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Preschool Play

Wednesday, October 18, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Robert F Wagner Jr Park (20 Battery Place)

Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories. Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play.


Midtown Recess

Wednesday, October 18, 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

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.


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.


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.


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.

Creepy Creatures of Halloween

Sunday, October 22, 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.


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.


Preschool Play

Monday, October 23, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Robert F Wagner Jr Park (20 Battery Place)

Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories. Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play.


Midtown Recess

Monday, October 23, 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.


Preschool Play

Tuesday, October 24, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Robert F Wagner Jr Park (20 Battery Place)

Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories. Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play.


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