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Weekend Highlights from NYMetroParents
September 21-23
Month of Halloween Giveaways, Dinos After Dark, plus B-Ball Stars and Allan Houston


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Tix to Sesame PlaceHalloween is on our mind here at NYMetroParents! We're offering our readers one huge month of amazing Halloween treats and giveaways, beginning with our very first spooktacular giveaway to Sesame Place. Check daily for updates.

Dinos at DarkWant to get spooked? Head to Dinosaurs After Dark at Field Station, launching this weekend, and explore the darkened park with a flashlight and a rope to guide you, or choose among five haunted venues at a scream park in Long Island. Get into the fall spirit by making cider or going on a pumpkin scavenger hunt at the Harvest Celebration in Fairfield. Also head to Brooklyn to celebrate the area's farming history with apple-cider pressing, music, and kid-friendly workshops.

More Fall Fests:
Fall Fests!Jump on inflatables, ride ponies, and decorate pumpkins at the free Fieldhome's 8th Annual Fall Fest in Westchester; and see racing pigs and enjoy the petting zoo at the 26th Annual Bellmore Family Fest in Long Island. The Queens County Farm also hosts a traditional county fair with a corn maze, pie-eating contests, and pig-racing. Head to the Renaissance Faire's last weekend for quirky shows, unique crafts, fun rides, and classic jousting matches. Then catch the annual hawk migration at Audubon Greenwich, or stop by Adopt-a-Dog, an annual adoption festival.

NYC Firefighters, Aliens, & Basketball Stars:
MIB AliensSince the 1840s NYC's firefighters have put their lives on the line to help others. Discover the legendary tale of Mose Humphreys, "New York's Bravest," during story hour at the DiMenna Children's Museum. For more story time, put on your PJs for a party with Stellaluna, a young fruit bat who is knocked by predators from her mother. Then, discover alien creatures and memory-erasing neuralyzers of the popular film "Men in Black."

Put on your basketball shoes for a free family event with former Knick Allan Houston, and learn all about healthy eating with former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal. Elsewhere, a free Health and Wellness and Sports Expo brings dance demos, celebrity athletes, and community medical professionals to answer your questions.

Around the Globe: Make colorful paper lanterns to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival; learn about Native Americans at the Pow Wow; watch Irish step-dancers at the Hudson Valley Irish Festival; and catch the Brooklyn Children's Museum's latest exhibit of Global Shoes, a collection of various shoes from around the world.

Make Music, Watch Shows: 92YTribeca hosts musical guest Lunch Money for its "BYOK: Bring Your Own Kid" series; Elmo comes to town (win tickets!); and Mo Willems' Knuffle Bunny takes the stage. Plus catch a sensory-friendly screening of Disney's "Finding Nemo."

See Below for: Latest posts on our blog, a guide to apple-picking farms near you, and important advice for parents on bullying.

Lisa Chung

Associate Editor, NYMetroParents

Halloween Giveaway

Announcing our month of amazing Halloween giveaways and treats:

Sesame Place

- Win tickets to Sesame Place, plus a 1-night hotel stay!

- Score a Halloween-themed entertainment bundle of The Power Rangers, SpongeBob, and Kidz Bop!

Check daily for more giveaways:

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NYMetroParents Blog

ShoppingBack-To-School Shopping, New Century Style by Mama Roode
For occasions like this, we jump on the subway, and V loves it! He arrived at the store full of anticipation, and couldn’t believe I was actually letting him pick out what he wanted.

DIY KidsStuff We Like: DIY Kid's Room
DIY is all about expressing yourself, and is it really your artistic side that should be shining through in your child’s bedroom? Let your kids take the lead on their room decor with these cool products.

GhostsThe Ghosts of Halloween's Past by Mama One to Three
As I thought about Halloweens with my children, I realized that with three kids–the oldest having just turned 5–the years have melted together. Like that weird taffy in our trick-or-treat bags.

Read more on NYMetroParents Blog...

Articles on

BullyWhy Kids on the Autism Spectrum Get Bullied
Children with ASD and other special needs diagnoses are prime targets for bullying. "Bully," a powerful film now out in theaters, and the book tie-in reveal compelling research and survey results.

The RiseJack O'Lanterns Take Over Long Island
The Rise of the Jack O' Lanterns is a new Halloween destination on Long Island that will feature more than 5,000 hand-carved pumpkins on display throughout Old Westbury Gardens.

FoodsAsk the Expert:
Is the Food Pyramid I Grew Up with Still Relevant?
The food pyramid that we grew up with is outdated and nutrition recommendations have evolved quite a bit over the past decade. With these changes, how do we know what to feed our kids?

Recent Directories & Where-To Guides

Where-To Guide: Pick Your Own Apples
Venture out to the orchards for crisp and delicious apples, plucked straight from the tree. Many of the local orchards in our guide offer low-hanging branches ideal for your little ones to pick and fill their own bushel of autumn’s freshest fruit.

Dance GymDance and Gymnastics Classes for Kids in Your Neighborhood
From hip hop and jazz to ballet and modern dancing or tumbling classes for kids, highly trained dance instructors and gymnasts can help your child learn steps for fun or for professional training.

Best PartyResources to Help You Plan the Best B-Day Bash
Check out our guide to throwing the perfect children's birthday party or family celebration in the New York metro area, including New York City, Long Island, and the NYC suburbs.


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