Events great for kids, September 18–24


     The New York City premiere of a new work by the Grammy Award-winning conductor Fabio Luisi commemorates the 800th anniversary of the birth of Saint Bonaventure of Bagnoregio, one of the most influential theologians of the Middle Ages. 

     Fabio Luisi, composer, and the Chamber Ensemble of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestr with the  Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus.  Bring the Kids for $1. 

     $65; children, $1. Tuesday evening at 5:30 in The Cloisters.




     An ex-stormtrooper, a scrappy desert dweller, and a droid companion embark on a journey that takes them face-to-face with heroes from the past, who battle a fascist regime called the First Order.

     That’s the story in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Rated PG-13.

     Take a blanket and refreshments (but no glass bottles) to this outdoor screening (you’ll have to leave your ’droids at the entrance).

     Free. Tuesday night at 7 on the peninsula in Inwood Hill Park, overlooking Spuyten Duyvil Creek.


     Space Oddities explores the Earth, the Sun, surrounding planets, stars, constellations and more.

     Through inquiry and experiments, students learn about what life may be like on other planets, what stars are made of and how astronauts are able to travel all the way to the moon.

     Best for children ages 4 and older. Presented by Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

     Free. Thursday afternoon at 4 at the Fort Washington branch of the NYPL in Fort George on 179th Street between St. Nicholas and Audubon Avenues. Also on September 28.




     Take part in a multicultural celebration of the United Nations’ 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day by participating in a special reading of selected children’s books. 

     Featured books will include a New York Times best-seller, A Bucket of Blessings, and books highlighting Malala Yousafzai, who is on a mission — a Girl Power Trip — to meet girls around the world, hear their stories and take their messages directly to world leaders.

     Best for ages 3 to 8 years old with parent/caregiver.

     Free. Friday afternoon from 3:30 to 5 at the Inwood branch of the NYPL on Broadway between Dyckman and Academy Streets.





     An autumn festival at a farm suggests the bounty of the harvest and outdoor crafts.

     Visit Manhattan’s last family farmhouse to enjoy fall’s cornucopia with a day of activities and exhibits.

     Saturday from 11 to 6 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.





     The Danza Highbridge Festival is an annual dance extravagana in the drained swimming pool at Highbridge Park.

     Celebrating traditional and cultural dance styles, the festival features eight professional and one student groups including    

     • Milteri Tucker and Bombazo Dance Company

     • R.Evolución Latina

     • Arielle Rosales of House of Duende

     • Katie Drablos

     Free. Saturday evening at 5 in the shallow end of the pool in Highbridge Park.



Planning ahead

     Do you have a child who’s interested in soccer? The Uptown Soccer Academy has what you need.

     The group meets twice a week on the Dyckman Fields for practice. Children ages 6 through 16 learn the basics and hone their skills. In the winter, practice moves indoors. There’s a summer camp, too.

     Free. Monday and Friday afternoons from 4:30 to 6.



     Take your kids to a community book shop to hear their favorite stories read out loud by experienced, trained readers. Just like their teachers in the classroom, but with new faces and new friends.

     Free. Saturday mornings at 11 at the Word Up Community Book Shop/Librería Comunitaria, in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street.



     (H)afrocentric is a new trade paperback gathering the first 4 comics volumes of Glyph Award winning Juliana “Jewels” Smith’s and illustrator Ronald Nelson’s unflinching visual and literary tour de force on the most pressing issues of the day.

     Join the authors at a book launch Uptown, where they will discuss their work and sign copies of the book.

     (H)afrocentric tackles racism, patriarchy, gentrification, police violence, and the housing crisis, and popular culture head-on—with humor and biting satire—while introducing the reader to strong yet vulnerable students of color, as well as an aesthetic that connects current Black pop culture to an organic re-appropriation of hip hop fashion circa the early 90s.

     Free. Friday night, September 29, at 6:30 at the Word Up Community Bookshop in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street.



     Explore Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse with Urban Park Ranger educational presentations, visits to the lighthouse interior, readings of The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, fishing clinics, live music, food vendors and fun family activities.

     The Little Red Lighthouse Festival has something for everyone. Just don’t wait too long to get in line to climb to the top — it fills up quickly.

     Free. Saturday, September 30, from noon to 4 on Jeffrey’s Hook under the great gray bridge in Fort Washington Park; enter from Plaza Lafayette in Hudson Heights.



     The Morris-Jumel Mansion’s gardener, Karen Waltuch, leads a community volunteer day under the supervision of the Parks Department when you can get your hands dirty and enjoy a day working in the beautiful historic gardens in Roger Morris Park. 

