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The 50 best things to do in the fall with NYC kids

Get ready for fall! Our list of the coolest things to do this season—exhibits, festivals, shows and more—will keep you and the kids busy through November

Photographer: Filip Wolak
San Gennaro Festival

RECOMMENDED: Things to do with kids in the fall

We love September in New York City—temperatures cool down, sweaters come out of the closet, pumpkin-flavored treats start to pop up everywhere and there's plenty of fun in the pipeline. Best of all, we've compiled a list of 50 amazing things to do in the fall—our favorite fall activities for kids range from visiting pumpkin patches to visiting new exhibits at NYC museums to dropping in on the best fall festivals. What's at the top of your list?

Things to do in New York City with kids in the fall

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The Great New York State Fair

Journey upstate for a weekend full of not-so-urban activities. The annual festival on Syracuse’s sprawling fairgrounds is best known for countrified entertainment like pig racing, cow birthing and displays of intricate butter sculpturesÑyes, reallyÑall fueled by every fried food item you can imagine. Parents will love sampling cheese and wine from local producers (especially the beloved wine slushies) while the kids tackle carnival rides. Wander the grounds, play ring toss and dart games and grab tickets to one of many concerts, including Eric Church (August 27), Patti Labelle (September 3) and upstate kid Sawyer Fredericks (September 5) from The Voice. Visit on Student’s Day (September 4), when everyone 18 and under gets in free, or wait until closing day (September 7), when admission and rides will only run you $1 apiece. Fireworks will light up the sky following the Nick Jonas concert (6pm) to cap the whole shebang. All ages.

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New York State Fairgrounds Until Monday September 7 2015
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Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend

When Grover's friend Chamki travels all the way from India to visit Sesame Street for a day, he's got to find a way to keep her attention when there's so many other cool things to do on the block, like baking with Cookie Monster, singing with Abby Cadabby and doing the "Elmo Slide." Never a franchise to leave the parents hanging, Mom and Dad can enjoy the clever writing and Big Bird–ified versions of "I Want Candy" and "Moves Like Jagger." Ages 2 to 5.

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Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Long Island Friday September 25 2015 - Sunday September 27 2015
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FiDi Families at the Seaport

Bring your tiny tykes to The South Street Seaport for fun-filled events featuring storytellers, music, arts and crafts and more. Take the little artists to Cannon's Walk for art-making with Crayola chalk (8/6, registration required), an Engineering with LEGO workshop (8/14) and a session with artist Joe Vena, where kids will craft dinosaurs our of modeling clay (8/28). In September, head to Peck Slip and learn how to safely use hammers and nails with ConstructionKids before making a wooden project to take home (9/19). Prior registration recommended. Ages 4–8.

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South Street Seaport, Financial District Sunday September 6 2015 - Saturday October 31 2015
47

Film Forum Jr.

Your kids may never tire of watching Frozen, but they'll be explosed to plenty of family-friendly classics as well, thanks to this weekly film series. On Sundays, the downtown theater hosts a matinee screening of a bona fide family favorite. This season's kicks off with a restored version of On The Town, starring Gene Kelly (Sept 6), Buster Keaton's silent masterpiece The Cameraman, set to a live piano accompaniment (Sept 13), insect-centric horror flick Them! (Sept 20), and Beatles film A Hard Day's Night (Sept 27). Other top-notch picks include Hold That Ghost (Oct 4), The Yearling (Oct 11), Calamity Jane (Oct 18), Ghostbusters (Oct 25), Kiss me Kate in 3D, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Nov 8), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Nov 15), Way Out West (Nov 22), A Raisin in the Sun (Nov 29), The Freshman (Dec 6), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Dec 13), Elf (Dec 20) and Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Dec 27). Ages 5 and up.

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Film Forum, Downtown Sunday September 6 2015 - Sunday December 27 2015
46

Back to School Bash

The popular eco-eatery will help give your tykes the proper send-off as they head back to the classroom. Stop by for delicious Cuban food, eco-friendly arts and crafts, glitter tattoos and live music from a kid-friendly DJ. All ages.

