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Manhattan

Downtown Boathouse

North Moore Street & West Street

Take out free sit-on-top kayaks in protected Hudson River embayments with an all-volunteer nonprofit organization. Brief instruction and all necessary safety equipment provided as well as changing rooms, lockers and locks, bike locks, sun block, and first aid equipment.

Reserve online in advance, walk up, or reserve a spot for later in the day. Each slot lasts 20 minutes.

One child per boat, guardian must be present if under 13. Babies who can independently hold their body/head up can go in the adult’s lap. Adults must know how to swim.

The Loeb Boathouse

Mid-Park at East 72nd Street

Weather permitting, rent classic rowboats, available April through November, 10 am until dusk. Boats are $20 per hour (cash only), $5 for each additional 15 minutes with a $20 cash deposit. Each boat holds up to 4 people. Life jackets provided.

Dine overlooking the lovely lake on a breezy. covered terrace at this elegant yet relaxed iconic restaurant (Monday – Friday: 12 pm – 4:00 pm, brunch available Saturday & Sunday, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm). Or pick up burgers, salads, soups and more to go at the Express Cafe in the back (8 am – 5pm).

Listen for the calls of many indigenous birds and look for butterflies. See other Central Park highlights.

 

Manhattan Kayak

555 12th Ave at West 44th Street

Rent single and tandem kayak and paddle boards for boat rides with magnificent midtown views (and maybe some dead fish). Kid sized equipment available for easier maneuvering. Life jackets and Ziplock baggie for face covers and phones provided. BYO water bottle and lock for lockers.

Reserve ahead online. No water experience needed. Ages 3-10 must ride with a parent. Ages 11-17 can ride alone as parents watch. Well-mannered dogs ride free. Near the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum for more nautical fun.

Boroughs

Wheel Fun Rentals Flushing Meadows Corona Park

11101 Corona Ave Queens
Flushing

Rent bikes, 4-wheeled surreys, kayaks, pedal boats and and more at the northern edge of Meadow Lake.

All boaters receive boating instructions and must wear Coast Guard approved life vests. Helmets available for bikers.

Boaters under 15 years old must be accompanied onboard by an adult. Must be 10 years or older to be on a Single Kayak and 5 years or older when accompanied by an adult on a double kayak.

Get a snack or meal at the lakeside patio area at Ederle Terrace Cafe with lots of picnic tables and a pretty view.

Explore the  many attractions in Flushing Meadows Corona Park including the ionic Unisphere.

Brooklyn Bidge Park Kayaking

John Street & Jay Street
Brooklyn

Glide along the East River on kayaks from the volunteer-run Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse (Pier 4 Beach). All levels welcome. Advanced registration required. Kids under 14 must ride in a double kayak with an adult except on Sundays from 12 pm to 2:30 pm when kids age 7 or older can paddle alone (as long as a guardian is present).

New slots open two weeks in advance every Wednesday & Thursday at 5 pm, Saturday at 10 am, and Sunday at 12 pm.

See our guide to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Rocking the Boat Community Rowing & Birding

Lafayette Ave & Edgewater Road
Bronx

Explore the Bronx River aboard student-built wooden row boats, accompanied by staff who teach about the local waterways.

Also identify and learn about local bird species with knowledgeable guides. Binoculars, field guides and PFDs will be provided. Pre-register or just show up.

Rocking the Boat Community Sailing

Lafayette Ave & Edgewater Road
Bronx

Community non-profit Rocking the Boat, host of weekly Community Rowing, provides free sailing lessons on the South Bronx waterfront.

There is no minimum age, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult guardian.  Life jackets in all sizes provided.

BEYOND NYC

Mohonk Mountain House

1000 Mountain Rest Rd

Explore an iconic Victorian castle resort surrounded by 40,000 acres of pristine forest.

* Tons of family-friendly seasonal activities to try including hiking, archery, concerts and more.

* Go out on the gorgeous lake in paddle boats, row boats and canoes. Relax on the sandy beach take a refreshing dip in the glacial water.

* Dine on delicious farm-to-table cuisine in the historic dining room with gorgeous Catskill Mountain views or in the privacy of your room.

* Most activities and three-course meals included with hotel rooms. Or come for the day with a $125/person day pass, which includes access to extensive groomed trails plus all equipment and most activities, or just hike $25-$30/person.

* Learn about the fascinating history of this landmark, owned by the Smiley family since 1869, with extensive photographs, artwork and memorabilia throughout the hotel. Join guided family hikes among the picturesque wooden gazebos benches and summer houses for more stories.

* Approximately 1.5-2 hour drive from Manhattan.

Great Captain Island

100 Arch St

Greenwich is home to two islands situated roughly two miles off of Greenwich Harbor, Great Captain Island and Island Beach. It’s a bit of expense of effort to get to the islands, but worth it.

