Kid On The Town
Events, Deals & Tips For City Kids
Events Oct 31 – Nov 7
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Happy Halloween! Lots of choices for celebrating indoors and out on Friday, with more festivities and Day of The Dead parties throughout the weekend. Plus concerts, family museum events, and more. And we’ll be inside making our favorite healthy pumpkin brownies to counteract all the candy. Remember to account for the end of Daylight Savings Time and the madness of the marathon when making Sunday plans. And get ready for the almost-here holiday season with deals on holiday fun & essentials.

**All events are free unless noted otherwise**


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Friday

Halloween Cookie Party with Music for Aardvarks

10:30 am - 5:00 pm
FAO Schwarz (767 5th Avenue at 58th Street)

$15/kid

Participate in a special sing-a-long with Music for Aardvarks and create a spooky Halloween cookie and personalized apron. 30 minute Music for Aardvarks sing-a-longs at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 3pm and 4pm. Costumes encouraged.

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Tots/Kids Friendly Boo Celebration

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Think ‘N’ Fun NYC (265 West 79th Street)

In advance: $25/1 kid, $35/2 kids
At the door $30/1 kid, $40/2 kids

Enjoy live music, friendly ghosts, face/hand painting, Halloween games and activities, a mini costume parade, a special story time, yummy goodies, coffee for grown-ups and trick-or-treating in a safe setting.

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Dora & Diego Halloween Screenings

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sony Wonder Technology Lab (56th Street and Madison Avenue)

See two Halloween-themed episodes on the big screen: “Dora the Explorer: Boo,” featuring Little Monster and “Go, Diego, Go: Freddie the Fruit Bat Saves Halloween” featuring llamas trying to get to a Halloween party. At 12 pm, make a Monster Mask in a Family Workshop ($6).


RSVP by calling 212.833.8100 and selecting option 3.

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Greenwich Village Children's Halloween Parade

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Washington Square Park (5th Avenue & Washington Square North)

Gather by the Washington Square Arch at 3 pm for a less crowded and crazy version of the evening’s parade. Also enjoy trick-or-treating, games, a brass band, and rides at LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South.

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Hometown Halloween

3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall Street)

Trick or treat in a historic graveyard from 3-5 pm and enjoy apple cider, a photo booth, and chances to win prizes. Kids 10 and over can stay for a screening of the 1920 silent film The Phantom of the Opera accompanied by a haunting organ improvisation.

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Hippo Halloween Parade

3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Hippo Playground, Riverside Park (Riverside & 91st Street)

Gather at the Soldiers Monument (89th Street & Riverside Drive) in costume and follow the bagpipers to the Hippo Playground for free cider and donuts.

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Annual Halloween Celebration

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)

$12, $11/members

Trick or treat among the Museum’s iconic halls with costumed characters including Clifford, Curious George, Miffy, and Cookie Mouse. Enjoy creepy arts and crafts, live music, magic shows, and The Big Apple Circus’ “Dr. Finklestein’s Zombie Show”.

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Asphalt Screams

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Asphalt Green (555 East 90th Street)

Free, $20 suggest donations to FIT KIDS FIT CITY welcome

This annual spooky sports celebration feature games like Zombie Freeze Tag, Spooktacular Soccer Shootout, and much more. Costumes encouraged. The first 400 kids to arrive receive a goody bag.

Also at Asphalt Green Battery Park City (212 North End Avenue).

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Halloween Block Parties

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The residents and businesses on West 69th Street between Columbus and Central Park West go all out every year for Halloween, with no cars, haunted apartments and lots of candy (and some scary crowds). Other blocks that party hard with serious decorations, no car traffic and lots of candy are:

West 95th Street between Columbus & Central Park West

West 90th street between Columbus & Amsterdam (5-7:30 pm)
Check out the scary maze at St. Martins Tower at the north-east corner of Columbus Avenue & 90th Street, and look for a fortune teller, mad scientists, pirates and more.

West 87th Street between West End Avenue & Riverside

West 79th Street between Columbus & Amsterdam

East 95th Street between Park & Lexington

East 92nd St between Madison & Park Avenue (5-6:30 pm)
Carnegie Hill Neighbors hosts a spooky block party with a costume procession, art projects, candy treats and dancing in the streets to a love DJ. Trophies and prizes awarded for best costumes by age, family and pet.

East 90s between Fifth Avenue & Lexington

West 21st-22nd Streets between Eighth & Tenth Avenue
Trick or Treat in Clement Clarke Moore Park (aka “Seal Park”) then check out decorated brownstones.

