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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 Angelito Jusay

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Saturday, December 10

Passport to Eataly Culinary Tours

Treat the kids to an Italian tour without ever leaving NYC! While parents sip complimentary espresso at the Lavazza café, young foodies will wind through the Eataly marketplace on a quest to get their passport stamped at various culinary stations. Led by an Eataly Ambassador, the tykes will sample fresh mozzarella, margherita pizza, and gelato while learning how each is prepared. Along the way, the kiddos can learn about ingredients, culture and the history of the food, plus pick up on some Italian words and phrases. Prior registration required. Ages 8 to 12.

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Eataly , Flatiron Saturday December 10 2016

Holiday on the Hudson

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Join Summer on the Hudson and the Riverside Park Conservancy for the annual holiday-tree–lighting party. In addition to the Christmas tree, there is a festive celebration of the season with live music and dancing. Kids can create unique ornaments for their own tree at a decoration-making crafts station. All ages.

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West Harlem Piers Park , Harlem Saturday December 10 2016

"The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter"

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It's a balmy 80 degrees in the museum's 1,200-square-foot vivarium, which holds up to 500 tropical lepidoptera. The free-flying butterflies often land on the shoulders of visitors, allowing tykes to come into direct contact with the ethereal creatures. Outside the vivarium, youngsters can read up on the life cycle of butterflies, how to protect their habitats and what kinds of adaptations certain species have. All ages.

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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Saturday December 10 2016 - Monday May 29 2017

Center Snow Day

The New York City LGBT Community Center is inviting families over for a play day at their winter wonderland with lunch, hot chocolate, and other treats. Kids will love slipping and sliding on the sock skating rink, try their hands at cookie decorating, and making their own wrapping paper. Ages 8 and under.

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The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center , West Village Saturday December 10 2016

The Amazing Max

Magician Max Darwin, otherwise know as The Amazing Max, presents his stage show that mixes both magic and comedy. Max will make objects appear and disappear and defy the laws of physics in this playful interactive show that will definitely keep the kiddos intrigued. Ages 3 and up.  

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Church of the Blessed Sacrament , Upper West Side Saturday December 10 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas

The charistmatic youngster from Jane O'Connor's best-selling children's book series comes to life in this family musical from Vital Theatre Company. Fancy Nancy can't get enough of the wrapping paper, decorations and sweets that Christmas brings—after all, the holidays are the fanciest time of year! When things go awry while her family is busy decking the halls, Nancy learns that, with a little teamwork, Christmas can still be splendiferous. Ages 2 to 7.

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Church of the Blessed Sacrament , Upper West Side Saturday December 10 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016

A Season of Miracles

Designed to make young audiences reflect on the true meaning of the holidays, this beautiful play opens up with Clara and Fritz, the siblings from The Nutcracker, reading different holiday tales that spring to life onstage. The collection of stories is representative of many cultures’ holidays, including Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah, and the performance includes scenes from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s “The Nutcracker,” O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi,” “The Kwanzaa Kite” and “The Chanukah Miracle,” to name just a few. Ages 4–13.

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BMCC Tribeca PAC , Tribeca Saturday December 10 2016

Make Believe Day

This unique take on FIAF's frequent Family Saturdays offers cool activities for the whole crew, including a funky dance workshop with Jessica Williams, a local choreographer, and CineKids screenings of Michel Ocelot's Princes and Princesses. You'll also want to get in on French activities, plus fun with board games, a story hour and the video game lab at Haskell Library. The 11:30am time slot is for children ages 3–4, and the 2pm time slot is for kids ages 5–7. From 11:30–2:30, find programs for kids of various ages! All ages.

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French Institute Alliance Française , Upper East Side Saturday December 10 2016

Family Art Project: Snowflakes, Candles and Stars

Families wishing to escape the bustling city during the holidays should schedule in a quick getaway to Wave Hill. The sprawling nature grounds will host a weekend of family activities and crafts that will get little ones in touch with their inner DIY artist, including making colorful nature-inspired candlesticks, snowflakes out of buttons, and woven string stars. Event is free with admission and admissions to the grounds in free until noon on Saturday. All ages.

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Wave Hill , The Bronx Saturday December 10 2016 - Sunday December 11 2016

Breakfast with Santa at Rock Center Cafe

Flanked by glittery angel sculptures and New York’s famously giant Christmas tree, Rockefeller Center is the backdrop to this merry holiday breakfast with Santa. Enjoy brioche french toast, applewood smoked bacon, scrambled eggs & breakfast pastries as you watch the skaters whiz by, knowing soon you and the kiddies will be joining them after your yummy meal! But don’t forget to hit the candy bar, where the children can create their own treat filled souvenir bags before convening to the ‘Throne Room’ for pictures with Santa. All ages.

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Rock Center Café , Midtown West Saturday December 10 2016 - Saturday December 24 2016
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