12Aug

My Kleenex Field Trip to the American Museum of Natural History

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When I was invited to spend the morning at the American Museum of Natural History with my friends from The Motherhood, I couldn't resist. The museum has long been one of my favorite places to visit in NYC, and my kids and I have spent hours exploring the dinosaur exhibit and we love our visits to the Planetarium.  The museum is located in my old neighborhood, the Upper West Side, so it's always special to go back and the museum holds many special memories for all of us. Funnily enough, it being summer, my kids are crazy about their day camp.  So in Read More

11Aug

Review: Why I Recommend “The Help” (the film)

The Help

I've been quiet this week for a reason but it's kind of ironic.  I've been hanging out with 3,000 other bloggers at a conference called BlogHer in San Diego but I've hardly blogged.  I have so many posts to write post BlogHer, but I feel compelled to write about The Help, since it premiered in the theaters today.  I attended an advance screening hosted by Dream Works, which was a highlight of the weekend, and also a rest from the craziness. I had a feeling I'd like this movie.  I read the book by Kathryn Stockett last year and finished it in 2 or 3 Read More

08Aug

My Impressions of BlogHer 2011 – the Good and the Bad

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  I just came back from BlogHer 2011, a conference I'd been eagerly awaiting for some time.  Five days in San Diego never sounded like a bad idea in the first place.  It's a stunning city, one that I love going back to and still need to explore.  I love its scenery, weather and as a bonus, one of my best friends lives there. I had such plans for this BlogHer.  Having blogged for more than a year now, I knew what I needed to learn and who I wanted to meet in the world of my favorite bloggers.  I felt confident that this would be my best BlogHer Read More

08Aug

Free NYC: 92Y Children’s Warhol Festival

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  This September you can get more for your kids than just “15 minutes of fame” – you can bring them to the 92nd Street Y Children’s Warhol Festival.  Thanks to the generosity of the Mugrabi Collection, we’re exhibiting 80 original paintings that Andy Warhol created in 1983 especially for children. The paintings – colorful, strong images of trains, toys, apples and the like – will be hung low on the walls, at a level comfortable for young viewers. Warhol first showed these works in Switzerland and they have been on exhibit several times in the Read More

06Aug

Giveaway: Win a Pair of Tickets to see “One Day” with Anne Hathaway

One Day

To celebrate the August release of the new Anne Hathaway movie,  One Day, KODAK is hosting a contest on the KODAK Facebook page.  All you have to do it share the photo of your one perfect day for a chance to win a trip for two to Paris, France and great KODAK products.  The contest officially kicked off on August 4th and runs until August 15th. Kodak is providing a pair of tickets to see the film to a Culture Mom reader!  One Day opens in theaters on August 19th and your free tickets will be redeemable virtually everywhere, with the exception of AMC Read More

01Aug

Philadelphia with Kids: A Day at the Franklin Institute

Mummies of the World

We always love spending time with my sister and her husband in Philadelphia and this past weekend was no exception, especially considering the fact that we spent time at a keeper of many of my childhood memories, the Franklin Institute.  Ever since I was a young girl,I can recall looking over the handrail of the marble stairwell to look at the Foucault pendulum going back and forth (pictured on left).  The pendulum is the centerpiece of this impressive museum but it only begins to scrape the surface of what the museum has to offer.  My brother-in-law Read More

29Jul

Summer Travel Read: Those Who Saved Us

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Do you ever buy a book that appeals to you immensely but sits inside a drawer of your night table for months until you pull it out, remembering how wonderful the back copy and cover looked in the book store when you bought it?  I suppose it was a year ago that I picked up Those Who Saved Us by Jenna Blum.  Maybe not quite so long, but it bothered me for a long time that I wasn't reading it.  I knew in my heart it was a book that would hold meaning for me on so many levels.  Like the author, I helped interview Holocaust survivors with the Shoah Read More

27Jul

Exploring NYC using Foursquare

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When I was invited on a tour of Tribeca with the gang from Foursquare, I instantly accepted.  For one thing, I love tours of NYC; for another, I admittedly had yet to venture into the depth of this mobile application and was curious if I'd been missing anything.  In my mind, it was an app to see and be seen on and that didn't interest me.  I don't want to check in to destinations and have everyone I know on Facebook or Twitter know where I am.  I still value my privacy and time with my family.  But in the back of my mind, I've wondered about the app's Read More

26Jul

NYC Giveaway: The Ohmies – Win a Family Pack

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By popular demand, performances of THE OHMIES: MORNING WISH GARDEN  – an exceptional all-new theatrical experience for pre-schoolers now playing at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at 416 West 42nd Street in New York City – have been extended through September 25. Tickets are on sale now at the box office and atwww.ticketcentral.com. Kids ages 3 through 8 will dance, stretch and giggle during THE OHMIES: MORNING WISH GARDEN as their new BFFs -- Bella Butterfly and Carlin Caterpillar – take them on an engaging journey to wake up Mr. Sun so that their garden Read More

24Jul

Summer Travel Read: Visit from the Goon Squad

Goon Squad

I always take several novels when we go on holiday.  It used to be impossible to get much reading done, but now that the kids are slightly older, it's getting easier.  One of the novels I took on our recent trip was A Visit from the Goon Squad, the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, by Jennifer Egan.  My book club actually chose it for our next meeting in September (August is a vacation month for most people), but it was pure coincidence that they chose it as I was already midway through the book when they made the selection.  As much as I enjoyed the book, I'm Read More