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Barney’s Holiday Windows 2016

Barney’s theme this year is the Love Peace Joy Project. It features work from prominent artists you may or may not have heard of. More on that below. These windows were a lot of fun.

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Rob Pruitt’s cardboard monsters watching TV. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

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Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Windows 2016

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the holiday windows, what are you waiting for? Here are some of my pix from Saks Fifth Avenue. Though I didn’t go at night, they have a lovely light display on the building, above this candy entrance.

Saks Fifth Avenue front holiday entrance

The front entrance of Saks Fifth Avenue. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Their theme this year is Land of 1,000 Delights. It’s a fun pairing of sweets and some awesome clothing. Continue reading Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Windows 2016

Review: Is Oh, Hello on Broadway Appropriate for Kids?

I wasn’t sure what to expect for Oh, Hello on Broadway, given that I didn’t know much about the show (we had relatives in town for Thanksgiving, and they chose it). And if you’re wondering, is Oh, Hello on Broadway appropriate for kids, my answer is below. My one-liner about the show: it was a hilarious (partly stand-up) routine with two comedians who seemed to be having a great time on stage, right along with us.

Is Oh, Hello on Broadway appropriate for kids?

Is Oh, Hello on Broadway appropriate for kids? Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

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Review: 2 Niagara Falls Hotels with Kids (Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel and Clifton Victoria Inn at the Falls)

On our trip to Niagara Falls, we stayed at two different hotels. Our time was limited, and we chose one hotel in the heart of the tourist district, and one that was slightly further away. Here’s our review of both.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Best Western Cairn Croft Hotel

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What’s a Clifton Hill Fun Pass at Niagra Falls, and Should I Get One?

What’s a Clifton Hill Fun Pass at Niagara Falls, and Should I Get One?

The Skywheel is one of the Fun Pass included attractions

The Skywheel is one of the Fun Pass included attractions

It’s hard to miss the giant Skywheel on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Chances are, you’ll want to go to get a good view of the falls from up high (and to see everything else from a bird’s eye view). The Skywheel is part of the Clifton Hill complex, a touristy area a block or two from the falls, that looks like you landed in Vegas. But very family-friendly. Continue reading What’s a Clifton Hill Fun Pass at Niagra Falls, and Should I Get One?

Niagara on the Lake with Kids – and What to do on the Way

There’s plenty to do outside of the immediate Niagara Falls viewing area. Here are some options en route to Niagara on the Lake with kids.

The whirlpool area is downstream from Niagara Falls, and is a natural whirlpool. It’s not walking distance from the falls area, but you can take the WEGO bus or drive there. The whirlpool is right before a bend in the river. There are a few things to do in that area, plus an overlook.

The Niagara Falls whirlpool area, with aero car cables.

The Niagara Falls whirlpool area, with aero car cables.

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What to do at Niagara Falls with Kids

If you’re going to Niagara Falls with kids, you’ll be faced with a long list of things you can do. We went in November, when some of the seasonal activities had ended. That made it a little easier for us to decide what to do. Here’s are some things we’d recommend to do at Niagra Falls with kids.

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Horseshoe Falls at Niagara

Niagara boat cruise

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Review: Staybridge Suites in Corning, NY

We stayed at the Staybridge Suites on our visit to the Corning in Corning Museum of Glass.

Staybridge Suites Corning exterior

Staybridge Suites Corning exterior

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Visiting Corning New York and the Rockwell Museum

We visited Corning NY on a beautiful fall day. While it rained in the morning, these were the sunny skies we got later. Most people visit Corning to see the Corning Museum of Glass (our review here) and even to make their own glass.

 

Corning's well-known tower with a picture of a gaffer on top. In the foreground is the corporate office for Corning Glass.

Corning’s well-known tower with a picture of a gaffer on top. In the foreground is the corporate office for Corning Glass.

If you have time to visit the Gaffer’s District downtown (gaffer being a term used for a glassblower), check it out. You can walk from the Corning Museum of Glass – it takes probably 15 minutes at a good pace. There is parking downtown, though. Continue reading Visiting Corning New York and the Rockwell Museum

Make Your Own Glass Review – Corning Museum of Glass with Kids

If you plan a trip to the Corning Museum of Glass with kids, don’t overlook the Make Your Own Glass experience. The kids will be very excited to do this, and to be honest, it’s awesome for adults as well.

Items you can make at the Corning Museum of Glass

Items you can make at the Corning Museum of Glass

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