What To Do with Kids This Weekend in New York City

What To Do with Kids This Weekend in New York City

From concerts and perfomances, to workshops and exhibits, plan your weekend with our round up of the best things to do with kids in NYC this weekend, Sept. 23-24, 2017. Check out our picks for kids' activities in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Also see our guides for weekend fun on Long Island and Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen counties.

Manhattan Weekend Activities

FREE Get Hooked
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 11am-2pm
WHERE: Randall's Island Park, Base of the 103rd Street Bridge, Randall's Island
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: At this annual festival, children have the opportunity to learn about the wildlife living in the waters surrounding Randall’s Island. Activities include catch and release fishing, games, arts and crafts, and more.
WANT TO GO? 212-860-1899. randallsisland.org.

Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 12-4pm
WHERE: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., Chinatown
WHAT: Explore the exciting customs and traditions behind this annual harvest festival with a mooncake tasting, moon-themed arts and crafts, a stellar story time, and more family fun. Space is limited and advanced purchases are highly recommended.
WANT TO GO? $10; free for children younger than 2. 855-955-6622. mocanyc.org.

FREE Museum Day Live!
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, see museum website for times
WHERE: Smithsonian Magazine, See website for museum addresses, New York
WHAT: Get free admission for two to a city museum on Museum Day Live, hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating venues include Fraunces Tavern Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City Fire Museum, the Museum at FIT, and more.
WANT TO GO? smithsonianmag.com.

FREE My Little Pony: Through the Years
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 12-3pm
WHERE: The Paley Center for Media, 25 W. 52nd St., Midtown West
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Join in for screenings of the original My Little Pony series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and My Little Pony Equestria Girls. There will also be a Smilebooth photo activity and the first 350 children in attendance will receive a special My Little Pony toy.
WANT TO GO? 212-621-6800. paleycenter.org.

We Are All Tourists
WHEN: Through Sept. 23: Saturdays, 11:30am-3pm
WHERE: Governors Island - Colonels Row, ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, Brooklyn Heights, and 10 South St., Financial District, Manhattan,
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Alpha and Scout are searching for their friend and colleague, Lou. Could she be stuck in an alternate reality? Explore Governors Island’s breathtaking views and solve the clues to reunite these reality hoppers in this theatrical tour experience.
WANT TO GO? $20. 212-440-2205. govisland.com.

FREE Morningside Lights: The Secret Gardens
WHEN: Through Sept. 23: daily, 12pm
WHERE: Miller Theatre at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway, Morningside Heights
WHAT: Participate in a collaborative lantern-making workshop at any point during this week-long arts event. On the final evening, help illuminate a fleet of lanterns for procession in Morningside Park and the Columbia University campus.
WANT TO GO? 212-851-9574. morningside-lights.com.

Independent Visions Exhibition Workshops: Printmaking
WHEN: Through Sept. 23: Saturdays, 1pm
WHERE: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave., Murray Hill
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Children will create their own bold portraits, colorful prints, or paintings in this hands-on workshop.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 members. 212-779-3587. scandinaviahouse.org.

FREE Annual Fall Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 11am-3:30pm
WHERE: Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, 4881 Broadway, Inwood
WHAT: There will be tons of fun and educational activities celebrating the harvest season, including cider pressing, puppet making, face painting, live jazz, and a tasting with Dyckman Beer.
WANT TO GO? 212-304-9422. dyckmanfarmhouse.org.

FREE Make It Rusty
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 10am-1pm
WHERE: The High Line, West 14th Street and 10th Avenue, Meatpacking District
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Discover how New York's West Side has changed over time as you design and construct an industrial-inspired mix media garden sculptures that also changes. You can also catch stories about the past and live performances.
WANT TO GO? 212-500-6035. thehighline.org.

