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

25Nov

Guest Post: Review of Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas

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When you first read Fancy Nancy to your young daughter, you may have asked yourself, "Do I really want my daughter to put so much emphasis on her look at such young age?  Is she going to give me hard time when we buy clothing? Should I start with French classes or is Chinese a better choice?" But when you watch the play, Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas, which Vital Theatre Company adapted from the Jane O’Connor book, with illustrations by Robin Peiss Glasser, you will realize that Fancy Nancy is not too fancy and has is someone with many good Read More

24Nov

Kidzvuz Holiday Party 2014: What My Tween Loves

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The gals at Kidzvuz certainly have their fingers on the tween pulse. At every event they've hosted over the past few years, I've actually discovered what my tween loves. Leave it to them to help me find out what makes her tick way before I ever do. They even managed to get her to record a Kidzvuz product video at their last event, an unprecedented event (she's camera shy). From Broadway shows to the new Annie film to technology to crafts to charity/giving back, they introduced her to so many new things and ways to spend this upcoming holiday Read More

20Nov

Review: Love Letters on Broadway

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When I was offered tickets to Love Letters by A.R. Gurney on Broadway, I honestly didn't know what to do. Which rotating cast would I choose? It was an abundance of riches: Carol Burnett, Mia Farrow, Candice Bergen, Brian Dennehy, Alan Alda, Anjelica Huston, Martin Sheen, Stacy Keach and Diana Rigg. They are all masters in their own right and it would be an honor to see any of them perform on stage. I ended up choosing Candice Bergen and Alan Alda. She plays Melissa Gardiner, he plays Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. The pair just extended their current run Read More

19Nov

Being #Unselfie on #GivingTuesday

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#GivingTuesday inspires personal philanthropy and encourages bigger, better and smarter charitable giving during the holiday season, showing that theworld truly gives as good as it gets. The third annual #GivingTuesday will take place on December 2, 2014. It's works like this. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company 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

13Nov

Subject: DanceOn Network and Joffrey Ballet School Team Up to Offer the Ultimate Audition Opportunity for Dance Hopefuls

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Joffrey Ballet School, a world-renowned dance center offering the most versatile and highest quality training, will once again present Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker this holiday season with 355 dancers – the largest cast in the school’s 61-year history. Returning to the Skirball Performing Arts Center, Joffrey Ballet School will perform five performances of the holiday favorite with three casts, December 14 – 16, 2014. In addition to delighting in the timeless tale of The Nutcracker, audiences will also enjoy its rich legacy of culture, with dances Read More

12Nov

Guest Post: Review of Penguins of Madagascar

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On a rainy November 1st, my family and I braved the elements, to attend an event at the Bronx Zoo, sponsored by Dreamworks Animation and 20th Century Fox, and their new movie – the Penguins of Madagascar. The Event: The Bronx Zoo We went for the closing weekend of Boo at the Zoo, a great Halloween event that is held every year. After breakfast provided by Residence Inn, we were off to explore the zoo until lunch. We went to the bug carousel where my 3 month old got to ride the carousel for the first time, visited the butterfly garden and saw the Read More

12Nov

Giveaway: Love Letters on Broadway

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Andrew Makepeace Ladd III wrote his first letter to Melissa Gardner to tell her she looked like a lost princess. They were both seven years old. For the next fifty years, through personal triumphs and despair, through wars and marriages and children and careers, they poured out the secrets of their hearts to each other. They defied a fate that schemed to keep them apart, and lived – through letters – for the one most meaningful thing, their undying love for each other. A.R. Gurney's 1988 play, LOVE LETTERS, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, based on 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