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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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    Pick Your Own Apples and Pumpkins…and Hop a Hayride! Where to go near Brooklyn!

    by Nicole on 9/13/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    There’s nothing more fun than picking your own apples, pumpkins and veggies in the fall. There’s something special about carving a pumpkin that you chose from the ground- not in a box at the supermarket.  And applesauce from the apples you picked? That’s divine. You don’t have to travel too far out of Brooklyn to [...]

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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, [...]

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    Ice Skating is Back in Prospect Park This Winter

    by Nicole on 8/15/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I am certainly not wishing this beautiful weather away but I am excited to learn that there will be ice skating in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park this winter! The new destination, which is called Lakeside, has been under construction since 2010 when the old Wollman Rink was closed. Lakeside will be  a year-round destination for recreation, relaxation, and [...]

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    A Personal Travelogue – Barcelona (part 1 of 3)

    by Kim on 7/02/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    I feel very fortunate to work for a Spanish company. Not only is it interesting having an international component to my job, but it’s also nice to have certain perks that we don’t always see here in the U.S. For example, my boss fully expected I would take at least three months of paid maternity [...]

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    Great Quotes for Father’s Day

    by Nicole on 6/14/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I thought these were some great quotes in honor of Father’s Day this weekend! Happy Father’s Day to all of you amazing dads!!! Not every successful man is a good father, but every good father is a successful man.- R. Duvall Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritence.- Ruth E. Renkel When I [...]

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    What to Get Dad for Father’s Day?

    by Nicole on 6/10/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    I’m not going to lie, I haven’t done any Father’s Day gift shopping yet! In my defense, we are not a huge gift-giving household… preferring rather to do a family outing or small trip. And now that the kids are old enough, they are able to do the work for me…creating their own homemade gifts for dad. [...]

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    Best Beach-Cooler Snacks

    by Nicole on 6/05/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Heading out for a day trip to the beach with your kids requires so much planning and gear that I realize this is why we don’t do it too often. Our friend Siobhan from Epicourious who hates celery almost as much as I do, has one thing covered on your beach packing list – SNACKS! Do [...]

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    Taking a Moment To Honor Those Who Died for Memorial Day

    by Nicole on 5/27/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Memorial Day is going to be busy for us – it is a day off from work to catch up with family and friends. But I am going to take some time today to remember and honor those who died while serving our country today too. It is a summer kickoff day filled with promise [...]

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    Best Places for Mother’s Day Brunch 2013

    by Nicole on 5/06/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    Mother’s Day is just around the corner and going out to celebrate it with brunch is a time-honored tradition.  It usually includes a mimosa with everything from lamb to eggs benedict.  Brooklyn restaurants are celebrating Mother’s Day with prix fixe menus for both brunch and dinner. Some are even sweetening the deal with free dessert [...]

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    Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Sakura Matsuri Festival April 27 & 28

    by Nicole on 4/25/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    The wonderful Sakura Matsuri Festival, celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, is happening this weekend at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th from 10am to 6pm. Buy your tickets in advance to skip the line (children under 12 are free!). The Garden’s two day festival “features over 60 performances, demonstrations, [...]

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    Make Small Changes in Your Everyday Tasks and 18 Earth Friendly Things Kids Can Do This Earth Day

    by Nicole on 4/21/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    With all the wonderful Earth Day celebrations this weekend, I am sharing Kate Harrison, CEO of the Green Life Guides and GreenBridgeGuide.com tips for kick-starting a green lifestyle throughout the year and 18 Earth-friendly things kids can do to celebrate Earth Day every day! You can easily conserve resources in your everyday life just by [...]

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    Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense: It’s easier to access an assault weapon than a chocolate Easter egg

    by Nicole on 3/30/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    On Good Friday, a holiday celebrated by many Americans, Moms Demand Action is hand-delivering Kinder Surprise Eggs to newsrooms in major cities to relay an alarming truth: In America, it’s easier to access an assault weapon than a chocolate Easter egg. Kinder Surprise Eggs have been banned in America since 1938 due to a law [...]

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    Easter Egg Hunts in Brooklyn and NYC 2013

    by Nicole on 3/26/13 | 2 Comment(s)

      There is nothing more fun than watching a bunch of kids let loose to run after colorful eggs.  Whether the eggs are filled with jelly beans, stickers or something else, each one found is a sweet treasure. The list of Egg Hunts below is organized by date. Happy Hunting and Happy Easter! Saturday March [...]