FREE LC Kids at the Atrium
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 11am
WHERE: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Broadway between 62nd & 63rd Streets, Upper West Side
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: This story-and-music double feature begins with the rhythmic, say-along stories of children’s book author Todd Tarpley. Then, NYC band Spanglish Fly takes kids on a bilingual journey through Latin boogaloo, the 1960s music and dance craze from the streets of Spanish Harlem. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
WANT TO GO? 212-875-5456. kids.lincolncenter.org.

The Fourth Annual Rolex Central Park Horse Show
WHEN: Sept. 20-24, Wednesday-Sunday, 1-10pm
WHERE: Wollman Rink, 830 Fifth Ave., Central Park
WHAT: Horse show featuring some of the best equestrians in the world, alongside family programing.
WANT TO GO? See website for prices. 212-310-6600. cphs.coth.com.

FREE Summer on the Hudson: SunGaze
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 24, 12-4pm
WHERE: Pier I, Riverside Park South, Riverside Drive between 65th and 72nd streets, Upper West Side
WHAT: Gaze at the central star of our solar system using special safe scopes with the Amateur Astronomers Association.
WANT TO GO? nycgovparks.org.

FREE Fall Family Day
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 24, 12-4pm
WHERE: Carnegie Hall, 154 W. 57th St., Resnick Education Wing, Midtown
WHAT: The acclaimed concert venue Carnegie Hall opens its doors to families with an afternoon full of interactive and fun musical activities and performances. Parents and kids of all ages will sing, play, create, and hear Latin American music together.
WANT TO GO? 212-247-7800. carnegiehall.org.

FREE The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro
WHEN: Through Sept. 24: Sunday-Thursday, 11:30am-11pm; Friday-Saturday, 11:30-12am
WHERE: Little Italy, Grand and Mott streets, Little Italy
WHAT: This 11-day festival takes place in the streets of historic Little Italy to celebrate Italian heritage and includes colorful parades, live musical performances, ethnic food, and even a cannoli-eating contest.
WANT TO GO? 212-768-9320. sangennaro.org.

FREE 15th Autumn Moon Cultural Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 24, 12-4pm
WHERE: Better Chinatown USA, Mott Street between Canal and Bayard streets, Chinatown
WHAT: Enjoy various stage performances, cultural arts and crafts, calligraphy, moon cake tastings, gifts booths, and more. The lantern parade will take place in Brooklyn in October.
WANT TO GO? betterchinatown.com.

FREE Outdoor Movie Night: 'Malcolm X'
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 24, 7:15pm
WHERE: Randall's Island Park, Field 81, Randall's Island
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Follow the life of activist Malcolm X from his early life that was filled with struggle to his rise to prominence as a legendary African American leader.
WANT TO GO? 212-860-1899. randallsisland.org.

Lard Dog & The Band of Shy 'Dreamers' Album Release Show
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 24, 2:30pm
WHERE: Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., East Village
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Lard Dog & The Band of Shy host a hometown celebration of their new album, including the chart-topping song on Sirius XM Kids Place Live "I Like."
WANT TO GO? $15. 212-539-8778. publictheater.org.

FREE Storytime at Strand
WHEN: Through Sept. 24: Saturday-Sunday, 11am-12pm and 2-3pm
WHERE: Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, East Village
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Join Strand for a family-friendly storytime with crafts every weekend this September. Books being read will include The Gruffalo, Cat in the Hat, Elmo, and Madeline.
WANT TO GO? 212-473-1452. strandbooks.com.

Realabilities presents 'Addy & Uno'
WHEN: Through Sept. 24: Saturday-Sunday, 11am and 1pm
WHERE: The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St., East Village
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: This brand new, 50-minute puppet musical featuring kids with disabilities is full of music, humor, and heart. Young audiences get a better understanding of certain disabilities, the abilities that come with them, the importance of empathy, and the understanding that it's "nice to be nice."
WANT TO GO? $20-$25. 212-780-0800. 14streety.org.

