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THE BEST SPOTS TO PICK APPLES AND PUMPKINS THIS FALL SEASON...

Gina Giordan

THE WANNA SHOW HAS THE WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE ON PUMPKIN PICKING CLOSE TO NYC!  

The Fall season is here!  The season officially changes September, 22.  By mid October, the kids are back and settled into their new school routine.  Those summer work hours are a distant memory and most folks are back in the office working five days a week.  

You may recall, the moment you transitioned from Summer to Fall, as you stepped outside and the brisk chilly air hit you in the face.  Instantly reminding you that it's time to layer up and winter is just around the corner!  

Despite the chill in the air, the transition from summer to the fall season is truly a magical time of the year.  One of our favorites!  The leaves are changing colors and the local farms open their doors to celebrate the harvest!  

If you live in the NYC there are several local farms that are open seven days a week and offer apple, pumpkin picking, food, live music and several seasonal activities for all ages!  

The Wanna curated a list of local NY farms below that offer pumpkin picking, hayrides and so much more! 

Enjoy!

"Ya Know You Wanna!

  

FARM NAME:  HARVEST MOON FARM AND ORCHARD

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DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 70 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION: 130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem, NY 10560

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Apple, Pumpkin picking, Orchard tree walks, Animal watching.

Weekly hours are 9AM – 5PM.  Always check the website directly for exact address, hours of operation and events!

FOOD OPTIONS:  Weekdays the farm store is open to purchase lunch items from the market menu.  On the weekends guests can feast on the festival menu and the best part?  Farm-made hard cider!  

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  Every Saturday and Sunday the farm turns into an outdoor food and music festival.  Several local food vendors gather and serve the classic favs pizza, fresh seasonal dishes and don't forget that farm-made hard cider!  In addition to the weekly activities the kids festival activities include:  hayrides, face painting, trampolines, inflatable jumping land for all ages and more!  We suggest you review the farm website for the most up to date hours and events! 

WEBSITE:  http://www.harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com/visits.html

 

FARM NAME:  BENNER’S FARM

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Instagram @bennersfarm

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 110 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  56 Gnarled Hollow Road, Setauket- East Setauket, NY 11733

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Their tagline is “Old-fashioned Family Fun,” so you know you’re in for a great day at Benner’s!  They have pumpkin-picking, haunted hayrides, and more.  Make sure to check their event calendar for updated dates and times.

Hours: 12PM — 4PM

SPECIAL EVENTS:  There are a few different fun, educational courses to take part in, including “Mommy and Me,” “Farm Fun,” and “Down on the Farm.”  Check out what they involve here

WEBSITE:  https://www.bennersfarm.com/

 

FARM NAME:  FAIRVIEW FARM

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DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 110 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  19 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton, NY 11932

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  On top of pumpkin picking and hayrides, Fairview is famous for it’s giant “Maize”.  They also have a corn cannon, a favorite for both kids and parents.

Hours: ONLY OPEN Thursday – Sunday: 10AM — 6PM

SPECIAL EVENTS:  New this year, a Tractor Trailer full of corn for kids to play in!

WEBSITE:  http://www.fairviewfarmatmecox.com/

 

FARM NAME:  HANKS PUMPKINTOWN

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DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 1 hour 40 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  240 Montauk Hwy., Watermill, NY 11976

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Hank’s boasts a wide range of activities to choose from, including pumpkin picking, apple picking, hayrides, wagon rides, tractor train rides, playgrounds, games and more.  Their new market has tasty treats your kids can munch on, including freshly baked pies, cookies, cupcakes, candy apples and cider donuts.

Hours: 9:30AM—6PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES: Get lost in the corn maze park, or get festive with face-painting!  They’re also open on Halloween weekend.

WEBSITE:  http://www.hankspumpkintown.com

 

FARM NAME:  WILKENS FARM

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Courtesy Photo via CBS

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 60 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  1335 White Hill Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:   Pumpkin picking, bake shop and hay play area for kids.

Hours are:  Pick-Your-Own: 10AM-4:30PM, Markets: 10AM-5PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  In addition to the weekly activities, Friday, Saturday and Sunday also include hayrides! 

