Weekend Events: Harvest Festivals, Monster Brunch, The Great Pumpkin
If you love Fall Festivals and Harvests as much as we do, then you’re in store for a treat because there are several of them this weekend. Stay geared up throughout the weekend though because Bubblemania is happening on Sunday and you won’t want to miss it! Also, if you are preggo, there’s a cool Eat, Drink, Doula eventso you c If you’re expecting baby number two, we’ve got you covered for an informative workshop as well. And don’t forget to check our music listings and events calendar for more fun!Seriously, there’s no reason to get out and enjoy the lovely Fall weather and festivities. To start off, Fancy Nancy has added more Friday performances and we’ve got the deets below!
NEW- added Friday shows on October 19, November 2nd and 9th: 4:30pm
Fancy Nancy, The Musical at Cazale Theater
Fancy Nancy and her friends, Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel are going to be performing in their very first show, “Deep Sea Dances.” Nancy is positive, that’s fancy for 100 percent sure, that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn’t the one she wanted?
Details: 2162 Broadway, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: pricing starts at $29.50. Contact: (212) 579-0528. Visit the website for more information.
Through October 31st
Lumpy Bumpy Pumpkin at PS 3
The Shadow Box Theatre presents Lumpy Bumpy Pumpkin, an original tale similar to the story of the ugly duckling. It is a story about someone different who finds acceptance. With comedy, compassion, and plenty of pumpkins, this Halloween story will soon have everyone singing along and rooting for Lumpy Bumpy Pumpkin. Along with Lumpy Bumpy, we learn that everyone has a special talent – you just have to find it! The spirit and energy of our storyteller and guitarist help bring Farmer Joe’s pumpkin patch to life. The show includes a rousing Halloween Sing-Along.
Details: 50 Jefferson Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 3 — 7. Cost: $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Contact: 212.724.0677. Visit the website for more information.
October 2o, 27 at 7pm
October 21, 27, 28 at 2pm
The House of Ichabod Crane at The Trusty Sidekick Theater Company
What really happened to poor Ichabod Crane? Be our guest this Halloween season and uncover the truth in an immersive retelling of a haunting American legend. Bravely embark on an eerie journey from the hallowed revolutionary war battlegrounds of Brooklyn to the bewitching glen of Sleepy Hollow. Who knows what troubled spirits and strange sights await those who dare to enter the mysterious Old Stone House… This site-specific storytelling event will bring audiences up close and personal with the tale of the nervous schoolteacher Ichabod Crane and the legendary Headless Horseman. After navigating the grounds of the historic Old Stone House–site of the first battle of the Revolutionary War–the audience will enter the house and take their seats at a large banquet table to conjure the spirit of Ichabod Crane and experience the tale. The production re-imagines Ichabod’s past as a 15-year-old American revolutionary at the helm of a cannon on the battlefield and the headless horseman as a fallen Hessian soldier who lost his life during the same battle. The actors combine the original text of Washington Irving classic short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with history of the Battle of Brooklyn as an eerie and inventive new legend unfolds.
Details: Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street, Brooklyn. Ages 9 and up. Cost: $15/adult; $10/children. Visit the website for more information.
October 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, and 31: various times
Gravesend Inn Halloween Haunted Hotel at The Voorhees Theater
Theatreworks’ high-tech haunted hotel, the Gravesend Inn, returns again this year. Produced by Theatreworks, City Tech’s resident theatrical troupe with design, construction, and operating support provided by students and faculty of the College’s nationally unique Entertainment Technology Department, this theme-park-quality Halloween attraction has been thrilling children and adults alike since 1999.
Details: 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary), Brooklyn. Ages 7 and up. Cost: $5/students with ID and group admissions; $6/general admissions. Contact: 718-260-5588. Visit the website to reserve tickets.
Through December 2
Jean-Michel Othoniel at Brooklyn Museum of Art
This gorgeous survey of Jean-Michel Othoniel‘s 25 year career is worth a half-day visit. The colorful glass sculptures are mesmerizing and imaginative. All ages will enjoy the large scale glass sculptures like the conastaga wagon and bed frame and the smaller works of suspended beads.
