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NYC botanical garden and park guide: Fall 2012

Time Out Kids unveils its latest NYC botanical garden and park guide for fall 2012, with events your family won't want to miss this autumn.

  • Wave Hill Enchanted Forest

  • Photograph: Jason Gardner

    Ghouls and Gourds

  • Photograph: Jason Gardner

    Ghouls and Gourds

  • Chile Pepper Fiesta

  • Chile Pepper Fiesta

  • Photograph: Victor Chu

    Visitors explore Mario Batali's Kitchen Gardens in the Ruth Rea Howell Family...

  • NYBG Haunted Pumpkin Garden

  • NYBG Haunted Pumpkin Garden

  • Thain Family Forest at NYBG

  • Thain Family Forest at NYBG

Wave Hill Enchanted Forest

2. Taste autumn
Something about the chilly air of fall sets appetites on fire. Tease, then sate your family's hunger at the NYBG's . Families can take a tour of the gardens, solving Mario's Menu Mystery along the way; decorate a harvest bag for Greenmarket shopping; make a chef's hat; sit in on cooking demos by NYBG staff (at the Whole Foods Market Family Garden Kitchen; 11am, 1, 3pm); and sample vendor snacks. For an additional $5, visitors can also join Batali himself for a special cooking demonstration. And if you find yourself in Prospect Park on Open House New York Weekend, stop by Lefferts Historic House's Sweet and Savory event (Oct 7 1--4pm) for a treat from Mrs. Lefferts's 19th-century cookbook (suggested donation $1 per goody). If all things piquant are your family's preference, don't miss the at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Sept 29 11am--6pm). In addition to tastings of semispicy fare at booths throughout the garden, kids can take in dance performances by the likes of the Kl Ml African Dance & Drums troupe, Vlada Tomova's Balkan Tales, and fire-breathing, juggling and more from circus performers Robbins and Ringold.

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