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

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Saturday, Nov 16

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Things to do

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

icon-location-pin Bryant Park, Midtown West
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Every year, Bryant Park transforms into a winter village complete with an outdoor ice skating rink right at the center. Shop from local vendors selling food and drinks and get an early start on those holiday wish lists. Wonderful pop-up shops for kids and families abound, as well as eateries with sweet and savory cusines from around the globe. Holiday festivities are scheduled from the opening day, as Oct 31 will welcome kiddos for Tricks and Treats from 4–6:30pm. Later in the season, little ones can visit Santa from Dec 14–22, so tell your crew to start brainstorming! All ages.

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News, Sports & Fitness

Ice bumper cars

An amusement park staple is getting a wintry makeover.  If your little ones can't find their balance while ice skating in NYC, why not give ice bumper cars a try? They're making a Kings County debut, and deserve prime-time real estate on your winter bucket list.  Venture to Aviator Sports, the gracious host of Big Bounce America, for the super-cool experience. Taking a cue from the Winter Village at Bryant Park, one of Brooklyn's most popular family attractions will offer families (with kids ages 7 and up) a chance to enjoy a 15-minute session for $13 on a first-come, first-serve basis. Time to channel those Coney Island summer days, but with a few cold-weather modifications! Before your bumper-car outing, here are a few things to note:  Sessions run on Fridays from 7:30–10:30pm, Saturdays from 2–5pm and 7:30–10:30pm and Sundays from 1–5pm. Aviator Sports states that there are 3 sessions per hour. Riders must be at least 7 years old, 36 inches tall and under 300 pounds.  Flat-toed shoes are required (no ice skates).  A parent or guardian's signature is required for riders who are under 18.  Call 718-758-7549 to learn how to add this experience onto birthday parties for kids. 

Things to do

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

icon-location-pin Radio City Music Hall, Midtown West
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Christmastime in NYC is a glamorous affair, and the Radio City Rockettes certainly make the season sparkle. Catch the performers in the annual Christmas Spectacular, a festive amalgamation of theater and dance that has been a tradition since 1933. It’s the perfect way to gear up for December 25. All ages.

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Museums, Childhood

Holiday Express: All Aboard to Richard Scarry’s Busytown at the New York Historical Society

icon-location-pin New-York Historical Society | Manhattan, NY, Upper West Side
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The holiday model-train show at the New-York Historical Society is always a stunner, and this year celebrates Richard Scarry’s Busytown to honor the 100th anniversary of the author and illustrator’s birth. You’ll see Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm and other favorite characters, plus trains, trains and more trains. All ages. 

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Things to do, Exhibitions

Canstruction New York at Brookfield Place

icon-location-pin Brookfield Place | Manhattan, NY, Battery Park City
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Canstruction New York is back at Brookfield Place, and sculptures made entirely by stacking cans of food have taken over the place. You will be amazed by these feats of engineering from some of NY's leading architects and designers. (All the cans are unopened, and will be given to City Harvest.) Prizes will be awarded on Nov 11. The first Canstruction New York was heled 12 years ago, and since then over 1 million cans of food have been donated. All ages. Free.

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Movies, Family and kids

Playtime: Family Matinees at Metrograph

icon-location-pin Metrograph, Chinatown
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'Tis the season at Playtime, the Metrograph series of family-friendly Weekend matinees for the budding cineaste in your life—you get to watch good films in a fantastic venue, while your little one is exposed to terrific movies and won't be shhh'd by your neighbors. First up is Raiders of the Lost Arc (1981), followed by the fabulous Gremlins (1984) and Little Women (1933). Christmas kicks in with Miracle on 34th Street (1947), the ghoulishly fun Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and the super-silly Muppet Christmas Carrol (1992)—which stars a very game Michael Caine. The holiday wraps up with It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and Where the Wild Things Are (2009).

