NYC Fun for Kids in March

 

If you’re a parent, you know. Kids have energy. A bottomless, inexhaustible, adorable supply of energy. And there comes that point in the winter, usually about now, when they’ve been cooped up in the house (or hotel) too long. They’re ready to burst and you’ve run out of ideas.

Luckily, this is New York City. Let’s find some creative, fun, educational places where the kiddos can stretch their legs and put all that energy to good use.

And you know what? You might even find yourself acting like a kid again at these March events. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to sleep under a 94-foot whale?

Whether your child has never been to NYC or has taken many bites out of the Big Apple, here are some fun events for the whole family this month.

Sleepover at the Museum of Natural History

 

You read it right — sleepover! Spend a wonder-filled night at the American Museum of Natural History. Many of the scenes for the 2006 film Night at the Museum were filmed here.

Now it’s time to make your own night of memories as you encounter towering dinosaur skeletons in the night, including the legendary T. rex!

Keep your flashlight trained ahead as you weave through the Hall of Human Origins. Explore the live-animal exhibitions and see bats, wolves, and birds of prey. The next Sleepovers are happening March 18 & 25.

Admission includes an evening snack and light breakfast, a sleeping cot, fossil fact-finding mission by flashlight, admission to a LeFrak Theater film, live-animal special exhibition or live-animal presentation, and take home activities.

Paw Patrol at Madison Square Garden

 

These pups are all about problem-solving, teamwork, and adventure! Join Ryder, Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma, and Everest in the first-ever live Paw Patrol tour. You see, they need to rescue Mayor Goodway.

It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race and Mayor Goodway of Adventure Bay needs to face off against Mayor Humdinger of Foggy Bottom. But nobody can find him!

Based upon the Emmy-nominated Nickelodeon show, Paw Patrol Live brings all your favorite characters to life with the help of great costumes, video projections, and upbeat music. See it at at Madison Square Garden from March 23rd to March 27th.

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Two Classics Coming to Broadway in March

When the Lunt-Fontanne theater opened in 1910, it had a retractable roof to keep guests cool.

And the Shubert theater holds the record for longest-running show in Broadway history. Between 1975 and 1990 A Chorus Line, which totaled an incredible 6,137 performances.

Point being: when you’re in this neighborhood, you’re surrounded by history, thousands of stories, little quirks, surprising facts, and incredible talent.

Both theaters, along with the rest of Broadway, are minutes away from our front door. And both have extraordinary and classic shows about to open (unlike the Lunt-Fontanne’s roof, which, you’ll be happy to hear, is now forever closed).

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

 

You know the story. Or do you? Experience this classic in a whole new way. Charlie, Grandpa Joe, Willy Wonka and all the other unforgettable characters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are coming to the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in a new musical. The show stars two-time Tony Award® winner Christian Borle as Wonka himself and is directed by three-time Tony Award-winning director Jack O’Brien. You’ll hear all the beloved songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination” and “The Candy Man,” alongside a brand new score from the Grammy® and Tony-winning songwriters of Hairspray, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Previews begin March 28th and the show officially opens April 23rd.

Hello, Dolly! Starring Bette Midler

Don’t miss Bette Midler’s return to Broadway in the classic Hello, Dolly! Midler will star in the title role as Dolly Levi — a widow, matchmaker, and world-class meddler. When Dolly tries to find a match for herself … things get interesting! This is the show’s first time back to Broadway since 1995, and it will also star Tony Award-winner David Hyde Pierce, whose most famous role was that of the psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the NBC sitcom Frasier. The show is bursting with timeless songs, including “Before the Parade Passes By,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” and the title number, “Hello, Dolly!”

Previews begin March 15th and the show officially opens April 20th.

 

 

 

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Winter (and Music) is Coming

Music is at the heart of film, helping to imprint classic scenes on your heart in a way no other medium can. In some cases — see Jaws, Titanic, and The Lion King — a film’s music has rivaled the movie itself in terms of cultural impact and staying power.

In these special cases, to hear the music is to relive the film, to be drawn back into the emotional journeys of your favorite characters and stories. So we’re excited to see two unique opportunities coming to New York City in March, where you can experience breathtaking film scores in a whole new way.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert

Experience every magical scene and note like never before. This concert features the entirety of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone projected in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while its Academy Award-winning score is played live by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Released in 2001, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was a global sensation so beloved and well-received it gave rise to seven sequels. John Williams — the legendary creator of scores to such classic films as Star Wars, Schindler’s List, Superman, and the Indiana Jones trilogy — composed this masterful musical journey. You’ll hear the music that brought J.K. Rowling’s characters to life and set the sonic foundation for every Harry Potter movie.

