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October 1-7

  • October 1: Maxine Linehan: Beautiful Songs, The Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St.., (212)206-0440, www.metropolitanroom.com. This brand new show explores what makes a song beautiful. Singing songs from a wide variety of genres— Broadway, folk, pop, and beyond— the critically acclaimed Maxine Linehan gives audiences a rare hour filled with beauty created from irresistible melodies, with elegant and incisive lyrics. 7pm.
  • October 4: Secular Yom Kippur Service with Children’s Program, The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, Holiday Inn, 440 W. 57th St., (212)213-1002, www.citycongregation.org. Cultural Jewish High Holiday service with concurrent children’s program. Tickets are available online. 10:30am.
  • October 5: Harvest Festival, Randall’s Island Urban Farm, Randall’s Island, (212)860-1899, www.randallsisland.org. The 2nd annual Harvest Festival is a great time to come out and enjoy Randall’s Island with the family. There is a full-day of face painting, pumpkin hunts, Urban Farm tours, apple cider and rice cake demos, and more. 11am-3pm.
  • October 5: Submerge! NYC’s Marine Science Festival, Hudson River Park, Pier 26 Hudson River Park, www.hudsonriverpark.org. Enjoy a day devoted to bringing awareness to NYC’s coastal waterways, with a focus on ocean science while raising awareness of how people influence local waterways. Noted marine scientists will present current research through hands-on activities and compelling presentations. Interactive demonstrations will bring marine science and engineering topics to life, inspiring audiences of all ages. 11am-3pm.
  • October 7: Shark Yoga!, Karma Kids Yoga, 104 W. 14th St., (646)638-1444, www.karmakidsyoga.com. Dive deep into the depths of the ocean to come face to face with great whites, hammerheads, and all the amazing sharks that live off the coasts of New York and beyond. Shark lover and protector, Laura Frye, takes you on a yoga adventure into the deep blue sea to find out why sharks are some of the most important creatures in the ocean and why it's our job to be Super Yoga Shark Savers! Appropriate for ages 2-6. 4:30-5:30pm.

 

October 8-14

  • October 8: Creative Dance, Westbeth Center for the Art, 55 Bethune St., (212)566-3097, www.westbeth.org. Try out the basics of classical ballet, musicality, with the ideas of modern dance pioneer Martha Graham and movement and themes derived from the imagination of the students are the main ingredients of this fun yet disciplined class. Then create sculptural costume pieces to take home. For ages 6-9. 3:30-4:30pm.
  • October 8, 15, 22, and 29: Parent Tour of Ready, Set, Go Preschoolers Program, Rutgers Community Programs, Rutgers Community Church, 236 W. 73rd St., (212)877-8227, ext. 212, www.rutgerschurch.org. Parents are invited to a tour of the preschoolers program for children ages 2.9 to 5 years. The program is dedicated to nurturing children’s curiosity and creativity. RSVP to Jennifer Moore at jmoore@rutgerschurch.org or by phone. 9am each day.
  • October 11: Children's Harvest Festival, Jefferson Market Garden, Greenwich Avenue between Sixth Avenue and West 10th Street. (212)727-7038, http://jeffersonmarketgarden.org. Enjoy free crafts, pumpkin decorating, storytelling, cookie decorating, and treats for primary and pre-school kids. Free kid-sized pumpkins from Citarella, Greenwich Village. Rain Date: October 12. 11am-2pm.
  • Opening October 12: Players Theatre, 115 Macdougal St., (212)475-1237, www.theplayerstheater.com. Tico Tales is a magical journey to Costa Rica through storytelling, dance and music. Enter the rainforest as the rhymes and legends of an ancient culture sweep you away to a long-forgotten land. Appropriate for all ages. Saturdays and Sundays 2pm and 11am respectively. The show continues through November 16.