Family Sundays at the Rubin Museum
WHEN: Through Sept. 24: Sundays, 1-4pm
WHERE: Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., Chelsea
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: This month, families will make sculptures out of sugar and spice, inspired by chalimidi, a sweet rice flour dish made during the Hindu festival Vinayaka Chaturthi
WANT TO GO? $15; $10 seniors and students; free for children 12 and younger. 212-620-5000. rubinmuseum.org.

FREE Hester Street Fair 2017
WHEN: Through Sept. 30: Saturdays, 11am-6pm
WHERE: Hester Street Fair, Essex and Hester streets, Lower East Side
WHAT: Part food court, part flea market, with rotating vendors in more than 60 spots almost every warm-weather weekend. Peruse handmade goods, creative products, and artisanal food, or participate in one of many workshops taking place.
WANT TO GO? hesterstreetfair.com.

Dynamic H2O
WHEN: Through Sept. 30: Sunday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturdays, 10am-7pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
WHAT: With hands-on interactives and cool colorful graphics, the exhibit offers visitors a fun place to chill while they learn how New York City gets its water and the role water plays in our local environment. Children can pump water to the top of a skyscraper, create their own 92-mile aqueduct, and construct a city at the water’s edge.
WANT TO GO? $12; free for children younger than 1; seniors pay as you wish. 212-721-1223. cmom.org.

FREE Art Lab: Nature
WHEN: Through Sept. 30: Saturday-Thursday, 10:30am-4:30pm; Fridays, 10:30am-6:30pm
WHERE: The Museum of Modern Art, 4 W. 54th St., Midtown
WHAT: Discover how artists and designers are inspired by the natural world and create your own nature-inspired design.
WANT TO GO? 212-708-9805. moma.org/artlab.

Kayaking on the Hudson
WHEN: Through Sept. 30: see website for dates and times
WHERE: Hudson River Park, Piers 96, 84, and 26, Hell's Kitchen and Tribeca
WHAT: This summer take a kayak out on the Hudson River and have some fun splashing about. There are three different locations you can get your feet wet, with many offering lessons as well as rentals.
WANT TO GO? Prices vary. hudsonriverpark.org.

FREE Storytelling in the Park
WHEN: Through Sept. 30: Saturdays, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Central Park, Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue entrance, Upper East Side
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Gather at the famous statue for stories from a different storyteller for folk stories, fairy tales, mythological fables, and more at this Central Park landmark.
WANT TO GO? storytelling-nyc.org.

'That Chemistry Show!'
WHEN: Through Oct. 1: Saturday-Sunday, 12pm
WHERE: The Physics Theater, 300 W. 43rd St., Times Square Theater District
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: A candle that moves water, a paper cup that won't burn, a firefly without fire, an atomic flash, weaponized sugar, a hydrogen bomb, and much more! Get ready for amazement and lots of laughter as long-time "mad scientist" Borislaw Bilash combines the worlds of chemistry and show business. 
WANT TO GO? $39. 212-967-8278. thatchemistryshow.com.

Let's Dance!
WHEN: Through Oct. 1: Sunday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturdays, 10am-7pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
WHAT: Discover dance from a variety of entry points: as an art form, as an expression of diverse cultures and traditions, and as a healthy physical activity.
WANT TO GO? $12; free for children younger than 1. 212-721-1223. cmom.org.

FREE Snoopy & Belle In Fashion
WHEN: Through Oct. 1: 8am-10pm
WHERE: Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St., Battery Park City
WHAT: Snoopy and his sister, Belle, don designer duds at their very own international fashion exhibit featuring couture designs by the likes of Betsey Johnson, Christian Siriano, Diane von Furstenberg, Isaac Mizrahi, and Zac Posen.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A chance to see Snoopy in public before the Thanksgiving Day Parade!
WANT TO GO? 212-978-1698. brookfieldplaceny.com.

