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End-of-Summer Bucket List: 5 Things to Do in NYC as a Family

The summer is almost over--can you believe it? Feels like just yesterday we were celebrating the Fourth of July. I can hardly even fathom the fact that Labor Day is just about a week away. Ugh, it all goes by too fast.

I mean... Don't get me wrong. I love the fall--what with pumpkin-spice everything and apple picking and sweaters and boots and Halloween--but, still, I could use a few more weeks of the carefree sunshine-filled school-free season. And, the reality is: the approaching autumn means that winter is also rounding the corner.

Alas, it's not officially over yet. And I plan to make the most of it... If you're in the NYC area, there are a few more fun ways to embrace the fleeting family free time and gorgeous weather--while it lasts. Here are five things to add to your end-of-summer bucket list.

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Ride the Sea Glass Carousel: We recently took my son to ride on this all-glass aquatic themed carousel in Battery Park, and the experience was nothing short of magical. He was absolutely memorized by the bouncing light, the muted colors, and the sheer beauty and fun of it. It's been open for a little less than a year, and if you haven't yet gone for a spin, we highly recommend!

See Cirque du Soleil Paramour: This show combines traditional theatrics with classic Cirque acrobatics--so, if you're skeptical about "little" attention spans, this production serves as a fun riff on the traditional and an innovative introduction to Broadway.

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Go for a Frozen Hot Chocolate: There's a reason Serendipity 3 is a famous uptown destination--you can't go wrong with their giant frozen hot chocolate drinks. Order the classic--it's a delicious way to cool off after a long day in the city, and the atmosphere is kitschy, fun, and cute for kids and adults.

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Splash It Up: Running around in NYC during the summer is exhausting--for kids too! Bring the suits (or just a pair of water shoes) and hit up one of the many splash pads and water-play parks throughout Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs.

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Get a Hole in One: Mini golf is always a hit for our family. But it was especially spectacular playing at Pier 25 in Tribeca's Hudson River Park. The water views and cool breeze made for an extra special outing. (Plus, there are amazing playgrounds right there--win-win for everyone!)

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