Love theater but afraid your kids won’t sit still long enough to make the ticket purchase worthwhile?  Or have you been there done that and are now looking for something new?  Even the most jaded New Yorker is sure to find Pip’s Island, a new interactive, theatrical production playing in Chelsea for a limited time only, exciting and new.  Forget the traditional stage and seating.  No, think total immersion and exploration!  It’s an hour-long adventure led by  Pip and his pals, Pebble and Finn.  And it’s a NY performance that your kids won’t want to miss!

nyc things to do with kids, kids theater nycIt all starts with the invitation to try on special explorer vests.  Getting costumed up is something all kids seem to enjoy and this helps build anticipation for what awaits.

dsc_4018

I tried to explain to my 3.5 year old that these safari – like jackets were going to help us get in the mood for our little adventure.  But I honestly had very little idea of what to expect.  Their whimsical website was certainly intriguing though and knew I was in for an experience like no other.   “Incorporating the latest curriculum guidelines and play trends, Pip’s Island is guaranteed to empower its audience through sheer wonder.”dsc_4027

We were given a brief overview of our mission which was basically to to help solve a mystery and fight off the villain.  The story line without going into full detail will bring out the inner superhero in kids of all ages.  By walking through a fantastical tree, you enter Pip’s Island, a magical, faraway world.  And with the help of fellow adventurers, you move through 5 rooms all filled with wonderous objects and themes that invite touch, lure childhood play, and excite curiosity.  Children are encouraged to help find, make, build, and carry items.  They practice power moves, tackle puzzles and celebrate with bubbles. We weren’t allowed to take photos or videos once inside but suffice it to say this was Disney – level: set, costume and production!

It was such a treat to be able to enjoy something so special, so unique, so kid-centric, yet fun for adults too!

dsc_4035We sincerely thank Pip’s Island for graciously asking us to partake and review their show.  It made for a fun-filled family memory.  And we thoroughly enjoyed it!

 

Pip’s Island is at Skylight Modern. (537 West 27th Street)
performances through Sunday, January 8, 2017.
Tickets are $50 per person discounted tickets on BroadwayBox.com

{ 0 comments }

NYC has so much to offer in terms of arts and culture.  We feel blessed to have so many amazing opportunities to show Juliet a good time that are both fun for all and educational too!  When Symphony Space invited us to view one of their new, family-friendly “Just Kidding” performances, we were thrilled to review their calendar and find that they had dance performances for our tiny dancer to watch!  This 3.5 year old LOVES dance!  She has started ballet at 18months and has this year, added tap classes to her dance routine. Having read that there would be over 100 dancers from National Dance Institute’s “The Celebration Team” on stage we knew this would be a spectacle!

dsc_3734

What we didn’t know and fully appreciate until after seeing the show was the level of professionalism that would be exhibited.  As a fellow dancer myself, (I trained in tap and jazz for 12 years, while also dabbling in ballet, hip hop and other forms of dance) I deeply understood the hours of practice and collaboration a performance like this required.  And to think we expected to see another kid’s recital…

national dance institute, arts for kids, nyc kids

What made this dance performance so awe-inspiring was the choreography.  I was seriously SO impressed.  Dances ranged from African to modern, to jazz and hip hop styles- all mixed in with an innovative dose of poetry.  (yes poetry!)  And I’m not talking about the Dr. Seuss variety but quotes from Walt Whitman and other sophisticated leaders and prime poets from our century!  And the creativity  (oh the creativity!)  It was Broadway / Martha Graham – level!  I couldn’t help but be a tad bit jealous of these kids who got to train under such talented tutelage.  Way to go to all the Producers and developers of this show!ndi_poetry_02medium

The other interesting things about the show was that it featured a healthy mix of boys and girls.  They say it’s hard to find male dancers but you wouldn’t know it from this stage! They made for excellent examples for all the littles to look up to!  And finally, who knew a kids’ dance performance could so powerfully translate themes of diversity, hope, and love.  We appreciated the sophisticated messages that kept the adults thinking and on their toes too!

