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The Mommy's Guide To Events!

When looking for a karate school for my son, I had a lot of requirements. I wanted a traditional style, classes that encouraged hard work, and a friendly atmosphere for both children and their parents. That is exactly what I found at Adel's International Karate Center. This school teaches traditional Shotokan karate and also offers kids' and adults' fitness classes.  Kids can start at as young as three years old. The teachers are excellent, encouraging the students to work hard while still making it fun for the kids. The owner and his family, who all practice karate, are very kind and welcoming. The instructors ensure that the students are safe and comfortable, they are taught techniques that are effective for self-defense, and emphasis is placed on respect. Classes are offered every day, and the schedule is flexible so you don't have to attend on the same days each time, which makes it extremely convenient. My son has been attending for several years now, and after seeing what a wonderful opportunity it was, I decided to join myself! My son and I enjoy both the karate and fitness classes.  For advanced students, weapons training is also available.  Birthday parties are offered here as well. The first class is a free trial so check it out!

For More Information Visit Their Website! 
Adel's International Karate Center
2928 Long Beach Road, Oceanside NY 11572
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Long Island Halloween Happenings!

      Long Island has some really spooktackular happenings this Halloween season, don't miss out on the fun!

Animated Story: Otto’s Special Pumpkin  Westbury a new story every year with hay rides, petting zoo, and sweet treats this is a must see!
September 15-October 28

Restless Souls Haunted House Complex
Huntington Station, NY
Starts October 12

Fink's Country Farm Fall Festival
Wading River, NY
(631) 886-2272
starts Oct. 6th

Bayville Scream Park!
During the day a fun trick or treaty place for the kids, but at night the real ghouls come out ot play! 

Chamber of Horrors Ny
Hauppaguge NY

Darkside Haunted House!
Wading river Ny

Darkness Rising
Deer Park Ny 


Fall Festival and Costume Parade
Long Beach, NY
october 13th and 14th
Jack-o-lanterns light the night sky at Old Westbury Gardens.

Rise of The Jack O' Lanterns ] Old Westbury
Old Westbury Gardens
October 5-October 29
A Gold Coast Mansion is covered in pumpkins for this yearly event. Make sure to buy our tickets in advance because they do sell out!

A Kooky Spooky Halloween  Port Jefferson
A lovely little play geared towards the little ones, but fun for all ages!
Saturdays in October; Sunday, October 21, with a sensory-sensitive performance October 14

 Apple and Pumpkin Picking

Lewin Farms: Fresh fruits and vegtables, roasted corn at the stand and different varities of apples to pick!

Where: 812 Sound Avenue Wading River, NY 11972

Info: 631-929-4327


The Milk Pail Farm Stand: featuring semi dwarf trees which makes picking easier, and grow apples of several varitites  on twenty acres of land!

Where: 1346 Montauk Highway Water Mill, NY 11976

Info: 631-537-2565

Woodside Orchards: 10 varieties of apples, on semi-dwarf trees, awesome treats to enjoy during your visit

Where: 729 Main Road Aquebogue, NY 11931

Info: 631-722-5770

Fort Salonga Farm: Dwarf Trees, fresh honey for sale and a small spot for great quick pickin

Where: 30 Meadow Glen Road Northport, NY 11768


Seven Ponds Orchard: Dwarf Trees, Radio Flyer Wagons to put apples in, Corn mazy, hay rides, and more!

65 Seven Ponds Road Water Mill, NY 11976

Info: 631-726-8015

Wickham's Fruit Farm: One of the olders farms int he country- veiws of peconic bay, membership needed to pick apples.

Where: 28700 Main Road Cutchogue, NY 11935

Info: 631-734-6441

Hanks Pumpkin Town: Pumpkins, apples, face painting playground, wagon rides, corn maze and snacks!

When:240 Montauk Highway Water Mill, NY 11976


Davis Peach Farm: Peaches and apples,  and fresh baked pies!

