Whimiscal Fingernails

Whimiscal Fingernails

I thought this was very clever and fun.

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We Sell Seashells

A colleague shared this story and photo on Facebook and it impressed me so that I had to run it here.

In the beautiful Pacific Northwest , south of Seattle there’s a little gem of an island that’s so small you can walk the one loop road. It is called Treasure Island, and is so much fun to explore. One day, we came across two adorable sisters with their seashell stand.



If you read the handwritten sign, it says “six shells for a dollar.” Two dollars later we had selected shells hand-decorated with a smiley face, the words ” I love sunshine” as well as some with polka dot designs. We took six seashells, giving them an extra dollar for being so adorable in their earnestness. The girls were jumping up and down, feeling so happy and proud about their entrepreneurial venture. We wished them well and continued on our journey, although the island gets only about one car per hour!

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New Games Area Inspires All Ages in a NYC Park

Most people may not associate beautiful parks with New York City, but the Big Apple has some magnificent spaces, the most famous, of course, being Central Park, which covers 843 acres. However, there are other parks around the city that are little jewels unto themselves. I’ve written about Madison Square Park adn Washington Square Park, but today’s post is about Bryant Park. Conveniently located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues from West 40th – West 42nd Streets.

Bryant Park’s entertainment includes the carousel and numerous games, such as Kubb, Chinese chess and Quoit, a game which bears similarity to horseshoes.

Bryant Park is like having a little bit of Paris in New York City, and is a great setting for taking a game-cation as the park has just introduced a game area in the 40th Street Plaza.  There are tried and true tabletop games such as Scrabble, mancala, Jenga, playing cards and dominoes, as well as contemporary favorites such as Bananagrams and Apples to Apples. However, visitors to the area can also try out games with a more exotic flavor that go beyond the average, such as Kubb (from Scandanavia), Petanque, Chinese Chess and Quoits (similar to horseshoes).

The game of Kubb as demonstrated by Dan Biederman, president of the Bryant Park Corp.

Read more here http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304708604577500793872683920.html

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Cooling off Big Apple Style

wash square park

Today’s scorching temperatures sent kids and grownups alike for a romp in the famous fountain at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. Photo: Jessica Feder Birnbaum

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Labyrinth in the Sand

Lucky Jonathan, Caitlin, Ida and Reggie. They took off for a week’s vacation in picturesque Cape Cod, staying in a cozycottage by the beach. Lots of time for delicious, fresh sea food, playing in the sand, building sand sculptures and jumping ocean waves. Here is Jonathan and the kids getting back into the ocean after a rainstorm.

Ida made a labyrinth in the sand creating swirls out of footprints and rocks; I thought this was so creative, and what a great way of connecting to nature. Creating the labyrinth made Ida feel so proud.

Here she is walking the labrynth. I wonder if it made her a little dizzy, after walking around and around.

Photo: Ida walking the labyrinth.

What creative activities have you done with the kids in your life at the beach?

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Juggling fun

Juggling fun

NYC kids learn the art of juggling during the New Victory theatre’s Circus Week.

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Strawberry Shortcake Pie Eating Contest

Strawberry Shortcake Pie Eating Contest

The Shortcake Eating contest held at the Cortelyou Greenmarket in Brooklyn, New York, included my very cute niece and nephew, Ida and Reggie. More details here.

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