Pirates Magnified: Search and Find Book Adventure


Ahoy book lovers – have we got a swashbuckling adventure for you! Grab your magnifying glass and seek out the fascinating history of real pirates in the new book: Pirates Magnified: With a 3x Magnified Glass, published by Wide Eyed Editions. This gorgeous book, written by David Long and beautifully illustrated by Harry Bloom, explores a pirate’s life on the high seas, all while using the included magnifying glass to spot over 200 themed items throughout the books pages. An interactive adventure for pirate lovers and history adventure seekers of all ages.

Come along as we dive into this high seas adventure, in our review of this must-have book for little buccaneers!

Pirates Magnified comes with 3D Magnifying Glasses Ready for a seek and find adventure!

Pirates Magnified comes with its own 3D magnifying glass!The book brilliantly comes with its own 3x magnifying glass that is embedded in the cover

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Events / Foodie / New York City

Thanksgiving Boot Camp with Ocean Spray


Once a year, situated amidst the skyscrapers and concrete abysses of Rockefeller Center is something that should not be missed – a real life, fresh water Cranberry Bog. The breathtaking bog is part of Ocean Spray’s Bog Across America Tour – a real cranberry bog display that travels to different cities just in time for Thanksgiving to share the taste, health and harvest of the cranberry. This is an annual experience – this season marks the 13th year Ocean Spray has brought the pop-up Bog to New York City.

Bogs Across America Tour with Ocean Spray - Rockefeller Center

Thanksgiving Boot Camp

Ocean Spray’s Bog Across America tradition changes a bit each season. From a classroom for children to learn about the harvest of the cranberry, to a variety of interactive activities to help hostesses and chefs prepare for the upcoming holiday – these events are not only educational but meant to be an inspirational way to get excited for the Thanksgiving feast. This year Ocean Spray, the nearly 90-year-old cranberry cooperative and Thanksgiving expert, came to New York with cranberry farm owner/expert grandmas, or CranMas, to whisk first-timers into holiday hosting shape at a Thanksgiving Boot Camp.

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Beyond City Limits / Halloween / Travel

A Sleepy Halloween – Exploring Sleepy Hollow


There’s no better way to celebrate the spooky season than by experiencing Historic Hudson Valley’s Halloween events in Sleepy Hollow Country.  With events such as the incredible Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, the frightening Horseman’s Hollow, telling of Washington Irving’s famous story, and a tour of one of the worlds spookiest cemeteries – there is no better place to take in Halloween! We love Sleepy Hollow, and our family has traveled there annually to kick off the ghostly season. Read on to learn more about our favorites, and the must see attractions in Sleepy Hollow.

A Sleepy Halloween – Exploring Sleepy Hollow

Legend Behind the Legend Sleepy Hollow

Legend Behind the Legend
Start your day in Sleepy Hollow where the story began with a tour of Washington Irving’s home. On this tour you are able to access both floors of his house, hear stories about what inspired Irving to write his famous short story and also see works of art inspired by The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The tour features a display of special edition books to pop culture artifacts as well. After, play historic games and Headless Horseman art activities, all of which are great for families.  This daytime event is the perfect for history buffs, little kids who would not enjoy the spooky nighttime activities, and is a great prelude to an evening at Blaze, Horseman’s Hollow. Be sure to walk the grounds to enjoy the fun photo opps.
Legend Behind the Legend. Located at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside. 3 W Sunnyside Lane, Irvington, NY 10533. More information HERE.

The Headless Horseman at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow

Headless Encounter

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Events / Halloween / New York City

Halloween in NYC – Ultimate Guide to Family Events and Activities


Halloween is here! Our ABSOLUTE favorite time of year, and there’s no better place to enjoy the season then in New York City. From month-long events to neighborhood harvest festivals, the month of October is chocked full of spooky fun for all ages of little ones. Start your planning now with our Halloween in NYC guide to the city, and our curated list of favorite can’t miss Halloween favorites!

Halloween in NYC – Continuous Month Long Celebrations

Halloween in NYC - Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo
Pick out your spookiest costume and get ready for 11 days of the annual Halloween craze – Boo at the Zoo. This family friendly, not-so-scary cherished tradition brings together fun Halloween activities with the Bronx Zoo’s resident wildlife. From annual favorites such as the hay maze, pumpkin carving demos, and wild costume parades, this is one event you will not want to miss! This year the event is bigger and better than ever for parents; Two Words: Beer Garden! We recap our top 10 reasons of why Boo at the Zoo is a family must do in our article with Mommy Nearest HERE.
Boo at the Zoo. Bronx Zoo. 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10460. More on the fun festivities HERE.

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Activities / Halloween / Holidays / New York City

Trick or Treasure – Luna Park’s Halloween Adventure


Shiver me timbers – its the end of September! Which means Halloween planning is near… but there’s no need to fear! Halloween Harvest at Luna Park is the perfect place for little ones to bring in the fun fall season! From character appearances to the city’s best pumpkin patch and Halloween themed arts and crafts  – our favorite amusement park pulls out all the stops for Halloween! And the best part – its just a quick subway ride from the city!

Halloween Harvest at Coney Island is on the top of our holiday lists each year. Come along as we explore this years festivities, and experience the fun to be had as Luna Park is transformed into Treasure Island!

Halloween Harvest Decor at Luna Park in Coney Island

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