Monday's pick of the day: New Moms Playgroup
Mon Jan 4
Now that the holidays are over (phew!), ease your babe back into her normal routine at City Treehouse . Today, new moms can mingle with other newbies while infants enjoy the play space's toys. Families can stay and hang out for two solid hours for just 10 bucks. Now that's some fun your post-holiday wallet can afford.
Win a Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs prize package
Mon Jan 4
Did you see the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs last fall? If you have kids, you probably did. Admittedly, Sony Pictures cinematic adaptation of Judi and Ron Barrett's beloved children's book did stray from the source materials. But kids loved the new characters, especially Steve the monkey, and parents definitely dug Bill Hader as an adorkable inventor. To mark the film's release on DVD this week, Time Out Kids is giving away a tasty prize package, which includes the flick, a "ratbird" plush toy, a copy of the book The Art and Making of Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and the eponymous game for the Wii . Just click here to enter.
Shrek the Musical closes today
Sun Jan 3
For many, the first days of January are all about new beginnings. But for the cast and crew of Shrek the Musical , everything's about to come to an end. Today marks the final performance of the family-friendly show before it kicks off its national tour. We just wanted to take a moment to say goodbye to the hilarious tuner, and thank the entire Shrek family for entertaining kids (and adults!) for the last year or so. You will be missed! As a side note, the new revival of Ragtime , which originally posted a January 3 closing notice, has been extended by one week. It's still a sad premature ending to a lovely production that was named one of the ten best shows of 2009 by Time magazine.
Spend the day at the Time Warner Center
Sat Jan 2
Now that winter is officially here, you're probably in desperate need of some indoor fun. While we have a great roundup of play spaces around the city , why not try a less obvious yet still family-friendly destination like the Time Warner Center ? Despite its upscale feel, there's plenty for kids to do, including storytime at Borders , free samples at Whole Foods Market and video games at the Samsung Experience . Click here for a complete roundup of attractions and to see our slide show. And if you can't make it this weekend, the urban mall's first ever Winterfest takes place next weekend, January 9-10, and features book readings, giveaways, restaurant samples and more. Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello
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