Fall 2017 Family Events in Philadelphia You Should Check Out

The weather is getting cooler and the leaves are changing color. Fall is here! It is a great season of family time before the winter weather keeps us all stuck in the house. There is so much to do to celebrate Halloween and the fall season so make sure you don’t miss out.

Here are some Fall 2017 family events in the Philadelphia area you should check out:

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Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village

Do you and your kids love everything apple? Then you will want to save the date for the weekend of November 4th through the 5th when Peddler’s Village in Bucks County is hosting its annual Apple Festival.

During this weekend, you will get your fill of apple pies, apple butter, apple cider and caramel apples, oh my! You and your family will also be able to enjoy live music, pie-eating contests as well as arts and crafts for sale. There is always something fun for the kids to do and admissions is free.

Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill

If you are a family of Harry Potter fans, than you will want to add the Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill to your busy fall calendar. Held on October 20 and 21, the magic will be lasting all weekend long. Meet your fellow wizards and get to experience Quidditch for yourself. All the fun will take place along Germantown Avenue.

This free family event will have something for the young and old alike. There will be plenty of crafts, food and drinks and live performances for everyone to enjoy.

Don’t miss the Wands and Wizards Night on the Avenue on Friday between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a costume contest. You and the kids will enjoy the free hayrides and get the chance to take Defense Against the Dark Arts classes.

Make the weekend even more special by traveling to the festival on SEPTA’s Chestnut Hill West regional line which will be transformed into the Hogwarts Express. Look out for some of your favorite characters on the train!

Dinosaurs Unearthed at the Academy of Natural Sciences

If the weather isn’t so great one Saturday or Sunday this fall, take the kids to the Academic of Natural Sciences for the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit before it leaves in January. Your kids will be enthralled by the life-like animatronic dinosaurs that will show them a roaring good time.

There will be plenty of interactive displays to test how much of a dinosaur expert you are and you will even get the chance to make some of the animatronic dinosaurs move. You can’t beat some fun but educational activities on a rainy day.

Longwood Gardens in the Fall

When you think of Longwood Gardens, you probably associate it more with springtime with all the blooming of beautiful flowers or maybe even Christmas time with all the holiday light displays, but did you know it is pretty hopping in the fall time too?

Check out the Chrysanthemum Festival through November 19, 2017. Enjoy the colorful fall foliage in the outdoor gardens and let the kids enjoy the Pumpkin Playground and Garden Railway. Fall has so many beautiful, cool plants and flowers. It is not just the Spring time that is known for its colorful plumage.
Also while you are there, amble through the 86-acre, outdoor Meadow Garden which includes three miles of walking and hiking trails and colorful wildflower fields. Make sure everyone is wearing comfortable shoes!

For the horror-loving members of your family who love a good scare during Halloween, the check out these more ghoulish fall activities available:

Terror Behind the Walls

If you love haunted houses, then don’t miss this year’s Terror Behind the Walls at the Eastern State Penintentiary that is offering scary thrills through November 11, 2017 on select dates. With all the cool special effects, animatronics and ghoulish props, you will think you are on the set of Hollywood horror film. Throughout the abandoned prison you will be able to experience six separate goose-bumping raising attractions.

The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride

Looking for more scary thrills? In Glenn Mills in Delaware County, you can scare yourself still at The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride through October 31, 2017 on select dates. Step into one of the scariest horror movies in Hollywood history that still fascinates people today. The combination of professional performers, pyrotechnics and animatronics will have you screaming your head off. Don’t forget to also check out the Revenge of the Scared Crows Haunted Trail.

Pumpkin Picking Fun

Now is the time to get a lot of outdoor fun in and what better way than to take the family out to pick pumpkins. Buying them from the supermarket is just not as fun as heading out to a farm and getting out there and picking your own. There are a lot of family-friendly pumpkin farms in the Philadelphia area like Nonesuch Farm and Shady Brook Farm. Besides plenty of ripe pumpkins, they offer hayrides, cornstalk mazes as well as other fun kid activities and a lot of delicious goodies to enjoy. There is plenty of adult fun too with live music and arts and crafts.

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place

For the littlest of the little in your clan, Halloween at Sesame Place might be the right speed of Halloween fun. Until October 29, Sesame Place will be transformed into a kid-friendly Halloween party central. Dress your little ones in their Halloween costumes and let them enjoy some special Count von-Count rides and the Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade. And if you are still having fun at 8 p.m., you will get to experience the special night time parade with cool Halloween lights.

These are just the tip of the iceberg on all the cool fall family events happening in the Philadelphia area. There is absolutely no reason to be holed up in your home on electronics this fall. Get out there and enjoy all the sights and sounds fall has to offer you this year.

Get more information at VisitPhilly.

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