Andy Fenwick

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Columbus Day Weekend in NYC: Free Festivals, Parades, Scarecrows

The long Columbus Day weekend is here, and NYC kids have a message for local schools: keep the holidays coming! What's a parent to do? Why, check out the New York Botanical Garden's Dig! Plant! Grow! Scarecrow Weekend, take to the ice for the first skate of the season at Rock Center's Opening Day, score tickets for opening weekend of the National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, or celebrate Columbus Day in Prospect Park.

This weekend is also full of seasonal celebrations including the annual Little Red Lighthouse FestivalHarlem Harvest Festival, the Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival, and the Jefferson Market Garden Children's Festival. And let's not forget the annual Columbus Day Parade.

It's a great weekend to take a fall day trip, or maybe go on a neighborhood investigation and check out Long Island City or the playgrounds of Central Park.

Read on for our top picks for the coming weekend, or see the 23 Best Events for Columbus Day in NYC. Also, be sure to check our October GoList and just released Halloween Guide to help you plan out the rest of this fall and, as always, our Event Calendar is full of activities and events for every day of the week.

Weekday Fun: Ocean Odyssey, Fun Math, and a Boat Parade

Maybe the weather will be cooler for the cool New York City kids looking for cool events? Either way, there's a mix of indoor and outdoor fun this week, with the Annual Parade of Boats taking over the Hudson River. We've got two great book reading, one at Books of Wonder's new uptown location and one featuring the Music for Aardvarks founder, in Astoria.

Looking for more? We've got a guide to super cool kid-friendly art coming to NYC in the fall, and a guide to stores where kids play for free. Check out our October GoList
and Fall Fun Guide for oodles more ideas, and take advantage of our far-reaching Event Calendar.

Weekend Fun: Questlove, Yom Kippur, and Boo at the Zoo

Halloween is a month away, but New York City kids get spooky early. This weekend, the Bronx Zoo launches a revamped, monthlong Boo at the Zoo, the Queens County Farm Museum invites you to its pumpkin patch, and Staten Island gets going with the Decker Farm pumpkin picking

There's still plenty of timely fun to be had, should Halloween be too far away for you. On Saturday, there's Yom Kippur in Prospect Park and, in Sunset Park, the Questlove Family Dance Party is raising money for hurricane relief. On Sunday, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden celebrates one of autumn's best seasonal crops with the Chile Pepper Festival.

If that still leaves you hungry, see our guide to the best kids' eats and shops at Brooklyn's hottest new food hall. Don't forget to pair our Fall Fun Guide with our event calendar when you make your weekend plans. 

Weekday Fun: Animal Mummies, Garden Bats, and Shibori

New York City kids love the cool night skies of early fall, and two events this week take their faces skyward, one to study bats in the East Village and another to seek out stars from The High Line. Also, there's a block party in DUMBO featuring elephants parachuting from the sky.

For more terrestrial fun, you've got animal mummies in Brooklyn, the ancient art of Shibori in Tribeca, and storytelling on Staten Island. Also, see our guide to the best storytimes for babies in Brooklyn. 

Our September GoList is almost on its last lap; stay tuned for October while using our Fall Fun Guide and our Event Calendar for all of your autumn planning needs. 

Weekend Fun: Maker Faire, Atlantic Antic, Buses, and Potter

It's fall fair and festival season! New York City kids can find one everywhere they turn this weekend, from the World Maker Faire, in Queens, to the Astor Alive Festival, in Manhattan. In Brooklyn, there's the 6th Annual Breukelen Country Fair and the Atlantic Antic, which is so big it has the 24th Annual Bus Festival inside it.

Nonetheless, there's no shortage of small, cozy events happening this weekend. Check out Elmer the Duck, in Manhattan, or the Harry Potter Summer Storytime at the Strand. Speaking of storytimes, see our fresh guide to storytimes around New York City. We've also got you covered if you're looking for children's books about rad women and civil rights heroes

Meanwhile, our September GoList is winding down but still offers oodles of fun, and our Fall Fun Guide is only gaining speed with corn mazes, top harvest festspumpkin patches, and seasonal day trips. Make sure to see our Event Calendar for things to do on any particular day in the future.

Weekday Fun: Rosh Hashanah, Do-Si-Do, and Some Good and Evil

Days off from school? No problem! New York City Kids sans class at the end of this week can head to Prospect Park's Rosh Hashanah activities on Thursday, and they can cap off their Friday with a giant square dance in Bryant Park.

If you want to keep it simple, check out our new Best Playgrounds in Prospect Park, Ranked. If you want to keep their brains working, see our guide to seven musuems to explore the immigrant experience with kids. Or use the days off from school to take a day trip out of the city for apple picking or another fall activity.

Meanwhile, our September GoList and Fall Fun Guide are available for monthly and seasonal planning, and our Event Calendar is filled with fun for anytime now or in the future.

Weekend Fun: A Book Fair, a Tech Playground, and Marine Science

New York City kids like to learn (OK, most the time) and with school in full swing, events with an educational spin abound. There's a 'technology playground' at the World's Fair Nano in Greenpoint, and more science at Submerge: NYC Marine Science Festival in Tribeca. The Brooklyn Book Festival Children's Day, with five stages of top children's authors, has more reading-fun than seems fair. Speaking of education—hey parents! Looking for a preschool? Check out our preschool fair on Sunday, September 17!

Another highlight of the school year: free museum times! See our full guide. We also have a new guide for you, this one an extensive lowdown on six newly renovated playgrounds to check out this fall. Not enough outdoor fun for you? See our guide to five kid-friendly farms right here in New York City.

We'll also get some early Halloween fun on Coney Island with the kickoff to Luna Park's Halloween Harvest Festival, and there are fall street fests in Sunset ParkFlatbush, and of course, San Gennaro in Little Italy.

Make sure our September GoList is always on hand, and keep our Fall Fun Guide close for apple picking outings, corn mazes, and more day trips. And don't forget our Event Calendar for all your day-to-day planning needs.

Weekday Fun: Live-Scored Star Wars, San Gennaro, DIY Rockets

For New York City kids, early fall is a time of planting and feasting. The New York Botanical Garden begins a corn-doll making workshop on Wednesday, and the Feast of San Gennaro gets going in Little Italy on Thursday. Of course, if a family needs to go extra-terrestrial, the New York Philharmonic begins live-scoring Star Wars movies on Friday.

Just looking to escape the city? See our Fall Fun Guide to petting zoos, corn mazes, and farms right outside the five boroughs. Or maybe stay here and get a bite in Fort Greene. In the meantime, our September GoList is always overflowing with oodles of cool stuff to do, and our Event Calendar can help you plan your day-to-day activities.