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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 for kids

Photograph: Courtesy Central Park Conservancy

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Saturday, August 27

Central Park Conservancy Film Festival


This outdoor movie series celebrates movies filmed right here in NYC. First, see School of Rock (Aug 22, Marcus Garvey Park), followed by The Last Dragon (Aug 23, Marcus Garvey Park), I Am Legend (Aug 24, Central Park), Tootsie (Aug 25, Central Park), Desperately Seeking Susan (Aug 26, Central Park) and Stuart Little (Aug 27, Central Park). Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater, enter on Fifth Avenue at 124th St. Central Park, between Sheep Meadow and 72nd St Cross Drive. All ages.

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Central Park, Sheep Meadow , Central Park Until Saturday August 27 2016

Central Park Conservancy: Chess Lecture and Simul Series

Chess lovers gather at Central Park's Chess and Checkers House to learn from the game's best and brighest at this free series. Pick up some techniques from Grandmaster Maxim Dlugy (July 16) and Grandmaster John Fedorowicz (Aug 27), then put your new knowledge into action in a simul. Previous chess experience is required, so make sure to brush up beforehand. Registration begins at 10am; the event kicks off at 11am. Ages 6 and up.

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Central Park , Central Park Saturday August 27 2016

MY CITY LAB: Art All Around

Explore New York's public art and urban design in these hands-on workshops, where kiddos can learn about Design, Signs, and Symbols (Aug 17), Street Murals (Aug 20), Lines (Aug 24) and Living Art (Aug 27). The activities are designed to get the whole family involved, so come prepared to roll up your sleeves and dig in. Ages 6 to 12.

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Museum of the City of New York , East Harlem Saturday August 27 2016

Going Places - The Technology of Transport

Little pilots will love this new hands-on exhibit at the New York Hall of Science, where they can explore different modes of transportation. Kiddos can fly a plane on a flight simulator, ride a mini hovercraft and guide a blimp through hoops, all while learning about gravity, wind, currents, waves and friction. All ages.

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New York Hall of Science , Queens Until Sunday September 18 2016

Bargemusic Family Concert

Head to Brooklyn Bridge Park for free chamber music concerts every Saturday all summer long. The day’s programs are announced at the beginning of each performance, so everyone is in for a surprise! Each 60-minute concert is followed by a Q&A session with the musicians. Be sure to arrive early, doors open 15 minutes before the performance and no reserved seating is available. Ages 5 and up.

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Bargemusic , Downtown Saturday August 27 2016

Saturday Family Studios at CMA

Bring the whole family to these workshops to learn about useful skill-based art and new media art techniques. Each Saturday focuses on a different theme, like "The Pinhole Camera" (July 9), "Game Design: Intro to Coding" (July 16), "Drawing From Life" (July 23), "Photoshop: Getting Started" (July 30) and more. Visit the museum's website to the see the full schedule. Pre-registration is required. Age limits vary.

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Children's Museum of the Arts , Downtown Saturday August 27 2016

Harlem Meer Performance Festival


Fill your summer Sunday with jazz, blues, R&B, soca and world music at this performance series featuring world-class acts like Iroko La Banda (June 19), Orlando Marin (July 24), Joaquin Pozo (July 31), Garifuna International (Aug 14) and One Love Gospel Ensemble (Aug 28). We recommend bringing a blanket and picnic lunch for the family to enjoy—when you're not busy dancing, that is. Visit centralparknyc.org the see the full schedule. All ages.

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Central Park, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center , Lenox Hill Sunday August 28 2016 - Sunday September 4 2016

Family AcroYoga at Warrior Bridge

The whole family will love this hourlong class that blends acrobatics, yoga and healing arts. Participants learn how to lift and support each other, plus play games focusing on communication and trust. Ages 5 to 12.

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Warrior Bridge , Financial District Saturday August 27 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016
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