NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2016 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:39:32 GMT <![CDATA[Central Astoria LDC Presents The First Annual Batty Over Halloween Celebration]]> Date: October 30, 2016

We are hosting a free Halloween event, geared towards kids up to 10 years old, on the Great Lawn at Astoria Park. The celebration will include music, a theatrical performance, face painting, balloon twisting, Halloween characters, cotton candy, and mini pumpkins.

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 728-7820

Location: Astoria Park Lawn (in Astoria Park)

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<![CDATA[Central Park Conservancy Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla]]> Date: October 30, 2016

Bring the whole family and come celebrate Halloween in Central Park. Enjoy live music, spooky stories, pumpkin carving demonstrations, a costume parade, and the Central Park Conservancy’s signature Pumpkin Flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight!

This year’s event will also includes live bat encounter presentations by the Organization for Bat Conservation.

This event is free and open to all ages. Tickets are not required. Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming.

Schedule of Activities

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Pumpkin Flotilla Drop Off*
  • Live music by Aly Sunshine and Funkytown Playground
  • Live bat encounter presentations by Organization for Bat Conservation.
  • Pumpkin carving demonstrations with Hugh McMahon
  • Halloween crafts

3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Spooky Stories with Story Laurie
5:45: p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Halloween Costume Parade
6:30 p.m.: Pumpkin Flotilla Launch - Watch the Harlem Meer get spooky! Once the activities are finished at twilight (about 6:30 pm), find a spot along the edge of the Harlem Meer and watch as the jack-o’-lanterns float by in New York’s largest pumpkin flotilla!

Pumpkin Flotilla Guidelines*

Get a pumpkin: Bring a pumpkin that weighs about 8 pounds after it’s carved; that’s approximately the size of a soccer ball. Mini or extra-large pumpkins cannot be accepted for the flotilla. Turn in your pumpkin between 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Pumpkin Flotilla launch point, located at the northwest corner of the Harlem Meer.

Get creative: All pumpkins must come with tops and be gutted and carved at home. Jack-o’-lanterns with artificial decorations, such as paint, glitter, marker, food dye, paper, plastic, light bulbs, candles, or floats cannot be accepted for the flotilla. A light and floating device will be provided when you register your jack-o’-lantern at the event.

Drop off your pumpkin: We will have one designated drop-off area, located at the northwest between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Space in the flotilla is limited to 50 pumpkins, so make sure your creation meets all the requirements. Members-only Perk: pre-register online to reserve space in the flotilla for your pumpkin by Friday, October 28. Please remember to bring your membership card.

Please note: Pumpkins in our flotilla cannot be returned. Thank you for your contribution to our event.

For more information about the Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla, please call the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center at (212) 860-1370

Start time: 3:30 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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<![CDATA[Ocean Breeze Halloween Festival: Haunted Trails]]> Date: October 30, 2016

Join the staff of Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex continue the Halloween Festivities as we host our first annual Halloween Festival & Haunted Trails.

From 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., join us for a half mile Haunted Trail walk! Parents, this is a scary attraction, and discretion is advised. Rubber-soled sneakers for a quick getaway are highly recommended, and costumes are encouraged.

On Sunday, October 30, Ocean Breeze will also host a child-friendly spooky walk through the Haunted Trails from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Visit our Ocean Breeze Halloween Festival page for more events this weekend.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 351-7923

Location: Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex (in Ocean Breeze Park)

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<![CDATA[Fall Fest at Sherman Shriek Park]]> Date: October 31, 2016

Join this fun, family-friendly spooky afternoon immersed in nature's beauty. Participate in arts and costume crafts activities, enjoy delicious edible creations, and take home fun souvenirs.

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 5:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 333-2552

Location: Sherman Creek Park (in Sherman Creek),Swindler Cove (in Sherman Creek)

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<![CDATA[The Ultimate Comic Escape Room]]> Date: October 31, 2016

Come out and show us that you have what it takes to be a superhero! This event series takes place on October 28, 29, and 31.

Ages 10 to 14 should be accompanied by an adult. Groups of 1 to 8, please (212) 285-0300 call for reservations.


Friday, October 28: 3:55 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Superhero Bootcamp & Ultimate Superhero Escape Room: Come and earn your superpowers through fun and games in Bootcamp! We'll have air-brush tattoos, a photo booth, a pumpkin patch and much more (while supplies last). Complete the superhero obstacle course challenge and use the power of your mind to solve the clues and escape from the superhero room within 20 minutes! Call (212) 285-0300 for reservations. Ages 10 to 14 should be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, October 29: 11:55 a.m - 3:00 p.m.

Ultimate Superhero Escape Room: Complete the superhero obstacle course challenge and use the power of your mind to solve the clues and escape from the Superhero room within 20 minutes! Call for reservations. Ages 10 to 14 should be accompanied by an adult.

Monday, October 31: 3:55 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Ultimate Superhero Escape Room: Complete the superhero obstacle course challenge and use the power of your mind to solve the clues and escape from the Superhero room within 20 minutes! Call for reservations. Ages 10 to 14 should be accompanied by an adult.

Start time: 3:55 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 285-0300

Location: Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center (in Alfred E. Smith Playground)

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<![CDATA[WBO Pumpkin Party]]> Date: October 31, 2016

This year the Pumpkin Party will have arts and crafts, carnival games, photo ops, and feel boxes.

Come create your own work and compete in a carnival game to win a prize. You can take a nice family picture at our photo op. Then feel worms, brains, and intestines in our feel boxes.

When you arrive you will recevie a fun pass. Carry the fun pass with you to each station. When you have completed every station, you will win a prize! There is no pre-registration.

This event is for children 12 years old and younger.

