When you see the all the fun we’ve rounded up for your fam this long weekend, you’re going to be happy you decided to stay in town. Head to Lincoln Center to dance with the New York City Ballet, dress up your pup and parade through Luna Park, or take a horse drawn carriage and pick some pumpkins along the river. Read on for even more fun!

Photo: New York City Ballet 


New York City Ballet Children’s Workshop
Got a prima ballerina in your house? Give them a memorable day and take them to dance with THE New York City Ballet. Your little ballerinas will will enjoy a pre-performance exploration of the music, movement, and themes of a ballet featured in the matinee performance. NYCB Teaching Artists will guide young dancers in a ballet warm-up and movement combination, concluding in a lively performance for accompanying family and friends. No prior dance training needed. Sat. Event details.

Harvest Festival in the Park
Where better to do a little pumpkin picking in the city then with the historic Gracie Mansion as your backdrop? Head to Carl Schurz Park for the annual Harvest Festival where your little goblins can search for the perfect pumpkin, decorate it, hop on a horse drawn carriage for a ride along the river and dance along to live music. Sat. Event details


24th Annual Tugboat Race & Competition
Be right in the action on the Circle Line Spectator Boat at the annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition. You’ll cruise with the Parade of Tugboats up the river to the starting line and then race alongside the tugs back to Pier 84  where you can watch the tugboats in the nose-to-nose pushing and line-toss contents. When you leave the spectator boat your fam can head over to the pier where you can test your skills in the amateur line-toss competition or try your luck at in the ever-popular spinach-eating contest. Sun. Event details.


On October 2, 1982, Sony released the first ever CD player. Today, we hardly even listen to CD’s anymore. Technology has developed so much so fast! Use building materials and recyclables to replicate technology that exists today. Can you make a cardboard laptop? how about a paper iPhone? OR use the materials to invent your own! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Skyscraper Halloween Costume Workshop
Ready for Halloween? How about creating a giant, a piece of art, a commanding structure — or how about all three: a skyscraper! Your little architects can build a one of a kind Halloween costume. Dress up as a tall tower from around the world or create your own spooky structure to trick or treat in. Must RSVP to attend at education@skyscraper.org or call 212-945-6324. Sat. Event details


Luna Park Dog Parade
Who says only kids get to dress up for Halloween? Bring your furry sidekicks to this parade just for dogs and let them strut their stuff. Your kiddos can even dress up with their best buds and march along side. Don’t have a dog? Your little ones will love watching this parade of doggies make their way through the park. Hang out before or after to enjoy the rides and annual Harvest Festival. You must register to bring your dog into Luna Park. Sun. Event details


Pajama Story Time at the Zoo
What’s the zoo like at night time? Put on your PJ’s and find out! Visit the zoo after hours and meet some of the animals up close. Your little zookeepers will do a night time trek through the zoo and then have some milk and cookies during story time. Fri. Event details

Squirrel Stole My Unnderpants
Take the whole fam to this live show filled with puppetry, mime, dance, and original music. In this silly puppet/human adventure tale, Sylvie is sent to the backyard to hang up the laundry. The moment her back is turned, a mischievous squirrel steals her favorite piece of clothing and runs off. When Sylvie gives chase, an entire world emerges from her laundry basket. Will the lonely heroine rescue her underpants? Join in on the adventure to find out. Sun. Event details

Staten Island

Rome Through Richmond Town
Celebrate Italian culture with tasty treats, live music and more. Hit the Kids Plaza for games and activities, show off your dance moves to authentic Italian music at the live stage, and take a stroll through Pizza Alley for a delicious launch. Mangia! Sat. Event details.

How will your family have fun this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.

—Caitlin Dowling