Hi everyone! October means lots of Fall & Halloween events so get ready for another fun busy weekend here in NYC.
This weekend check out the Puerto Rico Benefit Concert at Old Stone House, Dog Parade & Costume Contest at the Luna Park Halloween Harvest, the Ragamuffin Parade, HONK! Pop Up Concert Featuring the L Train Brass Band at the NY Transit Museum, La grenouille avait raison (The Toad Knew) at BAM, Colombia Cultural Festival at the Children’s Museum of the Arts, Harvest Festival on Randall’s Island Park, Lower East Side Pickle Day!, The Deedle Deedle Dees at the Jalopy Theatre, Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch at the Queens Botanical Garden, A Tango for Tita/ Un Tango Para Tita at the Sunset Park Brooklyn Public Library, Fall Family Day at the Museum of the Moving Image and Carnegie Hall Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf and Other Stories.
Also check out some long running events this weekend like The Young King at The New Victory Theater, Rebel Playhouse: Edna the Stomper at The Tank, Scharen Knippen at Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park, Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches, Kid Frankenstein the Musical at the Theater at Blessed Sacrament, Pumpkin Picking and Amazing Maize Maze at Queens County Farm Museum, Boo at the Bronx Zoo, Halloween Harvest at Luna Park, Pinocchio at Puppetworks, Mixed up Vehicle Books at NY Transit Museum, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, The Wizard of Oz at the Theater at Blessed Sacrament and Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.
Enjoy the weekend!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday October 13th
Opening Day: Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Starts Friday October 13st 1030a & 12n and various days & times until Tuesday October 31st (check website here). Tickets: $8 children under 12y & $12 13y and up.
Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure picks up where the original Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre production leaves off; with the siblings’ pet swan Samantha flying the children back to their humble home after their wild escapade in the forest. Safely back at home during the Halloween season, Hansel and Gretel experience the most vivid dreams where Central Park and the Belvedere Castle serve as the backdrop for a magical explosion of music, dance and exciting encounters with a host of lovable characters. The brother and sister team once again 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.
Puerto Rico Benefit Concert at Old Stone House (Park Slope)
Friday October 13th 4-5p. $10 donation is suggested, but families are encouraged to give what they can. Join us as we show our support to Puerto Rico and help us raise money for the victims of Hurricane Maria. This concert is open to everyone and features local kindie musicians Amelia Robinson of Mil’s Trills, Suzi Shelton, Vered Ronen (from Baby in Tune) and Katie Mullins (aka Katie Ha Ha Ha).
A Tango for Tita/ Un Tango Para Tita at the Sunset Park Brooklyn Public Library
Friday October 13th 4-530p. Free. Es la historia de una niña que sueña con bailar tango y viajar por el mundo. Che Bandoneón y el maestro Piano son los títeres protagónicos del famoso barrio Caminito quienes guiaran junto a sus vecinos Doña Chola, el italiano Don Gio y su amigo Gardelito a TITA rumbo a sus sueños. Tanguitas y Tangueros! Prepárense para escuchar historias y costumbres Argentinas que jamás olvidaran! The history of a girl who dreams of dancing Tango and traveling around the world. Che Bandoneon and Maestro Piano are the puppets who pull the strings in the little town of Caminito, famous for the Tango and with their neighbors Dona Chola, Don Gio, and little Gardelito, help Tita achieve her dreams. Tanguitas and Tangueros! Prepare to listen to Argentine histories and customs that you will never forget! Starring: Mariana Buoninconti, Hudson Oliveira ,Jesica Flori and Ruben Dario Cruz Choreography: Sandra BurattiMusic: Maurizio Najt Set Design: Ciro Buoninconti Costumes: Susana Ramos and Mariana Buoninconti Director: Mariana Buoninconti Producer: Ruben Dario Cruz and Patty Cake. This program is in Spanish and English.
