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Midtown Recess

Thursday, October 19, 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Plaza33 (West 33rd Street between 7th & 8th Avenue)

All ages can play giant chess, oversized Connect 4, jump ropes, and more.


Midtown Recess

Friday, October 20, 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Plaza33 (West 33rd Street between 7th & 8th Avenue)

All ages can play giant chess, oversized Connect 4, jump ropes, and more.


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.


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.


Enchanted Wave Hill Weekend

Saturday, October 21, 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Wave Hill (West 249th Street & Independence Avenue)

Sit with your wee ones and listen to stories of the “people of the mounds,” the supernatural race of fairies or elves found in Celtic mythology, as told by guest storyteller Marianne McShane and her blue harp. Then travel into Wave Hill’s woodland, and, using only natural materials and a bit of jute twine, create your own tiny, fairy-sized dwelling using found sticks, leaves, moss and bark, or string together a series of autumn leaves to form a fall wand or crown. At 11 am & 12 pm, guest musicians Terry McCann, a guitarist and singer, and Stephen Gara on the uilleann pipes (a delicate version of the standard bagpipe), the flute and the tin whistle, offer a short concert of Irish jigs, reels and songs. The pair will also visit Wave Hill’s woodland with their instruments, to serenade the aos sí and lead a short autumn fairy parade. At 2 pm on Saturday, performers in tropical print body-suits will move through a variety of poses, in response to the site-specific audio narratives emanating from the garments in Containers, A Call & Response Outdoor Performance by Joiri Minaya.

Also on Sunday.

It’s Happening! Celebrating 50 Years of Public Art in NYC Parks

Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Central Park, Pinetum Swings (West 85th Street & Central Park West)

NYC Parks celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Art in the Parks program by transforming Central Park into a stage, museum, and art studio for a free day of public art to celebrate this milestone. More than 100 free art exhibits, performances, and hands-on art workshops will take place throughout the day including button-making based on Bronx public artworks, a reuse sculpture station, colorful pianos from Sing for Hope, dance workshops for all, origami, collage, and a life-drawing class of a model in a polar bear costume.


My Dog Loves Central Park Fair

Saturday, October 21, 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Central Park, Naumburg Bandshell (Central Park, West 72nd Street)

This annual canine celebration features Pooch Plinko and other games, training tips and demos, a kid-friendly Paws Scavenger Hunt, “Dancing with your Dog” and more activities for dog owners and admirers.


West Side Montessori School Fall Festival

Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Outside West Side Montessori School (West 92 Street between Riverside and West End)
Free admission; fees for food and some activities

Join the WSMS community and friends for the 4th annual fall festival, featuring a fun-filled day of games, live music, arts and crafts, Robofun, two bounce houses, a junior ferris wheel, and food and drinks for sale.


Creepy Creatures of Halloween

Saturday, October 21, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard)

Meet creepy and cool critters during a live animal presentation and discover the unique adaptations which help them survive in their habitats. Also check out the Jack O’Lantern scarecrows and giant pumpkins in the Children’s Adventure Garden.


Manhattan Country School Farm Festival

Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Manhattan Country School’s Future Home (150 West 85th Street between Columbus & Amsterdam )
Free admission, fees for some activities

Get some country in the city with family-friendly live music, dance workshops and performances, rides, games, raffles, crafts and food from Manhattan Country School’s Catskills farm.


Taste of the Seaport 2017

Saturday, October 21, 11:30 am–4:00 pm
South Street Seaport (Fulton & Front Streets)
Free admission, $35 for 5 tastes, $125 for 20 tastes

This annual fall festival celebrates the vibrant food & beverage scene of Financial District and the Historic South Street Seaport. Enjoy musical entertainment, children’s activities and treats from more than 40 food & beverage purveyors. Proceeds benefit arts and enrichment programs at two local elementary schools, PS 343 Peck Slip School and PS 397 Spruce Street School.


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.


Central Park East II Elementary School's Annual Fall Fair

Saturday, October 21, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Central Park East II (104th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues)
Free admission; fees for some activities

Support a local school and enjoy fun for all ages, including bouncy houses, a rock wall, carnival games, touch a fire truck, arts and crafts, henna tattoos, face painting and body art, live entertainment, a rummage sale, motorcycle/fall theme photo ops, food and vendors, tables from the Sugar Hill Museum of Arts and Story Telling, Museum of the City of New York and El Museo del Barrio (which is hosting a free Día de los Muertos celebration one block away).


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.

The Ghosts of Greenwich Village Family Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, October 21, 3:30 pm–5:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
$21.50, $17.50/kids

Kids and adults work together to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. Starring secret cemeteries, looming skeletons, the haunted homes of Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain, bats on a building, Dickensian doorknockers, Harry Potter’s nemesis, and a gorilla in a window.

Also on Oct 28.

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.

All of a Kind Family Walking Tour

Sunday, October 22, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street (12 Eldridge Street)
$12, $6/kids

Classic kids novel All-of-a-Kind Family comes to life in a walking tour following the stories of five immigrant sisters growing up on the Lower East Side a century ago. Along the way, taste pickles from a barrel and shop for treats in an old fashioned candy store.


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.


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