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Things to Do With Kids in Bronx on October 18

October 18, 2014   |    

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx today, October 18, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Bronx's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening October 18. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Bronx, check out our complete calendar of events.

Family Nature Adventure Walks - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
October 18, 2014 - Crown Heights

Celebrate 100 years of kids in the Garden with fun, interactive walks around the BBG grounds. Tour the most exciting off-the-beaten path places, discovering the most amazing plant and animal highlights for kids. Each walk will spotlight what's exciting right now in the garden. Hands-on activities along the way add to the fun.

Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise - Spirit Cruises
October 18, 2014 -

All aboard the Spirit of New York for a cruise north up the Hudson River, past the George Washington Bridge. Experience the spectacular beauty of the fall foliage surrounding you as you delight in a bountiful lunch buffet and DJ narration.

Mummymania! - Maple Grove Cemetery-Celebration Hall
October 18, 2014 - Kew Gardens

Join Maple Grove historian and award winning teacher Carl Ballenas for this Ancient Egyptian Art Workshop. Kids will learn about ancient Egyptian history and burial customs, make their own life-sized mummies, and will learn how to write their name in Hieroglyphics! Reservations required.

Hillsong Conference USA 2014 - Theater at Madison Square Garden
Through October 18, 2014 - New York

The Fab Faux - John Lennon vs Paul McCartney - Beacon Theatre
October 18, 2014 - New York

The Fab Faux featuring the Hogshead Horns & The Creme Tangerine Strings present John Lennon vs Paul McCartney - The World Heavyweight Songwriting Championship. Purchasers of the top-priced ($135) tickets will be entitled to attend a post-show reception with the band.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Friends - Carnegie Hall
October 18, 2014 - New York

The voice is the soul of South African music. Few groups have shared this as passionately and joyfully as Ladysmith Black Mambazo. This multiple Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble has toured and recorded with artists around the world. For this concert, they are joined by guest artists and a band from their homeland to share the many vibrant styles and influences of South African music.

Macbeth - Metropolitan Opera
October 18, 2014 - New York

Anna Netrebko moves boldly into Verdi with her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Zeljko Lucic's doomed Macbeth. Adrian Noble's chilling production also stars Joseph Calleja as the noble Macduff and Rene Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts.

Le Nozze di Figaro - Metropolitan Opera
October 18, 2014 - New York

Music Director James Levine conducts a new production of Mozart's eternal masterpiece, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action in a 19th-century manor house in Seville but during the gilded age of the late 1920s. Dashing bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov, our Figaro, leads a dazzling cast, including Marlis Petersen as his bride, Susanna, Peter Mattei as the philandering Count, Marina Poplavskaya as the long-suffering Countess, and Isabel Leonard as the libidinous pageboy Cherubino. Designer Rob Howell (Carmen, Werther) utilizes a revolving set to keep the story bubbling along.

Anat Cohen's Roots of Rio - Jazz at Lincoln Center
Through October 18, 2014 - New York

Israeli clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen leads Choro Aventuroso, a culmination of both her affinity and intense study of Choro music as part of an international community of jazz players during her days studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Victor Goines' Roots of Ragtime - Jazz at Lincoln Center
Through October 18, 2014 - New York

Saxophonist and clarinetist Victor Goines revisits the songbooks of Scott Joplin, Joseph Lamb, and James Scott, dubbed the "Big Three" of ragtime. A gifted composer and arranger with over 70 original compositions to his credit, Goines has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since 1993, always delivering his signature New Orleans-flavored aesthetic.

Above & Beyond #ABGT100 - Madison Square Garden
October 18, 2014 - New York

The 100th episode of their Group Therapy radio show will be broadcast live from the World's Most Famous Arena.

Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts "The Firebird" - New York Philharmonic
Through October 18, 2014 - New York

The program includes Stravinsky's complete The Firebird, plus two works by Beethoven.

Rock Hall Country Fair - Rock Hall Museum
October 18, 2014 - Lawrence

Enjoy an ol' fashioned Country Fair at historic Rock Hall Museum. The Country Fair features performers, a harvest market, colonial historians and woodturners, scarecrow making, pumpkin patch, museum tours, food court, pony rides, animal farm, antique cars and a craft area for children.

Lionel Loueke Trio - Miller Theatre
October 18, 2014 - New York

Lionel Loueke enchanted audiences with his trio's exuberant Miller Theatre debut in 2011. Loueke grew up in Benin playing traditional West African music and went on to study jazz in Paris and the U.S., an eclectic background that can be clearly heard in his adventurous music, which blends traditional jazz styles with electric synthesizers, African kora and kalimba sounds, and percussion.

Jennifer Monson - New York Live Arts Theater
Through October 18, 2014 - New York

Jennifer Monson's Live Dancing Archive is an evening-length performance featuring a visceral exploration of the dancing body as a physical archive of experience and place.