Tips for Parents:

  • refreshments can be purchased inside the auditorium.  There’s even wine for the adults (woohoo!) and yes, you are allowed to take them back to your seat.
  • Booster seats for the little ones are readily made available so everyone no matter their age enjoyed excellent viewing
  • Indoor stroller valet is free of charge
  • It’s conveniently located across from the 96th street subway stop on Broadway

In this highly digital age, it’s so nice when we can find entertainment away from an ipad that is rich with culture, isn’t it?  Plus what parent can turn down the opportunity to give their kids an art-filled family memory? The Symphony Space’s remarkable calendar of events (there are shows every weekend now through the end of March!) includes everything from music to acrobatics to comedy, to puppetry to theater and of course, dance.  You’re sure to find something that suits your fancy.

Here are a couple of our picks for upcoming shows!


Les Parfaits Inconnus

“goofballs who jugle, rock out, shimmy up poles, and make their audiences squeal with delight.” -The Seattle Times

Saturday, January 7 at 11 am and 2 pm:

Justin Roberts and The Not ready for Naptime Players 

“the Judy Blume of Kiddie rock” -The New York Times)

Sat., December 10 11am and 2pm

Full Disclosure – we were given complimentary tickets to review the show and venue.   All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

 

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

{ 2 comments }

Looking for fall fashions?  Look no further.  Gap Kids had some great autumn colors in their boys collection for back to school which were the perfect thing to wear for our Central Park shoot with Danny Weiss.

080116_shelbyjohn_1333

The classic mustard yellows, deep wines, and navy mix are timeless enough to ensure you won’t cringe when looking back on these back to school shots years later.

soccer, soccer kids, kids fashion, boys fashion, gap kids, gap

We had so much fun playing around during this shoot.

centra park, kids fashion, danny weiss, gap, gap kids

080116_shelbyjohn_1836Kalia, is wearing a Kidpik jean jacket and top with a tutu from Target’s Cat and Jack collection.  Headband ears are from Gap Kids.

080116_shelbyjohn_1841

Our male models, Sebastian and Jonathan made modeling look effortless and fun.  Thanks to a great team!  And thanks to Danny Weiss for partnering up again.  To see other shoots I’ve styled with Danny, click here.

 

Save

Save

Save

{ 1 comment }

Juliet is just 3.5 but being the NYC minifashionista that she is, she has already seen over 20 fashion shows with me. The girl has seen a lot of runways.  And she has in turn made NY her runway.  Watch out world, she is taking the city streets by storm! So when we were invited to see the BKLYN ROCKS kids’ fashion show at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn November 9th, we knew we had to be there (if only to get to wear this outrageous outfit).

Janie And Jack shoes (bought 2nd hand), The Children’s Place socks, Gap tweed dress (bought 2nd hand), Cat and Jack for Target cape, (free) Hawaiian lei turned into a flower crown

Plus BKLYN ROCKS promised to be jam-packed with celebrities like Derek Jeter, Teresa Giudice (housewives of NJ), and Nigel Barker whose kids walked the runway in Haddad Brands clothes by Nike, Jordan, Levi’s and Converse.

haddad brands, foot locker, fashion show, kids fashion show

The show opened with Fabolous giving a shout out to his Brooklyn roots and namesake non-profit organization A Fabolous Way, which helps New York communities in need. 

City Point, Kids Foot Locker, And Haddad Brands Present BKLYN Rocks - Backstage and Front RowFrom having attended a Haddad Brands fashion show in the past, we knew we were in for some serious entertainment.

bklyn rocks

Similar to what Haddad Brands did at NY Fashion Week,they again featured additional entertainment in between shows with performers like Street Justice Crew and Bobbi Chambers of Broadway’s School of Rock as well as DJ Little Club Heads spinning live throughout the event.

kids fashion, fashion show, foot locker

There was a lot of action coming down this runway – even from the models themselves.   You didn’t just see your usual sashays..

haddad brands, foot locker, bklyn rocks

Of all the kids’ fashion shows that we’ve seen, Haddad Brands definitely has the most swagger.

BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 09: A model walks the runway at BKLYN Rocks presented by City Point, Kids Foot Locker, and Haddad Brands at City Point on November 9, 2016 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for City Point)

Not to mention some of the best music!

BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 09: A model walks the runway at BKLYN Rocks presented by City Point, Kids Foot Locker, and Haddad Brands at City Point on November 9, 2016 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for City Point)

Look at little Juliet on the left taking in all the fashions!  She gets so into it!  She actually gets upset if she finds out that I went to a fashion show without her.

BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Models walk the runway at BKLYN Rocks presented by City Point, Kids Foot Locker, and Haddad Brands at City Point on November 9, 2016 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for City Point)

Such cute kids!!

BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 09: A model walks the runway at BKLYN Rocks presented by City Point, Kids Foot Locker, and Haddad Brands at City Point on November 9, 2016 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for City Point)

Check out our Instagram feed for more video coverage of this great fashion show!

citypoint, kids fashion, minifashionista

It’s where you can see more of this minifashionista’s OOTDs, stylish play dates and NYC adventures!

SAMSUNG CSC What are you wearing for the runway of your life?

SAMSUNG CSC

 The event furthers A Fabolous Way’s mission to empower and inspire a culture of achievement for New York City communities where opportunities are few and far between. As part of the event donation, the show will launch City Point’s BKLYN BORN collection, a tribute to borough pride, which will be sold with 40 percent of proceeds benefiting A Fabolous Way. Shop the looks now on kidsfootlocker.com.

 

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

{ 4 comments }

I love throwing parties.  I used to throw three a day at Saks in 3 separate departments sometimes all at once and I kind of miss it.  Decorating, party planning, and celebrating with themes is in my blood and so with Juliet, I combine themed parties with play dates.  And together we’ve celebrated each holiday in style and have elevated the average mommy and me get together to something special, something beyond. And that is what I aimed to do again with a sprinkle themed play date.  I enlisted 7 sponsors through my database of contacts and threw a series of “sprinkle some fun” themed play dates for some close blogger friends of mine.

how to throw a kids party

It all started out with Juliet using her kid-friendly cooking set from Real Cooking.  They gifted us and the blogger moms in attendance with adorable cooking sets, cake pop makers and handy egg crackers perfect for toddler hands.  Given Juliet loves cooking so much (even sleeps with her whisk), she was super psyched to show off her cooking skills by baking cookies for all her guests to decorate.

real cooking kidsdsc_3392

She helped present all the fun sprinkle options in these cute containers and I encouraged everyone to decorate with their own dollop of frosting and sprinkle toppings.  dsc_3420

Of course, eating your finished product is the best part!

cooking with kids, baking with kids, real cooking kids

Other activities included coloring in pages supplied by Crayola in a fun sprinkles theme.

sprinkles party

Below is Juliet’s finished artwork – not bad for a 3 year old, right? dsc_3715

After school snacks included:  fresh fruit, trail mix, hummus and chips, cheese and crackers and a selection of drinks.

kids party food  dsc_3383

The kids loved the displayed ice cream truck and doll sponsored by Our Generation.  I mean really, is this not a dream toy set for any little girl or what?

ice cream truck, ice cream truck toy

The “sweet stop ice cream truck” features movable wheels, wipers, a pull down seating area and chalk board sign.  And it even has buttons to signal left /right, lights for cruising in the dark, a music button to play 3 songs, brake pedal lights and wipers that actually work!

our generation doll, sweet stop ice cream truckAnd with 128 delicious and beautiful pieces (think snow cones, banana split sundaes, popsicles, donuts and ice cream galore), the imaginative play is endless!

our generation ice cream truckPlus you can feel good about this product because the packaging is made from recycled materials and a portion of any Our Generation product sales goes towards the Free The Children’s Power of a Girl Initiative.  And unlike many other toys, this one doesn’t need a makeover.  It’s perfectly pretty already!

