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American Museum of Natural History's Annual Family Party

Tuesday, October 17, 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
$85/children, $175/adults

Enjoy educational activities and entertainment for children ages 2-12 an an annual event supporting the AMNH. Go on an expedition of scientific discovery and join Museum curators and other members of the Museum community in discovering the wonders of the natural world. Highlights include the Museum Science Center, the Tiffany & Co. Gem Dig, the Cricket Cantina, and lots more.


Diwali Family Celebration

Thursday, October 19, 2:30 pm–5:30 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

Celebrate Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Enjoy a special performance, mold and decorate your own diya to take home, and savor a traditional Indian treat. All families and friends are welcome.


Grand Central's One-Day Film Festival

Thursday, October 19, 7:00 am–10:00 pm
Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal (87 East 42nd Street)

Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall transforms into a movie theater for a day for its first “Grand Central Cinema” event, hosted in partnership with Rooftop Films and the Museum of the Moving Image. Enjoy film scenes featuring Grand Central throughout the day and a ticketed screening of North by Northwest including Cary Grant’s classic Grand Central getaway scene at 7:30 pm.


The Young King

Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am–12:15 pm
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
$28

Experience The New Victory in a completely new way when the theater itself is transformed from entry to exit for this enchanting and epic story. Employing unique and interactive stagecraft, puppetry and live music, Australian theatre troupe Slingsby immerses the audience in the otherworldly kingdom of Oscar Wilde’s short story. Greet the newly crowned Young King, explore on foot the riches of the land, and take pleasure as you see, touch and discover the magic and mystery of beautiful things.

Friday 7 pm
Saturday 11 am, 3 pm & 7 pm
Sunday 11 am & 3 pm
Through Oct 22

Design Kids At Cooper Hewitt

Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ( 2 East 91st Street)

Create with guest designers and artists. Workshops are geared toward kids ages 5 through 12.


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.

National Dance Institute: The Celebration Team

Saturday, October 21, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

See a polished dance performance by over 100 New York City public school children who participate in the free National Dance Institute (NDI) program. The high-energy performance includes excerpts from Harlem Night Song, directed by Bianca Johnson, a salute to the Harlem Hellfighters and dances inspired by the work of Jacob Lawrence, Duke Ellington, Florence Mills, Fats Waller, and Hector LaVoe.


MOCACREATE: Zhezhi Folded Paper Arts

Saturday, October 21, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Museum Of Chinese In America (215 Centre Street)
Free with museum admission ()

Using a variety of paper types and folding techniques, construct colorful paper figures inspired by the works on view by detained Golden Venture passengers.


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.


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.

BAMkids Movie Matinees: Pim & Pom: The Big Adventure

Sunday, October 22, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Brookyln Academy of Music (BAM) (30 Lafayette Avenue)
$10, $7/ages 12 & under

See a gentle yet action-packed animated musical ibased on characters by beloved Dutch illustrator Fiep Westendorp. Pim and Pom are two cats that are best friends and live together with the Lady. When the Lady’s nieces hatch a plan to catnap Pim and Pom and keep them for themselves, the cats manage to escape the girls’ clutches—but must learn the ropes of survival on the streets. Will Pim and Pom be able to stay together and find their way home? Part of a weekly series.


Rubin Family Sundays: Celebrate Children’s Day & Diwali

Sunday, October 22, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art (150 West 17 Street)

In honor of October’s special family celebrations, live musicians will perform in the Education Center to set the tone for festive, art-filled afternoons. Learn how to make and play traditional Nepalese board games as a family. Sculpt cute, silly, or scary game pieces, then play to win. In honor of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, create traditional diyas (candles) to take a little festival light home. Feel free to BYOG (Bring Your Own [Board] Game).


MOCAKIDS Storytime

Thursday, October 26, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Museum Of Chinese In America (215 Centre Street)
Free with museum admission ()

Interactive songs, finger-plays, nursery rhymes, and arts & crafts accompany a bilingual storytime in English and Mandarin. Everyone from native speakers to those seeking their first exposure to a new language are invited.


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.


Andrea Miller and Gallim Dance: Stone Skipping

Saturday, October 28, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
$65, $1/ages 16 & under

Andrea Miller – choreographer, founder, artistic director of Gallim Dance, and an Artist in Residence at The Met – presents a site-specific work for the inspiring the Temple of Dendur. This choreographic conversation with the temple explores its multifaceted journey from Egypt to New York City, as well as from temple to artifact, and evokes our own human experience and environmental footprints.

Also on Sunday.

Guji Guji - A Very Special Duck by Boulevardteatern

Saturday, October 28, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at 38th Street)

Swedish theatre group Boulevardteatern presents the enchanting story of Guji Guji, adapted from the book by Chih Yuan Chen. The story begins when a crocodile egg lands in a duck’s nest. Out pops Guji Guji—a small crocodile that is raised as a duck. Mother Duck doesn’t care that Guji is different from the other young ones—they are her children and she loves them all, just the way they are. Problems arise when Guji Guji meets two big crocodiles that try to convince Guji Guji that he is a bloodthirsty, duck-eating crocodile, just like them. Guji Guji is a tale about differences and similarities, love, friendship, and learning to think for yourself.


Halloween Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 28, 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Boulevard)

Celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead with a vibrant procession and dance performance presented by Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York Join spooky costume- and art-making with Socrates artists and Free Style Arts Association, fantastical face-painting with Agostino Arts, and add your mementos and relics to an ancestral community altar. Urban Shaman Mama Donna will be offering harvest animal blessings for pets, and dogs can join the annual Canine Costume Contest with fun prizes and local judges.


Laurie Berkner Band Monster Halloween Concert

Saturday, October 28, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm
The Concert Hall @ NY Society For Ethical Culture (2 West 64th Street)
$39/ages 1 & up. free/babies under 1

See a live halloween concert by Brooklyn-based kiddie rockers The Laurie Berkner Band, one of our family’s faves.


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