Shhh, This NYC Theater is a Secret

February 8, 2014
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UPDATE: There’s been a change of dates, and Ghostbusters is happening on 3/23! When you live as far uptown as we do, you have a certain acceptance that the true gems of New York City are a subway ride away. We recently discovered we have a secret, wonderful gem of a theater uptown, the United […]

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Exciting New Books from Little, Brown

February 7, 2014
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Earlier this week I went to one of my favorite semi-annual events, the Little, Brown Books for Young Readers picture book cocktail party. Yes, it does combine two of my favorite things, picture books and cocktails, but it also offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at these books in the making. At previous parties I’ve enjoyed […]

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Year of the Horsey

January 31, 2014
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I am strong little ox. Olive is a chatty little rooster. My husband and Ozzie are brave little tigers. These are the cutie versions of the Chinese zodiac in the new book My Lucky Little Dragon by Joyce Wan. Each page has an adorable illustration of the animal. It ends with a bit of good […]

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Symphony Space is Great for Kids: Just Kidding

January 16, 2014
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My family and I were recently invited to attend a show at Symphony Space, part of the Just Kidding series for families. We have never been disappointed with a Just Kidding show, and this was no exception. Lunch Money, one of our favorite family bands, made a rare NYC appearance so we naturally jumped at […]

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Awesome, Revolting Children

December 29, 2013
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What… this? This is the key to my superlative cabinet, which is now being opened because Olive and I have seen Matilda on Broadway. To describe the show I’ll need most of the superlatives I have. Wow. First, let me set the stage. I’m not a big fan of musicals, and I’ve passed that on to […]

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Todd McHatton’s Christmas Present to You

December 21, 2013
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Time to get merry, people. Todd McHatton let me know that he’s giving away free downloads of ALL of his albums between today and December 25th! This includes his Christmas Songs album! Here for further merriment, is a video for the song “Santa Flying in Your Sleigh.” Merry Christmas!

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Three Books with Christmas Cheer

December 19, 2013
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If you’re looking to expand your library with some Christmasy books for the kids, here are three picture books that put a new spin on the holiday. The Smallest Gift of Christmas by Peter H. Reynolds I’m not gonna lie, little Roland, this book’s protagonist, is a bit of a brat. He raced downstairs on […]

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Holiday Gift Guide: Music!

December 16, 2013
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Sure, your tween may just want an iTunes gift card, by for younger kids, fill their stockings with music! Here are a bunch of our favorites for your enjoyment. Blink of an Eye – Frances England This may well be my favorite album of the year. It feels like the music hugs you when you […]

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A Tween’s Guide to Shopping for a Tween

December 10, 2013
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My tween correspondent, Elizabeth, saw the gift guides I’ve been posting and suggested that she write a guide of her own, letting you know how to shop for a tween. Her last piece of advice is my favorite. Dang, I hope she likes the presents I bought her (some of which are represented on this […]

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Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Little Kids

December 5, 2013
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OK, now that Books for Big Kids are covered, here are some of our favorite picture books, great gifts for your little ones. As always, these books and more recommendations can be found in the Media Macaroni store. Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea Unicorn thinks he’s pretty great. Well, that’s how it […]

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