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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

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Saturday, October 22

Little Monsters Brunch Screenings

Join Nitehawk for a frightfully good time! While you might think of the theater as an adults-only film spot, it actually does a ton of programming for children and families. The upcoming Little Monsters Brunch Screenings include Halloween favorites Beetlejuice (1988) on 10/8 and 10/9 at 11:30am, Ghostbusters (1984) on 10/22 and 10/23 at 11:30am plus Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) on 10/29 and 10/30 at 11:45am. Costumes are encouraged. Who doesn't want to dine in style! Beetlejuice ages 13 and up, Ghostbusters ages 8 and up, Abbot & Costello ages 6 and up.

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Nitehawk Cinema , Williamsburg Saturday October 22 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade


For those who love nothing more than a cute pooch decked out in a Halloween costume, there’s nothing like the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. It’s one of the biggest Halloween costume contests for dogs in the world! See spooktacular spectacles like a pack of corgis dressed as Minions, a doggie Marty McFly, a Big Bad “wolf” and a pup as Donald Trump. Each year the costumes grow exponentially more creative. You can spot your favorite pop-culture icons in canine form, as well as loads of owners dressed to match their pet. In case you’re interested in adopting a new family member, Petfinder is on-site with pet adoption opportunities. All ages.

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Tompkins Square Park , East Village Saturday October 22 2016

Día de los Muertos: Day of the Dead Celebration!

Learn about the traditions of Día de los Muertos at this daylong celebration with the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Kids can make their own muertos mask (1 to 2pm) inspired by BCM’s touchable collection of Mexican folk art, take part in a sing-along dance party with Sonia de los Santos of Dan Zanes (2 to 3pm) as she performs songs about her childhood in Mexico, and join in on a community ofrenda (3 to 4pm), during which young’uns create an altar to honor dead ancestors during the sweet and poignant holiday. All ages.

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Brooklyn Children’s Museum , Crown Heights Saturday October 22 2016

Try Hockey for Free

If your child is itching to hit the rink, perhaps it’s time to help him or her hone a new skill. The New York Rangers is teaming up with USA Hockey to teach kids how to ice skate and play the sport with Rangers alumni helping them grasp the basics. The campaign, now in its fifth year, will offer hockey lessons to children 4–10 in various locations throughout the Tri-state region. Complimentary rental skates will be available at each rink and participants will go home with their own Rangers hockey stick. Various locations. Ages 4–10.

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Various locations Saturday October 22 2016 - Sunday November 20 2016

The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow

Symphony Space’s Just Kidding Halloween-themed performance series introduces a less-creepy version of Washington Irving’s chilling classic even the little ones will enjoy. The comedic adaptation follows schoolteacher Ichabod Crane as he helps the Headless Horseman on his quest for an upper body makeover. The nationally touring production makes its stop in town with 20 hand-crafted mouth and rod puppets and a wizardry of shadow puppetry. All ages.

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Symphony Space , Upper West Side Saturday October 22 2016

Dead or Alive: Special Effects

Learn how to give your child a leg up on those Halloween costume contests at this special effects workshop. Meet the artists and technologists who make your nightmares come alive and participate in hands-on activities that’ll tap into your creepy side. You’ll make wounds out of cocoa, learn how to mold and cast, create digital effects with a green screen, try your hand at making costumes out of cardboard, demo fake blood cannons, and work with dye and cornstarch for special effects. Your Halloween costumes will never be the same. Most activities are free with museum admission. Some activities may require a small materials fee. All ages.

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New York Hall of Science , Queens Saturday October 22 2016

Haunted Gingerbread Workshop

Does your tot love to cook? Do you want to make delicious and edible treats? You won’t want to miss out on this Taste Buds workshop, during which your mini chefs can build their very own gingerbread haunted houses. Listen to spooky Halloween tunes while sipping an orange hot cocoa as your child creates a ghostly masterpiece. There are myriad decorating options; think candy corn roofs, marshmallow doorknobs and gummy worm windowpanes. Children can also show up in costume, because this is Halloween! Be sure to check out the other seasonal child-friendly workshops listed on the website. Ages 2–8.

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Taste Buds Saturday October 22 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

Halloween Harvest at Luna Park

October weekends mean fall-themed fun at Luna Park, including the Halloween Harvest! You'll find a petting zoo and pony rides thanks to the folks at Pony Express Entertainment, face-painting and cool entertainers like Magicians King Henry and Gary the Great. You'll want to stop in for the Halloween Dog Parade and Costume Contest (Oct 9) to see awesomely-dressed pups in action, or visit when the Marc and the Maniac Carvers (Oct 23) crew are shaping a gourd into a Halloween masterpiece. All ages.

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Luna Park , Brooklyn Saturday October 22 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

Mr. Popper's Penguins

This cool family-friendly performance produced by Kenny Wax Family Entertainment brings the story of Mr. Popper's Penguins to life at the New Victory! Pleasant and practical folks Mr. and Mrs. Popper are in for a surprise when a package shows up—and produces a penguin. Prepare for new musical favorites like "Poles Apart" and "Chills 4 U," plus a slew of penguin puppets created by Nick Barnes. As always, New Victory makes an effort to be all-inclusive. There are performances of this show both with sign interpretation and those that are sensory-friendly. Ages 4–7.

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New Victory Theater , Midtown West Saturday October 22 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016
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