Details: 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052. Tickets are suggested contributions for adults $12, Children under 12 are free. Monday, Tuesday closed, Wed, Friday-Sunday open from 11 am- 6 pm and on Thursdays from 11 am- 10 pm.
Through October 31st
Boo at the Zoo
See our post all about it here. This New York tradition is back and we can’t say enough good things about “Boo at the Zoo.” Held at the Bronx Zoo this event focuses on animals, being outside and the zoo’s landscape all while enjoying the Hess Hayride, Bug Carousel, Monorail, and Haunted Safari. Some traditional favorites include the hay maze at the Butterfly Patio, Children’s Theater by the Children’s Theatre Company, music by the Gigi and the Lend Me a Hand Band, pumpkins and craft workshops at the Dancing Crane Pavilion. The costume parade is another exciting event where you and your little one can march throughout the zoo, alongside a 10-foot-tall grasshopper, an 8-foot-tall butterfly, and other cool characters on stilts. Additionally, there will be treat stations located throughout the zoo like at the Bug Carousel, Monorail, and on the Haunted Safari.
Details: The Bronx Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Adult admission is $16, children (3-12 years old) $12, children under 3 are free, seniors (65+) are $14. Parking is $13 for cars and $16 for buses. The Bronx Zoo is conveniently located off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit www.bronxzoo.com or call 718-367-1010.
Through October 31st
The Haunted Pumpkin Garden at The New York Botanical Garden
The Haunted Pumpkin Garden at the New York Botanical Garden will treat visitors to frightful Halloween fun. Experience the thrills and chills of the season with a garden full of intricately carved pumpkin sculptures, bugs, bats, parties and parades. Every day, youngsters can play inside a “gourdgeous” Pumpkin House, put on a scary show at the Pumpkin Puppet Theater, learn about owls, and join a Halloween Parade, while every weekend offers even more treats.
Details: 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road. Cost: $25/general admissions. Contact: (718) 817-8700. Visit the website for more information.
Through November 12th
Fancy Nancy The Musical
Vital Theater has had some successful kiddie hits over the last few years including “Angelina Ballerina” and “Pinkalicious”. This fall they are looking for a repeat with a new production of Fancy Nancy- the precocious, tutu-loving child with an extensive vocabulary. The plot? Fancy Nancy and her friends, Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel are going to be performing in their very first show, “Deep Sea Dances.” Nancy is positive, that’s fancy for 100 percent sure, that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn’t the one she wanted?
Details: McGinn/Cazale Theatre 2162 Broadway. Buy tickets here . Prices start at $29.50 for regular seats and Premium for $49.50. Saturdays at Sundays at 11am and 1pm. Holiday Shows: Oct. 8 and 17 and Nov. 6 and 12 at 11am and 1pm
Saturday Mornings at 10:30am
The Adventures of Maya the Bee at Culture Project
This jazz puppet show is one that children and adults alike will enjoy! The revamped productions of The Adventures of Maya the Bee is back after its first successful run! It still features the same story of the rebellious little bee who flies from the hive in search of adventure and encounters her own heroism. Will a sparkling new set of props and great puppets, this is one glorious jazz-themed show!
Details: 45 Bleeker Street at Lafayette Street, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $25. Visit the website for more information.
Through November 25th
The Old Man and The Old Moon at The Gym at Judson
“The Old Man and The Old Moon” tells the epic tale of one elderly gentleman’s spectacular voyage to the ends of the earth in search of his lost love. Bound to his duties as the caretaker of the moon, the Old Man of the title lives a quiet, contented life until the day he discovers his beloved wife has left their home in search of a mysterious melody carried in the ocean breeze. In her pursuit, the Old Man will encounter titanic leviathans of the deep, apocalyptic storms, civil wars, cantankerous ghosts and an entire world peopled by startling characters and fantastical creatures. Through sweepingly cinematic folk music, clever puppetry, and charmingly theatrical antics, the young men of the PigPen Theatre Co. bring the Old Man’s story to brilliant, vibrant life with wit, style and surprising emotional depth.
