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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 for kids

Photograph: Courtesy Puppetry Arts Festival

Saturday, June 25

BOUNCE: The Basketball Opera

Head to East Flatbush for a showcase performance of music-theater and opera company Ardea Arts' brand-new project, BOUNCE: The Basketball Opera. Performed on a basketball court, BOUNCE combines operatic singing, hip hop and electronic dance music to tell a modern version of the Greek myth "The Flight of Icarus." The production examines the pain of gun violence and the resilience of the human spirit and features high school students performing alongside professionals, making it an inspiration for little ones and big ones alike. All ages.

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Paerdegat Park , Brooklyn Monday June 27 2016

Summer Kickoff Festival

Visit the house of U.S. lawyer, politician and diplomat Rufus King for a day of outdoor family fun. Kids can get swept away during storytime with Literacy Inc. (1pm), play historic games and make arts and crafts, ice cream and giant bubbles. Be sure to tour the museum for free to experience life in the early 19th century. All ages.

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25 Jun 2016

SeriousFun Messtival

Head to the first-ever SeriousFun Messtival for all manner of sloppy fun, including paint archery, a dunk tank, a Pie Face tournament and a human tie-dye machine. Put on by the Paul Newman–founded SeriousFun Children's Network, the fest (messt?) benefits kids with serious illnesses, so go ahead and make a big ol' mess; it's for a good cause. Visit seriousfunmesstival.com to see all of the day's activities and register for the event. All ages.

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25 Jun 2016

Puppetry Arts Festival

Set in some of Brooklyn’s coolest playgrounds, this popular community festival celebrates all things puppet! Spin art, games and arts and crafts for $2–4, $5 tote bag decorating and $4 bounce-house access are just a few of the cool activities on offer. There’ll even be a few costumed Star Wars characters in attendance, plus Tuffy Tiger, a bright orange puppet that helps pre-K–through–second-grade students discover the world around them through song and dance. All ages.

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25 Jun 2016

Grandparent Day

Celebrate grandparents, moms, dads and caregivers of all sorts at this hands-on Brooklyn Children's Museum event. Tykes can make a quilt with Faith Ringgold (10am–1pm), create collage-based family portraits (11am–2pm) and explore the Museum's herb garden to create their own aromatic satchel to take home (12–1pm). Ages vary according to event.

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25 Jun 2016

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

C.S. Lewis’s classic book-turned–feature film comes to the stage with beautiful sets, a convincingly evil Witch and plenty of adventure. Two actors play eight characters (animals included) in the tale of four siblings who stumble upon an old wardrobe and discover Narnia, a land filled with talking creatures and plenty of magic. Ages 6 and up.

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St. Luke's Theatre , Hell's Kitchen Wednesday June 29 2016 - Saturday August 20 2016

The Great Randall's Island Treasure Hunt

Head out on a treasure hunt adventure where you’ll learn secrets of Randall’s island and get to explore the scenery. You’ll learn to use a map and compass on your search and everyone will be rewarded with treasure at the end! There will be arts and crafts and light refreshments will be served. Ages 5 and up.

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25 Jun 2016

Bargemusic Family Concert

Head to Brooklyn Bridge Park for free chamber music concerts every Saturday all summer long. The day’s programs are announced at the beginning of each performance, so everyone is in for a surprise! Each 60-minute concert is followed by a Q&A session with the musicians. Be sure to arrive early, doors open 15 minutes before the performance and no reserved seating is available. Ages 5 and up.

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Bargemusic , Downtown Saturday July 2 2016 - Saturday August 27 2016
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