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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.

Halloween Weekend at CMA

Halloween Weekend at CMA Photograph courtesy Children's Museum of the Arts

November 1–2

Boo at the Zoo: Dragons and Dinosaurs

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This Halloween celebration takes over the Bronx wildlife spot every weekend in October, as well as the weekend following Halloween. This year, hit up the zoo's animatronic Dinosaur Safari adventure before it closes Nov 2, visit with komodo dragons at Zoo Center and venture through a dark tunnel filled with over 1,000 hand-carved jack-o-lanterns inspired by zoo creatures (located by the Somba Village; 10am–5pm). Catch a magic show (noon, 2, 4pm) or a musical theater performance of Carnival of Extraordinary Animals (12:30, 1:30, 2:30pm); take in live music from Gigi and the Lend Me a Hand Band (11:30am, 1, 3pm); explore a hay maze (11am–5pm); learn about all kinds of creatures at the extinct-animal graveyard; check out demonstrations by professional pumpkin carvers (11am–5pm); and, of course, rock their outfits in a Halloween procession (noon, 2pm). Boo in the Zoo is free with zoo admission; Dinosaur Safari (10am–5pm) and the Jack-O-Lantern Illumination require the purchase of a Total Experience ticket. All ages.

  1. Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society 2300 Southern Blvd, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sun Nov 2
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"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. All ages.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Mon May 25
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Halloween Weekend at CMA

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The museum celebrates this haunting holiday with Halloween-themed workshops including crafts like monster mask-making, pop-up cards, creepy clay creatures and blacklight animation. Costume-clad kids can march in a parade (Sat only at noon and 3pm), enjoy monstrous music and other spooky surprises. On Friday and Saturday, kids in costume get $2 off the admission price. All ages.

  1. Children's Museum of the Arts 103 Charlton St, between Greenwich and Hudson Sts, 10014
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sun Nov 2
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The Magic Flute

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Isango Ensemble of Cape Town, South Africa reimagines Mozart's famed opera, adding an African twist to the classic fairytale. Over two dozen voices belt out arias including an impressive interpretation of "Queen of the Night," backed by marimbas and powerful percussion to bring new life to the story for young audiences. Don't miss pre and post-show activities at select shows, including a Q&A session with the performers and a text message scavenger hunt. Ages 8 and up.

  1. New Victory Theater 209 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sun Nov 9
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Last chance: "Spiders Alive!"

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Get up close and personal with more than 20 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. Fri Oct 31 - Sun Nov 2
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