunflowers that are in season right now. Everyone in your farm crew will love taking a wagon ride out of the orchard and climbing on the farm-themed playground before heading home. The barnyard animals are another big win for kids. And the apple cider donuts will certainly hit the spot on the ride back to the city. Reservations aren't required to pick, but it's a good idea to check the Today's Picking Conditions page before you make the trek. 

234 Ball St.
Northborough, MA
Online: tougasfamilyfarm.com

 

Hyland Orchard

If a visit with farm animals and a chance to sample flights of hard cider sound like the perfect pairings for your u-pick weekend, Hyland Orchard in Sturbridge is where you want to be. More than 1,500 trees are on the property and you can find all kinds of delish varieties between them, like Mac, Mutsu, Gala, Granny Smith, and Braeburn. Use them to bake or stick them in your kiddo's lunch—you can’t go wrong with these apples.

199 Arnold Rd. (use 3 Lake Rd. for GPS)
Fiskdale, MA
Online: hylandorchard.com

Smolak Farms

Smolak Farms in North Andover offers something fun for everyone—blending a 300-year-old New England Farm complete with orchards, berry fields, and family activities. Meet the barnyard animals when you visit for apple picking. The farm stand is well known for its top-of-the-line baked goods as well as sandwiches, soups, salads, and other items made with fresh produce from the gardens. The ice cream shop serves up scoops and cakes or pies for your next birthday celebration. Check the Facebook page for the latest updates. 

15 S. Bradford St.
North Andover, MA
Online: smolakfarms.com

 

Shelburne Farm

Pick-your-own fruit season has officially started and the farm is open for the season. You can get fresh apples and peaches off the trees and warm apple cider doughnuts to take home (if they last that long). Kids will love the llamas, goats, miniature donkeys, chicks, and bunnies on the farm as well as the tractor playground. 

106 W. Acton Rd.
Stow, MA
Online: shelburnefarm.com

 

Westward Orchards

This smaller farm offers a quaint apple picking scene without all of the rides and hoopla. They offer pick-your-own blueberries in the summer and u-pick apples and pumpkins in the fall. The apple picking season lasts from September 10 through October 16.

178 Mass Ave.
Harvard, MA
Online: westwardorchards.com

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Head to a Renaissance Faire

The 24th annual Connecticut Renaissance Faire is an enchanted recreation of a 16th-century harvest festival as one might have been in the days of yore. Here you can feast like a king on turkey legs and local craft brews, shop like a queen in New England’s largest Medieval Marketplace or laugh like a fool at continuous shows performed on ten stages throughout the village. All the kingdom is a stage with performances on stage and in the street. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Come as you are or as you wish to be. Event details.

It’s the 41st anniversary season of King Richard's Faire, New England’s Renaissance Festival. Bring the kids to experience entertainment, exciting rides, and skilled games on the enchanting 80-acre site. Hundreds of talented entertainers perform non-stop throughout the day, and there are eight vibrant stages where acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, minstrels, comedy acts, fire eaters, and puppeteers perform. You’ll gasp as the King’s mounted knights battle on horseback, and laugh as bawdy beggars compete in mud. Parking is free. Kids 3 & under are free also. Event details.

Find Lanterns & Lights

Boston Lights will once again illuminate Franklin Park Zoo with sparkling new lantern additions, plus a few returning favorites. Experience the wonder of over 55 magnificent displays of hundreds of lanterns spanning over 72 acres. Luminous scenes from the rainforest, whimsical ocean displays , glowing corridors of lotus and bamboo, and traditional Asian lanterns are just a glimpse of what you'll see. Go while you can as this delightful exhibit leaves on September 24. Event details.

Check out the Chinatown Lantern Festival along the Greenway over Labor Day weekend. Auntie Kay and Uncle Chin Park is where this Mid Autumn Lantern Festival is taking place. Expect vendors, lion dance, martial arts, opera singing, and much more. Event details.

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Marolborough has lots to offer families over the three-day weekend. Why not plan a trip north to enjoy the Greek Festival; be sure to time it with New England's largest Labor Day parade, taking place on September 5. Event details.

A weekend getaway is one of the best things to do in Boston Labor Day weekend, and not just because of all the scenic spots and activities the island has to offer. It's also when local artists display their work at the Labor Day Weekend Festival. Unique experiences and live local music await. Event details.

Related: 9 Easy Beach Excursions for Boston Families

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It's your last chance to build and play at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston before it closes down for a serious facelift on September 6, 2022 (don't worry, it'll be back in 2023). Be sure to check out the Space Mission exhibit while you're there. Event details.

Bring the kids to a Confidently Me! Workshop. This fun and interactive workshop teaches kids about confidence, courage, self-care, and self-esteem, as they learn how to identify feelings associated with low-esteem and ways to conquer those feelings. Event details.

Check out your favorite exhibits at the ICA. Admission is free for everyone, and it's one of our favorite things to do in Boston Labor Day weekend. They'll have tons of cool things for families to experience when they visit. Event details.

Supersized Creatures are on display at Stone Zoo, but not for much longer. This incredible exhibit features 30 life-size animal sculptures made from millions of colorful bricks. It's where you can see the world’s small but mighty predators like never before as you come face-to-face with a 370-pound praying mantis (composed of over 38,000 bricks) and slither past a 932-pound spitting cobra (made from 92,000 bricks). Event details.

Go to the movies on National Cinema Day (September 3) for just $3 per ticket. Major chains like AMC and Regal Cinemas, along with college campus theaters and some smaller independent theaters, are set to participate. Check the website to find a participating theater near you. Event details.

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