Woodland Discovery Day

Awaiting families at the Discovery Center are tours of the center’s new Woodlands exhibit, plus North Woods discovery kits that they can take out to that special part of Central Park to explore its fauna and flora. Activities are ongoing, with gallery tours starting every 30 minutes. All ages.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

11:00am–2:00pm

Central Park
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
enter at E 110th St and Fifth Ave
New York, New York

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Two- or Four-Hour Bike Rental from Central Park Sightseeing Bike Rental (Up to 58% Off). Four Options Available.

As spring spreads like spilled gravy over the land, hibernating bicycles slowly awaken and emerge from the undergrowth, shy and stiff with sleep. Help the bicycles rise and shine with this Groupon.

Choose from Four Options

  • $10 for a two-hour bike rental (a $20 value)
  • $15 for a four-hour bike rental (a $30 value)
  • $17 for a two-hour rental of two bikes (a $40 value)
  • $25 for a four-hour rental of two bikes (a $60 value)

Central Park Sightseeing Bike Rental

Central Park Sightseeing Bike Rental matches riders with the proper bicycle for wheeling about the 843 acres and 47 miles of scenic pathways that make Central Park famous. Park perusers select from more than 150 new basket-equipped bikes for men, women, and children in a bevy of styles, such as hybrids for comfortable cruises, mountain bikes for tackling the park’s hills, and tandems that seat two riders or one cardio-savvy centaur. Team members ready customers for their jaunts by providing recommendations for specific routes across the park and attractions to see, then send them off with a helmet, illustrative map, and a chain lock for securing transports when they reach their destination.

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Four- or Eight-Week Women’s Boot Camp at NYC Adventure Boot Camp for Women (Up to 72% Off)

Experienced fitness instructors have the ability to motivate large groups to overcome their fear, which is why so many take second jobs directing traffic for lemurs. Keep up with the person next to you with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $99 for a four-week women’s boot-camp class, held three days a week (a $309 value)
  • $175 for an eight-week women’s boot-camp class, held three days a week (a $618 value)

An instructor leads a phalanx of 30–40 women through lake-skirting trails of Central Park for an hour of intense lunging, core conditioning, short-distance running, hiking, and Pilates mat routines. Classes kick off at 9:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., with some of the morning classes taking place at various outdoor locations. Trainers track each client’s progress with cold, hard numbers, taking measurements and conducting a weigh-in and body-fat calculation at the start and end of the program.

NYC Adventure Boot Camp for Women

ECITS-certified trainer Stacy Papakostas moves more quickly through time than most people. By injecting hyper-effective movements into her 60-minute boot camps she packs a full-body workout into three hours a week, churning out slimmer, more toned versions of people in a few months. She’s always kept her fitness focus feminine, specializing in women’s self-defense along with prenatal and postnatal therapeutic exercise. As a result, support and encouragement reverberate through the Central Park gatherings. Each student supports one another with a combination of sensitivity and motivation as workouts make use of the park, as patrons jog down paths, stretch on park benches, and perform plyometrics on the copper bill of Hans Christian Andersen’s duck. Her program welcomes women of any age and fitness level with a “no woman left behind” and “challenge everyone” philosophy, modifying exercises to ensure every client can keep up.

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Hudson River Park

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One- or Two-Night Stay with Tickets to Museum or US Open at Hotel Wales in Manhattan

Madison Avenue Boutique Hotel in Affluent Carnegie Hill Neighborhood

You can imagine flappers, business tycoons, and World War II heroes making their way in and out of Hotel Wales, which resides in a preserved historical building on New York City’s Upper East Side. Inside, the hotel is lined with marble-stepped staircases and ornately carved wrought-iron banisters, and there’s a distinctly old-fashioned feel to the place. And if you head upstairs to the rooftop bar, you can look down to see the affluent neighborhood of Carnegie Hill, or peer west to see Central Park or south toward Manhattan’s skyscrapers.

Hotel Wales is conveniently located near some of the city’s most popular attractions, and you can explore a few of them with ticket options offered with this Groupon. If you choose the museum tickets, you can head to world-renowned art galleries such as the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the Neue Galerie New York, which is dedicated to German and Austrian art. Alternatively, you can watch tennis heavyweights such as Roger Federer and Serena Williams as they duke it out on the hard court at the US Open, the last of the four tennis majors (game availability varies).

