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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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    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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    Brooklyn is Losing Another Indoor Play Space!

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

    Earlier this fall DNAinfo.com reported that the indoor play space, Frolic, located in Williamsburg was closing it doors in September.  Cobble Hill’s restaurant and indoor play space, The Moxie Spot, announced last week that they are closing on Sunday December 14th. A Child Grows had written a profile of The Moxie Spot earlier in 2014 […]

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    5 Surprising Things That KILL NYC Parents

    by Shayna Gehl on 11/25/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      New York City: The city of endless possibilities. Home of hemp-adorned vegans to Gucci wearing fashionistas alike. Craving authentic Korean Bibimbap? Maybe you feel like a ritzy night out at a prestigious Michelin starred restaurant. Or possibly you feel like staying in and having dinner (and post-dinner drinks) delivered. You can do it all- […]

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    The Leaves are Falling!

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

    I’ve noticed we are walking to school slower since we have had to kick all the leaves on the sidewalk or stop and collect leaves.  There will be even more leaves down with the wind gusts today.  So what do people in NYC do with their leaves? The NYC Department of Sanitation suspended the annual […]

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    One Day, One Neighborhood: A Guide to Prospect Lefferts Gardens

    by Sarah on 11/09/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    In our search for neighborhoods that we may one day want to move to, we decided to check out Prospect Lefferts Gardens (just plain Lefferts Gardens to most). First of all, everyone I know who lives here loves it, raves about it obsessively. I wasn’t really sure what the appeal was beyond mind-blowing West Indian […]

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    Brooklyn is Halloweenland

    by Sarah on 11/04/14 | 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. One thing I didn’t expect in moving to Brooklyn five years ago? A rekindled (recandled?) love of Halloween. As a little kid, Halloween was awesome because a pillow case full […]

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    Prospect Park: Brooklyn’s Favorite Backyard Year Round!

    by Deirdre on 11/04/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    November is here and the days are shorter but the good news is that this week we have some nice weather so everyone should get outdoors and Prospect Park is the place to be!  Spend today, Election Day, at Prospect Park with the events they have planned. Even though the summer is over we don’t […]

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    Apply Now for a Free Ice Skating After-School Program at the LeFrack Center

    by Deirdre on 10/24/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Brooklyn Ice is a free after-school skating program for children in Brooklyn that was founded in 2004.  They are a nonprofit organization whose mission is to make ice skating an accessible sport to children living near Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Starting in November Brooklyn Ice will be running a free after-school ice skating program in […]

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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. […]