February events calendar for kids

Our February events calendar for kids is full of fun happenings such as movie releases, Chinese New Year events and more
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Winter can be rough, but our February events calendar for kids will help you get through one of the coldest months with ease. (Prepare for plenty of visits to the best indoor playgrounds for kids and pick-me-ups at our go-to hot chocolate spots.) 

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Although temperatures are low and days are short, there's a lot to look forward to before spring arrives: Be More Chill's Great White Way debut promises to be one of the best Broadway shows for kids and cool exhibits such as "Tolkien: Maker of Middle Earth" will make indoor activities all the more enticing. Plus, there's plenty of cool events, workshops, Chinese New Year celebrations and movie premieres that you can't miss! 

Once you're done perusing our February events calendar for kids, be sure to book a fun weekend adventure!

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Museums

The Orchid Show

icon-location-pin New York Botanical Garden | Bronx, NY, The Bronx
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We're longing for spring—warm temperatures, blue skies and, of course, flowers. Fortunately, the New York Botanical Garden is here to deliver with its annual Orchid Show. Visitors can expect a taste of Singapore right here in NYC thanks to the 2019 theme. "Singapore" celebrates the Asian "City in a Garden," and we're certainly adding it to our list of things to do. Be sure to take a look at the festival's programming, which includes an insiders tour for budding botanists, orchid care demonstrations and q&a session. Mom and Dad, if you're calling the babysitter for a night off, you might want to consider enjoying an Orchid Evening ($38) complete with cocktails, music and naturally, the beautiful display. Learn more about "The Orchid Show: Singapore" here. All ages. 

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Restaurants, Bakeries

The ​City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival ​

icon-location-pin City Bakery, Flatiron
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Cold weather might be swooping in, but there's no reason to fret. New Yorkers are about to embark on one of the best (and most delicious) events of the year—one that will surely provide the warm and fuzzies. That's right, friends: City Bakery's Annual Hot Chocolate Festival is back. Throughout February, the venue offers a tasty, distinct hot chocolate flavor each day, and you're not going to want to miss out. Mom and Dad, you'll be pleased to know that there are also 21+ options that'll add a little kick to your cocoa. Flavors will alcohol will be served beginning at noon, and all flavors are subject to change. If you want to make your delicious treat Instagrammable, be sure to use the hashtag #2019hcf when you post! Here are the list of can't-miss flavors: Feb 1: Happy Hot Chocolate Feb 2: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate  Feb 3: Super Bowl Hot Chocolate  Feb 4: Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate  Feb 5: Coconut Chai Hot Chocolate  Feb 6: Darkest Dark Hot Chocolate  Feb 7: Lemon Hot Chocolate  Feb 8: Creamy Stout Hot Chocolate  Feb 9: Hot Chocolate for Babe Ruth Feb 10: Ginger Hot Chocolate  Feb 11: Espresso Hot Chocolate Feb 12: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate  Feb 13: Pear-Skin Infused White Chocolate  Feb 14: Love Potion Hot Chocolate  Feb 15: White Chocolate and Cherry Bitters  Feb 16: "Happy" Hot Chocolate  Feb 17: S-Morey Hot Chocolate  Feb 18: Chilipepper Hot Chocolate  Feb 19: Darkest Dark Chocolate #2  Feb 20: French Follies Hot Chocolate  Feb 21: White Cho

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Things to do

New York International Children's Film Festival

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This film fest for kiddos showcases approximately 100 features and shorts from around the globe and rounds out the experience with retrospectives, interactive workshops and filmmaker Q&As for families. This year, don’t miss the opening night with the premiere of The Boy Who Harness The Wind, cartoons such as Gordon & Patty, Heebie Jeebie Shorts, special talks about the future of virtual reality and so much more. Though a jury determines which director takes home the grand prize and other esteemed awards, young audience members can cast their votes in various categories. There are various times and locations. Please check the website for a complete lineup. Ages 3–18. 

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Things to do, Play spaces

Imagination Playground at the Staten Island Children's Museum

icon-location-pin Staten Island Children's Museum, Staten Island
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Wherever the Imagination Playground goes, we will follow. The interactive pop-up featuring large and small blue building blocks invites littles to build and create. Kids' imaginations will go wild when they stop by for its three-day run at the Staten Island Children's Museum. Ages 1–10. 

