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Fun Family Friendly Events in NYC

Find the best events, activities and fun things to do for parents and young children around NYC!

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Pumpkin Decorating Party
Location: 220 36th St Suite 2-A, Brooklyn
Date: 10/24/2020 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
We love any excuse to eat candy and enjoy a special beverage. Join us at Sahadi’s for a safe, socially distant Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Party. Costumes are encouraged! Your ticket reserves your table, pumpkins + decorating materials (paint and foam stickers!), warm cider for all, and a goodie bag to go. Guests will be seated one to a table unless purchasing together. Sahadi’s will be capping seating at 15 children for the comfort of all.
Harvest Weekends At Queens County Farm Museum
Contact: None at
Location: 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
Date: 10/25/2020 from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm
Harvest Weekends begin October 3rd through October 25th showcasing fall on the farm. Queens Farm gate admission is free so that visitors can enjoy wandering the grounds to see the fall foliage and scoop up their pumpkins from the farm?s Pumpkin Patch. The farm also features hayrides, its seasonal farmstand with a variety of Hudson Valley apples, donuts, fresh cider and apple pies for a taste of New York!
Steps Youth Program Open House
Contact: Pam at 212-874-3678, [email protected]
Location: virtual,
Date: 10/25/2020 from to
Join us from October 19-25 for our free Virtual Open House for First Steps (ages 2-5) and Kids and Teens (ages 6-18). You will be able to register and participate in classes to see what works for you! Try different styles, see how the virtual classroom is setup, and get to know our teachers.
Trick-or-Treat With APEC's Animals
Location: 224-65 76th Ave, Oakland Gardens
Date: 10/25/2020 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Ages 6-8. Meet several of APEC’s Ambassador Animals and spend some time preparing tasty treats for the critters using fall fruits and veggies. Predict which fall items will be the favorites of the guinea pigs, rabbits, and turtles. All participants are required to wear masks for the entire program. Limited to 8 participants.
American Girl Doll Yoga (Online)
Location: Virtual,
Date: 10/25/2020 from 10:00 am to 10:45 am
Bring your favorite American Girl doll along for this special yoga class! We'll explore pint-sized poses, mini-mudras, bitsy balances, and teensy twists as we help our American Girl dolls into yoga poses, partner poses and challenging poses. Meet other American Girl dolls through playing fun yoga games! For ages 6 and up.
Storytime Sunday (Online)
Contact: None at [email protected]
Location: Virtual,
Date: 10/25/2020 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Every month NYSoM invites you to join us to read some wonderful books read by none other than Winnie the Pooh. Come hang out with Pooh Bear and friends from the comfort of your home! Please email us at [email protected] to RSVP or for more info
Lunch & Learn Series: Let's Play
Contact: Emily at 415-535-2355, [email protected]
Location: Virtual – Zoom,
Date: 10/27/2020 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Join Mom Crew and [email protected]'s Dr. Catherine Tamis-LeMonda for a fascinating talk on the importance of play in a child’s everyday life. This informal workshop will illustrate the many ways that play fosters learning about the world, including the role of play at each stage of development, strategies that parents can use to incorporate playtime into children’s everyday routines, and how parents can engage with children as key play partners during a critical period in development.
Disney Parks' How To Draw Series
Location: Virtual,
Date: 10/30/2020 from Various to Various
Grab some paper and sharpen your pencil! This 10-20 min virtual series will keep little illustrators busy all afternoon (once their homework is complete, of course). The pros at The Magic of Disney Animation walk viewers through what it takes to draw famous characters: Anna, Elsa, Bell, Tinker Bell, Goofy, Winnie the Pooh, Jack Skellington and, of course, Mickey Mouse!
The Amazing Maize Maze
Location: 73-50 Little Neck Parkwat, Floral Park
Date: 10/30/2020 from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm
The adventure begins with a Stalk Talk to prepare you for the 3-acre challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles, and making your way to Victory Bridge where the full vista of Van Gogh’s 'Sunflowers' masterpiece is revealed. A visit to The Amazing Maize Maze is must-see NYC.
MARINA's High-nrg Fitness Musical Health Workout!
Contact: Marina Kamen at 917-796-1832, [email protected]
Location: online,
Date: 10/30/2020 from 12:00 noon eastern time to 12:30 pm eastern time
FRIDAYS FREE! MARINA's High-nrg Fitness Musical Health Workout! Tomorrow FREE FRIDAYS!!!!!!FREE FRIDAYS!!!!!! 12:00 pm- 12:30 eastern standard time This will be a recurring Friday meeting Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84232976106 Meeting ID: 842 3297 6106
Apple Picking
Location: 39 Colandrea Rd, Newburgh
Date: 10/31/2020 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Apple picking starts in mid-September and carries on through October, plus pick-your-own grapes, peppers, cabbage, and other vegetables. Kids can check out the quaint “Little Village,” pet farm animals, and go through the hay bale maze. Country store with cider, ice cream, and homemade donuts. Open 9am-4pm daily.
