Hi everyone! NYC public schools are closed on Monday for Columbus Day so we have an extra day to enjoy the weekend!
This weekend check out Narrows Botanical Gardens Fall Harvest Festival, BAMkids Movie Matinees: The Wiz, Oran Etkin: Timbalooloo Duo Workshop at National Sawdust, Just Kidding: Story Pirates at Symphony Space, FamJam: Picture This at Bric, From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, CMOM Comic Con at the Childrens Museum of Manhattan, The Annual Columbus Day Parade, Family Sundays: Board Games & Bright Lights at Rubin Museum Of Art, Columbus Day in Prospect Park, Puppet Playtime at the Jalopy Theatre, Pelleas et Melisande at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Family Movie: Sing at the Brooklyn Heights Brooklyn Library and the last Eloise Storytime at Dimenna Children’s History Museum.
Also check out some long running events this weekend like 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, Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical at Linda Gross Theater, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Family Sundays: Board Games & Bright Lights at Rubin Museum Of Art and The Wizard of Oz at the Theater at Blessed Sacrament.
Enjoy the long weekend!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday October 6th
Eloise Storytime at Dimenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Fridays October 6th at 2p (last day!). Free with Museum admission. Skibble into the Eloise at the Museum story corner and listen to the exploits of the Plaza’s most famous resident.
Family Movie: Sing at the Brooklyn Heights Brooklyn Library
Friday October 6th 330p. Dapper Koala Buster Moon presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine.
Pelleas et Melisande at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Friday Sunday October 6th-8th doors 630p/show 7p (event ends at 8p). General admission tickets: $15. General Admission – Picnic & Performance Admission: $35 (see website for details). Suggested for audiences ages 12 & up. City Parks Foundation’s Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and SummerStage Festival present a commissioned, site-specific work directed, choreographed, and designed by Luca Veggetti. A theatrical puppet experience that tells the story of doomed love based on Maurice Maeterlinck’s symphonic poem. Set to a composition by Arnold Schoenberg, the audience is taken on a journey of love and its consequences told through puppetry.
Kid Frankenstein the Musical at the Theater at Blessed Sacrament (UWS)
Fridays at 7p starting October 6th and Saturdays & Sundays at 3p or 7p. 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.
Saturday October 7th
Rebel Playhouse: Edna the Stomper at The Tank (Midtown West)
Saturdays starting October 7th 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!
Just Kidding: Story Pirates at Symphony Space (UWS)
Saturday October 7th 11a & 2p. Tickets: $17 standard, $14 members. Suggested age range: 2-9 years old. Monty Python meets Schoolhouse Rock in this outlandish musical sketch comedy show inspired by stories written by children. Using stories submitted by children, the Story Pirates create outlandishly funny sketches and mini-musicals that leave kids and their parents howling in the aisles. Whether it’s following the adventures of a superhero baby, or reminiscing about disposable rain ponchos at a baseball game, the songs and stories explode with the creative energy that only a child could possess.
FamJam: Picture This at Bric (Fort Greene)
Saturday October 7th 11a-2p. Free with RSVP. RSVP here. Hands-on workshops for families to complete a creative art project together. Come as a motley crew, leave as a unified team with a cool product to show for it! For families with school aged children (ages 7+). Before digital cameras and taking pictures with your phone there was exposing paper and film to sunlight! For the October 7 FamJam event, come and let BRIC teaching photography artists help you capture images the old-fashioned way. Against the backdrop of the Brooklyn Photographs exhibition in the Gallery, families will use analog photography techniques such as pinhole cameras and sun-prints, and develop their images in our pop-up red-light darkroom. Bring in small flat objects that can cast a silhouette for sun-prints (e.g. necklaces, charms, keys, leaves, etc.) to add to the fun! Please not: space is limited; admission is first come, first serve, as room is available (whether you RSVP or not).
Oran Etkin: Timbalooloo Duo Workshop at National Sawdust (Williamsburg)
Saturday October 7th 1p. General Admission: $20/adults, $5/children. Oran Etkin is a critically acclaimed clarinetist and composer who can be heard on major concert stages throughout the world and numerous recordings including a recent Grammy Award Winning compilation. Yet Etkin feels equally at home when he is in New York, surrounded by a gaggle of spellbound children, presenting a riveting story about Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, or Etkin’s musical travels in Indonesia. Etkin created the Timbalooloo Method of teaching to young children, taking inspiration from how they learn languages so fluently and intuitively at such an early age. In spreading his method, Etkin hand selected and trained a core group of teachers who conduct Timbalooloo group classes in homes and schools throughout New York. Harvey Keitel, who enrolled his son in Timbalooloo classes for 3 years said: “Our son was talking about Herbie Hancock, Mozart, Samba and African music – and he knew the difference!”. In the Timbalooloo concept, all the instruments come to life and talk through their music so that the children conceive of making music as the magical act of making their instrument come to life.
From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday October 7th 1-2p. Free. Location: Dweck Center. ArtsPower’s enchanting musical, based on E.L. Konigsburg’s Newbery Medal-winning classic, follows Claudia Kincaid and her brother Jamie up the stone steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and right into the middle of an adventure sure to captivate audiences of all ages!
Sunday October 8th
Puppet Playtime at the Jalopy Theatre (Red Hook)
Sunday October 8th 11a. Tickets: $5 child, $10 adult & $25 family. PUPPET PLAYTIME: This is a high-energy, interactive musical puppet variety show perfect for ages 6 and under! We’ll tell stories, sing songs, and play games with lots of tactile props (musical instruments, rainbow scarves, parachute, etc.). And, of course, there will be lots and lots of meet-and-greets with new puppet friends. This show is highly interactive – the kids will be just as much part of it as the puppeteer!
