Masterpiece Mondays - The Jewish Museum
October 27, 2014 - Upper East Side
Kids ages 4-7 explore the galleries with sketching, art activities, and more in this fun afternoon series.
The Haunted Pumpkin Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 31, 2014 - Bronx
The Haunted Pumpkin Garden is open all day for exploration, with guided activities from 1:30-5:30pm weekdays and 10am-5:30pm weekends. Each day, children can play inside a "gourd-geous" Pumpkin House; go on a scavenger hunt for fall fruits; look for wiggly worms under a rotting log; put on their own performance in the Pumpkin Puppet Theater; read spooky stories; and watch pumpkin seeds sprout in a germination chamber. On weekends, children can read spooky stories and enjoy Halloween parades that travel throughout the Children's Adventure Garden. Sept. 20 through Oct. 31.
Irving's Legend - Philipsburg Manor/Old Dutch Church
Through November 01, 2014 - Sleepy Hollow
Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic reading of Washington Irving's classic tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky organ music by Jim Keyes, Kruk's spellbinding storytelling captivates all audiences. Recommended for ages 10 and older.
Event takes place at the Old Dutch Church, just across the street from Philipsburg Manor. Oct. 4-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31, and Nov. 1. Admission for this 45-minute performance by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org/events/irvings-legend.
Please note: Parking for this event is at Philipsburg Manor, 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow.
Horseman's Hollow 2014 - Philipsburg Manor
Through November 01, 2014 - Sleepy Hollow
Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman's Hollow returns for a third year of highly entertaining haunted mayhem, now expanded by popular demand to 13 evenings.
Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. The Hollow's unfortunate inhabitants are all too ready to keep visitors from ever leaving. Creatures, human and otherwise, lurk in the shadows, ready to terrify the unsuspecting, while incredible special effects disorient and unsettle. Elaborate costumes and the work of award-wining feature-film makeup artists make it all too real.
Those who survive the trail must still negotiate a twisted maze of horrors too terrible to describe, only to end up in the lair of the Horseman where a party is being thrown in his honor. Heads will definitely roll...maybe even your own!
Attracting widespread media attention including a feature on CBS national news, this event is NOT suitable for small children or the timid, but it is one of Westchester's premier haunted attractions, right in the heart of the village of Sleepy Hollow.
WARNING: This event is NOT suitable for adults who are claustrophobic, have heart or respiratory conditions, are prone to seizures, or have other chronic health conditions. Recommended for ages 10 and older.
Oct. 4-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31, and Nov. 1. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org/events/horsemans-hollow.
'Hansel & Gretel's Halloween Adventure' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through November 01, 2014 - Upper West Side
Hansel and Gretel's Halloween Adventure picks up where the original Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre production leaves off; with the pair's pet swan Samantha flying the children back to their humble home after their wild escapade in the forest.
Now, safely at home during the Halloween season, Hansel and Gretel experience the most vivid dreams where Central Park and the Belvedere Castle serve as the backdrop for a magical explosion of music, dance and exciting encounters with a host of lovable characters. The siblings once again embark on an adventure where beautiful mermaids, adorable monsters, swashbuckling pirates, charming vampires and a fabulous witch all intertwine for one unforgettable Halloween night in New York City.
Scared by the Sound Haunted House & The Terror Trail - Playland Amusement Park
Through November 01, 2014 - Rye
Be afraid. Be very afraid. Zombies, ghouls, ghosts and creeps eagerly await you when the "Scared by the Sound" Haunted House returns to Playland Park in Rye, beginning Saturday, Oct. 4.
Visitors are invited into the 10,000-square-foot haunt, which features the Crypt Walk, Haunted Wine Cellar, Creepy Morgue, Tunnels of Doom, plus some all-new scenes. In addition, test your survival skills in the all new outdoor Black-Out Maze.
From Oct. 4 to Nov. 1, hours for Scared by the Sound are Fridays: 8-11pm, Saturdays: 7-11pm, Sundays: 7-10pm, and Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1: 7-11pm.
Light refreshments and beverages will be available for sale each evening.
Admission for "Scared by the Sound" is $16. Go to scaredbythesound.com to purchase tickets online by credit card. In-park ticket purchases will be by cash only (ATM onsite). Call 914-906-0818 for general information and corporate and group sales.
The event is not recommended for children younger than 10 alone or with an adult, nor is it advised that persons with medical conditions or those adversely affected by strobe lighting or fog attend.
"Scared by the Sound" is held rain or shine, and parking for the attraction is free. Please note that the park's amusement rides will not be open. Enter the attraction area near the Fountain Plaza entrance.
"Scared by the Sound" is presented by After Dark Attractions, LLC.
Playland, a Westchester County Park, can be reached via the New England Thruway (I-95), Playland Parkway exit 19.
For more information, visit scaredbythesound.com or call 1-877-SCARY-FUN.
Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed - Bronx Zoo
Through November 02, 2014 - Bronx
Dinos are back at the Zoo, bigger and badder! The attraction includes a ride through the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods with more than two-dozen animatronic dinosaurs up to 40 feet long which move, snarl, roar, and spit. Board a paleontologist's wagon for a trip back in time. Dig for fossils at a field site and explore artifacts. Take a tour through the pre-historic world at Erth's Dinosaur Zoo.
Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed includes a ride through a two-acre area of the zoo, and highlights the physical or behavioral adaptations many share with species that are alive today.
This limited engagement runs through November 2, and will be included in the Total Experience Ticket. Special events will take place all spring and summer.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at bronxzoo.com.
Spiders Alive! - American Museum of Natural History
Through November 02, 2014 - Upper West Side
Discover some of the planet's most versatile animals in a new exhibit that features live spiders, larger-than-life models, fossils, and more.
In Spiders Alive!, visitors can explore spiders' anatomy, diversity, venom, silk, and behavior including little-known defensive mechanisms such as mimicry and noise-making. In addition to live spiders representing approximately 20 species-including the goliath bird eater, one of the largest spiders in the world; the western black widow; and the fishing spider-the exhibition features larger-than-life models, videos, and fossils. Museum staff will be handling live arachnids for visitors to see up close.
Visitors will also be able to learn about spiders' key characteristics; where spiders are found; how they are adapted to their environment; the roles they play in their ecosystems; and how scientists study spiders.
The Legend Behind the 'Legend' - Washington Irving's Sunnyside
Through November 02, 2014 - Irvington
During October, Sunnyside celebrates its connection to Washington Irving's classic tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
A daytime visit to Sunnyside is the perfect prelude to an evening at the Blaze, Horseman's Hollow, or Irving's "Legend." Irving's fascinating home - a colorful blend of architectural styles - will showcase numerous objects related to Irving's famous story.
Visitors can enjoy a shadow puppet performance of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and experience one of Irving's spooky tales on a walk through the woods. Recommended for all ages.
Admission is by timed tours which begin at 10am. Last tour at 3pm each day. Buy tickets in advance at hudsonvalley.org/events/legend-behind-legend.
Oct. 4-5, 11-13, 18-19, 25-26, 31, and Nov. 1-2.
Boo at the Zoo - Bronx Zoo
Through November 02, 2014 - Bronx
Celebrate a New York Halloween tradition with safe, family-friendly activities. Annual favorites include jack-o'-lantern illumination, Creatures of the Night walkthrough experience; 3-D pumpkin carving demos and displays, hay maze, broadway cast member appearances, costume parade, music, magic, crafts, and more, with some additional Halloween surprises!
An eerie walk-through experience - Jack-O'-Lantern Illumination - Creatures of the Night will take over the exhibits in the former World of Darkness, creating a one-of-a-kind, illuminated Halloween display. Broadway cast members from plays including Pippin, Motown, Cinderella, On the Town, and the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe will make special appearances. Entertainment will include original musical revue Carnival of Extraordinary Animals and encore performances from magician David Levitan, and the musical group, Gigi and the Lend me a Hand Band
All Boo at the Zoo activities are included with the price of admission with the exception of Dinosaur Safari and the Jack-O'-Lantern Illumination; both are included with the Total Experience Ticket.
Visit bronxzoo.com for the full schedule.
The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze - NOW EXTENDED THROUGH NOV. 16! - Van Cortlandt Manor
Through November 09, 2014 - Croton-on-Hudson
The tri-state area's biggest, most exciting, most electrifying Halloween event returns for a whopping 28 nights in 2014! See more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated Jack O' Lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience.
Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display - all made of jack o' lanterns! Walk through a covered bridge adorned with jack o' lanterns on all sides - even the ceiling! - and emerge to the sight of Sleepy Hollow Country's most iconic inhabitant, the Headless Horseman!
