101 things to do this fall with NYC kids
The season's best bets for families, from museum exhibits and concerts to books, movies and don't-miss events. Behold, cultural events for every single day, September 1 to November 30.
Wed Aug 18 2010
Wed 1 Bask in the last days of summer with a picnic on the Great Lawn.
Fri 3 Camp Rock: The Final Jam, starring the JoBros, invades living rooms all over the city tonight. Eleven-year-olds go crazy.
Sun 5 Catch a matinee performance of Beauty & The Beast at Puppetworks in Park Slope.
Photo courtesy of PBS
Mon 6 The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That debuts on PBS.
Tue 7 Little Bay Park in Bayside, Queens, hosts a back-to-school festival with games, rides, crafts and giveaways.
Wed 8 Shine the kids' shoes and sharpen their pencils: NYC public schools begin their 2010--11 school year.
Sat 11 At the Knitting Factory, the Deedle Deedle Dees present their first variety show of the season.
The Brooklyn Book Festival returns today for a fifth year of A-list author readings at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Time Out Kids favorites include Brooklynite Tad Hills (How Rocket Learned to Read) and Upper West Sider Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me), as well as festival first-timers (and Brooklyn residents) Michael Rex (Goodnight Goon) and Michelle Knudsen (Library Lion). In addition to readings and signings, there will be more hands-on workshops than ever—poetry, comic books and bookmaking are all on the agenda. The free fest is also expanding this year to include ticketed "bookend" events (Sept 10--12) at venues around the borough. At press time, three kids' programs are scheduled for September 11; check brooklynbookfestival.org for locations and prices.—Carolyn Juris
Wed 15 Stop and smell the roses—and wildflowers, and orchids—in bloom at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Thu 16 The Feast of San Gennaro brings crowds (and lots of cannoli!) to Mulberry Street.
Fri 17 The animated adventure flick Alpha & Omega hits movie theaters.
Photo: Johnny Black
Sun 19 Catch Ziggy Marley in concert. We were big fans of Ziggy Marley's album Family Time when the release dropped in 2009, and we weren't the only ones: The son of reggae icon Bob Marley garnered a Grammy earlier this year for his debut children's disc. At today's concert, which also kicks off the NYU Big Red Chair Family Series fall season at the Skirball Center, kids will hear the laid-back jams live. Marley decides what songs he'll play moments before he goes onstage; we hope the audience will be treated to the traditional Caribbean song "Hold 'Em Joe" and the political alphabet soup "ABC."—Blair Tidwell
Mon 20 Cobble Hill's Big Movies for Little Kids series starts its season with Charlie Chaplin's The Kid.
Tue 21 "Drawn in Brooklyn," an exhibit of children's book illustrations, opens today at the Central Library on Grand Army Plaza.
Wed 22 Autumn begins tomorrow: Celebrate the season early by picking apples at nearby farms.
Fri 24 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole opens in theaters.
Sat 25 The Brooklyn Children's Museum opens its "Out on a Limb" exhibit. NYC kids are exposed to lots of enriching experiences—unfortunately, playing in a tree house isn't often one of them. Well, that's about to change: Starting today, little ones can explore nature in the fantasy woodland of this arbor-themed exhibit. The show's centerpiece is a giant tree house that kids can climb; it has a pulley, sturdy rope ladder, and a tube that lets kids whisper to their friends on the ground. The other trees in the forest each engage tykes with a different natural phenomenon: The Whirlwind tree replicates blowing leaves, and the Light Play tree invites kids to create shadows. At Forest Jam, visitors can make symphonies with bird whistles and thunder sticks. The objective, says Beth Alberty, the museum's director of collections, is to build awareness of the essential relationship between ourselves and nature, an understanding that's important to impart to urban tots. Perhaps more important, though, is showing them that exploring the great outdoors—digging for worms, climbing trees—is good, if not-so-clean, fun.—Nicole Caccavo Kear
Sun 26 Take in crafts, culture and lots of delicious food at Brooklyn's Atlantic Antic.
Mon 27 See what classrooms of the future will look like at a free, interactive exhibit on Rockefeller Plaza.
Tue 28 By contrast, learn about the crises facing American public schools today in the new documentary Waiting for Superman.
Collection of Robert and Lydia Forbes; drawings Ronald Searle
Thu 30 Packed with illustrations, the exhibit "Let's Have a Bite! A Banquet of Beastly Rhymes" opens at the Forbes Galleries.
Robert L. Forbes is more than just a publishing scion; he's also a poet with a knack for tickling kids' funny bones. His second book for children, which—like the first—is all about animals, is due out September 16. In its honor, his namesake gallery will display the volume's poetry alongside 38 of Ronald Searle's illustrations. Prepare to be charmed, and to giggle.—Julia Edelstein
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