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Things to do with kids in NYC this Saturday

Kick off your weekend and spend Saturday with the family at the city's best events and activities for kids.

Ghouls and Gourds at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Ghouls and Gourds at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Photograph: Alex Strada

Saturday, October 25

Ghouls & Gourds

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Your little goblins can showcase their eye-catching costumes alongside gigantic puppets at this daytime parade and festival. Dance to live music acts, get crafy in hands-on workshops and hear readings from children's book authors on the garden's spacious lawn. Grab your camera and deck them out in their best ensembles—Halloween fanatics pull out all the stops for this festive fete! All ages.

  1. Brooklyn Botanic Garden 990 Washington Ave, at President St
  2. Sat Oct 25
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When I First Came to This Land

  • Price band: 2/4

Little New Yorkers will learn about their city's melting pot beginnings at this interactive concert at the Irish Arts Center. Kiddie musician Lou Gallo and singer/storyteller Jean Rohe of The Very Hungry Band will put on a show that combines Irish and international folk songs and original tunes to teach kids about immigration. Tots can sing and dance along with the performers and check out interactive historical installations before and afterward. Ages 3–7.

  1. Irish Arts Center 553 W 51st St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This family-focused fest on Pier 6 features pumpkin-picking, face painting, mask-making crafts, plus an old-timey trolley bus that'll escort families down Atlantic Avenue to Fourth Ave, making occasional stops for more family fun at the Hoyt Street Garden. Meanwhile, be sure to head back to Brooklyn Bridge Park for Zumba at 11am, a Halloween costume parade at 11:45am and music by AudraRox at noon. Ages 1 to 8.

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Ghouls, Goblins and Ghost Trains

  • Price band: 3/4

Take a spooky ride on World War I–era IRT subway cars and explore the old haunts of Woodlawn Cemetery. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy amidst the fall foliage, then embark on a two-hour twilight tour of some of the graveyard's most famous residents including jazz musicians, suffragists, civic leaders and business moguls. Ages 5 and up.

  1. New York Transit Museum Boerum Pl, at Schermerhorn St, 11201
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Haunted High Line Halloween

  • Free

Spirits are lurking at this elevated park's Halloween festivities, where kids are encouraged to dress up in costume and learn about the haunting history along the Hudson. Trick-or-treaters can craft creations, journey through a spooky train tunnel made by students from the School of Visual Arts 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.

  1. The High Line Washington St at Gansevoort St, to Tenth Ave at 30th St
  2. Sat Oct 25
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