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    Parents On Red Alert Over NORAD Santa Tracking

    by Sarah on 12/18/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Why shouldn’t Santa have a military escort? After all, he has to cross multiple no-fly zones. With everyone stressing about their airspace these days, and the shifting political climate, even the North Pole’s greatest ambassador might want a little fire power, you know J.I.C. Maybe this is why NORAD depicts Santa’s sleigh in the company […]

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    19 Travel Tips for Your Holiday Trip

    by Sarah on 12/17/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    So, since you live in New York City you will probably be joining two thirds of this city’s population for the usual holiday mass exodus. Here are a few ideas to help ease your stress and make your travel plans smooth, or at least not horrible. Packing Tips If your kids are still in diapers […]

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    Why “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” may be the most important Christmas song to share with your children

    by John on 12/15/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Something tells me most of the Western world, especially those who lived through the Eighties, will either meekly agree or angrily disagree with me on this. (Bob Geldof, who co-wrote the song with Midge Ure in 1984, now calls it one of the two worst songs in the world.) Either way, you might be right. […]

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

    by Deirdre on 12/15/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! What a day of snow yesterday!  Hope everyone had a safe fun Saturday!  Winter is arriving later this week so it is time to find indoor events! For indoor fun this week we have Mondays with Rob at Stocked, Pajama Rama at the Carroll Gardens Brooklyn Public Library, a Dr. Seuss Party at […]

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    Best Sledding Spots in Brooklyn and NYC

    by Sarah on 12/14/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I can always handle the long New York City winters better if there is snow. The snow makes it harder to get around but makes the cold weather more tolerable to me. And with snow comes sledding! Here are some of the best sledding hills: NYC: Pilgrim Hill in Central Park (5th Ave and 72nd Street) […]

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    Dyker Heights Lights: The Holiday Spirit Electrified

    by Sarah on 12/12/13 | 0 Comment(s)

      There is nothing so festive as Christmas lights twinkling from windows or rooftops on cold nights. But this is America people, so let’s super-size that holiday magic. You want it big? You want your dose of holiday cheer to fry the retinas then you must, you need, to see the lights of Dyker Heights. […]

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    Get a Family Portrait for Your Holiday Card

    by Sarah on 12/11/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Oh, the dreaded holiday card. It looms over the fall, a beast on your to-do list. How do you get a picture that is 1. Recent enough to show off how much your kids have grown. 2. Good enough to make you look like no time has passed. 3. Cute enough to make it look […]

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    Spuni: Mealtime with Baby Will Never Be the Same!

    by Shayna Gehl on 12/09/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    (Sponsored) I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had one of my mini foodies fling their meal across the room with the grace and power of a seasoned tennis pro. I sat in awe as they refuse to discriminate catapulting even their favorite dinners. When I recently learned about Spuni, my situation seemed to […]

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    It’s Not Too Late!: NYCB’s The Nutcracker

    by Sarah on 12/09/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Despite my love of ballet and my general devotion to The Nutcracker (Balanchine’s), I hadn’t gotten my crap together to get tickets this year, and I assumed that, at this late date, there was no point. Taking a four-year-old to see her first full-length ballet from the nose bleeds seems cruel (for everyone). So I […]

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    Where to Meet Santa (in Brooklyn and NYC) and Beg for Loot

    by Sarah on 12/06/13 | 2 Comment(s)

    Get some face-time (lap-time) with the big man himself, you can start tonight or wait until Christmas Eve, or play the odds with a lap-sit ever weekend between now and Gift Hour Zero. Seems like a great idea, so you’ve been lying to your kid about this dude for months or years, what could possibly […]

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    How To Host a COOKIE PARTY!!!!

    by Sarah on 12/04/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Screw fruitcake. And pie. And plum pudding (who’s making this?). What really matters this time of year are the cookies. But who has the time or energy to make a sampling of holiday treats? That would imply that I’m done doing my Thanksgiving dishes. And artisanal cookies, since apparently  that’s all you can get in […]

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    Christmas Magic: Video Sponsored by Fisher Price

    by Shayna Gehl on 11/29/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    This post is sponsored by Fisher Price. Growing up, I remember each Christmas being so magical for so many reasons. I loved decorating the tree, making Christmas cookies and the smell of them baking, and always staying up late in anticipation of Santa’s visit. Each year I was lucky enough to get a special toy […]

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    Should You Tell The Truth About Santa?

    by Sarah on 11/27/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    What could possible be wrong with Santa? Well, for starters, he ain’t real. And he raises the question, should we lie to our kids? Do we participate in the magic of the season (insert Carol of The Bells here)? Or do we perpetrate a lie that helps to commodify our holiday and begins our legacy […]

