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RAISING KIDS BILINGUALLY - NYC parents are enrolling their youngsters in foreign language classes — for the earliest possible exposure.
Bonjour, ca va? Curious toddlers who step into West Park Presbyterian Church on Wednesday mornings are greeted with a singsong voice and smile from Michelle Bertrand, founder of Music & Play En Français. The foreign language playgroup — one of dozens held throughout the city — is part of a growing trend of parents opting to raise a bilingual child or give their babies a leg up by exposing them to a second language early on. (read the story...)

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE EDUCATIONALTelevision and Our Children’s Brains
Now recent studies suggest that children who watch television from a young age may develop attention disorders and aggressiveness. (read the story...)

So, You Wanna Be . . .Breaking into the kids’ market — those who’ve done it share their stories
The New York region is particularly rich with talent: musicians, writers, artists, inventors, businesspeople. Many turn this acumen to the family market, writing and illustrating children’s books, performing for children, opening stores for kids, inventing new games. The mom you meet at the playground may have written your son’s favorite bedtime story or headlined a concert at the children’s museum. You could do it, too? Other parents who have succeeded share their stories . . . (read the story...)

Blast-Off!
For decades, their silvery spires defined the classic landscape of Queens. And now they’re back — and better than ever! The towering Titan and Atlas rockets located at the New York Hall of Science (NYHS) in Flushing Meadows Park have been restored to their former glory following an ambitious four-year renovation project that includes an interactive rocket park. (read the story...)

With the fringe on top!
In the early part of the 19th century, when the elegant Boscobel mansion was built on its perch above the Hudson River, the horse-drawn carriage was the principal mode of transportation. On Sunday, October 3, travel back in time as Boscobel Restoration presents its first Horse & Carriage Day. Horses and carriages will be on display on Boscobel’s grounds, and various events centering on this mode of transportation are scheduled from noon-4pm. (read the story...)

Fall foliage cruises on the Hudson
One of the greatest things about living in New York City is our proximity to the Hudson River. If you're looking for a fun family outing, how about a cruise up the Hudson? And since the leaves are just starting to change, the view should be spectacular. There are several companies that offer Hudson River cruises — from 90-minute tours to week-long excursions. Here are some of your choices: (read the story...)

'...Suddenly There Came a Tapping'
October, Halloween month, is the perfect time to remember the prolific legacy of the great writer Edgar Allan Poe. (read the story...)

Victory for the Vikings!
When you see adults attending a kids’ show without a child in tow, you have to figure they are friends of the cast. But when those adults are genuinely applauding and laughing along with the kids in the audience, you know this is not your standard kids’ fare. (read the story...)

Kid-Sized Opera
Just over 60 Manhattan blocks separate opposite poles in the opera world. (read the story...)

Talking Shop…with TONYA PINKINS
Tonya Pinkins has made one of the most complicated journeys of any Broadway star — from welfare mother to a Tony-nominated role in Caroline, or Change. The mother of four children, ages 17, 14, 8 and 5, Pinkins plays an African-American maid to a Louisiana Jewish family in the Tony Kushner musical. (read the story...)

Hello, Muddah!
Veteran comedian Jill Shely is used to working tough crowds, but today’s audience presents an unusual challenge. As she introduces the ComedySportz team for the premiere performance of “Mom’s Cracking Up!” at the Sol Goldman 14th Street YM-YWHA , she is greeted with a strident buzz of noise and activity. Infants toddle on the padded blue mat stretched in front of the stage. (read the story...)

Entering a Seussian World
Of the many marvels of the work of Dr. Seuss, the ability to exist in a kid-oriented imaginary universe is one that surely will always attract scores of readers. Who hasn’t wondered what it would really be like to live in a Seussian world, where anything can happen and earth rules do not apply? Beginning July 2, visitors to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) can experience a part of that world with an innovative exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Dr. Seuss enterprises. (read the story...)

A City Becomes
Anyone who thinks it’s simple getting a children’s book published would be wise to consider A City Is, which took 13 years from concept to final product, surviving even the death of the author. A City Is, illustrated by Brooklyn Heights resident Melanie Hope Greenberg, is a collection of poems by Norman Rosten. (read the story...)

