Q: Hi! I’m trying to plan a short trip for my 14-year-old son and I during New Jersey’s November Teacher’s Convention 4-day break . You guys always seem to be doing something fun; any ideas for me? ~ Thanks! Mike
Q: It’s Labor Day already, how could summer be over soon? I’m not ready! We’d love to have one last blast before the kids head back to school next week, but I haven’t planned anything yet. Is it too late to book an end-of-summer send off? ~ Thanks! BN
Q: It’s Memorial Day Weekend and my kids suddenly have not a 3-day weekend, not a 4-day weekend, but actually a 5-day weekend because we didn’t use any snow days this winter! I’ve got no ideas and haven’t made any plans. Anything up your sleeve? ~ Thanks! Gretchen G.
It started with lunch. Or I should say my son Aidan’s desire to have lunch at the CIA (that’s Culinary Institute of America, not the government spying branch), in Hyde Park, NY. We’ve visited before and my junior foodie was suitably impressed – even getting one of our waiters at the French Bocuse restaurant to take us into the kitchen and have the chef sign a menu on our last visit.
Although I’m happy to visit the scenic campus, it’s almost a 2-hr drive from most of the New York Metro area, including, our home in New Jersey, to the beautiful Hudson River location, turning a long lunch into a 6-hr roadtrip trip. So instead of just lunching, we chose to make it a two-day getaway to explore the Mid-Hudson Valley. And I’m happy to say there was more to experience in the area than we could have possibly done in the time we had — all of it great, including art, history, and the longest pedestrian bridge in the world! AND we had the dog with us, who had a grand time as well.
How’d we do it? Read on:
Q: Help! Teacher’s Convention is this week in New Jersey and I’ve got a 4 day weekend with the kids! Where can we go if I haven’t made plans already?
Q: I just realized there’s a 3-day school holiday weekend coming up the end of the week for Columbus Day! Where can I take small kids near my home in New Jersey without flying?
Colorful sculptures as tall as houses, a pop-art mermaid stretched across a lake, an electric orange streak stretching straight into the sky—Storm King Art Center is a bit like the Willy Wonka of art, over the top, sure, but ultimately sweet fun.
Set on 500 acres of rolling grounds in the lower Hudson Valley (about an hour north of NYC), expansive Storm King feels like a cross between a park and a sculpture museum, with more than 100 mostly larger than life sculptures set among trees, hills, rocks and expansive stretches of green.