Planning Ahead…

So summer isn’t over – we’ve still got a lot of museum exhibits to hit before school starts – but some hot tickets are going on sale soon so time to get out of the pool and online to plan ahead. For last-minute fun, check out our ongoing weekly events and public art.

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Color Factory

Hotel Manisses ~ 251 Spring Street ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
August 20

Go inside the Color Factory, a ‘collaborative experiential exhibit designed to awaken audiences to the everyday yet brilliant presence of color.’ Lots of bright fun for all ages including a giant mint green ball pit.

Candytopia

Penn Plaza ~ 145 West 32nd Street ~ Midtown West
August 20

Celebrate the vibrant colors and flavors of favorite sugary delights through a series of interactive art installations in over a dozen environments, from flying unicorn pigs to a marshmallow ball pit. Plus lots of sweet treats to eat. Time slots are selling out fast.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker Tickets MasterCard Presale

Lincoln Center ~ 65th Street & Broadway ~ Upper West Side
September 21

Tickets for the the lavish New York City Ballet Nutcracker that started it all in 1954 available for MasterCard holders only through Sept 21. Good seats go quickly. Front of the First Ring is our favorite spots for shorter audience members. Pricey but priceless; though wait until your kid is able to sit very still and quiet for 2 hours.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker Tickets on Sale

Lincoln Center ~ 65th Street & Broadway ~ Upper West Side
September 23

Tickets go on sale at noon for the the lavish New York City Ballet Nutcracker that started it all in 1954 (pre-sale availble for MasterCard holders). Good seats go quickly. Front of the First Ring is our favorite spots for shorter audience members. Pricey but priceless; though wait until your kid is able to sit very still and quiet for 2 hours.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

New-York Historical Society ~ 70 Central Park West at 77th Street ~ Upper West Side
October 5

Timed tickets on sale now for a exhibition opening October 5 that features century-old treasures including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Society that capture the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories plus original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. Explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts, from medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins to the origins of the sorcerer’s stone, and see original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay as well as costumes and set models from Broadways Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

New York City Ballet Family Saturday: A Dancer’s Life

New York City Ballet ~ 20 Lincoln Center ~ Upper West Side
October 13

Take a sneak peek behind the curtain and learn about the daily life of New York City Ballet’s dancers. Find out about the dancers’ training, daily preparation, and what it’s like to perform onstage at Lincoln Center. Includes excerpts from the repertory and dance instruction for the audience. Very engaging and entertaining for kids and grown-ups alike.

New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts: Dancing Across Europe — The Waltz

Lincoln Center ~ 65th Street & Broadway ~ Upper West Side
November 17

Learn about composers and music in an interactive New York Philharmonic concert that explores how the waltz grew from a social dance to a nostalgic symbol as it crossed from Austria to France, Russia, and beyond. Featuring music by Johann Strauss II, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, and others. Come early to meet Philharmonic musicians, try out instruments, and enjoy a performance featuring some Very Young Composers.

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