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Theater

Just Kidding Concerts at Symphony Space

icon-location-pin Symphony Space, Upper West Side
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When it comes to family-friendly entertainment, Symphony Space has it down to a science with its "Just Kidding" series, complete with an extensive lineup of performers and musicians that everyone in your crew will love. The schedule, which you can access here, has something for everyone. Here's what's on the menu in early 2019! All ages.  Feb 2 at 11am: The Gustafer Yellowgold Show Feb 9 at 11am and 2pm: Liz Joyce and a Couple of Puppets: "The Doubtful Sprout" Feb 16 at 11am: 123 Andrés  Feb 23 at 11am and 2pm: Doppelskope: "The Amazing Story Machine" March 2 at 11am: Boogaloo Familia  March 9 at 11am and 2pm: Beauty and the Beast from the National Marionette Theatre March 16 at 11am: Jedi Academy  March 23 at 11am: Papa Siama and Auntie Dallas March 30 at 11am: Red Yarn

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Things to do, Concerts

New York Philharmonic Very Young People's Concerts

icon-location-pin Merkin Concert Hall, Upper West Side
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The Philharmonic's strings section will take little ones on a musical romp combining games and interactive activities. Thanks to the help of Columbia University's Teacher College, each concert has its own theme. This year, “Allegro and Adagio" will kick off the 2019's "Philharmonic Playground." Stick around after the event for the chance to touch (and try!) some of the instruments! Ages 3–6.

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Music

Jazz for Kids

icon-location-pin Jazz Standard, Flatiron
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Introduce your kids to the joys of jazz at the Jazz Standard's weekly Sunday brunch program. The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, made up of talented youngsters between the ages of 11 and 18, provides the music including big band classics like “Cherokee” and “Billie’s Bounce." While your family taps their toes, chow down on a barbecue brunch from Blue Smoke. Doors open at 1pm. All ages.

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Dance

Dig Dance: Welcome to the World of Dance

icon-location-pin 92nd Street Y, Upper East Side
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92Y's interactive performance for families will have little ones (and even their parents) reaching for their dancing shoes. Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company will celebrate its 20th anniversary with "Dig Dance: Welcome to the World of Dance," a primer to the group's repertory of contemporary choreography. Ages 5 and up. 

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Valentine's Day Macaron Workshop

icon-location-pin Woops!, Lenox Hill
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Show your sweetie how much you care with this delicious macaron 101 cooking class from Woops. Learn how to make the French dessert and bring home a few samples to share on Valentine's Day. The course is subject to cancellation if it does not fill up, and participants will be notified 48 hours in advanced. Ages 16 and up. 

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Things to do

Year of Abundance: A Lunar New Year Celebration

icon-location-pin Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, Lower East Side
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The Lower East Side is ringing Lunar New Year with a family-friendly offering at Abrons Arts Center. In conjunction with Wing on Wo’s W.O.W Project and Yellow Jackets Collective, the venue plans to host live performances, arts and crafts, karaoke and treats from locale vendors. RSVP here. All ages. 

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Things to do

Lunar Zoo Year – Year of the Pig

icon-location-pin Prospect Park Zoo, Prospect Park
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It's the Year of the Pig and Prospect Park Zoo is celebrating. Those who visit on Sundays in February will pay homage to the new moon and animals of the Chinese Zodiac thanks to scavenger hunts, seasonal activities and other fun things to do. Don't forget to meet the Zoo's three little pigs! All ages.  

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Presidents Day Art Workshop

icon-location-pin Staten Island Children's Museum, Staten Island
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Kiddos can celebrate Presidents Day with a patriotic art event at the Staten Island Children's Museum. Patrons can catch a glimpse of work from Kehinde Wiley, who created President Barack Obama's portrait. After feeling inspired by her creations, little museum goers can create their own portrait. Ages 1–10. 

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Museums

A Night at the Museum Sleepover

icon-location-pin American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side
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Spend the night with dinosaurs, underwater critters and more creatures who inhabit the Museum of Natural History. Once the doors are locked, kids can roam the venue, taking in beloved exhibits and participating in cool adventures (flashlight required). Who wouldn't want to tuck in under the 94-foot whale? A night at the museum is (literally) the stuff movies are made of! Ages 6–13.

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Things to do

Family Sundays

icon-location-pin The Rubin Museum of Art, Chelsea
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The museum opens up its doors every Sunday for themed family-friendly activities revolving around various themes. Not only do little ones get to explore their creativity and learn a bit more about particular topics, but they also can revel in the fact that they can take home their work after a day of working on a masterpiece. In order to ring in the Earth Pig celebration during the month of Losar, kids can explore "Radiant Rocks," which will show them how gorgeous colors come to life. This will take place every Sunday in February. Ages 3 and up.

