Save On Your New York Vacation With The New York Pass

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New York is definitely a spot that should be on your vacation bucket list – and great things are coming to New York! With a newly updated New York Pass, the City’s largest attraction pass card – the first of which is the inclusion of a free double-decker bus tour with every New York Pass purchased (thanks to a new partnership with the Big Bus New York) – now is the time to start planning that New York vacation you have always talked about.  With the New York pass it will make your Big Apple visit fast and easy as your ride along on the double-decker bus and enjoy the sights and sounds.

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Not only will you get to ride the double decker bus and tour the Big Apple, but you also get admission and discounts to over 90 must-see New York attractions. You can hop-on or hop-off at any attraction or sight that catches your eye, and then be back on your way in a matter of minutes to a new and wonderful destination of your choosing. With the New York pass, you will get more bang for your buck by saving up to 70% all while skipping the lines at several of the busiest attractions in the Big Apple area.
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Preview the new #DisneyMagicalWorld2 by @NintendoAmerica #nintendo

This past weekend, we visited the Nintendo Store in NYC for the preview of Disney Magical World 2 Video Game. “Nintendo and Hollywood Records Recording Artist Olivia Holt Celebrate the Upcoming Launch of the Disney Magical World 2 Game, Launching Exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS Family of Systems.

Live your dream life alongside classic Disney characters in six Disney-themed worlds! Anyone who pre-purchases the title in Nintendo eShop or at select retailers will receive three in-game Frozen outfits free for characters like Elsa, Anna and Olaf. The game launches Oct. 14.”
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Ocean Spray Bog and Spinach Salad #ad #CranberryClassroom @OceanSprayInc

Thank you to Ocean Spray® for sponsoring this blog post. I’m partnering with Ocean Spray® for its NYC Cranberry Classroom. #ad All opinions are my own.

With Fall around the corner, it is cranberry season. As such, it is time to make some fun and seasonal  recipes with cranberries.  One such fall favorite is a spinach salad- great year round, but even better when gussied up.

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Ocean Spray’s ® Spinach Salad

Effortless Spinach Salad

Ingredients

8 ounces fresh spinach
1/2 cup feta or goat cheese, crumbled
1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup Craisins® Original Dried Cranberries
2 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds, optional

DRESSING:
1/2 cup bottled balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest, optional

Directions

Wash and clean spinach. Tear into bite size pieces and place in a serving bowl. Add half of the feta or goat cheese and onion; toss to combine.

Combine dressing ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Top with dried cranberries and almonds. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.

Another way to celebrate the joys of cranberries is with the Ocean Spray® cranberry bog.

The Ocean Spray® cranberry bog was recently at Rockefeller Center® to celebrate the first day of fall. Nothing says fall like cranberries- and when will you ever get to see a bog in the middle of New York City? Not very often, at least.
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The Discovery of King Tut Exhibit in NYC #TutNYC

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King Tut is one of the most famous Egyptian pharaohs, not because of what he accomplished, but because of the (fairly recent) discovery of his tomb, which was never found by raiders.  Because of this, all the treasures as well as his entombment were undisturbed all these many years. We were able to learn much from this discovery, and King Tut has become a household name.

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The discovery of his tomb and the wonders enclosed in it are the subject of the newest exhibit at the Premiere Exhibition at 5th Avenue in NYC.  The exhibit is a very cool experience unlike any museum you have ever visited.  Because all the originals are in Egypt and not allowed out of the country, this is as close as many of us will ever come to seeing the treasures of Tut’s tomb.

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Instead of placards and dry information, you are led through an exhibit hall which acts as your time machine, bringing visitors through the discovery of opening King Tut’s tomb and all the of hard work and hazards associated with doing so.  From rooms set up to look exactly like those in the tombs (right down to the direction statues are facing) to true life sized replicas of gold leafed sarcophagi, it is a very interesting exhibit.  The amount of craftsmanship and detail brought to the public is intense, with tons of information and interesting facts about King Tut and his role as pharaoh as well as the man who discovered the tomb, Howard Carter.

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This exhibit is fun for both kids and adults bringing together facts and actual physical items to make a learning experience many can enjoy.  Open every day, but with a special family day of activities April 10th if you are interested.

