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20 years ago, in the Astor Place Theater, three creative friends brought to life their dream of never before seen, groundbreaking theatrical performances. It was then, in New York, when the world was introduced to The Blue Man Group.
More than 17 million people from all over the world have enjoyed these high-energy, intensely musical, and incredibly fun performances for years which have managed to stay true to its roots here in New York City.
Read more of this New York story and how to make it your priceless experience at MasterCard Priceless City’s A-Behind-The-Scenes Look at The Blue Man Group.
My two youngest have an absolute fascination with The Smurfs. To me this is super funny because they aren’t really cartoons that have been around much on television during their life time. But in preparation for the opening of The Smurfs in theaters today, there has been quite a lot of buzz for weeks. Because the film and all the smurferific adventures happen here in the Big Apple, there’s been extra hype about the film around town. So much so that this past week we celebrate Smurf Week in NYC, with smurf-focused activities throughout all the five boroughs.
And this is because we New Yorkers are pretty proud of the fact that the beloved Smurfs’ latest story takes place in our wonderful city!
When I was a student in college and worked as a sales girl in a Fifth Avenue boutique, I would often walk by the famous FAO Schwarz toy store and feel the little girl in me come alive. There were times, especially during the holidays, when I would walk in and marvel at their display of one-of-a-kind toys, and feel complete joy.
Read more of this New York story and how to make it your priceless experience at MasterCard Priceless NY.
Just found out that our friends at Smart Destinations are offering traveling families an easier way to discover some of the best cities in the U.S. with one of their most convenient products for us, the Family FunPass. With passes to cities like Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, and Southern CA families can access major attractions such as:
Boston – Museum of Science, Fenway Park Tour, Hi-Speed Catamaran Whale Watch, Hop-On/Off Beantown Trolley (savings of almost $100 for a family of 4)
Chicago – Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, Lake Cruise, SkyDeck Chicago – Willis Tower (savings of over $60 for a family of 4)
One of the things that I have loved the most about this blog has been the opportunities it gives us to share the experiences our family has in this wonderful city of ours, as well as the many places we travel to.
I truly believe that it is through these experiences and the adventures we set out to have – whether as a couple or with our kids in tow – we create a bond as a family and memories that will stay with our children long after they’ve left the nest.
Our hope has always been that through our adventures we inspire you to set out to have your own and create family memories as well.
And because this has been our passion for almost three years now, it is an understatement when I say how incredibly excited I am about the new MasterCard Priceless New York program which is officially launching today.
When you walk around the streets of New York City, especially in the Midtown area, the second most common sight one sees, after the iconic yellow cab, are the double-deck tour buses filled with camera touting tourists.
The amount of tours available to visitors can be daunting, and expensive. Trying to decide which tours are the best to invest in is hard to figure out with so many companies offering specials and package deals.
As a native New Yorker, I love seeing people delight in the sites and history of my city, and in order to keep friends and family informed on what the best options are, I often play tourist myself. In my opinion if after living here for as many years as I have I can walk away with a renew sense of love for New York and inspiration from a bus tour, than it’s the tour visitors should take.
It has been two years. Two years since we have been to Governors Island. I don’t know why. Maybe because the last time we went it was so pathetically crowded (it was the opening day for the season after all), that I lost interest in going back, despite the great time we had. It had been so long since I had gone to Governor’s Island, that when I wrote about my experience, I was still writing this blog in the 3rd person. So long ago!
But we returned today. No particular day of importance, other than that it was a Friday before a holiday when most people have off – but not all – and a lot of those who do have off tend to go away.
How does a NYCityMama celebrate the summer solstice? Well, I started out with what most parents are doing at this time of year – graduation ceremonies – then continued the celebrations from there because when you are in this great city of ours, there’s always something going on!
We set out to enjoy it all and captured it with our Blackberry Playbook, provided to us courtesy of the good people at Blackberry.
We took pictures and videos and made sure to enjoy as many minutes as we possibly could from the longest day of the year!
From graduation ceremonies to yoga in Times Square and reading in the park, we hope you enjoy the glimpse into our day and the NYC summer solstice!
About the Blackberry Playbook:
It’s light, smaller than the iPad and easy to use, even for this Mac user. Speaking of Macs, I was able to easily upload all videos, photos, and documents stored in the Playbook onto my Mac without additional hardwire, purchase of extra software, or hassle. We got stopped a lot by people on the street asking us what it was, they hadn’t seem a tablet as small as this one. I was able to easily store it in its felt case and in my purse without a problem, which I appreciated when having to stop everything to run after my boys.
If you have a Blackberry phone, like my husband does, you can easily manage your emails and other documents from your Playbook in the same way you would from your Blackberry phone.
The battery life is wonderful. We set out with only a third of it charged, and still managed to take tons of videos and photos without it dying on us.
It is not a phone, but offers application options for video conferences and for social networking, among other options.
I have been enjoying the Blackberry Playbook, when I am not fighting off my husband for it.
Disclosure: This review is based on the use of a complimentary Blackberry Playbook. No agreement to express a particular point of view was made and the opinions share here are strictly my own.
What do you think of when you think Vail, Colorado? Probably skiing and other snow activity. A though this is definitely something they are known for, they are much more than a destination for skiers. This mountain destination offers guests plenty of fun excursions during the warmer months as well, and guests staying at The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort and The Austria Haus are in the center it all in Vail Village.
Get a taste of Colorado with the Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show, open weekly throughout the summer. Colorado’s finest awaits in the state’s largest farmers market, including locally grown produce, international dishes, fresh baked goods and even Colorado wine. Once they have satiated their hunger, guests can enjoy even more local creativity at the Art Show. There is music each Sunday, along with something for everyone! Sundays 10 AM-3:30 PM June 20th – Sept 26th.
Rates start at $144 per night at these premium lodging establishments located in the heart of Vail.
Guests visiting Vail this summer should be sure to check out Bol, Vail’s newest bowling lounge featuring custom lanes, relaxing couches and a delicious menu with full bar. Another fun option is CinéBistro, a premium movie theater and dining experience located in Vail Village.
Other fun free activities in Vail in summer include free jazz and rock concerts, guided nature hikes, volleyball, bocce, horseshoes, gondola rides for kids, fly-fishing clinics, and more. Admission to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and Colorado Ski Museum are both complimentary, as is parking in Vail Village.
For more information about The Lodge at Vail visit www.RockResorts.com or call 866-513-ROCK (7625).
For more information on Bol, visit www.bolvail.com.
To learn more about the CinéBistro, visit www.cobbcinebistro.comvail-info.asp.