November 2-4 Weekend Highlights by NYMetroParents


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Weekend Highlights by NYMetroParents
November 2-4
Post Sandy: NYC Marathon, Harry Potter, Permission to Get Messy, and Win Big in Our Cute Halloween Photo Contest 


Over the last few days, we've heard from many of our readers via Facebook and Twitter of their safe status during Hurricane Sandy. We are extremely glad to have been in touch with each other through the storm and continue to send good vibes to you and your family.

MarathonThough the NYC Halloween Parade may have been canceled this year, the ING New York City Marathon, which draws thousands of people to the city, is still on this weekend and is a great place to cheer on your fellow neighbors. (CANCELED)

Harry PotterThere are many other cool events in the area to help keep the kids entertained, including Harry Potter: The Exhibition at Discovery Times Square. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos, a day to honor the loved ones who have passed, or teach the kids about another culture at Diwali with stories, traditional Hindu dances, and more. Then, observe International Game Day at the Field Library with a smorgasbord of board games from all over the world.

Make + Do: The kids may have been cooped Artsup the past few days in the wake of the storm. Now it's time to let them get messy with arts and crafts with Long Island Children's Museum (no clean up for you!). Elsewhere, learn about decorative Turkish wall tiles and create you own mosaic tile to take home. Then, head to The Met for a Sunday Studio with family-friendly activities.

The Outdoors: Spend a day on Queens County Farm for animal shows, pony rides, and wild animals during Wildlife Weekends (scheduled to be open Saturday, Nov. 4; call to confirm). Then, learn about Slimy Snails and create a cozy habitat for them. Gather up the family and head to Boscobel's 3rd Annual Bonfire Night for old-fashioned fun, folk, sing-alongs, and making s'mores.

MusicShow Time + Story Time: Sit around for story time about Election Day at Barnes and Noble, or head to the DiMenna Children's History Museum for tales of Old New York. Elsewhere, settle down for a show about a girl and her dog who have a "wuff" day; or bring your dancing shoes to hear family-friendly tunes at Symphony Space.

P.S. Donate (and get cash) for leftover Halloween candy at these buy-back events: Nassau; Suffolk; Huntington, CT.

Stay Safe!

Lisa Chung
Associate Editor

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