Category Archives: New York

Water fun in New Jersey at Coco Key Water Resort

Where else can you go within 2 hours of New York, yet still be close to historical Philadelphia and enjoy the fun of an indoor waterpark? Coco Key Water Resort in Mt Laurel, New Jersey is an affordable and quick trip from New York City. Once you’ve arrived, you have spacious accommodations, free entertainment for the kids on weekend nights as well as some weeknights, and splashy good fun.

To be honest, our little family arrived on Easter Saturday to a completely booked resort. Their was a lineup nearly out the door at the water park end for those who were trying to buy day passes to enter. Word to the wise, if you are only coming for the day and especially on a holiday weekend, save yourself some hassle and buy your tickets online.

If you purchase overnight packages at the adjoining Hotel ML, then their is no needed to worry about your passes as you purchase them with your accommodation. 

New York City Classic Harbor Line Cruise

Dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of New York City, Classic Harbor Line hopes for the privilege of escorting you on a relaxing, inspiring and breathtaking sightseeing cruise through the waters we proudly call home. Our classic yachts – the Schooner Adirondack & Adirondack III and the Schooner America 2.0 (our sailboats), and the Luxury Yacht Manhattan (our motorized yacht) are reminiscent of the classic boats that cruised New York Harbor a hundred years ago.

Mama Goes BAM readers Receive $10 off each ticket purchased at using ONLINE promo code FAMILY10.

I’m looking forward to taking a ride with this service this summer and experience vies that you can only see from the water. In the meantime, check out this video so that you can see what the experience is like

Tips for a Successful Family Photography Shoot

I recently had  family photos taken at Coney Island. I was sooo looking forward to the experience as we have never had family photos done. The weather conditions were not as we hoped for at the beginning of April, but that didn’t really matter as our photographer was so good at putting us all at ease. Mr P warmed to her instantly, and his bright personality shone through in his time in front of the camera.
Besides having a professional photographer that is great at setting expectations and keeping everyone relaxed, I asked our photographer Rachel from Rachel Knowles Photography what else a family can do to make their photography session successful.

The most common question I find myself getting asked as a photographer is “What should we wear?” I’ve put together a list of tips and tricks that can help any family getting ready for a family photo shoot.

Listen to Your Mother Reading Series

Contest now closed: Congratulations to Nichol Perez who won the tickets!

What are you doing this Mother’s Day? On Sunday, May 12 at 5pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space on New York’s Upper West Side, the Listen To Your Mother Reading Series will give “Mother’s Day a Microphone” as the city and an inspirational group of women and men come together to celebrate motherhood and parenting in a meaningful new way.

Included in the cast of the New York City show are:

  • Former Editor in Chief of Redbook Magazine Stacy Morrison (now Editor in Chief of,
  • Comedian Jaime Fernandez, 
  • New York City creative writing teacher Susan Buttenwieser, 
  • Social justice attorney and LGBT activist Nívea Castro and 
  • Author Tracy Beckerman (whose book Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir came out in early April)
This is only a handful of the talented, inspiring, touching and humorous women who will be on hand to share their stories this Mother’s Day. Each local writer will tell their own tales of motherhood in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor.

Win It!

Would you like a chance to win 2 tickets to the New York city performance? Leave a comment with the one piece of advice that your mom gave you and you swear by today. A winner will be chosen at random and announced on Wednesday, May 8.
Please leave your comment by Tuesday, May 7 at midnight (EST) to be in to win. The winner will pick up their tickets at the box office on the day of the show.
Good Luck and Happy Mother’s Day in advance :)

The Duane Reade App Simplifies Shopping in New York

The great thing about shopping at Duane Reade is that you can often check many items that you need to buy off your list in the one location. From snacks and drinks, to baby care items and even pantyhose, its often an easy solution for finding what you need at the last minute.

Now that you can download the new Duane Reade iPhone app from the iTunes store, Duane Reade has made life even more convenient before you even walk through the door.

Thanks to Duane Reade for bringing this app to my attention so that I could review it for you,  New Yorkers take note, the Duane Reade App should be on your phone. If you are traveling to New York, I’d recommend this free app be on your iPhone  as well, it’s convenient to know where a Duane Reade is located at any given time as you can pick up over the counter and prescription medecine, as well as food, personal hygiene items and even gifty type items like greeting cards.

My top uses for the Duane Reade App

Photo printingIf you are like me, you have a ton of photos of your kids, what you do in a day, and even what you eat all on your phone. It’s incredible how much mundane and truly awesome photos I have taken over time. I’m getting better at deleting the mundane ones  – after I have bored people on instagram:) but the memorable, sweet ones of the kids enjoying life or a moment shared between Little Miss and Mr P sit on my phone untouched. With the Duane Reade App, it is so simple to choose the photos I want to print, send them off to my closest Duane Reade and then find out how much it will cost and when the photos will be ready for pickup. Easy right?

This has inspired me to put 2 new picture frames in our bedroom and swap out the images every month for new ones. It’s so simple and it doesn’t cost much to bring the photo memories from my phone to life!

Choose your photos, select your store, find out when prints are ready!

Wordless Wednesday: Big City Lights and Shopping in New York City

I am far from a shopaholic or a true New York fashionista, BUT I am starting to get into fashion a bit more this spring as my wardrobe needs a big overhaul. I couldn’t help but snap this photo of Bloomingdale’s all lit up…and that quote from Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City) says it all.