25 Fun Things To Do with NYC Kids on Columbus Day
New York City kids have only been in school for two weeks (and part-time at that!), but Columbus Day and Indigenous People's Day looms on the calendar. The holiday falls on Monday, October 12, 2020. Don't panic: There are plenty of New York City kid spots and activities ready to entertain you and your brood during the upcoming long weekend.
Fall offers the perfect chance to hit one of New York City's many destination playgrounds, of course. Still, we've also scoured our event calendar and museum listings and combed through our day trip guides to put together a list of 25 things to do with the family on Columbus Day. So, step away from the screen and step outside to enjoy all the city has to offer.
Central Park's paths offer a beautiful escape from the concrete jungle, especially as the leaves start to turn.
1. Get lost in the North Woods, explore The Ramble, and marvel at the soaring arches in Central Park's family-friendly northern edge.
2. Catch a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk at Puppetworks. Capacity is limited to 25 percent, and masks are required.
3. Take a hike on one of these 10 nature trails within city limits.
Krispy Kreme's new flagship in Times Square is open for business.
4. Grab a sugary sweet treat at Krispy Kreme's new Times Square mega shop.
5. Gawk at larger-than-life installations at these outdoor art destinations near NYC.
King Nyani welcomes visitors to take a seat and snap a selfie.
Who doesn't want to see how big a T. Rex really was?
10. Add a little color to your AMNH visit by stopping at The Nature of Color while you're there.
11. Grab your bike or rent one and hit one of these family-friendly local paths.
The beach may be closed to swimmers, but you can still dip your toes in the sand and surf. Photo by Sara M
12. Hit the crowd-free shorelines of Long Island for a family-friendly beach walk.
13. Take in the terrifying views from the Edge, aka the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere, which rises 100 floors above Hudson Yards.
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Even the hippos are wearing masks to keep zoo-goers safe.
17. Or try one of these nearby petting zoos for fall fun on a real farm.
18. Venture out of the city for one of these 30 fall day trips.
The Conservatory Garden is stunning in any season.
21. Visit the over-the-top custom floral installations at The Fall Escape.
Stunning photographs and spectacular backdrops punctuate the city-wide Photoville. Photo by Sara M.
22. Explore the city-wide Photoville NYC installation, which showcases original photography at more than 25 spots across the boroughs.
The Angry Birds have taken over a wing at American Dream! Photo courtesy of the venue
25. Take advantage of the tourist-free times, and enjoy one of these 20 popular attractions without standing in line
This post, first published in October 2013, is updated annually.
Unless noted, photos by the author