curated by Sara Maher
Yes, we’ve had a few horrendous days here and there, but that doesn’t mean we should toss out October just yet. Take advantage of these last few temperate weeks with out-and-about activities.
OK, this one’s indoors, but it’s also adorable. Star Wars Reads Day, a combined effort of Lucasfilm, Disney, and DK Publishing, encourages a Padawan’s love of reading by promoting Star Wars-themed books. Children’s book mecca Books of Wonder celebrates the stories of a galaxy far, far away with a panel and autographing with three authors of Star Wars books. Parents and caregivers, the bookshop also has a very cute café, so you can enjoy coffee and a snack while your little Jedi has fun with the Force.
ÜF downtown to 14th St and walk northeast to Books of Wonder (18 W 18th St). Sat Oct 10, 1-3. Free. booksofwonder.com/event.php?id=427
Feeling like a crisp autumn stroll? Take in all of 14th Street while enjoying Art in Odd Places, an organization formed to remind us that “public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas.” Works include everything from vending machines to tampered-with subway signs to good ole song, dance, and poetry recitals. You can wander the street freely, or there will be a tour on Sunday for those who like to experience art in a more controlled environment.
ÜF downtown to 14th St and walk 14th St from end to end. Oct 7-11; tour on Sun Oct 11, 3pm starting at Jackson Square (intersection of 8th and Greenwich Avs with 14th St). Free. Some art and performances may not be kid-friendly. recall.artinoddplaces.org
Ever wanted to see the secret 6-train subway stop, or crawl up the tower of the Jefferson Market library? Open House New York gives you an opportunity to check out sites and landmarks that are off-limits the rest of the year. With locations across all five boroughs, this is a unique opportunity to feel like a tourist in your own town. If you want to stay on the Island, Four Freedoms Park is offering architectural tours Sunday at 1 and 3pm, as well as free family workshops throughout the day.
ÜVarious locations throughout the boroughs. Oct 17-18; various times. Four Freedoms Park tours Sun Oct 18, 1 and 3pm and workshops 11-3. Free, but some tours (including tours of Four Freedoms) require advance reservations. Schedule and reservations at ohny.org
Scary Fun Walk
If the kids get their costumes done early, take them to the Prospect Park Halloween Haunted Walk + Fair. Tiptoe down a haunted trail to meet zombies, werewolves, and witches before enjoying family-friendly activities and treats at the fair. This year, Snoopy makes a special appearance; kids can meet Snoopy himself and get a Snoopy-drawing lesson from artists from Blue Sky Studio, creators of the new Snoopy movie.
ÜF downtown to 15 St-Prospect Par k and enter the park; follow West Dr east to Lookout Hill. Sat Oct 24, 12-3. Free. Walk is recommended for ages 7-12; Fair is appropriate for all ages. prospectpark.org/news-events
Scary Scary Walk
After a day of happy haunting at the Walk + Fair, things can get a little more ghoulsome with the MTA. If you take an Evening Ride to Woodlawn Cemetery, you’ll get to ride a WWI-era subway car to Woodlawn Cemetery and enjoy a two-hour tour of the haunts of its most famous “residents.” Bring a picnic and a flashlight!
ÜF downtown to Jay St-Metro Tech and walk southwest to the New York Transit Museum (corner of Boerum Pl & Schermerhorn St). Sat Oct 24, 4-10pm. Tickets $50 adults and $25 kids; tickets must be purchased in advance. Not recommended for young children. web.mta.info/mta/museum/programs