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Holiday Fun this Weekend for NYC Kids: Santa Sightings, Historical Trains, Gustafer Yellowgold, Unsilent Night December 14-15

With snow in the forecast, NYC should look like a veritable winter wonderland this weekend and there are lots of ways to get our there and experience the season. In addition to gawking at amazing department store windows, Christmas houses and seasonal shows, you can enjoy some of our favorite annual events like taking pictures with Santa at the Winter Garden, joining the noisy Unsilent Night parade through the Village and catching one of the many kid-friendly versions of The Nutcracker dancing around town.…

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Mother Africa: Exuberant All-Ages Entertainment at the New Victory Theater

The surpremely flexible Ersi Teame Gebregziabher in one of his tamer positions Yusuphu Ramadhani Fuko's amazing six-chair balancing act Awe-inspiring hand-to-hand balancing The festive grand finale complete with music, dancing and flying flags

Our friends over at the New Victory Theater have really outdone themselves this year with their holiday show Mother Africa. Even though my eight-year-old son probably goes to more circus spectacles than birthday parties (and believe me, he goes to a lot of those!), this production totally exceeded our expectations.…

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Time Out: A heimish resort

Nir Etzion has long been a popular setting for celebratory gatherings – post-wedding parties, anniversaries, synagogue study weekends. The strict kosher observance with a relaxed, non-coercive atmosphere continues to make it a good choice for the increasing number of families with some members wearing black kippot, others knitted kippot, and still others with no kippot.

But would Nir Etzion suit a couple taking a rare midweek night off in the winter?…

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This Week: Biggest Holiday Giveaway, Amazing Christmas Lights, Best Holiday Shows for NYC Kids, Apply to Free Summer Camps

They say that giving is better than receiving so we're testing out that theory with our second annual Biggest Holiday Giveaway. We're giving away more than $3,000 in awesome prizes including tickets to see A Christmas Story and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, packages from Disney and Hello Kitty, and lots of other cool swag. You can find all of the prizes on our giveaway page.…

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Dec 13, Teya Guesthouse Binyamina

by U Oakley (England)

We had a lovely stay at this beautiful place. Very relaxing, beautiful garden. The large pool was perfect. Dalite and Nick are very hospitable. A really nice place.

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On the cultural front lines in New York

NEW YORK – A visit to New York is always something special. I was there recently for a knee replacement.

Some days later, armed with analgesics and a walker, I was privileged to partake in the cultural extravaganza. Limited space does not allow me to do full justice to all the events, but here are a few choice items.

The Frick Collection

The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague is currently undergoing renovation, and it has loaned the Frick 15 paintings.…

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Dec 15, Timna National Park

Timna National Park, located about 25 Kilometer(17 miles) north of Eilat, is comprised of a horseshoe shaped valley surrounded by steep cliffs. At the center of the valley is Mount Timna, the first copper mine in the world, standing about 453 meters (1500 feet high). The attractions are a combination of breathtaking scenery, fascinating history, and activities for the entire family to enjoy.…

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Dec 15, Negev Hostels and Hotels – Our Top Picks

Our top picks for the best Negev Hostels, hotels, as well as genuine Bedouin hospitality for any budget from five-star to more economical country lodging and hostels.

The Negev Desert is so vast with so many historical settlements and villages to see as well as amazing things to do that you will want to find local accommodations in close proximity to your points of interest to maximize your time.…

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Enter Our Biggest Holiday Giveaway: Win Prizes from Disney, Hello Kitty, Tickets to Radio City & A Christmas Story, & More

The holiday season is the one time of year when I hate working for Mommy Poppins. That's because I'm not eligible to enter our amazing Biggest Holiday Giveaway. Luckily, you are. We're giving away more than $3,000 in awesome prizes, including tickets to top holiday shows like A Christmas Story: The Musical and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, prize packages from Disney and Hello Kitty, and lots of other awesome swag.…

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