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Totally Tots at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Children’s museums are one of our favorite indoor places to go. My kids, like all children are curious but I don’t think they’re ready for bigger museums just yet. We go to smaller, more interactive museums because they get a chance to see, touch and explore things more rather than a traditional museum where most exhibits are hands off. Living in Brooklyn, or favorite museum is close by. I took Zayn to the Brooklyn’s Children Museum a few weeks ago for the first time. We haven’t been able to go as frequently as I’d like to because of work and other scheduling so this was his first time at the museum and we only went to the toddler section. However he had a BLAST. I’m not sure if he even noticed that there was WAY MORE museum that he missed. Continue Reading →

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8 Fun Ways to Spend A Rainy Day with Kids in NYC

Spring is finally almost here and I am ready for the warmer weather. Spring isn’t exactly my favorite season, but it’s a tie between second and third because its always freaking raining. As a mama of two under 5 (whew!) I am constantly looking for rainy day activities to keep those two little boys entertained. I’ve come up with a couple of different ways we like to spend our rainy days in the city.

Museums

I still think the boys are kind of young for “big” museums, and at 4 and 1 they have absolutely no indoor voices. We tend to stick to children museums (Brooklyn is our favorite) or pop ups that are kid friendly. The boys loved the Museum of Pizza and i had an amazing time at Mickey the True Original. Places that are kid friendly and interactive are always at the top of our lists.

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Cirque du Soleil LUZIA is Coming to NYC! – Giveaway

Photo: Matt Beard © 2017 Cirque du Soleil

If you have ever been to a Cirque du Soleil performance then you know that the effects are EVERYTHING. From the visuals, to the storyline, Cirque truly is one of the most enchanting shows I’ve ever been to. I’ve seen multiple Cirque du Soleil shows (TORUK has been my favorite so far) but I will literally take any chance I can to see one. Every performance brings something different and I always manage to be even more in awe than before. So its safe to say, I’m really excited for LUZIA to be coming to NYC this spring.

In a series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA takes audiences on a surrealistic journey filled with wonders, playfulness and striking artistry. Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Rich in awe-inspiring moments, LUZIA enchants by incorporating rain into acrobatic and artistic scenes – a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production.

Photo: Matt Beard © 2017 Cirque du Soleil
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The EVERYTHING Guide to NYC During the Holidays

The holiday magic is endless in the city that never sleeps! Most days I want to escape the busyness of NYC for somewhere quiet and rural but that is NEVER the case during the holidays. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else this time of year because the magic in the city is ENDLESS. NYC is an extremely popular place for tourists visits and its such a big city it can seem overwhelming. Im here to organize your life and hopefully make it seem a little less chaotic so you have everything you need when it comes to visiting the Big Apple during Christmastime.

The Trees

  Image via Rockefeller Center

Image via Rockefeller Center

The tree at Rockefeller Center is probably one of the most popular trees in NYC during Christmas. I honestly look forward to them bringing the tree into the city every year and the tree lighting which usually happens after Thanksgiving, along with a huge show. It’s truly the holiday tree of NYC. But it isn’t the only tree great for photo ops! You may want to check out some of these other trees as well. The tree at South Street Seaport is beautiful and you can usually get closer (bundle up! it’s always colder near the water!).

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree – Between W 48th and W 51st Streets

The Tree at South Street Seaport – @ South and Fulton Street

Holiday Tree at Bryant Park – Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Street

Lincoln Square Christmas Tree – Broadway and 63rd Street

The Shows

  Image via Blue Man Group

Image via Blue Man Group

I remember seeing the commercials for all kinds of Christmas shows on Broadway from being a little girl. I’ve always wanted to see one and I have YET to experience it even though I’ve lived in the city for the whole 28 years of my life. One of my main goals as a parent is to give my children the memories I don’t have, and that includes at Christmas. Though you can probably google and find loads of different versions of The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol, these holiday shows are usually at the top of the to do list when it comes to what to see.

Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes – Radio City Music Hall November 12th – January 1st

The Hip Hop Nutcracker – New Jersey Performing Arts Center / December 14th

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas – The Hulu Theater @ MSG / December 13th – 30th

Ice Skating

  Photo via Bryant Park Corp.

Photo via Bryant Park Corp.

Skating is fun year round, but skating during the holidays is something different. I try to go ice skating every year because 1. I love to skate, and 2. skating with the holiday decorations up is amazing. There are plenty of indoor rinks to check out but if you want to go skating with a holiday view, these three rinks are amazing for that purpose.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center – 5th Ave between 49th and 50th Streets

The Rink at Winter Village at Bryant Park – between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues

Lakeside in Prospect Park – Lincoln Road and Parkside/Ocean Avenue

The Displays

  Bloomingdales image via BFA.com

Bloomingdales image via BFA.com

If but for nothing else, a trip into Manhattan is worth it just to see the store displays. Fifth avenue is illuminated this time of year with holiday displays in all of your favorite stores. Many people know about the huge window display at Macy’s Herald Square, but there are so many other stores that have huge displays worth visiting.

