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Info on Navigating Santa at Macys in 2014, aka SantaLand NYC

santalandIf you want to get a photo with your kids and Santa this year, you can go right up the street to Macy’s Herald Square. It’s technically free for your kid to meet Santa and take a photo, but if you want to keep the photo they take, it’s about $20-$100. You get to look at 3-6 photos that they took and can buy one or all.

If the idea of this makes your stomach turn, but you want that memorable and oftentimes hilarious Santa photo you are not alone. The lines can get long, so here are some tips to make the whole experience a bit easier:

santa macysLocation: SantaLand at Macys is located on the 8th Floor of the store at 34th Street and 6th Avenue. To avoid the chaos of other Macys shoppers, walk in off of 6th Avenue, go to the right and find the elevator banks on the north side of the store. There are some express elevators that stop at the 8th floor. Even the express elevators can take a while to show up but it’s faster than any alternative. You will come out in a bridal department but circle around and back (or ask someone) and you will find SantaLand.

Lines: The lines can be long. We went about 15 minutes before they opened and waited about 20 minutes. It actually goes pretty fast as they have (shhhh!) multiple Santas in hidden pathways so the kids don’t see. While in line there are trains and other exhibits that you walk through. You can also register and get an Express Pass at

Food: Right next to SantaLand is a Juice press and an Au Bon Pain, so you can snack while you wait. They technically do not allow food in the Santa photo area. It’s your choice whether you want that healthy juice or that chocolate chip muffin.

Santa: The Santas look pretty legit and will say a few words to your kids during the photo. We went with a 3 month old and a 20 month old and it all went smoothly.

SantaLand is open from Friday, November 28th through Wednesday, December 24th.

Here is the remaining schedule:
Saturday, December 20th, 2014 7:00AM – 9:00PM
Sunday, December 21st, 2014 7:00AM – 9:00PM
Monday, December 22nd, 2014 7:00AM – 9:00PM
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 7:00AM – 9:00PM
Wednesday, December 24th 2014 7:00AM – 4:00PM

Madison Square Park and Tree Lighting set for December 9th

One of the oldest (if not the oldest) tree lighting ceremony in the United States is happening again on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014. The event is free and features:

  • madison square park holiday treeA horticultural workshop
  • A Reading Rangers story time reading of kid’s stories Love Monster and the Perfect Present and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Music from New School Jazz Quartet, Motown the Musical, The New York Life Singers, and Audra Rox
  • Gingerbread Boulevard, a one-of-a-kind collection of three life-sized Gingerbread houses
  • Tree ornamentation with holiday bulbs made of hand-blown glass and gold wire from The City of Strasbourg, France
  • Free holiday treats from Hill Country Chicken (Apple Bites and Apple Cider), SD26 Restaurant (Pappa Pomodoro tomato soup), and Frittering Away (Hot Apricot Ginger Lemonade and Strawberry Basil Lemonade).

It starts at 3:30pm with the tree lighting at 5pm. The event is hosted by the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Fall Kids Fest 2014 is this Saturday, October 18th in Madison Square Park

This Saturday, October 18th from 11am-2pm, it’s time again for Fall Kids Fest right here in Madison Square Park. The big free event features activities, music, and storybook readings for little kids. There will be face painting, a costume parade, a costume swap/donation area, a pumpkin patch, a LEGO Halloween building area, an obstacle course and more.

Here is the music and entertainment schedule:

  • 11am-11:30am: Songs for Seeds (Reflecting Pool)
  • 11:30am: DJ KC Anderson of ‘Brunch Baby, Brunch’ (Main Stage on the southern gravel)
    DJ KC Anderson of ‘Brunch Baby, Brunch’
  • Noon-12:30pm: Songs for Seeds (Reflecting Pool)
  • Noon: Big Apple Circus Costume Parade
  • 12:30pm-1pm: Kid Ace (Main Stage on the southern gravel)
  • 1pm-1:30pm: Songs for Seeds (Reflecting Pool)
  • 1pm: Big Apple Circus Costume Parade
  • 1:30pm: The Trummytones (Main Stage on the southern gravel)

It’s all hosted by the Madison Square Park Conservancy.


A look at the LEGO festivities in Madison Square Park

lego nyfdIn conjunction with the opening of the new LEGO flagship store on the west side of Madison Square Park (Northwest corner of 5th Avenue and 23rd Street), the 4 days of LEGO celebration in the park has included life-size LEGO-made Superman, Ninja Turtles, and NYPD, and there is more to come.

Today they were working on what looks to be a massive 20 foot LEGO Statue of Liberty torch (by the way, the real one was on display in Madison Square Park as a fundraiser for the original Statue of Liberty from 1876 to 1882).

They also continued the LEGO flower garden where people could make their LEGO flower and plant it on the Madison Square Park lawn.

The final day of the LEGO celebration is Monday (October 13th), so definitely stop on by of you are in the area. (Or check out the new store).

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New Flagship LEGO Store in Flatiron to have 4 day celebration

We have learned that to celebrate the opening of the new flagship LEGO Store in the Flatiron (200 5th Avenue at 23rd Street), there will be a 4 day LEGO celebration in Madison Square Park.

LEGO Master Builders will reportedly build a 20 foot tall LEGO Statue of Liberty out of LEGO bricks. There will also be “a huge selection of LEGO sets, hands-on play opportunities, 3D LEGO mosaics, and life size LEGO models, including a 13-foot model of the Statue of Liberty Torch”

Here is the schedule:

  • Friday, October 10: 4pm-6pm
  • Saturday, October 11: 11am-6pm
  • Sunday, October 12: 11am-6pm
  • Monday, October 13: 11am-6pm

Here are some previews seen through the under construction windows of the store…

lego torch statue of liberty

LEGO FLatiron mural



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