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Farm Fresh! Family Weekend Picks in NYC for September 21 and 22

The 10 best things to do with your kids this weekend.

Photo courtesy of The Queens County Farm Museum‎/Facebook

It’s the perfect weekend to get lost in a cornfield.


1. Pie-eating and cornhusking contests. Tractor pulls and hayrides. Carnival rides and midway games. A giant corn maze for the kids and a Bavarian beer garden for the parents. It’s fall overload—and we love it!—at the 37th Annual Queens County Fair.

Photo courtesy of Queens County Farm Museum

2. Pick way too many apples at our favorite upstate orchard.

Photo by Sayaka Ueno

3. Head to Photoville, the bustling maze of shipping containers that have been transformed into photo galleries, in Brooklyn Bridge Park and then spend a pretty-much-perfect family day in Dumbo.


4. Illuminate the night at the gorgeous and convivial lantern procession, Morningside Lights, at 8 p.m.

5. Download a ticket for Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day, then get free entrance to dozens of museums, including the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; Museum of the City of New York; National Museum of the American Indian; New York City Fire Museum; and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.

Photo courtesy of Cooper Hewitt/Facebook

6. Celebrate books—and imagination and storytelling and pigeons who want puppies!—at the Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Day. Kids can search for Waldo, craft pop-up books, draw comics, meet Mo Willems, and generally not be glued to their screens.

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Book Festival

7. Attend a block party for a good cause at Ronald McDonald House’s day of food, crafts, music, and games on East 73rd Street to raise awareness for pediatric cancers.


8. Camp Romper (hosted by Romper, an online publication that caters to millennial moms) hosts a one-day summer camp in Prospect Park. Expect roller-skating, pedal boating, family-friendly yoga, live music from Rock and Roll Playhouse, obstacle courses, and arts and crafts. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

9. Your preschooler will crush the Rosh Hashanah (new year) dance-off at the Jewish Museum’s new Sunday family concert series. This week, the FunkyMonkeys will make the crowd go bananas with songs about underwear and mustaches. Rock and roll!

Photo courtesy of the Jewish Museum‎

10. Speaking of monkeys…climb trees like one at the Bronx Zoo’s Treetop Adventure ropes course while the weather is still great!

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