Wondering what to do with the kids this weekend in NYC? You can plan a visit to a local museum in celebration of Smithsonian Day – where participating museums open their doors to the public for free. You can welcome fall in true New York style… with a classic county fair. Take a train adventure from Grand Central to Wave Hill, learn about how the elements are involved in glassblowing, and so much more await you this weekend. Scroll down to check out the rest of our top picks!

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Neighborhood Sounds
Did you hear that? That’s the sound of a broom sweeping, a dog barking, and a basketball bouncing, all mixed together. What are the sounds of your neighborhood? You’ll explore that and more in this art workshop. Sat. Event Details.

Where the Wild Things Are
Help Curated Care and Max tame the wildest of all Wild Things at our Where the Wild Things Are story time. You can make your very own “king of the wild things” crown, hop in a boat and set sail for a far away adventure – and don’t forget to sharpen your claws! Sat. Event Details.


Metro-North Adventure to Wave Hill
Embark on a journey with the New York Transit Museum on Metro-North Railroad from Grand Central Terminal to Wave Hill, a spectacular public garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Sat. Event Details.


Autumn Leaves Storytime
Celebrate the arrival of autumn with story time. Listen to stories about the changing seasons and hunt for flowers and leaves inside and outside of the museum. Afterward, make a leaf rubbing to take home. Fri. Event Details.

8th Annual Morningside Lights
Illuminate the night in a sea of blue light as part of a procession of awe-inspiring handmade lanterns floating through Morningside Park to Columbia’s campus. Sat. Event Details.

Latinx Fest
Create a mythical Alebrije folk art puppet, make a pop-up card inspired by the architecture of Old San Juan, cook with Chef Kelsy Camilo or explore break dancing, hip-hop and freestyle with Kid Glyde and the Dynamic Rockers. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


UrbanGlass Open Studios: the Elements
Enjoy an afternoon behind-the-scenes in UrbanGlass’ 17,000 square foot glass studios learning how the elements – earth, wind, water, and fire – come together in glassmaking. Participate in hands-on activities for all ages, and tour the incredible space, learning about glass and the many ways it is used in contemporary art, design, and functional objects. Sat. Event Details.

East Flatbush Touch a Truck
The street will be transformed into a playground for children – of all ages — to climb into and play on vehicles donated by local businesses and city agencies. Additionally, the school playground will feature exciting activities—including a bounce house, arts projects, and face-painting—run by neighborhood organizations and businesses. Sat. Event Details.


37th Annual Queens County Fair
Step back in time and enjoy pie eating and corn husking contests, tractor pulls, hayrides, carnival rides, and midway games. Sat.–Sun. Event Details.

Apples & Honey Day
Celebrate harvest season with apples and honey! Fill your day with themed crafts, apples and honey tastings, local beer and cider, and meet the resident beekeeper. Wear your Beehive hair-do or create your own interpretation of a beehive in a hat workshop to show off in the pollinator parade. End the day with the rockabilly sounds of Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones! Sun. Event Details.


Family Art Project
Take inspiration from rivers as you create a series of water monoprints, reflect on memories and write a flow of poetries to celebrate the rivers around us. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Worth the Drive

Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic
When magician extraordinaire Justin visits Sesame Street to put on a magic show for the whole neighborhood, Elmo wants to be part of the big event. But there’s one problem … Elmo doesn’t know how to do magic. Find out what happens! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson


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