Chinese Arts

Chinese Arts

Next time I plan a visit to see the Chinese paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I’m doing my homework first. “It’s boring!” said my 9-year-old son, Alex. This was not the response that I wanted to hear after a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, but it wasn’t unexpected.  It…

Holiday Events – Seasonal, and Just Plain, Fun Things To Do With Kids

Holiday Events – Seasonal, and Just Plain, Fun Things To Do With Kids

While it’s been hard for me to remember that November is upon us this week during all these bright, warm sunny days, the early night time and ever-present Christmas decorations in retail stores keeps reminding me that winter, and its holidays, are coming fast. Our family isn’t religious, but we enjoy the holiday season and…

Visit Emporia! and Honor All Veterans at the Place it All Began

Visit Emporia! and Honor All Veterans at the Place it All Began

This year, why not celebrate Veterans Day by visiting the city where it all began. Surprisingly, that city is not in Europe and it’s not Washington, DC. The city where Veterans Day all began is Emporia, Kansas. Before Veterans Day was Veterans Day it was known as Armistice Day. Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance…

Holiday Gift Guide: Top Picks For Popular Children’s Books

Holiday Gift Guide: Top Picks For Popular Children’s Books

Finding a great children’s book to give this holiday just got easier. Children’s book experts from Scholastic Book Clubs and Scholastic Book Fairs have just revealed their picks for  the most popular new children’s books this 2011 holiday season. “Parents, grandparents and educators all know the value of giving the gift of reading to kids,…

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Storybook Setting for The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Storybook Setting for The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

One of the many reasons that The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a great museum for kids is that it is the setting for two of the best-loved children’s books of all time: From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and The Lightning Thief. I first discovered From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs….

You’ve Been Booed!

You’ve Been Booed!

Leave it to Hershey’s to commercialize our neighborhood tradition. Every year an anonymous neighbor leaves a ghostly gift at our door in the weeks leading to Halloween, merely asking us to pay it forward. This year,* we were “phantomed” just two days before Halloween, so we rushed to Target to put together our gift.  The…

The Half Moon Is In Albany–“Eight Bells and All Is Well”

The Half Moon Is In Albany–“Eight Bells and All Is Well”

Despite recent historic weather events, the Half Moon – a full-scale, operating replica of the Dutch ship of exploration that Henry Hudson sailed in 1609 – arrived in Albany on September 20 to a grand water display and cannon fire. For three weeks, the Half Moon will be docked at the Albany Riverfront Water Pumping…