Category: New York Parents

How The National Park Service is letting families visit free!

I’m all about supporting our nation’s National Park Service in any way we can, especially because of the myriad ways they support us right back. So I’m thrilled to share the brilliant initiative to get even more kids to our National Parks and Monuments around the country: Every Kid in a Park. Created by President Obama to get more children excited about science, nature, and understanding the beauty and history of our nation, the program will grant your family totally free access (yes, free!) to all Federal lands and waters. Plus, you’ll get a massive discount on Amtrak tickets for kids if you’re training it there....

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The 2015 NY International Children’s Film Festival lineup. You want to go.

If like me, you fell in love with the art of animation all over again after losing yourself in the artistry of releases like The Book of Life, The Boxtrolls, and the totally-robbed-by-the-award-show-establishment LEGO Movie, then listen up: The NY International Children’s Film Festival is coming! (Yes, I am a total animation geek. Let’s talk Bill Plympton sometime.) – Don’t miss an exclusive discount for our readers below –  Looking at the terrific lineup, I was immediately excited about the North American premiere of When Marnie Was There (above). This is the latest offering from Studio Ghibli, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi who brought us the wonderful The...

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For MLK Day, a whole new twist on a day of service just for kids.

We love finding service opportunities for kids and families as a way to get kids excited about public service and volunteering early. So I was so delighted to learn that the wonderful NYC is My Backyard camp, which my own girls attended a couple summers back, is hosting a Martin Luther King Day community service camp on Monday, January 19, as a way of honoring Dr. King’s legacy. With schools out of session to commemorate the holiday in New York (I am actually disappointed to learn that this still isn’t recognized nationwide; so, go NYC!), it gives kids an opportunity to participate in community service projects, compile supplies for...

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BeautyCamp NYC: Why it could be huge.

When a friend of mine emailed to tell me about her new endeavor, BeautyCamp NYC, I have to admit I was like…what? Why would a girl spend an entire week in the summer at a beauty camp learning about makeup tips, when she could be playing or swimming or learning coding or pretty much anything else? But then I looked closer. And you know? It’s grown on me. Here’s why. BeautyCamp would probably be more accurate if it were called ConfidenceCamp  or OhMyGodDon’tDoThatToYourEyebrowsEverAgain Camp (as our own Kristen once said when her daughter got a hold of some tweezers), but those names just...

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One seriously sweet NYC boutique (and you can shop from your couch)

On my now frequent visits to Manhattan, I’ve become smitten with many adorable kids’ boutiques that I’m unable to share with you (boo!) since they don’t yet have online stores.  But that’s not the case with this lovely shop, which just launched a new online shop full of some of my favorite brands for kids (and some new-to-me discoveries). Amechan Bubbles Set Originally a Lower East Side dress shop founded by style maven Ashley Hanosh, Honey in the Rough now caters specifically to parents with well-curated high-end gifts and goodies for that special little one, plus cool stuff for...

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Calling all runners! Team Baby Buggy needs you for NYC Marathon 2013

We’ve been huge supporters of the amazing charity Baby Buggy since we discovered them in 2011, and we’re always ready to help spread the word about the wonderful services they provide. They’ve got a huge challenge ahead of them this fall, and we’d be thrilled if any of our runners, er, readers would like to join their NYC Marathon team. The Baby Buggy 2013 ING NYC Marathon team, that is. They’ve got a few more spots to fill between now and September 15. (The race isn’t until November 4. Plenty of time to train!) Entries in this race are...

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City babies wear black. And chase pigeons. And hail cabs.

Let’s say you’ve got a die-hard city loving mama to shop for, and price is basically no object. We’ve found the most fun little baby gifts for urban babies used to things like taxis, park benches and black in the summer. The city baby gifts range from cute stuffed yellow taxis and a black Town Car limo (in the rain, in a pinch, right?) to the more whimsical King Kong on the Empire State Building. (I think the damsel is more Naomi Watts than Jessica Lang though.) And hey, if you’re a super insider? Get that giant play mustache for the...

