New York City

Blast Off – New York Hall of Science

09.23.17

Blast off to a day of science based fun at the New York Hall of Science! With more than 450 interactive exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, and interactive activities, New York’s only hands-on science and technology center has many reasons to visit. From playing around in an animated world, entering a distorted room where people appear to shrink or grow, or trying your hand at space themed mini golf – these science, engineering, technology, and math based activities make a trip to the New York Hall of Science a fun educational experience not to miss.

Play mini golf in the shadows of rockets!

Check out the Great Hall and this amazing Wall!

Connect to the World through Connected Worlds Interactive Exhibit

Ready for a visit? Be sure to check out the guide below. We’ve compiled a great list of the must-see exhibits, plus some kid-friendly insider tips with our latest Article with Mommy Nearest HERE.

 

Events / New York City

Opera with a Roar – Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt

09.20.17

The celebrated On Site Opera Company will hold Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt, a new family friendly site-specific work is taking place in the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History!  The world premiere will be held on Saturday, September 23rd, and will be the first ever opera performance in the museum’s famed fossil halls.

Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt at the American Museum of Natural History

We were lucky enough to attend the show’s preview, and to learn more about the incredible On Site Opera performance troupe. Read on as we go behind the story, and detail how you can catch this limited run performance  before it  becomes extinct and travels on to other cities.

Ready for the performance of Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt at the American Museum of Natural HistoryReading the program before the show 

Behind the Opera: Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt

This opera is based on the real-life experiences of Rhoda Knight Kalt and her grandfather Charles R. Knight, the famous naturalist illustrator, who was hired to bring the museum’s fossil collection to life for visitors. Through his paintings, Knight brought visitors back millions of years to view dinosaurs as active creatures. Every weekend while Knight attended to his illustrations, his granddaughter, Rhoda, joined him at the museum, while he worked. Rhoda watched as the fossils were unpacked by the museum paleontologists, and then in amazement as her grandfather transformed the bone structures into living creatures on his painted canvas.

Watching the performance of Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt at the American Museum of Natural HistoryRhoda with her grandfather Charles R. Knight during the performance

The Performance

The twenty-minute opera piece follows 6 year-old Rhoda (played by the incredible Jennifer Zetlan) and her grandfather Charles R Knight (Robert Orth) at the museum, while he worked.  A third character, Dr. Henry Osborn, takes the fossil hall stage as well, (played by Patrick Cook), who was then President of the American Museum of History. The performance is performed in the museum’s incredible Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs, directly under the famous fossils that Charles R Knight was illustrating, and encourages visitors to follow Rhoda around as she hunts for missing fossils, surrounded by the Museum’s iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex, Apatosaurus, and other skeletons. The opera performance is accompanied by a  live orchestra led by composer John Mutso that has a wide range of instruments including violins, violas, cellos, flutes, and clarinets.

Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt PerformanceRhoda with her Grandfather during the show

Rhoda played by Jennifer Zetlan during the performanceRhoda helping to fill in the pieces of the skeleton

Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt at the American Museum of Natural HistoryRhoda and characters during the performance

Watching Charles R. Knight during the performanceWatching Charles R. Knight at work during the performance

Rhoda on the Hunt for Fossils during the showOn the hunt for fossils

Watching the Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt PerformanceWatching the performance

The orchestra from Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt at the American Museum of Natural HistoryThe live orchestra during the show

Meeting the talented cast of Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt after the showMeeting the cast after the show

Small But Mighty

With a voice as big as the prehistoric giants that surrounded her – we were blown away by the incredible vocal talent of Jennifer Zetlan, and the entire cast. Hearing the beautiful operatic voices and incredible string instruments acoustically play against the backdrop of fossils and prehistoric crustaceans is an experience you don’t want to miss. We especially loved the intimacy of the On Site Opera performance, and felt as if we were part of the show, not just the audience. Our son’s first opera, and he absolutely loved it! Having it take place at one of his favorite museums in the city, will be a special memory we will always cherish.

Small, but mighty, this wonderful performance is perfect for a first opera experience, dinosaur fans, and anyone who appreciates an incredible musical performance. A must see. We loved it so much we cant wait to come back and see it again.

