Hooray it’s the weekend, and we are POSITIVE your kiddies are going to love what we have planned for them (you can take the credit, we won’t tell!). Walk on water at the City of Science, rock out at Madison Square Park’s annual Kids Fest, pick out the perfect pumpkin at the QBG Harvest Festival or celebrate the Day of the Dead with music, giant puppets and crafts at the El Museo Del Barrio. Read on for even more great events, have a great weekend!
Photo: City of Science
Opening Weekend: Hansel & Gretel’s Halloween Adventure
Take in a special Halloween themed puppet show at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Hansel and Gretel will embark on an adventure where beautiful mermaids, adorable monsters, swashbuckling pirates, charming vampires and a fabulous witch all intertwine for one unforgettable Halloween night in New York City. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Farm Festival in the City
The city street is transformed into a farm-themed urban carnival featuring music, rides, games, arts and crafts, and farm-fresh produce at the Manhattan Country School Farm Festival. And don’t forget to bring your appetites because the grill will be hot with delicious food, along with homemade baked goods and fresh produce from the school’s farm in the Catskills. Sat. Event details.
If you’ve got animal lovers in your family, this is not to be missed! Who says our four legged friends can’t have a little fun at Halloween too. Come out to watch over 200 creatively costumed pups strut their stuff before judges competing for best in show. Dress up your furry friend and join in the fun or just stop by to see the great costumes. Sun. Event details.
Super Sábado: Día De Los Muertos!
It’s not the Halloween we find in the aisles of Duane Reade, but Dia de los Muertos, Mexico’s 3000-year-old tradition honoring the dead, features just as many skulls and costumes. No institution in New York celebrates the occasion with as much fervor as El Museo del Barrio on the Upper East Side. Activities will include art making, face painting, storytelling and dancing. Get there at 11 a.m. to join the musical procession led by dancers, musicians and a giant calavera puppet, which will make its way from Central Park’s Dana Discovery Center at 110th St. to El Museo. Sun. Event details.
Party at Kids Fest
This festival is all about the little ones, with three stages filled with children’s music, storytelling and theatrical performances. So dance along with your favorite local bands, laugh at a puppet show, be wowed by a magician, and learn to drum at a workshop. Even the food section of this festival is designed with your picky eaters in mind. Dine on kid friendly food from local restaurants like Melt Shop, Andy’s Italian Ice and Hill Country BBQ, to name a few. Sat. Event details.
Learn to Make Fresh Pasta
Drop your little chefs off at La Scoula to learn how to prepare fresh pasta from scratch. They’ll learn how to make different shapes of pasta and of course get to sample the some tasty dishes too. While they’re busy cooking, you can kick back in the Lavazza Cafe and sip on up to two complimentary espressos. Your bambinos will take home recipes and instructions to make pasta at home, as well as a special apron, so you can even put them to work at dinner time, mangia! Sat. Event details.
Follow the Silk Road to the Marco Polo Festival
Experience the best of two worlds at the 7th annual Marco Polo Festival. This rollicking event honors the Chinatown and Little Italy Historic District, celebrating the heritage of both Asian and Italian history. Youngsters will get a thrill watching the elaborate procession–which includes a golden dragon, musicians, and more. And while you’re hanging in these two delicious neighborhoods, make sure to indulge in some local cuisine, pizza and dumplings go great together! Sat. Event details.
Alice in Wonderland PJ Party
Fall through the rabbit hole with Alice and join her on a magical adventure in Wonderland. Drop your kiddos off to play exciting games while exploring Wonderland and meeting favorite characters like the White Rabbit and Queen of Hearts along the way. They’ll create their own teacups to join the Mad Hatter for a wacky tea party dinner of pizza and dessert. The party will end with a dance party in the flowers with Alice and her friends. Fri. Event details.
Spooky Zoo Pumpkin Carving
All the animals at the zoo love pumpkins and Halloween as much as your little monsters so spend the afternoon celebrating the season. Meet an animal friend to share some pumpkin with, then decorate your very own jack-o-lantern to take home. Love carving pumpkins? You can help decorate the zoo by carving extra pumpkins once you’re done with yours. Wrap up the day with a snack and cider. Sat. Event details.
City of Science
Take a trip the City of Science, a buzzing metropolis of science, technology, engineering, and mathematical possibilities. Your fam can attempt to walk on water, check out 7 foot tall dominos, and enjoy mind-bending competitions, challenges, and puzzles. Sun. Event details.
A Can’t-Miss Harvest Festival
Celebrate the arrival of autumn at the QBG! Buy a pumpkin, take a bird/nature walk, hear music, play games, do crafts, ride a pony, pet animals and shop from food and craft vendors. Parents can stop by the beer tent featuring local and sustainably-made craft beers for a refreshing brew. Cheers! Sun. Event details.
How will your family have fun this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.