La grenouille avait raison (The Toad Knew) at BAM (Fort Greene)
Friday-Saturday October 13th-14th 730p. Tickets start at $25 (Buy 4 or more events and save 15—30%). For audiences ages 8 and older. Run Time: Trapped in a dank subterranean world, two restless siblings are surrounded by the stuff of childhood nightmare: a grimy aquarium, a dusty piano, and a glowing, semi-animate surveillance apparatus. Under the watchful gaze of an amphibian captor—performed by songstress Ofélie Crispin—they and four acrobatic performers tumble and climb through their dingy digs with astonishing control. Beautifully blurring the silly and the sublime, La grenouille avait raison (The Toad Knew) is an ode to familial love that could only have sprung from the sublimely wicked imagination of James Thierrée (Tabac Rouge, 2015 Next Wave; Raoul, 2010 Next Wave).
Saturday October 14th
Fall Family Day at the Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria)
Saturday October 14th 11a-4p. Museum admission is FREE for youth ages 17 and under. (children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult). Celebrate the new Jim Henson Exhibition with a day packed with fun and educational activities for children of all ages. At the Fall Family Day, visitors will be immersed in the world of puppetry through hands-on puppet making and media creation in our Studio, tours of the Henson Exhibition, and opportunities to attend a live interactive family comedy concert presented by Sesame Street performer Leslie Carrara-Rudolph and Henson-related screenings throughout the day. Drop-in activities include (no ticket required): Puppet making and more in the Moving Image Studio 11a-4p for ages 4+ and Screening: Muppet Family Moments 11a-4p for ages 3+. Also Ticketed events: At 12:00 p.m., Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (who performs Abby Cadabby on Sesame Street) will perform her family comedy concert “Leslie and Lolly Make Stuff Up”; and at 2:00 p.m. the Museum will present The Muppets (2011) on the big screen. See the website for ticket information and all the event details.
Dog Parade & Costume Contest at the Luna Park Halloween Harvest (Coney Island)
Saturday October 14th 12n. Free. Dogs like to dress up for Halloween, too! Bring your cute canine companion to Luna Park on October 14, 2017 for our annual Halloween Harvest Dog Parade and Costume Contest. Don’t have a dog of your own? Our friends from Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) will be on-site doing mobile adoptions! See the website to register your dog and all the details. Note: **You must be registered to bring your dog to Luna Park!**
Ragamuffin Parade (Bay Ridge)
Saturday October 14th 1p. Rain or Shine. Free. For all ages.
Thousands of youngsters from toddlers to pre-teens take part in the annual Children’s Ragamuffin Parade. Parade Route is: 76th – 92nd Street on 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge. Parade Assembly: 1230p 76th between 3rd and 4th Avenues/3rd and Ridge Blvd. Registration: 11a-1215p at Holy Angels Catholic Academy/OLA school yard on 74th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues. Judging: 1130a-1215p. Where: Holy Angels Academy/O.L.A 74th Street (off 3rd Avenue) tuelo. At the end of the parade in the HSBC parking lot located on 3rd Avenue and 92nd Street. Every child that is registered and marches the whole route in costume will receive a gift.
HONK! Pop Up Concert Featuring the L Train Brass Band at the NY Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturday October 14th 130-230p. Free with Museum admission. For all ages. HONK NYC, the raucous annual international street band extravaganza, celebrates 2017 with a fresh batch of riotous rhythms and jubilant jams. More than 150 musicians from over a dozen ensembles will perform in downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, Harlem, Queens, Staten Island, and Jersey City from October 10th to October 15th, presenting a cavalcade of performances in parks, gardens, museums, galleries, schools, public spaces and venues – all filling the streets of the city with sound. On Saturday, October 14th, HONK NYC moves around the great City of New York, with its first stop at the Transit Museum! Join the L Train Brass Band for a special performance in our 1936 subway station home.
Carnegie Hall Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf and Other Stories (Midtown West)
Saturday October 14th 2p. Tickets: $10-$22. For ages 6-12y. The Orchestra of St. Luke’s returns to Carnegie Hall with three fantastic family-friendly stories for orchestra and narrator. Prokofiev’s classic Peter and the Wolf is performed alongside two new compositions: Caroline Shaw’s adaptation of The Mountain That Loved a Bird by Alice McLerran, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s take on a favorite children’s book, The Dot and the Line by Norton Juster, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Sunday October 15th
Colombia Cultural Festival at the Children’s Museum of the Arts (SOHO)
Sunday October 15th 10a-5p. Free with Museum admission. Celebrate the culture of Colombia with us on October 15. We will be hosting workshops and performances inspired by Colombian artistic traditions. See the website for all the event details.