Details: 243 Thompson Street (at Washington Square South), NYC. Cost: $65/general admissions. Visit the website for more information.
Through November 5th: various times
Century of the Child: Growing By Design Exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art
Taking place in The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Exhibition Gallery, sixth floor. MoMA’s survey of 20th century design for children. The exhibition will bring together areas underrepresented in design history and often considered separately, including school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children’s hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books.
Details: 11 West 53 Street, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE with museum admission. Contact: (212) 708-9400. Visit the website for more information.
Through November 17th
For gourmands everywhere, Smorgasburg in Williamsburg has become a destination to taste artisan foods and snatch up unique housewares. Every Saturday at the East River, thousands come to see and taste the vendors’ wares and chow with their friends.
Details: Saturday, 11am-6pm, Rain or Shine East River Waterfront (btw. North 6 + 7 St.)
Through November 17th
Smorgasburg happens every Sunday on the DUMBO waterfront at the historic Tobacco Warehouse, from 11am to 6pm. Packaged and prepared foods, purveyors from New York City and across the region, and other food-related vendors (kitchen utensils, housewares, etc.), for a total of 75-100 vendors. Click here to apply as a vendor. Runs until November 18th.
Details: Sunday (Starting Sept. 9), 11am-6pm, Rain or Shine | The Flea’s Giant All-Food Market Tobacco Warehouse (30 Water St.)
Through November 18th
The Williamsburg Flea is a Sunday ritual for our family: with super finds and delicious food vendors, you can spend a whole day just noshing and looking. Located between North 6th and North 7th Streets just south of East River State Park, the Flea is a must-see destination when you get off the ferry. Take a moment to take in the fabulous skyline as well.
Details: Sunday, 10am-5pm, Rain or Shine East River Waterfront (btw. North 6 + 7 St.)
Saturdays and Sundays Through November 11th from 10am — 6pm
Field Station: Dinosaurs
9 minutes from Manhattan and 90 million years back in time… That’s what Field Station: Dinosaurs is! My son and I had the opportunity to visit this outdoor attraction a few weeks ago and we absolutely loved it! Field Station: Dinosaurs is a world-class family attraction that combines cutting-edge science with the creative minds of great artists and teachers to create a one-of-kind experience that’s thrilling, educational and fun. There are over thirty life-sized, realistic dinosaurs (including the ninety foot long Argentinosaurus, the largest animatronic dinosaur ever made) that come to life. It’s like a museum, outdoors. And it’s totally cool!
Details: Secaucus, NJ. Cost: $20/adults; $17.50/children 3-12; FREE/children 2 and under. Visit the website for more information.
The Berenstain Bears LIVE!
We are so excited about the “beary” good show that will be held at the Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre! In The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, our favorite Bear Country citizens come to life on the Off-Broadway stage. In addition to teaching life lessons during the show, there will be a mini dance party and face painting afterwards. It’s going to be “bear”mazing! We have all seen it a couple of times and it’s super cute for the kids.
Details: Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre. 10 West 64th Street and Central Park West. Tickets start at $34.95. 866.811.4111.
Through November 2012
Gazillion Bubble Show at New World Stages Theater
You’ve seen how your kids react to bubbles. Now, imagine how they would react to seeing people inside bubbles, or lasers shooting through bubbles, or bubbles within bubbles?! They will be enthralled…and so will you. The Gazillion Bubble Show in Manhattan, is all about bubble magic and everyone from David Letterman to Oprah thinks the show is pretty fantastic.
Details: 340 West 50th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $44.50 -$89.50 (VIP package). Purchase tickets: Telecharge at 212.239.6200 or at www.telecharge.com. Visit the website for more information.
Through December 2nd: various times
Spiders Alive! at The American Museum of Natural History
Among the live spiders visitors will encounter are the goliath bird eater; the western black widow; and species from other arachnid orders, including African whip spiders. Spiders Alive! will explore spiders’ silk, venom, and little-known defensive mechanisms such as mimicry. The exhibition will include larger-than-life models, videos, interactive exhibits, and fossils.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: Ticket includes museum admission and Spiders Alive exhibit: $25 adults; $14.50 children; $19 seniors/students. Contact: 212-769-5100. Visit the website for more information.
