11Dec

An Electrifying Experience: IlluminOcean in Dana Point, California

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I just came back from Dana Point, California, where I experienced something very magical called IlluminOcean. A massive lover of Christmas lights, I had a feeling I'd be memorized, but I actually underestimated the event's enormity. Billed a “wonderland by the sand,” this new installation features 22 giant ocean-themed lighting sculptures with over 500,000 LED lights along a one-mile stretch on the harbor. It's really the perfect outing for a family and seriously worth the trip. Kids can even wear 3D glasses for a holographic look. Forty Nights of Read More

02Dec

Hotel Review: The Garland in North Hollywood

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My daughter and I just got back from a stay at The Garland in North Hollywood. Billed as "Hollywood Glamour Meet Retro-Chic," the hotel is undergoing a massive renovation to achieve this image and it was clear from what has been completed that they're on their way. This family-owned establishment was named after the late Beverly Garland, a famous film and TV actress. She was responsible for its interior décor, which is a retro-modern oasis surrounded by gardens and palm tress. The result is quintessential Hollywood, with pictures of film stars Read More

02Dec

Repost: 5 Tips for a Family Day at Universal Studios Hollywood

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(This article appeared on MiniTime today: http://www.minitime.com/trip-tips/5-Tips-for-a-Family-Day-at-Universal-Studios-Hollywood-article)  If you’re a movie buff and are headed to Universal Studios Hollywood this holiday season with the family, you’re in for a real treat. But if you have time to research the park, it can be worthwhile as time can really fly during a visit and can feel quite overwhelming. There are ways to navigate the park to improve your visit, especially when traveling with children. That’s why we have a list of five tips Read More

27Nov

Eating Out with Kids in Long Beach, California

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Long Beach is full of child-friendly restaurants. On my recent trip with my (picky) tween, we sampled new foods, tried new versions of our existing favorites and munched out on seafood. Here's a selection of where we went: The Attic on Broadway - Housed in an edifice from the 1920s, this family-owned, funky neighborhood eatery is full of local art and a lot of history. I was told that the one of its rooms is even haunted. There's something for everyone on the menu - from mac & cheese and nutella french toast for kids to steak to salad to the Read More

26Nov

Why Take the Kids to Long Beach, California

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If you're looking for a vacation with the kids in 2015 that has good hotels, restaurants, a variety of activities for all ages, good weather (all year long), art, culture, shopping, and more, I have an idea for you. I just got back from a few days in Long Beach, California, and I have to say it was the ultimate getaway with my tween. Located along five and a half miles of beach, half way between Los Angeles and Orange County, Long Beach offers great food, cultural diversity, waterfront dining and a slew of options for families of all shapes and sizes. In Read More

19Nov

Where You’ll Find Me

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I've been quiet this week but do have a lot of posts to write about recent plays I've seen (Love Letters), a cool event for tweens I attended (Kidzvuz), and they will get written! But in the meantime, I'd like to share a few pieces I've written recently elsewhere - are you ready to travel? Things to Do for Christmas with Kids in New York City (over on MiniTime) Four NYC Winter Sleepovers in NYC for Kids (also on MiniTime) Great Things to Do with Special Needs Kids in North American Cities (also on MiniTime) 10 Reasons to Visit Iceland with Read More

11Nov

A Trip to the New York Wine Country

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  I recently traveled to the North Fork, New York Wine Country, via Cross Sound Ferry. The ferry was a mode of transportation I honestly hadn't considered in the past, but boy, were my expectations surpassed. It was efficient, restful and great value. The trip eliminated hours of driving, and the views from the boat were so impressive. The North Fork, once thought of a long drive on the Long Island Expressway, where you can sit for hours at a time during the summer, became more accessible, and now that I've been there, I can't wait to go back. A Read More

09Nov

Walks of New York Presents: A Walking Tour for the Food Obsessed

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Confession: I'm not a foodie. I don't follow world renowned chefs and I don't eat at their restaurants. My kids watch cooking shows on the Food Network and from time to time, I watch with them. But I do know New York City. I've been living here a long time, and I feel the city's pulse. When I was invited on a walking tour, hosted by Walks of New York, celebrating its culture and history from the perspective of one of the country’s top chefs and restaurateurs, Mario Batali, I didn't hesitate. Batali has his home base in Greenwich Village, and I'd heard Read More

04Nov

Multi-Generational Zen at the Emerson Resort and Spa

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When I invited my mom to accompany me to a weekend at the Emerson Resort and Spa in the Catskills, I had a feeling we were in for something special. I'd been to the area and knew it holds an aura of tranquility. I also knew we were going to be near hippie-esque towns and that we needed time to explore after our stint at the spa. We both needed the experience to escape stress and reality, and I had no doubt the time would be bonding and rewarding. After all, my mom just moved to New York, and I'm embracing the time with her. The Emerson would be our Read More

29Oct

Giveaway: The NY Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show (Family Pack)

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  The New York Botanical Garden’s annual Holiday Train Show has become a special and memorable experience for all of us. When our kids were babies, their eyes popped out at all the moving trains buzzing around the room.  As toddlers, they started to chase the trains and watch the lights flashing around the room.  Now that they’re officially tweens, they'll surely look at it through a new lens, more curious about the landmarks represented and how they were made. The experience is a one and only.  You and your kids will marvel at the charming Read More