Ticket Giveaway to Hunger Games Exhibit at Discovery Times Square

Calling all Hunger Games fans! Head north from Lower Manhattan to Discovery Times Square for the Hunger Games Exhibition. The trek to Times Square is well worth the effort. 

THE HUNGER GAMES: THE EXHIBITION will ignite fans of the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise as never before. Immersive themed environments, hundreds of authentic costumes and props, and highly interactive digital and hands-on experiences will invite visitors to step inside and explore the world of Panem as created by the films. Guests will follow Katniss Everdeen’s inspirational journey, from her humble beginnings in District 12 to her emergence as the Mockingjay, sparking curiosity and excitement, as the real-world themes underpinning the stories and the technological wizardry and amazing artistry that carried them to the screen are revealed.

Date: July 1 – January 2016
Location: 226 West 44th Street
Ages: All ages though geared towards the tween set and older

FiDi Families Insiders! Enter FIDIFAMHG for 20% off your ticket to the Hunger Games Exhibition 

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Summer Family Fun Ideas from Modernize

FiDi Families was recently introduced to a new website that allows visitors to gather ideas and get a glimpse into how other homeowners have transformed their homes. Plus, visitors to the site will have a chance to connect with a professional, to help make your decor and home improvement ideas a reality. We have loved scrolling through their website to get inspiration as we redecorate our NYC apartment. Their team will be contributing articles to FiDi Families and we hope you can get some great inspiration from this site, so you to can Modernize

Fun things to do at Home this Summer

Summer Family Fun Ideas from Modernize

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Are your kids already starting to pull the “I’m bored” routine? Summer can be tough if you haven’t signed your kids up for a million activities to keep them out of the house but luckily there are some fun things you can do at home to keep things interesting and keep the complaining to a minimum.

Movie Day

Although you certainly want to limit the amount of screen time your kids are getting this summer, it can be really fun to spend an entire day lounging around eating healthy but delicious snacks and watching movies that the whole family can enjoy. Let each family member choose their favorite movie and let the movie marathon begin. You can integrate fun games like movie trivia and move-your-body challenges like a set of jumping jacks that must be completed between each film.

Water Wars

The heat of summer is the perfect time to get wet with a variety of different water-related activities. If you have access to a pool then set up some fun games or challenges for your kids that make it new and exciting. Or go for an oldie but goodie with a sprinkler and slip n slide. If you have super young kids you can even arm them with a spray bottle and let them “water” all of the plants. They will likely end up watering each other and having a blast.

Get in the Kitchen

Kids love when you give them the opportunity to make their own food so depending on their age ranges you can assign different days of the week when they are in charge of making dinner. Older kids can plan out a menu and prepare the entire meal while younger kids can be given specific assignments like stirring or pouring. One of my favorite meals to make with super young children is homemade pizza. Even a one year old can enjoy rolling out the pizza dough, spreading around the sauce and sprinkling the cheese. Just be sure to provide aprons (or even waterproof smocks) because they are likely to make a mess!

Hopefully some of these ideas have sparked an interest for your family or given you the inspiration to try another idea altogether. I’ve found that kids really aren’t bored when the whole family gets involved. Their “I’m bored” pleas tend to actually be cries for attention rather than actual boredom. What they are trying to tell you is that they’ve exhausted all of their own ideas and want you to get involved. So try one of these ideas or one of your own and hang in there, summer will be over before you know it!

For more ideas and inspiration, please visit their website at Modernize.com

Wednesday’s in Teardrop Park

Teardrop Park

Wednesday’s in Teardrop Park. This is an afternoon of fun for school-age children to join in creative art activities and spirited games in Teardrop Park every Wednesday. Artists of all ages and abilities are welcome! Come enjoy the beautiful outdoor weather while completing paintings, collages, sculptures, and art projects inspired by nature! The art portion occurs during the entire duration of the program, for children who prefer this over running around!

After testing their creativity, let the lawn games begin! Starting at 4:30 children will take advantage of the Teardrop Park landscape through a number of group games. These will cater to children with an array of interests with games ranging from but not limited to dramatic play to tag and capture the flag.

Your children will come home to you with a wonderful art project and tired out from an afternoon filled with fun!

Date: Wednesday, June 24th [Read more…]

Children’s Soccer!

Children's Soccer!

Children’s Soccer! Drop in for free soccer at Rockefeller Park! Come enjoy both the fun and fundamentals of a sport that your children can play for a lifetime! It is a great way to spend Tuesday afternoons during this summer season!

