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Donate goods, money or your time

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 …


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

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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 …

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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 ( $39.50, seniors $36.50, children 12 and under $32.50.

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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 …

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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.   

Classes, Clubs, and Camps for Kids

There are so many ways for children to learn. Learning through the arts, or by engaging in a sport, or by learning circus acts, kids can expand their educational, cultural and physical horizons. Here are some of our favorite (and super fun) interactive programs where kids of all ages might discover hidden talents. NEW YORK ABRAKADOODLE (New York and various U.S. locations), 212-875-4100) Abrakadoodle teaches kids creative and life development skills through painting, drawing, digital art and photography, and a host of other mediums, creating portfolios of work that the children can take home and keep. This program reaches children through art, providing a network of art classes, camps and parties across the United States through an innovative mobile art education. It is designed for children 20 months to 12-year-old. APPLE SEEDS (10 W. 25th St., 212-792-7590, $895 for one-year membership) This indoor playground accomodates infants with a cushioned play area and allows toddlers to drive a wooden taxi, run a well-stocked deli or play on giant cushions in the sports playground. BABY BOOT CAMP …

Top Farms in the U.S.

Visit a farm with your family this Fall (or any other time of year) and enjoy a great experience! Take a look at our guide to the best farms in the country. Alabama Aplin Farms, Slocomb, (334) 792-6362 This farm is known for tomatoes, pumpkins, melons, hens, wagon rides, and a petting zoo. Best time to go: June through October. Mountain Fork Farm, New Market, (256) 379-4762 This farm is known for its turkeys, broilers, and eggs, alongside heirloom tomatoes and fresh leaf lettuce. Best time to go: April to November. Alaska Calypso Farm and Ecology Center, Ester, (907) 451-0691 This farm is known for vegetables—learn about 30 to 40 different varieties on a nonprofit educational farm on the road to Denali National Park. Best time to visit: June to September. Arizona Brown’s Apple and Pear Orchard and Cider Mill, Wilcox, (520) 384-3671 This farm is known for apples and pears. Best time to go: August through October. Date Creek Ranch, Wickenburg, (928) 231-0704 This farm is known for grass-fed beef, plus Golden Delicious apples, …