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Habana Outpost, Fort Greene Monday September 7 2015
45

TADA! Youth Theater: The Odyssey

The Public Theater announces Homer's The Odyssey, in which the Tada! Resident Youth Ensemble joins Brandon Victor Dixon (Odysseus) Taran Killam (Cyclops), Karen Olivio (Penelope) and Lucas Caleb Rooney for a performance at Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Free tickets (required for entry) will be distributed (limit two per person) at noon on the day of the show at Delacorte Theater & via www.publictheater.org.

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Delacorte Theater, Central Park Friday September 4 2015 - Monday September 7 2015
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Puppetworks presents Beauty & the Beast

This Park Slope puppet theater presents Madame Gabrielle de Villeneuve's classic French tale about a frightening beast and the girl who sees him for who he really is. Kids will be enchanted by the artful marionettes, the "live" Beast and lively music accompanying the show. Call ahead for reservations, which are suggested. Ages 4 and up.

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Puppetworks, Park Slope Saturday September 5 2015 - Sunday December 20 2015
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Feast of San Gennaro

Critics' pick

Little Italy’s 89th annual street party salutes the patron saint of Naples in a series of raucous celebrations. For ten days, Mulberry Street succumbs to food vendors, live music and carnival-esque games and rides in between the festival’s main events: the 14th Annual Cannoli Eating Competition, the Grand Procession, a huge parade complete with floats and marching bandsand the traditional religious procession in which the statue of San Gennaro is carried through the streets. All ages.

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Various venues Thursday September 10 2015 - Sunday September 20 2015
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HSBC Children's Garden Fall Sessions

Join QBG for a celebration of the fall season at these weekend sessions. Through themed workshops, kids will explore the Herb Garden and Bee Garden and cook up some fresh munchies using the vegetables grown on the grounds. If you purchase all four sessions the cost is $75. Ages 5 to 12.

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Queens Botanical Garden, Queens Saturday September 12 2015 - Sunday October 25 2015
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"If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home"

Printed maps have provided the information we needed to understand our surroundings since long before Google was giving us directions on our iPhones. The artists featured in the Children's Museum of the Arts' fall exhibit incorprates elements of cartography and mapping into detailed multimedia works, including collages, prints, paintings and drawings. Many used their imaginations as the first cartographers did, to wonder what lies beyond certain physical boundaries, and kids can now take a crack at interpreting the meaning behind the unique diagrams. The artistic expressions of personal identity, political ideas and culture will serve as great inspiration for visitors, who get to add their personal touch to a large-scale world map on the museum wall. Ages 5 and up.

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Children's Museum of the Arts, Downtown Monday September 14 2015 - Friday January 1 2016
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Morningside Lights

Critics' pick

Organized by Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, this fun-filled event delivers a week’s worth of all-ages creative workshops in which families can design and craft their own lanterns, then showcase their work in a twilight procession through Morningside Park (Sept 26, 8pm). The result? A glowing, somewhat eerie (but nonetheless beautiful) mass of handmade art. This year’s theme, “New York Nocturne” calls for vibrant lanterns inspired by the city after dark, including everything from flourescent food trucks to tall skyscraper spires. Be sure to sign up for workshops and the parade online. A special craft table for families can also be found at the Common Ground Festival (Sept 26) on the day of the big parade in Morningside Park. Ages 8 and up.

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Miller Theatre (at Columbia University), Morningside Heights Saturday September 19 2015 - Saturday September 26 2015
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The Amazing Maize Maze

Critics' pick

City kids get a true taste of the country as they track down clues and solve puzzles to find their way out of this labyrinthine, three-acre maze made of corn stalks. The fun starts with a “Stalk Talk” to brief participants on the clues and puzzles they’ll find along the twisting paths. Once the youngsters reach the exit, reward them with a trip to the pumpkin patch (open from October 3), where they can pick their future jack-o’-lantern from the field. Families up for a more challenging (and slightly scary) mission can grab a flashlight or navigate the maze by moonlight when it’s open until 9pm.

