5 Things Parents Need To Know To Keep Kids Safe from Sports Injuries

There has been plenty written in the news lately about how kids are specializing in sports earlier these days, training harder than ever—in team sports in particular—to compete at higher and higher levels. This puts extra stress on growing bodies and often leaves parents on uncertain ground. As a parent of an athlete, I often wonder when my kid says, "It hurts here," how seriously I need to take it. Is this a bath and a good night's sleep after a tough work out, or is it a trip to the doctor? Like many parents I know, I sometimes find myself asking the coach for input, when really I should be asking a specialist. 

Knowing a good resource for kids' sports injuries is a big help—which is why I'm excited to be writing about LA's Orthopaedic Institute for Children. It has given me a chance to get some of my own questions answered on the topic of parenting an athlete, and to share the info with other sports parents. I posed a few questions to the associate director of the Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s Center of Sports Medicine in Los Angeles, Dr. Jennifer Beck, who gave me some great information about supporting a young athlete, and about why the demanding nature of sports while a young body’s musculoskeletal system is rapidly changing can sometimes cause injuries.

A Parent's Review: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

Any play that ends with a giant cow patty toppling two of the actors is sure to get some laughs from a certain set. Apparently, my husband and I are that set because, although my daughters giggled, we were the ones with the belly laughs throughout the hour-long, no intermission show. If you're looking for a unique experience for your kids and going to the movies isn't your thing, Arden's The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is the perfect alternative. To see when this show is running, or find other events in your area, be sure to check out our events calendar.

Kid Bike, Seat and Gear Rentals for Pedaling Around NYC

Bike riding makes for a great family outing—with a little help from the right gear. We scoured NYC looking for the best bike rental locations that offer child bike seats, tandem bikes, trailers and more to make biking with kids seamless fun for the whole family. And while May is National Bike Month, and the warm spring temps may propel families to head outdoors to enjoy the season, bike riding is also a great summer and fall activity, as well as year-round transportation option for many New Yorkers. 

So whether you're a space-challenged New Yorker without the room to store bikes and bulky children's seat attachments for your toddler, or just visiting for the day, read on for our top rental picks.

For more seasonal fun, check out our NYC Spring Fun Guide.

 

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.

Visiting the Lakota Wolf Preserve in NJ with Kids

Thomas Fuller was quoted as saying, “It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf.” He may have lived in the seventeenth century, but Mr. Fuller already knew my family dynamic. I, the sheep, live amongst a pack of wolves disguised as 3-year old humans. So knowing these little beasts now dominate our lives (literally), we decided to add another great spot into the Mommy Poppins Day Trip Guide by visiting the Lakota Wolf Preserve. 

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Earth Day Festival, Superhero Day, April 23-24

Spring is in full bloom here in New Jersey and it's time to celebrate with fresh air, flowers and warm temps this weekend! Earth Day events are happening in every corner of our state so be sure and check out Earth Day at Liberty State Park, the Earth & Arbor Day Festival at Camden Children's Garden and the annual Wild Earth Fest at Trailside Nature Center. The April family fun doesn't stop there: put on your cape for Superhero Day at Liberty Hall, take in a beautiful children's performance of Cinderella by the New Jersey Ballet or get in touch with your inner musician by joining the Spring Drum Circle at Historic Smithville Village. For additional activity options, take a look at our full Event Calendar.

Summer Chess Camps and Classes for Kids in Westchester and Rockland

This is the time of year when summer plans and camp choices dominate conversation among parents. But don’t consider yourself stuck if a traditional camp program of sports, swimming and color wars doesn't appeal to your child. With the growing popularity of chess these days, many kids are opting to devote their summers to the game, and there are a number of summer programs that have added it to their curriculum.

We've rounded up five such programs throughout Westchester and Rockland that offer chess classes to school-age kids. Looking for more summer options? Consult our Camp Guide

Sweet Brooklyn Brunch Spots for a Mother’s Day with the Kids

Celebrating mom with a special brunch is a time-honored tradition. This year we’ve rounded up seven of our favorite Brooklyn restaurants, where the food is outstanding and the vibe is special yet still family friendly. Mark your calendars: Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8, 2016.

Each of our picks serves a standout brunch—and offers high chairs. Be sure to reserve or show up early as these spots fill up quickly. If you’ve got young kids in tow, consider packing a few snacks and small toys to keep them busy while you wait to be seated. And don't forget to check out our post with five outdoor Mother's Day itineraries for NYC families like a bike ride to Coney Island or garden walk and brunch. Need more ideas? Check out our readers' favorite brunch spots from last year.

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