Autumn is in full swing, and there’s no shortage of fun things to do with the kiddos this weekend. You can head over to Kids Fest in Midtown, Design Fest Uptown, Fall Family Day in Queens, or screen international movies at Kid Flix in Staten Island. There’s also fun stuff happening in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and downtown to round out all five boroughs. Scroll on to see more of our weekend event picks!

Photo: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum


Jazz for Kids Brunch
The weekly session is packed with family and friends grooving to music by the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO) and eating finger-licking good ribs from Blue Smoke, too! Sun. Event Details.

Pajama Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
Wear your pajamas for the second annual walk across the historic Brooklyn Bridge to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy bedtime routine for children. Enjoy a festival to follow at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Sat. Event Details.


Kids Fest: Stages in the Square
This free family-friendly festival which will feature a variety performances including music, dance, theater, puppetry, magic, and storytelling. The event will also feature surprise pop-up performances, lawn games, food vendors, and more! Sat. Event Details.

Edna the Stomper,” a Family Musical
This is truly a musical for all ages complete with songs, stomps, and some punny monster puppets! This heartfelt tale deals with the issues of self worth, creative expression, and finding one’s place in the family. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


Design Fest
Learn how to think and play like a designer during this annual celebration of design. Sat. Event Details.

Stroller Tour Through History
Grownups and their children (up to 2 years old) will explore America’s past, present, and future in this lively and interactive tour featuring singing, movement, texture exploration, and art making in the galleries. Fri. Event Details.


Sammy’s Coney Island Misadventure
This live action show will involve 4 of your 5 senses. There will be pleasant and unpleasant smells, sounds, things (not people) that touch you and your eyes will entertained the whole time. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

2nd Anniversary Party at Private Picassos
Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Studio. There will be free art activities and a larger than life painting palette is $5 all day long! Sat. Event Details.


Fall Family Day
At the Fall Family Day, visitors will be immersed in the world of puppetry through hands-on puppet making and media creation in the Studio, tours of the Henson Exhibition, and opportunities to attend a live interactive family comedy concert. Sat. Event Details.

Queens Food Day
This is a fun and interactive day packed with a variety of community organizations sharing knowledge and resources on nutrition education, food affordability and accessibility, urban farming, planting and gardening, sustainability, and healthy living. Sat. Event Details.

Staten Island

Kid Flix International Children’s Film Festival
Screen the absolute best of the fest, presenting exciting new films in animation, live action, documentary, and experimental film chosen from over 2,500 international submissions. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


Boo at the Bronx Zoo
Celebrate the Halloween season with a haunted forest, hayride, corn maze, pumpkin carving, candy trail, Bootoberfest and more at this super popular annual fest. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Family Art Project: October Treasures
Stroll along Wave Hill’s Conifer Slope or venture to the lower woodland to see the treasures autumn trees have laid upon the grounds. Use your findings, along with buttons, small stones and a bit of sparkle, to decorate a recycled box or metal tin, a home for your growing nature collection. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

How do you like to spend your weekends? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson