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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

April 30–May 1

"Our City"

Kids know that their NYC neighborhood is made up of streets, apartment buildings, and playgrounds, but now they'll learn how the place they call home came together thanks to the planning of many different people. They'll get inspired by cool artwork, then take on the roles of urban planners, artists, architects and visionaries and think about what goes into a happy and healthy 'hood. All ages.

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Brooklyn Children’s Museum , Crown Heights Until Sunday September 4 2016

"Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit"

The PBS Kids TV series from The Jim Jenson Company comes to life for kids in this interactive exhibit that invites them to investigate, explore and discover the world of science. They'll visit Sid's home, school, playground and the Super Fab Lab and answer questions like "Which kitchen gadgets will sink or float?" or "How does a pulley work?" Little ones can even meet Sid himself when his visits the museum on select days this spring. Ages 3 and up.

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Liberty Science Center Until Sunday May 15 2016

"A Year with Children"

This exhibit showcases works of art by children in grades 2–6 from 12 public schools in all five boroughs who participated in the Learning Through Art program. View more than 100 works including collages, drawings, found objects, installations, paintings, poems and prints centered on the themes of culture, history, identity, nature, sense of place and tradition. All ages.

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum , Upper East Side Until Sunday June 12 2016

"Pixar: The Design of Story"

Every parent has seen their kid's eyes light up as a flick like Toy Story or Up unfolds on the screen. Now, families can get a look at how Pixar's movie magic comes together thanks to a behind-the-scenes exhibit created in partnership with Pixar Animation Studios. The original artwork of genius illustrators—from films including Wall-E, Brave and The Incredibles—shows youngsters how their favorite characters developed over time, how the designers trigger our emotions and beyond. In the museum's immersive Process Lab, families will explore the design process through colorscripts, storyboards, sculptures and interactive stations like an 84-inch touch-screen table. Hit up a Design by Hand workshop led by creative staff from Pixar and don't miss screenings of Luxo Jr., a short film from 1986, or a Q&A with John Lasseter (Nov 12). Ages 5 and up.

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum , Upper East Side Until Sunday August 7 2016

Gazillion Bubble Show

Critics' pick

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 May 6 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016

"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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New York Hall of Science , Queens Until Saturday December 31 2016
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