Fall Back Into Camp - Deer Mountain Day Camp
October 18, 2014 - Pomona

Families are invited to meet the camp's staff, tour the camp, and learn about its programs. Activities at this event include Halloween-themed crafts, cooking, pumpkin decorating, fall sports, and more. Additional tour dates include Sept. 20, 21, 26, and 27.. Registration is required. Contact

Strawberry Fields The Ultimate Beatles Tribute - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
October 18, 2014 - New York

NYC's Longest Running Beatles Show STRAWBERRY FIELDS featuring former members of Broadway's BEATLEMANIA STRAWBERRY FIELDS is a look-a-like, sound-a-like Beatles tribute, dedicated to bringing you as close to a real Beatles concert as you can get. They take you on a Magical Mystery Tour beginning in 1964 complete with mop top hair, black suits with thin ties & the 1st four albums of music. Next stop, 1967, features the psychedelic era of "Sergeant Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band" album with all the costumes & jackets on the album cover. The last stop includes: "White Album", "Abbey Road" & "Let It Be".

The Snail and the Whale: Autism Friendly - New Victory Theater
October 18, 2014 - New York City

Some travel by bus and some get around by bike, but to see the whole world, it's best to hitch a ride on the tail of a giant humpback whale. As told by a loving father to his young daughter, one small snail "with an itchy foot" does just that in an adventure-filled story about an unlikely friendship. Based on the beloved book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, and adapted for the stage by London's Tall Stories (The Gruffalo, New Vic 2004), THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE uses brilliant storytelling, beautiful live music and lots of laughs to remind us how even little friends can be big heroes. This performance has been specially adapted for individuals with autism or sensory sensitivity and everyone is welcome to enjoy the show in a relaxed atmosphere.

Wild Grass - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through October 18, 2014 - Brooklyn

Renowned for her alluring fusion of Chinese tradition with a fiercely modern sensibility, choreographer Wang Yuanyuan takes her latest inspiration from Chinese literary giant Lu Xun. Emboldened by the expression of survival in his 1927 poetry collection Wild Grass, Wang created this radiant work that celebrates our natural will to persevere.

L.A. Dance Project - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through October 18, 2014 - Brooklyn

Founded as a collective two years ago by newly appointed Paris Opera Ballet director and former New York City Ballet principal Benjamin Millepied - along with composer Nico Muhly, founding producer Charles Fabius, and others - the ambitious L.A. Dance Project has already turned heads with its fresh, contemporary vision of dance and stylistically diverse repertory.

Yiddish Jazz with Andrey Makarevich - The Town Hall
Through October 18, 2014 - New York

An outspoken, iconic rock star, founder and longtime leader of the legendary Russian rock band "Time Machine", singer and composer Andrey Makarevich returns to the US with a new program, titled "Yiddish Jazz."

Citizen Cope-Clarence Greenwood Recordings 10th Anniversary Tour - Terminal 5
Through October 18, 2014 - New York

Mounted Cowboy Shooting Match - Old Bethpage Village Restoration Fairgrounds
October 18, 2014 - Old Bethpage

Step back into the late 1800s and watch history come alive as cowboys saddle up and engage in a shooting match. Experience the excitement of the Old West and witness a fast action event in which cowboys with single action revolvers are scored on accuracy and time.

The RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns - Old Westbury Gardens
October 18, 2014 - Old Westbury

Lighting up the night once again this October on Long Island is a unique all-ages Halloween extravaganza, The RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns! More than 5,000 hand-carved jack o'lanterns created by professional artists and sculptors are arranged in artful displays throughout a 1/4-mile scenic trail. The entire family-friendly stroll is a multi-sensory experience that is sure to be a lasting annual family tradition.

Imagine seeing thousands of carved jack o'lanterns arranged within a variety of exciting themes. Visitors will see a re-creation of the New York City Skyline, favorite sports stars from all of New York's professional teams, amazingly carved images of famous TV stars, a giant graveyard made of jack o'lanterns, and a pre-historic arrangement of life-sized dinosaurs made entirely out of lit jack o'lanterns! The variety of themes is sure to impress visitors of all ages.

The event is held for 14 nights, Oct. 16-Nov. 2, during evening hours. The RISE is a rain or shine event. Refreshments and merchandise are available for purchase at the event. The surface of the trail is stroller and wheelchair accessible. Tickets are available for advance purchase exclusively online at

The Amazing Maize Maze - Queens County Farm Museum
October 18, 2014 - Floral Park

Who knew getting lost could be fun? Families can enjoy the fun of getting lost and loving it at this three-acre interactive corn maze. The adventure begins with a "Stalk Talk" to prepare you for the challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles, and making your way out of the maze.

John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean - Tarrytown Music Hall
October 18, 2014 - Tarrytown

Tony-Award nominee, John Tartaglia, presents a one-of-a-kind, live, black-light puppet show, a magical undersea adventure for kids of all ages. Tank, Bubbles, and Dorsel are three best friends who just happen to be fish, and they're about to set out on a remarkable journey of discovery. And it all starts with a treasure map. As they swim off in search of clues, they'll sing, they'll dance, and they'll make new friends, including everyone in the audience. Ultimately they discover the greatest treasure of all: friendship. Jam-packed with music ranging from swing to R&B to big band, John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean is a blast from the first big splash to the last wave goodbye. Tartaglia starred in the acclaimed musical "Avenue Q," appeared on Broadway in "Shrek The Musical," and in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," and created and starred in The Playhouse Disney series "Johnny and the Sprites."

