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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

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Saturday, May 20

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 June 3 2017 - Saturday August 12 2017

Spring-a-Ding DING!

Waiting eagerly for summer to arrive? Then join Brianna as she searches for the butterfly that will usher in the new season. Along the way, she befriends a cast of woodland creatures, including frogs, rabbits, dancing flowers and a contortionist earthworm. The intimate circus act will enthrall little ones as the magic happens up close. All ages.

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14th Street Y , East Village Friday May 26 2017 - Saturday June 3 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 May 27 2017 - Thursday August 24 2017

"MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition"

Put some of the world's quirkiest myths to the test with this Mythbusters-themed exhibit! Kids will learn if you can really huff, puff and blow a house down, pull a tablecloth off a fully-set table or if your toast lands butter-side down every time. You'll experience live demos that include visitor participation, plus cool sets and props from the show. Available with Premium Pass or Combination Pass. All ages.

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Liberty Science Center Until Monday September 4 2017

Coney Art Walls

This temporary outdoor museum of street art is back for the summer! This year, it’ll open with work from 21 artists on May 13, 2017 and be accessible noon–7pm through September, plus October weekends noon–7pm. Murals located at 3050 Stillwell Ave. All ages.

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Coney Island USA , Brooklyn Until Sunday October 29 2017

Griffins, Goblets and Gold: A Wizarding Tour in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Here’s something that’s going to age you and fast: the world of Harry Potter turns 20 this year! The Boy Who Lived continues to enchant children around the world and now little New Yorkers can celebrate the 20th anniversary of the book series at a Harry Potter-themed exhibit at the Met. "Griffins, Goblets and Gold: A Wizarding Tour in the Metropolitan Museum of Art" will explore spaces and art objects that are reminiscent of those found in the books. Search for horcrux-like objects in a scavenger hunt, play games and participate in art activities and then head off with a list of resources to continue the magic at home. In July, the Met will celebrate Harry’s birthday month with costume contests, giveaways and end the whole with a Boy Who Lived Wizarding Weekend July 28-31. It’s a must if you have a Harry Potter fan on your hands! All ages.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art , Central Park Tuesday May 23 2017 - Monday July 31 2017

"Drones: Is The Sky The Limit?"

Learn about pilotless aircraft in this 6,000-square-foot pavilion on the Museum's Pier 86! The exhibit covers topics such as drone history, new drone technology and the role drones play in helping to solve large-scale humanitarian challenges. You'll see drones small and large, plus things like computer renderings, model airplanes, historical artifacts and even the world's first flying dress (worn by none other than Lady Gaga). All ages.

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum , Hell's Kitchen Until Sunday December 31 2017

Life’s a Real Dream

If you’re into laughing your head off, then Lard Dog & The Band of Shy are ready and willing to provide. The crew will kick off a month of improv comedy and perform their April song-of-the-month "Don't Let The Boogah Bug You Out!" as well as January’s top-charting tune "I Like." There will be multimedia graphics, interactive components, and a pretzel toss. And parents, there’s something special for you, too. On May 19, there will be an adults-only show. So nab a babysitter and have a fun late night out on the town! Ages 5 and up.

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Peoples Improv Theater , Flatiron Saturday June 3 2017 - Saturday June 10 2017

Embark on a Culinary Adventure with Farm-to-Table Cooking Classes for City Kids

Sign your kids up for a themed farm-to-table cooking class this season, where they'll learn how to create amazing recipes from around the globe. Butter Beans instructors will help pint-sized foodies learn basic kitchen skills and prepare dishes to enjoy together. Use the code BBTOK to recieve $10 off your first cooking class purchase! *Classes are held at Asphalt Green Battery Park City Culinary Center, 212 North End Ave. See Butter Beans' website for dates and times. Ages 6–10.

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Butter Beans Saturday June 3 2017
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