Where: 561 Hulse Landing Road Wading River, NY 11972

Info: 631-929-1115

Farm Stand:

284 Boyle Road Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776

Info: 631-509-5033

Applewood Orchards & Winery: Apple Picking, hayrides, puppet shows, chickens, bunnies sheep! On site winery for the adults! Apple Fest on October 4th  which has live music apple pie contest and moer!

Where:  82 Four Corners Rd, Warwick

When:  Daily 9am–5pm September 5 through late October

Info: 845-986-1684,

Barton Orchards: Apple Picking, petting zoo, hay rides, haunted house, corn maze!

When: Activities on the weekends

Where:63 Apple Tree Ln, Poughquag

Info: $3, children under 2 free (includes petting zoo, hayrides, kids' special events); Fun Pass $9.50, (includes admission, corn maze, haunted house and family theme park). Apples: 10lbs $15, 20lbs $24.

Dr. Davies Farm: 35 acres of trees, on the weekends you have trailer rides, small sugar pumpkins,

Where: Less than a half hour from the George Washington Bridge.

When: Daily 10am–4pm

Grieg Farm: Pick your own apples, plants, raspberries and pumpkins, snack hut, with chesses, and meets,  View of the Catskill Mountains!

When:Daily 8am–8pm through the end of October

Where:  223 Pitcher Ln, Red Hook

Info: 845-758-1234, $20 for a half bushel

Hurds Family Farm: Apple Picking, Choose a tree for Christmas in Novemeber, eco-discovery trail, a cow train ride, pedal trikes, farm animals fish, giant slide and pumkings!

When: Season begins in late August. Wed–Sat 9am–5pm.

Where:2187 Rte 32, Modena

Info: $14, children under 3 free  $20 for a half bushel of PYO apples, pumpkins 50c per lb.

THIS IS THE ONE I WANT TO GO TO!!!Kelder's Farm: LARGE GARDEN GNOME- Chomsky stands at the entrance. Petting zoo, hayrides, corn mazy giant jumping pillow, mini-golf- constructed from recycled tractor wheels and other repurposed farm stuff.  Vegtables, flowers fruite, and pumpkins!

When: Daily 10am–6pm through October

Where: 5755 Rte 209, Kerhonkson  $1.50 per lb $3.75 for golf course

Info:  845-626-7137,

LoveApple Farm: On the weekends, there are pony rides, mini pigs, mini horce, mexican cantina with kid-friendly fare, old fasion ice cream.

When: Daily 9am–5pm

Where: 1421 Rte 9H, Ghent

Info: 518-828-5048,

Masker Orchards: Drive up and enjoy a picnic lunch, and you can snack on apples while you enjoy the day! Wagon rides, haunted house, animals, pony rides and corn maze open daily.  Apple Fest is also by this location!

When:Opens Sept 5. Daily 9am–5pm

Where: 45 Ball Rd, Warwick

Info: $26.95 for a half bushel 845-986-1058,

Minard Farms:

When: Sat, Sun 10am–5pm through Nov 1

Where:250 Hurds Rd, Clintondale

Info: 866-632-7753, $22 for a half bushel

Mr. Apples Orchard: McIntosh and Red Apples, available, minimal amount of pesticides used.  Nearby waterfalls at Rondout River!

When:Daily 10am–5:30pm until mid-November

Where: 25 Orchard St, High Falls

Info:Daily 10am–5:30pm until mid-November

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The Orchards of Concklin: Haunted blow up houses and giant slides, has pumpkin picking and apple picking. baked goods,

When: Season begins September 20. Sat, Sun 10am–5pm for five weekends (call for availability)

Where: 2 South Mountain Rd, Pomona

Cost: $9 per person includes 1/2 peck bag, children under 3 free. Pole rentals for $2 with $5 deposit.

Outhouse Orchards:Red Delicious, Cortland, McIntosh, Empire apples and more! Farm animals to feed, smoked turkey legs, sweets, pony rides and hayrides on the weekends!