The Our Generation doll that was gifted with it was also a hit!  She traveled everywhere with Juliet and her friends!

beach town baby tee dsc_3679

When I asked Juliet where they were driving off to, she replied “to the fashion mall!”  haha she is definitely my daughter!

If you’re wondering why Juliet is pictured wearing two different outfits it’s because this play date was a 2 part series.  It’s hard getting all these busy moms to agree on one date!  But it all worked out because Juliet got to show off different ways to style her new Beach Town Baby tee!  The raglan tee, with its cute saying, “It’s a confetti and sprinkles kind of day” was the perfect addition to the play date for our minifashionistas.  Each girl styled it in her own way which really showed off how versatile the tee (which comes in both pink or blue) really is!

11-10-002I even found double use for the tees and draped them over the chairs as decorative chair covers.  And yes that is wine.  The moms need to have some fun at the play date too! lol

beachtown baby tee shirt dsc_3427

Not only was each blogger kid gifted with a Real Cooking set, and a Beach Town Baby tee, they also got to take home a gift from Charm It! and Watchitude!

Both companies carried on the sprinkles theme with cute accessories perfect for girly girls like ours!

raglan tee, beachtownbaby, charmit, watchitude, tees

Sprinkles themed watch patterns included gumballs, gummy bears, donuts, sprinkles, and ice cream.

dsc_3403

I love how the watches slap on for easy on/off wearability and the fact that they are analog, not digital makes them educational tools too!  I am already starting to teach Juliet how to tell time with them!

kids watches, cupcake party, sprinkles party

Charm It! offers the cutest selection of charm necklaces, bracelets, brooches and stick on charms.  The teeny bopper in me got super excited while shopping their colorful website.  Of course we chose charms with a sprinkles theme for this play date!  But she also chose and received some really sweet Disney princess charms to transform her necklace for those days when she is feeling more royal (follow me on Instagram to see more!)

dsc_3350

sprinkles, kids necklace

Sprinkles cupcakes were supplied by Sprinkles.  Who better to partner with on a sprinkles themed play date??  No but really, they had the most delectable cupcakes.  I’m totally addicted and find it nearly impossible to pass by their store without a little treat.

dsc_3686

tablescape, kids parties, kids tables

A fun, dance-able mix of songs played in the background and confetti push pops and polka dotted balloons invited kids to revel in their sugar high.

how to style a kids party

Thanks to all our guests for such a memorable, laughter filled time!  @gothamlove, @downtownchicmoms @eunicekindred  My cheeks hurt from smiling at all the cuteness overload.  And special thanks goes out to all my sponsors who made this posh play date possible.

 

 

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

{ 4 comments }

times square, nyc kid, nyc art, nyc, broadway plaza

I purposely opted not to enroll Juliet in school on Fridays so we would have the freedom to take long weekend getaways or get to sleep in and enjoy mommy and me city adventures.  This is the last year we will have after all, before she has to attend school regularly M-Fri.  While the weather is still nice here in New York, we like to go out and explore all of New York’s offerings.  There’s so much to see and do and Times Square is one of the many locales that offers so much in terms of attractions, shopping and now art!  I’m excited to share with you, “The Beginning of the End,” an interactive and reflective monument in the heart of Times Square’s Broadway Plaza (between 46th and 47th streets).  It asks visitors to “reassess their perspective on an entirely different visual reality, how they see themselves in the environment that surrounds them, and how that relationship changes as the reflections create new visual possibilities.”

times square, nyc kid, nyc art, nyc, broadway plaza dsc_3505

Seeing Times Squares skyscrapers and flashing lights multiplied through all the mirrors was pretty spectacular!  If you’re in the area, you have to see this while you can.  It’s only around for another week (website says it closes down Nov 21st).  Who knows, it might just inspire a little dancing in the streets!

times square, nyc kid, nyc art, nyc, broadway plaza dsc_3535

It encourages even the most jaded New York-ers to look up, and really look around to appreciate the magnificent skyline and energy of the city.  We are so lucky to live in this vibrant place.

