New York City

Kindiefest 2010: Brooklyn's Family Music Festival

There's no reason kids should get left out of the all-day music festival scene. Kindiefest is a three day festival of kids music. The first two days are industry only (talks, panels, and showcases around today's family music market), but the third day is a huge public family music festival with tickets just $15 for all six shows.

Spring Festival and Hands on History at King Manor Museum

If you’re looking for an enjoyable afternoon of stories, crafts, and a little bit of American history, all for free, do pay a visit to King Manor on a Saturday for either their upcoming Spring Festival on May 1st or one of their monthly children’s Hands on History days.  We attended one of the Hands on History events and found the crafts thoughtfully presented, the guides warm and welcoming, and the special presentation just the right length to be entertaining.  The free house tour we took after was also worthwhile.
 
Read on for more about this little-known locale and their upcoming children’s events.
 

Mothers Day Weekend 2010: 10 Things to Do for New York City Moms With and Without Kids

Mother's Day is Mom's day so shouldn't she get to pick how to spend it? Some moms want to spend it with their families all together, but what some moms secretly crave is a day to themselves—hey, no guilt, it's perfectly understandable.

We've lined up a whole weekend of activities that are great whether you want to do something just for you or run amok with your kids — or whether you want dad to run amok with the kids while you do something just for you. So plan your own day, you know, for after you kvell over the lovely home made cards and macaroni necklaces. And if you choose to sit home and do absolutely nothing – well that is just fine, too. Read on and have a Happy Mother’s Day no matter what you decide to do.

Second Hand Children's Gear Pop-Up Store in Tribeca

I stumbled upon this children's used clothing and toy store that is opening today, April 26, 2010 for just 4 weeks. Rondo says it is to benefit the Church Street Music School, a great music and art school with preschool alternative in Tribeca.

I don't know if they are taking donations or selling on consignment (I assume they are taking donations), but I love shopping for kids gear second hand and it looks like they already have lots of cute stuff in the window.

Take a peek:

5 Mother’s Day Freebies and Deals in New York City 2010

There are tons of fab free things to do to enjoy Mother's Day with your kids in NYC...and we don't mean spending the day cleaning out your closets (although that does sound exciting). Lots of places celebrate Mother's Day with deals, discounts and freebies just for mom. Here are a few no- and low-cost treats and activities moms and their lucky offspring can share together over Mother’s Day weekend.

 

Visit New York City's National Parks, Really!

When you think of National Parks you probably think of places like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and other parklands out west. But did you know . there are actually 10 National Parks in New York City and Northern NJ, and over 30 historic sites, parks, monuments, trails, memorials, and heritage areas right here in New York State?

This week (to April 25) is National Park Week, and all 392 National Parks offer free admission in celebration of "America's Best Idea" so it's a perfect opportunity to check out some of these awesome destinations with your kids. (Tours and other fees may still apply).

Read on for everything you need to know for a family-friendly, historic, and beautiful visit to these local gems.

Book Clubs and Reading Groups for New York City Kids, Tweens and Teens

I love to read and most of my adult life have been in one – sometimes two – book groups.  There seems to be a under the radar trend in the city right now where girls and their mothers are starting book groups together, possibly spurred on by the popular middle grade book series: The Mother-Daughter Book Club , about a group of girls reading Little Women along with their mothers. 

There are quite a few book groups or reading clubs already established in New York City - for practically every age.  Read on to find out where and when and for our tips on starting a reading group for your child (with mommy or without.)

Minor League Baseball in the New York Metro: Brooklyn Cyclones and 5 Other Teams

Last week we wrote about going to a Mets or Yankees game with a baby . Of course, going to a major league baseball game is a huge expense. Tickets for a family quickly get very expensive and that’s just the beginning with more money for overpriced food, ice cream and souvenirs. And with a child meltdown (if not from fear, then from boredom), all of that money can seem like a waste.

A better alternative is to take your family to a minor league game. The minor league stadiums are smaller so children can see better (and not be as terrified by the height of the stadium); there are also entertaining mascots and lots of promotional giveaways to entertain them. Tickets start as low as $10. And finally, the games are significantly shorter.

Cirque du Soleil's Ovo in New York City

Note: This show returns to NYC in July 2017 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, and to Long Island in August 2017.

Typically, this site is all about how you can enjoy the riches of the city without being rich. There are so many things to do that are inexpensive, yet amazing. But there are also some things that are worth dropping some dough on, cause they're just that fabulous. In my opinion, Cirque du Soleil is one of those experiences.

Going to a Mets Game with Kids, A Cautionary Tale

With the coming of Spring comes the start of the Major League Baseball season.  I decided to celebrate both events by taking my 1-year old son Henry and his grandfather to Henry’s first baseball game at Citi Field for the Mets opening day.

 

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