* The islands are preserved in their natural state, no cars or stores, with many different species of birds. Visible across the lagoon in June and July are large colonies of nesting egrets and herons. Near the handsome lighthouse, you can spot an osprey nesting platform.

Great Captain Island lighthouse was built in 1829,

* Single Entry Park Passes (($9/ages 5-64) must be purchased at at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center (90 Harding Rd, Old Greenwich, CT, Monday – Friday 9:30 am-3:30 pm) before boarding the ferry.

* Parking tickets available at the kiosk machine in the ferry parking lot.

* Ferry tickets must be purchased before boarding at the dock.

* Boats depart every half hour or hour depending on the day (see the schedule).

* Or take ‘The Cruise to Nowhere,’ a relaxing two-hour tour of local waters ($20). Bring your own refreshments,

 

Hudson Kayak

209 Neperan Rd

Try guided kayak tours, lessons and rentals throughout Westchester County. Single and double kayaks as well as stand up paddle boarding available to ride the Hudson River and Tarrytown Lake.

The calmest kayaking (or canoeing) experience is in Tarrytown Lakes (home to a wide variety of wildlife including ducks, herons and turtles).

Adventurous kids can ride in a double kayak with a grown-up for 2-3 hour daytime and sunset tours from Sleepy Hollow for real open water experience with incredible views under the care of a friendly guide. Just make sure you eat and go to the bathroom before you get in the boat and bring water and sunscreen.

Life vests provided, waterproof bags available to rent ($7).

Paddle Boats at Orange Reservoir

560 Northfield Ave

Paddle a swan-shaped boat on the Orange Reservoir. Boats seat 2 or 4. For ages 2+. Tickets sold on a first come, first served basis. No advanced sales. Weekends only

Also play on the Children’s Regatta Playground with a wave-like rubberized safety surface and a series of play equipment designed to look like boats. A large open area with a synthetic grass surface and stamped concrete pathways link the playground to the nearby Clipper Pavilion picnic area and paddle boat launch. Stroll on the handicap accessible 1.7 mile Reservoir Walking Path (with access to several trails leading through South Mountain Reservation)

Near the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo Around 30 minutes from midtown (depending on traffic). Short Uber ride from the South Orange train station.

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Friday, November 1

Joe’s Pizza

November 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - December 31, 2021 @ 11:30 am
Joes Pizza
7 Carmine Street+ Google Map

Get a classic NY slice to go at this Greenwich Village institution (established in 1975 ), still owned and operated by 75-year-old Neapolitan native Joe Pozzuoli.

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TheaterWorksUSA TV

January 1, 2020 - August 1, 2021

Rent videos of TheaterWorksUSA family-friendly musicals including Pete The Cat, We The People, Dog Man The Musical (our favorite) and many more. Also see behind-the-scenes with the artists, and try theater activities and crafts to make and share online.

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Storyline Online

January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Watch videos of celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creative footage of the illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey Viola Davis, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.  

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Wow in the World

January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Join hosts Guy Raz and the hilarious Mindy Thomas on a journey into the wonders of the world. Go inside brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology - with lots of wacky fun along the way. One of our family's faves.  

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Circle Round

January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Hear sound- and music-rich radio plays based on folktales from around the world. Explore important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity with guest stage and screen stars. Each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups. My daughter's favorite at bedtime.

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Here Wee Read

January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Find great books recommendations for all ages in all sorts of diverse & inclusive categories, from Harlem Renaissance picture books to graphic novels talking about race. Includes themed collections like Halloween, Weddings,, Kids with Disabilities and RBG. Find links to buy at bookshop.org, an alternative to amazon that supports independent bookstores.

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Billy Johnson Playground

January 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2021 @ 8:00 pm
Billy Johnson Playground, Central Park
East 67th Street & Fifth Avenue Upper East SIde+ Google Map

This rustic playground hosts an amazing 45-foot granite slide nestled into a rocky hill, bucket and tire swings, and an amphitheater and miniature stone bridge made of natural materials like plants, stone, and wood at a child’s scale.

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Gotham West Market

January 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Gotham West Market
600 11th Avenue between 44th & 45th Streets Midtown+ Google Map

Sample some of the best eats in the city including Ample Hills Creamery ice cream, Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop noodles, Jianbing Company's Chinese seasoned pancake/omelet, Corner Slice’s square pizza, Choza’s vegetarian tacos and more in an indoor, weather-proof hall.

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Bella Abzug Park

January 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Bella Abzug Park
542 West 36th Street+ Google Map

Climb on rope webs in a colorful structure surrounded by undulating soft surfaces. Communicate through underground pipes, relax on tables and chairs, splash int he fountain and admire the Hudson River view.

