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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on October 28

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan today, October 28, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Manhattan'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 28. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

The Laurie Berkner Band's Monster Boogie Halloween Concert - Concert Hall at The New York Society for Ethical Culture
October 28, 2017 - Upper West Side

Catch award-winning and bestselling children's music star Laurie Berkner in concert. This Halloween-themed performance promises 90 minutes of your favorite Laurie Berkner Band songs. Best for ages 4-8.

Ghouls and Gourds - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
October 28, 2017 - Prospect Heights/Crown Heights

Shake a tail feather, show off your costume, and carouse with colossal puppets and zany stilt-dancers at Brooklyn's wackiest costume parade.

Dead or Alive: Special Effects - New York Hall of Science
October 28, 2017 - Corona

Meet special effects artists and technologists, while participating in hands-on activities and exploring the science of creepy.

'Guji Guji: A Very Special Duck' by Boulevardteatern - Scandinavia House
October 28, 2017 - Murray Hill

Swedish theatre group Boulevardteatern presents the enchanting story of Guji Guji, adapted from the book by Chih Yuan Chen. The story begins when a crocodile egg lands in a duck’s nest. Out pops Guji Guji, a small crocodile that is raised as a duck. But problems arise when Guji Guji meets two big crocodiles that try to convince Guji Guji that he is a bloodthirsty, duck-eating crocodile, just like them! Guji Guji is a tale about differences and similarities, love, friendship, and learning to think for yourself.

Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights’ Harmony Filled Halloween Hootenanny - Symphony Space
October 28, 2017 - Upper West Side

Brooklynite Joanie Leeds sings tuneful, family-friendly melodies about the East River Ferry, subway rides, funny Yiddish catch phrases, and the hilarious "Hipster in the Making." Joanie and her harmony-driven trio plan to come in costume, singing “Confusing Costume” and other hits, plus new songs from the latest album “Brooklyn Baby.” Fans are invited to come in costume too for a chance to win a copy of the CD.

Halloween Murder Mystery - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Through October 28, 2017 - Upper East Side

In this fictional mystery game, loosely based on an historic newspaper account, an unidentified skeleton has been discovered at the Mount Vernon Hotel. Explore the museum by candlelight, and collect clues to unravel the mystery and solve the case. Best for adults and families with children 10 and older. October 21, October 27, and October 28. Reservations required: 212-838-6878

LC Trick-or-Treat - Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Plaza
October 28, 2017 - Lincoln Center

This annual Halloween celebration returns for a fun-filled day of costumes, candy, spooky stories, and seasonal fun. Get there right at 11am to catch a telling of "Crankenstein" by author Samantha Berger -- the story a seemingly ordinary boy who goes through some seriously grumpy transformations.

Thunder & Sunshine's Monster Mash Halloween Show for Kids and Families - Joe's Pub at The Public Theater
October 28, 2017 - East Village

Witches and monsters and ghosts, oh my! Kids and families are invited to join Thunder & Sunshine for a spooktacular, rockin' "Monster Mash" Halloween show. Thunder & Sunshine has plenty of treats in store for this concert, with puppets, prizes, and spooky surprises galore. Halloween fun songs include their super funky giant grasshopper hit, "Mister Grasshopper," and a riotous rap titled "The Monster in the Closet," along with perennial picks for the Halloween season like "The Monster Mash" and "Ghostbusters." Young fans will also hear Thunder & Sunshine favorites, such as the band's own spin on the nursery rhyme "Jack and Jill," alongside "Brush Your Teeth," "Hoo Hoo Hoo," and "The Letter Z." Kids are encouraged to come in costume, and they'll be invited to jump onstage for a special "Monster Mash" dance party at the end of the show.

Haunted High Line Halloween - The High Line
October 28, 2017 - Chelsea

Spend an afternoon enjoying artistic face painting, a candy scavenger hunt, an old-time photo booth, and live performances. There will be a cookie factory art project, a Halloween Magic Show, music and dancing with the Bilingual Birdies, a safe streets art project, a ghost tunnel, creepy crawlers in a mobile garden, a DJ/Karaoke station, and more. RSVP: RSVP doesn't guarantee entry. Entrance is first-come, first-served.

Storytime - Barnes & Noble
Through October 28, 2017 - Union Square

Browse the great book selection at Barnes & Noble before or after this free Saturday storytime. October's books include "The Poky Little Puppy," "After the Fall" (about Humpty Dumpty), "Good Day, Good Night," "Mary McScary," and "Creepy Pair of Underwear!"

