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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.

Coney Island Sand Sculpting Competition

Coney Island Sand Sculpting Competition Photograph: Alex Strada

Saturday, August 16

Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Watch NYC’s boldest sand artists compete in the 24th annual Sand Sculpting Contest, where talented sculptors—and interested amateurs of all ages—will vie for a cash prize. If it's anything like previous years, expect to see way out-there sand art like Moses receiving the Ten Commandments or a bald eagle holding a key. Throughout the day, there'll be local musicians, dancers, giveaways and of course, yummy Boardwalk fare. All ages.

  1. Coney Island Boardwalk Boardwalk, at 10th St
  2. Until Sat Aug 16
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FlyNYC 2014

  • Free

Kids can let their imagination take off when they learn to craft unique kites, then send the creations sky-high. After flying their own airborne contraptions, families can snag a riverside spot to enjoy live entertainment from reggae drumming group, BatalaNYC and musical stilt-dancing ensemble Shinbone Alley Stilt Band. All ages.

  1. Riverside Park, Pier I W 70th St, at the Hudson River
  2. Until Sat Aug 16
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Music in the Garden

  • Price band: 2/4

Head to QBG throughout the summer for multicultural, family-friendly music in the garden. Hear the upbeat jazz stylings of trombonist, composer and arranger John Yao for John Yao and His 17-Piece Instrument (May 24); celebrate Father's Day with Quintet of the Americas from the Latin American Cultural Center of Queens (June 15); join renowned violinist Alicia Svigals and Grammy-winning band The Klezmatics, and picnic and dance to the Eastern European-style tunes on the Oak Allee (July 27); and enjoy the beats of The Ebony Hillbillies, NYC's only African-American string band as they engage in genres ranging from bluegrass and folk to rock (Aug 16). Ages 5 and up.

  1. Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main St, at Dahlia Ave
  2. Until Sat Aug 16
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Potions & Planting Tea Party

  • Price band: 2/4

The McKittrick Hotel's verdant rooftop bar, Gallow Green, opens its doors to a younger set (and their favorite stuffed animals) for a planting and potion-making bash. Little ones will learn how to plant and take home mini flower presses, plant soil and seeds to teach their friends. Kids should bring a recyclable bottle to the garden so they can take their 'special power' potions with them. After all their hard work, the tots and teddy bears can enjoy a traditional English high tea platter and pink lemonade. Advanced registration required. Ages 6 to 11.

  1. Gallow Green 530 W 27th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10001
  2. Sat Aug 23 - Sat Aug 30
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Summer Streets

  • Critics choice
  • Free

From Park Ave at 72nd St to Centre St at Brooklyn Bridge; visit nyc.gov/summerstreets for details. For this three-Saturday event, nearly seven miles of NYC turf from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to Central Park will be cleared of vehicles, creating a pedestrian paradise complete with food and entertainment. This edition’s offerings are still being planned, but expect perks like free bike and rollerblade rentals, a rock-climbing wall, a zip line, and refreshing water sprinklers and misting stations. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for outdoor art installations, too. All ages.

  1. Various locations
  2. Until Sat Aug 16
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