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Celebrate family time together
Mind Your Manners
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A Walk on the Wild Side
Fans of New York City’s High Line will draw comparisons to an experience at Wild Walk, a kid-friendly “High
Line of the forest” located at Wild Center in the heart
of the Adirondacks in upstate New York. Once there,
families can mix education with adventure by
experiencing the natural world from a sky-high perspective. Kids will wind their way through a maze of
elevated bridges and platforms that take them from
ground level to the treetops. Along the way, walkers
will find nature-centric attractions, such as a four-story
twig treehouse, a human-size spiderweb and a path
through a dead tree to witness the ecosystem that
thrives within. Although this “un-museum” has been
drawing visitors for 10 years, this year will mark the first
time that it will be open during Memorial Day weekend.
( www.wildcenter.org) — Emma Weissmann
>> If “manners maketh man,” then the
Children’s Etiquette Program at The Resort
at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, Calif.,
is the perfect way to jump-start lessons in
good decorum when man (and woman)
is still pint-size. Starting April 24 on select
Sundays, kids ages 7 to 12 can enroll in
small-group etiquette lessons taught by
Kathleen Cover, founder and president of
The Etiquette School of Beverly Hills and The
Etiquette School of Newport Beach.
“We have created a unique and fun
environment for the children to actually
experience how to properly conduct themselves in a party-like setting,” Cover said.
The three-hour program features lessons
in everything from first impressions and
communication skills to resort and travel
etiquette. Although Cover will tackle some of
the more obvious skills — such as penning
thank you notes and shaking hands with
good posture and eye contact — diligent
students will also master how to react to a
gift they already have or don’t care for and
even how to stand and walk with confidence.
And never fear: The little ones won’t go
hungry. Between sips of sparkling apple
cider in fancy stemware, a four-course tasting luncheon provides an optimal setting for
pupils to grasp fine-dining skills. According
to Cover, learning how to use a finger bowl
is always a big hit with students.
During a parent welcome reception after
the course, each child will be rewarded with
a Certificate of Completion in Social and
Fine Dining Etiquette.
“Participating in our program makes
an impressive statement to the world that
they are trying to be the best they can be,”
The program is open to both hotel
guests and nonguests and costs $175
per child. Reservations are required.
( www.pelicanhill.com) — Valerie Chen
in social and fine-dining etiquette.
The Wild Walk