Weekend Family Events in New York City and Brooklyn

Weekend Events: Madison Square Kids Fall Fest, Spooktacular, Hip Tot, and Loads More!

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Kids Fall Fest at Madison Square Park is a highlight of the fall season

I hope you’re all geared up for more Fall fun this weekend! My son and I love the Kids Fall Fest at Madison Square Park- it’s one of the first opportunities of the season to get your costume on and show it off in the Costume Parade! If your child is ready for Halloween, don’t forget the Spooktacular Fun at the New York Ascquarium, Boo at the Zoo, the Haunted Pumpkin Garden at the NY Botanical Garden (next to the zoo) and the Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch at Queens Botanical GardenIf you are ready to move and groove, head to Hip Tot’s Music Fest with The Deedle Deedle Dees! Don’t forget about you- head to the Health Fair for free massages and free classes! Be sure to take a look at our music listings and events calendar for more fun activities! Have a great weekend!

ONGOING

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
Smorgasburg Williamsburg
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 DUMBO
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
Williamsburg Flea
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.

Open ended
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.

ALL WEEKEND

Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th
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. This weekend, participants can spread their creative wings and get ready to fly over the Brooklyn Bridge Park because everyone will be making butterfly crafts!
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, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th: various times
Guyi-Guyi: The Children’s Puppetry Theater at Marjorie Dean Little Theater at YMCA
What do you get when there’s a crocodile born into a family of ducks? Guyi-guyi, of course! He  lives happily with them until one day he meets a crocodile. When he finds out that crocodiles eat ducks, Guyi-Guyi has to decide what his true nature is. Guyi-Guyi is a free adaptation of the story of “Ugly Duckling”,  staged in an interesting and fun way, the theme of the search for identity, an issue very much on a company as global as today. This is a really good show to introduce the concept of prejudice and acceptance to the little ones.
Details: 10 West 64th Street, NYC. Ages 4-8. Cost: $21-$24/adults; $16-$19/children. Contact: 212-912-2635. 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.

Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th from 12- 6pm
Gowanus Open Studios tours
See all the local talent we have in our borough. A great opportunity to see art and meet the artists in their studios. I love going to this and bringing my kids. You can take a look at the artists before you go to make sure the art you will be seeing will be appropriate for your aged kids.
Details: For the artists map and registry go here.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 12TH

Friday, October 12th 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 12th 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 12th 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 12th 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 12th at 3:45 pm
French Children’s Film Series

This new series begins today and will continue in November and December on the first Friday of the month! For children ages 6 – 10, films are shown without sub-titles.  The first film on Oct. 12 is “Zarafa” which is recommended for children 7 years old and up.  Directed by Remi Bezancon and Jean Christophe Lie, “Zarafa” is a beautifully hand drawn work of animation about a 10 year old escaped slave named Maki and an orphaned giraffe name Zarafa, who go on a journey from the Sudan to France.
Details: Carroll Gardens Library

Friday, October 12th 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 12th 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 12th, 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: eweissman@5wpr.com. Visit the website for more information.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 13TH

Saturday, October 13th: all day
Opening Day for Rockefeller Center Skating Rink
Why wait for the magic of the holidays to lure you into ice skating? The famous Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink, a NYC staple, will open for the first time this season. Beat the crowds (and the tourists) and check it out this weekend!
Details: 5th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $20/adults; $12/children 12 and under; $10/skate rental. Contact: 212-332-7655.

Saturday, October 13 from 10am-12pm
Fall 2012 Tree Giveaway
In partnership with the New York Restoration Project and MillionTreesNYC, Brooklyn Bridge Park is hosting a free tree giveaway! The young trees being distributed this year are in compact 2-gallon containers, making them easy for transport around the five boroughs.  Autumn is also an ideal time of year to introduce a new tree to your home garden. Your new tree will have time to acclimate to its new environment, root out, and prepare for the cold winter that lies ahead. Once the warmer weather arrives, your new planting will be ready to flourish!  Volunteers will be on hand to provide a brief tutorial on how to plant and care for your tree. For more information or to reserve a tree, please visit www.nyrp.org/milliontreesnyc.
Details:
Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Saturday, October 13th 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: friendscglibrary@gmail.com or visit their website.

