Saturday, October 12
Queens: Storybook Discovery: Monster Mash!
October 12, 2013 11:00 am-12pm
Cost:$5 suggested donation per family
Address: 149-19 38th Avenue, Flushing, NY, 11354
Cultivate the joys of learning and reading while having fun at the Voelker Orth Museum’s Storybook Discovery Days! Every 2nd Saturday of the month families read and do a related art or nature activity with Karyn Mooney from 11am to noon. This month, visit for a Monster Mash in the museum to read about different monsters and make your own monster feet to wear!
Manhattan: 11th Annual Little Red Lighthouse Festival
October 12, 2013 12:00 pm-4pm
Little Red Lighthouse in West 181st Street & Plaza Lafayette, NYC, NY, 10033
Celebrate Manhattan’s famous lighthouse with Ranger-led lighthouse tours with readings of “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge,” fishing clinics, live music, a theatre performance, an interactive reptile experience, arts & crafts, festival food , and more! Hosted with the Historic House Trust’s Fall Festival & NYRP.
Queens: Fall Festival
October 12, 2013 12:00 pm-3pm
Phone: (718) 520-5916
Tudor Park, Queens, NYC, NY.
Enjoy a day of fun activities including crafts, games, inflatables, a pumpkin patch, and more!
Open House New York Weekend provides a rare opportunity for city-dwellers to tour the sites of some of NYC’s architectural masterpieces. Kids will love touring the Little Red Lighthouse, the hydroponic greenhouse in the Manhattan School for Children, and il laboratorio del gelato, a beloved gelato factory on the Lower East Side. Of course, the weekend wouldn’t be complete without family-friendly activities such crafts at the Children’s Museum of the Arts, drawing workshops at Kentler International Drawing Space and Woodlawn Cemetery, and scavenger hunts at the Museum of the City of New York. This event is free.
African Penguin Awareness Weekend at the New York Aquarium
Visit New York’s cutest colony of waddling wonders! The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium is hosting a weekend full of fun penguin-themed activities to celebrate African Penguin Awareness Day, a day dedicated to the endangered black-footed aquatic bird native to southern Africa. Visitors will be able to watch a feeding, play games, and touch penguin bio-fact materials. Since its reopening in May, the aquarium continues to recover from the damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. 10am-4pm, nyaquarium.com. Free with general zoo admission.
Manhattan: Family Day, Topiary Garden Dance
Dance the minuet, make a mini topiary and find out how the Brits used their gardens for food and medicine.
Sunday, October 13
Brooklyn: Free Concert: Play-diem Fall Tour
October 13, 2013 12:00 pm-4:00 pm
Address: Brooklyn, NYC, NY
Enjoy free performances by The Opera Collective, Black Rose Rebels, Joe Craze, Jessy Chick, Vintage 6, and Solar Punch at Play-diem’s final concert of the 2013 season.
Monday, October 14
Manhattan: Columbus Day Parade
Fete Columbus’s fateful, failed voyage in search of Asia with a giant ode to Italian-American culture.
Manhattan: National Design Week
Take free workshops, like lantern building, at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Center. Also on Saturday.