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Queens County Farm Museum, Queens Saturday September 19 2015 - Sunday October 25 2015
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Brooklyn Kite Festival

School may have started by the time the Brooklyn Kite Festival soars into town, but you can still catch a breeze from the river and watch colorful kites flutter against the skyline. First-time flyers can purchase kites of various prices on the Harbor View Lawn. For a bite to eat, head to Brooklyn Bridge Garden Bar for burgers. All ages.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Heights Saturday September 19 2015
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Children's Lit Day

To mark its 10th anniversary, the Brooklyn Book Festival kicks off with a special tribute to little book lovers. Families with an appetite for picture books, chapter books and YA titles are invited to a full day of kids' lit, featuring beloved authors and illustrators like Kevin Henkes (creator of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse), Edwidge Danticat, George O'Connor, Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri. Readings and book signings, plus puppet shows, music and a draw-off between illustrators will keep bookworms on the edge of their seat. Find new titles to take home, jump in on workshops and get a good night's sleep before Sunday's showstopper. Ages 2–11.

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MetroTech Commons, Brooklyn Saturday September 19 2015
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92Y Street Fest

Lexington Avenue between 79th and 94th Streets.All of the diverse offerings at one of the Upper East Side’s most beloved institutions go alfresco at the 20th annual block party on Lexington Ave. Besides stage performances and healthy resources for families, tackle a Tiny Tumblers Toddler Obstacle Course, check out demos from the 92Y Gymstars Gymnastics Team and get in on street-side crafts at the Kid Central Zone, which also includes a special play area for the under-five set from 92Y Wonderplay Early Childhood Learning. Ages 2 and up.

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92nd Street Y, Upper East Side Sunday September 20 2015
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"NYC and Me: A Little Bite of the Big Apple"

This new interactive gallery for kids captures the sounds, sights, flavors and soul of New York! Little ones can take over the Big Apple's sidewalks, streets, parks, public transportation and more by driving taxis and police cars, building mini skyscrapers, running an international food cart and even imagining they're the mayor.

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Children's Museum of the Arts, Downtown Thursday September 24 2015 - Thursday December 31 2015
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World Maker Faire 2015

Critics' pick

This wacky West Coast transplant displays way-out-there experiments that will have your little mad scientists in awe. Details of this year's events are still TBD, but past lineups involved running through a life-size mousetrap, watching a Coke Zero and Mentos mountain explode, shooting marshmallows, flying model drones and powering your own DIY rides. Robots, 3D printers, electric vehicles, kites and bikes will also be in the mix. Family passes (5 attendees) available for Sunday, advanced purchase only. Ages 5 and up.

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New York Hall of Science, Queens Saturday September 26 2015 - Sunday September 27 2015
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Chile Pepper Festival

Critics' pick

Even kids who aren't fans of spicy food will get a kick out of the lively music and dance inspired by tangy chili flavors. Check out performances from Atlas Soul, The Cambodian Space Project, Spanglish Fly and Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys. Then travel between booths to taste some tasty and semi-spicy foods like chocolate, pretzels and sauces. Guests can tour the gardens and view BBG's collection of chile pepper plants. If kids don't like the food, they'll enjoy Hot Chiles for Cool Kids, where they can pot their own pepper plant. All ages.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park Saturday September 26 2015
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Scenes from the Diary

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Broadway production The Diary of Anne Frank, actors will present a series of scenes and monologues that shed light on the relationship between Anne and Peter van Pels in The Secret Annex. Actor and director Steve Press will direct the performance before discussing his experience playing Peter in the original Broadway production in 1955. Reservations required; call to reserve your family's spot. All ages.

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The Anne Frank Center USA, Financial District Saturday September 26 2015
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Little Red Lighthouse Festival

Critics' pick

Manhattan’s last remaining (and most adorable) lighthouse fetes its special day with free tours, live music, theatrical performances, arts and crafts and fishing clinics along the Hudson. As always, families can listen to a reading of the 1942 children’s book, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift, which prompted an effort to save the lighthouse when it was decommissioned in 1948 after the “gray bridge” (the George Washington Bridge) was built overhead. Now the property of NYC Park, families can head to Washington Heights and climb up to the tippy-top of its beacon, just in time for fall foliage. Make sure to grab lighthouse tour tickets starting at noon—they go fast! All ages.

