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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 Wave Hill

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Saturday, October 1

Chile Pepper Festival


Take food adventurers to Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Chile Pepper Festival, where taste-testing is reserved for the brave. Families get the chance to try some artisanal spicy snacks and desserts—chile chocolate, anyone?—while listening to sizzling tunes from the likes of Lost Bayou Ramblers, Aurelio and Élage Diouf. Expect appearances from Combustible Condiments, Piquant Pickles, Hi-Scoville Sweets and a whole lot more—even fire-breathing entertainers from Robbins & Ringold! All ages.

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Saturday October 1 2016

Honey Weekend at Wave Hill

Get ready for a sticky, sweet weekend at Wave Hill’s annual honey celebration in which kids make their own insect ensemble and march in a bee parade through the gardens. Families can also make beeswax candles ($15), catch honey extraction demonstrations, peek inside a hive and try on beekeeping gear throughout the weekend, before sampling the sweet stuff from local apiaries in the garden’s shop. All ages.

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Wave Hill , The Bronx Until Sunday October 2 2016

"I Approve This Message"

Just in time for this year's election, the Children's Museum of Manhattan opens a new exhibit featuring presidential penmanship. In addition to seeing artifacts like Richard Nixon's resignation letter, a two-page legal document handwritten by Abraham Lincoln and checks signed by Harry Truman, Calvin Coolidge and Theodore Roosevelt in a 40-foot display, kiddos can practice their own signatures and participate in fun educational activities like mock elections. All ages.

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Children's Museum of Manhattan , Upper West Side Until Saturday December 31 2016

World Maker Faire


This wacky West Coast transplant displays way-out-there experiments that will have your little mad scientists in awe. Past lineups have involved running through a life-size mousetrap, watching a Coke Zero and Mentos mountain explode, shooting marshmallows, flying model drones and powering your own DIY rides. Family passes (5 attendees) are available for Sunday, online advance purchase only. All ages.

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New York Hall of Science , Queens Until Sunday October 2 2016

Field Station: Dinosaurs After Dark

Explore the lantern-lit trails of New Jersey's very own Jurassic Park (the dinos are animatronic, thankfully) at these nocturnal weekend events featuring two new live shows, games, s'mores around the campfire and a hungry T-Rex on the loose! Come early for Dining with Dinos (7pm, $39), which features a kid-friendly buffet and a special appearance from a baby hadrosaurus. All ages.

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Field Station: Dinosaurs Until Saturday October 29 2016

Beethoven's Wig

Get your littles cultured with classical music in a whole new way! Vocal quintet Beethoven’s Wig (a four-time Grammy-nominated group, might we add) brings the laughs with funny lyrics set to classical masterpieces, which is something the whole family can enjoy. Lead singer and lyricist Richard Perlmutter (often compared to folks like Tom Lehrer, Victor Borge and Danny Kaye) makes sophisticated classical music appealing to kids of every age! All ages.

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Skirball Center for the Performing Arts , Greenwich Village Saturday October 1 2016

Halloween Harvest Festival


We love a good circus theme—and good thing, because this year’s Halloween Harvest fest is bringing the spooky to you with jugglers, clowning, acrobatics and clowning! There will be costume-making with Socrates artists, plus a cool large-scale sculpture workshop hosted by Free Stule Arts Assocition and Face Painting by Agostino Arts. Pooches are welcome too—there’s even a puppy costume contest! All ages.

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Socrates Sculpture Park , Astoria Saturday October 29 2016

The Amazing Maize Maze


Check out 2016’s Amazing Maize Maze at the Queens County Farm Museum! The American Maze Company builds a labyrinth every year that that stretches over several acres, with the length of the course often stretching two miles! Previous years’ themes of the American Maize Maze’s celebration have included a violin, a riverboat, a train, a farmscape and the largest living sundial. Be sure to check americanmaze.com for the full list of Amazing Maize Maze locations (PA, NC and NY). All ages.

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Queens County Farm Museum , Queens Until Sunday October 30 2016
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