18th Annual Sleepy Hollow Street Fair - Beekman Avenue, Sleepy Hollow
October 18, 2014 - Sleepy Hollow

The 18th Annual Sleepy Hollow Street Fair on Beekman Avenue draws thousands of people from Westchester, Rockland, and New Jersey. This year the village is celebrating Fall and Halloween during the entire month of October. This is a family event with plenty of local food, vendors, crafters, entertainment, and fun for all ages!

Fanwood's Nightmare Manor: NYSC's 4th Annual Haunted House - New York School for the Deaf
October 18, 2014 - White Plains

New York School for the Deaf presents the fourth annual Haunted House: Fanwood's Nightmare Manor. Known in Westchester as one of its scariest-kept secrets, this event promises to be even more terrifying than ever. With more than 45 live actors, terrifying special effects, and a twisted maze, Fanwood's Nightmare Manor will be sure to drive you mad! Parental guidance is strongly suggested for children younger than age 12.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour - Maritime Aquarium
October 18, 2014 - Norwalk

Stops include the Aquarium's "fish kitchen," where 18 tons of fish a year is prepared and above the 110,000-gallon Open Ocean tank, where the dorsal fins of 8-foot sand tiger sharks cut through the water's surface. Participants must be at least 10 years old; under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. For reservations call ext. 2206.

U-Pick - Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center
October 18, 2014 - Yorktown Heights

Visit Westchester's only U-Pick vegetable operation, and harvest organically grown vegetables and flowers on Saturdays at Hilltop Hanover Farm. Perfect for family trips and outings with friends; bring a picnic lunch and explore the hiking trails. U-pick gate closes promptly at 4pm. Check the website for available produce weekly.

Alexandre bis / Comedy on the Bridge - Gotham Chamber Opera
Through October 18, 2014 - New York

Take a dip into the 20th-century absurd as Gotham Chamber Opera begins its 2014-15 season with a double-bill of short comic operas by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu.

Greater Hudson Valley Walk Now for Autism Speaks - SUNY Rockland Community College
October 18, 2014 - Suffern

Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a fun-filled, family friendly, event that is this national organization's single most powerful force to fund vital research leading to the answers about the causes of autism. Family and corporate teams are welcome as are individual walkers. Aside from the walk, children can enjoy a bounce house, face-painting, temporary tattoos, and more.

Little Makers: Shrinky Dinks - NY Hall of Science
October 18, 2014 - Corona

This program invites families with young children to tinker, design and create together. Participants will explore new materials, tools and processes as they make a project to take home. Sometimes creativity can get messy, so dress your little maker (and yourself) in old clothing that can be splattered with things like paint, ink and glue. Design a work of art on recycled plastic and shrink it down into an itty bitty, homemade shrinky dink. Materials fee $8 per family. Registration required.

The Good Life Saturdays - Highline Ballroom
October 18, 2014 - New York

Each and Every Saturday at Highline Ballroom. Tickets and table reservations call 347-277-3322 or email

Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Presents Betty Buckley - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
October 18, 2014 - Greenvale

Dubbed “The Voice of Broadway,” the multitalented artist is one of a precious few who helped change the face of musical theatre acting with her realistic, naturalistic approach to roles. Betty Buckley is probably best known as the quintessential musical theatre actress.

I AM AN ARTIST - New York Public Library, George Bruce branch
October 18, 2014 - Harlem

Children ages 7-12 learn to explore who they are and find their strengths through the arts. A brief art history lesson before each art-making process introduces kids to historical and contemporary artists and movements.

Nature of Leaves - Teatown Lake Reservation
October 18, 2014 - Ossining

Celebrate the fall season by taking a hike with a Teatown educator to collect autumn leaves to learn about why and how leaves turn color in the fall. Then return to Teatown to turn your collection into art. Work with leaves and other botanicals to create a fall medallion to put in your window for the autumn light to shine through. Art workshop led by Strawtown Studio. Pre-registration required. To register, call 914-762-2912 x110.

Rangoli Workshop - White Plains Public Library
October 18, 2014 - White Plains

Children in grades 2-6 and their families are invited to design and make a rangoli (traditional Indian decoration and patterns typically made with ground rice, particularly during festivals) to take home.

Book Buddies: Bayside - Bayside Library
October 18, 2014 - Bayside

Reading is fun-damental. Children ages 4-8 team up with a teen reading partner.

Fall Harvest Festival - King Manor Museum
October 18, 2014 - Jamaica

Celebrate the fall harvest at King Manor with an historic cooking demonstration, apple cider pressing, butter churning, and autumn-themed crafts.

Princess Particular - The Little Secret Theatre
October 18, 2014 - Long Island City

Can you imagine what it's like to be a princess? Can you imagine what it's like to be a princess, but want to be something else? Princess Particular can! This new musical starring Cari McHugh as Princess Particular, as well as Mary Lauren, Kimberly Wilpon, Lee Goffin-Bonenfant, Miranda Kahn, and more! Directed by Lena Moy-Bergen.

Nature's Costumes - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
October 18, 2014 - Cornwall

Kids can come in costume to learn why so many animals blend into nature naturally. Dress in brown or green to participate in a camouflage hide and seek game.

Webelos Days: Naturalist - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
October 18, 2014 - Cornwall

The nature center hosts this special badge workshop designed for Webelo Scouts.

