Don’t let the chill in the air keep you and your little ones inside this weekend! Take a trip to the Lower East Side to celebrate and learn about healthy habits by dancing, playing games, and cooking and sampling healthy food at Fun and Fit in the City. Madison Square Park will put on the annual Fall Fest where the kiddos can make arts and crafts, watch theater and dance ‘til they drop. Battery Park is also hosting an annual celebration, Harmony on the Hudson, where you can marvel at oversized puppets and double dutch extravaganzas. Enjoy some music this weekend with a performance of Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players, or head to the New York Aquarium for African Penguin Awareness Weekend.


Fun and Fit in the City
Learning about healthy habits has never been so much fun! Both parents and kids will be delighted to spend the day playing foosball, shooting hoops, dancing, testing their fast pitch skills, and enjoying more interactive areas to keep the whole family on the move. Saturday. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Lower East Side. $22 for adults and children, children under 2 are free. All ages. Event details.

Madison Square Park Fall Fest
The park’s annual fall festival is always a social calendar highlight for city families. The mix of arts and crafts, and live theater (Bunnicula this year!) and music is a winning one and the price is, literally, impossible to beat. This year, KBC Kids are charged with getting the young’ins to shake it on the grassy dance floor beside the Shake Shack starting at 1:00 pm. Saturday. 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Madison Square Park. Free. Ages 2 to 11. Event details.

Harmony on the Hudson
Celebrate the 11th annual Battery Park City Parks Conservancy Family Festival! Enjoy performances by Bread & Puppet Theater which, with spectacular over-sized puppets and improvisational dance, is one of the oldest and most unique theatrical companies in the United States. Also marvel at the Double Dutch rope-jumping extravaganza, get your hands dirty with art activities, feed on some family-friendly food and much, much more! Sunday. 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Battery Park. Free ages. Event details.


Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players
There are kid’s bands, and there are great kid’s bands, and then there’s Justin Roberts. No one writes nuanced songs capturing the essence of the childhood experience like this Chicago popster, having expertly tackled universal elementary school themes of bursting out onto the parking lot during a fire drill, rationalizing the stomach butterflies on the first day of school, and anxiously awaiting your PS number on the snow day closing list. See him live this weekend and get ready to laugh and sing along. Sunday. 2:00 pm. Upper East Side. Jewish Museum Family Members: $17 Adults / $13 Children General Public: $20 Adults / $15 Children. Ages 2 to 7. Event details.


African Penguin Awareness Weekend
Celebrate the New York Aquarium’s newest waddler, Anna, and her colony of black-footed penguins during a weekend devoted to the aquatic birds. African penguins are an endangered species and their populations need our help to recover. Engage with these tuxedoed birds through hands-on exploration at a biofact station, make penguin-themed crafts and play penguin-themed games. Saturday and Sunday. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Coney Island. Free with aquarium admission. All ages. Event details.


Little Makers: Paper Making
In this fun and artistic celebration of fall, collect and bring your own brightly colored leaves to create handmade paper with fall foliage! Sometimes creativity can get messy, so dress your little maker (and yourself) in old clothing that can be splattered with things like paint, ink and oobleck. Preregistration is recommended. Sunday. 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Corona, Queens. $8 per family, plus NYSCI admission ($5 per family for members). All ages. Event details.

— Aya Takemoto

Photo courtesy of New York Aquarium