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National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey - Ferocious sharks, playful sea lions, and more swim around guests during a highly immersive experience that mimics the ocean’s deep An Underwater Adventure: Take the dive on a journey underneath the Pacific Ocean over one incredible night, where you’ll be immersed in a beautiful blue world. Instead of taking animals out of their homes, Encounter’s groundbreaking technology brings you to theirs. Immerse Yourself: Guests will escape the jaws of a humpback whale, laugh through a kelp forest maze, light up a luminous coral reef, play with mischievous sea lions and much more, all without getting wet. Multi-Sensory Experience: The walk-through experience uses special effects to bring the ocean to life and let you see, feel and hear what it’s like to be a sea creature. Real-Life Experts: In Exploration Hall, visitors hear riveting tales from National Geographic ocean photographers and deep-sea explorers, who plumb the ocean’s depths in the name of science, as well as enjoy ocean gaming challenges.
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With two indoor ice rinks open year-round, Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers offers something for all sorts of skaters. Open since 1969, the facility welcomes skaters of all ages and ability levels during regular general skate sessions. Those looking to improve their skills can sign up for Skating School or private lessons for both ice skating and ice hockey. The Skater's Edge pro shop keeps everyone kitted out with premium equipment, apparel, and skate sharpening.
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Though its wall-to-wall Japanese street-fighter games enticed many patrons, Chinatown Fair's most infamous attractions for more than 50 years were its chickens, according to an article in New York Times. The fowl competed against guests in games of Tic-Tac-Toe, and bags of fortune cookies awaited challengers who could end the chickens' impressive winning streaks. While the feathered opponents were gone when Chinatown Fair reopened in 2012, the arcade still lures plenty of gamers with arcade classics and contemporary favorites. Washed "in bright candy colors, flashing lights and carnival-style music," as described by the Times, the arcade still keeps plenty of street-fighting games at hand, including Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition. Fighting alternatives include Guitar Hero, air hockey, basketball, skee-ball, ticketed and car racing games. To reward exceptional gaming, the prize counter stays stocked with goodies such as plastic green soldiers and a large selection of candy. Birthday party option includes: Two-hours of complimentary game play for 6-10 children; games will not dispense tickets during duration of free game play 200 prize tickets per child One pizza that serves ten One 64-ounce bottle of soda Paper plates, cups, and napkins One table and chair; guests are welcome to bring additional chairs, tables, and outside food
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Named as one of six great museums in NYC for kids by CBS New York, Children's Museum of the Arts has nurtured the artistic talents of youngsters since 1988. Tucked amid one of the city's most culture-rich neighborhoods, the SoHo facility's 10,000 square feet of galleries host three annual exhibitions by established and emerging contemporary artists, as well as children's work from the museum's permanent collection. Beyond reverence for the arts, each showing is designed to inspire kids to create their own work through the museum's nonprofit hands-on art program which hosts kids who range from 10 months to 15 years old. At the Fine Art Studio, for instance, teaching artists help students make their own paintings and drawings, while visitors to the Clay Bar sculpt creatures out of colorful clay. The complementary WEE Arts Studio also hosts age-appropriate workshops for kids ages 5 and younger, who can experiment with painting, drawing, drumming, story telling, and music. Elsewhere, kids can experiment with voiceover and music production in the Sound Booth or direct their own stop-motion shorts in the Media Lab. Along with its general hours workshops, the museum offers summer and school break camps and after-school classes in a wide variety of disciplines, as well as school group visits and partnerships and free community programs.
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Up to 10 players find clues, think logically, solve brainteasers, and act quickly to solve puzzles and achieve “freedom” in an hour. Lauded by Yelp and TripAdvisor users as one of the top escape rooms in the city, Mission Escape Games offers a unique interactive experience as visitors tackle brain-tickling puzzles and solve complex riddles together. The public, intermediate-level challenges available include immersive themes such as “Escape the Hydeout,” based off the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and “Escape Operation: End of Days,” an apocalyptic adventure.
