Thanksgiving Activities for Kids in New York City

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids in New York City

Thanksgiving is all about spending time with loved ones and making memories and traditions that will last for years to come. We’ve rounded up a list of Thanksgiving activities for kids in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens that the whol...

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Red Panda Cubs Make Their Debut at the Prospect Park Zoo

Red Panda Cubs Make Their Debut at the Prospect Park Zoo

Two male red panda cubs are soon to make their public debut at Prospect Park Zoo! They were born over the summer and are now strong enough to venture into their habitat with their mother, Willow, who has been caring for them in an indoor den since ...

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Head to Empire Outlets for Family Programming Throughout the Holiday Season

Head to Empire Outlets for Family Programming Throughout the Holiday Season

Empire Outlets in Staten Island, when fully complete, will contain 340,000 square feet of shopping paradise that includes designer outlet stores, restaurants and cafes, and relaxation spaces–and it will be the city’s first outlet destination. Empir...

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New Baking Studio and Party Space Opens in Gowanus

New Baking Studio and Party Space Opens in Gowanus

Baking enthusiasts, grab your aprons! Plum & Honey, a new culinary studio and event space, is now open on 9th Street and 2nd Avenue in Gowanus! It features baking classes for kids and adults led by Pastry Chef Katie Rosenhouse, formerly of Buttermi...

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Wegmans Opens In New York City On Oct. 27

Wegmans Opens In New York City On Oct. 27

Wegmans, the grocery store with a fan club, is slated to open on Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn on Oct. 27. This location will be the first Wegmans in NYC, and what New York family doesn't love trying a new grocery store? The 74,000-square foot superm...

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Groups Launch #SaveCDPA Coalition to Preserve Program for New Yorkers with Special Needs

Groups Launch #SaveCDPA Coalition to Preserve Program for New Yorkers with Special Needs

More than a dozen New York organizations committed to preserving the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, a Medicaid program that allows individuals with special needs receive care from family members, on the morning of October 23. Right ...

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NYC’s Largest Food Drive Is Now Accepting Donations for the Holidays

NYC’s Largest Food Drive Is Now Accepting Donations for the Holidays

Right now 1.2 million New Yorkers are struggling with food insecurity, and this will continue through the holiday season, when people are supposed to be sharing the love through family and plentiful food. To combat this issue, City Harvest has laun...

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3 Ways to Get Involved in Hindi’s Libraries and Give Back Through Books

3 Ways to Get Involved in Hindi’s Libraries and Give Back Through Books

Shortly after Hindi Kanarfogel passed away from complications of Crohn’s disease last year, her husband Dovid Kanarfogel and Leslie Gang teamed up to create Hindi’s Libraries and carry on Hindi’s book-loving, child-focused legacy. The nonprofit col...

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You Can Now Nominate Your Kids’ Teachers for the Big Apple Awards

You Can Now Nominate Your Kids’ Teachers for the Big Apple Awards

Nominations for the eighth annual Big Apple Awards are now open, says New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza–and you can nominate your kids’ favorite teachers and counselors through December 2. The Big Apple Awards is a citywide recognit...

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NYC Advocates Demand ‘Immediate Action’ to Overhaul Special Education Complaint System

NYC Advocates Demand ‘Immediate Action’ to Overhaul Special Education Complaint System

This is part of an ongoing collaborative series between Chalkbeat and THE CITY investigating learning differences, special education and other education challenges in city schools.

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The 2020 NYC High School Admissions Process Has Begun

The 2020 NYC High School Admissions Process Has Begun

This year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza simplified the high school admissions process by eliminating the second round of applications students used to be responsible for each cycle. This year’s cycle wi...

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Montessori School Opens in Williamsburg

Montessori School Opens in Williamsburg

Guidepost Montessori School opened a Williamsburg campus in April with big plans for this school year involving Spanish immersion. In July, Stephanie Jimenez, whose daughter attends Guidepost Montessori, was appointed as head of school.

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My Gym Opens in Cobble Hill

My Gym Opens in Cobble Hill

On Aug. 9, My Gym opened on the corner of Smith Street and Baltic Street in Cobble Hill. The 56 hundred square-foot facility offers 28 hundred square-feet of play space and a 28 hundred square-foot basement for birthday parties and other special ev...