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New York at Its Core

January 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street+ Google Map

Follow the story of NYC’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World,” and consider its future in a changing world through more than 400 objects as well as interactive digital experiences. Framed around the key themes of money, density, diversity, and creativity, New York City’s history comes alive through the…

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DiMenna Children’s History Museum

January 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am - December 31, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
New-York Historical Society
70 Central Park West at 77th Street+ Google Map

Ride an orphan train, play a newsies video game  nd explore lots of other interactive exhibits on a entire floor devoted to kids. Pick up a printed scavenger hunt or just explore the many installations covering centuries of New York history. Lots to learn for older kids and lots to touch including a train table…

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Time Out Market New York

January 1, 2020 @ 11:00 am - December 31, 2021 @ 10:00 pm
Empire Stores
55 Water Street+ Google Map

Sample some of the best NYC food: fluffy pancakes from the venerable Clinton Street Baking Co., thin-crust pizza from Patsy Grimaldi’s Juliana’s, Middle Eastern bites from Miss Ada, fried chicken from Jacob’s Pickles, Japanese comfort food from Bessou, cookie dough scoops from DŌ and more amazing eateries—all cherry-picked by Time Out New York. 21,000 delicious…

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Garden Court Café at Asia Society

January 1, 2020 @ 11:30 am - December 31, 2021 @ 3:00 pm
Asia Society
725 Park Avenue at East 70th Street Upper East Side+ Google Map

Lunch on brunch on seasonal dishes that reflect elements of the diverse cultures of Asia in the modern, glass-enclosed space filled with light, flowering vines, trees, and art. Gorgeous bento boxes. Tuesday—Sunday, 11:30 am—3 pm

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Kefi

January 1, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - December 31, 2021 @ 11:00 pm
Kefi
222 West 79th Street+ Google Map

Dine on reasonably priced tradtional Greek cuisine including tasty mezes, fried meatballs, slouvaki, house-made Greek yogurt and more among cheerful, rustic decor in chef Michael Psilakis' friendly cafe.

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Sebastian Brecht’s Obsessive Chocolate Disorder

January 1, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - December 31, 2021 @ 8:00 pm

Try unique, small batch, handmade chocolates and pastries, made fresh every week in a small, quirky East Village shop with rotating art on the wall. The constantly evolving menu featuring unusual and delicious combinations of flavors and textures with fun names like bob’s dark passion, the pucker and looky cookie snookie was created by the…

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Thursday, January 2

BRAINPOP

January 2, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Watch short, well-written animated films on a variety of topics including antiracism & Black history, STEM, arts, math and much more starring a very funny robot. Take quizzes and play games to test what you learned. Two editions, for ages K-3 or 4th -12th Grade (which can thoughtfully address some weighty topics, so monitor…

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Wednesday, April 1

Treehouse Shakers

April 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

This local family-friendly theater/dance company offers its charming shows online: Hatched (designed for babies through preschoolers) the story of a newborn chick who emerges from her shell to a strange, busy world told through movement, music, and puppets and Under the Tangle (ages 8+), the story of a young orphaned girl lost in a mysterious…

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Art For Kids Hub

April 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Follow along step by step as a professional artist and his kid draw animals, emojis, people, vehicles and more. Clear, simple steps turn anyone into an illustrator.

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Children’s Museum of the Arts

April 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Children's Museum of the Arts' blog features how-to videos and detailed instructions for art projects like Paper Chains of Kindness and Collaborative Drawing Games. Projects can be adapted for different ages and made with materials around the house.

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Tuesday, April 28

EduHam at Home

April 28, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Explore the world of the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton and America's founding era. Access free materials to create songs or scenes inspired by history. Follow in Lin-Manuel Miranda's footsteps, learning how he incorporated primary sources into the songs he wrote for the show. Includes video clips of the show; interviews with Miranda, Alexander Hamilton biographer Ron…

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Friday, May 1

Cards For Seniors

May 1, 2020 - August 30, 2021

Make cheerful cards for isolated seniors. Use big print (not cursive) so the card is easy to read. Provide stickers and stencils to help the younger kids. Adults can make cards too. A great use for all the artwork kids bring home. Join the NYC-based Caring By Card Nursing Home Project, donate through

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Audible Kids

May 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Find hundreds of free audio books handpicked by Audible editors. Choose from a mix of stories to entertain, engage, and inform young people, ages 0–18. Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian selections also available.  

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BUSY TODDLER

May 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Find a trove of educational, easy-to-set up creative and sensory activities from a K-1 teacher turned SAHM. So many great ideas, quick & easy to messy messy, babies to tweens plus links to useful art supplies. Follow their great instagram account for daily inspiration.

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DAYS WITH GREY

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

An educator and mom to 3 shares daily 'Breakfast Invitations,' easy-to-set-up sensory and art activities for preschoolers and toddlers.

