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Best upcoming events and festivals

Broadway Week
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Broadway Week

Thespians can experience the Great White Way in all its glory, without the hefty price tag. Broadway Week, which offers 2-for-1 tickets, is back from Sept 3–6, and some of your favorite shows for kids are participating in the deal. Visit nyc.go/broadway-week for a lineup and to purchase your tickets. Participating shows include:  Aladdin (Ages 8 and up)  Beetlejuice (Ages 12 and up)  Come From Away (Ages 10 and up)  Dear Evan Hansen (Ages 12 and up)  Frozen (Ages 8 and up) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Ages 10 and up)  The Lion King (Ages 8 and up) Mean Girls (Ages 10 and up)  Wicked (Ages 12 and up) 

SuperReal
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SuperReal

No your eyes aren't playing tricks on you: "SuperReal," NYC's latest pop-up experience, is essentially a living dream! The brainchild of Moment Factory and Cipriani, this new photo-worthy attraction features wonky, colorful immersive installations like a fairylike flower garden that'll transport you to another realm. All ages. 

NYC Unicycle Festival
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NYC Unicycle Festival

This wacky one-wheeled weekend rolls into town and begins with a pitstop in Battery Park (10 am on Aug 29), followed by a ride over the Brooklyn Bridge and ending with a stage show at Coney Island (Aug 30, meet at 2pm in front of City Hall in Manhattan on the base of the Brooklyn Bridge). Don't miss the main event—a giant festival on Governors Island with races, competitions, exhibitions, unicycle sports (basketball, hockey and sumo on wheels!), music, live performances and more one-wheeled activities for the whole family (Aug 31 and Sept 1 from noon–5pm). Learn more about the lineup on the festival's website. All ages.

Halloween Harvest Festival
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Halloween Harvest Festival

We love a good spooky theme—and good thing, because this year’s Halloween Harvest Festival theme is Fet Gede, the Haitian Festival of the Ancestors! There will be a card readings, mini altars and a special dance and drum performance. Kids can also enjoy some hands-on fun with costume making, face painting and art projects. Dogs are invited to join in the fun with the annual canine costume contest. All ages.

Trolls LIVE!
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Trolls LIVE!

It's Hug Time with Poppy and co...or is it?! In their first-ever live tour, the cheerful and colorful Trolls are tasked with an important mission: They must save Hug Time before it's too late. Naturally, the best way to do so is to bust out the dance moves, glitter and LOL moments. If your littles had a ball exploring the interactive DreamWorks Trolls The Experience, then they'll certainly love seeing their favorite characters on stage. Don't miss this exciting adventure, and of course, excellent hairdos. All ages. 

Jurassic World Live
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Jurassic World Live

Prepare for an afternoon like none other—you'll be among dinosaurs, after all. Paleontologists will feel as though they've stepped straight into a scene of the beloved Jurassic Park films thanks to this awesome family experience. The performance features over 20 life-sized animatronic dinos—some of which are 40 feet in length—a thrilling score and a captivating tale that'll engage everyone in the audience. All ages. 

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Win the ultimate bowling party for you and your friends
Things to do Win the ultimate bowling party for you and your friends

For the next month, we’re offering readers the chance to enter the Bowlero sweepstakes. We've teamed up with the worldwide leader in bowling entertainment to give one lucky winner a $250 gift card that can be redeemed at any Bowlero center across the country, including Bowlmor, AMF and Brunswick Zone (you can find your nearest one right here). Use it over a few visits or drop it all on one major blowout with your buds – the choice is yours. Bowlero isn’t just about bowling; it’s about combining the classic sport with game-changing upgrades. So forget harsh strip-lighting and worn-out shoes and make way for something unique. Think black lights, eclectic artwork, signature cocktails, tasteful retro decor and lanes worthy of everyone from league leaders to total first-timers. But bowling is just the beginning. Expect arcades with Mario Kart and other classic, old-school games as well as laser tag (at select locations) and great-tasting food that’ll definitely satisfy big appetites – we’re talking 6lb Behemoth Burgers and 2ft Coney Mega Dogs. Plus they’re ace at hosting parties – complete with custom packages, dedicated party planners and personalized menus. And if you just want to lounge laneside? You can do that, too. It’s time to get the party started, people. To bag this bangin’ Bowlero prize, all you have to do is click the link below. Good luck!   ENTER NOW

Wicked
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This musical prequel to The Wizard of Oz addresses surprisingly complex themes, such as standards of beauty, morality and, believe it or not, fighting fascism. Thanks to Winnie Holzman’s witty book and Stephen Schwartz’s pop-inflected score, Wicked soars. The current cast includes Jackie Burns as Elphaba and Amanda Jane Cooper as Glinda.

New York Botanical Garden
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Get arcade play or two-hours for the kiddos at the Chinatown Fair this summer

Time after time
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