4 Fun Things to Do with Your Grandchildren in October

Volunteering in Central ParkOctober is the perfect month for doing things outdoors with your grandchildren. If you have the pleasure of their company on weekends, you can take them to Central Park and introduce them to bird watching. Or you can have an old-fashioned fall clean-up day and sign up to rake some leaves. Bring with you a thermos of hot cocoa and some cider donuts from the farmer’s market for an after work treat and you’ll make it a memorable day.

Birding for Families takes place on Sundays, 10 am -11 am, until December 7. Sign up is at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues. You can borrow binoculars at the Dana Center or bring your own. They recommend coming early because space is limited. Age: 5+. FREE event.

Keeping It Green for Families, 10/19 and 10/26, 10 am – 12 noon. Teach your city grandkids the country skills of raking leaves and spreading mulch. Maximum 3 kids per adult. Event is FREE, but advance registration is required. Find out how here.

For those dreary rainy fall days, we have couple of indoor activities that both you and your grandkids will enjoy.

10_big_bird_lincoln_center_0There is a Sesame Street Exhibit and related activities now open at the New York Public Library/Lincoln Center branch. Check out this site for the specific programs and times.  FREE event.

And finally, if you have not yet taken the kids to the Paley Center for Media, formerly known as the Museum of Radio and Television, fall and winter are perfect times for an introductory visit. The museum has special children’s programming on weekends at 12:10 pm. However, the most fun in that museum is to watch some old classic TV shows or to listen to old radio programs. If you have been boring your grandchildren with tales about these really great TV shows you loved when you were growing up, show them what you mean and watch them together.

Museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is $10 ($8 seniors) and $5 children under 14.

We’d love to hear what are your favorite kid-friendly activities in NYC. Please share in the comments below.

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Seija Goldstein

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Seija Goldstein has lived in New York City for 40 years and has no intention of ever leaving. After working full time in media and raising two wonderful children, she is now planning to sample everything that her favorite city has to offer. She will be reporting her experiences on this blog and inviting other New York City Boomers to join in the adventure.

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