Central Park Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail
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October events calendar for kids in NYC

Our October events calendar for kids will let you in on all of the spooky (and non-spooky) events taking place in NYC

By Danielle Valente, Oliver Strand and Allie Early

'Tis the season to be spooky, and there's no better way to celebrate all-things creepy and kooky than with our October events calendar for kids! There are plenty of Halloween happenings across the city, and you can't miss 'em. 

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If you're in need of other cool family adventures, try pumpkin picking near NYC, have a marathon with these  scary movies for kids and enjoy a helping of the best apple cider donuts in NYC.  

October kids' events

midcentury buildings in NYC
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1. Second Sunday Family Tours at the Guggenheim Museum

Attractions Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side

These interactive tours of the Guggenheim's galleries are geared for hands-on learning. These family-friendly events that take place the second Tuesday of every month will unlock young minds, and will make this iconic museum become as familiar as a favorite playground. Every tour is structured around a theme: Color Fields, Is It Art? and Off the Canvas, to name a few. Online registration is required. Ages 5 and up.

Russia! installation view
Photograph: David M. Heald/© The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

2. Stroller Tours at the Guggenheim

Things to do Walks and tours Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side

Wandering through galleries isn't always easy with a tot in tow, but the Guggenheim makes museum visits easier for new moms and dads—and even babies. On the second Tuesday of every month, a museum educator will lead Stroller Tours and take a group through current exhibits as little ones keep busy by playing with fun objects and trying out crafts. Whatever keeps them playing with the artwork! Online registration is required. Ages 24 months and younger. 

Guggenheim New York
Photograph: Courtesy Guggenheim New York

3. Little Guggs at the Guggenheim Museum

Kids Classes and workshops Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side

Start 'em young! The Little Guggs series on select Wednesdays and Sundays lets your tiny one explore the galleries with a guide, then create a work of art in the museum's studio. Storytime and snacks are included! Online registration required. Ages 2-4.

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4. American Dream Mall

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"Mall" isn't necessarily an accurate way to describe American Dream.  Sure, the long-awaited Jersey attraction boasts hundreds of retail options, from Zara and H&M to Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany & Co., but the three-million-square-foot destination is definitely an entertainment hub that needs to be on your radar.  Mark your calendars for Oct 25, the grand opening of the estimated $5 billion project. Triple Five Group, the masterminds behind the Mall of America in Minnesota, has worked to ensure that the Meadowlands shopping and entertainment behemoth is the talk of the town.  Add a Jersey outing to your list of fall activities for kids and check out all that awaits! 

Photograph: Courtesy Shutterstock

5. Sloomoo Institute

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New Yorkers take their immersive experiences quite seriously, and this fall promises a slew of sensory-filled adventures.  After indulging in creamy goodness at the Museum of Ice Cream's new Soho flagship, head over for a creative afternoon at Sloomoo Institute. This 8,000 square-foot entertainment hub, also in Soho, opens Oct 25 and guarantees a slimy encounter like no other. Visitors big and lil' will enter a black light cove with glow in the dark slime, let an EEG machine provide a sneak peek of your brain on slime and much more. For creative youngsters who love STEM project, this is one of the coolest fall activities for kids taking place this year.  Tickets are now on sale ($38) and include an 8-ounce custom slime and other fun trinkets. For those who take their sliming super seriously, visitors can participate in a Sloomoo photoshoot (for an additional $30) where slime pours down on eager participants a la 90's Nickelodeon days.

Tyrannosaurus Rex, 4th floor halls
Photograph: Courtesy Craig Chesek

6. “T. rex: The Ultimate Predator”

Museums Natural history American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side

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! 

Photograph: Courtesy Evan Joseph Images

7. Empire State Building's Reimagined Observatory Experience

Things to do Empire State Building | Manhattan, NY, Midtown West

NYC's most popular Instagram landmark underwent a renovation that is practically as breathtaking as its views of Manhattan. The $165 million reimagined Observatory Experience at the Empire State Building allows visitors to learn about all aspects of the iconic building: from the moment it was built to its place in pop culture today. Galleries focus on the construction, opening day and everything in between. Catch 70+ screens depicting the building's place in the NYC skyline, see if your favorite celebrity has made a visit and, of course, get a taste of King Kong! Giant ape fingers pierce the wall of a 1930s-themed office. Yikes! All ages. 


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