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Weekend Events in Brooklyn & NYC: September 29th-October 1st

September 28, 2017

Hi everyone! Looks like the cooler Fall weather is coming back in time for Yom Kippur and another busy NYC weekend.


This weekend check out the Chile Pepper Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, DJ Questlove Family Dance Party at Industry City, Yom Kippur in Prospect Park, Eloise on the Big Screen & Eloise’s Rawther Fancy Party at the DiMenna Childrens History Museum, Movies Under the Stars: Moana in Cooper Park, Studio Art Sessions: Painting Exploration at The Jewish Museum, Little Laffs at the Jalopy Theatre, Kickoff to Fall at the Queens County Farm Museum, 33rd Annual Medieval Festival in Fort Tyron Park, Saturday Morning Show at Hudson Eats,  5th Annual BK Story Voyager Touch a Truck and the last Free Bike Morning on Governors Island.

Also check out some long running events this weekend like Pumpkin Picking and Amazing Maize Maze at Queens County Farm Museum, Boo at the Bronx Zoo, Halloween Harvest at Luna Park, Pinocchio at Puppetworks, Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical at Linda Gross Theater, Transforming Food at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the last weekend of play:groundNYC on Governors Island.

Check the calendar to see all the events going on this weekend.  Also like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Have a fabulous weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)


Friday September 29th

Shabbat Songs and Stories at JCC Brooklyn Clinton Hill
Fridays 930-1015a.  Free.  For ages 0-5 with Caregivers. Join us every Friday morning to wrap up the week and celebrate Shabbat as a community! Neighborhood families are encouraged to join with students from our Early Childhood Programs for music, dancing, stories, and snacks. FREE and open to all, regardless of background. Join us every Friday morning to wrap up the week and celebrate Shabbat as a community! Neighborhood families are encouraged to join with students from our Early Childhood Programs for music, dancing, stories, and snacks. FREE and open to all, regardless of background.

Free Bike Mornings on Governors Island
Friday September 29th 10a-12n (last day!).  Free Bike Mornings allows visitors to borrow a free bike from Blazing Saddle Bike Rentals for up to one hour every Monday-Friday from 10 AM to noon.  Learn more about bike rental here.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library
Friday September 29th 330-515p.  Free.  Movie Night has been moved to the last Friday of the month. Come join us for this month’s movie: Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The adventures of a teenager who is fresh out of elementary and transitions to middle school, where he has to learn the consequences and responsibility to survive the year.

Movies Under the Stars: Moana in Cooper Park (Williamsburg)
Friday September 29th 645-815p.  Free.  Join NYC Parks and New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for this free family film! This  computer-animated musical fantasy-adventure shares the story of Moana, the strong-willed daughter of a chief of a Polynesian tribe, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. When a blight strikes her island, Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) sets sail in search of Maui, a legendary demigod, in the hope of saving her people. This wonderful film features the voices of Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, and music composed by Tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. Know Before You Go: You should come before 6:45 p.m. to get your spot for the movie. Please bring your own picnic blanket or chair. Food is OK, but no alcohol or smoking is permitted.

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Saturday September 30th

Saturday Morning Show in Hudson Eats (Battery Park City)
Saturday September 30th 10a-12n. Free. Featuring: Vanessa Trien at 10 AM. Boston’s award-winning family folk-roots-world band, Vanessa Trien has won legions of young fans and parents alike with her highly interactive, sing-jump-and-dance-along shows and sophisticated acoustic instrumentation, as well as her three Parents’ Choice Award-winning CDs.  As Boston Children’s Music puts it, “Vanessa’s shows are perfect… She has some sort of magical energy that makes all of her shows super fun…

5th Annual BK Story Voyager Touch a Truck (Greenpoint)
Saturday September 30th 11a-2p.  $10 first child & $5 each additional child (pre-event purchase price ends 9/29). The 5th annual North Brooklyn Touch-a-Truck fundraiser raises operating funds such as purchasing cool children’s books for the BK Story Voyager! – literacy on wheels, a fun, book distribution system that supports parents and schools by infusing and promoting a passion for reading in the lives of children in particular under served communities! Reading is the gateway to all learning and research shows direct correlation between the number of books children read and their level of academic achievement. Academic achievement correlates to a lifetime of income and family self-sufficiency. Children will be able to borrow books from the BK Story Voyager! and track books read through a dedicated web page. Location: behind McCarren Pool.

