October 5-7 Weekend Highlights by NYMetroParents


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Weekend Highlights by NYMetroParents
October 5- 7
Party Planning Showcase, Pumpkin Patches, 5,000 Jack-O'-Lanterns, and the New Barclays Center

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Pumpkin PatchesIt's officially fall, which means loads of seasonal fun lies ahead like picking pumpkins, drinking apple cider, and of course, prepping for Halloween—a day that may be one of your child's favorite holidays save for his own birthday. (Note: If you need help planning your kid's next birthday, we've got TONS of ideas and LOADS of people for you to meet at our FREE Celebrate! Party Showcase. Plus, your kids ages 8-13 can reconnect with their summer camp friends at the unofficial camp reunion.)

More Fall Fun: The RiseSee more than 5,000 hand-carved jack-o-lanterns light up one of Long Island's historic mansions at The Rise, and stop by the nature center to welcome the season's wildlife and participate in nature activities at Fall Wildlife Fest. Or learn how farm families lived long ago at the Autumn Open Village and see all of the season's beautiful vegetables at the Harvest Festival. Elsewhere, start a new tradition with Stew Leonard's Halloween Hay Bale Theater, which will be playing "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."

Out of this World: Be one of the first to view the galaxies in the digital dome Sky Theater at Cradle of Aviation Museum's planetarium opening day and also participate in children's workshops with outdoor solar telescopes at the museum's 5th Annual World Astronomy Day. Nearby, view the night sky through a 22-inch telescope.

City Stuff: Play games and learn about that certain creature that spends most of its times underground at Subway Safari. Then follow another sort of creature at Amazing Arachnids. Nearby, at OpenHouseNewYork guests can tour the city's wide and varied buildings. Head to the Center for Architecture for its Weekend Family Festival to create your own stained glass window, design a gargoyle, and more.

More arts and crafts will be at Stepping Stones Museum for Children at Around the World Creative Kids, and with The Lanyard Ladies who will teach you all there is to know about making friendship bracelets.

Music & Shows: See Fancy Nancy and her friends in a new musical, or get up and dance with popular Brooklyn-based Suzi Shelton at Symphony Space. Then sing along and play an instrument with the Staten Island Children's Museum's resident song guy. Head to the Oyster Arts and Music Fest at Rye Playland Boardwalk for two days of food, live music, and unique art.

The Harlem Globetrotters will showcase their talents at the new Barclays Center, so you can explore the stadium and also watch the 86-year-old team perform amazing tricks.

See Below for: Latest posts on our blog, a guide to pumpkin patches near you, and important advice for parents on what they can do about bullying.

Happy October!

Lisa Chung
Associate Editor, NYMetroParents

P.S. Mark your calendars for Sunday, Oct. 21 for the FREE Celebrate! Party Showcase where you'll meet party professionals who will help make your life planning your child's birthday and bat or bar mitzvah easier. Plus kids will be able to reunite with summer camp friends in a supervised lounge.

Announcing our month of amazing Halloween giveaways and treats:

- Win a ticket to Ripley's "Boo-lieve It Or Not" Slumber Fest!

- Score a Martha Stewart Crafting DVD for Cool Halloween Ideas

- Get a huge basket of cool retro candies and toys sent to your home or office

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