October's Around Town

SI Stuff:

Friday, October 2

*Movies in the Park: Madagascar 2 -- Rides & popcorn for kids before the show. Free. 7pm – 9pm. Bloomingdale Park. When packing refreshments, attendees are encouraged to bring an item of canned goods to support local food pantries. Sponsored by Councilman Vincent Ignizio, Info:718-984-5151

Saturday, October 3

Soap Box Derby -- Design, build & bring your version of a soap box car. Racers 7+. Trophies in different age groups. Registration 10am. Westerleigh Park. Rain Date 10/10. Info:718-816-6172

Community Fall Festival
-- A great day filled with family funat the College of Staten Island. Magicians, clowns, characters, music, entertainment, face painting & much, much more. Outdoor event. 11am-4pm. Donations go to CSI’s SI Breast Cancer Research Initiative. Info:718-982-2365

Tibetan Festival -- An afternoon of traditional Tibetan crafts, food, and a lecture on Buddhism and the Dharma at the Jaques Marchai Museum of Tibetan Art. 12:00 - 5:00pm Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, students, and members. Info:718-987-3500

Choo-Choo Soul -- As seen on Playhouse Disney. 2:00pm. St. George Theatre, 718-442-2900

*Careers with Animals Workshop Series: Zoo keeper -- Students who are interested in learning more about careers working with animals. 1:30pm. Grades 6-9. Staten Island Zoo, 718-442-3101

*Autumn Moon Festival.-- 6:00 - 9:00pm. NY Chinese Scholar’s Garden. Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 718-448-2500

Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 3 & 4

Historic Richmond Town: Decker Farm Pumpkin Picking. 11am - 4pm. $5/person, $16/family of four. Purchase of pumpkin additional. For more information please Call 718-351-1611

*Annual Citywide Bocce Tournament -- 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. South Beach Wetlands Bocce Courts. Join New Yorkers young and old to test their skills on the bocce courts.

Thursday, October 8

*Read for the Record -- Join us and kids all over the world as we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and create a world’s record. 4 p.m. at the Staten Island Children's Museum Info: 718-273-2060

Saturday, October 10

*Kids & Critters -- at the Staten Island Zoo. Calling all Pre-K and Kindergarten adventure seekers. Meet and learn about animals and their unique adaptations, enjoy snacks, take special tours and make crafts. Registration is limited, so sign up right away. Each session will explore a different topic. 10:00 - 11:30am Info:718-442-3101

*Annual Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival -- 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Carousel for All Children, Willowbrook Park, Staten Island. The prettiest pumpkins prevail in our perfect pumpkin patch! Come ride the Carousel for All Children (tickets: $1.50) before it closes for the season at the end of the month; purchase a pumpkin and then decorate it as you like; balance on the Boy Scout rope bridge; see puppet shows at 1 and 3 pm; check out the sand art by Sandman Matt Long; learn fun nature facts with the Greenbelt environmental educators and NYC Audubon and more! There is no admission charge but fees apply to certain activities.For more information please visit www.sigreenbelt.org. (Rain date Sunday, October 11)

Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11

*Open House New York -- Celebrating New York City’s architecture and design with tours, workshops, projects, events, etc. Participants include Historic Richmondtown, The Jaques Marchai Museum of Tibetan Art, Seguine Mansion, Conference House, & more. For more info please go to http://www.ohny.org/weekend/listings.cfm

Monday, October 12

*Northfield Bank Foundation Cool School Holiday - Columbus Day Free Admission to Staten Island Children's Museum 10am - 5pm Info: 718-273-2060

*Dinosaurs and More -- Join dinosaur enthusiast, Richie Mirissis, as he presents some amazing fossils, three- dimensional models, and memorabilia from his vast collection. Take home a special craft that you make! Free with regular admission – DONATION REQUESTED. 1:30-3:30pm Staten Island Zoo Info:718-442-3101