 

Know Before you Go:

  • Tickets to the opera are free with museum admission, but reservations to attend the opera are required. Call 212-769-5200 to make reservations.
  • The family-friendly performances are recommended for ages 5 and up.
  • The opera is sung in English, and the performance lasts 20 minutes, and moves about the Saurischian Fossil Hall. Expect to follow along. and move with the performance.
  • The show requires children to be a quiet listeners, however at certain times they can clap and cheer on the performers.
  • Look closely at the fossil exhibits after the show! The famous illustrations of Charles Knight are still on view at the museum today.
  • If you visit, be sure to grab a program of the performance. Inside the program is a drawing game, as well as the entire libretto (script) from the performance which is fun to read with kids.
  • The story doesn’t end here! After the museum premiere, the production will be performed among Knight paintings and fossils in museums in Chicago and Pittsburgh as well.

Dates and Times:

  • The Opera runs Fridays, September 29–October 13, 2017  at 11:30 am and weekends, September 23–October 15, 2017 at Noon & 2:30 pm

Additional Information:

  • Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt show information here
  • Learn more about On Site Opera, and their incredible intimate performances here
Events / New York City / Sports

Horsing Around – Rolex Central Park Horse Show

09.20.17

Calling all horse fans! Did you know that there is a world class equestrian event that take place right here in New York City? The highly anticipated Rolex Central Park Horse Show has returned to NYC’s Wollman Rink! From Wednesday September 20th through Sunday September 24th, the fourth annual outdoor multi-day event will feature a variety of equestrian and riding programming that includes Arabians, Show Jumping, Puisance, Hunters, a free family activity day (more on this below!), and much more fun. This years champion and Olympic riders include Georgina Bloomberg, Jennifer Gates, Kent Ferrington (the #1 show jumper in the world!) among others taking Central Park’s stage for an evening that will be sure to amaze horse lovers and sport enthusiasts alike.

Always up for an adventure, we ventured to this incredible event in Central Park to learn more about the sport, the amazing competition horses and to experience world class programming that we are so lucky to have in our city’s backyard.

Rolex Central Park Horse Show

Rolex Central Park Horse Show – Setting the Scene

The show competition takes place right inside Wolleman Rink area, where riders vie for top prizes against a backdrop of skyscrapers in one of the world’s most iconic venues.  Before we go further, a moment needs to be taken to call attention to this view. Watching the gorgeous horses jump over apparatuses with the New York City skyline as a backdrop is a surreal experience.  Not just the skyline that is NYC, the obstacles in the course take on the likeliness of the city as well. This years obstacle designs included the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and even the Brooklyn Bridge. A ticket to this world class event is a must just to breathe in this New York scene.

Rolex Central Park Horse Show location

The doors open each weekday at 6pm, with events starting at 6:30pm (weekends have afternoon programming too). Just as a concert with an opening band, the same is the layout for this horse competition. An opening event takes place first on the grounds, and as the night progresses the main event of the evening commences. Knowing that the sun will be setting around 7:30pm, we arrived when the doors opened so we could have ample time to take in the scene, and find our seat. We explored the grounds, including the vendors and concessions, and walked around the sideline exploring the obstacles before the competition.

Rolex Central Park Horse Show Gift Shop

Hungry visitors will be happy to know that the cafe offers a wide range of foods and snacks, as well as alcoholic beverages for Mom and Dad. On-site vendors were selling a wide range of clothing including event shirts and hats, as well as horse toys and cute hobby horses (which are hard to resist!).

 

Rolex Central Park Horse Show in New York City

Rolex Central Park Horse Show - Equestrian Events

Rolex Central Park Horse Show - Award Ribbons

Rolex Central Park Horse Show - Victory Lap

Rolex Central Park Horse Show – Competition 

The Rolex Central Park Horse Show features five days of multi-discipline equestrian sport and performances, ranging from Arabians and Dressage to Hunters and Show Jumping.  The schedule is specific to each day, and includes this years U.S. Open $50,000 Arena Eventing competition – which is a short format version to traditional event,  and will be entertaining spectators for the first time in New York City. Each event ends with a winner presentation, where the best of the evening are presented with a ribbon.