When: Daily 9am–5pm

Info: 914-277-3188, $25 bucks per half bushel

Stone Ridge Orchard: Apple picking, pumpkin house, and activities for the kids

When:Daily 9am–5pm Labor Day Weekend through late October

Where: 3012 Rte 213, Stone Ridge

Info: $9 for a five-pound bag, $17 for a 10-pound bag, $20 for a 27-pound bag.

 Family Friendly Pumpkin Picking and Fall Festivals!

Crossroads Farm at Grossman’s

 Malverne NY

Organic Non-Profit farm managed be the Nassau Land Trust,

Wonderful Location that we frequent often. Plenty of pumpkins, animals, apple pies and other fall fare.

The Dees’ Nursery & Florist, Inc

Oceanside NY

Love this place as well! Pumpkins on crates to pick, corn maze, spooky walk for kids and adults, pony rides, petting zoo, and lots more. Great day.

Albert H. Schmitt Family Farm

Dix Hills NY

Pumpkin Picking, Hay Rides, bounce houses, play area, also has a haunted house!

Benner's Farm East Setauket

Organic farm that is super family friendly all year round. There is pumpkin picking, hayride, homemade cider with a class on how it is made. Workshops and mommy and me programs during the week! Be on the lookout for their Harvest Fair!

Hicks Farm

Westbury NY

Otto The Ghost Interactive adventure is always a family favorite! Hay rides, Petting Zoo and plenty of Pumpkins on crates as well as awesome fall decor!

Borellas Farm Stand

St. James NY

Corn Mazes, bounce houses and pumpkins galore!

Brightwaters Farm

Bay Shore NY

Face painting, animal farm feeding, and a array of activities as well as a concession stand, country store, and of course pumpkin picking

Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm

 Huntington NY

Pick Pumpkins right off the vine and enjoy a small kid friendly corn maze as well as wagon rides

F & W Schmitt Family Farm

 Melville NY

For Fifty years this farm has been a must see for families. Pumpkin stands, hayrides, a straw pyramid, haunted mansion and animals are all at this awesome location

Organics Today Farm

East Islip NY

Tractor Pull hayride, roasted corn, hot cider raw honey and other organic goodies as well as pumpkin picking

Woodside Nursery and Garden Center

North Patchogue67y;'[

Dinosaur park exhibit, scarecrow making haunted tunnel, pumpkin picking and gold mining all available for a fun filled day

Finks Country Farm

Wading River NY

Live entertainment, picnic area, animal farm pig races, a corn cannon, corn maze, and of course pumpkin picking!

Finks Fall Festival runs Sept 23rd-October 29th

Gabrielsen's Country Farm

JamesPort NY

Train rides, pedal tractors (adorbs) farm animals, old fashioned school house and church, live music on the weekends and a hay ride!

Hanks Pumpkintown

Water Mill NY

Pick off the vine interactive corn mazes, tractor rides, slides duck races pedal cart race track and family fun!

Harbes Family Farm

Jamesport, Mattituck, Riverhead

Pumpkins picked right off the vine, six-acre interactive corn maze helping Dorothy and toto make it through the every confusing maze!  There is singing hayrides, pony rides, barnyard adventure park is at the Mattituck location.  Riverhead offers pumpkin picking, spooky corn maze robin hood corn maze

  There is also the Barnyard corn maze where four pumpkin pals are lost and Farmer Fred needs your help to find them!

Harbes Orchard in Riverhead has a Robin hood themed maze where Robin is on a quest to defeat the sheriffs champion. Meet the actors along the way to help them find bows arrows and swords!

Harbes Farms in Jamesport King of Pumpkinland has lost his crown! Help him find it in this five acre maze that has you solving riddles and participating in an awesome sword fight!

Lewin Farms,

Wading River

Pumpkins off the vine, five-acre corn maze and roasted corn

May's Farm

Wading Rive

Corn maze, pony rides (not every weekend) face painting, treats and a visit from Elmo!

