Books / Christmas

Let it Glow : A Twinkling Winter Wonderland Adventure

11.26.17

A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight, walking in a literary wonderland! Looking for a holiday book that glows with the magic of the season? Look no further than Let it Glow: A Winter’s Walk, by illustrator Owen Gildersleeve.

Let it Glow - A Winter's Walk

Let it Glow: A Winter’s Walk is the perfect way to enjoy the beauty and magic of the glistering winter season. Told in verse, this new release from Wide Eyed Editions follows the adventures of one child on his journey home through snowy city scenes on a magical Christmas Eve.

Let it Glow - A Winter's Walk with Twinkling lights

Real twinkling lights will delight children (and those who read to them) as they journey through a snowy winter wonderland. The lights are revealed one at a time by shining through each page with perfectly placed die cut holes, becoming candles tops, stars, bonfire flames, and even illuminated store windows.

Let it Glow - A Winter's Walk has real twinkling lights on each page

Throughout the story the character encounters carolers, sledders, ice skaters, amongst others. While the book is short in length, it’s long in nostalgia, and the lights make the book a fun game for any child or toddler.

Let it Glow: A Winter’s Walk is a perfect book to share in a storytelling session, and the ultimate gift-able book that captures the magic of the holiday season!

Let it Glow - A Winter's Walk

Tis the season for gifting and giving, and we are delighted to be partnering with Wide Eyed Editions for a giveaway of 3 books from their beautiful collection:

  • All Aboard the Discovery Express
  • Pirates Magnified: With a 3x Magnifying Glass
  • Illumanatomy

Wide Eyed Editions Holiday Giveaway

How to enter: Wide Eyed Editions Book Giveaway

Easy to enter and win:

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Winner will be chosen at random and notified by Instagram direct message.
Act fast! The contest ends Sunday December 6th at 6pm EST. Full contest rules below. Good luck everyone!

 

Let it Glow: A Winter’s Walk

Wide Eyed Editions. Written and illustrated by Owen Gildersleeve. More information on the book HERE
Check out the entire collection from Wide Eyed Editions HERE. 

This post is in partnership with Wide Eyed Editions.
As always, all opinions and reviews are our own.
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  • This competition will commence on Sunday December 6th, and all entries must be received by 6:00pm EST. The promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt. Entries via agents or third parties are invalid.
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  • Winner receives 3 Books from Wide Eyed Editions: All Aboard the Discovery Express, Pirates Magnified: With a 3x Magnifying Glass and Illumanatomy
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New York City / Theater

Blast Off – Interstellar Cinderella Theater Show

11.25.17

What does a classic fairy tale look like in the year 3017? If the production of Interstellar Cinderella is any indication, the future of a good story is safe, with positivity and learning as well as an upgrade to surroundings that revolve around rocket engines, robots and very flashy space suits.

Blasting off with Interstellar CinderellaBlasting Off with Interstellar Cinderella

Perfect Family Friendly Theater 

Brought to you by children’s singer/songwriter, Laurie Berkner, and Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the New York City Children’s Theater, Barbara Zinn Krieger, Interstellar Cinderella is a new musical the whole family can enjoy.

The theater itself is small, intimate, and charming. With only 7 rows, it is perfectly sized for pint-sized guests, and there isn’t a bad seat in the house! Even a seat in one of the back rows of the theater could see perfectly. The show targets children aged 4–8, but the script, acting, and musical performances are good enough to keep older kids and adults thoroughly entertained as well.

No worries about arriving at the theater early and keeping the kids busy, the theater brilliantly provided (free!) crafts and activities for kids before the doors opened.

The talented cast in action at Interstellar CinderellaPhoto Credit: Carol Rosegg. From L-R: Sam McLellan (Prince Astral,) Cynthia Nesbit (Gidra,) Angela Travino (Stepmother) and Joyah Love Spangler (Hully) 

Blast off with a new take on a Classic Story

Interstellar Cinderella is a futuristic retelling of the classic, set in the year 3017.  The title character, named Cinderella, is a space mechanic who lives in the basement of her family’s spaceship, fixing and programming the household devices for her mean stepmother and stepsisters.  With her father “lost in space”, Cinderella is sentenced to live in the basement of her step-mother’s house where she is ordered non-stop by her step-sisters to fix this, fix that. If it wasn’t for her close friend, a robotic mouse named Mergatroyd, she would have no one to talk with and share her dream of traveling the galaxy.

