Giveaway: 2 Tickets to the New York Theatre Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty

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New York Theatre Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty, a delightful one-hour ballet that will engage children ages 3 to 12 and charm the entire family.  Show times are Sat, May 14 @ 11 am & 1pm &  Sun, May 15 @ 11 am, 1pm & 3:30 pm at family-friendly NY Theatre Ballet Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street (between Park & Madison avenues - closest subway 59th street & Lexington), where each seat provides a close-up view of the dancers and all of the activity on stage.   Tickets are $40 for adults and $35 for children age 12 and under … [Read more...]

NYC Family Theater: Suzy for President

Suzy For President

As you know, I'm a huge proponent of kid's theater, so when the writer of a show coming to town sent me information to promote her play, I was thrilled. SUZY FOR PRESIDENT is a new children’s theater play that emphasizes the fact that we all have quirks and oddities and that’s what makes us who we are – and not only that, that’s what makes us great, no matter what age we are. This play tells the tale of Suzy, a precocious 7th grader who decides to run for class president to put a stop to the bullying mean girls ruling her school. With her best friend, … [Read more...]

New Victory Theater Presents “Peter and Wendy”

New Victory Theater

The New Victory continues to bring first-rate theater for kids to New York City.  I make every effort possible to get my kids into the city to see their shows.  They have the most beautiful, visual, innovative productions this side of the Atlantic Ocean.  You've seen me post before on their blog, I'm a huge fan.  And so are my own children. World-renowned experimental theater company, Mabou Mines, returns for a third time with Peter and Wendy, an adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s celebrated story about the exuberant and fleeting nature of childhood.  Rising … [Read more...]

What Child-Friendly Restaurants Shouldn’t Do

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Since I moved to NYC, I've had some of the best dining experiences of my life.  Not only is the food in NYC some of the best in the world, but the service is usually stunning.  Waiters typically have a lot of patience and treat patrons really well, at least in my experience.  Often they are actors or writers, or have another profession, who have zest for life and love serving food.  I've also had plenty of great family-friendly dining experiences - fantastic ones.  That's why when I have a bad one, I'm shocked and disappointed. This past weekend, we had … [Read more...]

Giveaway: 4 Tickets to Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Love jazz?  Jazz at Lincoln Center is the quintessential jazz experience in New York City! Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 16th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival culminates when the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis joins the top three high school jazz bands across North America for the finale concert of the festival.  The first half of the concert will feature the three high school bands performing with guest soloist Wynton Marsalis.  After intermission, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra … [Read more...]

Get Your Kids Involved in Lunch-Making with Sweet Tweets

Sweet tweets

When I first started making my daughter lunch for camp when she was 4, I started putting notes in her lunch.  I did it partly because she was starting to spend more time away from me and I wanted her to have a part of me with her.  I also wrote notes in her lunchbox because that's just the way I am - I'm sentimental and a letter writer.  I would slip in notes like: "You are my sunshine.  Love, Mommy" or "You are the love of my life.  Yours, Mommy."  They always included drawings to illustrate the words. After all, she couldn't read.  I used cute paper or … [Read more...]

Family Day at the Jewish Museum on May 15th

Maira Kalman Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum will present a fun-filled, multi-generational family day celebrating the vibrant worlds of illustrator, author and designer Maira Kalman and artist Henri Matisse on Sunday, May 15th from 12 noon to 4 pm.  Highlights of day the include two performances by Bash the Trash, a huge art workshop, and family gallery hunts.  The Maira + Matisse Family Day is inspired by the current exhibitions, Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) and Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore. This event … [Read more...]

YMCA’s Touch-a-Truck Street Fair on May 22nd

Touch a Truck

One of my old stomping grounds in the city, the West Side YMCA, will hold its annual Touch-A-Truck Street Fair: A Hands-On Street Fair & Fundraiser for Kids on Saturday, May 22nd.  Billed as an event to benefit the Strong Kids Campaign, it features NYFD fire engines, NYPD police vehicles, UPS trucks, bouncy castles, arts & crafts, food vendors and live music performances by AudraRox (who I adore). The West Side YMCA’s annual Touch-A-Truck Street Fair & Fundraiser will be held from 10am – 4pm (rain or shine) on West 64th St. between … [Read more...]

NYC ARTS Top Five Picks


  If you live in New York City, you have the world at your fingertips.  Art, music, film and more, NYC is culturally the icing on the cake.  There is so much to offer that you probably can't keep up with the offerings.  Look no further!  The folks at NYC ARTS have teamed up with The Culture Mom to give the insider's scoop on this week's top cultural picks:   Lectures: Congress of Curious Peoples at Coney Island USA in Brooklyn at 1208 Surf Avenue (at West 12th Street) The Congress of Curious Peoples is an annual, ten-day series of … [Read more...]

How to See Your Kids Perform Live at Carnegie Hall


Camp Broadway is seeking 60 talented singer/performers, ages 12-16, to participate in a special appearance with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall on Monday, May 2, 2011 as part of their 28th Birthday Gala. The Camp Broadway Kids will perform “When Hope Was There” with the world-famous New York Pops orchestra, under the direction of Steven Reineke, in celebration of the life and legacy of beloved entertainer, Bob Hope, a 2011 gala honoree. This special Camp Broadway experience includes 3-days of music, movement and orchestra rehearsals under the … [Read more...]