Family Matinee “Into the Woods” at Shakespeare in the Park

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There is NOTHING better than Shakespeare in the Park.  Sitting in the center of NYC, watching some of the finest performers the city has, performing some of the finest plays ever written.   The experience becomes one that an adult will remember forever, yet alone a child.  That's why this is so exciting.  The folks at Shakespeare in the Park are planning a Family & Youth Matinee of their current show, INTO THE WOODS.  Yes, Sondheim!  What a way to introduce your children to one of the best composers and lyricists of our lifetime. This FREE … [Read more...]

A Day in Philadelphia (as Tourists) with the Kids

Jewish Museum Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a place I've been to many, many times.  My parents were born and raised in Philly.  We used to travel by plane, train and automobile to get there growing up, and I've covered it from head to toe in my lifetime. Now my dad and sister both live there, and our visits are often and generally entail being with our loved ones and eating (if you know food in Philadelphia, you know what I mean).  So, when we were given the opportunity to be tourists for a day by the folks at Visit Philly, we jumped at the chance. We kicked off our day at the … [Read more...]

Tween Chatting Over at KidzVuz

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  I just posted my first official post on a site called KidzVuz.  If you don't know about it yet, you should.  It's a completely safe, carefully monitored online destination for tweens to have their say and share their views.  Tweens leave, watch, and comment on video reviews of the books, tech, movies, toys, celebs and tv shows they love.  It's a place for tweens to have their say  (including my son, Max, who will debut on the site this Sunday when he reviews a fabulous new book he's reading) and a place I want my kids to spend time … [Read more...]

Minted: Design Your Own Stationary with Art from Around the World

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A few weeks ago came across a new line of stationary that caught my eye instantly.  You have to understand that I am not typically into design - I tend to buy a lot of Hallmark cards.  I have never really discovered a line that excited me.  But this card made me linger and want to explore the line futher: A totally new concept for me has come into my life: Indie stationary.  Made by a company called Minted, a design-your-own stationery site, these pieces of stationary are made by designers all over the world, in 43 countries.  Minted believes that … [Read more...]

Review: Ghost on Broadway: Nostalgic and Tech All in One

Image Credit: Joan Marcus

Remember Ghost, the 1990 Oscar-winning movie starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg?  It was definitely one of my favorite movies back in the day.  I never would have expected to be converted into a play, but after seeing it I can tell why it has.  It has a beautiful love story and is full of suspense. The music for the show was written by the collaborative team of Dave Stewart (half of the Eurythmics), Grammy-winner Glen Ballard, and Oscar-winning scribe Bruce Joel Rubin.  They're a first-time song-writing team.  The musical hit the … [Read more...]

Pool Time: From Then to Now

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I just read my friend's post over at her site, The New York Mom, both laughing and commiserating. It's called "Not Another Day at the Pool" about her extreme dislike for going to the pool daily with her young daughter.  She talks about the pain and tedium of the routine and says: Lily loves the pool and I LOVE seeing her so happy and that is my prize and my salvation for enduring the pool on the daily.  BUT…My skin turns 50 shades darker, I have this skin condition that leaves patches all over my neck and back because of the sun and that gets activated … [Read more...]

FREE Israeli Concerts at Lincoln Center Out of Doors This Summer

Credit: Zohar Ron Photography

I love Lincoln Center.  I used to live 4 blocks away and imagine how much time THE CULTURE MOM spent there.  You honest would never guess.  Every summer they bring Lincoln Center Out of Doors (running July 25th-August 12th) which features 100 free performances across the plazas of Lincoln Center) and I used to go there and soak in music from around the world for FREE (aahh, the pleasures of living in NYC, there are so many!). This year the festival is bringing noted Israeli musical artists are scheduled to perform throughout the Festival. For a complete … [Read more...]

You Can’t Stop Time. But You Sure Can Enjoy Yourself.

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It was the early 1990s and I was doing some work at my university's radio station.  Every morning I announced the the morning headlines at precisely 6:45 am, and I had to get there early enough to check the AP wires and figure out the day's headlines (don't ask me how I woke up).  Before and after my broadcast, and every chance I got, I'd listen to the station.  It was a mix of alternative, rock and classic music, most of it I loved.  It was around that time I got turned on to Jill Sobule, a singer from Denver.  Her songs about adolescence, feminism, … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Everything About School almost (NYC show for kids)

Everything About School

Are your kids in full summer mode?  Mine are.  They're going to summer camp and loving it.  Everyday brings new adventures including tie dying shirts, swim lessons, trips to the beach, playing tag in the park, catching fireflies at night, roasting marshmallows on our deck.  We're right smack in the middle of summer and we're not really thinking about school.  But it is mid July and before you know it, we'll be back in the classroom.  I've got the workbooks out preparing my son for second grade and they have reading time daily to keep up their literacy … [Read more...]

Don’t Blame Marissa Mayer for Her Decision. It’s Her Choice.

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I've been reading all about the hiring of Marissa Mayer, the new CEO of Yahoo, who immediately following the announcement of her new role also announced this on Twitter:           Mayer, 37 years-old, also quickly stated that after her birth in 3 months, she would work through her maternity leave and return to work after three weeks. And then the twitterverse went nuts:               Once again, the "having it all" and … [Read more...]