FREE Governors Island Art Fair
WHEN: Through Oct. 1: Saturday-Sunday, 11am-6pm
WHERE: Governors Island - Colonels Row and Liggett Hall, ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, Brooklyn Heights, and 10 South St., Financial District, Manhattan,
WHAT: 4heads opens the 10th edition of the Governors Island Art Fair featuring work by 100 new and returning artists presented in the historic homes on Colonels Row and for the first time in the ground floor spaces of Liggett Hall.
WANT TO GO? 212-440-2205. govisland.com.

Eloise at the Museum
WHEN: Through Oct. 9: Tuesday-Thursday and Saturdays, 10am-6pm; Fridays, 10am-8pm; Sundays, 11am-5pm
WHERE: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side
WHAT: A celebration of the feisty charm and audacious spirit of Eloise, who continues to be a picture book superstar more than 60 years after her debut.
WANT TO GO? $21; $16 seniors; $13 students; $6 children ages 5-13; free for children 4 and younger. 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org.

FREE Urban Farm Exploration Days
WHEN: Through Oct. 14: Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Randall's Island Park, 20 Randall’s Island Park, Randall's Island
WHAT: Come discover the Randall’s Island Urban Farm with these discovery days. Meet the chickens and explore the farm, an expert will be on site to answer questions.
WANT TO GO? 212-860-1899. randallsisland.org.

FREE Big City Fishing
WHEN: Through Oct. 15: Sundays, 11am
WHERE: Hudson River Park - Pier 25, 225 West St., Tribeca
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Each summer, Hudson River Park offers Big City Fishing to those children who are eager to learn both how to fish and about the Hudson River environment.
WANT TO GO? 212-627-2020. hudsonriverpark.org.

FREE Shell-ebrate Oysters!
WHEN: Through Oct. 15: Sundays, 4pm, excluding June 25 and Sep. 17
WHERE: Pier 25 at Hudson River Park, 225 West St, Soho
WHAT: Oysters filter water, engineer reef habitat, and stabilize shorelines. Work alongside Park staff to restore oysters and learn how these bivalves benefit the health of the River.
WANT TO GO? 212-627-2020. hudsonriverpark.eventbrite.com.

FREE Iridescence
WHEN: Through Oct. 29: Fridays, 2-4pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Governors Island - Colonels Row, The Holocenter, ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, Brooklyn Heights, and 10 South St., Financial District, Manhattan 
WHAT: 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.
WANT TO GO? 212-440-2205. govisland.com.

FREE Chelsea Farmers Market
WHEN: Through Nov. 18: Saturdays; 9am-4pm
WHERE: Down to Earth Chelsea Farmers Market, North side of 23rd Street, off Ninth Avenue, Chelsea
WHAT: Fruits, vegetables, meats and eggs from regional farms and a wide variety of foods from local food makers. The market is open every Saturday from 9am-4pm, from May through November 18th.
WANT TO GO? 914-923-4837. downtoearthmarkets.com.

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Brooklyn Weekend Activities

16th Annual Autumn Moon Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 12-3pm
WHERE: Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
WHAT: The annual Autumn Moon Festival features tours, traditional music, dance performances, martial arts and tai chi demonstrations, and lessons in Chinese calligraphy.
WANT TO GO? $10; $8 students and seniors; free for children younger than 5. 718-727-1135. snug-harbor.org.

Dia de los Muertos Day of the Dead Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights
WHAT: Join Brooklyn Children’s Museum for a Day of the Dead Celebration that includes live music with Sonia De Los Santos of Dan Zanes and Friends. Learn about the origins of this holiday and its traditions through art and animal programs for kids of all ages.
WANT TO GO? $11. 718-224-5863. brooklynkids.org.

Harvest Day Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights
WHAT: Welcome the autumn season with harvest-inspired activities. Find and decorate a pumpkin during the museum’s scavenger hunt. Hear harvest related stories during BCM Storytime and learn about the textures and colors of Fall.
WANT TO GO? $11. 718-224-5863. brooklynkids.org.

Family Cooking in the Garden
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 1-2:30pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Ave., Crown Heights
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Bring the whole family to the Children's Garden for an afternoon cooking class. The group will harvest ingredients straight from the garden and prepare one salad, one farm-fresh entree, and one dessert to share. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $17. 718-623-7200. bbg.org.