Jack And The Beanstalk
Location: 338 Sixth Ave, Brooklyn
Date: 10/31/2020 from Various to Various
Experience a retelling of a classic fairytale with this puppet show of Jack & the Beanstalk! With fun colors, exciting characters, and a great story, you'll be totally engrossed in this show! Masks are required and venue will be at 25% capacity. Showing Wednesdays through Sundays.
Central Park Pumpkin Painting
Location: 67 Central Park West, New York
Date: 10/31/2020 from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
For this special event, instead of canvases, you will be painting on pumpkins! A Master Artist will walk you through the steps to make a creative and unique Halloween decoration. All supplies, including pumpkins, will be provided. This is a paint night concept with a fun twist that will get you in the Halloween spirit! Includes pumpkin, painting supplies, professional instructor etc. Must purchase in advance. Tickets NOT sold at door.
Street Art For Mankind For Hunger
Contact: 301-875-6573
Location: 245 E 44th St, New York
Date: 10/31/2020 from Various to Various
Kashi is teaming up with the United Nations and Street Art for Mankind to help raise awareness for their shared vision of a world where everyone has access to the food they need. In honor of the UN’s 75th anniversary, the commissioned mural will live in midtown Manhattan. In addition to raising awareness through the mural, Kashi will be donating a minimum of $5,000 (approximately 50,000 meals) through No Kid Hungry.
The Happy Halloween Family Disco! At Club KDR
Location: Virtual,
Date: 10/31/2020 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Join us at Club KDR for The Happy Halloween Family Disco! Each Virtual Experience Includes: Rooms of fun! The Happy Feet Suite Featuring DJSmithyBoy (the 13 year old sensation!), The You Did It Zone! (Party favors made from household items) featuring Mel C. our Arts and Crafts Guru to make your Happy Halloween Bat! The Hangout Lounge (Kick back and relax with friends/family space), Pets welcome, costumes welcome. noise makers welcome!!!
Special Halloween Storytime @ Home At NY Historical Society
Location: Virtual,
Date: 10/31/2020 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Join us via Zoom this Halloween, for a special spooooky?but not scary?Little New-Yorkers. Sing silly songs, dance the Monster Mash, and tell magical stories about ghosts, goblins, and goats! Dress up in your favorite costume as we discover fun facts about trick-or-treating and candy on this very special and fang-tastic Halloween.
Town Square's Greenpoint Children's Halloween Parade & Spooktacular Party
Contact: Susan at 7186091090, [email protected]
Location: 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn
Date: 10/31/2020 from 10 AM to 4 PM
Calling all princes and princesses, heroes and villains, witches and wizards! Join Town Square for our popular Greenpoint Children's Halloween Parade & Spooktacular Party. The FREE Greenpoint Children's Halloween Parade will start at 12 Noon in front of 72 Noble Street. The ticketed Spooktacular Party will start at 10 AM, with timed entries on the hour through 4 PM. Arts & crafts, live music, carnival games, costume contests and so much more!
Sesame Street Monster Meditations
Location: Youtube - Online,
Date: 11/01/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
In an effort to combat the stress and anxiety brought on by these volatile times, Sesame Street and Headspace for Kids are teaming up to create "Monster Meditations," six animated shorts to teach kids mindfulness, meditation, and social and emotional learning. The shorts will feature Cookie Monster, Elmo, Grover, and Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe as part of Headspace for Kids and can be viewed on YouTube and YouTube Kids.
Teaching Racism And Tolerance
Date: 11/01/2020 from Various to Various
Parents and teachers can gain free access to video lessons that help teach children about racism and tolerance! The episodes, each hosted by a real first grade teacher, pair a character trait such as kindness or bravery with an influential person such as Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. They are suited for children in grades K-2 and can be used to help teach about discrimination, racism and tolerance. Teachers and parents can sign up to access the videos for free through July 31.
Battery Dance Virtual Dance Classes For Kids
Location: Virtual,
Date: 11/01/2020 from Various to Various
Battery Dance will now offer free virtual dance classes for kids through in order to help keep minds and bodies engaged during this time. Children will be guided through classes with our teaching artists across New York, helping to keep them active as well as connected in this time of isolation. Hip-Hop for Kids Mondays and Fridays at 3pm. Dance Wednesdays at 3pm.
