Head to Coney Island for some Halloween fun! The annual event kicks off mid-September and runs on weekends through October with kid-friendly activities and fall fun. Little ones can get their faces painted, ride ponies, participate in arts and crafts, magic tricks, karaoke, games, story time and dance. And no need to head to a farm to find your Jack O’Lantern—the park will have a pumpkin patch onsite. Head to Luna Park's website for more event information as its announced! All ages.
Escape the concrete jungle for a crisp slice of autumn at Fishkill Farms. Every weekend from the second week in September through the last in October, the whole family can enjoy apple pickings, wagon rides, live music and fresh treats like cider, donuts, and homemade pies. Starting in late September you can even pick your own pumpkin. Stop by the farm’s grill for barbecue classics, and be sure to check out the farm store before you leave to pick up some maple syrup, honey, artisanal cheeses and more. All ages.
Young explorers can dive into the world of marine science at Hudson River Park's NYC marine science festival SUBMERGE. Kids of all ages will love meeting real scientists and learning more about things like oysters, underwater robots, horseshoe crabs, knot-tying, whales, pollution and plankton (just to name a few). Check out hands-on activities and kid-approved science entertainment. There are also kayaking and fishing opportunities. All ages.
This wacky West Coast transplant displays unbelievable experiments that will have your little mad scientists in awe. Budding innovators are invited to craft and build by using the world around us as their inspiration. Allow the DIY Tesla coil kits that shoot lightning and the 3-D chocolate printing machine to inspire your kiddos' creations. Past lineups have involved running through a life-size mousetrap, watching a Coke Zero and Mentos mountain explode, shooting marshmallows, flying model drones and powering your own DIY rides. All ages.
Atlantic Ave closes down for New York City’s largest street fair, now in its 44th year and featuring hundreds of amazing vendors. Expect children's activities, delicious food of all kinds, live performances and more! All ages.
Be part of the music at Carnegie Hall! Children can learn how to use their imaginations to tell stories through music with interactive musical activities and dancing. Families can even learn how a movie gets scored and discover the power of a great soundtrack. Hip-hop duo Soul Science Lab will perform live, and younger tots (ages 2 or younger) can participate in OTOYOTOY!, an immersive theater piece. All ages.
Celebrate one of the most important holidays on the Chinese calendar, traditionally marked by farmers as the end of the fall harvest season. The event offers mooncake-tasting, moon-themed craft workshops, a scavenger hunt around the museum's galleries, a shadow puppet performance about the Moon Goddess Chang-Er and much more. Advance registration is highly recommended. All ages.
At this annual outdoor fest, kids will get a glimpse of farm life firsthand—or at least a wonderful re-creation of it. Pie-eating and corn-husking contests, hayrides, carnival rides, midway games, a Bavarian garden, German band, pig racing and the three-acre Amazing Maize Maze will make the big city seem far, far away to little ones. All ages.
World Science Festival has partnered up with Con Edison for this science education initiative. Families will enter a mini metropolis in which they’ll learn about science, technology, engineering, and math through a variety of interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities. Brains will get a workout trying to solve challenges and puzzles and discovering physics. An activity guide is also available for download that is full of fun experiments you and your child can conduct before and after the event. All ages.
Spend Saturday catching (and releasing!) East River fish. There will also be games, snacks and crafts for younger sibs or those less familiar with the sport. Afterward dance to the nautical-themed music of Funkinships. Ages 5 and up. Meet on the Southern Shore, south of 103rd Street Footbridge
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