Story Pirates
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Theater, Children's

Story Pirates Family Flagship Show

icon-location-pin The Flea Theater, Tribeca
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The Story Pirates don't want your treasure, they want the wildest, most imaginative ideas that come out of kids. This staged event will bring to life stories from the audience—the Story Pirates cast is an improv group that will turn your tyke's nuttiest suggestions into sketch comedy gold. Now a super-popular podcast, here's your chance to see Story Pirates live. $37. All ages. 

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Things to do, Quirky events

MOCACreate

icon-location-pin Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), Little Italy
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At this monthly event, the whole family will find inspiration from the Museum of Chinese in America's latest exhibits, and in turn, create masterpieces of their own. November's activity celebrates sculptor Jerome Seu, who turned wooden crates from his family's grocery store into wonderful pieces. Attendees who visit the Museum for this month's activity will be tasked with transforming ordinary objects into something extraordinary, showing how they've evolved. Decemeber's events will focus on gathering and collecting. Attendees will make a time capsule! Don't forget to open it in a few years from now to see what's changed. Ages 3 and up.  

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Things to do

Smorgasburg

icon-location-pin 25 Kent, Greenpoint
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The venerable epicurean extravaganza spends Saturdays in Williamsburg and Sundays in Prospect Park. No matter your preference, there's a little something for everyone. While kids can delight in sweets like fried cookie dough, those with a more expansive palate can opt for offerings such as seafood from Lobsterdamus, Boutros' pork shawarma tacos or PopdUp brewed teas, among seemingly hundreds of other dishes. This year, the new Pizza Cupcake and Fluffies Soufflé Pancakes (available Saturdays and Sundays) will be on hand to wow visitors! Note that admission to the food fest is free, but each vendor charges various prices. All ages. 

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Wave Hill's Family Art Project

icon-location-pin Wave Hill, The Bronx
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Every weekend, Wave Hill hosts an art workshop class catered to toddlers and families. Using the seasons, holidays and—of course— Riverdale's gorgeous grounds as a muse, the morning workshop tackles a variety of DIY projects. From painting and planting to coloring and sculpting, this offering is perfect for the creative kiddos in your crew. On Saturdays, arrive before noon to score free access to the venue. All ages. 

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Theater, Children's

Clown Ex Machina at La MaMa Kids

icon-location-pin Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa E.T.C., East Village
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It's time to get goofy. This clowning workshop for the whole family will let you loosen up and have a little fun–make that tons of fun–while practicing the ancient art of physical comedy. Led by the all-female Clown Ex Machina, you will learn how to tap the silliness inside you, and how good it will make you feel. La MaMa Kids performances are held at the La MaMa Annex, 66 E. 4th St. All ages.

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Sports and fitness

Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Rink at City Point

icon-location-pin City Point, Downtown Brooklyn
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Prepare for a lively celebration! Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Rink will welcome the holiday season with its beloved roller disco events at City Point, and kids can get in the action! Lace up and enjoy. The schedule, which will run until Feb 15, 2020, is as follows:  Learn to Skate for Kids: Thursdays 5–5:45pm (7+) Holiday Themed Dress-up Skate Party for Families: Fridays 3–5pm (7+) Toddler Skate: Saturdays 10–11am (6 and under)  Learn to Skate for Kids: Saturdays 11–11:45am (7+) Santa Skate: Holiday Themed Dress-up Skate Party for Families: Saturdays noon–2pm (7+) Dazzle Disco Dress-up Skate Party for Families: Saturdays 2:30–5:30pm 

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Theater, Children's

Little Orchestra Society: Stravinsky's "Firebird"

icon-location-pin Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College , Lenox Hill
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The Little Orchestra Society is a great way to introduce the children to classical music, a goofy way to make concert-going fun. As always, the silly Professor Treblemaker will lead the audience. This time he introduces Stravinsky's "Firebird," which features young dancers from Dancing Classrooms. Don't underestimate the kids. Ages 3–10.

