50+ Free Things To Do with Kids This October in NYC

Now that we're fully into the back-to-school groove, families might be looking to escape the weekday routine with some festive—and better yet, FREE!—NYC weekend events. This October is brimming over with autumn activities, including lots of Harvest fests and of course, heaps of Halloween fun.

This month also boasts some great fall festivals like the Little Red Lighthouse Festival and the Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival. The FREE family fun doesn't stop there: October brings lots of non-Halloween events like the Blessing of the Animals, Pickle Day, plenty of arts workshops, and Skate Night on the Upper East Side. 

Read on for over 50 FREE things to do this October in New York City, including events in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Find more top events in our October GoList, or our always-packed daily NYC event calendar and don't forget to sign up for our FREE newsletters to get the best local events and reviews delivered right to your inbox.

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Governors Island’s Nolan Park

Old Stone House
upcoming events
(Thu May 20, 2021 - Thu Jun 24, 2021) Jack & Friends: Family Music with Suzi Shelton

Rockefeller Park
upcoming events
(Tue Jun 1, 2021 - Tue Jun 29, 2021) Young Sprouts Gardening

Little Red Lighthouse (in Fort Washington Park)

Online/Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

The Old Stone House
upcoming events

Bayswater Playground in Bayswater Park

Citywide - Online

Brooklyn Bridge Park

United We Stand Community Garden

Socrates Sculpture Park

BAM Peter Jay Sharp Lobby and Lepercq Space
Kusama: Cosmic Nature
The New York Botanical Garden - 10:00 AM Pick
Paleo Playdates
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University - 10:00 AM Pick
LIC Springs into Summer
Various locations - various times Pick
The Art of Words Art-Based Summer Camp
The Art of Words Community School - 8:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides