Neighborhood News | 2/23 | A Child Grows

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    Queens Zoo Giveaway!

    by Sarah on 9/02/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Celebrate heading back to school by spending your first fall Saturday at the Queens Zoo with your kid. Give them a treat for surviving those tough first couple of days at school, and work on your spanish at the same time. Join this bilingual tour through the zoo. See what awaits you at the zoo! […]

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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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    How to Head Back to School With No Tears

    by Sarah on 8/26/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Sharon Peters, parenting expert and soother of nerves, gives us the essential tools to prepare ourselves, oh and the kids too, for heading back to school.    A good beginning to your child’s school year can help the months ahead go more smoothly. Here are some ideas that can make a difference. Before school starts: […]

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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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    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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    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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    Real Estate Alert: New Building Opening at 345 Carroll Street

    by A Child Grows on 8/08/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    There is only one topic Brooklyn parents talk about more than all-things-parenting, and that is: real estate. Trying to accommodate the changing needs of our growing families in this crazy town is an all-consuming mission. There is a brand new building in Carroll Gardens called 345 Carroll Street that looks pretty gorgeous. Here is their description: “Featuring 32 […]

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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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    August in New York City

    by Sarah on 8/01/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Here is a secret that only New Yorkers know. August is actually one of the best times to be in New York City. I realize that it is hot, but put your hair up, throw on a tank top and stop whining, because you are about to own this town. New York is full of […]

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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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    It’s Going Around: Understanding Hand Foot and Mouth Disease 



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

    Dr. Deena Blanchard, pediatrician and font of knowledge, gives us the tools we need to stay calm and carry on.     

It seems like everyone has had hand foot and mouth disease this summer. This is the colloquial way of referring to some of the symptoms that can be caused by the Coxsackie virus. […]

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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 […]

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    How To Open a Fire Hydrant Legally

    by Sarah on 7/24/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Nothing epitomizes summer in the city more then the open fire hydrant and the kids running through its spray. I knew, when I first arrived in New York and saw the kids on my block running through the shower of the hydrant, I was home. The question is, how does one achieve this urban fantasy […]

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    New Parks in Downtown Brooklyn

    by Sarah on 7/23/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    For all the hype downtown Brooklyn gets, it isn’t exactly a beautiful place to be. Camden Plaza has its merits (in a certain peaceful, post-apocalyptic way), but stray far from there and you basically feel like you are a prisoner hemmed in by traffic jams and someone is projecting the movie Brazil directly into your […]

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    Parent Camp: What to Do When You’re Running the Show

    by Sarah on 7/23/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Alice Kaltman, parenting coach and founder of Family Matters NY, gives us parent camp how-to guide. Alice is THE voice of experience, so take notes.    Ah, the lazy days of summer. No more teachers, no more books. No more lunches to pack, no more mad dash to get to pre-school or grade school on time […]

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    Pool Profile: Sunset Park Pool

    by Sarah on 7/22/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    The Sunset Park pool often feels like the neglected younger sister of the far more enticing Red Hook Pool. Sunset Park is also Olympic size, and has the advantage of being in the center of one of the loveliest parks in the city with a view that will make you wonder why you are paying […]

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    Hotel Transylvania at Red Hook Flicks

    by Sarah on 7/21/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    Tuesday, July 22nd the Red Hook Flicks will be screening Hotel Transylvania. The movie starts at 8:30, but as with all things in New York, you want to get there early if you want a space away from the trashcans and the port-a-potties. And because God loves you, the sponsors for this film are Fort […]

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    The World Cup is over, but the soccer fun never stops! Join Super Soccer Stars in August. Don’t miss a goal!

    by Shayna Gehl on 7/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      SUMMER SOCCER IN BROOKLYN – JOIN SUPER SOCCER STARS IN AUGUST! Locations in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, and Williamsburg – Both indoor and outdoor options! Weekly Classes – Ages 2-8 years old Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Pier 5 – Brooklyn Heights - Thursday and Sunday mornings Ages 2-8 years old Bushwick Inlet Park – […]

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    Pool Profile: The Brooklyn Bridge Park Pop Up Pool

    by Sarah on 7/17/14 | 3 Comment(s)

    I love pools. I love swimming. I don’t say these things lightly. I am obsessed. I will take any chance to swim. When at the beach I am the first person in the water, when visiting relatives I’m in the pool before all the bags are out of the car. I do not mess around. […]

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    Still Searching? Here Are More Open Pre-K Spots for Fall 2014!

    by Sarah on 7/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    More open pre-k spots for fall 2014 at PS 307 in Vinegar Hill are still available. Why were we so panicked again? Yes, there are seats. Is this exactly where you wanted to be? Maybe, maybe not. The real question is, does it matter? A good community is what matters most. The most important thing for your […]

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    Everything You Need for The Perfect Family Beach Day

    by Sarah on 7/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Jeanene Mack, wellness coach and stylist, breaks down the essentials to pack for the perfect family day at the beach, plus a few key secrets like how to easily get sand off and how to keep a toddler happy and out of the sun.  It is summer. It is hot as Hades and most of us […]

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    Baseball Book Review Contest: For The Little Critic in Your House

    by Sarah on 7/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Are you a baseball fan? Have you spawned a baseball fan? Does your baseball fan participate in meta- fandom, reading books about baseball? Would he or she like to review said books to delve further into his or her devotional baseball writing? Then here is the perfect thing for you, a kid’s baseball book review contest […]

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    Adopt a Tree with MillionTreesNYC: Are You In?

    by Sarah on 7/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    We’ve all seen the MillionTreesNYC signs posted on slim, new trees in our neighborhood. The goal of the program is pretty self-explanatory: plant a million trees in the five boroughs of New York City over the next decade in an effort to “increase the urban forest…by 20%.” The phrase “urban forest” weirdly reminds me of […]

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    Pool Profile: The Red Hook Pool

    by Sarah on 7/09/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Of all the Brooklyn public pools Red Hook Pool  (technically the Sol Goldman Pool at the Red Hook Recreational Center) is my favorite. First of all it is huge, Olympic size. Now, this may not seem like it matters, but if you’ve ever gone to family swim at the Prospect Y (before the new pool!) or […]

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    Adventures with Food: Take Your Kids Crabbing!

    by John on 7/08/14 | 3 Comment(s)

      With Independence Day now behind us, we can now safely pronounce it High Summer in Brooklyn. The fountains are sprinkling, farmer’s markets are bustling, parking spots are comparatively plentiful with everyone taking their respective vacation shifts, the crabs are out… Oh, wait. Perhaps that last one bears explanation. You may or may not know, […]