Star Safari Astronomy Adventure - Alley Pond Environmental Center
October 18, 2014 - Douglaston

Join professor/astronomer Mark Freilich for an exciting evening of star gazing. See the moon up close, learn about and view the open clusters in constellation Auriga, the Great Square of Pegasus, the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Big Dipper, Jupiter, and brightest star Sirius. The best binary star in the northern hemisphere, Albeireo, in constellation Cygnus and the Plieades and Hyades star clusters in Taurus are also visible. This program includes an indoor interactive question and answer session on basic astronomy, fun and games followed by outdoor viewing using a professional telescope. Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes and binoculars. While this is an adult program, children ages 9 and up are welcome as long as they are accompanied by a participating adult. Registration required.

Open House - Hug Music
October 18, 2014 - Forest Hills

This newly opened music school will offer demo group classes for several programs including Hug Me for toddlers and free 20-minute trial lessons on guitar, piano, or song-writing for children (4 and older) to adults. Hug Music emphasizes the importance of children having access to high-quality live music from an early age. In order to maximize each child?s potential, each group consists of 4 to 5 children. They use original composition and musical activities and classes are focused on improving both musical skills and children's healthy development using an enjoyable and success-oriented approach. Seats are limited and reservation is required. First-time customers only. Enroll for a semester during this event and receive $20 off tuition.

Fall Marine Life Study Cruises - Maritime Aquarium
October 18, 2014 - Norwalk

Cruise out for close encounters with crabs, fish, squid and learn about a surprising diversity of marine life just off our shores in Long Island Sound. Aquarium educators put participants to work in collecting and examining animals from all levels of the water column. Fall is a beautiful time to be on the water, as reflections on the surface double the reds, oranges and yellows of autumn back on shore. Advance reservations strongly recommended.

Tours of Falaise - Sands Point Preserve
October 18, 2014 - Port Washington

Falaise is one of the few intact historic houses remaining on Long Island's North Shore. The Gold Coast period of the 1920s was a time of opulence, when prominent families built great mansions and large estates as summer retreats on Long Island. The magnificent Falaise mansion is open for docent-led tours -- it is the perfect way to experience the Gold Coast lifestyle of luxury and opulence in this meticulously preserved historic home.

Open Play - Chilibeans Party Place
October 18, 2014 - Hempstead

Games, fun, entertainment. Perfect for a family with kids to get together with friends. Call to reserve a spot.

Birding at Bartow - Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
October 18, 2014 - Bronx

Witness the ongoing fall migration of warblers, sparrows, scarlet tanagers, rose-breasted grosbeaks, red-headed woodpeckers, and more, at Pelham Bay Park. Naturalist and photographer Debbie Becker points them out on a trail walk. Registration requested. RSVP at or call 718-885-1461.

Harvest Festival Weekend - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
October 18, 2014 - Stamford

Enjoy apple cider demonstrations, a scarecrow contest, pumpkin carving, and fun activities for the whole family. Wear a costume and participate in the daily costume parade. Other activities include farm animal demonstrations, face-painting, live music with Jay and Ray, storytelling with Ms. Karen, and children�s crafts. Hayride and apple slingshot tickets will be available for purchase, and the Museum Galleries will be open. The SM&NC Sunday Farm Market will be open. There will be an assortment of local food trucks with food for sale

Meet the Animals - Greenburgh Nature Center
October 18, 2014 - Scarsdale

Children ages 5-12 and their adult companions are invited to visit with some of the Nature Center's live animals. A naturalist presents an informative program that allows you to get up-close to some furry, feathery, and scaly friends.

Home Movie Day - Jacob Burns Film Center's Media Arts Lab
October 18, 2014 - Pleasantville

Home Movie Day provides the opportunity for individuals and families to see and share their own old home movies, and to see their neighbors' films in turn. It's a chance to discover why we should care about these films and to learn how best to preserve them. JBFC is thrilled to bring this national initiative to Westchester for the first time, spearheaded by our projectionist and moving image archivist, Justin LaLiberty. Your home movies are likely to be a lot more interesting than you remember! Home Movie Day offers expert evaluation of the quality of the films that you bring in, as well as an opportunity to see your films in an open screening. If you have home movies on film that you've never seen, or haven't watched since you inherited them from your grandparents, don't let your films decay! Bring them to Home Movie Day! For more information, visit

Battle of Pell's Point Encampment - St. Paul's Church N.H.S.
October 18, 2014 - Mt. Vernon

A Revolutionary War encampment featuring musket demonstrations and militia drill, historic children's games and toys, talks on the American Revolution, period music and dance, crafts, and cooking, with dozens of costumed re-enactors representing the armies that fought in the Revolutionary War.

Saturday Crafts @ The Field - Field Library
October 18, 2014 - Peekskill

Crafty kids can drop in for simple crafts with a helping adult. No sign-up required.

The Legend Behind the 'Legend' - Washington Irving's Sunnyside
October 18, 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 Oct. 4-5, 11-13, 18-19, 25-26, 31, and Nov. 1-2.

Irving's Legend - Philipsburg Manor/Old Dutch Church
October 18, 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 Please note: Parking for this event is at Philipsburg Manor, 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow.

