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Entertainment, Birthday Parties, Summer Fun

SThe Art of Mechanized Puppets

​​​​Video credit: Mashable  Haruki Nakamura is a Japanese designer who adds a mechanical touch to the ancient art of Kirigami, an origami-like technique that uses cuts in addition to folds.  Nakamura creates whimsical paper creatures that move in innovative ways when prompted by human touch. These paper puppets come alive when either pressed, poked, or prodded in certain places. You’ll find a wide variety of paper dolls either performing amazing acrobatics,  showcasing disguises or coming out of their shells. Nakamura only sells his paper creations  via his online shop, and only ships within Japan. However, if you’re interested in learning more or want to create your own, check out Karakuri: How to Make Mechanical Paper Models That Move, or Kirigami: The Art Of Folding & Cutting Paper. Haruki Nakamura: Website | Shop

Railbiking in the Adirondacks

If you’re visiting the Adirondacks, don’t skip the railbiking excursion with Revolution Rail Co.  What is Railbiking? Railbiking is a fun new activity that allows you to ride the railroad tracks and explore the Adirondacks along the banks of the Hudson River. It’s the ultimate scenic adventure trail on a railbike. you can either rent a quad or a tandem bike, depending on your group. How does it work? Once you’ve reserved your date and time, you have to check in at the historic North Creek Railroad Station. The Revolution Rail Co team will take guests on a short shuttle ride to the departure location.   After a short safety briefing, the tour guides will lead the railbikers further north on a 6 mile round trip cruise. The entire trip takes about 2 hours.   Are kids allowed on the railbike? Kids age 4 and up can ride in their own seat, using our seat belts. Toddlers can ride in either a front-mounted child carrier, or on their own seat with a 5-point harness. Infants can ride …

Digital Ocean Playground in Times Square

  Image credit: National Geographic Encounter The National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey has opened in Times Square.  You will walk-through a 60,000-square-foot space, and experience virtual interactions with sea lions, rays, dolphins and see virtual humpback whales, great white sharks and Humboldt squids. The experience lasts about 90minutes. You’ll be guided through awesome animation, huge projection screens, immersive sound and an interactive technology room with touch screens, holograms and games. Tickets go on sale July 11, and all tickets are attached to time-slots. The experience opens to the public in October 2017. National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey experience at 226 44th St (natgeoencounter.com). $39.50, seniors $36.50, children 12 and under $32.50.

Disney’s Moana Scores Big

This must-see fantastical adventure featuring a teenage girl sailing out on a mission to save her people is empowering and beautiful, and the music by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda is the gift that keeps on giving. During her journey, Moana meets Maui who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the ocean on an action-filled adventure. In the end, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers who she was meant to be. The official soundtrack to Moana features Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Unstoppable” which details the legendary backstory of a Hawaiian deity. This track didn’t make the cut for the movie but it’s definitely a must-listen for Hamilton fans. As the New York Times points out, “the track has a distinct Alexander Hamilton vibe.”

Play Spaces for Cloudy Days 

Here are  5 noteworthy indoor play spaces when there’s no sunshine in the forecast. The Big Playhouse, Westwood, NJ This playhouse is a big town where kids can socialize and work together. Kids can be entertained in the playhouse or the  barnyard. They can play with race cars or go pretend-grocery shopping. Splash Zone, Chelsea Piers, Stamford, CT If you want to splash some fun in the winter months, Chelsea Piers in Stamford has a 6,000 square foot “Splash Zone” that features 3 waters slides. The Art Farm In The City, New York, NY The Art Farm in the City is an upper east side fun space for kids. It’s an indoor petting zoo where kids can pet and feed chinchillas, lizards, rabbits, turtles, and guinea pigs. Imajine That, Lawrence, MA This play space is an interactive kid’s center featuring a Whole Foods, a science station, a giant dinosaur climbing structure, a hospital-themed play space and an arts table. Please Touch, Philadelphia,PA This is a hands on museum where kids and adults can learn and …

Holiday Train Show

The New York Botanical Garden lights up with its annual Holiday Train Show. This year, they are celebrateling  25 years hosting holiday magic. The collection of trains, taking up nearly half-mile of track, are accompanied by 150 miniature NYC landmarks like the Empire State Building and Radio City Music Hall, all made of leaves, twigs, bark and berries. Visit this holiday show from November 16, 2016 – January 16, 2017.