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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.

Fireworks over Brooklyn Bridge

Fireworks over Brooklyn Bridge Photograph: Shutterstock

Saturday, July 4

Independence Day Scavenger Hunt

  • Price band: 1/4

Scour the museum's permanent collection for Revolution-era artifacts like the statue of King George (that tyrant!) or George Washington's inaugural armchair. Also explore the 300-year history of ice cream by helping to crank up a batch the way they did in the good ol' days (noon–4pm). Make sure to catch eighteenth-century songs (think Yankee Doodle), stories and a reading of the Declaration of Independence during a "Revolution on the River" performance from the Hudson River Ramblers (11:30am, 1:30pm and 2:30pm). All ages.

  1. DiMenna Children's History Museum 170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
  2. Until Sat Jul 4
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The Art Yard

This Mad. Sq. Kids workshop series invites youngsters to spend their summer days picking up new skills and enjoying live entertainment. Track down cool demos from local teaching artists and be ready to jump in to a fun, hands-on activity with help from Mom or Dad. Throughout the summer, kids can further explore the park's newest installation "Fata Morgana," (6/20, 7/18, 8/22), try their hand at weaving (6/27), cartooning (7/11) and puppetry (7/25). Check the website for a full schedule of workshops. Ages 1–12.

  1. Madison Square Park 23rd St to 26th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10010
  2. Sat Jul 11 - Sat Aug 22
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  • Price band: 2/4

Wide-eyed kids can cheer on Cinderella and the Prince as they see if the glass slipper fits. Don’t forget about the evil stepsisters, who add a dose of slyness to this romantic tale. Ages 6 and up.

  1. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Columbus Ave between Broadway and W 62nd St
  2. Until Sat Jul 4
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Prospect Park July 4th Celebration

  • Free

Celebrate Independence Day with the kids at one of Brooklyn's most family friendly locations, Prospect Park! The Audubon Center has a full day of nature walks and hands-on activities planned for the entire gang. In the morning (10am–1pm), youngsters can play outdoor games, examine nature with Discovery Packs, identify birds and watch the feathered creatures with the Brooklyn Bird Club. From noon to 5pm, learn how the Bald Eagle became America’s symbol of independence, spread mulch around trees (2–3pm), participate in a Citizen Science project (3–4pm) and meet real animals (4–4:30pm). Go back in time at the Lefferts Historic House (2–5pm, $3 suggested donation) where kids can don plumed hats and sign a reproduction of the Declaration of Independence. Don't forget to go for a spin on the park carousel ($2 per ride)! All ages.

  1. Prospect Park Prospect Park West to Flatbush Ave, between Prospect Park Southwest and Ocean Ave
  2. Until Sat Jul 4
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Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks

  • Critics choice
  • Free

For this mother of all pyrotechnic displays, Macy's will explode more than 40,000 fireworks—returning to the East River for the second year in a row. Stake out a nice spot along Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Promenade or the South Street Seaport to watch, and bring your own picnic basket with beverages to toast our country's birthday. All ages. RECOMMENDED: 4th of July events and where to watch the fireworks

  1. Brooklyn
  2. Until Sat Jul 4
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