Harvest Fest 2017 - Hudson River Park's 14th Street Park
October 28, 2017 - Meatpacking District

This free outdoor festival has something for everyone: kids yoga, arts and crafts, chair massages, VR stations, make your own trick-or-treat bags, a demo on hydroponic growing systems, a dog blessing, and recycled jeans collection. There will be retailers and crafts including flower crowns, handmade stationery sets, ceramic coasters, photography, organic dog treats, candles, handbags, and clothing and accessories. Plus plenty of hot apple cider, pickled vegetables, homemade pastries, nut butters, seasonal ice cream, pizzas, housemade charcuterie -- all for sale and sampling.



In Practice: Works in Progress - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through October 29, 2017 - SoHo

In Practice: Works in Progress is a group exhibition that turns the Cynthia C. Wainwright Gallery into working studios for artists. Elena Berriolo, Josh Blackwell, Lisa Marie Ludwig, and Ezra Wube will transform an area in the gallery into his or her studio space. Museum visitors will have an opportunity to meet these guest artists who openly welcome questions and dialogue, and will discuss their processes, materials, and motifs. This program serves as a model of interactivity and engagement that benefits local artists and museum visitors while furthering CMA's pedagogy of Look, Make, Share. In Practice: Works in Progress encourages visitors to discover how artists work and the process of making art. All are invited to participate in every stage of the developing artworks.

Iridescence - Governors Island - Colonels Row, The HoloCenter
Through October 29, 2017 -

The HoloCenter transforms the post commander quarters in Colonels Row with light based installations. This exhibitions of art holograms from around the world will push the visual senses. Selected through an international competition, six artists produced new holograms sculpting with light to explore how memory, motion, and images entwine.

'The Village of Vale' - Lincoln Center, Clark Studio Theater
Through October 29, 2017 - Upper West Side

In the spirit of Halloween, this dark, fairy-tale musical uncovers the mystery behind a curious traveler and a village full of secrets and curses. Six performers and a live band tell the stories of an obsessed bookkeeper, a cursed woodsman, and a nameless traveler whose arrival threatens to upend the lives of every villager in Vale. Best for ages 8 and older.

Boo at the Zoo - Bronx Zoo
Through October 29, 2017 - Bronx

The Bronx Zoo is the place to be when Halloween is around the corner. This year's Boo at the Zoo has family favorites like magic shows, costume parades, pumpkin carvings, a candy trail, a bird meet and greet, animal treats, crafts, and mentalism shows, plus hayrides, nature treks, and a haunted forest. Taking place weekends throughout October.

The Little Orchestra Society presents Saint-Saens: A Halloween 'Carnival of the Animals' - The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
Through October 29, 2017 - Upper East Side

Entering its 70th anniversary season, LOS is devoted to performing innovative classical music concerts for families. The fun begins with composer Camille Saint-Saens and a Halloween "Carnival of the Animals" theme, so audiences are invited to arrive in costume. Expect engaging music and interactive storytelling. Best for ages 3-10.

Halloween Unleashed: Dancing Bones, Tasting Darkness and the Skeleton Within - La MaMa
Through October 29, 2017 - Alphabet City

Tony-nominated punk ballerina Karole Armitage creates a gritty street influenced comedy on the delights of Halloween with her company, Armitage Gone! Dance. Designed to appeal to adults as well as to young people and their families, the dancers and puppets move to a musical cornucopia including NoWave New York punk, Wyclef Jean, Fats Waller, a Ray Bradbury text, and original music by Terry Dame. Costumes and an installation are by fashion designer, Peter Speliopoulos with additional costumes by Madame Secretary designer, Jon Cos Coskunses. The production mixes influences from Disney's 1929 herky-jerky animation and the Haitian Carnival.

Children's Basketball - Rockefeller Park
Through October 30, 2017 - Battery Park City

This weekly children's basketball gathering gives little hoop dreams a place to grow. Ages 5 and older can work on fun and challenging drills incorporating their jump shot, dribbling, and on-court vision. Adjustable-height hoops allow kids of all sizes and abilities to practice. Closed-toe shoes required. 3:30-4:15pm for ages 5 and 6 4:15-5:15pm for ages 7 and older

Preschool Play - Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park
Through October 31, 2017 - Battery Park City

Play is the cornerstone of early childhood development. Meet other toddlers, parents and caregivers at this interactive play group on the lawn. Sing, listen to stories, play with toys and water.

Preschool Play - Wagner Park
Through October 31, 2017 - Battery Park City

All the toys and play equipment are provided at Battery Park City's open weekly Preschool Play. Tots and their parents and caregivers enjoy interactive play on the grassy lawn while taking part in stories and songs too.

