Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

Bypass winter doldrums this February by taking advantage of the best New York City has to offer: culture, excitement, the offbeat and the spectacular. Here are some ideas to get everyone out of the apartment and into the swing of the city. It’s good to remind yourself now why you’re not in a Colonial on a cul-de-sac! But if you do feel like staying in, below are also some suggestions for at-home hibernating.

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Take to the skies of the greatest city in the world through Signature Days, which offers an array of unforgettable experiences, including an action-packed helicopter ride over Manhattan. Your family will never forget soaring high above the city. Parents know you can’t cease time’s unstoppable march forward, but you can fill the hours with rich memories that will never fade. Signature Days is in the business of creating the extraordinary moment, whether it’s a sail on the Hudson, a chauffeured convertible tour, a personal jazz performance, etiquette coaching, private dance lessons, numerous tours, tastings and much more. Celebrate a birthday or special day – or simply celebrate the time you have together – by doing something magnificent. Choose your dream experience at www.signaturedays.com. And if you have relatives in other cities, you can most likely find intriguing adventures there as well.

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Theatreworks, a non-profit musical production group devoted to staging plays for the under-10 set, presents a new line of performances in 2008 for their 47th season. Last month Max and Ruby charmed hundreds of kids as well as critics, and next month Junie B. Jones will take center stage Through May 4th — at the Lucille Lortel Theater in Greenwich Village at 121 Christopher Street (near Hudson Street). Call the box office at 800-497-5007 or main office at 212-647-1100 and spend some quality family time doing what New Yorkers do best, which is savoring live theater. Teach your children to throw roses and yell encore! Check out www.theatreworksusa.org.

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Render family time at home an endearing Valentine’s Day memory with the new Martha Stewart Crafts Kit, which includes a useful heart punch, high-quality stick-on roses and carnations, diamond-shaped gem stick-ons, and sheets of elegant papers for making valentines that will end up in many a family scrapbook. Little hands will find it easy to use, and adults will appreciate its elegance. Find it at www.marthastewartcrafts.com to begin making heart-felt memories.

Whether you soar by the Chrysler Building together, entertain yourselves, or make crafts en masse, here’s hoping your family time together will be fraught with enjoyment and love.

Originally published February 2008
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