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You’re babysitting for your niece when it suddenly dawns on you…your normal Saturday agenda doesn’t exactly work for an eight-year-old. Fear not: We found some of the city’s coolest kid-friendly activities that just so happen to be kind of fun for adults, too. 

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Play Games at Brooklyn Crab

Hop on the ferry to Red Hook (even the transportation is fun!) and head to this kid-friendly waterfront shack for mini-golf, bean-bag toss, sandboxes and eat-with-your-hands buckets of seafood (plus hot dogs for picky eaters…and watermelon margaritas for you).

24 Reed St., Brooklyn; 718-643-2722 or

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Queens County Farm Museum/Facebook

Head to the “Country” at the Queens County Farm Museum

Little city slickers can get acquainted with goats, pigs and chickens at NYC’s oldest continuously operating farm—it’s been around for oh, 320 years. For the full rural experience, stop by for the Queens County Fair (September 23 and 24) for pie-eating contests, hayrides and carnival games.

73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Queens; 718-347-3276 or

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Bounce Syosset

Jump It Out at a Trampoline Park

Got a ball of energy on your hands? Head just outside the city (an hour on the LIRR plus a quick cab ride) to Bounce, a massive playground of trampolines, foam pits, extra-springy dodgeball and more. (It happens to be an awesome workout, too.) If she’s not tired after a full day of acrobatics, we don’t know what to tell you.

310 Michael Dr., Syosset; 516-762-1300 or

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Andrew Kist via Whitney Museum/Facebook

Keep It Classy With a Museum Tour

Maybe your babysitting charge is more of the artistic type, in which case he’ll be right at home on a family tour of the Whitney. On weekends, the education center turns into a hands-on studio, where kids (and adults) can create their own masterpieces inspired by the works on view.

99 Gansevoort St.; 212-570-3600 or

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Jump Into the Light/Yelp

Geek Out with VR

The ultimate challenge: an older kid who refuses to part with her phone for more than 30 seconds. Take her to Jump Into the Light for trippy digital experiences like painting, zombie hunting and even “3-D selfie” that you can use to print out a mini version of yourself. 

180 Orchard St.; 646-590-1172 or

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