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NYC with kids September 7, 2015 0

I’m Estée Pouleris, a NYC stay-at-home mom who never stays home. I’m on hiatus from advertising and my five year old little girl, Brooklyn, is my inspiration to actively live life. I truly believe experiences shape how our children navigate their lives as they grow. Going on excursions allows... Read more
NYC Staycation for Memorial Day – Adventures Your Family Will Love
Coney Island It’s a little cold for the beach, but it’s perfect timing for the boardwalk entertainment! Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park is a family-owned amusement park situated right along the boardwalk in Coney Island, next to Nathan’s. It features 16 kiddie rides, about a dozen family rides and... Read more
Free PepsiCo Sculpture Gardens – Purchase, NY
PepsiCo Sculpture Gardens/ The Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens I was pleasantly surprised to find out PepsiCo has a world-class sculpture garden at their corporate headquarters in Purchase, NY that’s completely free to the public! They just reopened their grounds April 1st, 2017. Formally the name of this incredible gem of... Read more
Top Family Attractions in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
My family recently spent a vacation enjoyng Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  We (mom 43, Dad 41, Daughter 5) packed our days doing a huge range of activities, here are our favorites: Bluefoot Pirate Adventures Bluefoot Pirate Adventures is a heck of a good time for any family with young children.... Read more
Punta Cana – La Hacienda Park
My family loves visiting the Dominican Republic. It’s a short flight from NYC (just under 4 hours) and the island has a little bit of everything! Our past visits we’ve always stayed beach side and taken in the sand, water and sun the gorgeous Caribbean offers.  This trip our... Read more
Punta Cana – Dolphin Island
My family loves visiting the Domincan Republic. We’ve been three time and this past trip has been our favorite – probably because we did so much. We stayed at the brand new Nickelodeon Resort which is an incredible new all-inclusive luxury resort on the beach in Punta Cana. To... Read more
Nickelodeon Resort – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
My family has visited Punta Cana, the eastern tip of Dominican Republic three times, but this last visit was the best yet. This beachy resort town is filled with all-inclusive mega resorts many which seem to be competing for the title of who has the most pools, best water... Read more
Polar Bear Plunge with Kids, Coney Island – New Year’s Day 2017
My family goes to Coney Island every year on New Year’s Day as a tradition.  We cheer on my boyfriend as he does the polar bear plunge with thousands of other wacky NYers, starting their year with a fresh splash of water by jumping into the frigid Atlantic Ocean.... Read more
Gingerbread Lane and Gingerbread House Workshop – NY Hall Of Science
We love New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) and have a unique experience with each visit. This year we made our annual visit to see Gingerbread lane, which we enjoy every year but we also took a gingerbread making workshop which the kids loved. We started our visit at... Read more
Six Flags Great Adventure – Holiday in the Park – Meet Santa and Enjoy the Lights
We’ve been fans of Six Flags for years. This is our second year visiting during their annual Holiday in the Park. Many Six Flags’ across American transform their amusement parks into wonderlands over the holidays – making is a fun destination to get in the holiday spirit, meet Santa,... Read more
Macy’s Santaland, Lessons Learned – Skip the Line with App
This is a re-post of our visit to see Santa at  Macy’slast year. It started out as a tradition after doing it three years in a row, although it may be replaced by visiting Santa at Six Flags, Holiday in the Park now. Macy’s is such a NYC classic,... Read more
Hip Hop Nutcracker – Palace Theatre NYC
This was such a fun family experience for my boyfriend and our 5 year old daughter. I used to dance classical ballet and performed in the Nutcracker countless times…and as much as I hate to admit it…I think it’s boring. Well, welcome Hip Hop Nutcracker! There’s nothing boring about... Read more
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights – Best Lights in NYC
We love the tradition in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn of residents decorating their houses, from roof to ground in festive holiday lights every year. These aren’t your run of the mill Costco Christmas decorations – professional services dress these houses like they’re ready for the Oscars, and the crowds show... Read more
Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze – A Spooky Walk through a Maze of Elaborate Pumpkins
Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is really a spectacle, it’s well worth the visit either during Halloween or throughout the Thanksgiving Holiday. This pumpkin extravaganza is the tristate area’s largest pumpkin festival, giving spectators the chance to gaze at somewhere between 7,000 – 10,000 pumpkins all aglow and carved or arranged... Read more
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – from the comfort of our friend’s apartment!
