Category: Travel + Events

Great experience gifts for kids, because memories make for awesome presents.

When we’re asked for ideas for a great gift for the kid who has everything–or even those who don’t–the first thing that comes to mind for me are experience gifts . They don’t have to be expensive at all, or they can be super splurgey. An experience gift can be an activity you do with the kids, or something they do on their own. So broaden your mind if you’re still stumped for gifts–we’ve got some fun idea starters, along with some thoughts on how to package an experience gift so your kids have more to open under the...

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Heading to NY? Free author events for kids at MoMA Design Store NYC!

If you are going to pick the perfect time to visit New York City, you could do a lot worse than fall. The family-friendly options here seem endless this time of year. So whether you live in town or you are building an itinerary for your special Saturday visiting the Big Apple, we’d like to suggest adding the MoMA Design Store to your schedule. Yes, for kids. Set on the charming Spring Street in Soho, the MoMA store has been a long time shopping favorite of ours. We were extra pleasantly surprised to discover that in addition to the killer...

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Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash 2013: The stars were out, and so were we!

Once again, Cool Mom Picks was so happy to support our friends at Baby Buggy on June 4 at the annual Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash in Central Park, and helping them to raise close to $500,000 for at-risk families with young children in need. Wow, did the celebs come out this year, all with their adorable kids. [see lots of fun pics after the jump!] Garcelle Beauvais, Organizers Jessica + Jerry Seinfeld and family, Mariska Hargitay + Debra Messing Clockwise from top left: Nigel Barker; Ali Wentworth + Garcelle Beauvais; Rebecca Minkoff + Gavin Bellour; Molly Sims; Liz Gumbinner...

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Healthy Child Parties: That’s not an oxymoron, mamas.

We’re all familiar with sugar-happy birthday parties and itchy-sad Chicken Pox parties. But we’re excited about the possibility of hosting a Healthy Child Party that makes the moms, the kids, and the doctors happy. If you’re not yet familiar with Healthy Child, Healthy World, it began when Nancy and Jim Chuda sought answers for their daughter Colette’s tragic death from a non-hereditary form of cancer and determined environmental toxins were to blame. The parents met with environmental groups, celebrities, and government officials to protect children from the devastating effects of toxic substances in the environment.  They’re responsible for tons...

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Bike and Roll: Explore Washington DC with the family on wheels

Our family trip to Washington, DC was filled with amazing historical stories, visits to interesting museums…and lots and lots of walking. But we did find a better, zippier way to to see all the major monuments. Take it from our tired feet: this is a fabulous way to sightsee if your kids are old enough to ride a bike. Washington D.C.’s Bike and Roll offers bike rentals (as well as jogging stroller rentals) for folks visiting the nation’s capital. But their guided bike tours are definitely worth checking out if you want to cover a lot of ground, especially with...

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Buy one, gift one, make someone’s day: kindness comes in travel size

We adore this new trend of “buy one, donate one” products, in the model of TOMS Shoes. And now there’s one more, from a mom of two who took a personal tragedy and turned it into a truly inspiring company. After the near-drowning of her three-year-old son, Laura Metro founded WINK (When In Need of Kindness), a buy-one-give-one toiletry bag company.  When you buy one of her gorgeous toiletry bags, a similar one will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms. As Laura writes, “When a parent is in those rooms, things are not good.” These toiletry bags help bring...

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What’s new (and awesome!) for families at Azul Beach Hotel

My family’s trip to Azul Beach Hotel in Cancun a few years ago was one of our all-time favorite vacations. And that’s saying a lot, considering we traveled with our (then) three kids under the age of 4, including a 3-month old. Since our first visit, this boutique family hotel has undergone a huge multimillion dollar renovation, and I was thrilled to be invited back to experience it firsthand. And based on what I saw, you’ll want to be sure to add Azul Beach to the top of your list for your next family vacation. Snazzy New Accommodations The biggest...

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Canyon Ranch: Perfect for a babymoon, or just a mama system reboot

I’m no martyr, but after almost a dozen years raising children, it has been pretty obvious whose needs come first on a regular basis. Hint: They aren’t my own. Sound familiar? So when I had the opportunity to spend three days focusing only on me, me, me, I kissed the family goodbye, left mama guilt on the train, and took in all that Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts has to offer. And wow, does it have a lot. While “spa” was the first thing that popped into my head, I was surprised at how much more there is to do...

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An amazing day camp in New York City – even for non NYC kids

Updated with exclusive discount! Imagine sending your kids to a camp where they get to explore all the best sights and sounds of New York City for a week, with a huge educational component. Now imagine that you are visiting New York for a week, and that you can allow your kids to join in while you see your own sights (and shops). Interest piqued? Us too. A day camp called NYC Is My Backyard, created by two former New York public school teachers, is giving more traditional day camps a run for their macrame. With so many amazing...

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The celebs come out for Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash….and so did we!

This week, I was so excited to be able to attend the annual Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash for the first time. This infamous NYC faily carnival and fundraiser supports one of my favorite local charities, Baby Buggy (which Cool Mom Picks readers surely know by now). Founded by the amazingly dedicated Jessica Seinfeld, they do a fantastic job of getting essential gear, clothing and baby essentials to families in need, and we couldn’t love them more. Click over to see some of the cool celebrities we met–and their cute kids–and learn more about how you can help. The sponsors...

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