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Looking for things to do in NYC with your brood? Hit up these fun weekend-long happenings

"The Hunger Games: The Exhibition"

"The Hunger Games: The Exhibition" Photograph: Courtesy The Hunger Games Exhibition

July 4–5

"Connected Worlds"

  • Price band: 1/4

With so many people bustling around NYC at all times, it's easy to forget that our city is just a small piece in a larger environment. This high-tech exhibition in the Great Hall lets families better understand our impact on Earth's delicate systems, teaching kids how to keep things balanced through individual and collective actions. Hands-on activities let visitors interact with animated creatures, plants, trees and other objects on seven giant screens. Each displays a different environment—desert, mountain valley, plains, reservoir, jungle wetlands and a digital waterfall, towering above at 38 feet tall. As families move from one environment to the next they'll explore how the spaces are connected by shared resources and weather patterns and how their actions impact the larger environment. All ages.

  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Mon Jul 6 - Mon Aug 31
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International African Arts Festival

  • Critics choice

While this four-day festival started as a small community fundraiser, it now attracts a crowd of 75,000 from around the world. Expect lots of family-friendly and kids programming throughout each day. Catch African dance performances, a fashion show, a chess tournament, a parade on Saturday (July 4), and musical and theatrical performances. All ages.

  1. Commodore Barry Park Navy St to N Elliott Pl between Flushing and Park Aves
  2. Until Sun Jul 5
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"The Hunger Games: The Exhibition"

  • Price band: 3/4

The odds are definitely in your favor at this super–interactive, totally immersive exhibit insipired by The Hunger Games. Kids will learn about science, technology and problem–solving as they follow Katniss Everdeen's inspiring and action–packed journey through seven different galleries, including Tribute Train, District 12 and The Capitol. Super fans will flip for the authentic costumes and artifacts from the films on display, as well as the interactive map of Panem and stunt choreography feature. Tickets go on sale April 21; preregistration is recommended.

  1. Discovery Times Square 226 W 44th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Mon Jul 6 - Sun Jan 3
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Pop-Up Audubon

  • Free

Prospect Park Audubon Center staff will lead discussions and explorations of the wildlife in Prospect Park. Head out for fishing clinics to reel in a big one, plus learn about aquatic ecology and collect your own bait (1–2pm, 3–4pm). Wander the trails as a family in search of 250 species of birds (4:30–6pm). Availability is first-come, first-served. Meet at the Pop-Up Audubon tents at either the Peninsula or the North End of Esplanade. Ages 8 to 15.

  1. Prospect Park Audubon Center enter at Ocean Ave, and Lincoln Rd
  2. Sun Jul 5
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"Spiders Alive!"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Get up close and personal with 16 species of one of the world's most essential predators. "Spiders Alive!" lets you and your kids come face-to-face with live spiders from the museum's research collection (the largest in the world), learn about spiders' behavior and anatomies, and take a picture atop a giant arachnid model. Visitors are able to watch, learn and even touch these creepy creatures for up to three months! Be sure to check out 15-minute presentations in which the museum's resident spider experts handle live tarantulas and other species of spiders. All ages.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th St, 10024
  2. Mon Jul 6 - Sun Nov 29
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