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    Yellow fever: SpongeBob figure to debut at Madame Tussauds

    Mon Jul 6

    There's a new star in wax town: On Wednesday, July 15, the Times Square Madame Tussauds will reveal its newest famous face: SpongeBob SquarePants. In honor of the tenth anniversary of the "absorbent and yellow and porous" one (and if that makes you feel old, just read this), the museum is unavailing a lifelike statue of the animated icon, which will be seated on a three-foot-tall jellyfish in a replica of Jellyfish Fields. As if your kid weren't excited enough already, visitors will be periodically showered with bubbles (that should keep little siblings happy!) As an added incentive to visit the tourist spot, Madame Tussauds is offering free admission to kids 12 and under from Wed July 15 to Fri July 31—if their entire family comes decked out in yellow. C'mon, we know you have it in you! After all, if the Man with the Yellow Hat and Dick Tracy can do it, why can't you? Madame Tussauds New York, 234 W 42nd St between Seventh and Eighth Aves, 800-246-8872.

    Kevin Jonas's engagement ring pics!

    Thu Jul 2

    Okay, the dirt on the eldest J-Bro being engaged is old news at this point (after all, the story broke a whole 20 hours ago), but we can't help but follow all the details. Photos of the bling that Kevin, 21 (!!!!) gave to his "longtime girlfriend" Danielle Deleasa, 22, have just been released . According to MTV, the ring is a 3-carat solitaire cushion-cut diamond, surrounded by 210 round brilliant-cut pave diamonds. Have your tweens fainted from jealousy yet?

    July deals and discounts

    Wed Jul 1

    We're all trying to spend less these days, but that doesn't mean we want to stop living well. The sweet deals below help you continue to amuse and clothe your family without breaking the bank. Kids eat free on weeknights at The Moxie Spot Brooklyn Heights haven The Moxie Spot is already a popular local destination for families, due to its laid-back atmosphere, games, movie screenings, storytimes and other complimentary events. You can also add free food to the list, as children dine gratis Mon-Thu 5:30pm-8:30pm. Get a free kid's combo, side pasta, regular mac & cheese, or plain pizza with the purchase of one adult dinner entree. The special applies to deliveries as well. 81--83 Atlantic Ave at Hicks St, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, 718-923-9710. Up to 50% off Mini Boden kids clothing If you have a kid, you probably get the Mini Boden catalog in the mail. I have no idea how they found me, but they did, and I've always flipped through its colorful pages with a...

    Eat-Off! Elephants vs. Humans

    Wed Jul 1

    Every year, Nathan's Famous hosts its annual Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest. But this year, New Yorkers are invited to embrace a new tradition: a cross-species eating competition! On Friday three large elephants, currently starring in Ringling Bros.'s Coney Island Boom-A-Ring, will go up against three brave humans in a six-minute hot-dog bun eating contest. The trio of people, Juliet Lee (43), Gravy Brown (30) and Tim "Eater X" Janus (32), sound up to the challenge, but the elephants, Bunny (42), Susie (46) and Minnie (48), who weigh nine tons collectively, don't seem too concerned. The beasts gobble upward of 200 pounds of food every day! If nothing else, this event should prove to be a great teaching tool: You can show your kids firsthand the difference between human and pachyderm eating styles, thus giving new meaning to the refrain, "Don't behave like a wild animal!" On second thought, if Team Human has any chance of winning, they'll have to throw all dining...

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