We suggest you review the farm website for the most up to date hours and events! 

WEBSITE:  http://wilkensfarm.com

 

FARM NAME:  SCHMITT FARMS

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DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 80 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, NY 11747

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Daily pumpkin-picking and hayrides.

Hours: 10AM — 5PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES: The weekend is the best time to be at Schmitt Farms.  Activities range from pumpkin picking, corn maze, hay rides, playground & inflatables, farm animals, pony rides, and a spooky Haunted House for the older kids to walk through.

SPECIAL EVENTS: “The Haunted Mansion of Melville” was voted Long Island #1 Scariest Haunted House.  Be sure to check out the calendar here for dates and times to check out the terrifying house of horrors!

WEBSITE: http://schmittfarms.com

 

FARM NAME:  ELWOOD PUMPKIN FARM

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DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 90 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  1500 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  If you want a super authentic pumpkin harvest feel, Elwood grows pumpkins in their own fields.  Here, you’ll find no admission charge for pumpkin-picking.  You can also enjoy hay rides and a corn maze.

Hours:  Saturdays, Sundays: 10AM to 5PM, Monday – Friday: 3PM to 5PM

WEBSITE:  http://www.elwoodpumpkinfarm.com/

 

FARM NAME: WHITE POST FARMS

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DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 50 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  250 Old Country Road, Melville, NY 11747 

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES & SPECIAL EVENTS:  Enjoy pumpkin-picking and hayrides daily.

Hours: 10AM — 5PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  Their annual Fall Festival goes from September 24th to October 30th.  Your admission includes entry to sing-a-long hayrides, their famous animal farm, a singin’ chicken show, and so much more.

Hours: 10AM – 4PM

WEBSITE:  http://www.whitepostfarms.com/

WHY YOU NEED AN EMERGENCY "GO BAG" ASAP!

Gina Giordan

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“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin

“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.” ― Abraham Lincoln

"Expect the best, plan for the worst!"  That's my motto to live by.  In today's world, with exploding deadly lava,  wildfires, catastrophic hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorist attacks (the list goes on)  it's a good idea to prepare you and your loved ones for any emergency situation.  

Friday, June 1st, is the official mark of the 2018 Hurricane season.  What if during an emergency you are separated from a loved one?  Do you have a plan?  Does your child know what to do if they are separated from you during a natural disaster?  It's no surprise during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there were more than 5000 cases of missing children after the storm.  Hurricane Katrina survivor, Marceline, shared her harrowing story with "Save the Children."  She was separated from her 2-year-old daughter for a week.  Would your child have the necessary skills to find their way back to you? 

These days, relying on our cell phones for everything means most of us would have trouble remembering actual contact numbers or addresses without using their cell phone.  Do you know all your loved ones direct contact numbers off the top of your head?  What about the actual address of an emergency evacuation route or bus stop?  Sometimes a nasty Nor'easter doesn't come with a timely warning and can leave you without power and water for days. No power means your local stores and gas stations are closed.  Are you prepared if a violent storm hit tonight leaving you without power for weeks?  Preparing yourself and your loved ones ahead of time, for any emergency is key. 

For starters, make sure you actually have a list of cell phone numbers and addresses of the important people in your life.  That means in addition to loved ones you have contact numbers for care takers, doctors, emergency care, hospitals etc.  We suggest you actually hand write this contact list and make photo copies to keep handy and distribute to the other people on your list.  A written contact list would be crucial in the event both the internet and cell phone service are down.  In addition to having emergency contact information on hand, it is important that you and your family create an emergency location to meet up in case all other communication are cut off.

One of the best ways to prepare you and your family in case of any emergency is, a GO BAG!  A decade ago, the suggestion of a GO BAG may have seemed extreme but, these days being prepared could save you from some serious aggravation or possibly save a life.  Whether you live in a high-rise in the city or a home in the suburbs, you can customize a GO BAG for each person in your household. A suggested list of GO BAG items are posted at this link:   Westchestergov.com and detailed below.  Don't forget to include a copy of emergency contact information in each GO BAG!  