Through January 2013 from 10:30am — 4:30pm (every hour on the half hour)
IMAX: Flying Monsters at The American Museum of Natural History
Let Sir David Attenborough be your guide as you fly alongside reptiles with 40-foot-wing spans and find out how pterosaurs took to the skies in the Age of Dinosaurs.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street. All are welcomed. Cost: $25/adults; $19/students, seniors; $14.50/children ages 2-12. Visit the website for more information.
Through January 6, 2013
The RAMMELLZEE Galaxseum at The Children’s Museum of Art
The Children’s Museum of the Arts presents the most comprehensive collection of works to-date by visionary artist and MC, RAMMELLZEE. Entitled “The RAMMELLZEE Galaxseum,” the exhibition will reveal the inner workings of RAMMELLZEE’s artistic vision and trace his career trajectory which began in the 1970s as a pioneering “wild style” graffiti writer and hip-hop MC and evolved in manifesto and medium to the far reaches of the imagination. “The RAMMELLZEE Galaxseum” showcases a visual encyclopedia of RAMMELLZEE’s artworks including full-body life-sized costumes, masks, character frescoes, figurines, large scale paintings and video and audio recordings from some of his performances. Suspended from the gallery’s ceiling are RAMMELLZEE’s legendary letter racers, or car-like vehicles representing letters of the alphabet seeking to “break free.”
Details: 103 Charlton Street (between Hudson and Greenwich Streets), New York, NY. Cost: $10/person; FREE/seniors and members. Contact: (212) 274-0986. Visit the website for more information.
Through January 13, 2013: various times
Big Apple Circus: Legendarium at Damrosch Park
For its 35th season the Big Apple Circus presents “Legendarium,” an all-new show, where international circus artists are presented under an intimate Big Top, and no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring. See the hijinks of hilarious clowns, magnificent horses and playful pooches, soaring aerialists, flawless jugglers, astounding acrobats and a contortionist with a back as flexible as an archer’s bow. With an affable ringmaster as your guide, watch as an amazing inventor spins in a giant steel hoop and a fearless finambulist astonishes the onlooker.
Details: West 62nd Street (Lincoln Center) between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue, NYC. Cost: $25 — $175. Contact: (212) 875-5766. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st from 10am — 1pm
Fairy Wands and Tiny Houses at Wave Hill
Put some of nature’s magic into your own magical wand. Listen to fairy stories told by Rama Mandel and then venture into Wave Hill’s enchanted woodlands. Fashion sticks, leaves and bark into a tiny fairy-sized dwelling as part of a charmed forest metropolis.
Details: West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 549-3200. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st from 11:30am — 2:30pm
PlayLab Workshop Series: The Great Pumpkin at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Come and explore the wonderful world of pumpkins. Children will discover the importance of pumpkins throughout history and in our everyday lives as they explore gourds from the Museum’s Collection. Watch It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and enjoy a tasty treat with museum educators. Please note: pre-registration required.
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue (at St. Marks Avenue), Brooklyn. Ages 2 — 5. FREE with museum admissions. Contact: 718.735.4400 ext 106. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st
Weekend Family Programs at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Explore the wonders of Pier 6 and Main Street with the Playground Associates, who lead educational based activities.
Details: Brooklyn Bridge Park. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.
Saturdays and Sundays in October
Spooktacular Fun at The New York Aquarium from 11am — 5pm
This Halloween, it’s a swash-buckling pirate adventure with nautical- and pirate-themed activities planned for aquarium-goers of all ages. Visitors will have the opportunity to journey through a haunted sea-fari adventure, experience spooky pirate tales, enjoy sea shanty musical performances and gypsy dancers. All of these activities and more are among the activities that will make Ascarium: A Pirate’s Adventure the destination for a safe, fun Halloween this season.
Activities include: Hunted Sea-fari, Go In Character, Spooky Storytelling, Astounding Pirate Feats, Terrifying Tunes, Spine-Tingling Shows, Creatures of The Creepy Deep Workshop, Ghoulish Games, Arts and Crafts, and Trick-or-Treat! Whew… so much to do!