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Things to do

BAMkids 2019 Fall Programming

icon-location-pin BAM Rose Cinemas, Fort Greene
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The Brooklyn outpost invites its youngest visitors to get in tune with the arts by way of its BAMkids program, which includes concerts, workshops and movie screenings. Find the 2019–2020 schedule below. Ages 2–11.  Oct 20: Screening of Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse at 2pm  Nov 3: Screening of Okko's Inn at 2pm  Nov 9: Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats performances at 10:30am and 2pm  Nov 16: Get Up, Stand Up! concert at 2pm  Nov 17: Queen of Katwe screening at 2pm  Dec 1: Muppet Christmas Carol screening at 1pm  Dec 7: Raga Kids performances at 10:30am and 2pm 

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Things to do, Concerts

Rock and Roll Playhouse Kids Concert Series

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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This is one event parents might enjoy just as much as the kids...maybe even more so. Rock & Roll Playhouse is a family-friendly concert series that introduces littles to the greats—The Beatles, Queen, U2, to name a few—as the house band plays some of the most popular tunes. The weekend happening adds a few kid-friendly elements such as stories and crafts to make the program extra epic. All events in Industry City (Saturdays at 12:30pm) are free, but tickets are required. Shows at Brooklyn Bowl (Sundays at noon) are $12. Head to the event's website for a full lineup. Ages 10 and under. 

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Things to do, Performances

Just Kidding: Fox Fables at Symphony Space

icon-location-pin Symphony Space, Upper West Side
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This delightful show from WonderSpark Puppets tells the story of a fox that loses his tail, and with it everything that makes him fox-y. The silly fox tries his hand at acting like other animals before learning that he will always be him. Based on Jewish folklore and Aesop's Fables, Fox Fables will thrill your little one.

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Things to do, Festivals

Salon du Chocolat

icon-location-pin Javits Center, Hell's Kitchen
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Indulge in chocolatey goodness with the return of Salon du Chocolat! After an eight-year hiatus, the sweet celebration will return to NYC with a full lineup of events at the Javits Center including taste tests, demos and even a chocolate fashion show and chocolate sculpting! Kiddos will get to enjoy activities, workshops and other offerings during Salon du Chocolat Junior.

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Things to do, Walks and tours

Sugartooth Tours

icon-location-pin Various locations, Hell's Kitchen
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Get the scoop on all-things sweet. Sugartooth Tours, a local dessert tour company, explores different neighborhoods to uncover the tastiest treats throughout NYC, so bring your appetite. You'll want to explore the newest offering, Village to Village Cupcake and Cookie Crawl (Fridays, Saturdays at 3pm) but don't miss out on favorites like Bright Lights & Broadway Bites Dessert Tour (Saturdays at 11am, Sundays at noon), Sweeter Than Sugar Chelsea & West Village Dessert Tour (Saturdays and Sundays at 4pm) and more. Learn more online. All ages.  

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Shopping, Pop-up shops

Hello Kitty Pop-Up

icon-location-pin Cost Plus World Market, Flatiron
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Our favorite feline (Hello Kitty) is celebrating a milestone: her 45th anniversary. To mark the momentous occasion, New Yorkers can enjoy a Chelsea pop-up (18th St and Sixth Ave) dedicated to the super-adorable advocate of kindness and friendship. Until Dec 24, shoppers will be able to visit Cost Plus World Market to stock up on exclusive merch (toys, accessories, kitchen goods) in honor of our leading lady. Snag Hello Kitty pasta sauce for dinner, sip on Hello Kitty soda, find a cute plush and of course, strike a pose in the Instagrammable spot while you're there! Learn more about the event and items at worldmarket.com or sanrio.com. 

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Things to do, Literary events

Le Carrousel StoryTime

icon-location-pin Bryant Park, Midtown West
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Kiddies will delight in a carefree, whimsical afternoon taking a spin around Le Carousel at Bryant Park and listening to a great story. Cali Co Cat and her carousel friends are ready to entertain their little guests, so get ready for a lovely afternoon in the park. Word of advice: A sweet treat from one of the Winter Village vendors is the cherry on top of a perfect day outdoors. Ages 2–8.  