Stakey's Pumpkin Farm


18 different pumpkins ready to be picked off the vine, bounce house, face painting, country store pets allowed. Make sure to pick up the corn maze trivia guide before you head into the corn maze. Answer correctly and you find your way out incorrectly and we will see you next fall!

Days of Pumpkins Past- Last Years Blaze Review

     What a great time we had in Historic Hudson Valley this past Columbus Day weekend!  We arrived on Saturday and enjoyed lunch and a dip in the pool, and prepared ourselves for the night ahead. True to form the Great Pumpkin Blaze was very well organized. We arrived for the 7:30 showing and the parking attendants led us to a spot. We walked through the awesome pumpkin arches and into the tent where we stood in a line that went super fast up to the gates of the BLAZE. That is where they scan your tickets and the tour begins!

    As you walk up the winding path, with mouth open wide letting all the flies in because holy WOW the pumpkins are laid out everywhere!  Funny faces, scary faces, anything you can think of spread across the whole lawn as you make your way over to the house itself all lit up. There was a whole new set up and new additions from last year when we went so it was fresh and new to our eyes. We passed pumpkin tombstones, pumpkin bats hanging from the trees, there was a ghostly bonfire in front of the historic house, and as you waited to go down the path by the house (that is a bit narrow) the pumpkins on the house had timed lighting to the blaze original sound track. Really great. After the bottle neck walkway you encounter a museum of dinosaur bones which was my son’s favorite part hands down. To be perfectly honest every
  Every year I say the same thing, and I stand by it. For fun filled fall and Halloween events for the whole family Historic Hudson Valley is the place to be. This year the season starts off on Sept 30th and we cannot wait to get our butts over there! Read all about what they have going on this season!

*The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze®, the Hudson Valley’s biggest all-ages Halloween extravaganza, will continue for a record 32 selected evenings through Nov. 13.
   Read our review from last years event. Spoiler alert- it was great! 

     The walk-through experience lights up the wooded pathways, orchards, and gardens of historic Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., where a small team of artists hand-carves more than 7,000 jacks and elaborate pumpkin sculptures. This year visitors will delight in Blaze favorites, such as eight-foot-tall working jack-o’lanterns-in-the-box and life-size dinosaurs, and be dazzled by more pumpkin power than ever before! New additions include a plus-sized color-changing star show at the Pumpkin Planetarium, a Pumpkin Promenade, and an 80-foot-long Pumpkin Zee Bridge — complete with a sea serpent swimming in the Croton River.

Read our review 

*Horseman’s Hollow takes Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its most terrifying extremes. Visitors will walk a haunted trail where creatures lurk in the shadows, ready to strike fear into the hearts of those who dare to wander. Professional actors, award-winning feature-film makeup artists, and state-of-the-art special effects make the Horseman’s Hollow experience all too real. This 14-night, interactive haunted attraction at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Howes Cavern a Review

    When I was a child I spent every other weekend in the Catskills with my grandparents, and I loved driving down the winding roads, and looking at the beautiful lush green mountains. We use to frequent Drive INN Movies, our favorite restaurant called THE PLACE where we would get root beer floats  and the root beer came in a glass bottle. We would go to Zoom Floom, a water park, Carsin City, a old time Western town, and Howe Caverns.  Most of these places have closed, but Howe Caverns has stood the test of time and is not only still around but THRIVING! I was very nostalgic this summer and decided we had to go back to my old stomping grounds so of course Howes Cavern was on our list of must sees.

    My son is very into rocks. I guess it is a boy thing, or maybe the Jeweler gene for my father and grandfather have passed down to him but he is all about precious stones, mineral formations, mining for gold whatever it is, he is reading about it, talking about it, collecting it. So I thought that he would enjoy traveling underground and walking through a real life cavern- a yea I was right!

 Although there is more to do at the caverns these days then just the tour, like rolling around in a giant hamster ball down the mountain, or tower zip lines, rope courses, and an air jumper, which all look great- we only did the tour and the new mining exhibit!

