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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.

Super Sábado!: Super Holidays at El Museo del Barrio

Super Sábado!: Super Holidays at El Museo del Barrio Courtesy El Museo del Barrio

Saturday, December 20

Father Goose

  • Price band: 2/4

Our favorite entertainment series for kids is back at Symphony Space with an exciting mix of family-friendly, live events featuring high-energy musicians, performers and more. This winter, groove along with Father Goose as he plays a mix of hip-hop, calypso and reggae (Dec 20) and close out 2014 with a whimsical show from Icelandic electro-pop artist Elska (Jan 3). After the New Year, enjoy two days of pop jams from Sprout TV host and singer Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets (Jan 17–18), experience Latin rhythm with Moona Luna (Jan 24) and dance around to hybrid music from Ben Rudnick and Friends (Jan 31). Kick off February with two days of The Pop Ups (Feb 7–8), then catch a Valentine's Day edition of The Gustafer Yellowgold Show (Feb 14) followed by concerts from The Okee Dokee Brothers (Feb 21) and Walter Martin of The Walkmen (Feb 28). March means Danny Weinkauf (Mar 14), Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My flower (Mar 21) and Frances England (Mar 28). All ages.

  1. Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space 2537 Broadway, at 95th St
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sat Mar 28
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A Very Merry Kids Christmas Special Spectacular

Get out of the cold and away from the crazy shopping and coozy up for a Christmas classic marathon at Videology in Brooklyn. Watch (or rewatch) holiday specials from the 60s-80s that have delighted kids and adults alike ever since. The program kicks off with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964) and then silent feature The Snowman (1982) before A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) and wrap up with Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966). Kid sized peppermint hot cocoas will be available for purchase to help warm up from the chilly December air. All ages.

  1. Videology 308 Bedford Ave, between South 1st and 2nd Sts, 11211
  2. Sat Dec 20
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Chanukah Puppet Show and Celebration

  • Price band: 1/4

Join master puppeteer Len Levit, who appeared on Shalom Sesame—the Israeli version of Sesame Steet—for an afternoon of Chanukah-themed fun. Kids can make their own puppets before watching Len and his Levity Puppets perform the story of Chanukah. Cap off the performance with singing, a menorah lighting ceremony, latkes and gelt. All ages.

  1. West End Synagogue 190 Amsterdam Ave, at 69th St
  2. Sat Dec 20
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Super Sábado!

  • 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. When the holidays roll around, hit up "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 Dec 20 - Sat May 16
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The Science of Santa

  • Price band: 3/4

Kid-favorite mad scientist Doktor Kaboom presents a special Christmas-themed version of his kooky stage show. In it, he'll explain the "science" behind the man in the big red suit—a.k.a. Santa Claus—through experiments, demonstrations, audience participation and a healthy dose of slapstick comedy. All ages.

  1. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts 566 La Guardia Pl, at Washington Sq South, 10012
  2. Sat Dec 20
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