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Another Kids' Show is Hare!
by Judy Antell - April 21, 2002

Literally Alive's mission is to bring children's literature to life. My 4-year-old, who saw the latest production, The Velveteen Rabbit, took this to heart. Upon arriving home after seeing the play, she pulled her copy of The Velveteen Rabbit off the shelf. "Look," she said. "In the original story, a boy had a velveteen rabbit, not a girl."


Party tips from the expert (a mom)
by Judy Antell - April 21, 2001

When it comes to childrenÕs birthday parties, deciding on location is just the tip of the iceberg. As the mother of three girls with wildly divergent personalities, IÕve hosted and attended more than my share of birthday parties.


Youth Theater Lights Up Times Square
by Judy Antell - April 21, 2001

While the New Victory Theater has made a splash on 42nd Street for the past five years, another theater education organization for young people has benefited from the rejuvenated neighborhoodÕs success.


OVER THE BRIDGE É To Brownstone Brooklyn
by Judy Antell - April 21, 2001

Brooklyn may be the up-and-coming borough, with great neighborhoods for families, but the biggest difference from Manhattan is the shoes. In Brooklyn, you tend to walk more, and your footware reflects that. No Manolo Blahniks for Brooklynites on the subway; you can often tell who will be crossing the bridge by looking at his or her feet.


Not Too Big, Not Too Far
by Judy Antell - January 21, 1995

While most kids love amusement parks, visits for New York City children often involve a long, hot car ride. But there is a local alternative, reachable by subway or a short car trip. Nellie Bly Amusement Park in Brooklyn offers rides, miniature golf, batting cages and go carts.


The freedom to understand
by Judy Antell - October 21, 1999

The Museum for African Art has a new exhibit, Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa, running through January 2, 2000.


Rita Kirsch Debroitner's ADD book
by Judy Antell - January 21, 1995

Get more information about learning problems from the Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities.


Senorita Cinderella
by Judy Antell - April 21, 2003

In a small way, seeing the new bilingual play Cenicienta/Cinderella will prepare kids for going to the opera. English-speaking children are probably not used to hearing another language at a play, and seeing (and hearing) a familiar tale in another language may open them up to listening to, or even learning, another language.


Eastern Heritage Comes Home
by Judy Antell - March 21, 2003

When I first heard about the Children's Galleries for Jewish Culture, a new museum in Chelsea, I though there was some mistake; Manhattan already has The Jewish Museum, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and the Yeshiva University Museum. A Jewish Children’s Museum, in Brooklyn, is also under construction. But this thoroughly engaging hands-on museum designed for kids ages 6-12, has indeed quietly opened near Chelsea Piers, where it offers interactive exhibits and drop-in arts and crafts workshops.


Mozart, Magic and Marionettes!
by Judy Antell - March 21, 2003

Puppetworks often serves as a young child’s introduction to theater. Its new show, The Prince & The Magic Flute, also introduces opera to young audiences.


Tools for Fun
by Judy Antell - March 21, 2003

In a bit of serendipity, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum has opened Toolville while our new house is undergoing construction.


Beast Goes East
by Judy Antell - January 21, 2003

There’s another Beauty and the Beast in town, at the Y on East 53rd St. The hour-long production by Literally Alive! is an original musical, designed for kids ages 3-10; before each show, there is an interactive workshop, where children can make their own beast masks and learn about the show.


A Stellar Season
by Judy Antell - January 21, 2003

When toys have brand recognition among children, it can spell ubiquity or quality — or both. Theater for kids rarely achieves that ideal, although Disney has been trying to change that. But the small theater across from The Lion King has garnered name recognition among theatergoers big and small. The New Victory Theater, in just seven seasons, is the go-to place for great shows from international theater companies, at ridiculously low prices.


Frills on the Hills: Tubing and Terrain Parks
by Judy Antell - January 21, 2003

Downhill skiing is just the tip of the iceberg at most Eastern ski resorts. In recent years, snowboarding has become all the rage, leading to the evolution of specially groomed parks and even a new language of sorts: with its pipes, superpipes, berms and rails, to name a few.


Chicken Bones and Weather Vanes
by Judy Antell - December 21, 2002

The Museum of Modern Art may have temporarily left West 53rd Street, but the block between Fifth and Sixth Avenues is still home to two museums. In addition to the American Craft Museum, the street now boasts the new home of the American Folk Art Museum.


Two bills pending in NYC:Moms need lobbying support
by Judy Antell - December 21, 2002

When the Million Mom March was founded in 1999, the national grassroots organization was focused on a Mother�fs Day march the following year. The Washington, D.C., march attracted more than 750,000 people,peaceably demonstrating for stronger gun laws. More than that, it galvanized a movement that continues today, a group that has since merged with the Brady Campaign and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.


Anatomy 101 for Kids
by Judy Antell - November 21, 2002

If you travel with your kids and go to children’s museums in other cities, you may have run across an exhibit you’ve already seen. My kids think this is great, seeing a familiar exhibit in an unfamiliar place. Fans of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s Body Odyssey don’t have to cross state lines to see the traveling version of this exhibit, which is now at the Staten Island Children’s Museum.


Planning for Powder — for the whole family
by Judy Antell - November 21, 2002

A family ski trip is loads of fun, but first-time skiers need to prepare well. Even if the parents are experienced skiers, children have special requirements before getting on the slopes. We asked the experts, the directors of children's ski programs at various family ski resorts around the Northeast, for tips on getting a family ready to ski:


A New 9/11 Perspective — Yahrzeit
by Judy Antell - November 21, 2002

The Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust has developed a new focus in light of the tragic events of September 11. Their new exhibit, Yahrzeit, reflects on the tragedy, and responses.


Providence Sparkles! Catch WaterFire, April-October
by Judy Antell - October 21, 2002

Touring around other cities can sometimes feel achingly familiar. The downtown revitalization project. The spanking new children’s museum. The gorgeous, refurbished zoo. Providence has all that, but it has something extra, too — the incredible WaterFire


Windy, wonderful city for kids: Chicago
by Judy Antell - October 21, 2002

Some families take trips to explore local history, some to play on a beach, some to pursue a sport. While my family has done all three, we have also traveled to see dolls. Not just any dolls, but American Girl dolls, whose personal Mecca is the American Girl Place in Chicago, Ill.


Pulling all the Right Strings
by Judy Antell - October 21, 2002

Puppetworks is currently performing what it calls an ‘authentic’ fairy tale, The Sleeping Beauty. The show, adapted by Nicolas Coppola from Charles Perrault’s 1697 tale, is accompanied by fairies, and Tchaikovsky’s lush ballet score. Kids used to Sleeping Beauty touching a spindle will be surprised when this heroine falls into a slumber after pricking her finger on a beautiful rose — but this is how the story was written.


Sugarland Express
by Judy Antell - January 11, 2007

While some kids dream of becoming astronauts or ballerinas, mine fantasize about being appointed Willy Wonka’s heir. So a trip to Dylan’s Candy Bar is almost educational. This bright and shiny shrine to all that is sweet gives you a sugar high from the moment you enter.


Boston — When Skies are Blue
by Judy Antell - September 21, 2002

On our recent trip to Boston, we prayed for rain. No, the city is not besieged by a drought, but there are so many fabulous indoor activities, we hoped for some bad weather to force us inside


Picture Book Perfect! : The Berkshires
by Judy Antell - September 21, 2002

Fall in the Berkshires is known as ‘leaf peeping time’, when tourists tie up local roads for miles, looking at the changing leaves. The Springfield/Berkshire region of Massachusetts, “Pioneer Valley”, is betting on families searching for “one nice green leaf” to make a trek to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art



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