The 10-story boutique hotel has 89 newly renovated guest rooms, all equipped with Belgian cotton linens and 100% goose-down duvets and pillows. The suites have decorative fireplaces and face Madison Avenue; some of the floors located higher up in the building have views of Central Park. Fluffy muffins, homemade jams, and other breakfast favorites are included in the breakfast spread each morning at Sarabeth’s; for dinner, head to Paola’s, which serves fresh pasta dishes and unique desserts.

Manhattan’s Upper East Side: Tree-Lined Streets and Brownstones Create European-like Atmosphere

Carnegie Hill—which is named for the Carnegie Hill Mansion that resides here—is free of the skyscrapers and condo developments that have swept Manhattan’s other wealthy neighborhoods. Instead, brownstones sit side-by-side with neo-Gothic mansions along tree-lined avenues. Restaurants and coffeehouses also blend seamlessly into the streetscape. Located about 2 miles north of Midtown, Carnegie Hill is also an easy walk or train ride to some of the city’s biggest attractions such as Times Square and Rockefeller Center. But there are some interesting sites in the immediate neighborhood, too—enough to keep you occupied.

Just a few blocks away you’ll find the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the shopping mecca Madison Avenue. And then there’s Central Park, designed by legendary architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Head here to walk or pedal past the rolling meadows and bridges that span lakes adorned with lily pads. The Central Park Zoo is also contained here; don’t miss the daily sea lion feeding or the recently opened snow leopard habitat.

What You Get

Stay for two adults in a king suite or superior room with breakfast for two. Up to two kids stay free.

  • Option 1: $199 for a one-night stay with two museum tickets, valid for Sunday–Thursday arrival (up to a $410 value)
  • Option 2: $359 for a two-night stay with two museum tickets, valid for Sunday–Wednesday arrival (up to a $725 value)
  • Option 3: $449 for a two-night stay with two museum tickets, valid for Thursday–Friday arrival (up to an $854 value)

Book by: 10/31/12
Travel by: 12/31/12

  • Option 4: $599 for two-night stay with two 300-level US Open tickets, valid for Sunday–Wednesday arrival, 8/27–9/7 (up to an $883 value)

Included in all options:

  • $10 MTA MetroCard

Amenities

  • Rooftop gardens
  • Restaurant
  • Juice bar
  • Gym
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Concierge

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Orlando Marin Performance At Central Park’s Harlem Meer Performance Festival

Sit by the lake and enjoy the music of “The Last Mambo King” as he plays this week’s installment of the festival in the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in Central Park. This famed mamba musician’s rockin’ rhythms will have your whole family dancing. Part of the weekly Harlem Meer Performance Festival this summer.

Sunday June 17, 2012

2-4pm

110th Street & Lenox Avenue
New York, New York

Pricing & Ticket Info: Free

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On A Wing: Family Festival In Central Park

Discover Central Park’s winged residents at the On a Wing: Family Festival at the Belvedere Castle Terrace. Kids can view feathers under microscopes, craft an owl and record your bird-sightings! Various bird shows and tours will be held all afternoon by Urban Park Rangers, along with arts & crafts. For all ages!

Saturday May 19, 2012

12:00pm-3:00pm

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, New York

Pricing & Ticket Info: Free

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Family Volunteer Day In Central Park

It’s the time of year again when everyone seems to catch the cleaning bug! Bring those helpful hands out to Central Park for Family Volunteer Day, as part of It’s My Park Day. Central Park is New York City’s gem, and we all need to do our part to keep it in tip top shape! Projects will include mulching planting beds, raking, painting and sweeping paths. This isn’t all just work, however. The day will also be filled with painting, nature walks, yoga, arts & crafts and even boating! Children under 18 must attend with a legal guardian, and everyone is required to sign a liability waiver and photography consent form. Families are encouraged to attend – the more, the merrier!