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Things to do, Literary events

Storytime with Boogie Down Books at Sugar Hill Creamery

icon-location-pin Sugar Hill Creamery, Harlem
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Sugar Hill Creamery on Lenox Ave is more than a small-batch ice cream store, it's a community space with a full schedule of events. We particularly like Saturday afternoon storytime that starts on Oct 26 with Boogie Down Books, a self-described "bookstore-without-walls for kids, teens, families, and educators in the Bronx and beyond." Come for for a slice of mud pie, a scoop of "Gone Till November," an ice cream sandwich dipped in chocolate; stay for the storytelling. Ages 11 and under.

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Things to do, Quirky events

Big Apple Circus

icon-location-pin Lincoln Center, Hearst Plaza, Upper West Side
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The 42nd season of the Big Apple Circus is officially underway! Brooklyn-born singer and Ringmaster Storm Marrero will lead the way as the show celebrates all-things NYC. There are plenty of acts that'll make your jaw drop, including the Dupla Mão na Roda hand-balancing duo, performances from International Juggling Association Gold Medalist Kyle Driggs, aerial acrobatics with Aliev Troupe and so much more. All ages. 

Things to do, Classes and workshops

Toddler Time at Central Park Zoo

icon-location-pin Central Park Zoo, Central Park
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Tiny tots can have early-morning access to the zoo and its inhabitants. During this weekly series, your little animals will enjoy animal encounters, hands-on activities and guided tours throughout the grounds. A parent or guardian should be present throughout the duration of the program, as it is a "caregiver and me" series. The Friday and Saturday programs this November and December will focus on animal senses. Ages 2–3.  

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Museums

Science Playground

icon-location-pin New York Hall of Science Playground, Queens
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At the nation's largest science playground, tots learn about technology as they slide and seesaw, climb a giant spiderweb, romp in sand pits and wind their way around big trees. Be sure to bring shoes that can get wet—the water play area is a real highlight of any visit. Note that this feature is weather-permitting. The playground closes at 4pm in November. Ages 6 and up.

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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

DreamWorks Trolls the Experience

icon-location-pin DreamWorks Trolls the Experience, Midtown West
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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, located at 218 W 57th St, 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. This will be open until Nov 3, 2019! All ages. 

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Museums, Special interest

Reign of the Redbirds at the New York Transit Museum

icon-location-pin New York Transit Museum, Boerum Hill
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Reign of the Redbirds looks at the iconic subway cars that came to be known as Redbirds that first appeared in New York in 1959, and that were in kept in service until 2003. These workhorses evoke an era of great transformation in New York, and many of them met a poetic ending: decommissioned red cars were scuttled off the coast and helped anchor an artificial reef. Reign of the Redbirds is in the museum's atmospheric home in a decommissioned subway station under the streets of Downtown Brooklyn. Note: Museum is closed major holidays. $10, $5 ages 2-17, free 2 and under.

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The Intrepid
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Museums, Science and technology

Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum

icon-location-pin Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Hell's Kitchen
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Is there life out there? (The correct answer is "yes.") You'll be better prepared to answer that eternal question after exploring Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds, a traveling exhibition that lands at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum. The show looks at the pursuit of habitable worlds beyond our solar system, and how NASA scientists is a part of that search. Intrepid Air & Space Museum, Hell's Kitchen (intrepidmuseum.org), Free with museum entry. All ages.

