Category Archives: Art

Jazz Holiday

The holiday season has been quite busy. There is so much to do in the city this time of year. There’s the opera, the ballet, the Rockettes, the circus and so much more. I typically find kid friendly venues and events, but my husband and I took a moment to have a night out. The first in weeks.

We purchased tickets for an “under 40” event at Jazz at Lincoln Center with a concert and a reception following. So, we dressed up and went out. The band played holiday favorites and afterward we had small bites and chatted with others attending the event. We’ll definitely do it again. Maybe in the spring…

I’m excited to share links to my new travel articles to be published in January. Check my social media accounts — @Shnieka for updates. I have more travel in the works for 2018!

Spring Staycation

The past couple of weeks have been  spent at home on staycation with my family. Following the trip to Philadelphia, my son’s spring break began.  I had several deadlines and my husband was quite busy with work. So, staying in New York made the most sense. We visited museums like the MoMA, attended Easter service at Riverside Church and enjoyed gospel brunch in Harlem. A low key, but enjoyable break.

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Weekend in Philly

I had a fully booked weekend. The Travel and Adventure Show took place in Philadelphia at the Convention Center and I decided to take the quick train ride down from NYC.

An overnight trip, I easily attended the expo and had time to explore Philadelphia. CityPASS in hand–I saw the skyline, visited a museum, the zoo and took a bus tour.  Here’s a few photos!

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Art and Exhibitions

It has been a busy couple of weeks for me, previewing museum exhibitions.  I wanted to share a few images and give you a sneak peek  of the shows opening this weekend.

#dinosamongus
The American Museum of Natural History‘s latest exhibit spotlights the connection between dinosaurs and everyday birds.  The polished exhibition offers information and interactivity. You’ll learn that–yes,  the common pidgeon is a descendant of dinosaurs.

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#MetBruer
This newly restored space now houses the contemporary collection for the Metropolitan Musuem.  Opening to the public this weekend, the music  performances and family programs caught my attention.  Look out for future articles on the new space.

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#mohistory
The New York Historical Society‘s latest  exhibit highlights the extensive work of Mo Willems.  The whimsy of his illustration, humor in his writing and serious nature of his process are conveyed. A favorite author of my son, we will certainly return for special programs.

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Gorgeous Grande Lakes

Over the weekend, I escaped the cold city to go to Orlando, Florida.  We stayed at an amazing resort that was easily accessible to area attractions.
The Grande Lakes Orlando offered amenities that were appealing to both adults and kids staying at the two properties (the Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott).

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The properties offered a pool and lazy river, tennis courts and a golf course. The lake served as home for many local wildlife and children were welcomed to learn more at the resorts’ kids clubs.  Unfortunately,  we did not experience the luxury spa. (We were too busy at Disney.) But the childcare offerings and multiple restaurants on property were a plus! This is one of my family’s favorite places to visit. 

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What’s in store for 2016?

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This year you will see more event, exhibition and travel posts on the blog! Starting with the New York Times Travel Show happening this weekend  at the Javits Center in Manhattan.  Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram!!!