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    Water Safety for Kids: Splash into Summer Safely

    by Sarah on 6/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Dr. Deena Blanchard, pediatrician and font of knowledge, gives us the tools we need to stay calm and carry on.   Recently, Lindsay Kujawa of, Delighted Momma wrote about her toddler’s near drowning experience and the aftermath. Her post went viral and the discussion about “secondary drowning” has become a major topic in the […]

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    Weekend Events: Bugs, Superheros, Pools, Puppets, Mister G, Shakespeare & Much More!

    by Deirdre on 6/26/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi all! It is finally here!  NYC public schools are closed as of 12n today.  Summer break is here! The Pop Up Pool at Brooklyn Bridge Park and other NYC pools will be opening tomorrow!  Also happening all weekend is New York Classical Theatre: As You Like It in Prospect Park!  Some ongoing summer weekend […]

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    Brooklyn Pools Open 2014!

    by Sarah on 6/26/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Friday June 27th Brooklyn’s outdoor pools open for the summer! Pools will be open from 11:00 am to 7:00pm with an hour break for cleaning between 3:00 and 4:00pm. It’s easy to forget some of the tricks, tips and arcane rules you had down last summer. Here is a quick refresher: Things to Bring: While […]

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    Sand: What You Need To Know Before Getting In the Sandbox This Summer

    by Jill on 6/25/14 | 11 Comment(s)

    I will admit, I don’t love the sandbox. I vacillate between accepting the inevitable and railing against it. Ah, nothing like consistent parenting. Somedays I think, who cares, I’ll hose her down at home. Other days I think, I am not interested in searching for pinworms on anyone. It hasn’t even occurred to me to […]

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    A Guide to Life Jackets for Kids

    by Sarah on 6/24/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    How do you keep your tot afloat? There are lots of choices. None of them are a replacement for your very close supervision, obviously. But each option is meant for a specific use and has its pros and cons. Here are the most popular lifejackets for kids, not including the noodle, which is really more […]

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    Adventures with Food: Urban Foraging

    by John on 6/24/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    My personal history with wild foraging is passionate but limited. Every summer of my childhood in Kansas found my hands stained a deep purple from picking wild blackberries. The memory of this was recently prompted when I happened upon a small thicket growing over the sidewalk in my neighborhood; the taste took me right back […]

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    Swimmer’s Ear: Prevention and Treatment

    by Sarah on 6/23/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    While summer is probably the most glorious time of year (in my opinion)—the flowers, the heat, the beach, the pools, the park foliage swaying in the breeze—it also seems to be rife with problems like heat rash, hayfever, ticks, sunburn, sand fleas, poison ivy and let’s not forget swimmers ear. So maybe nature is conspiring […]

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    Weekday Events for June 23rd-June 26th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 6/22/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! Now that the summer has officially started the countdown is on for summer break for my kids!  NYC public schools have 3 and 1/2 days left! More new weekly summer events have been added to the calendar!  We have Music in the Grove in Fort Greene Park starting this week as well as […]

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    Free Rowing in Prospect Park!

    by Sarah on 6/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Want to live out your English countryside holiday fantasy?  You bring the parasol and fringed shawl and Village Community Boathouse will provide the rest.  From 12-4 on Saturdays, June  21 and 28, July 12,19 and 26, and August 2, 9, 16 and 23. And from 4 to 7 on Thursdays, September 11, 18 and 25, […]

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    Weekend Events: Midsummer Festival, Ships, World Cup, Mermaid Parade, Brooklyn Family Day & Much More!

    by Deirdre on 6/19/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone, So after those hot few days we had this week it truly feels like summer will be here later this week! This weekend we have the Swedish Midsummer Festival in Robert F. Wagner Park, KidAround! with Billy Kelly at South Street Seaport, Adventures NYC at Central & Marine Park, World Cup Under the […]

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    Notes From A Blended Family: The MILF

    by Sarah on 6/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      By: Rebecca Cooney I am fascinated by mothers.  As a seasoned observer, I do much of my field work in the wilds of the urban rubber-tiled jungle gyms. My safaris allow me to watch undetected the many species of moms brought together by the climbing structures, slides, and rows of black bucket swings.  I […]

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    Butterfly in the Sky: Bring Back Reading Rainbow

    by Sarah on 6/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    I know we can’t go home again. That any golden age is defined as such precisely because of its fleeting nature. And yet, the desire to recapture what is pasted is natural, particularly as we all get older, as we watch our kids hit stages of childhood that we clearly remember ourselves, we want them […]

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    Ask The Expert!: Kids and Food

    by Sarah on 6/17/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Donna Fish, an expert on children’s relationship with food, gives it to us straight. Finally we have a resource not just for information, but for practical answers to our specific questions. So please send your questions to:  donna@donnafish.com.  THE BEIGE FOOD EATER Q:  My 2 and a half year old daughter who used to be […]

