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    Cirque du Soleil comes to Brooklyn in July

    Wed Jul 23

    Photograph: Cirque Du Soleil Varekai

    Brooklynites rejoice! For the first time ever, Varekai will be performed at Barclays Center. Varekai, Cirque du Soleil’s eye-catching live performance, has toured Australia, Europe, Asia and South America over the past decade. Now, it’s paying a visit to our very own Barclays Center in Brooklyn starting July 30. Whether you’re up high or sitting close to the stage, you’ll have a great view of Varekai’s 300-tree forest and the magical creatures within it. RECOMMENDED: 25 reasons why NYC is the best place to raise a family The show features a young man falling into a dreamlike world where he’ll go on an epic adventure; expect balancing acts, contortionists, winged creatures, juggling and Russian swings. Grab snacks for the youngsters (and a beer for yourself) from Barclays Center's extensive food courts and settle in for a kid-friendly show that will actually keep your attention. Catch Varekai from July 30 through August 3 at Barclays Center. Tickets range from $61.65 to...

    Stuff a schoolbag for kids in need with Operation Backpack

    Mon Jul 21

    Photograph: Volunteers of America

    Prepare NYC kids for back-to-school by donating to a worthy cause. Operation Backpack needs your help collecting school supplies and bags. The Volunteers of America-Greater New York (VOA-GNY) has kicked off its annual back-to-school drive for children in need, Operation Backpack. It will be collecting brand-new school supplies and backpacks for thousands of NYC children living in domestic-violence and homeless shelters. You can visit any Duane Reade location in any of the five boroughs to drop off a bag or supplies; since they’re on just about every street corner in the city, donating can’t get much easier. As an added bonus, it's also an excellent opportunity to teach your kids about helping others. RECOMMENDED: Why NYC is the best city in the world to raise kids VOA-GNY's vice president and chief development and communications officer, Rachel Weinstein, said: “A new backpack and school supplies can make the difference between a child being excited to go to school and not...

    Uber to deliver ice-cream today only

    Fri Jul 18

    Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    On July 18, the car service will be offering ice cream deliveries throughout New York. If you’re craving a cool confection, hit up your Uber app. Uber just answered the prayers of New Yorkers all across the city. If you want to get your hands on a cold treat for you or your kids to beat the summer heat, use your Uber app to request an ice cream delivery. Simply click the "Ice Cream" option, and if a vehicle is available, you'll be minutes away from enjoying some delicious desserts that'll be delivered to your doorstep.  Recommended: Best ice cream shops for kids Until 5pm, you can order six ice cream treats including gelato, fro-yo and sundaes from local ice cream trucks for $30. Your order will be billed to your Uber account so there's no need to worry about cash.  Share your ice cream success stories on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #UberIceCream. You might also like 50 things to do this summer Festival and fair guide for families 25 reasons NYC is the best place to...

    Poets House opens summer outpost on Governors Island

    Thu Jul 17

    "Ode to New York City" artwork

    "Ode to New York City" artwork

    For the next three weekends, Poets House will take up residence in a historic house on Colonels Row, featuring an interactive exhibition of poetry and art As if you needed another reason to visit the oasis of Governors Island, Poets House is making the bay island’s lush lawns and newly installed hammocks even more appealing for families. In one of the houses on Colonels Row, the nonprofit poetry library is installing the “Ode to New York City” art and poetry exhibition that will inspire creativity in visitors of all ages. The work featured in the exhibit was crafted in elementary classrooms this past April (a.k.a. National Poetry Month); students at P.S. 1, P.S. 89 and P.S. 276 worked with staff from Poets House and guest artists to reflect on and make art about their most treasured New York City landmarks, and the resulting poetry was collected in an anthology and celebrated with readings at Poets House. Now visitors can view the work of these budding artists and are encouraged to...
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