August 17, 2005 01:00 PM

Angelina Jolie, in New York working on a new movie, has been doing some family bonding with her two kids – and taking Manhattan by storm, PEOPLE reports.

In town to begin filming the thriller The Good Shepherd, costarring Matt Damon and directed by Robert De Niro, Jolie, 30, took the opportunity to take the focus off her romance with Brad Pitt (who, a source says, was in town before heading to Canada to film The Assassination of Jesse James) and treat her kids to urban-kid pleasures from museums to movies to plenty of toy shopping.

On Aug. 11 Jolie, with Maddox, 4, and 7-month-old Zahara, stopped at Lee’s Art Shop, where Jolie picked out, among other things, a $13 temporary-tattoo kit for her son – though when he presented more toys to her, she told him, “We bought enough today.”

At Saks Fifth Avenue on Aug. 12 – with shoppers looking on – Jolie picked up some Ralph Lauren clothing and took a break to give her daughter a bottle.

The next evening, all three Jolies caught a movie at De Niro’s Tribeca screening room. But it was girls only again Aug. 16, as Jolie and Zahara hit the Guggenheim Museum and the Manhattan Art and Antiques Center. Her boys? Perhaps at home picking out tattoos.

Meanwhile, it was announced this week that MTV will air a Jolie-inspired special aimed at increasing awareness of poverty in Kenya, called The Diary Of Angelina Jolie & Dr. Jeffrey Sachs in Africa.

Of the program, scheduled to air Sept. 14., Jolie said in a statement: “I’m hopeful that increased awareness of the issues in Africa will bring about a new wave of progress and activism among young people everywhere.”

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