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Fort Washington Park, Morningside Heights Saturday September 26 2015
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BAMkids Movie Matinees

Sundays this season mean catching up on kid-friendly classics (and some more recent films, too) at BAM. Perfect for little ones of all ages, BAMKids programming is often PG and G–rated for pint-size audiences. Ages 2 and up.

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BAM Rose Cinemas, Fort Greene Sunday September 27 2015 - Sunday December 6 2015
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Atlantic Antic

Critics' pick

Atlantic Ave between Fourth Ave and Hicks St.The busy Brooklyn artery closes down for the 40th anniversary of New York City’s largest street fair, featuring over 500 vendors and ten stages. But there’s more to see here than stands hawking Pashminas and Mozzarepas (although there are plenty of those, too): Visitors can expect a lineup of activities about as long as the avenue itself, including an entire block dedicated to kids (Atlantic Ave between Boerum and Smith Sts) and live performances, pony rides, a bouncy house, face painting, tattoos, puppet and magic shows, a singalong and small carnival rides. Plus, turn down Boerum Place to see (and climb into!) the New York Transit Museum's fleet of vintage buses, and score $1 entry into the museum 'til 4:30pm. All ages.

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Various locations Sunday September 27 2015
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Ri Ra Children's Festival of Literature

Enjoy a cultural twist on storytime with the Irish Arts Center and Children's Books Ireland at this first-ever festival. Youngsters will hear readings from top Irish children's authors and illustrators, including Chris Haughton, Oliver Jeffers and Louise O'Neill, known for their picture books, novels and artwork and more. Drop in for individual readings on the hour ($5 per person) or grab a festival pass and hang out all day. Family passes grant admission for two adults and two kids, or one adult and three kids, plus snag everyone 20% off of book purchases. All ages.

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Irish Arts Center, Hell's Kitchen Sunday October 4 2015
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Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park

Critics' pick

Time-travel back to the Middle Ages and enjoy its ancient forms of fun. Wandering Fort Tryon Park's lush grounds, families can rub shoulders with performers and festivalgoers dressed in clothing typical of the era, listen to authentic period music, and watch the antics of jugglers and jesters. All ages.

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Fort Tryon Park, Washington Heights Sunday October 4 2015
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SUBMERGE! NYC Marine Science Festival

Young explorers can delve into the world of marine science at this family-friendly festival promising "a splash of science in the city." Hudson River Park and The New York Hall of Science will bring awareness to NYC's coastal waterways with a day of free, hands-on activities and presentations. See what noted scientists are up to at research stations displaying demos and experiments, get in on marine science activities and go kayaking. Music and catch-and-release fishing will be on offer throughout the day. All ages.

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Hudson River Park, Pier 26, Tribeca Saturday October 3 2015
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Just Kidding Concerts at Symphony Space

Our favorite entertainment series for kids is back at Symphony Space with an exciting mix of family-friendly, live events featuring an impressive lineup of high-energy musicians. This season's concerts include Grammy-winning Latin group Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band (Oct 10), nature songs from musical trio Trees (Oct 17), a New Orleans–style "Monster Gras" celebration with Jazzy Ash (Oct 31) and an acoustic jam session at Justin Roberts...Unplugged! (Nov 14). Kick of 2016 with bilingual tunes by Sonia De Los Santos (Jan 2), two interactive shows from The Pop Ups (Jan 9) and an awesome concert and comedy show mashup from BAM Percussion (Jan 17). Other artists on tap this season: The Not-Its! (Jan 23), Aaron Nigel Smith (Jan 30), Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower (Feb 13), The Gustafer Yellowgold Show (Feb 27), Mil's Trills (Mar 5) and Mister G (Mar 12). All ages.

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Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, Upper West Side Saturday October 10 2015 - Saturday March 12 2016
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The Muppet Vault: Geeky Stuff

The grown-up Muppet fans behind ToughPigs.com presents a show packed with classic and rare clips from Muppety shows and specials featuring the likes of Christopher Reeve, Lynda Carter and Super Grover. During the event, Muppet-themed drink specials for adults will be available, and Muppet giveaways and sing-alongs hosted by staff for the kids. All ages.