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The acclaimed 18th century tale, Gulliver's Travels, chronicles a character immersed in a fantastical world, one where a sense of reality is both challenged and expanded. Gulliver's Gate builds upon this notion with a 21st century concept—a re-imagined exhibit of interactive, intricate miniature scenes. Together, the displays span the size of a full city block, each scene portraying a different world region, all connected by over 1,000 minute trains. The immersive, extensively detailed wonder tests worldviews and piques creativity within its life-size onlookers. Gulliver's Gate Exhibits New York City: Model-makers created this version according to the theme "City of Light"—the skyscrapers and major landmarks are alight, illuminating the city's true vibrancy: its millions of residents. Asia: The largest continent on earth is condensed to Gulliver size. It begins with a visit to the Taj Mahal, then travels through Cambodia, Singapore, and Malaysia before reaching China's Great Wall and Forbidden City. Europe: A trip to Europe highlights well-known fictional scenes: Zeus thunders from Mount Olympus and Don Quixote battles his windmill; Viewers can spot natural wonders like the Swiss Alps and the Aurora Borealis, too. Russia: A dream-scape inspired by both czars and poets, this portion incorporates Russia's sprawling winter landscapes and architectural greatness, from the time of the Romanovs, to Tolstoy's enchanted depictions, to modern-day. New England: A spotlight of quintessential east coast Americana comes complete with puritan, rural settings of Massachusetts, windswept beach scenes in Maine, fishing boats and weathered lighthouses off Connecticut's shores, and even Fenway Park. Latin America: The Caribbean, Central, and South America are brought to life, featuring ancient scenes from Mayan and Incan civilizations, natural wonders, and a re-creation of the building of the Panama Canal. The Middle East: Created to explore the influence religion has on a culture's development, the miniature Middle Eastern meccas depict how the architectural influences of Judaism, Islam and Christianity merge together.
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Turtle Back Zoo opened in June 1963 with a collection of 140 animals and 40 different species. Today, the zoo is home to more than 100 different species from all five continents, and it boasts exhibits and activities spread across 20 acres of South Mountain Reservation. Read on to learn more about this historic operation: The name: It's a nod to the rock formation on the mountainside east of the zoo, which was called "Turtle Back Rock" by the Lenni-Lenape Native American tribe. The exhibits: Sea lions, penguins, wolves, and bears are just a few of the zoo's stars. The Southeast Asia exhibit is particularly special: it features the Amur leopard and red panda, which are two very rare species threatened by extinction. Don't miss: The Endangered Species Carousel, which invites you to hitch a ride on a panda, alligator, or more than 30 other rare creatures. This custom-built carousel is located in a classic carousel house, complete with mosaic floors and stained glass windows. Amenities: The zoo includes miniature train rides, an animal-themed playground, and other family-friendly amenities such as free parking, a cafeteria, a picnic area, and a gift shop. What’s included: Admission for two. Free admission for children under two. Free parking throughout The South Mountain Recreation Complex. Click here to view the schedule Click here to view rules and FAQ
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What's more impressive than the Lockheed A-12 Blackbird—the world's fastest spy plane? Or a guided missile submarine? Well, how about a space shuttle? At the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, visitors will find all of this amid more than two dozen authentically restored aircraft, including the British Airways Concorde, the fastest commercial aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Through exhibitions, educational programming, and the well-rounded collection of technologically groundbreaking aircraft and vessels, the nonprofit institution provides visitors of all ages with an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery. Professional guided tours are available to enhance the experience. The Building: the aircraft carrier Intrepid, which withstood kamikaze attacks and a torpedo strike during World War II Size: the carrier's four decks take two to three hours to explore, unless you're visiting in an F-14 Tomcat Eye Catcher: Inside the Space Shuttle Pavilion, the gigantic shuttle Enterprise hovers above several space-themed exhibits. Permanent Mainstay: The American guided missile submarine Growler welcomes guests into its dining room, attack center, and torpedo room (where some of the crew also slept). Don't Miss: The Lockheed A-12 Blackbird spy plane, the world's fastest military jet with a top speed of 2,269 mph and cameras that could shoot pictures from 80,000 feet in the air. Limited Time: Kids Week features real scientists teaching attendees of the wonders of polar ice caps, expoplanets, and more; each day of the event has unique interactive displays and children's book authors. Hands-On Experience: Kids can climb into a helicopter and steer from an airplane's cockpit in Exploreum Hall. Pro Tip: Be sure to talk to the volunteers—many served aboard Intrepid or on other Navy ships.
