Review: Terracotta Warriors at Discovery Times Square

The Egyptians had their pyramids and burial chambers filled with goods they thought they’d need in the afterlife. Chinese emperors were buried with a full size army. Fortunately this army was made of terracotta, but 8,000 soldiers strong.

Terracotta Warriors exhibit. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

(Tickets and discount ticket information at the bottom)

The army is thought to include 130 chariots and 520 chariot horses and 150 cavalry horses (2 of which are on display at this exhibit), and nonwarriors like acrobats and musicians. The soldiers formed a large army in complete battle formation. They were buried in three pits, which are not fully excavated. You can see details and a lot of pictures of the ongoing Terracotta Warriors archeological excavations here. Continue reading “Review: Terracotta Warriors at Discovery Times Square”

Dead Sea Scrolls Major Discount Tickets

If you’re thinking of seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit (read our Dead Sea Scrolls with Kids review here), now’s the time to click “buy.” Groupon has a deal for through Sunday where you can get tickets for $10-15 each. You can see the list of Dead Sea Scrolls deals and discounts available daily here, but bottom line is you’re not going to get a ticket for less than $20 on a normal day, and here there are no additional fees. At the box office, Dead Sea tickets are $27 for adults and $19.50 for kids.

If you’re new to Groupon, get the tickets here – on the Northern Jersey page (if it takes you to a different page, then click on the city at the top, find New Jersey, then Northern Jersey).

If you’re already a Groupon user, get the tickets here. You can buy 8 per person plus additional ones as gifts.

Review: Dead Sea Scrolls with Kids

The Dead Sea Scroll exhibition tells the story of the foundation of three religions, in terms of ancient texts and times. The scrolls are more than 2,000 years old, written mostly before Jesus’s time.

The entrance to the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition

When you enter, you’ll be in the room above, pictures/movies that change depending on what your guide is telling you. You’ll hear about the three jars – their origin and times, while seeing scenes of Israel and the area in historical context – the Dead Sea, digging at an archaeological site, the Western Wall, and more.

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Where to go during the New Jersey Teachers’ Convention

Those of us with kids in New Jersey public schools look forward to a two day school break in November, for the teachers’ convention. You can either sit around at home, or take off in the car or on a plane for a family trip.

It’s not too late to plan something! If you haven’t yet thought of what to do, I rounded up some great links to vacations in driving distance of New Jersey, provided by seasoned fellow bloggers and travel writers. Let me know where you plan to go!


For a staycation, here are some ideas for local fun. See a Broadway play. I’ve got reviews of Matilda here  and reviews of Mamma Mia here. See all my Broadway reviews here.

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Review: CSI: The Experience with Kids – New York City

You’ve seen CSI the show (or maybe you haven’t). Now try it for yourself. CSI: the Experience is making its way around the country, and is in Discovery Times Square (I’m not sure of the ending date, though it is a limited engagement).

The exhibition has three scenarios (crime scenes). While we were able to go through all three (we had to complete one circuit and then go back to the entrance again), my understanding is that this is not the case any longer, and that you have to pay an additional fee to go through a second scenario.


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REVIEW: The Muse Hotel in Times Square

I did a post awhile back about family friendly hotels in Manhattan, so I can add this to the list.

Over Columbus Day weekend, we had the opportunity to be hosted at the Muse Hotel in Times Square, a place my parents looked into staying when they visited recently. It’s a Kimpton Hotel, which is a good thing in my eyes. We’ve stayed at Kimpton Hotels in San Francisco and recommended them to friends who were visiting when we lived there. Kimpton Hotels have an off-beat style, with complementary wine hours and other fun amenities. Plus their decorating is awesome.

While the hotel has special kid-friendly options, it does look and feel like a sleek corporate hotel for men. The coloring is browns and tans, with lots of geometric shapes. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Muse Hotel in Times Square”

Review: Mamma Mia on Broadway – Appropriate for Kids?

Okay, let’s start with the question most families with young kids have. Is Mamma Mia appropriate for kids? Well… depends.


Let’s start with the plot, in case you’re in the dark ages and haven’t heard of it. A young woman (Sophie) is getting married and wants to figure out which of the three men her mom slept with (in a short time span), is her father. Therein lies the problem for kids. Continue reading “Review: Mamma Mia on Broadway – Appropriate for Kids?”

Coming Up: Phineas/Ferb and the “Perry the Platy-Bus Tour”

Phineas and Ferb are headed to Times Square on Monday morning, to promote their upcoming Disney Channel movie (August) and do a show for you! While you’re there, you can check out the 27 foot Airstream trailer – inside are games and “Perry-oke.” The bus is outfitted as Phineas’ and Ferb’s teal-colored pet platypus, complete with bill, tail and googly eyes.

Here are the details:

WHO:  Phineas and Ferb characters, Dan Povenmire (creator/executive producer & “Dr. Doofenshmirtz”), Swampy Marsh (creator/executive producer & “Major Monogram”), Alyson Stoner (“Isabella”), Dee Bradley Baker (“Perry”) and Disney executives.


WHAT: “Perry the Platy-Bus On Tour” to kick off the Disney Channel Original movie (Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension) debuting August 5 on the Disney Channel, and on ABC on August 20. you can also get pictures taken with the characters.

There will be a short performance and song/musical number by the characters, and then fans can go into the bus for games/singing. Radio Disney will be onsite as well. The bus will make its way across the country, ending in Los Angeles.

WHEN: Monday, July 11, 2011, starting at 10 a.m. Check out the bus from 10:30 to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Times Square, 1500 Broadway (between 44th & 45th Street)