If you’re planning a trip to New York in October with your family in tow, you may be wondering just what you can do to keep your kids happy. Luckily, the city is chock-full of fun, seasonal activities that are a good chance for visitors of all ages to celebrate the autumn and all of the holidays that come with it. Read on to learn about some of the best fall time activities for kids in New York.
4 Best Activities for Kids in New York in October
The following 4 activities are can’t miss happenings if you’re going to have kids with you in New York in October.
Boo at the Zoo
The Bronx Zoo is one of New York City’s best attractions for kids. Head to the zoo on a weekend in October to experience Boo at the Zoo, when the zoo transforms into a Halloween festival for all visitors to enjoy. While you’re there, you can go through a hay maze, enjoy pumpkin carving, listen to live music, watch magic shows, and more. Grown us at the zoo can also sip craft beers and eat delicious food.
Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla
No visit to NYC is complete without a trip to Central Park, the city’s favorite outdoor gem. Head to Central Park on October 28, 2018 from 4 to 7pm to experience the Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla. At the event, you can take part in pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts, a costume parade, and listen to spooky stories being read. The highlight of the event if the legendary pumpkin flotilla, when lit pumpkins are set to sail across the Harlem Meer at night. You can go to the Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla for free, and all ages of visitors are welcome. (Consider packing a costume for you and your little one if you’re planning to attend!)
Day of the Dead Festival
An event everyone in the family will love is the Mano A Mano: Day of the Dead Festival in the East Village. This event that runs from October 26-28 celebrates Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The event itself takes place in the East Yard of St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery, and it’s free and open to everyone. It features artists and their work, a folk art market, Mexican food, and tons of live music. You can also celebrate the roots of Day of the Dead by bringing a relative of a deceased loved one to leave at an altar at the festival.
Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest
Does your little one love furry friends? If so, you can’t miss the Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest, held on October 27, 2018 in Fort Greene Park. Locals will bring their dogs dressed up in their best getups, and there will be a costume contest to see which pooch is dressed the best. Come to see the dogs in their outfits, and stay for the rest of the Fort Green Park Conservancy Halloween Fest, which happens simultaneously.
The weather in NYC in October is spectacular, so it’s a great time to go there with your kids. By planning ahead and adding family-friendly and seasonal activities to your itinerary, you can ensure that everyone in your family has a great time during your visit, and that you get to have a full celebration for all of autumn’s best happenings.