We love living in NYC, but during the school year it can be challenging to experience everything that this amazing place has to offer. Now that school is out, we are excited to take advantage of some of it's many amenities and attractions. here are a few that we experienced, and a few that are on our to-do list.
For some adult entertainment, we suggest a night out at the Boston Ballet. Held at Lincoln Center (from now through June 29th), we recently went to see the Company’s 50th season at the David Koch Theater that showcased ground-breaking choreography and the impressive range of this world-class institution as well as two New York premieres – Alexander Ekman’s Cacti and a new work by José Martinez. For our night out, we saw Program1, an interesting and stunning mix of contemporary dance, athleticism and spunk that was closed with Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, an invigorating ballet that uses unique objects, sounds, and movements to challenge common perceptions of contemporary dance. We loved this departure from our regular date night where we had the chance to enjoy a truly amazing show that was committed to classical, neo-classical and contemporary choreography. Tickets are on sale at tickets.davidhkochtheater.com or by calling 212.496.0600.
Blue Man Group: Theatre is a fun way to experience culture in NYC, and we recently enjoyed a fun and interactive show by taking in a performance of Blue Man Group . I took my six-year-old to the show and she loved this fast-moving and exhilirating show that takes a closer look at technology as it both surrounds and isolates us. Told with no words, Blue Man Group takes the audience on an exciting and entertaining journey through music and comedy that wakes up the senses as it makes you think. For kids this is a great way to experience a unique show, laugh and see the world differently through the eyes of the Blue Men.
Aladdin: Another theatrical show that we can't stop talking (and singing to) is Aladdin. Seeing this musical was such a treat with my daughter as I remember fondly seeing the movie when I was kid. The musical version is filled with all of the favorite characters as we get transported to Aladdin's world of magical lamps, comedy, adventurers, love and beautiful songs. The genie is really entertaining, and had my daughter laughing and engaged with his riveting performance. Another bonus of the show was the gorgeous set and costumes - all of which were handcrafted for the show.
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken: As for food, NYC is home to so many restaurants and one of our favorites in the fast-casual category is Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken. Located in the East Village, the restaurant features Blue Ribbon’s award-winning fried chicken that uses simple ingredients and unique spices that truly makes their chicken memorable. This includes a delicious menu with options that the whole family will love such as chicken dinners with tenders, wings and more as well as with fries and cole slaw; griddled chicken burgers; chicken salads and an incredible selection of sides. Some favorites include Spinach Judy (spinach, sour cream and water chestnuts), grilled corn and bacon, pickled cucumbers and more. Another fun aspect of the experience was their fun dipping sauces where you can opt to try anything from wildflower honey, mustard honey, chipotle honey and more to flavor this delicious kitchen. The kids also loved the Blue Ribbon milkshakes and I personally liked that they had lower sugar sodas from Boylan's on-hand to complete the incredible dining experience.
Circle Line Cruise: See the city from the sea with Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, the iconic NYC sightseeing tour company and their 2014 Kids Cruise Series. Offered on select Saturdays from May – October, the 75-minute tour is an opportunity for kids to cruise to the statue of liberty and back while enjoying live entertainment, interactive tour guides and kid-friendly food and drinks available for purchase. In addition, cruises will feature giveaway lunch bags for all kids, a strolling magician and a face painter or a balloon twister on board. This includes themes such as Liberty Day with Maddie from the WNBA team New York Liberty (July 12); a Star Wars Rebels Party (July 26); Pirate and Princess Party: The Power of Doing Good (August 9) and the Halloween Ball Kids Costume Cruise (October 25). For more information visit www.circleline42.com
Ripleys's Believe it Or Not: Living in NYC, I rarely go to Times Square, except for theatre and our favorite attraction, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square. Featuring over 500 fun, outrageous and amazing exhibits, kids will love seeing and learning more about daredevils, shrunken heads, an albino giraffe, a meteorite and a real piece of the Berlin wall. During our recent visit, we also loved experiencing their latest exhibit- “Little Apple,” a new interactive gallery combining the thrilling sights and sounds of New York City. This includes a fun and interactive room where the kids enjoyed looking at their reflection in a suspended mirror, the “Empire State Building” exhibit creates an entertaining optical illusion where guests appear to be flying through the air like Superman. They also loved the “The Wallenda Wire," an exhibit that entices daredevils with a simulated walk above Manhattan’s mid-town skyscrapers. My kids also really loved the “Sounds of New York” where they listened to an urban orchestra using specialized sound generating units at three different sound stations to amplify, alter and test various objects including cab doors, hub caps, pizza boxes, a stop sign and more.
Battle Of The PopUp Dinners, BK Style: Hosted by Handmade Events, Prospect Park Alliance and Acura, the PopUp Dinner Brooklyn will feature an elegant, hip, PopUp flash dinner that will gather thousands in Brooklyn dressed all dressed in white. Enjoy a fun evening in Brooklyn with food by some of the best chefs and restaurants in NYC, wine, table decorating, music, a performance by Ben Folds, and more all to benefit the Prospect Park Alliance. Held on June 28, 2014, the location will be revealed to general tickets holders two hours prior to doors opening at 5pm. This includes a 5-7pm tables decorating, cocktail hour and then a 7pm dinner followed by a live performance by Ben Folds. DJ and dancing. For more information, please visit www.handmade-events.com
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