The New York International Children's Festival opens March 7 with a huge slate for its month-long run around the city.

amNewYork has picked out five can't-miss events at the festival which should be a ton of fun, with or without the kids.

If you go:

The New York International Children's Film Festival runs from March 7-30. For full ticket and schedule information, go to GKids.com or call TicketWeb at 866-77778932.

Theater key:

IFC: IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave.

SA: SVA Theatre, 333 W. 23rd St.

DGA: Directors Guild of America, 110 w. 57th St.

SCH: Scholastic Theater 557 Broadway

‘Muppets Sing-A-Long’ followed by screening of “Muppets Most Wanted’

Besides getting to see the latest “Muppets” movie
Besides getting to see the latest “Muppets” movie a week early, how can you pass up a chance of seeing the 2011 film as a sing-a-long that is led by “Flight of the Conchords” star Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar for “Best Original Song” for the film’s “Man or Muppet.” (Sing-A-Long, March 15, 2:30 p.m., DGA; screening, March 15, 6 p.m., DGA) (Credit: GKids)

Laika: Behind the Magic

See how the studio responsible for the films
See how the studio responsible for the films “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” creates their magical stop-motion films and get an early look at their new flick, “The Boxtrolls” Then stick around for a screening of the wonderful “Coraline,” followed by a Q&A. (March 29, 5:30 p.m., SCH) (Credit: GKids)

‘Amazonia’

The festival kicks off with this live-action adventure
The festival kicks off with this live-action adventure film about a baby capuchian living in the Amazon. (March 7, 6 p.m., DGA) (Credit: GKids)

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‘Zip & Zap and The Marble Game’

With shades of classic kids’ films like “The
With shades of classic kids’ films like “The Goonies,” “Harry Potter” and “Spy Kids,” this adventure follows brothers Zip and Zap living at a very disciplined school run by a dictator-like headmaster. Mysteries abound, as they find a map and the potential for treasure. In Spanish with subtitles. (March 9, 11 a.m., IFC; March 22, 1:30 p.m., SVA) (Credit: GKids)

‘Foosball’

From Juan José Campanella, the director of the
From Juan José Campanella, the director of the 2010 Oscar-winning film “The Secret in Their Eyes,” comes this animated film about a master foosball player who finds himself on an adventure with the players on his foosball table who have come to life. In Spanish with subtitles. (March 8, 11 a.m., SVA; March 15, 3:30 p.m.; SVA; March 29, 11 a.m., IFC) (Credit: GKids)