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You can also create an emergency GO BAG specifically for kids!  The options of what to include in your GO BAG are endless.  THE WANNA suggests you include an "In Case of Emergency" or ICE card in your child's GO BAG.  Amazon sells a version for around $10 bucks here.  Ultimately, customizing a bag to fit your specific needs are obviously the best way to go.  But, If you are way too busy to customize a GO BAG, you can buy a pre-packaged "survival" bag or "family emergency"  kit.  This website, Stealthangelsurvival.com has a slew of options to choose from. 

Make a bag. Buy a bag... Whatever you choose, just do it!  It's better to be SAFE than SORRY!

Have a fun, memorable and SAFE summer season 2018!  

xo, THE WANNA

 

*****WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR GO BAG?  Westchestergov.com ******

In the event of an emergency that requires you to evacuate, everyone in your household should have a Go Bag packed and ready to go. Your Go Bag should be a sturdy and easy to carry backpack or duffle bag containing things you would want to have with you if you have to leave in a hurry. Items to consider for your Go Bag include:

  • Bottled water and nonperishable food, such a s granola bars
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, wet wipes, etc)
  • Flashlight, hand-rank or battery-operated AM/FM radio, and extra batteries
  • Portable cell phone charger
  • Notepad, pen/pencil, and marker
  • Local street maps (paper version)
  • Spare home/vehicle keys
  • Whistle or bell
  • First aid kit
  • Dust mask to reduce inhalation of dust and other debris
  • Work gloves
  • A change of clothing (long sleeve shirt/pants, rain gear, sturdy footwear, etc.)
  • Copies of important documents (insurance/medical cards, contact lists, identification, marriage and birth certificates, etc.) in a portable, waterproof container or plastic bag
  • Back-up medical/assistive equipment and supplies
  • A list of the medications you take, why you take them, and the dosages
  • Cash, in small bills
  • Supplies for your service animal or pet

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends assembling a kit of basic supplies to last three days (72 hours), in the event of a disaster. The kit should be checked at least twice per year to ensure that components have not expired. Identify an easily accessible storage location for the kit, and ensure that all family members are aware of this location. This kit should include the following:

  • Water
    • One gallon per day, per person. This provides for both drinking and sanitary uses.
    • Include additional water for pets, as needed
  • Food
    • Non-perishable items
    • Ready-to-eat canned foods, and a manual can opener
    • Ensure adequate supply for each family member
      • Consider special dietary or other needs
  • Include pet food, if applicable
  • Handheld AM/FM radio and NOAA Weather Tone Alert Radio. Appropriate spare batteries.
  • Cellular phone
  • Chargers for portable electronic devices (phone, laptop, tablet, etc.)
  • Flashlight and appropriate spare batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle or bell
  • Dust mask to reduce inhalation of dust and other debris
    • Adequate supply for family members
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to seal windows, doors and other openings, if advised to do so.
  • Pre-moistened wipes, plastic garbage bags and zip ties for toileting.
  • Wrench and/or pliers to shut off utilities
  • Local street maps (paper version)
  • Key documents including insurance documents, contact lists, identification, etc. in a portable, waterproof container
  • Medical information (history, allergies, etc.) for each family member.
  • Personal medical/assistive equipment, as appropriate
  • Prescription medications, including a list the medications you take, why you take them and the dosages
  • Prescription glasses, if needed
  • Diapers and formula, if needed
  • Spare home/vehicle keys
  • Cash (small bills), change for telephones, etc.
  • Sleeping bag/blankets
    • Adequate supply for all family members
  • Changes of clothes for each family member
    • Long sleeved shirt
    • Long pants
    • Sturdy shoes
    • Appropriate personal hygiene supplies for each family member
  • Unscented chlorine bleach
    • For disinfecting purposes: dilute nine parts water to one part bleach
    • For water purification: sixteen drops per gallon of water
  • Fire extinguisher (portable size)
  • Matches and weatherproof container
  • Paper plates, cups, eating utensils, paper towels
  • Age-appropriate books, games, etc. for children (if applicable)

Additional Information and Links

 

WHAT TO PACK INSIDE YOUR "GO BAG" FOR KIDS:  