The Deedle Deedle Dees at the Jalopy Theatre (Red Hook)
Sunday October 15th 11a. Tickets: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family. Lloyd H. Miller, leader of the Deedle Deedle Dees, returns to Jalopy for a Father’s Day musical bash celebrating fathers in their many forms. Dads that live with us, dads that don’t, fathers in history, fathers who fly, fight, march, sing, read, study, teach, and change the world! Expect some surprise musical appearances by some local music-playing dads… The Deedle Deedle Dees are a critically-acclaimed educational rock band based in New York City. When Lloyd isn’t dancing wildly and singing songs inspired by history, science, and folklore as the frontman of that band, he’s leading sing-a-longs for families, conducting songwriting workshops in schools, or performing for kids and adults in hospitals, care facilities, and other places in need of song.
Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch at the Queens Botanical Garden
Sunday October 15th 11a-5p. Admission: $12 Adults; $10 Children; FREE for Members. Pumpkin Patch and select activities require additional fees. Food and beverage not included. Free hours are suspended. $10 event parking rate in effect. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon for the whole family! We’ll have live music, bounce houses, petting zoo, face painting, tours, composting demonstrations, craft and food vendors, beer & wine tent, the ever-popular Pumpkin Patch, and more.
Harvest Festival on Randall’s Island Park
Sunday October 15th 12n-4p. Free. Location: Field 62-63. Each fall, Randall’s Island Park Alliance’s annual Harvest Festival celebrates the bounty of the earth and the completion of another fruitful season at the Urban Farm. Enjoy self-guided tours of the Urban Farm, music, fun crafts, and activities for all ages! This is a FREE event! We are excited to announce that we will have a Randall’s Island Chef Showdown at the Harvest Festival! Three local chefs will take on the ultimate challenge. Using ingredients from the Urban Farm, these innovative and talented chefs will create a healthy and tasty meal in just 45 minutes! Join us as we see these master chefs compete to become the Randall’s Island Chef Champion!
Lower East Side Pickle Day!
Sunday October 15th 12n-5p. Free admission. Location: on Orchard Street between Delancey and E Houston. Orchard Street will once again be transformed into a pickle bazaar as we fill the LES with 20+ picklers, tasty pickled, and non-pickled treats, tons of local boutiques and restaurants, live music, games, activities, and our home pickling contest!
The Young King at The New Victory Theater
Fridays at 7p, Saturdays 11a, 3p & 7p and Sundays 11a & 3p until October 22nd. For ages 8+. Tickets start at $28. Performance facts: 80 minutes with no intermission. Welcome, royal citizens! Industrious Denizens of the South, Rough Fisher-folk of the North, Gritty Prospectors of the West, Gruff Forest-folk of the East—have you a gift? PREPARE FOR THE CORONATION OF THE YOUNG KING! Experience The New Victory in a completely new way when the theater itself is transformed from entry to exit for this enchanting and epic story. Employing unique and interactive stagecraft, puppetry and live music, Slingsby will immerse you in the otherworldly kingdom of Oscar Wilde’s short story. Greet the newly crowned Young King, explore on foot the riches of the land, and take pleasure as you see, touch and discover the magic and mystery of beautiful things!
Boo at the Bronx Zoo
Saturdays & Sundays various times until October 29th. See the website for prices and event details. Our annual Bronx Zoo tradition has upped the spook factor this year. Plan a trip to see what’s new and enjoy yearly favorites. Come dressed in your Halloween best, or leave the costume home and show off your good looks. See you soon!
Rebel Playhouse: Edna the Stomper at The Tank (Midtown West)
Saturdays at 10am and Sundays 2pm until November 12th. Child ticket: $25, Adult ticket: $35. (Recommended for ages 4 and up). In EDNA THE STOMPER, seven year old Edna stomps everywhere and stomps a lot. It is driving her very talented family crazy! EDNA THE STOMPER is a musical for all ages complete with songs, stomps, and some puny monster puppets! This heartfelt tale deals with the issues of self worth, creative expression, and finding ones place in the family. Each show will be followed by a workshop where kids will get on their feet and create their own “stomps” and dances!
