Philadelphia’s US Mint Shows You The Money
Art Education | Family Travel | Lifelong Learning

Philadelphia’s US Mint Shows You The Money

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 right down on the factory floor to get an up-close-and-personal…

Finding Fun Among the Ruins: Fort Crown Point, NY
Art Education | Road Trips

Finding Fun Among the Ruins: Fort Crown Point, NY

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 strategic point ever since the British and French first started…

Family Explorations of History and Science at the Schenectady Museum & Suits Bueche Planetarium
Art Education | Lifelong Learning

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…

New National Historic Landmarks in the Capital Region
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New National Historic Landmarks in the Capital Region

On March 6, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the designation of 13 new National Historic Landmarks in nine different states, including a site associated with the famed Apache scouts, the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world, an early 18th-century parish church. Of the 13 new landmarks scattered around the…

Renaissance Fairs and Fun Festivals in the North East
Art Education | Family Travel | Road Trips

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…

The Hunger Games: Film Locations In North Carolina
Art Education | Family Travel | Outdoor Education

The Hunger Games: Film Locations In North Carolina

Believe it or not, Asheville, North Carolina is within road trip distance from Albany, NY – a very long, 12-hour drive – but doable. I have had the pleasure of driving to Asheville twice, both times for the annual Type A Parent Conference. And I would do it again for vistas of rolling green hills,…