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Events for Children in NYC This Week

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Kaya tries to hold her breath as long as a sea turtle in “My Haggan Dream.”

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‘ENCOUNTERS WITH THE NATURAL WORLD: SCIENCE FOR NANOS’ AT THE NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE (Oct. 14 at 2 p.m.) This cinema program is like a play date between art and science. And like any play date, it appeals to the adventurous young. Part of the Imagine Science Film Festival, which runs through Oct. 20, “Encounters” will present a dozen American and European shorts, whose settings range from a petri dish (Chloe Thomas’s “Dish Life”) to the International Space Station (Joseph Childs and Iro Tsavala’s “A Story From Space”). The selections also explore the ocean depths: “Polymer,” by Astrid Goldsmith, features an animated monster avenging plastic pollution, and “My Haggan Dream,” by the siblings Laura Sams and Rob Sams, follows a young girl’s investigation into sea turtles’ fragile future — and our own.
718-699-0005, imaginesciencefilms.org

FALL FAMILY DAY at the Museum of the Moving Image (Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Why blow stuff up when you can make stuff up? That might well have been a Jim Henson philosophy, and it will prevail at this Queens museum’s Henson-oriented Saturday celebration. The highlights include a noon performance of “Leslie and Lolly Make Stuff Up,” a family comedy concert starring Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (performer of Abby Cadabby on “Sesame Street”) and her sock puppet Lolly Lardpop, and a 2 p.m. showing of “The Muppets” (also screening on Sunday at 11 a.m.), a 2011 film featuring Kermit and friends’ efforts to save the Muppet Theater from demolition. In addition to those events, which require tickets, the day will offer drop-in puppet making, family tours of “The Jim Henson Exhibition” and a continuous showing of Muppet clips.
718-777-6888, movingimage.us

FAMILY-FRIENDLY BENEFIT CONCERT FOR PUERTO RICO outside the Old Stone House (Oct. 13, 4 p.m.) Lin-Manuel Miranda has used his musical talents to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Maria, and now several Brooklyn-based children’s musicians are doing the same. This show, presented by the BK Women’s Songwriting Lab, will feature performances by Mil’s Trills, starring Amelia Robinson and her electric ukulele; the singer-songwriter Suzi Shelton, whose topics have included tomboys and divorce; Katie Mullins, a.k.a. Katie Ha Ha Ha, who creates danceable folk-rock; and Vered Benhorin, a.k.a. Vered, who specializes in the youngest listeners. In addition to sweet tunes, the concert will feature a bake sale.
milstrills.com/shows

‘LA GRENOUILLE AVAIT RAISON (THE TOAD KNEW)’ at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (Oct. 13-14, 7:30 p.m.). How’s that for an intriguing title? But don’t expect to learn exactly what the toad has in mind in this surrealistic fairy tale production by the French performer James Thierrée and his troupe, Compagnie du Hanneton. This creature, whose DNA probably derives more from Jabba the Hutt than from the sweet title character in the “Frog and Toad” books, is keeping a brother and sister captive in an environment that includes a rebellious piano and an obstreperous violin. Recommended for children 8 and older, the show, part of the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, comprises acrobatics, machinery, mime, dance, song and comedic bits that evoke Mr. Thierrée’s famous grandfather, Charlie Chaplin.
718-636-4100, bam.org

‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUGAR HILL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM!’ at the museum (Oct. 14-15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). What could be better than a birthday party that lasts two days? In this case, those days represent the two years that the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, the only institution of its kind in the Harlem/Hamilton Heights neighborhood, has been open. Everyone will receive free admission to the celebration, which comprises art making, face painting, storytelling, hip-hop turntable workshops and music. Saturday includes an African-inspired dance-and-drumming workshop with the child-focused group Batoto Yetu, and Sunday, when the fun will spill out into a block party, offers the rich, soul-flavored melodies of Shine and the Moonbeams.
212-335-0004, sugarhillmuseum.org

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