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    A Guide for the Overprotective Parent: Why Taking Risks Is Good for Your Kid Part II

    by Sarah on 8/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    So in Part I of this series, I talked all about perceived risks and how doing things that kids perceive as risky is actually beneficial to them. While I was away from the city finding opportunities for my daughter to take risks was easy, but now, back in Brooklyn, it is feel much harder. Things […]

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    Luna Park NYC Giveaway!

    by Sarah on 8/27/14 | 15 Comment(s)

    We all love Coney Island and we all love Luna Park NYC. Only Coney Island can make you feel like you are living on the edge of some strangle time portal, on the one hand you have the Cyclone, which hasn’t really changed since 1927, and go-karts, which are basically as they have always been. On […]

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    Weekday Events for August 25th-28th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 8/24/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! So some schools have opened up already but for NYC public school children this means this week is the last full week of summer fun! If you are in town this week there are plenty of things to do one last time!  Check out Hudson River Park’s River Rangers at Pier 25, Wild […]

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    Weekend Events: Stories & Stilts, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, Story Laurie, Scavenger Battle, Volkswagens and Much More!

    by Deirdre on 8/21/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! The last summer weekend before Labor Day Weekend is almost here! There are loads of events happening this weekend in Brooklyn & NYC like the Central Park Family Performance Festival with Story Laurie, NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam on Governor’s Island, 38th Annual Brighton Jubilee, Stories and Stilts at the Gallery at BRIC House, […]

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    Overprotective? Why Taking Risks is Good for Your Kid

    by Sarah on 8/20/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    This summer I’ve been experimenting with a new idea, one that seems in sharp contrast with the image of the helicopter parents of our borough, that idea is parenting from a distance. After reading Hanna Rosin’s much-discussed article in The Atlantic Monthly about the Welsh adventure playground (more on this later), I became fascinated by […]

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    Subway Sleuths: Afterschool Program for Children with Autism

    by Sarah on 8/19/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Finding activities to fit your child’s interests and attention span can be challenging for any parent. But when you are a parent of a child on the autism spectrum, that challenge takes on mythic proportions. Enter the New York Transit Museum, which is probably already your favorite place in the world. I mean your child’s. […]

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    Indoor Tennis Lessons for the Wee Ones!

    by A Child Grows on 8/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    The already popular and established Urban Tennis NYC is bringing their classes and expertise to Brooklyn! They will teach children ages 2.5-5 years old the fundamentals of tennis in a fun and engaging setting. With multiple locations throughout Manhattan, they are now offering children’s classes in Brooklyn Heights. Their newest spot is within a fitness facility where they have […]

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    Kids Book Swap Hosted by Krrb and A Child Grows in Brooklyn

    by Sarah on 8/18/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    The good people at Krrb, the hyperlocal trading,swapping and selling site, and we, your partners in crime at A Child Grows in Brooklyn, are teaming up to host this years ultimate book and educational toy swap. Sometimes just donating your old books doesn’t feel like enough, doesn’t feel like you are truly closing the circle. […]

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    Weekday Events for August 18th-21st in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 8/17/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! The weeks are really flying by now!  It is the last part of August already! This week there are a lot of fun events happening at the Brooklyn Public Library branches since they are wrapping up the Summer Reading Program!  You can see Captain Jam & FunikiJam at the Mapleton Branch and Rolie Polie […]

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    Weekend Events: Strolls, Walks, Puppets, Summer Streets, Annie, Kites, Sand Sculpting and Much More!

    by Deirdre on 8/14/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! We are half way through August!  Have you started shopping for back to school supplies yet?  NYC public school kids go back to school 3 weeks from today! Get out enjoy carless streets with North Slope Weekend Walks, Summer Streets and Summer Stroll in Bay Ridge.  Also happening this weekend you can fly kites […]

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    How to Find The Suburban Summer in the City

    by Sarah on 8/14/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    I might be city-obsessed. I might think that New York in the summertime is heaven. But I also know that my daughter is missing out on some key childhood experiences because we don’t live in the ‘burbs. So I’ve been compiling a list of activities that approximate all that backyard fun. I’m bringing the mountain […]

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    Rejoining the Workforce: 2014 iRelaunch Return to Work Conference

    by A Child Grows on 8/13/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Beginning to think about rejoining the work force? It’s a daunting task and can be intimidating for those of us who have felt out of the loop for a few years. The 2014 iRelaunch Annual Return to Work Conference is a great place to start. This conference is the only large-scale gathering of high-caliber professionals who want […]