Horseman's Hollow 2014 - Philipsburg Manor
October 18, 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

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze - NOW EXTENDED THROUGH NOV. 16! - Van Cortlandt Manor
October 18, 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 or call 914-366-6900. Oct. 4-5, 10-13, 16-19, 23-31, Nov. 1-2, 6-9, and 14-16.

FAMILY JAM featuring Music for Aardvarks - Groove Performing Arts
October 18, 2014 - Larchmont

A live, interactive musical experience for the whole family. Sing, dance, jam and laugh out loud. Parents, grandparents, and other groovy grown-ups are welcome with open arms and dancing feet! The music is live and the vibe is truly original. Most appropriate for ages 6 mos.-5 years. Registration required at Dates/times are subject to change. NOTE: Dates/times are subject to change. To avoid disappointment, confirm at

American Shakespeare Center: Much Ado About Nothing - Westchester Community College - Academic Arts Theatre
October 18, 2014 - Valhalla

Considered by many to be Shakespeare's finest comedy, this joyful play combines elements of hilarity with serious reflections on honor, shame, and court politics. By means of nothing (as in gossip, rumor, and overhearing), this is a study of opposites, as one couple engages in a merry war of wit, while another pair is rendered speechless. Despite trickery and deceit, all ends well with two happy marriages. A memorable masterpiece!

Spooky Nighttime Adventures - The New York Botanical Garden
October 18, 2014 - Bronx

Grab a ConEdison flashlight and explore the exhibit as you travel along the Whole Foods Market Trick-or-Treat Trail after dark. Listen for critters of the night or sit in on a spooky ghost story. Capture a family photo with larger-than-life skeletons and costumed characters. For those who dare, see the giant pumpkin displays illuminated in the darkness and journey along the meandering Mitsubishi Wild Wetland Trail. Then decorate a gourd and take home carving tips. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.

Giant Pumpkin Carving Weekend - The New York Botanical Garden
October 18, 2014 - Bronx

Watch Master Carver Ray Villafane and his team transform giant and unusual pumpkins into zombies and other unearthly creatures. Enjoy daily Q & A sessions from 12-4pm with the carvers, who will share how they come up with their creative ideas to transform the giant pumpkins into works of art, while the growers of these giant gourds tell of the unique techniques used to make them so big. Additional roaming guides will be on hand to answer questions throughout the day.

Enchanted Forest Festival - Westmoreland Sanctuary
October 18, 2014 - Mt. Kisco

The Festival includes guided "trail" tours with theatrical entertainment and musical accompaniment. During the day, there will be food, games, a hay ride, and live animal show. During the evening, older, braver visitors can take a flashlight tour along the spooky trail where they will encounter various spooky and enchanted creatures, both natural and imagined, and warm themselves by the fire with a marshmallow roast. Dress for the weather and bring flashlights to the evening event.

Fall Harvest Festival - Victory Field Forest Park
October 18, 2014 - Woodhaven

Celebrate fall with live performances, crafts, games, pumpkins face painting and more!

Greenlight Bookstore's Fifth Anniversary Party - Greenlight Bookstore
October 18, 2014 - Fort Greene

On October 16, 2009, Greenlight Bookstore sold their first book. On October 24, they held the bookstore launch party. It's been five years, and they're celebrating our fifth anniversary with a big thanks to all their customers and friends. Join the kids and family event at 11 AM with treats and readings by favorite local author/illustrators Elisha Cooper and Selina Alko. Plus get 20% off all day.

Pumpkin Picking - Historic Richmond Town
October 18, 2014 - Staten Island

Visit the historic 1800s Decker Farm and bring home a pumpkin. Enjoy a farmhouse tour, hayride, face painting, arts and crafts, and corn stalk maze. Free shuttle bus service available from the Historic Richmond Town parking lot to the farm.

Baby Loves Salsa - BAM Cafe
October 18, 2014 - Brooklyn

Kids and adults alike learn the basics of salsa's swinging beat—from clave rhythms to Cuban "son"—in this bi-lingual, interactive concert featuring some of today's top Latin music performers.

Race Around the Farmyard - Lefferts Historic House
October 18, 2014 - Flatbush

The whole family can participate in potato sack races, spoon races, stilts, and other old-fashioned activities.

Canvas Painting - Bonsai Tree (ages 8-14) - Trumbull Nature and Arts Center
October 18, 2014 - Trumbull

From the beginner to the experienced student, this 2-hour class in acrylic on canvas will guide and teach students to approach the painting process with confidence.

Motion Lab - New York Transit Museum
October 18, 2014 - Brooklyn

The science of motion, done right for our youngest transportation engineers. Experiment with ramps and tracks, wings and wheels, things that glide and things that slide.

Shadow Puppet Stories - New York Transit Museum
October 18, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Transport your imagination by creating silhouette puppets and a nighttime city landscape to animate your own travel tale.

Neighborhood Family Concerts - Bargemusic
October 18, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Bargemusic presents Admission Free Neighborhood Family Concerts. Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge for a one-hour, family friendly performance including a Q&A session with the musicians.

Family Volunteer Day - Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 1
October 18, 2014 - DUMBO

Bring the whole family for a day of hands-on volunteer activities in the park! Families will work on kid-friendly horticultural tasks to ensure that the park remains beautiful, clean and green.