Bloomingdales – 59th Street and Lexington Avenue

Macy’s – 34th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue – 5th Avenue and 49th Street

Tiffany & Co. – 5th Avenue and 57th Street

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Mickey: The True Original Brings the Disney Magic to NYC

I was invited by Disney to an early preview of Mickey: The True Original Exhibition as press. All opinions are my own.

Last week I told you guys that Mickey: The True Original was coming to NYC and yesterday I had a chance to get a sneak peak of the exhibit. I was hype especially coming off of watching Mickeys 90th Spectacular, so I was READY to be immersed into ALL things Mickey and Disney.

BABY!!!! These artists did not disappoint. Mickey: The True Original takes the interactive/pop up experience to the next level as only Disney can. With each room, the artists took their love for Mickey and created in a unique way that only they could. With something different in every room, the love for the birthday boy was evident in the recreation of timeless moments in Mickey’s history and modern takes on the mouse.

Each room brings you art from a different artist and you experience Mickey in new ways in every few steps. Along the way there are special moments too, like hidden Mickeys and a special treat once you get close to the end of the exhibit that you definitely don’t want to miss ;). Check out some more pictures from the exhibit below.

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition celebrates 90 years of Mickey Mouse’s influence on art and pop culture.

Opening in November 2018, this immersive experience is inspired by Mickey’s status as a ‘true original’ and his consistent impact on the arts and creativity in all its forms. Guests will have the chance to explore the 16,000 square-foot exhibition featuring both historic and contemporary work from renowned artists.”

Tickets for Mickey: The True Original can be purchased here. The exhibit is open November 8th, 2018 through February 2019 so you have plenty of time to make travel plans if you don’t live in New York. Trust me when I say, it’s an experience you don’t want to miss.

For more information follow @MickeyTrueOriginal on Instagram or check out the hashtag #MickeyTrueOriginal. To see even more sneak peeks from the exhibit follow me on Instagram @TanayMichele.

 Will you be checking out Mickey: The True Original? How are you celebrating 90 years of Mickey? What’s your favorite Mickey memory? 

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Mickey is Bringing his 90th Birthday Celebration to NYC!

November 18th marks the iconic birthday of everyone’s favorite mouse! As you can expect the parks will be going ALL out for Mickey’s 90th with each park. They’ll all be hosting an array of different events and activities you can attend to show your appreciation for Mickey. Unfortunately here in NYC we haven’t been blessed with a Disney Park. Nevertheless, Disney is helping us to celebrate Mickey in a BIG WAY!

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition is NYCs latest immersive experience inspired by the mouse himself. Opening on November 8th, you will be able to view an array of Mickey inspired art in this 16000 square foot exhibit located in Manhattan. The exhibit promises to show you Mickey like you have never seen him before.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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With these new immersive pop-ups being the latest trend, I’m excited to get up close and personal with Mickey in a new way! Mickey: The True Original Exhibition runs from November 8th to February 10th 2019 and you can purchase tickets now via Disney.

Keep up with the exhibit by following Mickey: The True Original on Instagram.

Cant make it to the exhibit? Want to celebrate from the comfort of your own home? Mickey’s 90th Spectacular airs this Sunday, November 4th 2018 at 8|7c on ABC.

How will you be celebrating Mickey Mouse?

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Fall Fun at Queens County Farm Museum

I love long weekends! Thanks to the holiday weekend we got an early start on our fall activities and we were able to check out the all the fall fun at the Queens County Farm Museum. The farms fall programs generally run on weekends from 11am – 4:30pm but due to the long weekend they were open on Columbus Day. We got there around 2pm (because we never get anywhere early) and the boys were excited to check out all the farm had to offer.

The Grounds

Admission onto the grounds is completely free. So you’re able to explore the farm and the pumpkin patch free of charge. Prices for pumpkins are based on size and start at $4. We actually didn’t take any pumpkins home because they were looking a little abused. I’m gonna chalk it up to first weekend excitement *shrugs*…. not sure, but we didn’t have that problem last year even though we went a lot later in October. The farm also has a huge corn maze which we haven’t checked out because the boys are just too young to care about it. They do have Maze by Moonlight on 2 Saturday evenings this month so that may be something adults are in to. 

