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Homegrown Hero: Bronx Blogger Helps Dispel Special Needs Stigmas
by Vanessa Friedman - October 09, 2013

Through her blog Autism Wonderland, Bronx writer Lisa Quinones, who is also the parent of a child with autism, helps dispel special needs stigmas in the Latino community. She's also a hero for following her own dream while raising a child with special needs.


Camp Countdown: Keep In Touch as a Pen Pal
by Vanessa Friedman - September 04, 2013

Summer camp may be over, but that doesn't mean your child has to stop communicating with their camp friends. We have five pen pal tips to help your child write letters and stay in touch with their summer camp friends.


12 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Manhattan this September
by Vanessa Friedman - August 28, 2013

Our list of fun and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan this September includes Meet the Breeds, a Medieval Festival, and more fall fairs and festivals in Lower Manhattan, Midtown, Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Washington Heights, and beyond.


25 Fun Things to Do in Manhattan this August
by Vanessa Friedman - August 02, 2013

Our list of fun things to do with kids in NYC this August includes family shows, concerts, festivals, and more, happening everywhere from Governors Island to Lower Manhattan, Bryant Park, Upper East Side, Harlem, and throughout the borough.


10 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Manhattan this July
by Vanessa Friedman - June 27, 2013

Our roundup of fun and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan this July includes a Global Family Day in Central Park, a festival for MLB fans in Midtown, outdoor concerts at Madison Square Park, and more family events throughout New York City.


Camp Countdown: S'mores For Grown-Ups
by Vanessa Friedman - June 21, 2013

While the kids are at camp having their summer fun, why don’t you indulge in your own nostalgic treat and create a grown-up version of the best summer snack, the s'more? Sarah Warren, creator of S'more Bakery in Brooklyn, shows us how.


10 Fun Things to Do in Manhattan this June
by Vanessa Friedman - May 22, 2013

Find fun and low-cost things to do with your kids in Manhattan this June, including the Museum Mile Festival, a CD release party, new exhibits, and more in Midtown, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Lower Manhattan, Chelsea, and nearby in the Bronx.


Actress Jessica Alba Hosted The Ultimate Baby Shower For A Local Queens Mom
by Vanessa Friedman - May 15, 2013

Actress Jessica Alba hosted a baby shower to honor a local mom who’s making a difference. Floral Park, Queens resident Perminder Thiara was the lucky winner and they celebrated in downtown Manhattan on May 7.


14 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Manhattan this May
by Vanessa Friedman - April 25, 2013

We've picked the top 14 things to do with your kids in Manhattan this May, including Super WHY on stage on the Upper West Side, the NYRR Youth Jamboree on Randalls Island, the annual HOWL Festival in the East Village, and several Mother's Day events.


Ask The Expert: How Can I Help My Child Become A Strong Leader?
by Vanessa Friedman - April 02, 2013

We all want our kids to stand out in a crowd, be the leader of the pack, and most of all, be confident in their abilities to move forward in this world. But what about the quiet kids – can they be leaders? And how do we teach any child the skills they need to be a leader and the value of learning new things? We spoke to Shakeh Tashjian, the director of Dwight-Englewood School Summer Connections program in Englewood, New Jersey, to discover how to teach your child leadership skills and a love of learning for good measure!


15 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Manhattan this April
by Vanessa Friedman - March 27, 2013

Our list of fun and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan this April includes Earth Day activities, family shows and concerts, and family events at the Tribeca Film Festival. Find fun events from Union Square to Midtown, Lincoln Center, the Upper East Side, and the Upper West Side.


Homegrown Heroes: The Gift of Friendship
by Vanessa Friedman - March 25, 2013

The Circle of Friends promotes inclusion and friendship for kids and teens with special needs among their peers with several programs, including a weekly Home With Friends program or a Sunday Teen Program.


Three Ring Schoolhouse: Raising Kids In The Circus
by Vanessa Friedman - March 01, 2013

Ever dream of running away with the circus? What about adding kids to the picture? If you've wondered what it's like for circus performers to raise their kids in the circus, we're going to give you a glimpse behind the scenes of family life on the road in the circus with one family from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Greatest Show on Earth.


12 Fun Things to Do in Manhattan this March
by Vanessa Friedman - February 25, 2013

Our list of 12 fun and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan this March includes the annual Kids Food Festival, Easter egg hunts, Disney's new show at Madison Square Garden, a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, and two fun family concerts.


Easter Egg Hunts and More in Manhattan
by Vanessa Friedman - February 25, 2013

Easter comes early this year, on March 31, but don't let the chilly weather stop you from getting in the holiday spirit. Here are several fun Easter events for kids, including Easter egg hunts and places to meet the Easter Bunny in Manhattan.


Your Camp Experience vs. Your Child's Camp Experience
by Vanessa Friedman - February 20, 2013

An ex-camper reflects on how camp has changed over the years, from activities to food to communications, and what hasn't changed.


Fit Club in Fairfield Offers New Kids' Classes
by Vanessa Friedman - January 28, 2013

Fit Club, a family-friendly gym that offers fitness classes for adults and kids, moved its new location in Fairfield's Sportsplex. Fit Club now offers boxing and overall fitness classes for children.


23 Fun Things to Do in Manhattan this February
by Vanessa Friedman - January 25, 2013

Our list of 23 fun and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan this February includes Valentine's Day events, Chinese New Year festivals, Sesame Street Live, and more in Lower Manhattan, Chinatown, SoHo, West Village, Midtown, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, and Morningside Heights.


Camp Countdown: Friendship Bracelets
by Vanessa Friedman - January 03, 2013

Keep your kids busy in the winter with fun indoor activities like friendship bracelets. The Landyard Ladies in Nassau, Long Island host birthday parties and also offer friendship bracelet making kits that can be purchased online. It's the perfect way to bring camp home.


Top Things to Do in Manhattan this January
by Vanessa Friedman - December 18, 2012

Fun and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan in January 2013, including shows and seasonal events for NYC families in Harlem, Midtown, Chelsea, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, and beyond.


Fun Things to Do with Kids in Manhattan this December
by Vanessa Friedman - November 25, 2012

Fun and low-cost (and free!) things to do with kids in Manhattan in December 2012, including holiday shows, sledding, ice-skating, and more in Lincoln Center, Midtown, SoHo, Upper East Side, and Upper West Side.


Where to Go Sledding in Manhattan
by Vanessa Friedman - November 25, 2012

A list of the 6 best hills for sledding in Manhattan, including three on the Upper East Side, two on the Upper West Side, and one in Hamilton Heights, all of which are overseen by the New York City Parks Department.


Top 10 Things to Do in Manhattan this November
by Vanessa Friedman - October 26, 2012

Ten fun and low-cost things to do with your family in Manhattan this November, including the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Balloon Inflation, holiday tree lightings and gift markets, the return of Harry Potter, and the 2012 New York Chocolate Show.


The Retreat in Suffolk Receives Federal Grant
by Vanessa Friedman - October 25, 2012

Victims of domestic abuse and violence now have access to new resources with support from a federal grant.


5 Tips to Making Play Dates Easier for Children with Special Needs
by Vanessa Friedman - October 11, 2012



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