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Sylvan In-Home and Books of Wonder Teamed Up to Donate 100 Books to Kids in Pediatric Care

Sylvan In-Home and Books of Wonder Teamed Up to Donate 100 Books to Kids in Pediatric Care

This fall, Sylvan In-Home teamed up with Books of Wonder to donate 100 books to Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, an organization that provides books to children in pediatric care. Sylvan’s in-home tutoring service purchased 100 books selecte...

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Mayor de Blasio Announces Plan to Build 20 New 'Imagine' High Schools in NYC

Mayor de Blasio Announces Plan to Build 20 New 'Imagine' High Schools in NYC

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced plans for the Imagine Schools NYC Challenge, a plan to use a public-private partnership to create 40 new city schools, on October 3. The challenge encompasses the ...

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PJ Library Now Providing One Free Book Per Jewish Child in the New York City Area

PJ Library Now Providing One Free Book Per Jewish Child in the New York City Area

Since May, PJ Library has expanded its reach to now offer free Jewish books to families in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester–and will provide one book per child, rather than one book per family. PJ has partnered with more local funders to...

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New NYC Holiday Lights Festival is Coming to Randall’s Island

New NYC Holiday Lights Festival is Coming to Randall’s Island

There is no shortage of holiday lights festivals–or just holiday lights–in New York City. You can visit a Christmas tree or menorah, take a bus tour of all the lights winking throughout the city, or simply walk down Fifth Avenue and be amazed by th...

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Daycare Opens in Park Slope with Research-Based Early Learning Curriculum

Daycare Opens in Park Slope with Research-Based Early Learning Curriculum

After 17 years of running A Whole New World Academy in Hoboken, New Jersey, executive director Bernard Davidson opened a new branch in Park Slope this month. Ages 2-5 will have their own classroom, credentialed educator, and developmental goals.

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Thousands of NYC Kids Ditch School for Climate Strike September 20

Thousands of NYC Kids Ditch School for Climate Strike September 20

Thousands of New York City kids left school on Friday, September 20–excused by the DOE–and headed down to Foley Square, marching through the streets to advocate for action in the wake of destructive climate change as part of a global climate strike...

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Brooklyn Kids Can Now Join Free Girls Who Code Club

Brooklyn Kids Can Now Join Free Girls Who Code Club

A Girls Who Code Club has launched in Bedford-Stuyvesant for girls in grades 3-5 who would like to learn more about computer languages while working on leadership skills. Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to c...

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The NYC DOE Will Allow Students to Walk Out for Climate Strike on September 20

The NYC DOE Will Allow Students to Walk Out for Climate Strike on September 20

September is full of holidays students will be excused from school for–but a climate strike march is not usually one of them. However, the New York City Department of Education will be allowing students to leave school, as long as parents give cons...

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NYC's School Bus Tracking System Doesn't Work as Planned–and Parents are Angry

NYC's School Bus Tracking System Doesn't Work as Planned–and Parents are Angry

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office announced a Department of Education partnership with Via that would allow New York City parents to track school bus routes through “Via for Schools”, a GPS system and app, in August. All 9,000 buses were supposed to be...

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The “3-K for All” Preschool Program Now Available in All 5 Boroughs

The “3-K for All” Preschool Program Now Available in All 5 Boroughs

3-K for All, the nation’s “most ambitious effort to provide universal free, full-day, high-quality early childhood education for every three-year-old,” is now available borough-wide in Staten Island and available in all of the city’s five boroughs ...

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NYC Parents Can Track Their Kids' School Bus Routes This Year

NYC Parents Can Track Their Kids' School Bus Routes This Year

Every day, the New York City Department of Education transports 150,000 students on 9,000 bus routes to and from school. This school year, for the first time, parents can track all 9,000 bus routes on a mobile app and receive information on bus loc...

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Announcing the 2019 Cover Kids Grand-Prize Winners!

Announcing the 2019 Cover Kids Grand-Prize Winners!

It’s official: You, dear readers, have cute kids! We knew picking finalists wasn’t going to be easy. In fact, it wasn’t easy times 1,000—that’s how many children were entered. Well, 1,006 to be exact. Once our editors were done exclaiming, “I love ...

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CareerReady NYC Program Offers City Students More Paths to Success

CareerReady NYC Program Offers City Students More Paths to Success

In July, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, and several other education officials announced the launch of CareerReady NYC, a program that will help New York City students prepare for the workplace beginning this school ye...

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The NYC High School Application Process is Getting Simpler and More Transparent

The NYC High School Application Process is Getting Simpler and More Transparent

For years, students applying to middle and high schools in New York City had to go through a second round of applications if they didn’t get into their preferred schools. But Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza have simp...

