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Blog Archives - November 2014

Weekend Family Events - November 29 and November 30  
Hopefully everyone had a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving.  If you're not too exhausted or stuck in a complete food coma then why not take in a show this weekend? The New Victory Theater is showing the 360 All Stars Show, there is the Berenstain Bears Live Show, and the Big Apple Circus is still bringing all of their magic and fun. There are also holiday shows like the Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.  Also taking place this weekend, Santa Claus is visiting Macy's so you can pay him a visit, take some pictures and get some tips on gifts this season. There are also plenty of great events that are not holiday related like a kids morning skate in Prospect Park to help everyone get moving and grooving after all of the pumpkin pie! Here are this weekend's picks.

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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  
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  
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  
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  
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  
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 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  
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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Everything’s A-Okay at Lincoln Center  
What started out as an experiment in 1969 has now become a multi-generational component of early American education. A television show depicting a fictional New York City street block, inhabited by people of all backgrounds and fuzzy creatures has transformed into a virtual classroom, teaching everything from reading and counting to healthy lifestyles, and dealing with complicated emotions. “Somebody Come and Play,” a temporary museum exhibit at the New York Library for the Performing Arts, showcases the history, making of, and impact of the universally favorite children’s television show, “Sesame Street.”
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The Week Ahead: November 10 - November 16  
Gingerbread spices, ice-skating mice, holiday trains, BMX stunts and a Christmas pageant are all on the docket this Veteran’s Day week. Just because the temperature is starting to dip doesn’t mean it’s time to stay indoors. This week is filled with great theater shows, book fairs and exhibits. Check out our picks below for the week ahead. You won’t be disappointed.
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Weekend Family Events - November 8 and November 9  
Amidst all of the election action this week, there's still time to vote on one more thing. Vote for your favorite weekend event! Choose from events such as the New York Festival of Light which illuminates Brooklyn with music, art, and performances that take full advantage of the time change and early darkness. Another event gets you up close and personal with animals (just not donkeys or elephants). The Queens County Farm Museum is having a wildlife weekend filled with shows, pony rides, animal feedings and more. At the New York Botanical Garden you can enjoy the fall foliage, explore the Thain family forest and take a canoe trip on the Bronx River.  No matter what you vote for this weekend, you end up winning. Here are this weekend's picks.

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Kids Get to Let Their Hair Down at Galli Theater’s Rapunzel  
The Galli Theater continues their fall season with their adaptation of “Rapunzel.” Young audiences will enjoy this production that allows kids to be part of the action on-stage. The story is not a contemporary re-telling, but has a more classic feel to it. The performance is sprinkled with some popular music, but the overall tone and story is free of modern cultural references and influences. So it feels like the  classic the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. They even provide a bit of back-story into who Rapunzel is and why Mother Gothel (don’t call her a witch!) has her locked in a tower. 

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The Week Ahead: November 3 - November 9  
Put down your pumpkin-spiced lattes and pick up your winter mittens and gingerbread cookies. Now that Halloween is behind us, you know what comes next, right? The holiday season is fast approaching and in some cases–already here. Phew. This week is filled with toy soldiers, theater shows, nature activities, maker fun and lots more. Check out our picks for the week ahead.
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