Saturday May 19, 2012

10:00am-12:00pm

East 97th Street off Fifth Ave.
New York, New York

Pricing & Ticket Info: Free

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Four- or Eight-Week Women’s Boot Camp at NYC Adventure Boot Camp for Women (Up to 72% Off)

Experienced fitness instructors have the ability to motivate large groups to overcome their fear, which is why so many take second jobs directing traffic for lemurs. Keep up with the person next to you with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $99 for a four-week women’s boot-camp class, held three days a week (a $309 value)
  • $175 for an eight-week women’s boot-camp class, held three days a week (a $618 value)

An instructor leads a phalanx of 30–40 women through lake-skirting trails of Central Park for an hour of intense lunging, core conditioning, short-distance running, hiking, and Pilates mat routines. Classes kick off at 9:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., with some of the morning classes taking place at various outdoor locations. Trainers track each client’s progress with cold, hard numbers, taking measurements and conducting a weigh-in and body-fat calculation at the start and end of the program. Participants also receive a free T-shirt and a 60-minute nutritional seminar.

NYC Adventure Boot Camp for Women

ECITS-certified trainer Stacy Papakostas moves more quickly through time than most people. By injecting hyper-effective movements into her 60-minute boot camps she packs a full-body workout into three hours a week, churning out slimmer, more toned versions of people in a few months. She’s always kept her fitness focus feminine, specializing in women’s self defense along with pre- and postnatal therapeutic exercise. As a result, support and encouragement reverberate through the Central Park gatherings. Each student supports one another with a combination of sensitivity and motivation as workouts make use of the park, as patrons jog down paths, stretch on park benches, and perform plyometrics on the copper bill of Hans Christian Andersen’s duck. Her program welcomes women of any age and fitness level with a “no woman left behind” and “challenge everyone” philosophy, modifying exercises to ensure every client can keep up.

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Scotland Run 10K & Festival In Central Park

Celebrate all things Scottish during the Scotland Run & Festival in Central Park! Taking place during National Tartan Day and New York City Scotland Week, this 10K race will tour around Central Park and will include water and refreshments at the finish line. You may even see runners in kilts!

After the race, head out to the festival for some Scottish music, dancing, bagpipes, photo booths and crafts. This free festival also gives you the chance to win a 5 day trip to Scotland!

Saturday April 7, 2012

8:00am

West Drive at West 62nd Street
New York, New York

Pricing & Ticket Info: 10K Entry fees start at $15, festival is free

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$49 for a Three-Hour Composition in the Field Workshop from Digital Photo Academy ($99 Value)

Photographers swiftly capture what sluggish painters cannot, such as the sparkle of a fleeting smile, the identity of a media-shy superhero, or the split second a peregrine falcon breaks the sound barrier. Attain photographic know-how with this Groupon.

$49 for a Composition in the Field Photography Workshop ($99 Value)

Composition in the Field workshops equip students with the skills to evoke surprising imagery from everyday surroundings. During each indoor or open-air outing, an experienced photographer guides lenses toward flawless lighting, thoughtful framing, and stealthy snapshots of bald eagles not wearing their hairpieces. In past courses, students have captured images of the complex architecture and stained glass fixtures of Eldridge Synagogue, the streets of Chinatown, the hustle and bustle of Grand Central Station, and the colorful foliage of Central Park. Participants should plan to schlep their own digital camera and any other equipment, such as a tripod, to the site of their picturesque locale. Workshops are held on Saturdays and Sundays at various times and locations and taught by a team of professional photographers.

Digital Photo Academy

As memory cards replaced film reels, many photographers—both professional and amateur—felt befuddled by the new technology. That’s where Digital Photo Academy stepped in. Since 2007, the business has facilitated workshops that explore all aspects of digital imagery, from operating cameras and uploading digital files to editing images and airbrushing realistic mustaches. Seasoned professionals lead the courses, helping understudies hone their use of light, framing, and timing. Students furnish their own cameras, and can tote along any ancillary equipment such as tripods, laptops, and flashes that relate to the course at hand.

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Winterfest At Central Park Zoo

This month, spend some quality time in the company of your favorite animals at the Central Park Zoo’s Winterfest. On the first three Fridays and Saturdays of the month, the zoo will host festive activities from 2-6:30pm. Watch 4-D movies and enjoy the animals “opening” their presents—they like the holidays, too! Warm up from your walk under the twinkling lights with some hot soup or cocoa in the Dancing Crane Café.

Friday December 2, 2011
2:00pm-6:30pm
Southeast Corner of Central Park
New York, New York
Pricing & Ticket Info: Total Experience: $18/adults, $13/children and $15/seniors, with online discounts available.