Brooklyn Bowl and Rock and Roll Playhouse Present DJ Questlove at Industry City (Sunset Park)
Saturday September 30th doors 1130a show 12n-6p. $10 Suggested Donation. 100% of admissions will be given to St. John Rescue to assist with Hurricane Irma and Maria relief efforts on St. John, USVI. Donations are not mandatory but encouraged. Family Dance Party! 6 hour set! Purchase tickets here.

Yom Kippur in Prospect Park
Saturday September 30th 12n-4p. Free. Join Prospect Park Alliance during the Yom Kippur holiday for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Prospect Park Carousel. Nature Exploration 12–4p in Prospect Park Audubon Center. Discovery Pack, 12–3p: Prospect Park Alliance invites you to get inspired by nature with our new Discovery Packs, a ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families. Bird Nerds Game Hour, 1–2p. Test your knowledge of birds in this fun, mildly competitive hour of puzzles, Bingo, card games, and more! Nature on the Go!, 2–3 pm: An Alliance Naturalist will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can learn about the nature that is all around us and participate in a Citizen Science project. Animal Encounter, 3–4p: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 3p. Carousel Rides, 12-5p in Children’s Corner, $2 per ride, $9 for a book of 5 tickets, free with Alliance Family Supporter membership. Race Around the Farm Yard, 2–4p at Lefferts Historic House, $3 suggested donation. Join Prospect Park Alliance to get out and get moving in the Lefferts yard! The whole family can participate in potato sack races, spoon races, stilts and other old fashioned games.

Eloise on the Big Screen at the DiMenna Childrens History Museum (UWS)
Saturday September 30th 2p.  Introduction and Q&A with Janet Brownel at 2p; film begins at 230p. Free with Museum admission.  For all ages. Join us at the Museum to ​watch ​Eloise at the Plaza! At this special screening, Janet Brownell, the writer behind the beloved movie starring Julie Andrews, will introduce the film and answer your questions before the movie begins. Also check out the Eloise’s Rawther Fancy Party happening 12n-4p on Saturday & Sunday.

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Sunday October 1st

Chile Pepper Festival 2017 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Sunday October 1st 11a-6p.  Gates open at 10a.  Last admission at 530p.  Tickets: $25/Adults, $20/Seniors & Students with valid id, children under 12 & BBG Members Free.  Spicy Tastings & More! Spicy Samples from around the world! Hot Chiles for Cool Kids 11a-3p: Pot up a pepper plant to take home. Activity takes place in the Discovery Garden Pavilion. Chile Chat 11a-1230p: Get the 411 on chile peppers with gardener and capsicum connoisseur Gregory Seaton. Activity takes place in the Herb Garden. Sizzling Shows with Battle of Santiago, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Ladama, Red Baraat and Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino.  See website for performance schedule.

Little Laffs at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday October 1st at 11a (First Sunday of every month) Tickets: $5 Kids, $10 Adults, $25 Family (adult/family tix include a Bloody Mary or Mimosa!). Little Laffs, “Big Fun for Little Ones” is a fun and entertaining variety show for kids ages 3-9, that mixes juggling, balloon art, music, comedy, and more. Located at the Fabulous Jalopy Theatre in Carroll Gardens/Red Hook, Brooklyn. Join us for an afternoon full of Little Laffs!  Little Laffs – Big Fun for Little Ones! Host & Magic: Birthday Max, Music: Suzi Shelton, Variety: Justin Weber.

Studio Art Sessions: Painting Exploration at The Jewish Museum (UES)
Sunday October 1st 1-4p.  Free with Museum Admission and RSVP.  RSVP here.  Ages 3 & up.  Experiment with unusual tools and new painting techniques to create an abstract work of art inspired by Vivian Sutter’s unique paintings.

