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    Build a wintry masterpiece at the Snowman Showdown today

    Wed Jan 28

    Asphalt Green's Snowman Showdown

    Asphalt Green's Snowman Showdown

    Get in on this frigid (and free) faceoff at Asphalt Green's Upper East Side campus, challenging kids to create the city's most supreme snowpeople RECOMMENDED: Winter getaways for families Closings of NYC parks and other institutions after winter storm Juno may have put the kibosh on snow-day fun for city kids, but today they get full reign of the white stuff! Take advantage of all eight inches at the Snowman Showdown 2015, challenging families to flaunt their building skills at Asphalt Green on the Upper East Side. Kids who are back in school today can still hit up the event, running from 3–4:30pm on Wednesday, January 28. Check out these awesome NYC snowmen for inspiration, then head to the snow-covered field and get to work on your chilly creation. The only rules are: no snowball throwing, no food or drink on the field, no sharp or metal objects and no dogs. Sign up online ahead of time to secure your family's spot. If you think you've crafted a supercool snowperson, send a picture...

    The best new kids' movies on Netflix in February

    Tue Jan 27

    Mr. Peabody & Sherman

    Mr. Peabody & Sherman Photograph: DreamWorks Animation

    These new-to-Netflix films will have you and the kids wanting to settle in for a family movie marathon RECOMMENDED: 10 great kids' movies to look out for in 2015 There's so much cold-weather fun to be had this month—take a look at our February events calendar to get planning—but sometimes the chilly temperatures and harsh winds are too much to handle. That's when it's time to sip some hot chocolate and embrace toasty indoor activities. Settle in and qeue up the best kids' movies on Netflix, including some last calls and new-in-February releases.   The Little Rascals Save the Day (2014) Avail 2/5 Spanky, Alfalfa and Darla are back for a new adventure with the rest of the mischevious gang. This time the kids set out to save their grandma's bakery by starting up everything from pet washes to a taxi service—inevitably running into trouble at every turn.   Mr. Peabody and Sherman (2014) Avail 2/11 A genius dog named Mr. Peabody and his adopted son Sherman journey into the past and...

    How much is a totally unique baby name worth?

    Mon Jan 26

    How's $31,700 sound? That's what a new Swiss naming agency is charging to track down an original title for your tot RECOMMENDED: 10 kids' movies to look for in 2015 How far would you go to ensure that Junior's name is completely unique? We can guarentee this company won't give you something you'll see in the newest roundup of New York's top baby names. Swiss naming agency Erfolgswelle is testing those limits, offering up the services of 13 copywriters, four historians, 12 translators and two trademark attorneys to track down just the right moniker—at the price of around £21,000 (that's about $31,700). You can place the naming game in the pro's hands and put them to work brainstorming, checking for negative connotations and overuse, comparing meanings in other languages and ensuring that the name isn't shared with any registered companies or products. In their 100-hour quest, they'll even narrow their search based on what sounds harmonious with the family name. Though the company...

    Beat the cold-weather blues at Bryant Park's first-ever Winter Carnival

    Fri Jan 23

    Bryant Park Winter Village

    Bryant Park Winter Village Photograph: Colin Miller

    Free curling lessons, ice golf, a summer-themed skating party and a kid-friendly silent disco will bring any wintertime whining to a halt RECOMMENDED: 60 things to do in NYC with kids this winter The best way to rid the kids of their January blues is to get out and embrace the chilly temperatures, and Bryant Park's first-annual Winter Carnival sounds like just the place to do it. On January 30 and 31, the Bank of America Winter Village will transform into a wonderland of free, cold-weather activities—with much more than ice-skating on offer for the little ones.From noon–10pm on Friday and Saturday, families can can get active outdoors and learn to juggle (noon–2pm), take curling lessons from the pros (2–3:30pm) or play Frozen Fingers ping pong (noon–3pm). Competitive kids can take a shot on goal during a hockey shoot out (4–6pm) or try to make a hole-in-one while playing ice golf (noon–1:30pm) for a chance to win a FastPass for VIP admission to the skating rink. To take a break off...
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