I was actually surprised RJ asked to do the pony ride even though he’s done it before. Last year when he did it he was only JUST turning 3 and I didn’t think he’d remember. He definitely brought it up before we even got out of the car. It’s a cute photo opp but they do only walk the pony around once and it’s $4. The part of the farm the boys loved the most was the petting zoo. This is the part of the farm that has ALL the activities.

A Petting Zoo and More

Entrance to the petting zoo is $8 a person (12 months and up) and they give you lettuce to feed all the animals. This part of the farm also has tractors, areas for kids to climb/jump, a reptile farm and a “slide” area. This is obviously where we spent most of our time and where the boys ran out ALL of their energy. 

There is so much more to the farm that we didn’t even check out. Of course they have fresh vegetables for sale, food vendors, hayrides, bathrooms that aren’t porter potties (yasssssss God!!) & more! Click the arrows to check out more pictures from our day at the farm below.

What is your favorite fall activity? Do you take your littles pumpkin picking? Are you going to check out the Queens County Farm Museum? Lets chat!

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10 Amazing Things to Do In NYC This Fall |Explore NYC

Fall is finally here and I am finally in my happy place! While I’m not a full-fledged pumpkin spice girl, fall is hands down my favorite season. I love the fall colors, the smell, sweater weather, all things pumpkin and apple, & most importantly the lead up to the holidays. Being an NYC girl I’ve enjoyed fall in the city my entire life and I’m excited the boys are a little bit older and can enjoy the fall activities that I love with me! Check out some of my favorite things to do during fall (with and without kids) in NYC below.

Queens County Farm

This place is the epitome of fall family activities! From the pumpkin patch, to a corn maze, petting zoo and farmers market they have an array of fall activities for families to enjoy every year. We went for the first time last year and RJ loved the pony rides and playing with the other kids in their play area.

The HighLine

The highline is an elevated trail in Manhattan with amazing views. If you’re into greenery, photography, & street art this is a great place to go and see fall foliage. Even better, its free to access so on a day that isn’t too chilly you can go and get some great shots of the city.

New York Comic Con

Geek culture is taking over and NYC is home to the largest pop culture event on the east coast! If you love all things anime, cosplay and just all around geeky, this is the place for you! The city is already alive with characters and comic con just makes the experience even more exciting.

NYC Village Halloween Parade

Probably one of the most colorful and creative parade, people come from all over to participate in this parade on halloween night. This event usually starts in the evening and lasts a few hours so it’s mainly adults but is one of the most attended parades in the city. The 2018 theme for the parade is I am a Robot. 

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

Though this is technically not IN NYC, this event is beautiful and close enough for a day trip. With more than 7000 pumpkins carved by volunteers, it is easy to marvel in the wonder of all the illuminations.

Apple Picking

When I was younger apple picking was one of my favorite things to do with my family. I loved having the family time and I loved all the fall apple recipes that came after. Apple pie is STILL my favorite holiday dessert and I could eat it the entire seasons of fall/winter without ever getting tired of it. So many variations!

NYC Wine and Food Festival

I feel like this doesn’t need much explaining because food… wine…. what else is there to even say? But theres a ton of events spread over the entire weekend including parties, tastings and classes. Its foodie paradise!

Blood Manor

Definitely not for the faint at heart. Blood Manor boasts being NYC’s scariest halloween attraction. If you can handle haunted houses Blood Manor is definitely worth a visit. This one is obviously not for kids, but the city is full of not-so-scary halloween attractions worth checking out for little ones as well.

Ice Skating

Bryant Park, Central Park and Rockefeller Center are all home to NYCs most beautiful ice skating rinks. Most of these rinks open to the public in late October and fall is the PERFECT time to go in my opinion. Before it gets TOO cold to enjoy and way way crowded with NYCs holiday tourists.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 

I know I said the Halloween parade was amazing but if you know NYC you know this is THE parade of the year. We catch it on tv because we haven’t been bold enough to brave the crowds and by November it’s a little cold here but if you have older kids I’m sure they’d LOVE to be up close to the action. I’ve never been in person either but when the boys get a little older and a little less whiney we’ll be making our way there! 

 Image via Macy’s Parade Press

Image via Macy’s Parade Press

We’re also looking forward to checking out some things later in the fall once it gets close to the holidays such as the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show, Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting.

What’s fall like in your city? What’s your favorite thing to do? Lets chat in the comments! xoxo

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5 Interactive Experiences You Need to Visit for the ‘Gram |Explore NYC

 It’s really not a secret that everyone wants to be “down” on social and these interactive pop up shops aren’t new at all. I went to my Dream Machine last month and it wasn’t exactly like I imagined but I had so much fun. If you love art, photos or just like taking pictures for IG then you NEED to check out these pop up shops.