Third Saturdays: Family Art Experiences:Art of the 1920s - Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
October 18, 2014 - Ridgefield

Travel back to the roaring twenties as The Aldrich joins The Big Read program, featuring iconic novel The Great Gatsby, presented by Ridgefield Library and the Ridgefield Playhouse. Be inspired by the work of Surrealist artists Max Ernst, Juan Miró, Salvador Dalí, and René Magritte, and paint an expressive landscape and dreamlike world.

The Oyster Festival - Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park
October 18, 2014 - Oyster Bay

The Oyster Festival, the East Coast's largest waterfront festival, offers a fun mixture of new activities and old favorites that are certain to entertain the entire family. The Oyster Festival originated as a hometown parade honoring Theodore Roosevelt before evolving into the largest outdoor festival on Long Island, under the auspices of the Oyster Bay Rotary. Every year, more than 200,000 visitors flock to an Indian-summer weekend on the waterfront in downtown Oyster Bay – drawn by live entertainment, Tall Ships, top-notch artisans, pirate shows, midway rides, and the iconic oyster eating and shucking contest. And of course…the Food Court, where volunteer chefs and culinary pros work side by side, cooking and serving dozens of unique oyster, clam and other seafood concoctions along with traditional festival fare.

The Enchanted Castle - Burr Homestead
October 18, 2014 - Fairfield

Parents and their children can tour seven fantasy theme rooms: Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid, Candy land, The Pirates of the Carribean and Aladdin. This event is designed for children 2-10 years of age. Funds raised at the Castle benefit The Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers at Bridgeport Hospital supporting specialized programs such as Cancer Therapy, Fit and Healthy Kids Program, Women's Health program, Music Therapy, specialized equipment and scholarships.

Scarecrows on Parade - Beardsley Zoo
October 18, 2014 - Bridgeport

Check out the scarecrow competition and vote for your favorites.

Howl-O-Ween - Beardsley Zoo
October 18, 2014 - Bridgeport

Calling all ghosts and goblins. Come and spend a truly fun and frightful evening at the Zoo featuring a "Greek Mythology" Hayride, Haunted Farmyard, Gruesome Greenhouse, and magic show by Jim Sisti. Tickets also include face painting, and of course, candy. Event recommended for children ages 6-12, however, some of the "scarier" activities of the evening may be better suited for children ages 8+. To purchase advance tickets, call Amanda Bolanos at(203) 394-6574.

Cirque Peking - The National Acrobats of The People's Republic of China - Staller Center - Stony Brook University
October 18, 2014 - Stony Brook

Acrobats from Beijing, China on their North American tour entertain with gravity-defying feats.

Home Movie Day - Cinema Arts Centre
October 18, 2014 - Huntington

Bring your favorite home movies to the Cinema Arts Centre to share with your family, friends, and neighbors at this one-day-only international event. If you have home movies (8mm, Super 8mm, or 16mm – No videos) that you would like to screen at Home Movie Day, contact Dylan Skolnick at 631-423-7611×24 or to arrange dropping your films off ahead of time. More at

October 18, 2014 - Port Jefferson

In this hysterical retelling of Snow White, the perfect princess sets out on an adventure with her seven new friends. This daffy tale with a Queen, a Witch, a Princess with skin as white as snow, and seven crazy dwarfs are guaranteed to keep you laughing from start to finish.

Sea Ink Exhibit Opening Party - The Whaling Museum and Education Center of CSH
October 18, 2014 - Cold Spring Harbor

Explore the nautical origins of tattoos on this opening night party. See antique tattoo machines, inking tools and Sailor Jerry flash art, live music from rockabilly band, The Buzzards, craft brew tastings, Sailor Jerry rum tastings, food from local restaurants, and airbrush tattoos. See a hand-poked tattoo demonstration and sit in on a lecture about Sailor Jerry art with historian Samantha Sheesley.

Willy Wonka - Studio Theatre
October 18, 2014 - Lindenhurst

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film. Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.

Willy Wonka - BayWay Arts Center
October 18, 2014 - East Islip

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film. Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.

Open Studio for Families - Parrish Art Museum
October 18, 2014 - Water Mill

Families are invited to spend time together learning about the art on view in the galleries and creating art in the Open Studio.

Harvest Celebration! - Long Island Science Center
October 18, 2014 - Riverhead

Find out what Long Island farmers are harvesting and the science behind seasonal fruits and veggies.

Moriches Paquatuck Squaws Spooky Walk - Camp Pa-Qua Tuck
October 18, 2014 - Center Moriches

The Spooky Walk is a fundraiser hosted by the Moriches Paquatuck Squaws to benefit Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, a camp for children and adults with special needs. Delivering about 45 minutes of scares, the Spooky Walk is considered the longest lasting haunted walk on Long Island. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the camp.

The Snail and the Whale - The New Victory Theater
October 18, 2014 - Times Square Theater District

Some travel by bus and some get around by bike, but to see the whole world, it's best to hitch a ride on the tail of a giant humpback whale. As told by a loving father to his young daughter, one small snail "with an itchy foot" does just that in an adventure-filled story about an unlikely friendship. Based on the beloved book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, and adapted for the stage by London's Tall Stories (The Gruffalo, New Vic 2004), THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE uses brilliant storytelling, beautiful live music and lots of laughs to remind us how even little friends can be big heroes.