When the prince announces there will be a space parade with judging of rockets and also a royal ball to follow, Cinderella realizes this is her chance to show off her latest invention, a rocket that is 10 times safer than any current model. Of course, her step-mother has other plans, stealing her tools and leaving her locked away in the basement, increasing the odds the prince will pick one of the step-sisters. Luckily, Mergatroyd has connections to robot fairy god mothers who quickly help Cinderella find her tools (including a special wrench) and ensure she has a proper space suit for the ball.

When she arrives not only does she fix the prince’s rocket, but also wins the parade and the heart of the prince. In the end, the prince finds Cinderella and offers his hand in marriage only to be turned down as Cinderella is not interested in marriage. What’s second best to a marriage proposal? Being offered the job of Chief Rocket Technician by the prince, where Cinderella will live at the palace and enjoy the life of royalty, with the shared dream of one day exploring the galaxy with her new friend, the prince.

Meeting the cast of Interstellar CinderellaMeeting the talented cast of  Interstellar Cinderella

Interstellar Cinderella

At the end of the show, the entire theater was dancing in their seats with a fun singalong to “Rocketship Run.”  The perfect dance-off ending to this amazing blast-off performance for children. Be sure to miss this out of this world theater experience!

  • DURATION: 50 Minutes
  • AGE RECOMMENDATION: 4-8 years of age
  • CAST: Meadow Tien Nguy, Sam McLellan, Cynthia Nesbit, Joyah Love Spangler, and Angela Travino
  • WHEN: Now through- December 18, 2017 | Sensory Friendly: Sat, Dec 9 @ 11am
  • WHERE: The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row | 410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
  • TICKETS: General Seating: $29.25, Premium Seating: $49.25. $1 lap seating for children under the age of two (2) will be available for purchase the day of the performance at the box office (cash only) . Tickets HERE

A huge thank you to the New York City Children’s Theater for graciously hosting our visit to the show. As always, all opinions and commentary are our own.

Activities / Christmas / Experiences / New York City

Winter ONEderland at One World Observatory

11.24.17

The observatory atop One World Trade has been transformed to a festival for the holidays! A “Winter ONEderland” has opened in New York City!

Hanging with Santa at One World Observatory

Winter ONEderland at One World Observatory will run continuously through the holiday season, ending on January 7th. Experiences include “One World of Wonders,” a multi-media experience where guests join Winter ONEderland mascot Ollie the Owl as he takes flight, a Glacier Cave for guests to wander through, a snowy elevator ride, and a giant snow globe showcasing New York City’s famous skyline. Top off the experience with a visit to Old St. Nick in Santa’s Village, where parents can reserve a time for the kids.

See more of our experience below!

Meeting Ollie the Owl at Winter ONEderland

Meet Ollie the Snow Owl

Joining the most stunning views in NYC, is a snowy owl friend Ollie – who is the mascot for the One World Observatory’s Winter ONEderland. Ollie, an animated friend, helps to bring visitors though the lobby and up to the observatory through a multi-media experience.

Guests enter the lobby and meet Ollie as he takes flight, navigating through snowy animations of the world’s most popular destinations, called One World of Wonders.

 

One World of Wonders at One World Trade Center

One World of Wonders and Glacier Cave

Through the gorgeous hallway is 144 individual screens that leads you to the One World Observatory’s famous elevators. Its here in this multi-media experience where guests join Ollie the Owl as he takes flight across the world. Scenes of famous landmarks are featured on the screens; including the Great Wall of China, Sydney, Australia, Big Ben in London, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.

After the World of Wonders comes another One World Trade stunner- Glacier Cave. Here, guests wander a winding trail through an underground winter grotto, with sparkling crystals and winter icicles.

 

Snowy Sky Pod Journey at One World Discovery

Snowy Sky Pod Journey

It wouldn’t be a winter wonderland without snow! There’s nothing more thrilling than a winter scene while riding high above NYC in the fastest elevators in the Western Hemisphere. The SkyPod elevator travels to Floor 102 in 47 seconds, at a speed of about 23 miles per hour. During the ascension, floor-to-ceiling LED technology immerses visitors in a snow covered time-lapse recreation of the development of New York City’s skyline. A one-of-a-kind winter wonderland experience that you cannot miss.

