Fall 2009 Family Activities in New York City

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October is my favorite month of year in New York City. It’s still warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities with the kids and the trees in Central Park are always spectacular. This year, there are a few special events happening around the city that are great for kids.

The American Museum of Natural History has a new show at the Planetarium through December 31st called Journey to the Stars. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this show has incredible, never-seen-before images from telescopes on the ground of space. My kids (ages 2 and 4) loved it — I imagine this would be a crowd pleaser for all ages.

My girl’s favorite holiday is unquestionably Halloween. Trick-or-treating in Manhattan is a bit unorthodox — kids ride elevators up and down a building in search of candy, rather than walking from house to house. On Saturday October 24th, Central Park is hosting their annual Pumpkin Festival. There’s a terrific haunted house for older children, hay rides, face painting and pumpkin carving.

The Bronx Zoo has an October program called Boo at the Zoo to celebrate Halloween. They are having the first ever Haunted Safari and wildlife magic shows along with pumpkin carvings and loads of bats.  Children wearing wildlife costumes get in free when accompanied by a paying adult.

The Modern Museum of Art is offering Tours for Fours, a morning drop in program on most weekends in October designed for four year olds and their parents or caregivers. Kids are introduced to painting and sculpture along with photography and an interactive gallery. The program is free after admission to the museum.

If you’re adventurous, Riverside Park is offering free kayaking on the Hudson every Saturday and Sunday through October 11th. Meet at Riverside Park at 10am, wear a bathing suit or t-shirts and shorts, and sneakers. Children must know how to swim. There will be a 20-minute instruction prior to leaving.

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