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    P.S. 230 & P.S. 130 Parent 311 Call-in Campaign Today

    by Deirdre on 12/19/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Kensington BK and dnainfo.com are reporting that parents from P.S. 230 and P.S. 130 are organizing a 311 call-in campaign today, Friday December 19th, to demand street safety for the children. P.S. 230 and P.S. 130 are on the border of Windsor Terrace and Kensington and call-in day was organized after 14 year old Mohammad Naiem Uddin […]

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    Your Picky Eater Questions Answered!

    by Sarah on 12/19/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Donna Fish, author of  Take the Fight Out of Food: How to Prevent and Solve Your Child’s Eating Problems, clinical social worker and expert on children’s relationship with food, gives it to us straight. Finally we have a resource not just for information, but for practical answers to our specific questions. So please send your questions to:  […]

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    Weekend Events: Christmas Carol, Hanukkah Events, Santa Corner, Songs, Charlie Brown, Scrooge & Much More!

    by Deirdre on 12/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Hi everyone, Hanukkah has begun and Christmas is in one week and Kwanzaa is in 8 days so lots of events going on! This weekend we have Mary Poppins as part of the Film Forum Jr. Sunday Matinee, Santa Comes to Gumbo, Holiday Songs & Sounds at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, […]

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    Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services in Brooklyn 2014

    by Sarah on 12/17/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Once all the presents have been bought and all the food prepped and stocking stuffed and pills popped, ‘cause Jesus this is stressful, it’s time to celebrate the man, the baby, the Big Baby. Jesus, the eternal birthday boy, reminds us that, as the Who’s down in Whoville say, “Christmas doesn’t come from a store. […]

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    Keeping Kids Appy: Free Apps!

    by Sarah on 12/16/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Our kids apps expert, Christine Dehne, does the research for you. Thank god.   Get an app free each day until December 25th! My past two posts have been about apps created by Duckie Deck, and now our friends there have kindly decided to offer a free app a day until 12/25.  In my home […]

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    Summer Camp at The 92nd Street Y’s Camp Yomi, with Brooklyn pick-up!

    by Sarah on 12/16/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    The 92nd Street Y has provided the solution of how to get your kid out of the city this summer…on a daily basis. The 92nd Street Y’s Camp Yomi in Rockland County will be offering a NEW pickup location in Brooklyn to transport Campers to their location just 20 minutes from the George Washington bridge. […]

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    Why the Elf on the Shelf Deserves a Lump of Coal

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

    Patrick Sauer, writer and stay-at-home dad, gives us the wisdom of the ages, or at least this age, about which he is most definitely an expert.    We aren’t doing the full apartment holiday decorating thing until this weekend, but we did let Molly put up the little fake tree in her room. Whilst getting […]

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    Weekday Events for December 15th-18th in Brooklyn & NYC!

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

    Hi everyone, Hope everyone had a great weekend and is excited about the upcoming week!  Hanukkah starts Tuesday evening and there are only 7 days of school left for NYC public schools.  Yes the kids are keeping track! This week we have lots of fun events like the Lighting of the Brooklyn’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah […]

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    Giveaway: 4 Premium Seats to Peter & The Wolf at BAM!

    by A Child Grows on 12/12/14 | 14 Comment(s)

    One lucky family will win 4 premium seats to this one-day only holiday production of Prokofiev’s musical masterpiece, Peter & the Wolf at BAM. It is a MUST-SEE show this holiday season! Peter & The Wolf at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House December 27th, 2014 at 11am and 1pm The Little Orchestra Society, in association […]

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    Family Matters Parenting Tip Holiday Edition: Finding Your Yuletide Zen

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

    Every week (or so) Alice Kaltman, LCSW, founder of Family Matters NY shares a quick tidbit related to parenting and family life. We know you’re pressed for time, so here is a nugget of simple, and hopefully helpful advice (or reassurance!).   Oh my. The state of the world this holiday season. Let’s face it, things are […]

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    Weekend Events: Charlie Brown Christmas, Big Annie, Autograss, Scrooge, Craft Fairs, Trains, Menorah Madness, Superbunny & Much More!

    by Deirdre on 12/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone, Did your children think the dusting of snow was awesome this morning?  My kids were so excited with our trace of snow in NYC! This is one super busy weekend!  This weekend check out the 5th Annual Holiday Train Show at Brooklyn Free School, enjoy a Holiday Sing-Along at the Shadow Box Theatre’s  […]

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    Dyker Heights Lights: The Holiday Spirit Electrified

    by Sarah on 12/10/14 | 1 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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    What is Happening to the NYC Playgrounds?

