November events calendar for kids
It's true, parents: You can swim, but you can't hide. One of the the catchiest kids' songs of all time is getting the theater treatment later this year. It's time to put your fins together for Baby Shark Live! In the slight chance you haven't heard the sensation that is "Baby Shark," the family jam from Pinkfong has permanently seeped into toddlers' brains and garnered a total of over 2 billion YouTube plays. Round Room Live and Pinkfong will join forces to bring this experience to the stage, and needless to say, we're swinging, swaying and singing, "Doo doo doo doo doo doo." All ages.
The Brooklyn outpost invites its youngest visitors to get in tune with the arts by way of its BAMkids program, which includes concerts, workshops and movie screenings. Find the 2019–2020 schedule below. Ages 2–11. Oct 20: Screening of Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse at 2pm Nov 3: Screening of Okko's Inn at 2pm Nov 9: Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats performances at 10:30am and 2pm Nov 16: Get Up, Stand Up! Family Workshop at 1pm Nov 17: Queen of Katwe screening at 2pm Dec 1: Muppet Christmas Carol screening at 1pm Dec 7: Raga Kids performances at 10:30am and 2pm
Playtime, Metrograph's series of family-friendly Saturday matinees, kicks off this weekend with The Little Princess (1995)—the beautiful and haunting film was directed by a young Alfonso Cuarón long before he took on the Harry Potter franchise, or won an Academy Award for "Roma" (2018). In other words, Playtime is for the budding cineaste in your life. It's win-win. You get to watch good films in a fantastic venue, while your little one is exposed to terrific movies and won't be shhh'd by your neighbors. Upcoming movies include City Lights (1931), The Black Stallion (1979), The Iron Giant (1999) and the original King Kong (1933)—check Metrograph for full listings. The series wraps up on Nov 2.
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 thousands of Jack O' Lanterns (all of which are 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 on this spooky stroll. Be sure to get your tickets early—they sell out fast and required to gain access to the event! Also note that the tickets you purchase are for specific times. All ages.
This fall-tacular Halloween celebration takes over the Bronx Zoo spot on weekends from Sept 29 to Nov 14 (plus the school holiday on Monday, Oct 14). Kids can hold on tight during the Haunted Pirate Hayride, get spooked at the Extinct Animal Graveyard, pick up sweets on the Candy Trail, show off their Halloween getups at the costume parade and so much more. Tiny kids will love the mini corn maze, and you'll love all the adorable photo ops. Go on the Spooktacular Night Walks (separate ticket costs $45 per person, $35 for members), and you'll see what happens in the zoo after hours...if you dare! All ages.
Advertised as the "biggest, most realistic dinosaur ride in America," the new attraction shuttles families (with narration) through a wooded area packed with 40 ultra-realistic (read: gigantic) animatronic dinosaurs. One of the most notable features will certainly be the two towering Tyrannosaurus rex—as well as the vegetarian Omeisaurus that stretches an impressive 60 feet long. And to make things as realistic as possible, the Bronx Zoo teamed up with a paleontologist from the American Museum of Natural History—Don Lessem even served as an advisor on the original Jurassic Park! The experience is topped off with an ADA-accessible fossil dig area for kids to play in, plus some additional dino-themed activities around the zoo. All ages.
This is planet Earth like you've never seen her before. NYC's latest immersive installation—located at 718 Broadway—is photo-worthy for a cause: While venturing through 15 rooms of underwater realms and fictional landscapes, "Arcadia Earth" visitors will be able to participate in virtual and augmented reality offerings while learning how our lifestyle choices will impact the future of our planet. Proceeds from all ticket sales will also directly support Arcadia’s educational and charity partner, Oceanic Global. All ages.
A tech and gaming-inspired pop-up from artist Tianyu Qiu, the former creative director behind the whimsical Wonder World installation in Brooklyn, has opened in Soho at 1 York St. With odes to the American Pop Art movement and European Futurism movement, “Pixinity: Pop Futurism” will transport visitors of all ages to a creative universe. Those who swing by will be led through 10 vibrant rooms chock full of sculptures, pixelated pieces, emoji-like figures, digital and gaming icons and computer-inspired work. (Yes, there's even a ball pit!). All ages.
The armor of Emperor Maximilian I, who ruled the Holy Roman Empire until 1519, was made for battle, and for showing off—just look at that lacy metalwork and exquisite details. There are over 180 items are in the exhibit, including the childhood armor of Maximilian's son, the future Philip I, King of Castile: This knight at the museum is sure to get the imaginations of your young ones racing. Mark your calendar for a special family afternoon on Nov 10 from 1pm–4pm that will include story time, a shadow puppet performance by Caroline Borderies and a chance for your young knights to embellish their custom armor. All Ages.
Prepare to dig deep like a true paleontologist thanks to "T. Rex: The Ultimate Predator." The Museum of Natural History's new exhibit will give visitors a peek into how the massive creatures came to be. Patrons will get a good look at the new findings about the tyrannosaurs genus, with a special focus on our main man, the T. rex. Unlike what people may think—and what movies led us to believe—T. rex is simply one part of the species' 100-million-year evolution. Who knew that tyrannosaurs species actually include small, agile creatures? For real!