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Prenatal Massage: 7 Top Spots for Moms in Manhattan

Therapeutic massage offers both physical and psychological benefits for an expectant mother. It's a great way to relax, feel good, and help relieve many of the aches and stress of pregnancy, especially for NYC mamas who are hoofing it all over town and up and down those subway stairs.

We recently rounded up great options for prenatal massage in Brooklyn, and now we're spotlighting places in Manhattan where you can enjoy the healing and soothing benefits of prenatal massage. All offer side-lying positions and some also have special pillows and tables that allow you to lie face down, even with a pregnant belly.

Check out our NYC Baby and Pregnancy Guide for more new mom info, including fun baby and me classes and where to meet other parents.

‘Hatched’ Brings a Theatrical Petting Zoo to the Stage

If you’ve been searching for the right show to introduce your tot to theater, you can’t go wrong with Hatched. This sweet interactive children’s puppet show from Treehouse Shakers has just returned its dancing baby-animal barnyard to the NYC stage.

Playing this week at BAM in Brooklyn and next week at Alvin Ailey in Manhattan, Hatched follows a day in the life of a “just-hatched” chick, from its literal hatching forth from the egg onstage to the sun setting over the farm at day’s end.

We’ve recommended this show for first-time theatergoers in the past. But after catching it May 1 at BAM’s Fisher Hillman Studio, we wanted to share this full review with our readers.

Philly Outdoor Exercise Classes for Mom and Baby

With a slow start to spring, the weather is finally warming and parents are eager to get outside and get fit with their kids. Finding time to exercise with a baby or toddler around can be tricky, which is why we love these great classes that help get you in shape and keep your active little one involved. Grab your stroller, yoga mat, sunscreen and water bottle to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine while getting (or staying) in shape.

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Mother's Day, Mini Model Build, May 2-6

Spring break has come to an end, but there is still plenty of fun happening around Long Island. There are a few Mother's Day events where kids can make something special for mom or grandma, as well as a free Lego activity and some live theater (with a special message) at Long Island Children's Museum. Most of the events below require registration in advance, so please be sure to contact each location for more info.

And this is just a sampling of what's going on this week, so be sure to check out our Long Island events calendar and our Spring Fun Guide. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

May GoList: Best Things To Do with Long Island Kids This Month

April showers bring May flowers, so it's no surprise that there are plenty of outdoor activities happening all over Long Island this month. From Huntington's annual Tulip Festival and a May Day celebration, to Hofstra's annual Dutch Festival and celebrating turtles, it's time to enjoy everything Long Island has to offer this season. And don't forget to take a look at the other Spring Festivals happening this month, as well as our Event Calendar for other family-friendly activities throughout May. Have fun!

12 Things to Do with Your NYC Baby Before They Turn 1

The whole "New York City is a terrible place to raise babies" debate seems to continue, especially in conversations on local parenting groups. But as a mom of three who had all my babies right here in NYC, I disagree. Yes, it can be a nuisance to find subway stations with working elevators and contend with tiny spaces and noisy neighbors, but there are so many enriching first-time experiences to share with your baby in the city that make it worth muddling through the inconveniences.

So stock your diaper bag, strap your infant into a stroller or carrier and try these 12 things to do with your baby before age 1—one "first" per month before toddlerhood.

Mother's Day Brunch on Long Island

We think it should be a rule that mom doesn't have to cook on Mother's Day. With that in mind, there are several restaurants and inns on Long Island serving holiday brunches that include separate prices and menus for kids. Some even offer moms free goodies. Be sure to call ahead for reservations since these places tend to book up quickly! For other family-friendly fun happening Mother's Day weekend, check out our Event Calendar.

NYC 'Burbs That Will Make You Forget You're Not in the City

Making the big move to the suburbs from the city is something many New Yorkers contemplate at some point. One major reason they decide to make the leap to the ‘burbs often has a lot to do with kids. While raising a baby in the city is pretty Instagram-worthy, reality sets in when it’s time to enroll for kindergarten. But, moving to the suburbs doesn’t have to mean a stripping of your hip urban identity anymore. Oh no, you wild thang you, relax, you can have your brunch and picket fence, too.

My family and I moved to Northern Westchester recently, and, while I was a bit nervous about losing my identity and having to join endless mom groups and book clubs, I was in for a surprise. The ‘burbs have life! There is no shortage of brunching, shopping, kid events and art. While people move out of the city for the space and good schools, there are lots of surprises in store that make it almost like the city, without the crowded subways.

Our sponsor Houlihan Lawrence invited us to share some of the awesome things about life in the towns, villages and hamlets north of New York City. So come on up and start exploring. Here are 10 ways you’ll find we’re rocking your urban lifestyle up here.

Weekday Picks: Full Moon Hike, Astronomy Night, April 18-22

Celebrate Earth Day this week by creating a special flower pot at Once Upon a Treetop, exploring nature at Tiny Tots or with a evening hike at Quogue Wildlife Refuge and learning about the stars and planets that surround us at Astronomy Night at CSTL. Of course, this is just a sampling of what's going on this week, so be sure to check out our Long Island events calendar and our Spring Fun Guide. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

11 Favorite Baby and Toddler Classes in Queens

Looking for a great Queens baby and me class to take with your infant, crawler or toddler? This diverse and family-friendly NYC borough has plenty of mommy and me options, as these classes are sometimes called, from sports to music to pre-preschool enrichment programs.

We've rounded up some of the most popular and unique baby and toddler classes in Queens, including an outdoor nature program and an infant movement session. If you're a Queens resident, check out these classes, and find one that works best for you (or your caretaker) and your child. And don't forget to check out our just released list of parent-child swim classes as many learn-to-swim programs are on offer in the "Q" borough.

Need more inspiration? Check out our NYC Baby Guide or directory of classes across NYC.

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