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    September deals and discounts

    Thu Sep 3

    The kids are back in school, and after summer splurging, you want to make sure you get back on budget. The deals and discount below should help! Kids eat free at IKEA September 5 - 7 The ubiquitous Swedish chain has great taste...even when it comes to food. Yes, the stores have their own cafes, If you were thinking of hitting one of its local outposts this three-day Labor Day weekend, here's an added incentive: Kids under 12 eat free, no adult purchase necessary. Certain restrictions may apply. May not be valid at every locations. Visit the website for additional details . Buy a family four-pack of tickets to Wintuk by Cirque du Soleil for only $199 through September 7 While the warm weather may have you feeling like winter is a long way off, the official start of the holiday season is only three short months away. You know what that means: Time to start planning! Family fun is probably a priority, and Wintuk by Cirque du Soleil —about a boy's quest for...

    The Tribeca Treats Flavor Competition is back!

    Thu Sep 3

    The downtown Manhattan bakery, Tribeca Treats , is back for another round of its cupcake flavor competition. From Tuesday, Sept 8 to Friday, Sept 11 for just five bucks (every penny of which goes to ACE Programs for the Homeless ), the bakery will be doling out samples of tasty treats from three or four semi-finalists, sweet-savvy New Yorkers who love spending time tinkering with their KitchenAids . This year, flavors such as chocolate hazelnut with Nutella filling, orange creamsicle and key lime are in the running. Think you've got the best taste in Gotham? You can submit your concoctions to the competition through tomorrow. Tribeca Treats Taste-Off Sept 8--Sept 11, 10am--7pm. 94 Reade St between W Broadway and Church St (212-571-0500, tribecatreats.com). $5 for the day's sampling. Want to know more about Tribeca Treats? Check out our article from the September issue about their new "frosting shots" which are as heavenly as they sound.

    Snoop Dogg bites TONY Kids's style!

    Thu Sep 3

    When a friend in Beirut posted this pic of his ticket for the Snoop Dogg concert there, I couldn't help but notice that it looked eerily similar to our September cover, which was shot at East Harlem 's Graffiti Hall of Fame. We never knew we were so hip (hop)!

    Great deal: IKEA's Wednesday rib night

    Wed Sep 2

    With summer almost over, my family and I decided to hop the ferry to the Red Hook IKEA one last time to take advantage of its Wednesday rib night (just $7.99 per person!) and complimentary childcare that allows us to eat in peace while the kids frolic in the ball pit. Sadly we found that the ferry is no longer free: It's now $5 per adult (kids 12 and under ride gratis), but you can get that money back: All you have to do it present your receipt on purchases of $10 or more, even on food at the caf, and you'll get $5 off, a fact that's not heavily promoted. The ribs are a little sweet, but the cornbread's great and you can swap the French fries for mashed potatoes or steamed veggies. As always, the kids' meals are an outstanding bargain (99 cents for a dish of mac and cheese or a kid-sized portion of those divine meatballs).

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