5 Film and Movie Series for Kids in New York City: Fall Culture Highlights 2010

The hit family movie of the Fall season is sure to be MEGAMIND from Dreamworks (coming to theaters in November), but if you like taking your kids to the movies there's no reason to limit yourself to what the big movie studios are pushing. In NYC there are several family film series that show everything from blockbuster feature films to cute little art house shorts and many of them are FREE.

Below are the highlights from the family movie series in New York City this Fall:

6 Circuses Perform in New York City This Fall

Hurry, Hurry! Step right up.  Get your popcorn, peanuts and cotton candy now because the Big Apple will soon be known as the Big Top.  The circus is coming to town, but in typical over-the-top NYC style, we don’t have just one circus troupe visiting but six circus troupes! From the enchanting Cirque de Soleil to the hijinks of the Squirm Burpee Circus, fall is going to be fun! Why not a break from all that apple picking and Halloween costume making to sit back and enjoy a day at the circus?


Check Out Our Fall Fun Guide, Our Apple and Pumpkin Picking Guide and Other Site News

We've been posting lots of great Fall Fun and now we've made it easier for you to find. Our Fall Fun Guide includes highlights from the top venues for kids culture in New York City plus our lists of Fall Festivals, Day Trips, in New York City and the Tri-State area and other Fall Fun.

We also put all our Pick Your Own Posts on one page so now you can find all the Apple Picking, Pumpkin Picking and even Strawberry Picking for Summer and other Farm Fun handily in our Pick Your Own Guide.

News: We're adding to the Mommy Poppins family. If you'd like to contribute to the site, send two sample posts that you think would be a great addition to the site to Mommy AT Mommy Poppins DOT com with a short bio that includes where you live and how old your children are. We do pay our contributors and it's lots of fun too!

Columbus Day Weekend in New Jersey: Fall Festivals, Go Green Fair, Beavers, & the NJ Devils

It looks like the long Columbus Day weekend will bring some sunny and classic fall weather so take advantage and get outside! Grab the bikes and go green at Maplewood’s Green Day Fair or learn all about a family of beavers who live at the Plainsboro Preserve in Cranbury. There are fall festivals galore this weekend so take your pick: farm-themed at VanThun Farms in Monmouth Junction, a historic Halloween at the Historic Village of Allaire in Farmingdale, or Native American-style at Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick. On Columbus Day itself, kids can see a live animal show at Trailside Nature Center in Mountainside, spend the day at NJ Devils Kids Day with a special Silly Bandz giveaway, or go pumpkin picking or apple picking at a local farm.

Klub 4 Kidz: Williamsburg's New Indoor Play Gym Keeps Kids Big and Little Moving

Northern Brooklyn has hit the play space jackpot lately with not one or two, but three brand new play gyms opening up. Talk about going from zero to 60. Williamsburg's Klub 4 Kidz is the newest addition and offers a different type of experience than most of the play spaces in Manhattan and Brooklyn with a giant play structure, climbing wall, plus spaces for classes and birthday parties. The unique thing about Klub 4 Kidz is that it's as good for 10 year olds as it is for 3 year olds, whereas most play spaces are really designed for the preschool and younger set.

Even if you don't live in Brooklyn, you'll be surprised how easy it is to get to Klub 4 Kids by train from Manhattan or car from Queens and there are lots of great restaurants and boutiques in Williamsburg to make it a fun day trip. So read on:

Fall Culture Guide: 16 Must See Live Concerts for Families in New York City

I remember when my son was born, a friend of mine with much older kids, said to me “you don’t have to listen to kiddie music just because you had a baby. He can listen to your music.” But now, after nearly six years of listening to the emerging genre of kid rock, there is no good reason that I can think of not to introduce kids to their own roster of rock stars. Especially being in New York City where we are surrounded by talented musicians who regularly perform live for children. “Kiddie” music, if you want to call it that, is for the most part top notch not to mention age appropriate and speaks to kids about things they care about (something my music just can’t do.) My son has plenty of time in the future to dig through my record collection, but for now I am happy to dig through his. This fall there are so many bands and artists rocking out in family shows all around the city, read on to find out our favorites:

Fall Culture Guide: 7 New Museum Exhibits for Kids in New York City

Adventure abounds in NYC museums this fall.  Lots of new exciting (and educational) exhibits will have families crash landing into Oz, patrolling the city with the NYPD, going nose to nose with a real woolly mammoth, learning all about the brain and even climbing up a tree.  Once your kids hear about these fun exhibits they will be begging for a museum visit.  Here is our round up of the must-sees that we think the kids will really dig.


Fall Harvest Family-Friendly Car-Free Getaways From NYC

[UPDATED: September 8, 2012]

Spend a Saturday or Sunday visiting small, family-owned farms, no car needed.  You can get back to nature without increasing your carbon footprint.  Metro-North has teamed up with Dutchess County to offer family-friendly daytrips that include stops at a sustainable agriculture farm, a kid-friendly vineyard for tours and tastings, a charming village and an apple orchard for picking and pies.  These trips are super popular with families, so the kids should have lots of company. And it's a great way for kids to gain some first-hand understanding of the farm-to-table connection. Kick back and enjoy the ride, we've got the details for you here.

See Broadway Shows for Free with Kids' Night on Broadway

This Halloween treat your trickster to something a little different than the usual holiday fare. Kids' Night on Broadway, the popular night on the Great White Way just for them, is back, and this year it’s on October 31st.  Kids can see a free Broadway (or even Off Broadway) play, participate in special Halloween events, plus there are more fun surprises and special deals in store for ticket holders.  Read on to find out what is playing and how to get your ticket (hurry - tickets are going fast!)


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