As a 6-year-old growing up in Canarsie, Brooklyn, I don’t ever recall begging my parents to take me to The Museum of Modern Art. In fact, I remember contentedly spending Sunday afternoons watching repeats of “The Flintstones” and dressing my Barbies in their evening gowns.
And yet the moment I laid eyes on the gauzy pastel ballerinas in Edgar Degas’ paintings during an obligatory school trip to the museum, I was forever changed. It was an experience that literally flipped an internal switch and turned me on to the possibilities of a world that was so much more than my insular, daily existence. In the hustle and bustle of just “getting through the day,” we parents tend to forget that our kids are essentially little sponges, ready to soak up whatever it is that we choose to expose them to. What we do, or don’t do, as parents will determine whether our kids are content getting their cultural cues from MTV shows like “The Hills” or exploring the meaning behind Van Gogh’s paintings.
That said, we’re all pretty lucky to live in New York City, a place where culture is everywhere, especially in Manhattan.
So my advice? Make a day of it in Manhattan soaking up some culture as painlessly as possible with your first stop at Langham Place, Fifth Avenue! Langham Place, Fifth Avenue is centrally located at 400 Fifth Avenue, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 36th Street and its Measure Lounge , located at Langham Place, Fifth Avenue , welcomes back “Tunes with Tina.” This family-friendly musical sing-a-long brunch is scheduled every Sunday at 12:00 pm from February 22 through May 31, 2015.
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From pop hits to Disney Classics, beloved singer and jazz pianist, Tina deVaron will have both kids and parents crooning at this unique, interactive Sunday brunch series, which also features a custom-designed kids menu specially created by Measure’s talented Executive Chef, David Vandenabeele. On selected dates throughout the season, Tina will present Broadway Sundays, when she will welcome a real Broadway performer to join her at the piano. Past guests have included Ashley Blanchet from “Annie”; Lisa Helmi Johansen (and her puppets) from “Avenue Q”; and Jenn Collela from “If, Then”. The performers for Broadway Sundays for 2015 will start in March.
Chef David and his team prepare a menu of kid-friendly favorites, including some yummy options for adults as well. All of the menu items are the ideal accompaniment to Tina’s classic children’s songs and up-to-the-minute favorites, including the personalized numbers that Tina is known for creating on the spot. The multi-talented Tina deVaron is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and jazz pianist whose scintillating combination of jazz for kids and original songs about motherhood have made her a favorite with audiences around the country. Children will have fun and feel truly special thanks to her one-of-a-kind songs, improvised and created especially for them, making the experience even more special and interactive for little ones.
And in other tasty news–Drawing inspiration from its flagship in London, Langham Place, New York serves a creative interpretation of Afternoon Tea in the Measure Lounge. Served in bento boxes instead of traditional tiered trays, this iteration of Afternoon Tea will include three courses–savory tea sandwiches, decadent desserts, and scones and cream–accompanied by a selection of teas provided by upscale tea purveyor In Pursuit of Tea.
Afternoon Tea treats for adults at Measure Lounge!
Although Measure doesn’t normally take reservations, guests who wish to book a space for “Tunes with Tina” may do so on OpenTable.com or by calling the hotel at (212) 695 4005. Brunch is served as a prix-fixe option – $40 for adults, $20 for children under 12 years old.
Tunes with Tina is an ideal companion Langham’s Family Getaway Package which includes, among other features, a $50 credit at Measure Lounge that can be applied to Tunes with Tina or any other meal for the family.
The Dux bed, Pratesi sheets, plenty of height, afternoon light, and a bedside notepad and pen.
And just in case you didn’t know….The Langham Place, Fifth Avenue is centrally located at 400 Fifth Avenue, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 36th Street. In addition to a full-service spa, The Spa at Langham Place, the hotel also boasts a state-of-the art fitness center and the only midtown outpost of Julien Farel Salon, which offers both full and express services for business and leisure travelers on the go. Foodies will enjoy Ai Fiori, a Michelin-starred restaurant from Michael White’s Alta Marea Group, located on the hotel’s 2nd floor; and Measure, an all-day lounge featuring classic cocktails, an extensive wine and beer list, and Modern American classics with a British twist courtesy of Chef David Vandenabeele.
And once you’ve filled your bellies head over to check out the culture-laden venue MUSEUM OF MODERN ART that I know you and your kids will adore. Just observing your children’s amazement when they learn the fact that hundreds of single dots make up Seurat’s paintings will be worth the trip! With a collection that includes 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects and some 22,000 films, videos, and media works, as well as film stills, scripts, posters and historical documents The Museum of Modern is anything but monotonous and has kid-friendly programs and family guides that will engage every child even those who had to be “forced” to go.
Address: The public should enter through the main entrance of the Museum. Located in The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, First floor
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. First Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
For further information about Family Programs at MoMA, families can visit www.moma.org/family, call (212) 708-9805 or (212) 247-1230 (TTY) firstname.lastname@example.org. To be informed of registration and program news, sign up for the Family Programs E-News, at www.moma.org/enews