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Things to do

Materials and Process at MoMA

icon-location-pin Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Midtown West
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So what exactly does it take to create a masterpiece? Junior artists will find out during MoMA's "A Closer Look for Kids," a February discussion that focuses on what it takes to bring contemporary works to life. The event is free and registration is not required, but tickets will be distributed at 10am before each event. Ages 5–10. 

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Theater, Circuses & magic

Magic at Coney

icon-location-pin Coney Island Museum, Brooklyn
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Calling all junior magicians! Illusionists, escape artists, mentalists, and close-up magicians from all over the world will descend on the Coney Island Museum for a full afternoon of mind-blowing tricks and feats. Expect to see plenty of card tricks, levitating objects and perhaps some stuff disappearing right before your eyes. Who knows—maybe someone from your family will have the chance to become to be part of the magic if they’re picked as an assistant for a particular trick. All ages.

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Museums, Childhood

"Holding History"

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights
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Just in time for Presidents Day, a day to reflect on the leaders who served our country, Brooklyn Children's Museum will host "Holding History," a program where little ones explore why certain artifacts are considered historic. They'll be able to understand why the museum's objects are considered are significant, and plus, they'll be able to put the pieces in their hands, which is typically a big no-no when visiting museums. Ages 4 and up. 

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Things to do

Color Connections at MoMA

icon-location-pin Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Midtown West
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Kiddies will get creative with color during February weekends at the MoMA. They'll be able to learn about the wide spectrum of hues as they explore contemporary and modern pieces. Plus, they'll love chatting with new friends about their thoughts on color. The event is free, but tickets will be distributed at 10am the day of the event on a first-come, first-serve basis. Ages 4 and up. 

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Theater, Children's

Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic

icon-location-pin Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Midtown West
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Elmo loves tricks, illusions and hijinks, but he can’t quite master the art of magic himself...until he elicits the help of his friends. When Sesame Street Live! Hits 34th Street, the fluffy, red Muppet discovers his own capabilities in the inspiring story, Make Your Magic. For an additional fee, families can enjoy a character meet-and-greet where they will pose for photos, test their scavenger hunt skills and enjoy magic tricks before the show. All ages. 

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Kids

Story Time at Books Are Magic

icon-location-pin Books Are Magic, Carroll Gardens
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Each Saturday and Sunday, this enchanting independant kids bookstore in Cobble Hill hosts a story time. Authors read from their dazzling picture books, that can be incredibly funny, heart-warming, educational or all of the above. Be sure to check out all of the store's unique special events for children and young adult readers, too. Check out the lineup here. All ages.

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Things to do, Exhibitions

Teknopolis

icon-location-pin BAM Fisher, Fort Greene
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Brooklyn Academy of Music's "Digital Playground" is back for another round of immersive art-tech installations.The venue is transformed into a massive gallery of cutting-edge exhibits from artists and inventors from around the world. This year's collection includes virtual reality experiences, interactive films and much more. Entry is timed with 90-minute sessions during the day or 2 hours in the evening. Ages 6 and up.

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Things to do, Quirky events

Historic Presidential Thinking Hats at CMOM

icon-location-pin Children's Museum of Manhattan, Upper West Side
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Kids can lead the country this Presidents Day...well, sort of. Head to the Children's Museum of Manhattan for a photo op at the mini president's desk where your kiddo can strike a pose in any historic hat—George Washington’s Tricorn hat, Abe Lincoln's tall crown top hat and so on. While they're sporting historic fashions, they'll be able to deliver executive orders that are most important to them! Sounds like a great way to get involved in our democracy. All ages. 

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Museums

“Sonic Sensation”

icon-location-pin Long Island Children's Museum, Long Island
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C'mon, feel the noise! The Long Island Children's Museum will feature a new traveling exhibit, “Sonic Sensation,” which explores sound in our everyday lives. This interactive experience allows young visitors to learn more about pitch, make a movie soundtrack and let it all out in the scream chamber. There will also be a variety of complimentary educational offerings to coincide with the exhibit. Learn more here. All ages. 

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Myth Makers and Novel Narrations Midwinter Recess

icon-location-pin Children's Museum of Manhattan, Upper West Side
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This artistic Midwinter Recess program emphasizes inclusion and representation to its young attendees. CMOM's Illustration Workshop with artist Thaddeus Coates will focus on character design, particularly African American cartoon characters and their contributions to their respective TV shows. This event will also include an inspiring presentation from the illustrator. Ages 6 and up. 

