9 Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks to Visit with Kids in NYC

It's time to sharpen those ice skates. Many of New York City's outdoor rinks are open for family fall, er, winter fun.

Whether you prefer to twirl with the tourists at Rockefeller Center and Central Park's Wollman Rink, or go off the beaten path to a Mommy Poppins favorite such as Lasker Rink, the city offers plenty of options for newbies to polished skaters—even a FREE skate spot. If it ever gets too cold to glide outside, you can always hit one of NYC's indoor ice skating rinks.

New Sensory Room Opens at Long Island Children’s Museum

The Long Island Children’s Museum, part of Nassau County’s famed Museum Row in Garden City, is dedicated to providing fun, educational exhibits, programs, and performances to children and their families. But with its vast open spaces—it’s housed in a converted airplane hangar—bright lights, noise, and overexcited visitors, for some children a visit can be overwhelming.

With the needs of those children in mind, the museum in October 2017 opened a new sensory room. The dedicated space is the latest component of LICM4all, an initiative that helps the museum better serve all children and families.

Disney on Ice Brings Moana and Elsa Show to NYC Metro Area

A Disney on Ice show skates into the greater New York City area this November with some of the entertainment company's most popular female characters. This Dare to Dream production features Moana for the first time, but also Belle of Beauty and the Beast, Elsa and Anna of Frozen fame, and plenty more princesses.

The family show kicks off in the metro region at the Prudential Center in Newark, November 1-5. It then plays Barclays Center in Brooklyn, November 9-12, and finally at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island, November 15-November 26.

This Weekend's Fun for LA Kids: Mountain Lion, Enchanted Crawly, and Getty Fest

This pre-Halloween weekend is wild. It’s wild with things creepy, crawly, 8-legged, and possibly in need of extermination.

It’s wild with creatures swooping and roaming and feasting on pumpkins.

This weekend rages with monsters (silent and 3-dimensional) and with monster squads. It’s a full on Nightmare.

And don't forget the pumpkins. The pumpkins, the pumpkins, the pumpkins. There are so many pumpkins, it's wild.

Keep reading for our wildest picks for the weekend.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Head of the Charles, Bats, and a Lantern Parade, Oct 21-22

Ready, set, row! This weekend is the Head of the Charles—read our complete guide to watching as a family—as well as an extra special boat's birthday (and both events are free!). It's your last chance to visit King Richard's Faire this season. In the Halloween spirit? Build a house for this Halloween-y creaturemeet some creepy crawlies, walk amongst a forest of jack o' lanterns, and then join in a monster mash-up.

A few more fun activities include a Haitian dance workshop, a special storytime about the immigration experience, a mobile science lab, and even a chance to light up the night at a lantern parade.

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

Need more family fun ideas? Check out our full events calendar.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Scarecrows, Pumpkin Patches, and a Red Hot Chili Festival, October 21 & 22

We are into late October, and across Connecticut the leaves are falling, and so are the temperatures. Need a little heat to chase away the chills? Check out the annual Red Hot Chili Festival this weekend. Or, for a real-life scare, take an otherworldly tour of the Harriett Beecher Stowe House and learn about the famous author's lifelong interest in the spirit world.

Weekend Fun: Giant Pumpkins, Fairies, Park Art, Icky Fest

As the month races toward Halloween in New York City, kids native to the Big Apple may need to take a deep breath. Two ideas: rest awhile in a comfy seat at the National Dance Institute's performance at Symphony Space on Saturday, or enjoy being part of the audience when Lisa Loeb plays at the Jewish Museum on Sunday.

Then again, kids may want to jump right into the weekend with the Icky Fest at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, or the "Fwite" Fest at 826NYC in Park Slope. There are giant pumpkins in the Bronx and photo-ops at Pumpkin Point on Governors Island to get into the fall spirit, or you can visit with the wee fairy folk during Enchanted Weekend at Wave Hill.

Head to Central Park for a FREE family festival celebrating 50 years of public art in our parks. They can also stuff themselves silly this weekend, from the 8th Annual Taste of the Seaport to the One More Bite Festival in Gowanus. Still hungry? Going to Queens? See our brand new guide to eats from around the world—in Astoria.

As always, our October GoList features the month's best picks, and our Fall Fun Guide provides a lowdown on seasonal to-dos. If you want to start planning, maybe for some Thanksgiving or even December holiday events, dig into our Event Calendar.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Explore-a-thon, Festivals, Halloween

Halloween fun is on the rise this weekend with the addition of the new Jay Ghoul's House of Curiosities, plus the continuation of all the other big Halloween events recurring throughout the month. There’s also the tamer Ragamuffin Parade and Carnival for the younger set.

Among the numerous fall festivals taking place this weekend, the granddaddy of all is the two-day NY Sheep and Wool Festival, which features exciting workshops and live entertainment specifically for kids, as well as such eccentricities as llama acts.

Not all the fun this weekend is autumnal, though.  A stage production of Alice in Wonderland is set in the 21st century, and Explore-a-Thon offers multiple activity stations for hands-on discovery.

Read on for our top weekend picks, visit our Event Calendar, and check out our October GoList for our top choices for the rest of the month!

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