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Our guide to cultural events in New York City for children and teenagers happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

‘THE ART OF THE BRICK’ at the New York Hall of Science (through Jan. 26). When kids grow up, they tend to abandon their toys. But not Nathan Sawaya. A former corporate lawyer, Sawaya now devotes his life to making art with hugely popular childhood playthings: Lego bricks. This new exhibition brings together more than 100 of his works, including a 20-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton; re-creations of Michelangelo’s “David” and Leonardo’s “Mona Lisa”; and “Yellow,” a sculpture of a man literally tearing himself apart. (It appears in one of Lady Gaga’s music videos.) Yet that’s not all. A section titled “The Science of the Brick” invites young visitors to use Lego to execute a variety of challenges, including building small cars for a drag race and a maze for a wooden ball. And if those activities sound too, well, structured, the show also offers an area just to play with Lego.

‘THE BILLY GOATS GRUFF’ at the Hebrew Tabernacle (Oct. 5, 3 p.m.). This classic fairy tale may not seem like an obvious choice to adapt as an opera; the main characters are not creatures known for their melodious vocalizations. That has not, however, deterred John Davies, who has added his own twists to the story: Here, the troll under the bridge has been transformed into a billy goat bully whose ultimate nemesis turns out to be a little female goat. As for the music, Davies has arranged excerpts from works like Mozart’s “The Abduction From the Seraglio,” Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” and Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale,” writing new English lyrics for them that are appropriate to his production’s after-school setting. Presented by Prelude Opera, a company specializing in children’s shows, this fully staged one-act in Washington Heights will be performed by four professional singers.

BOOKFEST at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.). This event is both a fond farewell to a beloved exhibition and a warm welcome to a new generation of book lovers. Taking place on the final day of “Reading Zoo,” a show that combines animal stories with wildlife information and taxidermied specimens, BookFest will host eight local authors and illustrators for a celebration of picture books. Starting with the writer and artist Sara Varon (“Hold Hands”) and ending with the Brooklyn community activist Geoffrey Davis (“Love Yourself, Love Each Other”), the program will feature book readings and art projects. A bonus: The museum will grant free admission to children who come dressed as their favorite storybook character.

‘BREAKING AWAY’ at Film Forum (Oct. 5-6, 11 a.m.). This venerable movie house established the series Film Forum Jr. to introduce children to classic cinema, and we can all be grateful that its criteria are broad enough for the inclusion of excellent late-20th-century titles that may have been unjustly forgotten. Peter Yates’s wonderfully endearing “Breaking Away,” which the New York Times critic Janet Maslin described as “a classic sleeper” even at its 1979 release, chronicles the adventures of four local Bloomington, Ind., boys who are adrift after high school and end up competing in a major bicycle race against some of the university students who patronize them. But the feature is more than an underdog sports comedy. An Oscar winner for Steve Tesich’s original screenplay, it explores themes of identity and integrity as its young hero, Dave (Dennis Christopher), chooses to reinvent himself as a suave Italian cyclist. As Maslin wrote, “Here is a movie so fresh and funny it didn’t even need a big budget or a pedigree.”

[Read about the events that our other critics have chosen for the week ahead.]

FAMILY CONCERT: ‘WHO IS CHICK COREA?’ at the Rose Theater (Oct. 5, 1 and 3 p.m.). Jazz at Lincoln Center has presented many young people’s programs with a “Who Is …?” title. No matter what virtuoso is the subject, the question frequently brings to mind an irreverent answer: someone fascinating but dead. Not so this Saturday. The pianist and composer Chick Corea, 78, is very much alive, and although he won’t take part in these performances, it will be exciting for children to become acquainted with the work of an artist whose career is still thriving. Hosted by the trumpeter and educator Sean Jones, this hourlong concert will feature musicians including the pianists Sean Mason, Micah Thomas and Tyler Henderson, who will play pieces like Corea’s “Spain” and “Armando’s Rhumba,” as well as “Chick’s Tune,” written by Blue Mitchell. The afternoon should be a fitting salute to a versatile master of jazz fusion who has won more than 20 Grammy Awards.

JUST KIDDING: ‘ORAN ETKIN’S TIMBALOOLOO’ at Symphony Space (Oct. 5, 11 a.m.). Many melodies seem to have personalities, and in the view of the clarinetist Oran Etkin, instruments do, too. He calls his own Clara Net, and this hourlong show, which inaugurates the new season of the Just Kidding series at Symphony Space, will explore her joyful interactions with fellows she has encountered around the world. A celebration of the new album “Finding Friends Far From Home: A Journey With Clara Net,” this performance will incorporate many of the interactive elements of Etkin’s musical teaching program, Timbalooloo, as he and his band introduce young listeners to instruments like the mbira, from Zimbabwe, and the balalaika, from Russia.

MY DOG LOVES CENTRAL PARK FAIR at the Naumburg Bandshell (Oct. 6, noon-3 p.m.). If you’re a New York parent, chances are good that your children love Central Park, too, and this free festival promises fun and education for both two-legged and four-legged family members. Presented by the Central Park Conservancy, the 17th annual fair (the location is midpark, near 72nd Street) offers dog training workshops, veterinary advice from the Animal Medical Center and intriguing onstage games like Tricks for Treats and Dancing With Your Dog. Visitors can also win prizes in games like the Woof Wheel and Pooch Plinko, which feature trivia questions about the history of the park and its activities for dogs. Other attractions include a canine agility course for your pets to try and a demonstration of Frolic, a Manhattan program that uses a team of friendly dogs to teach kids how to interact safely and humanely with furry pals.

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