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In the Magazine: October 2021

In the Magazine: October 2021

Read the October 2021 issues of Big Apple Parent, Brooklyn Parent, Queens Parent, Long Island Parent, Westchester Parent, and Rockland Parent today!


The October 2021 issues are full of advice and family fun to have an amazing fall in the New York metro area! Inside you'll find the best pumpkin patches in our area, a quiz to determine which after-school activity your child should participate in, 10 reasons to attend school open houses, tips for carving jack-o'-lanterns with kids, how to have an allergy-friendly Halloween, and more. Plus, you'll find after-school programs, schools, and special needs resources for kids in NYC, Westchester, Rockland, and Long Island. And don't miss the calendar, featuring fun things to do all month!

Read the October 2021 Issue Today!

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Big Apple Parent

Brooklyn Parent

Queens Parent

Long Island Parent

Westchester Parent

Rockland Parent

Education and After-School

10 Reasons You Should Attend Open House Events

If your child is in the process of applying for enrollment in a new school for the following year, attending as many Open House events at prospective schools is extremely important.

Find a School for Your Child

If you're looking for a new school for your child, browse our listings to find one in your area.

Which After-School Activity is Right for Your Child? 

Take this fun quiz to determine which kind of extracurricular activity is best for your child.

Find a After-School Program for Your Child

Looking for ways to keep your kids entertained and learning after school? Browse our after-school activity listings to find the best one for your child in your area.

Special Needs

Five Tips for a Successful IEP Meeting

Annual Individualized Education Program meetings can be stressful, but one mom shares what she does to help make them run smoothly.

Celebrating Halloween with Kids with Special Needs

Despite the BOO!-filled nature of Halloween, your child with an anxiety disorder, sensory issues, or other special needs can find a way to partake in the holiday: Preparation is key! 

Find Special Needs Resources for Your Child

Browse our listings to find tutors, therapies, lawyers, advocates, schools, health care providers, and more that specialize in helping kids with special needs.

October Family Activities

Where to Pick Pumpkins in the NY Metro Area

There are dozens of pumpkin patches in NYC, Westchester, Rockland, and Long Island, where you can have a blast picking out the perfect pumpkins with your kids!

How to Carve Pumpkins with Kids

Expert pumpkin carvers share their top tips for choosing pumpkins and carving jack-o'-lanterns with kids, plus how to keep carved pumpkins as fresh as possible all month long.

October Family Activities

Browse our robust calendar of family activities all month long!

Ask Dad and Buried: How Can I Put the Fun Back in Fall Family Fun for Myself?

Mike Julianelle, the Brooklyn dad behind the popular @DadandBuried, shares his humorous take on Fall Family Fun

General Parenting Advice

Everything You Need to Know About Purchasing and Installing Car Seats

The proper car seat and installation can save your child’s life. Expert car seat installers share what you need to know.


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