October Festivals & Fun for Kids in New York Events and Happenings

Autumn has loads of fun for kids, both indoors and outdoors. Check out these exciting October happenings to see what tickles your Family fancy.

Country Charm Farm Harvest Festival
between September 30th and October 15th
New Paltz, New York

The Country Charm Farm Harvest Festival takes place between September 30th and October 15th this year. It happens in New Paltz New York, which is located at the foothills of the beautiful Shawangunk Mountains. It is a gorgeous panoramic view, especially during autumn. It is a free event, where there is no charge for parking or admission. The Country Charm Farm Harvest Festival is well known in the Hudson valley for its life size scarecrows and many displays worth photographing. There is also a scenic hayride that is narrated to give a glimpse into the history of the attractions along the hayride route. The hayride costs $1.75 per adult and is well worth the price to experience the fresh air and bountiful autumn harvest beauty. The scarecrows are displayed as parts of entertaining scenes which are sure to set conversation abuzz. There is also a giant barn sale with lots of treasures and knick-knacks and treats from glassware to trinkets, wall hangings, lamps, framed art and other antique novelties. The scare crows are not your typical scare crows, but are dressed in costumes ranging from Elvis to Super heroes to celebrities to the charming folksy farmer. You can also pick your own pumpkins and buy gourds, Indian corn, mums and more! The kids can pull a little red wagon, provided on the premises for picking out their pumpkins in the pumpkin patch.

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Festa Italiana In Manhattan
October 27 – October 28, 2006

This two day annual event is fun for the whole family. Experience the taste, smells and visions of Italy at the Festa Italiana located at 125 West 18th Street at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. If you preregister tickets are $10 for adults, but if you buy your ticket at the door the ticket price is $15 per adult. Children 12 and under are free either way. At the Festa Italiana you will taste great Italian pastry from cannoli to delicate cookies. Taste gelati icecream and authentic pizza, Italian wine and beef and many other Italian culinary delights. You will explore the Italian culture from music to costume to language to Bocce Ball demonstrations. You can purchase Italian art or just view Italian arts and crafts for the pure pleasure of it. Learn Italian culinary secrets and experience an exciting weekend of Italian culture, fashion, food and fun. From olives to pasta to contests and Italian cookbook signings, the atmosphere will be festive indeed.

For additional information including directions, operating hours and list of exhibitors, visit

Doll Hair Spectacular (for girls age 6 and up)
October 6 and October 7

Girls are invited to bring a doll and learn how to style its hair. Each participant will receive a doll hair kit to take home. This event takes place at American Girl Place, 609 Fifth Ave., at 49th St. in New York. . Call 877 247-5223 for reservations.
Puppet Theater “Monkey See/Monkey Do,”
October 8 2006 2PM
Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Kids can enjoy a fun presentation of “Monkey See/Monkey Do,” a delightfully amusing puppet opera. This Mexican folktale tells the story of a sombrero salesman’s rival with a mischievous band of moneys. It will enchant children of all ages. It takes place at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave. in Brooklyn, NY.

For additional information, call 718-735-4400. or visit http://www.bchildmus.org/
Halloween and Harvest Festival Weekend
October 28th and October 29th
Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Halloween and Harvest Festival Weekend at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum will have kids touching slithery snakes, hearing spooky Halloween stories, and getting their faces painted. Children are encouraged to come in costume. The weekend will celebrate Halloween and the Autumn Harvest season. There will also be a family songfest and other musical entertainment. For additional information, call 718-735-4400 or visit http://www.bchildmus.org/

Lexington Avenue Fall Festival
October 8th 2006
New York City

This is a free event both kids and adults alike will enjoy. More than 400 booths of vendors with a multitude of ethinic foods, arts and crafts, jewlery and antiques as well as musical and live entertainment. Located on Lexington Avenue, between 34th and 42nd Streets.


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