Family Explorations of History and Science at the Schenectady Museum & Suits Bueche Planetarium
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Family Explorations of History and Science at the Schenectady Museum & Suits Bueche Planetarium

As the main science museum in New York’s Tech Valley, the Schenectady Museum can seem more like a historical archive of General Electric’s illustrious past than a current exploration of the new and vibrant technologies and research that are happening in 21st century Capital Region institutions. The GE-100, a concept all-electric car, was built in…

Probiotics are Your Friend: Preventing Travelers Diarrhea
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Probiotics are Your Friend: Preventing Travelers Diarrhea

Few things are less fun on a family trip than a bout of traveler’s diarrhea. Given estimates that 20 to 60 percent of travelers can be afflicted, odds are that sooner or later someone in your party will end up with digestive difficulties. Travel can have enough variables and potential headaches, so I began the…

Learn More in La-La Land

Learn More in La-La Land

Los Angeles gets a bad rap for being a vapid, superficial town but it’s actually a treasure trove for the curious traveler. And, unlike some educational vacation locales LA will satisfy all the disparate curiosities of the life-long learning family. There’s a lot more to this great city than star-spotting and the Hollywood sign and…

Family Fun in New York City’s East Village: Toy Tokyo

Family Fun in New York City’s East Village: Toy Tokyo

If you have a Japanophile in your family, then you may have already heard about Toy Tokyo. Located in New York City’s East Village on First Avenue between 5th and 6th streets, Toy Tokyo is a bonanza of everything from Japanese anime, American and Japanese sci-fi collectibles, and all manner of related tchotchkes. Looking for…

Family Fun in New York City’s East Village : The Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

One of my favorite neighborhoods in New York City is the East Village. The kids like it there too, because of the unique shops and the excellent people watching. On a recent family trip, we headed down to Astor Place via the Lexington Line on the subway, where the big giant steel cube sculpture tempted…

Fine (and Fun!) Dining at Schenectady County Community College

Fine (and Fun!) Dining at Schenectady County Community College

I first heard about the culinary program at Schenectady County Community College a few years ago, which was interesting, but what really got my attention was that they also run a restaurant in the Casola Dining Room that is open to the public. All of the food and service is done by the students, under…

Hotel review:  Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cambridge MA

Hotel review: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cambridge MA

For our recent trip to MIT for the Spark program, we stayed at the Hyatt Regency, Cambridge, MA. With its distinctive flattened step pyramid shape, this hotel is a standout on the shores of the Charles River. Located just across a bridge from Boston University, the Hyatt Cambridge boasts stunning views of Boston’s skyline. Many…

Renaissance Fairs and Fun Festivals in the North East
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Renaissance Fairs and Fun Festivals in the North East

Rennaisance Fairs have been held around the US for the past fifty years, starting in New York City in 1957 with “A Christmas Masque of Traditional Revels”. This was later broadcast on TV as part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame, and in 1971 was  established permanently  as Christmas Revels in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Then in 1963 a class in Los…