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DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Hell's Kitchen Thursday October 8 2015
23

“Superheroes in Gotham”

Since their introduction in the 1930s, superheroes have inspired kids through comic books, games, television and movie screens—even the Broadway stage. This exhibition tells the story of superheroes in NYC, ranging from the birth of comic book superheroes to their transition to radio, TV, film and more, including New York Comic Con.

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New-York Historical Society, Upper West Side Friday October 9 2015 - Tuesday December 29 2015
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Family Concert Series at the Jewish Museum

Little ones are invited to sway, clap and sing along at a family concert series. Upcoming shows feature 60s-style tunes from Alison Faith Levy (Oct 11), a high-energy performance from The Funkey Monkeys (Oct 25), indie-rock from Grammy-nomiated band Ralph's World (Nov 8) and hits from Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights' latest album (Dec 20). Wrap up 2015 by hitting up one of two multi-genre Timbalooloo concerts with musician Oran Etkin (Dec 25). Ages 3 to 8.

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The Jewish Museum, Central Park Sunday October 11 2015 - Friday December 25 2015
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Honey Weekend

Critics' pick

Get ready for a sticky, sweet weekend at Wave Hill’s annual honey celebration in which kids make their own insect ensemble (wings, antennae and pollen cup included), march in a bee parade and buzz around a cardboard hive, using a kazoo for sound effects. Families can also make beeswax candles ($20), catch honey extraction demonstrations and try on beekeeping gear throughout the weekend, before sampling the sweet stuff from local apiaries in the garden’s shop. All ages.

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Wave Hill, The Bronx Saturday October 17 2015 - Sunday October 18 2015
20

Kidz Bop "Make Some Noise"

This super cool music brand for kids is rolling into NYC this October for a high-energy show at The Gramcery Theatre, complete with hits from their latest album KIDZ BOP 29. KIDZ BOP Kids Ashlynn Chong, Bredia Santoro, Grant Knoche and Matt Martinez come together for an unforgettable performance for the whole family.

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Gramercy Theatre, Flatiron Sunday October 18 2015
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Open House New York

Critics' pick

At this annual event, institutions around the city open their doors for free tours and programs. Kids can choose from a variety of offerings, like educator-led workshops, gallery tours, a family festival at the Center for Architecture and more. The full schedule will be announced in early October. All ages.

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Various venues Saturday October 17 2015 - Sunday October 18 2015
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MoMA Family Films: Uh Oh! Sticky Situations

Check out MOMA’s free screenings of classic family films throughout the fall, each followed by a discussion with a Museum educator. The October event is centered on mistakes, featuring shorts like Zebra, Miriam's Broken Picture and Jungle Beat: Stuck on You. Pick up your gratis tickets between 10-10:30am or 11:30am-noon on the day of the program at the information desk in the Museum’s main lobby or the reception desk at the Education and Research building, then head to the screening at the Celeste Bartos Theater. Tickets are good for a family of two parents and three children and are first-come, first-served. Ages 4 and up.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Midtown West Saturday October 17 2015
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Dia de los Muertos Celebrations

The New York Botanical Garden's typical Halloween festivities get some Mexican flair this year, in honor of the grounds' featured exhibit "Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life," The life-size diorama, inspired by the painter's own home, will host families for a colorful celebration of the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. Kids will design detailed masks or have their faces painted in preparation for a whimsical parade, when La Calavera Catrina puppets—elegant females skeletons—and butterflies will stroll through the garden. Enjoy stilt dancing from Los Zancudos de Zaachila and traditional Mexican tunes from the Villalobos Brothers (Oct 30, Nov 1). All ages.

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New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx Saturday October 24 2015 - Sunday November 1 2015
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Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade

Critics' pick

This East Village park goes to the dogs every year for a spirited canine celebration, and if you've ever spent hours perfecting your tot's costume, you'll be floored by the time and effort these pooches' parents put in. Bring the kids and your own furry friend to scope out the competition or participate. Last year's hilarious get ups included a sushi boat, a Ninja Turtle and characters from Breaking Bad (RV included). Top dogs take home prizes including tickets to Broadway shows or gift vouchers. All ages.