Kid Frankenstein the Musical at the Theater at Blessed Sacrament (UWS)
Fridays at 7p, Saturdays & Sundays at 3p or 7p until November 5th. See website for schedule. Tickets: $25 discoutn, $49.50 general admission and $59.50 premium. In Kid Frankenstein The Musical, it’s Halloween and something weird is going on at Frankie Steiner’s house. Day and night, the boy genius works on his entry for the annual robotics competition. But what he creates is more than he expected – and more than he can handle, making him a true Kid Frankenstein.
Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until November 19th various times. Free. See the website for locations and times. In this special six-session series, families enjoy stories & activities designed to encourage the development of early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science, & math through music, stories, art, & play will help you & your child get ready for school! Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home. For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers.
Mixed up Vehicle Books at NY Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturdays-Sundays 130-215p until October 22nd. Free with Museum admission. For ages 4+. Create a book of your own fantasy vehicle designs! Amphibious buses? Trains with wings? Mix and match your favorite things in this silly bookmaking workshop.
The Wizard of Oz at the Theater at Blessed Sacrament (UWS)
Saturdays & Sunday at 1p until November 12th (no performances October 21st-22nd). Tickets: $49.50, $59.50 premium. The one-hour adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, the classic tale by L. Frank Baum that has been entertaining audiences for ages, features the Munchkin puppets and is tailored for audiences 2-7 years old. Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as they travel through a reimagined world of Oz.
Scharen Knippen at Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park
Saturdays-Sundays 2-4p until October 29th. $3 suggested donation. Join Prospect Park Alliance to celebrate fall at Lefferts with the old Dutch craft Scharen Knippen. Cut out autumn and halloween scenes and patterns some designed in the 19th century by Mrs. Lefferts herself. While you’re here join us for potato sack races and other fun historic toys and games.
Pumpkin Picking at Historic Richmond Town (Staten Island)
Saturdays-Sundays 11a-4p until October 29th. Rain or shine. Adults $6, children (1 and over) $6, Family of Four $20. Visit the historic 1800s Decker Farm and bring home a pumpkin! Enjoy our farmhouse tour, hayride, face painting, arts and crafts, and corn stalk maze. Free shuttle bus service available from the Historic Richmond Town parking lot to the farm.
Amazing Maize Maze at Queens County Farm Museum
Saturdays-Sundays 11a-430p (weather permitting, last ticket sold 430p) until October 29th. Maze admission: $10 adults, $5 kids age 4 to 11, free for kids age 3 and under. Ready to be amaaazed? Kids and adults alike will have fun finding their way out of this 3-acre corn labyrinth! The adventure begins with a “Stalk Talk” to prepare you for the challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles, and making your way out of the maze. Feel up to the challenge? Then join us for the fun of getting lost and loving it! See website for additional Maize Maze events in October.
Halloween Harvest at Luna Park (Coney Island)
Saturdays & Sundays until October 29th at various times. Free admission. The Halloween Harvest Experience is included with the purchase of an all day wristband! See website for hours. Yo ho ho, to Luna we go! Calling all mateys, me harteys and buccaneers! Halloween Harvest begins Saturday, September 16! #AhoyLuna Join Luna Park in Coney Island on weekends until October 29th and Enjoy your favorite Halloween Harvest Experience activities like: face painting, pony rides and the best Pumpkin Patch in NYC! Enjoy all the events you know & love, like magic shows, arts & crafts, story time, music & games, marching bands and more! Also and carving of our Giant Pumpkin by Maniac Pumpkin Carvers Saturday October 22n (see website for details).
Pinocchio at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturdays-Sundays 1230p & 230p until December 17th. Suggested for 3y+. Admission for a Child is $10, an Adult $11. No credit cards accepted. Reservations are suggested: 718-965-3391 (current day or advance reservations) or e-mail us: email@example.com (NO same day e-mail reservations). Pinocchio: Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Adventures of a Marionette adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.
MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Thursdays-Fridays 2-5p and Saturdays-Sundays 11a-4p until October 22nd. Free with Museum admission. Inspired by adventure playgrounds, MakerYard, Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s newest exhibition, invites children to test their motor skills and imaginations as they construct, build, and invent structures and other creations using everyday materials such as cardboard, tape, fabric, string and recyclables. Parents and caregivers are invited to sit back and let children explore independently, or work collaboratively to create together.
To see all the events click here for the calendar!