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Theater, Children's

Addy & Uno

icon-location-pin Theatre Row, Hell's Kitchen
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You can catch this family musical about friendship and kindness on Sundays until the end of March. Addy & Uno, a heartwarming puppet-centric production, follows five child characters with disabilities as they discover all of their strengths and ultimately use them for good. All ages.

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Things to do

El Museo del Barrio's CoquĂ­ Club

icon-location-pin El Museo del Barrio, East Harlem
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They say it's best to start learning a second language as soon as you can. That's why El Museo del Barrio invites its tiniest of patrons to enjoy a monthly bilingual program which features storytelling sessions, gallery projects, crafts and other fun things to do. Each month features a new theme: Afrodances in February, Coquí Cumpleaños in March,  A Carnaval of Colors in April and Colombia in May. Find out additional information about the program here. Ages 1–4. 

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Theater, Puppet shows

​Cinderella at PuppetWorks

icon-location-pin Puppetworks, Park Slope
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A classic fairy tale we all know and love is getting the marionette treatment at PuppetWorks. Watch Cinderella lose her glass slipper in artistic director Nicolas Coppola's adaptation of the Disney tale. The wooden puppets will bring the scenery from 18th-century France to life as  Jules Massenet's music echoes in the background. Reservations are recommended. Ages 3 and up. 

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Theater, Children's

Sleeping Beauty & Princess and the Pea

icon-location-pin Galli Theater, Financial District
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Galli Theater will bring classic childhood stories to life with its performances of Sleeping Beauty (which begins Feb 2 at 2pm) and The Princess and the Pea (which premieres Feb 16 at 2pm). For any little one who can't resist a fairytale, these shows make the perfect outing. Get the full schedule here. Ages 4 and up (The Princess and the Pea), ages 5 and up (Sleeping Beauty).  

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Museums, Childhood

Black History Month at the Staten Island Children's Museum

icon-location-pin Staten Island Children's Museum, Staten Island
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The Staten Island Children's Museum will kick off Black History Month with a variety of hands-on programs and workshops celebrating culture. Junior chefs can experiment with Caribbean cooking on Fridays in February (3 and 4pm), an art workshop celebrating André Leon Talley and model Duckie Thot (Feb 19–21 from 11am–4pm), an exploration of the Underground Railroad, followed by a project (Feb 20 1, 2, 3 and 4pm) and a variety of other activities. Head online to see the full lineup for the the month. All ages. 

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Museums, Science and technology

“Bionic Me”

icon-location-pin New York Hall of Science | Queens, NY, Queens
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Play with infared cameras, fly a virtual jetpack, make robots move via gesture interface and so much more at "Bionic Me." The new exhibit at the New York Hall of Science gives visitors a glimpse into medical and industrial advances that have enhanced things for us humans. Learn more here. All ages. 

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Museums

Second Sunday Family Tour

icon-location-pin Guggenheim Museum Classes, Upper East Side
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The Guggenheim wants to inspire even the littlest of visitors. On the second Sunday of each month, families are welcome to peruse the galleries through a hands-on tour that culminates with interactive activities for tiny artists. Visit the museum's site to learn about each month's theme. Ages 5 and up.

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Steve & Kate's BREAK Camp

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No school, no problem. Steve & Kate's new pop-up program, BREAK, is designed to keep kiddos entertained at various points throughout the year when class is not in session. Pint-sized attendees will find a variety of summer camp offerings featured in BREAK, as well as exclusive activities. The fee for each child includes snacks, lunch and hours spent at the venue. For a list of NYC Steve & Kate's BREAK locations, click here. Ages 5–12. 

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Things to do, Camps

Midwinter Break Camp at the Guggenheim Museum

icon-location-pin Guggenheim Museum Classes, Upper East Side
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Who walks into the Guggenheim and isn't completely inspired by its many pieces? During the attraction's winter break offering, kids can explore new and permanent exhibits and use their findings to explore new media and techniques while creating pieces of their own. Registration is required. Ages 8–11.

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Things to do

Family Afternoon: Amazing Animals

icon-location-pin The Cloisters, Washington Heights
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The Cloisters welcomes little ones to an afternoon of hands-on activities. Each month, visitors will explore a new theme as they take a look at the gallery, work on activities and sit in on storytime. February's theme is "Amazing Animals." Learn more here. Ages 3–11. 

