amNY Weekender | 6 things to do this weekend in NYC

boo at the zoo
Boo at the Zoo is back!
Julie Larsen Maher © Bronx Zoo

Friday, Sept. 29

The FRIENDS™ Experience National Coffee Day Celebration: The FRIENDS™ Experience will celebrate National Coffee Day by offering 100 free cups of coffee at The FRIENDS™ Experience’s Central Perk café each day, while supplies last.  FRIENDS™ fans can also take advantage of 20% off all Central Perk merchandise available at the Experience’s retail store or online. 130 East 23rd St., Manhattan. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. $39.50. 

Haunted Hues: Color Factory, the immersive art experience that invites visitors to experience the joy of color, is excited to announce Haunted Hues: a limited-time Halloween-themed celebration. Haunted Hues will stir up the senses: offering frightful family fun and the best festive colors of the season. Color Factory New York, 251 Spring St., Manhattan. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. $39-$45.

Saturday, Sept. 30

Halloween Harvest: With its fun-filled activities such as balloon twisting, caricature portraits, trick-or-treating, tractor racing, pumpkin decorating station, and a pumpkin patch, Luna Park is the ideal place for families and friends to experience a memorable celebration of autumn’s warm and spooky spirit and Halloween’s playful magic.  Luna Park, 1000 Surf Ave., Brooklyn. 12 – 8 p.m. $43-$65 for ride wristbands. 

Bear Mountain Cruise: Take a fifty-mile cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain State Park while enjoying autumnal sights and Oktoberfest-themed experience, including German food specials, Oktoberfest beers (available for purchase) and live music. Their huge, outdoor decks are perfect for getting some fall sun, fresh air and 360-degree views. Meet at Pier 83, Manhattan. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $79-$139.

Sunday, Oct. 1

Boo at the Zoo: Dress in your Halloween best and enjoy the Bronx Zoo’s annual family-friendly daytime fall festival. Included with Bronx Zoo Admission, enjoy magic and mind-reading, pumpkin carving demonstrations, costume parades, crafts, and puppet shows. New this year, experience Traveling Skeletons! Discover the fascinating features of skeletons from a collection of animal species you might see at the zoo. Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx. 10 am – 5:30 pm. $28.75. 

Play Unstoppable with LEGO and Lauryn Alexandria: Participate in a unique building event led by content creator and livestream gamer Lauryn Alexandria aka Toastymarshmellow. Kids will be encouraged to bring gaming worlds to life using LEGO bricks in a hands-on workshop where there are no wrong ways to build. This activity is for children only – recommended for ages 6-12. Advanced registration required. The LEGO Store Fifth Avenue, 636 5th Ave, Manhattan. 9 — 11 a.m. Free.