20May

A Trip to San Francisco with a Tech-Obsessed Child

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Solo trips with each individual child mean a lot to me. Not only are these trips good bonding experiences, but they are also good to plug into each child’s interests. For example, when I travel with my daughter, we tend to gravitate towards amusement parks and anything to do with pop culture or shopping. My son, on the other hand, likes technology and..well, not much else. So, on a recent trip to San Francisco, we catered the whole visit to his interest. Of course, we went to other places but we largely focused on tech. After all, he's a future engineer Read More

16May

Exploring Southern California with CityPASS

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Southern California is a place that demands exploration. It's got great weather, amazing beaches, good shopping, beautiful people and of course, amusement parks. My 13 year-old and I have loved our various visits to the region, always bonding over new experiences and the most beautiful scenery in America. She's a Disney kid, too, so Disneyland has always had particular appeal, but the issue is typically cost and time. When we've gone to Los Angeles, Long Beach or San Diego in the past, we haven't had the time to squeeze Disney and the other parks in, Read More

16May

Guest Post: Review of The Pied Piper at NYC’s New Victory Theater

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Guest writer Liat Ginsberg is a mother and former journalist for the Israeli newspaper, Maariv. She has taught at the Film and Media Department at Hunter College. There are very few plays that kids and adults will enjoy at the same time. The Pied Piper, which recently ended its run at the New Victory Theater, is one of them. Even if the you and the kids know the story by heart, it was still fascinating to witness the display of 410 handcrafted marionettes, including 300 ravenous rats, who were brought to life by 11 puppeteers. All the marionettes are Read More

07May

Review: Something Rotten, a Musical “Tribute” to Shakespeare

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I have one question about Something Rotten, a Broadway show that just celebrated its one year anniversary. What took me so long????? The play celebrates everything I love more than life - Shakespeare, musicals, dancing, comedy and a superb cast that includes two of my favorite Broadway/screen actors, Brian d'Arcy James and Christian Borle. James is leaving in a few weeks, and I feel grateful to have seen him play Nick Bottom, Shakespeare's nemesis who vows to keep up with this arch rival. He's one of my favorite actors and he plays the role with Read More

15Apr

Guest Post: Beautiful, The Carole King Musical

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This a guest post written by writer Lisa Gerstel-Zach: A diverse and seasoned executive who has spent her career in Children’s and Family Entertainment via Publishing, Live Events and Broadcast before stepping back to take a much earned reprieve from the Corporate world in order to reinvent herself and remember why she moved to New York. She lives in the latest hip neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. Did you ever think perhaps you were born to the wrong musical era...the music of my generation just doesn’t speak to me Read More

09Apr

A Quick Jaunt to Hyatt Ziva Cancun

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It's hard to believe that in a matter of hours from JFK to Cancun you can be sitting seaside at Hyatt Ziva Cancun...and not just on one side. Located at the tip of the Yucatan peninsula, the hotel is literally surrounded by turquoise waters, so no matter which direction you walk, you encounter ocean. The result is pretty dazzling, and for an all-inclusive resort, you can do no wrong with a short...or long...visit. My Stay at Hyatt Ziva Cancun I was recently invited to Hyatt Ziva Cancun for a brief visit to experience everything the resort has to offer. Read More

08Apr

Guest Post: Review of UniverSoul Circus

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Guest writer Liat Ginsberg is a mother and former journalist for the Israeli newspaper, Maariv. She has taught at the Film and Media Department at Hunter College. Most of us know that watching a movie with an African american (black) crowd, or going to a African american church is a different experience. Now you can add to it going to a circus with African american audience and many African american performers. It’s a wild, fun and very interesting experience. Imagine sitting in huge African american church listening to great voices and dancers and add Read More

19Mar

Review: Bright Star on Broadway

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Every now and then comes along a Broadway show that takes me by surprise. I go in to the theater wondering how I will feel when I leave and whether I will recommend it to anyone. Will it sweep me up and transport me into another world where I can escape my daily routine and take me to that faraway dreamy place I hope to land whenever I take in a show? My most recent Broadway experience, Bright Star, did all this but I must admit that it took time to get me there. Written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, the show is a bit of a sureal piece of fiction Read More

13Mar

My 36 Hour Trip to L.A.

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Early last week I was invited to Los Angeles for a set visit on one of my favorite TV shows (more on that later!). Despite the fact that we are in the midst of renovations on our home, I'm crazed with work and I'm hosting my daughter's Bat Mitzvah in less that two weeks (did I just say that?), I replied positively. I flew out last night at 6:30pm and I arrive back home tomorrow around 7am. Yes, I will have been gone approximately 36 hours. From NY - L.A. and back... in the blink of an eye. Some people may think that I was crazy to leave everything Read More

02Mar

Review: Eclipsed on Broadway

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Today I witnessed a very special Broadway play. I use the word "witness" because I feel like I was privy to a story that demanded being told. It's about a group of women in Africa undergoing a very private experience that we otherwise would perhaps never know about...or understand. Danai Gurira’s original drama is about women’s suffering during the Liberian civil wars and it's a one of a kind. It stars Lupita Nyong’o in her Broadway debut, but it's truly an ensemble play in which every actress has a stand out performance playing a woman with her own Read More