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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

Photograph: Andrew Kelly
"Connected Worlds"

August 29–30

Bronx Zoo Summer Series

Little animal lovers can visit with the giraffes, gorillas and more at the Bronx Zoo, then stick around for jam sessions with some of NYC's top kid-friendly performers. Gather in Grizzly Corner (right near the bears!) to hear upbeat tunes from Josh & the Jamtones (Aug 15, 16), quirky pop songs off the new solo album by Danny Weinkauf and His Red Pants Band (Aug 22, 23) and hits from Nick Jr.'s multi-genre group Hot Peas 'N Butter (Aug 29, 30). Over Labor Day weekend, catch a performance by The Pop Ups, complete with puppets, dancing and collages (Sept 5, 6). All ages.

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Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society, The Bronx Saturday September 5 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015

Kids Eat NYC

Kids Eat NYC is a NYC restaurant week for kids (and a sayonara to the traditional kids menu). Look beyond the sea of frozen chicken fingers and mac and cheese to these forward-thinking eateries—they’ve crafted prix fixe kids’ menus available to families during all four days of Kids Eat NYC. The real question is…are your kids adventurous enough to try new foods? Try being a food explorer for a day and see what happens at Smorgas Chef, Henry's NYC, Monument Lane, Sun in Bloom, Hunter's Brooklyn, Souen, Vai Restaurant, Black Tree, GustOrganics and Miranda Restaurant. Times vary. Recommended for ages 10–17.

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Until Sun Aug 30

Puppetworks presents Goldilocks & the 3 Bears

This Park Slope puppet theater presents Robert Southey's folk tale about one fuzzy family and a very curious little girl. Kids will be enchanted by the artful marionettes and lively music. Call ahead for reservations, which are suggested. Ages 3 and up.

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Until Sun Aug 30

Zoo Quest

Animal lovers adventure through the zoo with their parents, friends and family on this exciting scavenger hunt. Grab a map guide and compete in trivia games along the way and win some prizes! All ages.

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Central Park Zoo, Upper West Side Until Sunday November 1 2015

"Connected Worlds"

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.

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Until Mon Aug 31
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