Take a tour of one of the world’s greatest landmarks. You get a boat ride, too!
You probably already knew this, but it is nice to have one’s suspicions confirmed- according to NYCTourist, the five “must-do” activities for families in New York are:
• The American Museum of Natural History: Dinosaurs; giant whales on the ceiling; an awesome sky show at the planetarium. You name it, its inside this amazing building filled with mysteries revealed, little-known creatures and anything else your imagination can, or sometimes cannot come up with.
• Broadway: Singing, dancing, drama- the Great White Way will light up you and your family’s life like no other experience. Yes, its expensive, but there are ways of saving lots on your tickets, either on the internet or getting tickets at the last moment in Times Square. Don’t miss giving your family memories that will last a lifetime.
• NY Skyride: Take the elevator up, up, up to the top of the Empire State building and enjoy a 30 minute virtual tour in a simulator which is a one-of-a-kind. Passengers move in synch with the 18-foot high-definition screen while flying above the streets and landmarks of NYC.
• Statue of Liberty and Skyline Cruise: going to the SOL is like getting two great activities rolled into one. A fun boat ride with the best view of the NYC skyline imaginable; and an exciting and educational tour of one of the greatest landmarks found anywhere in the world. Take the kids, you won’t regret it.
• NYC Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tours: really get down to the nitty-gritty of what NYC is all about. It’s about the culture, and where better to explore the culture than in the neighborhoods and the unique foods offered. It’s something different and sure to please.
Wicked on Broadway
Kids’ Night Out on Broadway is a fantastic way to take your children out for an unforgettable experience, and not have to mortgage the house to do it. From February 5th through the 9th, kids between the ages of 6 and 18 can get a free ticket to a Broadway show when they are accompanied by an adult with a full price ticket.
The list of shows from which to choose is long, including such incredible productions as The Lion King, Anything Goes, Sister Act, and many more. There are several off-Broadway shows also available, such as Rent, Stomp, Avenue Q, and others.
As an added bonus, those participating in KNOB are invited to Madame Tussauds for a pre-theater party on February 7th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. The event is free to kids and one parent or guardian who has a KNOB ticket for a participating show. Kids will meet many cast members, participate in a variety of fun programming, and will get to explore the world-renowned wax museum. Madame Tussauds is located at 234 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.
- Sister Act on Broadway
Remember the film Sister Act? Whoopi Goldberg plays a singer who must hide from the Mafia after witnessing a murder, and the police hide her in a convent where she must play the part of a nun. The screenplay was adapted for the theater and became a big hit in London’s West End after it opened there in 2009.
Now you can see Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy on Broadway. Unfortunately Goldberg is unable to reprise her role as Sister Mary Clarence, but Patina Miller is up to the challenge, with a wonderful voice and amazing stage presence. The chorus of nuns backing up Miller is spectacular, singing some old favorites and original tunes by the likes of Alan Menken, who gave the Little Mermaid her voice, and Aladdin his genius.
Sister Act is taking part in “Broadway Week,” and tickets can be purchased at the 2 for 1 price for shows beginning September 18 through the 30th.
New York is known for its supreme walk-ability, but when is the last time you went for a walk just for the walk’s sake and not to get from where you are to where you’re going?
Here are some fabulous ideas to get out and see the city like it was meant to be seen.
• Discover the history around the building of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. In just 30 minutes, beginning at the stairway at Cadman Plaza East near Prospect Street in Brooklyn Heights, you will finish at Broadway and Chambers Street. The Brooklyn Bridge is one mile long, and every day about 6,600 pedestrians either walk or bike over this glorious suspension bridge. When it was built in 1883 it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. If you are lucky you might see young men proposing marriage to their beloveds on the bridge, a traditional place for that magic moment. But if there is no actual engagements going on when you are there, do not fret, there will be evidence of such an occurrence, a padlock attached to the fence there, whose keys have been tossed into the river. How romantic!
• If you have a bit more time on your hands, but less time than you would need to really go to Los Angeles, you can spend a bit less than three hours experiencing some of the fun that goes along with a trip to Southern California. Start at Elizabeth Street between East Houston and Prince Streets, and finish at 246 Spring Street between Sixth Avenue and Varick Street. Begin with a fish taco served from an old vintage Volkswagen van which is parked inside a comfortable, plant-filled, sunny garage at Tacombi at Fonda Nolita, 267 Elizabeth St. For some cult shopping, wander over to ‘Creatures of Comfort,’ (205 Mulberry St) which is the original LA boutique which impressed Angelinos first with its supply of elusive indie designers such as Rachel Comey, Wood Wood and Suno. If surfing is your thing, you can find what you need right in lower Manhattan at ‘Saturday’s Surf’ (31 Crosby St.) At additional places along the route you can get a tan at ‘Brazil Bronze Glow Bar,’ (580 Broadway); check out some fine street art at 110 Greene Street where you can see “Subway Map Floating on a New York Street’; get a cocktail reminiscent of Hollywood kitsch at Bar d’Eau (246 Spring St.)
Al Hirschfeld Theatre
• What would New York walks be without a stroll down Broadway? Begin at 302 West 45th Street between 8th and 9th, and continue for 1.2 miles to finish at 234 42nd St. between 7th and 8th Avenues. On this route you should be sure to see the Al Hirschfeld Theatre; Café Edison; Times Square and the TKTS ticket booth for discounts at first-rate Broadway shows; Lyceum Theatre built in 1903, it is Broadway’s oldest continually running theater; Jimmy’s Corner, one of the last vestiges of the gritty, Koch-era Times Square before the facelift. Get a fancy beer here, a Sam Adams, the best on the menu. Heading south you will come across the New Amsterdam Theatre where the girls of Ziegfeld Follies used to entertain. Last stop, the AMC Empire 25. This mega movie house used to be the Eltinge Theatre. Named after the most famous female impersonator of the 1900s, Julian Eltinge. Check out the ceiling in the lobby to see murals of women that were modeled after the actor.
June is a great month to feast on some of New York’s special theatrical presentations. From Broadway to Central Park to some less known venues, treat yourself to some amazing performances this month.
• Fish Eye: Playwright Lucas Kavner brings to life the love story of Max (Joe Tippett) and Anna (Betty Gilpin) which is a told in a loopy, time-warped fashion, but the narrative is never disjointed. Adrienne Campbell-Holt, director, makes sure everything runs smoothly while the cast delivers natural, convincing performances. Catch “Fish Eye” until June 18th at the HERE Arts Center, 145 Sixth Avenue, $18. Phone 2112-352-3101 for more information.
• All’s Well That Ends Well: Until June 11th you can bask in the wonderful New York tradition of enjoying, for free, a Shakespeare play in Central Park. One of Shakespeare’s ‘tragicomedies.’ The story tells the unlikely romance of Helena, a simple doctor’s daughter, to Count Bertram, an unwilling partner in this forced marriage, believing that he is marrying below his station. The play is full of twists and turns, one of Shakespeare’s “bed trick” plays, a case of mistaken identity during a sexual encounter. Delacorte Theater, June 11th through July 30th.
Shakespeare in the Park
• Best of Broadway 2011: Fast-paced, great songs, fabulous dancing and exciting staging and choreography will make you glad you stepped out for some great musical nostalgia. Check it out at the Tropicana Showroom in Atlantic City, 2831 Boardwalk, 800-843-8767