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Dinosaurs and Discos! Family Weekend Picks for March 16 and 17

The 10 best things to do with your kids this weekend.

Photo by R. Mickens/Courtesy of American Museum of Natural History

New York City is your family’s playground this weekend; just swap the slides and swings for virtual dinosaurs, spy gadgets, and a giant bees’ nest.

1. Be among the first to explore Hudson Yards—including the honeycomb-ish Vessel, the immersive Snark Park installation, and Dylan’s Candy Bar—after it officially opens this Friday.

Hudson Yards
Photo courtesy of Hudson Yards New York/Facebook

2. Forage for chickweed, burdock, and more in Prospect Park on Saturday with “Wildman” Steve Brill (this is a fascinating but four-hour-long tour; wear comfy shoes!). Then scavenge the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket for fresh breads, organic cheeses, and craft beers.

3. Skip the crowded parade. In honor of St. Paddy’s Day, join an Irish Outsiders tour at the Tenement Museum and indulge in green pistachio doughnuts at the nearby Doughnut Plant instead.

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4. Chase ridiculously realistic-looking dinosaurs through a virtual forest at the terrific “T. rex: The Ultimate Predator” exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History. Afterward? Shake Shack and Central Park, of course!

5. The weather looks perfect this weekend for a romp through the bucolic grounds of Wave Hill in the Bronx. Continue your family adventure in the Boogie Down borough with our full Bronx itinerary of things to see and places to eat (there’s more to it than just the zoo!).

Photo by Joshua Bright/Courtesy of Wave Hil

6. Freak your teens out with tickets to Be More Chill, then hit up the food trucks on 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

7. Take your preschoolers to see Olive & Pearl, a theatrical tale of a little girl raised by her grandmother told through song, dance, and puppetry, at BAM. Afterward, head across the street to Tacombi for tacos and fresh juices.

Photo courtesy of Tacombi/Facebook

8. It’s the last weekend to enjoy the offerings of the New York International Children’s Film Festival. Our pick: The Boys Beyond Boundaries series of shorts at Scandinavia House on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. While you’re in the area, don’t miss the chance to eat at Comfort Diner, one of our favorite diners in the city.

9. Sneak your way into the James Bond exhibition (by, you know, paying for tickets) at Spyscape. Your young supersleuths will surely deserve over-the-top milkshakes from Black Tap afterward.

Photo courtesy of Spyscape/Facebook

10. House Party: Girls, Run the World!, the all-day, all-ages throw-down on Saturday hosted by BRIC, begins with hands-on art classes and ends with a childproof disco, with podcast and hip-hop workshops, Yayoi Kusama–inspired animation making, and scavenger hunts squeezed in between.

Photo by Toby Tenenbaum/Courtesy of BRIC

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