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Museums, Natural history

Milstein Science Series: The Layers of the Ocean

icon-location-pin American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side
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No need for scuba gear. The Milstein Science Series: "The Layers of the Ocean" allows us to explore the depths of the sea without the plunge. Get a sense of the five zones that incorporate the ocean and the wide array of species that live there and how they survive. All ages. 

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Things to do

Kids' Night on Broadway

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Expensive Broadway price tags stopping your crew from heading to the theater? This annual promotion, a program of the Broadway League, is the perfect excuse to play dress-up and do Times Square in style. On February 26, 2019, kids don't pay a dime once you purchase a full-price adult ticket to a Broadway show. Tickets include fun perks like pre-theatre activities, restaurant discounts and educational programs. There's something for kids of all ages, including Frozen and The Lion King for young ones and Mean Girls and Dear Evan Hansen for the older set. Ages 18 and under.

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Theater, Children's

"NOT MY MONSTER"

icon-location-pin The Flea Theater, Tribeca
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The Flea Theatre is celebrating CEREALS, its family-friendly programming, by extending the performances of "NOT MY MONSTER," a story by Nick Gandiello that follows a family on its move from a grandiose penthouse to a cabin deserted in the woods. Is this family really all alone? Did its Domovoi, a protecting spirit, forget to tag along? All ages. 

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The LEGO Movie 2
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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

An other-worldly catastrophe ensues when LEGO DUPLO invaders threaten Bricksburg, and it's up to a few of our favorite characters to show 'em who's boss. Opens Feb 8. Rated PG. 

 

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
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How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

When a calm, peaceful existence for the dragons is jeopardized, rider and dragon must join forces to put an end to the mayhem. Opens Feb 22. Rated PG. 

 

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Things to do

Great Backyard Bird Count

icon-location-pin Various locations,
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Start taking notes, New Yorkers. No matter where you're located in the five boroughs, no matter how old you are, the Great Backyard Bird Count is something you can join. Now in its 21st year, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society's online data survey invites interested participants to take watch during its annual event (Feb 15–18) to tally the number and types of birds seen throughout a 15-minute or more timeframe. Join bird watchers around the world in this celebration. Even local parks get in on the fun. To learn how to participate in the online survey, click here. All ages. 

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Things to do

Read-to-Skate Story Time

icon-location-pin Bryant Park, Midtown West
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Bryant Park will keep the winter fun alive on Saturdays with the help of Cali Co Cat. Kiddos' favorite character will read the best stories in town, and afterward, littles have a chance to earn a free skating session on the ice rink. If you attend two story times and one New York Public Library program at the 42nd St location (and/or take out a NYPL book), you'll be entitled to a free skate. Have an adult who wants to get in on the action? Those youngsters who attend three story times will get a skating freebie for one adult, too. Bonus points? Free books are given out while supplies last. Learn more about the program and scoring those sweet deals here. All ages. 

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Things to do, Play spaces

South Street Seaport Museum miniMATES Winter Season

icon-location-pin South Street Seaport Museum, Financial District
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Tiny tots can get a taste of martime culture at South Street Seaport's miniMATES open play—the perfect spot for mini New Yorkers to deep dive into the subject—and fun activities.  The immersive experience for kiddos lets them enjoy story times, crafts, sing-alongs and other interactive means while learning about all-things boats and ships. Ages 18 mo–4 years. 

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Inventor's Lab I - Simple Machines

icon-location-pin KoKo NYC Inventor's Lab, Park Slope
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For kids who never tire of building cool stuff, Koko NYC Inventor’s Lab after-school class lets kids learn about basic simple machines (inclined plane, wedge, lever, wheel and axle, screw and pulley), practice problem-solving techniques and even put their skills to work with their very own inventions. Ages 7–9.

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Movies, Family and kids

Film Forum Jr. Spring Season

icon-location-pin Film Forum, West Village
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From mid-December through March, spend chilly weekend mornings at Film Forum's popular family-friendly movie series. Watch time-tested faves like It's a Wonderful Life (Dec 15 and 16), Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus (Dec 22 and 23), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Jan 19 and 20), The Muppet Movie (Feb 2 and 3), and more. Visit filmforum.org to view the complete schedule and grab your tickets. All ages.