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Trick or Treat at the Vital Theatre

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Vital Theatre Company (2162 Broadway at West 76th Street)

Come by the Vital Theatre with your costumed cutie for some sweet treats and take a photo with Pinkalicious.

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New-York Haunted Society

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)

$10/person in advance, $12 at door

Watch out for zombie Founding Fathers and unusual paintings on the walls at this family party. Get your fortunes told, create Victorian mourning jewelry, take a furry bat home with you, and check out Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’ costumes, chosen by popular vote.

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Kidville Halloween Bash

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Kidville Upper West Side (205 W 88th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

$20/kid

Celebrate away form the outdoor crowds at a party with pizza, snacks, gym time and special Halloween-themed activities including art projects, glitter tattoos, and photo-op stations.

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Saturday

Mount Sinai Roosevelt Pajama Project

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Roosevelt Hospital (1000 Tenth Avenue)

Decorate cards and stuff gift bags with pajamas and photo frames to be delivered to the neonatal intensive care unit at Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital. Bring one pair of new, unopened infant pajamas (up to size 3 months) to include in the gift bag. Also learn about volunteerism and helping others through story time and discussion. Light snacks provided for the children. Space is limited; RSVP online. Sponsored by the New York Junior Junior League

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Day of the Dead

10:00 am - 6:00 pm
St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery (131 East 10th Street at Second Avevnue)

Lear about the meaning of Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) celebration with paper flower workshops, poetry readings, parades, Mariachi music and more. All are are invited to remember their own departed loved-ones and bring copies of photographs, candles, and marigold flowers to adorn the community Altar. Mexican food and crafts available for purchase.


Also on Sunday 1 – 6 pm.

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First Saturdays for Families: Recreating Nature with Color and Pattern

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
New Museum (235 Bowery)

Travel to tropical Trinidad to explore colorful natural environments that have inspired the work in “Chris Ofili: Night and Day,” paint the colors of the night sky and observe the world with fresh eyes by creating your own kaleidoscopes. Program is free and includes New Museum admission for up to three adults per family. Tickets given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Pumpkin Smash 2014

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Clement Clarke Moore Park (10th Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets)

Bring your fall pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, and decorative gourds to the NYC Compost Project pumpkin-smashing celebration. Help with the smashing and contribute to compost to rebuild NYC’s soils. Also enjoy refreshments and raffles.

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David Gonzalez: Sleeping Beauty

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets)

A rhymed verse spin on the classic fairy tale with live music and image projections that create a magical multimedia world in which our beautiful (and funky) princess is awakened by true love’s kiss…or not. Part of Lincoln Center’s lovely Meet The Artist program.

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La MaMa Kids Workshop: Creating Vocal Sounds

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ellen Stewart Theatre (66 East 4th Street)

$5/child

Composer/director/writer Liz Swados will lead exercises and improvisation at the acclaimed experimental theater. Children will come together to form an ensemble as each person joins in the creative process.

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The Brownstone School’s Annual Fun Fair

11:00 am - 5:00 pm
PS 452 Schoolyard (Columbus Avenue between West 76th & 77th Streets)

Free admission; fees for som activities

Festive activities at this non-profit preschool’s annual fundraiser include games, a bouncy house, a trackless train, spin art, homemade food, rummage sale and more.

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Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
National Museum of the American Indian (1 Bowling Green between Broadway and State Street)

Celebrate the Day of the Dead with dance performances, a community ofrenda, and hands-on activities.

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Oíche Shamhna: Celebrate Halloween

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Irish Art Center (553 West 51 Street)

Put those costumes on more time and explore an Irish connection to Halloween. Learn about and experience the Celtic Cailleach or “crone,” more commonly known now as the “witch.” Irish crones will lead witches-brew cooking classes, laugh workshops, storytelling, apple catching, spooky experiments, and, of course, turnip carving.

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Families and Folk Art: Trains, Taxis, and Trolleys

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

Look at model trolleys made of cardboard, tin, paint, and more in Willem van Genk: Mind Traffic then use similar materials to make your own models forms of transportation.

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Dia de los Muertos Concert with Bilingual Birdies

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
New York Public Libary (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Join the Bilingual Birdies Band for a Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. Learn about this Latin American tradition, sing new words in Spanish, dance, and honor our beloved lost ones. All are welcome to attend with their faces decorated as traditional calaveras (skulls). RSVP to info@bilingualbirdies.com.

