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Nice Ice!
Last year, Manhattan had a new free place to skate, The Pond at Bryant Park. This year, this midtown skating rink returns, bigger and better. (read the story...)

Behind the Bat
Yankee games make for great family outings, but their hour-long behind-the-scenes tour adds an extra thrill for young baseball fans (and moms and dads). (read the story...)

Strength Training for Young Athletes
When to begin. (read the story...)

Selling Wireless “Love”
Cell phones are a growing trend among the ‘tween set, as manufacturers have figured out how to tap into this gold mine demographic. (read the story...)

Brooklyn’s Newest Sports Site
Both kids and adults have a great new place to play in Brooklyn, Aviator Sports and Recreation. (read the story...)

Playing It Safe This Winter
With the snow on its way, how can I make sure my children have fun outside while still playing safely? (read the story...)

Newest franchise, the Brooklyn Wonders.
The Brooklyn Wonders are the American Basketball Association’s newest franchise. (read the story...)

Where to: Ski in New York Area
The family that skis together often stays together, and ski resorts near and far offer a variety of ways that ‘hook’ the entire family. (read the story...)

City Sports
City kids have a new place to play and learn a variety of team sports (read the story...)

Pedaling the Dolomites — Family Adventures on Wheels
Careening down a steep path on a mountain bike I picture myself — or one of my kids — hurtling over the handlebars. But the screams they are emitting are ones of joy. (read the story...)

KICK THAT BALL!
Not far behind the start of school is the beginning of the soccer season. For many parents and kids, this means several games each weekend, and for those on travel teams, multiple mid-week practices. (read the story...)

Soaring Visions
Where can you take the kids to see boats bobbing on water, filled to the brim with vegetables made of glass? Or to see kites a-flutter, indoors and out? (read the story...)

The Right Pursuit at the Right Time
As parents, we want to be able to expose our children to the arts, or to sports, but we also want to make sure our kids can maximize their experiences by starting them at the right time. We went to the experts to ask that important question: When is the right time to start? (read the story...)

Where The Kids Are
Once your child starts school, you are not even close to being done with making decisions. Afterschool is the next hurdle to clear. (read the story...)

Baseball Players Beware! Avoiding Little League Elbow and other assorted injuries
How could a Little Leaguer possibly sustain more injuries than a grownup, fulltime pro baseball player? (read the story...)

Sports: Surviving Little League
Every spring, during Little League season, the parks and ballfields of Westchester County are crowded with kids in bright baseball uniforms, parents cheering them on from the bleachers. (read the story...)

SPLASHDOWN!Getting in the Swim, Safely
School’s out — or will be soon — and kids are ready to hit the pool. But water safety begins with your child — and his or her swim skills. When should kids learn to swim, and what’s the best approach? We went to the experts for the answers... (read the story...)

Kids with Personal Trainers:Is this pushing the limit?
There aren’t many 10-year-olds like Ariel Ho. A competitive figure skater, Ariel wakes up at each morning at 5:30am. She has warmed up with a personal trainer by 6:15 and is on the ice at 6:45 — all before heading off to school. (read the story...)

Joining A Sports League:Five questions every parent should ask
A growing number of parents are doing their homework these days when it comes to choosing sports programs for their children – and with good reason. The word is out that making the wrong choice can be the difference between a memorable, fun-filled season for a child and one that deflates their confidence and smothers their self-esteem. So, before you plunk down cash for that colorful uniform and put your summer vacation plans on hold for those can’t-be-missed playoff games, experts warn that it has become increasingly important that parents take the time to inspect the program as carefully as they would a daycare center before signing their child up to play. (read the story...)

The Fast Track, Sports and Over-Scheduled Families
Once there was a children’s world, as in Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer, where kids could do what they wanted. Playing fields were part of this world, even for parents who loved sports. But raising kids has changed; parenting has become America’s most competitive adult sport, and playing fields have become places where adults congregate to see how their children measure up in the early phases of the race to the Ivy League. (read the story...)

Feeding Your Young Athlete
If your child plays sports, whether in middle or high school, you probably have a hard time keeping your pantry stocked. Active kids eat more, or at least they should, although many parents aren't sure just what constitutes good nutrition for young athletes. It's no wonder the concept is confusing, says Sarah Short, Ph.D., Ed.D, a registered dietitian and sports nutritionist. "It's not easy to generalize," she says. Kids in early puberty and adolescence come in a stunning array of shapes, sizes, and maturity levels, and when you factor in gender differences and athletic activity, assessing your child's nutritional needs can seem overwhelming… (read the story...)

Investing in a custom-made mouth guard
High-impact sports like football and hockey have had a long association with concussions, broken jaws and knocked-out teeth. But they no longer lead the sports pack in facial trauma. "The sports with the most orafacial injuries are not football and hockey any more because mouth guards are mandatory,” says Robert Peracchia, D.D.S., assistant clinical professor at Columbia University's Department of Pediatric Dentistry. “The most injurious sports to the head, face and teeth are basketball and baseball." (read the story...)

Where to: Fish & Boat in Westchester
Westchester offers everything you need for a day of family fishing. Within the county, you’ll find small streams and ponds fit for young anglers, and larger lakes, reservoirs, and coastal fishing for more serious fishers-in-training. While this list doesn’t include every fishing area, it will help you to know where to start. (read the story...)

For 'The Perfect Game', Roots Run Deep
A quick glance around Barnes and Noble easily confirms it: Baseball appeals warmly to sophisticates. Writers like George Will and Roger Angell have repeatedly turned their attentions to the sport, examining it to death in social, economic and political terms, constantly trying to nail down its lasting fascination, and always, somehow, failing to say what's really on their minds about it — that baseball is fun. (read the story...)

Hanging Over the HudsonBAP sends two Barnard college students to trapeze school!
“You go first.” “No, you. Please, I insist.” Deciding who would take the first plunge may have been the most difficult part of our trapeze experience. But once we were up on the platform, we weren’t about to turn back. We came to Trapeze School New York (TSNY) expecting a one-of-a-kind experience — and that it was. With a few minutes of preparation, we ascended the 23-foot ladder to our jumping-off point. We weren’t about to just hang around. We were about to learn some new tricks. (read the story...)


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