Pilates in the Park

There is nothing sweeter than being able to contribute to a good cause and in the process tax-deduct your workout class! Here’s your chance! Renaissance Pilates is sponsoring Pilates in the Park for the benefit of Cystic Fibrosis on Saturday April 25th at 10am at Pier A in Hoboken. To attend the outdoor pilates mat class, bring a suggested donation for the CF Great Strides Walk and rsvp to Danielle @ Renaissance Pilates.


Keep Your Kids Busy For Less: Pretend it’s Summer and Hit the Tub

If your kids are longing for summer fun, why not grab some of the summer items- the pails, shovels, and goggles and have a swim party in your tub? Since you haven’t used these items in months, they will seem like new toys to the kids.  For those of you who have kids who hate taking a bath, you might be surprised to find that you won’t be able to get them out of the tub.


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Kiddy Kalendar – Weekend of 4/4-4/5

There is so much going on this weekend! Here are our top picks for the weekend….


On Saturday the Cathedral of St. John the Divine is having two Easter Egg Workshops, one at 10am and one at 1pm. The workshops are two hours long and you must bring two hard boiled eggs per child. Call (212) 932-7347 for more information.

The Central Park Easter Egg Hunt takes place at 11am at the Big Hill at 106th Street. The event is free and there will be easter eggs, free snacks, and of course the Easter Bunny.

Puppetworks is putting on a performance of Sleeping Beauty in Brooklyn. Performances are at 12:30 and 2pm and are just $7 per child and $8 per adult.

The Rubin Museum
has their Family Workshop today at 2pm. Today’s theme is “Lotus” and includes stories and crafts. $10 per child.


Kids can take an Irish Dance lesson and put on a Riverdance type performance afterwards! At 12noon at the Bowery Poetry Club. $10 per child.

Hot Peas n’ Butter
will be performing at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at 2pm. Tickets are just $6 per person.

Real Mom Review: Watchung Stables

Watchung stables in Mountainside houses over 50 horses and offers nearly everything horse related: boarding, lessons, boy scout/girl scout programs, trail rides, summer camp, and horse shows. Most lessons are recommended for ages 9 and up, but there are a number of options for younger kids. There are winter clinics on horse grooming for kids under 9. In April, June, September and October there are also “Just the Two of Us” programs where kids under 9 and their parents can be introduced to horses and how to properly mount a horse and safety around horses. The stables also offers hour long tours (also appropriate for preschoolers) for groups of 10-15 people. Or just go and rent a lead-line horse and let the kids take a ride! This is also an outstanding venue for a birthday party.

Bang for your Buck: Thumbs up. Horse lovers can admire the horses for free! Winter clinics are $10. The Just the Two of Us programs are $26 per family (one child and one adult). Hour long group tours are $40. Line-lead horses are $17-$19 for 30 minutes. For more information download their program here
Best transit route: about 30 minutes from Hoboken by car
Stroller friendly: no
Rainy day recommended: no
Potty situation: on location
Snack friendly: Yes, you can snack outside the stables
Hyper-child friendly: yes
Child-friendly staff: yes
Estimate of time killed: 1 to 1.5 hours
Nap factor: good

Real Mom Review – The Museum of Arts and Design

museum-of-art-designThe Museum of Arts and Design just opened up last year at its new location at Columbus Circle. The museum exhibits craft and design related artwork. We took the kids (ages 3 to 5) to see the Second Lives exhibit which featured artwork made from everyday objects (plastic spoon sculptures, a chair made out of shoes, sculptures made with puzzle pieces) and they really related to the work. On the 6th floor they also have an Open Studio where you can see artists at work and if you are lucky you may even be able to contribute to the artwork. As for workshops, the museum offers Studio Sundays every Sunday from 2pm to 4pm. The hands-on crafty workshop is just $10 per person and is recommended for kids 6 and up. Reservations are not required, but space is limited. Call 212-299-7720 for more information.

Bang for your Buck: Medium. Adult admission is $15 and kids under 12 are free. Thursdays from 6pm to 9pm are pay as you wish. Studio Sundays are $10 per person. Note that the museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Best transit route: 126 bus to Port Authority and then the A or C train to Columbus Circle OR Path to 34th street and then the B or D train to Columbus Circle.
Stroller friendly: If you take the Path route in, not too bad with the only stairs at Columbus Circle
Rainy day recommended: thumbs up
Potty situation: They are located on the 6th floor. The shiny retro hand dryers were one of the kids’ favorite parts of the museum.
Snack friendly: No, but Whole Foods is just across the street and they have a sit down snack area and plenty of snacks for sale.
Hyper-child friendly: no! and touching the everyday objects is so very tempting!
Child-friendly staff: yes
Estimate of time killed: 45 minutes
Nap factor: low

Date Night on a Budget – Discount Theater Tickets and Parking

101478_fullThanks to Broadway Bob who generously provided the following insider info on how to get reduced tickets to shows (and parking!) in NYC, you no longer have an excuse NOT to go out for a date night.

One of the best places to get discount theater and Broadway show tickets is at the TKTS booth. TKTS booths are located in Times Square, South Street Seaport, and Downtown Brooklyn and allow you to get up to 50% off same day Broadway and off-Broadway tickets. For the busy mom with two impatient kids who simply cannot schlep them into the city just to stand in line for tickets (and then have the energy to come back in again in the evening for date night) Broadway Bob suggests just logging onto Broadway Box and getting up to 50% off Broadway and off-Broadway tickets, all from the convenience of your home. Got your tickets in hand? The deals do not end here! Take advantage of discount parking in the city. You can get a Theater Parking Coupon here and pay just $10 for up to 10 hours of parking, just by presenting the coupon and the discounted theater tickets you just scored. Thank you Broadway Bob!

Don’t forget, if you want to take the kids to a show, find more tips on discount tickets here and here.