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News, Art

"The Art of the Brick"

The blueprint to a great museum adventure certainly includes "The Art of the Brick." Budding engineers and artists will be equally enthralled by the masterpieces Nathan Sawaya has intricately crafted with over 1,000,000 toy blocks. (No, that number is not a typo.) Venture to one of your favorite kids' museums, the New York Hall of Science, beginning Sept 28 for a glimpse at this record-breaking exhibit. Visitors who love dinosaur activities will gawk at the artist's 20-foot t. rex, which is comprised of over 80,000 pieces alone. Creative youngsters who participate in fun art classes for kids will enjoy Sawaya's recreation of Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Additionally, photographer Dean West partnered with Sawaya to produce a multimedia collection of LEGO brick-infused photos.  

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Museums, Military and maritime

"The Last Knight"

icon-location-pin The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park
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The armor of Emperor Maximilian I, who ruled the Holy Roman Empire until 1519, was made for battle, and for showing off—just look at that lacy metalwork and exquisite details. There are over 180 items are in the exhibit, including the childhood armor of Maximilian's son, the future Philip I, King of Castile: This knight at the museum is sure to get the imaginations of your young ones racing. Mark your calendar for a special family afternoon on Nov 10 from 1pm–4pm that will include story time, a shadow puppet performance by Caroline Borderies and a chance for your young knights to embellish their custom armor. All Ages.

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Museums, History

Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere at the New York Historical Society

icon-location-pin New-York Historical Society | Manhattan, NY, Upper West Side
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Paul Revere was more than the country's most famous patriot, he was a master silversmith, engraver and printmaker who was one of the premier artisans of his age. This show includes more than 150 objects from his life and times—including some of the tea that Revere and others tossed into Boston Harbor. Be sure to check the New York Historical Society website for special events. $22, $6 ages 5-13, free ages 4 and under.

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Museums

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter

icon-location-pin American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side
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It's a balmy 80 degrees in the museum's 1,200-square-foot vivarium, which houses up to 500 butterflies living among tropical flowers. The free-flying butterflies often land on the shoulders of visitors, allowing tykes to come into direct contact with monarchs, zebra longwings, paper kites other species as they emerge from their chrysalises. Outside the vivarium, youngsters can watch a short film and read displays on the life cycle of butterflies, how to protect their habitats and what kinds of adaptations certain species have. All ages.

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Things to do

Empire State Building's Reimagined Observatory Experience

icon-location-pin Empire State Building | Manhattan, NY, Midtown West
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NYC's most popular Instagram landmark underwent a renovation that is practically as breathtaking as its views of Manhattan. The $165 million reimagined Observatory Experience at the Empire State Building allows visitors to learn about all aspects of the iconic building: from the moment it was built to its place in pop culture today. Galleries focus on the construction, opening day and everything in between. Catch 70+ screens depicting the building's place in the NYC skyline, see if your favorite celebrity has made a visit and, of course, get a taste of King Kong! Giant ape fingers pierce the wall of a 1930s-themed office. Yikes! All ages. 

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Museums, History

Native American Heritage Month at the National Museum of the American Indian

icon-location-pin National Museum of the American Indian, Financial District
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November is Native American Heritage Month, and the National Museum of the American is holding festivals, performances, screenings and talks in its buildings both in Lower Manhattan and in Washington DC. On Nov 16, “Stretching the Canvas: Eight Decades of Native Painting" will open in the museum in Lower Manhattan. Look for a full schedule of events here. Free. All ages.

Photograph: Russell Frederick
Museums, Military and maritime

Staten Island Children's Museum

icon-location-pin Staten Island Children's Museum, Staten Island
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There's a lot going on at the Staten Island Children's Museum this month! Check out the ShopRite Kidz Cook sessions on Fridays from 3-4pm and learn how to make some all-American dishes featuring the favorite foods of past presidents, including Virginia ham, corn bread and apple and cheese quesadillas! The Weekend Art Studio sessions on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm focus on Grandma Moses. Plus, Admission is free on Veteran's Day, Monday, Nov 11. For more information on these and other events check out the museum's website here.

