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    Superfans can pre-register for tickets to "The Hunger Games: The Exhibition" next week

    Fri Feb 20

    The Hunger Games: Chasing Fire, Holiday movies 2013

    The Hunger Games: Chasing Fire, Holiday movies 2013 Photograph: Murray Close

    Get little Katniss wannabes psyched for a brand-new Hunger Games exhibit coming to Discovery Times Square this summer RECOMMENDED: New and upcoming NYC museum exhibits for kids   Young fans of The Hunger Games kids' movies who can hardly wait for part two of the franchise finale are in for a treat when "The Hunger Games: The Exhibition" premieres in NYC this summer. The brand-new, traveling exhibit opening at Discovery Times Square on July 1 will let visitors experience the world of Panem to hold them over until the film's release. Lionsgate and Imagine Exhibitions, Inc. partnered up to create an immersive environment of 7 different galleries, letting visitors travel as heroine Katniss Everdeen did from District 12 to the Tribute Train to the Capitol. They'll also get a peek at the making of the "games," see a fan gallery and discover the long-hidden District 13. Awesome set recreations and artifacts including Katniss' bow, the Mockingjay pin, Cinna's sketchbook and costumes like the...

    YouTube releases free kids’ app

    Fri Feb 20

    Photograph: YouTube

    Never fear, parents—handing over your phone or tablet to your toddler just got a whole lot safer RECOMMENDED: February events calendar for kids in NYC We're not talking about the safety of your device, folks (your smartphones and tablets will always need a good kid-proof case). However, you can now worry a little less about your kids safely searching online thanks to this new launch from YouTube. Little ones can't get enough of surfing the funniest new videos, and now a free app (launching Feb 23 for Android) let's them do that—minus inappropriate content. The new app features a simple user interface minus distracting comments below the videos. Images are bigger, the search bar results are tightly controlled and there's even a parent timer to shut down the app after a set amount of time has passed. Kiddos will love checking out Minecraft videos, Thomas the Tank Engine, Yo Gabba Gabba and other educational programming that makes learning your ABCs a load of fun. While you're at it, be...

    Would you drink booze from a baby doll flask?

    Thu Feb 19

    This Brooklyn entrepreneur just turned a beloved childhood toy into Cool Baby, a totally creepy on-the-go drink cooler RECOMMENDED: February events calendar for kids in NYC We've seen a lot of crazy Kicktarters, but Cool Baby takes the cake. Simon Philion, the inventive Brooklynite behind the project, is attempting to change the world of adult beverages forever (move over, kid-friendly bars!) with a giant baby doll flask made for "discreet" drinking in public. It even comes with a comfy baby sling for a hands-free experience. Doll parents can strap the baby to their bellies and sip from the top of the baby's head, and they'll only look mildly terrifying while they do it. How does a doll keep your drink cold, you ask? Easy—there's an insulated foam chamber within the baby's body. According to Philion, it's perfect for theme parties and leaves two hands free for snacking while watching the big game. In order to get funded for his Cool Baby line (promised to be available in "all...

    Warm up with these free events at Greenlight Bookstore

    Wed Feb 18

    Little bookworms love cozying in with a good book at Greenlight—be sure to catch these free sing-alongs and story times, too RECOMMENDED: February events calendar for kids in NYC March holds plenty of free fun for families at Greenlight Bookstore! Sounds like it's time to brave the winter winds, grab a cup of the best hot chocolate in New York City and take the kiddos to warm up in Manhattan's favorite family book haven. Here's what you can't miss: Author/Illustrator Story Time: Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin present Click, Clack, Peep! (Saturday, March 7, 11am) Author Doreen Cronin and illustrator Betsy Lewin are teaming up for the latest addition to New York Times-bestselling Click, Clack series entitled Click, Clack, Peep! What happens when Duck deals with a four-ounce puff of fluff who just won't fall asleep? His "Play with me!" peeps are keeping up the whole barn! Join in for a morning of reading, drawing and funny noises during story time. Ages 3-8. Author/Illustrator Story Time:...

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