FREE 6th Annual Breukelen Country Fair
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 1-5pm
WHERE: Wyckoff House Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road, Canarsie
WHAT: Join the Wyckoff Farmhouse museum for a day-long extravaganza of crafting, creating, and hands-on fun celebrating Breukelen’s agricultural roots.
WANT TO GO? 718-629-5400. wyckoffmuseum.org.

FREE Movies Under the Stars: 'Moana'
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 8pm
WHERE: Fort Greene Park - Myrtle Lawn, Myrtle and North Portland avenues, Fort Greene
WHAT: In ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the demigod Maui reaches an impetuous chieftain's daughter's island, Moana answers the ocean's call to seek out Maui to set things right. Bring your blanket to the park to watch this Disney film.
WANT TO GO? 347-559-5142. fortgreenepark.org.

FREE The Rock and Roll Playhouse present Sunset Sounds
WHEN: Through Sept. 23: Wednesday-Thursday and Saturdays, see website for times
WHERE: Industry City, 241 37th St., Sunset Park
AGES: Adult, All
WHAT: Industry City and The Rock and Roll Playhouse teams up for Sunset Sounds, a new series of free shows for music lovers of all kinds. The Rock and Roll Playhouse will hold court on Wednesdays and Saturdays for family concerts and family-friendly DJ dance parties, and popular bands will be featured on Thursdays, offering funk, soul, rock, and more.
WANT TO GO? 917-679-5306. brooklynbowl.com.

The 43rd Annual Atlantic Antic Street Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 24, 12-6pm
WHERE: Atlantic Avenue, 4th Avenue to Hicks Street, Brooklyn
WHAT: This longstanding New York City tradition features international delicacies and unique merchandise with more than 500 vendors, 100 local merchants, 15 live music stages, and one block dedicated to family-friendly fun.
WANT TO GO? FREE admission; fee for food and activities. 718-875-8993. atlanticave.org.

24th Annual Bus Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 24, 11am-6pm
WHERE: Atlantic Antic, Boerum Place between State Street and Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn Heights
WHAT: Step aboard more than a dozen buses from our vintage fleet, representing more than 80 years of New York City surface transit history.
WANT TO GO? free admission; $1 museum admission. 718-694-1600. nytransitmuseum.org.

FREE Kayak Polo
WHEN: Through Sept. 24: Sundays, 12:30-1:30pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2 Dock, Furman and Clark streets, Brooklyn Heights
AGES: 11 and older
WHAT: Kayak polo is a mix of basketball, water polo, and kayaking and a whole lot of fun. Your level of experience doesn’t matter, and nothing will improve your kayaking skills as quickly as playing this game. 
WANT TO GO? 718-802-0603. brooklynbridgepark.org.

FREE Green Team
WHEN: Through Oct. 21: Saturdays, 10am
WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 1, Fulton Ferry Landing, DUMBO
WHAT: Join this dedicated corps of volunteers who keep Brooklyn Bridge Park beautiful. The Green Team meets every Saturday to provide essential horticultural care to the park. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about gardening, enjoy nature, and help the park look its best. Children are welcome to volunteer with a parent or guardian.
WANT TO GO? 212-348-1400. brooklynbridgepark.org.

WHEN: Through Oct. 22: Sundays, 11am-6pm
WHERE: Prospect Park, Breeze Hill, Prospect Park
WHAT: Smorgasburg, the celebrated open-air food fair, returns to Prospect Park featuring over 100 local and regional food purveyors who gather on Breeze Hill to offer a range of cuisines.
WANT TO GO? free admission; food prices vary. prospectpark.org.

Movie Night
WHEN: Through Oct. 29: Sundays, 8pm
WHERE: Habana Outpost, 757 Fulton St., Fort Greene
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Habana Outpost presents movies under the stars every sunday at 8pm. See website for schedule.
WANT TO GO? FREE with food/drink order. 718-858-9500. habanaoutpost.com.

