This Veteran’s Day weekend is full of fun things to do with the family, like this pumpkin smash in Brooklyn, or this concert at Symphony Space. Plus, don’t miss your chance to see birds of prey in action at Wave Hill this weekend, too. But that’s not all. Scroll down for the rest of our top picks!

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27th Annual Canstruction
Canstruction is a not for profit charity which hosts competitions and events creating awe-inspiring, gigantic structures made entirely out of non-perishable food. Teams of volunteers, which include design industry professionals, participate in Canstruction events in over 100 cities around the world each year. The public is invited to donate non-perishable food items during the exhibition. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Skyscraper Jenga
Using blocks, young builders will work in teams with educators and parents to get the game started, with a stable tower, then think carefully about how to take turns removing the blocks one by one until the whole building comes crashing down, no hard hat required! Sat. Event Details.


High Flying Design
Make the best paper airplanes around while learning about the four forces of flight and how they apply to the planes that flew from Intrepid. Then learn how to steer planes through the air in an obstacle course. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Make & Donate a Dog Bed With The ASPCA
A wonderful way for children to learn to sew while giving back! Students will sew a medium pet bed and create a matching pet bed that will be donated to Pillows for Paws and given to a shelter dog or cat. Students will make 2 pet beds (1 for their pet, and 1 for donation). Sun. Event Details.


The Okee Dokee Brothers
This GRAMMY winning Minnesota duo remind children (and their adults) of their intrinsic ability to discover, imagine, and create through music. With witty lyrics, off-the-wall humor, strong musicianship, and a unique folk/bluegrass style, prepare for a hoe-down without leaving the city. Sat. Event Details.

American Art Family Day
Discover masterworks of Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Ben Shahn and other notable artists collected by art dealer Edith Halpert at this family extravaganza. Collage a pop-up cityscape, sculpt a playful figure, paint a colorful still life in our art studio, hear the jazz age stylings of Grammy Winner Lucy Kalantari and the Jazz Cats, collaborate on a giant work of art, participate in a gallery tour, and more. Sun. Event Details.


Baby Shark Live
This live show is based on Pinkfong’s viral earworm and global dance phenomenon, Baby Shark. Fans of all ages will delight as Baby Shark joins up with his friend Pinkfong to take an adventure into the sea, singing and dancing through new and classic songs including Five Little Monkeys, Wheels on the Bus, Jungle Boogie, Monkey Banana Dance and of course, Baby Shark! Fri. Event Details.

Pumpkin Smash
You’ll have a great time pumpkin smashing at this fun fall weekend event. You’ll also get to enjoy a kid-friendly haunted house, a hayride, you can milk a cow, and more! Sat. Event Details.


Wildlife Weekends
Wildlife Weekends are packed full of fun for the entire family including pony rides, hayrides, animal feeding, and the always entertaining (and sometimes slimy) Frogs, Bugs & Animals Show in addition to historic farmhouse tours. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


Fall Forest Weekends
Explore this historic old-growth forest’s 50 acres, discovering its ecological importance with tours, citizen science activities, and more. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Wings Over Wave Hill Weekend
This Veteran’s Day weekend, spend a day or two enjoying activities devoted to birds both big and small. With plenty to engage both adults and families, enjoy hands-on workshops, art-making, walks, and the annual, fall falconry demonstration with free-flying birds of prey. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Second Saturday Science
Kid will learn about U.S. maritime history and electronic communications with the Museum of Maritime Navigation and Communication. Sat. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson

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