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Getting your kids to enjoy museums

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I remember the first time I took my kids to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They were so little and so fast that I questioned my judgement. I am sure that others did as well. Why would anyone in their right mind bring a toddler into a museum with things that can fall and break? Expensive, ancient, irreplaceable things, at that.

What got me there was the family programs they offer. Some museums, like the MoMA, offer their family friendly programs to members on early weekend mornings (before the museum opens to the public), and since we were parents of little ones already awake and ready to go, we thought, why not try it? 

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Five Reasons to Visit Sandusky in The Winter

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There are many reasons to visit Ohio’s Lake Erie area during the warmer months. Areas like Kelleys Island, Put-in-Bay (or South Bass Island), and Middle Bass Island are just a few of the top reasons why visitors flock to the area every summer, making this one of the most popular destinations for warm weather travel.

But, what about the winter? Granted, many of the beach areas are closed for the season. Spots that would normally be bustling in the middle of July seem quiet and sleepy in the dead of winter, when temperatures can easily go below zero and snowstorms are a regular occurrence.

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Family Vacation Destinations in France

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In my hope to help you plan your own family vacation through France, I have shared details of our own trip.

So far, I’ve shared tips on how to rent a country home in Renting a GÎte in France. Then I’ve shared tips and lessons learned while Planning a Family Vacation in France.

In this post, I want to highlight the fun places we visited during our trip.

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Welcoming Spring at The Met

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When spring arrives New Yorkers find new life. It can be a bit cold at the start however, and the balance between enjoying the outdoors and staying warm can be tricky. Our favorite spot to take it all in: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). We had a few CityPASSes for my husband and I, and our kids were covered since children under 12 are free! 

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Embracing The Arts Through Interactive Tours with ArtMuse

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When I started this site, my children were very little and visits to museums were great for them (though basic for me) and provided just enough to nourish their curious, yet very young minds.

My kids are older now and their curiosity for art has developed into something a bit more sophisticated. There is no way that a children’s museum will be quite enough to appeal to them. But are they ready to really take on The Met? Can they truly appreciate the details and complexity of the exhibits at the MoMA? Is there a way to truly get them interested in those art gallery exhibits we enjoy? How can we, as their parents, keep them interested without overwhelming them with information?

Thankfully, there’s help. ArtMuse, a national and internationally based art touring guide service is not only made up of trained art historians and guides, but also offers different programs to appeal to both adults and children.

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Fun Holiday Sights & Tours in NYC

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The holiday season is in full effect and the streets of New York are as crowded as ever. Personally, I can’t get enough of the energy of the city now – with its festive, happy vibe – though it’s important to note that I make sure to clear my head and place myself in total zen mode before hitting the streets to take it all in.

But, taking it all in can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t exactly know where to start. This is when taking a list can be extremely helpful in not only getting you to the best spots to see in the city, but also to highlight some other things you might have not noticed or known about.

I took a couple of days of playing tourist in the city to check some fun tours and happenings in town.

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Exploring Rome with a Pocket Full of Pennies

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I have never been to Rome, yet have heard so much about it and I was excited to check it out.

Our hosts at Carnival Cruise paid for our (my teen and I) excursion fee, which consisted of a tour called “Rome on Your Own”. Basically, it was the hour ride from the port of Civitavecchia into the city of Rome. We did get some tips from our guide along the way, but what you pay for is really the comfort of the transportation to and from the port. Turns out that you can also just take the metro for as little as 5 euros per person. (Check out this great resource on Trip Advisor for different commuting options from Civitavecchia to Rome.) One important thing to note, however, is that the train terminal isn’t right off the boat. You have to walk about 20 minutes to the train terminal if the cruise line doesn’t offer a shuttle service to it.

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An Afternoon at the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ

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What is so great about NJ, I am finding, is that like NYC, it has a lot of different neighborhoods, each with its own personality. Traveling into a different neighborhood can make for a nice list of varied experiences and opportunities to explore.

This weekend, we headed over to Morristown, known in history mainly for its strong military role in the war of independence from Britain. It has a larger downtown area with plenty of shops, bars, and eateries. Two main points of interest are the Mayo Performing Arts Center in the center of town and the Morristown National Historical Park, a historical site visitors can explore.

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Terracotta Warriors at Discovery Times Square

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Terracotta Warriors: Defenders of China’s First Emperor, a new immersive exhibition of one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in modern time, is set to make its Northeast U.S. debut in New York City at Discovery Times Square (226 West 44th Street) on April 27. The exhibition features artifacts dating back to 221 BCE, including the world premiere of a set of gates from an ancient Han burial chamber, the U.S. debut of more than 20 artifacts, and an up-close look at 10 of the authentic, life-sized clay soldiers and their armor.

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NYC Landmark: City Island Nautical Museum

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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.

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