October is off to an unseasonably and delightfully warm start! Take advantage of the extended summer weather by checking out some– or even all–of our weekly family-centered choices.
Through Sunday, March 2
Liberty Science Center
Are you ready for some football? In honor of the Super Bowl coming to town next spring, Liberty Science Center is hosting a game-centric Gridiron Glory exhibit. Football fans of all ages can learn about the game’s history through rare artifacts like the 1917 game ball used by Jim Thorpe and the Tiffany-crafted Vince Lombardi trophy. The exhibit also includes interactive elements such as an NFL Instant Replay Booth in which visitors can referee a real NFL play, plus an area where fans can try on vintage and new uniforms as well as protective gear. Free with museum admission.
Saturday, October 12-Sunday, October 13
“Little Red Riding Hood”
The Galli Theater
Watch out for the big bad wolf–“Little Red Riding Hood” is coming to the Galli Theater. The Brothers Grimm tale of a girl on her way to her grandmother’s house is given a makeover with audience participation, but most exciting is the post-show workshop on Saturdays, in which kids can take the stage to reenact all the drama from the show. Performances run approximately 45 minutes. Tickets are $15 for children and $20 for adults.
Open House New York
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.
Sunday, October 13
Join Prospect Park for an afternoon of live bird demos and more during Raptor Fest. Visitors will have the opportunity to see owls, falcons, hawks, and other birds of prey up close during bird viewings and flight shows. Park rangers and Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience will be on hand to answer questions and lead owl pellet dissections. Plus, little crafters can make hawk masks and buttons in the Pop-Up Audubon tent. Event is free.