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Tompkins Square Park, East Village Saturday October 24 2015
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Ghouls & Gourds

Critics' pick

Your little goblins can showcase their costumes alongside gigantic puppets at this daytime parade and festival. They can also dance to live music by Terry Dames Science Music Roadshow, craft wearable insect antennae and visit stuffed creatures at the Pretend Petting Zoo. Grab your camera and deck your kids our in their best ensembles—they'll show them off in a parade and drum circle! All ages.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park Saturday October 24 2015
14

Haunted High Line Halloween

Spirits are lurking at this elevated park's Halloween festivities, where kids are encouraged to dress up in costume and learn about the history of hauntings along the Hudson. Trick-or-treaters can decorate pumpkins, journey through a spooky train tunnel and join characters like the Mad Cookie Man and the West Side Cowboy in a trick-or-treat quest where they'll answer riddles in exchange for yummy goodies. All ages.

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The High Line, Chelsea Saturday October 24 2015
13

Children's Fall Festival

Show up in your Halloween duds to enjoy a variety of country-style festivities that city kids don't often find in their urban habitat, including a pig race, appearances by professional character-look-alikes and a live country-and-western music performance. Feed some furry friends or ride a pony (for an additional fee) and mingle with a unique, costumed community at this old-fashioned fair. All ages.

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Queens County Farm Museum, Queens Sunday October 25 2015
12

Thalia Kids' Book Club presents Guys Read: Terrifying Tales

Ghost stories aren't quite as scary in the daylight, and youngsters will love hearing accounts of mysterious characters like the Stinky Cheese Man, plus modern takes on classic tales like Hansel and Gretel, which end up being more humorous than creepy. Noted children's book authors, including Jon Scieszka, Adam Gidwitz, Rita Williams Garcia and Dav Pilkey (author of the much-loved Captain Underpants series) visit Symphony Space for the slightly spooky storytime, sharing captivating tales from the kid-lit anthology Guys Read: Terrifying Tales. Ages 8–12.

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Symphony Space, Upper West Side Sunday October 25 2015
11

Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail

Of all the Halloween festivals in the city, Central Park’s is the only one that involves sending your homemade jack-o’-lanterns afloat into the Harlem Meer. Before the main event at dusk, kids are invited to show off their most creative costumes in a parade, dance to "Monster Mash" and other Halloween songs by live musicians, ogle live pumpkin-carving demos and work on creepy crafts. See website for pumpkin decoration restrictions. All ages.

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Central Park, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Lenox Hill Sunday October 25 2015
10

Asphalt Screams!

Little goblins can break in their costumes a day early at this pre-Halloween bash. Before you head out for trick-or-treating, let them make a mad dash around the fields at the Upper East Side and Battery Park City locations of Asphalt Green, playing sports and games. Special themed competitions like "Hit the Ghoul Football" and a "Spooktacular Soccer Shootout" will test thei athleticism and get them ready to bolt from door to door. All donations will benefit free community programs at the sports complex. All ages.

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Asphalt Green, Upper East Side Friday October 30 2015
9

20th Annual Halloween Celebration at AMNH

Critics' pick

As if the usual dinosaur skeletons and other bones at this iconic museum weren't haunting enough, more than 30 of the artifact-packed halls will sport chilling decor for this family-friendly Halloween party. Kids dressed in ghoulish garb can trick-or-treat, mingle with cartoon characters and get in on arts and crafts. Though special guests are still to be confirmed, past appearances have included Peter Rabbit, Clifford and Curious George, plus live performances from David Grover and the Big Bear Band, Louie & Subanda and the Big Nazo Lab. All ages.

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American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side Saturday October 31 2015
8

Brookfield Place Halloween Party

Families can hit up this ghoulish gathering at Winter Garden to hear storytelling, see magic tricks and watch live musical performance. Once little ones get done up with scary temporary tattoos and face paint, they can hop into a freaky photo booth and strut their stuff on the costume catwalk with Fashion MCs Tracey and Mason as judges. Demos and spooky lab experiments fromCarmelo the Science Fellow will keep mini mad scientists busy. All ages.