    Now they do not just have one tour they have several depending on what you are looking for. There is the adventure tour where you have to crawl through small spaces and travel to the largest room in the cavern, there is a flashlight tour- which is self explanatory, as well as a lantern tour. As I said I was nostalgic so we just did the regular 90 minute tour that I did as a child.  You go into the main building and buy our ticket- and then head in to the first room where they give you a brief history of the caverns, which includes a talking manikin of Mr. Howe himself along with a very high production cartoon. It was a great little way to get familiarized with the awesomeness that awaits.  after that you descend down an elevator (where they pack you in like sardines but don't worry you will be OK.) and go down 153 feet to the beginning of the tour.  When you get off the elevator you are going to realize it is COLD. Yes down there it i a crisp 52 degrees so make sure to wear a sweater. Something that is very welcome in the middle of a heat wave!  We had the cutest tour Guide. I forgot his name but for the purposes of this review we will call him J. ( Hi J, sorry I forgot your name! he had glasses, curly hair and he told us a story about how he fell into the water when he was rowing the boat and it was adorable.!)  He looked young, and was young but boy did he know his stuff. he walked us through the amazing splendor that is Howe Caverns and not only described exactly what we were seeing with an amazing amount of detail but also with enough information that he could answer any questions thrown at him. He also told us about his adventures down in the caves including the previously stated mistake when he feel in, the water. Other than being wet and cold he was fine and everyone had a fun laugh.  I have to say that this is one of those natural wonders that you just have to experience. I cannot describe what it actually felt like to be in the cave other than feeling like it was a profound privilege to be there. It was just so beautiful. I have to say that my favorite part of the tour however was the boat ride on the river. The boats that were brought down in pieces and assembled in the cave. They are steered by the guides who use their hands to guide the boats by pushing and pulling them off of the cave walls. It was reminiscent to that one scene in Will Wonka (you better know what I am talking about) except minus the creepy monologue and images of centerpieces.

       After the tour ends you are brought back up via the elevator to the main lobby of the main building where you can purchase tickets to the other amenities, have lunch at the cafe, or go shopping in the gift store. We chose to eat, so we got one order of chicken fingers and fries, Mike got the lunch special with was Fish and Chips for $5.00! It was huge and we went around  back to eat outside. There is a row of picnic tables that are right by the most amazing view of the mountains, definitely a must stop. After lunch we crossed the parking lot to the mining area. Inside the building they have some crystals and fossils on display for your viewing pleasure and a cashier where you buy a bag of dirt- yes dirt. After you buy the dirt they will give you a gem guide and you are sent back outside where there is running water and a sifter. You pour your dirt into the sifter and then gently place it in the water to reveal hidden gem stones. For a kid like mine who is super into gems this was a big deal! There are also some fossils like shark teeth to be found too if you are really lucky. For $12.00 this was definitely worth the experience.

   Even though we didn't experience everything Howes Cavern has to offer, we still spent over four hours there, and had an amazing time. I got the nostalgic experience I was craving and my son experience something truly special for the first time. A must see for everyone go to the offical website to get all the details!

The Nibble Caddy By Tottally Franki!

   How did we exist before this awesome invention! Poorly is the answer, This adorable portable nipple holder not only holds the fresh sterile nipples and bands, but also has a separate storage system on the bottom for the dirty nipple and collars. Making it sooo much easier when you are on the go. Now instead of packing several protective containers for the nipples you only need  one or two holders, and the nipple caddy bam! you have enough supplies for six feedings. Great for road trips, visits to grandparents, or just every day on the go traveling. Honestly I am angry I didn't think of it myself! You can buy The Nipple Caddy  for $14.95 and I personally believe that it is worth every dollar. Even for simple storage in my cabinets, it has been a game changer and I think you will feel the same! So run do not walk your fingers over to Amazon where they are ready for purchase!