National Dance Institute: The Celebration Team! - Symphony Space
October 18, 2014 - Upper West Side

Join National Dance Institute's Celebration Team for their annual blowout concert, featuring a joy-filled performance of music and dance with over 75 remarkable artists - all of whom are under 18! This year's performance features choreography based on music and dance from China.

Look at the Music Play: Early Music and Early Film - The Morgan Library & Museum
October 18, 2014 - Murray Hill

Veteran early music ensemble Hesperus takes you backstage to show how it creates and develops live early music scores to silent film classics like The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and Robin Hood (1922). Four musicians sing and play more than a dozen medieval and Renaissance instruments. Appropriate for ages 6 and up.

Family Day: Wild with Color! New York Graffiti Arts - Bard Graduate Center
October 18, 2014 - Upper West Side

Tag, you’re it! Discover historic and contemporary illustration and design as it relates to New York City. Learn about the techniques of graffiti and experiment with graphic styles and color. All ages and experience levels are welcome to participate with their adult companions. Registration is required at,, or by phone.

Trail of Terror Halloween Haunt - Tiki Action Park
October 18, 2014 - Centereach

Take a self-guided tour on a dark, wooded trail. 20 actors and 20 classic horror movie scenes with many surprises. 2 levels of scare available. Ages 5 and up.

The International Vintage Poster Fair Returns to New York - Metropolitan Pavilion
October 18, 2014 - Chelsea

The world’s oldest and largest sale and exposition of original vintage posters returns to New York with thousands of posters, dated from the 1890’s - 1980’s on display and available for purchase throughout the weekend. World-class exhibitors from Belgium, France, Great Britain, Switzerland, and the United States will offer the finest of their collections at the annual Fair. Original vintage posters of all genres, including food and liquor advertisements, film, travel and transportation and international expositions will be represented. Styles include the popular Art Deco and Modernism posters as well classic Art Nouveau, Victorian images and more. All posters available at the Fair have been vetted for authenticity by the International Vintage Poster Dealers Association (IVPDA), guaranteeing that all posters available at the International Vintage Poster Fair are originals. This year’s Feature Exhibit “Ideas and Innovation” will showcase vintage posters which document the revolutionary new products and technologies that changed our lives over the past century.

The Clown's Jack and the Beanstalk - Vanderbilt Carriage House
October 18, 2014 - Centerport

A group of clowns are forced to put on the play "Jack and the Beanstalk" when the original acting troupe never shows up. This innovative new version of the well known story is a delightful participation play inviting audience members on stage to help Jack plant the magic beans, hide from the Giant and finally climb down the beanstalk.

GOTHAM CHAMBER OPERA presents Alexandre bis & Comedy on the Bridge - Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
October 18, 2014 - MIdtown

Take a dip into the 20th-century absurd as Gotham Chamber Opera begins its 13th season with a double-bill of short comic operas by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu. Alexandre bis (Alexander twice) is a surrealist comedy about a man who decides to test his wife's fidelity by shaving off his beard and posing as his own cousin from San Francisco. She recognizes him but falls in love anyway. Comedy on the Bridge tells the story of two rival principalities separated by a river. A woman returning from one side gets caught in the middle by a bureaucratic snafu; soon she's joined in this absurdist limbo by a letch, a fiancé, a vengeful wife, and a schoolmaster with a riddle.

Watson Adventures’ Ghosts of Greenwich Village Family Scavenger Hunt - Washington Square Park (starting point)
October 18, 2014 - Greenwich Village

Adults and kids ages 7 and older work together to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. Explore secret cemeteries in search of looming skeletons, bats on buildings, Dickensian door knockers, Harry Potter’s nemesis, and a gorilla in a window. Advance purchase is required online. Not recommended for children under the age of 7. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and vice versa—teams with only adults are not permitted on this hunt.

Farm Festival - Manhattan Country School
October 18, 2014 - Upper East Side

East 96th Street between Fifth and Madison avenues will transform into a farm-themed urban carnival for Manhattan Country School’s annual Farm Festival. The fest features family-friendly entertainment, rides, games, crafts, and a silent auction. There will also be a variety of homemade baked goods, ethnic cuisine, and fresh produce from the school’s Roxbury, NY farm.

'Tico Tales' a musical retelling of Costa Rican Folk Tales by Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell - The Players Theatre
October 18, 2014 - Greenwich Village

Get set for a magical journey to Costa Rica. Learn the rhymes and legends of an ancient culture as storytelling, dance and music sweep you away to a long-forgotten land. Hear the call of the beautiful Quetzal bird, stump your foot as the cast of seven actors and two musicians play a drumming tale, sneak a peek into a traditional tribal dance while the "little devils" chase away the bull and celebrate love with the Indian princess Cira as she is transformed into a volcano. Families are invited to come one hour before the performance to make a rain stick have a jam session with the musician! This show will captivate your heart and make your heart beat to a new, but ancient drum!