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Sunday

Chocolate Works Upper East Side Grand Opening Festival

10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Chocolate Works Upper East Side (1410 Lexington Avenue at 93rd Street)

Dip a marshmallow in a chocolate fountain, watch chocolate being made on a 20-foot conveyor belt and delight in hundreds of candy, chocolates and truffles. Plus enjoy live music from a brass band, face painting, balloon animals, a jelly bean jar contest and more sweet fun.

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Obake Family Day

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Japan Society (333 East 47th Street)

$12/adult, $6/kids 3-12, Free/kids under 2

Be transported to a magical world where Japan’s ghosts, goblins and mystical creatures await. Meet babbling obake, humorous yokai and other curious creatures from Japan’s fantastical body of folklore through storytelling, crafts, film, a haunted house and more. Includes unlimited access is available to the exhibition Garden of Unearthly Delights. Costumes encouraged.

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Jessie And the Case of the Missing Candy

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Urban Stages Theater (259 West 30th Street)

$5/kid, $10/adult

Dress up, eat treats and help a young detective, Jessie, solve a Halloween case in this song and dance filled interactive adventure.

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Studio Sunday

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Museum Of Art And Design (2 Columbus Circle)

Free with museum admission ($15, Free/18 and under)

Drop in and join MAD’s artist educators on the first Sunday of every month for special hands-on projects just for families. In November, participants will manipulate color to suggest emotion, experimenting with the principles of design in celebration of Maryland to Murano: Neckpieces and Sculptures by Joyce Scott.

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PhilharMONSTER

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)

$15

Let the Halloween spirit linger as the young goblins and ghouls of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York’s Carnegie Hill Orchestra (ages 8 to 12) and ISO Symphonic Band (ages 12 to 19) perform their 3rd annual concert of spooky orchestral classics for the whole family.

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Wednesday

Art Play

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)

Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25/adults, free/kids under 12. )

This new monthly program for 2-4 year olds introduces art through stories, play, and activities just for early learners. This month’s theme is Gold. Meet in the Carson Family Hall in Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education (inside the 81st Street entrance south of the main entrance).

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Thursday

22nd Annual Canstruction Competition

10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Brookfield Place (Winter Garden & Waterfront Plaza)

See architects, engineers, and students compete to build structures made out of unopened cans of food that will be donated to City Harvest. Help out by bringing cans to the exhibition’s collection station. On display through November 20th.

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Paddington Bear Storytime

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Barnes & Noble 82nd & Broadway (2289 Broadway)

Read a story about Paddington Bear, take a peek at his scrapbook and a do a bearful of activities.

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Friday

Shabbat Sing-Along

9:00 am - 9:30 am
JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))

Families of all faiths are welcome to learn about and celebrate Shabbat with singing and dancing. Join the celebration on the first Friday of every month.

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Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (212 West 83rd Street )

The enchanting, interactive Children’s Museum of Manhattan is free the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Go early or late to avoid the crowd.

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Book of The Week

The Thankful Book

I am thankful for music because it makes me want to dance.
I am thankful for my feet because they help me run and play.
I am thankful for kisses because they make me feel loved.

These are just a few of the beautiful sentiments illustrated with Todd Parr’s signature bright and bold illustrations in one of our favorite books at Thanksgiving and all year long.

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Featured Deals


50% Off Address Labels and Gift Tags at Tiny Prints

The holiday season is almost upon us. Be prepared with 50% off classy address labels, gift tags, and name labels at TinyPrints.com. Use code 1030DEAL at checkout.


40% Off Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets

Save up to 40% on select performances of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, one of our favorite Christmas in NYC traditions with tickets starting at $49 (usually $81). The spectacular show is great for all ages, even toddlers, with fabulous dancing by the talented Rockettes, dazzling costumes and special effects, camels, sheep, and Santa Clause. Tickets are available in all sections for performances November 7th – 30th.


25% Off Baby/Kid Product Citrus Lane Subscriptions

Get carefully curated toys, books, snacks, and personal care products handpicked for your child’s age and stage (newborns – 5 years old) every month with a limited time discounted price of $16.50/month. Or last package included a beautiful book, some nice wooden toys, yummy, healthy snacks, organic lotion for Mommy and more.


40% Off Everything at Gymboree

Get 40% off all cothes, shoes, sleepwear and accessories at Gymboree.com including the adorable Eric Carle line and new Holiday shop arrivals.


Free Organic Snack Deliveries

Try Love with Food, a subscription service for organic and natural snacks. Get a box of yummy, healthy surprises delivered every month for only $10/month, with the first month free when you order via this link. Our last box included almond butter, falafel chips, snappea crisps on other kid faves. Subscriptions can be canceled at any time. For every delivery, Love With Food also donates a meal to feed a hungry child in the U.S.



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