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Blog Archives - May 2013

Weekend Family Events - June 1 and June 2  
There are festivals, fairs and carnivals galore this weekend. Summer is unofficially here and it's (finally) time to get outside and enjoy all of the fun that the warm weather offers. There is a strawberry festival celebrating (guess what?). A festival that encourages you to howl the day away in laughter, song and dance. Street fairs, shopping fairs and a science fair as well. And just in case you didn't know, animals like to party too. Check our their moves at a pizza party at the Prospect Park Zoo. So party and stroll the days away this weekend. Here are this weekend's picks.
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Children’s Clothing Boutiques in Staten Island  
Most parents know exactly where to shop for their child’s regular, everyday, changing-with-the-seasons wardrobe, but once in a while occasions come along that are so special you just won’t find the perfect outfit at Old Navy. That’s when you pay a visit to a children’s boutique. It may be said that boutique clothing is generally a bit pricey, but boutique owners have found that people often spare no expense when it comes to occasions like communions, weddings, baptisms, photography sessions, birthday parties, holidays, the arrival of a new baby, etc. New York City is home to many wonderful children’s clothing boutiques, and some of them are located right in Staten Island.
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A Visit to the New York Transit Museum  
At the risk of being accused of having “island mentality,” my family and I recently made the trek from Manhattan to Brooklyn to visit the New York Transit Museum. My son is obsessed with all things transportation, specifically the wooden subway line trains, and we are currently working on finishing his collection. Like most kids, he is so curious about how subways and buses run, and at age 5 he probably knows the MTA system better than me. While we have visited the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store at Grand Central Terminal on a number of occasions, mainly to buy wooden subway line trains and other transportation accessories, we had never gone to the actual museum. We are so happy we finally went!
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Weekend Family Events - Memorial Day Weekend 2013  
Memorial Day is a day we honor the men and women who have died in military service for the United States. There are some events around town that pay homage to these fallen heroes. And since Memorial Day weekend is also typically the kick off to summer, it means we can all let down our hair and party. There are some great fairs, carnivals and places throughout NYC that are opening for their season with fun for everyone. A heartfelt welcome back to the Aquarium in Brooklyn and it's partial opening this weekend. And the Bronx Zoo has a new dinosaur exhibit that's sure to elicit roars of laughter and fun from the whole family. Enjoy the long weekend, here are this weekend's picks.
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Kid Friendly Bars in South Brooklyn  
It remains one of the longest lasting controversies dividing Brooklyn residents: is it okay to bring babies and children to neighborhood restaurant/bars?

Judging by the myriad strollers lining many drinking establishments in South Brooklyn, it appears as if chicken fingers and chocolate milk are just as welcome as pints and 99-cent wings on local bar menus. Several restaurant/bars in Bay Ridge and Greenwood Heights are following in their Park Slope cousin’s footsteps and offering family hours, kid-friendly menus, and drink specials for tired, thirsty moms and dads. Although this part of the borough is better known for its outstanding Middle Eastern cuisine and quasi-affordable real estate, it is quickly establishing itself as an ideal area for young parents to raise their kiddies—and maintain their sanity—thanks, in part, to these top eating and drinking destinations:

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Matilda the Triumphant  
It strikes that rare chord of creative brilliance that entertains, inspires, and educates children and adults on a variety of levels. Based upon the popular book by Roald Dahl, the Broadway musical Matilda is the darling of the season. With its 12 Tony nominations in-hand, the show is set for a good long life on the Great White Way.
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Upper West Side Toy Stores Roundup - Part 2  
With so many birthday parties, and buying toys in general, I take gift and toy buying seriously as to not just contribute to the ever-growing collections of LEGOs, Transformers, and Polly Pocket dolls. While the Upper West Side has a great selection of neighborhood toy stores (Upper West Side Toy Stores Roundup - Part 1) to choose from, there are also hidden gems you should definitely consider:
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Weekend Family Events - May 18 and May 19  
I don't want to work, I want to bang on the drum all day. Get down on it! Get down on it! So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good night. Get into the groove, boy you've got to prove, your love to me. If you recognize the song quotes that's good. It means you've got your dancing shoes on and you're ready to party. This weekend is filled with festivals, music and fun. There's a drumming festival (hence that reference), Sound of Music Sing-a-Long (clearly) and really I just like that Madonna song and it makes me want to dance! So go and get your groove on this weekend. Here are this weekend's picks.
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Museum of Mathematics Makes It Possible For Kids and Adults to Play with Numbers  
Does the word “math” elicit flashbacks of pop quizzes and have you hearing the “wah-wah-wah” of Charlie Brown’s teacher? Put those days (and nightmares) behind you and visit the Museum of Mathematics (MoMath for short). This one-of-a-kind museum set out to make math applicable to every day life and illustrate that there is plenty of fun to be had when we physically interact with the world of numbers.

Inside its doors at 11 East 26th Street just off of 5th Avenue, we are invited to take a hands-on approach to math via 30 interactive exhibits. Through these exhibits, you’ll:

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Upper West Side Toy Stores Roundup - Part 1  
Is it just me or does every parent with young children find the number of birthday parties for their child’s classmates and friends, thus sheer number of birthday presents you have to buy for said children, overwhelming? I consider myself one of the lucky moms as my son’s class only has 13 kids! Thankfully he isn’t invited to the “girl-only” parties so my gift buying obligations are significantly reduced.

Here’s a round-up of some of the Upper West Side’s great selection of “traditional” toy stores where you can find just about anything:

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Weekend Family Events - May 11 and May 12  
We wish all of the moms out there a very happy mother's day. There are many joys of motherhood, one is being able to stand back and laugh at it all. If you have not had the opportunity to read Tina Fey's hilarious Prayer For Her Daughter, then please go check it out. It is a must read for all mothers. We hope the laughter and celebrating keeps happening all weekend long. Here are this weekend's picks.
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Weekend Family Events - May 4 and May 5  
Spring is in full swing. Which means spring cleaning, flowers in bloom, family carnivals and festivals and haircuts? Haircuts? Yes, it's time for the sheep to get their annual "cuts" at the Queens Zoo and Queens County Farm Museum. Let the kids go outside and play at two different sidewalk chalk events. Enjoy cleaning up and giving back with the environmentally helpful and fun events taking place at Little Swappies and Annual Earth Day Rockaway. You can also have fun this weekend with flowers at a Spring Festival in Staten Island and while watching the play Molly Bloom-Lately. Seems everything is coming up roses. Here are this weekend's picks.
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