It's definitely autumn in New York - the fall festivals continue, the Halloween celebrations have begun and there are apples to be picked.

Be on the look-out for Little Amal, a giant puppet of a 10 year old Syrian refugee girl who has travelled the world with her message of hope and solidarity for displaced people everywhere. Follow her as she explores NYC with musical celebrations around town.

🪄 It's a marvelous time to be a Harry Potter fan in New York, with $5 screenings of all eight films (or splurge on a drive-in-with-a-view) and the upcoming Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience in Westchester (get your tix before slots sells out).

🪄 Find discounted tix for and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway and the must-visit Harry Store is always free.

🪄 See all upcoming Harry Potter happenings.


Food in New York Bigger Than the Plate


🏮 Check out new Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate at the Museum of the City of New York, where you also see a stunning gilded age dollhouse.

🏮 LatinX at CMOM continues with storytimes, graffiti monarch butterfly collages and multicultural musical celebrations with Flor Bromley.

🏮 Explore the latest exhibits and join story hour at Sugar Hill Children’s Museum.




🛼 Boogie on wheels at the rainbow DiscoOasis at Wollman Rink (one of many cool skating rinks around town).

🛼 See an updated-Sleeping-Beauty puppet show at the Swedish Marionette Cottage.

🛼 Climb up Belvedere Tower or the Roof Garden at the Met for views of the soon-to-change leaves.


Gazillion Bubble Show


🐷 Enjoy interactive experiences and immersive attractions from the worlds of media, sports, gaming, and entertainment at PaleyWKND. See screenings of favorite shows and meet characters like Peppa Pig, Marvel superheroes.

🐷 Watch (or join) disco roller skaters at Rockefeller Center and try not to get wet in interactive water sculpture Changing Spaces.

🐷 Save 50% on tickets for Off-Broadway Week). See our family-friendly Broadway guide for suggestions & age recs.

🐷 Watch Pac-Man and other legends at Never Alone: Video Games and Other Interactive Design at MoMa, then get creative in the all-ages Art Lab.


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer Common Measures Pace


✨ Gallery hop through kid-friendly exhibits featuring life-size anthropomorphic  animals, pulsating lights that sync to heartbeats, lilluminated cubes and inflatable flamingos, plus visit a shoe celebration at FIT - all free.

✨ Explore The Living Portrait of NYC, a multi-media, multi-sensory experience with film, music, audio and surprise live performances.

✨ Make art in serene galleries at Whitney Museum Open Studios and (free) Rubin Museum Family Sundays.



🪲 Celebrate the launch of Radiolab host Lulu Miller's new podcast Terrestrials with live insects and games at a Bugapalooza in Soho.

🪲 Get festive in Little Italy with colorful parades, live music, carnival style rides and lots of food at the Feast of San Gennaro.


governors island view


🌳 Take a multi-sensory journey through revolutionary art in new immersive experience Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion.

🌳 Escape the city at activity-packed Governors Island.

🌳 Play in the interactive Seaport Discovery: Exploring our Waters with Eric Carle  (near Mister Dips) in the historic Seaport district, and nosh on crepes, dim sum, candy and more treats at Jean George's Tin Building.


Little Amal Walks NYC When The Pigeons Flock


📕 Meet beloved children's writers and illustrators and join a range of kids-lit themed activities at Brooklyn Book Festival Children's Day.

📕 Splash in the fountains in lovely Domino Park and play climate-change-focused mini-golf nearby.

📕 Play Jurassic mini-golf at the always-fun Brooklyn Children's Museum. Explore the twisting tunnels and abstract architecture of TapeScape, made entirely of tape.



🎃 Enjoy Halloween-themed family fun with an animal focus at Boo at the Zoo. Watch pumpkins being carved into animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, make creepy crafts, see magic acts and more.

🎃 Last chance to travel back in time and walk among prehistoric animatronics at the Dinosaur Safari.

🎃 Discover plentiful pumpkins, hordes of gourds and whimsical pumpkin-head scarecrows at the New York Botanical Garden's Fall-O-Ween

🎃 Join nature-inspired family art projects  at gorgeous Wave Hill.



🌱 Run wild at Greenburgh Nature Center in a kids’ forest run and obstacle course. Enjoy some

🌱 Climb though neon lights, smoke machines & creepy music at Boundless Adventures HallowGlow.
🌱 Get into the Halloween spirit with all types of monsterrific LEGO activities and a new 4D Halloween movie at the Brick Or Treat Monster Party

See our updated guide to weekly free museum hours and get creative at cool museum programs

Keep the summer vibes going at free outdoor shows and outdoor adventures like boating and roller skating.

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