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Long Island Collects Pajamas for Kids in Need
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 01, 2013

M.A.T.S.S. Kids' Gym & Early Childcare Education Program collected children's pajamas in Syosset and Bellmore on Long Island to help bring new pajamas to kids in need through the L.I. Pajama Program, a local nonprofit.

Long Island's Top Youth Volunteers Head to D.C.
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 28, 2013

Two young Long Islanders of Nassau County will head to Washington, D.C. to join nominees for America's top youth volunteers of 2013. The two have been awarded the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for their dedication to volunteering in the Long Island community.

Junior League of Long Island Helps Women Transition into Workforce
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 28, 2013

First Step, a program of the Junior League of Long Island, helps women in need with career training and complimentary business outfits for job interviews to help them transition back into the workforce.

'Take Your Place' to End Hunger in America
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 28, 2013

The Take Your Place campaign launches nationwide March 1 to provide actions people can take on a national and local level to help end hunger and food insecurity in America. Through the campaign, you're just a click away from making a difference.

New York Aquarium Plans Partial Reopening in Spring
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 27, 2013

When Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast, it caused extensive damage to the Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium located in Coney Island and its many neighbors. The aquarium is slated to partially open in spring and will include a fully remodeled Aquatheater with a new sea lion demonstration.

Recipe: Green Velvet Cupcakes with Vanilla-Mint Frosting
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 27, 2013

Love red velvet cupcakes? Try this easy recipe to turn them into green velvet cupcakes topped with a refreshing, mint-green cream cheese frosting. They're the perfect treat for St. Patrick's Day or any other spring holiday party.

Michelle Obama Shares Nutrition Changes She Made for the Family on SiriusXM Radio
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 26, 2013

In an interview with Michelle Obama on SiriusXM that aired on Feb. 26, FLOTUS discusses the diet changes she had to make as a busy, working mother and also shares updates on the "Let's Move" campaign to fight childhood obesity.

School Supplies Donated to Long Beach High School to Help Rebuild After Hurricane Sandy
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 25, 2013

Office Depot and REAL Change Productions recognize teachers for their positive influence on today's youth by donating technology and school supplies to many schools across the U.S., including Long Beach High School's Dr. Andy Smith.

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Traveling With Kids, Retirement Plans, Newtown Blame, and Getting Real With Bullying
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 25, 2013

From our March issue, a selection of thought-provoking, laugh-inducing, and just plain interesting facts and quotes from the web and the world of parenting.

Don't Miss: Anderson Cooper Special on Bullies Premieres on CNN
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 22, 2013

Part of a week-long programming on CNN and CNN.com, The Bully Effect: An Anderson Cooper Special premieres Thursday, Feb. 28 and addresses how the bullying problem is affecting children in school today, and what parents can do about bullying in schools.

Jane Lynch Will Join Broadway's 'Annie' in May
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 22, 2013

Award-winning actress Jane Lynch of the hit show "Glee" will make her Broadway debut May 16 as Ms. Hannigan in the current revival of "Annie" playing at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

New Dolls Teach Kids About Time and Patience
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 21, 2013

A mom from Trumbull, Connecticut in Fairfield County creates a new line of dolls, "Time IN Doll" that teach kids about time and patience.

Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester Meet New York Rangers
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 21, 2013

The New York Rangers visited The Boys and Girls Club members of Northern Westchester to teach them about teamwork, commitment, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Four NYC Neighborhoods to Receive Better Access to Healthy Foods
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 21, 2013

A new program will expand access to healthy food in four New York City neighborhoods over the next three years, with a focus on improving the lives of low-income families in disadvantaged areas of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

New York City Bus Strike Is Finally Over
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 20, 2013

As of Wednesday, Feb. 20, New York City's school bus strike is finally over, and school buses will resume full service to New York City public school children for the first time in five weeks. Here is some important information from the NYC Department of Education (DOE) that will help make the transition back to yellow bus service as smooth as possible.

Is Your Baby Ready for Solid Foods?
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 19, 2013

One of the first milestones in a child's life is graduating to solid foods. But how do you know if your little one is ready for solid foods? And what foods should you be giving him or her? Here's what you need to know.

5 Tips for Choosing a Small Pet for Your Family
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 19, 2013

Thinking about getting a small pet like a hamster, gerbil, or guinea pig for your kids? Here are 5 tips from the experts at PetSmart on how to choose the right pet, including advice on these small pets' habits, diets, and exercise needs.

2013 Winter Festivals in New York State
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 14, 2013

Celebrate winter at these family-friendly festivals and carnivals across New York State, from a Winterfest on Long Island to a month-long Winter Carnival in Lake George, a wine and dessert festival in the Finger Lakes, an ice wine celebration near Rochester, and more.

10 Tips for an Easy, Quick Move with Children
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 13, 2013

Moving with young children can be stressful. You have to consider packing toys, books, and clothes, while considering which schools, sports, and dance programs to enroll your children in, many of which have deadlines for you to make your move! If you’re on a time crunch to move before your kids start school, Unpakt, the authoritative voice on moving and online tool to manage your move, has compiled a list of tips to help you and your children make an easier move.

Study Shows Algal DHA Supplement Improves Reading Performance, Behavior
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 12, 2013

A University of Oxford study shows that an algal DHA dietary supplement helps to improve children's reading performance and behavior (ADHD-type symptoms).

Web-Based Sexting Diversion and Cellphone Safety Course Now Available
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 11, 2013

Your teen has a cellphone, but is she using it safely? COURTEducation Online recently launched a web-based program to education teens about the dangers and consequences of sexting. The program aims to prevent teens from sexting and having promiscuous online behaviors that could harm or have legal consequences.

Produce Pete Visits Bounce! Trampoline Sports to Teach Kids About Eating Healthy
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 11, 2013

Bounce! Trampoline Sports hosted Produce Pete, aka Pete Napolitano, a regular guest on Weekend Today on WNBC in New York to teach kids about eating healthy on Feb. 7 as part of the "Have Fun Get Fit" program.

Applause Performing Arts School Celebrates 5 Years in Westchester
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 11, 2013

Applause, performing arts for all ages, celebrates five years in Westchester with the Village of Mamaroneck Mayor Norm Rosenblum and trustee Andres Bermudez Hallstrom.

Harlem Globetrotters Begins New Bullying Prevention Program
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 07, 2013

The Harlem Globetrotters announced a new bullying prevention program with the National Campaign to Stop Violence called "The ABCs of Bullying Prevention" to provide young kids and teachers tools to stop the bullying in our society.

Contest Asks Kids to Create Positive Change in Westchester
by NYMetroParents Staff - February 06, 2013

G-tec Kids, an after-school enrichment program for gifted and talented children of Westchester County and advocacy group Synergy Westchester have partnered to sponsor a competition for kids in the community, challenging them to think critically about creating positive change in Westchester.

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