<strong>Lia Wiedemann - NYC Writer</strong><br />
<span>Born and raised in New York, Lia has lived in Brooklyn since 2001. Before becoming a freelance writer in 2009, she spent seven years working for the Food Network. When she's not chasing her two little boys or searching for the best places to eat, she writes for Mommy Poppins, iVillage, babygooroo and her blog <a href="http://thislittlepiglet.blogspot.com" target="_blank">This Little Piglet</a>. </span><br />
<strong>More About Lia </strong><br />
<wbr><strong>What's your favorite place to hang out with kids in NYC? </strong><br />
We spend a lot of time in Prospect Park. For sweet treats, we love Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Trois Pommes, One Girl Cookies and Blue Marble.<br />
<strong>What do you read when you aren't reading Mommy Poppins? </strong><br />
Food and lifestyle blogs. Some of my favorites include The Wednesday Chef, Orangette, Sweet Fine Day and Little Brown Pen.<br />
<strong>What do you want to do when you grow up? </strong><br />
I hope to open a food-related business in Brooklyn some day, but I'm still trying to figure out what and when that will be! While I was pregnant with my second child, I started leading Brooklyn food tours for new parents. Maybe I'll start those up again some day.</wbr></p>
Latest posts by Lia
As the mother of a baby and a toddler, I dread taking the kids to the pediatrician's office. When one is under the weather or has a checkup scheduled, it’s a pain to drag the other one along. Plus, I worry about all of the germs they’ll be exposed to.
And when either of them gets sick during the night, I always wish the pediatrician could come on over, just like the doc did on Little House on the Prairie. It's so difficult to diagnose what's wrong over the phone.
That’s why I was very intrigued when I found out about Dr. Edward Kulich, a New York City pediatrician who only does house calls. So when I noticed my 10-month old was showing signs of pink eye, I gave him a call.
My son is three and like many kids his age, he has trouble staying still. But at Potato Needs a Bath—a 30-minute puppet show currently playing at the New 42nd Street Studios—he sat rapt, and only moved his little body when he needed a better view of puppeteer Shona Reppe and her colorful cast of fruits and vegetables.
Even though this one-woman show was created with two- to five-year-olds in mind, I loved it just as much as my son thanks to clever puns and a creative set with cool nooks and crannies. Here's what to expect, plus a roundup of other New York City theaters that regularly put on shows for preschoolers.
Now that the weather's so lovely (most of the time, anyway), there are so many things to do, including trips to the Central Park Zoo. My toddler loves looking at all the animals, especially the babies. Even though it was cold and rainy when we visited on Monday, we were still thrilled to meet the Zoo's latest additions, four baby mini-Nubian goats that just made their debut at the Children's Zoo!
There's Cole, a spunky one-month-old, plus three other as-yet-unnamed babies: caramel-colored, two-week-old twins and another kid. Get ready to coo at the adorable photos (which were taken last week on a warm and sunny day), and find out more about these babes.
With Valentine's Day a few weeks away and more cold weather to come, there couldn't be a better time to eat lots of chocolate. And while you're at it, why not learn a thing or two? Many of the city's Willy Wonkas let visitors go behind the scenes and watch the chocolate-making process up close. You could easily spend an hour or more at one of the five spots below. Or even better, spend a whole weekend celebrating chocolate and hop through a few boroughs. And just in case cacao isn't your thing, we included a place where you can watch cool candy being made.
On a snowy day last week, my sons and I made our way to a Kids at Work class in Chelsea. Created by early childhood educator Julie Averill in 2007, Kids at Work offers drop-in art, science, music and movement classes, plus play groups and open play, for children 0-5 years. With a wide selection of classes and a flexible drop-in schedule, Kids at Work is a hidden gem that promises to get even better in their own brand new space (they currently work out of a shared space on W. 14th), opening February 1!
This play space has changed owners. Find our new review here. While searching for indoor fun this winter, I found the perfect place—for my kids, and me. A place that feels more like a good friend's cool apartment than a play space thanks to a minimalist and modern decor, good music (Smashing Pumpkins and Kings of Leon on my visits), and huge windows that let in a ton of natural light and provide a nice reminder of the cold weather outside. Opened in September 2010 by the down-to-earth and enviably hip couple Wade Groom and Katja Douedari, Play is a place I'd happily hang out at all winter, for these reasons, and many more.
December is the time to sit on Santa's lap, sing Christmas carols, and eat way too many holiday cookies! If you're looking for a fun way to get in the holiday spirit, plan a cookie crawl. Throughout the city, bakeries are making beautiful cookies that look as good as they taste. To get you started, here are festive treats from seven of the city's sweetest spots.
And for more sweet ideas, see our Holiday Guide.
If your kids love Pixar movies or beg to play dress up all day, it's time to plan a trip to the new Disney store in Times Square. With merchandise lining every inch of the place, it'll be hard to leave without buying something, but at least it's cheaper than a trip to Orlando. And the added bonus, it's super impressive. Read on to see photos and find out why your kid will be wowed.