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Things to do with kids in NYC this Saturday

Kick off your weekend and spend Saturday with the family at the city's best events and activities for kids.

Hungry Caterpillar at Skirball Center

Hungry Caterpillar at Skirball Center Photograph: Margo E. Gesser

Saturday, April 4

"Seucy and Boto: Stories from the Amazon Jungle"

  • Price band: 1/4

La MaMa brings families a three-part magical tale featuring puppetry, dance and mythical creatures of the amazon. Brave young girl Seucy battles a tree-eating monster with help from her friend Boto—who happens to be half-boy, half-dolphin. The audience will meet a butterfly, anaconda, frog, shaman and warrior as the tale unfold, featuring live rhythmic music, giant marionettes and dancers in body puppets. Ages 3 and up.

  1. Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa E.T.C. 66 E 4th St, between Bowery and Second Ave, 10003
  2. Sat Apr 4 - Sat May 16
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Queens Botanical Garden Spring Egg-stravaganza!

  • Price band: 1/4

Basket-toting tots can participate in an egg scavenger hunt and play old–fahioned games at this spring celebration. The fun continues with a visit from the garden's mascot, Flora the Flower. Pre-registration required. Rain or shine. All ages.

  1. Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main St, at Dahlia Ave
  2. Sat Apr 4
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Families & Folk Art 2015

  • Free

Offered on the first Saturday of the month, this workshop invites kids and their parents a chance to take a guided, discussion-peppered tour through the galleries of the American Folk Art Museum, then get to work on a piece of artwork inspired by objects they've seen on exhibition. This spring, families will explore "When The Curtain Never Comes Down," then make their own headwear (Hats, Crowns and Headdresses, 4/4), create banners bearing personalized messages (What's Your Message?, 5/2) and design musical instruments (Marching to the Beat of Your Own Drum!, 6/6). Space is limited; advance registration is required. Ages 4 to 12.

  1. American Folk Art Museum 2 Lincoln Sq, Columbus Ave, at 66th St
  2. Sat Apr 4 - Sat Jun 6
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Lil Film Buffs

If you can pry the kids away from their Saturday cartoons, they can settle in for some classic movies on the big screen instead at Videology. The Williamsburg theater hosts free, family-friendly screenings on the first Saturday of each month, featuring favorites like The Muppet Movie (11/1), The Sound of Music (12/6), E.T. (1/3), The Princess Bride (2/7) Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (3/7) and Black Stallion (4/4). Show up early to snag a seat and catch an old-school cartoon preshow at noon. Ages 7–12.

  1. Videology 308 Bedford Ave, between South 1st and 2nd Sts, 11211
  2. Sat Apr 4
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Puppeteers from the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia put on three tales by children's book author Eric Carle (the titular story plus The Mixed-Up Chameleon and Little Cloud). The company's combination of glowing puppets and black lights is destined to wow young audiences. Ages 2 and up.

  1. Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College 2900 Campus Rd, at Hillel Pl, one block from junction of Flatbush and Nostrand Aves
  2. Sat Apr 4 - Sun Apr 19
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