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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square winds visitors through twisted halls housing more than 500 artifacts of whimsy, amazement, curiosity, and intrigue. Along self-guided tours of the Odditorium, groups of awestruck visitors gaze upon a two-headed cow, a 12 foot Gorilla made entirely out of tires, and the skeleton of a giant crocodile while perusing more than 20 themed galleries. Pickled heads stare out of jars and medieval torture devices such as dot-matrix printers hang from the ceiling while an authentic piece of the Berlin Wall stands in remembrance of the time long ago. Among the more than one dozen new artifacts are a Marilyn Monroe collection, including never seen before personal belongings, a life-size steampunk locomotive made of over 1 million matchsticks, a life-size game of operation, and a new Ode to Baseball exhibit filled with lots interesting baseball memorabilia and includes the largest collection of Louisville Sluggers outside of Louisville. Guests are going wild over the new Smash Dash Interactive game, a futuristic version of Whack-a-mole.
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For more than 200 years, Madame Tussaud and her attractions have delighted the masses with impressively detailed and meticulously maintained wax renditions of celebrities, musicians, political figures, and sports stars. Enjoy this interactive, "must do" attraction in the heart of Times Square, that provides guests with unique opportunities to mingle with movie stars and pose for paparazzi, come up close with famous pop stars on stage, address the world alongside famous leaders, and travel back in time to challenge legendary athletes. Prominently located in the heart of Times Square, Madame Tussauds New York is open 365 days a year at 10 a.m.
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THE RIDE and Family of NYC Experiences - a fun way to discover New York City. The interactive entertainment and tour experiences will introduce the customers to the Big Apple’s most iconic sights and give them a taste of the city’s eclectic atmosphere. THE RIDE is a 75-minute interactive entertainment experience with 2 comedic hosts and 5-7 live street performances. THE TOUR Powered by THE RIDE is a 90-minute multimedia sightseeing experience with 1 NYC licensed tour navigator, with a route spanning Midtown Manhattan and a bit of the Upper West Side. THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered by THE RIDE is a 90-minute multimedia historical adventure exploring Downtown Manhattan, featuring the magic of virtual reality that allows visitors to relive historical moments in time.
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What’s your New Year’s Resolution? Did you know that one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to learn a new skill? That’s where Music & Arts comes in! Whether it’s your child, or even you, Music & Arts, the Nation’s premier music lesson provider and music retailer has you covered! In fact, their lesson studios are opening the doors, January 25-27th for you to come in and take a tour of the facilities, participate in a free guitar class, meet with our university-trained, background-checked instructors and even get a FREE Fender or Laurel Canyon guitar or uke!* Click HERE to find the Music & Arts location nearest you Choose from open mic performances or free beginner guitar lessons. Schedule a free appointment with one of Music & Arts' talented professional lesson instructors. This could be the beginning of your lifelong relationship with music. FRIDAY, January 25th Take the Stage Open Mic Night 6-8 p.m. TAKE THE STAGE now! Come hear your local favorite artists or get up there and rock your resolution! SATURDAY, January 26 FREE Guitar Classes at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Start your journey here with basic guitar classes led by a professional lesson instructor. Music & Arts will help you take the first step of the new year! ALL WEEKEND FREE consultations with one of Music & Arts highly qualified lesson instructors. Plus! FREE tours of The Lesson Studio. Music & Arts’ lessons are customized by hand-selected expert instructors to fit any skill level, age, or genre of music- in a safe and family friendly environment. Come check them out for yourself, for FREE, during their nationwide Open House event!
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If Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate this winter, you can still guarantee your kids a frosty blast with winter snow tubing and ice skating fun at AvalancheXpress at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, PA! AvalancheXpress at Heritage Hills Golf Resort is the mid-Atlantic's winter wonderland! It's just one hour from Baltimore, 90 minutes from Washington, DC, two hours from Philadelphia, three hours from New York, and 3.5 hours from Pittsburgh, offering TONS of FUN for both the young and young at heart! With this snow-tastic CertifiKID deal, save up to 27% on a weekday or weekend pass for UNLIMITED Snow Tubing, Ice Skating and Hot Chocolate Bar! It does not get much better than that! AvalancheXpress features up to ten lanes of snow tubing fun, and two powered rope-lines to tow tubers hilltop. There is lighting for night tubing and fire pits to warm you as you enjoy a custom-created hot chocolate just for you! The outdoor ice skating rink overlooks the grounds at Heritage Hills. It’s the perfect complement to a day of snow tubing. Master your figure eights after a thrilling day of tubing! Want to stay and play overnight? Check out this OVERNIGHT snow tubing and ice skating package from Heritage Hills Resort - Click HERE!
