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The best things to do in NYC with kids this week

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This week is jam-packed with things to do with the kiddos—don't wait to fill your schedule with all the best events! When you're not busy checking out the New York International Children's Film Festival or the coolest new museum exhibits, explore the 50 best family restaurants in NYC and take a trip to these amazing hot chocolate hotspots.

Things to do with kids, February 23–27


Dinosaur Encounter at the Staten Island Zoo

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If your kids are too young to see Jurassic Park, pay a visit to some friendlier prehistoric creatures instead at the Staten Island Zoo's "Dinosaur Encounter," Eight life-sized, robotic dinosaurs—on loan from Field Station: Dinosaurs—educate and entertain kids with growling sounds and movements generated by motion detectors. Dilophosaurus and Triceratops welcome you, and pet dinosaur puppets teach children about everything from the Mesozoic Era to extinction. The exhibit offers little ones the chance to see and even touch living relatives of the dinosaur, like emus, chickens and snakes. These friendly dinosaurs are only visiting for the winter so hightail it over the the heated tent they call home before they head back to New Jersey. Ages 3–10.

  1. Staten Island Zoo 614 Broadway, between Colonial Ct and Glenwood Pl
  2. Until Wed Apr 1
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Chocolate Central

Grand Central Terminal is transforming into a celebration of all things chocolate for National Chocolate Lovers month, complete with freebies, discounts and, of course, plenty of chocolate. Sample Li-Lac Chocolates on Tuesdays, try a limited-edition Truffle Cupcake or Cake from Magnolia Bakery, meet Jacques Torres and try samples on Feb 10, taste Murray's Cheese's newest Munchies chocolates and be sure to check out the event's Chocolate Central map to make sure you don't miss a thing!

  1. Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse 42nd St to 44th St, between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves
  2. Until Sat Feb 28
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HEARTBEAT Times Square

  • Free

Check out this year’s winning Times Square Valentine Heart Design by Venezuelan-born firm Stereotank. Kids will love exploring “HEARTBEAT,” a large urban drum that emits different heartbeat sounds and changes its rate as visitors approach. Families can interact with the drum by playing various percussion instruments and joining the base rhythm of the heartbeat. Find it in Father Duffy Square between 46th and 47th Sts. All ages.

  1. Times Square Broadway, between 42nd and 47th Sts
  2. Until Sun Mar 8
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Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey present Circus Xtreme

  • Price band: 2/4

The Greatest Show on Earth is rolling through the greatest city on earth once again, bringing families a new and modern twist on the classic circus. High-wire acts, a 25-year-old human cannonball, daring BMX riders, a procession of majestic animals (Bengal tigers and camels included) and the beloved clowns will wow audiences with a fast-paced show set to current music. For the first time, animal trainers will even give the audience a peek at how they train and care for the elephants, addressing often-controversial animal rights concerns head-on during the show. Included with ticket purchase is an All Access Pre-show beginning one hour before the big-top spectacle, allowing kids to meet the performers, try on costumes, learn to juggle and walk the low wire and even see the show's magnificent creatures up close. Ages 4–12.

  1. Nassau Coliseum 1255 Hempstead Tpke, at Meadowbrook Pkwy
  2. Until Sun Mar 8
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"From Here to There"

Kids will explore the science behind how things move in this hands-on educational exhibit at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. The 1,500 square foot exhibition is divided into three travel categories: land, sea and air. Youngsters can dive into a ball pit in "Earthmovers," learn what powers cars and airplanes in "Start Your Engines!" and send boats across a windy lake in "Set Sail." All ages.

  1. Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Ave, at St. Marks Ave
  2. Until Sun May 10
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Little New-Yorkers

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The youngest NYC residents explore their city through storytelling, singing, and activites like playing with old-timey toys. In February, feel the Valentine's Day love of your family with a reading of Abuela and a heart necklace craft (2/10, 2/13), then hear about the traditional Lunar New Year celebrations in Chinatown and make a dragon finger puppet (2/17, 2/20) and fete Black History Month with We March, a tale of change, and a peace birds hanging project (2/24, 2/27). Ages 3 to 5.

