This weekend’s festivities around the city include sensory activities, homemade food fare, local produce, and a chance to build your own scarecrow for Halloween.
- Pre-K Science Explorers: Five Senses: Designed for pre-school children and their caregivers, these sessions will be a hands-on exploration of the five senses. Held on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 and Saturday, October 22nd, 2016, this program is offered for free at 30 library locations. Participants must register in advance as the program is capped at 12 children.
- Fashion StudioNYC: The Fashion StudioNYC at Tompkins Square Park Library in the East Village is designed to help children ages 8-15 broaden their imaginations to design, sew, and wear their own creations. Attendees will learn how to use a sewing machine and other equipment and practice basic sketching, and select their own fabrics and trims. Space is limited for the remaining Saturdays in October so advance registration is suggested.
- Wallingford Scarecrow Festival: The main attraction in Wallingford, Connecticut, is its “Build Your Own Scarecrow” competition. On Saturday, October 15th, 2016, families can make their own scarecrow using the materials provided and then take their unique version home. Once completed, children can enjoy additional activities including hayrides, crafts, and a puppet show.
- Farm Festival on the Upper West Side: Families should stop by the Manhattan Country School Farm Festival on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 to enjoy entertainment such as music, rides, arts and crafts, as well as sample homemade baked goods and fresh produce from the school’s farm in the Catskills.
- Learn to Make Fresh Pasta: At La Scuola, young chefs are welcome! Children ages 8-12 years-old will have the opportunity to create and prepare fresh pasta, practice the pasta kneading technique, and even take home an Eataly apron!
- Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch: On Sunday, October 16th, 2016, families can take advantage of nature walks, farm tours, bouncy houses, craft and food vendors, as well as the pumpkin patch at the Queens Botanical Garden.
- 1001 Nights: A Love Story about Loving Stories: Recommended for ages 5-9, this kid-friendly musical in Chelsea is about a princess who uses her brains to try and save her kingdom as she tells tale after tale for a narrow-minded king. This weekend’s production features music by EGOT award winner Robert Lopez, who had worked on Avenue Q, the Book of Mormon, and Disney’s Frozen.
- Sweets by Chloe: This Greenwich Village bakery is an expansion from Chloe Coscarelli, an award-winning vegan chef. Stop by this bright space to enjoy the frosted cupcakes, cookies, and birthday treats. The treats are vegan, plant-based, and certified Kosher.