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Six things to do at the Kids Food Festival in Bryant Park

The first annual fest serves up entertainment, healthy edibles and the chance to make meals with culinary pros.

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On January 21 and 22, healthy eating takes over Bryant Park. For two days, families can mingle with chefs and culinary icons, enjoy samples, listen to live entertainment and take part in a scavenger hunt. There are also tons of demos and classes for kids, plus a series of seminars about making smart food choices. Here are six things you won't want to miss during the celebration.

Pick up a technique or two from notable NYC chefs at the James Beard Future Foodies Pavilion. Sessions include "Gastro Kids" with Jahangir Mehta, "Turkey Taco Cones" with iCarly's Reed Alexander and "Mango Stuffed French Toast" with Food Network's Ellie Krieger.

Parents and kids can pick up helpful mealtime tips from the pros with offerings like "Fit+Flavorful+Fun=Snacking on-the-Go" with Jackie Newgent and "Avocados from Mexico: Guacamole Mashing" with festival cofounder Cricket Azima.

During the Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt, young foodies make their way around kiosks in search of clues about healthy eating. They'll receive a goody bag full of prizes upon completing the task.

SAMPLE EDIBLES Sample and buy treats from companies like Organic Valley, Clif Kids, Plum Organics, Wonderful Pistachios and Cabot Cheese.

GET DANCING At the performance stage, kids and parents can move to tunes from musicians like Bilingual Birdies Band and Joanie Leeds.

Take a spin around Citi Pond rink. Ice-skating is complimentary for those who have a pair of skates of their own, and $14 for those who need to rent them.

The Kids Food Festival takes place Sat Jan 21 and Sun Jan 22 10am--6pm. Citi Pond at Bryant Park. General admission free, individual event tickets $25. Preregistration recommended. To purchase tickets and for a full list of events, visit kidsfoodfestival.com.

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