After living in NYC for 20 years I FINALLY saw the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person! I was lucky to receive an invite from some friends to view it from their 29th floor apartment, an offer I couldn’t refuse. The views were fantastic, we were warm, had bathrooms... Read more
New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
It’s that time of year again! Dates this year are: November 19, 2016–January 16, 2017 Here’s our experience of this fantastic show from last year: After hearing about this train show for years, I finally made it. It was so far beyond my expectations I am smiling as I... Read more
Pip’s Island – Incredible Experiential Children’s Theater
If you enjoyed the play Sleep No More, the immersion theatre that allowed you to wander through 5 floors of detailed scenes and follow a story line, there’s now an immersion show for kids!  We recently brought our 5 year old daughter to see Pip’s Island, it’s the most... Read more
Imagine That! Children’s Museum, Florham Park, NJ
We’ve been frequenting Imagine That!, a large and never crowded Children’s Museum in NJ for probably 3 years now. We’re big fans and each visit seems to give us a unique experience. On this trip my 5 year old daughter and I brought my friend and her 4 year... Read more
White Post Farms a Fantastic Fall Festival with Petting Zoo!
I love the fall. Halloween is one of my favorite events each year. I love everything about it from the fall festivals, apple and pumpkin picking, costumes and the multitude of opportunities to do all these things with family and friends. I recently made my first visit to White... Read more
Six Flags Fright Fest!
It’s that time of year again when Fright Fest takes over Six Flags Great Adventure – September 16 through October 31! We made our annual visit, this time with an experienced vampire spotter at the ripe age of 5! We made spotting the ghouls, goblins and vampires a game... Read more
Phoenicia Black Bear Campground – Catskills, NY
We recently drove past a campsite while traveling through the Catskills that looked so cute, we turned around to drive back through it. Well this past weekend we had a chance to go back and camp there, Phoenicia Black Bear Campground. We did two nights, one of which was... Read more
5 Favorite Halloween Activities – Weekend Fun!
Here are some of our favorites: Bronx Zoo – Boo at the Zoo 2. Coney Island’s spooktacular at Luna park – here’s our review of Deno’s right next door: 3. Barton’s Orchard 4. Six  Flags Fright Fest 5. White Post Farms Fall Festival Save Save Save Save Save Save... Read more
Kaaterskill Falls – New York’s Highest Waterfalls
This past weekend my family and some friends went on a two day camping experience, and a waterfall hike in the Catskills, NY. It was an awesome weekend, one we’ll cherish for many years. The highlight was probably Kaaterskill Falls.  This waterfall is phenomenal and actually the highest waterfall... Read more
Boo at the Zoo – Bronx Zoo Halloween Fun
Boo at the Zoo is back and we were sure to go early in the season…so we can try to go again if we have time 🙂 This is a really adorable event for children held at the Bronx Zoo – one that takes the creepy out of Halloween... Read more
Coney Island – Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park in the Fall
Coney Island isn’t just for summers! We made a visit the first weekend of Fall and had an awesome time hanging on the boardwalk and riding every ride in the kiddie section of Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park with my family and friends! Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park is... Read more
Annual Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon NYC
This is an annual event in my neighborhood and we tend to join in on the fun every year – and we did this past weekend. This Medieval festival a free fair sponsored by the City of New York Parks and Recreation and the Washington Heights and Inwood Development... Read more
Rocking Horse Ranch – Like Family Sleep Away Camp
I first fell in love with Rocking Horse Ranch when I visited it last winter. My 4 year old at the time was beginning to snow ski and it was our visit here where she mastered the confidence to go down hill while in control without us helping her.... Read more
Best Restaurants with Kids in NYC
I’m hardly a foodie and my active 5 year old and I tend to eat on the go, or pack food from home when we’re out. But I’m regularly asked about good NYC family restaurants. I teamed up with Fork and Bib and shared our favorite local restaurant on... Read more
Catskills Getaway – Emerson Resort & Spa – between Woodstock & Phoenicia NY
Wow, if you’re looking for a quality getaway in the Catskills for some R&R yet interesting activities to do during the day, I found the perfect spot. And to make your escape even sweeter, you can bring fido …and your kids too 🙂 Emerson Resort & Spa We recently... Read more
The High Line – Best Place To See Free Public Art
It took me a while to admit I love the High Line. It’s a tourist destination that’s a public park built on a elevated freight line on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues all the way down to Gansevoort Street in... Read more
Leapin’ Lizards – Best Ball Pit in NYC Area
We’ve been coming to Leapin’ Lizards in Port Chester, NY for about 3 years now and our 5 year old always requests to return. When I asked how long they had been there the woman behind the counter she said 21 years! I couldn’t believe they’ve been in the... Read more
Camelback Aquatopia, Camelbeach and Mountain Coaster!