Saturday, October 13th 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 13th from 11am — 12:30pm
Subway Safari at The New York Transit Museum
Each session of this Saturday morning series of stories and games focuses on one animal who, just like the New York subway trains, spends most of its time underground!
Details: Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE with museum admissions. Contact: 718-694-1792. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, October 13 from 10 AM – 11:30 AM
Promoting Healthy Self-Esteem

Alice Kaltman
, one of our Experts in parent coaching, is doing her classic talk on “promoting self-esteem” this Saturday.  I can’t tell you how many times I have referred to her advice on everything from sibling rivalry to how to fight fair with your partner in some of my most difficult parenting moments…like, um today.  We all want kids who feel good about themselves but is there such a thing as too much praise? How does constructive criticism affect your child’s sense of self? What’s the right age for what? Find out by joining Alice at her talk in DUMBO.
Details:
at Abundant Learning  68 Jay Street Suite #513  Brooklyn, New York 11201  Pricing: $25 dollars per participant, $40 for couples and/or friend pairs. Please email Alice at info(at)familymattersny.com or call 917.509.9531 to reserve your spot(s)!

Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (rain or shine)
Fall Civic Sweep
Make a clean sweep of your block and your neighborhood by joining the Park Slope Civic Council at its autumnal beautification, clean-up, and recycling event: the Fall Civic Sweep. Put on your old clothes, meet up at the starting point to get your tools, then join other volunteers to pick up litter and leaves, weed tree beds, and mulch trees on Fourth, Fifth, or Seventh Avenues. You can also bring your unwanted clothing and textiles for recycling by Wearable Collections.  They will have free daffodil bulbs for planting in public places, plus refreshments and all the tools and supplies you’ll need. Volunteers will leave wearing “I Made Park Slope Cleaner Today” stickers. Community Service vouchers will be available. Whistle while you work to the bluegrass sounds of Vincent Cross & Good Company. The cleanup is free and open to everyone.
Details:
Starting point for the event is at the sidewalk in front of the Old Stone House/J.J. Byrne Playground, on Fifth Avenue between Third and Fourth Streets.

Saturday, October 13th from 11am — 2pm
Madison Square Kids Fall Fest 2012
My son and I have been attending this event a few years in a row and we’ve loved, loved, LOVED it! It can get a bit crowded, but it’s always a great time. Live music, arts and crafts, face painting, pumpkin decorating, games, snacks… what’s not to love?!
Details: Madison Avenue and 23rd Street, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212.538.1884 or info@madisonsquarepark.org. Visit the website for a full schedule of events and for more information.

Saturday, Oct 13, 11 am – 6 pm
Bodycraft Day of Health
Park Slope’s first and oldest Pilates studio, is expanding, and they are hosting a Day of Health—complete with complimentary sample classes—to usher in their next chapter.  Come meet their team of teachers and practitioners, tour their studio, try out a class, and treat yourself to a complimentary massage or fitness consultation.
Schedule of Events
11:00 Baby Moves (Parent/baby playtime with an occupational therapist)
11:30 Qigong
12:30 MELT
1:30 Meditation
2:30 Pilates Mat Class
3:30 Pilates Mat Class
4:30 Pilates Mat Class
5:30 ATM Feldenkrais Class
Massages and fitness consultations available throughout the day.
Details: 142 Prospect Park West (9th Street), Park Slope www.bodycraftwellness.net

Saturday, October 13th from 12pm — 6pm
Gowanus Girls Indie Design and Food Mart at Gowanus Grove
There’s a new pop-up market coming to Brooklyn- and before you moan “another one?”- hold on! This one has a totally different mojo and has some great people behind it. This is event is brought to Brooklynites by Curious Jane: a new indie design + food mart featuring talented, mostly Brooklyn-based female designers and food makers. Lots of lovely things to look upon, free activities for kids, sangria to sip, tasty treats and a little live music to unwind… all in a magical outdoor setting, Gowanus Grove.
Details: 400 Carroll Street between Bond and Nevins Streets, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 718-369-6320. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, October 13th at 1pm
Aesop Bops! David Gonzalez and The Yak-Yak Band (Kids)
Aesop Bops! features a potpourri of Aesop’s classic stories including The Lion and the Mouse, The Fisherman and His Wife and The Turtle’s Shell. This feast of funky, physical storytelling leaves young audiences feeling like they had just performed the show too!
Details: Brooklyn Public Central Library Dweck Center

