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Moms Talk Q&A: The Big City — So Near and Yet So Far

We want to hear your thoughts.

It's time to grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we start the conversation with this week's issue:

One of the benefits to living in our area is our close proximity to the Big Apple. Before becoming parents, perhaps you travelled into the city regularly for recreation — maybe to meet friends, celebrate special occasions, see a concert or just mosey through Central Park.

Once you have kids, taking them to sit through a show or paying for them to waste most of a meal at a nice restaurant may not seem worth it. But I've found that once we adjust our destinations to more family-friendly venues, and put a little extra thought into planning the day, maybe making the trip as a family isn't so out-of-the-question after all.

The questions:

  • What are some of your favorite family-friendly destinations in New York City?  
  • At what age do you think your children really started appreciating trips to the city?  
  • Do you prefer taking the family on the train or driving in?  
  • What money-saving tips do you have for enjoying the big city with your family on a budget?  
  • Which destinations are still on your list of places to go?

Now take a look at what our Moms Council has to say. Here they are:

Beth Blanck is a Brewster mom whose son is 2 and a half years old. She writes a weekly column called  for Southeast-Brewster Patch and she is the head of the council.

Noreen Mahoney is Brewster mother of two boys. Aside from being active in the community, Noreen teaches improv workshops.

Tracy Dunne-Derrell is a Brewster mother of one. She is a middle school teacher and she is currently fighting a battle familiar to many parents: trying to get her 4-year-old daughter to sleep!

Suzanne Perucci has lived in the area for 20 years. She works for The Pampered Chef and is the mother of two teenagers.

If you would like to join the council, or if you have a suggestion for a topic, email Ashley.Tarr@patch.com.

Beth Blanck September 14, 2011 at 08:18 PM
I'll be the first to admit we don't go into the city as much as we probably should. My husband commuted into Manhattan for years and so for him some of the excitement wore off! But I would like to start introducing my son to things like the Museum of Natural History amongst others. I would also like to take my train-loving son in on Metro North one of these days even just to enjoy the ride and see the subway system and Grand Central Station.
Beth Blanck September 14, 2011 at 08:23 PM
ps: the Brewster Library has family passes to the Museum of Natural History that card-carrying members may borrow!
TracyD September 15, 2011 at 02:05 AM
We've yet to take our daughter to Manhattan, even though she is eager to ride the train. We'd like to visit the Central Park Zoo and see a Little Orchestra Society performance. I also look forward to when she'd old enough to see a Broadway show- I love theater and my husband and I went often when we lived in the city, pre-parenthood. We hardly go at all now and I miss it. As a city teacher, I've taken many a field trip- I love the Museum of the City of NY- it's nice and small, and the Metropolitan Museum. The transportation part is easy- train, for sure. Driving in the city is one of my least favorite things to do!
Noreen Mahoney September 15, 2011 at 11:24 AM
Mike and I lived in Manhattan after we were married for four years, so now that we are up here and because he still commutes into the City everyday, we really don't think to take the kids in too much during our family time. We do however take them into Knicks games at Madison Square Garden, one or two Broadway shows a year, (Last year we did Hair!, which was fantastic!), the Christmas Spectacular (although now they are saying they are over that), and to new kitchy theme restaurants. My sisters-in-law take them in once a year, too, letting them pick where to go. They've done the museums, the Intrepid (awesome!) and various shows. Even just walking around the village would keep my teenager happy for a day! And I like to take them in to see the windows at Christmas time and of course the tree and skaters. Unfortunately it has become such an expensive outing, but taking the train in and going to pick up Dad at his office is a good experience for them and I think still a lot of fun.

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