Details: Surf Avenue at West 8th Street in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Admission is $14.95 for adults, $10.95 for children ages 3-12 and $11.95 for senior citizens (65 and older); children under 3 years of age are admitted free. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 21st: various times
Urban at The New Victory Theater
Culturally inspired costumes and makeup?! Sign us up! In this show, the audience will see Circomlumbia’s acrobatic take on the circus. Almost sounds too good to be true. And it is… it’s great! Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm, Sundays at 12pm and 5pm.
Details: 209 West 42nd Street, NYC. Ages 8 and up. Cost: $14-$38. Contact: 646.223.3010. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday and Sundays through October 29th at 1pm and 4pm
Take Two: Bad Gigs Gone Good at Canal Park Playhouse
Have you ever smashed yourself in the face with a yo-yo in front of 800 of your peers? Thrown flaming torches into a crowd? Embarrassed yourself on national television? Stunt Lab’s yo-yo champion Mark Hayward has done all of these things (and more). Now he goes solo, hilariously recreating some of his worst gigs for your entertainment. But this time he fixes the disasters. Maybe. Part of Canal Park Playhouse’s Matinee/Brunch series, brunch at the theater’s Waffle Iron Café is available before and after the show. The brunch menu includes hot-off-the-waffle-iron spinach, mushroom, and smoked chicken sausage frittatas; French toast; and Traditional Belgian Waffles with pure Vermont maple syrup and butter, as well as the house specialty The Playhouse Pink Waffle (a pink waffle with strawberries and whipped cream) and the chocoholic fantasy the Decadent Dark Chocolate Waffle. Entree salads and waffle-branded sliders are also available.
Details: 508 Canal Street, NYC. Cost: $20. For more information, call 1-866-811-4111 or visit www.canalparkplayhouse.com.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 19TH
Friday, October 19th from 10am — 11:30am and 1pm — 3pm
Brooklyn Public Library: Kids Mobile at Prospect Park Children’s Corner
Brooklyn Public Library’s colorful Kidsmobile, a children’s library on wheels, is busy at schools, daycare centers, Headstart and after school programs and community events. Head on over for fun, free, and educational activities!
Details: Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn. Across from the carousel. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 718-253-4948. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, October 19th from 11:30am — 12:00pm
Story Time with Jordan at powerHouse Arena
Join in the fun on Fridays as powerHouse Children’s Book Specialist Jordan Nielsen reads from some of our favorite kids books. It’s a perfect pre-nap activity, if you ask me. Please note: RSVP is highly recommended.
Details: 37 Main Street, Brooklyn. Recommended for ages 2-6. FREE for all. Contact: 718.666.3049 or email kids@powerHouseArena.com. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, October 19th from 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Baby Boogie at the Prospect Park YMCA
Are you a new parent?! Then this class may just be perfect for you. Listen closely and you’ll hear the class calling your name. Not only will you have time to meet other parents here, but the class also includes games for babies, singing, and dancing. Jackpot!
Details: 357 Ninth Street. Ideal for parents with babies up to 13 months. $12/visit. Telephone: 718.768.7100. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, October 19th from 3:30pm — 5:30pm
Basketball at Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Basketball with adjustable height hoops for kids of all sizes, plus fun drills to improve your skills. Closed-toed shoes required.
Ages 5 and 6: Fridays, June 1-Oct. 26 (except 5/25, 8/31, 10/5), 3:30-4:30pm
Ages 7 and up: Fridays, June 1-Oct. 26 (except 5/25, 8/31, 10/5), 4:30-5:30pm
Details: North end of Battery Park City, west of River Terrace, NYC. Two sessions: 5-6 or 7 and up. FREE for all. Contact: 212.267.9700. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, October 19th from 4:30pm — 5:30pm
Animal Haven’s Caring Kids Program
Where are our animal lovers? Or parents of animal-loving children? You’ll want to check out this FREE event that introduces children and young teens to basic animal care and teaches them about existing issues in animal welfare. Through exciting lesson plans and interactive activities with cats and dogs at the shelter, participants learn the importance of treating animals humanely. They will not only make an impact on the lives of the animals they encounter, but it can certainly be a significant experience for them as well.
