21Jul

Exploring Provence with Kids (it’s possible!)

vanesque

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

20Jul

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

19Jul

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

Paris

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

19Jul

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

14Jul

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

12Jul

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

12Jul

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

12Jul

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

12Jul

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

02Jul

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