Closings and openings and moves, oh my! We have a lot of notable changes on New York City's family scene to report this week, including the shuttering of two Upper East Side family favorites, a big move for Williamsburg's second-hand kids' store The Flying Squirrel and a brand-new offbeat play area in Prospect Park. Plus, help NYC's only Latino children's theater company bring free shows to low-income audiences, find no-cost tutoring for middle and high schoolers in Washington Heights, sign your kid up to be part of a Coney Island circus performance and more!
Jeff Bogle - NYC Writer
Jeff is an at-home dad who writes about kids' media, culture and parenting at OutWithTheKids.com. He is married to an adorable redheaded gal and has two lovely little ladies, who provide him with countless hours of humorous in-home entertainment. Jeff's family gets to do, hear, see and play with more cool stuff than you can possibly imagine. He considers himself one of the luckiest guys in the world, although he needs to be reminded of this fact from time to time.
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It's a truly mixed bag of news this week, including cool new stuff—a tot lot in Central Park, oversize Jenga and Connect Four in Hudson Square, a drop-in craft spot/mini-spa for kids in Bed-Stuy, a children' ticket deal for Annie on Broadway—alongside scarier news like the financial woes of the Village Halloween Parade, local casualties of the federal government shutdown and higher-priced public school lunches. Plus: A new entrepreneur program for kids, a facelift for the Children's Museum of the Arts, the retirement of an animation great and more.
So far this month, we've told you about the best museum exhibits for kids and family theater shows debuting this autumn. Now we wrap up our fall culture preview with a roundup of the top 12 kindie rock concerts to catch this season.
Sadly, due to the closing of 92YTribeca last summer, one of our favorite family music series, Bring Your Own Kids, is no more. But don't start singing the blues yet: There are still plenty of cool kids' groups playing NYC this fall, including Grammy nominee Justin Roberts, history-loving crooner Lloyd Miller of the Deedle Deedle Dees and bouncy bilingual band Moona Luna. Bonus: Most of the shows are inexpensive or FREE. In fact eight of our picks don't cost a penny. So put on your dancing shoes and shake your booty at a dozen super-fun family concerts this fall.
In honor of back-to-school season, our news post this week is organized like the big first day. So read on to see what's on the schedule, including how to register for Nickelodeon’s FREE Worldwide Day of Play in Prospect Park, details about a $20 Off-Broadway ticket deal, where to find school enrollment centers for kids still in need of placements, a thrilling Luna Park reward for good grades, a sad goodbye to one of the Central Park Zoo's most beloved residents, and other news that will give you something to chat about with your fellow parents before that first school bell rings.
Mergers and acquisitions, ever-expanding corporations and new ventures. Sound like Wall Street? Nope. That's just what's going on in NYC kids' culture scene. We've got news about a big bowling chain merger, a book-making spot that closed, and two new NY Kids Club locations opening in Williamsburg and Long Island City next year. Plus, how to score two-for-one Broadway ticket deals and free admission to the New York Hall of Science, and the long-awaited post-Sandy reopening of an attraction-filled Rockaway, Queens park.
Family movies aren't the only big things opening for kids this month (though we are really excited about Planes.... the 3D One Direction flick? Not so much). There are also three tasty kid-centric businesses making their debuts in NYC this month, including a cake pop mecca in Park Slope, a new allergen-friendly treat shop on the Upper West Side and a delicious creperie in Soho. We also bid goodbye to a few old favorites, and look at a few exciting upcoming play projects, Plus, ELA and Math Assessment scores are about to be released and one Queens restaurant is serving up FREE pancakes for kids! (From what we hear, after you see the scores, you may need a carb binge.)
Now there's yet another reason to spend time in NYC's fabulous parks and playgrounds: Free Wi-Fi! We've got the details on that plus an old-new independent bookstore in Washington Heights, a new robot shop in the East Village, fresh Summer Streets attractions and the last strike at a family-run Brooklyn bowling alley.
Summertime and the living is sweaty. But even the heat can't slow down the news in NYC. This edition of our biweekly links post is truly bittersweet as we welcome a trio of new sweet spots, share the scoop on free ice cream, bid goodbye to a favorite down kid spot, ExerBlast, and follow the continuing saga of the currently closed South Street Seaport Museum. Plus, find out how you can help schoolkids in need via Operation Backpack and check out a cool crowdfunding campaign to launch a huge indoor play space in Red Hook, Brooklyn.