Giveaway: A (Tooth) Fairy Tale at the Vital Theatre Company in NYC

Tooth Fairy Tale

The Vital Theatre Company is pleased to announce the return of past Vital favorite A (Tooth) Fairy Tale, opening March 16, 2013 at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre at 2162 Broadway at W 76th St. With a book by author Ben Winters (Uncle Pirate[musical]; The Last Policeman; Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters [novels]), music and lyrics by Rick Hip-Flores (My New York), and direction by Linda Ames Key, A (Tooth) Fairy Tale was hailed in its original Vital Theatre Company production in 2008 as "Written to amuse anyone from 4 to 12, the show is even a treat for … [Read more...]

A Day at The Museum of the City of New York

Screen Shot 2013-02-21 at 10.49.39 PM

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...]

Our New Thanksgiving Tradition

Screen Shot 2012-11-21 at 8.29.50 PM

I wasn't looking forward to Thanksgiving.  With my mom unable to join us this year, the holiday leaped out of nowhere and threw me for a loop.  Two days ago I had a blank slate before me, which I needed to fill in order to provide a fruitful holiday for my children. Having never witnessed the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Blow Up after living in NY for more years than I'd like to admit, I jumped at the chance today when I was invited to a special event at the New York Historical Society which overlooks West 77th Street where it all takes place. First … [Read more...]

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...]

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

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

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...]

Kids Cruise Kick Off with Dan Zanes and more in NYC

KidsCruiseLogo_FINAL

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...]

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...]

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...]

MamaDrama News: A Special MLK Performance and Talkback

freckleface strawberry

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...]

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...]