 

Rolex Central Park Horse Show - Watching the competition

The evening we visited had 3 separate event competitions; the Junior/Amateur Jumper Speed Class, the U.S. Open Puissance and U.S. Open CSX Speed Class.  Seeing these world class athletes, Olympians, and champions perform in such an intimate setting, with New York City as the background was incredibly exciting. Even if you are not a horse fan (who isn’t??) this scene would swallow you in. Our young son loved it, he was carefully watching the horse and rider move throughout the course, calculating the scores for each jump, and telling me who won. before the announcer could. It was a wonderful way to bond, and introduce little ones to a new sport, and learn about horses. We couldn’t recommend the experience more!

 

Rolex Central Park Horse Show Family Day

Central Park Horse Show Family Day

Not just for horse sport enthusiasts, this years schedule of events includes a return of Central Park Horse Show Family Day! On Sunday  September 24th, the Rolex Central Park Horse Show will be partnering with Mars. Incorporated to welcome  tiny horse friends!  The Family Day event  is open to the public, offering free admission and entertainment for families to enjoy.

Highlights from this years Family Day include:

  • Equestrian activities including pony rides, pony games, and interactive pony grooming station
  • Meet and Greets with Mini Horse Heroes Honor and Hamlet
  • Chance to participate in Hobby Horsing (stick horse toy)
  • Dog Agility Demonstration
  • Performance from The Pompeyo Family (straight from America’s Got Talent! We love them!)
  • Instagram dog celebrity Chloe the Mini Frenchie
  • and much more!

Gates open at 12:00pm, with the FREE family events are from 1:00 – 3:00pm. See you there!

Rolex Central Park Horse Show

Rolex Central Park Horse Show
Located in Wollman Rink, Central Park
Enter the park at 59th Street and 6th Avenue
Link to competition information here
Find out more out the family activities here

Activities / New York City / Theater

20at20 Off Broadway STOMP Ticket Giveaway

09.17.17

One of the perks to living in New York City, is that we are so lucky to have theater at our beck and call. We have an endless array of amazing show options, performances, and must see live theater experiences, right outside our door!

However – with a family, it can be difficult (and costly!) to attend a theater show. We have the perfect solution! Through September 24th, the Off Broadway Alliance will be bringing back 20at20​, the bi-annual celebration of Off Broadway shows,  at a steep discount!

How does it work? The program makes $20 tickets available for more than 25 Off Broadway plays and ​musicals, twenty minutes prior to curtain. Now in its 11th year, 20at20 has become one of NYC’s most anticipated events – making the city’s incredible roster of live theater accessible to everyone!

Simply show up at the theater show of your choice with cash in hand – and see an incredible live performance, for only a mere $20 cash.

The 20at20 event is perfect for families who want to expose their children to live theater -this season’s selection offers some perfect family friendly options, such as: That Chemistry Show, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, STOMP, That Physics Show, ​and even the ​Gazillion Bubble Show​! (And at only $20 a ticket, you can bring your kids and​ their friends!)

Kids not ready for theater? Even better – how about a (much needed!) parents night out? ​20at20 gives you a chance to see a show, have drinks or dinner, and still have money left over.  Great options for adult fun: ​The Imbibe: A Spirited History of Drinking, Spamilton, or The Death of the Moon, or Naked Boys Singing! During 20at20, you could actually see ​a number of shows for much less than the price of a single Broadway ticket. How awesome is that?

STOMP Off-Broadway Show

We recently saw the heart pounding, toe stomping, rhythm producing Off-Broadway show STOMP….and it was amazing!

STOMP is a performance that is incredibly unique. The show is of pure percussion and no words, where the performers use improvised instruments to create interesting rhythms like you have never heard!

The stage is a site covered in discarded street signs, ladders, trash cans, and giant pipes, with everything up for grabs as an instrument. The performers wear dirty overalls and ripped cargoes; possibly they could be street cleaners, construction workers, or laborers deviating from their work, while stomping around in their workman boots while making tunes out of objects you’ve never thought of as being a musical instruments. From broomsticks, pots, pans, garbage cans, and YES even the kitchen sink, this talented troupe produced precise rhythm and incredible beats and kept the audience at the edge of their seats the entire show.

