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    Betty & Veronica Are Moving to Manhattan!

    by Deirdre on 10/07/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Great news!  Sadly last year Gus, Central Park Zoo’s beloved polar bear died but now his empty exhibit is getting some new residents.  NYC Park’s tweeted that two brown bears named Betty & Veronica will be moving to the Central Park Zoo from their current home in the Bronx Zoo in late 2014! My family […]

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    Win Tickets to Prospect Park Zoo Breakfast in the Outback!

    by Sarah on 9/18/14 | 3 Comment(s)

    What could be better than starting your day at the zoo? Enjoy the perfect fall weather and commune with nature, specifically with the dingoes at the Prospect Park Zoo. Win one ticket that covers one adult & one child to Breakfast in the Outback on Sept 28thfrom 9:30-11am.  Ages 5+ with adult. Bring the whole family […]

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    Prospect Park and Fort Greene Park Become Classrooms with Tinkergarten!

    by Sarah on 9/05/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    We love the idea of learning outdoors with Tinkergarten and taking full advantage of nature through the wonderful parks Brooklyn has to offer. Tinkergarten begins their fall season on September 15th, offering classes for your 1.5 to 7 year old.  Using both Prospect and Fort Greene Parks as their unique classrooms, leaders trained and certified by Tinkergarten […]

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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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    Fairy Houses: Teach Your Kid to Love Nature

    by Sarah on 8/28/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      As we ease into fall we enter into the sweet spot of New York City weather, which means the perfect time to spend hours in the park. But sometimes the kite-chalk-bubble line-up of park activities can wear a parent down. Sometimes chasing after a Frisbee that never, and I mean never, actually comes close […]

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    A Guide for the Overprotective Parent: Why Taking Risks Is Good for Your Kid Part II

    by Sarah on 8/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    So in Part I of this series, I talked all about perceived risks and how doing things that kids perceive as risky is actually beneficial to them. While I was away from the city finding opportunities for my daughter to take risks was easy, but now, back in Brooklyn, it is feel much harder. Things […]

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    Overprotective? Why Taking Risks is Good for Your Kid

    by Sarah on 8/20/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    This summer I’ve been experimenting with a new idea, one that seems in sharp contrast with the image of the helicopter parents of our borough, that idea is parenting from a distance. After reading Hanna Rosin’s much-discussed article in The Atlantic Monthly about the Welsh adventure playground (more on this later), I became fascinated by […]

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    How to Find The Suburban Summer in the City

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

    I might be city-obsessed. I might think that New York in the summertime is heaven. But I also know that my daughter is missing out on some key childhood experiences because we don’t live in the ‘burbs. So I’ve been compiling a list of activities that approximate all that backyard fun. I’m bringing the mountain […]

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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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    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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    Pool Profile: McCarren Park Pool

    by Sarah on 7/28/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Maybe going to the McCarren Park Pool will make you feel sad and old because the last time you were here you were watching (insert hipster band name here) and drinking tall boys, ironically of course, though still definitely to get drunk. But now you are here with your kid and guess what? This is […]

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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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    A Dozen Songs for Summer

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

    Few things get me more excited about summer than listening to summertime music. I actually have an iTunes playlist containing over 500 tunes that fit qualify as Summertime Music, the most child-friendly of which I’ve been subtly putting on in the background as Checkers and Crazy Eights are playing. They are super-excited about summer, so […]

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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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    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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    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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    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, […]

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    PAL Playstreets Open Today!: Let Someone Else Entertain Your Kids

    by Sarah on 7/07/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    PAL, the Police Athletic League, will be opening their annual PAL Playstreets program today, Monday July 7th a program they have been operating for the last hundred years. Playstreets typically consists of a block closed to traffic where area kids can participate in structured, supervised activities. This is both one of the wonderful and terrible things […]

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    Finding Time to Exercise: Achieve the Impossible

    by Sarah on 7/04/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    The biggest complaint I hear from moms who want to exercise is finding the time. When it comes down to it, the workout is always the first thing that falls off the list. If only we had that extra hour in the day. But we don’t. Some say we all have the same exact 1,440 […]

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    Assault in Prospect Park: Time to Be Smart and Be Brave

    by Sarah on 7/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    There are times when I think I live in the most perfect place on earth. Brooklyn, with its parks, museums, brownstones, even the hipsters and the superfund site, can feel idyllic. I sometimes forget that this is a city. I don’t mean that in the epic Roman, center of the universe sense, but in the […]

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    Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks 2014

    by Sarah on 7/02/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    This is our year, Brooklyn! Macy’s 4th of July fireworks will be on the East River this year. After five years on the Hudson, Macy’s finally got on the Brooklyn bandwagon, right behind the Eastern Bloc and that third-rate tv network. So now you will have a host of optimal viewing options right in your […]

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    Philharmonic in Prospect Park 2014: Class Up Your BBQ

    by Sarah on 7/01/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Despite spending over a decade living in this borough, last summer was my first time attending the Philharmonic insanity in Prospect Park. I suppose many of the previous years I was out of town or too lazy or not particularly plugged into all the wonderful things that were happening right outside my front door (this […]