St. Jean Baptiste High School: Fall Open House - St. Jean Baptiste High School
October 18, 2014 - Upper East Side

Parents and prospective students are invited to attend one of the scheduled presentations and tour sessions to learn more about the school’s academic program and its newest additions. The Open House will feature a welcome message from school officials followed by presentations and school tours led by current high school students. Teachers, coaches and students will be on hand to provide information on various course offerings, clubs and other school activities. St. Jean Baptiste High School is a Catholic community located in the heart of Manhattan, providing a liberating college preparatory education to young women of diverse strengths and backgrounds. Rooted in the spirit of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, St. Jean’s empowers its members to participate actively in the transformation of society for a more just world. The goal of the faculty and administration is to nurture each student in the following qualities and characteristics of womanhood: A Woman of Personal Strength and Courage, A Woman of Academic Achievement, A Woman of Faith, A Woman for Others and A Woman Oriented to the Future. A variety of courses are available at St. Jean Baptiste High School, various classes in Religion, English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Fine Arts, Guidance and Technology. For more information about St. Jean Baptiste High School, located at 173 East 75th Street, New York, NY, visit or call (212) 288-1645. St. Jean Baptiste High School A Catholic community located in the heart of Manhattan, St. Jean Baptiste High School provides a college preparatory education to young women. Founded as a parish school in the Archdiocese of New York in 1929, it is directed by the Fathers of the Blessed Sacrament and administered by the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame. The school is registered with the New York State Department of Education and accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. More information about St. Jean Baptiste can be found by visiting or calling (212) 288-1645.

Kid-preneur - Spaces@520 -Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York
October 18, 2014 - Midtown

Foundations for Success, Inc. offers a four-weekend workshop for kids 10-16 to explore entrepreneurship. Parents are invited to attend the last class to see students pitch their ideas. Classes are limited, so sign up today! Think of “Jr. Shark Tank” Students will learn: The basics of entrepreneurship and what it takes to start up a business How to develop a business idea (bring in your ideas) How to make money with a new business How to put a team together How to find out if there are customers for your product. What is a business plan? Why do you need one? Pitch your business idea.

Inventors 101 - Spaces@520 -Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York
October 18, 2014 - Midtown

A four-weekend workshop for kids 10-16 to learn how to take an idea for an invention and make it reality. Discuss the problem you are solving with your invention idea, how to research the idea, how the invention will solve the problem, what to name your invention and how to make it real. Learn how to create a prototype and how to protect your idea. Parents are invited to attend the last class to see students present their invention ideas. Classes are limited, so sign up today!

American Museum of Natural History Presents: Family Astronomy in the Dome: I Spy in the Sky - American Museum of Natural History
October 18, 2014 - Upper West Side

Young astronomers enjoy an evening of star hopping as they explore the fall and winter constellations of the night sky using the Zeiss Star projector. Search for beautiful “deep-sky” objects hiding in plain sight. Explore star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies, and learn how our understanding of them has grown over the centuries. (This program is recommended for children ages 4–11. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars to use with the Zeiss projector to see even more objects.)

Tinkerbell Theatre - West End Theater
October 18, 2014 - Upper West Side

For audiences age four and up, Frog and Peach Theatre Company, widely known for their popular and critically-acclaimed Upper West Side productions of Shakespearean plays, will present a fairy tale series, "Tinkerbell Theatre," adapting "Cinderella" and "Snow White" (both from the Brothers Grimm) into Rocky-and-Bullwinkle style plays featuring sing-along songs and big, soft puppets. The performances will be followed by puppet-making workshops to which all kids attending will be invited. The two plays will be presented in repertory October 11 to November 2 at West End Theater, 263 West 86th Street. Cinderella: 11:30am; Snow White: 12:30pm

SCI-TECH WORKSHOP: COME SAIL AWAY - Sony Plaza Atrium, Sony Wonder Technology Lab
October 18, 2014 - Upper East Side

Make a creative ship to sail for Columbus Day. Learn how to make a boat successfully float by adjusting the shape and the weight. Once you’ve made your ship, you can test it out and see how well it floats and how fast it sails! Reservations of up to four children ages 8 and older can be made.

Go Fish! Family Concerts and Fishing off the Pier! - Wagner Park at Battery Place
October 18, 2014 - New York

Join experienced anglers for catch-and-release fishing and learn about life in the Hudson River. Art projects, bird watching, and Music at 12:30 pm. The Band, Morning Star, lifts spirits with traditional and contemporary Irish music and songs.

6th Annual Marco Polo Festival - Hester Street between Mott and Mulberry Street
October 18, 2014 - New York

This fall, Two Bridges will host the 6th Annual Marco Polo Festival, celebrating the Chinatown & Little Italy Historic District, and the special relationship between the Chinese and Italian American communities of Manhattan’s Chinatown & Little Italy. This year’s festivities commence with the third annual Marco Polo Festival History Colloquium, co-sponsored with the Museum of Chinese in America (Tuesday, October 14th; no cost but RSVP required). The elegant Silk Road Ambassador Awards Gala Dinner (Thursday, October 16th; tickets required), and the ever-popular Marco Polo Pageant & Cultural Performances (free and open to the public) round out the festival celebrations. In 2010, Two Bridges sponsored the designation of the Chinatown & Little Italy Historic District, New York City’s only National Register Historic District that recognizes two unique cultural communities. This single district, encompassing the historic cores of both Little Italy and Chinatown, acknowledges the long and ongoing relationship of these two vibrant and dynamic immigrant neighborhoods. Now its sixth year, the multi-day Marco Polo Festival serves

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