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On August 14, 1945, when the surrender of Japan was announced in the United States, ending World War II, everyone took to the the streets to celebrate. In Times Square, a photographer named Alfred Eisenstaedt was taking pictures of the spontaneous scene and spotted a young sailor running around kissing every woman he could find. Just south of 45th street, the man grabbed a nurse and Alfred captured the moment of their kiss, with the intersection of Broadway and Seventh in the background. The photo, entitled V-J Day in Times Square, was published a week later in a Life magazine spread and become one of the most iconic images of the era.

Did you know that another view of the same kiss was published in the New York Times? This one is called Kissing the War Goodbye, taken by photo journalist Victor Jorgensen:

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Today is National Lasagna Day! This is one of my favorite recipes from my Vegan Recipes & Foods Pinterest board. Doesn’t it look delicious?  It is the Vegan Lasagna with Basil Cashew Cheeze from Oh She Glows, photographed and reviewed by 86 Lemons.  Basil cashew cheese is one of the best vegan foods I’ve been introduced to in the last couple years!  It is so diverse:  you can spread it on bread and crackers, bake it on pizza, make creamy sauce with it, or cover it with breadcrumbs and pan fry!  Make your own following the recipe above or buy a pre-made version, like the amazing basil cashew spread called Basilcotta from Regal Vegan.

If you love shopping like I do, when you walk into an impeccably designed boutique filled with gorgeous clothing and accessories, you feel like a kid in a candy store- wide-eyed with excitement and hungry to try everything. The twist on Cynthia Rowley’s new Upper East Side retail location is that there actually is a candy store right above the boutique! Cynthia has come up with the clever idea of combining shopping for beautiful designer clothing and indulging in a visit to the candy shop with your kids.

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Happy Father’s Day! I love Jason Lee‘s imaginative photographs of his daughters, Kristin and Kayla. Click here to see more amazing shots and to learn about his photography!

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Joan Miró was a Catalan painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born on April 20, 1893. This is one of his best known works: Harlequin’s Carnival, painted in 1924-25. To view a gallery of Miró’s works dating from 1912-1971, click here.  As we clicked through his collection, we loved watching the evolution of his painting style over the decades!

Marian Anderson became the first African-American member of the Metropolitan Opera when she made her debut on January 7, 1955.  Above, is her beautiful version of “Ave Maria” by Schubert.

For Monet’s birthday, we picked 10 of our favorite paintings by the artist.  Share with your children and visit them in person if you can! Click on images to enlarge.
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Wassily Kandinsky’s paintings are perfect to share with young children- his abstract artwork is full of recognizable shapes and colors! We created a printable coloring activity using Kandinsky’s 1932 painting “Decisive Pink”.

“Decisive Pink” by Wassily Kandinsky

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The Modern Museum of Art in New York City is a fantastic place to bring your children to inspire creativity and teach them about modern art.  After searching through the collection currently on view, we chose 8 of the most important paintings that appeal to children and created a MoMA scavenger hunt!  Before your visit, be sure to go through the featured art and learn the name of each painting, the artist, and the extra information listed below. (More scavenger hunts: click here.)

1. The Starry Night- This painting is by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. It depicts the village Saint-Rémy in the south of France in 1889. He created it from memory during the day! The tree to the left is called a Cypress tree. (Post-Impressionist)
2. Three Musicians- Created by Spanish painter Pablo Picasso in 1921. Picasso is known for co-founding the Cubist art movement. He created 2 similar paintings under this title. One is owned by the MoMA and the other is owned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Cubist)
3. The Park- Austrian painter Gustav Klimt completed this painting in 1910. Interesting fact: “I have never painted a self-portrait. I am less interested in myself as a subject for a painting than I am in other people, above all women… There is nothing special about me. I am a painter who paints day after day from morning to night… Who ever wants to know something about me… ought to look carefully at my pictures.” (Art Nouveau) Continue reading


Roald Dahl was born on September 13, 1916 in Wales, UK.  Some of his most beloved children’s books include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, and The BFG.  Take a few minutes today to read a little Roald Dahl with your kids in his honor!

One of our favorite quotes from the author:

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

Click through to view our photo collection of stunning sand sculptures.

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Our coloring sheet is perfect for identifying healthy fruits and vegetables by color. After your kids color it in, use the sheet for counting activities! Click below to download and print.

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Next week, we’re hosting a FREE Art Workshop for children at our Upper East Side studio!


WHEN:  Wednesday May 16, 2012 from 3:00 – 3:45

WHERE:  TLB Music, 266 East 78th Street
(between 2nd and 3rd)

LED BY:  Dutchess-Venita Adomakoh,
founder of Those Art Kids

FOR:  Children ages 2 – 6

RSVP:  Call 212-744-0404 or email to reserve a spot for your child!


Those Art Kids (TAK) is a free-spirited, multi-media art exploration for toddlers and preschoolers that introduces budding young artists to the art world’s masters. TAK classes enable children to express themselves uniquely, improve fine motor skills, learn about different cultures and explore the environment and the world around them. TAK has been acknowledged by both the Keith Haring and the Romare Bearden foundations in NYC.

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