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8 free things to do with kids in NYC on Columbus Day weekend 2013

Don’t spend a dime on Columbus Day weekend 2013, with activities like the Little Red Lighthouse Festival, Open House New York and Staten Island Day.


There’s tons to do if you’re staying in the city this weekend—and what’s more, many of them are free! Head uptown for the Little Red Lighthouse Festival and back downtown for the Open House New York Weekend Family Festival (we dare you to do ‘em both in the same day!) Plus, spend the weekend en plein air—just cross your fingers for rain-free skies—at Raptor Fest in Prospect Park, Staten Island Day or the annual Columbus Day Parade. Happy three-day weekend!


RECOMMENDED: Best things to do on Columbus Day weekend 2013


  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    1. Climb to the top of Manhattan's last remaining lighthouse and hear the story that gave it its nickname at the Little Red Lighthouse Festival.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    2. Celebrate the city's architecture with two days of constructing windows, boats and gargoyles at Open House New York.

     

     

  • 3. Dance the minuet, make a mini topiary and find out how the Brits used their gardens for food and medicine at Family Day: Topiary Garden Dance.

  • Photograph: Daniel Avila

    4. Find out how birds are descended from dinosaurs, then meet a few of them yourself at Raptor Fest in Prospect Park.

  • Photograph: Jon Simon

    5. Dash through the Fun Run or chill out with carnival games, bouncy slides and obstacle courses at Staten Island Day.

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    6. Fete Columbus' fateful failed voyage to India with an enormous ode to Italian-American culture at the annual Columbus Day Parade.

  • Photograph: Richard Patterson

    7. Take free workshops like lantern-building at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Center in honor of National Design Week.

  • 8. Celebrate the mini-chain's tenth anniversary during an in-store party on Sunday at Giggle's three city location (think jugglers, treats and a photo session).

Photograph: Filip Wolak

1. Climb to the top of Manhattan's last remaining lighthouse and hear the story that gave it its nickname at the Little Red Lighthouse Festival.


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