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    Getting tickets for the East River Ferry. Photo courtesy of ©East River Ferry

    Ferry Yourself to Governor’s Island: Your Guide for the Island

    by Nicole on 7/22/12 | 35 Comment(s)

    I’ve been excited ever since the East River Ferry asked us to come up with 4 great day trips for families highlighting stops along their ferry route. It’s given us a chance to visit and revisit some of our favorite haunts. Our last post was a eating, shopping and play guide near the ferry stop […]

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    The Best Sunscreens: Reviews and Ratings

    by Nicole on 7/13/12 | 4 Comment(s)

    You can spend days researching and testing all the “good’ sunscreens out there. Believe me- I’ve done it. After 2 years of scrutinizing, ordering and testings various sunscreens- I have my “best sunscreens” list. And, I want to share it with you. Sunscreens for kids are widely available and there are just as many “informed” […]

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    Visiting Jacob Riis Park in the Rockaways

    by Carolyn on 7/08/12 | 6 Comment(s)

    As a transplant from the middle of the country, I still find the ocean new and exciting. Luckily, my children share this awe and affection and accompany me on trips to play in the sand and splash in the water.  One of my favorite beaches in New York City is Jacob Riis Park. After visits […]

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    Who Needs Las Vegas When Brooklyn’s Got Brighton Beach?

    by Paula on 7/08/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    It had been a long time since my husband and I had a night out.  Sure, we’d had the occasional sitter and gone out to a local restaurant, but I wanted to do something different.  I wanted to be reminded that New York City (and Brooklyn especially) is full of possibility – I wanted an […]

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    The East River Ferry to North Williamsburg: 12 Places to Visit

    by Nicole on 7/05/12 | 6 Comment(s)

    If you have a bucket list for the summer, then put East River Ferry on it. You can take a breezy ride on the East River Ferry to 7 various stops during the week and to Governor’s Island on the weekends. Each ferry stop is a trip in itself, with each neighborhood’s gems waiting for […]

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    Review of New Inflatable Car Seat: Perfect for Urban Parents

    by Nicole on 7/05/12 | 2 Comment(s)

    I dread getting in a taxi or car service without a car seat- and yet, I do it all the time. And, I admit, I’m guilty of taking 3 kids in a car (one without a car seat) on occasion. We just don’t own a floating car seat for carpooling friends.  Baby Bodyguards, a professional […]

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    A Weekend Getaway to Beaches, History and Victorian Homes

    by Nicole on 6/19/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Cape May is a very special seaside town tucked away in Southern New Jersey. It has history; it has entertainment; it has the seaside. You and your kids can ride bikes or a surrey and explore the Victorian homes, take a horse-drawn carriage, climb to the to of a light house, shop in the town’s center or just lie by the pool. Kids can play miniature golf, look for diamonds at Sunset Beach, search for seashells, go dolphin watching, play in an arcade, have frozen custard at a stand or just sit back and take in the cool breeze of the Atlantic Ocean.

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    Reader Review: A Day Trip To A Natural Pool- Highlands

    by Nicole on 6/18/12 | 2 Comment(s)

    This isn’t a photo of a lake or pond, but a pool. If you look closely, you can see the edging of the pool. This isn’t a pool in California or Vermont but somewhere close by….. New Jersey. That means that this discreet jem is relatively close for Brooklynites which makes it a fabulous day […]

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    Tips and Tricks for Visiting Sesame Place

    by Nicole on 6/13/12 | 64 Comment(s)

    Sesame Place is often sited by parents as a great day or weekend trip from Brooklyn.  I’ve always wondered if it was really worth the effort: bathing suits, towels, long car trip, amusement park food…it’s enough to make me stay away. But, this summer I decided to take the plunge. I didn’t go it alone […]

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    Dude Ranch For Families- Nice Price, Simple Life

    by Holly on 6/07/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Saddle up this summer for a unique and relatively inexpensive adventure at 1000 Acres Ranch Resort, a historic dude ranch in the Adirondacks.  Located on the banks of the Hudson River just over 200 miles from NYC, this 70 year old resort is bringing back the traditional dude ranch and staying faithful to who they […]

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    Atlantis Review: Tips and Recommendations and is it Worth It?

    by Nicole on 5/14/12 | 2 Comment(s)

    Review of Atlantis by Jessica Glorieux Atlantis is a sprawling property with such a wide variety of activities that it seemed anyone I told we were headed to Atlantis said they wanted to go there too! My dad wanted to play in one of their poker tournaments and my boss wanted to bring his middle […]

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    Has Your Car Seat Expired?

    by Nicole on 5/11/12 | 15 Comment(s)

    We all love to get hand-me-downs in the baby equipment department. What you may not know is that your used car seat may be expired. Yes, expired! Last year, I was gloating to Megan Davidson, doula and baby wearer and cloth diapering instructor, about how cheaply I had purchased my infant car seat for my […]

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    A Day Trip To Queens with Adventure, Sprinklers and Science

    by Nicole on 4/10/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you are looking for a phenomenal day of play with intellectual exploration, sprinklers and adventure….we have a great day trip for you in Queens. You can begin your Queens “play day” at The New York Hall of Science. Their recently opened Maker Space, a new space designed by the Brooklyn-based firm Situ Studio, will […]

