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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.

Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel”

Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” Photograph: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, December 27

Hansel and Gretel

  • Price band: 2/4

The Engelbert Humperdinck rendition of this classic tale returns to the Metropolitan Opera House. Plenty of humour is sprinkled throughout the performance as Hansel (played by Kate Lindsey and Alice Coote) and Gretel (played by Aleksandra Kurzak) find themselves at the mercy of a witch with every intention of turning the siblings into gingerbread. Ages 8 and up.

  1. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Sat Dec 27 - Thu Jan 8
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Kwanzaa 2014: Our Brightest Lights

  • Price band: 2/4
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Families can take in the sights and sounds of African and African-American arts and culture at this afternoon fest honoring the holiday's seven principles. Make sure to catch performances by the "Tap Dance Kid," Savion Glover, Master drummer Sanga of the Valley and the Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem. Then catch a film screening introduced by a surprise UN representative and visit the international marketplace filled with vendors. All ages.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Sat Dec 27
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Holiday @ City Museum

  • Price band: 1/4

Get the kids feeling festive with winter-themed family programs at the Museum of the City of New York. Visitors can tour the museum's unique exhibits for inspiration before taking on a holiday workshop. Craft ornaments inspired by glamorous 19th-century New York, all while listening to seasonal music and munching on cookies (Dec 20), or create personalized picture frames and eat jelly doughnuts to celebrate Hanukkah (Dec 21). Make a colorful Mkeka placemat and sample a coconut dessert to honor Kwanzaa (Dec 26), create a wintry snowglobe (Dec 27) or put together a cool collage and sip on hot cocoa (Dec 29, 30). If you're not too chilly, grab a scoop of free Blue Marble ice cream from December 26 through January 4. All ages.

  1. Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Ave, between 103rd and 104th Sts
  2. Fri Dec 26 - Tue Dec 30
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Family Workshop: New Year's Celebration

  • Price band: 1/4

At this hands-on workshop, little ones can craft festive party hats, blowouts and calendars for the New Year. Reservations available for up to four children. Ages 6 and under.

  1. Sony Wonder Technology Lab 550 Madison Ave, Sony Plaza, at 56th St
  2. Sat Dec 27
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New Year's Dance Party

  • Price band: 1/4

Dance into the new year just like the Plaza Hotel's most fabulous resident, Eloise. Tiny party guests will play dance games and have the chance to win prizes all organized by Miss Christine. Everyone will go home a winner with an Eloise-themed favor. All ages.

  1. Eloise at the Plaza One W 58th St, at Fifth Ave
  2. Sat Dec 27
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