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Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Route, Lineup & Balloon Inflation Tips

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Route, Lineup & Balloon Inflation Tips

Everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving Day spectacle is here. All week, people have been gathering around Macy’s to check out their new holiday window installations. But the fun really starts today, despite the weather.

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Holiday Cheer with The Three Bears Holiday Bash

Holiday Cheer with The Three Bears Holiday Bash

One of the yearly challenges all New York City parents face is avoiding the crowds when attempting to enjoy the opportunities the city offers during the month of December. While it’s great to see the window displays, the Big Tree and the Rockettes, navigating through masses of tourists can make these outings very stressful. Rather than getting your dose of the holidays in midtown, venture over to the Swedish Cottage Marionette Puppet Theater, nestled within Central Park, where they are currently playing the “The Three Bears Holiday Bash.” Their latest puppet show will put you in the right spirits with elbowroom to spare.

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The Week Ahead: November 24 - November 30

The Week Ahead: November 24 - November 30

Happy Thanksgiving! Turkey Day is back again. While grocery shopping and Black Friday deals are probably at the top of your to-do list, there are still several activities to go to and enjoy. This week is filled with food fun, olive oil workshops, balloons, parades, history and ballet. Check out our picks for the week ahead. Gobble. Gobble.

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Weekend Family Events - November 22 and November 23

Weekend Family Events - November 22 and November 23

Getting ready for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Eat-apocalypse? Whatever you like to call it the holiday is coming! Before we are truly immersed in all things food related and we can't stand up anymore perhaps you should hit up some of the fun events happening this weekend. Mummenschanz is back at the NYU Skirball Center with the soundless show that comes to life with ordinary objects, shadow and light. Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer are performing wonderful family music at Symphony Space. And Jazz at Lincoln Center has a concert honoring the legend Tito Puente. Also, get your sillies out at Baby Loves Disco's pajama party this Sunday. So lets all move and groove before next weekend's food hangover! Here are this weekend's picks.

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Author Spotlight: YA Books, Baby Fun and a Giant Quest

Author Spotlight: YA Books, Baby Fun and a Giant Quest

Three of our favorite, family-friendly bookstores are hosting author appearances this weekend.

First, Books of Wonder is hosting a YA author signing at 92Y on Friday. NY Times bestselling author Gena Showalter will be showcasing the latest books in her White Rabbit Chronicles series: “Through the Zombie Glass” and “The Queen of Zombie Hearts.” Also in attendance will be NY Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout. Jennifer will be showcasing the first two books of the The Dark Elements series: “White Hot Kiss” and “Stone Cold Touch.” This is a great chance for your teens and middle schooler kids to meet the authors and ask questions. The event runs from 7PM to 9PM.

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“Hansel and Gretel” stop by the Met Opera for the Holidays

“Hansel and Gretel” stop by the Met Opera for the Holidays

Now that the 2014-2015 Met season has officially begun, you might be looking for a family friendly opera to take your kids to.

In October, “La Boheme” and “Aida” opened up, two popular choices for the teenage audience. These operas feature grand set pieces and musical numbers, which are a definite draw for those new to the opera scene. However, for middle school kids, you may want to try out an opera with a more familiar story.

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The Week Ahead: November 17 - November 23

The Week Ahead: November 17 - November 23

The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun. This week, we inch closer to the holiday season with Pre-turkey comedy shows, craft fairs and splendiferous Christmas celebrations. Also, since the temperature has dropped a few degrees, we’ve decided to highlight more indoor activities this week – including a certain “Mockingjay” soaring into town. Here are our picks for the week ahead.

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Weekend Family Events - November 15 and 16

Weekend Family Events - November 15 and 16

Everything a weekend or two ago was harvest, harvest, harvest, fall, fall, fall and now it's all ice, ice, ice, trains, trains, trains! It seems that holiday season has most definitely arrived. This weekend brings the openings of ice rinks, classic train shows and plenty of holiday entertainment. There are also plays, concerts, a book fair and a special bowl-a-thon to help raise funds for pediatric cancer. All aboard! Get your caboose in action for some fun times ahead. Here are this weekend's picks.

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