A Touching Experience at the New York Aquarium
Kids get a new hands-on experience with a newly opened touch tank at the New York Aquarium. The outdoor tank, which features local habitats, is filled with smooth periwinkles, moon snails, blue mussels, dog and channeled whelk, sand shrimp, hermit and horseshoe crabs, northern sea robin, northern pipefish, mummichogs, Atlantic seahorses and sheepshead minnows. (read the story...)

Color ‘em Kermie!
Kermit sang ‘It’s not easy being green,” but visitors to the new exhibit, Frogs: A Chorus of Colors, at the American Museum of Natural History, can see that frogs have an amazing diversity of color. And size, habitat and parenting style. The frogs exhibit appeals to the little kid in all of us, the one who caught frogs in a pond, played leapfrog, or worshipped Kermit. Then there are adults still searching for a frog to turn into a prince. (read the story...)

“Hello, MET!”… and then some
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is no dour echo chamber. Most art museums specialize in tomb-like solemnity, but the Met, with its Great Hall decorated daily with fresh flowers, resonates with upbeat voices that instantly slap down any idea of a menacing cultural encounter. At the Met, even Wednesdays have a Sunday-in-the-park feeling. A similar sense of pleasure marks the museum's programs for kids and families. (read the story...)

Florida Road Trip Begets the Real Thing
The birth of Baby Road Trip, a new edutainment video series that (so far) extols the wonders of beach and jungle destinations, was not easy. But it continues to be a creative challenge with which husband-and-wife co-founders Laura and Shawn Kronen are thrilled. (read the story...)

CELEBRATING SEUSS…Thoughts on inspiration . . . from local kids’ authors
If you looked through the bookshelves of any child in America, chances are there would be at least several Dr. Seuss books. Amazingly, if you looked through that child’s parents’ childhood book collection, you would probably see many of the same Dr. Seuss titles. Theodor Geisel, born 100 years ago, wrote and illustrated 44 books as Dr. Seuss — books that still charm, educate and tickle the funnybones of children. Dr. Seuss’s books have also influenced a generation of children’s book authors. We asked some locally to expound on Dr. Seuss’s impact on their writing. . . (read the story...)

Spring Has Sprung — in City Parks . . . and Beyond
The weather this past March and early April confused more than just human sinuses. The city's parks either burst with joy and mottled color like Impressionist paintings, or collapsed back into mid-winter spiritual decrepitude. Now that the weather appears to have leveled off, the city's parks and residents can finally feel comfortable doing what they do best: getting together. (read the story...)

The Sweet Sounds of Success
Back in 1992, when the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy (BYCA) began, it had only 48 students who rehearsed in an empty classroom at Brooklyn Friends School. Today, the group has flourished into four different choruses, with over 250 student singers. Last fall, it moved into its own building in Cobble Hill, with almost 6,000 square feet of rehearsal space and practice rooms. Although the chorus is Brooklyn-based, members come from all over the city. What makes them choose this group over another closer to home? (read the story...)

A Traditional Tudor Tale
There’s paradox in a good marionette show: first-rate puppeteers make the strings psychologically invisible, so you can see them . . . and yet you can’t. If it’s a quality performance, you feel like you’re watching little actors, not wood and paint. For ages 3 and up, Jack and the Beanstalk, as presented by the Brooklyn-based Puppetworks, is a case in point. (read the story...)

The Music Man
"From the second I started playing, I couldn't put it down," says Tommy Colletti of the guitar he first held at age 12. Now, at 37, Colletti is not only still playing guitar, he has made it his business to put guitars and other musical instruments into the hands of young and old alike. (read the story...)

Jazzing Up a Sunday Afternoon
In New York City, kids can go to Broadway shows, opera, classical music concerts … but until recently, they couldn’t go to a jazz club. Then Blue Smoke, a kid-friendly restaurant with a basement jazz club, Jazz Standard, started a Sunday jazz brunch. (read the story...)

Mesmerizing Magic
The multi-generational audience arrives at the magical Friday occasion by way of a swanky elevator at the Art Deco Waldorf-Towers Hotel. It’s one of a bank of elevators used by celebrities, politicians, Secret Service agents and the dignitaries they’re paid to protect. But this is no VIP function. Or a pop star’s entourage. Instead, it’s a happy, motley group of kids and other folks primed to be razzle-dazzled by an old-school magician. (read the story...)

Women in Blue
Come in all units…over. Not just boys want to be police officers any longer…over. Women on Patrol, the new exhibit at The New York City Police Museum, is for kids who are just beginning to form their social consciousness. (read the story...)


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