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Avoiding the pain of ‘swimmer’s ear’
As children seek refuge from the summer heat in pools and lakes, parents should be alert for the symptoms of painful swimmer's ear. (read the story...)

Sun Protection Vitals
Here’s some vital info from the folks at Coolibar … (read the story...)

Keeping Babe in the ShadeMore great sun safety products for families
Water babies We tote our babies on land, why not in water, too? The WaterToT neoprene infant carrier allows parents to comfortably and securely attach babies — from 8 to 30 pounds — close to their bodies during water recreation or even when showering! $59.99; for more info: www.watertot.com. (read the story...)

Taking the Sting out of Summer Fun -Make it a season for 'wow' instead of 'ow'
Even a small injury can become a serious one if left untreated. Brush up on simple first aid for the proper treatment of these common injuries: (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...)

Where to: Find Fall Fun in Dutchess
North of Westchester, Dutchess County is rich with activities and scenic beauty, especially in October with all its apples, pumpkins, crisp air and spooky delights. (read the story...)

Get Organized Now!For the new school year
It’s true that the words ‘kid’s room’ and ‘organized’ rarely appear in the same sentence. So how can you help organize your child’s room and study areas to best fit the new year’s challenges? From junior kindergarten to junior high, there are some universal tips for upgrading children’s rooms to keep them organized and help them focus throughout the year: (read the story...)

Head to the Hamptons!
You don’t need to rent or own a house in the Hamptons to enjoy summer fun with your family. We stayed at three resorts, and enjoyed wonderful amenities, excellent beaches, great dining, and family activities. (read the story...)

Our Picks: Patriotic Summer Reading
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Splash Down at the Norwalk Harbor Splash!
If you're looking for an activity that you'll enjoy as much as your kids will, head to the 9th annual Norwalk Harbor SPLASH! on Sunday, June 1. From 11am to 5pm, historic South Norwalk (SoNo) will be transformed into a lively festival featuring standard fare like arts & crafts and a variety of musical performers, plus more unusual offerings, such as a clam chowder cook-off and a dragon boat race. (read the story...)

A Queens Summer Residence for the Broadway-Bound
With the beginning of summer just around the corner, the decision on where to send children for summer camp can often be daunting. Luckily, there is a camp for every interest: sports, arts and crafts, and music are just a few. For those who aspire to the performing arts, the stage at the Professional Performing Arts Center of Queensborough Community College (QCC) in Bayside is already set for tapping, singing and much more. (read the story...)

FOR OUR CHILDREN, FOR OUR PLANETProtecting Your Family from Environmental Hazards
While the good ol’ summertime may bring to mind sunshine, lemonade and running through the sprinkler, the season is also one of environmental hazards to children. These include pesticides, household cleaners and certain plants. While these items are dangerous all year long, statistically, incidences of accidental poisoning tend to rise in the summer months when the newly warm days invite lawn work, gardening or a thorough house cleaning. (read the story...)

Avoiding the Summer Brain Drain: Keeping Your Child’s Mind Sharp Over Summer Break
Ahhh, the carefree days of summer. As temperatures climb, children begin looking ahead to frolicking in the sun and staying up a little later than normal school nights will allow. But without the regularly scheduled instruction that comes with going to school for 10 months a year, many children lose intellectual ground during summer vacation, especially if their break is nothing but sun, sand and fun. (read the story...)

GET A JOB! Teen Summer Employment
According to the Westchester County Youth Bureau, come summertime, some 30,000 teens and young adults (between the ages of 16 and 21) will be looking for employment. These teens will face a much tougher job market than in years past: employers have more applicants to choose from and may be less likely to hire those with no previous job experience or references. (read the story...)

Springy Springtime!
New Yorkers are lucky during winter to have as many cars, buses and pedestrians as they do to consume snowstorms in quick time. But they're also fortunate to have open spaces like Central Park and The New York Botanical Garden, where the after-effects of a snowfall are allowed to linger for a while. (read the story...)

Gliding to Glory: Ice Skating
On a recent Tuesday evening, the ice rink at Riverbank State Park is swarming with young figure skaters dressed in matching light blue warm-up suits. (read the story...)

From Gentlemen’s Farm to Family Destination
October means pumpkins and colored leaves and tractor parties — particularly at Muscoot Farm, located on Route 100 South in Somers. Part of the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation system, Muscoot Farm is a 777-acre educational farm open to the public. If you are looking for a spot to enjoy the fall foliage and enjoy stepping into a simpler time, plan a trip to Muscoot this fall. (read the story...)

Picture Book Perfect! : The Berkshires
Fall in the Berkshires is known as ‘leaf peeping time’, when tourists tie up local roads for miles, looking at the changing leaves. The Springfield/Berkshire region of Massachusetts, “Pioneer Valley”, is betting on families searching for “one nice green leaf” to make a trek to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (read the story...)


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