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The best things to do with kids in NYC this week

Look no further for the best things to do with kids in NYC this week including festivals and museum exhibits

Photograph: Courtesy Teatro SEA

Cool! There are so many great things to do with kids in NYC this week! Don't forget to check out our favorite things to do with kids in NYC in spring (newly updated!) and some recent news on Blue Man Group's new pre-show offering and, very sadly, Toys"R"Us's official closure. P.S. Did we mention Luna park has a very cheap opening day with unlimited ride wristbands coming up? You may want to check it out!

Best things to do with kids in NYC March 19–23


World Day of Puppetry

Since 2012 Teatro SEA has joined this annual March 21 celebration with a puppet-bonanza. The bilingual arts-in-education organization has a phenomenal collection of puppets from around the world, many of which will be on display during the event's puppet red carpet, puppet cabaret and fiesta. Proceed benefit international puppetry associate, UNIMA–USA. All ages. 

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Teatro SEA , Lower East Side Wednesday March 21 2018

PAW Patrol Live!

Catch this limited run of PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure at MSG. Kids will love the high-energy action on stage as the doggos save Cap’n Turbot from a spooky cave. However, the action really gets cooking when they also discover an old treasure map in the process. All ages. 

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Madison Square Garden , Midtown West Thursday March 22 2018 - Sunday March 25 2018

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Presents Pondlife

Scientist and filmmaker Sally Warring teamed up with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to fuse art and biology into her new exhibit, Pondlife, which explores the Microbes living in the Garden's ponds. "Water, mud, weeds, some pond scum here and there. These are ordinary sights at any pond," Warring said in a statement. "But if we put them under a microscope, we can see a cast of extraordinary characters that call these places home.” Pondlife will be open through March 2019. All ages. 

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden , Prospect Park Thursday March 22 2018 - Saturday March 31 2018

Bon Appétit

Even picky eaters will enjoy the New York Hall of Science's food-related special interactive exhibit. Learn how the digestion system works, how our bodies processes energy from food, and the orgin of the yummy items found in grocery stores. All ages.  

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New York Hall of Science | Queens, NY , Queens Until Monday May 14 2018

Rocket Park Mini Golf


The perfect activity for lovers of putt putt golf and rocketships! At Rocket Park Mini Golf, your golf ball will experience the same principles of physics (like the law of motion and gravity) that a spaceship employs. This nine hole golf course will teach kiddos (and adults alike!) important science concepts like escape velocity, gravitational assist and more. Ages 6 and up.

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New York Hall of Science | Queens, NY , Queens Until Friday November 30 2018

Unseen Oceans

Travel deep beneath the Ocean's surface to discover what lurks in the dark, cold depths of the sea with this special exhibit. Visitors learn about the new, cutting edge technologies like robotics, satellite monitoring, miniaturization, and high-definition imaging that scientists use to explore the ocean's vast realm. They can also see some of the new discoveries, like a new island forming near Hawaii and the behaviors of deep sea animals. The exhibit features mesmerizing displays, like a floor-to-ceiling array of biofluorescent species (animals that absorb and re-emit light) and a virtual ride in a submersible.

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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Monday January 7 2019

Spring Art Colony

Spend your spring getting artsy at CMA’s Spring Art Colony! At this weekly drop-off program, parents can choose from themes like Claymation, Paint Your World, Illustrating Stories and Photography for their budding artists (runs 10am–4pm). Ages 6–12.

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Children's Museum of the Arts , West Village Until Friday April 6 2018

David Bowie Is

Remember the life and legacy of David Bowie in this exhibition of the rock icon's artistic expression. Explore the costumes, handwritten lyrics, photographs, video, original album covers and more that made Ziggy Stardust such a unique cultural force. Don't be surprised if your whole family is listening to nothing but Bowie in the weeks following this experience. All ages.

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Brooklyn Museum | Brooklyn, NY , Prospect Park Wednesday March 21 2018 - Sunday July 15 2018
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Karen H

A great thing to do in the city this week is to take the children to the Museum of Arts for Childhood in Chelsea. We had an amazing time and my kids were so happy and creating. for them to see real art and to talk about it is just fantastic, and for them to be encouraged to be inspired by it. Ellen Harveys work was wonderful, and then to go upstairs to see the stunning garden all in denim. It's one of the most beautiful pieces of art I have seen. The gate was closed though but they do have tours where the children can go in. We go to Sponge bob in a couple of weeks!