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NEW YORK CITY CHILDREN’S THEATER

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Lovely local kids theater company provides entertaining and enriching activities for little ones inspired by past productions including art projects, theater games, storytimes, downloadable activity books and video sing-alongs.

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VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOURS

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Take virtual journeys to over 1,200 museums around the world via Google Arts & Culture. See collections and gallery views of  Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, Mexico City's Museum of Anthropology, Paris's Musée d'Orsay and more (plus NYC faves like the Whitney, Guggenheim and MoMA).

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New-York Historical Society Online

June 1, 2020 - July 31, 2021

This fascinating historic  museum (now partially open for visits) hosts engaging live educational programs for all ages, audio and video resources (including the inspirational We Rise) and interactive 360 degree tours drawing on its world-renowned collections. Excellent educator resources including videos,  remote lesson plans, and media-rich curriculum website Women…

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Mission US 

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Learn American history with a choose-your-adventure interactive, online game. Take the role of printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston deciding whether to join the revolutionary movement, a Cheyenne teen in 1866, an enslaved 14-year-old girl escaping to freedom in Ohio, teenage farmers in the Great Depression and more young people. Explore rich, historical settings, make choices…

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MoMA Families At Home

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

MoMA provides resources and ideas—from art-making activities to books and films—to spark creativity and fun at home. Explore artworks in MoMA’s collection through activities (available in English and Spanish), watch favorite kid-friendly short films with prompts to spark discussion, dig deeper into Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures, find favorite Children’s Books about Art, listen…

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Ailey All Access

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

The acclaimed Alvin Ailey dance company shares full length videos of past performances. Also see videos of company members dancing the landmark Revelations and other pieces together from home, join free online dance classes and check out the  great Resource Guide for Educators. Find free live and on-demand classes for all ages in a variety of dance…

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Carnegie Hall Music Explorers

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Learn about musical culture and tradition around the world - African-American Freedom Songs, South African Zulu songs and many more - with lessons plans, music and video featuring global artists. The well-designed site features a world map to explore. Also Learn about symphony orchestras in an animated adventure in Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz Academy

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Watch curated educated videos on the from Jazz at Lincoln Center's educational programs and learn about it's roots in African-American traditions and communities.  WeBop instructors demonstrate fun activities to get families swinging and singing, members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra share performance secrets,  and Middle School Jazz Academy instructors break down jazz techniques.…

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Black Art Picture Books

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Learn about African American art history with curated lists from Culture Type, a website exploring art by and about people of African descent. Find gorgeous books about Jean-Michel Basquiat, fashion designer Ann Cole Lowe,  Jacob Lawrence and other great black artists on posts Black Art History: 10 Children’s Books Illuminate the…

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Starfall

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Learn letters, reading and math with untimed, sometimes silly interactive games for preschool through second grade. Includes letter recognition, games, stories, and animations that showcase letter sounds, short reading selections that emphasize vocabulary, and online books that provide fluency and comprehension practice. A favorite of our kids from an early age.

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FLOCABULARY

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Learn about a range of subjects for grades K-12 though catchy, educational hip-hop songs. Watch videos about math, history, science and more, learn new words, take quizzes then (this is the coolest part) write short raps/songs using your new words and knowledge.

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ArtsPower Theatre On Demand

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Watch ArtsPower’s acclaimed, full-length literature-based musicals and dramas online. Includes fun activities that families can complete together. School Editions with a multiple-lesson, academic course also available. Currently showing Chicken Dance, Anne of Green Gables, The Monster Who Ate My Peas and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

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KHAN ACADEMY

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Watch short videos taught by excellent instructors with an electronic whiteboard in just about any subject for preschool through college. The free Khan Academy Kids app (for ages 2-7) teaches reading, language, writing, math, social-emotional development, and more through open-ended activities and games like drawing, storytelling, and coloring guided by adorable animal characters. Also…

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SCHOLASTIC LEARN AT HOME

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Find online courses for pre-K to sixth grade+ with four separate learning experiences, each built around a  meaningful story or video. Subjects include social studies; English language arts; STEM; science; and social-emotional learning.

$5.99/month
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MYSTERY SCIENCE

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Science mysteries like 'What is the most dangerous animal in the world?' and the topical 'How does hand sanitizer kill germs?' are explored with images, entertaining videos and opportunities for discussion. Ends with simple hands-on activities designed with easy-to-find supplies.

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Black-Owned Chocolate

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Treat yourself while supporting local black-owned business buy ordering  delicious chocolate treats from Sol Cacao (Bronx artisan “bean to bar” chocolate manufacturer), Dalloway Chocolate (vegan, gluten-free, bars & truffles with no refined sugar made in Brooklyn),  and Harlem Chocolate Factory (bars, bon-bons, bark, cookies & more inspired by Harlem). We suggest eating…

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