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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: Filip Wolak
The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

September 5–6

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 Until Sunday September 6 2015

"The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter"

Critics' pick

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 Thursday December 31 2015

Depot Time!

Explore the winding paths of NYC's 4,431 buses, rolling in and out of 30 different depots across the five boroughs daily. Kids can learn about these special homes for buses and where to find them, them design their own depots and make a "dispatch schedule" for their personal bus fleet. Ages 3 and up.

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New York Transit Museum, Boerum Hill Until Sunday September 13 2015

NYC Unicycle Festival

Critics' pick

This wacky one-wheeled weekend rolls into town with a One Wheel the West Side course from Battery Park up the West Side to Central Park (Sept 3), a ride over the Brooklyn Bridge, finishing with a stage show at Coney Island in celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle Day (Sept 4). Don't miss the main event—a giant festival on Governors Island with races, competitions, exhibitions, unicycle sports (basketball, hockey and sumo on wheels!), music, live performances and more one-wheeled activities for the whole family (Sept 5, 6). All ages.

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Governors Island, Governors Island Sunday September 6 2015

Richmond County Fair

Critics' pick

Grab the fam and head to Historic Richmond Town, a preserved museum-village dating from the late 17th century, for its 34th annual county fair. Three stages of live music, puppetry, dance performances and rides are sure to keep the little ones occupied all day. Plus, check out the Ultimate Air Dogs: These athletic pups perform tricks while jumping off a dock into water, catching mad air (20 feet!) in the process. All ages.

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Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island Until Monday September 7 2015
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