Best of September: Top Things To Do in NYC with Kids

Morningside Lights returns in full force for the first time since 2019, with hands-on lantern making and a community-wide procession. Photo courtesy of the event
Morningside Lights returns in full force for the first time since 2019, with hands-on lantern making and a community-wide procession. Photo courtesy of the event

Labor Day kicks off September's activities, launching New York City's season of apple picking, fall festivals, pumpkin patches, and corn mazes.

The kids are heading back to school, but there's still plenty of time for fun. The Richmond County Fair, the West Side County Fair, and the Queens County Fair all return with rides, games, and plenty of live music, unicycles are wheeling all over town, and trains are parading through Brooklyn.

All that, and the Big Umbrella fest is popping open once again at Lincoln Center, Smithsonian Museum Day invites families to explore some of NYC's favorite museums for FREE, and Morningside Lights sparkles in Morningside Heights

Looking to get away? We've found 30 fall day trips from NYC. We promise to keep your weekends focused on fun with our Family Activity Calendar, and our Fall Fun Guide is ready for the change of seasons, too.

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As always, if an event piques your interest, click through to our listing for all the details, including addresses and times. And keep in mind: Really cool things to do with kids often book up quickly, so register or buy your tickets ASAP.

Places featured in this article:


Multiple locations around NYC

Various Museums in New York City

Brighton Beach Station Platform

Miller Theater at Columbia University

Pleasant Village Community Garden
Songbook: Broadway's Future New Holiday Songs
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts - 6:00 PM Pick
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights - various times Pick
Let's Learn Circuits Online Camp
Zoom - Online - 9:30 AM
Online MIT App Making Camp
Young Gates - Kids Online Personalized Classes - 9:30 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides