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Though you might not be jumping into a pile of freshly raked leaves just yet, take this weekend to enjoy the fall festivities that roll around just this time of year, like getting lost at the Amazing Maize Maze in Queens, and learning all about honey made in NYC at the 2nd Annual Honey Festival. Elsewhere in Long Island, head to the county fair for games and animals. Take your pick of Farmers' Markets in Westchester for the season's freshest produce, or enjoy authentic German foods, music, and crafts at the opening of Oktoberfest, which will happen every weekend now through October.
See the hawks migrating along the Hudson River Flyway, and do your part for the planet at the International Coastal Cleanup of Brooklyn's only lake. And if your brain's on Halloween, head to the Scream Park for pre-holiday spooky fun.
Get Active: With the kids in school, the active time they spent outdoors in the summer may be down. Get them up and running again at Bounce's Kick-Off Event where they'll test out acrobat harnesses and be able to literally jump off the walls into a foam pit. Then, help celebrate the third anniversary of Little Club Heads as they throw a popping dance party for parents and kids, or race each other on roller skates at Skate Truck NYC.
Play Dress Up: Practice your best pirate "aaargh" for the Maritime Aquarium's pirate-themed scavenger hunt and lessons about being the best buccaneer, or don your most bedazzled outfit and rock out at Moey's Princess Ball. Then, climb aboard and meet the drivers behind diggers at Touch-A-Truck in Fairfield.
Fiesta, Magic, and a Picnic: Learn how to decorate a piñata and fill it with different candies at Socrates Sculpture Park, and get the inside track on Jeremy The Magician's tricks at a Back To School Celebration with Fun and Magic. Then play bocce, dance to the DJ's music, and play lawn games at Coe Hall's Family Fun Night in Long Island.
Lights, Camera, Action!: Catch films created by NYC kids and teens and learn how to make your own video at Big Movies for Little Kids on Governors Island. Beloved Gustafer Yellowgold stops by NYU's Skirball Center for a performance while a Bronxville teenager performs at a free outdoor concert. Next tote your own camera for photo-ops with storybook character Madeline at The Palisades Center.
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Have a fun-filled weekend!
Associate Editor, NYMetroParents
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Get Fit, Feel Great Pilot Program - Bounce! Trampoline Sports, Valley Cottage, NY
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Munchkin Mondays - Palisades Center Mall, West Nyack, NY
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Shabbot for Tots - Union Temple, Brooklyn, NY
Sing, dance, and learn Hebrew.
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