NYC with Kids: Exploring the NYC Waterways

Shearwater Classic Schooner

As more people are staying close to home with their families this summer, many have yet to explore the New York City waterways. You can now take advantage of the local New York City Harbor by heading out on one ofManhattan By Sail’ s (http://www.manhattanbysail.com ) river excursions.  We took a sail around the NYC harbor last summer and it was a real highlight for the entire family. This summer climb aboard one of Manhattan’s magnificent seafaring vessels, the prohibition-era Shearwater Classic Schooner and the topsail schooner Clipper City , with Read More


FREE NYC with Kids: 2011 Dumbo Arts Festival

dumbo arts festival

The DUMBO Arts Festival returns this year to showcase local, national and international artwork amidst the spectacular backdrop of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and the New York Cityskyline.  The multidisciplinary Festival will include visual and performance art, open studios, music and literature, family programming and more.  The Festival runs from September 23-25, 2011, in the DUMBO neighborhood ofBrooklyn, New York. The Festival, currently in its 15th year, will present artwork in DUMBO studios, galleries, storefronts, performances venues, Read More


FREE NYC with Kids: Dragon Boat Family Day

New York Hall of Science

Learn about dragon boats in this one-day event this Saturday, July 16th at the NY Hall of Science. Your kids can test their strength and race on rowing machines, experience traditional Chinese dances including a Lion Dance, watch kung fu masters perform Chinese martial arts, and decorate a lion mask to take home. A 40-foot-long dragon boat will be on display.  Activities will be held from noon – 5 pm, unless otherwise noted. Activities are free with NYSCI admission and include: Dragon Boat Marvel at a 40-ft long teak boat and meet athletes who Read More


L.A. Family Fun Tip: The Zimmer Children’s Museum

Zimmer Children's Museum

The Zimmer Children’s Museum is a non-profit cultural institution located on Museum Row in Los Angeles, featuring hands-on exhibits for children 0-8 to explore BIG IDEAS in creative and inspiring settings. The Zimmer is also the only museum dedicated specifically to kids and families in Los Angeles. An interactive space for learning, play, imagination, and exploration, our exhibits, some of which have Jewish themes, offer hours of fun and discovery. Through the power of play, children will learn about human values such as respect for others, Read More


A Chat with Andie MacDowell: Mom, Actress, Culturalist and Advocist

Andie MacDowell

When I was asked to take part in a conversation with Andie MacDowell this week, I was thrilled.  She is an actress I have grown up with and adore.  To come face to face with one of your life long heroes is pretty amazing.  I was told I'd be on a phone call with a few other bloggers and would be allowed to ask a few questions, so I asked about her film career, balancing motherhood and her career, on being an advocate and bringing culture into her children's lives. Do you have one famous person that you've been told you look like your entire life?  For Read More


NYC Benefit for the Galli Theater


Galli Theater would like to invite to its Second Annual Benefit on July 12 at Galli Seaport. The event will support "Dr. Fairytale", a volunteer program that combines acting and storytelling to help sick children overcome anxiety and self-doubts, and delivers hope and joy in hospitals, orphanages and crisis areas.  The evening will consist of hors d'Oeuvres, live theater presentations, a video presentation and speech about "The Healing Power of Fairytales" by Johannes Galli and a silent auction.   The event overlooks the East River and Brooklyn Read More


FREE NYC: The Sony Wonder Technology Lab’s Newest Exhibit, Music Mixer

Sony Wonder Lab Alicia Keyes

Have you been to the Sony Wonder Technology Lab in New York City with your kids?  If not, you should.  It's one of the city's best activities for kids and it's FREE.  I've been taking my kids there since they were wee small, and it's an experience that we'll never get tired of.  It's a four-story interactive technology and entertainment experience in the Sony Building on 56th and Madison that is truly out of this world. So, when I was invited there today for the opening of  Music Mixer, its latest interactive exhibit featuring 14-time Read More


Travel Guides for Tweens


If you read my blog regularly, you'll know that I have a rather larger than life interest in travel, particularly traveling with my kids.  We took our daughter overseas for the first time when she was just half a year old and have been encouraging both of our kids to pursue and love travel as much as we both do.  When we travel, my kids keep travel journals and are totally on top of where they want to go and what they want to do.   I've often wondered, what if they had a travel guide of their own?  After all, they can read now.  They can take notes. Read More


NYC Find: Brooklyn for Kids with Adventurous Taste Buds


Yesterday we were introduced to Smorgesburg, a bonanza of gourmet food by the water in Williamsburg.  It truly is a smorgesboard of the most delicious foods, and it's right next to a park so the kids can run around after getting a dose of the market. Run by the people at the Brooklyn Flea, another one of my favorite Brooklyn haunts, there are over 100 vendors of every kind, offering samples of their offerings from Mexican cemita sandwiches to Shanghai-style banana-ricotta spring rolls to heirloom bean seeds to small-batch ketchup, mustard, and Read More


Vote for me? Top NYC Mom Blog

Circle of Moms

I'm not competitive at all.  In fact, I never win anything, and when I do, I'm very humble about it.  Last week, a site called Circle of Moms, emailed me to let me know I made a list of the Top 25 NYC Mom Blogs. I was complimented, but I thought, how can I promote this?  I would like to think that I'm being entered in a contest based on quality, not the amount of votes I get.  That's what this contest is about. But you know what?  It's nice to be in a contest, and though I am losing by a land slide, I thought I should let you all know about it. Read More