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P.S. 25, A Brooklyn Elementary School with Just 82 Students, Will Remain Open

P.S. 25, A Brooklyn Elementary School with Just 82 Students, Will Remain Open

P.S. 25 is home to only 82 students and costs $50,000 per child to operate. Virtually every student comes from a low-income family, according to city data. And yet 70% of P.S. 25 students are proficient in math, and half are proficient in reading–p...

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Fewer Children in NYC Suffered Lead Poisoning Last Year

Fewer Children in NYC Suffered Lead Poisoning Last Year

According to data collected by the New York City Department of Health, blood-lead levels have been on a steady decline in children younger than 18 across all five boroughs. The rates are at an all time low in both private and public housing through...

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Mr. Ratburn Married a Man in

Mr. Ratburn Married a Man in "Arthur''s 22nd Season Premiere

On May 13, the 22nd season of Arthur, a kids’ favorite, aired on CBS with a deceptively simple plot: Mr. Ratburn, Arthur and his pals’ teacher, was going to get married. The characters couldn’t believe their teacher was getting married–and audience...

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Are You Living in an NYC Playground Desert?

Are You Living in an NYC Playground Desert?

For a city with so many kids and so many opportunities for enrichment, New York has a playground crisis. The city is full of “playground deserts,” places similar to food deserts in that living in one means you do not have access to resources such a...

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4 More African Black-Footed Penguins Have Arrived at New York Aquarium

4 More African Black-Footed Penguins Have Arrived at New York Aquarium

The African black-footed penguin is classified as Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which might make finding them at zoos and aquariums a little difficult. But the New York Aquarium has just added four mor...

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Will Celebrate Their 35th Anniversary at the Paley Center for Media

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Will Celebrate Their 35th Anniversary at the Paley Center for Media

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been a kid favorite for more than three decades, and die-hard fans can interact with the Turtles in a whole new way this summer at the Paley Center for Media, which will be hosting a 35th anniversary exclusive ...

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Mill Basin Day Camp Adds Laser Maze and Rock-Climbing Wall, Makes Renovations

Mill Basin Day Camp Adds Laser Maze and Rock-Climbing Wall, Makes Renovations

At Mill Basin Day Camp, the Laser Maze activity will involve children weaving through a Mission Impossible-esque maze of beams of light. They’ll climb over and under the lasers to reach a special “verification point” in which they must enter a 3-di...

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center to Hold Day Camps at City Tech Brooklyn

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center to Hold Day Camps at City Tech Brooklyn

From July 8-Aug. 23, The DNA Learning Center of Cold Spring Harbor will be offering summer camps at New York City College of Technology for the first time. Sessions will be offered for children entering sixth through 12th grade. There will be five ...

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The Bija Project Preschool Hosts Dance Party Fundraiser

The Bija Project Preschool Hosts Dance Party Fundraiser

The Bija Project is hosting their second installment of Baby&Soul on Saturday, May 4 from 4-7pm. Baby&Soul is a dance party open to everyone, hosted by a community and collective of music lovers, across class differences, inclusive of all ages, gen...

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Guggenheim Museum Debuts Children’s Artwork Exhibit

Guggenheim Museum Debuts Children’s Artwork Exhibit

A Year With Children 2019, an annual presentation of works of art created by New York City children in grades second-sixth, will be on display from April 26-June 2 at the Guggenheim Museum. The exhibit features more than 100 works from 12 participa...

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Tickets for Jurassic World Live Tour are Now On Sale

Tickets for Jurassic World Live Tour are Now On Sale

Jurassic World Live Tour, a thrilling, live experience that will excite all generations of Jurassic World fans, is coming to New York and New Jersey and tickets are now on sale. Jurassic World will come to life at the Barclays Center, the Prudentia...

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The 2019-2020 NYC Public School Calendar Is Here

The 2019-2020 NYC Public School Calendar Is Here

In any city, knowing when kids will have off from school is important. In New York, it’s crucial. The NYC Department of Education just released the 2019-2020 school calendar–which many local preschools follow, as well–so you can know when schools w...

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Fleet Week 2019's Schedule of Events Has Been Announced

Fleet Week 2019's Schedule of Events Has Been Announced

This year’s Fleet Week will honor the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard with a weeklong celebration of the sea services beginning May 21. Active ships recently deployed overseas will dock in New York Harbor so the crew can enjoy festivities and the pub...

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First Spanish-Language Forest School Opens in Prospect Park

First Spanish-Language Forest School Opens in Prospect Park

NIDO Forest School is the latest in a growing group of outdoor schools that have been founded in response to parents who desire an education for their children that expands beyond the walls of a traditional classroom. In these classes, learning occ...

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Governor Island’s Playground, The Yard, Reopens on May 4

Governor Island’s Playground, The Yard, Reopens on May 4

The Yard, an experimental playground filled with unconventional play items such as loose materials, spare parts, and tools, is reopening for its fourth season on Saturday, May 4. Located in beautiful Governor’s Island, The Yard offers kids the spac...

