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    Your Guide to Easter Egg Hunts NYC 2014

    by Sarah on 4/14/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    There is nothing I like more then the vestiges of pagan ritual in our very modern world like christmas trees, jack-o-lanterns and may poles. The egg hunt is a favorite of mine, searching out symbols of fertility hiding among the newly blooming flowers, those pagans didn’t really go in for subtly and thank god. Otherwise, [...]


    On the First Blooming Crocus

    by John on 4/02/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Another sign that spring is creeping slowly up on us: yesterday I bought a whole bouquet of daffodils at the market on my way home. It’s easy to dub the daffodil and its bulb-cousin the tulip the harbingers of winter’s end—the shoots pushing their ways out of their underground globes imbues them with a sense [...]


    Giveaway: Spring Break Camp (Apr 14-18) at Spoke the Hub!

    by Nicole on 3/25/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    What is your child doing for sping break?? Spoke the Hub and A Child Grows are giving away a week of camp over spring break – April 14-18th! Join Spoke the Hub for an inspiring week of healthy and sustainable Art, Eating, Living and Moving with their amazing teachers and “green” advocates. Kids bloom and bud [...]


    Lakeside: For All Kinds of Skate Rats

    by Sarah on 3/13/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Since I’m not much of an ice skater (I’ve knocked out enough teeth, thanks), I didn’t really follow the evolution of Lakeside, Prospect Park’s new (well, not so new) skating rink. I had this impression that Lakeside was just Wollman revamped. I had seen a picture or two, but I hadn’t really paid attention. Until [...]


    A Child Grows in Brooklyn Calendar: Go Beyond Movies and Museums!

    by Sarah on 3/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    You’ve been in the house for too long. You look forward to listening to the Frozen soundtrack, even though it makes you cry every time (“ . . .they say ‘have courage’ and I’m trying to, I’m right out here for you, please let me in. We only have each other. . .” Seriously, you’re [...]


    (Sponsored) There’s Life Beyond Brooklyn

    by Shayna Gehl on 1/21/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you’re like most parents in Brooklyn, you’ve probably ricocheted between “should I stay or should I go” as your children age and the all-encompassing fear of finding a good school takes over. It’s probably safe to say most of us all struggle with the same fears of leaving vs. staying. Sonya W. Cronin, a [...]


    Best Sledding Spots in Brooklyn and NYC

    by Sarah on 12/14/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I can always handle the long New York City winters better if there is snow. The snow makes it harder to get around but makes the cold weather more tolerable to me. And with snow comes sledding! Here are some of the best sledding hills: NYC: Pilgrim Hill in Central Park (5th Ave and 72nd Street) [...]


    Where to Meet Santa (in Brooklyn and NYC) and Beg for Loot

    by Sarah on 12/06/13 | 1 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 [...]


    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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    Top Eleven Reasons Playgrounds Suck (because ten wasn’t enough)

    by Sarah on 11/11/13 | 5 Comment(s)

    Neither of you wants to go, but you have to make the kid do it. There is some cruel irony in that. (And of course, she loves it once there. But you still hate it). You feel the chorus of nannies sitting on the benches is constantly judging you for being a helicopter parent, standing two [...]

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    The Season of Giving: Charitable Donations Always Fit

    by Sarah on 11/04/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Guess what New Yorkers don’t need: More stuff. And since a wish-list comprised of plain white socks, Gap briefs and fancy conditioner doesn’t fly with the in-laws, maybe our holiday lists, be they “wish” or “shopping,” should be comprised of the intangibles. You know, goodwill, brotherly love, necessities of life for our fellow human beings [...]


    Hurricane Sandy: Anniversaries Are For Looking Forward Not Backward

    by Sarah on 10/30/13 | 0 Comment(s)

      A year ago today people were waking up to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. We had watched the waters rise on our tv’s, until they went dark and then from our windows. As with most natural disasters, people banded together to help those in need, from working shifts at local evacuation centers, to running [...]

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    Small Kid Big City: Capturing Your Child’s Moments – The High Line

    by Kim on 10/24/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    The story: I first visited the High Line with my sister when she visited when Liam was around five months old. It was a hot day in July and we had fun checking out the new park and taking photos. Since then I’ve been back at the High Line many times – I’ve photographed many [...]


    Turn Your Old Electronics into Funding for the Parks – Prospect Park’s Upcycle Fest

    by Nicole on 10/22/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Clean out your desk drawers, closets and office shelves and join thousands of New Yorkers for Upcycle Fest! Bring your outdated electronics to Prospect Park and drop them into the designated trucks where they will find a new life after being Upcycled. This sustainable solution to the buildup of old electronics helps to decrease the negative global [...]

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    Into The Woods with the Donald and Barbara Zucker Natural Exploration Area

    by Sarah on 10/22/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    After basically everyone said I HAD to see it, I finally dragged myself, and my far more willing family to the far side of the park for some interactive nature. And, I don’t say this a lot, everyone was right. The Natural Exploration Area was awesome. Particularly since the “grueling” twenty-five minute trek was through [...]

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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 [...]


    Get Your Hands Dirty with The Daffodil Project

    by Sarah on 10/02/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    The Daffodil Project started in 2001 as a living 9/11 memorial, yellow being the color of remembrance. At the heart of the memorial is pride in our city, faith in our ability to recover and to be reborn. A flower is a powerful symbol of hope, rebirth, and in this case, a reminder that in [...]

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    Step Up! (Not Just an Awesome Movie)

    by Sarah on 9/30/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Do you ever wish you could effect change in your community? Do you ever think, “If I ran this frogging zoo things would be different?” Well, there is 1 million dollars just waiting to be allocated by our boy in district 39, City Councilmember Brad Lander. So channel Dr. Suess (of the aforementioned zoo) and [...]

    Small Kid Big City: Capturing Your Child’s Moments – Fete Paradiso

    by Kim on 9/26/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    By: Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick Location: Fete Paradiso on Governor’s Island Story: To be honest, I thought Governor’s Island closed after Labor Day so I was excited to find out that, not only is it still open in September, but that we could still catch Fete Paradiso, a working collection of hundred year old carnival rides [...]

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    Parenting with Style

    by Sarah on 9/23/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Do you often leave the house in workout clothes…when you aren’t going to the gym, or maybe when you were at the gym hours before, but between making lunch and cleaning up cat vomit you have forgotten to shower and then you figure you don’t need to spruce up for the playground? Do you often [...]


    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 [...]


    NYC Park Series – Fountains and Sprinklers

    by John on 7/24/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    In last month’s summer Parks Series entry, I wrote about navigating the abundant natural water around our city with Stringbean. But let’s be honest—while a ferry trip is a pleasant diversion, the meat of our outdoor summer activities with our children involve inland water that is decidedly unnatural, whether we’re splashing in city pools, bathing [...]


    The Prospect Park Summer Soiree – Wednesday, July 24th

    by Kim on 7/23/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Tomorrow night marks the celebration of the 11th Annual Prospect Park Summer Soiree. Sponsored by Diane Von Furstenberg and hosted by the Junior Committee, the party will be held in the Boathouse and will feature performances by The Drums, Tamaryn and DJ Kilo Kish.  All proceeds will go to the Prospect Park Alliance for the [...]

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    Free Wi-Fi Available in Brooklyn Parks

    by Nicole on 7/17/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    More than 30 New York City parks are being transformed into Wi-Fi hotspots, where visitors and residents can connect to the Internet on their smartphones, tablets, laptops, or other Web-enabled devices. All Cablevision and Time Warner Cable broadband subscribers can connect for free any time; everyone else can join at no cost for 30 minutes [...]