Friday, November 11, 2011

Revel in *NYC* Nov. 11th - Nov. 13th

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                  What are you planning on getting into this weekend? This is just another jam packed weekend of activity here in NYC. There are some new museum exhibits: one that promotes being healthy and another that makes learning about history way more interactively fun.. If you have a low key weekend in mind the city is showing off it's true fall colors, maybe just a stroll through your fave neighborhood park is all you need.  I watched kids dive through piles of leaves in CJ's school yard and found a few beautiful "rainbow" colored trees. The leaves cascaded from red to orange, to yellow then green so beautifully. CJ, Tristan and I stopped in awe of the nature around us. Isn't it wonderful to take a second to take in something so simple yet so breathtakingly amazing in this sometimes crazy hectic city? Where are your favorite places to enjoy this season?  

Key to Events:
{E} for everyone {D} for a date {C} for the Chicas {K} for the kiddies
{F} for the Fellas {P} for the pets

Friday Nov. 11th - Nov. 21st  ~ The 19th Annual Canstruction Competition ~
( 10am-6pm, Fri the 11th closes at 1pm, Mon. the 21st closes at 5pm) {E} 
FREE/Taking canned food donations  
Who says you can't make art out of food cans and labels strategically placed to look like the Super Mario Brothers, Trains, Mr. Potato head and so much more and then donate those canned goods to those in need. Canstruction is an annual design competition  between teams comprised of top architecture and engineering pros and food charity that builds unique structures entirely out of food cans. After structures are judged in categories like "Best use of labels" the cans are donated to City Harvest for distribution right in time for turkey day. I'm a little biased and in favor of the design  Roots for Hunger because one of my besties  is on the design team!  
Roots of Hunger at this years 2011 competition has got my vote.

Last year's Mario and Luigi  canstruction was definitely CJ's top pick 
Location: World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery 200 Vesey
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Friday Nov. 11th - Sunday Nov. 13th  ~ The New York Chocolate Show ~
( Fri. & Sat. 10-7, Sun 10-6) {E}  For tickets click here Children under 13 FREE (limit 2 children per adult).
Satisfy your chocolate cravings this weekend and check out this annual expo of over 60 vendors.  My boys and I went a few years back and had a great time and brought home a few delish brownies. There are several Chocolate vendors with yummy samples to taste and merchandise for purchase. You may run into a food network personality and will love the demos shown by local pastry chefs. Don't miss the Broadway themed chocolate fashions and if you have kids in tow, keep them entertained in the Kids zone.  Kids who find specially wrapped sweets can score tickets to The Radio City Christmas Spectacular or Cathy Rigby  is Peter Pan.
CJ and his cousin made friends with one of the vendors who right before the end of the night
let them decorate Chocolate ornaments. 
The hubby (on the right) and Mike D. with  Pastry chef and Food Network Challenge host/Judge Keegan Gerhard
Location: Metropolitan Pavilion @ 125 w.18th street between 6th and 7th Avenue.
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Friday Nov. 11th ~ Grand Re-Opening of the New York Historical Society ~
(10am-10pm) {E} $15, AGES 7-13 $5  Children under 7 FREE
The Future looks brights for this historical museum who's $65 million renovation brings the past to life before our very eyes. With interactive technology stations and new engaging exhibits this museum gives a better look into the city's history. There will be historical characters brought to life including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Be there for the ribbon cutting of the anticipated new Dimenna Children's museum which occupies 4,000 sq. feet of the lower level and showcases historical figures when they were kids themselves. Watson Adventures will host a New York History Mysteries scavenger hunt, so pay attention and enjoy all the new exhibits ($17.50)
Location: 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Sts 
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Friday Nov. 11th ~(Opening Day) Eat, Sleep, Play Exhibit @ CMOM ~
(Tues-Sun. 10am-5pm Sat.10am-7pm)  {K} Children & adults $11, under 12 mos. FREE
Praised by first lady Michelle Obama this anticipated interactive exhibit at the Children's Museum of Manhattan is sure to be a hit with not just the kiddies but their parents as well. As part of my graduate studies program in Elementary Education {teaching Elem science class}, I will be taking CJ to check out this national health initiative exhibit on Sunday. As we all know; one of the best ways to engage children in learning of any sort is through hands on experiences. In this fun, educational exhibit kids will experience the bodies organs up close through giant models (pumping blood through the heart), games (sleep deprived memorization challenge) and energy burning stations (balance beams, and exercise machines) all in the hopes of understanding how important it is to take care of their bodies. This weekends festival (Fri 10am-4:30pm, Sat. 10am- 4pm and Sun. 10am - 4:30pm) will have food, bed-time and fitness themed crafts like creating a vegetable puppet or a stamped pillow case.
Meet the Super Sprowtz and learn why fruits and veggies are so important  to being Super healthy kids!
How does advertising have an affect on our healthy food choices?