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Tyrannosaurus Rex, 4th floor halls
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Museums, Natural history

“T. rex: The Ultimate Predator”

icon-location-pin American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side
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Prepare to dig deep like a true paleontologist thanks to "T. Rex: The Ultimate Predator." The Museum of Natural History's new exhibit will give visitors a peek into how the massive creatures came to be. Patrons will get a good look at the new findings about the tyrannosaurs genus, with a special focus on our main man, the T. rex. Unlike what people may think—and what movies led us to believe—T. rex is simply one part of the species' 100-million-year evolution. Who knew that tyrannosaurs species actually include small, agile creatures? For real! All ages. 

Photograph: Courtesy David Mitchel + Arcadia Earth
Things to do, Exhibitions

Arcadia Earth

icon-location-pin 718 Broadway, Downtown
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This is planet Earth like you've never seen her before. NYC's latest immersive installation—located at 718 Broadway—is photo-worthy for a cause: While venturing through 15 rooms of underwater realms and fictional landscapes, "Arcadia Earth" visitors will be able to participate in virtual and augmented reality offerings while learning how our lifestyle choices will impact the future of our planet. Proceeds from all ticket sales will also directly support Arcadia’s educational and charity partner, Oceanic Global. All ages. 

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Photograph courtesy of MacGillivrary Freeman Films.
Movies, Documentary

Apollo 11: First Steps

icon-location-pin New York Hall of Science | Queens, NY, Queens
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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with a screening of this 20 minute movie. The whole family will be amazed by the Apollo 11's story, as the filmmakers reconstruct the vessel's preparation, launch and return using never-before-seen footage. After the film, take your future astronauts to check out the museum's Search for Life Beyond Earth exhibition. All ages.

Photograph: Courtesy Alex Vail copyright BBC NHU 2017
Things to do, Film events

"Oceans: Our Blue Planet"

icon-location-pin American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side
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Although the spotlight is oftentimes on the dinosaurs, the Museum of Natural History wants to give patrons a chance to experience life under the waves, too, not just on land during prehistoric times. Thanks to the new film, Oceans: Our Blue Planet, musumer-goers can journey with the OceanX research vessel Alucia as it uncovers what's lurking beneath the sea. This film will be shown daily in the Museum’s Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater in 2D at 11:30am and 4:30pm, and in 3D at 10:30am and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm. The schedule is subject to change. All ages. 

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Movies, Family and kids

'Superpower Dogs 3D'

icon-location-pin New York Hall of Science | Queens, NY, Queens
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The amazing life-saving dogs in this immersive 3D movie are like real-life PAW Patrol pups. Find out the remarkable stories of canines and their human companions who work hard everyday to rescue people in snowy avalanches and off the coasts of warm beaches. There's even a pair of Bloodhound brothers who are helping save endangered species in Africa. 45 minutes. All ages  

Spyscape
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Museums, Special interest

“DRIVEN: 007 x SPYSCAPE”

icon-location-pin Spyscape, Midtown West
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NYC's museum dedicated to all-things espionage will soon shed some light on 007. The first James Bond exhibit in New York examines the creativity that went into bringing the movies to life. Car aficionados: You'll be pleased to know that Bond's Aston Martin DB5 will on display. There are also many interactive components to the exhibit: You can check out gadgets and gizmos in the Q's lab, get a behind-the-scenes look at how the Skyfall finale came to be and so much more. All ages. 

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Museums, Special interest

“Math Unfolded”

icon-location-pin Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), Flatiron
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Things to do, Exhibitions

Our Senses: An Immersive Experience

Step inside the world of senses in this funhouse-like exhibtion at AMNH. There are eleven unique galleries in all. You’ll be able to explore how real our “reality” is (and what it’s shaped by.) And what our mind tells us through our different senses. Step into a room that tests your balance as the walls will appear to wave and ripple, through your feet tell you otherwise. Fly through a garden seen through the eyes of a bee or butterfly to learn how other animals experience flowers. Take a smell test and learn how what we think is one scent really is a symphony of different smells. There will also be a live presentation on why our senses are necessary for survival, how our senses are different from other animals and why human perception is unique. All ages.