The Haunted House will be held after the Pumpkin Party.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-8672

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval)

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<![CDATA[WBO Haunted House]]> Date: October 31, 2016

Be prepared to be scared! This event is geared towards people 12 years old and older. Venture through our Haunted House - you are likely to run into zombies, ghosts, vampires, and spiders. Make sure you are ready to scream!

This event will happen after our Pumpkin Party for children 12 years old and younger.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-8672

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval)

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<![CDATA[Flag Football Championship Festival]]> Date: November 5, 2016

The Flag Football Championship Festival will conclude the 2016 Citywide Flag Football season. NYC Parks Borough Champions will participate in playoff style games resulting in one Citywide Champion for each division, and NYC Parks youth will participate in clinics and “combine” like activity.

Come enjoy a fun filled day of Flag Football with special guest, performances and free treats for kids.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: 212-360-3300

Location: Macombs Dam Park

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<![CDATA[Fall Field Day]]> Date: November 8, 2016

NYC Parks presents the second annual Fall Field Day on Election Day! Kids, teens, and their families are invited to relive classic and nostalgic field day activities as they are introduced to a new generation.

Activities will include:

  • Javelin (noodle) throw
  • Giant soccer
  • Pillow polo
  • Obstacle course
  • Speed pitch
  • Giant parachute
  • Tug-O-War
  • Disc Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Bean bag musical chairs
  • Football skills
  • Gaga
  • Potato sack race
  • Three-legged race
  • Spoon/egg race

At the main stage, there will be live entertainment and fitness workshops. In celebration of Election Day, we'll have an old voting booth where kids and families can pretend to vote and take selfies.

This event is free and open to all ages and abilities. For more information about Fall Field Day at Queensbridge Park, please visit our Fall Field Day page.

Rain or shine.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: 41st Avenue Entrance (in Queensbridge Park)

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<![CDATA[Arts, Culture & Fun: Conversation Series]]> Date: November 17, 2016

Yanni Brooks, spoken word artist, will grace the stage with an electrifying performance. Yanni's creatively crafted delivery of poetry will leave you on the edge of your seat, wanting more!

Yanni was part of the cast of the Public Theater Mobile Unit’s “The Tempest” at the Delacorte Theater, Central Park. Following the performance there will be an open mic for poetry, readings, acoustic music or dance solos. The Conversation Series is a four-part series encompassing an open mic forum, musical performances and live painting by visual artists. CANVAS is the think-tank where locals and visitors alike are brought together for cultural exchange, art exhibitions, public programs, art creation, indie film screenings, television and radio programming, and multimedia classes. Integral to the mission of CANVAS is that it will be open to community members and organizations to join together in utilizing the space as an incubator to create new ideas, programs, and opportunities with overarching goals to improve the local and global community.

Please RSVP to hold your spot to

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: 718-816-6172

Location: CANVAS Institute of Art, Culture & Civic Engagement

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<![CDATA[Arts, Cutlure & Fun: Conversation Series]]> Date: December 2, 2016

Jessica Kratz will perform thought provoking spoken word with her inspirational infectious energy. Jessica has published two childrens' books The Lucky Lighthouse and Sleigh Bells in Springtime: Frogs Calling. She won Best Artist-Written 2016 in the Reader's Choice poll of Staten Island Advance. Jessica is the Coordinator of the Greenbelt Nature Center.

Live musical performance will be provided by All Hands on Deck, a New York based band who found their own niche in what they call FOLK GROOVE, using diverse rhythms, interesting instrument combinations, rich with acoustic guitar and violin virtuosity. They were awarded the 2016 Award of Excellence in the ARTS for their original song titled, UNIVERSAL LULLABY, which was released on their first CD debut 'ALL HANDS ON DECK:KYO' (Japanese Character for Sound).

A local visual artist will showcase their work during the event.

Staten Island Arts’ Culture Lounge at the St. George Ferry Terminal is a meeting place and project space. Culture Lounge exhibits both international and local artists, including visual artists, poets, musicians, writers, and performers. The focus is on artistic projects that are place-based–examining local communities, helping people consider their environs in new ways, exploring how neighborhoods might be more livable and sustainable, and/or creating ways visitors can become more socially engaged. Please RSVP to hold your spot at

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: 718.816.6172

Location: Staten Island Culture Lounge

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<![CDATA[Arts, Culture & Fun: Meet the Patels Screening]]> Date: December 10, 2016

Indie Lens Pop Up and PBS present a screening of Meet the Patels. Ravi Patel is almost 30, an actor, and, worst of all to his traditional Hindu parents, still unmarried. After he breaks up with his white girlfriend, Ravi submits to his parents' wishes and allows them to play matchmaker. The true-life romantic comedy Meet the Patels explores the influences of culture and identity on the most intense, personal, and important part of one's life — love.

Stay afterwards for a lively conversation about the film with a panel made up of members from the community

About Indie Lens Pop-Up Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation. Can't attend in person? Find Independent Lens on Facebook for information on our online Pop-Up events.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: 718-367-3657

Location: Owen Dolen Recreaton Center

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<![CDATA[Holiday on the Hudson]]> Date: December 10, 2016

Join Summer on the Hudson & Riverside Park Conservancy on Saturday December 10th for our annual holiday tree lighting party and celebrate the season with live music, dancing, and hot chocolate (while supplies last & please bring your reusable mug).

Event Schedule

  • 4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. - The Harlem Swing Dance Society performs and leads a dance lesson with the crowd (wear comfortable shoes and join in).
  • 5:30 p.m. - Join in to throw the switch to light the tree!
  • 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Barnard Bacchantae sings seasonal and popular songs.

Start time: 4:30 pm

End time: 6:30 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers)

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