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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.


  • Afforable Art Fair

  • Afforable Art Fair

  • Angelina Ballerina

  • Yo Gabba Gabba Live!

  • Laurie Berkner

  • Art and Max by David Wiesner

  • Radio City Music Hall

  • Kids Get Cooking! at the NYC Wine & Food Festival

  • Kids Get Cooking! at the NYC Wine & Food Festival

  • Kids Get Cooking! at the NYC Wine & Food Festival

  • The Hub TV Network's The WotsWots

  • The Hub TV Network's Transformers

  • The Hub TV Network's Family Game Night

  • Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

  • Rockefeller Center Ice Rink

  • Disney's Secretariat

  • Disney's Secretariat

  • Madison Square Park's Fall Fest

  • Madison Square Park's Fall Fest

  • Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles

  • Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles

  • Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles

  • Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo

  • The Dirty Sock Funtime Band

  • The Prospect Park carousel

  • The Prospect Park carousel

  • "Infinity of Nations" at the National Museum of the American Indian

  • "Infinity of Nations" at the National Museum of the American Indian

  • "Infinity of Nations" at the National Museum of the American Indian

  • The Pee- Wee Herman Show

  • "Houdini: Art and Magic" at the Jewish Museum

  • "Houdini: Art and Magic" at the Jewish Museum

  • "Houdini: Art and Magic" at the Jewish Museum

  • "Houdini: Art and Magic" at the Jewish Museum

  • Puppetry Arts annual Halloween carnival

  • "Junior Officers Discovery Zone" at the New York City Police Museum

Afforable Art Fair

Fri 1 Get crafty at the Affordable Art Fair, where the Muriel Guepin Gallery will run a workshop for kids.

Angelina BallerinaAngelina Ballerina

Courtesy of HIT Entertainment Limited

Sat 2 The dance-happy musical Angelina Ballerina opens at Vital Children's Theatre and the New Victory Theater starts its season.

Sun 3 Groove to the tunes of Laurie Berkner or see Yo Gabba Gabba Live! at Radio City Music Hall.

Mon 4 Pick up Art & Max, three-time Caldecott medalist David Wiesner's follow-up to his 2006 best-seller, Flotsam.

Tue 5 Croon along to the tunes on Elizabeth Mitchell's new album, Sunny Day, on sale today.

Wed 6 Take your darling brat out to a beer garden for some wurst—it's German-American Day.

Thu 7 See the season's first Spanish-language performance of Puss in Boots/El Gato con botas at the New Vic.

Fri 8 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers screens to the accompaniment of live music at Radio City Music Hall.

NYC Wine & Food Festival

Liz Brown

Sat 9 Two days of hands-on cooking classes for tiny chefs begin today as part of the four-day NYC Wine & Food Festival, hosted by Chelsea Market. What's on the menu? Everything from learning to cook with Mexican spices to a crash course in ice cream making. Note: Tickets go fast (at press time, one children's event was already sold out). So if you don't want to disappoint your kid, sign her up ASAP. You know how temperamental chefs can be.—Carolyn Juris

Sun 10 Tune in to the Hub, a new kids' channel from Hasbro and Discovery TV.

Mon 11 In honor of National Design Week, enjoy free admission to the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Tue 12 Head to Rock Center for ice-skating; the rink opened for the season on October 9.

Wed 13 Matthew Bourne's powerful production of Swan Lake opens at New York City Center.

Thu 14 Treat the kids to a screening of Disney's new equine biopic, Secretariat.

Fri 15 Halloween is just about two weeks away—don't wait until the last minute to buy your kids their costumes.

Sat 16 Time Out Kids partners with Madison Square Park for a free fall fest. We'll see you there!

Sun 17 Chow down on a barbecue brunch at the Jazz Standard; local tweens and teens provide background music.

Mon 18 Buy or pick a pumpkin and carve a jack-o-lantern.

Tue 19 All you need is love: Previews of Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles begin on Broadway.

Wed 20 Gawk at the awesome artifacts on view in "Mammoths and Mastadons: Titans of the Ice Age," at Liberty Science Center.

Thu 21 Iconic Batman artist Neal Adams reveals a new Caped Crusader comic at Animazing Gallery.

Fri 22 The great Kate DiCamillo reads from Bink & Gollie at Borders Columbus Circle.

Sat 23 The Dirty Sock Funtime Band plays in two benefit concerts at P.S. 89.

Sun 24 The Prospect Park carousel closes soon; take one last spin.

Mon 25 See Infinity of Nations," a new permanent exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Tue Oct 26 Previews begin for Broadway's zany new spectacle The Pee-Wee Herman Show.

Wed 27 Fall foliage in the city is at its height; collect some leaves and preserve them at home.

Thu 28 Marvel at the new Big Apple Circus show—Dance On!—at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park.

Houdini: Art and MagicHoudini: Art and Magic

Museum of the City of New York's Theater Collection

Fri 29 Do you believe in magic? The exhibition "Houdini: Art and Magic" opens at the Jewish Museum. Before David Blaine or David Copperfield, there was Harry Houdini. This new exhibit investigates the legendary escapologist's life and enduring legend with personal items and diaries, vintage posters and broadsheets, and art inspired by his life. Among the more than 160 items on display are several pairs of handcuffs and the straightjacket and milk can Houdini built his escape-artist career on; photos of the magician and his wife/assistant, Bess; and the "metamorphosis trunk," which he used in his final show in 1926. In addition to a Houdini Family Day on November 14 (with music and puppetry from the Jukebox Radio stage troupe), the museum will host regular walks through the exhibit, during which guides will spotlight specific items for kids. "So many fans of magic were drawn to it as children," says curator Brooke Kamin Rapaport, elucidating the show's appeal to young visitors. Through pictures of the legend as a teen, and text describing his early fascination with magic and escapology, "we're showing how Houdini put a lot of hard work into his craft from a very young age."—Dan Avery

Sat 30

Puppetry Arts holds its annual Halloween carnival in Park Slope.

Sun 31

It's Halloween ! Grab a plastic pumpkin and take the kids trick-or-treating.

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