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    Weekend Events: 4th of July, Hot Dogs, Fireworks, Arty Hours, Youth Moves, Parrots, Wizard of Oz and Much More!

    by Deirdre on 7/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! The 4th of July weekend is almost here and if you are in New York City there is lots to do this weekend! The fireworks are the big thing this weekend of course!  You can read our Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks blog post.  Also happening this weekend is Madeline in […]

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    Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks 2014

    by Sarah on 7/02/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    This is our year, Brooklyn! Macy’s 4th of July fireworks will be on the East River this year. After five years on the Hudson, Macy’s finally got on the Brooklyn bandwagon, right behind the Eastern Bloc and that third-rate tv network. So now you will have a host of optimal viewing options right in your […]

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    Philharmonic in Prospect Park 2014: Class Up Your BBQ

    by Sarah on 7/01/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Despite spending over a decade living in this borough, last summer was my first time attending the Philharmonic insanity in Prospect Park. I suppose many of the previous years I was out of town or too lazy or not particularly plugged into all the wonderful things that were happening right outside my front door (this […]

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    Weekday Events for June 30th-July 3rd in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 6/29/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi all, First week of summer break!  So exciting to have time to have adventures with the children! There is so much to do with children in NYC this time of year!  You can head to Bryant Park and visit the Le Carrousel and check out the Word for Word Storytime or visit the Prospect […]

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    Weekend Events: Bugs, Superheros, Pools, Puppets, Mister G, Shakespeare & Much More!

    by Deirdre on 6/26/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi all! It is finally here!  NYC public schools are closed as of 12n today.  Summer break is here! The Pop Up Pool at Brooklyn Bridge Park and other NYC pools will be opening tomorrow!  Also happening all weekend is New York Classical Theatre: As You Like It in Prospect Park!  Some ongoing summer weekend […]

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    Sand: What You Need To Know Before Getting In the Sandbox This Summer

    by Jill on 6/25/14 | 12 Comment(s)

    I will admit, I don’t love the sandbox. I vacillate between accepting the inevitable and railing against it. Ah, nothing like consistent parenting. Somedays I think, who cares, I’ll hose her down at home. Other days I think, I am not interested in searching for pinworms on anyone. It hasn’t even occurred to me to […]

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    Adventures with Food: Urban Foraging

    by John on 6/24/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    My personal history with wild foraging is passionate but limited. Every summer of my childhood in Kansas found my hands stained a deep purple from picking wild blackberries. The memory of this was recently prompted when I happened upon a small thicket growing over the sidewalk in my neighborhood; the taste took me right back […]

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    Get Some Culture: Shakespeare in Prospect Park 2014 for Free!

    by Sarah on 6/23/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    All the city will be a stage this summer when New York Classical Theatre celebrates the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, as well as its own milestone 15th Anniversary Season, by touring a free production of As You Like It to multiple boroughs and a trio of New York City’s premiere parks. New York’s only […]

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    Weekday Events for June 23rd-June 26th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 6/22/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! Now that the summer has officially started the countdown is on for summer break for my kids!  NYC public schools have 3 and 1/2 days left! More new weekly summer events have been added to the calendar!  We have Music in the Grove in Fort Greene Park starting this week as well as […]

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    Free Rowing in Prospect Park!

    by Sarah on 6/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Want to live out your English countryside holiday fantasy?  You bring the parasol and fringed shawl and Village Community Boathouse will provide the rest.  From 12-4 on Saturdays, June  21 and 28, July 12,19 and 26, and August 2, 9, 16 and 23. And from 4 to 7 on Thursdays, September 11, 18 and 25, […]

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    Weekend Events: Midsummer Festival, Ships, World Cup, Mermaid Parade, Brooklyn Family Day & Much More!

    by Deirdre on 6/19/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone, So after those hot few days we had this week it truly feels like summer will be here later this week! This weekend we have the Swedish Midsummer Festival in Robert F. Wagner Park, KidAround! with Billy Kelly at South Street Seaport, Adventures NYC at Central & Marine Park, World Cup Under the […]

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    Field Station: Dinosaurs Giveaway!

    by Sarah on 6/16/14 | 15 Comment(s)

    Win passes for a family of four to Field Station: Dinosaurs! Because sometimes the bones alone just aren’t enough. The only thing missing in this Jurrassic park is Jeff Goldblum (sigh).  a Rafflecopter giveaway Field Station: Dinosaurs! is a 20-acre outdoor Jurassic learning expedition, located just 9 minutes outside of NYC in Secaucus, NJ. Kids are able […]