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Sunday, April 10th
 
11am, 12pm, 1pm:
Returning to our exhibition by popular demand:

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NewYork.com for Broadway tickets @NewYorkcom

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New York is a very big, confusing place to visitors especially if you don’t do your homework before going.  This is true of a seasoned semi-local or visiting tourist.  A great place to start is NewYork.com, for all levels of New York visitor.  On one site there are attractions, restaurant suggestions, tours, and even Broadway plays, Musicals, and Ballets. They are all listed out for easy browsing.  The user also has the ability to purchase tickets from NewYork.com as well.  The purchasing experience is easy and quick.  The tickets arrive on time for your show (right to your inbox) giving you one less thing to worry about for your trip.  Each show has lots of information on it, there are synopsis of the stories, video previews, and articles about the show.  These shows vary from long playing favorites like Les Miserables and Lion King to new shows like Aladdin and School of Rock.  Prices are very clear and present for each show as well.
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The Pajama Game at Merkin Concert Hall

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Kaufman Music Center Presents

BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE

*  2016 Season  *

Kids love musicals! The family-friendly Broadway Playhouse performances introduce young theater fans age 4-11 to Broadway classics through mini musicals, medleys, games and sing-alongs. This season, children will discover the great 1950s songwriting duo Richard Adler & Jerry Ross (Damn Yankees, The Pajama Game); the groundbreaking Dorothy Fields (Sweet Charity), Broadway’s first woman lyricist; and rock legend Elton John (The Lion King). Some kids will be invited on stage to roar with Simba from The Lion King or play baseball with the devil from Damn Yankees! Hosted by Sean Hartley, Broadway Playhouse features music director Jihwan Kim and stars Jason Robinson, Martin Landry, Kathryn Markey and Gabrielle Stravelli.

2016 Performances:

Sun, Jan 10, 2016, 11 am

Broadway Playhouse: Richard Adler & Jerry Ross

One of the great songwriting duos of the 1950s, Richard Adler and Jerry Ross hit the Broadway big time with three wildly successful shows in three years: Damn Yankees, The Pajama Game and John Murray Anderson’s Almanac. Their partnership was cut short when Adler died tragically in 1955 at the age of 29, but their shows have lived on in film adaptations as well as numerous revivals. Come visit the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory, where Love is on strike, and find out if “Whatever Lola Wants Lola Gets”!
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Langham Place, New York

Looking to travel to New York City, but not sure where to stay?  There are so many options, and if you are traveling with kids, it can be even harder to pick the right place.  You want somewhere central, but quiet at night so they can sleep- someplace welcoming of your whole clan, not super snooty and off-putting for the littler ones.  You can enjoy yourself and your family getaway in NYC with the right hotel.

 

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If you are heading to New York,  Langham Place, New York is an ultra-modern, luxury option that offers a Family Getaway Package including:

  • two night’s accommodations in a spacious guest room
  • free rollaway bed upon request ($120 value)
  • a $100 credit that can be used towards any of the food and beverage outlets in the hotel
  • two VIP express tickets to the top of the Empire State Building ($120 value)

The food and beverage credit can be used even at these two venues:

  • Measure, which offers Afternoon Tea for Kids on Saturdays and Sundays ($40 for adults, $20 for kids) Tunes with Tina kid’s cabaret brunch on Sunday mornings

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The Family Getaway Package also has added cultural experiences through the Cultured Kids menu of offerings. These tours can be booked for kids as young as 3 years old. Cultured Kids also includes the option to have a VIP visit to the Empire State Building or Tunes with Tina sing-along Sunday brunch.
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Take the Kids to Coney Island

Coney Island has been a go to spot for generations, each season changing slightly, adding more rides, keeping new and fresh while still appealing to the crowds of New York.

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This season is no different, with a new ride open now (The Thunderbolt) and more on the way including a new roller coaster the fun keeps coming.

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Coney Island is made up of something for everyone.  Just steps from the boardwalk, there is a beach with a clean shore and big open ocean.  For the animal lovers, there is the New York Aquarium just a little ways down, which also has a wonderful seal show that should not be missed.  For the adventurous types, there are big thrill rides at Luna Park which include 7 roller coasters like the classic wooden Coney Island Cyclone.  For the littler park goers, there are tons of attractions and rides at Luna Park like the Happy Swing and Magic Bikes.  For everyone, there is Deno’s Wonder Wheel, one of the biggest and most complex Ferris Wheels around.
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