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Legos and Pumpkins! Family Weekend Picks in NYC for September 28 and 29

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

Photo courtesy of New York Hall of Science/Facebook

It might be just a tad too soon to wear your Halloween costume all weekend—but go ahead if you want to, we won’t judge!

1. Lego lovers, your weekend plans are set: Nathan Sawaya’s incredible “The Art of the Brick” exhibition opens at the New York Hall of Science on Saturday. There are more than 100 sculptures—including a giant T. rex and that spooky guy from Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream—created from over one million Lego bricks, plus plenty of opportunities for kids to dream up their own big builds.

2. Subway enthusiasts, your weekend plans are set, too: Ride the vintage rails at the New York Transit Museum’s Parade of Trains event, in which train cars from 1903 through the 1960s will be making short rides to and from the Brighton Beach B/Q subway station.

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3. We kinda think roller coasters, cotton candy, and the ocean are enough of a draw, but the folks at Coney Island’s Luna Park are adding a bunch of fall-themed attractions—a pumpkin patch, a hay racetrack, character appearances, and magic shows—to the mix during their Halloween Harvest, taking place this weekend through October 27.

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4. Go on a self-guided tour of the crazy-good street art at the Bushwick Collective.

5. Speaking of street art, it’s the last weekend to catch the exhibition “Beyond the Streets” in Williamsburg, which we’ve been obsessed with for the past three months. Definitely get doughnuts from Du’s while you’re close by.

Photo by Sayaka Ueno

6. If your kids are already begging to wear their Halloween costumes, bring them to Boo at the Zoo, the Bronx Zoo’s popular annual Halloween tradition, which runs through November 3. Your little Peppas and Buzz Lightyears can join the daily costume parade, find their way through a corn maze, go on a haunted hay ride, and, oh, see some animals!

7. The Chile Pepper Fest at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is always a blast, even if your kids’ idea of spicy is ketchup. There’s a great lineup of funky, bluesy musical acts from the Big Easy and, of course, the magical grounds are worth a visit any day.

8. Take advantage of your kids’ environmental enthusiasm after the student climate strike to teach them about the critical importance of marine science at Saturday’s Submerge Festival in Hudson River Park. In addition to hands-on experiments and demonstrations, there will be catch-and-release fishing and kayaking.

Photo courtesy of Hudson River Park/Facebook

9. It’s time to get medieval on your kids…at the Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park (that’s the one waaay uptown near the Cloisters!). Enjoy the medieval marketplace—where you can score all your chalice, coin purse, and mead needs—as well as jugglers, jesters, and a live jousting match between knights on horseback.

10. The Atlantic Antic is a street fair on steroids. If you love the bustle of pedestrian traffic, live entertainment, bouncy castles, grilled corn, and discounted toothbrushes, head to Brooklyn’s main drag on Sunday!

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation/Facebook

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