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    How to Store Your Stroller for New Yorkers

    by Nicole on 3/20/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    We all live in New York which = no room, no space, no storage, nada! This is where the StrollAway comes in. We were sent the small contraption last week. It basically looks like a large over-the-door hook. I set about putting it up immediately since we are desperate for space. My husband watched me […]

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    A Family Weekend in the Lehigh Valley

    by Holly on 3/20/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Located just less than two hours from Brooklyn in the heart of Pennsylvania near the Poconos Mountains, lies several quiet towns filled with museums, restaurants, antique shops and things to do.  Perfect for a family weekend away, it is not only full of activity but also quite affordable and you won’t break the bank taking […]

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    Review of Rocking Horse Ranch: A Winter Weekend Trip

    by Nicole on 2/22/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Review of Rocking Horse Ranch by Jessica Glorieux My husband and I needed to get the kids out of the house while they painted so I suggested we take the weekend and get away. After spending some time researching kid friendly places upstate, I found Rocking Horse Ranch. Rocking Horse Ranch is a family oriented […]

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    Giveaway: Tickets to Sesame Place For Halloween Events

    by Nicole on 10/17/11 | 44 Comment(s)

    It would be hard to miss Halloween in Brooklyn with all the amazing events going on locally, but to get in the spooky spirit you should head out to Sesame Place for their pre-Halloween celebrations.  The fall is the perfect time to go to Sesame Place: it is less crowded and has been transformed into […]

    At Dr. Davies Farm- take a trailer ride to their pumpkin patch

    Pick your own pumpkins, apples, veggies…and hop a hayride!

    by Nicole on 9/25/11 | 13 Comment(s)

    There’s nothing more fun than picking your own apples, pumpkins and veggies in the fall. There’s something special about carving a pumpkin that you chose from the ground- not in a box at the supermarket.  And applesauce from the apples you picked? That’s divine. You don’t have to travel too far out of Brooklyn to […]

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    A Day Out with the Kids in Philadelphia

    by Holly on 8/09/11 | 4 Comment(s)

    Just a few short hours from Brooklyn lies one of the country’s great cities, Philadelphia.  Philly is a simple weekend trip any time of the year and summer is no exception.  There is so much to do within the city limits, and it’s an extremely stroller-friendly, walkable town.  Everything is accessible and it’s relatively inexpensive […]

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    The must-have summer sunglasses for kids

    by Nicole on 7/21/11 | 2 Comment(s)

    One of the benefits of living in an urban setting like NYC is we get to see what’s cool first- whether it’s in the streets or in the stores. I can tell you that my 5 year old thinks that’s pretty “wosa, dude.” Earlier this summer he was physched to have the new Mater sunglasses, […]

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    A Day Out in Ocean Grove, New Jersey

    by Holly on 6/10/11 | 2 Comment(s)

    Looking for a Victorian-inspired sea-side experience on the Jersey Shore? Last weekend we spent the afternoon at Ocean Grove, located at the center of the Shore next to Asbury Park.  The town is unique in it’s Victorian architecture that lines the streets of town and can be admired from the boardwalk.  The tree-lined streets are […]

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    A Day Out in a Hip Hamlet Called Phoenicia

    by Holly on 6/08/11 | 0 Comment(s)

    Just two short hours away from Booklyn by car lies the lovely town of Phoenicia, located in the Catskills.   It’s a quaint village about 20 minutes from Woodstock.  Eclectic and full of artistic types, it’s pretty laid back and is very escapist, and certainly makes for a perfect weekend trip. On our recent trip there, […]

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    Montreal: A European City Just a Short Ride from Brooklyn

    by Holly on 5/31/11 | 2 Comment(s)

    If you’d like to take your kids to Europe this summer but are freaked out by the new airfare hikes or the current exchange rate of the Euro, or you’re worried about taking such a long flight with youngsters, why not think about spending some time in Montreal? A trip to Montreal is certainly easier – you can either drive there in seven-eight hours or take a short 60-minute flight from a NYC airport. In addition, you can introduce your kids to everything that you love about France without actually taking them there.

    This kid looks like he is going to be an easy flier- but you can never tell!

    Travel tips for the holidays- from the Twin Coach

    by Nicole on 5/23/11 | 2 Comment(s)

    For most of us, traveling over the holidays to see family means a lot of planning, packing and preparing (the 3 P’s). It’s not a lot of fun and seems to require as much of our time as the actual vacation itself. If you think traveling with one or two kids is hard, consider doing […]

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    Family Fun Weekend: Woodstock, NY (it’s only 2.5 hours away!)

    by Serena on 3/30/11 | 4 Comment(s)

    How does a weekend of swimming, great food, parks and shopping sound to you? If you answered, “sounds great!” then perhaps it’s time for you and your family to venture to the historic Hudson Valley town of Woodstock, NY. My family and I often make the 2.5 hour trip (by car) any chance we get. […]