     Gardening tools, gloves, and supplies are provided. No experience is necessary and all are welcome.

     Sunday, October 1, from 10 to 1 in Roger Morris Park in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace. Also on November 5.



     The Medieval Festival is the most famous event in the Heights, drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the neighborhood.

     Lords, ladies, knights and commoners converge in Fort Tryon Park in the area around the Cloisters.

     Free. Sunday, October 1, from 11:30 to 6 in Fort Tryon Park.   



     The Washington Heights Music Fest in collaboration with W.H.A.M. hosts a monthly open mic for artists, poets, singers, writers and performers. Refreshments will be provided.

     All ages are welcome, so the acts should be appropriate for everyone. 

     The first monthly musical open mic will be followed by session on the first Friday of the month. Hosted by Jason Rosario.

     $5. Friday night, October 6, from 6 to 9 at the Word Up Community Book Shop in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street. On the first Friday of the month.



     Enjoy the array of artists and vendors that make upper Manhattan a cultural destination at the Culture and Arts Festival.

     For additional information, please email publicprograms

     Free. Saturday, October 14, from 11 to 6 in Lower WaHi in Roger Morris Park.





     Celebrating 30 years of stirring virtual adventure and memorable soundtracks with live orchestral renditions approved by the producer, Eiji Aonuma, Symphony of the Goddesses brings the Zelda tale to life.

     The live performance includes a 66-piece orchestra, 24-person choir, and a reimagined score that includes new movements from more recently released Zelda games such as Skyward Sword and the highly anticipated Breath of the Wild, while still paying homage to classic installments like Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past.

     The five-movement multimedia symphony concert regales fans with Nintendo composer Koji Kondo’s original music, recalling moments of Link conquering dungeons, running through forests, and struggling to decide what color tunic to wear.

     Throughout the evening, a video collage syncs up with the adventurous tunes to spotlight exciting moments from the venerable franchise.

     $28 to $120. Friday night, October 20, at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.




     Get in the mood for Halloween with a spooky craft event for families.

     Register to be sure there’s a seat for you by emailing

     Saturday, October 21, from 11 to 1 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park.





     If you’re a foodie you won’t dare miss St. Spyridon’s Greek Festival. Homemade Greek specialties are available throughout the event, along with music and boutiques.

     Visitors may dine in or take out. Delicacies including moussaka, spanakopita and fabulous Greek desserts will be available for purchase. Visitors may visit the various boutiques. There will be music on Sunday.

     Friday through Sunday in early November at the church in Fort George at 124 Wadsworth Avenue, between 179th and 180th Streets.



   Some residents say that the shrieks and wails of the forgotten souls of Inwood’s asylums and institutions, long-since dark, still reverberate through Inwood Hill Park.

    True or not, the tale sets the scene for a frightful Uptown Halloween.

     A kids’ parade in Hudson Heights contributes to the eerie night. It starts at P.S. 187 and concludes in Bennet Park.

     All Hallow’s Eve, with the line-up at about 5:30 at Hudson Cliffs School (P.S. 187) on Cabrini Boulevard.



    Join a group learning how to make fresh evergreen garland which will decorate the front of the Morris-Jumel Mansion for the holiday season. 

     You can also create two feet of garland to take home to adorn your own doorway. What’s more, hot cocoa will be served!

     This workshop is geared towards adults, but teens accompanied by parents are also welcome. 

     Space is limited for this workshop, so please register by calling (212) 923-8008 or emailing

     $10. Saturday afternoon, December 2, from 2 to 4 at the mansion on Jumel Terrace.



     For a frightful take on the holiday season, drop in for the second annual viewing of Tim Burton’s  classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas. From 1993, it’s rated PG.

     Seating is limited so reserve your seats by emailing

     Free. Friday night, December 15, at 7 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park.



     What better way to celebrate the holidays than with It’s a Wonderful Life.

     $10; students and seniors, $5, in advance. Sunday afternoon, December 17, at 5 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.






     What better place to take in a film about ghouls the undead than in WaHi’s most famouse haunted house.

     A cauldron’s worth of fun awaits you with The Addams Family, from 1991. Rated PG-13.

     Seating is limited so reserve your seat by emailing

     Free. Friday night, January 26, at 7 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park



     Cold out? “It has to warm up,” and Christina Ricci will help you do so.

     Grab your Cara Mia for the final indoor movie night on Jumel Terrace: Addams Family Values, from 1993. Rated PG–13.

     Seating is limited, so reserve your seats by  emailing

     Free. Friday night,



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