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I SCREAM, You SCREAM, We All SCREAM for ICE CREAM!  Welcome to the Turkey Hill Experience! Located between York and Lancaster, PA - a great day trip for all of us in the DC Metro and Baltimore areas - the 26,000 square foot Turkey Hill Experience is a true shrine to ice cream.  Brought to you by Turkey Hill (the same folks who churn ice cream and brew iced tea), the Turkey Hill Experience gives visitors a peek at the 80-year-old Lancaster County ice cream maker and the unique heritage and culture of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  Immerse yourself in Turkey Hill as you walk through the super fun, child-friendly, interactive exhibits that bring Turkey Hill’s story to life. Become a Turkey Hill Dairy ice cream maker. Milk a mechanical cow. "Drive" a milk truck. Create your own virtual ice cream flavor and packaging and then record your own Turkey Hill commercial... and even take a “tea personality” test.  Oh - did we forget to mention that all Turkey Hill Experience visitors receive UNLIMITED FREE ICE CREAM SAMPLES?! You’ll be having ice cream dreams…more reason to stay overnight and visit again the next day! Check out these OVERNIGHT deals at nearby Eden Resort or Fulton Steamboat Inn.
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The Other Josh Cohen is a 90-minute life-changing laughfest for the whole family that will leave you feeling better about the world. THE OTHER JOSH COHEN Westside Theatre in New York City December 18th - February 24th From the moment you walk into the Westside Theatre, you’re immersed in the quirky world of Josh’s New York City apartment… as it is getting robbed. Thus begins this hilarious rock-and-roll romantic comedy about good guy Josh caught in a lifelong battle with bad luck. But just when all hope seems lost, a mysterious letter arrives that changes his life forever. A cast of mind-blowing actor-musicians leap in and out of the story playing almost as many parts as they do instruments. “It’s Seinfeld meets Rodgers & Hart,” raves one in an endless string of love letter reviews. This funny, touching, hummable new musical makes its triumphant return! "The spontaneously charming musical that's just right for right now." -The New York Times "Fabulously feel-good funny show that shouldn't be missed. A Triumph!" -DC Metro Theater Arts "A pop rock musical charmer, The Other Josh Cohen is VERY FUNNY, VERY TUNEFUL & VERY UPLIFTING!" -Broadway World Written by David Rossmer and Steve Rosen. Directed by Hunter Foster
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After twenty years as a Master of Bubbles, in 2007 Fan Yang brought his unique brand of bubble artistry to the Big Apple and has since wowed bubble lovers of all ages. The Gazillion Bubble Show  is truly is a family affair for Fan: his wife Ana, son Deni, daughter Melody, and brother Jano all can be found on stage in New York and around the world performing their bubble magic. Audiences are delighted with an unbubblievable experience, awashed with a bubble tide, and some even find themselves INSIDE a bubble. Mind-blowing bubble magic, spectacular laser lighting effects, and momentary soapy masterpieces will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid again.    BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW AND PLAN AN UNFORGETTABLE FAMILY WEEKEND IN NEW YORK CITY!  The Gazillion Bubble show's  appeal extends well beyond the stage, including appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show", "The Dave Letterman Show", "LIVE! with Regis and Kelly", The Ellen Degeneres Show", "Fox and Friends", "The View", "CBS Sunday Morning", "The Today Show", FOX, NBC, ABC, CW11 as well as television stations all around the world. "It is simply UNBUBBLIEVABLE!" The Gazillion Bubble Show...."It will BLOW your mind!!!"  
