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    Keeping Kids Appy: Fostering a Love of Creating Music

    by Nicole on 1/13/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    By: Christine Dehne As the daughter of a Suzuki Piano teacher, learning to play an instrument on the iPad seems impossibly silly.  I don’t believe you’ll actually learn to play an instrument well using an app, but you can work on rhythm and ear training, and keep the experience fun.  Here are a few apps […]


    Restaurant and Play Space in One: The Moxie Spot

    by Sarah on 1/06/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Now that it is officially wet, sloppy, slippery and gross outside, it’s time to come in from the cold. Sure, sledding over the weekend was fun, fun that is thankfully over. And by now, with the new year, the snow day and one epic feeling weekend, we are all ready to get these kids off […]


    STAM-PEDE at Symphony Space: Schedule The Fun!

    by Sarah on 12/27/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    One of the big points for New York City naysayers is that there are all sort of things to do here, but how often are you really doing them? Maybe your New Years resolution will be to get out there more. It’s a great sentiment: take advantage of our fair city, teach our kids through […]


    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. […]


    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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    City Stomp: Bringing a New, Musical Meaning to Stomping in Brooklyn

    by Shayna Gehl on 12/06/13 | 0 Comment(s)

      (Sponsored)  If you are like many parents, ready to “lose” some of your kids’ favorite CDs for fear you will suffer insanity if you have to listen to one more rendition of ‘Row your Boat’, I’ve got some wonderful new suggestions to add to your playlist…and you just may find yourself listening to them […]


    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 […]


    Your New Favorite Album: In This Moment by Nikolai Moderbacher

    by Sarah on 11/18/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Nikolai Moderbacher is a staple on the Brooklyn Music Together circuit. If you haven’t taken one of his classes chances are, your friends have. He splits his time between Music Together on 1st Street, Brooklyn Heights Music Together and Hootenanny (can we start calling it the Church of Hootenanny, like the Church of John Coltrane […]

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    A Hip Hop Album Even Michelle Obama Can Get Behind – And it’s FREE!

    by Kim on 10/22/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    A few weeks ago, I had the immense pleasure of seeing some of the world’s favorite hip hop acts at Symphony Space, promoting a new album called Songs for a Healthier America.  The lineup included (and I can hardly believe I was invited to witness so many stars in such a small venue) acts like […]

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    Upstarts! Parents Raising Children, Building Businesses: Hootenanny’s Pete and Kira

    by Sarah on 10/01/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    [This is the first profile in our new series, Upstarts!: Parents Raising Children, Building Businesses] Pete Sinjin Heitmann and Kira Smith founded Hootenanny Art House in 2007, or maybe it found them. In 2006 they had just arrived in New York City with their 18 month old daughter Zoe and not much else. They felt embraced […]

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    What Does the Fox Say: What Happens When Old MacDonald Hits the Clubs

    by Sarah on 9/17/13 | 0 Comment(s)

     I made a fatal error early on with my daughter. I let her choose the music we listened to. Not to say I didn’t introduce my own choices of children’s music (Free to Be You and Me!), but our Music Together CDs and The Little Mermaid sound track now dominate every car trip and most […]


    MOVE. SING. DRUM. DANCE! Cumbe’s Children’s Program

    by Nicole on 8/16/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    (Sponsored) I have been looking for a more engaging, creative movement class for my daughter. A class that will really tap into her imagination and encourage her to discover what talents she may have within herself…and I have found it! So, I am so excited to tell you about the new dance, drum and music […]

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    New York Philharmonic in Prospect Park – Free – Wednesday July 10th

    by Nicole on 7/09/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I have gone to see the New York Philharmonic in Prospect Park the last few years and it is simply incredible. In the Long Meadow field, every seat on the grass is a good one. The sound is always amazing and it is a magical way to spend a summer evening. I brought my children […]

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    Globalizing Your Toddler – Is Learning a Foreign Language Possible in English-Only Speaking Households?

    by Nicole on 7/05/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Dual Language is a hot topic these days, especially in Brooklyn. I’ve always been interested in starting my children on another language but have not pursued it yet, mostly because my husband and I aren’t fluent in a second language. I guess I felt a foreign language class wouldn’t have any long term benefits since […]


    Spoke The Hub’s Local Produce Festival Thursday (Today) at JJ Byrne with City Stomp! Free!

