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Fall Day Trips

*Fall into autumnal family fun with a trip to a local farm! We've gathered the best locales for apple-picking, hay rides, fall festivals, petting zoos, and other seasonal fun--all within a 90-minute drive.

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*State News, one of the city's premiere toy, arts and crafts supply, and paper goods stores, is bringing their usual dose of festive excitement to Halloween. To buy your child his/her costume, we're offering a $100 gift card to one lucky reader! For info on how to enter, click here.    

Weekend Plans 

Get a head start on Halloween celebrations

at  "Hansel & Gretel's Halloween Adventure" in Central Park. Mermaids, monsters, pirates, and more--oh my! (Friday-Saturday)


So you want to be a surgeon? The da Vinci robot, new at the Liberty Science Center, lets you do just that. Here's how it works. (Friday-Monday)


Yes, the Affordable Art Fair is for kids and adults, thanks to a CMA tour of the grounds and special street art workshops this weekend. Get creative! (Friday-Sunday)


Honor your favorite toys at the Toy Museum of NY's new Cobble Hill location, where you get an amazing chance to pay with a collection of toys from the '80s to '90s. (Saturday)


Stunning NYC architecture opens to the public for Open House New York. From treasure hunts to origami making, find the kids offerings right here. (Saturday-Sunday)


You know it's fall when the Harlem Harvest Festival brings pumpkin carving, dance lessons, live music, and more to the streets. Jump in! (Saturday)


The Little Red Lighthouse Festival gives fams the unique opportunity to tour Manhattan's only lighthouse. Reading, crafts, and snacks abound at its Fort Washington Park location. All aboard! (Saturday)


The haunted pumpkin playground returns to the New York Botanical Garden with parades, puppet shows, and all things spooky all month long. Be brave, friends. (Saturday-Monday)


Butterflies are back at the American Museum of Natural History's Butterfly Conservatory, where winged creatures from all over the world delights all ages. Fly on over! (Saturday-Monday)


It's apples galore at Queens County Farm Museum this weekend, full of cider, baked goods, and hayrides. Hop on! (Sunday)


CMOM celebrates Columbus Day with a special performances by NYC guitarist Richard Younger, who will be singing an energetic mix of traditional and orignal tunes. Rock on. (Monday)


Get festive at Columbus Day Parade, a spectacle of bands, floats, and performers all along Fifth Avenue. Woohoo! (Monday)


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October 5-8, 2012
Chelsea Piers

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