 

October 15-21

  • October 15: Raising Children in a Transracial Family, Modern Family Center at Spence-Chapin, 410 E. 92nd St., (646)539-2167, www.spence-chapin.org. This workshop offers interactive activities, discussion, and guidance on building healthy transracial families. All events are open to the public, specifically parents of children 0-5 years old. Childcare is provided. 6:30-8pm.
  • October 18: We Run, Sit, and Think! How Can We Put Together Motion and Rest?, Aesthetic Realism Foundation, 141 Greene St., (212)777-4490, www.aestheticrealism.org. Can every object show how to make sense of rest and motion? Teachers Barbara Allen and Robert Murphy demonstrate to children 5-12, these sentences by Eli Siegel: "Are the clouds both at rest and in motion? Is that how you want to be?" 11am-12:15pm.
  • October 18: Reading Under the Covers, Scholastic Store Soho, 557 Broadway, (212)343-6166, www.scholastic.com. Ready for a NYC camp out? The Scholastic Store and EVEREADY invite you to put on your pajamas, grab a great book, and celebrate reading under the covers in a giant reading fort! The event begins with a concert by Tim and the Space Cadets, followed by a “pajama jam” complete with a DJ, magician, crafts, and an exclusive book signing by Joyce Wan, author of We Belong Together. Reservations required. 4-6pm.
  • October 19: Sunday Art Discoveries, The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., (212)423-3337, www.thejewishmuseum.org. Meet in the main lobby, engage with works of art through exciting activities and gallery tours that focus on themes related to special exhibition. Appropriate for ages 4-10. 11:30am-12:30pm.
  • October 19: Thalia Kids Book Club: An Afternoon with Lois Lowry, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (212)864-5400, www.symphonyspace.com/justkidding. Enjoy reading and conversation with the treasured author of Number the Stars, The Giver, and many other favorite works for kids and teens. Number the Stars, the Newbery Medal-winning novel about the Occupation of Denmark in the Second World War, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Also appearing will be Sean and Christine Astin, who have purchased the film rights and are proud to be adapting Number the Stars for the screen. Appropriate for ages 9 and older. 1pm.
  • October 20: Your 3-Year-Old: What to Expect, Rutgers Community Programs, Rutgers Community Church, 236 W. 73rd St., (212)877-8227, ext. 212, www.rutgerschurch.org. This free workshop helps parents understand what's going on with their charming and challenging 3-year-old. Learn what you can expect from your child socially, physically, cognitively, and emotionally. Workshop leader Anna Mudrick, a teacher, brings her professional expertise to this discussion. RSVP to Jennifer Moore at jmoore@rutgerschurch.org or by phone. 6-7:30pm.

October 22-31

  • October 24: Parenting Humanistically without the Assistance of an All-Seeing and All-Comforting Deity, The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, SAJ Building 15 W. 86th St., (212)213-1002, www.citycongregation.org. Secular Jewish Shabbat service followed by discussion of how to instill a sense of accountability and conscience as well as coping skills to children raised with secular humanist values. Led by a licensed child and family psychologist. Childcare available. 7:30pm.
  • October 25: PS6 Fall Fair, PS-6, East 82nd Street between Park and Madison Avenues, (212)737-9774, www.ps6nyc.org. There will be rides, carnival games, crafts, great food, Halloween costume contests, live music, karaoke, and a street fair. There is no entrance fee, but tickets are available for purchase and required for most activities. For more information, please contact Barbara Mederrick at ps6back2schoolbash@gmail.com. 11am-4pm.
  • October 26: Storybooks and Art, The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., (212)423-3337, www.thejewishmuseum.org. Listen to a story from the library of children’s book favorites, then participate in an art activity in the museum’s galleries. Appropriate for ages 3-7. 1:30-2pm.
  • October 29: Halloween Celebration, 74th St. MAGIC, 510 E. 74th St., (212)737-2989, www.74magic.com. Enjoy not-so-spooky shenanigans in this special Halloween edition of MAGIC Makers Clubhouse where art, music, dramatic play, cooking and science meet for a ton of collaborative fun. 4-5:30pm.
  • October 31: Asphalt Screams, Asphalt Green, 555 E. 90th St.; Battery Park City, 212 North End Ave., www.asphaltgreen.org/asphaltscreams. Join this spooky sports celebration, features games like Zombie Freeze Tag, Spooktacular Soccer Shootout, and much more. Wear your best costume and bring the whole family for a ghoulishly good time. The first 400 kids to arrive receive a goody bag so don't be late for the fun! While this event is free and open to the public, there is a suggested donation. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Fit Kids Fit City campaign. 4-6pm.
  • October 31:  Halloween Show, Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, (888)541-3750, www.bigapplecircus.org.  Kids in costume will receive goodies, and opportunities for photos with the magical Big Apple performers. Come celebrate Halloween! Save up to $25 with code SPOOKY. 6:30pm.