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Things to do with kids in NYC this Saturday

Kick off your weekend and spend Saturday with the family at the city's best events for kids

Photograph: Courtesy Joshua Bright

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Saturday, Feb 24

Time Out Kids Day at National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey

Want to party under the sea without donning your swimsuit? Here's your chance! On Saturday, February 24, we dive into the deep blue at the all-new "National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey" in Times Square. Join us as we journey through the immersive digital underwater experience, during which you’ll come face-to-face with humpback whales, great white sharks, sea lions and more. Your ticket also gets you access to an additional special Time Out New York Kids experience that includes snacks (Harlem Shake, DŌ Cookie Dough Confections and Squish Marshmallow) and games, too! P.S. There's a beer and wine bar for parents featuring Indaba Wines. // var exampleCallback = function() { console.log('Order complete!'); }; window.EBWidgets.createWidget({ // Required widgetType: 'checkout', eventId: '42560610933', iframeContainerId: 'eventbrite-widget-container-42560610933', // Optional iframeContainerHeight: 425, // Widget height in pixels. Defaults to a minimum of 425px if not provided onOrderComplete: exampleCallback // Method called when an order has successfully completed }); //

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National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey , Midtown West Saturday February 24 2018

New York International Children's Film Festival

This film fest for kiddos showcases approximately 125 features and shorts from around the globe each year, and rounds out the experience with retrospectives, interactive workshops and filmmaker Q&As for families. This year, don’t miss a special sneak peek at the second season of A Series of Unfortunate Events, animated features and shorts from Japan, Mexico and other far-flung cultures, and special talks about the future of virtual reality. 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. Ages 3 to 18. Various times and locations. Please check the website for a complete lineup.

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Various locations Saturday February 24 2018 - Sunday March 18 2018


Brooklyn Academy of Music's "Digital Playground" is back for another three weekends of immersive art-tech installations.The BAM Fisher Building is transformed into a massive gallery of cutting-edge exhibits from artists and inventors from around the world. This year's collection of exhibits includes a cascading 20 foot-tall wall of full-color LEDS called Light Orchestra, a chance to direct and act in your own film with Storymaker, 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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BAM Fisher , Fort Greene Saturday February 24 2018 - Sunday March 11 2018

Wave Hill Family Art Project

For three hours on Saturday and Sunday mornings, kids have the opportunity to gather with family and friends and let their imaginations run wild during Wave Hill's Family Art Project. Each week, participants focus on a different theme and will be able to take home their masterpiece at the end of the event. This week's adventures—Exotic Desert Dwellers—brings the kids to the Cactus and Succulent House in the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory where they can use the tropical landscape while they sketch and paint. All ages.

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Wave Hill , The Bronx Saturday February 24 2018 - Sunday February 25 2018

Just Kidding: The Joshua Show

Award-winning puppeteer Joshua Holden bring his many zany puppet friends to Symphony Space for a goofy tale about friendship. When one grumpy sock puppet, Mr. Nicholas, reveals his plans to leave Earth behind on a rocketship, it's up to Joshua and the other puppets to convince their friend to stay using humor, song and tap dance. Ages 5 and up.

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Symphony Space , Upper West Side Saturday February 24 2018

February Vacation Week at the Jewish Museum

Kids with the week off can choose from a number of workshops over mid-winter break. Drop in on the afternoons to create colorful tapestries inspired by the clothing found in the museum's special exhibit Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of the Israel Museum (Feb 18–20 and Feb 21–23, 1pm-4pm; ages 4 and up). Go on a simulated archaeological dig to find featured artifacts with Archaeology Monday (Feb 19, 3pm–5pm; ages 3–10). Preschoolers and their parents are invited to Art Explores, a program the involves exploring a current exhibit and then visiting the museum's art studio (Feb 20, 4pm–5pm; $10; ages 3-4). The vacation week ends with a special Purim-celebration, complete with costumes, puppets and a live concert from the Grammy-nominated band The Pop Ups (Feb 25 at 11:30am; $18; ages 3–8). Ages 4 and up.

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The Jewish Museum , Central Park Thursday February 22 2018 - Sunday February 25 2018

Intrepid Kids Week

The floating museum hosts children for a week-long itinerary filled with science and art-based activities, interactive workshops, live shows and demonstrations. Kids will create their own digital games and learn investigative science skills while they play, learn about the solar system, see live animal demonstrations, catch great performances and so much more. They’ll also have the opportunity to interact with scientists, game developers, zoologists and authors during these activities. All ages.

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum , Hell's Kitchen Until Saturday February 24 2018

NYCC Lunar New Year

The New York Chinese Cultural Center is celebrating the Year of the Dog with various events throughout the city all month long. Visit NYCC online for more information about each venue's events. All ages. 

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art , Central Park Saturday February 24 2018 - Sunday February 25 2018
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