Family fun doesn’t have to stop with the end of summer. Youngsters may be going back to school soon, but there are plenty of weekend activities to keep everyone happy throughout the fall season.
The weather should be accommodating at least through the end of October, and there are plenty of indoor as well as outdoor events to please people of all ages. Most are free unless otherwise noted.
Here’s a sample of programs at museums, parks and various cultural institutions in the borough:
On Sept. 28, take part in National Estuaries Day at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., in Douglaston from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be boat rides on Little Neck Bay, educational exhibits and interactive booths.
King Manor, located in King Park on Jamaica Avenue at 153rd Street in Jamaica, was the home of Rufus King, one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution, who bought the house in 1805 and whose son became governor of New York State. Tour the house and stay for fall activities, which are free.
On Sept. 14 at King Manor from noon to 3 p.m. youngsters can discover what school was like 200 years ago as well as learn how to write with a quill pen. On Oct. 19, also noon to 3 p.m., the younger set can learn about harvest time on the King farm and make a fall-themed craft.
On Oct. 26, King Manor will hold a fall festival from noon to 4 p.m. Learn how to make apple cider using a traditional cider press. Finally, on Nov. 9 from noon to 3 p.m. a program titled Gather Around the Hearth will focus on the King family. Youngsters will make a craft.
The Queens County Farm Museum at 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy. in Floral Park has loads of activities this fall. Start out at the Queens County Fair on Sept. 21 to 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s a traditional county fair with blue ribbon competitions in livestock, produce, crafts and more. There will be contests, entertainment, a corn maze and more. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children.
The corn maze will remain open through Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Evening hours will be held on Oct. 5 and 12 until 9 p.m. The cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children.
Other fall events at the farm include a free festival on Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a Halloween festival on Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a $5 fee for all; a Halloween haunted house on Oct. 25-27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at a cost of $4; and wildlife weekends on Nov. 2-3 and 9-10 featuring birds of prey and animal shows. Admission is $9.
Flushing Town Hall at 137-35 Northern Blvd. offers family workshops and programs in October and November. A hands-on workshop on canning food will be held on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. The cost is $40 for adults, $5 for children. On Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. take part in an outdoor full moon drumming workshop. The cost is $25.
A free Halloween event will be held on Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. Crafts and ghost stories are in store for participants. On Nov. 17 take part in a cross-cultural food harvesting event at 1 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. For reservations for any of the Town Hall programs, call 718-463-7700 ext. 222.
The Queens Botanical Garden at 43-50 Main St. in Flushing is hosting an ecohouse exhibit through Aug. 31. It’s free with garden admission and is a mobile, interactive display on how to save energy, money and protect the environment.
Pack a picnic and enjoy the Arab music and dance ensemble Zikrayat on Sept. 7 at 6:15 p.m. It’s free with garden admission. An autumn moon festival is set for Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. with family-friendly activities and crafts. The cost is $2.
And for Halloween, the QBG will host its annual harvest fest and pumpkin patch on Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be demonstrations, food, crafts and beer. Free with admission plus an additional fee for the pumpkin.
Over at the Queens Zoo in Flushing Meadows Park look for a special Boo at the Zoo weekend event for Halloween. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children. For information call 718-271-1500.
The Voelker Orth Museum at 149-19 38 Ave. in Flushing is offering storybook discovery days beginning Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. and continuing on the second Saturday of every month. Karyn Mooney will share the joys of reading with young children, 6 and under. The suggested donation is $5.
There will also be a Halloween family fun day on Oct. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the museum. Spooky creatures will be on the grounds and there will be crafts, stories and surprises. Admission is $2 and children must be accompanied by an adult.
The New York Hall of Science, in Flushing Meadows Park, offers hands-on programs throughout the year. A special inspirational exhibit on tennis legend Arthur Ashe will run now through Sept. 9 and is free. It is open during this year’s US Open. An exhibit on inventor Nikola Tesla will run through Oct. 20.
A World Maker Faire will be held Sept. 21 and 22 to create, learn and be inspired. The cost varies for one day or all weekend. On Oct. 26, meet Atka, a live Arctic gray wolf from the World Conservation Center. A small fee, plus museum admission is required.
Weather permitting, don’t miss the science playground, which is open daily during regular museum hours at a cost of $4 plus general admission, and the Rocket Park Mini Golf on weekends, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., which costs $6 for adults and $5 for children with general admission. Both outdoor activities are open through Dec. 31.
General museum admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children. For further information on programs, call 718-699-0005.