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NYC Public Libraries Have Added 17 Institutions to the Free Culture Pass Roster

NYC Public Libraries Have Added 17 Institutions to the Free Culture Pass Roster

If you have a library card, you now have access to 50 cultural organizations across New York City. In its first year, the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), The New York Public Library (NYPL), and Queens Public Library (QPL) Culture Pass initiative iss...

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NYC’s First NYPD Community Center Will Open in East New York in October

NYC’s First NYPD Community Center Will Open in East New York in October

A city-owned building in East New York is currently undergoing a $10 million renovation, and will open this fall as the New York Police Department’s first-ever stand-alone community center. 127 Pennsylvania Avenue will be open to all, but programmi...

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Parachute Brooklyn Launchs Online Exchange Store for Kids

Parachute Brooklyn Launchs Online Exchange Store for Kids

In an effort to combat the landfill waste produced by the fashion industry and to promote sustainability, Parachute Brooklyn operates as a clothing exchange store for kids. Parachute Brooklyn opened its doors this Spring and is excited to announce ...

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Tomorrow, 30 Brooklyn Kids Will Set Up Shop for Lemonade Day

Tomorrow, 30 Brooklyn Kids Will Set Up Shop for Lemonade Day

Lemonade Day Brooklyn, which is affiliated with the Lemonade Day national youth entrepreneurship program, is celebrating its third year of operation on Saturday, July 27. On this day, 30 kids and teens will launch their lemonade businesses featurin...

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75 New York Museums Will Offer Free Admission on Smithsonian’s Museum Day

75 New York Museums Will Offer Free Admission on Smithsonian’s Museum Day

Smithsonian Institutions in Washington, D.C. offer guests free admission year-round, and the Smithsonian invites other museums, zoos and cultural centers around the country to embody that same spirit every year on Museum Day. This year, Museum Day ...

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3 Bushwick Schools Have Higher Lead Levels Today Than In 2016

3 Bushwick Schools Have Higher Lead Levels Today Than In 2016

After various Brooklyn public schools were tested for lead levels in their water facilities back in 2016, re-tests during the 2018-2019 school year revealed new cases of elevated lead levels, despite programs that were meant to eliminate lead from ...

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Bigs & Littles Mentorship Program Is Now Accepting Mentee Applications

Bigs & Littles Mentorship Program Is Now Accepting Mentee Applications

In Bigs & Littles NYC’s keystone mentoring program, youth ages 7-19 are carefully matched with a Big Sister or Big Brother who serves as an adviser, role model, and adult friend. Mentoring matches meet twice monthly for activities such as enjoying ...

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Two Bronx Students Awarded ESPN’s Inaugural Billie Jean King Award for Fighting Inequity in High School Sports

Two Bronx Students Awarded ESPN’s Inaugural Billie Jean King Award for Fighting Inequity in High School Sports

ESPN honored two Bronx high schoolers, Matt Diaz and Lisa Parks, with its inaugural Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award for their success in using sports to make a positive impact on their communities at the fifth annual Sports Humanitarian Awa...

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Teachers Get 15% Off at Target Nationwide Through July 20

Teachers Get 15% Off at Target Nationwide Through July 20

It’s never too early to start back to school shopping, and if you happen to be a teacher, you’re in luck! Target is offering 15% off select items for teachers nationwide in an effort to get them stocked up for the upcoming school year as part of th...

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Staten Island Teen With Asperger’s Gains Confidence from Competing in Miss New York USA Pageant

Staten Island Teen With Asperger’s Gains Confidence from Competing in Miss New York USA Pageant

Kids with autism spectrum disorders who struggle with social anxiety have a new role model in the pageantry world: 19-year-old Alexandria Hodnik, who has Asperger’s syndrome and recently competed in the Miss New York USA pageant. In 2013, Asperger’...

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Advocates Say NYC's $8.8 Billion Plan to Address School Overcrowding Isn't Focused on the Right Fix

Advocates Say NYC's $8.8 Billion Plan to Address School Overcrowding Isn't Focused on the Right Fix

While the number of overcrowded schools in New York City has declined by 31 buildings since 2015, some 520,000 kids–roughly half of the city’s student population–attend schools that are oversaturated and ill-equipped to handle their student bodies....

