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So many fall festivals to get your bounce house fix, celebrate the harvest, pick pumpkins and more.

See some major foliage in the Bronx and other boroughs  or take a trek to country farm.

Lots of authors in town for special storytimes and plus so many great family-friendly shows.

Get musical with Little Orchestra Society & Mozart's Magic Flute, rock to folk and glues with Dan + Claudia Zanes or sing along with the Young People’s Chorus.

Interesting interactive art fests happening along 14th Street and in Socrates Sculpture Park, explore architecturally important buildings usually closed to the public during Open House New York  and check out so many museum exhibits and interactive pop-ups, plus

Tons of Halloween Happenings, a few involving dogs. And see ideas for celebrating on Oct 31.

Click on the neighborhood agenda links for hyper-local itineraries with nearby playgrounds, food and more. Every event now lists nearby food & fun so you save and money on travel.

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Discovery Walks for Families: The Ramble

Explore how the Ramble, a carefully planned woodland, provides habitat for a variety of wildlife. Discover who calls the forest floor, the Lake shoreline, and the treetops their home  through hands-on exploration using kid-friendly binoculars, field guides, hand lenses, and a complementary Discovery Journal. Space is limited; advance online registration required.

Big Apple Circus

Local troupe Big Apple Circus presents intimate family-friendly shows with clowns, horse-riding dogs, horizontal juggling, aerial duo, flying trapeze and more in a one-ring Big Top tent with comfortable arena style tiered seating. It’s a small venue so pretty much any seat location is great, and there are fun photo ops in the lobby. Schedule…

West Side Montessori School Fall Festival

Enjoy a fun-filled day of games, live music, arts and crafts, bounce houses, a junior ferris wheel, Robofun and food and drinks for sale at a fundraiser for West Side Montessori School Financial Aid Program. The event is rain or shine with both indoor and outdoor activities.

Beyond Chocolate: Colonial Coffee, Cacao, and Tea

Drink it all in with a bevy of colonial beverages in this multisensory Living History program exploring global trade and colonial silversmithing in Paul Revere’s time. Discover recipes, smell spices, and handle hot chocolate preparation tools. Afterwards, visit the exhibition Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere.

Pumpkins & Potions with The Creative Kitchen

The Creative Kitchen takes over the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for a weekend of tricks, treating and tastings with cooking demonstrations, Halloween and pumpkin-inspired storytimes, sing-alongs, art projects, pumpkin cooking workshops, and freaky fun food tasting stations.

Thalia Kids’ Book Club‎: White Bird by R.J. Palacio with Debra Monk

Meet R.J. Palacio, best-selling author of Wonder and celebrate her graphic novel debut. White Bird, a captivating tale of kindness and courage, follows a young Jewish girl hidden in the midst of Nazi-occupied France through Palacio’s gorgeous illustrations. Acclaimed actress Debra Monk, along with five Thalia Kids’ Book Club campers, will perform an excerpt from the…

Design Fest

Cooper Hewitt concludes National Design Week with a day of hands-on activities led by National Design Award winners and guest designers. Audiences of all ages are invited to play designer and tackle design challenges in workshops, learn new design skills, and explore the museum. Join ongoing workshops in product design, architecture, fashion, landscape and create…

Super Sabado: Día de los Muertos

Celebrate Mexico’s beloved 3,000 year-old tradition commemorating friends and relatives who have passed away with a procession led by Danza Azteca Chichimeca x Las Calaveras Callejeras and Trio Jarocho Canto Veracruz, a community altar by multidisciplinary artist Cievel Xicohtencatl in collaboration with LSA Family Health Service, an art-making workshop, face painting and a special concert…

The Met Roof Garden: Alicja Kwade’s ParaPivot

Walk through a miniature solar system by Berlin-based artist by Alicja Kwade, this year’s installation in the gorgeous Met Roof Garden, one of our favorite spots in the city. The view of Central Park is stunning and snacks are allowed (and available for purchase).

LOS Kids: Mozart – The Magic Flute

Meet Mozart and learn what makes him and his fascinating operas. Hosted by the hilarious Professor Treblemaker with dancers, young musicians, video and short pieces of music performed by the excellent Little Orchestra Society. Includes audience participation during the show and pre-concert activities in the lobby. A favorite of our family. Program also includes Marriage…

Picture This! Gallery Tour, Art Workshop & Concert: Dan + Claudia Zanes

Create art, share ideas, listen to storybook readings, and enjoy live music as a family. A 10 am gallery program includes interactive activities, art viewing, and a PJ Library collection book reading. At 10:45 am head to the art studio to create original art and enjoy a snack. The program ends with an 11:30 am…

Halloween Howl & Healthy Hound Fair

Dogs get to dress up too. Over 200 creatively costumed pups strut their stuff before a blue-chip fashion industry coven of judges.

