It’s that time of year when giving back is a gift. We have put together a list of organizations where you can donate new or used items, money or your time. For more information, please contact the charities directly. BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK With more than 13 million children in the US at risk for going hungry, this Kentucky-based group helps feed elementary school students in more than a thousand schools across 45 states. A $130 donation can feed one child on the weekends for the entire 38-week school year. CARDS FOR HOSPITALIZED KIDS This organization collects cards for children. Everyone is encouraged to make all types of cards, regardless of age, location or artistic ability. It is an easy, yet meaningful way to make a difference. Contact them directly for more details. CHILDREN INCORPORATED This organization has been helping children in need in the U.S. and abroad since 1964. For $30 a month, you can sponsor a child, and the money will help fund their food, clothing, healthcare, and education. You can also make a …
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
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 …
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.
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.”
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 …
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.
Canstruction is an annual design competition that challenges teams of architects, engineers, and contractors to build sculptures made entirely out of unopened cans of food. The large-scale structures, as seen below from 2016, are displayed and later donated to City Harvest.
Want to give the kids an awesome restaurant experience? Consider any of these cool restaurants for kids of all ages. Eating out doesn’t have to be an average experience.
For the first time ever, Alvin & The Chipmunks will hit the road on a nationwide tour. Produced by Twentieth Century FOX and Iconic Entertainment Studios, Alvin & The Chipmunks: Live On Stage! is an interactive experience for the whole family.