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NYC Car Services with Car Seats for Babies and Kids

Whether you're headed to the pediatrician, the airport, or just visiting New York City, it can be hard to find a taxi or car service that offers car seats. In fact, it's probably one of the most frequent questions we get asked by tourists and locals alike. 

If you have a car seat of your own, taxi drivers are required to let you install it. (I've had anxious drivers balk, but I've always made them wait.) But maybe you don't feel like lugging your seat to and from JFK or up and down the pediatrician's steps. Solution? Call a car service with car seats!

We've rounded up some of our staff favorites for service in all five boroughs. Just remember to specifically request an infant or a toddler seat depending on your child's needs.

35 Free Family Events in New York City This November

As we usher in the holiday season in New York City, it can also seem like we're entering the spend, splurge, spend, splurge time of year. Thankfully, this month also ushers in some of our top FREE annual events, such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and Macy's Santaland. You'll also find plenty of non-holiday (and non-Macy's) fun for the kids, or even visiting families, such as Pumpkin Smash 2017, Mini Maker Faire, and Broadway Under the Stars.

Read on for more of our top FREE event picks for the month, and don't forget to hop over to our just-released November GoList, featuring the very best of the month, including those with an admission fee. You can always find more freebies in our FREE NYC Guide, from play spaces and gratis admission hours at museums to birthday perks.

Note: Each event is listed by the week it falls in, and roughly in descending order. Everything listed is FREE, but some may require tickets or other advance planning. Click through to our event calendar for further info.

Cry Baby Matinee: Where to See a Movie with a Baby in NYC

I hadn't been to the movies in 10 months since having a baby and I missed it. I missed debating over the listings with my husband. I missed smuggling in Duane Reade candy and rating the preview trailers. I missed the dark that settles over the theater like few other places in this city, allowing you to escape for two hours, even though you're rubbing elbows with a stranger in the next seat.

Still, while I miss Fandangoing, I have a hard time justifying a babysitter when there is Netflix, so I was intrigued when a friend told me about a local movie theater that not only allows, but encourages, parents to come with their babies, and there are actually several spots around New York City where new moms can arrive with infants and all the gear for a matinee showing—judgement free.

Best Halloween Celebrations for NYC Kids on October 31

As holidays in New York City go, few rival the scope of Halloween. Our 2017 Halloween Fun Guide overflows with parades, parties, and trick-or-treating spots in each of the five boroughs, and Tuesday, October 31, remains the main event, when kids score all that candy a parent can responsibly "test" once young trick or treaters have collapsed at bedtime.

Some things are certain: both the trick or treating in Tribeca and the Park Slope Civic Council Children's Halloween Parade will be packed with pretty amazing costumes. BAM's annual BAMboo! block party will again treat kids to dancing and bounce-house jumping, and the Gravesend Inn Haunted Hotel will happily scare your tween or teen. But check out the new stuff, too, like Nitehawk Prospect Park or the Children's Museum of Manhattan's Magical S.T.E.A.M. Halloween.

Whatever you decide to do on October 31, arrive early and expect crowds. For the best ways to plan an epic Halloween night with your NYC kids, scroll on. Most of our picks are FREE or inexpensive.

Best Things To Do with NYC Kids: November GoList

Up until the last week of October, the weather was in complete denial that fall is upon on us. Until the holiday season truly hits (and the temps drop), you'll have plenty to pack in, including mini maker faires, the annual Canstruction, a new Broadway show featuring someone who lives in a pineapple under the sea, holiday train fun, and a bevy of princesses hitting the ice. Then switch over to holiday mode with the beloved Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and other children's holiday events kicking off later this month, including Polar Express train rides and Macy's Santaland.

Trying to rid the kids (and you) of leftover Halloween candy? Donate it to these charities around NYC and globally.

Read on for 16 of the best family outings in November, and for more options, peruse our Event Calendar and Fall Fun Guide

Sweet Ways to Donate Your Halloween Haul to Those in Need

Got a Halloween candy hangover? Come November 1, parents across the country are wondering how they're going to get rid of all the candy their kids brought home. Some of it will be eaten, sure, but just one look at the amount of calories in an average Halloween haul and you'll want to make sure the bulk of it goes anywhere besides your family's stomachs.

There are a number of creative ways to get rid of Halloween candy, like using it for crafts or science experiments, having the Switch Witch take it in exchange for a small toy, or, you know, saving it until Easter and throwing it in the basket. (Hey, it's only six months away—how stale can that candy get?) But perhaps the best thing to do with Halloween candy is donate it. That way your kids can enjoy a truly special treat: The feeling of helping others. Here are eight charitable organizations who accept donations of unopened candy.

Paw Patrol and Olaf Among Macy's New Thanksgiving Parade Balloons

The countdown to Thanksgiving is in full swing and that means the NYC Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is looming large on the streets of Midtown Manhattan. We've got insider tips for where to watch the parade and how to manage the crowds at the balloon inflation, but now we're sharing a sneak peek at the four new additions set to join the 91st annual parade on Thursday, November 23, for the very first time.

Read on to meet the cast of (new) characters.

The Museum of Chinese in America: A Chinatown Gem for Kids

New York City has a rich and diverse heritage, and the city's museums are often the keepers of this ongoing story of its people and origin tales. The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), for example, explains the Chinese immigrant story. Being multiracial, with a father from mainland China, I always felt drawn to learn more of the journey of my people, and I've visited several times.

The museum opened in 2009 and has been attracting visitors from all over the world ever since. On my most recent trip to MOCA, I was amazed at how much this beautiful and unique NYC establishment had expanded; particularly by incorporating more children focused programs.

Halloween Weekend for NYC Kids: Parades and Trick-or-Treat Fun

New York City kids get a full pre-weekend of Halloween this year! Annual favorites include Halloween at the Seaport, the Haunted Halloween Walk & Fair in Prospect ParkLC Trick-or-Treat, and the Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla, along with smaller-but-equally-fun events like the Outdoor Thriller Dance Party in Clinton Hill, or Obake Family Day: Spirits of the Misty Sea at the Japan Society.

Halloween isn't the only holiday in town this weekend; don't forget about Day of the Dead celebrations, including options like Dia de los Muertos at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. You can also enjoy more fall festivities (and spooky ones) at the annual Children's Fall Festival in Queens.

For Halloween events specific to Tuesday, October 31, check out our complete roundup of Halloween Day festivities, as well as our comprehensive NYC trick-or-treating guide, highlighting the best neighborhoods to hit in all five boroughs. There's still time to pick the perfect pumpkin before the big day, too, including within the city limits. Don't forget: in the aftermath, you can donate all your leftover candy and, later in November, smash your pumpkins

Need a break from planning your kid's costume, and well, everything else? Consider these seasonal day trips to get into a more low-key fall mode. Looking ahead to that next big holiday? Book your Thanksgiving dinner at these NYC restaurants, or sign up to volunteer as a family with these local charities. 

Like every Halloween, it wasn't easy to select top picks for this weekend, so be sure to check out our October GoList, Event Calendar, and Halloween Guide for even more ideas.

Be sure to keep an eye on the forecast this weekend. You may want to call, or check the venue's website, before heading out as rain and wind was expected.

Find a Baby CPR Class for Parents and Caregivers 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 know what to do, rather than rely on the availability of a knowledgeable stranger while you wait for the ambulance. 

Have we freaked you out yet? The good news is NYC boasts plenty of infant CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and first-aid classes and refreshers for parents and caregivers, such as grandparents and nannies, 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 the city.

Also check out our list of babyproofing companies around the metro area, as well as our Baby & Pregnancy Guide for more essential NYC parenting tips.

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