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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

Paper Planet

Paper Planet Photograph: Sarah Walker

May 30–31

World Science Festival

  • Price band: 1/4

Shhh: Your kids might actually learn something while having fun at this five-day educational celebration. Prominent minds from around the world will unite to discuss the brain, time, the origins of the universe and more. This year's fest will include a special series of events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Einstein's theory of relativity. On Sunday, May 31, attend the Ultimate Science Street Fair in Washington Square Park for loads of fun, free demos and workshops, where kiddos will learn about extreme weather, robotics and outer space. Visit www.worldsciencefestival.com for a full list of events, including the Flame Challenge, where scientists compete to communicate complex topics so that an 11-year-old would understand them (this year the prompt asks, "What is sleep?"), the Cool Jobs panel ($30), special apprentice programs ($30) and Stargazing. Hurry, tickets for these events sell out quickly! All ages.

  1. Various locations
  2. Until Sun May 31
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Arts Island Outpost on Governors Island

Hop on board the ferry to Governors Island, where CMA will be hosting free family art workshops led by in-house teaching artists all summer long. This season's activities will be inspired by the island itself, with projects showing the importance of nature and parks. Get ready to track down natural and recyclable materials, add to installations and interact with the environment. Meet outside Building 14 in Nolan Park. Ages 1 to 12.

  1. Governors Island Governors Island
  2. Sat Jun 6 - Sun Sep 27
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Paper Planet

  • Price band: 2/4

Australian-bred Polyglot Theatre creates a woodland adventure for little ones, complete with hands-on projects and interactions. Kids and parents get to explore a jungle of cardboard trees filled with paper flowers and plants, adding their own artworks to the scenery along the way. They'll even make silly sounds into a microphone to add to the whimsical ambience. Ages 2 and up.

  1. The Duke on 42nd Street Theater 229 W. 42nd St., Between Seventh and Eighth Aves., 10036
  2. Thu Jun 4 - Sun Jun 7
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Storytime at the Strand 2015

Each week, a well-known character stops by this beloved bookstore to visit with little ones before staff read a story and lead a related craft. In May, meet Winnie the Pooh's good friend, Eeyore (May 9, 10), visit with The Cat in the Hat (May 16, 17), hang out with Llama Llama (May 23, 24) and swing by to see Curious George & The Man in the Yellow Hat (May 30, 31). All ages.

  1. Strand Book Store 828 Broadway, at 12th St
  2. Until Sun May 31
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Jeppe Hein: Please Touch the Art

  • Free

A standard afternoon in Brooklyn Bridge Park becomes a unique interactive experience when Danish artist Jeppe Hein’s installation takes over the public space. Curious kids will love walking through three separate works, discovering quirky additions to the landscape like benches that twist and curve, a mirror labyrinth that lets visitors see double (or triple) and a grid of sky-high water jets that create sporadic walls of H2O rising up from the ground. Families wander from the Manhattan Bridge along the waterfront to Pier 6, and get their hands on works of art instead of just observing from a distance, so make sure to bring a camera—the crazy-awesome photo opportunities will be more than worth the trip. All ages.

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Tue Jun 2 - Fri Jan 1
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