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Culture For City Kids
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Fairlife Fit for All 5k

Saturday, October 21, 8:30 am–11:30 am
Riverside Park (West 72nd Street & Riverside Drive)
$40, $10/ages 12 & under, includes registration bib, t-shirt, & participation medal

Run in your Halloween costume for some family fun at an annual fundraiser. Kids can run in special kids races through scenic Riverside Park as well as enjoy the Boo Zone with tons of free fall activities including face painting adn pumpkin decorating. Proceeds benefit West Side YMCA’s programs that fight childhood obesity, prevent diabetes, and learn healthy habits.


Carl Schurz Park Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Carl Schurz Park (East End and East 86th Street)

Pick a pumpkin from a patch to decorate, meet a live scare crow, see shows from Playdate Puppets, ride a horse-drawn carriage along the rive, get your face painted and a twisty balloon and make a halloween maraca to shake with Mr. Corbitt’s Halloween Dance Party in a scenic Upper East Side park.


Family Day at the Morris-Jumel Mansion: Halloween

Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Morris-Jumel Mansion (65 Jumel Terrace)
Free with museum admission ($5, Free/ages 12 and under)

Create a Halloween comic strip at Manhattan’s oldest house.


Halloween Hoedown with Families First Brooklyn

Saturday, October 21, 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Families First (250 Baltic Street)
$40/family

Not-for-profit community space Families First hosts a Hoedown with Hopalong Andrew, the neighborhood’s favorite singing cowboy. Also enjoy mini- bouncy house, face painting, tattoos, games, arts & crafts, mini-pumpkin decorating and a bake sale.


Kids Rock Fall Fest at Rockefeller Plaza

Saturday, October 21, 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Rockefeller Center (45 Rockefeller Plaza)

Enjoy a variety of seasonal activities including a pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, face painting, apple cider donuts, a photo booth, and live music throughout the iconic Rockefeller Plaza.


826NYC'S Storytelling 'Fwrite' Fest

Saturday, October 21, 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company (372 Fifth Ave)

On Saturday, October 21st, the world-famous Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company will open its doors to vampires, ghouls, goblins, witches, and all manner of creatures great and strange (we suspect a few superheroes, too). Test your cape on the only cape-tester in the Milky Way, and then creep behind the secret door to make monsters, write spells, and books featuring brand-new scary stories. Treats at each activity. Costumes encouraged.


Bing, Bang ... BOO! A Halloween Celebration With The Little Orchestra Society

Saturday, October 21, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Barnes & Noble 86th & Lexington (150 East 86th Street)

The wonderful

Skeletons...A Day of the Dead Bedtime Story

Saturday, October 21, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Teatro SEA (107 Suffolk Street)

See a comedy about a boy, Jimmy, who is dealing with the loss of his best friend, his Grandfather. His parents try everything to help Jimmy cope, but nothing works, until the eve of Day of the Dead, when his Grandfather comes back to life for just one night. Grandpa, being the great storyteller that he is, uses his skills to orchestrate an adventure where his cast of zany characters (deceased relatives) teach Jimmy many important lessons, including self-confidence, which allows him to move on without his Grandfather.

Saturdays through Nov 11.

Boo at the Zoo

Saturday, October 21, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
The Bronx Zoo (2300 Southern Blvd)
Free with admission

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a hay maze, take a Halloween hayride, make creepy crafts, see magic acts and The Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet show and enjoy more spooky family fun at the zoo.


Pumpkin Point on Governors Island

Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Governors Island (Governors Island)

Visit the first ever pumpkin patch on Governors Island with a view of Lady Liberty. Wander past the autumn colored hills to Pumpkin Point where you’ll be able to pick from thousands of pumpkins, sip cider and snack on ghoulish treats from Little Eva’s. A spooky hayride will take pumpkin pickers back to the ferry.

Daily through Oct 29.

