Take a look at these featured family and kid-friendly events happening in Queens this October! And be sure to check out the full October 2009 Calendar for more great activities and outings!
Cooking with Apples
Celebrate the fall harvest with an Amazing Apples: Let's Make Applesauce workshop. Kids discover facts about apples, learn how applesauce is made, and then make and eat their own. Afterwards, they'll
enjoy an apple-themed art project and songs, and watch as live animals are fed apples. Ages 3-4 with an adult. $17. October 17. 1:30-3:30pm. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston. 718-229-4000. www.alleypond.com.
Veggie Puppet Show
If you have a hard time getting your kids to eat healthy foods, you might want to try a creative approach. The New York Hall of Science is putting on a puppet show, Commander Cauliflower, starring a puppet-in-charge who points out the difference between fruits and vegetables and encourages healthy eating in an interactive setting. For kids 6 and under. $11, $8 ages 2-17 and 62+. Saturdays and Sundays through November 22. 12:30 and 3:30pm. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing. 718-699-0005. www.nyscience.org.
From spooky shows to costumes parades and pumpkin festivals, here's a sampling of some of the best Halloween events happening right here in Queens. For a complete list of thrills and festive celebrations, visit our Halloween web site.
Celebrate in the Park
This 9th annual Halloween Harvest Festival features live music, a special art-making workshop, face painting, pumpkin painting, costume making, and the fifth annual Canine Costume Contest for dogs. October 17. The Red Door Theatre Company performs a spooky show at 2pm. Held rain or shine. All ages. 11am. FREE. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City. 917-776-1039. www.theatersmarts.com.
Celebrate at the Zoo
It's Boo at the Zoo, where animals receive special treats and families can stop by the extinct species graveyard to learn about animals of bygone eras. Also, enjoy a day of face painting and crafts starting at 10am. October 31. $7; $4 seniors; $3 ages 3-12; 3 and under FREE. Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th Street, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing. 718-271-1500. www.queenszoo.com.
Join the Parade
The Jackson Heights Halloween Parade is the second largest Halloween parade in New York. It features neighborhood kids and their costumes, as well as a few over-the-top grownups. October 31. Begins at 5pm. FREE. 37th Avenue, starting at 89th Street, ending at 77th Street, Jackson Heights. 718-565-5344. www.jhbg.org.