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October 1-7

  • October 2-11: Robin Hood, New Victory Theater229 W. 42nd St., (646)223-3010, fun new show from the popular Seattle Children's Theatre. Enjoy a swashbuckling tale of medieval mischief and mayhem as Robin Hood fights for justice against the sneaky Sheriff of Nottingham. For ages 7 and older. Times vary.
  • October 2: Silent Disco for Families, Kids & Teens, The ROC,59 E. 2nd St., (646-)854-4762, A silent disco for families that will raise money for good causes. Don a pair of colorful glowing 3-Channel headphones, choose your favorite music, and dance the night away. There will be refreshments, glow sticks, face painting, photo booth, crafts, Wii / Xbox dance games, Minecraft, Legos, and more. 6:30pm
  • October 3: Submerge: NYC Marine Science Festival, Pier 26, North Moore Street, (917)661-8771, A marine science festival organized in collaboration with the New York Hall of Science devoted to raising awareness of how we impact on waterways and celebrating NYC’s coastal waters. There are hands-on marine science activities, live music, presentations by noted scientists, citizen science, kayaking, fishing and more. 11am-3pm.
  • October 3: Free Early Childhood Trial Music Class, The Diller-Quaile School of Music, 24 East 95th St., (212)369-1484, ext. 43, Share the joy of music with your family! Children 3 months-3 years and their accompanying adults are invited to make music through singing, storytelling, and the playing of instruments. Each class features a music teacher and professional pianist. Call or email ahead, space is limited. 11-11:45am.
  • October 3 and 4: Makers Making History: Latino Arts Festival, Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., (212)721-1223, A series of workshops exploring Latin arts and design including a collaboration with Museo El Barrio, East Harlem murals and sculpture. 10am-7pm and 10am-5pm, respectively.
  • October 4: Blessing of the Animals, The Cathedral Church of Saint John The Divine: Pulpit Green, 1047 Amsterdam Ave., (212)932-7314, The annual Feast of St. Francis festival is now in its 31st year. The signature Cathedral service has massed choir of hundreds of voices, a dance performance by Forces of Nature, and musical performances by the Paul Winter Consort, all in celebration of the beauty of the animal kingdom. The service concludes with the Procession of the Animals, a silent parade of creatures great and small down the Nave of the Cathedral. Advanced passes need for the service, a limited amount will be available on the day but you must arrive by 8:30am. 11am-4pm.
  • October 4: Taste of Battery Park City, Brookfield Place Promenade, 200 Vesey St., (212)417-2445, This outdoor food festival benefits the local public elementary school, PS89. General tickets provide five tastes from a number of celebrated local restaurants including: Le District, Parm, Dos Toros, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Tartinery and Northern Tiger, El Vez, Shake Shack, North End Grill, Harry’s Italian, Atrio, Francois Payard Bakery and Blue Smoke. There will also be a kids corner and beer garden. 12-3pm.
  • October 4: Hudson Vagabond Puppets Mammoth Follies, On Stage at Kingsborough, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, (718)368-5596, Mammoth Follies explores the great age of the dinosaur in an old-fashioned revue of original songs, witty jokes and earth-smashing dances. 2pm.
  • October 5: CHADD Presents: ADULT ADHD - Building Coping Skills from the Inside Out, The Church of St Thomas Moore, 65 E. 89th St., (212)721-0007, From the perspective of an adult diagnosed with ADHD, Robert Tudisco, you will explore ADHD in adults, its impact, and how to develop skills to learn and manage your ADHD and your life. 6-7:30pm.
  • Beginning October 5: Young Creators Afterschool Program, Atlantic, Atlantic Acting School, 76 Ninth Ave., (212)691-5919, The Creators class is a must for any young performer looking for an after school outlet for creative expression. In this class students will work with their director to create an original short play featuring a character of their own imagination. The emphasis of this class is on each kid’s personal character creation and ensemble contribution to story conception. Elements of acting and performance will be introduced and students will be asked to fully memorize lines. Family and friends will be invited for a workshop performance at the end of the semester. Class continues through January 18. 4-5:30.
  • October 6: Thalia Kids' Book Club: Rick Riordan, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (503)293-9498, Children ages 9-12 are invited to meet New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus series returns to launch the first book in his newest series Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer. There will be no public signing line, but autographed books will be sold at the event. Ages 10 and older. 6pm.
  • October 7: 10 Tips for LGBTQ People Planning to Adopt, Modern Family Center, 410 East 92nd St., (646)539-2167, This is a free online webinar for the LGBTQ community members thinking about adopting. The webinar sheds light on adopting, including an overview of the home study process, state regulations for second parent adoption, and how to select an affirming adoption service provider. Bring your questions– there will be plenty of time for Q&A! 6:30-7:30pm. 

