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Top Things to Do With Your Family in NYC in October

Top Things to Do With Your Family in NYC in October

We've hand-picked the best things to do with your family in New York City in October. Family fun is all over Manhattan, across neighborhoods such as Greenwich Village, Little Italy, the Upper West Side, and beyond.

Boo at the Zoo
WHEN: Sep. 28 - Nov. 3, Weekends & Holidays 10am-5:30pm; Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
WHERE: Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY
WHAT: This year's Boo at the Zoo has family favorites like magic shows, costume parades, pumpkin carvings, a candy trail, animal treats, crafts, and mentalism shows, plus the Dinosaur Safari exhibit.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Animal aficionados will appreciate meet and greets with vultures, owls, ravens, and more!
WANT TO GO? $35.95; $31.45 seniors; $26.95 children 3-12; free for children younger than 2. 718-220-5100.

Comic Con
WHEN: Oct. 3 - 6, see website for schedule
WHERE: Jacob Javits Center, 655 W. 34th St., Chelsea , NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Experience the best in pop culture with award-winning comic artists and anime creators, TV and film idols, fandom gear, and unique artwork. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's your chance to geek out as a family!
WANT TO GO? $55 and up. 212-216-2000.

Harvest Festival FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 12, 11:00am-1:00pm
WHERE: Carl Schurz Park, E. 87th St. and East End Ave., Upper East Side, NY
WHAT:  Pick your own pumpkin and decorate it, take festive fall photos, enjoy a family concert, and more. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: The fun includes temporary tattoos, Halloween slime, and strolls through the Spooky Trail...if you dare!
WANT TO GO? 212-459-4455.

Big Apple Circus
WHEN: Oct. 12 - Feb. 2, see website for showtimes
WHERE: Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Upper West Side, NY
WHAT: World renowned for its intimate one-ring and artistic style, Big Apple Circus is passionate about revitalizing the circus with unique and astounding human feats, innovative design, and technology. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: All your classic circus delights in a climate-controlled Big Top tent with tiered seating, perfect for families with young children.
WANT TO GO? $45 and up; free for children younger than 3 (on lap). 212-721-6500.

Joanie Leeds & the Nightlights
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 12, 11:00am
WHERE: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Joanie's tuneful melodies and rich, funny lyrics give irresistible zip to songs about sunglasses at the beach, goodnight hugs, and popcorn.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The Brooklyn artist will debut songs from her upcoming folksy female empowerment album for girls, women, and the people who lift them up!
WANT TO GO? $14-$17. 5032939498.

Sukkah Decorating Party
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 20, 11:00am
WHERE: 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., Upper East Side, NY
WHAT: Learn about the joyous festival of Sukkot, as you help to bring the 92nd Street Y’s rooftop sukkah to life! Create unique craft projects, sing, and celebrate with family and friends.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Pizza lunch included for all!
WANT TO GO? $25 and up. 212-415-5500.

5th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 4:45-6:00pm
WHERE: Washington Market Park, Greenwich and Chambers Streets, Tribeca, NY
WHAT: Prizes will be awarded in several categories: scariest, funniest, and most creative being just a few. Bring your already carved jack-o-lantern to enter, or just stop by with your family to enjoy the festive display!
WHY WE LOVE IT: This event is short and sweet -- perfect before dinner and bedtime!

The Laurie Berkner Band's Monster Boogie Halloween
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 3:00-5:00pm
WHERE: New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St., Upper West Side, NY
WHAT: Families can enjoy a live Halloween performance by The Laurie Berkner Band.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Wear your costume and boogie to your favorite songs!
WANT TO GO? $39 and up. 212-874-5210.

Halloween Parade and Party FREE
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27, 1:00-3:00pm
WHERE: Washington Market Park, Greenwich and Chambers Streets, Tribeca, NY
WHAT: This long-standing Tribeca tradition brings the entire neighborhood together for a parade down Greenwich Street, culminating at a huge park party with games and music.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids will enjoy crafts, games, and spying so many cool costumes!

Halloween Boo Bash FREE
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 31, 3:30-5:30pm
WHERE: Randall's Island Park, 20 Randall's Island Park, Randall's Island, NY
WHAT: Join for crafts, games, treats, and spooky fun before you go trick-or-treating. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: The event is fairly low-key and great for little ones!
WANT TO GO? 212-830-7722.

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