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    Weekday Events for June 16-19th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 6/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! After such a yucky weather week it was so fabulous to have a gorgeous weekend!  Hope all the dads out there had a great Father’s Day! The calendar is getting more and more packed with fun events for the upcoming summer weeks and this week we have more World Cup Viewing Parties at […]

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    Weekend Events: World Cup Soccer, Rally to End Gun Violence, Bubbles, Brooklyn Pride, Hip Tot Family Day, Pier Kids, Celebrate Brooklyn and Much More!

    by Deirdre on 6/12/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! Happy almost Father’s Day weekend!  The weather man has been saying the weather will improve for the weekend and keeping fingers crossed that they are right! This weekend the 2nd Annual March Across the Brooklyn Bridge: Rally to End Gun Violence is happening as well as a lot of outdoor activities like FAB […]

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    The New Kid-Built Pratt Towers Playground!

    by Sarah on 6/12/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      On Thursday, June 5 over 200 volunteers from Forest City Ratner Companies, Pratt TowersCommunity Space, organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) and residents of the Brooklyn community braved the rain to build a new playground at Pratt Towers for neighborhood kids. Pratt Towers, located in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, had been without a proper playspace for over 20 years. The design was based on children’s drawings […]

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    Summer Camp: There’s Still Time!

    by Sarah on 6/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Summer is upon us, the final days of school are here. Maybe you are still hashing out your summer plans, maybe your stay-cation is looking overwhelming, maybe the reality of your “Camp Mom” idea is starting to sink in, maybe you just need to work and spaced signing the kids up for summer camp. Whatever […]

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    World Cup 2014 in DUMBO!

    by Sarah on 6/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    The DUMBO Improvement District will be showing the 2014 World Cup on their inflatable big screen under the Archway. As in 2010, folks with gather under the arch to watch selected games and generally whoop it up, in a global hooligan sense. Hopefully this time the US can keep it together and keep the ball […]

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    2014: The Year of Composting in NYC

    by John on 6/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    It may be finally time to make it official: 2014 is The Year of Composting in NYC. The city’s pilot program is rapidly expanding its service area and many small businesses are developing products and services for transforming our waste into renewable energy and/or much-needed soil replenishment. It seems a consensus is growing among an ever-larger […]

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    Weekday Events for June 9th-12th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 6/08/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! Has the school countdown started in your house?  Only 12 full days and 2 half days of NYC public school left! This week we have more fun free outdoor events starting up since summer is almost here!  So get out and check out the Free Summer Kids Concerts at Madison Square Park, Summer […]

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    Weekend Events: Sproutfest, Suzie Shelton, Red Hook Fest, Moms on Wheels, Kites, Macbeth and Much More!

    by Deirdre on 6/05/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! So the Chancellor’s Day started a little dreary but good news the weather is improving by the minute and the weekend should be great! The first weekend in June is a busy one with events like The 21st Annual Red Hook Fest, Sproutfest at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, World Oceans Day Celebration at […]

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    Why Doodling Is Good for You

    by Sarah on 6/04/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Kathleen Lucadamo, writer and mom, is gifted at finding the answers to questions you didn’t even know you had. Get ready to be schooled. I’m a doodle addict. Circles, boxes and an array of lines fill any page I can find. If I’m talking to you on the phone, chances are I’m also doodling. […]

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    Basis Independent Brooklyn- Where Did They Go?!

    by Shayna Gehl on 6/02/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    A Child Grows has some Basis Independent Brooklyn updates for you and some great news with it! We’ve featured them before and are thrilled to do it again because there are lots of new things happening including the development of a merit based scholarship program! If you’re familiar with Basis Independent Brooklyn, you may also […]

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    Weekday Events for June 2nd-5th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 6/01/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! Hope you got to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!  This is going to be a fun week especially since NYC public school children have a half day and a day off this week! Thursday the Summer Reading Kickoff Event is happening at the Brooklyn Public Central Library but if you can not […]

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    Rainy Day Activities for Kids: Not A Box

    by Sarah on 5/30/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    A few years ago I hosted a rare group playdate at my house (see, I’m social!), which I dubbed Fortropolis. This was what my moms’ group was billing as a “pre-preschool” gathering. Our two-year-olds had done some dazzling things at other moms’ houses, but with total performance anxiety I didn’t want to have to “teach” anything, […]

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    Small Kid Big City: Pier 1 Playground

    by Sarah on 5/30/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick of Photosanity shares her secrets for taking better photos of your kids.  Location: Pier 1 Playground Story: A few weeks ago my sister came to visit and suggested we go to a Bargemusic concert. Of course I have been meaning to go for many years but never have, so was glad to finally have […]