Radio City Music Hall provides the perfect historic setting for this unforgettable experience that runs from March 31 through April 1.

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

Through six seasons on HBO, with each character’s defining moments and every tumultuous battle, Ramin Djawadi’s epic score has driven the emotional weight of Game of Thrones. Now Djawadi is bringing the medieval sights and sounds to Madison Square Garden with the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience.

What you can expect to see: three stages, dozens of musicians, pyrotechnics, and gigantic video screens. You’ll be visually transported to the realms of Westeros and hear music from each of the show’s six seasons. The event is set up “in the round,” providing great views from every angle. Ramin Djawadi’s previous credits include the Grammy-nominated score for Marvel’s 2008 blockbuster, Iron Man, as well as scores for Pacific Rim, Clash Of The Titans, and Warcraft. Djawadi himself oversees the event and will perform alongside other soloists and a local choir and orchestra.

The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience comes to Madison Square Garden for one show only on March 7.

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Fall Into Fun Events This Season: Harvest Week Returns to NYC

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It’s finally starting to feel like fall in New York City, with the cooler weather and changing colors everywhere. And what better way to celebrate the season than a week-long feast of fall flavors?

Harvest Week is back at Hotel Belleclaire, bringing with it a week of tasty autumn-inspired treats, costume contests, delectable desserts, and a whole lot more.

Beginning Monday, October 26th on National Pumpkin Day and continuing each day through Halloween on Saturday, October 31st, we’ll be serving guests goodies from our seasonally themed lobby. Display your artistry during our pumpkin painting event; we’ll provide the pumpkin and paints, but we’re counting on your skills for silly and scary pumpkin designs. Pick up candy corn, caramel apples, trail mix, and hot apple cider for a true taste of fall in New York City.

Grab gourmet desserts and baked goods from the Sweetery NYC food truck, stationed outside Hotel Belleclaire on Friday, October 30th from 2-4pm. Once you step outside to take in the stunning fall foliage, you’ll want to explore all the area’s best attractions, including Central Park. Be sure to stroll along and visit these Upper West Side attractions, all within walking distance of our hotel.

Join in the Halloween Costume Contest on October 31st for a chance to win a complimentary night’s stay in deluxe accommodations at Hotel Belleclaire. Participants of all ages are encouraged to post photos of their costumed selves on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #HBHalloween2015 by midnight on October 31st for a chance to win.

There are so many things to do in NYC this fall, but Harvest Week is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated events of the season. Celebrate autumn with our events for all ages and continue your stay by exploring other family-friendly attractions in Manhattan.

Check our full schedule of Harvest Week events for a complete listing of events and giveaways!

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Back to School and Relishing Autumn

Visiting New York in the fall offers easy access to some of the most charming aspects of the city, from the radiant colors of changing leaves to the energy of the new school year. If you find yourself on the Upper West Side, you can expect to see all the neighborhood academia – from grade schools to universities – welcoming new classes and seasoned students alike. Visit Manhattan during the back-to-school season, and you’ll find a host of activities and events that highlight the richness of scholarly life in this corner of the city. Hotel Belleclaire makes the perfect home away from home if you are looking at prospective schools or visiting a student.

Central Park is magnificent in fall, its paths lit by autumn sun and the reds, browns and golds spreading across the treetops. Take a walk down the various trails on your way to the campus of your choice, enjoying the crisp weather, and don’t miss any performances going on at the park’s designated venues.

Visit one of the schools close to our hotel on the UWS, including (but not limited to) Columbia, Barnard, Juilliard, SUNY and Fordham. Sit in on a lecture or presentation, attend a student production, or take a campus tour. Whether it’s a powerful play at Columbia Stages, a free-to-attend student recital at Juilliard or a world-class dance performance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, experiencing the energy of the 2015 fall academic season for yourself will be no challenge.

On the way back to Hotel Belleclaire, step into the historic Zabars to see the changing seasonal delicacies. You’ll find everything you need filling the shelves of this classic store for a quintessential New York nosh with regional specialties.

Finally, if you’re in need of a break in a time-honored spot, stop by Café Lalo (better known as the coffee shop from “You’ve Got Mail”) for a rest and a cup of joe. Their signature blends will be especially welcome after a busy day of exploring Upper West Side universities and schools by foot!

