New York Family Magazine
Contests & Giveaways
Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz For Young People works wonders in making music accessible to kids, including its humorous narrated concert, "Who is John Coltrane?". This Saturday, November 3rd concert is recommended for  ages 6 and up, and we have 2 four-packs to give away! Deadline is Wednesday, October 31. Click here for a chance to win. 
Halloween Planner

To help you make the most of Halloween, we've put together a master list of the city's 40 biggest and baddest parties, parades, and festivals. Here are some of the highlights:


Celebrate in Seussian style at CMOM's Halloween Festival, with magic shows, theater, and Grinch-inspired crafts. Booyah! (Friday-Sunday)


We can't think of anything scarier than giant sculptures and nighttime creatures at NYBG's Haunted Pumpkin Garden--can you? (Friday-Sunday)


Boo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo is the ultimate festival with hay rides, graveyards, and pumpkin carving. Live the Halloween dream. (Saturday-Sunday)


It's all about pumpkins at Central Park, whose fest includes sugar pumpkin-making, Quidditch matches, a Big Apple Circus performance, and much more. Yum! (Saturday)


Go green at the World Financial Center, where you can enjoy fair-trade treats and costume swaps amidst games like musical spider web and gourd rolls. Love it. (Saturday)


Morningside Montessori Schools' Fall Festival combines pumpkin decorating, goblin bowling, and doughnuts with a super-popular beloved mom rocker. Guess who? (Sunday)


Hudson River Park's Halloween Kidz Karnival means mask decorating, Story Pirates improv, and fun rides. Hop on! (Sunday)


All about parades: Whether you're in Central Park for a pumpkin sail, in Park Slope for trick-or-treating, or at The Scholastic Store to hang with Clifford, there's always a chance to strut your spookiest stuff. 

Other Weekend Plans

Take a break from Halloween at New Victory Theater's "Mojo," which combines puppetry, illusion, and music. Ready for some magic? (Friday-Sunday)


Little Orchestra Society's A Happy Family concert introduces a classical music performance--all about candy. Sweet! 



For a serene night, join The Intrepid Museum on its Astronomy Day, led by experts from the Rockland Astronomy Club. Oooh, ahhh. (Saturday)


You'll want to dance the night away at New York Theater Ballet's first Dance on a Shoestring performance this season. Guess which nursery rhyme will be featured



The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial reopens at the American Museum of Natural history with leaf-printing crafts, bird walks, and more. Dive in! (Saturday)   

Bonus Tip

What's fall without a slew of pumpkin treats? To satisfy your family's seasonal cravings, we searched high and low to gather these 15 delicious recipes, from mini cheesecakes to pie fudge to French toast.  Enjoy!

October 26-28, 2012
Linden School
Chelsea Piers
Camp Fair  

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