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Columbus Day weekend 2013: Best things to do in NYC with kids

Fete the first three-day weekend of fall with cool concerts, fun fests and an annual parade, plus more great things to do in NYC on Columbus Day weekend 2013.

  • Columbus Day weekend 2013: Best things to do in NYC with kids

    The Funkey Monkeys at the Jewish Museum

     

     

  • Photograph: Nando Pelusi

    Columbus Day weekend 2013: Best things to do in NYC with kids

    Hip Tot Music Fest

  • Photograph: Daniel Avila

    Columbus Day weekend 2013: Best things to do in NYC with kids

    Raptor Fest at Prospect Park

  • Photograph: Jon Simon

    Columbus Day weekend 2013: Best things to do in NYC with kids

    Staten Island Day

  • Courtesy the Japan Society

    Columbus Day weekend 2013: Best things to do in NYC with kids

    "Rebirth: Recent Works of Mariko Mori" at the Japan Society

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Columbus Day weekend 2013: Best things to do in NYC with kids

    Open House New York

     

     

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day weekend 2013: Best things to do in NYC with kids

    "The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter"

  • Courtesy MoMA PS!

    Columbus Day weekend 2013: Best things to do in NYC with kids

    "Mike Kelley" at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Columbus Day weekend 2013: Best things to do in NYC with kids

    The Amazing Maize Maze

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day weekend 2013: Best things to do in NYC with kids

    Boo at the Zoo: Dragons and Dinosaurs

Columbus Day weekend 2013: Best things to do in NYC with kids

The Funkey Monkeys at the Jewish Museum

 

 

Sunday, October 13

Family Concert Series at the Jewish Museum

  • Price band: 2/4

Little ones are invited to a fall family concert series, featuringa special two-show day with the Funkey Monkeys on their tenth anniversary. Ages 2 to 8.

  1. The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave, at 92nd St, 10128
  2. Sun Oct 12 - Thu Dec 25
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Hip Tot Music Fest

  • Price band: 2/4

After a summer hiatus, the monthly concert series for (especially cool) Brooklyn families is back for more kindie music, live DJs, craft projects, giveaways and story time throughout the school year. The tunes kick off with Deedle Deedle Dees frontman Lloyd H. Miller (10/13), and by BK jam trio Rolie Polie Guacamole (11/10), who pay homage to everything from hummus to acai berries. Return in December for a holiday set by Suzi Shelton and an appearance by Santa Claus (12/8). January's show is New Year's–themed, headlined by the Trummytones (1/12), while Februrary's is, of course, all about love with Audra Rox (2/9). Round out the year with Mil's Trills (3/9) and Astrograss and Little Miss Ann for an Earth Day Extravaganza (4/13). Ages 2 to 5.

  1. ShapeShifter Lab 18 Whitwell Pl, between Carroll and 1st Sts, 11215
  2. Sun Apr 13
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Raptor Fest

  • Free

Kestrels, falcons, eagles, owls and other birds of prey take over Prospect Park this time of year. Bird handlers will discuss wildlife rehabilitation, show off flight demonstrations and teach little ones about how their feathered friends descended from dinosaurs. All ages.

  1. Prospect Park Audubon Center enter at Ocean Ave, and Lincoln Rd
  2. Until Sun Oct 13
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Staten Island Day

  • Free

Celebrate NYC's southernmost borough with a full day of family activities, starting with the 1.5-mile Fun Run ($10) at 10:30am—that is, unless your little one is old enough for the Staten Island Half Marathon, which starts at 8:30am ($45-$65). Enjoy carnival games, live music, bouncy slides, obstacle courses and local foodie vendors who've been impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Proceeds from the fest will go towards relief efforts. All ages.

  1. Richmond County Bank Ballpark 75 Richmond Terr, at Bank St
  2. Until Sun Oct 13
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"Rebirth: Recent Works of Mariko Mori"

Japanese artist Mariko Mori's first NYC solo show in more than a decade explores the spiritual connections of man to the natural world and ancient cultures with 30-plus installations, sculptures, drawings and videos. Kids will be most impressed with the large-scale works, including the lit-up Ring, which will later take up residence above a Brazilian waterfall; Transcircle 1.1, a pastel-colored Stonehenge whose colors change in sync with planetary positions; and White Hole, a white, energy-generating spiral, the opposite of the famed Black Hole, developed with an astrophysicist. All ages.

  1. Japan Society 333 E 47th St, between First and Second Aves, 10017
  2. Until Sun Jan 12
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Open House New York Weekend Family Festival

  • Free

This annual festival held in conjunction with Open House New York offers families a slew of hands-on activities celebrating the city's architecture. This year, expect to build stained glass windows, gargoyles, boats, keys and more. Best of all: There's no preregistration required. All ages.

  1. AIA Center for Architecture 536 La Guardia Pl, between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts
  2. Until Sun Oct 13
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"The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter"

  • Critics choice

It's a balmy 80 degrees in the museum's 1,200-square-foot vivarium, which holds up to 500 tropical lepidoptera. The free-flying butterflies often land on the shoulders of visitors, allowing tykes to come into direct contact with the ethereal creatures. All ages.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Until Sun Jun 22
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"Mike Kelley"

  • Price band: 1/4

This retrospective of the late, Los Angeles–based Mike Kelley, a maverick artist who mined pop culture to the core for the materials and subject matter of his work (sculptures, installations, performances), features one of MoMA's newest acquistions: the monumental installation Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites (1991–99). Why should kids care? Well, it's supremely rainbow-colored and was made almost entirely of stuffed animals the artist found in rummage sales, which he stitched together over the course of many years to form an enormous, amorphous growth-cum-sculpture. It will be suspended with wires and surrounded by all sorts of other colorful hanging objects and wall-mounted pieces, creating a magical environment little ones ought not to miss. All ages.

  1. MoMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Ave, at 46th Ave
  2. Until Sun Feb 2
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The Amazing Maize Maze

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Kids track down clues, solve puzzles and ultimately find their way out of the labyrinthine maze made of corn stalks. All ages.

  1. Queens County Farm Museum 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, between 73rd Rd and 74th Ave
  2. Until Sun Oct 27
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Boo at the Zoo: Dragons and Dinosaurs

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

This Halloween celebration takes over the Bronx wildlife spot every weekend in October, as well as the weekend following Halloween. This year, it will overlap with the zoo's animatronic Dinosaur Safari adventure, which has been extended through Nov 3. Also new this year: a komodo dragon exhibit, which will open at the Zoo Center in time for the holiday. Following in the tradition of years past, kids can venture through the Museum of UnNatural Mysteries (located by the Somba Village; 11am–5pm); catch a magic show (noon, 2, 4pm) or a musical theater performance of Beasts of the Magical World (12:30, 1:30, 2:30pm); take in live music from Gigi and the Lend Me a Hand Band (11:30am, 1, 3pm); explore a hay maze (11am–5pm); learn about all kinds of creatures at the extinct-animal graveyard; check out demonstrations by professional pumpkin carvers (11am–5pm); and, of course, rock their outfits in a Halloween procession (noon, 2pm). Boo in the Zoo is free with zoo admission; Dinosaur Safari (10am–5pm) and the Museum of UnNatural Mysteries require the purchase of a Total Experience ticket. All ages.

  1. Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society 2300 Southern Blvd, at Fordham Rd, 10460
  2. Sun Nov 3
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