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The Ultimate Family Holiday Tradition Comes to Broadway: A Christmas Story, The Musical
For 15 years, fans of Ralphie Parker’s warm-hearted quest for a Red Ryder BB gun in a fictional Indiana town have gathered in front of TBS for its annual 24-hour marathon of the cult holiday classic A Christmas Story. Now, just in time for the holiday season, A Christmas Story, The Musical has arrived at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
The 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Kicks Off the Holiday Season
A global icon of the holiday season returns to the bring the nation another year of enchantment, as the 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade marches down the streets of New York City. On Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 9am, the dazzling spectacle begins! Stepping off with its signature giant helium character balloons, fantasy-filled floats, marching bands, performance groups and a gaggle of clowns, America’s Parade promises non-stop pomp and pageantry for spectators young and old.
Harry Potter The Exhibition Returns to Discovery Times Square in NYC
Harry Potter fans visiting the city, rejoice: you're getting another chance to step inside the famous wizard’s magical world with Harry Potter: The Exhibition, which returns to Discovery Times Square on November 3, 2012.
Enjoy Sailing Along the Hudson River with New York Water Taxi’s Fall Foliage Cruise
New York Water Taxi boasts spectacular autumn day trips north up through the serene Lower Hudson River Valley! It’s a terrific way to sneak a peek at the vibrant red, orange and yellow bursts of leaf color as the trees go through their world-famous seasonal change. Dates for their Fall Foliage cruise are on Sundays, Oct. 21, 28, and Nov. 4. Initial pickup is at 12:30pm at South Street Seaport, Pier 17, then stops at Pier 84 at West 44th Street, departing at 1pm.
Kirk or Picard? Discuss at ‘Dueling Star Treks’ September Exhibit at Paley Center
Star Trek: The Next Generation celebrates its 25th anniversary in September, and with this specially produced compilation the Paley Center boldly goes where thousands and thousands have gone before, tackling the red-hot-button question of whether 'The Next Generation' was the superior show, or whether that honor belongs to the original series.
The Call of the Wild Beckons at New York City's Zoos (and Aquarium)
Curious children of all ages flock to zoos to see the extensive variety of unique, intelligent and sometimes intimidating wildlife that exists. Right here in the City and its boroughs is the Wildlife Conservation Society, founded in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society. Befitting one of the greatest cities in the world, it manages the largest system of urban wildlife parks worldwide. Each habitat, easily accessible by subway or bus, grants its visitors live, up close [sometimes eye-to-eye], and personal moments with myriad species.
Intrepid Museum Opens Two Temporary Exhibitions Celebrating the Museum's 30th Anniversary
Thirty Years of Collecting: Treasures from Intrepid’s Collections and Thirty Years of Excellence: An Intrepid Museum Celebration -- new exhibitions that celebrate the 30th anniversary of Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, located at Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue) in Manhattan -- will open to the public on Friday, July 27.
Get 'Personal' at M&M's World New York
All “big apple” souvenirs should taste this good! Mars Retail Group has unveiled a new Personalized Printer at M&M'S World New York, which will allow guests to create customized M&M’S® right in the store. Store visitors can select from a variety of images, as well as create customized messages that will be printed on M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies in about two minutes.
Summer Spectacular: Big Apple Shows Custom-Made for “All in the Family!!”
You watched the Tony Awards (and if you haven’t, my live blog of the event will get you up to speed tout de suite), so you know who won what for the 2011-2012 Broadway season. And -- assuming the shows you most desire to see are still running (some, alas, are long gone limited editions) -- summer here in New York is known as prime time for scooping up the primo seats on the Great White Way.
Mary Poppins - Still Flying High in Year Six on Broadway!
It’s a world where chimney sweeps take in the best view of London, where tongue-twisting, nonsensical words dominate the dictionary, and surprises lurk around every corner. In a “practically perfect” nutshell, it’s the awe-inspiring world of none other than the very marvelous, ultra-magical Mary Poppins!
The Avengers at Madame Tussauds New York
Marvel Entertainment’s most iconic Super Heroes have arrived at Madame Tussauds New York in a brand-new interactive exhibit. Just in time for the release of the highly anticipated film, Marvel’s The Avengers, Madame Tussauds New York, in partnership with Marvel Entertainment, opened a new, multi-level experience featuring wax likenesses of The Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and two new wax figures of Captain America and Thor, as well as the Marvel Super Heroes 4D Experience -- a new, short film with thrilling special effects.