Children's Soccer - Rockefeller Park
Through October 31, 2017 - Battery Park City

This free soccer drop-in is all about having fun while learning the basics of kicking, passing, shooting, and playing the game. Coach-led drills will help kids develop skills and learn strategy while practicing footwork, coordination, and awareness. They'll even make new friends on the field. Closed-toe shoes required. Equipment is provided. 2:30-3:15pm for ages 3 and 4 3:30-4:15pm for ages 5-7 4:30-5:15pm for ages 8-11

'Hansel & Gretel's Halloween Adventure' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater
Through October 31, 2017 - Central Park

This Halloween adventure featuring favorite characters Hansel and Gretel dives into the children's lifelike dreams full of music and dancing with Central Park and the Belvedere Castle as the beautiful backdrop. This time, the brother and sister pair encounter lovable characters such as amazing mermaids, adorable monsters, swashbuckling pirates, charming vampires, and a fabulous witch.

'A Sky for the Bears' - The New Victory Theater
Through November 05, 2017 - Midtown

Two bears set out on two separate adventures, both equally charming, told through evocative shadow puppetry and lyrical movement. The first is in search of a family of his own to love. The second is eager to discover the quickest way to the clouds in hopes of reuniting with his dear, departed grandfather. The show runs approximately 45 minutes with no intermission. Best for ages 4-7.

'Pinkalicious The Musical' - Theater at Blessed Sacrament
Through November 12, 2017 - Upper West Side

Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out how to get out of this predicament.

The Wizard of Oz - Theater at Blessed Sacrament
Through November 12, 2017 - Upper West Side

A classic tale that has been entertaining audiences for ages. Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion, and even munchkin puppetry, as they travel through a re-imagined world of Oz.

'Treasure Island the Musical' - The Players Theatre
Through November 12, 2017 - Greenwich Village

A rollicking musical adventure through the pages of Robert Louis Stevenson's beloved novel "Treasure Island". Join Jim Hawkins as he takes the journey of a lifetime in search of buried pirate treasure. Colorful characters and costumes make this a swashbuckling production fit for families. In addition to the one-hour musical, the audience will participate in interactive arts workshops prior to the performance. Learn about the original book and how it was turned into a musical while discussing the themes of the show and how the arts bring literature to life. Then kids and their families make a pirate art project to take home as a souvenir. The whole program (pre-show workshop and actual show) is approximately 2 hours long.

Edna the Stomper - The Tank
Through November 12, 2017 - Chelsea

This musical for all ages is full of songs, a seven-year-old who can't stop stomping, and some little monster puppets. It's a heartfelt tale that tackles issues like self worth, creative expression, and finding one's place in the family. Each show will be followed by a workshop where kids will get on their feet and create their own "stomps" and dances! Book by Laura Toffenetti, and music by Janet Jungden Directed & Choreographed by Sarah Sutliff Presented by Rebel Playhouse in residency at The Tank.

'My Perfect Pet the Musical' - The Playroom Theater
Through November 18, 2017 - Midtown West

My Perfect Pet is the story of Cailin, a young girl who dreams of getting a puppy for her upcoming 10th birthday. But, is she responsible and mature enough? It's up to her parents to decide.

TimesSquare_Portal - Times Square
Through November 21, 2017 - Times Square

Take the family to Times Square for a new reason: TimesSquare_Portal. This temporary public art installation allows visitors to interact with people in locations across twenty countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Germany, Mexico, and Rwanda. Walk inside the gold shipping container and you'll feel as if you're in the same room with someone across the world thanks to advanced audio-visual technology.


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Afternoon Tea & Skating - The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Through November 21, 2017 - Rockefeller Center

A perfectly quaint winter afternoon full of warm tea from Harney & Sons, tea sandwiches, and sweets, plus time on the ice with friends and family. Reservations include tea time, general admission to the rink, and skate rentals.

New York City Children's Theater's 'Please Bring Balloons' - University Settlement
Through December 10, 2017 - Lower East Side

The award-winning theater company and arts education organization New York City Children's Theater is presenting its 21st season featuring "Please Bring Balloons." Conceived by David Kilpatrick, directed by Sara Morgulis, and back by popular demand, this show is an interactive, multi-sensory theater experience created for the youngest audience members. Based upon Lindsay Ward’s gorgeously illustrated children's book, the show is a fun and imaginative introduction to theater for toddlers.

