September 28-30 Weekend Highlights by NYMetroParents


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Weekend Highlights by NYMetroParents
September 28-30
¡Fiesta! at the Met, Halloween Ideas, FREE Museum Admissions, Robots and Rockets, and One Big Arts Festival


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Moon FestNYC is home to more than 1,200 cultural venues, meaning you and your kids can learn about the many corners of the world right in your own neighborhood. And many of them are participating in Museum Day Live! to grant you FREE admission this Saturday! This weekend, learn about Chinese culture and join in on the popular lunar harvest festival at the first-ever East River Moon Festival where you'll see a lion dance performance, make dumplings, and create your own lantern. Or head to Hammond Museum in Westchester for the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival for a puppet performance, dragon parade, face painting, and more.

Fiesta @ MetThen explore Hispanic and Latin American art and cultures at the opening of ¡Fiesta! at The Met, a museum-wide celebration with hands-on activities for kids, cultural dance performances, and bilingual story time. Elsewhere, in Rockland, head to the annual Italian Festival to try various foods and desserts and to enjoy live entertainment.

Halloween Fun: Boo at the ZooGo on a kid-friendly historic tour of the East Village to learn about Peter Stuyvesant and his ghostly friends, and visit the Bronx Zoo for its hugely popular Boo at the Zoo that's brimming with Halloween activities. Or get your first Halloween hayride of the season at Stew Leonards in Danbury or Norwalk.

Eat, Make, Do: Try spicy chocolate, spicy pickles, and Dumboother chili-infused foods and enjoy live music from chili-growing regions like Peru at the Chili Pepper Fiesta at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Then, put on your imagination hat to create, learn, invent, and build with the NY Hall of Science at the 2012 World Maker Faire (there will be robots and rockets!). It's a weekend celebration of artists, musicians, poets, dancers, and more at the Dumbo Arts Festival.

Calling All Artists: Make your own art at the Long Island Children's Museum, design your own poster for Kids Club THIRTEEN, and create a food sculpture that's almost good enough to eat at the Westport Arts Center exhibition.

It's a Raptor Party: Learn all about hawks, falcons, owls, and other birds of prey at Prospect Park's Raptor Fest, search for migrating raptors on Hawk Day in Westchester, and also catch them as they fly over the Hudson in Rockland.

Officially Fall: It's not fall without festivals. Head to the Family Fun Day Carnival in Westchester for free food samples, magic, clowns, balloon animals, face painting, and more. Participate in the season's fun at the Fall Harvest Festival at Green Chimneys, and visit the NY state's longest-running county fair: Long Island Fair.

See Below for: Latest posts on our blog, a guide to pumpkin patches near you, and important advice for parents on finding help for your struggling child.

Have a fun-filled weekend!

Lisa Chung
Associate Editor, NYMetroParents

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