NYC Editor / Writer
Sonia is a veteran editor and writer for Mommy Poppins. She loves exploring greater New York with her husband and their three kids and is always on the looking out for innovative, educational and fun things to do with them. She is thrilled to have this platform to share what she finds with Mommy Poppins readers.
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Halloween is just around the corner! In addition to our list of top outings for this month, there are seasonal celebrations all over town, including a plethora of ragamuffin parades. (Did you know these actually started out as a Thanksgiving Day tradition?)
In addition to traditional marches, some towns go a step further with carnivals, entertainment, live music and more. Read on to find out where to join the ragamuffin tradition in Westchester!
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A long weekend is on the horizon for NYC kids. If you're planning to skip town, we've got lots of day trip and weekend getaway ideas to consider. If you're staying close to home, this weekend is packed with annual favorites like the Chili Pepper Festival in Brooklyn, Honey Weekend in the Bronx, and Blessing of the Animals and Feast of Saint Francis in Morningside Heights.
Hoping to catch a show this weekend? Consider Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea at the New Victory Theater, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities by Cirque du Soleil on Randall's Island, or Pete the Cat in Queens.
And if you're already in the Halloween spirit, head to opening weekend of Boo at the Zoo, join in a Ragamuffin Parade, or get up close and personal with Creepy Creatures of Halloween.
Read on for our top weekend picks. For even more options, check out our NYC Staycation post and, as always, remember to peruse our Event Calendar.
Come autumn even urbanites seem to crave seasonal harvest displays more often found at the pick-your-own farms just outside NYC's borders. Lucky for us, there are amazing fall fests right here in the city and even a corn maze for those who really want that farm experience. Now we can add the just-opened fall and Halloween-themed outdoor displays at New York Botanical Garden to our list of the best seasonal happening around NYC.
My family always heads to the Botanical Garden in the Bronx for its annual exhibit of pumpkins and gourds, so we were excited to see this year's brand-new programming. Titled Pumpkins: Playful & Plentiful, there are gourds galore, plus seasonal activities and events for kids in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, a guaranteed hit for families with small children. And though my now-teenage(!) son has outgrown the Children's Garden, he did perk up a bit when I mentioned NYBG's other new exhibit, Scarecrows: From the Heartland to Horror, a trail of spooky and original sculptures that is not recommended for young kids.
We just visited and have the scoop on what to expect at this year's fall festivities at the New York Botanical Garden, so read on for more details.
Get ready for festival fun this weekend in New York City. Hit the massive Atlantic Antic and Bus Festival in Brooklyn, make your way to the Queens County Fair for midway delights and the opening of its corn maze, geek out at Submerge: NYC Marine Science Festival, celebrate Brooklyn's agricultural roots at Breukelen Country Fair, or one of NYC's historic landmarks at the Little Red Lighthouse Festival.
Already in a Halloween state of mind? Head over to Scarecrows & Pumpkins at the New York Botanical Garden or make your way to Luna Park for opening weekend of its Annual Halloween Harvest. Also on tap this weekend: Mommy Poppins and Kumon Math and Reading Centers are hosting a morning of family fun. Kids can enjoy face painting, a balloon artist, chocolate tastings, and more delicious treats while exploring the enrichment offerings from Kumon.
There's also new children's theater shows opening this weekend, fall art to see, and FREE museum tickets courtesy Smithsonian Museum Day.
Read on for all of our best bets for the coming weekend. Remember, more options are available on our Event Calendar. Also, be sure to peruse our Fall Fun Guide for even more seasonal fun.
Art, music—and math? It's another great September week in NYC for the kiddos. Check out a brand-new exhibit at the New York Hall of Science, Science Inspires Art: Food, and catch the final week of Mo Willems-inspired storytimes at the New-York Historical Society. Kindie rock fans can meet Laurie Berkner and enjoy a FREE mini-concert.
Thinking about enrichment programs for your kids? On Sunday, September 25, join Mommy Poppins and Kumon Math and Reading Centers for a morning of family fun. Kids can enjoy face painting, a balloon twister, and chocolate tastings, while parents explore the many programs offered by Kumon for all ages and abilities, from preschoolers to teens.
Our top picks for the week are below, but there are many more options in our Event Calendar. For more seasonal fun, be sure to peruse or Fall Activity Guide.