Morgan Explorers - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through December 10, 2017 - Murray Hill

Families are welcome to a drop-in experience in Mr. Morgan’s 1906 library. Enjoy art activities, get up-close experience with touch objects, and have all your questions answered by a Morgan Educator. Participants will learn myths and stories about the famous ceilings, roll a sample cylinder seal, and even check out medieval bookmaking materials.

Shababa Fridays - 92Y
Through December 15, 2017 - Upper East Side

Children, parents, grandparents, and nannies can get playful at Shababa Fridays. Join in with singing, dancing, jumping, and celebrating as a community.

'The Wizard of Oz' - Harlem Rep
Through December 16, 2017 - Harlem

The classic musical "The Wizard of Oz" is being performed by a multi-racial cast with a jazzy underscore and authoritative dramaturgy by representatives of the Yip Harburg Foundation.

Saturday Morning Show - Brookfield Place
Through December 16, 2017 - Battery Park City

Stop by Hudson Eats on Saturday mornings this fall for weekly family-friendly performances?. The fun includes interactive singalongs with Yellow Sneaker Puppets, magic demonstrations by Gary the Great, children's book readings and crafts, and more.


'Pluto Is Missing! A Not-So-Planetary Musical' - PIT Striker Mainstage
Through December 17, 2017 - Flatiron

Blast off into this family-friendly outer space comedy that uses humor, fantasy, music, puppets, and more to tell the story of Pluto, the tiniest planet in our solar system that was demoted to dwarf planet. Meet super-cool satellites, fun-loving gas giants, and a whole galaxy of other celestial oddballs on Pluto's journey to become a planet again.

Community Cowpokes with Hopalong Andrew - Whole Foods Tribeca
Through December 29, 2017 - Tribeca

Catch a free drop-in music class with Hopalong Andrew every Friday this fall and early winter. He'll bring his guitar, banjo, harmonica, and suitcase drum kit to get babies and tots rocking to his modern adaptations of classic cowboy tunes. Audience participation and interaction is encouraged to help the littles learn music, rhythm, and social skills.

Gulliver's Gate - Times Square
Through December 31, 2017 - Times Square

Artists from eight countries took part in building this fantastic miniature world, featuring cities from across the globe, all built to scale. You can also step back in time to see famous historical scenes and interact with the exhibit using a special key.

Improv 4 Kids - Broadway Comedy Club
Through December 31, 2017 - Midtown

The cast of 'Eight is Never Enough' presents interactive musical comedy for the whole family. No two shows are the same as the players create original skits and songs based on audience suggestions and participation. The fun takes place every Saturday and Sunday at 3pm, plus added shows for holidays.

Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914 - South Street Seaport Museum
Through January 07, 2018 - South Street Seaport

Learn all about 20th-century ocean liners, like Titanic and Lusitania, and the differences between traveling aboard as a first- or third-class passenger. Featuring both original and reproduced artifacts, this thought-provoking exhibit highlights immigrant life at the turn of the century.

'The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show' - DR2 Theatre
Through February 04, 2018 - Gramercy Park

A theatrical recreation of Eric Carle’s beautifully imaginative stories, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, features a menagerie enchanting puppets during a magical 60-minute show that faithfully adapts four of Carle’s beloved books for the stage. This new edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar includes the world premiere of Brown Bear, Brown Bear celebrating its 50th Anniversary, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly, and, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Gazillion Bubble Show - New World Stages / Stage 2
Through February 25, 2018 - Midtown West

Got bubbles? Families will get a kick out of watching bubbles expand, float, and take over the room at this Gazillion Bubble Show featuring so much more than soap spheres. Help celebrate the show in its tenth year of eye-catching, pop-able, reach-out-and-grab-them fun. Show runs more than 60 minutes without an intermission. Lasers and strobe lights are part of the performance.

Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection - DiMenna Children's Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through February 25, 2018 - Upper West Side

Discover the wonder of hundreds of toy trains, figurines, and miniature models from the renowned Jerni Collection at this annual holiday exhibition. Immersive scenes and displays captivate children and adults as they hearken back to a bygone era in our shared transportation history. Holiday Express begins at the West 77th Street entrance, where trains appear to roar through the museum with the help of four large-scale multimedia screens, and extends through the first floor.

Public Ice Skating - Wollman Rink
Through February 28, 2018 - Central Park

Ice skating out in the crisp city air with an amazing view of the Manhattan skyline is a classic NYC winter experience. And Central Park's famous rink is a tourist favorite, but completely worth doing even if you are a local. There is also a skating school, a hockey program, and birthday party offerings on the ice. Check out the nearby carousel for $3 a ride in between skates. 