Details: 251 Centre Street. Ages 5-12. FREE for all, but RSVP is required. Contact: KendraM@ah-nyc.org or visit the website for more information.
Friday, October 19th 6pm — 10pm
Super Sitter Pajama Party at BAX
Longing for a date night or some much-needed “Me Time”? Well… now’s your time to indulge and get thee to a sitter! Parents can take advantage of the amazing Super Sitters and enjoy an evening on your own as well. The BAX Teens, along with experienced BAX staff Donna & Gina, are offering a night of fun and play for your little ones. Take a night off and support the Teen Dance Company at the same time! The kids will enjoy an an evening full of fantastic games, dance party, stories, food and (of course) a great deal of fun. Pajamas are encouraged but not required. They will be serving pizza, popcorn, and refreshments to the kids.
Details: 421 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn. Only 25 slots available so call to reserve your slot! Contact: 718.832.0018. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, October 19th at 6:15pm
Family Movie Night at The Moxie Spot
Still stumped on how to enjoy Family Friday Nights after a long week? Head on over to The Moxie Spot, a family-friendly restaurant and play space for a fun Friday night film screening. Kids will eat for free when you purchase an entrée from the dinner special after 5:30pm. Now that what we call “family friendly.”
Details: The short feature begins at 6:15pm. The longer feature begins at 6:45pm. 81-83 Atlantic Avenue (at Hicks Street). 718.923.9710.
Friday, October 19th, and 26th from 7pm — 11pm
Night of Horror at Coney Island
Luna Park at Coney Island will be taken over by a spooky cast of characters roaming about looking to scare the living daylights out of the guests (but, of course, in a good way!). There will be two haunted mazes, Haunted Houses, and much more! But fret not, because 12 of the parks’ rides will still be open for family fun!
Details: 1000 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 14 and up. Cost: $30. Contact: email@example.com. Visit the website for more information.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 20TH
Saturday, October 20th from 10am — 11:30am
Drawing Together at K.I.D.S.
This workshop, hone your creativity and observational skills by concentrating on positive/negative space in drawing. Be prepared to work as an adult-child team.
Details: 353 Van Burnt Street, Brooklyn. Ages 4 and up. FREE for all. RSVP by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, October 20th from 10am — 4pm
Harvest Fest in Gansevoort Plaza
The Meatpacking Improvement Association in partnership with AT&T is hosting their first annual Harvest Fest for children and families in the neighborhood… in a very stylish and “Meatpacking” way, of course. Activities include: Face painting from Sephora, Cupcake decorating from Bill’s Bar & Burger, Haunted Hair from Bumble & bumble, Activities with The Whitney Museum and LAB School, Mini Golf from Chelsea Piers, Pizza making from Serafina, Food from The Standard, Kava Cafe and Bakehouse, Live music from Brass Monkey, Fortune Teller from Housing Works, Pumpkin decorating from Whole Foods… and much more! This is totally my kind of party!
Details: Gansevoort Plaza. All are welcomed. FREE for all.
Saturday, October 20th at 10am
Welcoming Child #2 at Madison Rose Maternity and Kids
Are you pregnant with your second child and worried about how to prepare your first child, your living space, your schedule and life? Join Jessica Glorieux of Motherburg NYC for an informative info session and Q&A about everything #2!
The course covers:
How to prepare your first child through books and toys and methods to reduce their stress
Gear that makes life easier – Do you need a second stroller? Something else?
Sleep strategies with two
Time management and organizational help for your home, office and life that includes some tips for self-care
Details: 313 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY. Adults welcomed. Cost: $25/person. Visit the website to purchase tickets.
Saturday, October 20th from 10am — 3pm
East River State Park’s Fall Festival
Can’t get enough of Fall Festivals?! Well, get a load of this one! Pumpkin picking and carving, live music, yummy treats, and family fun… ah-ma-zing! This event is co-sponsored by Friends of East River State Park and National Heritage Trust.
