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Things to do with kids in NYC this weekend

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

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Jan 14–15

Gazillion Bubble Show

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Created by Fan Yang, 16-time Guinness-record holder for blowing the biggest soap bubble, this show is an ode to airborne orbs. In the newest incarnation of the show, Yang's son, 20-year-old Deni Yang, takes over, presenting magic, lighting effects and bubbles—giant bubbles, walls of bubbles, helium bubbles and bubbles within bubbles. Ages 5 and up.

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New World Stages , Hell's Kitchen Friday January 20 2017 - Sunday November 19 2017

New York at Its Core

The Museum of the City of New York’s new permanent exhibition “New York at Its Core” will present the full 400-year history of the city. From its beginnings as a Dutch settlement to the urban force it is today, the exhibition will guide viewers through the evolution of one of the greatest cities in the world. The attraction features three interactive galleries based on four themes - money, density, diversity, and creativity - and more than 400 significant objects from NYC icons, including Alexander Hamilton, Walt Whitman, “Boss” Tweed, Emma Goldman, JP Morgan, Fiorello LaGuardia, and Jay-Z. The museum will celebrate the opening of the exhibit with a weekend-long public festival Gotham Groove (Nov 19 10am - Nov 20 6pm) with 32 hours of live music, spoken word performances, films, dance, and interactive activities for the whole family. All ages. Advance registration required for Gotham Groove.

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Museum of the City of New York , East Harlem Until Sunday December 31 2017

"The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter"

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It's a balmy 80 degrees in the museum's 1,200-square-foot vivarium, which holds up to 500 tropical lepidoptera. The free-flying butterflies often land on the shoulders of visitors, allowing tykes to come into direct contact with the ethereal creatures. Outside the vivarium, youngsters can read up on the life cycle of butterflies, how to protect their habitats and what kinds of adaptations certain species have. All ages.

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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Monday May 29 2017

Greenlight Bookstore Children’s Programming

Get kids off on the right foot this new year by cultivating in them a joy of reading. Brooklyn’s Greenlight Bookstore is lining up a series of story time events for kids in its Prospect Lefferts Gardens (632 Flatbush Ave) and Fort Greene (686 Fulton St) locations. Saturday Story Time - with titles such as The Case for Loving and Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat - will have authors appearing in both stores during the day (for kids ages 3-8). The Young Readers Book Group (for kids ages 9-12) will meet in Fort Greene on Tuesdays and Prospect Lefferts Garden on Wednesdays - kids will get lost in the worlds found in contemporary and classic chapter books while noshing on free pizza. Don’t miss out on the celebration of Greenlight’s newest location at Prospect Lefferts Garden. On January 7 at 1:30pm, there will be a story time for families as well as treats, activities, and giveaways.

Greenlight Bookstore , Fort Greene Tuesday January 17 2017 - Saturday January 28 2017

Know China! Saturday Cultural Workshops

Join China Institute for their special Saturday art programs for children. Experienced language teachers will first give a tour of the institute’s exhibition “Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd to 6th Centuries” before guiding kids through various creative projects. The group will have fun while learning about ancient Chinese art and history through hands-on projects, including sculpting, brush painting, and making rubbings. Ages 5 and up.

China Institute , Financial District Saturday January 21 2017 - Saturday March 18 2017

Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection

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Minitrain aficionados are certain to be transfixed by the scenic components of this show, featuring trains from the Jerni Collection of handmade toys dating all the way back to 1850. Four large multimedia screens in the rotunda serve as a backdrop to take this trainscape the extra mile. Theatrical lighting and accompanying music immerse viewers in the exhibit on the museum's first floor as they browse model trains from decades past. The exhibit shows off more than 300 trains and toys, including eight overhead trains and a cool crawl-through space leading to a pop-up bubble, putting kids smack in the center of the display. Families can continue exploring the world of classic toys and trains through a slew of programs, including kid-friendly activities, storytelling, and crafts projects. All ages.

New-York Historical Society , Upper West Side Tuesday January 17 2017 - Sunday February 26 2017

Mission to Space

Prepare your aspiring astronauts for a trip to space—no rocket required! Families can explore the cosmos in the Children’s Museum of the Arts’ new exhibit “Mission to Space,” which features artwork from famed visual artists like Thomas Broadbent, E.V Day, Masayoshi Sukita and Penelope Umbrico. You’ll see a selection of vibrant works (sculptures, paintings, photographs, videos and installations) that share the common theme of space exploration, including its history and potential, and examine humankind’s role in the galaxy. All ages.

16 Jan 2017

Ghostbusters Experience

Immerse the family in the new Ghostbusters flick at Madame Tussaud's latest attraction, Ghostbusters Experience, where guests don proton packs and virtual reality headsets and go on the hunt for wayward ghosts. Kiddos will be thrilled to see gadgets and props from the movie, like the Ecto-2 motorcycle. All ages.

Until Fri Dec 30

"Behind the Screen"

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In this one-of-a-kind experience on the museum’s third floor, guests can immerse themselves in the process of producing, promoting and presenting digital entertainment, TV shows and movies. Check out cool artifacts like historic film and TV cameras, posters, design sketches and more. All ages.

Museum of the Moving Image , Astoria Wednesday January 18 2017 - Sunday December 31 2017

"Dinosaurs Among Us"

Learn how a very special group of dinosaurs evolved into the creatures we call birds today via the American Museum of Natural History's new exhibit "Dinosaurs Among Us." Expect to see life-like models (including a 23-foot-long feathered tyrannosaur named Yutyrannus Huali) and rarely-seen dinosaur fossils. All ages.

02 Jan 2017
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