The Upper West Side is particularly exceptional in the autumn months during the return of the school year, and we are pleased to have you join us during one of our favorite seasons.

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A Long, Lovely Weekend: Labor Day in NYC

When it’s Labor Day in New York City, any direction is the right direction. Celebrating the close of summer and the beginning of fall is a special treat anywhere you go in NYC, and, we’re proud to say, especially at our Upper West Side hotel. The summer months are quite picturesque for us at Hotel Belleclaire, but even more so on Labor Day. This year, Labor Day is Monday, September 7, 2015; there are a number of upcoming activities around town that you’ll want to check out.

The New York Labor Day Parade, of course, is the flagship event of the holiday. Honoring workers of all industries, this massive parade starts at 5th Avenue and 44th Street and is a beloved annual tradition. Head over from your UWS hotel room and catch all the fanfare.

Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s priceless treasures, thanks to the museum’s policy of remaining open on Labor Day to allow the holiday crowds to experience its collections.

If you’re looking for a party this year, the Electric Zoo Festival takes place Friday, September 4, 2015–Sunday, September 6, 2015. An electronic dance music lover’s dream, this is the seventh year for Electric Zoo’s ardent crowds.

West Indian celebration is a mainstay of New York Labor Days and this year, the West Indian American Day Carnival Association brings the city a full panoply of Caribbean events, food and art; its events are located in Brooklyn, but the trip is bound to be a rich one.

Take time for the wealth of outdoor movie screenings, rooftop bars, public pools (some of which are pop-ups), and of course, the famous city beaches. Parks are everywhere, so no need to worry about finding a spot for your picnic blanket.

Celebrate Labor Day, NYC style, and kick back with some of the many late-summer pleasures we look forward to every year.

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Savor Summer on New York’s Upper West Side

With warm weather and lively crowds, summer is a wonderful time to be in New York. Though there are countless things to do in New York City, some of the best can be found in Hotel Belleclaire’s home neighborhood of the Upper West Side. Whether you are interested in art, architecture, food or shopping, the Upper West Side is the place to be. While you could easily spend your time wandering the tree-lined streets and admiring the classic architecture, here are a few of our favorite Upper West Side activities.

Take the Hotel Belleclaire Streetwise Walking Tour
Free to Hotel Belleclaire guests, these tours begin at 11 a.m. every Wednesday and are a great way to get adjusted to your new surroundings. Not only will you see many of the Upper West Side’s iconic destinations, such as Carnegie Hall and Columbia University, but you will come away from this free NYC walking tour with practical tips and insider knowledge to make the most out of your time in the city.

Visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or simply The Met, is not only an icon of the Upper West Side, but of all New York City. The permanent collections boasts some of the most famous art in the world, and spans everything from Greek sculpture to pop art. Once you’ve had your fill of art inside the museum, head to rooftop for refreshments and stunning Manhattan views.

Tour The Cloisters
Take advantage of the beautiful summer weather by visiting the museum and gardens of The Cloisters. A branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters is devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, comprising approximately two thousand works of art.

Lounge in Central Park
Whether taking a leisurely stroll or settling down with a book or picnic lunch, a summer day in Central Park is a must for visitors and locals alike. Only a ten-minute walk from Hotel Belleclaire, you’ll enjoy dramatic Manhattan views from the luscious greenery of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s most famous work.

Visit Lincoln Center
Home to The Metropolitan Opera, The New York City Ballet, The New York Philharmonic Orchestra and more, Lincoln Center offers everything from dance, music, film, opera, theater and other live programs. A stunning building on the Upper West Side, Lincoln Center has something for everyone.

Have Breakfast at Barney Greengrass
New York City is famous for many things, including its array of iconic food. No trip to New York City is complete without sampling the city’s favorite breakfast food, the bagel. Stop by Barney Greengrass to get one of the best in the city.

Shop at Columbus Circle
After spending the day outdoors, stop by the Shops at Columbus Circle, the sleek architectural center next to Central Park, to partake in a little retail therapy and pick out a few items to add to your summer wardrobe.

