Summer has sadly come to an end here in NYC. However, the cooler, grayer weather couldn't be more welcome as we grind our gears back to normal. Say goodbye to sunhats and hello to backpacks, as we head into the back-to-school season in NYC. And while Summer in the City has a nice ring to it, if you're a fan of The Lovin' Spoonful (like us), let's face it - waiting in the hot subway station and the incessant ice-cream truck jingles have gotten old. Fall couldn't have come sooner.
Back-to-school season in NYC has its own very special charm! The magic of early fall, and the promise of warm drinks, sweater weather, brisk walks in the park are close at hand. While we're in back-to-school mode, and fall is not yet at hand, there's still plenty to do here in NYC! Get out with the kids and take in some of the many goings-on this back-to-school season!
LOCAL BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENTS FOR KIDS IN NYC
1. World Maker Faire September 22-23rd at the Hall of Science
Check out the East Coast's largest celebration of invention, creativity, and curiosity showcases the very best of the global Maker Movement. Get immersed in hundreds of projects and multiple stages focused on making for social good, health, technology, electronics, 3D printing & fabrication, food, robotics, art and more! Single-day and Weekend Passes available.
2. The 44th Annual Atlantic Antic Sept 23rd - Street Festival down Atlantic Avenue
The biggest street fair in Brooklyn boasts more than a dozen stages of live music (R&B, jazz, rock, country, kids' bands, you name it) and literally hundreds of vendors. There's a whole block dedicated to kids' activities. Past fun has included pony rides, face painting, balloon sculptures, a petting zoo, and more. Grown-ups will appreciate the eclectic selection of international eats, including pulled pork, baklava, and carnival favorites. FREE admission to the street fair, but there are fees for some activities.
3. Little Red Lighthouse Festival Sept 29th at Fort Washington Park
Celebrate Manhattan's only remaining lighthouse with readings of the eponymous children's book, fishing clinics, live music, food and art vendors, Urban Park Ranger presentations, and activities for all ages! Hear a reading of the classic children's book The Little Red Lighthouse and The Great Gray Bridge and get an up-close, inside view of its inspiration with Urban Ranger-led tours of the lighthouse. Other shoreline fun includes fishing clinics, live entertainment, and on-site food vendors. FREE, but tickets for the tours go fast, so arrive early!
4. The Medieval Festival October 1st at Fort Tryon Park
Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park is transformed into a medieval market town decorated with bright banners and processional flags. Performers, guests and festival goers dress in medieval costume. Visitors are greeted by authentic medieval music, dance, magic, and minstrels, as well as jugglers and jesters. The afternoon is concluded with a thrilling joust between four knights on horseback. Costumed vendors will be on hand to demonstrate and sell a wide variety of medieval crafts as well as food and drink. The festival is free -- there are no charges for admission or entertainment.
Have any must-see events for the back-to-school season in NYC? Let us know in the comments below!
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