Top 5 Day and Weekend Trips From New York City 2009

200812311223.jpgThis summer we wrote about some great day and weekend trips near New York City. From the farms of Westchester to the parks of Long Island and even places you can visit without a car. You can find more family friendly day and weekend trip ideas in our archives under the weekend trips category.

Here are our top 5 day and weekend trips posts from 2009:

 

Things to do New Year's Day 2009 with Kids in New York

200812301907.jpgIn the South they visit friends and eat Hoppin' Johns on January 1st . In New York on New Year's Day we try to get out of the house with an activity that parents can enjoy as much as the kids. Lots of things are closed, but there's still lots of fun stuff to do. Here are some ideas of what to do with kids in New York on New Year's Day 2009.

What will be open on New Year's Day in NYC:

Top 5 New York Email Newsletters 2008

top2008.gifYesterday I posted my Top 5 New York Websites. Besides browsing hundreds of websites, I also have a very full in box and subscribe to dozens of email newsletters that keep me informed on events and activities going on in the New york City.

I skim the best kid event newsletters looking for unique tidbits, but many of the email newsletters I read the most are not kid-centric. I like to read adult event newsletters to find unusual activities that are good for the whole family in addition to the regular kid stuff to do.

 

Here are the top 5 daily and weekly New York email newsletters that I check in with the most:

 

Top 5 New York Openings for Families 2008

top2008.gifNew York City is always changing and there just seems to be more and more great things to do for kids and families every year. In 2008 we saw the opening and reopening of some terrific family museums and kid friendly eateries.

 

Here are our top NYC openings for kids and families in 2008:

 

 

Top 5 New York Websites 2008

top2008.gifPeople are always asking me how I ca n possibly stay up to date with so many different events that things to do in New York. The short answer is that I read A LOT. I have well over 200 websites in my RSS reader (if you don't know what an RSS reader is learn about it here. It's a great way to keep up to date on lots of sites without having to visit them all each day) and I like to skim through them all to find out about the little gems that I can share with you.

I thought for this end of year week it would be appropriate to share some of my top 5 lists for 2008, starting with the top 5 websites I enjoy reading to keep up to date with everything NYC.

Big Apple Circus: Fun under the Big Tent

DSC08598.jpgMy son, Roan, turned five this weekend. He has the misfortune of being born in a season that is ripe with people celebrating things other than his birth. This year I wanted to really make an effort to carve out time just for him, and do special things with him that we probably wouldn’t get around to otherwise. In addition to a few parties, much too much ice cream, bowling, cutting a half day of school to play in the snow and staying up late, I brought out the big gun: The Big Apple Circus.
 
The Big Apple Circus takes place in Lincoln Center through January 18, 2009. It is an amazingly easy place to get to by subway, which mattered to me on Sunday, because it was mean cold that day. Roan wasn’t really too sure what to expect. I’ve never been to the Big Apple Circus so I didn’t really know how to prepare him. But when we approached the blue Big Top Tent, my eyes lit up like the eight-year-old I truly am. There is something magical about walking into a giant Circus tent in the middle of Lincoln Center.

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