Hundreds of NYC cultural institutions, historic homes, marvelous mansions and offbeat spots like cemeteries and artist studios open their doors to the public this weekend as part of OHNY and the Historic House Fest. While neither event is specifically aimed at families, many spots host special kids’ activities, like an architectural scavenger hunt through Staten Island’s Snug Harbor, a cell phone-led walking tour of Chelsea, cool crafts at Fort Greene’s brand-new BRIC House and the two-day family fest at the Center for Architecture. Be sure to check the complete schedule before heading out since some activities require advance reservations. Saturday and Sunday only. Most programs are FREE, a few cost $5.
African Penguin Awareness Weekend – Coney Island
Meet Anna, the New York Aquarium’s new penguin and celebrate her flightless kin. Feel real penguin feathers and eggs at touch stations, and enjoy penguin-themed games, crafts and storytimes. While in Coney Island, head down the boardwalk for some pumpkin painting and other seasonal fun at Luna Park. Free with admission: $9.95 for ages 3 and up.
Pumpkin Day – Williamsburg
Hit McCarren Park to pick the perfect pumpkin at this annual neighborhood favorite. Stick around for arts and crafts, and live music and don’t forget to bring a costume to swap for a new-to-you outfit. $10 entrance to pumpkin patch includes a gourd and a gift bag.
Lloyd Miller – Park Slope
More cool family music: Deedle Deedle Dees front man Miller plays tunes off his new solo album, S.S. Brooklyn, at the Hip Tot Music Festival. Bonus: His old bandmates will join him onstage to celebrate the group’s 10th anniversary. In advance: $10; at the door: $15.
Harvest Festival – Bay Ridge
The picturesque Narrows Community Garden hosts its annual seasonal celebration featuring a pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, live entertainment and a canine costume parade. FREE.
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