  • A small backpack 
  • Waterproof flashlight or mini - Lantern
  • Extra batteries
  • Shampoo/Body Wash
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bandages with Antibiotic Cream
  • Hand wipes
  • Tummy relief (Tummygize Essential Oil)
  • Gauze pads
  • Snacks — granola bars and fruit pouches
  • Bottled water
  • Change of clothes
  • Extra shoes
  • $20 in small bills and change
  • Paper and crayons
  • Activity kits
  • Comfort item — stuffed animal, blanket, etc
  • ICE Contact Card

 

DO YOU KNOW AN AMAZING TEEN WHO MAKES A DIFFERENCE? NOMINATE A CARING KID WHO CREATES CHANGE AND GIVES BACK!

Caroline Slusarczyk

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With all the crazy things going on in our world today, it’s good to know we can find some hope for the future in the young people of America.  The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program seeks to encourage middle school and high school level students to give back to their communities with volunteer community service.  America’s youth is the future of our world, so it’s fitting to inspire and award those young people who choose to make a difference in their communities.  After all, they are just average kids helping to make the world better one step at a time.

Each year since 1995, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors the students who perform the most outstanding acts of service in their community.  These could include fundraising for charity, feeding the homeless, or educating others about an important issue, to name a few.  This year there were more than 30,000 participants.  102 State Honorees are named every year, and there are also a number of Distinguished Finalists and Local Honorees.  Each year in May, the top 10 kids overall are chosen as “America’s Top 10 Youth Volunteers.”

The program’s call for entries in 2017 is open now.  If you want to make a difference in your community, or know a student who does, go here to apply for the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program before the deadline on November 8th.

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Interested in this year’s inspiring batch of youth volunteers?  Below is the list of 2016’s “America’s Top 10 Youth Volunteers.”

Jungin Angie Lee, 17, of Naperville, Ill., a junior at Metea Valley High School in Aurora, co-founded a nonprofit organization that has generated nearly $200,000 over the past nine years through annual fundraising events to help find a cure for her rare neuromuscular disease. When she was 15 months old, Angie was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic disorder that causes debilitating and often fatal muscle weakness.

Connor Archer, 17, of Stillwater, Maine, a senior at Old Town High School, works to educate the public about autism and the challenges faced by people with autism like himself, and has raised more than $12,000 for organizations that help people with special needs. Connor was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old.

Maria Keller, 15, of Plymouth, Minn., a sophomore at Orono High School, founded a nonprofit called “Read Indeed” when she was 8 years old, and has since collected more than 1.7 million books for children in need in 48 states and 17 other countries. 

James Lea, 17, of Las Vegas, Nev., a junior at Faith Lutheran Middle School and High School, helps brighten the holiday season for children who have recently lost a parent by surprising their families with an anonymous gift each day for 12 days, tied to the theme of the song “12 Days of Christmas.” In 2008, when James was 9 years old, his father died from a sudden heart attack. “

Alisha Zhao, 17, of Portland, Ore., a junior at Lincoln High School, created a club at her school to provide services to local homeless people, and then founded a nonprofit organization called “Kids First Project” to expand her efforts and focus on the needs of homeless youth.

Kayla Abramowitz, 13, of North Palm Beach, Fla., an eighth-grader at Watson B. Duncan Middle School, has collected nearly 10,000 DVDs, books and other items for 81 hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses in all 50 states through her nonprofit organization, “Kayla Cares 4 Kids.” Kayla has juvenile arthritis and Crohn’s disease, and knows firsthand about hospital stays.

Clare Szalkowski, 10, of Dubuque, Iowa, a member of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois and a fifth-grader at Hoover Elementary School, started “Clare Cares” over two years ago to “build friendships and make our community a better place” by organizing projects that benefit bullied children, homeless and hungry people, and others in need of assistance. Clare was inspired to start her project after her older sister had an epileptic seizure at school and her friend made fun of her.  

Grace Davis, 10, of Louisville, Ky., a fifth-grader at Greathouse Shryock Traditional Elementary School, has raised more than $140,000 over the past four years to care for babies born prematurely by distributing piggy banks to students in her community and encouraging them to fill them up.  

