Guest Post: Big Apple Circus Review


Guest writer Liat Ginsberg is a mother and former journalist for the Israeli newspaper, Maariv. She taught at the Film and Media Department at Hunter College. You know a show is child-approved when your own kids tell you in the middle that it's amazing. When my kids did this very thing in the middle of Big Apple Circus, I knew it was worth the trip into the city to catch the show at Lincoln Center. I also knew it was a great choice by the happy adults in the audience. If you think to yourself, “Oh, I took my kids last year to the circus, it’s probably Read More


Review: Catch Me! (Attrape-moi) at The New Victory Theater


A Saturday afternoon spent at the New Victory Theater is the perfect one for my kids and I, and this past Saturday was no exception. My daughter and I went to see the extremely creative and utterly wonderful CATCH ME! (Attrape-moi), featuring the six young talents of Flip FabriQue, an up-and-coming troupe from Quebec City, Canada, whose members have performed with Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize, 7 Fingers and more. We ventured to a 12pm show which we found full of other families with (much younger) children than my tween. But after being an avid Read More


A Chat with the Cast of HOME and a Giveaway


When I was invited to view the film HOME and attend a press junket with the creatives involved that included Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin & Director Tim Johnson, I was thrilled. Such talent - such creativity - such legends. First I had to see the film to see for myself. So, on a late Monday afternoon, I ventured into the city for a screening of the film. The film is about Oh, a misfit from another planet who lands on earth and finds himself on the run from his own people. He forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who Read More


Review: A Contemporary Pinocchio at New Victory


I'm mad about the productions brought to the NYC stage by my friends at the New Victory Theater. I've been blogging about them since the beginning of TheCultureMom in early 2010. I always know I’m going to get high-quality, innovative and completely original programming and bring it into the creative minds of my children.  Literally every production is mind-blowing. They ooze with talent and creativity, often from around the world. The New Victory Theater's latest production, PINOCCHIO, making its U.S. premiere at The New Victory Theater through March Read More


Guest Post: Review of The Light Princess at The New Victory Theater


Have you ever seen a six years old reaction to an adults kissing? Well, sit in the play, The Light Princess at the New Victory Theater, and you’ll get dozens of kids screaming, “ewweeeee”. Before the kiss, you’ll hear the kids asking each other frantically, “Are they going to kiss?” and when they kiss, many of them will turn their heads and refuse to look at the "scary" kiss. This musical, performed at the New Victory Theater by the A.R.T. Institute at Harvard follows the journey of a young princess cursed to live without gravity, based on the Read More


Guest Post: Review of Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas


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


School Daze

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I'm a huge Spike Lee fan, but in case you were wondering, no, I am not going to be writing or talking about his hit 1988 film School Daze. I'm talking about the daze I'm left in after looking after two tween aged kids for one month straight. Don't get me wrong, I do cherish this time with them and realize they are short, so please don't misunderstand or misinterpret me, as some of you often do. But as a mom who works from home, it's hard to entertain two kids who still love and crave all my attention. And it's a lot of work to keep two them content, Read More


What Really Matters


When you get asked questions like these, they make your heart stop: "Do you have a living will?" "Do you plan to donate your organs should anything happen to you?" "Who will make decisions for you in the event you are not able to?" Needless to say, as the mother of two children heading into my third surgery this year, these questions brought tears to my eyes. As I entered the operating room, and a nurse asked me my name to confirm my identity, I held out my wrist so she could check my information on my plastic band. I knew if I opened my Read More


Sleep Away Camp Photos are No Lie to Me

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“Welcome back and Shalom!” were the words we heard upon entering Camp Sprout Lake as we pulled into the long driveway off the main road. I looked back at my daughter I in the back seat, her energy emanating with excitement. Camp was truly her home away from home and she was so happy to be back. We’d come a long way since last summer when bringing her felt more akin to child abuse than anything else. As I rode the one hour, fifteen minutes to the Hudson Valley to leave her off for her one week “Taste,” she sat silently weeping in the front seat.  All Read More


Cool Rainbow Loom Tips


I love the Rainbow Loom.  It's artistic, creative, stimulating, thoughtful, time-consuming (in a good way), educational and, most of all, fun.  My kids can spend hours upon hours making different designs and they're often at their most focused.  When they first got their kits, they read instructions and made simple pattens but over time they've started to watch instructional videos and are now coming up with the most amazing concoctions.  My husband and I proudly wear our bracelets to work everyday and we both get questioned constantly by our colleagues Read More