Review AKC Museum of the Dog with Kids in NYC

I had no idea that NYC had a dog museum. I found out because the Smithsonian Free Museum Day included this as an option, so I had to check it out. The AKC (American Kennel Club) Museum of the Dog “preserves, interprets and celebrates the role of dogs in society and educates the public about the human-canine bond through its collection of art and exhibits…”

The AKC Dog Museum. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
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Review: Shopstoppers NYC

Broadway is back! See our post about what that looks like. Even though Broadway is back, those affected by the theater are still trying to survive. We went for a drink at Beer Culture after the Lion King and the bartender told us that they’re at about 30% of volume. They’re hoping that with Broadway coming back, their business will improve as well.

Showstoppers NYC. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Other industries are hurting as well, including costume designers. The Showstoppers: Spectacular Costumes from Stage and Screen show was created to raise money for those costume makers who were unable to work during the 18 month shutdown. The Costume Industry Coalition formed in May 2020 and started a recovery fund for its members, which includes 55 independent businesses and hundreds of artisans in and around NYC. These are the people who create the costumes for live and recorded shows. The exhibition designer, Thinc Designs, donated their efforts. Designers lost $26.6 million in gross revenue from the pandemic in 2020 (up to $35 million by now in 2021). The show was put together in 3.5 months, where a show like this would normally take two years. Here is our review: Showstoppers NYC.

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What to Expect on Broadway During COVID

I have never received so many emails before a Broadway show as I did in the past few weeks. As the first shows reopened around September 17, I had gotten tickets to the Lion King and Chicago. I wanted to share our experience on what to expect on Broadway during COVID.

The Lion King on Broadway. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

As of this writing, Broadway shows require proof of vaccination to enter, and mask-wearing at all times. This is per an agreement with the Actors’ Equity union and Broadway League and affects Broadway productions and major sit-down engagements, per Playbill. All Equity members and those interacting with them who are eligible for a vaccine, will have received it, other than potential exemptions at the producer’s discretion. Vaccinated actors will be tested weekly. More on how to show proof of vaccination and additional details at the bottom of this post.

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Review: Blast off with CAMP and head to space!

This post is sponsored by CAMP NYC. All opinions are my own.

Summer has been fantastic to get outside and play. But sometimes it’s great to go indoors and play too. We checked out Cosmic CAMP this weekend on 5th Avenue (at 16th Street). It’s in town through Halloween, and we recommend if you have kids 3+.

Photo courtesy of Cosmic CAMP

Your mission (if you choose to accept it) is to collect as many points and have as much fun as you can in this space-themed experience. It’s created by CAMP, the experts in all things family fun. The Cosmic CAMP experience includes adventures in outer space, with interactive games, physical challenges, and old-fashioned playtime.

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Help Those Harmed by Hurricane Ida in LA and NOLA

Hurricane Ida came fast and furious to Louisiana, leaving a million with no power in New Orleans and some smaller towns with extensive damage. Here’s a quick post to share how you can help financially.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation: According to Nola.com, “The Greater New Orleans Foundation is the community foundation for 13 parishes in southeast Louisiana. Its disaster response fund has responded to every major disaster in the region since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.”

Nola Ready has a great list of organizations to support.

Chef Alon Shaya of famed NOLA restaurant Saba is offering a virtual cooking class (which will be recorded and you can watch later) to benefit the restaurant team and World Central Kitchen. The demo is on Sunday 9/5. Pay what you can – the requested donation is $50.

Tulane’s Hurricane Relief Fund: We were so impressed with how Tulane handled preparations and evacuation, taking in off-campus kids and coordinating the evacuation a few days after the storm to Houston. They paid for housing and food for evacuated kids as they made plans to go home, and are housing international students and those who can’t travel. They are continuing to pay Tulane staff while school is closed. They are providing emergency aid to kids who need help with transportation funds and other funds needed due to the evacuation. “Every dollar given to the Hurricane Relief Fund will be used to support our community — assisting students and faculty and repairing Hurricane Ida’s damage to our campuses. A flexible resource, this fund can go to work immediately, helping Tulane — and Tulanians — recover from this devastating storm.”

Some people/organizations are selling t-shirts with proceeds helping various constituencies and causes.

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Starbucks Reserve Roastery NYC

When visiting Seattle before the pandemic, we spent a wonderful afternoon at the original Starbucks Reserve Roastery Seattle in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. With many seating areas inside, we plunked down near the fancy coffee bar serving Chemex-prepared coffee that looked like a chemistry experiment. We had fantastic dessert coffees that were presented on adorable wooden trays and cost a pretty penny. Though we ended up not having to pay, because the server couldn’t find our bill, and said it was on them. Score! Why was there not a Starbucks Reserve Roastery NYC?

The Starbucks Reserve Roastery NYC. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
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Visiting the Statue of Liberty with Kids During the Pandemic

Approaching the Statue of Liberty from the ferry. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

One might think nothing much changes at the Statue of Liberty. But one would be wrong. I didn’t do much research before booking our ferry tickets to visit the Statue of Liberty with kids during the pandemic, other than seeing the crown wasn’t open. Not a problem – there are a lot of stairs and some of my traveling companions were not eager to take them.

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