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    Winter getaways from NYC

    Tue May 19

    Photograph: Courtesy Camelback Lodge

    The best fall and winter getaways from NYC, including Hull-O Farms, Mohonk Mountain House, Rocking Horse Ranch and more RECOMMENDED: The best family vacations from NYC Cooler temperatures around Thanksgiving and Christmas can make you and the kids want to hunker down and hibernate, but why hole up at home when you can visit all sorts of cool family-friendly places? These action-packed fall and winter getaways from NYC are perfect for families, and they're all within three hours of the city for easy traveling with kids in tow. While you're at it, keep busy with our favorite outdoor activities for kids! Fall and winter getaways from NYC Hull-O Farms, Durham, New York Travel time: 2 hours and 25 minutes by car Youngsters can get a real taste of what life is like on a fully functioning family-run farm in the Catskills. Farmer Frank is the genial host, cracking jokes and sharing country wisdom as he teaches city folk how to work with the land and animals on his 200-year-old...

    Disney Cruise Line returns to NYC in 2016

    Tue May 19

    Disney Cruise Line

    Disney Cruise Line Photograph: Chloe Rice

    For a limited time next fall, the Disney Magic will load up in NYC for family cruises to the Bahamas, Nova Scotia and Disney's own private island Tell the kids to get their sunglasses and Mickey Mouse ears at the ready—Disney Cruise Line will once again cast off from New York Harbor, beginning in fall 2016. Though NYC parents have had some awesome family cruises to choose from in Disney's absence, we have a feeling that youngsters will be psyched to board the Disney Magic with their favorite characters once again. For a limited time, Disney Cruise Line will offer eight-day excursions from NYC to the Bahamas, with stops at Castaway Cay (Disney's private island), Nassau and Port Canaveral, Florida—just one hour from the family resorts at Walt Disney World. The package deal even includes round-trip transportation and a Park Hopper ticket so you and the gang can hit the amusement parks together. A seven-night cruise stopping at Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral, as well as a five-night...

    The Magic School Bus is coming to Bryant Park

    Mon May 18

    Photograph: Scholastic

    Your little bookworms and science nerds are about to freak—Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus are coming to Bryant Park! NYC parks are great and all, but Bryant Park just got a whole lot cooler! None other than the all-knowing, super cool hairdo-donning Ms. Frizzle is making an appearance in The Magic School Bus! But contain yourselves...it's not until Saturday, June 6th from 12–2—we just wanted to get you hyped a little bit early! Celebrate the opening of Bryant Park's reading Room Summer Saturdays by climbing aboard The Magic School Bus (in this case, a pretty neat traveling science museum). Little ones will enjoy a special outdoor story time hosted by Ms. Frizzle, then "power up" with the Energizer Bunny, who will also be in attendance. The Bunny will help the peanuts learn about where to recycle in NYC and offer some exciting free crafts. The event is also promoting the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, a free online reading program where kids can log reading hours in...

    The Playdate Project: Elasia and Beatrice

    Fri May 15

    We sent these mini New Yorkers on a blind (play)date in the city...let's find out if they became new BFFs The Playdate: Passport to Eataly food tour Eataly, 200 Fifth Ave (212-229-2560, eataly.com)   Elasia, 9 (Left) Neighborhood: Harlem Ideal playdate: Riding the Ferris wheel at Toys "R" Us   Beatrice, 9 (Right) Neighborhood: Lower East Side Ideal playdate: Going to the LEGO Store   Favorite thing about NYC: Elasia: "You see things that people travel from all over the world to see. If I come downtown, the Empire State Building is right in front of me!" Beatrice: "The parks. I like to go to the secret entrance to the playground in Central Park. You get in from on top of a rock."   First impression: Elasia: "I thought she was actually gonna be shorter. I also thought she'd be very quiet, but I can see now that she's the exact opposite!" Beatrice: "She looked fun, but she didn't look like what I expected—I thought she'd have black curly hair. I'm pretty sure we're the same age." Best...

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