Zachary Rice, 13, of Long Valley, N.J., an eighth-grader at Long Valley Middle School, initiated an annual 5K run/walk that has raised more than $50,000 over the past three years to provide gaming systems and other fun distractions for young patients at Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown. Zach spent a lot of time in the hospital during fourth and fifth grade due to a painful hip infection and a subsequent debilitating bone condition.

Jackson Silverman, 10, of Charleston, S.C., a fifth-grader at Advanced Studies Magnet-Haut Gap Middle School, persuaded a local food bank to let him start a youth volunteer program there in 2013 that has by now packed more than 14,000 weekend lunch bags for kids in need. He started his own nonprofit organization called “I Heart Hungry Kids” and, after a little persuasion, got the food bank to agree to a kid volunteer program.

 

Ya Know You Wanna!

CITY STAY-CATION TO CLOSE OUT THE SUMMER SEASON!

Caroline Slusarczyk

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Apparently hurricane Hermine is headed towards the entire East Coast.  That could mean we need to prepare for a soggy Labor Day weekend.  No worries, THE WANNA team put together a list of things to do if you decide to abandon ship and stay in the city this holiday weekend!

Holiday weekends and brunch just go together.  The more carb filled the better right?  Blame it on the rain!  Best way to ease into the weekend is a flavorful booze filled brunch!  It's our picks for FOOD YOU WANNA EAT to kick off a successful city stay-cation!

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The Wanna's fav brunch spots include:

Cafe MogodorWilliamsburg - A pioneer in the NYC restaurant world, this spot serves up amazing Moroccan bites and boasts great hipster-watching views.  The weekend brunch is a special price and includes an entree, coffee and juice.  We suggest the Moroccan Eggs and Turkish coffee! 

The Crosby Bar & Terrace, Soho - Five star service and decor thanks to Kit Kemp of Firmdale Hotels.  The Crosby Street Hotel surrounds the incredible Bar and Terrace destination.  Traditional English breakfast at it's finest.  The blueberry pancakes are delightful.  Amazing outdoor garden for that second round of mimosas!  

Babettes, East Hampton - The only restaurant you need to know out East for Brunch is Babettes.  The business savvy, passionate and soulful owner, Barbara, runs a tight ship for decades.  The menu changes with the seasons and utilizes only the freshest ingredients supporting the local farmers and growers.  Sunday brunch is a celebrity and VIP hot-spot.  But, on any given day of the week, you may catch a glimpse of Spielberg grabbing a smoothie or L.A. Reid dining with his family.  Yet, the celeb factor has nothing to do with the mass appeal of Babettes.  Barbara and team successfully continue to create some of the most healthy, organic yet flavorful dishes that taste sinfully incredible!  It's just really good, clean, organic soul food!  Order the BBQ Tofu, banana smoothie and the Jo Mama, you'll thank us.  

Agave, West Village - This is a favorite brunch destination amongst city dwellers.  Go for the food, stay for the bottomless brunch cocktails.

Dockers Waterside Marina & Restaurant, East Quogue, Hamptons – Beautiful bay views accompany upscale surf ‘n’ turf eats at this Hamptons lounge.

Randolph Brookyln, Williamsburg- A laid back vibes, graffitied walls and vintage TVs make this brunch spot a must-try.

Hill and Dale, Lower East Side - Victorian decor and leather sofas add to the old-timey feel of this cozy, yet elegant gastropub.

Miss Lily's 7A Cafe, East Village - Take a trip to the beach in the city at this island-inspired hang.  Enjoy the delicious cocktails and Jamaican fare.

When it rains it pours and pours right?  What better way to spend a rainy day post brunch?  How about reserved seats in your fav movie theater for an afternoon matinee show?  Check out a few of our fav MOVIES YOU WANNA WATCH premiering this holiday weekend listed below!

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Blend Images/Andres Rodriguez via Getty Images

Sully, directed by Clint Eastwood, is based on the true story of the heroic Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, played by Tom Hanks, who was flying a commercial jet and shortly after take off was forced to make an emergency landing on the Hudson River.  

AMC Theaters in Times Square will honor the legendary comedian and actor Gene Wilder who passed away earlier this week at 83 years old in a special theater feature of the 1971 original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  The beloved now classic film, directed by Mel Stuart, is about a boy named Charlie who follows the eccentric Willy Wonka, played by Wilder, on a wild tour of his chocolate factory.