Halloween Harvest Festival
WHEN: Sept. 16- Oct. 29, Saturday-Sunday, 12-6pm
WHERE: Luna Park in Coney Island, 1000 Surf Ave., Coney Island
WHAT: Luna Park’s Halloween Harvest features pumpkin picking and painting and free activities like trick-or-treating, daily entertainment, costumed characters, caricature artists, balloon benders and twisters, magicians, one of NYC’s largest pumpkins, and more.
WANT TO GO? free admission; $5 pumpkin picking and painting. 718-373-5862. lunaparknyc.com.

Train Operators Workshop
WHEN: Through Dec. 23: Saturday-Sunday, 3:30-4:30pm
WHERE: New York Transit Museum, Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Downtown Brooklyn
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: Drop by the Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track in this realistic game.
WANT TO GO? $7; $5 seniors and children ages 2-17. 718-694-1792. nytransitmuseum.org.

FREE Neighborhood Family Concerts
WHEN: Through Dec. 23: Saturdays, 4pm
WHERE: Bargemusic, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights
WHAT: Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge for a one-hour, family-friendly performance, including a Q&A session with the musicians.
WANT TO GO? 718-624-4924. bargemusic.org.

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Queens Weekend Activities

FREE Florence Price: Classical Music Revolutionary
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 3pm
WHERE: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing 
AGES: 5 and older 
WHAT: The story of trailblazing composer Florence Price, who was the first black female composer to have a work premiered by a major American orchestra. Her story will be brought to life with dramatic monologues that are performed alongside her music. 
WANT TO GO? 718 463 7700. flushingtownhall.org.

Saturday Sing-Along
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 10:30am
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Enjoy live music and learn some new animal songs. Meet live animals featured in the songs and make an instrument to play at home. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $18. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

'Pirate Pete's Parrot'
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 2:30pm
WHERE: The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: The play revolves around Pirate Pete, a lovable rogue on a mission to find his beloved runaway parrot. This show promises music, mischief, and a boatload of laughs for children and adults.
WANT TO GO? $15; $10 children; $40 for family four-pack. 718-392-0722. secrettheatre.com.

FREE Saturday Sculpture Workshops: End of Summer Jam with Devin Garcia
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 12-3pm
WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Create wild and whimsical musical instruments from everyday objects and participate in an improvised concert right inside the education area.  
WANT TO GO? 718-956-1819. socratessculpturepark.org.

APEC Adventure Time: Hermit Crabs
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 1:30pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Observe these tiny critters and learn about the seashore. This class focuses on a science theme and includes live animal guests, art projects, trail walks, stories, and more. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $18. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

35th Annual Queens County Fair
WHEN: Sept. 23-24, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-6pm
WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
WHAT: This traditional county fair boasts blue ribbon competitions in produce, livestock, and arts and crafts. Plus pie eating and corn husking contests, carnival rides, midway games, live music, and food vendors.
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 for children 12 and younger. 718-347-3276. queensfarm.org.

2017 World Maker Faire
WHEN: Sept. 23-24, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona
WHAT: A family fun festival to make, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, build, think, play, and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science, and technology. Featuring projects with social impact and making for good, health care and food, alongside the latest developments from core pillars of the Maker Movement such as microelectronics, 3D printing, drones, robotics, and more.
WANT TO GO? $45; $30 children ages 3-17. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

Kidz Kitchen: Cheese Snakes and Fruit Slithers
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 24, 11am
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Meet slithering friends and have fun creating scaly parents with colorful foods. Young chefs will learn about an animal, and then help make a delicious snack to compliment what they’ve learned. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $22. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

The Children's Garden
WHEN: Through Sept. 30: Saturdays, 2pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: A fun and exciting experience where kids spend time planting, playing, observing, and learning in a nurturing environment. Each session incorporates the garden as a resource to support nature discovery, hands-on time in the garden, thematic activities, art, and science investigations.
WANT TO GO? $20 per class. 718-886-3800. queensbotanical.org.

