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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.

Photograph: Luciana Golcman
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Saturday, August 1

Get Up & Go! Family Adventure

City Parks Foundation is calling all adventurous families to join the Get Up & Go parent-child race on Staten Island. The course features 12 activitiy stations and incorporates basic exercises and sports skills along the way. You and your little runner will join a team and complete the required exercises all the way through to the finish line, where awards will be waiting for the top three finishers in each age group (8-10; 11-13). The race begins at 10am for the 8-10 age group and 11am for the 10-13 group. Be sure to register online before the day of the race. Ages 8-13.

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Conference House Park Saturday August 1 2015

Potions & Planting Tea Party

The McKittrick Hotel's verdant rooftop bar, Gallow Green, opens its doors to a younger set (and their favorite stuffed animals) for a planting and potion-making bash. Little ones will learn how to plant and take home mini flower presses, plant soil and seeds to teach their friends. Kids should bring a recyclable bottle to the garden so they can take their 'special power' potions with them. After all their hard work, the tots and teddy bears can enjoy a traditional English high tea platter and pink lemonade. Advanced registration required. Ages 6 to 11.

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Gallow Green Until Saturday September 12 2015

Shababa Saturdays in Central Park

Spend a relaxing Saturday morning in Central Park with cantorial soloist Karina Zilberman as she and her puppet Coco celebrate Shabbat with instruments and crafts. Meet outside the Fifth Avenue and 96th Street Playground under the trees. Ages 6 months to 5 years.

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Central Park Until Saturday August 22 2015 Free

LC Kids Puppet-Building Workshop

Georgian puppeteer Leo Gabriadze of Gabriadze Theatre school families on the art of puppetry in a 90-minute, hands-on workshop. They'll learn how to bring a puppet to life using different techniques for creative expression, then design and build their own characters with help from puppeteer and sotryteller Erin Orr. Ages 8 and up.

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Clark Studio Theater, Rose Building (at Lincoln Center) Saturday August 1 2015

Summer Streets

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From Park Ave at 72nd St to Centre St at Brooklyn Bridge; visit nyc.gov/summerstreets for details. For this three-Saturday event, nearly seven miles of NYC turf from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to Central Park will be cleared of vehicles, creating a pedestrian paradise complete with food and entertainment. This edition’s offerings include a massive 270-foot blow-up waterslide (register in advance), free yoga and dance sessions, craft workshops and walking tours. Expect awesome perks like free bike and rollerblade rentals and refreshing water sprinklers and misting stations. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for outdoor art installations, too. All ages.

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Manhattan Until Saturday August 15 2015 Free
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