October 8-14

  • October 10: Pueblo Harlem, The Herb Alpert Center, 645 Saint Nicholas Ave., (212)926-4100 ext.327, Join the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance and Harlem School of the Arts as they celebrate the Third Annual Pueblo Harlem Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, Familia, Comunidad y Artes/Family, Community and the Arts. 11am-7pm.
  • October 10: Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (503)293-9498, Singer/Songwriter Joanie Leeds has won numerous awards, including first place in the USA Songwriting Competition, an Independent Music Award, a Gold Parents' Choice Award, and a National Parenting Publications Gold Award. Over the past several years she has played concerts in dozens of cities across the country and has received raves from People, Parents, the New York Times and the Washington Post. 11am.
  • Beginning October 10: The Velveteen Rabbit: A New Family Musical, Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th St., (866)811-4111, The Velveteen Rabbit takes us on the Rabbit’s musical journey from loneliness to friendship, from loss to love, from innocence to wisdom, and finally to becoming real. 10:30am.
  • October 13: Pen Parentis Literary Salon, Hotel Andaz, 75 Wall St., (212)501-2031, Is anything more frightening than being a parent? Three celebrated writers of literary horror have the expertise to answer that question. At the October Pen Parentis Literary Salon, hear from Veronica Schanoes, John Langan and three time Bram Stoker Award winner, Sarah Langan. This Downtown series celebrates the diverse creative work of writers that are also parents. 7pm.

October 15-22

  • October 17: What Happens to Our Feelings When We Read a Book?, Aesthetic Realism Foundation, 141 Greene St., (212)777-4490, In this Learning to Like the World class, children talk about this by Eli Siegel: "Books can show that life can make sense, while it makes you wonder, and think, and hope, and see what is right under your feet." 11am-12:15pm.
  • October 17: Trees, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (503)293-9498, “Trees” featuring Molly Ledford, Billy Kelly, Dean Jones Kindie music superstars Molly Ledford, Billy Kelly, and special guest Dean Jones perform an acoustic musical celebration of trees. 11am.
  • October 18: Bagels & Blox, Modern Family Center, 410 East 92nd St., (646)539-2167, Food, childcare, and fun are provided- all you have to do is enjoy breakfast and connect with other parents while your kids play! Early childhood experts will be here to answer questions and offer parenting guidance. All events are open to the public. Adoptive parents and kids ages 5 and below are welcome to attend.10:30am-12:30pm.
  • October 21: Parenting Teens: Blame the Brain, Modern Family Center, 410 East 92nd St., (646)539-2167, Having a hard time connecting with your tween or teen? In this three-part workshop series, receive guidance on how to improve your relationship and communication with your child. Talk about how to tell the difference between typical moodiness and problematic behaviors. You’ll leave with tools to help your teen become independent, while still providing parental support and nurturing your relationship. During this first workshop build a comprehensive foundation of adolescent physical, cognitive, and social emotional development focusing on the brain. You’ll gain insight into why teens do what they do, understand how to build trust, and feel more confident in your decision making. Parents with children of any age are welcome to attend. Attendance to all three workshops is not required, but encouraged. Light refreshments will be served. 6:30-8:30pm.

