Like many people, I've had a lifelong love affair with Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Growing up, I spent many a holiday watching with my grandmother. Now as a parent, I get up early every year so my kids and I can stake out a great viewing spot on the Upper West Side. So being invited to Macy's Parade Studio in Moonachie, New Jersey for a behind-the-scenes look at this year's brand-new floats and giant balloons was a totally priceless experience.
I realize a lot of people are in awe of life-size Legosculptures, but the plastic building bricks are meant to fit together after all. Giant sculptures made out of cans of food, however? I think that's way more impressive. That's why my daughter and I always kick off the Thanksgiving season by making a pilgrimage to Battery Park City to check out the annual Canstruction display in Brookfield Place. Not only are the all-can sculptures fun to look at, they also function as a massive food drive.
While the 22nd annual Canstruction isn't as pop-culture obsessed as last year's edition (I admit, I missed the Minions!), there are still plenty of awesome creations. Check out our slide show to see our top 12 favorites and then head to the exhibit before it closes on Thursday, November 20.
New Yorkers have a long tradition of mounting over-the-topholiday displays. But in recent years, we've noticed many of our neighbors going all out for Halloween, too, just substituting skeletons for Santa, spiderwebs for sparkles and severed limbs for lights.
Our bloggers scoured the streets to find some of the spookiest sights on stoops and sidewalks throughout the city. Click through our slide show... if you dare!
A brand-new theme park opens this Saturday in West Berlin, NJ but it's not like anything you've ever seen before. That's because it's the first-ever construction-themed amusement park in all of the US! Inspired by (but not affiliated with) the four Diggerland parks in the United Kingdom and located right next to popular indoor water park Sahara Sam's Oasis, Diggerland USA features a variety of rides made from real-life construction equipment. If your child is fascinated by construction sites, a trip to Diggerland is a no-brainer. But you don't need to be obsessed with bulldozers and tractors and dump trucks to have a blast at this unique theme park.
My two sons and I were recently invited to a media preview to experience what Diggerland USA has to offer families. And considering the older one is a typical hard-to-please tween, I can attest that Diggerland USA isn't just for preschoolers going through that inevitable Bob the Builder phase.
In addition to being incredibly cool and thrilling (I’m not the only one sitting on the edge of her seat through most of the events, am I?), the Winter Olympics are a time to come together with family and friends, enjoy wintertime, and feel pride in our country's athletes. Most importantly, in the Olympic spirit, the Games are a time to connect with the other cultures of our small world. I say that calls for a celebration of Olympic proportions.
Here are party ideas for a kid-centered Winter Olympics hootenanny, whether it’s with just your immediate family or 50 of your closest friends. I’ve chosen simple, inexpensive, and fun ways to get together and celebrate the excitement of the Olympics, the season of light, cultural understanding, and family time.
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