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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…

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LEGO FLatiron mural


Spring Kids Fest 2014 is today in Madison Square Park

Spring Kids Fest is happening again today (Saturday, May 17th) in Madison Square Park.

The free event runs from 10:30am-1:30pm and features free snack, music, storytelling, face painting, and more. It look like this year will also feature a dinosaur from the new dinosaur animatronic family attraction opening in May in New Jersey. We also here LEGO will be there (in advance of their new legoland store opening this summer next to the park) with some miniature Lego set giveaways.

Free food: They will have 2 snack stations with free water, lemonade, GoGo squeeZ fruit pouches, Popchips, Rita’s Italian Ice and some food from Eataly.

Here is the music and entertainment schedule:

Bad Kitty at 11:30AM, and DiMenna Children’s History Musuem‘s reading of Madeline at 12:30PM.

Other events include kids yoga, ring toss, bubbles, face painting, and they will be showing the movie How to Train Your Dragon 2.

It’s all hosted by the Madison Square Park Conservancy and Time Out Kids.


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