Hi everyone! Another busy Fall weekend and the weather looks great too!
This week take the kids and enjoy ONE MORE BITE: A family food festival at The Green Building, a Halloween Party at the New York City Fire Museum, Harvest Hang 2017 at BLDG 92 in the Navy Yard, Maze by Moonlight at Queens County Farm Museum, The Frog Prince at the Ottendorfer NYPL, Icky Fest! at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Marc & Maniac Pumpkin Carvers at Halloween Harvest in Luna Park, Family Concert: Lisa Loeb at The Jewish Museum, Young Crafts with Bobbi! at the Carroll Gardens Brooklyn Public Library, Taste of the Seaport at South Street Seaport and Diwali: Festival of Lights at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.
Also check out some long running events this weekend like Pumpkin Point on Governor’s Island, Halloween Murder Mystery at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, Pumpkin Picking and Amazing Maize Maze at Queens County Farm Museum, Boo at the Bronx Zoo, Halloween Harvest at Luna Park, 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, Pinocchio at Puppetworks, Mixed up Vehicle Books at NY Transit Museum, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum and Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.
Have a fabulous weekend!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday October 20th
Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Friday October 20th 1030a & 12n & Saturday-Sunday October 21st-22nd 1p 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.
The Frog Prince at the Ottendorfer NYPL (East Village)
Friday October 20th 11a. Free. Best for ages 4 and older. In this enchanting, updated version of the classic fairy tale, Wanda the witch casts a spell on handsome Prince Robert, turning him into a frog. To break the spell, he must find a beautiful princess willing to kiss him. There are a few delightful surprises along the way. Following the performance, there is a demonstration of how the puppets were used during the show. It time allows, a question-and-answer session will also take place. All Puppets To Go productions are chocked full of music in tune with that show.
Young Crafts with Bobbi! at the Carroll Gardens Brooklyn Public Library
Fridays 430-540p until November 24th. Free. Join Bobbi on Fridays to create a fun craft each week! Ages 3-6!
Halloween Party at the New York City Fire Museum (SoHo)
Friday October 20th 6-730p. Ticketes: $10 adults, $5/children ages 3-12. Join us for our Annual Halloween Party! Get in the Halloween spirit during a fun party geared towards children ages 3-8. Enjoy games, magic show and costume contest.
Saturday October 21st
Pumpkin Point on Governor’s Island
Starting Saturday October 21st 11a-5p and ongoing Saturdays & Sundays 11a-5p until October 29th. Just in time for Halloween, we’re transforming Picnic Point into our first ever pumpkin patch within view of Lady Liberty! Wander past the autumn colored Hills to Pumpkin Point where you’ll be able to pick (or just snap pics) from thousands of pumpkins, sip cider and snack on ghoulish treats from Little Eva’s. We’ll even have a spooky hayride to take pumpkin pickers back to the ferry! Pumpkins will be available for purchase at $7 for large pumpkins and $3 for small pumpkins. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Governors Island. Free pumpkin painting will be provided by Children’s Museum of the Arts for all ages. Brooklyn’s own Jalopy Theatre will provide free live folk music for pumpkin pickers and wanderers! See the website for the full line up of events.
Harvest Hang 2017 at BLDG 92 (Navy Yard)
Saturday October 21st 11a-3p. Free. *Pre-registration strongly encouraged; first come, first served. Register here. Brooklyn Navy Yard is hosting its annual Harvest Hang! Come and explore an awesome corn maze and build scarecrows with ConstructionKids! Make a clay Halloween Mask with Navy Yard-based artist Noel Copeland*. Pick your very own pumpkin in the BNY pumpkin patch, or discover the Navy Yard through our Yard Inspectors tour with Turnstile Tours*. Face painting, music, and fall snacks with the Hip2BHealthy Market by Seeds in the Middle. This Harvest Hang promises to be a fun time for all! All activities except making clay masks and the Yard Inspectors tour will be in our outdoor forecourt. Rain location is BLDG 92’s 4th floor.
Taste of the Seaport at South Street Seaport
Saturday October 21st 1130a-4p. Tickets are from $35-$700. See website for details. Join us for The 8th Annual Taste of the Seaport, an annual fall festival that celebrates the amazing food & beverage scene nestled in Lower Manhattan comprising the Financial District and the Historic South Street Seaport. With musical entertainment, children’s activities and sublime treats from more than 40 food & beverage purveyors, proceeds from the event benefit arts and enrichment programs at two public elementary schools, PS 343 Peck Slip School and PS 397 Spruce Street School.
