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    Thursday's pick of the day: Space Panorama

    Thu Jan 14

    Voyaging to the moon can be a bit of an abstract concept to little ones, but Andrew Dawson's here to change all that. In his show Space Panorama at the Public Theater, he dramatizes the story of Apollo 11's trek to outer space using only his hands, a black-draped table and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10. Bizarre? Yes. Worth checking out? Absolutely.

    New Disney store planned for Times Square

    Wed Jan 13

    Geoffrey meet Mickey. Fairy godmother Steve Jobs (who joined the House of Mouse in 2006) has been working his magic to create a new and improved Disney brand. The company—which recently closed its flagship Fifth Avenue store—has announced plans for a new 2,500-square-foot concept shop in Times Square (it'll occupy the space formerly home to Virgin Records). Inspired by the Apple boutiques, the store will be super interactive (think talking princess castles, a children's theater and more). Families can also look forward to special kid-specific events and activities, and appearances by celebrity guests timed to major Disney film releases, natch. The NYC Disney Store, which is set to open late fall, isn't the only one getting a makeover. Word has it that other locations around the world are also due for a little pixie dust.

    Tickets still available for Kids Night on Broadway

    Wed Jan 13

    Back in November, we blogged about tickets going on sale for Kids Night on Broadway . Well, the fabulous theater offer—which allows children ages 6 to 18 to catch a Broadway show for free if accompanied by an adult paying full-price—isn't yet sold out. Seats are still available for a number of child-friendly hits, including Mary Poppins, In The Heights, West Side Story, Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia and Memphis. The performances are slated for Tuesday, February 2, Wednesday, February 3 and Sunday, February 7. To get tickets, enter the code KNOB2010 when purchasing online or over the phone. For more information, click here.

    Whoopi Goldberg to join the cast of The Lion King...

    Wed Jan 13

    ...for one night! Whoopi, who originated the role of Shenzi the Hyena in Disney's 1994 animated film The Lion King , will make cameo appearances throughout tomorrow's 8pm performance of the Broadway musical at the Minskoff Theatre . We're not quite sure what the multitalented comedienne will be doing, but we can only imagine it will make the incredible show even more fun—and funny—to watch. Can't swing tickets ? You can catch footage of Whoopi's performance (and rehearsals) on ABC's The View next week. Photo courtesy of Disney by Joan Marcus

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