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New York International Children's Festival: 5 must-see events

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
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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)

Laika: Behind the Magic

See how the studio responsible for the films
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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)

‘Amazonia’

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

‘Zip & Zap and The Marble Game’

With shades of classic kids’ films like “The
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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)

‘Foosball’

From Juan José Campanella, the director of the
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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)

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