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8 Play Places for Philly Siblings with an Age Gap

If your kids are separated by a large age gap, it can be hard to keep them both happy and entertained. What makes your baby happy can be boring for an older kid who wants to run and play, but squirmy toddlers might not be able to keep up with your older kid's activities. Unless you can clone yourself to take each of your kids to different activities, finding something to keep them all entertained is key.

Nurture Opens in Brooklyn with Classes for Mom and Baby

Whether you're an expectant mother, dad of a toddler or a woman dealing with postnatal life, Nurture{Bklyn} would seem to have a place for you. Located in the quiet neighborhood of Windsor Terrace, Nurture hopes to foster a supportive community of new and expecting families through classes and meet-ups with a special focus on pregnant and new moms and their babies.

Nurture{Bklyn}, which just opened its doors in May, was founded by Elizabeth Mangum-Sarach, an experienced doula and social worker. She is also a mother of two and a Jane of all trades when it comes to childbirth. "I've always dreamed of having a space where women and parents can come together to connect and receive services from many different professionals," Mangum-Sarach says. Nurture is the physical manifestation of her vision, with an inviting backyard and bright child-centric indoor space.

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Art for Kids, Family Carnival, May 23-27

This week, two Long Island museums are getting creative with kids: Children's Museum of the East End is launching a new art program for kids ages 2-5, while the Long Island Children's Museum are teaching kids how to cook. There's also mommy and me yoga at the Manhasset Public Library, a family carnival in Dix Hills and the chance to sample some goodies at Chocolate Works.

This is just a sampling of what's going on this week, so be sure to take a look at 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.

New Children's Bookstore and Story Lab Arrives in Park Slope

Are you tired of browsing impersonal children's book sections online? Do you wish you could have a more engaging experience looking for books for your child? Enter Stories Bookshop and Storytelling Lab, a new children’s bookstore scheduled to open in late May in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It will also offer kid events, workshops and classes, including storytimes, sing-alongs and illustration and writing classes.

We got a sneak peek and were totally charmed by this indie newcomer to NYC's kid lit scene opened by Brooklyn parents.

A Visit to KidsPlay Children's Museum in Torrington

When my kids were looking for something to do, they rarely (okay, never) asked: “Can we go to Torrington?” But that has changed since we recently discovered KidsPlay, a children’s museum located downtown in Litchfield County’s largest city. After just one visit, KidsPlay became a favorite destination. Though it occupies an unassuming building, it packs an incredible amount of creativity and fun in a compact space. From the moment we entered through its doors (monitored by security cameras), the details packed into each play area left us all impressed and giddy. The museum is designed for ages 2-10, and without a doubt, the persons behind its establishment know what makes children happy. 

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Planting Party, Hike It Baby, May 16-20

This week, kids can get their hands dirty through planting or engaging in some arts and crafts. With the weather finally getting nicer, enjoy a hike in Nassau County. Families can also check out some live theater at LICM. And this is just a sampling of what's going on this week, so be sure to take a look at 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.

Best Amusement Parks for Preschoolers in and Near NYC

For young children, a ride on a carousel’s painted pony, a spin with dad around the bumper car track and a dripping swirl of frozen custard are the stuff summer memories are made of. No need to seek out the latest scary high-tech roller coasters (which means you can cross Luna Park's most scary rides off your list).

Rides that look mild (or frankly, downright boring) to big people usually provide just the right amount of thrills for toddlers and preschoolers. Happily, there are a number of amusement parks and water parks in and near New York City that offer these kinds of tame attractions. Here's our roundup of theme parks that are perfect for the pint-sized.

Take a Baby CPR Class for Parents in NYC

As a parent, you hope you’ll never need to use CPR or first aid. But the scary truth is that if your baby chokes, or suffers a trauma like drowning or an electrical shock that knocks him unconscious, you'll want to be prepared and know what to do, rather than rely on the availability of a knowledgeable stranger while you wait out the ambulance. 

Have we freaked you out yet? The good news is NYC boasts plenty of infant CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), new parent first-aid classes and refreshers where life-saving skills are taught and practiced until you feel as prepared as possible. So read on for our top picks on CPR and first-aid classes in Manhattan.

Check out our Baby & Pregnancy Guide for more essential NYC parenting tips like a list of of pediatric emergency rooms in Manhattan.

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: May Flowers, Family Exploration, May 9-13

Flowers are in bloom and families can lear how to make a beautiful arrangement during a free class at Little Bay Montessori School. Kids can also make a flower collage at LICM, learn how to garden at Rock Hall and take in the beauty of Hofstra's campus and art collection during Family Exploration. And if you haven't had a chance to check out Cradle of Aviation's Arcade Age, it's been extended until September.

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.

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