Take in Classic Theatre with Shakespeare in the Park
A New York City tradition since 1962, Shakespeare in the Park is a must for summertime visitors. This year’s productions include The Tempest, starring Oscar-nominee Sam Waterston, from May 27 to July 5. Cymberline, directed by Tony-winner Daniel Sullivan, will also be on view from July 27 to August 23. See some of the most acclaimed performances of all time in the comfort of the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Savor Classic Pastries at Mille-Feuille
Stop by one of New York City’s best bakeries to sample mouth-watering macarons and croissants, or register for a class to take your baking skills to new heights before heading home. Conveniently located inside the Hotel Belleclaire lobby, you won’t want to miss this Upper West Side favorite.

Tour the Nicholas Roerich Museum
Known as a hub for arts and culture, the Upper West Side is home to the Nicholas Roerich Museum. Located in a brownstone on 107th Street, the museum includes over 100 works by the Russian-born artist, as well as a collection or archival materials.

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Explore NYC With an Upper West Side Walking Tour

Not many cities are as walkable as New York City, and few neighborhoods in New York are as pleasant as the Upper West Side.

Set out on a guided Upper West Side walking tour that delivers the best of our neighborhood and beyond to step into the past, present, and future of our incomparable area. Mornings at Hotel Belleclaire begin with a complimentary tour every Wednesday at 11 a.m., available free to all guests. The tours are provided by Streetwise, an official partner and tour operator of Triumph Hotels.

Each tour is filled with practical tips for making the most of your stay in New York City, covering acclaimed dining destinations, after-dark hotspots, or cultural and family attractions. Come with us, and you’ll get a chance to see our special side of Central Park, featuring Bethesda Terrace and Strawberry Fields. As photo-op-worthy as these two iconic attractions are, they’re by no means the only points of interest you’ll pass.

You’ll make detours past the Beacon Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Columbia University, the American History Museum and countless Beaux Art masterpieces like the Dakota, the Ansonia and the buildings of Emery Roth. After seeing Strawberry Fields and Bethesda Terrace near the hotel, you’ll take off on your own. Armed with information, know-how, and ambition, you’ll have the entire city at your feet.

Learn more about NYC walking tours with Triumph Hotel Group and Streetwise.

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Attend the World Science Festival in NYC

The World Science Festival (WSF) comes to NYC May 27-31, 2015. This can’t-miss cultural event brings thousands of science enthusiasts and experts to the city for a glorious five-day celebration of science. The festival features more than 50 engaging events of all types, including mainstage programs and intimate salons where the world’s top scientists discuss big ideas.

This year, a special series of events will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, including youth and family offerings like cool jobs and apprenticeships, and old favorites like Stargazing and the Flame Challenge, in which scientists attempt to answer big questions for an audience of curious 11-year-olds.

The World Science Festival in New York culminates in the Ultimate Science Street Fair, an outdoor event taking over Washington Square Park and the surrounding area on Sunday, May 31.

Hailed as a “new cultural institution” by the New York Times, the World Science Festival launched in 2008 and has featured gripping debates, original theatrical works, interactive explorations, musical performances, intimate salons, and major outdoor experiences in the years since.

Past participants have included Stephen Hawking, Glenn Close, Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Weinberg, Philip Glass, Eric Lander, Steven Chu, Chuck Close, Bobby McFerrin, Sylvia Earle, Anna Deavere Smith and Oliver Sacks.

Make Hotel Belleclaire your Upper West Side hotel home base when attending the 2015 World Science Festival in New York City.

Tickets to WSF 2015 go on sale the first week of May on the festival’s main website.

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Memorial Day Meets Fleet Week for a Memorable NYC Experience

Fleet Week comes to NYC this May 20-26, 2015 for its 27th year, bringing Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen to the city for a time-honored celebration of maritime services. Past events have included sunset parades, live music performances, commemoration ceremonies and much more. Fleet Week New York has been held nearly every year since 1984, and it is anticipated that nearly 1,500 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate this year. Stay updated on Fleet Week events as they are announced here.

This celebration is timed appropriately for your three-day Memorial Day weekend, giving you ample opportunity to experience this tradition and the rest of New York City’s offerings, which include springtime sales and Memorial Day parades in the outer boroughs. By staying with Hotel Belleclaire on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, you’ll not only have easy access to these treasured NYC events, but also a variety of iconic resident attractions, such as these within walking distance:
• Central Park
• Lincoln Center
• Beacon Theatre
• American Museum of Natural History
• Carnegie Hall
• Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
• Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
• The Metropolitan Opera
• Columbus Circle

Make a reservation today at Hotel Belleclaire to plan your memorable Memorial Day weekend.

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