Moving Image Studio: Puppet Workshop
WHEN: Through Sept. 30: Saturday-Sunday, 11am
WHERE: Museum of the Moving Image, 35-01 35th Ave., Astoria
AGES: 3-12, Adult
WHAT: Participants can create their puppets and animation inspired by The Jim Henson Exhibition. Activities include animating puppet faces, paper bag puppets, mixed up monster game, and coloring.
WANT TO GO? $15; $11 seniors; $7 children ages 3-17; free for children younger than 3. 718-777-6888. movingimage.us.

FREE NY Road Runners Open Run
WHEN: Through Sept. 30: Saturdays, 9am
WHERE: Astoria Park, 20-57 Astoria Park S., Between running track and comfort station, Astoria
WHAT: This community-based initiative empowers local volunteers to bring runs to their neighborhood park. The course is between 2½-3 miles. Leave your valuables at home because bag check is not provided. Open to all experience levels, walkers, strollers, and dogs.
WANT TO GO? 646-404-4103. nyrr.org.

FREE LIC Flea & Food Market
WHEN: Through Sept. 30: Saturday-Sunday, 11am-6pm
WHERE: Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, Long Island City
WHAT: This market is a fun and vibrant weekend destination for the entire family, with over 80 vendors who offer unique goods and offer the best in food, jewelry, fashion, furniture, art and crafts, antiques, and more.
WANT TO GO? 718-224-5863. licflea.com.

FREE Zip, Jump & Climb at Atlas Park
WHEN: Through Oct. 9: Thursdays, 4-10pm; Fridays, 4-10:30pm; Saturdays, 12-10:30pm; Sundays, 12-7pm
WHERE: The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Ave., Glendale
WHAT: Featuring NYC's only Zipline Attraction with 3 different challenges, Zip Lining, Rock Climbing, and Extreme Air Jump! No need for wings, a cape, or superhuman powers to fly across the mall!
WANT TO GO? 718-326-3300. shopatlaspark.com.

FREE 14 Sculptures On the Rock 2017
WHEN: Through Oct. 9: daily, see website for times
WHERE: Rockaway Beach Boardwalk on Shore Front Parkway, Beach 73rd to Beach 108th streets, Rockaway Beach
WHAT: This public art exhibition features 16 sculptures, 15 artists, and 14 sites that celebrate the spirit and beauty of the Rockaways, the featured sculptures lining the seaside range from the intimate to the monumental. During the exhibition, arts and cultural events, special programs, and tours will be offered free to the public.
WANT TO GO? 718-945-3131. 14sculptors.com.

FREE Memories of Migration: Making a Talking Family Story Quilt
WHEN: Sept. 16-Oct. 28, Saturdays, 2:30pm
WHERE: Fresh Meadows Library, 193-20 Horace Harding Expwy., Fresh Meadows
WHAT: A special workshop to share migration stories creatively. Participants will take home a variety of new skills along with the artwork they create.
WANT TO GO? 718-454-7272. queenslibrary.org.

FREE GrowNYC Greenmarket
WHEN: Through Oct. 28: Saturdays, 8am-4pm
WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City
WHAT: This market serves the Long Island City and Astoria communities with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and family-friendly activities including workshops, yoga classes, exhibitions, and free cooking demos, featuring seasonal items from the market.
WANT TO GO? 718-956-1819. socratessculpturepark.org.

The Amazing Maize Maze Sponsored by Con Edison
WHEN: Sept. 23-Oct. 29, daily, 11am-4:30pm
WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
WHAT: Kids and adults alike will have fun finding their way out of this 3-acre corn labyrinth. The adventure begins with a "Stalk Talk" to prepare participants for the challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles, and making their way out of the maze.
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 children ages 4-11; free for children 3 and younger. 718-347-3276. queensfarm.org.

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