Oooh and ahh at intricate pumpkin portraits of characters from Washington Irving's famous tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Tumbling acrobats and circus characters will put a smile on your face, and a special 10th anniversary pumpkin cake will whet your appetite for...more pumpkins!
Witness the incredible sight of gourd-filled Jack-in-the-Boxes springing up and bouncing around. See slithering ground snakes, a giant spider web, and go gaga over a collection of shrunken Little Monsters. Gaze in amazement at a working doomsday grandfather clock.
A giant sea serpent adds some hiss to the Undersea Aquarium while comical, squash-eating Venus pumpkin traps sprout in the garden. Blaze's perennially popular Jurassic Park includes a triceratops, a pterodactyl, a brontosaurus, and a T-Rex! Gawk at more Jack O' Lanterns than ever before.
Tens of thousands of visitors experienced last year's Blaze', which was sold out EVERY NIGHT! Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and the second volume of an all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area's most innovative Halloween happening. Recommended for all ages.
All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at hudsonvalley.org/events/blaze or call 914-366-6900. Oct. 4-5, 10-13, 16-19, 23-31, Nov. 1-2, 6-9, and 14-16.
Sleepy Hollow - The Players Theatre
Through November 09, 2014 - Greenwich Village
Nominated for an Innovative Theatre Award for best original music - this musical adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow features live music and spell-binding projections by David Warren that draw you into the hollow and take you for a breathless ride. Recommended for children ages 9 and older.
Gilded New York - Museum of the City of New York
Through November 11, 2014 - Upper West Side
Inaugurating the Museum's Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city's visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century. The dazzling works in the exhibition will illuminate an era when members of the new American aristocracy often displayed their wealth in storied balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and hotels. It was a time when New York became the nation's corporate headquarters and a popular Ladies' Mile of luxury retail establishments and cultural institutions helped launch the city to global prominence.
"The Love Note" - Actor's Temple Theater
Through December 21, 2014 - Midtown
The Love Note musical follows young Jessie on a spirited journey at a new school, where she attempts to navigate the lunchroom bullies, a new crush and learning how to stand up for herself. With a lively cast of characters and a rousing score, The Love Note explores the trials of being ‘the new kid’, learning the ropes of self-reliance and survival techniques that carry into adulthood.
Wacky bookworms, menacing bullies and up-and-coming ‘tween fashionistas drive a fast-paced narrative, all under the watchful eye of a soup-ladle wielding lunch lady. Jessie’s lonely school lunches are heartened by the tiny pink love note her mother packs into her brown paper bag each day, but once chief-bully Brittany bites into her snatched sandwich, Jessie knows she is in trouble. Working out challenges with her magical friend Airy, together they concoct a spicy strategy to help Jessie stand up for her lunch.
Mommy & Me Class - Prenatal Yoga Center
Through December 23, 2014 - Upper West Side
This program helps strengthen, the spiritual, emotional, and physical bond between parent and child. Using interactive, slow-moving postures the class is ideal for mommies and babies 4 weeks to crawling. Class also includes infant massage and various exercises that assist the development of your child's motor skills. Mommy and Me Yoga will help carry you smoothly through the busy early months of caring for a new baby. Please note that we are a 1 flight walk up, and someone is always at the studio to help you carry your stroller.
NEW Kids Baking Classes at Crave.it - Crave.it Italian Bakery & Cafe
Through December 27, 2014 - New York
Chef Alejandro Quinones hosts classes for young food enthusiasts, featuring a behind-the-scenes look at a working bakery kitchen, dessert decorating, and a story-time reading of an Italian children’s cooking-themed story translated into English. Together with Chef Quinones kids will create and design a smiley face gelato dessert and assemble a mignon.
Sunday Story Time in Mr. Morgan’s Library - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through December 28, 2014 - Murray Hill
Drop-in to the Morgan for a special story time featuring knights in armor, fearless horses, princesses, and kings. Appropriate for ages 2 and up.
Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through December 31, 2014 - Upper West Side
Immerse yourself in the toe-tapping, original sound of American jazz as the Children's Museum of Manhattan and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem present this all-new exhibit celebrating the rich history and lasting legacy of jazz during the famed Harlem Renaissance. Enter the intimate "jazz club" and listen to the warm sounds of Ella Fitzgerald; make your way to the "theater" and try out Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's famous stair dance; and meet Duke Ellington and his famous jazz orchestra in the "ballroom." Through special daily and weekly programs and demonstrations, families have the opportunity to construct Big Band-era style instruments, make wearable tap shoes, create record covers using vintage jazz albums, record their own rendition of an Ella tune and learn the Lindy Hop. A combination of daily live piano presentations by young musicians and weekly live performances by leading jazz artists and dance companies will allow families to experience how this genre continues to influence culture today.