Super Sabado: Día de los Muertos

Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am–5:00 pm
El Museo Del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue)

Celebrate Mexico’s beloved 3,000 year-old tradition that commemorates friends and relatives who have passed away with calaveras-inspired face painting, bilingual storytelling, art-making, a mariachi concert, a musical procession from the Harlem Meer on 110th St. to El Museo featuring Mariachi Academy of NY, Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de NY and Banda La Grande de NY and more. Includes a sensory-guided gallery visit and hands-on workshop for families with kids on the learning spectrum.


Zensational Zombies

Saturday, October 21, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

Become a zombie at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan with zombie dollmaking, zombie dancing, and a chance to make gross fake wounds.


Giant Pumpkin Weekend

Saturday, October 21, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard)
Free with admission

Monstrous pumpkins from around the country—some weighing in at more than a ton—arrive at the glorious-in-fall Botanical Garden. Meet the growers to learn more about the growing process during Q&A sessions (11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm) and enjoy photo ops with these giant gourds, on display through October 30 along with scarecrows in the children’s garden. Come in costume, decorate a bag and collect wholesome goodies at the Whole Foods Market Trick-or-Treat Trail and meet some creepy creatures.

Also on Sunday.

Spooktacularly Sweet Halloween Carnival

Sunday, October 22, 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Upper Story by Charlie Palmer (979 Third Avenue, 14th Floor)
$25/kids, free/adults

Join Citymeals for an afternoon of tricks and treats. Play games in a Creepy Crawly Carnival. Sample some of the city’s most devilishly decadent desserts and decorate cookies with Citarella.


Bleecker Park Halloween Festival

Sunday, October 22, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Bleecker Street Playground ( Hudson and Bleecker Streets)

Enjoy a toddler-friendly costume parade around the neighborhood to the Bleecker Street Playground, where there will be horse-drawn hayrides, a magic show by Loonie Louie (one of our faves!), face painting, balloon artists, live music, craft tables sponsored by local merchants and trick-or-treating.


Boo at the Zoo

Sunday, October 22, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
The Bronx Zoo (2300 Southern Blvd)
Free with admission

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a hay maze, take a Halloween hayride, make creepy crafts, see magic acts and The Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet show and enjoy more spooky family fun at the zoo.


Icky Fest

Sunday, October 22, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Brooklyn Children’s Museum (145 Brooklyn Ave)
Free with museum admission ($11, free/ages 12 months & under)

Celebrate Halloween at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum with all things icky and fun through storytelling, art and hands-on activities. Make a monster with model magic and fun accessories, go on a pumpkin scavenger hunt outdoors in the garden and decorate your pumpkin using an arrange of fun art supplies, meet worms, cockroaches and beetles, enjoy an interactive reading of If You’re a Monster and You Know It, create icky sticky goo, join a Monster Mash dance party and more spooky fun.


LOS Kids - Saint-Saëns

Saturday, October 28, 10:00 am–11:30 am
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (695 Park Avenue at 68th Street)
$15-$50

Dedicated to introducing children to the world of classical music, The Little Orchestra Society has been putting on fantastic family-friendly events for 65 years. This edition of LOS Kids, its interactive concert series geared for ages 3-10, features a Halloween “Carnival of the Animals” by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. Costumes welcome.

Also at 11:30 am & Sunday 10 am, 11:30 am & 1 pm.

Gotham Gargoyles: A Halloween Workshop

Saturday, October 28, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue at West 112th Street)
$10

The morning begins with a reading of Eve Bunting’s Night of the Gargoyles, then down to the workshop to assemble gargling, grimacing clay gargoyles, skeleton creatures, and paper gargoyle masks.


Just Kidding: Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights

Saturday, October 28, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

At a special Halloween Hootenanny, Brooklynite Joanie Leeds and her harmony-driven trio performs in costume, singing “Confusing Costume” and other hits, plus new songs from the latest album Brooklyn Baby about the East River Ferry, subway rides, and fun Yiddish catch phrases. Come in costume for a chance to win a copy of the CD.


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