Arts & Culture

Exploring the arts as a family can be both entertaining and a portal into a shared language. Visiting a new destination? Get your bearings at museums, art galleries, and other cultural centers.

A September 11 Memorial Story: The Survivor Tree

by Cie McCullough Buschle

The National September 11 Memorial is not an easy place to visit. It is undoubtedly beautiful – well conceived with classic style; but even on a sunny summer’s day the waterfalls and reflecting pools mirror back more than the surrounding construction and newly planted trees. […]

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Rochester’s Museum Trifecta: Eastman House, Memorial Art Gallery and the Rochester Museum and Science Center

by Adrienne Veglia Mazeau

The City of Rochester was blessed with being home to the very philanthropic entrepreneur, George Eastman, the inventor of modern film and founder of Eastman Kodak.  As a result of the enormous amount of wealth Eastman personally donated to the arts, and other philanthropists that […]

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Historic Chills at Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary

by Gina Martin

A visit to Philadelphia often includes lots of history stops and it can be fun to get off the beaten path a bit. One unexpected treat in Philly is the historic site at the old Eastern State Penitentiary. The exhibits are really well done, and […]

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Spiders Alive! at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City

by Gina Martin

Spiders seem to inspire reactions that are extreme – you either love them, or loathe them. I find myself on the “love” end of the spectrum, with most family and friends on the “loathe” end. So, when the American Museum of Natural History in New […]

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One Fort, Two Kids and A Lot of History: A Family Day Trip to Fort Ticonderoga

by Adrienne Veglia Mazeau

I’m a big fan of exposing kids to local history as young as possible.  They may not always fully understand it but my hope is that as my children get older they will develop an appreciation for history and cultivate a love of learning.  My […]

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Learning About Life in the 17th Century, The Witch House, Salem Massachusetts

by Cie McCullough Buschle

What’s the best way to teach your kids history? Start with what they find interesting! The home of Judge John Corwin is a perfect example of 17th Century architecture and one of the few remaining high-end homes from the architectural style known as First Period. […]

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Philadelphia’s US Mint Shows You The Money

by Gina Martin

On a recent road trip to Philadelphia with my family, I attended a behind-the-scenes sneak peek tour of the US Mint, the largest coin manufacturer in the world. The re-designed public tour, which is free, opens July 3, 2012. I was able to also go […]

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Explore the Shirt Factory in Glens Falls NY

by Cie McCullough Buschle

Ever wonder what happens when factories stop being factories? Drive up to Glens Falls this weekend and find out! Back in 1902 the McMullen-Leavens Company constructed a building on the side streets of Glens Falls for the purposes of making shirts. This factory, later part […]

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Museum Membership Has Its (Reciprocal) Privileges

by Gina Martin

When we visited the Schenectady Museum of Science this spring, I signed us up for a family museum membership. At only $65 for a whole year, we get free admission to the museum and four planetarium show tickets for use any time, which is a […]

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Finding Fun Among the Ruins: Fort Crown Point, NY

by Cie McCullough Buschle

Hills of grass rippling with the breeze surrounding a centuries old stone stronghold guarding an international waterway. England? Scotland? Wales? No. Not Ireland, not France, not Spain. Fort Crown Point in New York. Fort Crown Point, 14 miles north of Ticonderoga, has been a militarily […]

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