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Kids, Festivals

LC Kids

icon-location-pin Lincoln Center, Hearst Plaza, Upper West Side
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Every year Lincoln Center presents a phenomenal lineup of programming for kids of all ages. This years, wee ones (ages 0–18 months) can explore their surroundings with Rain, a sensory performance that includes touch and music, while slightly older babies (ages 6 months-36 months) can join a friendly environment for creative exploration with Pulsar. Highlights for big kids include Is this a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth (ages 8 and up), a retelling of the classic tale by a Scottish storyteller; You Me and the Space Between (ages 6 to 12), a performance about an inventive child that utilizes storytelling and choreography; Soundtrack '63 (ages 12 and up), a multimedia musical experience about music's relationship to social justice. A number of shows offer relaxed performances for neurodiverse audiences. Visit here for more details. 

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Things to do, Cultural centers

JCAL Saturday Family Matinee

icon-location-pin Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Harlem
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During Jamaica Center of Arts and Learning's Saturday matinee series, families can enjoy amazing performances from musicians, dancers, and storytellers representing cultures from around the globe. Kids can groove to the afro, futuristic soul of Brooklyn-based duo Soul Science (Oct. 27); be enthralled by The East Village Dance Project's innovative take on the Nutcracker with New Stories of the Shell-Shocked Nut (Dec. 15); be amazed by master storyteller Michael Manswell's tales of the African diaspora and the Caribbean (Jan. 19); and feel inspired by the instruments created out recycled materials and reused stuff at the Family Bash (April 13). All ages, full lineup can be found on website.    

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Photograph: Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
Things to do, Festivals

First Sundays at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park
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Brave the cold for some outdoor fun during Brooklyn Botanic Garden's wintry events for all ages on the first Sunday of December, January, February and March. When cabin fever hits the family, explore the garden's landscape on a nature walk with naturalist Bradley Klein, as he points out birds, mammals, and insects that remain active during the season. Then little ones can enjoy special hands-on discovery workshops and storytime. Mom and Dad: If you're flying solo, explore cool yoga classes. Check out the venue's website for full details of each month's offerings. All ages.

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Museums, Special interest

SPYSCAPE Spy School

icon-location-pin Spyscape, Midtown West
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Think your kid has what it takes to crack the code? Thanks to SPYSCAPE's newly opened Spy School, you'll have a budding FBI agent on your hands. Students in middle school through college are invited to the afternoon program that allows them to make and break WWII codes in themed Encryption mission, detect lies in Deception booths and much more. “We’re thrilled by the success of SPYSCAPE in New York City, and delighted to be able to offer this experience for free to students,” Ian Oldaker, COO of SPYSCAPE New York said in a statement. “We have had a lot of requests for this kind of program and we’re excited about creating new educational offerings as we continue to grow.” Spy School is free with a valid student ID, but attendees t must be accompanied by a paid ticket holder. We'll catch you there...or will we? Middle school–college.   

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Things to do, Literary events

Drag Queen Story Hour featuring Robyn

icon-location-pin Children's Museum of Manhattan, Upper West Side
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With a special emphasis on gender diversity and tolerance, Robyn will lead little ones through an exciting, interactive drag team story time at CMOM. Princess Robyn from Harlem will read different books to little ones, lead them in crafty projects and sing songs. Tickets are required. All ages. 

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Things to do

Kids Week

icon-location-pin Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Hell's Kitchen
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During the Intrepid’s annual event, kids participate in fun programs and hands-on workshops while they’re off from school. This year’s focus is STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts and math—and each day of the week features activities with different themes. Attendees can also look forward to guest appearances and live shows! All ages. 

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Museums, Childhood

“Science + You”

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights
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Get those lab coats ready! Little ones can take on the role of scientists in the latest traveling exhibit at Brooklyn Children's Museum. "Science + You" is an interactive opportunity for visitors to explore health and nutrition. In the 1,200 square-foot-space, kids will be able to explore their findings at the Magnification Area, learn about the five food groups in the Test Kitchen and more. All ages. 

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News, Art

"Mickey The True Original Exhibition”

We certainly hope you have your party hats—er, we mean mouse ears—ready. “Mickey: The True Original Exhibition” celebrates our favorite mouse during his 90th birthday—but the party won't last forever. The exhibition closes on Feb 10. 

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Things to do, Quirky events

DreamWorks Trolls the Experience

icon-location-pin Midtown West

New York City is going to be treated to a dose of color thanks to "DreamWorks Trolls the Experience." When little visitors enter the 90-minute walkthrough exhibit, they'll fall in love with a bunch of exciting features. Poppy's Party Room will include augmented reality and 3D technology in the midst of musical fun. Before getting wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of Troll Village and playing in the life-size Caterbus, youngsters will want to hit the bright, imaginative Hair-We-Go Salon and Barbershop—which is sure to be an Instagram hit for moms and dads. 

