Although October is the month of ghouls and ghosts, it’s also the perfect time for outdoor festivals. On the events agenda this week are a couple of family-centric fall festivals. Be sure to check out Family Fit Day at the 14th Street Y during which kids can burn off a few calories (and some excess energy). Have fun outside while the weather still permits!
Saturday, October 19
Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park beckons families to its Harvest Festival this coming Saturday. Activities include face painting, a Halloween parade, storytelling, a pumpkin patch where your costumed child can be photographed, mask making, and a Zumba class led by Dodge YMCA instructors. Stick around for musical performances from the Bilingual Birdies and Audra Rox. Festival is free.
Fall Kids Fest
Madison Square Park
The annual Fall Kids Fest in Madison Square Park is a favorite seasonal event for families across the city. Get ready for an afternoon of costume parades, food, face painting, games, arts & crafts, a costume swap, and much more. Musical guests include The Amazing Max, Songs for Seeds, and The Little Rockers Band. Fest is free and will be held rain or shine.
Saturday, October 19-Sunday, October 20
The Little Orchestra Society’s “Surprise Symphony”
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
Parents with children ages 3-5 are invited to Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse for The Little Orchestra Society’s first concert of the season, “Surprise Symphony.” Little music lovers will learn all about the orchestra and the instrument families which comprise it. Buzz the Bee, Toot the Bird, Bow the Panda, and Bang the Lion will join Guest Conductor Jeffrey Grogan for this educational music experience. Tickets start at $15.
“Me And My Shadow”
The New Victory Theater
Australia’s Patch Theatre Company will bring their original production of “Me And My Shadow” to The New Victory Theater this weekend only! Perfect for ages 4 and up, this 45-minute stage performance about a young girl’s adventures with her shadow is sure to delight audience members with its imaginative content and sense of play. Tickets start at $14.
Sunday, October 20
Family Fit Day
14th Street Y
Kids of all ages can get excited about exercising and staying healthy during Family Fit Day. Join fitness educators at the 14th Street Y for sports, relay races, games, nutritious snacks, a rock climbing wall, and more. Plus, don’t miss a family dance concert and activities with PopFit Kids that encourage movement and balance. Admission is $35 in advance and $40 at the door.