Details: 90 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, October 20th from 10am — 4pm
The Red Hook Harvest Festival at The Red Hook Community Farm
Join a celebration of urban agriculture, youth empowerment, and food justice and sustainability. The harvest will feature: Delicious food from local restaurants, Pumpkin carving, Farm animals, Games, Fruits and Veggies at the Red Hook Farmers Market, And much much more!
Details: 580 Columbia Street (Between Sigourney & Halleck Streets), Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, October 20th from 10:30am — 11:30am
Story Time with Carol and Friends
Carroll Garden folks, weekly story time has never been so good! The Friends of Carroll Garden Library present, “Story Time with Carol and Friends” so head on over to join in on the educational fun.
Details: All ages welcomed. FREE for all. 396 Clinton Street. For more information, contact: email@example.com or visit their website.
Saturday, October 20th from 10:30am — 1pm
Harvest Festival at Pier 6
Summer temperatures and warm weather is not the only time to enjoy The Brooklyn Bridge Park! This season you can enjoy it with a Fall Harvest Festival too! Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park, will celebrate the fall season with a Harvest Festival on Pier 6! This event will feature a pumpkin patch, musical guests, face painting, mask making, storytelling and art activities.
Musical performances include: Bilingual Birdies at 10:30am and The Pop Ups at 12pm!
Details: The Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, October 20th at 11am
Storytime at Greenlight Bookstore
Saturday Story Time is geared toward kids ages 3 to 8 and their families. Authors and illustrators of picture books often visit us on Saturdays to read from their new books, and neighborhood performers sometimes read as well. There are always great stories and sometimes activities and crafts too!
Details: 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland), Brooklyn. Ages 3 to 8. FREE for all, but seating is on a first come, first served basis. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, October 20th from 11am — 2pm
Fall Festival at International School of Brooklyn
Get ready for crafts, raffles, yummy food from Cubana Cafe, and FUN!
Details: 477 Court Street, Corner of Nelson Street, Brooklyn. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, October 20th from 11am — 3pm
Halloween Harvest Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park
There’s no doubt about it: every year, Socrates Sculpture Park rocks it out when it comes to Halloween parties! Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Socrates where you can do “Artist-led costume-making workshops”, eat great food, face painting with one of our favorite face painters, concert and you can enter your pet in the annual canine costume contest. Don’t forget to check out the art installation of Scarecrows. Still looking for a costume? Bring your costume for a costume swap from 11am- 3pm and find a new one!
Details: 32-01 Vernon Boulevard at Broadway. All are welcomed. FREE for all.
Saturday, October 20th from 1pm — 5pm
Halloween Harvest and Fall Festival at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum
Discover the magic of Halloween at NYC’s oldest house! There will be crafts, food, games, music, colonial superstitions, and a haunted tour of this old, old house! Oooh!!! Children can create their own trick-or-treat bags and decorate their own pumpkins. There will also be a magic show featuring Didi Maxx, which promises to be amazing. Whoops! I almost forgot about the best part (to me, anyway): children can help make yummy candy apples and caramel corn!
Details: 5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $5/adults; $3/children. Contact: 718.629.5400. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, October 20th from 1:30pm — 3:30pm
Annual Halloween Party at Ms. J’s Gymnastics and Dance
This Halloween party is the perfect warm-up to fun festivities to come. Go dressed in your costumes or get your face painted while there. Enjoy the spooky fort, open play time, balloon animals, Plum Organics snacks and so much more!
Details: 289 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $15/per person, but FREE if you’re registered. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, October 20th from 2pm — 4pm
Creating with Paper: Exploration in the Art of Collage at NARS
Create a one-of-a-kind collage with NARS Studio Artist Tempest Neucollins on an afternoon filled with art-making and creative play. This workshop is being held in conjunction with the current exhibition “Convergences” which features the work of 35 artists with studios located at the New York Art Residency & Studios (NARS) Foundation.