    by Deirdre on 12/09/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    I remember the old days when you could play on a seesaw and a merry-go-around in addition to swings, slides and monkey bars.  Now most playgrounds are just swings, slides and monkey bars and padded ground.  I have two school age children and we went on many adventures this past summer exploring playgrounds far from […]

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    Indoor Activities For Kids Part I: Creating the Stage and Surviving Winter

    by Sarah on 12/08/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Jocelyn Greene, founder of Child’s Play NY, shows us how to use dramatic, imaginative play to help our kids have fun indoors and preserve our own sanity this winter.   Ok guys.  It’s cold outside, it’s dark early, and I’ve got a 2 year old.  So, I’m putting some ideas out there – from work with […]

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    Weekday Events for December 8th-11th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 12/07/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone, Hope you and your family had a great weekend and are ready for another busy week! This week you can see trees being lit in Bay Ridge at the 2014 Gazebo Tree Lighting, Madison Square Park at the Mad. Sq. Holiday 2014, at the DUMBO Holiday Tree Lighting and at The Washington Square […]

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    First Christmas in Philly: Top Six Holiday Activities for the Whole Family

    by Sarah on 12/05/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    A Child Grows in Philly is poised to launch, but we wanted to give our loyal brooklynites the first look.  Mollie Michel explores all things Philly!   Well, parents, it’s that time of year already. And with a slightly later Thanksgiving, there’s not even a moment to breathe before the holiday insanity begins. My family, […]

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    Weekend Events: Polar Express, Atlantic Ave Tree Lighting, Winter Jam-Brrr-ee, Sinterklaas, Elska, Eat Pie & Shop, Josh & the Jamtones and Much More!

    by Deirdre on 12/04/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone, The first weekend in December is almost here and the calendar is packed with a lot of events for the holidays! This weekend you can enjoy a Polar Express Storytime at Barnes & Noble at Court Street & Park Slope, enjoy the Atlantic Avenue Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Party at Belarusian Church, […]

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    Black Lives Matter: How to Talk to Kids About Ferguson and Eric Garner

    by Sarah on 12/04/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    My mother has a saying about parenting, “If a kid asks a question, then they are probably ready to hear the answer.” Of course, that answer might need to be tailored depending on the age of said kid, but still it is an answer. I’ve been thinking about this saying a lot lately because of […]

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    Brooklyn Pre-school of Science: New Location Opening in Park Slope!

    by A Child Grows on 12/04/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    The New York Times calls him the Rock Star of Science Class and you’ve probably heard of him as Carmelo the Science Fellow. Carmelo Piazza has a loyal and devoted fan base of parents and kids who pour into his after school programs and summer camps and book months ahead to celebrate their birthdays at […]

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    5 Tips for A Stress Free Holiday Celebration

    by Sarah on 12/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

     Jeanene Mack, wellness coach and stylist, gives us a guide to back to school shopping, because we are tired of making lists. We need someone to just tell us what to do, or the only thing we’ll buy is a plane ticket, for one.  (read: I’m ready to take a vacation from my summer “vacation.”)     […]

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    Giveaway: Osmo Game System for the iPad!

    by A Child Grows on 12/03/14 | 5 Comment(s)

    Enter to win this amazing new game system that everyone is raving about! Osmo is a new educational tool for the iPad that fosters social intelligence and creative thinking. The games open up the iPad to the endless possibilities of physical play.  Watch their video to see how it works. We love this idea so much […]

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    Add a Little Zazzle to Your Holiday Gifts

    by Sarah on 12/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    I was just introduced to a site to make reasonably priced, unique, personalized gifts for family and friends – Zazzle. This could be your one-stop, online shop where you can completely customize, or, if you’re short on time or not feeling creative, use one of their templates.  And, they have just about any gifting item […]

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    One Day, One Neighborhood: An Insider’s Guide to Fort Greene

    by Sarah on 12/02/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Patrick Sauer, writer and stay-at-home dad, gives us the wisdom of the ages, or at least this age, about which he is most definitely an expert.   In a couple of months, I will have lived in New York City longer than anywhere (but you’ll always be my first, Billings) and will have been in […]

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    5 Ways Brooklyn Parents Can Save Money

    by Sarah on 12/01/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    Raising kids is expensive. Living in Brooklyn is expensive. Combine them and your bank account is really just a whirlpool draining directly into the coffers of Target and Fresh Direct. So amid all the normal expenses of life—rent, cell phone, cable, what my husband refers to as the “New York City Walking Around Tax” which […]

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    Weekday Events for December 1st-4th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 11/30/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone, Hope everyone got to enjoy the long weekend and hard to believe December is actually here! This week we have some events to get you in the holiday spirit like Grinch Day Storytime: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at the Barnes & Noble in Park Slope & Court Street, The Seaport Annual Tree […]