Lucy Sparrow: Delicatessen on 6th

Shop at a fully stocked deli where every single item – from cheese to fish – is handmade out of felt and available for purchase. ⁣Kids love the cute produce with personality (sequin eyes and other facial features) that you can play with and put into carts and buy. Vinyl murals installed throughout the concourse…

Young People’s Chorus: Big Sing

Raise your voice in shared harmony with hundreds of other fellow New Yorkers in a program of Broadway, pop, and folk favorites. Join Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez and Associate Director Elizabeth Núñez, along with special guests a cappella quartet Midtown and musical renegade Nick Demeris. Family-friendly and so much fun.

The Pout-Pout Fish at New Victory Theater

See a silly and bubbly new musical with puppetry based on the best-selling children’s book series. When Ms. Clam’s precious pearl gets swept out to sea, everyone’s favorite frowny fishie blankets the reef with his biggest dreary-weary yet. Can our fish of little faith find the gem and save the day? By the always excellent…

En Plein Air

See freestanding, outdoor paintings by eight international artists that can be viewed in the round and in dialogue with the surrounding natural and industrial landscapes, expanding the tradition of outdoor painting.

Machine Hallucination

Enter a mixed reality experiment deploying machine learning algorithms on architectural images of New York City, revealing the hidden connections between unique moments in the city’s iconic architectural culture and history. BY Turkish artist Refik Anadol. The inaugural installation of…

Travel Camp

Past a secret magic door in a toy and clothing store find an immersive retail experience that transports off 5th Avenue to landmarks around the world and back. Hosts daily free activities plus singalongs, performances, classes and themed art workshops…

Caramel Apple Pie Cupcake at Citycakes Bakery

Try  Salted Caramel cupcakes with mini fresh apple pie filling topped with housemade salted caramel, pie crust topper f cream cheese frosting. ⁣If you think that’s a mouthful, it’s just like this cupcake. ⁣⁣Also get some of city’s best cookies, which…

An ABC of Equality: Book Reading and Music

Join author Chana Ewing for a reading of her inspiring new board book, An ABC of Equality, followed by music, bubbles, stickers and more. Includes a copy of the book. Takes place past in an immersive travel-themed retail experience behind…

Atlantic for Kids: The Big One-Oh!

See a triumphant new musical for the whole family based on the book of the same name.  Charley Maplewood has never been one for parties—that would require friends, which he doesn’t have. Well, unless you count his monster friends, but…

Pumpkin Point on Governors Island

Pick from thousands of pumpkins in historic Nolan Park surrounded by beautiful fall foliage and the village-like atmosphere of former officer’s homes. Enjoy live music, pumpkin painting and costume-making with the Children’s Museum of the Arts, a fall beer garden and tasty treats including warm cider, mini pumpkin pies, “ghoulash”…

Bentley’s Centenary Concours

Celebrate Bentley’s Centenary with an extraordinary line-up of historic Bentleys displayed concours-style along the Brookfield Place waterfront plaza in Lower Manhattan. See both the EXP 100 GT – which debuted as part of our Centenary Celebrations in the UK – and the new Flying Spur, the definitive four-door grand tourer.…

Family Day: Build a Lego City

Explore architecture, design and construction with everyone’s favorite building material—Lego bricks! Create a Lego masterpiece and work together to create buildings to add to a model city inspired by New York City. Designed for children ages 5–13 years old, accompanied by an adult. Drop in anytime.

Dog Day Halloween Costume Party and Parade

Washington Square Park gets a spooky (and furry) makeover. Celebrate Halloween by dressing your best furry buddy up in costume at the Washington Square Park Fountain. Big prizes  for best costume for dogs and owners,

Holiday x House of SHOWFIELDS

Experiential retail store SHOWFIELDS’ immersive experience gets a holiday update. Find a hidden slide, then touch smell, eat, and test products and artwork led by actots with a story. Book (free) timed slots in advance online.

CIVICKIDS Celebration

Celebrate a year of CIVICKIDS, CMA’s monthly digital challenge to create a project based on themes of civic engagement including leadership, sustainability, and kindness. Create in interactive workshops inspired by a year of amplifying children’s voices and catching them in action. Highlights include Story Time with Senator Julia Salazar, documentary…

Boo at the Prospect Park Zoo

Enjoy Halloween-themed games and crafts, learn about bats around the world and right here in New York and participate in a project to understand the ecology of urban bats in Prospect Park.