 

Winter ONEderland Snowglobe at One World Discovery

Giant Snow Globe

One of the jewels of the Winter ONEderland experience, is the giant snow globe showcasing New York City’s famous skyline that is perfect for the ultimate selfie moment. Mechanical fans blow “snow” through the perfectly placed glass sphere, as it falls gently over a replica One World Trade Center. A magical scene with the skyline view of Manhattan in the background.

 

Santa Experience at One World Observatory

Santa’s Village

Could there be any better holiday surprise then seeing Santa Claus 102 floors above the New York City Skyline? For a truly unforgettable experience in a breathtaking setting – Santa Claus is available to schedule one on one visits every weekend up until Christmas. Take home the keepsake of a visit with Santa on top of the World, with a professionally captured, high quality 8×6 photo. The Santa package also includes a surprise gift with every purchase.

 

Boozy Apple Cider available at One World Obervatory

Holiday Treats

One World Observatory’s restaurant, One Dine, and bar, One Mix, are the perfect companions to your holiday experience while visiting Winter ONEderland. Both are offering new holiday fare, specialty cocktails and daily features, including turkey roulade with a pecan and cranberry stuffing, and a dry aged New York strip steak. Holiday specialty drinks are also available. – such as the Boozy Apple Cider (featured above). Reservations are strongly suggested.

 

Amazing views at One World Observatory

Amazing Sights at Astonishing Heights 

The observation deck that sits atop the 104-story skyscraper at the former site of the Twin Towers is one of Manhattan’s top tourist attractions. The building is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and at 1,776 feet – this is where visitors will get an unparalleled view of New York City and its incredible surroundings.

 

Winter ONEderland at One World Observatory

Location: One World Trade Center. Located at 1 World Trade Center – West Plaza and West Street. The Entrance to the Observatory is located at the Northwest Corner of the World Trade Center; at the intersection of West and Vesey
When: The Winter ONEderland experience runs through January 7th. Santa visits One World Observatory each weekend until Christmas Eve.
Time: The experience will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (special hours on Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 1; early closing on Sunday, December 24).
Admission: Admission to One World Observatory starts at $34 per person, and goes up to $67 with VIP entry and escorted tours.
Tickets: Tickets and More information HERE.

Thank you One World Observatory for sponsoring our visit. As always, all opinions and reviews are our own.

 

Art / Mommy Nearest / New York City

Our Senses: An Immersive Experience

11.21.17

The long awaited, highly anticipated exhibition, Our Senses : An Immersive Experience, is officially open! This art gallery-esque exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History explores the relationship between our senses and perception, and reveals how our brains construct our perception of reality.

American Museum of Natural History - Our Senses

The large exhibition leads the viewer through 11 funhouse-type spaces that you need to see to believe. Immersive and interactive, while educational and attractive, this all-ages exhibition caters to both children and adults alike. Below we highlight some of our must-see family favorites.

The Balance Room at the AMNH Musuem

Read our full experience in our latest article with Mommy Nearest HERE!

American Museum of Natural History - Our Senses

 

 

Travel

Nashville With The Family: Rocking Through Music City

11.20.17

If you want your child to love boot stomping music, there’s no better place to visit than Music City – Nashville Tennessee! Live soulful music starts early and continues into the evening, spilling into the streets and out of seemingly every building. As parents, you’ll be glad to know Nashville kids activities are plentiful and quite memorable. Your feet won’t stop tapping after seeing all these fun things that are happening for families in this amazing city.

Nashville with the Family: Rocking through Music City

We’re excited to announce that we are contributors to the new family travel platform, nugget!

nugget is a new guide to family travel, by parents for parents, and the ultimate resource for unique family vacation ideas. All of the itineraries are curated and shared from travel-enthusiastic parents, with the goal of spending less time planning, and more time enjoying your little nuggets.

The first couple of our travel articles are live now, including the best way to spend a day in Nashville! More to come soon, including guides on our home town, New York!