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Brookfield Place Winter Garden, Battery Park City Saturday October 31 2015
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"Pixar: The Design of Story"

Every parent has seen their kid's eyes light up as a flick like Toy Story or Up unfolds on the screen. Now, families can get a look at how Pixar's movie magic comes together thanks to a behind-the-scenes exhibit created in partnership with Pixar Animation Studios. The original artwork of genius illustrators—from films including Wall-E, Brave and The Incredibles—shows youngsters how their favorite characters developed over time, how the designers trigger our emotions and beyond. In the museum's immersive Process Lab, families will explore the design process through colorscripts, storyboards, sculptures and interactive stations like an 84-inch touch-screen table. Hit up a Design by Hand workshop led by creative staff from Pixar and don't miss screenings of Luxo Jr., a short film from 1986, or a Q&A with John Lasseter (Nov 12). Ages 5 and up.

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Upper East Side Thursday October 8 2015 - Thursday December 31 2015
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Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny

Margaret Wise Brown's heartfelt children's stories dance across the stage in this whimsical puppetry performance from the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Standby bedtime story Goodnight Moon transports families to that familiar green room, encouraging the audience to help wish all its memorable objects goodnight. Then comes the tale of a rabbit who plans to set out on his own, only to be outdone by his loving mom in The Runaway Bunny. The puppeteers bring colorful large-scale puppets to life, letting little theatergoers take in their favorite books in a while new way. Ages 2–5.

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Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, Greenwich Village Sunday November 1 2015
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"The Secret World Inside You: The Human Microbiome"

At a very young age, kids are taught that germs are "yucky" and should be eliminated, but now they'll find out that there's much more to those tiny microorganisms that live on and inside our bodies. In this special exhibition, the Museum of Natural History invites families to take a closer look at the 100 trillion bacteria and viruses that make up our microbiome, demonstrating how the microbes can help make vitamins, digest food, pump up our immune system and even affect moods and behavior. Kids can get hands-on with interactive displays, showing where the bacteria live, how we interact with them and beyond. Ages 6 and up.

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American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side Saturday November 7 2015 - Thursday December 31 2015
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Meet the Music! My Brother, Franz Schubert

Combining storytelling and classical music, this family concert will teach little ones about Ferdinand, the less-talented brother of musical genius Franz Schubert. They'll discover the true story about how the composer helped his brother come up with an accompaniment to the Trout Quintet melody. Stop by before the concert to visit the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo (1–1:40pm). Ages 8 and up.

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Alice Tully Hall (at Lincoln Center), Upper West Side Sunday November 8 2015
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New York Philharmonic Very Young People's Concerts

The Philharmonic's strings section will take (very) little ones on a musical romp combining games and hands-on music-making. Designed with the hlp of faculty from Columbia University's Teacher College, each concert has its own theme. Explore how to build sound, watch the orchestra play classical scores, then join in on games and interactive storytelling—featuring tales and illustrations of Philippe the Penguin—to keep the musical inspiration going. Using instruments like violins, cellos and harps, the stories spark little ones' imaginations and leave them humming long after the performance. Stick around afterward for the chance to touch (and try!) some of the instruments. Ages 3–6.

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Merkin Concert Hall, Upper West Side Sunday November 8 2015 - Monday November 9 2015
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Innovate with History: Family Tech Weekend

Families get a chance to code and build some way-cool technology throughout the weekend at the New-York Historical Society. In conjunction with the fall exhibition "Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York," the high-tech workshops invite gadget-loving kids to practice Morse code, write their name with a punch card computer, take a coding class, meet IBM robots and built circuits. Ages 5 and up.

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New-York Historical Society, Upper West Side Saturday November 14 2015
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Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation

Critics' pick

Head to the Upper West Side (beginning at 79th Street and Columbus Avenue near the Museum of Natural History) 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 their favorite balloons- like Hello Kitty, Sponge Bob and Spider-Man- come to life. All ages.

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Manhattan Wednesday November 25 2015

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