Written by Role Mommy Contributor, Danielle Feigenbaum

HPTE_Web_Gallery-NYC-Billboard.png When my daughter decided she wanted to start reading the Harry Potter books, I was very excited! I loved reading these books, escaping into the magical world of Harry Potter, and now my daughter is obsessed and can’t put the books down. After she finishes reading a book, we sit down as a family and watch the corresponding movie. When I heard that there was a Harry Potter Exhibit in NYC, my kids jumped at the chance to go!
We went over winter break and spent a fun day in New York City. After grabbing some lunch, we headed over to Times Square. Harry Potter The Exhibition is running now through April 7th at The Discovery Center in Times Square. Tickets are a little pricey – but we found some people down the block handing out coupons, which helped! Even though it was an incredibly busy day, they do a wonderful job organizing everyone. You need to buy tickets for a certain time, so it’s never overly crowded.
The kids (and you) will marvel at over 200 authentic props and costumes from the Harry Potter films, including some newly added never-before-seen artifacts from the epic series finale! Step inside the famous wizard’s magical world – including the Great Hall, Hagrid’s hut and the Gryffindor common room. While touring through the exhibition space, you will also see items such as Harry’s original wand and eyeglasses, the Marauder’s Map, Gryffindor school uniforms as well as costumes worn at the Yule Ball. Enter the Quidditch area and toss a Quaffle, pull your own Mandrake in the Herbology vignette (my kids loved this!), encounter Buckbeak the Hippogriff and even a giant Acromantula spider!
I do recommend paying the extra $7.00 for the audio tour, especially if your kids are on the older side. Each area is assigned a number that corresponds with the audio tour and tells a great story with explanation of each item. So, if you live in the tri-state area or plan on being anywhere near New York City before April 7th, go check out this wonderful exhibit.
Click here for more information. Your little wizards will thank you!

Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

Hi everyone. On my continued quest to be healthy this year, I offer up these burgers that you can freeze and serve later. You must serve with a sauce , as they can be dry by themselves. Delicious and healthy!!
Cashew Squash Veggie Burger with Spicy Yogurt Sauces:
2 cups pureed Buttercup or acorn squash flesh (a dense squash)
3/4-1 cup chick pea flour (Can get at Indian Markets)
1/2 cup dried peas, crushed in a food processor (optional -can get at Asian Food markets or just use a few more TBS chick pea flour)
1/4 cup chopped cashews
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
3 TBS Tahini Sauce
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with Parchment paper
Combine all ingredients, shape into 8 patties and bake for 15 minutes, flip over and bake for 10 more minutes
Serve with Greek Yogurt mixed with roasted red pepper puree, sriracha sauce or any other hot sauce and minced fresh mint. YUM!
For more great recipes from Alma Schneider, visit her at Take Back the Kitchen.