When Fall comes around we all start to crave pumpkin spice lattes, cozy chic sweaters and a visit to the pumpkin patch! Well, maybe not all of us... There are those of you who don’t enjoy pumpkin spice as much as the rest of us! But that’s ok. I am sure you still love a visit to the pumpkin patch as much as the next mom!
But there is so much more to do during the Fall. The city is packed with festive Halloween actives likes hayrides, mazes and so much more. I have come up with a great list of things to do in and around the NYC area. So if you are like me and already did the pumpkin patch thing and are looking for more fun Fall festive things to do with the kiddos here are some great ideas! And I’ve made sure to let you know what is good for small kids and bigger kids!
Fall Fest at Liberty Science Center (ALL AGES)- This outdoor one of a kind set up (with the Statue of Liberty as you backdrop) was a first for us! We’ve been coming to the Liberty Science Center for years and this was our first outdoor experience! We loved the apple cider stand, the spider maze and the petting zoo. Plus Brycen and Brinkley enjoyed playing archery at the apple tree set up right off the parking lot. Check this out and then head inside for so many more new exhibits like the Dinosaur Train and Angry Birds. Dinosaur Train is great for younger kids. They can dress up and play train conductor, play board games on the train and even ring the bell! Even choose what type of Dinosour they want to learn about. Plus there is a digging pit and fossil making room. Your kids will love it. Angry Birds has something for all ages with car building and racing to actual life size angry bird slingshot! Right now Liberty Science Center even has one of the areas largest indoor pumpkin patches. Which the kids can pick and decorate to bring home.
Boo At The Zoo - Bronx Zoo - (ALL AGES) WEEKENDS SEPTEMBER 28 - NOVEMBER 3 (INCLUDING MONDAY, OCTOBER 14) - Come dressed up for some spooky family fun for all! Tickets are a must. Get in advance here. Tickets are on sale now through Nov. 3 with a discount for the Full Experience pass. Check the calendar and times for such things as pumpkin carving demos, costume parade, halloween crafts, corn maze, candy trail and SO much more! They’ve added a ton this year so don’t miss out like the Spooktacular Night Walk. Stay after the gates close for this special seasonal event.
Pips Island - (Ages 4-10) Don’t miss out on all the Fall fun happening over at Pip’s Island in the heart of New York City. This fun interactive experience is even open on Halloween! Tickets available now click here. Plus, on Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27 and 31st there are FREE Fat Which Brownie Treats with make-your-own spooktacular brownies! And as of Oct 19th the new Cafe will be open with tons of other sweet treats! Happy Haunting!
Haunted Hill- (7-10 years) Head over to Prospect Park on Saturday Oct 24th for the Prospect Park Alliance 36th Annual Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair from 12 to 3 pm. The annual event brings thousands of families to Prospect Park’s Lookout Hill and Nethermead for an afternoon of ghoulish fun that is free and open to the public. There are zombies, werewolves and other Halloween characters on the aunted walk through the woodland Lookout Hill. Then enjoy festive Halloween Fair on the Nethermead, from some of the city’s top food trucks.
Governors Island- (ALL AGES) The RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns invites you to Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns, a truly unique jack o’lantern jaunt on Governors Island! There is a lot of walking so bring scooters and your camera! This show is one of a kind. You’ll get to walk through the path of 1000 Jack O’Lanterns as it becomes dark you’ll walk along the illuminated tree-lined pathway to see all the real carved pumpkin masterpieces! They sell light up necklaces and other fun lights up toys. Definitely a unique experience. Advanced tickets required click here.
Mohonk Mountain House- FALL WEEKEND GET AWAY- (Children 3 and up) If you are looking to get out of the city and enjoy some beautiful Fall Foliage along the way then the Mohonk Mountain House is a must! Plus there are tons of farms for apple and pumpkin picking near by. It’s peaceful and tranquil setting just about an hour and half north of NYC has spectacular views plus a kids club, hiking trails and the rooms are totally unplugged! You can connect with nature or get physical. There is so much to do like Archery/Tomahawk throwing to mediation to afternoon cookies! Plus a warm indoor pool, billiard room and a beautiful buffet. This hotel is great for children over 3. It is not super baby, toddler friendly although I went with a 2 year old and we had a blast.