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.
Tue Apr 8 2014
Photograph: Stephanie Keith
Saturday, September 20
Go behind the scenes with Elmo, Grover, Big Bird and other furry friends at the New York Public Library's Sesame Street exhibit. Somebody Come and Play: 45 Years of Learning on Sesame Street features a children's area full of books and games for young fans and scripts, scores and photos for older ones. There will also be film screenings and special family programming. All ages.
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Celebrate the start of the school year with carnival games, face painting, mouth-watering BBQ—and five bouncy houses! Guests will also get a dance party courtesy of the folks at Baby Loves Disco. All proceeds to benefit student, academic, and arts programs at P.S. 9. All ages.
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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, celebrate the season through movement workshops, ballet performances, storytelling and a printmaking workshop using seasonal vegetables (Sept 20); and discover the 3,000-year-old tradition of Dia de los Muertos with facepainting, crafts and a concert (Oct 18). Return at the end of the year for TBD activities surrounding the themes "Cara a Cara" (Nov 15) and "La Parranda!" (Dec 20). R.S.V.P. recommended. All ages.
Kids' authors and illustrators (or staffers from Brooklyn's family-friendly Greenlight Bookstore) sit down with kids and their caregivers to read from their own picture books (or their favorites), be they classics or brand-new creations. In September, kids can join author Sarra J. Roth as she reads Not the Quitting Kind, a story of perseverance (9/6) and welcome Irish author and illustrator Sheena Dempsey as she presents the tale of a guinea pig looking for a home in Bruno and Titch (9/13). Head to the BAM Fisher Hillman Studio for a special Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event, where Bob Shea will read and sign copies of Dinosaur vs. School (9/20) and finish out the month counting along to Five Hungry Pandas! by Alexis Barad-Cutler (9/27). Ages 3 to 8.
See musical acts from Staten Island and beyond perform in an all-day outdoor concert, including New York's only all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Flor De Toloache, Joan Caddell & the Midnight Choir and Allergic to B's. In between shows, which are separated in three stages,families can peruse the 30 flea market vendors, or if they're in the market for a new furry friend, there'll also be dog and cat adoptions onsite! Ages 4 and up.
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