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We have visited the Bronx Zoo many times and enjoy it because of how easy it is to spend the entire day there, as well as because of all the things to see and do.
This time of the year, especially around noon, is a wonderful time to visit as the animals have had their off springs, and these have grown enough to be fun to watch.
Another reason we love the zoo so much is because if its work in research and conservancy, not only with the zoo, but worldwide, through the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The signs of summer are starting to pop up in NYC, one of which is the opening of Trump Soho’s Bar d’Eau opening officially today for the 2012 summer season. I recommend checking out this exclusive urban retreat in downtown Manhattan, located on the 7th floor of the hotel featuring a 6,000-square-foot outdoor pool deck. In the evening Bar d’Eau is open to the public, adding a glamorous outdoor cocktail lounge option to SoHo’s trendy nightlife scene.
The pool is open daily for hotel guests from 8am to 6pm. Bar d’Eau opens at 11am featuring food and beverage service.
For the past two days I’ve been touring Montreal, Quebec, Canada with my husband and learning so much about this vibrant, family-friendly (as well as romantic) destination. I have a lot to share on both those angles, but before I did that, I needed to sit down and share one of the most important discoveries I have made to date during my time here: Montreal bagels.
Now, it turns out that according to a lot of folks, Montreal bagels are a must try when on this side of the border. Some have even gone as far as to state that Montreal bagels are the best in the world. Hmm. That’s a bold statement, especially from this New Yorker’s perspective, but I had to try and see what all the fuss was about.
City Island in the Bronx is a favorite destination for many New Yorkers looking for a beach-side escape where delicious seafood fair can be found. The traffic on the one road into this small neighborhood is not for the faint of heart, or the impatient, but a beautiful summer afternoon spent in City Island is a tradition most New Yorkers can’t go without. We’ve loved visiting the area for years with our kids, and enjoyed this latest visit as we learned more about the area.
Aside from the seafood, and small beach town feel, City Island has a rich maritime history, all of which is recorded and preserved at the City Island Nautical Museum. A former school building till between 1897-1898, this site has survived the test a time, a fire, and even budget cuts.
The Benjamin, a boutique NYC hotel located in the heart of midtown, has once again out done themselves in their effort to make traveling families feel welcomed and at home with them. Their newest kid-friendly experience, Lions & Tigers & Cereal (oh my!) was designed to have kids roaring with laughter and parents relieved that everything is taken care of. From a daylong outing to the zoo, to a cereal buffet delivered to the room the night before, it’s all covered. The one-night adventure, available through September 30, is priced seasonally starting from $374 this summer and includes:
- Four zoo tickets for the entire brood to enjoy a day of animal escapades at the Central Park Zoo.
- A cereal smorgasbord with an assortment to choose from, fruit and milk delivered the night before. Let’s face it, kids who wake up hungry as a bear just can’t wait for breakfast; all rooms at The Benjamin feature a kitchenette (with refrigerator and microwave), so it will be stocked and ready to go.
- Breakfast in-room for Mom & Dad, who tend to be more patient and can wait for room service (which, by the way, is from The National, Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s restaurant, located in the hotel).
- Winks’ Kidzzz Club Frisbee for fun times in the park and a souvenir to take back home.
- Travel-size sunscreen for the alfresco adventure.
- Winks’ Kidzzz Club, created to educate little guests on the importance of sleep, makes children feel right at home with the following for use during their stay: kid-sized bathrobes, a lending library of family favorite bedtime books, an organic wool-filled Toddler Pillow by Woolly Boo. Winkzzz himself (well, a stuffed animal version) is included for kids to take home (one per room, others available for purchase). Upon check out, a Sleep Certificate is awarded to children.
The Benjamin’s Sleep Concierge, the first and only in the industry (and something which I think is just absolute genius), is there to make sure guests big and small get a good night’s sleep. Kids and parents can order up any number of pillows from the hotel’s 12-choice pillow menu (if a pillow fight emerges, don’t blame the Sleep Concierge!). The five-foot body cushion, while larger than most kids, tends to be a favorite amongst the smaller set.
For Lions & Tigers & Cereal (oh my!) reservations, visit www.TheBenjamin.com or call 1-888-4-BENJAMIN (1-888-423-6526) and use booking code KIDZZZ.
I first discovered the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in 2009 when I ventured into Staten Island via the State Island Ferry with my young children. Our goal was to find the Staten Island Children’s Museum but in the process came across a beautiful area past an arch stone entry that united the tall iron fences on both sides in which it was enclosed.
Partners in Preservation (PiP) has announced that, together with American Express and The National Trust for Historic Preservation, they are launching a community-based initiative to raise awareness of the importance of historic places.
The campaign kicked off with the announcement of the 40 chosen sites from all 5 boroughs that are competing for $3 million in grants. The event, held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, was headlined by actress and singer Katharine McPhee. Katharine was on hand to perform the Frank Sinatra classic “New York, New York” with interactive 3D hologram backdrop of the competing sites.
The program will be using social and digital channels to save history by getting the public involved in saving historic places. The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite historic preservation projects at www.PartnersinPreservation.com (#PiP).
Times are tough and parents shouldn’t have to break the bank just to enjoy dinner with their children.
Fear not. After contacting dozens of local eateries, I’ve compiled a list of 19 restaurants where kids eat free. So be sure to bookmark this page and use it the next time you eat out…
If you want to get a taste of NYC and its rich history, to me, there is no better place to start than the Museum of The City of New York. Though the exhibits change and the information display can be different from one installment to another, the essence of the city, of the people who live here, and of the stories to be told is ever-present.
I am so excited! One of my favorite celebrations in NYC is returning this April!
Scotland Week is the annual celebration of all things Scottish.
It will kick-off with the 9th annual Scotland Run (10K) on Saturday, April 7 in Central Park, which in itself is a festival in full force! Participants will enjoy organic Stoats porridge bars, hear Scottish pipers and dance to live music by Scocha. Plus, there’s the opportunity to win fantastic raffle prizes. Be sure to show your Saltire too!
Come join the fun in your best Scottish garb. Snap a photo and share it with About Scotland because the best dressed wins BIG! This free festival takes place in Central Park from 8:00am until noon.
There are many more events that will be held throughout the week, but the last major event to cap off Scotland Week is the National Tartan Day Parade taking place April 14th on Sixth Avenue, which we enjoy each year as well.
For more information check out Visit Scotland at http://www.scotland.org/culture/festivals/scotland-week/