10Nov

A Glow in the Dark Theatrical Experience of Eric Carle’s Treasured Stories

symphony space

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is my all-time favorite childhood book. Similarly, my son is partial to Eric Carle and is a huge fan of Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See and From Head to Toe. So I jumped at the opportunity to take my son for a special "back screen pass" to Treasured Stories by Eric Carle at The Symphony Space today. Located on the Upper West Side, this was our first time to The Symphony Space (Broadway & 95th Street) Darren Critz, Director of Family Programs, explained, "Going to see the arts is easy to do. Families can roll Read More

24Oct

Giveaway: Four (4) Tickets to the Harry Potter Exhibition in NYC Times Square

I started reading the Harry Potter books with my 7 year old this year and I understand the significance of this series.  I'm enjoying them as much as he is, perhaps even more.  It's pure fantasy, a treasure of words for any child. Since I write about culture and travel, I bring you an opportunity for you and three others to step inside the famous wizard’s magical world with Harry Potter: The Exhibition, returning to Discovery Times Square on November 3 in New York City. Since its hugely successful run in 2011, Harry Potter: The Exhibition has been Read More

14May

Kids Cruise Kick Off with Dan Zanes and more in NYC

Looking for something really fun and different to do this weekend with the kids? Circle Line is hosting a KIDS CRUISE SERIES KICK OFF EVENT on Saturday, May 19th.  Their kids cruises will be sailing the first Saturday of the month all summer, including June 2nd, July 7th and August 4th. Boarding for the Kids Cruise will begin at 9:30am, sailing from 10:00-11:15am. Pricing is $28.00 for adults, $20.00 for children (3-12) and there is an infant comp ticket, for children 3 and under. The Kids Cruise is a great way for young children to discover the Read More

21Feb

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

New York Theatre Ballet

We are big fans of the New York Theatre Ballet.  Ever since my daughter started taking dance lessons, it has been a key part of our NYC experience every winter. They are about to conclude their family-friendly Once Upon a Ballet series with the audience favorite, James Sutton’s Sleeping Beauty on March 10 & 11. The hour-long production is the ideal introduction to ballet for children ages 3-8. The New Yorker says, “Amid the popular trend of commercial schlock for children, New York Theatre Ballet’s intelligent, imaginative storybook ballets shine all Read More

31Jan

Giveaway: Jazz for Young People Family Concert Series at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Over at MamaDrama, they're giving away a family four-pack giveaway for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s next Jazz for Young People: What is Improv? on February 11th at 1 and 3pm.  Drummer Matt Wilson and his Arts and Crafts ensemble will lead audiences through an interactive program on the most fundamental component of jazz, improvisation, as they explore how jazz musicians invent music in the moment.  They'll also be featuring a variety of family-friendly pre-concert activities at 12:15 and 2:15pm. The concert is taking place at the Rose Theater at Frederick Read More

12Jan

MamaDrama News: A Special MLK Performance and Talkback

I've talked several times in the last two years about a wonderful show called Freckleface Strawberry, the hit off-Broadway family musical based on the popular children's book by actress, Julianne Moore.  In my review last year, I talked about the important messages that this play has to offer:  "The story has a great lesson to teach, and the music and dancing really help to bring the message home.  It’s truly the story of Strawberry’s journey to self-discovery."    Now I'm lucky to be helping to support and promote the show via my new company, Read More

14Dec

Giveaway: The Amazing Max and the Box of Amazing Things (NYC)

Amazing Max

  Looking for something cool to do with your kids this holiday season in NYC?  I know what's on my bucket list: The Amazing Max and the Box of Amazing Things.  It's being billed as a magic show for the whole family.  According to the New York Times, "The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things' is a Magic Show with a mind of its own. Objects appear out of thin air, the laws of physics are defied, and miracles are performed inches from spectators' faces. As the props onstage seem intent on surprising even the magician himself, this Read More

02Dec

Support Childrens Theater and an Important Cause

FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERY, the hit off Broadway family musical has teamed up with Save The Children and will present a special benefit performance on Saturday, December 10th at 3 pm at MMAC Theatre (Manhattan Movement and Arts Center), 248 West 60th Street off of West End Avenue. Last year when I saw and covered Freckleface, I mentioned that I enjoyed it as much as my kids. Not only that, but it was the first show that my son ever liked so much that he had to wait after the show and get every single cast member's autographs. Julianne Moore, Academy-Award Read More

22Nov

Giveaway: Family Four Pack to the NYBG Annual Holiday Train Show

NYBG Holiday Train Show

I've talked about this before and I'll talk about it again, but the NYC New York Botanical Garden’s annual Holiday Train Show is always a highlight of our holiday season. It has become a special and memorable experience for all of us. When our kids were babies, their eyes popped out at all the moving trains buzzing around the room.  As toddlers, they started to chase the trains and watch the lights flashing around the room.  Now that they're entering tweendom, on a recent visit they began to ask about the incredible landmarks scattered through the 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