The Wink That Saved the Game: Unique Things To Do, Part Two

the abstract painting is seen in close-up, right next to paintbrushes in a cup

I hurry down the streets of lower Manhattan. We’re a small group, trying our best to remain within the thin sidewalk that lines the street. Everyone seems preoccupied with our next destination, as the previous clue is held tightly by one of the women trudging at the lead. We arrive at a small park, where it seems we ought to be, but no one grabs our attention. Tourists line the benches, alternating with some of the locals. Students, lovers, a few of the city’s homeless, and even several pets. After several futile minutes of searching we find ourselves on the brink of defeat. We just can’t identify which of them is part of this game, and we need an out, until.. oh, wait, the homeless man just looked up at me from behind his sign and winked. Gotcha.


A Unique Night Out, To Say The Least

If you’ve perused through my first post titled The Queen of Hearts Brandishes A Knife, where I list my first three suggestions for  unique things to do in NYC (or elsewhere, subject to availability), and want more, you’ve come to the right place.

I just love doing something that’s different.

Why go out for an ordinary evening when you can create memories with an activity that’s unique?


Unique Things To Do, Take Two

Here we go again..

Accomplice the Show: an actor in the show plays the role of a Russian man, with hidden secretsMy hubby (please note the man on the right is NOT my husband, but rather one of the actors in the game) surprised me with this one several years back for my birthday. It certainly offers a different way of spending several hours in the city. Get your walking shoes on for this on, because you’ll be running around.

The experience is interactive, as you are plopped into the center of a mission, and the actors involved play the roles along the way. They tend to blend in with the surroundings of NYC so that the action feels real and this offers a challenge at times because they may be difficult to spot.

Below are some snapshots of our adventure.

You go about carrying out tasks required by finding appropriate clues or people, or by solving riddles and puzzles along the way. They’re not always simple. We repeated our adventure (but with a different plot and with a group of friends) and it was just great, once again.

Oh, and you get fed along the way, in appropriate culinary venues. They have now also made a special one of these for the little guys, along Central Park. I haven’t yet had a chance to go.

80’s Prom: three friend and I pose for pictures during the 80's prom, all wearing 80's gear for laughs. This is a fun immersive experience, which involves a recreation of a prom, plucked eight out of the 80’s.

Whether you actually attended your prom in the 1980’s or even experienced first hand this fabulously neon decade, you will surely enjoy playing the role and schmoozing with others dressed the part. Even the silly dialogue making up the show that you’re taking part in will make you laugh.

Take prom photos together, see the crowning of the prom court (one of the husbands in our party got picked as ‘coach’ throughout the whole event and we’ve called him that ever since), and chuckle along as controversy unfolds.

Artist for the Night: From a local art shop’s open-art nights to a BYOB paint-and-sip, spending an evening exercising your artistic creative juices can be exhilarating.

We recently did this as an activity, my boys and I, at a friend’s art studio. She offered an afternoon of family fun, painting together, with a finished product that was for keeps. If you are local, in Bergen County, NJ, her website is linked to this thread and she has several of these lined up. Otherwise, google ‘sip and paint’ in a location near you for a night of fun creations.

The finished product, a joint collaboration of my boys and I, adorns our dining room wall and adds a little modern art twist:

our painting hangs in the dining room, above white flowers and a floded newspaper in the shape of a flower.


I’ve had someone already ask me for the artist name.

(See my post on creating masterpieces with your children’s artwork)

Shhh. Don’t tell. It will be our little secret.

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