Kickoff to Fall at the Queens County Farm Museum
Sunday October 1st 11a-430p.  This event is FREE (no gate admission). Come celebrate the autumn season on the farm! Join us today (and every October weekend) to explore our grounds and buy a variety of Hudson Valley apples,* fresh cider, and locally-made pies and donuts. Listen to live country western music by Savannah Sky and check out The Amazing Maize Maze and Pumpkin Patch (see listings for prices). Due to our high numbers of October farm visitors, we recommend arriving early to take advantage of all the fall fun! *Please note: There is no apple picking at Queens Farm.

33rd Annual Medieval Festival in Fort Tyron Park
Sunday October 1st 1130a-6p.  Free. Join us for the 33rd Annual Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park. This festival brings to life the customs and spirit of the Middle Ages. Fort Tryon Park is transformed into a medieval market town decorated with bright banners and processional flags. Performers, guests, and festival goers dress in medieval costume. Visitors are greeted by authentic period music, dance, magic, and minstrels, as well as jugglers and jesters. The afternoon is concluded with a thrilling joust between four knights on horseback. Costumed vendors will be on hand to demonstrate and sell a wide variety of medieval crafts as well as food and drink. Experience the culture of a bygone era against the backdrop of the Cloisters museum and the Hudson River during autumn’s peak. We invite all ages to join us for this unique experience. The festival is held in the area surrounding the world famous Cloisters, a magnificent museum of medieval art located in northern Manhattan. The event is free but Medieval crafts, clothing, etc., and food will be available for purchase.

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All Weekend

Boo at the Bronx Zoo
Saturdays & Sundays various times and Monday October 9th.  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!

Pumpkin Picking at Historic Richmond Town (Staten Island)
Saturdays-Sundays 11a-4p.  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  until October 29th 11a-430p (weather permitting, last ticket sold 430p) 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 Our annual Halloween Harvest Dog Parade & Costume Contest Saturday October 14th (see website for details) 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: puppetworks@twcmetrobiz.com (NO same day e-mail reservations).  Pinocchio: Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Adventures of a Marionette adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.

Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical at Linda Gross Theater
Saturdays-Sundays until October 8th at 1030a.  Tickets:  $20/adults & $15/children. Polkadots is recommended for ages 5 and up! Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying, to segregated drinking fountains, Lily’s quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polkadot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship. Inspired by the events of The Little Rock 9, Polkadots serves as a colorful history lesson for children, reminding them that our individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts.

Transforming Food at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park
Saturdays-Sundays 2-4p until September 30th.  $3 suggested donation.  Join Prospect Park Alliance to help make tasty treats in the Lefferts wood burning hearth. Roll up your sleeves and help churn butter, grind corn and mix ingredients. Depending on the day, we will be making either herb butter for popcorn or Mrs. Lefferts’ apple fritters for all to share.

play:groundNYC on Governors Island
Saturdays-Sundays 11a-3p until October 1st.  Free.  There is a Family Play area, open to all ages, adjacent to our Junkyard play area. Adult supervision is required.  Please note that the ages for both the Junkyard Play area (6 and older) and Family Play area (5 and under) are recommended.  We have 50,000 square feet of space in which we supply young people with materials for building, exploring, imagining and destroying. Some tools provided are nails, hammers and saws, paint, tires, wood, fabrics and more. Expect your child to get messy! Our junkyard play area is for kids only, with a  recommended age of  6 and up. Parents can enjoy a grassy area with some shade to enjoy some time relaxing. Please note, while we do not allow parents into the older kids area, children are free to come and go. It is up to each family to decide if the parents stay waiting outside the playground or choose to go enjoy other parts of the island for a while. Please note there are  play:groundNYC playworkers in the JunkYard at all times. Note: Shoes: Closed toe and thick soled shoes are required to enter our junkyard play area. In order to reduce risk of injury, rubber shoes (i.e. Crocs) and shoes with cut-outs (i.e. Keen sandals) and soft soled-shoes (i.e. Converse) are NOT permitted.  See the website for all the details.

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!