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Museums, Childhood

“A City for Corduroy: Don Freeman’s New York”

icon-location-pin Museum of the City of New York, East Harlem
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The Museum of the City of New York will pay homage to Corduroy's creator, illustrator Don Freeman, with the new exhibit, “A City for Corduroy: Don Freeman’s New York.” Expect a glimpse into the creative process of the 1968 story, as well as other popular work from the creator, including drawings, paintings and original sketches. All ages. 

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Museums, Sport

“In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson”

icon-location-pin Museum of the City of New York, East Harlem
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Batter up! NYC will mark the centennial of Jackie Robinson’s birth with a grand-slam exhibit. The collection of never-before-seen images, Look magazine spreads and personal memorabilia such as home movies will provide a glimpse into the life of the Brooklyn Dodgers MVP, all while exploring the media’s portrayal of the iconic figure. All ages. 

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Museums, Special interest

“A Way With Words: The Power and Art of the Book”

icon-location-pin Children's Museum of the Arts, West Village
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There’s no arguing that books are an artform—especially when visiting the Children Museum of the Arts’ eccentric exhibit. In “A Way with Words,” books are transformed into sculptures, paintings and other works to emphasize their importance and history. Museum staff guide young bibliophiles through a craft inspired by the pieces on display. All ages. 

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Museums

Inside You

icon-location-pin American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side
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The American Museum of Natural History’s exhibit explores the microbes, viruses, fungi and other organisms that live inside our bodies. According to the exhibit, our gastrointestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion bacteria and they can be affected by where we live, what we eat and what we touch among other factors. Learn about all about microbial genes and the important work they do to keep us alive. All ages.

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Museums, Special interest

"Personal Space"

icon-location-pin Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Hell's Kitchen
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If you have trouble packing your suitcase before a trip, wait until you find out what astronauts have to bring when they head to outer space! During this year’s annual Space & Science Festival, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host an exhibit, "Personal Space," dedicated to all of the personal items that astronauts bring along for the trip. Astronauts who will be featured in this exhibit include Mike Massimino, Dr. Ellen Baker and more. All ages. 

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Photograph: Courtesy Robb McCormick + Liberty Science Center
Museums, Science and technology

“International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes”

icon-location-pin Liberty Science Center,
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Do you have your magnifying glass ready? You'll need it! Liberty Science Center is taking a step back in time with its latest exhibit, “The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes," which allows visitors to explore science and technological advances from the late 1800s, decipher the inner workings of forensic specialists today and go through clues to uncover an exclusive mystery! All ages. 

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Photograph: Courtesy Museum of the City of New York
Museums, Special interest

"Germ City"

icon-location-pin Museum of the City of New York, East Harlem
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If your kids won't cover their mouths when sneezing or refuse tissues, maybe "Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis" will help them change their ways. MCNY's new exhibit will focus on the clash between NYC and disease and how it has shaped us in a variety of ways, from culturally to physically. Pieces include "Blood Mirror," Jordan Eagles' offering that's comprised of human blood, a 20th-century smallpox quarantine poster and New York City Health Department diphtheria pamphlet, among many other others. Don't forget to register for the Community Care Fair, a family event on Nov 18 from 11am–3pm, that will let visitors explore ways we care for one another by taking a look at paraphernalia, stories and more. All ages.  

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Photograph: Courtesy: Robert Gerhardt and Denis Y. Suspitsyn
Museums, Art and design

"Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again"

icon-location-pin Whitney Museum of American Art, Meatpacking District
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Take a look back at Andy Warhol's iconic pieces—portraits, pop and photo silkscreen paintings and other pieces of work—during the Whitney's retrospective that highlights all aspects of his career. During Family Day (Dec 1 from 10:30am–3pm), kids can create their own artistic gems inspired by the late icon. Check the museum's website to see when its Open Studios (Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am–3pm in November and December, minus holidays) will dedicate its weekly kids’ project to all-things Warhol. All ages. 

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Photograph: Nickolas Muray, courtesy the Brooklyn Museum
Museums, Art and design

"Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving"

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Museum | Brooklyn, NY, Prospect Park
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NYC can't seem to get enough of Frida Kahlo. After the success of the New York Botanical Garden's 2015 exhibition on the artist, the Brooklyn Museum will explore her life and work in "Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving." Patrons will be able to take a glance at paintings, drawings, photographs and other items, including clothing and cosmetics. This will be the first time that Kahlo's personal objects from the Blue House in Mexico City will be on display. All ages. 

