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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 China Institute/Yijun Liao

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Saturday, January 14

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends

Join Thomas the Tank Engine in Ross Hall at the New York Botanical Garden for a fun show with the kids! Little ones will adventure with larger-than-life train Thomas and (human) Driver Sam during "Thomas' Budding Adventure," and the performance is short enough that wiggle worms won't have time to get tired/whiny/distracted. There's even an opportunity to snap pictures with Sam and Thomas at the end! Your ticket to All Aboard with Thomas and Friends additionally includes admission to the Holiday Train Show exhibit (with the exception of Jan 21, 22 performances, where the Train Show will already be closed for the season). Tickets to see Thomas range from $10–$30, depending on age and day of visit. P.S. Be sure to get there at least 30 minutes before your show, since seating is first-come, first-served! All ages.

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New York Botanical Garden , The Bronx Saturday January 21 2017 - Sunday January 22 2017

Gazillion Bubble Show


Created by Fan Yang, 16-time Guinness-record holder for blowing the biggest soap bubble, this show is an ode to airborne orbs. In the newest incarnation of the show, Yang's son, 20-year-old Deni Yang, takes over, presenting magic, lighting effects and bubbles—giant bubbles, walls of bubbles, helium bubbles and bubbles within bubbles. Ages 5 and up.

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New World Stages , Hell's Kitchen Friday January 20 2017 - Sunday November 19 2017

Know China! Saturday Cultural Workshops

Join China Institute for their special Saturday art programs for children. Experienced language teachers will first give a tour of the institute’s exhibition “Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd to 6th Centuries” before guiding kids through various creative projects. The group will have fun while learning about ancient Chinese art and history through hands-on projects, including sculpting, brush painting, and making rubbings. Ages 5 and up.

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China Institute , Financial District Saturday January 21 2017 - Saturday March 18 2017

Dino-mite! Family Matinees

If your family is super into dinosaurs and all things prehistoric, Metrograph’s dino movie series can’t be missed. The indie film venue will be showing a collection of favorites, including Jurassic Park (Jan 7 12pm, 7:15pm; Jan 8 12pm), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Jan 14 12pm; Jan 15 12pm; Jan 17 4pm, 9:30pm), Jurassic Park III (Jan 21 12pm; Jan 22 12pm), and King Kong (Jan 28 12pm; Jan 29 12pm). The Land Before Time and The Good Dinosaur will also be added to the roaring roster. All ages.

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Metrograph , Chinatown Until Sunday January 29 2017

Shababa Saturdays

Enjoy traditional and non-traditional music, fun art projects, movement and creative prayer activities and more! Ages 6 months to 10 years.

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92nd Street Y , Upper East Side Saturday January 21 2017 - Saturday December 30 2017

Greenlight Bookstore Children’s Programming

Get kids off on the right foot this new year by cultivating in them a joy of reading. Brooklyn’s Greenlight Bookstore is lining up a series of story time events for kids in its Prospect Lefferts Gardens (632 Flatbush Ave) and Fort Greene (686 Fulton St) locations. Saturday Story Time - with titles such as The Case for Loving and Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat - will have authors appearing in both stores during the day (for kids ages 3-8). The Young Readers Book Group (for kids ages 9-12) will meet in Fort Greene on Tuesdays and Prospect Lefferts Garden on Wednesdays - kids will get lost in the worlds found in contemporary and classic chapter books while noshing on free pizza. Don’t miss out on the celebration of Greenlight’s newest location at Prospect Lefferts Garden. On January 7 at 1:30pm, there will be a story time for families as well as treats, activities, and giveaways.

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Greenlight Bookstore , Fort Greene Until Saturday January 28 2017

"Behind the Screen"


In this one-of-a-kind experience on the museum’s third floor, guests can immerse themselves in the process of producing, promoting and presenting digital entertainment, TV shows and movies. Check out cool artifacts like historic film and TV cameras, posters, design sketches and more. All ages.

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Museum of the Moving Image , Astoria Wednesday January 18 2017 - Sunday December 31 2017

New York at Its Core

The Museum of the City of New York’s new permanent exhibition “New York at Its Core” will present the full 400-year history of the city. From its beginnings as a Dutch settlement to the urban force it is today, the exhibition will guide viewers through the evolution of one of the greatest cities in the world. The attraction features three interactive galleries based on four themes - money, density, diversity, and creativity - and more than 400 significant objects from NYC icons, including Alexander Hamilton, Walt Whitman, “Boss” Tweed, Emma Goldman, JP Morgan, Fiorello LaGuardia, and Jay-Z. The museum will celebrate the opening of the exhibit with a weekend-long public festival Gotham Groove (Nov 19 10am - Nov 20 6pm) with 32 hours of live music, spoken word performances, films, dance, and interactive activities for the whole family. All ages. Advance registration required for Gotham Groove.

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Museum of the City of New York , East Harlem Until Sunday December 31 2017

"The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter"


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 Until Monday May 29 2017

Sensory Imaging

In this interactive exhibit, children are treated to a multi-sensory exploration of their actions through touch. A screen bursts with a colorful display wherever it’s touched and the brilliance of the display is affected by how firmly the screen is touched. Although its a treat created for children, this tech exhibit will delight visitors both young and old. All ages.

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Staten Island Children's Museum , Staten Island Until Friday June 30 2017
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