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The best fall events for kids in NYC

These fall activities for kids will give the whole fam those cozy autumn vibes

Written by
Allie Early
,
Dorkys Ramos
&
Danielle Valente
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Autumn in NYC is an amazing time of year, featuring crisp temps and beautiful foliage plus all the requisite seasonal offerings. Fall activities for kids in NYC range from classic apple picking to spooky Halloween events. Keeping the kids entertained in the fall is easy, and the whole family will love these activities too. Cooler weather means outdoor activities like hiking and biking are all the more enjoyable. You’ll feel the cozy fall vibes when running through a corn maze with the kids, followed by hot apple cider. These amazing autumnal activities and other fall events for kids in NYC showcase the best of the season so the fam can make the most of sweater weather.

Fall Activities for Kids

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Revel in the Halloween fun amongst the animals at the Bronx Zoo with magic shows, pumpkin carving demonstrations, mind reading and trips through a spooky extinct animal graveyard. Each day, animal-themed costumed stilt walkers and Halloween animal puppets will put on a "MASKerade" while the Wildlife Theater will pull out all the stops with performances in Astor Court. Advanced tickets are required before attending and reentry is not permitted.

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Like a well-stocked candy stash, the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze is an essential part of Halloween in New York. The attraction is set along the beautiful 18th century riverside landscape of Van Cortlandt Manor and boasts a pumpkin promenade like none other: There are over 7,000 hand-carved jack o'lanterns waiting to impress visitors. As you tour the grounds, expect synchronized lighting, spooky music and more dazzling, Instagram-worthy features like the Pumpkin Carousel and the Pumpkin Windmill.

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  • Festivals

Pick a fall festival—or two!—and get ready to celebrate the most beautiful time of the year. We've rounded up celebrations with fun autumnal activities like pumpkin picking, apple picking and scary movies for kids, all of which are necessary ways to ring in September and October. Although many of these events have had to make safety adjustments this year, they'll gladly welcome you to enjoy those candy apples and corn mazes you look forward to every season. 

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What's chock-full of cinnamon, spice and everything nice? The best apple cider donuts NYC has each autumn, of course. Once September hits, people might start craving all-things pumpkin, but there's no excuse to surpass delectable apple desserts. Trust us, your sweet tooth will thank you. 

 

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  • Restaurants

The hot chocolate in NYC has never been better! There are so many amazing, high-quality options in this city that you could take your kid on a season-long cocoa crawl, and try everything from classic cups to more creative expressions: cardamom almond milk hot chocolate, anyone?

 

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We love scary films, and we can't wait to share our list of the best Halloween movies for kids with you! These creepy, freaky and fun family films are perfect for kids of all agesOur ranked list will help you pick just the right shriek-worthy film for your next movie night!

 

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Just like Humpty Dumpty, it's time to have a great fall: That means cozy sweaters, mugs of warm cider and the best pumpkin picking NY has to offer. Make a day of it. The awesome pumpkin picking NYC families love might also include farmstand treats and a hayride, some live music and a petting zoo, maybe a corn maze. Remember to wear sturdy shoes and expect the kids to get muddy. We won't make any promises, but we bet they'll sleep all the way home.

 

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  • Walks and tours

Right along with cravings for warm apple cider, pies of all types and super cozy sweaters is the wish to see how the landscape turns into gorgeous shades of red, orange and gold. These amazing scenic drives for fall will guide the family along pretty country roads lined with falling autumn leaves, lakes, hills and jaw-dropping vistas. Don’t forget to bring the camera!

 

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  • Festivals

That nip in the air tells you it's time to start planning fall fun, which naturally should include a trip to the coolest corn mazes NY families love. You can make a day of it, and fill the afternoon with apple picking in NY, or some of the best pumpkin picking NY has in store this year. If you feel like staying with the Halloween theme, pop some popcorn after you get home and stream one of these scary movies for kids.

 

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