IMPROV 4 KIDS - Broadway Comedy Club
Through December 31, 2014 - Midtown
Enjoy hilarious interactive Musical Comedy based on audience participation and suggestions.
Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 04, 2015 - Upper West Side
Discover a world where pterosaurs soared overhead in this exciting new exhibition.
A diverse group with more than 150 known species ranging from the size of a sparrow to that of a fighter jet, pterosaurs appeared 220 million years ago and survived for more than 150 million years before becoming extinct.
What sets them apart from their dinosaur contemporaries is their adaptation for flying, a unique trait visitors will explore through multiple interactive exhibits. Visitors can also investigate pterosaur models, casts, and fossils and find out how these extraordinary ancient vertebrates moved on land and in the air, how they hunted, and what scientists are discovering about them today.
Visitors will also glimpse the pterosaurs' ancient world in a dramatic diorama re-creating an inland sea in Brazil where pterosaurs, fishes, crocodiles, and other species co-existed millions of years ago.
AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.: The Exhibition - Discovery Times Square
Through January 04, 2015 - Times Square
Marvel's AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. The Exhibition (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) is a completely immersive experience that brings visitors into the world of The AVENGERS. Visitors of all ages are granted S.H.I.E.L.D. access to the official S.T.A.T.I.O.N. headquarters and taken deep into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here visitors will have open access to a vast array of intelligence files, classified studies and experiments that explores the history and scientific origins of Marvel's The Avengers. Visitors will also be given unprecedented access to some of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most highly guarded artifacts such as Captain America's Birth Pod, the Tesseract Portal Device, Loki's Scepter, a hermetically sealed Chitauri and more, recovered after the Battle of New York.
NASA, the Science & Entertainment Exchange (a program of the National Academy of Sciences), Neuroverse, and Thwacke are all collaborating on the Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Exhibition visitors will get the chance to map out the stars to find Asgard, learn to operate Iron Man's suit, witness the neurological effects of Bruce Banner's transformation into the Hulk, and physically test themselves against Captain America. Entry by timed ticket only
American Museum of Natural History Presents: Lonesome George - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 04, 2015 - Upper West Side
A native of the Galapagos Islands and the last of his species, the Pinta Island tortoise known as Lonesome George became an international symbol of ever-increasing extinctions. When he died of natural causes in 2012, more than 40 years after being discovered on Pinta Island, the Museum worked with the Galapagos National Park Service, State University of New York College of Environmental Services and Forestry, the Galapagos Conservancy, and a team of master taxidermists to preserve Lonesome George for future generations. Before the tortoise is returned to Ecuador, he will be on exhibit here at the Museum for a limited time.
Lonesome George is presented in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park Directorate and Galapagos Conservancy
This Leads to Fire: From Nonconfirmism to Global Capitalism, Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation Collection - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through January 07, 2015 - Purchase
The Kolodzei Art Foundation is one of the most extensive collections of nonconformist and contemporary Russian art in the world.
This Leads to Fire will include works ranging from the 1950s through the period of Glasnost and contemporary art, and will be organized into five parts that explore the origins of nonconformist art, the developments of Moscow conceptualism and Sots Art, the influence of the Russian avant-garde in geometric abstraction, and the coercive legacy of Socialist Realism.
The exhibition will familiarize viewers with an important and under-appreciated body of work, and demonstrate the challenges these artists still pose to both mainstream Russian culture and the globalized art world. The exhibition is curated by Sarah Warren, Assisant Professor of Art History at Purchase College, the State University of New York. September 15, 2014 through January 7, 2015.
Drawn to Language - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through January 11, 2015 - Soho
Bringing together emerging and mid-career artists whose work relates to the material qualities of language, Drawn to Language gives words visual form. Letters, words, or phrases are transcribed, visualized, verbalized, symbolized, morphed into patterns, scrambled, or even erased. While the works in the exhibition vary conceptually ? from amusing to political to philosophical ? each work is defined by its use of words to create an image, a deeper meaning, or both. Visual artists have long been interested in the intersection between art and language. From ancient calligraphy to illuminated manuscripts, some of our oldest surviving texts are an amalgamation of these two forms of communication. Visual artists can be ?drawn to language? in a variety of ways. Whether used for additional emphasis, to define pure meaning, to further a narrative, or simply to make a joke, language is an increasingly important element in visual art. The artists in this exhibition use new materials, processes and techniques to entice the viewer to examine language in new ways.
