Fun Things To Do This Weekend

October 5, 2012 No Comments

We are sure glad it’s Friday! Enjoy our weekly “Things To Do on Staten Island” List:

Brady’s Pond on Staten Island by Dmitriy Mirochnik

1. Historic House Trust Festival

A total of 23 historic buildings in the five boroughs will be open to the public today through Sunday, 12 of them on Staten Island. Tour participants can go from one end of the Island to the other, starting at the Alice Austen House Museum in Rosebank and ending at the Conference House in Tottenville. Please follow the link for more information on Historic House Trust Festival.

When: October 6th and 7th, Sat and Sun

Location: Historic Places throughout Staten Island

Tickets: Free to the public

2. Victorian Tea with a View of New York Harbor

In the 1930s, Alice and her partner Gertrude opened up their home and started a business serving refreshments. Come to their Victorian Tea House, relax on their porch, and bask in the amazing view of the Verrazano Narrows. Enjoy wonderful teas, sandwiches, and treats, in one of the oldest and most beautiful houses in New York. Reservations are required.

When: October 6th and 7th, Sat and Sun, 12 Noon – 4PM Last seating at 3:00 p.m.

Contact phone:  Please contact Sara, at 718 816 4506 x 10.  Tickets are $15.  The experience is priceless.

Location: Alice Austen House & Park (in Alice Austen Park)

Tickets: $15 adult

3. It’s My Park Day at Westerleigh Park and Soapbox Derby

On It’s My Park Day, the Friends of Westerleigh Park will be cleaning, raking, and weeding at Westerleigh Park. Then join the excitement by designing, building and bringing your own version of a soap box cart for the Parks’ Annual Soap Box Derby. You must be over seven years-old to race. NO motors allowed. Helmets and some type of brakes are required for all cars. For more information please call (718) 442-0336.

When: October 6th, Saturday 9AM – 1PM

Location: Westerleigh Park, At Maine Avenue and Neal Dow Avenue

Tickets: Free

4. Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm Stand

Visit the 1800s Decker Farm and enjoy a guided tour through the 1810 farmhouse and a hayride.  Purchase a pumpking to bring home.  Free shuttle bus service from the Historic Richmond Town parking lot to the farm.

When: October 6th, Saturday 11AM – 4PM

Location: Decker Farm,

Tickets: Free

5. Greenmarkets across Staten Island

This weekend don’t forget to visit one of the three or all greenmarkets on Staten Island for farm-fresh produce! Get delicious, locally grown fruits and veggies.

When: October 6th, Saturday


1) St. George Greenmarket, corner of Hyatt St. & St. Marks Place, 8MA – 2PM

Set on a hill overlooking New York Harbor and the downtown Manhattan skyline, this market draws a dedicated following of neighborhood shoppers who line up each Saturday to get first dibs on the freshest seasonal fruit, produce, cheese, meat, seafood and baked goods.

2) Staten Island Mall Greenmarket, 2655 Richmond Ave, parking lot, 9AM – 4PM

3) Decker Farm, 435 Richmond Hill Rd, 9AM – 1PM

The farm stand is open for business, stocking its shelves with organic fruits and vegetables harvested each day from its 11-acre field. This historic family farm has been operating since 1810. It is a unique and special part of Historic Richmond Town where centuries of American life are preserved and presented every day.

6. Scarecrow Festival

Create your own life-size scarecrow, paint a pumpkin & craft programs. A great fun-filled day for the entire family! Don’t forget to bring an old shirt & pants to stuff! Refreshments will be available as well as nature-related gifts, education items, T-shirts & sweatshirts for sale.

When: October 6th, Saturday 11AM – 4PM

Location: Blue Heron Park, 222 Poillon Avenue, mid-way between Hylan Boulevard and Amboy Road

Tickets: Admission is Free, however, there is a minimal materials charge for the scarecrow kit and a fee to paint a pumpkin

7. Shibori Sensations

The Greenbelt nature center invites you to view a series of ornamental textiles inspired by the beauty of Staten Island’s Greenbelt.

This exhibit is made possible in part by a DCA Art Fund Grant from the Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island, (COAHSI), with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

When: October 6th, Saturday 10AM – 5PM

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue at Brielle Avenue

Tickets: visit Staten Island Arts for pricing information

8. Healthy Families Hike at High Rock Park

Join the Greenbelt Educators for a brisk walk through the autumn forest. Observe the tranquil ponds and changing colors as you hike along the trails, and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Perhaps you will see a turkey vulture flying overhead or a chipmunk scurrying by. This hike will last about one hour and is suitable for ages 6 and up with adult chaperon. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or email:

When:  October 7th, Sunday at 11AM

Location: High Rock Park, Meet at the Nevada Ave parking lot

Tickets: Free program

9. Under the Spotlight – Microscope Investigations for Kids

Here is a chance to view the forest, up close and personal. Take a short walk through the forest and help the Greenbelt Educators spot and collect interesting samples to examine. Then we will return to the Education Building to view soil, pond water, and much more under brand new microscopes, a flex cam, and other lab equipment sponsored by the Northfield Foundation. Young naturalists (and their grownups) will learn about the layers of the forest, and life below the forest floor. This program is designed for ages 8-12 and their adult chaperones and is sponsored by Councilman Vincent Ignizio. Meet at the Nevada Avenue entrance to High Rock Park. Free program. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or email:

When: October 7th, Sunday at 2PM

Location: High Rock Park, Meet at the Nevada Ave parking lot

Tickets: Free Program

10. Dinosaurs and More

Join dinosaur enthusiast, Richie Mirissis, as he presents some amazing fossils, three- dimensional models and memorabilia from his vast collection of artifacts. Dinosaur activities and crafts available for children ages 4-12.

When: October 7th, Sunday 1:30PM – 3:30PM

Location: Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway

Tickets:  Free with regular admission – DONATIONS REQUESTED

11. The Richmond County Craft Beer Fest

The borough is hosting two beer festivals, highlighting the growing popularity among islanders for artisanal suds — also known as craft beer. The festival will feature about 18 breweries from around the country, each serving one or two samplers of beer each, said Tim Sinatra, Staten Island representative for Union Beer Distribution, who is helping plan the fest.

When: October 7th, Sunday

Location: Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn, 4254 Arthur Kill Road

Tickets: General Admission, for $45, gets you a pass to sample over 40 craft beers.


Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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