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.


The High Line
Between 15th and 16th Streets
New York, NY

Gantry Plaza State Park
Rainbow Park Playground 4-09 47th Road
Long Island City, NY 11101

Gantry Plaza State Park
Rainbow Park Playground 4-09 47th Road
Long Island City, NY 11101

Washington Square Park
30 Washington Square W
New York, NY 10011

Governors Island’s Nolan Park
Building 11 and 14
New York, NY

Prospect Park
Audubon Center, Carousel
Brooklyn, NY

Old Stone House
336 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Stanley M. Isaacs Playground
1792 First Avenue
New York, NY 10128

King Manor Museum
150-03 Jamaica Ave. Rufus King Park
Jamaica, NY 11432

Rockefeller Park
River Terrace & Murray St.
New York, NY 10280

Lefferts Historic House
Intersection Ocean & Flatbush Aves. and Empire Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY

Willowbrook Park
Eton Place off Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY

Little Red Lighthouse (in Fort Washington Park)
West 181 Street and Plaza Lafayette
New York, NY

Lincoln Center
61 West 62nd Street, David Rubenstein Atrium
New York, NY 10023

New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

Robert F. Wagner Park
Battery Place and West Street
New York, NY

The Lower East Side
Orchard Street between Delancey and E. Houston
New York, NY

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY

Randall's Island
20 Randall's Island Park Urban Farm & Fields 62/63
New York, NY 10035

The Old Stone House
336 Third Street
Brooklyn, NY

Carl Schurz Park
East End Avenue Between East 84th and East 88th Street
New York, NY 10028

King Manor Museum
150-03 Jamaica Ave, King Park
Queens, NY 11432

Forest Park
Victory Field, enter at Myrtle Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard
Queens, NY

Bayswater Playground in Bayswater Park
B. 32 Street and Beach Channel Drive
Queens, NY

Carnegie Hall
57th Street and Seventh Avenue
, 10019

Brooklyn Bridge Park: Pier 6
Atlantic Avenue and Joralemon Street
New York, NY

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
2351 Veterans Rd W
Staten Island, NY 10309

Citywide
various
New York, NY

Lefferts Historic House
Intersection Ocean & Flatbush Aves. and Empire Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY

Carl Schurz Park
enter at 84th Street and East End Avenue
New York, NY

Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11106

Brooklyn Bridge Park
Pier 1
Brooklyn, NY

United We Stand Community Garden
627 E 137th St
Bronx, NY

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue)
New York, NY 10036

Coney Island
1904 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Boulevard
Queens, NY

Simpson St
Between E. 163rd St. & Westchester Ave.
Bronx, NY 10459

Albee Square
Fulton Street & Bond Street on Fulton Mall
Brooklyn, NY

Nethermead
Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY

Washington Market Park
Greenwich Street between Duane and Chambers streets
New York, NY 10013

St. Mark's Church in the Bowery
131 E 10th St (at Second Ave.),
New York, NY

Lefferts Historic House
Intersection Ocean & Flatbush Aves. and Empire Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY

Madison Square Park
Madison Ave. and 23rd St.
New York, NY

Grand Central Terminal
89 E 42nd St Vanderbilt Hall
New York, NY 10017

Washington Market Park
Greenwich Street between Duane and Chambers streets
New York, NY

James Cagney Place
East 91st Street Between 2nd and 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10128

Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex
625 Father Capodanno Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10305

Harlem Meer
Central Park East Side from 106th to 110th Street
New York, NY

Washington Square Park
5th Avenue at the Arch
New York, NY

Randall's Island Park
Base of 103rd Street Bridge
New York, NY 10035

BAM Peter Jay Sharp Lobby and Lepercq Space
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Jackson Heights
89th to 76th Street on 37th Avenue
Queens, NY

Washington Park
Washington Park Starts at 14th Street and 7th Avenue. Ends at the Old Stone House,
Brooklyn, NY 11215