Score free flapjacks at IHOP on National Pancake Day (video)
Sun Feb 3
Celebrate National Pancake Day with a gratis short stack at IHOP, or check out another favorite flapjack spot in New York City. Calling all breakfast lovers: National Pancake Day is once again upon us, which means kids are going to be flipping for free flapjacks at IHOP. Between 7am and 10pm on Tuesday, February 5, the restaurant will be offering gratis short stacks at all of its locations in the five boroughs. Sound like a bogus holiday? Think again: IHOP's celebration has its roots in the English pre-Lenten tradition of Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday—the holiday we know as Mardi Gras. Plus, in return for their golden, syrup-drenched breakfast (or dinner), families are invited to make a donation to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. For a complete list of IHOPs in the city, click here; or, celebrate National Pancake Day (albeit with a price tag) by heading to one of our favorite flapjack spots in the city. Bon appétit! You might also like Best pancakes...
Citi Pond celebrates the winter with new programs for NYC families
Fri Feb 1
Take your crew to Bryant Park to enjoy skate rental discounts, literary events and movies on the ice. New York's only free-admittance ice-skating rink just got hotter, with February events that'll convince your family to brave what we hope will be the last month of cold weather before springtime arrives. Thanks to Citi Pond's "Read to Skate" program, kids ages 17 and under can score a reduced skate rental price of $10 from now until Sunday, March 3—all they have to do is flash their NYC library cards. To promote the public library system among New York City youth, the rink is also hosting literary events like Hats Off to Dr. Seuss, a 50th-anniversary celebration of The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins with four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon (Mon Feb 4), as well as a read-a-thon and snow globe–making session (Mon Feb 11). Meanwhile, New Yorkers can enjoy gratis film screenings at Citi Pond's Third Annual Winter Film Festival every Monday in February. As you eat dinner at Celsius...
Jacques Torres to open new chocolate factory in Brooklyn
Fri Feb 1
The master chocolatier expands his production with a new, Willy Wonka-esque space at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park. City kids will soon have a golden ticket to a Willy Wonka-esque factory in the heart of Brooklyn. We're excited to hear that master chocolatier Jacques Torres is shifting production from his Dumbo and Soho locations to a new space in Sunset Park's Brooklyn Army Terminal, located along a stretch of waterfront that might just experience a Dumbo-like boom after Torres moves in. Slated to open this summer, the chocolate factory will offer public tours, where New Yorkers can check out a "warm room" housing spinners, a five-ton melter and a decorating space, as well as a "cold room" for packaging the confections through a 70-foot tunnel. Stay tuned for updates! You might also like Last-chance exhibitions and shows for kids Now that the cold weather is here to stay, take the kids to one of these 18 soon-to-close exhibitions and shows in NYC over winter break...
Check out Dr. Seuss's hats at the NYPL's Hats Off to Dr. Seuss
Fri Feb 1
Little Dr. Seuss fans are bound to get a kick out of the kid-lit master's hat collection, on view at the main branch of the NYPL through February 12. In honor of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss's little-known second book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, the New York Public Library is exhibiting a show of Dr. Seuss's extensive hat collection, set to travel the country after its brief, 12-day sojourn in NYC. (Did you know he was mad about hats, and an avid collector? Neither did we.) The exhibition, which will travel with Dr. Seuss's Secret Art Collection (estate-authorized work based on the master's drawings and paintings), is the first time the hats have been shown outside the Seuss Estate. While you're there, why not check out (with your library card!) some Dr. Seuss classics like The Cat in the Hat, which made the top ten of our list of best children's books of all time. You might also like The 50 best books for kids Best kid movies adapted from children's books NYC...
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