Mark Kolakowski

Kid-Sized Opera

(Sep. 21, 2004) - Just over 60 Manhattan blocks separate opposite poles in the opera world.

Fossil Hunting in N.J.

(Jul. 21, 2004) - Less than an hour’s drive from New York, you can search for fossils and even take some home. The Poricy Park Fossil Beds, in Middletown, N.J., are easily accessible and free from dawn to dusk daily. It is a popular school field trip destination.

Steamship and Circuses at Shelburne

(Sep. 21, 2003) - The next time that you’re in the vicinity of Lake Champlain or Burlington, Vt., consider a visit to the Shelburne Museum. Its wide-ranging collection is designed specifically to satisfy a broad spectrum of interests, including those of children.

Duck Down to Delaware

(Sep. 21, 2003) - Despite its compact size, Delaware has a number of remarkably fine attractions that appeal to adults and kids alike. Here’s a sampling worth considering either as destinations in their own right or as places to stop by while you are passing through the state.

Selecting a Private High School

(Sep. 21, 2002) - When it comes to the high school choice, your child will probably be making major input! He or she may be pleading for the school where best friends are attending, or the one where kids appear “cool”. But from the parent’s point of view, there are some major criteria on which you should base your decision:

Nancy Samalintackles loving and spoiling

(Sep. 21, 2002) - “I was an inept parent,” says parenting guru, New Yorker Nancy Samalin.

Coasting Through the Carolinas

(Sep. 21, 2002) - From the Outer Banks of North Carolina to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, the coastal region of the Carolinas appeals to a variety of family interests. The beaches and the salt-water fishing are justifiably famous, as are the golf and tennis resorts. Even if none of these activities appeal to you, there’s still much to see and do. Furthermore, the climate is appealing for fall and winter vacations: daytime highs in the 60s through November and mid-winter days no colder than the 50s are the rule.

A Terrific Tour of Teeth

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A Terrific Tour of Teeth

(Aug. 21, 2002) - New Yorkers themselves see their city all the time, and yet they seldom see it; the habit of not looking up is so inbred, a lot gets missed. By simply being far enough away, residents from the boroughs and New Jersey end up spying some of the choicest views.

Standardized Testing: Putting Kids to the Test:

(Aug. 21, 2002) - In case anyone hasn’t noticed, mandatory standardized testing of school children has become an increasingly contentious political issue in recent years. Legislation passed earlier this year by the U.S. Congress now requires that all states implement annual testing of children in grades 3-8.

The Anthrax Scare: Responding Sensibly

(Dec. 21, 2001) - Worrisome as the anthrax crisis may be, Manhattan psychotherapist Judith Miller, Ph.D., urges parents to keep it in perspective.

Saving for College, with NY State's help

(Dec. 21, 2001) - Considering the New York State college savings plan? MARK KOLAKOWSKI highlights some of the finer points, and asks: Should you also consider other states' plans?

Winter Birding in Central Park

(Jan. 21, 1995) - Birding enthusiasts from far beyond the city limits make springtime pilgrimages to the park, when a variety of warblers in colorful breeding plumage are passing through. Less well known is that other species, fleeing harsher conditions to the north and west, make Central Park a winter sanctuary as well.


(Jan. 21, 1995) - Like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison was a prolific inventor. Did you know he invented poured-concrete buildings? Yankee Stadium was built in 1923 of Edison cement. So for the kid who has ever thought of being a scientist or an inventor, a trip to the Thomas Edison National Historic Site in West Orange, New Jersey is a must.

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