Tuesday, October 13

*The Directors Chair Island Art Expo: Voices -- The Alice Austen House hosts film screenings on lawn (weather permitting) immediately following sunset @ 5:30pm. Enjoy music and refreshments overlooking New York City's skyline. Event will be moved inside in case of rain. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Saturday & Sunday, October 17 & 18

*The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein -- Listen to the story & create your own Giving Tree. Sat. & Sun., 1, 2 & 3 p.m. at the Staten Island Children's Museum Info: 718-273-2060

Saturday, October 24

*MillionTreesNYC Volunteer Planting Day -- 9:30 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.Join us for our fall volunteer planting event on October 24! We supply the trees, food, and planting equipment - you supply the muscle, care, and community spirit! Planting on Staten Island will be at Ocean Breeze Park, Clove Lakes Park, Father Macris Park, and Wolfe's Pond Park. Info:(212) 360-3435

New York City Stuff

*Free Night of Theater -- On October 1st, Theatre Communications Group will be giving away more than 75,000 tickets for free shows beginning October 15th. There are 21 shows to choose from! http://freenightnyc.net

*Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park -- The area around the Cloisters Museum will be transformed into a medieval village on Sunday, October 4, 2009. Hang with knights, jesters, magicians, storytellers, and puppeteers in authentic medieval garb. Featured events will include a Living Chess Game, a Children’s Costume Parade, and a Joust Tournament with knights on horseback, hosted by the WHIDC. 11:30am - 6:00pm

*Sundays Under the Whale: They Might Be Giants -- Grammy-winning rock legends They Might Be Giants perform songs from their new children's album Here Comes Science. Free with admission. Museum of Natural History, October 4.

*Columbus Day Parade -- The Columbus Day Parade will take place on Monday, October 12, 2009. The Columbus Day Parade begins at 11:45 and lasts until 3 p.m. The Columbus Day Parade begins on Fifth Avenue at 44th Street, and continues north along Fifth Avenue to 79th Street.

*Union Square Free Night of Theater Celebration -- Come to celebrate and explore Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway theatre in New York City. Join hundreds of NYC artists, theatre companies and service organizations in a festive celebration with performance, music, costumes, booths, celebrities, politicians and much more. Numerous VIP's have been invited including his honor the Mayor who will issue a proclamation declaring October 15th Free Night of Theater Day in New York. Union Square, 12:00 - 6:00pm. For more info, go to http://www.freenightnyc.net/unionsquare.cfm

Baby Loves Disco Manhattan: boo baby boo -- On Sunday, October 18th, an afternoon dance party featuring real music spun and mixed by real djs blending classic disco tunes From the 70s, & 80s, for toddlers, preschoolers and parents looking for a break from the routine playground circuit. The fun spills out from all corners of the club: bubble machines, baskets of scarves and egg-shakers, a chill-out room (with tents, books and puzzles), diaper changing stations, a full spread of healthy snacks and dancing, LOTS of dancing. Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleeker Street $15 per walking human, in advance, $18 at the door, 12:00 - 3:00pm

*Kids Fest -- Saturday, October 17. 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Madison Square Park, Manhattan Family fun with free music, arts & crafts, costume parade, and more! Please visit www.madisonsquarepark.org for more information.

New York Spa Week -- Get pampered for less at New York's best spas during New York Spa Week from October 12-18. www.spaweek.com

Pretty in Pink -- PrettyCity.com is sponsoring a cheaper alternative to New York Spa Week with $31 beauty treatments at top NYC spas and salons for the entire month of October. Participating salons are also donating to Bright Pink, a non-profit organization devoted to prevention of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.

Big Apple Circus -- The Big Apple Circus returns to New York on October 22nd with an all-new show.

Dino Adventure -- Museum of Natural History. Saturday, October 17, at 2 pm in the Kaufmann Theater, first floor. $8 children; $10 adults.

Woo-oo-wee! Now, there are sooooo many more things goin' on, but quite frankly, Brooklyn alone would make this post forever & ever long, so... I think this is a pretty good place to start. Don't you?

Tomorrow I'll post the Halloween Happenings for Staten Island, and then NYC the very next day after that. Yay!
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