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Things to do with kids in NYC this Sunday

Discover the best family-friendly events for making the most of your Sunday with the kids

Photograph: Courtesy Rubin Museum

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Sunday, Oct 30

Monster Mash


Dress the little ones in their costumes and join in for an interactive story time, a reading of The Ugly Pumpkin, at the art studio Totally Tots (10am to 1pm, printmaking portion 3 to 4pm). Afterward, moppets can squidge the gooey innards of pumpkins for delightful eeews as they create their own prints using the gourds and paint. Be a part of Creative Webs (1 to 2pm), during which youngsters learn how spiders weave their webs and make their own webs with the crayon-resist technique. Get even more Halloween inspiration at the Batty Wings and Witchy Hats Workshop (2 to 3pm) to learn bat facts and create bat wings and witch hats of your own out of everyday materials. There is trick-or-treat bag making (2 to 4pm, while supplies last, additional $7), which lets your tyke silk-screen their own canvas bag to take with them on Halloween night. All ages.

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Brooklyn Children’s Museum , Crown Heights Sunday October 30 2016

The Three Little Pigs

Gordy, Perkey, and Snoozy pigs set off to start their independent lives and build new homes for themselves, but the Wolf isn’t going to make this mission easy. The classic tale comes to life on stage and afterwards, children can try their hand at acting the story out. A 40-minute workshop follows each performance and an actor from the play will help them put on their own show. Ages 4 and up.

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Galli Theater , Chelsea Saturday October 29 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

Obake Family Day: Specters of the Sacred Forest

Just in time for Halloween learn about the traditional ghosts and ghouls that haunt Japan known as obake and yokai. During this festival your little ones will experience a haunted house, a spooky story-telling show, a taiko drum performance and a treasure hunt. There will be plenty of hands on crafts that teach the legends and myths surrounding the Japanese creatures that go bump in the night. Come dressed in your favorite costume for the special photo booth and contest. All ages.

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Japan Society , Midtown East Sunday October 30 2016

Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden


New Yorkers are singularly focused on leaves during the fall, but Botanical Garden experts are focused on something a little different. Over 11 months, these beautiful kiku (Japanese for “chrysanthemum”) are grown and shaped into floral sculptures and single stems that have been manipulated to produce hundreds of blossoms at once. All ages.

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New York Botanical Garden , The Bronx Until Sunday October 30 2016

Halloween Festival

This year’s Halloween celebration includes a “Mad Science” kids show with free raffles and prizes and a musical performance by Ramblin’ Dan & The Freewheeling’ Band. Little ones will enjoy decorating pumpkins, creating traditional Korean masks and playing in the Lego Brick Building. Getting dressed for the holiday is highly encouraged. After all, what’s a Halloween celebration without a happy swarm of kids in adorable costumes? Don’t forget the camera! All ages.

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South Street Seaport, Pier 17 , Financial District Sunday October 30 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

Rubin Museum Family Sundays

Head to the Rubin Museum of Art for this weekly drop-in program inviting families to create art, explore the galleries on special tours and more. Each month offers a new theme: human anatomy in August, book binding in September and Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in October. Ages 3 and up.

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The Rubin Museum of Art , Chelsea Sunday October 30 2016

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Your favorite show has been extended due to popular demand! This stunning 60-minute performance adapts four of Eric Carle's most timeless tales: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Between its collection of 75 lovable puppets manned by skilled puppeteers and its brightly-painted sets featuring beautiful scenes from the classic stories, this show will undoubtedly delight audiences of all ages. READER BONUS: TICKETS $29.75 with code TRHCTK at TelechargeOffers.com. All ages.

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Acorn Theatre (at Theatre Row) , Hell's Kitchen Until Sunday October 30 2016
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