Details: 88 35th Street (3rd Floor), Brooklyn. Ages 5 –12. FREE for all. Contact: 718.768.2765. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, October 20th at 4 pm
The Ghost of Greenwich Village Family Scavenger Hunt
Kids and adults work together to uncover the stories of secret cemeteries, looming skeletons, the haunted home of Edgar Allen Poe, bats outside a creepy building, and Harry Potter’s nemesis.
Details: Children ages 7 and up. Cost: $$18/ children 7 — 17; $22/adults. Visit the website for more information. Advance purchase required online at WatsonAdventures.com or by phone via OvationTix at 866-811-4111.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 21ST
Sunday, October 21st at 11:00am
Baby Stories and Singalongs at Greenlight Bookstore
Babies and toddlers under 3 years old will be highly entertained with stories, songs, and interactive play as the children’s performers Miss Nina, Jon Samson, and Vered take turns keeping them busy.
Details: Geared toward ages 3 years and under. Open to public, but on a first come, first served basis. 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland). Visit the website for more information.
Sunday, October 21st from 11:30am — 1:30pm
Halloween Monster Brunch at The Moxie Spot
The Moxie Spot will be hosting a Halloween Brunch in order to support the Camp Highlight Fundraiser. The event includes a costume contest and prizes, gourd painting as well as other spooky crafts, face painting by Broadway Make-Up Artist, Monster Mash Class with a dance instructor, and a Halloween Photo Booth!
Details: 81 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 2 –15. Cost: $10/child in advance; $12/child at the door.
Contact: 718.923.9710. Visit the website for more information.
Sunday, October 21st at 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Story Time at Books of Wonder
Each week, they choose several books (based on the age of the children attending) and sit down with children and their parents.
Details: 18 West 18th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212.989.3270 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website for more information.
Sunday, October 21st at 1pm and 3pm
Bubblemania at Queens Theatre
After two sold-out shows last March, bubble artist Casey Carle returns with his amazing one-man show that combines spontaneous comedy with brilliant bubbling. Witness fantastic fog-filled bubble sculptures, blobs of helium-filled foam, bubble ping-pong, trapping an audience member (or two?) inside a gigantic soap bubble and thousands of bubbles filling the stage.
Details: 14 United Nations Ave South, Flushing Meadow Corona Park, Queens. Cost: $14/general admission. Contact: 718.760.0064.
Visit the website for more information.
Sunday, October 21st at 1:30pm
Rhythm and Sound at Urban Stages
In this interactive workshop, percussionist Rex Benincasa brings audience members to the stage to play percussive instruments from around the world.
Details: 259 West 30th Street, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE for all (donations welcomed). Visit the website for more information.
Sunday, October 21st from 1:30pm — 2:30pm
Spooky Spider Webs at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Dressing up as Spiderman this Halloween? A spider web is one of nature’s strongest designs. We’ll investigate the functions of a spiral web, make one of our own, and learn the real science behind Spiderman’s web-slinging ways.
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue (at St. Marks Avenue), Brooklyn. Ages 4 and up. FREE with museum admissions. Contact: 718.435.4400. Visit the website for more information.
Sunday, October 21st at 3pm
Eat, Drink, Doula! at Caribou Baby
I met the doulas from BirthFocus when we were looking for a doula- they had a wide variety of doulas to meet and work with. This Sunday you can meet them at this FREE “Eat, Drink, DOULA” open houses, they give pregnant women, and their partners, a chance to learn more about their doula practice and to connect intimately with several doulas through one on one interviews. They lovingly refer to these events as “speed dating for doulas” as each expecting couple will have a chance to meet with 4-5 doulas, of varying experience levels, throughout the event. Please register for the open house below or in our store and know that we are very much looking forward to meeting you.”
Details: 272 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn. FREE for all. Contact: 212.378.6370. Visit the website for more information.
Sunday, October 21st at 3:30pm
Last Pinetree on Eagle Mountain at Urban Stages
In this show by Frank Cuthbert and Laura Maria Censabella - The Eagle and Pine Tree become environmentalists and form an unlikely friendship in this new musical. Directed by Tim Connell and Rachel Sullivan.
Details: 259 West 30th Street, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE for all (donations welcomed). Visit the website for more information.