Bank of America Winter Village - Bryant Park
Through March 04, 2018 - Midtown

The park becomes a winter wonderland with an outdoor ice skating rink (free entry!), a European inspired open-air market for holiday shopping, rinkside dining, and even an observation deck full of games and art supplies.

Earthflight - The American Museum of Natural History
Through March 08, 2018 - Upper West Side

Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett, Earthflight is a totally immersive experience, taking the audience on an incredible flight across the world on the wings of birds. Filmed across four continents and 11 countries, with revolutionary aerial techniques and state-of-the-art 3D cameras, viewers join a variety of different avian species on their seasonal journeys. The audience will discover the fascinating science of flight and how birds maneuver simultaneously in flocks a million strong, navigate across whole continents, and collaborate with other animals to find food.

Ocean Odyssey - National Geographic Encounter
Through March 31, 2018 - Times Square

This newly opened, immersive entertainment experience takes families on a simulated underwater adventure to witness Pacific Ocean life firsthand. It's an interactive journey across a 60,000-square-foot marine attraction to meet sea lions, humpback whales, and great white sharks. Catch sight a stunning coral reef and other awe-inspiring sights and sounds thanks to an incredible visual effects team and award-winning designers and sound engineers. This walk-through experience lasts approximately 90 minutes. Buy tickets online for a reserved entry time. A portion of proceeds supports the National Geographic Society's nonprofit work in conservation, exploration, research, and education.

Ice Skating Season - The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Through April 01, 2018 - Midtown

The new season opens with this ceremonial first skate hosted by the reigning Olympic Ice Dance Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Youth skaters of Ice Theatre of New York and Figure Skating in Harlemwill join for this celebratory session. 

The Rink at Rockefeller Center is always the first New York rink to open each year and is open to the public daily from 8:30am-12am, from Columbus Day to Easter. First designed as a temporary attraction, The Rink has evolved into one of the city’s most legendary landmarks and one of the most visited sites in Manhattan.


StoryDance Playgroup - Downtown Dance Factory
Through May 03, 2018 - Tribeca

Walking tots and preschoolers are invited to take part in story time, a craft, dance games and activities, plus free play time. It's a great way for grown-ups to introduce their children to the wonderful world of performing arts in a nurturing and creative environment.

RSVP required. Space is limited. 

Jazz for Kids - Jazz Standard
Through May 27, 2018 - Kips Bay

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO) will get families grooving every Sunday throughout the school year at Jazz Standard's popular JAZZ FOR KIDS brunch. Talented musicians between the ages of 11 and 18 dish out jazz classics such as "Cherokee," "How Insensitive," and "Billie's Bounce," as family audiences devour the goods off Blue Smoke's southern barbecue lunch menu. Babies welcome!

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 28, 2018 - Upper West Side

The butterflies are back! For the 20th year, families can hang with as many as 500 fluttering butterflies at the museum's 80-degree warm vivarium full of tropical flowers too. The insects come from farms in Australia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Florida, Kenya, Malaysia, and Thailand and species include iridescent blue morpho butterflies, scarlet swallowtails, large owl butterflies, and green birdwings.

'Dream Big: Engineering Our World' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2018 - Corona

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World will transform how you think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the world’s largest screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. DREAM BIG is a MacGillivray Freeman film produced in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers and presented by Bechtel Corporation.

'Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2018 - Corona

Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, offers a breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean that is perhaps the biggest story of all – that the smallest life in the sea is the mightiest force on which we all depend. Alongside marine biologist Holly Lohuis, Cousteau invites viewers to dive into this whole new world that will leave them in awe of the beauty and diversity of the oceans and inspire an even stronger desire to protect what they have either seen for the first time or perhaps re-discovered along the journey. Narrated by renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Secret Ocean 3D introduces audiences to over 30 species, illuminating behaviors captured for the first time thanks to the development of new tools that allow underwater filming in 3D, ultra- HD 5K, slow motion, macro, and with motion control, and takes them to remarkable and vibrant environments such as the Bahamas, Fiji, and Bimini. Duration: 20 minutes.

'Journey To Space 3D' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2018 - Corona

Journey to Space is a celebration of space exploration, a tribute to international cooperation in space research, and a vision towards our near-term future beyond Earth’s orbit — a manned mission to Mars within a generation. Learn about the important role of the International Space Station, uncover what NASA and the space community are working on, and the challenges they face to carry out bold missions such as capturing asteroids and landing astronauts on Mars. Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart. Duration: 20 minutes.