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    Take a family road trip to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival

    Fri Oct 17

    Photograph: New York State Sheep and Wool Festival

    Get ready for sweater weather at this crafty fest! Little ones can meet sheep and goats while exploring tons of kid-friendly activities Don't be fooled by the recent balmy days—fall has definitely arrived in NYC. When you're not busy checking out all the awesome fall foliage, celebrate the season with a day trip to bucolic Rhinebeck, NY and a visit to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival. Kids will love getting up close and personal with several varieties of sheep and goats and participating in hands-on, creative craft projects. RECOMMENDED: 50 things to do in New York City with kids in the fall All day long, children can visit the Two by Two Petting Zoo to mingle with cuddly livestock. Kids and their parents will learn about textile techniques like felting, stitching and embroidery through fun workshops and make their own handmade souvenirs to take home. After working on a stuffed pillow or felt-bead necklace, little crafters can enjoy a magic show from Ed the Wizard or a...

    Catch a film fest and electrifying guitar show at Liberty Science Center

    Thu Oct 16

    ArcAttack's Lightning Guitar at Liberty Science Center

    ArcAttack's Lightning Guitar at Liberty Science Center Photograph courtesy Liberty Science Center

    The Jersey City museum offers an animal-themed film series and a live concert—complete with lightning bolts—for families this weekend When’s the last time your family took a trip across the Hudson for a day out in New Jersey? Liberty Science Center might be just the thing to lure you back, with exciting family programs going on throughout the weekend. The hands-on museum in Jersey City just opened “Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World” on October 4th, letting kids and parents explore various aspects of the musical instrument. Families will love strumming the world’s largest playable guitar, taking on riff memorizing challenges, designing their dream guitar and more.   RECOMMENDED: New and upcoming NYC museum exhibits for kidsAlong with the exhibit, is a live music series, inviting rock, jazz, blues, classical and kindie bands to LSC to entertain visitors. On the roster this weekend is a special show, ArcAttack’s Lightning Guitar, featuring Joe DiPrima—an extraordinary...

    Celebrate Halloween early at Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Ghouls & Gourds

    Wed Oct 15

    Photograph: Mike Ratliff/Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    Kids can veg out, get a (fake) tattoo and show off their costumes at this activity-packed Halloween bash On Saturday, October 25th, take your trick-or-treating get-ups on a test-run at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The scenic Cherry Esplanade will be decked out in its Halloween finest for Ghouls & Gourds, an annual holiday bash for kids of all ages. The action-packed Halloween extravaganza will keep families busy with entertainment on multiple stages, plus arts & crafts projects, workshops, games, a drum circle and an epic costume parade. RECOMMENDED: 50 things to do in New York City with kids in the fall Local daredevil Kyle Petersen will get things started on the Planet Pumpkin Stage (12:15pm-1pm) with his unicycle skills. Kids can groove to spooky tunes from Mexican brass band Banda de los Muertos (1:15pm-2:15pm), family folksters Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem (2:30pm-3:15pm) and the insanely talented teens of Bed-Stuy's own Black and Gold Marching Elite (3:30pm-4:30pm). Head to the...

    Does your kid have what it takes to be a Who?

    Tue Oct 14

    Photograph: Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

    Enter the Grinch’s contest at Madison Square Garden for a chance at a walk-on role in the upcoming How the Grinch Stole Christmas! musical Normally we wouldn't encourage you to act like stage mothers and showbiz fathers, but this offer is too good to miss. On Thursday October 23, starting at 11am, producers of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical (starting previews at MSG December 5) will host a "Who Lookalike Contest." They're searching for a new Who to make a cameo sometime in December. RECOMMENDED: 50 things to do in New York City with kids in the fall Children ages 6-10 will be asked to come dressed in costume as a Who character. The new resident of Whoville will be selected based on their costume and delivery of a line from the show. The winner gets a walk-on role and their name in lights on the Madison Square Garden Seventh Avenue marquee. The prize will also include four VIP tickets for their family. The judges of the contest will include Cindy Lou Who, a...

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