OpenHouseNewYork Weekend Guide for Kids

If you're planning on staying in the city for the long Columbus Day Weekend, then you've picked a good time to stay home. Besides the Apple Festivals we wrote about yesterday there's another special free festival this weekend with all kinds of unique activities for kids. The openhousenewyork weekend is America's largest architect and design event, opening 350 doors to off-the-beaten-track locations throughout New York City. And OHNY Kids has special programs designed just for children. You'll find programs that teach kids about sustainable living, discover places you've never heard of, go places rarely open to the public, see artist studios in action and participate in fun activities at one of the many historic sites around NYC. We've picked out some of the highlights for you, but you can see the whole Open House New York program guide online.

The Gargoyles of City College

Salvadori Center, City College of New York, Wingate Hall, Room 02, 137th St/Convent Ave neighborhood: Harlem Sat 2 - 4 pm The stately campus of City College is home to numerous gargoyles designed to keep bad spirits away. Architect-educators from the Salvadori Center will guide a discovery tour of the scary, funny and odd gargoyles throughout campus. Kids will then be able to make their own gargoyles to bring home. All ages. reservation instructions: email hillary@salvadori.org

The Great Brooklyn Bridge

Meet at Fulton Ferry Landing Pier at the end of Old Fulton St, in front of the ice cream shop. neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights Sat 11:30 am, 1:30 pm reservation instructions: email ohny@bcue.org

Live Green!

Staten Island Children’s Museum , 1000 Richmond Terr/ Snug Harbor Rd neighborhood: Livingston Sun 10 am - 5 pm Explore ways to make your homes and lives greener, including recycling, shrinking your “footprint�? with the help of a carbon calculator, and learning about the importance of plants. Preview the museum’s upcoming exhibit on building houses, and participate in a celebration of Earth. All ages. reservation instructions: email emorris@sichildrensmuseum.org

Science Barge

Pier 84 - Hudson River Park, West 44th St/ 12th Ave New York neighborhood: Hell's Kitchen/Clinton Sat 10, 11 am, 12 pm, tours on the hour Sun 10, 11 am, 12 pm, tours on the hour Explore this floating, sustainable urban farm powered by solar, wind and biofuels. Learn how it practices hydroponic farming, rainwater and purified river water irrigation, creates no carbon emissions or waste stream, and harvests food for organizations serving those in need. (See page 22 for more information on this site.) All ages. reservation instructions: email blinsley@nysunworks.org

Barzel Iron Works

61 Jefferson St/ Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn neighborhood: Williamsburg Sun: 10am-3pm Regular open tours, first come, first serve basis - opendialogue Sun 10, 11:30 am, 1, 2:30 pm. Tours with artist. Reservations required: kkozak@mindspring.com. Metal artist Kristina Kozak’s 15,000 sq ft studio is located in a working blacksmithing shop owned by Nat Barzily, and features heavy equipment and several hot forges.

Floyd Bennett Field

Flatbush Ave, S to Floyd Bennett Dr, first turn left to Ryan Visitor Center, Brooklyn neighborhood: Southeast Brooklyn Sat: 9am-5pm Sun: 9am-5pm Regular open tours, first come, first serve basis - Tour Sat 10 am. No reservations required. Crowds used to gather at NYC’s first airport to cheer pioneer aviators such as Howard Hughes. A rare opportunity to visit the site’s historic control tower and the underground access tunnel that led to the runways.

UrbanGlass

57 Rockwell Pl/ Fulton St, Brooklyn neighborhood: Fort Greene Sat: 10am-6pm Sun: 12pm-5pm Regular open tours, first come, first serve basis - opendialogue Tours with artists on the hour, Sun 12-4 pm. Visit the 17,000-sq-ft glass-working studios and gallery, located in the burgeoning BAM Cultural District. Can't make it to the events? Check out the downloadable OHNY kids activity guide. Update: Amy from NewYorkology gave this great tip: Since some of the lines can be long for OHNY and tiring for kids, you can keep them occupied participating in the OHNY focus on architecture photography competition. Any pictures they take can be uploaded to the 2007 focus on architecture competition flickr group and the standouts will be featured on their website.