Michaels craft store comes to the UWS
Thu Oct 22
Good news for creative Manhattan families: The celebrated suburban craft store, Michaels , is now open on Columbus Avenue and 97th Street. The 14,700-square-foot shop, which already has outposts in Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx, is packed to the rim with supplies for jewelry making, scrapbooking, custom framing and more. Our favorite part: the children's department, of course! The section boasts American Girl crafts, activity kits, tons of supplies for school projects and the largest selection of Crayola products in any Michaels store. Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson
Enter to win one of five $50 Children's Place gift cards
Thu Oct 22
We were so inspired by The Children's Place's Facebook giveaway that we asked the ubiquitous kids-wear chain if they'd be interested in giving away some gift cards on TimeOutKids.com. Now we know why our mothers always told us that it never hurts to ask: The generous folks at TCP said yes! Click here for a chance to win one of five $50 gift cards. As I'm sure we all know, if you've got a kid, you'll use 'em.
Thursday's pick of the day: Free storytime at the JCC
Thu Oct 22
You could stay at home today and read Junior Goodnight Moon for the billionth time, or you could head over to the Upper West Side for a special storytime with other local kids at the Jewish Community Center. After tales are read aloud, baby bibliophiles can gobble up gratis cookies and milk.
Ragtime announces lottery ticket program
Wed Oct 21
We couldn't be more excited for the Broadway revival of Ragtime to arrive this Friday. Why? Well, first off, we haven't been able to get the musical's gorgeous songs out of our heads since it opened on Broadway 12 years. Secondly, as we mentioned in our blowout feature on tweens , the epic show is perfectly suited for kids ages 9 to 12—especially those with an interest in history. And finally, we learned today, tickets to the show can potentially be quite cheap! Beginning on Friday, the theater will institute a lottery ticket program for day-of performances. Two hours prior to each performance, patrons will be invited to enter a lottery drawing at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 W 52nd St) for a limited number of $26.50 tickets. Names will be drawn at random 90 minutes prior to curtain, and there will be a limit of two tickets per person. Payment is cash only and winners must be present with valid ID to claim/pay for their prize. We hope you're feeling lucky!
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