Maze by Moonlight at Queens County Farm Museum
Saturday October 21st 430-9p. Maze admission: $12 adults, $7 kids age 4 to 11, free for kids age 3 and under. Don’t miss MAZE BY MOONLIGHT on Sat, Oct 14th & 21st, 2017 when the maze stays open until 9:00 pm! (last ticket sold at 9:00) Visitors will use the starry sky (or flashlights) to guide them through their adventure.
Halloween Murder Mystery at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden (UES)
Saturday October 21st, Friday-Saturday October 27th-28 615p & 730p. Appropriate for adults and families with children 10+. Advance ticket purchase required. $25 Adults; $12 Children under 12 & Museum Members. To purchase tickets with a credit card, go to Brown Paper Tickets here. Join us for a murder mystery game, loosely based on an actual newspaper account of an unidentified skeleton discovered at the Mount Vernon Hotel. Who was killed? By whom? With what? Explore the Museum by candlelight and collect clues to unravel the mystery and solve the case. Collaborate with others or go it alone, and find out how quickly you can uncover the truth.
Sunday October 22nd
Icky Fest! at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Sunday October 22nd the Museum is open 10a-5p events at various times. Free with Museum admission. Join Brooklyn Children’s Museum as we celebrate all things icky and fun through storytelling, art and hands-on activities. Check out Make a Monster 10a-12n: Make your own monster creations with model magic and fun accessories! Also Pumpkin Picking & Decorating at 11-1145a and 3-345p: Go on a pumpkin scavenger hunt outdoors in our garden area! Find your pumpkin and go inside our Greenhouse to decorate your pumpkin using an arrange of fun art supplies! See the website for the all the event details.
Diwali: Festival of Lights at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Sunday October 22nd 10a-5p. Free with Museum admission. Celebrate Diwali, the Indian festival of Lights. Diwali is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. It coincides with the Hindu New Year and celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Join us and our friends from The Culture Tree for a day of festivities exploring Indian Arts and this special holiday. See the website for schedule of events.
ONE MORE BITE: A family food festival at The Green Building (Carroll Gardens)
Sunday October 22nd 1030a-230p. Advance tickets are $5 per person, $10 at the door, and 2 and unders are free. Purchase tickets here. Family food festival One More Bite returns Sunday, Oct. 22 with an even tastier lineup! One More Bite turns trying new foods into a game. With each new bite and activity that teaches kids how good food is made, they get their passbook stamped. Once it’s full, they get to pick out treats from the Peapod truck parked outside. (It’s amazing how a few stamps and the prospect of a prize entices them to try new things!) Your “stops” inside The Green Building in Gowanus, Brooklyn include Peapod, Sir Kensington’s, the “World’s Best” Mac and Cheese from Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Bear Pond Farms, Happy Family, GoodPop, Wonder+Well, Tuckrbox, Trois Petits Cochons, Gotham Greens and more for delicious samples that parents are welcome to dig into. Kids also get to try their hands at cool culinary games and crafts, including pepper printmaking, sculpting with grapes, fruit stained glass, and DIY placemat making from Private Picassos. Experiment and learn about food using The Happy Bite Company’s Super Food Explorer Kit. Enroll your child in a kids cooking class with Tiny Turnips Kitchen or take a family meal planning class with Well Rooted Kitchen (each includes admission to the festival for the entire fam). Once the kiddos tire of their culinary adventures, they can play with a life-size Connect 4 or Jenga in the courtyard from Giant Games of NYC.
Marc & Maniac Pumpkin Carvers at Halloween Harvest in Luna Park (Coney Island)
Sunday October 22nd 12n-6p. Location:Jack’s Pumpkin Shack. Marc and the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers are back at Luna Park for the 5th year in a row! We can’t wit to see the crazy carving they do to celebrate 5 years of Halloween Harvest!
Family Concert: Lisa Loeb at The Jewish Museum (UES)
Sunday October 22nd 1130a (sold out) & 2p. $16 General; $13 Jewish Museum Family Members. Purchase tickets here. For ages 3-8y. Singer-songwriter, producer, author, and philanthropist Lisa Loeb started her career with the platinum-selling hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites. The Los Angeles-based mother of two is well-known to parents and kids for her albums Catch the Moon (with Elizabeth Mitchell), Nursery Rhyme Parade!, and Feel What U Feel (featuring Craig Robinson and Ed Helms). Delight in these award winning songs and other irresistible pop melodies in Loeb’s debut concert at the Jewish Museum.
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.
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 22nd (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: firstname.lastname@example.org (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 November 26th. 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!