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Theater, Children's

MUMMENSCHANZ in RE:PLAY

icon-location-pin New Victory Theater, Midtown West
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The "Musicians of Silence" might be quiet, but they make quite an impact. The masked mimics of MUMMENSCHANZ hail from Switzerland for a New Victory debut. They'll wow audiences with shape-shifting vingettes that'll have everyone in the crowd do a double take. Ages 6 and up. 

Frozen
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Theater, Broadway

Frozen: The Broadway Musical

icon-location-pin St. James Theatre, Midtown West
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For the first time in forever, Disney's "Snow Queen"-inspired movie about sisterly love and a talking snowman is coming to Broadway. Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and the whole gang will turn the St. James Theater into a winter wonderland full of songs from the original soundtrack. Expect phenomenal sets and stage-magic, plus a certain Oscar-winning song to get stuck in your head.

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Theater, Children's

New Victory Theater's 2019-2020 Season

icon-location-pin New Victory Theater, Midtown West
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The NYC theater scene is gearing up for a kid-friendly lineup. During the 2019-2020 season at the New Victory Theater, families will be able to hang with their favorite picture-book fishes, listen to Aesop's fables and much more. The schedule, which is available on the theater's website, is as follows:   The Pout-Pout Fish: Oct 12–20 for ages 4–7 Aesop's Fables: Nov 1–2 for ages 7 and up  RE:PLAY: Nov 15–Dec 1 for ages 6 and up  42 FT–A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels: Dec 6–Jan 5 for ages 5 and up  Cartography: Jan 10–19 for ages 10 and up Riddle of the Trilobites: Feb 7–23 for ages 6 and up  Drumfolk: Feb 28–Mar 15 for ages 7 and up  Treasure Island: Mar 20–29 for ages 8 and up  Magic Shadows: Apr 3–19 for ages 5 and up  Snow White: Apr 24–May 4 for ages 7 and up  Jabberbabble: May 9–17 for ages 4–7 Fierce 5: May 30–June 14 for ages 9 and up 

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Things to do, Performances

Puppetsburg

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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In the span of 45 minutes, little ones are exposed to a world of music, dancing, bubbles and puppets. This troupe of "puppsters" promises to bring young audience members an interactive show each week, exploring important topics for little ones like counting, hygiene, and vocabulary. Expect zany characters (like a puppet RuPaul and Bob Dylan), plenty of laughs and a large helping of originality. Ages 0 to 4.

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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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The Lion King
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Theater, Musicals

The Lion King

icon-location-pin Minskoff Theatre, Midtown West
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Director-designer Julie Taymor takes a reactionary Disney cartoon about the natural right of kings—in which the circle of life is putted against a queeny villain and his jive-talking ghetto pals—and transforms it into a gorgeous celebration of color and movement. The movie’s Elton John–Tim Rice score is expanded with African rhythm and music, and through elegant puppetry, Taymor populates the stage with an amazing menagerie of beasts; her audacious staging expands a simple cub into the pride of Broadway, not merely a fable of heredity but a celebration of heritage. Minskoff Theatre (Broadway). Music by Elton John. Lyrics by Tim Rice. Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. Directed by Julie Taymor. With ensemble cast. Running time: 2hrs 40mins. One intermission.

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Blue Man Group

icon-location-pin Astor Place Theatre, Downtown
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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, Broadway

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

icon-location-pin Longacre Theatre, Midtown West
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This YA Greeky mythology mashup is perfect for the whole family. The performance brings Rick Riordian’s popular novel to life in musical form as we follow 12-year-old Percy Jackson as he tracks down who stole the god Zeus’ lightning bolt. Along the way, the brave one must figure out how to control his new powers, solve an Oracle’s riddle, escape from monsters and restore peace between the Greek gods. Ages 8 and up. 