Between drills focused on passing, shooting, and footwork and a scrimmage ending each session, your kids will be sure to walk away with a new skill or even a new friend! There is no better way to get some exercise, fresh air, and have fun. Equipment is provided!

Date: Tuesday, June 30th [Read more…]

HudsonRiver Kid’s Trummy Tones Concert

Trummy Tones Concert

HudsonRiver Kid’s Trummy Tones Concert! Join HudsonRiverKids for Trummy Tones Concert. Hudson River Park brings out all of your favorite New York City family performers each Monday evening! From music to magic to interactive storytelling, Hudson RiverKids will keep your family entertained all summer long!

Meet Trummytones! This exciting new children’s music band is led by world renowned trombonist and front man Vinny Nobile! The Trummytones entertain with the tuba, drums, accordion, and Vinny’s high energy performance into musical fun for all ages! Known for preforming the “music on the menu” series in the Greenwich Public Schools they are also favorites at Stepping Stones Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Hip Tot Music Festival and the Policeman’s Shield Charities of Greenwich CT.  The Trummytones liven up any gathering with their upbeat island sound.

Date: Monday, June 29th [Read more…]

Walk & Talk: The History of Pier A

Walk & Talk: The History of Pier A

Walk & Talk: The History of Pier A. Extending 300 feet into New York Harbor and featuring a 70-foot clock tower, Pier A is New York City’s last remaining historic pier and its latest revival story. The Battery Park City Parks Conservancy will host a free tour of this beautifully restored site. The discussion will be led by BPCA Vice President of Real Property Gwen Dawson who will explain the history of Pier A and tell the story of its recent renovation and reimaging as a public space.

Date: Saturday, June 28th [Read more…]

FDNY 150th Summer Block Party at the FDNY Fire Museum

FDNY 150th Summer Block Party at the FDNY Fire Museum

FDNY 150th Summer Block Party at the FDNY Fire Museum! Please join us for a day of games, food, music and family fun– right in your neighborhood! FDNY will continue the Department’s 150th anniversary celebration by hosting a series of 12 Summer Block Party community events at Firehouses and EMS stations in all five boroughs.

Come celebrate 150 years of the FDNY and their bravery and devotion to New York City!Commissioner Nigro states, “Following the incredible success of our citywide open house events in May, we are inviting New Yorkers of all ages to our firehouses and EMS Stations all summer long to continue the celebration of this historic year.”

At each Summer Block Party, FDNY members will hold demonstrations, offer free fire safety education and conduct tours of FDNY apparatus, including the FDNY150 Fire Truck and Ambulance.  In addition, those attending can take part in free compressions-only CPR classes and learn more about careers within the FDNY. Volunteers from the American Red Cross will also be on hand at all locations to schedule free smoke/carbon monoxide alarm installations.

Date: Saturday, June 27th [Read more…]

Preschool Art on Thursday’s!

Preschool Art on Thursday’s!

Preschool Art on Thursday’s! Very young artists are introduced to paper, clay, wood, and paint. Each Thursday an art educator will present a new art project perfectly planned for toddler and preschooler skills. All materials are provided. Dress for a mess! While the kids get creative, parents and caretakers can enjoy the beautiful views of the Hudson River and the splendor of Rockefeller Park’s lawns and plant life.
This program meets by the Park House at Rockefeller Park; enter the park near Murray Street.

Date: Thursday, June 25th [Read more…]

Night at the Museums in Lower Manhattan

Night at the Museums in Lower Manhattan

Night at the Museums in Lower Manhattan. As part of the River to River Festival, 13 Lower Manhattan museums and cultural institutions will offer free programming for everyone to enjoy. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend the evening hours strolling with your children and introducing them to local institutions that help make NYC unique. Special programming and extended hours will be offered by the following institutions: 

9/11 Memorial Museum (reserve tickets online), the African Burial Ground National Monument, the Anne Frank Center USA, the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, the 9/11 Tribute Center, the National Museum of the American Indian – New York, the National Archives at New York City, Federal Hall National Memorial, the Museum of American Finance, Fraunces Tavern Museum, the Skyscraper Museum, South Street Seaport Museum, and Wall Street Walks. 

Date: Tuesday, June 23rd

Time: 4p – 8p

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages welcome

FiDi Families Insiders: Special promotions available for local restaurants. Visit the site here.

Please visit the site for details http://www.mjhnyc.org/nightatthemuseums/venues.html#special

For more information, please visit www.rivertorivernyc.com

Flash Ticket Giveaway to Magic Mike XXL

Join FiDi Families and Fandango for a no kids night out with Magic Mike XXL! 

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