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<strong>Kay Suzanne Conn - NYC Writer</strong><br/><br/>Born and bred in Scotland, Kay moved to Brooklyn in 2003 to be with her two loves: her future husband and New York City. She worked for six years in fundraising and event planning in Manhattan before taking a hiatus to raise her daughter, Alyth Darby, born May 2010. An avid cook, karaoke singer and reader, Kay enjoys traveling, dining out and encouraging her little girl to follow in her footsteps. She joined Mommy Poppins in November 2011 to seek some mental stimulation during her kid’s marathon naps.

Latest posts by Kay

Park Slope Summer Day Camps for Brooklyn Kids

As one of the most kid-friendly neighborhoods in New York City, Park Slope has no shortage of summer day camps. Whether your kids are into art or theater, nature or sports, crafts or music—or a little bit of everything—there's sure to be a program to keep them busy and happy all summer long.

But don't wait till spring is here to start looking. Winter is the time to start planning your kids' summer, as programs often fill up quickly. For more summer camp options outside of Park Slope, be sure to consult our Summer Camp Guide for NYC Kids and complete listings. If you're looking for affordable (and even FREE) ways to keep your kids busy, peruse our roundups of Free and Cheap Summer Camps and Free Summer Sports and Outdoor Programs.

Professional Holiday Portraits in NYC: Photo Studios and Photographers for Families

If you're anything like me, you don't know your aperture from your autofocus. So the holiday season is the perfect time to commission a professional family portrait. Whether your picture ends up on your wall or on your holiday card (or both), sitting for a family photo should be fun and reasonably affordable—let's face it, it's going to be a bit of a splurge unless you go to a department store.

The most stressful part about booking a family photo shoot? Figuring out where to start. There are so many photographers and portrait studios out there, especially in New York City. We've tried to help simplify your research by rounding up some of the best NYC spots specializing in child and family photography. We also included some department store options which, while less personalized, are also less expensive.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Sloboda Photography

Family-Friendly Greenpoint Restaurants: Where to Eat with Kids in Brooklyn

We wrap up our month-long focus on Greenpoint, Brooklyn with a roundup of our favorite kid-friendly places to eat in the area. As we noted in our list of things to do in Greenpoint, the neighborhood has a large Polish population, so we could probably do an entire post about all of the old-school restaurants offering goulash, stuffed cabbage, pierogies and other ethnic comfort food. But those aren't the only eateries in the nabe. As Greenpoint becomes a more diverse community, new spots are popping up serving everything from pizza to organic fare, artisanal ice cream to drool-worthy doughnuts. Here are our top 11 places to eat with kids in Greenpoint.

NYC Animal Shelters: Dog and Cat Adoption Tips in New York City

So you have finally given in to your kids' pleas and agreed to adopt a family pet. Good timing, as October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month. The ways to adopt a dog, cat, kitten or puppy in NYC are endless, from drives at your local pet supply store to sophisticated shelters like Bideawee, which matches you to your potential pet like a dating service.

Read on to learn some differences between adopting from a large organization versus a smaller independent rescue center, and why buying an animal from a pet store may not be your best option.

Indoor Play in Greenpoint, Brooklyn: Seven Spots to Play Inside with NYC Kids

Our month-long focus on Greenpoint continues with a look at places to play in the area. While the Brooklyn nabe boasts three lovely green spaces, Monsignor McGolrick Park, Transmitter Park and McCarren Park, which it shares with nearby Williamsburg, it also has a good number of indoor play options for when it's too cold or rainy to romp outdoors. In fact, Greenpoint has a pair wonderful play spaces that offer drop-in hours as well as more offbeat indoor havens that offer FREE fun for families.

Free Indoor Activity Spots on the Upper East Side for NYC Kids

The Upper East Side is one of the swankiest neighborhoods in all of New York City. But that doesn't mean you need to take out a loan in order to afford fun kids' activities in the area.

Yesterday, as part of our month-long spotlight on the Upper East Side, we shared our favorite indoor play spaces in the nabe—all awesome and all relatively pricey. But today we've got the scoop on indoor UES spots where your kids can play, lounge and learn for FREE. From megastores kids love to play in to activity-packed branches of the New York Public Library to a hidden gem in Central Park, here are our top 11 no-cost indoor activity spots on the Upper East Side.

Upper East Side Indoor Play Spaces: Drop-in and Members-Only Play Spots for NYC Kids

We continue our month-long focus on the Upper East Side with a look at all of the awesome indoor play spots in the neighborhood. With Carl Schurz Park and Central Park as its east and west borders, and lots of playgrounds, the UES has no shortage of places to play outdoors. But the area is also filled with indoor spots where kids can run around.

In addition to some free indoor activity spots, there area a slew of members-only kids' gyms like Gymboree, Kidville and Jodi's Gym, the UES boasts more offbeat drop-in play spots, like indoor petting zoo The Art Farm in the City and costume Mecca Let's Dress Up! Here are 12 places for kids to play indoors on the Upper East Side.

Best New York City Views: 11 Spots to See and Photograph NYC

Visitors come to New York City from the world over to eat our pizza, feel our energy and marvel at our spectacular views. But even for us locals, NYC is an awe-inspiring sight (we just need to remember to slow down and take it in every once in a while).

While tourists routinely flock to the Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock to literally look down on the city, there are less well known vantage points that also offer incredible views of NYC, including parks, promenades, museums and a tram. So grab your camera and get ready to fall in love with New York City for the first time—or all over again.