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What local families do

Central Park, naturally, is a weekend staple. Families flock to Saturday morning sing-alongs at the zoo (enter park from Fifth Ave at 64th St; 212-439-6500) and at the bucket swings and Alice in Wonderland fountain at the James Michael Levin Playground (Fifth Ave at 77th St).

On the blocks east of Third Avenue, you'll find a number of spots for tots to blow off steam. Kidville (163 E 84th St, 212-772-8435), which occupies a four-story space, offers more than 100 "creative classes" for babies to five-year-olds. At Jodi's Gym (244 E 84th St, 212-772-7633), kids ages one to 12 can swing, balance, tumble, jump and stretch while dreaming of Olympic glory.

Theaters showing family-friendly films are scattered throughout the district. Take the 4, 5 or 6 train to 86th Street for the City Cinemas East 86th between Second and Third Avenues or the UA East 85th on First Avenue. Postshow, stop by Barnes & Noble (240 E 86th St, 212-794-1962). Not only does the store have a huge children's section, but it hosts storytimes on Saturday and Sunday mornings.


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