October 22-31

  • October 24-25: Thalia Kids' Book Club: Guys Reading Terrifying Tales, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (503)293-9498, Guys Reading Terrifying Tales Contributors to the latest book in the Guys Read series, Jon Scieszka (The Stinky Cheese Man),Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grimm), Daniel José Older (Half-Resurrection Blues), Michael Buckley(The Sisters Grimm), Rita Williams Garcia (One Crazy Summer), Kelly Barnhill (The Witch\'s Boy) and Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants) present a bone-chilling collection of original ghost stories perfect for sharing around the campfire, reading under the covers with a flashlight, and scaring your friends’ pants off. The afternoon will include a Halloween costume contest, readings by our guest authors, an audience Q&A and a fun writing activity where kids will get the opportunity to write their own scary tale. There will be a book signing following the event. Appropriate for ages 8-12. 2pm.
  • October 24: National Dance Institute, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (503)293-9498, More than 100 kids will dance their hearts out, in one of the highest energy performances on the NYC dance scene. In addition to works from NDI's award-winning repertoire, the performance includes a segment from “This Land is Our Land:The Power of American Song,” a celebration of bluegrass, folk, blues, spirituals and other music that define our nation and its people. Founded by ballet star Jacques d'Amboise, National Dance Institute (NDI), has transformed the lives of more than 2 million children through award-winning arts and learning programs, and through their spectacular and colorful public performances for more than 35 years. The Celebration Team dancers are kids ages 9 to 15, drawn from schools throughout the NYC metro area. 2pm.
  • October 24: "We All Live in the Forbidden City" Book Launch Party, China Institute in New York, 100 Washington St.,, China Institute is kicking off the next stage of their publishing and educational program We All Live in the Forbidden City. They are celebrating with a launch party for the new books Bowls of Happiness and What Was It Like, Mr. Emperor? Life in China’s Forbidden City. At this family festival celebrating Chinese history and culture, there will be performances, games, crafts, and more. Prizes will be given out throughout the day and to the first 50 guests. Free Admission. Registration is not required, but is recommended to secure a place in one of the children’s workshops.
  • October 31: Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular, Dylan’s Candy Bar, 1011 3rd Ave., (646)619-8646, Prepare for something terrifyingly delicious! Snag your tickets, which include admission to our private party filled with sweet fun the whole family can enjoy! Enjoy Trick or Treat stations with candy and games, Candy craft station, Who-Wore-it-Best costume contest, Photo booth for snapshot souvenirs, and more. 9-10:30am.
  • October 31: Monster Gras, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (503)293-9498, Don’t miss ‘Monster Gras’ with Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards Celebrate Halloween New Orleans style with Jazzy Ash and her five piece band The Leaping Lizards-- the first and only New Orleans music band just for kids. Ash and her band are celebrating the release of a new album called Bon Voyage, and this show offers a morning of Halloween inspired songs with a classic New Orleans twist. With her strong alto vocals and happy ukulele strums, Jazzy Ash leads a multi-instrumental experience. The band plays guitar, banjo, accordion, fiddle, bass, trombone, saxophone, washboard and drums. Everyone in the band is also a music educator, which means that kids will not only be dancing, but they’ll also learn about New Orleans culture along the way. The audience is invited to come in costume. 11am.

All Month Long

  • Every Day in October: The Hunger Games: The Exhibition, Discovery Times Square, 226 W. 44th St., Don’t miss this super–interactive, totally immersive exhibit inspired by The Hunger Games. In addition to being fun, the exhibition is educational, teaching kids about science, technology, and problem–solving as they follow Katniss Everdeen's inspiring and action–packed journey through seven different galleries, including Tribute Train, District 12 and The Capitol. Super fans flip for the authentic costumes and artifacts from the films on display, as well as the interactive map of Panem and stunt choreography feature. Preregistration is recommended. The exhibition continues through January 3, 2016.
  • Every Day in October: Seaglass Carousel at The Battery, State Street at Pearl Street, Battery Park City, (212)344-3491, SeaGlass lacks the center pole of a traditional carousel. Instead, the four turntables are driven by electric motors housed below the floor. Each of the 30 massive fiberglass fish was custom designed and fabricated for SeaGlass by Show Canada. Internally illuminated with color-changing LED light fixtures and outfitted with integrated audio systems, each fish is designed to recall the bioluminescence found deep in the ocean. Open daily 10am-10pm.

Looking Ahead

  • November 7: The Great Red Ball Rescue, 2537 Broadway, (212)864-5400, The Great Red Ball Rescue A family trip to the beach goes awry when a young boy's favorite Red Ball is whisked away by the tides. Can he summon the courage to get it back? Join Jasper, a timid kid with a big imagination, as he sets out on an adventure across the ocean, under the waves, and up into the clouds. Along the way, he meets fantastical fortune tellers, thieving fishermen, and many mysterious creatures of the deep. Will he ever reclaim his favorite Red Ball from the clutches of the sea? Find out in this visually stunning production featuring multiple styles of puppetry, an original score, and lots of seafaring fun. 11am and 2pm.
  • November 14: Justin Roberts… Unplugged!, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (212)864-5400, In this rare and intimate concert, Justin will perform his hits acoustically with arrangements rarely heard in his more pop-rock oriented shows. With a style compared to Elvis Costello and Green Day, Justin is an audience favorite at Symphony Space every season. This twice Grammy Award-nominated artist dishes out intelligent and whimsical songs delving into the highs and lows of everyday experience. 11am.
  • November 22: Thalia Kids Book Club Event: Brian Selznick and The Marvels, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (212)864-5400, Brian Selznick and The Marvels The author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, discusses his book The Marvels. Two seemingly unrelated stories— one in words, the other in pictures— come together in a story filled with mystery, vibrant characters, surprise twists, heartrending beauty, and Selznick’s most arresting art to date. There will be a book signing after the event. Appropriate for ages 9-12. 4pm.