Free things to do on Veterans Day with your kids
Thu Nov 5
Just like last week , there's another random holiday breaking up the normal public school routine. It's a Wednesday, which means Broadway matinees are an option if you feel like spending some bucks. (You may be able to snag discounted seats. Check out our guide to scoring cheap theater tickets .) Let's hope for the same kind of fabulous weather we had on Election Day, so we can spend the day outside. But if your brood (or you) get tired of the playground, here are a few free activity options. If your kids have ever dreamed of boarding a real battleship, check out the just commissioned USS New York , one of the U.S. Navy's fleet of "San Antonio-class LPD (Landing Platform, Dock) warships," which is docked in Midtown West through Veterans Day. Seems like the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the holiday. Author Margaret Hyde reads the latest book in her Mo's Nose series, Mo Smells the Holidays A Scentsational Journey at the...
Two gallery shows for kids open tonight
Thu Nov 5
Think gallery parties are just for the chic and childless? Not so! Tonight two Manhattan galleries—the Society of Illustrators on the Upper East and the Clic Gallery on Centre Street—are hosting family-friendly soirees. At the Society of Illustrators, you'll see artwork depicting kids' visions for a better world; think rainbows and lots of sunshine. The show, which will be on view from 5 to 7pm, is the grand finale to a nationwide drawing contest sponsored by Henkel (the company behind Right Guard deodorant, Dial soaps and Purex laundry detergent). The winning submissions (by kids from Florida; North and South Carolina; and Ithaca, New York) will be on display and the artists will be present. (The tykes were flown to NYC as part of their prize.) Admission to the exhibit is free, and as an added bonus, there will be complimentary snacks and drinks (including non-alcoholic ones). Meanwhile over at the Clic Gallery, families can peruse the original drawings from...
Sweet discount at Babylicious
Thu Nov 5
If you've got fistfuls of Halloween candy lying around, the thoughtful folks at Tribeca kiddie store Babylicious will be happy to take the tempting morsels off your kids' sticky hands. Inspired by the deal owner Carol Adams makes with her own kids—keep ten pieces of trick-or-treat candy and trade in the rest for a new toy—the shop will give you a ten percent discount off your next purchase in exchange for your unopened Halloween loot. All the tasty donations will go to the Harlem Food Bank, which will distribute the goodies at Thanksgiving. The offer's good through November 15 (as if the candy will last that long in your apartment!); we suggest making the most of your visit by stopping in on Tues, Nov 12 for storytime .
Thursday's pick of the day: The Genius of Arnold Lobel
Thu Nov 5
You and your tots probably know (and love) author-illustrator Arnold Lobel's adorable Frog and Toad series. Today Lobel's daughter, Adrienne, honors her late father by celebrating the release of two new works , which she pieced together from stories he created for friends and family. After her introduction and tribute, Adrienne will answer questions and sign copies of the tomes, which she illustrated.
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