Summer Learning for Kids – at NYPL and NYBG

The New York Public Library has a new summer learning program for kids. Their Virtual Summer Camp “Imagine Together“, is six weeks of fun online activities for all ages!

Continue reading “Summer Learning for Kids – at NYPL and NYBG”

Nature – In Pictures, In Person, In Senses

Explore beautiful treescapes and landscapes – in person and in pictures – and for different perspectives.

Firstly, experience where we are in nature in this beautiful summer/fall intermission!

Head with the family to: The New York Botanical Garden.

Catch sight of the monarch butterflys before they move on with their migration:

Monarch Butterly on Flower - at the New York Botanical Gardens
(At nybg.org)

And see the lovely meadow perennials and ferns:

Meadow perennials and ferns gracing the woodland - at New York Botanical Gardens
(At nybg.org)

(Note that the Garden also has The Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Visions of Hawaii” currently on as well as the kid-pleasing Spooky Pumpkin Garden which begins this weekend.)

“Treescapes” at Laurence Miller Gallery showcases the photographs of trees of two artists, Yoko Ikeda and Toshio Shibata:

“Both artists grew up in Japan, a country with an ancient appreciation of nature in balance with man.  Shibata is regarded as the preeminent Japanese contemporary landscape photographer, concentrating on manmade infrastructure embedded within the landscape.  Ikeda takes a more whimsical and intimate approach to nature, allowing the camera’s optics to create unpredictable and playful images.  Side by side, a lively conversation develops between these two photographers, of different generations, and their relationship to nature.”

Yoko Ikeda: “Misato town, Kumamoto Prefucture, 2011” (At laurencemillergallery.com )
Takehashi City, Okayami Prefucture, 2014 (At laurencemillergallery.com )

Next, Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens is at The China Institute, and presents over 60 photographs by more than 20 Chinese contemporary artists.

“By investigating the impact of mountains on Chinese culture and traditional aesthetic, this exhibition examines the many ways in which nature has played and continues to play a defining role in Chinese geography, history, culture, and psyche.”

Moutains in China - Photographic Series - at China Institute's Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens
(From chinainstitute.org )

Finally, explore a garden through the eyes of a bee or a butterfly in “Our Senses“. This highly experiential exhibition at The American Museum of Natural History has:

“11 funhouse-like spaces that dare you to trust your senses—then show you how what we perceive is not simply a window into the world around us but a product of our brains. Plus, discover why we have senses and what’s unique about human perception during an interactive session hosted by a live presenter.”

 

Merriment with Mom: 3 Perfect Plans

Brunch is a great go-to for entertainment with Mom: You can catch up – and enjoy delicious food.

But there are many other interesting things to do in the city! You can: Take her to a museum or show, explore areas you don’t often visit, go for a picnic, relax at a non-restaurant venue.

Here are just a few fun ideas:

Enjoy Activities in the (Botanical) Garden

The New York Botanical Garden has a number of events for your family this weekend, to celebrate Mother’s Day together, including: Games, garden walks & tours, photography, crafts, live bluegrass music, science shows – and of course, brunch & dining.

New York Botanical Garden - Mother's Day Activities
(Fun at New York Botanical Garden – Photo via  nybg.org)

Go for Sophisticated Ice Cream

Try the new local ice cream shop that’s for adults only – because all the treats have alcohol in them. Kips Bay’s Tipsy Scoop has an assortment of creative liquor-infused flavors like Vanilla Bean Bourbon, Red Velvet Martini, Maple Bacon Bourbon, Strawberry White Sangria Sorbet and Dark Chocolate Whiskey Salted Caramel. Enjoy the ice cream, and the new information your mom might divulge!

 

 

 

Tipsy Scoop Ice Cream - Kips Bay

Have Lunch on our Plaza

Our plaza is the perfect place to relax next to an exceptional view. Bring a picnic – or get some yummy food at Waterside Cafe!

Escape the hustle of the city, without having to actually leave the city.

Photo by Christina Cha (@chrissychacha on Instagram)
(Photo by Christina Cha – @chrissychacha on Instagram)

What do you like doing on Mother’s Day?

The 2014 New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

nybg-orchid-show
The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary 2014 at the New York Botanical Garden. Credit: Ivo Vermeulen Source: marthastewart.com

Most of us in New York City feel like we’ve been in the grips of an endless winter. Even now as we’re drawing towards the middle of March, spring feels far away. Escape the cold, gray days to a tropical paradise at the New York Botanical Garden with The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary. The 2014 annual NYBG flower show at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is inspired by “a modernist Key West estate garden.” The exhibition runs March 1 – April 21 and features a full calendar of events, including musical performances and “The Key West Poetry Walk” highlighting the work of renowned Key poets, as well as the ever-popular, romantic “Orchid Evenings.”

The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary 2014 at the New York Botanical Garden. Credit: Ivo Vermeulen Source: marthastewart.com
The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary 2014 at the New York Botanical Garden. Credit: Ivo Vermeulen Source: marthastewart.com
The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary 2014 at the New York Botanical Garden. Credit: Ivo Vermeulen Source: marthastewart.com
The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary 2014 at the New York Botanical Garden. Credit: Ivo Vermeulen Source: marthastewart.com
The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary 2014 at the New York Botanical Garden. Credit: Ivo Vermeulen Source: marthastewart.com
The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary 2014 at the New York Botanical Garden. Credit: Ivo Vermeulen Source: marthastewart.com