Going on a romantic date this weekend?  The Light Between Oceans, directed by Derek Cianfrance, is a heart-wrenching love story about a couple who find an infant baby washed ashore in a boat.  The woman believes the baby is the answer to their infertility, while the man is torn between pleasing his lover and reporting the lost child.  The film stars real-life couple Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender.

Rain or Shine music is the sound track to our lives!  So, why not splurge on some VIP seats and treat yourself to a live performance?  We have some suggestions for LIVE MUSIC YOU WANNA HEAR this holiday weekend listed below...

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You can't let rain put a damper on your weekend.  Throw on some dancin' shoes and gear up for the final music festivals this summer season.  One big event this holiday weekend in NY is the Electric Zoo Festival.  The lineup this weekend includes:  The Chainsmokers, Bassnectar and Steve Aoki.  Get your tickets online here

Other concerts to attend this weekend include Borgore at Webster Hall, and Marc Anthony performing live at Radio City Music Hall.  Check out a full list of live music around NYC here.

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If you are looking for exciting ways to entertain the kids indoors, THE WANNA has it covered!  Check out our list of exciting indoor kid friendly destinations to create memorable holiday memories, with the entire family!

Children's Museum on the Upper East Side - Here the kids can get educated and have a blast with a range of exhibits and activities.

The Field House at Chelsea Piers – For a sports-focused day out, this gymnasium offers space for gymnastics, soccer, basketball, dance and more.

Color Me Mine Tribeca - If your kid is more into arts and crafts, they can exercise their creative skills while socializing with others here.

Puppetworks in Park Slope – Your little ones can watch puppet-show versions of classic stories such as "Hansel & Gretel," playing now.

American Museum of Natural HistoryCentral Park West – It’s educational fun!  There are plenty of exhibits sure to please the whole family, including reptiles, dinosaurs, ocean life and mammals.

Five Star pampering sound good?   Ahhh yeah sign me up!

How about a stress free Yoga session followed by a Massage, Facial, Spa Lunch, Mani-Pedi and Hair Style Session?

It's totally possible!  Check out THE WANNA'S fav NY picks listed below...

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The Wanna's fav first hand day spa picks include:  

Peninsula: At the top of our list is an urban oasis high above the city where you can escape, unwind and enjoy a massage or two.

Great Jones Day SpaNeed a little you-time after a long work week?  Check out this haven that inspires happiness from the inside out.

Clay Gym Day Spa: Maybe need a two-in-one?  Work out in a group fitness class and then unwind with a massage and facial.

BlissThis spa has multiple locations in the city, and some of the best skin-healing products out there.

Naturopathic Healing Arts Center & SpaNo time to get out for a spa day?  This East Hampton spot makes house-calls at your convenience.

Massage Williamsburg: Stressed out?  This Brooklyn studio specializes in reducing stress and eliminating headaches.

Labor Day sales galore!

While your friends are stuck inside online you can surf the hottest sale racks!

Your closet will thank you.

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Brooklyn Flea Market, Fort Green, Brooklyn – This super popular outdoor market boasts 150 plus flea and food vendors, so you can eat while you bargain shop!

Bergdorf Goodman Sale, Midtown – Want to look fabulous wearing names like Versace and Marc Jacobs without breaking the bank?  Bergdorf is your one-stop shop answer! 

Barneys Warehouse Sample Sale, Williamsburg - Head over to 280 Metropolitan Ave. for their pop-up shop sale, where you can get up to 80% off retail prices.

Shoe Market Sale,  Williamsburg – Need a new pair of cute heels or warm boots for the winter?  Shoe Market is a great boutique stop to find discounted kicks.

Roberta Roller Rabbit Sample Sale, Hamptons – This travel-inspired lifestyle brand offers exotic, whimsical looks, and now you can have them for a bargain!

Tanger Outlets, Riverhead – If you love designer and brand-name clothing stores at a reasonable price, you’ll really love these outlets.  The lineup includes Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, DKNY, and so many more.

 

Ya Know You Wanna!