FREE NYC: B&N and Books for Kids Storytime Fitness Event

Barnes & Noble Books for Kids

How can you combine reading, advocacy, kids and fun?  The Culture Mom is about giving back, and this is a perfect example, especially when your kids are involved., and this event is a terrific example. Barnes and Noble and Book for Kids, a non-profit organization that promotes literacy among children, with a special emphasis on low-income and at-risk preschool-aged kids, would like to invite you to attend A Storytime Fitness Event, a fun-filled day of readings, fitness, and games at Barnes and Noble on the Upper East Side, TOMORROW on Sunday, July 24th, Read More


Bella’s Chinese New Year: A Cultural Literary Experience for Your Child


When my virtual friend, Stacey Zolt Hara, asked me to review her new children's book, I was honored.  Stacey is one of my favorite tweeters, as she's always tweeting about travel, something she clearly lives for and loves as much as I do.  She is constantly retweeting my articles as we clearly have a lot in common, particularly the fact that we are moms with a zest for life who want to show our kids the world and, in turn, we see it through their own eyes. Her book is called, Bella's Chinese New Year, and I suspect it is based on the real life Bella, Read More


Our Visit to the London Museum of Jewish Life

Jewish Museum London

I'm very interested in Jewish life around the world, so on our recent visit to London when my kids and had just a few hours to do some exploring, I led them to the city's Jewish Museum called the London Museum of Jewish Life.  Located in one of my favorite London neighborhoods, Camden, it was rather easy for us to get to from our hotel in Belsize Park in an old Victorian building. The museum was founded in 1983 as the Museum of the Jewish East End with the aim of rescuing and preserving the disappearing heritage of London's East End – the heartland of Read More


Tips for Taking Your Kids Abroad

Traveling with Kids

Every year when I return from an international trip with kids, I feel charged up.  I love showing them faraway places.  To be able to say we're in a place with thousands of years of history is energizing.  To be able to show them castles, cathedrals and synagogues from the 19th century is quite a thrill for me.  My husband and refuse to give up our love for travel because we have kids.  Rather we embrace the fact that we do and take them to far away places whole- heartedly. I jotted down a quick few notes on my recent trip, to remind myself and you to Read More


Exploring Provence with Kids (it’s possible!)


We recently spent a few days in Provence with the children.  Traveling within this region is a very unique, special experience.  Each village has its own flavor.  Every village you go to in the Luberon mountain region east of Avignon dates back to the mid-evil days or as fall back as 17 BC.  Roman bridges, roads and castles are all found in this region.  There is a lot for children to learn about - markets to explore - remains to discover.  Our kids don't typically like being dragged around, but they fared pretty well on this trip.  What's better than Read More


Traveling to Paris with Kids (sans Louvre)

Eiffel Tower

Our recent trip to Paris was just about perfect.  We were taking our children, ages 6 and 8, to a city that we both love.  I had been several times in my 20s, first while backpacking around Europe and back several times with my sisters.  My husband and I were last there in January 2001, the year the euro went into effect.  When we were planning our summer holiday this year, with full knowledge that we were going to England, where my husband was born, I started dreaming about a return to Paris.  We also planned to visit our friends in the South of France, Read More


Where I’ve Been Lately and Why I Travel with Kids


I haven't been publishing many posts lately, if you haven't noticed.  The reason being that I was away on holiday in Europe for nearly three weeks.  We spent a few days with my sister-in-law and her family in London; we had my father-in-law's unveiling in Manchester; and we had my nephew's Bar Mitzvah all weekend, also in Manchester.  However, we did manage to squeeze in extra time in London and a week in France, and I'll be writing a lot about our trip, particularly to Paris, in the coming week.   It was really hard to blog while traveling, as much as I Read More


A New Project You Magazine Story: Montreal with Kids

Montreal with Kids

When Beth Feldman, over at Role Mommy and Project You, suggested I write a new article for her Westchester Edition of Project You, I was more than happy.  I loved the way my first piece turned out several months ago that made the Westchester edition, and this piece would be for the national edition. I recently went on a trip to Montreal and can't stop talking about it.  I was so enamored with the city.  Read about my thoughts and recommendations for families traveling with kids here: Open publication - Free publishing - More ann Read More


NYC with Kids: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at MOMI

Jim Henson

Jim Henson, the internationally known creative figure whose work encompassed film, television, and puppetry, made elaborate imaginary worlds filled with unique characters, objects, and environments. A major exhibition devoted to his work, Jim Henson’s Fantastic World, will open at Museum of the Moving Image on Saturday, July 16, 2011 and continue through Monday, January 16, 2012. For itsNew York run, the Smithsonian traveling exhibition will be enhanced by an array of programs, talks, and performances, including special screenings, personal appearances Read More


Travel Tip: Top Apps To Conquer Your Next Summer Road Trip

mileage mete lite

 Are you thinking of planning a road trip this summer? There is nothing better than a few days of adventures, exploring the country with your closest friends and family. I'm still impressed with the kinds of options that apps offer, especially when it comes to making traveling easier.  I just had a negative experience with an app that organizes your itinerary, but I will write about that another time. Appitalism.com, the mobile app superstore, has put together a list of the top apps to help plan your next open road exploration this summer.   Read More