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Things to do with kids in NYC this weekend

Looking for things to do in NYC with your brood? Hit up these fun weekend-long happenings

Photograph: Courtesy Galli Theater

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October 29–30

The Three Little Pigs

Gordy, Perkey, and Snoozy pigs set off to start their independent lives and build new homes for themselves, but the Wolf isn’t going to make this mission easy. The classic tale comes to life on stage and afterwards, children can try their hand at acting the story out. A 40-minute workshop follows each performance and an actor from the play will help them put on their own show. Ages 4 and up.

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Galli Theater , Chelsea Saturday October 29 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

Little Monsters Brunch Screenings

Join Nitehawk for a frightfully good time! While you might think of the theater as an adults-only film spot, it actually does a ton of programming for children and families. The upcoming Little Monsters Brunch Screenings include Halloween favorites Beetlejuice (1988) on 10/8 and 10/9 at 11:30am, Ghostbusters (1984) on 10/22 and 10/23 at 11:30am plus Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) on 10/29 and 10/30 at 11:45am. Costumes are encouraged. Who doesn't want to dine in style! Beetlejuice ages 13 and up, Ghostbusters ages 8 and up, Abbot & Costello ages 6 and up.

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Nitehawk Cinema , Williamsburg Saturday October 29 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

Boo at the Zoo


This Halloween celebration takes over the Bronx wildlife spot every weekend in October (plus Rosh Hashanah and Columbus Day). This year, see zoo creature–inspired 3D carved pumpkins and venture through a dark tunnel filled with over 1,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns (located in World of Darkness; 10am–5pm). Head to the tent at Grizzly Bears to catch a magic show with David Levitan (12pm, 2pm, 4pm) or a live musical performance with Gigi and the Lend Me a Hand Band (11:30am, 1pm, 3pm), then explore a hay maze (located in Butterfly Patio, 11am–5pm). Kids will love checking out demos by professional pumpkin carvers (located in Dancing Crane Plaza, 11am–4pm); and, of course, rocking their outfits in a Halloween procession alongside handmade puppets and characters from the Alice Farley Dance Company (starts at Rhino Garden noon, 2pm). Nourish your little ghouls with snacks from treat stations situated around the park (11am-5pm). All activities are free with zoo admission, except for the Jack O'Lantern Illumination, which requires the Total Experience ticket. All ages.

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Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society , The Bronx Saturday October 29 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

Gravesend Inn Haunted Hotel


New York’s most high-tech haunted house also has an educational element: Every year, students in City Tech’s Theatreworks program produce the attraction from the ground up, with skeleton pirates, talking paintings and a grisly bathroom. Tough tweens can trigger the hotel’s spooky surprises (think jumping skeletons and pirate ghosts) with a series of hidden sensors that respond to their movements. Ages 6 and up.

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New York City College of Technology, Voorhees Building , Downtown Brooklyn Until Monday October 31 2016

Odd Squad Live!

Jump in on the fun at this live, laugh-out-loud adventure with new Odd Squad agents Owen and Ophelia. In this interactive performance, they'll need your help as they unravel clues to stop evil masterminds like Father Time and Lady Terrible and put their STEM skills to the test! Before each show, Odd Squad Live! also offers a fun, hour-long educational workshop for kids (think spy-related awesomeness). Plus (if you buy VIP tickets), kiddos can enjoy a post-show meet 'n greet with Odd Squad characters. *Time Out Kids readers! Grab a discount for event tickets using the discount code odd4 on the ticket website* Ages 4–10.

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Skirball Center for the Performing Arts , Greenwich Village Saturday October 29 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

Mr. Popper's Penguins

This cool family-friendly performance produced by Kenny Wax Family Entertainment brings the story of Mr. Popper's Penguins to life at the New Victory! Pleasant and practical folks Mr. and Mrs. Popper are in for a surprise when a package shows up—and produces a penguin. Prepare for new musical favorites like "Poles Apart" and "Chills 4 U," plus a slew of penguin puppets created by Nick Barnes. As always, New Victory makes an effort to be all-inclusive. There are performances of this show both with sign interpretation and those that are sensory-friendly. Ages 4–7.

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New Victory Theater , Midtown West Saturday October 29 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

Harvest Week

Hotel Belleclaire will help New Yorkers nestle into the season with a week-long festival full of fun activities for the whole family. On Wednesday, grab fresh hot apple cider and caramel apples before going on a walking tour of the Upper West Side and Central Park. A Halloween-at-Home party with candy corn “boo-kies” will take place Thursday 2pm to 5pm. The Sweeter NYC gourmet food truck will be on hand Friday to serve seasonal treats before your afternoon stroll. And on Halloween, share your amazing costume on social media for a virtual costume contest. Just follow Hotel Belleclaire on Facebook and Twitter to post photos with the hashtag #HBHalloween2016 by midnight for a chance to win a free night at the hotel. All ages. Various times.

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Hotel Belleclaire , Upper West Side Until Monday October 31 2016

The Amazing Maize Maze


Check out 2016’s Amazing Maize Maze at the Queens County Farm Museum! The American Maze Company builds a labyrinth every year that that stretches over several acres, with the length of the course often stretching two miles! Previous years’ themes of the American Maize Maze’s celebration have included a violin, a riverboat, a train, a farmscape and the largest living sundial. Be sure to check americanmaze.com for the full list of Amazing Maize Maze locations (PA, NC and NY). All ages.

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Queens County Farm Museum , Queens Saturday October 29 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

Giant Pumpkin Carving Weekend


These orange heavyweights make their way to the New York Botanical Garden from around the country, and some of the mighty fruits weigh more than one ton! The pumpkins on display are winners of the global pumpkin weigh-offs; be sure to bring your camera since NYBG guests can take photos with the giant gourds. All ages.

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Until Sun Oct 23

Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden


New Yorkers are singularly focused on leaves during the fall, but Botanical Garden experts are focused on something a little different. Over 11 months, these beautiful kiku (Japanese for “chrysanthemum”) are grown and shaped into floral sculptures and single stems that have been manipulated to produce hundreds of blossoms at once. All ages.

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New York Botanical Garden , The Bronx Until Sunday October 30 2016
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