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Don't you think it's about time you Bury the Hatchet? You know, the exciting new Axe Throwing Experience that has taken the U.S. by storm!  Enjoy the thrill of throwing an axe at a wooden target at Bury the Hatchet's indoor facility, in one of their four NY area locations - Brooklyn, NY and Bloomfield/Montclair, Matawan/Old Bridge & Paramus, NJ. Organize a group of up to 6 people and book your CertifiKID deal for up to 31% Off this one-of-a-kind experience.  Here's how it works: During your 2-hour session, you play multiple games against a variety of opponents in a round robin tournament. You throw against a partner at a target and the person with the most points after 10 throws wins that game. Winners advance to play tougher opponents while those in the non-winners bracket continue to play against others of a similar fate. No matter where your talents lie, everyone can throw an axe and everyone can make it stick! In between turns, continue the fun by watching from the sidelines, enjoying a drink or two and socializing with friends old and new. This may sound like a dangerous way to spend a Saturday night but stay with us for a minute. First of all, safety is #1 at Bury the Hatchet. They operate a very controlled environment and each guest who enters must go through their safety briefing and training session before they are allowed to participate. Once official play begins, each lane has its own designated Axe Master to oversee games and ensure participants stick to their stringent safety standards. Axe throwing has a rich history and can be experienced by anyone ages 14 and older. Chances are, you've never thrown an axe before. Fear not, the art of throwing an axe is determined by your form, not your strength so anyone regardless of how often you hit the gym, can do it! It's a great family outing with your hard-to-please teens, an excellent way to spice up date night and even adds some competitive fun to a couples night out!
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Need a quick getaway but don't want to drive? Let OurBus do the driving for you with comfort and ease!  Pack a bag, grab the kids, and head to New York City. Or if you're already in New York City, head to Washington, DC and check out our beautiful nation's capital and historical landmarks. In addition to daily service from DC and Columbia, MD to NYC, OURBUS NOW OFFERS A CONVENIENT NEW ROUTE BETWEEN TYSONS - BETHESDA - ROCKVILLE and NYC (valid Fridays - Sundays ONLY)! No matter which direction you go in, skip the stress of the I-95 corridor and let OurBus do the driving for you with comfort and ease, offering a relaxing ride in new, clean buses with reclining seats, sanitized bathrooms, charging outlets, WiFi, and even bottled water for all passengers. With multiple safe and convenient stops, OurBus provides direct travel along two local routes: TYSONS - BETHESDA - ROCKVILLE - NYC (Friday - Sunday Only) - NEW ROUTE! TYSONS, VA - 1824 Dolley Madison Blvd, Tysons, VA. Dolley Madison Blvd in front of McLean Metro Station (No long term parking) BETHESDA, MD - Rockville Pike at White Flint Metro Station Rockville Pike Bus Stop (Near Marinelli Drive) ROCKVILLE, MD - Georgia Ave. Park and Ride Bus Stop (Route 97 & Route 200 - FREE PARKING!) NYC - Port Authority Bus Terminal or Park Avenue South between 26th St. & 27th St. or Madison Ave. between 26th St. & 27th St. DC - COLUMBIA, MD - NYC  (Daily Service) WASHINGTON, DC - Union Station COLUMBIA, MD - Intersection of Route 32 & Broken Land Pkwy - Park & Ride (FREE overnight parking). The only daily NYC bus service in Howard County! NYC - Port Authority Bus Terminal or Park Avenue South between 26th St. & 27th St. or Madison Ave. between 26th St. & 27th St. The holidays are a magical time of year in NYC - check out Rockefeller Center's gigantic Christmas Tree, take in the stunning window displays along Fifth Ave., enjoy The Radio City Christmas Spectacular or a Broadway show or experience one of the many pop-up holiday markets. The options are endless!  Or if you're already in New York City, head to Washington, DC to see firsthand how our historical landmarks celebrate the holiday season. Prepare to be mesmerized by the dazzling National Menorah and Christmas Tree displays, take in a Nutcracker performance by the Washington Ballet or stroll through any one of their unique outdoor markets. Don't delay, start planning your family's quick getaway with this awesome deal!
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The CitySightseeing Skyline Cruise offers stunning views of famous attractions like the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Greenwich Village, and more. Enjoy the weather and concessions while taking in amazing sights from the outdoor decks. The Hop-On Hop-Off Cruise with Ripley’s admission package from CitySights NY combines the pleasure of sightseeing with the excitement of discovering interesting and bizarre artifacts from around the world. Once on board, tour goers get unparalleled views of famous attractions like the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Greenwich Village, and more. With 4 convenient hop-off stops in various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, customers can get up-close and personal with some of NYCs unique neighborhoods. Pier 11 provides access to South Street Seaport and Battery Park. Hop off in DUMBO, Brooklyn for fantastic views from the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Hop off at Pier 78 to explore exciting Times Square and the Theater District. Once in Times Square, check out Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum. Enjoy two whole floors full of outlandish artifacts and interactive displays.

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