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DIY Toy Drum
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 28, 2014

A step-by-step guide to making your own toy drum, including a list of materials, tools, and DIY directions. This project requires very few skills to make but will receive a cheerful standing ovation -- or better yet, a well-deserved drum roll!


Clarkstown South Team Wins Bounce! Trampoline Sport's First Slam Dunk Basketball Challenge
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 27, 2014

On May 13, three high school teams competed for bragging rights and $150+ in the inaugural Bounce! Trampoline Sports Basketball Challenge in Valley Cottage. The five-man team from Clarkstown South came in first place.


Michaels Offers Kids Summer Crafting Program Passport to Imagination with In-Store Adventures
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 27, 2014

Michaels teamed with seven leading North American museums to create Passport to Imagination 2014, a low-cost, in-store summer program where kids ages 5-12 explore culture through crafting.


Prospect Park Zoo Wins an IKEA Makeover
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 22, 2014

The Wildlife Conservation Society's Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn is the winner of the 2014 IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker Challenge. The zoo will receive a new teen-designated laboratory and classroom space furnished by the IKEA Brooklyn store.


New Mini Golf at Children’s Museum of the East End
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 22, 2014

The Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE)will debut a new nine-hole mini golf course over Memorial Day Weekend. The outdoor course is designed to help kids learn about the properties of physics.


Where to Launch Your Boat in NY Metro Area
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 16, 2014

Own an aquatic vessel and ready to take on the open sea? Take your boat, canoe, or kayak to these public boat launches in the NY metro area to captain your own adventure!


Guide to Boating in New York City Suburbs
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 16, 2014

You're away from the hustle and bustle of the city, now get away from land too, and head out on the water! Find details on boat, canoe, and kayak rentals, tours, and events in Rockland, Westchester, and Fairfield, CT counties.


Guide to Boating on Long Island
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 16, 2014

With so much water nearby, it's no surprise Long Island boasts many spots to catch a wave. Here's a guide to boat, canoe, and kayak rentals and tours in Nassau and Suffolk counties.


Guide to Boating in New York City
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 16, 2014

New York City isn't just a concrete jungle-there are plenty of places to get out on the water. Find details on boat, canoe, and kayak rentals, tours, and events in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.


Where to Go Boating in the NY Metro Area
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 16, 2014

Feeling like captaining a ship? Prepare your crew, and take on the open sea–or the nearest river or lake–at one of many New York metro area locations. See our list for details on boat, canoe, and kayak rentals, tours, and events, and public boat launches.


Build Your Own Water Bombs
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 15, 2014

It doesn't have to be a water "fight" if it's all in good fun! Create these water bombs out of paper following instructions from Boy Craft by Sara Duchars and Sarah Marks, then prepare to get wet!


Tips for Learning How to Rollerblade®
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 15, 2014

Is your child learning to Rollerblade®? Here are a few tips to ensure a great first skating experience for your child!


View the Stars Through a DIY Telescope
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 14, 2014

You don’t need to own a NASA telescope to view the stars, you can make your own! Follow instructions from National Geographic Kids Get Outside Guide to make your own telescope using paper towel tubes, tape, paint, and convex lenses so you can study the stars.


Explore the Night Sky Inside at Planetariums
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 14, 2014

On warm summer evenings, it's fun to go outside, direct your gaze up, and count all of the stars you can see. When the clouds cover the sky, go inside to look up at the stars at these planetariums near the New York metro area.


How to Create a DIY Boat
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 14, 2014

All you need to create a boat that floats is paper and tape! Follow those DIY instructions from National Geographic Kids Get Outside Guide and become captain of your own ship.


Libraries Working to Introduce Children and Families to Multicultural Resources
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 12, 2014

The Día! Diversity in Action initiative will provide an opportunity for hundreds of libraries to showcase services that celebrate our nation’s rich cultural tapestry. Libraries continue their commitment to connecting children and their families to multicultural books, bilingual services and educational resources.


On the Blogroll: Mommy Man: Adventures of a Gay Superdad
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 12, 2014

The NYMetroParents blogroll features the best blogs in the parenting world, from New York and beyond. Here's a closer look at why we love these mom bloggers and dad bloggers and how they're shaping the web for parenting today.


Dwight-Englewood School Fifth-Graders Perform Original Opera
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 12, 2014

Fifth-graders from the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey, performed an original opera called "Ups and Downs...Back on our Feat" on May 1. The show was produced in partnership with the New York Metropolitan Opera Company.


Quassy Amusement Park Debuts Educational Reporting Program
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 08, 2014

Quassy Amusement Park recently began posting News Team Quassy video reports to its YouTube channel. The educational program for area students covers topics such as lasers and roller coaster physics.


Ask the Expert: How to Choose a Bike Helmet
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 05, 2014

Bike riding is a great warm-weather activity, and wearing a helmet is the most important part of bike safety. Sandhya Katz Katz, M.D., an emergency medicine physician at Nyack Hospital, shares tips to pick a properly fitting bike helmet.


FAQ: 2014 NYMetroParents Kids Cover Contest Frequently Asked Questions
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 05, 2014

We've answered your frequently asked questions about the 2014 NYMetroParents Kids Cover Contest. Find out how to enter your child, information on how the winners are chosen, voting policies, cover contest prizes from Appaman and B&H Photo Video, as well as details on the cover contest photoshoot.


Family-Friendly Outdoor Movies
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 16, 2014

Find outdoor movie screenings this summer in the New York City area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Rockland County, Bergen County, Westchester County, and Fairfield County, CT.


Help Your Child Tame Their Anxiety at the Dentist
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 01, 2014

Local experts share ways you can help your child face their fears and tame their anxiety about visiting the dentist, plus where to find dental social stories for children with special needs.


Ask the Experts: When Should I Encourage My Child to Stop Sucking Her Thumb?
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 01, 2014

Lawrence Dinkes, D.D.S., shares when your child should stop sucking her thumb to prevent bad oral health, as well as when you should be worried about grinding teeth, and what a bluegrass appliance is.


Ask the Expert: What is a Safe Age to Let My Child Whiten His Teeth?
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 01, 2014

Alex Shvartsman, D.D.S., of Long Island Center for Healthier Dentistry, shares what age is appropriate for children to begin whitening their teeth, the best over-the-counter whitening products, and how teeth whitening works.



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