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Things to do with kids in NYC this weekend

Looking for things to do in NYC with your brood? Hit up these fun weekend-long happenings for families

Photograph: Courtesy Rock & Roll Playhouse

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July 22–23

Rock & Roll for Kids

Rock and Roll Playhouse' Rock & Roll for Kids series offers children a chance to rock out at Brooklyn Bowl! Littles will sing, play and dance with their parents. Highlights include The Music of Bob Marley with David Langlois and The Brooklyners (June 18), School’s Out for Summer Playdate ft. The Music of David Bowie with Mike Messer (June 25), Kids Gone Phishing: Baker’s Trio Phamily Concert with Uncle Ebenezer(July 23 and Aug 6) and The Music of Green Day for Kids (Aug 20). Ages 10 and under.

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Brooklyn Bowl , Williamsburg Until Sunday August 27 2017

Potions & Planting Tea Party

Kids will get to experience a traditional high tea of their own this summer. Taking place at the McKittrick Hotel’s rooftop Gallow Green, little ones and their parents will be treated to a traditional British high tea platter and pink lemonade. They’ll even get to bring a plus one for free—dolls and teddy will get their own mini seat and personalized bib. While there, families will make their own potions and receive lessons in planting. Everyone goes home with mini flower press, plant soil and seeds. Ages 5-10.

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Gallow Green , Chelsea Saturday August 12 2017

Honey Bees: Home Is Where the Hive Is

See what all the buzz is about at Liberty Science Center's new permanent exhibition exporing the role of honey bees in our ecosystem. Peek inside an observation hive indoors and explore two field hives on the outdoor deck to see how the busy bees convert nectar into honey, how their larvae grow and more. All ages.

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Liberty Science Center Until Sunday December 31 2017


Brooklyn Bridge Park comes alive with a series of Saturday afternoon concerts with family-friendly acts. The one-hour performance will include a question and answer session with the musicians. All ages.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 , Brooklyn Heights Saturday July 29 2017 - Thursday August 24 2017

The Jim Henson Exhibition

The Museum of the Moving Image finally unveils its new permanent exhibition on Jim Henson’s work. Head up to the second floor to find nearly 300 items from the Henson’s career in film and television, including sketches, storyboards, scripts, photos, costumes, behind-the-scenes video footage and 47 puppets (Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Elmo and Big Bird just to name a few). Kids can even try their hand at puppeteering on screen and designing their own puppet characters. All ages.

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Museum of the Moving Image , Astoria Until Wednesday January 31 2018

The Princess, The Cow, and The Corn Maze

"Mooo"ve over Broadway, there's a new play in town and it stars quite the lovable cast of animals. In this new musical a cow living in the South of France embarks on an adventure to help a lost princess find her way back to the castle. Along the way they meet various friends and foes, sing and dance and learn a few life-lessons young audiences can appreciate. Ages 3–11.

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Sunday July 23 2017

The Great Pie Robbery...Or, We Really Knead the Dough

Complete with all the heroes, villians and quirky characters your kids could dream of, this oddball comedy tells the story of a town in need of saving (eek!) a couple whose bakery and livelihood is threatened (oh no!) and folks like Farmer John that just aren't ready to let the bad guys, like Vincent Von Villenueva, take over the town! The play is set to live piano music, and the acting is totally over-the-top (a nod to the acting style of the 1800s). Ages 6 and up.

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Elektra Theatre , Hell's Kitchen Saturday July 29 2017

Inside You

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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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Tuesday July 16 2019

Urban Farm Exploration Days

On Saturdays and Sundays through mid-October, Randalls Island Park’s urban farm is open to the public for tours of the fruit and vegetable gardens, rice paddies and chickens. The amiable farmers can answer your child’s questions about how things grow, and may even inspire your family to start a window garden in your apartment. After the farm, head to Randalls Island’s nearby Scylla Playground to find slides, swings and spray showers (bring your water shoes)! Wards Meadow Loop, Randalls Island. All ages.

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Urban Farm in Randalls Island Park Until Saturday October 14 2017
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