The leaves are beginning to crunch as the hot summer weather cools, and kids switch from sipping lemonade to hot cider. While the summer sun may have come and gone, fall fun is here to stay.
Parade of Trains
Sept. 28 - 29, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Brighton Beach Station Platforms (B/Q); nytransitmuseum.org/program/paradeoftrains2019/all/; Free with a Metro Card swipe
Jump on a shuttle ride on the New York Transit Museum’s vintage train cars from the Brighton Beach station B/Q platforms. Rides will make short trips around Ocean Parkway and a longer trip to Kings Highway. All train routes are round-trip and run from express platforms at the Brighton Beach station in Brooklyn.
Spooky Pumpkin Garden
Sept. 21 - Oct. 31, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx; nybg.org/event/scarecrows-pumpkins/; Kids start at $10 on weekdays, $12 on weekends; Adults start at $23 on weekdays, $28 on weekends
This Bronx garden is done up for the season with an array of (not so scary) scarecrows, gourds, and a variety of activities along the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. In the Garden, kids can also explore a Victorian playhouse and stage a puppet show for family and friends. Little ones can even bring home a souvenir plant they get to plot themselves to enrich spooky decorations. Throughout the fall season, the Garden will also host a Honey & Harvest Weekend, Spooky Pumpkin Nights, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and more. A full list of dates for events are available on NYBG’s website.
Oct. 6, 54 Orchard St.; pickleday.nyc; Free
This dill-icious event takes place on the streets of the Lower East Side, and brands itself as “the world’s largest pickle festival.” This food-themed celebration will feature games, balloon animals, a pickle mascot, face painting, and other family-fun activities. With more than 20 picklers, a pickle-making contest, and dozens of local food vendors, there’s no shortage of pickles for the whole family. Did we mention pickles on a stick?
Big Apple Circus
Oct. 12 - Feb. 2, 2020, Lincoln Center; bigapplecircus.com; Weekday tickets start at $35, weekend tickets start at $45
The Big Apple Circus is celebrating its 42nd season with a roster of international acts all coming to the city. “America’s Got Talent” alumni Savitsky Cats and The Lopez Troupe are among the talented performers you’ll encounter here, where death-defying acts (acrobatics, a high wire act, and a “wheel of death," to name a few) are just part of the experience. Head under the big top to see the the circus acts that are fun for the whole family.
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Oct. 31 - Jan. 5, 2020; Bryant Park; bryantpark.org/amenities/bank-of-america-winter-village-at-bryant-park; Free park entry
This yearly pop-up features an array of food and shopping vendors, plus an outdoor skating rink. While dubbed the “Winter Village,” the transformed Bryant Park has long been a staple for Read-to-Skate StoryTime, bumper cars, and even a Kids Week. Stop by for snacks and fun as the park changes from a grassy lawn in the summer to a “wonderland” beginning in the fall.
“Baby Shark Live!”
Nov. 8, 6:00 p.m., Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn; kingstheatre.com/calendar/baby-shark-live/; Tickets start at $39.50
Based on the newly viral “Baby Shark” song, the titular character and his friend Pinkfong will come together for a live performance of favorite kids songs. “Five Little Monkeys,” “Wheels on the Bus,” and more will be featured in this song-and-dance performance. The family concert event is great for all ages and one-night-only at the Brooklyn venue.
Nov. 23 - Jan. 12, 2020; New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, Queens; nysci.org/event/gingerbread-lane/; Free with museum admission, $13 for children and $16 for adults
Head to Queens for the world’s largest gingerbread village. Created by baker Jon Lovitch, the festive (and entirely edible) village will be on display after a year of construction, planning, and of course, baking. In December, the NYSCI will also offer GingerBread Lane Workshops with Lovitch (for an additional cost), where participants can make their own scrumptious gingerbread houses with the chef.