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    Bethenny Frankel of Real Housewives announces pregnancy

    Wed Oct 21

    It's been a while since we've seen the ladies from The Real Housewives of New York City grace the gossip rags. The last we heard, the Countess was on her way to divorce court and the McCord/Van Kempen clan was prepping to release a parenting tome . Leave it to Bethenny Frankel, 38—the show's token single gal—to get back in the tabloids with news of her pregnancy . The tot's papa is Frankel's longtime boyfriend (now fiance as of about a month ago ), Jason Hoppy. The couple plans to wed before the baby is born next summer. Think she'll stick around for the next season of Housewives —or will she bail with baby?

    Shrek the Musical to close in January

    Wed Oct 21

    Prepare to say goodbye to Princess Fiona and your favorite donkey. We hoped it might have the staying power of Disney's Mary Poppins or The Lion King , but alas, DreamWorks' first foray into Broadway, Shrek the Musical , announced today that it will close on January 3rd, after playing a little over a year. The decision doesn't come as a huge surprise; as New York magazine reported today, the show has lost more than 1 million dollars since Labor Day . We were big fans of the big budget production ; though its songs weren't super memorable, its over-the-top set and hilarious, raucous characters sure were. Our suggestion: Treat your kids to the spectacle before it's too late! You'll find a great deal here .

    Enter your kid in the Lands' End Holiday Art Contest

    Wed Oct 21

    If you can spare one of the masterpieces hanging on your refrigerator (um, yeah), send your kid's best holiday-themed work to Lands' End for a chance to win a gift card of up to $500. If your little Picasso's piece is picked, it will also be showcased on the company's website. So whip out those crayons and have Junior get to it; anything from snowmen to menorahs will do. Last year's winners included a picture of a girl catching snowflakes on her tongue and a cute-as-pie penguin holding a gift. Photo courtesy of Landsend.com.

    Wednesday's pick of the day: Free entry to the Guggenheim

    Wed Oct 21

    From its playful architecture to its nontraditional exhibitions, the Guggenheim is one of the city's most kid-friendly "adult" museums. That winding walkway makes it feel like a maze, a labyrinth of secrets waiting to be discovered by little art enthusiasts. No wonder such a wonderful children's book was written about it . Today, your brood can explore the museum free of charge in honor of its 50th anniversary . In addition to artwork, there will be film screenings, activities, tours, story time and more. Pop in anytime between 10am and 5:45pm to say "happy birthday" to this iconic New York institution.

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