New York City

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.

 

Family Friendly Murray Hill: Restaurants and Things to Do

Murray Hill is famously and rightfully known as the after work hangout for the post-college crowd, but if you visit during the afternoon (or live here for more than a decade like I have.) you will find a real neighborhood with tons of families.  It is not a bad place to live or even visit just for the day.  The tiny enclave boasts nice parks, wide sidewalks for bike and scooter riding, family friendly eateries and even its own museum. 

Technically, Murray Hill is the hill north of 34th street on Lexington Avenue.  If you’ve ever walked from Park Avenue to Third Avenue on a cross town block above 34th Street you walked a pretty steep hill. Back in the day when the area was bucolic and 36th street had a stream running on it instead of lots of tunnel traffic, this is where the Murray’s had their family farm.  Today the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood has been granted its own historic district and is full of pre-war buildings on tree lined streets, historic churches and alleyways with cool carriage houses that have been converted into homes.  FDR, J.P. Morgan and the descendants of Honest Abe have all lived here.

 

Here are some family friendly highlights for a day of fun in Murray Hill:

A Night Out at Amateur Night at the Apollo

Before there was American Idol there was Amateur Night at the Apollo, right here in NYC. So instead of watching Simon Cowell in the judge's seat on TV, all you need is $20 and a ride on the A train to become a judge yourself at Harlem's historic talent competition on 125th Street.

Amateur Night at the Apollo is a highly entertaining show that's actually pretty kid-friendly if you want to plan a family night out, or it's also a fun choice for a kid-free parents night out with friends. Every Wednesday night at 7:30 the Apollo theater becomes a showcase for wanna-be stars. Singers, dancers, comedians, poets and more put on their best acts and the audience decides who the winner is by applauding for their favorites and booing the others off the stage.

socialsklz:-) They're Not Your Mother's Manners Classes

Are manners important nowadays? Are thank you notes ridiculously old-fashioned in the age of email? What social skills do we need to teach our children in order for them to be successful in life? These are some questions worth reflecting on for a moment. Our culture is so much more casual than it once was that formal manners seem hopelessly anachronistic, but that doesn't mean they should be tossed aside. Giving our kids strong social skills can help them make a powerful impression in their future work and social lives.

Fun Runs, Field Days and Races for Kids and Families with the New York Road Runners Club

As parents we're often running after our kids, but how about running with them? It's great to get outside and exercise together as a family and one fun way to do that is to sign up for an upcoming race or free field day with the New York Road Runners. No experience is necessary, anyone can do it, and the group has several events on its spring calendar for adults and kids, including a free field day event.
 

Photos of the New Pier 1 Playground at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Recently I took the opportunity of a brief (albeit cold) respite from the seemingly endless rain to stroll down the hill from Brooklyn Heights and check out the new Brooklyn Bridge Park. Pier 1 of Brooklyn Bridge Park officially opened in March on the same pier that housed the “pop-up” park last summer.

Read on to hear about the new playground and check out some photos for a peek of what to expect:

Down Time: Have a Living Room Camp Out

We mostly write about things to do, trying to keep you posted on all the amazing activities and events out there for kids. But sometimes it's great to just put the world on hold and do nothing, too. Not everything we do has to be elaborate; our family loves to just schedule something once a month that we can look forward to and doesn't involve anything much except being together.

We invite you to give it a try. If you do, you can log onto our facebook page and post photos of your family enjoying your time together; share the highlights and any suggestions you have from your family's experience. Why not start this week with a living room campout?

Whitney Biennial 2010: Highlights and Programs for Kids and Families

We recently took our son to The Whitney to experience The 2010 Biennial, the premiere contemporary art exhibition that sets the trends and tone in American modern art.  Not something you would expect to be kid friendly, right? Well think again.  

It is totally kid friendly, first of all, the museum is full of exciting, large scale installations, not just room after room of paintings hanging on the walls.  There is art you can walk through, around and even into, not to mention, video and film exhibits, giant sculptures and even cars in the displays!  Plus, there is a tremendous amount of programming available for families with the fantastic Whitney Museum Educators.

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