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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.

Fall Kids Fest

Fall Kids Fest Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Saturday, October 18

Madison Square Park Fall Kids Fest

Head to Madison Square Park on October 18 for a busy day of free family activities. With moviemaking demos, storytelling, arts & crafts, games, gardening projects, puzzles, face painting and a costume parade, kids won't know where to start. Melt Bakery and Hill Country Barbeque Market will provide sweet goodies to fuel the fun. All ages.

  1. Madison Square Park 23rd St to 26th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10010
  2. Sat Oct 18
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BAMkids Music Concert Series: Baby Love Salsa

  • Price band: 1/4

This fall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music will introduce international musical acts across various genres for parents and their peanuts to enjoy. On select Saturdays, families can tap their toes along to bi-lingual tunes from Baby Loves Salsa whiles learning elements of salsa dancing (Oct 18), or bust a move to northeastern Brazilian music with a modern twist from Nation Beat (Nov 8). Follow along as clarinestist Oran Etkin brings instruments to life in his Timbalooloo music education program (Nov 15), then return in December for eclectic pop jams with Elska-Middle of Nowhere, sharing tales an imaginary volcanic island off the coast of Iceland through her upbeat music (Dec 7). Ages 3 to 6.

  1. BAM Fisher 321 Ashland Pl, between Hanson Pl and Lafayette Ave, 11217
  2. Sat Nov 8 - Sun Dec 7
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Family Astronomy in the Dome: I Spy in the Sky

  • Price band: 2/4

Head to the American Museum of Natural History's stunning Hayden Planetarium to gaze at the stars. At this special event for budding astronomers, kids will use the Zeiss star projector to view fall and winter constellations, plus star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Participants can bring their own binoculars for even better cosmic viewing. Ages 4–11.

  1. Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space 175 Central Park West, at 81st St
  2. Until Sat Oct 18
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NYC Regional American Youth Circus Organization Festival

  • Price band: 2/4

Your wild one can spend a day practicing the tricks and feats of the circus pros. The workshop will consist of four 75-minute workshops on trapeze work, juggling, acrobatics, wire-walking and more. A showcase peformance by circus kids (ages 21 and under) will follow lunch. After youngsters have had enough of the circus life, a pizza party will close out the day. Ages 7 and up.

  1. Circus Warehouse 53-21 Vernon Blvd, at 53rd Ave
  2. Sat Oct 18
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Super Sábado: Dia de los Muertos

  • Critics choice
  • Free

El Museo del Barrio's free family programming every third Saturday of the month presents gallery tours and art workshops centered around a different theme.This fall, discover the 3,000-year-old tradition of Dia de los Muertos with a musicl procession, facepainting, crafts, storytelling and a concert from Pistolera (Oct 18). In November, hit up "Cara a Cara," an event encouraging families to explore the world around us through stories, art-making, and movement workshops inspired by a new art exhibition "Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper"(Nov 15). When the holidays roll around, return for "La Parranda!" celebrating the season with a crown-making craft and storytelling (Dec 20), then, after the new year, gear up for Carnaval, the joyful Caribbean and Latin American fete, and enjoy live music, dance workshops, and more (Feb 21). Look foward to three more events this spring surrounding themes like "Big Screen" (March 21) and "A, B, Cuentos!" (April 18) and close out the series with a block party blowout (May 16). R.S.V.P. recommended. All ages.

  1. El Museo del Barrio 1230 Fifth Ave, between 104th and 105th Sts
  2. Sat Nov 15 - Sat May 16
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