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Location: The Tisch Building at 212 West 83rd Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues.
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Saturday Nov.12th  & Sunday Nov. 13th ~ 2011 Quidditch World Cup ~
(Sat. 9am-10pm, Sun. 9am-9pm) {E} $5-$100 click here for package deals.
If you are a muggle who's a fan of all things Harry Potter then this 5th annual Quidditch competition between High Schools and Colleges throughout the world is the event for you. I'm not sure how they manage their brooms since they aren't really flying but the games seems to have a following and several players. You can also enjoy live music performances, meet various owls and watch a few demonstrations.

Location: Randalls Island Park, Robert F. Kennedy bridge at Randalls Island
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Saturday nov. 12th - Sun. Nov. 20th ~ Puppets on Film @ BAM ~
(Check site for various times) {E} General Admission $12, Kids 13 and under $9
I have become a bit obsessed with Jim Henson's Muppets and their soon to be released movie on the 23rd of Nov. Have you read my tribute post to them? I also tried convincing my hubby to get me the Muppets Monopoly version knowing darn well I can't stand monopoly and haven't played in almost 10 years. If you are anything like me then I think this film series is the temporary solution until the movies release. See puppets like you’ve never seen them before! Long before computer graphics, fantastic creatures came to life as puppets made of foam, fabric, metal, and wood. This festival features seven brand new documentaries about puppetry as well as a roster of fantasy films, Muppet movies, shorts from the US and around the world, New York premieres, gremlins, teenage mutant ninja turtles, and the story of an angry tire. Puppets on Film includes programs for both kids and adults alike.
Location: 30 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Saturday Nov. 12th ~ Super Mario 3D Land comes to Times Square ~
(10am-4pm) {E} FREE
If you ever day dreamed about being a part of the game with Nintendo Classic good guy Mario, then this is the event for you, and maybe even a kid or two. This interactive event will allow you to feel what it's like to hang in the Mushroom Kingdom. There will be life size warp pipes, coin jumps and a flagpole finish.
The special buzz is that ToysRus will have the game on sale from noon to 2pm, before it's official release date, this is definitely one of the items on CJ's Christmas list. Keep in mind the combination, of Times Square + toys +photos with Mario + giveaways will probably equal a hefty crowd.

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Location: Military Island at Times Square (Broadway and 7th Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets).
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Saturday Nov. 12th ~ Family Day @ Citi Pond ~
(12pm-4pm) {E} FREE
Families are invited for a day of fun-filled activities and excitement complete with face painting, live entertainment, book readings, and tasty treats. There will be a winter themed fashion show and a doggie snack bar presented by Natural Balance. Special performances by legendary singer Bob Dorough of Schoolhouse rock and Conjunction Junction fame, FreckleFace Strawberry The Musical, Songs for Seeds  and an appearance by Carlos the French Bulldog will be great fun.  Make sure to arrive early because the 1st 100 kids can get free skate rentals. 
Location: 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
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Sunday Nov. 13th ~ Baby Got Bach ~
(11am) {K} $20 per adult or child $60 for a family of four.
Curated by the pianist Orli Shaham, the event begins with BackStage Up Front, where kids have a chance to play with real musical instruments. Then it is on to the stage to enjoy a listening tour of great live chamber music, featuring Orli and her friends.
Location:  158 Bleecker st. at Thompson street
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 Sunday Nov. 13th ~ Ezra Jack Keats Family Day at the Jewish Museum ~
(12pm-4pm) {K/ 4 +} Free with Museum admission which is $12 for adults and Free for kids under 12
Join in this fun-filled afternoon of activity in celebration of the author/illustrator of The Snowy DayWhistle for Willie and other storybook favorites. Delight in a live music, hear storybook readings, create a work of art inspired by Keats' illustrations and explore the exhibition with special gallery hunts.
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Location: 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
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Sunday Nov. 13th ~ Le Carrousel Magique at Bryant Park ~
(2pm-3pm) {E} FREE
Abracadabra! Once again the Bryant Park magicians appear, with tricks that astound, amaze, and take you away.
Location: Le Carrousel at Bryant park mid park near 41st street
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Looking for other great things to do this weekend? Check out Time out New york and Time Out New York Kids online and in news stands. It's one of my absolute favorite go to sources for things to do around NYC!!

If you are just visiting for the weekend or you are an everyday New Yorker, whatever you decide to do just enjoy the moment and Revel in all that is *NYC*

xoxo, Dellah

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