Saturday, October 13th from 1pm — 2:30pm
Puppetsburg at ISA
Sarah Todes brings her unique puppet show to ISA for a fun-filled and fully interactive afternoon of songs and puppet-making for the toddlers and babies of Williamsburg. It promises to be really fun and engaging so check it out!
Details: 348 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, October 13th from 2pm — 4pm
Play Project: Tomato Plant Girl at Irondale Center
Tomato Plant Girl is
a powerful exploration of friendship that delights young audiences with its sharp dialogue, physical action and playful, high-energy conflict. This family friendly presentation of “Tomato Plant Girl”, directed by Amanda Hinkle and performed by the members of the Irondale Ensemble and the Irondale Young Company, is written by Fort Greene resident and national playwright Wesley Middleton and is a magical story about closeness, compromise, and growth that explores the question of what it means to have, and be, a friend.
Details: 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn. Ages 6 and up. Cost: $5/person. Contact: terry@irondale.org. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, October 13th from 3pm — 5pm
Fall Family Festival at PS 8
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: one of my favorite things about Fall is the amount of festivals around town! Pony Rides, Bouncy Castles, Inflatable Slide, Face Painting, Pirate Ship Ride, Trackless Train, Arts & Crafts, Hula Hooping, Cookie Decorating, Dance Party with DJ Kai from 4:15pm to 5:00pm, and… so… much… more!
Details: Between Water St. and Plymouth St., Brooklyn NY. All ages welcomed. Cost: $30/family (cash only). Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, October 13th at 8pm
Harvest Moon Full Moon Celebration at Cumbe
As a family-friendly party, Full Moon Celebration is a night of music and dancing with special musical guests Brown Rice Family, winner of WYNC’s 2012 Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs and regular percussionists for Cumbe’s dance classes. Come celebrate the band’s return to Cumbe and the Harvest Moon with a night of dancing, eating, and community.
Details: 558 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $15. Contact: info@cumbedance.com. Visit the website for more information.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 14TH

Sunday, October 14th 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 NinaJon 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 14th from 11 am- 4:30 pm
Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch
If you have been looking for a pumpkin patch close to Brooklyn- then this weekend’s Harvest Fest might be your answer.  Enjoy a  fun-filled afternoon for the whole family with usic, nature and garden walks, composting demos, food, crafts and beer — details on the Harvest Fest web page.  Fee: free with Garden Admission (additional fee for Pumpkin Patch)
Details: Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main Street  (between Dahlia and Peck Avenues) Flushing, NY  11355

Sunday, October 14th from 11 am- 2 pm
Friend-raiser at Galapagos Art Space
A new children’s musical, Molly Bloom-Lately, a play about self-esteem and confidence, the importance of friendship, and dealing with bullying in a healthy and productive way, is coming to town. To celebrate, the production company is having a friend raiser: an opportunity for families in the neighborhood to gather together for food, art, face painting, music and more and get to know one another as well as the members of their team,  There will be a raffle and mask-making and mimes and music, from an adult band for kids, a kid band for kids, and a special performance from Molly Bloom-Lately.  Music begins at 12:30 pm. All free.
Details: Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (DUMBO).

Sunday, October 14th 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 emailstore@booksofwonder.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, October 14th from 12pm — 3pm
Tie-Dye Party with Isaac Nichols at ISA
The festivities continues at ISA on Sunday with a tie-dye party! Participants can join artist Isaac Nichols for an afternoon of fun! Everyone is welcome, just bring along a t-shirt and the rest of your tie-dying needs will be supplied for you. No shirt? They can be purchased for $5 on the day.
Details: 348 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all, but t-shirts can be purchased for $5 if you don’t have one. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, October 14th at 2pm
Hip Tot Music Fest with The Deedle Deedle Dees at Littlefield
Grab your entire family and be prepared to move and groove! The always fun kid-friendly band will be at a pretty cool venue for the Hip Tot Music Fest — The Deedle Deedle Dees! Your little ones will sing along and have a ball as they dance the afternoon away.
Details: 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $12/adults; $8/kids; $35/family pass. Visit the website for more information or the purchase tickets.

Sunday, October 14th from 2pm — 6pm
Roller Skate Disco Dance at The Brooklyn Lyceum
Bring your own skates to the Brooklyn Lyceum and get ready to move!
Details: 227 4th Avenue, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $5. Visit the website for more information.

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