Halloween Harvest at Luna Park

Coney Island’s seaside amusement park gets in the Halloween spirit with pumpkin patches, pumpkin carving. magic shows, arts and crafts, stilt walkers, roaming artists, costume contest, trick-or-treating, face painting, temporary tattoos, mini-tractor races and more plus the usual rides and…

Schoolhouse Rock Live

The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math and more through clever, tuneful songs comes to the musical stage. Schoolhouse Rock Live! follows Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher who is nervous about his first day of…

Domino Park Fall Festival

Celebrate fall in pretty Domino Park with Let’s Mek Music with Scott Klopfenstein from Reel Big Fish (10 am ), a free pumpkin patch, photobooth, fall arts & crafts and pumpkin decorating plus free compost and apple giveaways. For a…

Color Between the Lines

See a family-friendly adaptation of Irondale Ensemble Project’s Color Between the Lines. This show uses song and story to look at oft-forgotten Brooklyn abolitionists who fought to free enslaved Africans. Each 25 minute performance is followed by a hands-on, storytelling art…

Harvest Homecoming

Discover an old-school fall foliage festival in the heart of Brooklyn—complete with hay rides, carnival games, music, and more. Local cider makers and kombucha brewers offer tastings, a farmers’ market features heritage apples from local orchards, and kids can debut…

The Socrates Annual 2019

Explore new commissions from 16 artists produced on-site that engage the Socrates Sculpture Park’s unique history, landscape, and surrounding community. Projects range from a soundscape conflating the sounds of animals and man-made objects to a monument to the invasive Ailanthus plant. Approaches vary among collaborative investigations of authorship and visibility, the re-contextualization of domestic motifs,…

The Art of the Brick

See more than 100 pieces made by artist Nathan Sawaya with more than one million LEGO bricks. The collection features original pieces, a 20-foot Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton (comprised of over 80,000 LEGO bricks) and re-imagined versions of some of the world’s most famous art masterpieces. Includes an interactive section called “The Science of the Brick”…

Connected Worlds

Explore a fantastical animated world where your actions – gestures, movements, and decisions – impact how well the world is kept in balance. Six magical, computer generated habitats: jungle, desert, wetlands, river valley, reservoir, and grasslands -have their own trees, plants, and animals, but they share a common supply of water. The habitats are fed…

Harvest Weekends, The Amazing Maize Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Celebrate autumn at the farm. Explore the grounds and buy a variety of Hudson Valley apples, donuts, fresh cider and apple pie plus mums for gardens, locally-made jams, farm-fresh produce from our fields and more. Also get lost in The Amazing Maize Maze, a 3-acre challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles and making your way…

Flux Takeover at Socrates

Long Island City artist residency and collective art space, Flux Factory, takes over Socrates Scultpure Park for an adventurous afternoon of performance, engagement, and installation activating The Socrates Annual exhibition. Experience Flux’s core themes in action – collaboration, experimentation, and play – including paper waste puppets, solar synthesizers, cleromantic divination, exercises in communal art viewing,…

Scavengers & Decomposers Weekend

Hooray for decay! Get your hands dirty—literally—as you explore the process of decomposition at Wave Hill. Investigate the forest floor, handle real-life scavengers and decomposers, learn about osteology, the study of bones and skeletal elements, try to reassemble a skeleton, get composting info and make wearable art inspired by decomposers.  Join a parade of walking snags…

Spooky Pumpkin Garden

Explore more than 100 pumpkin-headed scarecrows set among giant and unusual pumpkins and gourds in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Put on a festive fall puppet show and have a spooky tea party in the Victorian playhouse. Guided activities on afternoons and weekends include potting up a ghostly dusty miller plant. Take a tropical break…

Boo at the Zoo

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a hay maze, take a haunted pirate hayride, make creepy crafts, see magic acts and enjoy more spooky family fun at the zoo.

Liberty Science Center Fall Fest

Autumn adventures at Liberty Science Center include an outdoor 4,000-sq-ft webby Spider Maze, an 8-foot-tall haystack, hay maze, petting zoo, indoor pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting ($2) and science experiments, ballistic apple picking with bows and arrows and more fall fun. Enjoy seasonal treats, like apple cider and pumpkin spice and check out new exhibitions: Dinosaur…

Brick or Treat

Halloween-themed attraction, help the master builder create a 6-foot Dracula; “Brick-Or-Treat” throughout the facility to collect pieces for a spooky build and create your own ghost-hunting adventure using an augmented-reality app.

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

Meander through an 18th-century landscape ablaze with more than 7,000 illuminated, hand-carved jack o’ lanterns forming amazing sculptures and settings. Tour the brand-new Museum of Pumpkin Art, where classic paintings get the gourd treatment, see who let the (pumpkin) dogs out, listen for the Headless Horseman—and watch out for swooping jack o’lantern bats. See the Pumpkin Carousel twirl and the Pumpkin Windmill whirl and step inside the Pumpkin Planetarium for a unique star show. Features synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack. Fun for all ages.