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    Where to Volunteer on Thanksgiving!

    by Sarah on 11/26/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    Here is a startling statistic from USA Today: The number of Americans attending food pantries and soup kitchens has increased by 46% over the last five years. Thanksgiving is one of many occasions when those soup kitchens and food pantries get inundated with large numbers of people wanting a special meal. You can volunteer with your children, doing tasks […]

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    AMNH’s Origami Tree Opens: Let the Holiday Madness Start!

    by Sarah on 11/25/13 | 0 Comment(s)

      Before marriage, before kids, when I was still new to new york and decided to spring for my very own Christmas tree, I had no ornaments. So like a good Christian (I use this word loosely) I made red origami cranes and covered my tree with them (this was actually my second Christmas with […]

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    Holiday Gift Ideas: Sponsored by Toys “R” Us

    by Shayna Gehl on 11/22/13 | 0 Comment(s)

      I hate to be the one to mention Christmas gifts before Thanksgiving…but I am totally going to mention Christmas gifts before Thanksgiving! This message is sponsored by Toys “R” Us to bring you their best and most exciting toys of the holiday season. This year Toys “R” Us has some real goodies with video […]

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    Nine Kids’ Stores to Help You Beat the Holiday Clock

    by Sarah on 11/22/13 | 0 Comment(s)

      Now, unless you want to pay a small fortune in shipping, it’s time to hit the bricks (and mortar) to buy your Hanukkah gifts(or maybe you are an obscenely organized Christmas shopper who doesn’t end up at CVS on Dec 24th roaming the aisles whispering “crap!” under your breath). So for all the small […]

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    Ice Skating in Brooklyn and NYC: Your Best Excuse to Drink Hot Chocolate

    by Sarah on 11/20/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    ‘Tis the season, so get out the bike shorts (wear them under your pants for extra padding), the mouth guard and strap on those skates. It’s time to have  fun. Is it fun? Well, it’s time to make your kids happy. I’m much better at building sand castles, really I should just be a summer […]

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    Get Ready for Hanukkah 2013 or Rather Thanksgivukkah

    by Nicole on 11/14/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    You might be asking yourself, “What is Thanksgivukkah?”. Well our friend Amy from Kveller.com has shared her favorite ways to celebrate it! And count yourself lucky, because it isn’t going to happen again for another 70,000, say 80,000 years! Happy Thanksgivukkah, and Happy Hanukkah to all our Jewish friends! By: Amy Deutsch You might have […]

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    How to Make Halloween Work to Your Advantage: Fluoride

    by Sarah on 11/01/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Now that we’ve had our fill of our children’s Halloween candy, let’s talk teeth. Dentists (Dr. Tendler is my source here) say the worse thing about candy is not the quantity, but the amount of time it spends in the mouth. That means that the stickier the candy, the more it is stuck in tiny […]

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    Prospect Park Zoo – Boo at the Zoo This Weekend! Oct 26-27, 2013

    by Nicole on 10/25/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    (Sponsored) Don’t miss the Prospect Park Zoo’s annual Halloween event – Boo at the Zoo! Watch the baboons play with pumpkins, meet a Wildlife Witch, visit the mad scientist’s lab, and boogie to some Halloween tunes with the sea lions. Join in a Halloween parade at the end of each day, and snap a photo […]

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    Fall Festivities at The New York Transit Museum

    by Shayna Gehl on 10/21/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you are anything like me, you just can’t get enough of the fall festivities no matter how many there are. I love fall so much I want to celebrate it in any and every way possible. Thankfully, The New York Transit Museum is delivering with a great list of fall activities in the coming […]

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    Furry, Fluffy, Halloween Fun at Luna Park

    by Shayna Gehl on 10/17/13 | 0 Comment(s)

      As many or all of you may know, A Child Grows is a website for parents. We strive to have the most up-to-date information, resources, and activities for families, as that’s what our community is all about. Having said that, being a website for families, we want to make sure we include something for […]

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    Boo at the Zoo! Prospect Park Zoo Oct 26 & 27

    by Nicole on 10/12/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Save these dates on your calendar because Boo at the Zoo is back at the Prospect Park Zoo the weekend of October 26 and 27! This is one of the best events of the season and this year will be bigger than ever before! We never miss this Brooklyn Halloween tradition. Bring the whole family […]

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    The High Holidays – Brooklyn Style

    by Nicole on 9/08/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    By: Amy Deutsch For most folks, this week is a big one because it’s the first week of school for their kids. For us Jews, it’s a big one as it’s the days between Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, and Yom Kippur, the day of atonement—the biggest holidays of the Jewish year. (In fact, […]