the beginning of the end, times square, broadway plaza, nyc art, mirrors

matching outfits, nyc mom, nyc kid

                                                                                                                                                                  Juliet’s dress is care of Sprouting Threads

I just wish Cuban artist Rachel Valdés Camejo could see all the joy she brought to the heart of this city through her art.  It brought smiles and such joy to tourists and NY-ers alike!

dsc_3530

Tips for parents:

  1. Nearby restrooms can be found at McDonald’s across the street
  2. The Disney store (which also has a restroom on the 2nd floor),  and the Hello Kitty TS store are great stops before/after
  3. There are tons of family-friendly restaurants nearby, (Carmine’s for Italian and Ellen’s Stardust Diner for dinner with a show are my top picks)
  4. Dave and Buster’s is at 234 W 42nd St, 3rd Floor
  5. Hershey’s Times Square is at 1593 Broadway
  6. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! is at 234 W 42nd Street
  7. Midtown Comics is at 200 West 40th Street
  8. You’ll see lots of opportunities to snap photos of your child with costumed characters found along the streets of Times Square (think Mickey, Minnie, Elmo, Hello Kitty and superheroes) but beware, you will be expected to tip!

Where else would you recommend hitting in the heart of Times Square?

For more of our artsy adventures, click here!

 

 

Save

Save

Save

{ 3 comments }

Juliet has never tried ice skating before so when Kamik invited us to a media event at Chelsea Piers involving complimentary ice skating and family fun, we HAD to go!  Juliet loves ice given her obsession with Elsa and the movie Frozen.  And it is with Elsa in mind that she boldly tried out her skate rentals without fear or hesitation. img_9695

Balancing on skates with a toddler in tow was a balancing act for sure!  Though it was a workout ensuring neither of us broke a leg, I was simply overjoyed to see Juliet braving the ice and taking her first baby steps all over again.  I must admit though that it took us over a half hour to walk over to the ice and skate one circle around the perimeter.    Luckily there was delicious hot chocolate awaiting us as an award hard earned.  Thank you Kamik for ensuring our first ice skating adventure was full of fun and kid-friendly activities!img_9725

We made it!

After the round of ice skating (where thankfully, Juliet neither wiped out nor cried…you never know how things will be with a toddler), Kamik invited us into a private room where arts and crafts, food, raffles and the aforementioned hot chocolate awaited us.  Friends of course made the experience even more memorable!

chelsea piers event space

We were encouraged to #stepoutside with our newly gifted Kamik boots and pose for photos near the Hudson River and Jersey shoreline.

img_9805

Juliet and I were so thankful to receive our brand new boots.  They were SO comfortable and warm!  And with NYC winters being as slushy and cold as they usually are, we expect to get tons of great use out of these!  Even daddy (not pictured) got a pair!

kamik event, kamik shoes

Inside, we were surprised to find how enthralled the kids were with the Kamik mannequins.  Juliet especially, seemed to have started some sort of strange love affair with the boy in the green coat haha

img_9821 She spent a good 10 minutes here at this display booth interacting with her newfound friend, holding his hand, caressing his coat and offering lots of hugs!  It was hilarious to watch!  To her, the brand (and this boy) were irresistible!img_9792

And her affection didn’t stop there.  When we won the Instagram contest, she happily ran over to meet and greet Otis, a giant otter and Kamik’s adorable mascot.  Here she is plopping a big juicy kiss on his nose.

img_9840

I highly recommend Kamik for their durable craftsmanship, weatherproof materials, and stylish options for the whole family.  Get stocked up ‘cuz as they say in Game of Thrones, “winter is coming!”