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Stanley Black & Decker Hosted a “Quiet Race” for Kids with Autism as Part of Initiative with Autism Speaks

Stanley Black & Decker Hosted a “Quiet Race” for Kids with Autism as Part of Initiative with Autism Speaks

Stanley Black & Decker and the Envision Virgin Racing Team created a unique racing experience for kids with autism spectrum disorder at the ABB FIA Formula E Racing Championship New York E Prix on July 13-14. The quiet race aimed to advance inclusi...

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14-Year-Old Helps Launch Book Vending Machines for Kids Across NYC

14-Year-Old Helps Launch Book Vending Machines for Kids Across NYC

Six vending machines offering free books to kids who want to avoid the summer slump opened across the five boroughs on July 11. 14-year-old Marley Dias from West Orange, NJ helped to unveil the machines and emphasized the books are free for everyon...

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NYC Students Now Have Option to Change Their Name, Gender, Without Legal Documentation

NYC Students Now Have Option to Change Their Name, Gender, Without Legal Documentation

Starting with the upcoming school year, students attending New York City public schools are no longer required to show any legal documents in order to change their name and/or gender on their permanent school records, according to a press release f...

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Brooklyn 10-Year-Old Competes on Hit Show “Chopped Junior”

Brooklyn 10-Year-Old Competes on Hit Show “Chopped Junior”

Not many 10 year olds can say they’ve competed in a professional cooking competition broadcasted on television, but Park Slope native Callum McGeory can. McGeory, who said he has been cooking with his grandpa since he was 4 years old, is set to mak...

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Impartial Hearings for NYC Special Education Services Are Not Effective for Parents Making Sacrifices

Impartial Hearings for NYC Special Education Services Are Not Effective for Parents Making Sacrifices

Many parents of the five boroughs say they are struggling to provide their kids with necessary special education services from the city. A May report from the New York City Department of Education revealed that impartial hearings, which are meant t...

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Don't Miss Your Last Chance to Win Free Credits at Luna Park with Your Report Card This Weekend

Don't Miss Your Last Chance to Win Free Credits at Luna Park with Your Report Card This Weekend

Summer is upon us, and there is no better way to celebrate than by visiting Coney Island’s Luna Park with your report card to get some free credits for the amusement park. But make sure you hurry–this sweet deal will only last until Sunday. Here’s ...

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53 Public Pools Are Now Open for the Summer in NYC

53 Public Pools Are Now Open for the Summer in NYC

Today, NYC’s 53 outdoor public pools have opened and will remain open through Sept. 8. Last summer, 1.7 million people used the pools, and the best part of the city’s pools? They’re all free!

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NYMetroParents 2019 Cover Kids Contest Finalists Announced

NYMetroParents 2019 Cover Kids Contest Finalists Announced

NYMetroParents is proud to announce the 10 finalists for the 2019 Cover Kids Contest, who will be photographed (decked out in clothing from Macy’s Backstage) at Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company in Midtown Manhattan later this month. More t...

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Brooklyn’s District 13 Receives School Diversity Grant

Brooklyn’s District 13 Receives School Diversity Grant

This year, the School Diversity Advisory Group (SDAG) released 67 recommendations to improve goals, diversity, resources, restorative justice and practices, and representation in New York City Schools. SDAG members–students, educators, parents, adv...

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Brooklyn Residents Debate Over Construction of Two 4th Avenue Family Shelters

Brooklyn Residents Debate Over Construction of Two 4th Avenue Family Shelters

Brooklyn’s 4th Avenue will soon become the home for two new homeless shelters, according to an article written for the Bklyner–and while many would consider this optimistic news, not everyone is thrilled about it. According to Mayor Bill de Blasio’...

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The Brooklyn Children’s Museum Has Opened a New Rooftop Playscape Just in Time for Summer

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum Has Opened a New Rooftop Playscape Just in Time for Summer

Kids can embrace the rooftop fun just like adults this summer thanks to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s new NEST rooftop jungle gym. The design is meant for kids ages 2-8 and is inspired by baya weaver bird’s nests to bring a little bit of flair t...

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Kids Can Enjoy Sensory-Friendly “My Way Matinees” at Regal Cinemas All Summer

Kids Can Enjoy Sensory-Friendly “My Way Matinees” at Regal Cinemas All Summer

This summer Regal Cinemas is offering “My Way Matinees” for viewers of all ages who want to enjoy movies in a sensory-friendly, calmer environment. All “My Way Matinees” begin at 10:30am, and tickets can be purchased for the special price of $6.50....

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