Disney's The Lion King on Broadway Remains a 'Four-Paws-Up' Blockbuster
On October 15, 1997, The Lion King opened the doors to its first Broadway preview. It was not just a moment theatrical dreams are built upon, but a pivotal moment in which the already beloved story of Simba, the cub who would be king (in the animated 1994 Disney hit and a half), officially staked its claim on the Great White Way.
Holiday Shows for the Whole Family on Broadway and Off
Looking to catch some great theater while visiting NYC over the holidays? Here are eight sure-fire family stocking stuffers.
The Big Apple Circus 2011 Is New York City's Circus
The Big Apple Circus is as synonymous with NYC as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, the Met, MoMA, and the U.N. What better family holiday gift than a visit to our very own not-for-profit one-ring extravaganza and its spectacular new edition, Dream Big?
Custom-Made for Radio City Music Hall & The Summer of 2011 - Cirque du Soleil's ZARKANA!
The internationally renowned Cirque du Soleil returns to New York on June 9 to introduce its $50-million epic Zarkana, with a storyline that centers on the phantasmagorical world of a lovelorn magician named Zark.
Toys'R'Us Times Square - A Winter Wonderland for All Ages
Aptly known as The World's Greatest Toy Store, Toys"R"Us Times Square boasts an astounding 110,000 square feet filled with everything from toys to trains to video games, and offers an unrivaled shopping experience, the best in customer service and one of the most amazing retail presentations in the world.
The New 42nd Street Presents at The New Victory Theater - Mayumana's MOMENTUM, Dec. 3-Jan. 2, 2010
Boasting a cast of 13 outstanding young talents from as many different countries, Momentum is a fiery fusion of physical feats set to unstoppable beats and rhythms. Exploring concepts of time and space, these amazing performers use live music, stunning visuals and daredevil dance moves to create an all new performance language.
Haunted New York - The City Celebrates Halloween 2010
It’s that time of year again, when witches, goblins, and scary monsters get ready to strut their stuff! Kids aren’t the only ones who love Halloween, and in NYC the holiday is especially fun, especially for visitors on vacations. The city has an abundance of events that, in addition to the yearly Halloween Parade in the West Village, provide fun for the whole family. Here are some great New York Halloween-oriented events.
The NY Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist Appears at NHL Store Powered by Reebok Wed. Sept. 15th
On Wednesday, Sept. 15th, 2010, at noon, the New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist will appear at the NHL Powered by Reebok store to participate in a special Q & A session with producer/host/broadcaster Alyonka Larionov.
Shop NYC: Giant Toys, Everyday Clothing, Luxe Jewelry & More
A trip to NYC wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Toys“R”Us’s Times Square international flagship store, which combines the fun attractions of an amusement park with the themes and excitement of a toy store that kids of all ages will enjoy.
NHL Stars Jonathan Toews & Patrick Kane Launch EA Sports NHL at the NHL Powered by Reebok Store Wed., Sept. 8th
Recent rivals at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks are about to face off again, this time on the streets of Manhattan. The reigning Stanley Cup Champions will challenge each other to a live trick shot competition and a rematch on the virtual ice to celebrate the launch of the latest game, NHL 11.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: A Spectacular Show 200 Years in the Making!
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey has roared into town on its mile-long train. The 140th Edition of "The Greatest Show on Earth," Barnum's FUNundrum!, encamped at Madison Square Garden through Easter Sunday, April 4th, sure isn't your Mom and Dad's circus. It's spine-tingling, edge-of-the-seat thrills, and tons of laughter.
Winter Wonderland - Activities for the Whole Family
Winter has arrived in New York City, and that means chilly air and chilly rain and occasionally snow that puts the "white" in the "Great White Way." The city is lovely in winter -- you can get a fresh perspective on Central Park, or go ice skating in Rockefeller Center, at Bryant Park, or in Central Park's own Wollman Rink. However, many of us have the desire to stay warm, and New York City has myriad things to do both indoors and outdoors when it's cold.
Leonardo da Vinci's Workshop - 500-Year-Old Inventions Brought to Life
Leonardo da Vinci’s Workshop -- a highly anticipated new exhibit featuring life-size, interactive models of Leonardo’s inventions and machines and state-of-the-art touch screen technology to recreate the ultimate Renaissance man’s personal notebooks (codices) -- has made its U.S. premiere at Discovery - Times Square Exhibition.