A Visit To The Girl Scout Mecca In New York City

As many of you know, my husband and I like to take trips to places, on our vacations or days off, just to enjoy someplace new and being together. Yesterday (April 21, 2010) was one of those days. We went off to NYC again, and it was a beautiful day outside, a bit of chill […] Read more

How To Find Fun Hikes In The Capital Region

Finding a hiking trail in the Capital Region can be as simple as stepping into your back yard.  In fact, one of the reasons we chose our family home is that the wooded backyard abuts the forest trails under the power lines.  We got full-time luxury camping accommodations AND easy access to miles of hiking […] Read more

Wilderness Programs In The Capital Region

As we approach Earth Day, I’ve been thinking about ways to help kids develop an appreciation for the environment. We are lucky in the Capital Region to have many opportunities for connecting with nature, but one of my personal favorites is the wilderness program. Last year, I wrote about my son’s wilderness program experience in […] Read more

Ice Skating In The Capital Region: Indoors, Outdoors & Year-Round

Outdoor ice rinks are melting away and seasonal ice arenas are closing, but there several options for Capital Region ice skating enthusiasts that stay open year-round.

Ioka Valley Farm Maple Goodness: Maple Syrup Tasting, Sugar House & Pancake Breakfast Calf-A

For years, we’ve been passing the Ioka Valley Farm on our way to Jiminy Peak, never guessing at its golden treasures. On a fluke, we decided to stop this weekend after skiing, lured in by the signs for the Pancake Breakfast.  At 3:30PM, we just missed the last call for pancakes, but we weren’t too […] Read more

Girl Power: Learning About The Women’s Rights Movement

On Thursday, I took my daughter to Half the Sky Live, a live movie event inspired by the best-selling book that features stories of women who are overcoming oppression. It was an inspiring program, not least because it was introduced by a Girl Scout Ambassador, a senior in high school, who told my daughter that […] Read more

Cross Country Ski New York – Nordic Centers Get The Kids Skiing Without Breaking The Bank

Now that snow has returned to the Capital Region, beat the winter blahs with outdoor adventures.  Current spring skiing conditions, with area trails layered in deep powder and temperatures hovering at the freezing point, are ideal for introducing kids to Nordic skiing. Like Alpine skiing, cross country skiing is a risky sport where experienced skiers […] Read more

Non-Lame Things To Do With Teens In The Capital Region

It’s not easy finding fun things to do with teens, and eliciting genuine enthusiasm often seems like an impossible dream.  As if it wasn’t hard enough to persuade one child, you usually have to convince at least two since most teenagers don’t want to go anywhere without a friend. Sure, you can get them to […] Read more

Tour The Lightning Thief Setting In New York City

The world of monsters and super powers found in Rick Riordan’s immensely popular The Lightning Thief has kids gobbling up  the 5-book series and filling movie theaters for the blockbuster sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Why not take advantage of the interest to sneak in a little learning too? The Lightning Thief at the Metropolitan Museum […] Read more

Discover New York with Kids

In a state as big as New York, it could take a lifetime to explore it all. From the global capital of New York City to the tranquility of an Adirondack lake, families can find find a wide variety of adventure sto suit budgets, interests, and temperaments. Here we have collected some of our best […] Read more

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