Camelback Mountain is mostly known for their ski resort but their summer fun has expanded to cover so many activities, it’s rivaling all the competition in the area. And at just 1.5 hours drive from NYC it’s quickly becoming a top family destination for city dwellers. We planned an... Read more
Storm King Art Center Sculpture Garden – Not Just For Adults!
I love exploring and am always up for a new adventure. However one of my favorite places to repetitively visit and never tire of is Storm King Art Center. This 500 acre sculpture garden magically offers a different experience with each visit based on the season, weather and special... Read more
Rockaway Beach Day – Hurricane Sandy Remains – Public Art
The Rockaways has been a popular summer retreat since the 1830s. This beach resort town, especially Breezy Point  located on the western end of the Rockaways, was hit really hard by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Most Breezy Point homes were damaged or destroyed by high water and fire –130... Read more
Washington Square Park –  Best Fountain for Splashing
Washington Square Park, in the heart of Greenwich Village is one of my favorite parks in NYC and also made our best playgrounds list. Yesterday we had a guest in town and wanted to do something very NYC, but we were in the middle of a heatwave so being... Read more
New York Renaissance Faire – A Festival of Fantasy!
I have to admit I’m not one who normally gets excited when the annual Ren faire rolls through town. However, I try to introduce my daughter, Brooklyn, to many new experiences so this year at almost 5 years old it seemed appropriate. Brooklyn, her dad and I made the... Read more
Sword Class NYC – Lightsaber Fitness for Kids
Brooklyn, my 4 year old with a sword…not such a good idea. Brooklyn practicing lightsaber fitness…bullseye! We were recently invited to attend a class at Sword Class NYC called Lightsaber Fitness for Kids. It’s designed for youth ages 5-12. She and her buddy, Pax, were pretty thrilled to learn... Read more
Palisades Climb Adventure – World’s Tallest Indoor Ropes Course plus Zip Line
My four year old conquered the world’s tallest indoor ropes course…what’s next? Kindergarten! Oh, her poor teachers. Over the weekend my family made a trip back to Palisades Center, this time to give my boyfriend, Monte a chance to try the Palisades Climb Adventure ropes course with our daughter,... Read more
Best Views of the World’s Busiest Bridge Plus Some History Lessons – Fort Lee Historic Park
For the best views of the world’s busiest bridge, George Washington Bridge, head over to  Fort Lee Historic Park. This 33-acre park sits atop a cliff with scenic overlooks of the Hudson Palisades, George Washington Bridge, the Hudson River and Manhattan. We originally came for the views but we... Read more
Kalahari Resort – Best Indoor Water Park for Toddlers and Little Kids
We’re big fans of Kalahari Resorts and their water parks. And super excited for the expansion in the Poconos location – it’s going to be the largest water park in the U.S. when complete some time in 2017! For now we enjoy their features in the current 100,000 square... Read more
Rye Playland – a Relic of America’s Premier Playground
What drew me to Rye Playland was it’s location, a nearby amusement park and beach from NYC. What I left with was a desire to learn more about the history of this relic and pride that the community invested in Landmarking this important piece of our history. We, myself,... Read more