A Trip to the North Pole on the Polar Express in Saratoga Springs

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  Do you know the story of the Polar Express? It's about a boy's journey to the North Pole to rediscover his belief in Santa Claus.  It was book turned major motion picture starting Tom Hanks and is meant to teach both kids and adults that it is never too old to believe. Well, apparently Polar Express rides to the North Pole have become a tradition for many families and tickets are in huge demand. I had never heard of the rides until my family and I were invited to ride the Polar Express on the Saratoga & North Creek Railway last weekend. … [Read more...]

A One-Child Holiday at Mohonk Mountain House

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My trip was hosted by Mohonk Mountain House, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Have you ever traveled alone with one child?  A few weeks ago, I decided to take my son away for a few days. My other child was actually at sleep away camp, and since he wasn't having that experience (still a bit young), I thought I'd give him a different type of experience by joining me.  I wanted to review a property in the Hudson Valley and thought about sharing the experience with him. After all, this was one my son could wrap his around: an all-inclusive resort … [Read more...]

A Day at The Museum of the City of New York

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I wasn’t born in NYC but I became an official New Yorker on 9/11.  I was in the city when the towers fell and from that day on, I was no longer an ex-pat.  My accent got thicker, my roots got tighter and I set down my fort and never left.  Just a few years later, I would bring two children into this world and they would inherit my fierce patriotism to the city we live in.  Our passion for the city is universal and I never have to struggle to get my kids in for a dose of culture. So, during the February break, I decided it was time to visit the Museum … [Read more...]

My Visit to the Rockaways: No One Should Have to Live Like This

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Today on my way home from spending the morning volunteering at St. Carmillus Church & School in the Far Rockaways, my head spun with torment. Torment for all the people living in poverty.  Torment for all the people living in fear.  Torment for the people desperate for a chance in life. Torment for the young children I saw come into the church for clothes to cover their small bodies.  Torment for the mothers and fathers trying to provide for their children. Torment for all the people still living without heat. These people feel abandoned.  I saw no … [Read more...]

Summer Camp Away From Home

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A few months I made a decision to send my kids to the camp I grew up at this summer.  It is still possible to visit  my mother who is still living in the house I grew up in, which may or may not be for much longer.  I have very vivid, happy memories of my time at this one camp and I wanted to give the same experience to both my kids: singing on the yellow bus that took me back and forth to camp, canoeing, archery, horseback riding, cooking, camping out in the woods, being a good enough swimmer to make swim team.   Most of all, I remember the Jewish … [Read more...]

Visiting Storm King Art Center with Kids

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Last weekend I finally managed to visit a place I had been longing to explore: Storm King Art Center, located at Old Pleasant Hill Road in Mountainville, NY.  It's a short ride from NYC (1-1/2 hours) and makes a day trip from the city or from other parts of the Tri-State region.  If you're a modern art fan, you've probably been to the Dia in Beacon.  It's an equally satisfying visit and we met many NYC natives up for a visit. Storm King is a 500-acre sculpture garden that includes works from very famous sculptors and artists such as Henry Moore, Roy … [Read more...]

Basic Family Fun at 1000 Acres Ranch Resort

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If you're looking for a truly unique and relatively inexpensive adventure this summer for you and your family, look no further than 1000 Acres Ranch Resort.  Located on the banks of the Hudson River just over 200 miles from NYC, in the heart of the Adirondacks, this 70 year old resort is bringing back the traditional dude ranch and staying faithful to who they are.  For my kids, who have never experienced a real cow boy, never experienced horse back riding, never experienced a real bonfire, there was much to fall in love with at this simple, but … [Read more...]

Dan Gets a Minivan, Coming Soon

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It just so happens that Dan Zevin lives in my hometown and his son is my daughter's 3rd grade class. He's an author with a new book coming out, Dan Gets a Minivan, a coming-of-middle-age tale told with warmth and wit, It provides the one thing every parent really needs: comic relief. The least hip citizen of Brooklyn, Dan has a working wife, two small children, a mother who visits each week to “help,” and an obese Labrador mutt who prefers to be driven rather than walked. How he got to this point is a bit of a blur. There was a wedding, and … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Play Date at Affinia 50

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Last week my daughter and I were invited to the ultimate play date at the Affinia 50 Hotel.  I wouldn't be lying if I told you that it was one of my daughter's favorite play dates ever.  She had a big smile on her face when she saw what this hotel has to offer. We were there to check out their American Girl Family Package.  It makes sense since they're located so close to the American Girl Doll store just a few blocks away.  They've incorporated a trip to NYC into the American Girl Doll line in a very creative way. We took a complimentary tour to … [Read more...]

Apple Picking at Outhouse Orchards and an Easy Recipe for Apple Crumble

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About 30 minutes from Southern Westchester or an hour from the city lies the ultimate apple picking experience.  Outhouse Orchards is family-operated and happens to be open all year.  But a visit to the orchard in the autumn is very special.  I had heard about Outhouse for years and been curious about it but stayed away due to stories about massive crowds.  For some reason, we decided to brave it yesterday as I decided a visit was finally in order. It was the right choice.  It was one of the larger orchards that we've been to, and it offers a unique … [Read more...]