    by Nicole on 6/20/13 | 0 Comment(s)

      City Stomp is playing at J.J. Byrne Park today as part of Spoke The Hub’s Local Produce Festival! They will be performing outside of the Old Stone House J.J. Byrne Park is between 4th and 5th Avenues and between 3rd and 4th Streets in Park Slope. City Stomp will play a one hour show on Thursday, June […]

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    2013 Summer Concerts for Kids at Albee Square in Downtown Brooklyn

    by Nicole on 6/19/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Downtown Brooklyn has added another performance to their line-up for this summer’s concert series for kids at Albee Square. For more information on the series, please contact Luis Gutierrez at www.downtownbrooklyn.com.


    Backstreet Boys Concert Ticket Giveaway! GIVEAWAY CLOSED

    by Nicole on 6/11/13 | 15 Comment(s)

    This will take some of you back to the days before kids! The Backstreet Boys are releasing a new album and embarking on a 24 city North American tour – entitled In A World Like This –  with all five original members – Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Litrell, AJ McLean, and Kevin Richardson.  This is the band’s […]

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    Brooklyn Baby Expo is THIS Sunday! Are You Coming?

    by Nicole on 5/31/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    We are so excited for the Brooklyn Baby Expo this Sunday June 2nd! It is going to be fun and educational event filled with information and gifts for parents and activities for their children! If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, you still can! Purchase your tickets here and enter code ACG15off for a discount for […]

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    Celebrate Brooklyn Starts June 5th!

    by Nicole on 5/30/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I look forward to Celebrate Brooklyn every year! It is one of the many things that makes Brooklyn so great…and fun!  And A Child Grows is so excited to be a Business Friend of Celebrate Brooklyn this year! The first (free) concert is June 5 with Patty Griffin. The concerts run from June 5th to August 10th. Of […]

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    Free Spirits Music – Outdoor Music Classes

    by Nicole on 5/21/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I just heard about these music classes in Prospect Park offered by Free Spirits Music. They look like fun and are pretty affordable too. Free Spirits Music just released a lineup of summer music classes In Prospect Park and they are offering A Child Grows readers come join the fun! At our Saturday morning “Songwriting Circles” in Prospect Park, kids 7-12 will […]


    2013 Summer Concert for Kids Tomorrow – Downtown!

    by Nicole on 5/15/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership is doing some exciting things this summer! Tomorrow, Thursday May 16th they are having a concert for kids from 10-11am. Come to Albee Square in Downtown Brooklyn (Fulton St and Bond St) for Moey’s Music Party – Join Moey and her “Princess Revolution” with musical kid-powered takes on classic tales. The Albee Square Farmers […]

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    Review: The Firework Maker’s Daughter at the New Victory Theatre

    by Deirdre on 5/08/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    The U.S. Premiere of The Firework Maker’s Daughter is happening now at The New Victory Theater in Times Square. The opera is by David Bruce and Glyn Maxwell and based on a novel by Philip Pullman. The Firework Maker’s Daughter is co-produced by The Opera Group and Opera North in association with ROH2 and Watford […]

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    200 Music Students from 26 NYC Schools Perform in 10th Annual “Fiddlefest” in Prospect Heights

    by Nicole on 4/18/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Over 200 musicians from 26 New York public schools will converge in one place for the Noel Pointer Foundation’s 10th Annual Fiddlefest. Founded in 1995, the Noel Pointer Foundation (NPF) is a not-for-profit that dramatically enriches children’s lives by developing string music education programs for underserved communities throughout the New York metropolitan area. Since 1998, […]


    Giveaway: The Fun Music Kidz Show Saturday April 6th at the Canal Room

    by Nicole on 4/03/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    The Fun Music Kids Show is happening this Saturday, April 6th, at 11:30am and 2pm at the Canal Room in Manhattan! The Fun Music Kids Show is the brainchild of Canal Room owner Marcus Linial. “I Have 2 young kids myself. I know what they want to hear. They love the hits you hear on […]


    Dancing Kiddos: Songs About Chickens

    by John on 2/21/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    Last week I shared the initial installment of my Adventures with Food, in which I share recipes, tips, lore, and my own exploits preparing, serving, and repurposing the food our family eats. But also, since the birth of Stringbean, I’ve been developing my own “Dancing Baby” playlist on iTunes where I gather the songs I […]