It’s really not a secret that everyone wants to be “down” on social and these interactive pop up shops aren’t new at all. I went to my Dream Machine last month and it wasn’t exactly like I imagined but I had so much fun. If you love art, photos or just like taking pictures for IG then you NEED to check out these pop up shops.

Each of these experiences are coming to NYC (or are here already). Each also features different rooms, & the experiences take about an hour each. What makes them so all worth visiting is they’re all different themes, and the photo ops are endless! Perfect for a date night, or girls day!

Dream Machine // Now – September 9th

Rose’ Wine Mansion // Now – October 7th 

Candytopia // August 15th – November 15th

Color Factory // August 20th – September 30th

Museum of Pizza // October 13th – 28th 

 Have you been to any of these pop-up shops? Know of one coming to the city that’s not listed? Share in the comments below. 

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Recap: The 2018 New York Baby Show #NYBSBloggerLounge

My family and I were invited to attend the 8th Annual New York Baby Show on behalf of MomTrends. All opinions expressed belong to me. 

If you read my post from last year, you know that the New York Baby Show is the biggest baby show in the country hosting over 150 exhibitors catering to new and expecting families. Soooo much happened this year the day of the New York baby show that I ALMOST didn’t make it. I pressed my way through car trouble, torrential rain, a croupy 10 month old and an extremely over tired toddler to check out as much of the exhibitors as I can and I’m excited to bring our TOP 3 Items from the show to you!

bloom – Alma Mini Crib

I was fascinated with the bloom’s Alma Mini Crib IMMEDIATELY.  Made from solid wood and coming in a variety of colors, the Alma Mini Crib is a super practical crib solution especially for city life. The crib folds and unfolds easily for easy transport and storage. I secretly considered getting this crib for Nana’s house but Zayn is such an active kid and follows his big brother constantly that I feel like he wouldn’t get that much more use out of it. Check out more on the Alma Mini Crib here.

Chicco – Bravofor2 Double Stroller 

I’m on the lookout for a sit-n-stand stroller even though James thinks we don’t need one. I’m just thinking about how summer is coming, we’re going to be spending way more time outside and RJs little toddler legs are going to be getting tired. The Chicco Bravofor2 initially caught my eye because it wasn’t big or bulky. With a cute modern design and the ability for your big kid to choose how they want to ride, the Chicco was definitely winning me over. The easy one hand fold had me sold. I’m lucky if I have ONE hand available on outings I can’t deal with not being able to function  . Check out all the great features of the Bravofor2 here

PRIMO – The 2-in-1 Smart Voyager 

One of the last stops we made was PRIMO. I was really excited about the PRIMO LapBaby but then it came time to strap Zayn in, he was too big :(. We further decided based on his size, age and how grabby he is that he wasn’t a good fit for that product anyway, but it definitely would’ve came in handy when he was younger! PRIMO also had the 2–in-1 Smart Voyager on display and this highchair/swing combo I LOVED! It only took about 30 seconds to convert from a swing (controllable entirely by phone) to a fully functional high chair and back again. The swing has awesome features like Automatic Cry Activation, 8 swing speeds, and can be connected via Bluetooth. For more information on the Smart Voyager feel free to check out PRIMO’s website here

 

All in all, the New York Baby Show didn’t disappoint and I’m glad we pushed through and made it. I can’t wait to go next year (but I’m highly considering making it a solo trip) to see what new products will be out. I can’t believe by then I’ll have two toddlers! Eek! 

Did you stop by the New York Baby Show? What were your favorite products? Leave your thoughts in the comments!  

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25 Years Under The Big Top! Universoul Circus is Coming to NYC!! | Explore NYC

I am super excited about the Universoul Circus coming to NYC! We’re going to be heading to the performance in Queens this weekend and it’s both the kids first time at the circus so this is going to be extra special. On top of that, Universoul is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year so their promising a show that’s even more unforgettable than ever before!

 Image via Universoul Circus

Image via Universoul Circus

“A spectacle of global proportions, the extra special 25th Anniversary edition of everybody’s favorite circus will take you on an unforgettable journey of electrifying, edge-of-your-seat performances! Bringing you brand new acts from Russia, Trinidad, South Africa, Mongolia, Cuba, China, Ethiopia, and the good ole USA…get ready for a bigger, faster, louder, funkier show like no other with EVEN MORE SOUL!”

 Image via Universoul Circus

Image via Universoul Circus

Queens NY, March 23rd – April 8th

Brooklyn NY, April 11th – April 29th 

Mt. Vernon NY, May 2nd – May 13th

For more information or to purchase tickets to the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Universoul Circus, visit their website here. Make sure to come back next week and check out our recap =)

Have you been to Universoul Circus? Are you excited about their 25th Anniversary?