We were gifted product in exchange for the review but as always all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

{ 4 comments }

When Juliet says, “Mommy I love going on adventures with you!” She is referring to our little mommy and me field trips where I take her to new and exciting NYC spaces offering arts and culture.  Here, we explored an immersive gallery experience at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery on 521 W 21st st.  The moment you first view this colorful, web like art structure, curiosity takes over and you can’t wait to get close-up to Ernesto Neto’s work.

nyc art, art gallery, kids art

Titled, “The Serpent Gave Birth To Humanity”, was made up of finger-knitted weaves that evoked the image of an “infinite serpent.”

ernesto Neto

It welcomed touch which was so perfect for a toddler with curious hands.

dsc_3170

As you crawled through openings, and slithered through curvy tunnels, it was hard not to appreciate that you were in a special place.

dsc_3177There was also a round, canopied structure, that created a tent-like fort where Juliet found instruments to play with like a guitar and the drum set below.  She even danced to the music made by others!dsc_3185

It was very apparent that the artist considered the energy, sounds and movements made by the inhabitants part of his ever-moving art.  We had so much fun exploring the space, its textures, and its wonders that we hardly realized that an hour had passed!  It’s a great spot to come with kids, or just to sit, relax and reflect on its padded yellow floors.

tanya bonakdar gallery, nyc art gallery

This solo exhibition is on view from October 29 through December 17, 2016 and is free and open to the public.  We hope that you too will be able to experience this vibrant, immersive experience!

dsc_3196

For more video recaps, follow us @fabgabblog on Instagram!

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

{ 3 comments }

Juliet was psyched that daddy bought her a giant playhouse by Keter Kids. I however, was not thrilled with the selection. I was already eyeing beautiful custom teepees on Etsy that would work perfectly with our all-white and neutral living room decor. And he instantaneously squashed all my plans by having unboxed and assembled this gigantic eyesore, leaving Juliet to fall in love and me to desert my fantasies of a beautiful teepee taking its place. This Keter Kids Playhouse seemingly took over our precious living room space and suddenly seemed to take center stage as the new focal point of the room.  So I planned a home makeover.  First we disassembled the parts.  Here is Juliet totally devastated assuming the big bad wolf came by and blew her house down.

diy home makeover, keter kids

Once we reassured her that the house would be put back together soon, we discussed colors.  She screamed “red and yellow” to which I immediately vetoe-ed cuz the last thing I needed was Ronald McDonald’s house to replace this current version.  I replied, “how about black and white?” This time she veto-ed.  We finally decided on white and grey with a glitter sparkle roof.  Below is the before and after.

keter kids, how to makeover a kids playhouse

The after shot is taken during Halloween when we turned her beloved clubhouse into a haunted house.  And voila! She loved it!  (Phew!)

dsc_3055

It only took us 12 cans of spray paint and hours of sweating under the summer sun!  Ugh, what a labor of love.  Thank you hubby, for helping me in this seemingly never-ending home makeover.  I do NOT recommend spray painting unless you have the special febreeze type nozzles for easier spraying.  Otherwise, you’ll end up like us unable to pick up a fork or brush your teeth afterwards because your fingers are so weak and shaky.

dsc_3066

(She was so proud to help put up the Halloween decor with me).

dsc_3060

dsc_3070

Now she parks her car next to the house with pride.

Save

Save

Save

{ 4 comments }

With our suitcase packed with Kidpik Basics and Cat and Jack pieces, Juliet and I headed to Central Park.  Styling kids has been a passion of mine ever since having one myself and ever since I left my professional career where I used to style all the Saks Fifth Avenue models at the LI store.  As part of a continued photography series with Danny Weiss, I styled Pilar (pictured below) along with my daughter in coordinated outfits.   Luckily, Pilar was just as into an impromptu tea party as Juliet was!  The two met, and immediately bonded.

kidpik basics, cat and jack, girls fashion, styling kids 080116_shelbyjohn_1014 080116_shelbyjohn_1922

As if they were friends forever, they happily blew bubbles, played pretend and posed supermodel style with no fussing or complaining about accessories or outfit changes.  They knew the drill.  080116_shelbyjohn_1517 080116_shelbyjohn_1473 080116_shelbyjohn_1451

Accessories and props are all from Juliet’s closet.  For more shoots that I’ve helped style, click here!  For more of Danny Weiss’s photography, click here!

 

Save

Save

Related Posts with Thumbnails

{ 3 comments }