Wildlife Theater
Time: 2:00–6:00 p.m.; performances begin on the hour
Location: Zoo Gallery

Holiday 4-D Movies
Bring your family to see The Polar Express™ 4-D Experience, based on the film from Warner Bros. Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment, and Planet Earth: Ice Worlds from BBC EarthBoth features are full of special effects that little ones will love.

Live Animal Encounters
Time: 2:30–5:30 p.m.; encounters every half-hour
Location: Zoo Gallery

Crafts
Time: 2:00–6:30 p.m.
Location: Zoo Theater Classroom

Presents to the Penguins 
Time: 3:15 p.m.
Location: Penguin house

Presents to the Polar Bear
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Polar bear exhibit

Special Performances and Meet & Greet

  • On December 10, Making Books Sing will perform If You Really Love Polar Bears
    Time: 2:00 & 3:00 p.m.
    Location: Zoo Gallery
  • On December 17, Meet Sprout’s Super WHY and Wonder Red during a special character appearance.
    Time: 3:00 p.m.
    Location: Zoo Gallery
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Pumpkin Festival In Central Park

Join NYC Parks for the  Pumpkin Festival, New York City’s annual celebration of the fall harvest season in leafy Central Park! This fall fest has the best activities for autumn, including a haunted house, pumpkin patch where kids take home a free pumpkin, arts and crafts, marionette performances by Puppets in the Park, Walkabout characters, pumpkin decorating, NY Rangers Road Tour & Slapshot Booth, an obstacle course and live entertainment. Rain or shine, while supplies last.

  • Fright Night at the Movies Haunted House–our spooktacular haunted house is back again this year and scarier than ever!
    • Catch a sneak peek of the Haunted House
      on Friday, October 28th from 5-7pm!
  • Pumpkin Patch – kids take home a free pumpkin!
  • Arts & Crafts – including pumpkin decorating!
  • Marionette Performances by Puppets in the Park
  • Walkabout Characters
  • Pumpkin Decorating
  • NY Rangers Road Tour & Slapshot Booth
  • Obstacle Course by the New York Road Runners
  • Live Entertainment
  • Pride of NY Farmers’ Market
  • NY Giant Pumpkin (1,436 lbs)!

Saturday October 29, 2011

11:00am – 3:00pm
Central Park, 72nd Street Entrance
Pricing & Ticket Info: Free
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Bats At Belvedere in Central Park

Lower Central Park at 1:00 p.m. Photographer's...

If you’re tired of all the pumpkins and parades this season, try something batty to celebrate Halloween this year. Learn all about night time’s most infamous fanged creatures at the Bats at Belvedere interactive lecture, where you can examine some blood-sucking specimens, see what scientists use to capture bats for studies, and try to spot bats across the Great Lawn yourself. Dr. Bill Schutt, a local bat expert who authored “Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures,” will lead the discussion and sign copies of his book. For more information, visit centralparknyc.org or call 212-772-0210.

Friday October 21,2011

5:00pm–6:30 pm
79th Street (mid-Central Park)
New York, New York

 

Pricing & Ticket Info: Free
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Stroll & Roll With The JCC In Manhattan At Riverside Park

Join the JCC for the Stroll & Roll — strollers and scooters allowed (and encouraged)! This two-mile charity walk will benefit the JCC’s Academics Community Equal Success program, which provides tuition assistance for children in the center’s after-school classes.

Stroll, roll and help raise money for underserved kids in our neighborhood! Join the JCC for the Stroll & Roll on Sunday, October 16th in Riverside Park — a 2-mile stroller-encouraged charity walk to benefit the JCC’s ACES (Academics + Community Equal Success) Program, which allows the JCC to provide full tuition assistance for after-school classes to students who demonstrate economic need and show effort and improvement in school. $36 per family (limit 5 family members).

Help raise additional funds for ACES by setting up a fundraising page atwww.crowdrise.com/strollandroll. The top 50 fundraisers can earn a Britax B-Agile stroller, with additional prizes going to the top three fundraisers!

Sunday October 16, 2011

9:00am-11:00am
Riverside Park
New York, New York
Pricing & Ticket Info: $36/family (limit five family members)
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