We were psyched to receive video postcards from our long-time editor-in-chief Sally Lee. She and her family recently went on what looks like an amazing Mediterranean cruise on the Disney Magic. We wanted to book a GoodyBlog staff trip after watching! Check out the vid if you’re curious to see what one of these cruises is like for kids–or if you just want to watch Sally’s adorable daughters ham it up for the camera (they narrate the fun vids, too). Bon voyage!
I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Atlantis in Paradise Island for the official opening of their new kids’ club, Atlantis Kids Adventures. Designed for kids ages 3 to 12, the 8,000 square-foot complex combines the latest in interactive technology with old-fashioned imaginative play.
My 5-year-old daughter, Jane, was in a bit of a grumpy mood the first time she stepped on the cool touch-screen floor—on which lizards, fish, and pieces of popcorn scatter about when you step on them—and she couldn’t be dragged away for 45 minutes. Here’s a picture of her playing with a similar wall screen.
There’s always something fun to do with the kids in the Big Apple year-round, whether it’s going to one of the many museums or checking out a Broadway show. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret: Summer is the time to come for special events. And this one is no exception. Check out three super-neat, limited-time-only attractions you don’t want to miss.
* The New York City Waterfalls. This unique art installation by Olafur Eliasson consists of four spectacular man-made water falls in the East River. By far, the coolest is the one directly under the Brooklyn Bridge. You can check them out from the shore, or for an awesome up-close look, take a scenic cruise on the Circle Line. The exhibit runs through October 13th.
* Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy. Cirque Productions takes over Broadway for a limited run (through August 24th) of their nature-inspired show. My 9-year-old niece was mesmerized by the colorful costumes and jaw-dropping acrobatics–and yes, I was too! In fact, it’s a safe bet that the performance will wow everyone in your family with all the high-flying fun.
* Hot-air balloon rides from Central Park. Get a once-in-a-lifetime view of Central Park and Manhattan from 30 stories up. These hot-air balloon rides are very popular and surprisingly cheap: $25 for adults and $17.50 for kids. But hurry up–the tours only go through August 22nd!
This just in: Mr. Potato Head is coming to a museum near you! The exhibit began in Milwaukee July 19 and is there through September 9. It’s touring for the next four years to Seattle, Birmingham, Omaha and 7 other cities (check out the website ). I haven’t been there yet but my sister-in-law and her kids live in Milwaukee so I’m planning a trip. The exhibit features the lovable spud leading kids on amazing adventures—to outer space, the jungle, on an archeological dig and under the sea. There are four different areas where kids learn about reading, writing, math and social skills all while having fun. I’ll have more to report when I get back!
My friend Jeffrey does these amazing family vacations, all part of The Saks (his last name) American Cities Tour. He, his wife Rita, and son Oliver have been visiting American cities since Oliver was about 5. When Oliver was little they checked out each vacation city’s Science Museum and aquarium. Rita always
researches the restaurants to try. Now that Oliver is older (16) they love to take in each city’s unique architecture (a passion all three share). They’ve been all over—DC, New Orleans, San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago …and more—but
Jeffrey says that the tour is winding down now that Oliver has grown up. But their memories last forever because after each trip, Rita makes photo books from all the photos each of them has taken. Jeffrey and his family have inspired me to do a Drummy (my married name) American City Tour. Wouldn’t it be fun to have at least one city family vacation photo book from each state? And before I go to Philly and Atlantic City (they’re nearby), I’m going to get ABC City guides for kids. Recently, I met a fun dad of two girls (8 and 5). He’s a lawyer by workday and a Family Travel Guide Man by vacation day. He is the founder and author of ABC Travel Guides, these perfectly-sized, totally kid-friendly city guides that he started making during a family trip to Boston. Each city guide highlights the fun gotta-see sites from A to Z. Making the books is an intense process—the entire family hustles around the city, taking in all the sites, snapping the pictures…Phew! There are six guides right now (check them out and more in the pipeline! That’s Matthew and his girls, Emily and Carly, above, in their hometown, Philly, playing in a public courtyard that features giant domino, bingo and monopoly pieces. How fun is that? That’ll definitely be on our to-visit list when we do Philly! Tell us about a fave vacation city spot you’ve visited. I want to make a list! How old were your kids, what did they love? Thanks!