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    Girls Night Out: Dirty Dancing at Coney Island Flicks

    by Sarah on 8/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    For those of us who have young children now, there are many generational markers that bind us together. The advent of MTV, the Challenger explosion, the first Iraq War, New Coke, anything movie by John Hughes, and, of course, Dirty Dancing. There are a lot of coming-of-age stories out there. There are also a lot of […]

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    Weekday Events for August 11th-14th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 8/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! I have been seeing a lot of sunflower over the last few days!  They are my favorite flower this time of year and always make me think of summer! Another fun summer week!  We have Story Pirates at Hudson River Park, SummerStage Kids: The Rozz & Val Show at Underwood Park, Free Movie Night […]

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    Weekend Events: FAB Friday, Pedal Stop, Fringe Jr, Father Goose, Summer Stroll, Chess, Peter Pan & Much More!

    by Deirdre on 8/07/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! Doesn’t it feel like the summer is zipping by very very fast! The weekend weather looks perfect for the outdoor events happening this weekend like Summer Stroll in Bay Ridge, Peter Pan and the Pirates Performance in Prospect Park, FAB Friday events, Summer Streets in Manhattan, Pedal Stop at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Father Goose […]

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    The Foolproof Birthday Party (well, almost)

    by Sarah on 8/07/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    I have written a lot in this blog about my stress over birthday parties. There is a lot of pressure in this lovely borough of ours to throw elaborate parties, to include every kid she’s ever met, to have activities that will Blow Their Minds. I’m not sure why this is. Are we all suffering […]

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    Pool Profile: D and D Pool

    by Sarah on 8/04/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    The Douglas and Degraw Pool, known at D and D or Double D Pool, always seems on the cusp of being closed. Whether due to lack of funds or the stomach turning prospect of using it as a sewage retention basin to help with the Gowanus clean up, the many fates of D and D […]

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    Weekday Events for August 4th-7th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 8/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! The calendar has a mix of fun summer events for everyone so you should be able to beat the heat indoors or have some outdoor fun! For indoor fun you can check out Chess for Kids at the Brooklyn Public Bay Ridge Library, Yellow Sneaker Puppet Sing-Along at Tea Lounge and Stomp, Clap & […]

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    Weekend Events: Summer Streets, Varekai, Ice Cream, Spy Kids, Arty Hours, Suzie Shelton & Much More!

    by Deirdre on 7/31/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone, August is almost here and hope you ready for another exciting weekend in NYC! This weekend is the first of Summer Streets and don’t worry if you are out of town there are 2 additional days!  This weekend you can also head to  Owl’s Head Park for NYC Parks Summer Movie Series: Spy […]

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    Top 5 City Kid Summer Activities, plus one

    by Sarah on 7/31/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    1. Having a Lemonade stand. You can do that in the ‘burbs, you say. And you’re right, you can make lemonade, your kids can make signs, they can stand on the sidewalk, or grass shoulder that passes for a sidewalk. And they can watch car after car putter by as the driver stares at the […]

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    Night Time Games: Ghost in the Graveyard vs. Sardines

    by Sarah on 7/30/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    I feel compelled to clear up a misunderstanding propagated by a certain reality show. Now normally, The Bachelorette is a source of wisdom and truth, but the earnest farmer, Chris—who is single-handedly making the farms of Iowa seem, of all things, romantic—has sullied the pristine reputation of this show. While he claims his family tradition […]

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    Kids Summer Vacation Scrapbook: The Fun Way to Journal

    by Sarah on 7/29/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Anyone can tell you, I am not the scrapbooking type. I am a wait-til-the-last-minute-compile-the-kid’s-baby-book-just-before-her-fifth-birthday-for-her-birthday-circle-at-school type. But I do like the concept of a scrapbook. As a writer, I love journals. A scrapbook is really just a visual journal. Why not combine the concept of a travel journal with a scrapbook? Just make the kids do all […]

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    Pool Profile: McCarren Park Pool

    by Sarah on 7/28/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Maybe going to the McCarren Park Pool will make you feel sad and old because the last time you were here you were watching (insert hipster band name here) and drinking tall boys, ironically of course, though still definitely to get drunk. But now you are here with your kid and guess what? This is […]

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    Weekday Events for July 28th-31st in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 7/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! The last few days of July and so much to do with the children! This week you can do a free Studio in a School workshop at Brooklyn Bridge Park, sing Everything is AWESOME during the Lego Movie at Coney Island Flicks on the Beach, learn about culture at SummerStage Kids Presents: NY […]

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    Summer Strolls-Streets of Wander

    by Sarah on 7/25/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you have yet to check out Summer Strolls-Streets of Wander, you have another chance Saturday, July 26th. This weekend the strollers and wanderers are back in South Slope on 7th Avenue between 9th and 16th Streets. This is not your typical street fair. There are lots of arts and crafts, activities for kids, live […]