Come check out Fall Kids Fest, hosting The Crowded Kingdom (and a preview reading of the sequel!) on October 19th at Madison Square Park


Madison Square Park’s Fall Kid Fest features a full day of free fun, and The Crowded Kingdom will be there!

"Found On the Shore" -- from The Underground Labyrinth

“Found On the Shore” — from The Underground Labyrinth

We will be featuring a Crowded Kingdom paper doll making activity in the Book booth from 11 AM to 2 PM, featuring some of the fun fairy novel characters that were so popular at the Brooklyn Book Festival. And the 1 PM book reading features excerpts from The Crowded Kingdom PLUS a preview of The Crowded Kingdom sequel, The Underground Labyrinth!

Fall Kids Fest 2013 takes place at Madison Square Park, rain or shine, at 23rd Street between Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenues.

Join us this Saturday in Madison Square Park with our partners Time Out Kids from 11am to 2pm for fun and excitement with live music, pumpkins, arts and crafts, games, costume swaps and parades, eats and treats, face painting, storytelling, movies and so much more! Make sure to pick up a Kids Fest flier from one of our greeters or at our activity stations throughout the park.

Our live music and performance lineup will definitely not disappoint! We have wonderful performances at the Music Stage and the Reflecting Pool area. Head to the Music Stage on the southern gravel adjacent to the Shake Shack for performances by Central Park Zoo’s Wildlife Theater at 11:30am, Max Darwin at 12:30pm and The Little Rockers Band at 1:30pm. Stick around between sets and listen to tunes with Radio Disney Junior. Over at the reflecting pool Songs for Seeds will be rocking tunes at 11am. 12pm, 1pm.

COME ONE COME ALL (first come first serve) and decorate PUMPKINS! This year we’re decorating our pumpkins to look like owls using simple and fun materials. Enter the Pumpkin Patch along the southern fountain and pick up a ticket (one ticket per present child) and then head over to the pick-up station to receive your sugar pumpkin. It doesn’t stop there! Take your sugar pumpkin to the decoration station and transform your gourds into owl friends using simple materials.

Dust off and share your child’s outgrown and clean costumes and participate in our Costume Swap on the southern gravel and switch it out for a newer model. We’re accepting costumes in good and clean condition and will take donations if you do not wish to swap. All left over costumes will be donated to Housing Works. Plus, join in on costume parades led by Big Apple Circus happening at 12pm and 1:30pm.

Check out the creative possibilities in the crafts tent on the northern lawn. Create maracas with The Little Orchestra Society, learn about origami with Taro’s Origami Studio, The New Victory Theater is making puppets, MoMath is presenting a fabulous folding activity with paper, create foam pumpkins and scratch art glasses with Let’s Gogh Art, experience science and construction activities with Apple Seeds, and create superhero masks with the Wildlife Conservation Society/Time Out Kids.

Head over the to Oval Lawn (you can’t miss it!) for more interactive fun in our GAMES station! Our friends at Hill Country Chicken are presenting a Boylan’s ring toss and Clif Kid is presenting a bean bag toss, teaching children about nutrition. Gate Hill Day Camp is adding fun with classics camp games like relay races and parachute games, while Storefront Science introduces us to magnet paintings!

Don’t miss activities on the southern gravel! Check out the Movies tent and say hi to Disney who will be on hand promoting FROZEN, in theaters November 27, along with worksheets for children of all ages. While you’re you’re on the southern gravel, make sure to stop by and say hello to our sponsors Time Out Kids, The Montessori Schools in Flatiron & Soho, New York Life, 10 Madison Square West and UrbanSitter to see how they’re pulling out all the stops! Looking for a story time or two? Head over to our BOOKS section directly across the way for story times with Tad Hill’s Rocket Writes A Story at 12:15pm and Louella Dizon San Juan’s The Crowded Kingdom at 1pm.

Treats and eats can be found at the Eating tent and the Snack Station. The Eating tent is located on the southern gravel and packed with sweet treats from The Treats Truck, delicious Italian ice from Rita’s Italian Ice (we heard they’re bringing fun flavors) and water from Poland Spring, which is also distributed throughout the park. If you get hungry from all the games, pumpkins and face painting, you won’t have to go to far because the Snack Station is on the Oval Lawn! The Snack Station will provide crisp apples from Hurd’s Family Farm and frozen delights from Melt Bakery.

We love this time of year and cannot wait to see you and your families at Fall Kids Fest. Check out the full schedule of events above.

Fall Kids Fest 2013 takes place at Madison Square Park, rain or shine, at 23rd Street between Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenues. A BIG thanks to our sponsors for providing only the best for our Mad. Sq. Kids!

– Crowded Kingdom Paper Dolls Will Be There!