Big Apple Circus: Learn To Juggle
Location: Virtual,
Date: 11/01/2020 from Anytime to Anytime
As long as you have a plastic bag, socks (or even a baby toy!) Big Apple Circus producer, Jack Marsh can teach you how to juggle. Learn how to juggle using household items in this Circus Tutorial!
James And The Giant Peach Reading
Location: Virtual,
Date: 11/01/2020 from Various to Various
Join Academy Award-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi and tons of famous guests (Gov. Cuomo, Mindy Kaling, Lupita Nyong’o, and more!) as they read James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl!
Drive-in Movies For Kids
Location: 47-01 111th Street, Corona
Date: 11/01/2020 from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
The Queens Drive-In is a unique drive-in movie experience. With a goal of bringing film, culture, togetherness and joy back to the people of Queens, the drive-in will be donating a portion of every ticket sale to non-profit organizations that serve the hardest-hit communities in our borough. Located at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Join us nightly Wednesday through Sunday for a variety of movies!
Boo At The Zoo
Location: 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx
Date: 11/01/2020 from Various to Various
Our annual Halloween tradition is back at the Bronx Zoo. We have family-friendly activities and have taken all safety precautions for you to have a great experience. Come dressed in your Halloween best and enjoy! October 1-November 1, advanced registration required.
The Great Pumpkin Path
Location: 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx
Date: 11/01/2020 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Discover plentiful pumpkins and hordes of gourds along the twists and turns of the Great Pumpkin Path on the Conservatory Lawn, culminating with some of the largest pumpkins in the world with the arrival of giant pumpkins on October 24. Keep an eye out for a display of whimsical scarecrows throughout the Garden as well.
The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze
Location: 639 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills
Date: 11/21/2020 from Various to Various
Thousands of hand-carved pumpkins illuminate two magical locations in New York this fall! Stroll historic Van Cortlandt Manor (Hudson Valley) or Old Bethpage Village Restoration (Long Island) and find larger-than-life, spectacular outdoor displays, complete with synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack.
Pumpkin Picking
Location: 62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs
Date: 11/30/2020 from Various to Various
Pick your own pumpkins and apples through November, 10am-5pm daily. Cash and check only. Bakery open daily with pies, apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, muffins, scones, and other treats for sale. Corn maze open Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. All visitors must wear face masks in parking lots and while on the grounds of the farm; hand sanitizing stations will be provided.
I.D.E.A Museum At Home
Location: Virtual,
Date: 11/30/2020 from Various to Various
Tap into your imagination and have fun at home with these hands-on, creative activities from the i.d.e.a. Museum while we are on an intermission.
Go Under The Sea
Location: Virtual,
Date: 11/30/2020 from Various to Various
The OdySea aquarium be sharing all kinds of educational content for kids (and adults!) who are at home learning. Find out what the animals are up to with live cams and explore!
Virtual Tour Of The Met!
Location: Virtual Website, New York
Date: 11/30/2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tour the various exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from home!
Brooklyn Public Library Virtual Activities
Contact: 5084558030
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from Various to
The Brooklyn Public Library is now offering virtual programming for all ages including story time with local librarians, foreign language learning, SAT test prep, virtual Mario Kart and much more.
Laurie Berkner Live Facebook Concerts
Location: Online Facebook,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
During this time of social distancing, it can be difficult to think of ways to keep kids active while indoors. Legendary children's musician Laurie Berkner is giving families a reason to get up and move during this time indoors with live "Berkner Break" concerts, streamed most weekday mornings at 10am on Facebook. Berkner's songs, movement activities, and stories will lift spirits and get the kids dancing and singing along to well-loved favorites by Berkner!
Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum Online Tours
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The museum has put together a one-stop-shop of all its digital resources, -- “Experience Intrepid Anywhere” – where the public, including educators, parents and students, can stay engaged with the museum digitally through teacher and home-school resources, virtual tours, oral histories, virtual talks, virtual veterans programs, and much more.
CuratedCare.com Virtual Lessons
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m.
CuratedCare.Com is offering one-on-one, interactive, virtual lessons with an epic community of babysitting teachers and artists (Juilliard grads, Rhodes Scholars, Alvin Ailey dancers, Broadway actors, and more).These our super accessible, cost effective and one-on-one which offers face to face interaction and a chance to go with the flow if your 4 year old decides half way through they want to switch to a different activity :) We are waiving the $45 membership to all fams during this wonky time.
Remote Dance Learning
Location: Online ,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre presents Remote Dance Learning, an opportunity to keep students moving while they are out of school. These free sessions are led by Notes in Motion teaching artists and are available online. Classes are available for children by grade level: PreK-2nd Grade, 3rd-5thGrade, Middle School, and High School, and include Yoga, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, among others.