Artists on view:
Adam Ames, Erik Den Breejen, Anne Lise Coste, Jenny Holzer, Samual Jablon, Jack Pierson, Michael Scoggins, Gary Simmons, Leah Singer, and Hank Willis Thomas
Big Apple Circus presents: 'Metamorphosis' - Lincoln Center
Through January 11, 2015 - Lincoln Square
Step right up and enter a magical world of Metamorphosis with this all-new show from NYC's hometown circus. Witness astonishing acts and startling transformations that transport you to a realm of enchantment under the Big Top!
Appearing before your very eyes: The thrilling flyers of the trapeze, swooping and swirling through circus skies! The razzle-dazzle of the rolla-bolla, an act that teeters right on the edge of equilibrium! The dynamo of the diabolo, the whirling double?tops of the Big Top! An aerial space-age acrobatic adventure ? an ascent to amazement! The risky rhythms of the Risley team, twisting and turning, topsy-turvy! The cadenzas of camels and horses, and the exuberance of playful pooches, out to dazzle with delight! The cunning conjurors of the quick-change act, defying belief and inspiring awe! The incredible flexible limbs of the contortionist in an act that will literally bend your imagination! And Francesco the Clown, captivating the crowd with his musical merriment and gentle humor. Under the direction of maestro Rob Slowik, the renowned Big Apple Circus Band provides as always the live and glorious tunes of the sawdust spectacular. And finally, our irrepressible, magnificent Ringmaster, the illustrious and incomparable John Kennedy Kane will summon the spirits of the circus universe to immerse you in the wonder, the joy and the astounding magic of METAMORPHOSIS!
'Great White Shark' - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 15, 2015 - Upper West Side
Known mostly for being an ocean predator, the great white shark is misrepresented, misunderstood, and on the verge of extinction. This film explores the great white's place in our imaginations and in our fears while focusing on the plight of sharks around the world and the fate of sharks at the hands of the planet's greatest predator of all: humans. As the demand for shark fin soup rises, every year tens of millions of sharks are killed primarily for their fins. Some shark populations have been reduced by 99 percent, and many oceanic sharks face extinction.
Somebody Come and Play: 45 Years of Sesame Street Helping Kids Grow Smarter, Stronger, and Kinder - New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Through January 31, 2015 - Lincoln Square
Come play and discover things you never knew about everyone’s favorite street – Sesame Street, the show that transformed television by proving it was possible to produce a show that was both educational and entertaining for children. A collaboration of Sesame Workshop and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, this exhibition gives fans of all ages the opportunity to experience what it’s like to create an episode of the show and get close to their fuzzy and furry friends from the street. For more than four decades Sesame Street has been helping kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder with the help of beloved Muppets like Elmo and Grover and its signature blend of animation, music, and humor. Sesame Street teaches not just ABCs and 123s, but life lessons ranging from health and nutrition to cooperation, friendship, and diversity. The children’s program is celebrating 45 years on television with this interactive behind the scenes look at the show.
The Works: Salon Style at the New-York Historical Society - New-York Historical Society
Through February 08, 2015 - Upper West Side
Salon style is a method of hanging a gallery that emphasizes the complexity and richness of a collection, often done in the collections of the European royal courts to connote taste and opulence. By the 19th century salon style was used by private art clubs to squeeze as many works into a gallery as possible. This installation displays numerous gems from the New-York Historical Society's permanent collection in nineteenth-century Salon Style, showcasing the depth and range of our holdings. Everything from self-portraits of Asher Durand to Hudson River School landscapes to religious and history paintings will be on view, in close proximity that unites these typically separate styles.
MEMORY PRINTS: THE STORY WORLD OF PHILLIP CHEN - The Museum of Chinese in America
Through March 01, 2015 - Lower Manhattan
Chen's body of work explores the intersections between American heritage, historical and personal narratives, and politically engaged themes such as feminism, race relations, and colonialism. In Memory Prints, relief etchings are part futurist blueprints and part archaeologic shards, each juxtaposed in an almost Rube Goldberg set of relationships and movements. The exhibition unearths the emotional landscape of an inter-generational American family's multiple pasts, present and future.