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    Field Station: Dinosaurs Giveaway!

    by Sarah on 6/16/14 | 15 Comment(s)

    Win passes for a family of four to Field Station: Dinosaurs! Because sometimes the bones alone just aren’t enough. The only thing missing in this Jurrassic park is Jeff Goldblum (sigh).  a Rafflecopter giveaway Field Station: Dinosaurs! is a 20-acre outdoor Jurassic learning expedition, located just 9 minutes outside of NYC in Secaucus, NJ. Kids are able […]

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    Weekday Events for June 16-19th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 6/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! After such a yucky weather week it was so fabulous to have a gorgeous weekend!  Hope all the dads out there had a great Father’s Day! The calendar is getting more and more packed with fun events for the upcoming summer weeks and this week we have more World Cup Viewing Parties at […]

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    Even More Available Pre-K Seats and How to Get One

    by Sarah on 6/13/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    According to DNAinfo, there are still 715 available pre-k seats in New York City. Some of those must be in Brooklyn (we hope?!). To achieve his campaign promises Bill De Blasio is set on getting as many New York City kids into pre-k as he can. Apparently, summer in the city means a long, protracted […]

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    Weekend Events: World Cup Soccer, Rally to End Gun Violence, Bubbles, Brooklyn Pride, Hip Tot Family Day, Pier Kids, Celebrate Brooklyn and Much More!

    by Deirdre on 6/12/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! Happy almost Father’s Day weekend!  The weather man has been saying the weather will improve for the weekend and keeping fingers crossed that they are right! This weekend the 2nd Annual March Across the Brooklyn Bridge: Rally to End Gun Violence is happening as well as a lot of outdoor activities like FAB […]

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    The New Kid-Built Pratt Towers Playground!

    by Sarah on 6/12/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      On Thursday, June 5 over 200 volunteers from Forest City Ratner Companies, Pratt TowersCommunity Space, organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) and residents of the Brooklyn community braved the rain to build a new playground at Pratt Towers for neighborhood kids. Pratt Towers, located in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, had been without a proper playspace for over 20 years. The design was based on children’s drawings […]

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    Summer Camp: There’s Still Time!

    by Sarah on 6/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Summer is upon us, the final days of school are here. Maybe you are still hashing out your summer plans, maybe your stay-cation is looking overwhelming, maybe the reality of your “Camp Mom” idea is starting to sink in, maybe you just need to work and spaced signing the kids up for summer camp. Whatever […]

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    There’s a Seal in My Bedroom: Understanding Croup

    by Sarah on 6/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Dr. Deena Blanchard, pediatrician and font of knowledge, gives us the tools we need to stay calm and carry on.  What is croup? Croup is a general name for inflammation for the upper airways, specifically in the area around the vocal chords. If croup is sever their can be swelling around your trachea (wind pipe) […]

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    Father’s Day Inspiration

    by Sarah on 6/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Father’s Day is June 15th and between transitioning the kid from school to summer camp, finalizing vacation plans, organizing a birthday party and getting at least some work done so I don’t have to stare at the computer the entirety of said vacation, the last thing on my list is the father of my kid. […]

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    Weekday Events for June 9th-12th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 6/08/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! Has the school countdown started in your house?  Only 12 full days and 2 half days of NYC public school left! This week we have more fun free outdoor events starting up since summer is almost here!  So get out and check out the Free Summer Kids Concerts at Madison Square Park, Summer […]

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    Happy Doughnut Day from Dough!

    by Sarah on 6/06/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Everyone loves doughnuts. So who wouldn’t want a year’s supply of doughnuts pushing them toward their weigh-gain record and into a diabetic comma? Well, in honor of Doughnut Day, Dough (everyone’s favorite Bed-Stuy bakery) is giving away a year’s supply of doughnuts! Drop by the bakery anytime on Friday June 6th to sign up, 448A […]

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    Moms Demand Action Rally 2014! Be there!!

    by Sarah on 6/06/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Moms Demand Action invite you to join their second annual rally for gun control. This is how to effect change, to demand it. As Ghandi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Here is your invitation: Please join us as we gather to raise our voices, as we march together […]

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    Weekend Events: Sproutfest, Suzie Shelton, Red Hook Fest, Moms on Wheels, Kites, Macbeth and Much More!

    by Deirdre on 6/05/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! So the Chancellor’s Day started a little dreary but good news the weather is improving by the minute and the weekend should be great! The first weekend in June is a busy one with events like The 21st Annual Red Hook Fest, Sproutfest at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, World Oceans Day Celebration at […]