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11 free things to do in NYC with kids this weekend: Oct 19–20

This weekend, head to a harvest fest, be amazed by pro pumpkin carvers, celebrate Day of the Dead and more things to do—for free!


It’s harvest festival season, which means tons of outdoor fun (that’s usually free!) This weekend, stop by Madison Square Park (in costume, of course) and say hello to Time Out Kids, where we’ll be hosting our annual Fall Kids Fest. Click through our slideshow to see the rest of the best things to do this weekend that don’t cost a cent.

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  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    1. Join us at Fall Kids Fest in Madison Square Park for live performances, pumpkin picking and a costume parade!

  • 2. Don your frightful finest for rides in an old-timey trolley bus, Zumba and face painting at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Festival.

  • 3. Get a taste of country life in the heart of the Financial District—think potato sack races and veggie trivia—at the Battery Urban Farm Harvest Festival.

  • 4. Dress up your pup for the canine costume contest at the Halloween Harvest Festival in Socrates Sculpture Park.

  • 5. Celebrate the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos with skull face painting, champurrado and a procession in Central Park at Super Sabado!

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the JCC in Manhattan

    6. Get inspired by tours of the JCC’s Sol LeWitt exhibit and make crafts based on the artist’s work at Family Day.

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    7. Say “Happy birthday!” to the UES boutique with giveaways, magic shows, carnival games and treats at the Lester's 65th Anniversary Celebration.

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    8. Guess the weight of a huge pumpkin and go on scavenger hunts and spooky rides all weekend long at the Halloween Harvest in Luna Park.

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    9. Watch pro boarders (and talented kids!) compete for prizes alongside live DJs, local food and open skating at the Riverside Skate Jam.

  • Photograph: Sunny Kam

    10. Celebrate the Silk Road with the East-meets-West Marco Polo Festival on Hester Street.

  • 11. Honor autumn by picking (free!) mini pumpkins, then decorating them with stickers and crafts at the Jefferson Market Garden Children's Harvest Festival.

     

     

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

1. Join us at Fall Kids Fest in Madison Square Park for live performances, pumpkin picking and a costume parade!


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