NYBG At Home
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
During challenging times, the power of plants connects people and provides inspiration more than ever. While the Garden’s gates may be closed temporarily, NYBG's virtual gates are wide open. Stay connected through the collections’ vast digital resources, creative educational programs, and many other online offerings. As spring unfolds, see the brightness and color of the season, a reminder of how the natural world brings everyone joy.
Storyline Online Literacy Videos
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
In light of the current pandemic and quarantine, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation is reaching out to families all over the world offering educational and recreational tools to help children, parents and caregivers create meaningful moments and keep academic goals on track. Includes a digital library of 57 read aloud by top Hollywood talent who engage young viewers with their animated interpretations of historic, adventurous and fantastical tales that promote imagination and inclusion.
Harry Potter At Home Portal
Location: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
J.K. Rowling launched the Harry Potter at Home portal, giving kids access to a free collection of "child-friendly activities, videos, puzzles, illustrations, quizzes, creative ideas, articles, and more," according to the Wizarding World Team, to help combat the boredom during this period of social distancing (with a little magic). The portal will give kids new to the Wizarding World and those who have been lifelong fans access to fun and engaging content to keep the magic alive during this time.
The Frick Collection Online
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Frick, yeah! This mansion-turned-museum (and research center) recently had renovations done, so they were already prepared for virtual museum viewing.
Staten Island Zoo Online
Location: Online Facebook,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Check out a virtual field trip with your kiddos by checking out the Staten Island Zoo from your home!
Panda Cam Live
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Pandas. Live. All day long. Need we say more?
Art And Culture In Quarantine
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
During the strange new normal presented by the challenges of COVID-19, the team at Historic Richmond Town remains dedicated to creating opportunities for the public to explore the diversity of the American experience from the colonial period to the present. Arts & Culture in Quarantine is a free, online series our staff has put together to continue to provide diverse programming and digital content to our audience. New content posted every day for your kiddos to learn about history & art!
The Great Wall Of China Virtual Tour
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
As China's most famous attraction, the Great Wall of China is an essential stop on all China tours. Commonly considered a wonder of the world, the Great Wall boasts a history of over 2,000 years and stretches more than 3,000 miles across several provinces of northern China, making it one of the most impressive ancient structures on the planet. Take a virtual tour to learn from home!
Virtual Tour Of The Vatican
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Check out a 360-degree virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel, the Niccoline Chapel, Chiaramonti Museum and more.
Google Arts And Culture Virtual Tours Of Hundreds Of Museums
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
An all-inclusive, A-Z virtual tour collection of hundreds of museums all over the world. Tour museums across the globe from your computer.
Learn At Home With National Geographic
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Explorer Classroom’s live video events occur daily at 2pm and connect students with National Geographic Explorers across all seven continents to bring exploration to life.
NASA Glenn Virtual Tours
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Get an inside look at NASA Glenn Research Center’s facilities. Perfect for your little astronauts!
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Location: Online YouTube,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.
The Creative Kitchen Private Cooking Class
Contact: Katie at 718-406-7506, [email protected]
Location: Online ,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 12pm to 1pm
Looking for a fun at-home activity that will engage (and feed!) the whole family? Join Cricket Azima and The Creative Kitchen online for a private cooking class! Families select a recipe from The Creative Kitchen’s cookbook in advance of class. A list of ingredients and related equipment is provided prior to the customized session. Class instruction will be tailored to suit family-specific participant ages and abilities. Class is scheduled for a mutually agreed upon date and time.
Virtual Rollercoaster: Skyrush Hershey Park
Contact: 5084558030
Location: Youtube - Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy a wild rollercoaster ride - from your house!
Virtual Rollercoaster: Cyclone Coney Island
Location: Youtube - Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy this Coney Island classic from the comfort and safety of your house!
Cardio Dance Class
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Please join Cynthia LaChina for a virtual Cardio Dance class every Tuesday from 5:00-6:00 est. No experience needed, just bring your energy and enthusiasm. You'll be moving to global rhythms and choreography guaranteeing you a FUN workout
Color & Sing Along With Lisa Loeb And Crayola
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Join Crayola and Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter Lisa Loeb every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a nursery rhyme color & sing-along! Each session in this series will feature a music video from Lisa's album, Nursery Rhyme Parade!, along with a free, downloadable nursery rhyme coloring page from Crayola. Parents & kids are invited to enjoy this time together at home. Listen to the music and color along! Share your artwork and tag your pictures on social #Crayola.