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Fun Halloween Events for Kids

Halloween is a favorite time of year for New York City kids.  And NYC really goes all out to celebrate Halloween with week-long Halloween events planned for all kinds of interests whether dance or music or cooking or zoo fun.  Read on for the best activities around town.


Halloween Events

Snow White/Dwarfs Dance Workshop. Enjoy reenacting the childhood favorite fairy-tale about Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs! At In Grandma’s Attic. Upper West Side. TH 10/25 @3:30-5:30pm

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Music with James Halloween Party. Join Music with James for his always-popular Halloween costume parties. It’s everything you and your kids love about Music with James, with a Halloween twist. Murray Hill. TH 10/25 @10-11am

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Pajama Story Time : Haunted Habitats. Take a VIP tour around the zoo at night and then enjoy animal encounters inside the classroom. For families and children age 4+. At Queens Zoo. FRI 10/26 @5:30-8pm

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Spooktacular Night Walk. Get ready for a ‘Spooktacular’ evening as your family stay behind in the zoo while everyone else leaves. Meet creepy, crawly animal guests then enjoy a pizza dinner. Take a night walk and see what happens when the gates close! At Bronx Zoo. FRI 10/26 or SAT 10/27 @5-7pm

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Halloween Haunted Houses Workshop. Celebrate the season and design your own gingerbread house. At Taste Buds Kitchen in Chelsea. SAT 10/27 @9-10am

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The Pumpkin Fairies & Elves Ballet Workshop. Based on The Queen Bee Ballet, an original story and ballet created by Deborah Bailay of In Grandma’s Attic. Upper West Side. SAT 10/27 @10am-12pm

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OKABOO Kids’ Halloween Party and Parents’ Date Night. FUNtastic Halloween Party for kids and Date Night for parents! At OKABALOO FunArtFaktory – Arts & Fun Center in Long Island City. SAT 10/27 @5-9pm

Halloween Events

OKABOO Halloween Crazy Science Show. Children will learn how to make Horror Ice and Spooky Slime. Treats will be served!  At OKABALOO FunArtFaktory – Arts & Fun Center  in Long Island City. SUN 10/28 @10-11am

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Halloween Spooky Cupcakes Workshop. Join in the SPOOK-tacular celebration and whip up oh-so-delicious Spooky Cupcakes complete with Monsters and Spiderwebs. At Taste Buds Kitchen in Chelsea. TUE 10/30 @11:30am-12:30pm

Where to Find the Best Music Classes in NYC

With fall in full swing, finding the best kids’ classes is on the minds of so many NYC parents. And with so many options, what classes do you choose? At Kidz Central Station, we’ve found that the one class that is universally loved by kids (and parents) is music. Music classes are fun and lighthearted, they help with language and cognitive development, and kids respond to music the way adults do—it makes us feel happy and at ease.

So if you want your little ones to learn about making melodies, playing instruments, and keeping rhythm, Kidz Central Station has the market on music classes—from private flute lessons to classes featuring a real live band! Here are a few great options in NYC:

Little Maestroslittlemaesrtos (Upper East Side, Union Square; Age 4 months–3 years) An award-winning NYC program, Little Maestros takes music to a whole new level. With a full band, puppet shows, musical story time, dance parties, and more, this program makes it easy for kids to learn about music and have fun at the same time. Tip: Little Maestros offers a great after work class at the Upper East Side location, so working parents can enjoy a class with their little ones at the end of the day.

Music for Aardvarks (Most neighborhoods in NYC, Age 6 months–4 years) With tons of locations throughout NYC, Music for Aardvarks was created almost 20 years ago, and is based around the program’s original songs, rhythms, and chants. Classes incorporate singing, dancing, instrument playing, and more, and many songs reflect the city we all live in and love, with songs like “Taxi, Taxi Ridin’ in the Back Seat”. What NYC kid isn’t familiar with that? What’s more, each child receives a free Music for Aardvarks CD, so they can jam to their favorite songs at home.

Music with Jamesbaby playing xylophone (Murray Hill, Upper East Side; Age 4 months–4 years) A great drop-in option, Music with James is just what the name implies—small, intimate music classes with James Humphrey, a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist, who for the past ten years has been performing at children’s events and leading music classes throughout Manhattan. At each class he plays a variety of different musical styles and instruments, while children sing, dance, shake maracas, and play along. Classes can be bought one at a time or in packs of ten, so you can sign up and drop-in as you please.

NYC Flute Instruction (Upper West Side; Age 4+) Taught by Laura Thompson, a professional flutist for over 15 years, this program includes group and private flute lessons for kids age four and up. Kids can take introductory classes to get a feel for playing this beautiful instrument, and experienced flutists can join ensemble classes and learn to play with an experienced bunch.

Vienna MusicFlute_Teacher_and_girl_playing (Bayside; Age 3+) This fantastic program focuses on professional music development with top-notch classrooms, upscale instruments, professional and experienced instructors, and student placement based on individual skill level. From private flute lessons to group classes teaching the fundamentals of music (classes include singing and playing musical games and exercises), you can’t go wrong with a music class here.

And that’s just a small selection of the best music classes in NYC on Kidz Central Station. Check out our full listing of programs for fall!