Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

Metro parents need not escape New York City to discover the wonder of new experiences, since there are still surprising escapes for even the most jaded residents.

Feel like taking the children for a winter swim? Want to see a real-life illusionist at the Waldorf Astoria? Check out this weekend agenda for your backyard getaway.

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Book a weekend at the Gansevoort Hotel on the cobble-stoned streets of the West Village’s meatpacking district for a comfortable, kid-friendly experience. Although the hotel’s chic, modern décor and popular bar might suggest otherwise, this is actually a hotel geared towards children as well as adults. Kids will love the hotel’s awesome new Wii systems and large-screen televisions in rooms, as well as the rubber ducky, stuffed animals, hot chocolate fondue (delivered to your room), board games and complete kid’s package – which includes passes to nearby Chelsea Piers. And, of course, there’s the 45-foot pool, snugly enclosed and heated in the winter.

Breakfast at Ono is an unforgettable treat for adults, and the Gansevoort hotel offers what may be the most comfortable, posh beds in the city: the type of beds that softly engulf and hug you. The 360-degree panoramic views will give local parents a stunning new angle on the old hometown. Visit www.hotelgansevoort.com for more information or call 212-206-6700 for reservations.

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Steve Cohen, billed as “the millionaire’s magician,” is everything you hope he will be and far more. Elegant, warm, witty and personable, he mesmerizes his enrapt audience in a setting that befits a president. His Friday evening shows at the distinguished Waldorf Towers take place in a suite used by President Johnson when he met the Pope, and favored by Condoleeza Rice when she visits New York City.

The intimate setting affords a close-up view of an astounding show – a series of demonstrations that will leave you reeling with delight. These are not mere magic tricks, these are feats that defy belief, and they range from mind reading to conjuring to blatantly defying the laws of physics, with names such as Think-A-Drink, Marco Polo’s Discovery, Total Coincidence, The Feather and Unseen Forces. Children 12 and older are welcome, so this is a perfect birthday treat for teens and their friends. Plus the setting and show are so impressive that it will be a night to remember. Visit www.chambermagic.com or call 212-209-3370 to reserve seats. Advance ticket purchases required.

Originally published March 2007
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