By Jen #supermom
And in a blink of an eye, here we are in Fall! How did the summer go by so quickly?! Thankfully there are pumpkin lattes and apple pies to help me forget that those beautiful balmy days are over (really anything with pumpkin is a reason to celebrate…yum)!!! And it definitely helps to have a little one that has so many things to experience and enjoy during the Fall season. Here in Brooklyn (and within a short distance of) there are a plethora of fun filled activities for kids and parents alike. So, I will bravely pack up my flip flops (sniff, sniff) and pull out my boots from storage as I look forward to embracing the cooler weather and going to some of these family events!
To kick it off is the Dumbo Arts Festival this weekend (9/26-9/28). There are both indoor and outdoor exhibits, with over 400 artists participating. This can be a great opportunity to admire works of art right on the waterfront with your children (and perhaps take a carousel ride while you are there)! Check out the Creatively WILD Art Studio on Washington Street, where your child can child can build bugs and robots or decorate their own portraits amongst several other activities! http://dumboartsfestival.com/art/creatively-wild-family-programming/
Continuing through October 26th, there is the Halloween Harvest at Luna Park in Coney Island. Pumpkin picking, painting and more, it’s a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. And, they are even hosting a dog costume parade on October 11th…what little one would want to miss that??!! I have a little girl obsessed with “woof woofs” so this will definitely be on our list. http://lunaparknyc.com/events/halloween-harvest-dog-parade/
If animals are your thing, in the spirit of Halloween there is the “Boo at the Zoo” event at Prospect Park Zoo. On October 25th and 26th you can do things like watch baboons play with pumpkins and kids can make spider crafts, ending the day with a Halloween parade. Full schedule of events can be found here: http://www.prospectparkzoo.com/plan-your-trip/events-calendar/boo-at-the-zoo.aspx
And for more Halloween fun, there is the Monster Mash at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 10/24 and 10/25 (4-8pm). Children come in costume and truly get to do all things spooky and fun like touching “creepy crawlers”, creating “kooky crafts” and a “ghoulish glowing dance party”!!!! Sounds like a blast to me, can’t beat a glowing dance party in costume! http://www.brooklynkids.org/index.php/visit/festivals
For those looking to get out and do some apple picking in the country, Park Slope Parents has put together a very helpful list of destinations within close distance of the city: http://www.parkslopeparents.com/298_Apple-other-fruit-Picking-Destinations.html
Last but not least, we dare not leave out the 2014 Halloween Parade in Park Slope on Friday, October 31st!!! I will surely be looking out for Dr. Cao and Matteo with their daughter Isabella…sure to turn heads as always with their creative and fun costumes! I will be hoping that my early bird daughter can somehow manage to stay out until 7pm without completely losing it, this is after all my most favorite of holidays! The march begins on 14th St. and 7th Avenue @ 6:30pm. For more details click here: http://parkslopeciviccouncil.org/2014-halloween-parade/
So, happy Fall, happy apple picking, happy pumpkin decorating, happy pecan pies and cinnamon lattes, and good luck with your Halloween costumes!!!! Hope to see you all at the parade, and enjoy this event-filled month until then! Just writing this has gotten me excited for this season. Now where are those boots?! Let’s do this!!!
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