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Art

“Tolkien: Maker of Middle Earth”

icon-location-pin The Morgan Library & Museum, Murray Hill
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Bookworms will not want to miss The Morgan Library’s tribute to J.R.R. Tolkien. Those who visit this new exhibit will be able to get a first-hand look at the author’s original drawings, manuscripts, family memorabilia and artifacts that depict how his fantasy world came to be. All ages. 

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Things to do, Exhibitions

"Impractical Jokers: Homecoming"

icon-location-pin Staten Island Museum, Midtown West
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Ready for a few laughs? Well you're in luck. The masterminds behind the popular TV series Impractical Jokers are coming back where it all originated. This exhibit gives fans an up-close and personal look at costumes, props and even secrets behind the show. Make sure you're on your A-game: There will be a few interactive impractical surprises on display throughout the exhibit. All ages. 

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Museums, History

"History Hunters: A Kid's Life"

icon-location-pin Museum at Eldridge Street, Chinatown
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  Do you remember when schools offered penmanship classes and lunches were three cents? Probably not, so head to The Museum at Eldridge Street, which will take a step back in time with "History Hunters." The experimental program will explore what students experienced way back when—over 100 years ago, to be exact. Here's what's on the schedule: "A Kid’s Life at Synagogue," Sunday, Feb10  "A Kid’s Life at Work," Sunday, April 7 "A Kid’s Life at Home," Sunday, June 2  Learn more here. Ages 5–11. 

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Theater

The New Victory Theater 2018/2019 Season

icon-location-pin New Victory Theater, Midtown West
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There's nothing like scoring tickets to a show in NYC. As the 2018-2019 lineup quickly approaches, the New Victory Theater—which gives families an opportunity to enjoy international performances—has provided a glimpse into what fans can expect when the curtains rise (dance, puppetry, circus acts, to name a few). Here's the new lineup:  Machine de Cirque Opens Sept 28 Tinga Tinga Tales Oct 13–20 Beauty and the Beast Oct 26–Nov 11 Velocity Opens Nov 16 Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams Opens Nov 30 Emily Brown and the Thing Jan 26–Feb 3 A Simple Space  Feb 9-24  Ajijaak on Turtle Island Opens March 1, 2019 Fiesta Con Sonia De Los Santos March 15 & 16  The Nature of Forgetting  March 23–31    SNAP Opens April 13, 2019   Silent Voices: Lovestate Opens May 2, 2019   Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days Opens May 10, 2019

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Theater, Broadway

Be More Chill

icon-location-pin Lyceum Theatre, Midtown West
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It isn't always smooth sailing in high school, but what if you had the power to change those cringe-worthy moments? Jeremy takes the chance in Be More Chill...with some less-than-satisfying results. Ned Vizzini’s YA bestseller (which had a previous Off-Broadway run) will graduate to the Great White Way and dazzle audiences with upbeat music, neon-colored sets and feel-good moments. Get ready for a coming-of-age tale with an epic sci-fi flair. Ages 12 and up. 

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Theater

Gazillion Bubble Show

icon-location-pin New World Stages, Hell's Kitchen
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  Husband and wife duo Fan and Ana Yang have traveled world-wide to dazzle their audiences with their self-titled masterpiece, "bubble artistry." As lights flicker and music plays, prepare to catch some of the wonkiest looking bubbles you've ever encountered. Kids and parents alike will love how these soapy spectacles create a can't-miss experience. Ages 5 and up.

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Theater, Comedy

Blue Man Group

icon-location-pin Astor Place Theatre, East Village
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  A sea of toilet paper, neon paint splashes and three blue men have kept audiences laughing and amazed in this long-running Off-Broadway hit. Stand by as these other-worldly fellows learn about the environment around them...and make a bit of noise in the process (largely thanks to the large tubs of paint). You'll laugh, you'll catch one of the group members in the audience and you'll love the wonky happenings throughout the performance. If you catch a show in the first row, wear the poncho—chances are you're going to get splattered with something! Ages 5 and up. 

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Theater, Musicals

Stomp

icon-location-pin Orpheum Theater, East Village
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Stomp takes percussion to a whole new level. A small cast of characters makes use of atypical objects—wooden polls, push brooms—to create a unique musical experience. A catchy rhythm, impressive dance moves and laugh-out-loud moments prove why this Off-Broadway show is such a crowd pleaser, even if there isn't any dialogue. Your kiddos might be inspired to take household items and start a jam session of their own! Ages 4 and up.

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