Narrows Botanical Gardens Fall Harvest Festival (Bay Ridge)
Sunday October 8th 12n-5p. The event is free, but registration for the Canine Costume Contest is $15. Join local artists and crafters for an annual festival with fun for the whole family. Events include: Tours of the Native Plant Garden, A pumpkin patch for children (You can pick and paint your own pumpkin!) and Country music featuring Don Coy & the Al ‘e’ Mo Square Dancers. Also, you and your furry friend can join the Great Canine Costume Contest, presented by Mary Jo Tobin from Love Wanted Adoptions. The entry fee is $15 to participate. To register, please call Mary Jo at (718) 986-1362 before October 7. This event may be rescheduled in case of inclement weather. The rain date will be October 15. Please call Narrows Botanical Gardens at (718) 748-4810 for weather updates.
Family Sundays: Board Games & Bright Lights at Rubin Museum Of Art (Chelsea)
Sundays in October. Drop-in anytime between 1pm and 4pm. Free for children and accompanying adults. Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy our 2 p.m. family exhibition tour, or go on your own thematic gallery search. October Sundays: Celebrate Children’s Day & Diwali All Month Long! Children’s day is YOUR day, and we’re celebrating it all month at the Rubin Family Sundays. Get your game face and learn how to make and play traditional Nepalese board games with your family. Sculpt cute, silly, or scary game pieces, then play to win! In honor of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, you can also create traditional diyas (candles) to take a little festival light home with you. In honor of October’s special family celebrations, live musicians will perform in the Education Center to set the tone for festive, art-filled afternoons. Feel free to BYOG (Bring Your Own [Board] Game) to Family Sundays in October.
BAMkids Movie Matinees: The Wiz (Fort Greene)
Sunday October 8th 2p. Tickets: $7 for children 12 and under, $10 for adults, $7 for members, free for level 4 and above For ages 7+. Run time: 136min. Directed by Sidney Lumet | 1978. With Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Lena Horne. We’re definitely not in Kansas anymore… Diana Ross’ Dorothy must find her way back home after she’s whisked somewhere over the rainbow to the enchanted, Manhattan-like land of Oz, where she encounters Michael Jackson’s Scarecrow, Richard Pryor’s Wizard, and Lena Horne’s Glinda the Good Witch. This Motown take on the children’s classic bursts with memorably funky tunes and a heartfelt message of positivity.
Mario the Maker Magician with The Brooklyn Music School Theater (Fort Greene)
Sunday October 8th 4p. Tickets: $20/child, $30/adult. Length of performance: approx. 60-70 minutes with no intermissions. Recommended for ages 3-10 + their families. Mario the Maker Magician LIVE in Brooklyn with special guest magician Enzo Nelis from Chile! New York’s own Mario” the Maker Magician” performs live on Sat Oct 8th in Brooklyn. Joining him for this one-time event, is special guest magician Enzo Nelis, in his first ever United States performance! Doors open 15 minutes prior to show time.
Monday October 9th
The Annual Columbus Day Parade (Midtown East)
Monday October 9th 1130a-3p. Free. The parade marches up Fifth Avenue from 47th to 72nd Street with red carpet performances on Fifth Avenue between 67th and 69th Streets. On October 9, 2017, Fifth Avenue is transformed during the Columbus Day Parade, the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture. The parade will be led by Grand Marshal Leonard Riggio, Chairman of Barnes & Noble, Inc. The Columbus Day Parade is a fun filled parade that gets bigger and better every year. Participants from all over the world march in our parade with pride. The parade has become a global event with millions of viewers and over a half million spectators on the streets. We invite you to join us and experience this memorable day.
Columbus Day in Prospect Park
Monday October 9th 12n-4p. Join Prospect Park Alliance during the Columbus Day holiday for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center and Lefferts Historic House. Nature Exploration 12–4p at Prospect Park Audubon Center (free). Join Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation. Discovery Pack, 12–3 pm: 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, 1–2 pm: 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, 3–4 pm: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 3 pm. Carousel Rides, 12-5 pm Children’s Corner, $2 per ride, $9 for a book of 5 tickets, Enjoy a ride on the Park’s beloved 1912 carousel. Race Around the Farm Yard, 2–4 pm at the 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.
Halloween Harvest at Luna Park (Coney Island)
Monday-Tuesday October 9th-10th 12n-8p & Wednesday 12n-6p & 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)
Puerto Rican Superheroine—La Borinqueña at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Monday October 9th 2p & 3p*. Free with Museum admission. For ages 6 & older.Comic book writer and creator Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez introduces you to the newest superhero from Brooklyn, NY here to help Puerto Rico! Celebrate your own culture and heritage as Edgardo helps you design your own superhero comic book cover! *Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.
CMOM Comic Con at the Childrens Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Saturday-Monday October 7-9th at various times. Free with Museum admission. Enjoy events all weekend like: Cue the Theme Music! Superheroes in Training, CMOM’s Comic Book Maker, The Mark of a Superhero – Logo Design Painting, Caped Crusaders, Dynamic Dance Challenge with “The School at Steps”, Dynamic Dance Challenge with “The School at Steps” and much more. See the website for all the event details.
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!
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.
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 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: email@example.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.
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!