Stephanie Ogozalek

Stephanie Ogozalek

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Stephanie was only eight-years-old when she watched Rhoda Morgenstern attempt to toss her hat into the air in the middle of a busy, '70s NYC street. She knew right away that she had to live there. Nearly 40 years later, Stephanie does live here, is married with a son, and can’t imagine residing anywhere else. In addition to being mom and all the “jobs” that come with that title, she is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the magazines Saveur, Chile Pepper and Family Fun, and on Disney’s website Go.com. She makes sure the Mommy Poppins NYC Events Calendar is chock-full of the best the Big Apple has to offer, and shares her family's adventures in her many posts. If you're planning a cool kids' event, let her know at stephanie@mommypoppins.com. You can follow her on Google+.

Latest posts by Stephanie Ogozalek

25 Free Things for Kids to Do in NYC on Winter Holiday Break

Students all over NYC either are officially on holiday break or just days from gleeful abandon until the new year. Time off from school means more time to entertain your brood.

While we recently offered a number of fun NYC options for your family to enjoy during break, we've rounded up even more great ideas. Our list of 25 FREE things to do with the kids during winter break offers ways to enjoy the school vacation without denting your budget. 

Need more local NYC inspiration? Check out our day trip guide, best indoor entertainment spots for rainy or chilly days, the Mommy Poppins kid-friendly restaurant guide, or explore a new neighborhood.

As always our daily Event Calendar is loaded with even more family activities happening all over the five boroughs.

20 Indoor Places Where NYC Kids Play for Free

We're on the cusp of another long Northeast winter, and entertaining the kids during this long, chilly season isn't easy, or cheap. Throw in a cramped New York City apartment and a shortage of vitamin D and of course, everyone is eyeing the exit. Luckily, in NYC some of the best things in life are FREE (really).

If your kids are bouncing off the walls and your wallet is screaming for a break after all the holidays, we've got you covered. Check out our list of 20 FREE indoor destinations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and elsewhere in NYC for fun, games, or just a much-needed change of scenery.

For more great indoor places, check out our Indoor Family Fun Guide, which is loaded with all-ages drop-in spots like bowling!

Christmas Deal? Our Guide to Buying a Cheap Tree in NYC

It's the time of year when Christmas tree stalls pop up on street corners all over NYC. Kids love stopping to ooh and aah at the gorgeous, giant trees, and walking past them smells fabulous. Even for a Grinch like me, it's hard to resist the lure of those beautiful trees come December, despite the fact that I can feel my wallet having a seizure.

I hate to deprive my kid this special rite of the holiday season. So how can I score the biggest, most beautiful Christmas tree possible, but at a reasonable cost? Read on for tips on how to find a bargain tree (or at least a convenient one) for your family.

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