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Annie the Musical is back on Broadway! The sun is out, people.

I am old enough to remember the original Annie on Broadway, starring Andrea McArdle. That show had me and a zillion other little girls dreaming of living in a mansion with a swimming pool and a cute dog–although maybe keeping our own parents. So when I heard Annie was coming back to Broadway this year, I jumped at the chance to bring my daughters to a preview. I can’t say that the Annie revival quite lives up to the original 70s debut, although there are some very good performances indeed. Katie Finneran absolutely shines (like the top of the Chrysler Building?)...

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Dan Zanes in a most unexpected place: your own kitchen

Dan Zanes is happiness squared. His music puts me in a great mood each and every time I give it a spin–even without the kids, when I’m alone in the minivan. So I’m excited to see his new project that didn’t come out of a sound studio, but a ceramics studio. [after the jump, learn more about a special Dan Zanes event for families this week!] The new new Dan Zanes pairing with one of my fave shops, Fishs Eddy, the quintessential funky New York restaurant-quality tableware shop, makes so much sense. One look at the quirky tubas, cellos,...

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The Nutcracker at BAM – magical holiday perfection

If you’re going to be in New York City this holiday season (shockingly, many tourists do this very thing each year!) this native New Yawker has an awesome tip for you. At least if you’d like to squeeze a performance of The Nutcracker into your festivities, without having to hock your plane tickets and hitchhike home. Now I’m a huge, longtime fan of Balanchine’s NYC Ballet production at Lincoln Center–there’s nothing quite like it–but if you’ve got young kids, it’s pretty hard to justify the $110-150 for orchestra seats. If you can even find them now. As an alternative,...

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Godspell is back on Broadway. Prepare ye.

I first saw Godspell on Broadway as a young girl back in the 70s (I know I know, I’m old) and fell in love with it forever.  As one of my favorite all-time musicals, I was counting down the days until I could catch its return to Broadway. Well now it’s back, and my advice: if you’ll be in the NY area any time soon, get tickets, stat. It’s a pure joy. [don’t miss a great discount code for tickets after the jump!} For the uninitiated, Godspell is the Gospell according to Matthew as told through wonderful song, dance,...

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Judging a book by its cover

If you’re a bibliophile like me, then you know that nothing smells as good as an old book. Age, ink, paper, maybe a dash of cracked leather cover. But we’ve discovered a gorgeous trio of classics with a redesign so spectacularly beautiful that… well… the new books kind of take the cake. Behold the Penguin Threads series. These three book covers were specially commissioned from Brooklyn artist Jillian Tamaki to celebrate the 65th birthday of Penguin Classics. Jillian designed and painstakingly hand-embroidered the covers for The Secret Garden, Emma, and Black Beauty, and the translation from art to book...

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3 good reasons to get a sitter in NYC this week

For NYC locals looking for some validation, a good laugh and a short break, we’re got a great excuse to get a sitter–or employ the significant other to give you a night with friends this week. We’ve been seeing more and more talented parents who have taken their own personal experiences and turned them into plays, comedy performances, and engaging performances that are so worth putting on the impractical shoes and getting out for the night. Here, three upcoming shows we’re excited about. Mommies won’t want to miss Motherhood Out Loud. We have been trying to get over to this...

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The Marte brings you shopping to benefit schools? How cool.

I’m what you’d call a crazy flea market/craft fair/art festival devotee. I could spend every weekend seeking out cool local artisans in church basements and school parking lots–provided there’s also a lemonade stand or cider donuts so I can bribe my kids to join me. In fact, it’s how I find quite a few of the artists I share on Cool Mom Picks. (And also why Brooklyn artists get more than their fair share of ink here. ) So I was really excited to learn that starting this weekend, we NYC mamas will have access to The Marte, a...

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