The Rhythm of New York - STOMP

The show just wasn’t all just beats – it mixed in a lot of humor, incredible choreography, and even audience participation that was obligatory. It is performance art in the finest, and watching the talent on the stage is a jaw dropping experience.

STOMP - The Off-Broadway Show

Our son and this percussion obsessed mom (I used to play the drums!) loved it, and would recommend to anyone who loves a good beat!

Get those hands clapping! We had such an amazing time at the show – we’ve partnered with The Off Broadway Alliance and their 20at20 Program to give a pack of four tickets to a lucky STOMPing fanatic!

STOMP - the Rhythm of New York

How to enter:

20at20 Off Broadway Ticket Giveaway

The lucky fan will receive 4 vouchers to STOMP! How to enter:

  • Follow @littlekidnyc on Instagram
  • Make a comment on the contest post
  • Enter multiple times by tagging friends in the comments
    That’s it! So Easy!

Winner will be chosen at random and notified by Instagram direct message.
Act fast! The contest ends Wednesday September 20th, at 6pm EST.
Full contest rules below. Good luck everyone!

Check out the exciting new shows at ​www.20at20.com! We’ve also included a full list of the participating Off-Broadway shows for reference below!

Full list of Off Broadway shows participating in 20at20: September 5th – September 24th 2017 :
Afterglow
Avenue Q
A Clockwork Orange
Curvy Widow
The Death of the Moon
Drunk Shakespeare
Frankenstein
Gazillion Bubble Show
Discord
The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking
Lili Marlene
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Marvelous Wonderettes
Me the People
NEWSical : The Musical
Naked Boys Singing!
Perfect Crime
Puffs
Sistas : The Musical
STOMP
Sex Tips for Straight Women From A Gay Man
Spamilton
The Suitcae Under the Bed
That Chemistry Show
That Physics Show
The Violin

Thank you 20at20 for sponsoring this post. As always, all reviews and opinions are our own.

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Official Terms and Conditions:
  • No purchase necessary.
  • This competition is open to residents of the contiguous 48 states, aged 14 years or over.
  • This competition will commence on Wednesday September 20th, and all entries must be received by 6:00pm EST. The promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt. Entries via agents or third parties are invalid.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Entrants must have a valid Instagram and Facebook account to enter.
  • Entrants must be following @littlekidnyc (Instagram). Entrants must also comment on the contest post to be considered.
  • Winner receives 4 Vouchers to STOMP, at the Orpheum Theater in NYC. The vouchers may be used for performances between September 5 – October 29, 2017 on Tuesdays @ 8PM, Thursdays @ 8PM, and Sundays @ 2PM, and is subject to availability.
  • The prizes are non-transferable, not refundable, and no cash alternative will be offered.
  • The promoter’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • The winner will be notified via Instagram direct message on Wednesday September 20th. The winner must claim their prize within 48 hours of the promoter sending notification. If the prize is unclaimed after this time, it will lapse and the promoter reserves the right to offer the unclaimed prize to a substitute winner selected in accordance with these rules.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Instagram.  You acknowledge that all information and material that you submit to enter this promotion is submitted to the promoter and not Instagram and you agree that Instagram shall not be liable to you in any way in respect of this promotion.
  • By entering the competition each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.
A Day in the Life / New York City

Day in the Life – Polina Bulman Photography

09.14.17

We are fortunate that we are contacted every so often by photographers hoping to work together. Usually, due to our crazy schedule and juggling of timing constraints we (ever so politely) decline. Truthfully, It’s not just the schedule – I also worry about how the session would play out; would these by a lot of posing and fake smiles? Would our son become frozen in a sea of camera clicks and smile inducing hi-jinks? While I myself take lots of photos each day – I (very much) try to capture moments quickly and quietly without missing a step of fun, with careful attention to never be an annoyance to our family, especially with my son. Would a photographer be so considerate? I worry that they would overtake our afternoon with a birage of photos, and cause my happy son to think less of special occasion, and (gasp!) photography in general.

A few weeks ago we were contacted by Polina Bulman, of Polina Bulman Photography, to work together on a “Day in the Life” Session. The sound of this brilliant concept caught my attention. Day in the Life? What exactly does this mean? Does it really take place over an entire day? Would it capture all of our everyday activities?

 Polina Bulman Photography - Walking the Dog

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