OCTOBER 1, 10 AM – 4 PM: Today
they’re throwing the doors open at the LAMONT DOHERTY
EARTH OBSERVATORY – an old mansion filled with the
latest in Earth science technology tucked away in the
Palisades. Come learn how scientists are helping protect
the Earth, and then check out the world’s largest
collection of samples of mud from the bottom of the sea.
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades,
2, 12PM –
6 PM: Now that there’s a hint of
winter in the air, it’s time to warm up at the Brooklyn
Botanic Garden’s CHILE FESTIVAL. There will be music
from Latin America, Africa and Cajun country (also known
as Louisiana), dance and gardening workshops, chile-o-centric
crafts and tattoos, and lots of spicy food. Brooklyn Botanic
Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn.
8, 10 AM – 12 PM: Today is family day at
the Center for Architecture – and they’ve
set up a hands-on exhibit devoted to BUILDING GREEN. If
you’ve ever wondered about how to keep your home
(or school) warm (or cool) without sending pollution into
the air, this is the exhibit for you and your family.
Center for Architecture Lecture Hall, 536 LaGuardia Place
– for reservations, call 212 358 6133 or send email
OCTOBER 9, 10 AM: Learn how the Upper
West Side went from horse trails to subway rails by joining
the walking tour starting at the Soldiers and Sailors
Monument at W 89th and Riverside Drive. And if you want
to learn even more (or aren’t free in the AM), join
the same gang at 1 PM at the southeast corner of W 81st
Street and Columbus Avenue. The tours are aimed at kids
7 – 10, so you know they’re going to be fun.
For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 212.496.8110.
OCTOBER 9, 16 and 23, 1 PM – 4 PM:
Sunday doesn’t rhyme with fun day for nothing. Head
down to the South Street Seaport for SUNDAY STORYTIME
AT THE SEAPORT and listen to real fish tales on the decks
of the tall ship Peking. There will be plankton-peeking
through microscopes (look! A fluffy rotifer!) and aquatic
art projects as well. Tickets for the museum and storytime
can be acquired at 12 Fulton Street. For more information
call 212 748 8758.
OCTOBER 15, 1 PM – 4 PM: Learn
about how people in New York have fought fires for the
last 400 years at the FIRE BUCKET AND RATTLE WATCH FESTIVAL
at the South Street Seaport. There will be crafts, classes
and stories all in honor of Fire Prevention Week. Tickets
available at 12 Fulton Street. For more information call
212 748 8758.
OCTOBER 15, 1 PM – 2 PM: Take
a teen-led tour of Central Park from the Dairy to Strawberry
Fields and learn about the natural and not-so-natural
history of the park. The DAIRY BERRY FIELDS TOUR is free,
takes place rain or shine – and who knows? Maybe
one day you’ll be leading the tour. Meet at the
Dairy, mid-park at 65th Street.
OCTOBER 22, 1 PM – 4 PM: What?
You don’t have your pumpkin yet? No prob - head
to Staten Island for PUMPKIN PICKING at the Joe Holzka
Community Garden. You’ll be able to paint your face
and make a craft or two as well. Joe Holzka Community
Garden - 1161 Castleton Ave. at Barker Ave. Contact Meg
Grande at 718-447-3860 for more information.
OCTOBER 29, 2 PM – 6 PM: If you
live near the Clifton Place Memorial Garden & Park
in Brooklyn, it’s time for a HARVEST FAIR. There
will be grapes to harvest, cider to drink and stories
to listen to – and a bookmobile parked close by.
Clifton Place Memorial Garden & Park - 1033-1037 Bedford
Ave., at the corner of Clifton Place. For more information
call 718 230-1917
OCTOBER 29, 2 PM – 5 PM: Celebrate
Halloween by taking your pumpkin boating in Central Park.
The 14th Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail at the Harlem
Meer features prizes for best costume and jack-o-lantern
and a candlelit launch of pumpkins across the Meer (that’s
“lake” in Dutch). The Charles A. Dana Discovery
Center, inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth
and Lenox Avenues. For more information, call 212-860-1370.
ALL MONTH: Would you believe it if someone
told you there are tiny things living around you, on you
and in your food right now? This is no creepy Halloween
story, my friend: it’s all true. Find out more about
our microscopic neighbors by heading to the New York Hall
of Science’s HIDDEN KINGDOMS – THE WORLD OF
MICROBES exhibit - Mon. -Thu. 9:30 am - 2:00 pm; Fri.
until 5:00 pm; Sat. & Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. New
York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St at 48th Ave, Flushing
Meadows–Corona Park, Queens.
MONTH: Ever wonder what causes our weather? Find
the answers and try your hand at 33 interactive weather
activities - including making snowflakes - by visiting
KICK UP A STORM at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan
any Wednesday – Sunday from 10 AM – 5 PM.
Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street.
ALL MONTH: October is the driest month
of the year – believe it or not – so it’s
the perfect time to take advantage of Central Park. Head
to Belvedere Castle any Tuesday -Sunday from 10 AM –
5 PM, for the WOODS AND WATER Exhibit, where hands-on
displays tell you about the animals and plants in the
park. And tell your parents to bring two pieces of ID
so you can borrow a Discovery Kit for BIRDWATCHING in
the tree (and bird)-filled Ramble near the Castle. Belvedere
Castle, Central Park at 79th St. For more information,
call (212) 772-0210.
ALL MONTH: And on those days when October
isn’t so dry, the American Museum of Natural History’s
DISCOVERY ROOM is the perfect place to do some natural
science research with your slicker off. There you’ll
find everything from hermit crabs to dinosaurs along with
displays showing how grown up scientists study the very
same critters. For children 5 – 12. American Museum
of Natural History, W. 79th St. at Central Park West.