  1. New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, between 76th and 77th Sts
  2. Tue Mar 3 - Fri Apr 3
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"Sesame Street presents The Body Exhibit"

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Explore the way the body works with help from Elmo, Oscar and the rest of the Sesame Street crew. At Liberty Science Center's newest exhibition, kids get schooled by their favorite characters on how different body parts function and learn ways to stay healthy through fun, hands-on activities. The large, interactive exhibit takes youngsters through a re-creation of Sesame Street where they'll get a look inside Oscar's digestive system, pull the lever on a giant sneeze machine and shop for healthy food at Mr. Hooper's Store. Interactive video games, sign language challenges, shadow puppets, puzzles and more keep kids entertained and teach them a thing or two along the way. Little ones can even meet Elmo in person on select dates throughout the exhibition. Ages 2 to 8.

  1. Liberty Science Center 222 Jersey City Blvd, between Philip and Wilson Sts
  2. Until Sun May 3
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Mom and Baby in Motion

  • Price band: 2/4

Through gentle stretching and strengthening exercises designed especially for postpartum bodies, new (and new–ish) moms will strengthen their cores and gain flexibility. The class will address common ailments like join instability due to recent pregnancy and tension from baby carrying and feeding. Instructor Audrey Lane Ellis, a professional dancer, will also teach basic infant massage techniques. The weekly classes are a great opportunity to bond with your babe while mingling with other new moms. B.Y.O. receiving blanket. Ages 18 months to 3 years.

  1. Mark Morris Dance Center 3 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and Flatbush Ave
  2. Wed Mar 4 - Wed Mar 25
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Yak Packers

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A drop-in program for young children, Yak Packers invites kids explore Himalayan art inspired by the collection through looking and touching. Among the fun your tot might encounter are storytelling, trips to the galleries, free play and art-making activities. Ages 2 to 4.

  1. The Rubin Museum of Art 150 W 17th St, at Seventh Ave, 10011
  2. Wed Mar 4 - Thu Mar 26
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Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend

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When Grover's friend Chamki travels all the way from India to visit Sesame Street for a day, he's got to find a way to keep her attention when there's so many other cool things to do on the block, like baking with Cookie Monster, singing with Abby Cadabby and doing the "Elmo Slide". Never a franchise to leave the parents hanging, Mom and Dad can enjoy the clever writing and Big Bird–ified versions of "I Want Candy" and "Moves Like Jagger." Ages 2 to 5.

  1. Theater at Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (Seventh Ave), between 31st and 33rd Sts
  2. Sun Mar 1
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Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland in 3D

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Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin narrates this thrilling 20–minute film exploring the outrageous wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago. Crazy creatures, like giant tortoises, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, miniature penguins and tropical albatrosses, come to life in brilliant 3D. All ages.

  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Until Tue Jun 30
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New York International Children's Film Festival

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This film fest for kiddos showcases 100 new features and shorts from around the globe each year, and rounds out the experience with retrospectives, interactive workshops and filmmaker Q&As for families. Though a jury determines which director takes home the grand prize and other esteemed awards, young audience members (ages 3–18) can cast their votes in the short-film category. And Mom and Dad get the chance to vote for the winner of the Parents Awards. The $60 Super-8 membership buys advance notice of the programs and first dibs on tickets; otherwise, look for news of the 2015 lineup in January. Ages 3 to 18.

  1. Various venues
  2. Sun Mar 1 - Sun Mar 22
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Jack and the Beanstalk

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Help Jack find the Giant at this fresh re-telling of the classic English fairytale. The beloved adventure returns to the Swedish Cottage stage for the first time since 2008, bringing young audiences up a magical beanstalk in a 45-minute show with a revision of the original script and a live actor who will interact with the marionettes in fun new ways. Ages 3–9.

  1. Central Park Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre west side, at 79th St
  2. Until Sun Jun 28
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Family Fridays at MoMath

Sharpen your creativity and logic with at the Museum of Mathematics' family-friendly workshops, full of mathematical innovation and hands-on fun. In February, build "perfect" objects with the ITSPHUN creators for an evening of symmetric and geometric beauty. Discover cool facts about shapes like the polyhedra, play with patterns and dig into the fascinating world of mathematical perfection. Registration for these event is required. Ages 8 and up.

  1. Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) 11 E 26th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10010
  2. Until Fri Feb 27
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Upside Down Purim Dinner

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Stop by 92Y for an evening full of celebratory Purim fun! Costumed tykes can take part in a topsy-turvy Shabbat dinner, complete with such nonsense as upside-down plates and mixed-up silverware. Amid the craziness, they'll chow down on kosher Chinese food and join in on sing-a-longs and a costume parade. All ages.

  1. 92nd Street Y 1395 Lexington Ave, between 91st and 92nd Sts
  2. Until Fri Feb 27
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