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    The Foolproof Birthday Party (well, almost)

    by Sarah on 8/07/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    I have written a lot in this blog about my stress over birthday parties. There is a lot of pressure in this lovely borough of ours to throw elaborate parties, to include every kid she’s ever met, to have activities that will Blow Their Minds. I’m not sure why this is. Are we all suffering […]

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    Small Kid Big City: Lakeside

    by Sarah on 8/06/14 | 0 Comment(s)

     Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick of Photosanity shares her secrets for taking better photos of your kids.   Location: LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park Story: A few weeks ago, Liam was invited to a birthday party at the new LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park. I know, who knew we had a “Lakeside” right here in Brooklyn? It sounds […]

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    How to Teach Kindness and Avoid Raising a Rudie

    by Sarah on 8/05/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Americans, but especially New Yorkers, tend to define success in terms of outward, often material, displays of achievement. Sometimes it seems that in our rush to get our kids to hit all those milestones (maybe just a bit ahead of schedule, you know, since they’re special), to be reading as they walk in the door […]

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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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    Weekday Events for August 4th-7th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 8/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! The calendar has a mix of fun summer events for everyone so you should be able to beat the heat indoors or have some outdoor fun! For indoor fun you can check out Chess for Kids at the Brooklyn Public Bay Ridge Library, Yellow Sneaker Puppet Sing-Along at Tea Lounge and Stomp, Clap & […]

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    Weekend Events: Summer Streets, Varekai, Ice Cream, Spy Kids, Arty Hours, Suzie Shelton & Much More!

    by Deirdre on 7/31/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone, August is almost here and hope you ready for another exciting weekend in NYC! This weekend is the first of Summer Streets and don’t worry if you are out of town there are 2 additional days!  This weekend you can also head to  Owl’s Head Park for NYC Parks Summer Movie Series: Spy […]

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    Top 5 City Kid Summer Activities, plus one

    by Sarah on 7/31/14 | 0 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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    Night Time Games: Ghost in the Graveyard vs. Sardines

    by Sarah on 7/30/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    I feel compelled to clear up a misunderstanding propagated by a certain reality show. Now normally, The Bachelorette is a source of wisdom and truth, but the earnest farmer, Chris—who is single-handedly making the farms of Iowa seem, of all things, romantic—has sullied the pristine reputation of this show. While he claims his family tradition […]

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    Family Trip Packing Tips

    by Sarah on 7/30/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Jeanene Mack, wellness coach and stylist, gives us a guide to packing for your upcoming family trip, because we know you have no idea where to start. Or maybe that’s just me. So far I have glow sticks and sunglasses.     When I was younger I would always get so excited for the […]

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    Notes From A Blended Family: Indecent Disclosure

    by Sarah on 7/29/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      By: Rebecca Cooney After a couple of years back on the dating scene, I’ve come to a conclusion: if you reach the age of 40 and you haven’t been married or cohabitated, there is something wrong with you. Oh stop with the indignant squeal. It’s true. You’ve worked too much the last 15 years. […]

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    Kids Summer Vacation Scrapbook: The Fun Way to Journal

    by Sarah on 7/29/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Anyone can tell you, I am not the scrapbooking type. I am a wait-til-the-last-minute-compile-the-kid’s-baby-book-just-before-her-fifth-birthday-for-her-birthday-circle-at-school type. But I do like the concept of a scrapbook. As a writer, I love journals. A scrapbook is really just a visual journal. Why not combine the concept of a travel journal with a scrapbook? Just make the kids do all […]

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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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    Weekday Events for July 28th-31st in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 7/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! The last few days of July and so much to do with the children! This week you can do a free Studio in a School workshop at Brooklyn Bridge Park, sing Everything is AWESOME during the Lego Movie at Coney Island Flicks on the Beach, learn about culture at SummerStage Kids Presents: NY […]

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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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    Weekend Events: Family Jam, Baby Loves Disco, The Good Ms Padgett, Field Day, Hip Tot and Much More!

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

    Hi Everyone! The last weekend of July is here!  The summer is flying! Free Friday Family Jams at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum are starting this weekend and we have another Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID Summer Strolls but this time with Shakespeare in the Parking Lot!  Also this weekend check out the free CMA WEE Arts […]

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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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    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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    Weekday Events for July 21st-24th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 7/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! Did you know July is the National Ice Cream Month and that today (the 20th) is National Ice Cream Day!  Hope you enjoyed some ice cream today! Theatreworks USA is starting Free Summer Theatre with The Lightning Thief at the Lucille Lortel Theatre this week and you can also see New York Classical […]

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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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    Weekend Events: Summer Strolls, Block Parties, Come Out & Play, Dinosaurs, Shakespeare & Much More!

    by Deirdre on 7/17/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! Another fabulous fun weekend is about to start and as always there is so much to do this weekend in New York City! Start the weekend with free activities like Summer Fridays with FiDi Families at South Street Seaport, Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID Summer Strolls and Come Out & Play 2014 After […]

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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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    Are Your Kids Ready for A Bunk Bed?

    by Sarah on 7/16/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      I think we all have memories of bunk beds from our childhood, either of our obsessive desire for them, or of the rickety version at summer camp, or the sagging version found at a cousin’s house. And in Brooklyn nothing seems like a better idea than two beds for the space of one. But, […]

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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 […]