Timeout New York Kids

Make the most of your city

50 things to do in New York City with kids in the fall 2013

Get ready for fall! Our list of things to do in New York City this season—exhibits, shows, festsivals and more—will keep your family busy through Thanksgiving.

  • Photograph: Courtesy NYRR

    41. Cheer for the runners at the ING New York City Marathon, one of the best things to do in New York City with kids in the fall.

  • 42. Say hi to Mickey and Minnie at Disney on Ice Presents Let's Celebrate, one of the best things to do in New York City with kids in the fall.

  • Photograph: MSG Entertainment

    43. Create a holiday tradition at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, one of the best things to do in New York City with kids in the fall.

     

     

  • Photograph: Courtesy Making Books Sing

    44. Buy tickets to see Making Books Sing's Ballerina Swan, one of the best things to do in New York City with kids in the fall.

  • Courtesy the American Museum of Natural History

    45. Explore how the substance is used in "The Power of Poison," one of the best things to do in New York City with kids in the fall.

  • Photograph: Todd Rosenberg

    46. Sing along to Justin Roberts at Symphony Space, one of the best things to do in New York City with kids in the fall.

  • 47. Celebrate the Festival of Lights at Hanukkah Family Day, one of the best things to do in New York City with kids in the fall.

     

     

  • Illustration: Roger Roth

    48. Learn about chamber music at the Meet the Music! concert series, one of the best things to do in New York City with kids in the fall.

     

     

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    40. Ooh and ahh at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation, one of the best things to do in New York City with kids in the fall.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    50. Bundle up to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, one of the best things to do in New York City with kids in the fall.

Photograph: Courtesy NYRR

41. Cheer for the runners at the ING New York City Marathon, one of the best things to do in New York City with kids in the fall.

41

Say hi to Mickey and Minnie at Disney on Ice Presents Let's Celebrate

  • Price band: 3/4

Those who simply can't decide on a favorite holiday are invited to celebrate them all at once with the full House of Mouse roster. Mickey and Minnie lead the way through an Unbirthday Party at the Mad Hatter's Wonderland abode, a Valentine's Day Ball featuring Cinderella, Ariel and Tiana, Lilo & Stitch's Hawaiian luau, a winter holiday soiree hosted by Woody and Buzz and finally, a ghoulish get-together with everyone from Cruella, Jafar, Captain Hook and the rest of the Disney villains. Ages 3 and up.

  1. Izod Center Meadowlands Sports Complex, 50 State Rte 120
  2. Tue Nov 5 - Sun Dec 1
More info
42

Create a holiday tradition at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

You'll get a kick out of this holiday stalwart, which—after 85 years—still features Santa, wooden soldiers and the leggy, spunky Rockettes. In recent years, new music, more eye-catching costumes, and advanced technology were introduced to bring audience members closer to the performance. All ages.

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Fri Nov 8 - Mon Dec 30
Buy tickets
43

Buy tickets to see Making Books Sing's Ballerina Swan

  • Price band: 2/4

Based on the children's book by former New York City Ballet prima ballerina Allegra Kent, Making Books Sing's fall show combines puppetry arts, dance and the music of Tchaikovsky to tell the story of Sophie, a Central Park swan whose dream is to star in—what else—Swan Lake. Three dancers and a five-foot dancing swan puppet make up the cast for this 50-minute performance, whose goal is to show little ones that if they pursue their dreams, not even wings, webs or feathers can stand in their way. Ages 4 to 8.

  1. Theater Three 311 W 43rd St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves, third floor, 10036
  2. Sun Nov 10 - Sun Nov 24
More info
44

Explore how the substance is used in "The Power of Poison"

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Ever wondered what Cleopatra fed her foes? In this exhibit at AMNH, somewhat older kids can explore poison from many points of view, learning its basic biology—how different kinds of creatures use naturally lethal material to survive; the potential benefits of certain poisons for powerful medicines in the future—the role it’s played in the narratives of many myths and legends; and such morbid historical facts as how poisons have been used throughout history, from Cleopatra’s asps to the penchant of Renaissance Italy’s powerful Borgia family for arsenic. All ages.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Sat Nov 16 - Tue Dec 31
More info
45

Sing along to Justin Roberts at Symphony Space

  • Price band: 1/4

Bop to tunes from the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter's newly release album Recess—keep an ear out for the title track as well as songs like "School's Out (Tall Buildings)," "I'll Be an Alien," and "The Princess Wore Pink." Ages 3 to 9.

  1. Symphony Space 2537 Broadway, at 95th St, 10025
  2. Sat Nov 16
Buy tickets
46

Celebrate the Festival of Lights at Hanukkah Family Day

  • Price band: 1/4

Honor the holiday, which this year coincides with Thanksgiving!, at a special family day party at the Jewish Museum. Expect Hanukkah-themed arts-and-crafts activities, like building a menorah out of found objects or making a colorful dreidel, and musical performances by Yosi and the Superdads. Then ooh and aah over the museum’s extensive collection of Hanukkah lamps. Ages 3 and up.

  1. The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave, at 92nd St, 10128
  2. Sun Nov 24
More info
47

Learn about chamber music at the Meet the Music! concert series

  • Price band: 2/4

This kids' concert series injects a little wacky flavor into classical chamber music. First, follow Inspector Pulse's quest to identify a tune that just doesn't seem to make any since in "A Trilling Event," which features the music of Telemann, Handel and Bach (Nov 17), then discover the stories behind Beethoven's melodies (and get treated to a visit from Ludwig himself!) (March 16). Finally, spend Mother's Day with Inspector Pulse as he attempts to create the perfect song to say "I love you" alongside the compositions of Schumann, Brahms and Dvorak (May 11). Ages 6 and up.

  1. Alice Tully Hall (at Lincoln Center) 1941 Broadway, at 65th St
  2. Sun Nov 17 - Sun May 11
More info
48

Ooh and ahh at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Head to the Upper West Side (Central Park West to Columbus Ave between 77th and 81st Streets) on Thanksgiving Eve to watch as the balloons for the Turkey Day parade transform from piles of wilted fabric into floating giants for their big trek through midtown. Kids are sure to gaze in amazement as they watch their favorite balloons come to life. All ages.

49

Bundle up to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

  • Critics choice
  • Free

For the 87th year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will usher in the holiday season with familiar sights like giant balloons, high-kicking Rockettes and Santa’s sleigh, plus celebrity appearances. This year, keep an eye out for a new Cirque du Soleil float and the return of the Snoopy balloon. Begins at W 77th St and Central Park West; for the complete parade route visit macys.com/parade. All ages.



Share your thoughts
  1. * mandatory fields

Events for kids by date

Americangirl.com for Events!

  1. "The ABC of It: Why...

    The main branch of the NYPL is playing host to an ...

  2. Aladdin

    Charming street urchin Aladdin brings his exotic w...

  3. Anne and Bernard...

    The former Human Biology and Evolution Hall has ev...

65 more events »