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Theater, Puppet shows

Yeti, Set, Snow

icon-location-pin Central Park Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Upper West Side
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Who can resist a snow day? Looks like Widget and Twig found someone who would rather take a pass. In Yeti, Set, Snow!, an original play from City Parks Foundation, a dynamic duo stumbles upon a yeti, Pascetti, who would rather not deal with flurries and the cold. Time will tell if Pascetti’s new friends will have him singing “Let It Snow.” Ages 3–8. Note: There are no performances on: Nov 28, Dec 24, Dec 25, Jan 1, Jan 2 and Jan 3. Note that showtimes on Nov 29 are: 11am, 1pm and 3pm. 

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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, Children's

CHALK at the Fringe BYOV

icon-location-pin Kraine Theater, East Village
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A play in the classic style of the silent film era, CHALK stars a clowning Alex Curtis who uses only a few simple props and a pocket full of chalk. Part Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, part “Harold and the Purple Crayon," CHALK is a whimsical physical comedy in which anything can happen. 

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Puppetworks presents Sleeping Beauty

icon-location-pin Puppetworks, Park Slope
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This Park Slope institution's fall performance is the Charles Perrault version of Sleeping Beauty, written in 1697. The familiar story comes to life when portrayed by a cast of hand-carved wooden marionettes dressed in intricate Medieval costumes. Set to the Tchaikovsky ballet score, it's an elegant telling that will delight your children. Note: bonus performances will be held on the school holidays on Oct 14 and Nov 11. Reservations suggested. Ages 4 and up.

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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

icon-location-pin Van Cortlandt Manor,
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There's nothing else quite like the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze for experiencing the magic and wonder of Halloween with your family. The attraction is set along the beautiful 18th century riverside landscape of Van Cortlandt Manor, and you can stroll along the Pumpkin Promenade to take in thousands of Jack O' Lanterns (all of which are hand-carved)! This delightfully eerie walk is also set to cool sound effects, synchronized light displays and an original soundtrack. Expect to see spiders and snakes, animals of all kinds on this spooky stroll. Be sure to get your tickets early—they sell out fast and required to gain access to the event! Also note that the tickets you purchase are for specific times. All ages.

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Theater, Children's

Disney on Ice Presents Road Trip Adventures

icon-location-pin Barclays Center, Prospect Heights
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At this ice-skating spectacle, your children’s favorite Disney movies will come to life right before their eyes. Audiences will go to the Pride Lands with Simba and the island of Motunui with Moana, and there will be plenty of other fan- favorite stops along the way. The good news? There’s no packing required! All ages.  

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Theater, Broadway

A Christmas Carol

icon-location-pin Lyceum Theatre, Midtown West
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on the Great White Way: After a run at London’s Old Vic, Charles Dickens’s famed tale will come to life on the Lyceum Theatre stage. Playwright Jack Thorne (the mastermind behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and Tony Award–winning actors Andrea Martin and LaChanze will join forces to put crowds in a holiday state of mind— even if Scrooge is not. Ages 8 and up. 

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City Harvest Daily News Food Drive

icon-location-pin Various locations, Hell's Kitchen
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Give back this season by participating in the 37th annual Daily New Food Drive. Non-perishable food donations are needed to keep NYC food pantries and programs across the city well stocked. Drop off goods from Oct 31–Jan 17 at City Harvest’s Manhattan office (6 E 32nd St, fifth floor), any FDNY or NYPD station and Apple Bank locations throughout the five boroughs. Learn more about donations and how to participate on the City Harvest website. All ages. 

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Things to do, Play spaces

Saturdays Are for Spanish

icon-location-pin Various locations, Hell's Kitchen
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One World Project (302 Vanderbilt St) is looking to bridge the gap between cultures. Come to the Saturday play sessions (for both children and adults) to immerse yourself in the Spanish language by way of outside play, story time, music and other fun activities. Scholarships are available. Register online. Ages 5 and under. 

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