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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

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October 22–23

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

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

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

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

RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns

Get in the Halloween spirit at this massive jack o'lantern bonanza featuring thousands of hand-carved real and artificial pumpkins. RISE hits both New York and New Jersey this year, and each event boasts 5,000 real pumpkins, transformed through the meticulous work of hundreds of carvers into movie characters and pop culture icons, plus impressive multi-pumpkin sculptures of dinosaurs, dragons, safari animals and more. The whole family will love exploring these intricately carved pumpkins (some of which weigh over 100 pounds!) while listening to festive Halloween tunes. Be sure to check out the live-carving stations, where tykes can watch the artists in action. All ages.

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Old Westbury Gardens , Long Island Until Sunday October 30 2016

Halloween Harvest Festival


We love a good circus theme—and good thing, because this year’s Halloween Harvest fest is bringing the spooky to you with jugglers, clowning, acrobatics and clowning! There will be costume-making with Socrates artists, plus a cool large-scale sculpture workshop hosted by Free Stule Arts Assocition and Face Painting by Agostino Arts. Pooches are welcome too—there’s even a puppy costume contest! All ages.

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Socrates Sculpture Park , Astoria Saturday October 29 2016

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

There's nothing else quite like the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze for experiencing the magic and wonder of Halloween with your family. The attraction is set along the beautiful 18th century riverside landscape of Van Cortlandt Manor, and you can stroll along the Pumpkin Promenade to take in over 7,000 Jack O' Lanterns (are all hand-carved)! This delightfully eerie walk is also set to cool sound effects, synchronized light displays and an original soundtrack. Expect to see spiders and snakes, animals of all kinds, a Jurassic Park-themed area containing life-size dinosaur sculptures, a huge sea serpent alongside the Croton River and so much more on this spooky stroll. Don’t miss out on the tri-state area’s biggest and most unique Halloween event! All ages.

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Van Cortlandt Manor Until Sunday November 13 2016

Pinkalicious, The Musical

Based on the bestselling children's book series, Pinkalicious revolves around a little girl who eats too many pink cupcakes and contracts Pinkititis, turning her entirely pink. At first, her new color seems like a dream come true, but she soon realizes that it might not be such a good thing. Your little one will be tickled pink by this delightful musical. Ages 2 to 7.

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ArcLight Theatre , Upper West Side Saturday October 29 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016
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