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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.


This Sinking Island

Saturday, October 21, 10:30 am–11:15 am
University Settlement (184 Eldridge Street (corner of Rivington))
$10

The Anthropologists theatre company invites the whole family on a mythical journey. A father and his children must leave all they’ve ever known in search of a new home. Set in a landscape crafted out of repurposed materials, this theatrical event celebrates the courage of refugee communities impacted by climate change. Movement, poetry, masks, live music and the spirit of childhood play, inspire the hope and empathy that will keep us moving forward. Includes a family art-making activity.

Also at 12:30 pm.

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.


Saturday Morning Show: Suzi Shelton & Puppet Playtime

Saturday, October 21, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Brookfield Place, Waterfront Plaza (220 Vesey Street)

Enjoy an interactive concert by NYC singer/songwriter Suzi Shelton (10 am) and Puppet Playtime with Nicola McEldowney (11 am). Part of a weekly series.


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: Product Perfect

Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ( 2 East 91st Street)

Create with Joe Doucet, winner of the 2017 National Design Award for Product Design. Geared toward kids ages 5 through 12.

Also 1:30–3:00 pm.

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

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.


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.


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.


Dreams of the Kings Family Drop-In Day

Saturday, October 21, 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
China Institute In America (100 Washington Street)

At an afternoon of happenings tied to exhibition Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou, take guided tours, observe a jade carving demonstration, and try kid-friendly activities including mask-making, art sketching, a scavenger hunt, quiz contest, and make-your-own terracotta statue. This will be one of the final weekends to see this exhibition, featuring the world’s best preserved jade burial suit.


Living History: Meet James Madison

Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

Meet the ‘Father of the Constitution.’ Portrayed by Living Historian Kyle Jenks, James Madison will tell stories about his contributions to the Federalist Papers, a writing campaign to ratify the US Constitution that began 230 years ago this month. Learn how our system of government was debated in 1787, discover why the Constitutional Convention was held in secret, and take a close look at Mr. Madison’s unique 18th-century fashion. Part of a weekly series.

Also on Sunday.

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