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Luna Park on Coney Island Will Start the Season with Free Admission This Weekend

Luna Park on Coney Island Will Start the Season with Free Admission This Weekend

Coney Island’s beloved Luna Park will open with a second annual Charity Day to benefit Children of Promise, NYC, a local Brooklyn charity, on April 6. Guests who donate a minimum of $10 to CPNYC will have unlimited access to all of the park’s rides...

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New York Yankees and New York Mets Participate in Little League Days 2019

New York Yankees and New York Mets Participate in Little League Days 2019

Little League Days, a program created to give young baseball and softball players the opportunity to greater connect with their sport on a professional level, is returning this April to New York City. During Little League Days kids can enjoy discou...

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Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge Donates More Than $60,000 to Local Organizations

Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge Donates More Than $60,000 to Local Organizations

The Coney Island Polar Bear Club has been hosting a New Year’s Day Polar Plunge for everyone daring enough to brave the icy Atlantic for a great cause since 1903. In the past decade, the Club has raised more than $500,000 to support local charities...

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Grimaldi's Pizza is Set to Reopen Historic Brooklyn Bridge Location on March 29

Grimaldi's Pizza is Set to Reopen Historic Brooklyn Bridge Location on March 29

The Grimaldi’s Pizza headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona has never managed the original, foot-of-the-Brooklyn-Bridge location, which operated as an independent pizza shop until recently. However, Grimaldi’s has announced that its iconic 1 Front St....

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The Learnatory Plans Move to St. Joseph’s College and Adds Courses

The Learnatory Plans Move to St. Joseph’s College and Adds Courses

Students who want to explore fascinating, high-level subjects outside of the classroom have been heading to the Learnatory in Clinton Hill for three years. Now, thanks to St. Joseph’s College, Learnatory students will be able to use state-of-the-ar...

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Macy’s 2019 Flower Show Opens March 24 in Herald Square

Macy’s 2019 Flower Show Opens March 24 in Herald Square

On Sunday, March 24 at 10am Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square is slated to unveil its 2019 flower show, arguably one of the most ‘grammable ways to welcome spring in New York City. This year’s exhibition is aptly titled Journey to Paradisios, ...

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Brooklyn Amity School to Offer PreK-3 Program, Add to UPK Program

Brooklyn Amity School to Offer PreK-3 Program, Add to UPK Program

Brooklyn Amity School, a private collage preparatory school in Sheepshead Bay, will add programs to its current UPK program as well as add a tuition-based PreK-3 Program in September. In August 2018, Principal and Head of School John Amelio joined ...

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NYMetroParents and Staten Island Parent Receive 9 Awards at Annual Parenting Media Association Conference

NYMetroParents and Staten Island Parent Receive 9 Awards at Annual Parenting Media Association Conference

On March 1, Parenting Media Association presented NYMetroParents and Staten Island Parent, a division of Davler Media Group, with nine excellence awards at its 2018 Design and Editorial Awards reception, held in St. Petersburg, FL.

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The Big Bounce America Tour Is Bringing 20,000 Feet of Inflatable Fun to Brooklyn

The Big Bounce America Tour Is Bringing 20,000 Feet of Inflatable Fun to Brooklyn

Backyard bounce houses are fun, but they can’t compare to the world’s largest bounce house! Luckily for you and your kids, the Guinness-certified record holding bounce house is coming to Marine Park in Brooklyn, thanks to The Big Bounce America’s s...

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Beth Shalom v'Emeth Reform Temple Introduces Membership Passover Workshop

Beth Shalom v'Emeth Reform Temple Introduces Membership Passover Workshop

This March, Beth Shalom v'Emeth Reform Temple in Brooklyn is introducing new workshops on how to feel empowered to lead your Passover celebration, or Seder. The classes will focus on what is important about the ceremony, how one can shorten it if n...

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Brooklyn Girl Scout Creates Partnership Between Curvebreakers Test Prep and Bishop Kearney High School

Brooklyn Girl Scout Creates Partnership Between Curvebreakers Test Prep and Bishop Kearney High School

Grace Aluisa, now a senior at Bishop Kearney High School in Brooklyn, is an accomplished young person. One of the top-performing academic students in her class, Grace has also reached the highest level within the Girl Scouts organization as a Girl ...

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New York Aquarium Receives 5 Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon to Educate Public About Its Extinction Prevention

New York Aquarium Receives 5 Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon to Educate Public About Its Extinction Prevention

The New York Aquarium has receives five Endangered Atlantic sturgeon to educate its visitors about the importance of protecting these endangered fish, as well as other historically important fish of the Hudson River. The aquarium will display the g...

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Wegmans to Open in Brooklyn in the Fall, Provide Estimated 500 Jobs

Wegmans to Open in Brooklyn in the Fall, Provide Estimated 500 Jobs

The beloved, upstate-based supermarket chain is expected to open its first New York City location in Brooklyn at Brooklyn’s Navy Yard in the fall. The highly anticipated expansion will offer more than 500 jobs, including 150 full-time positions. Th...

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The Brooklyn Green School Opens in North Crown Heights

The Brooklyn Green School Opens in North Crown Heights

The Brooklyn Green School is now enrolling in North Crown Heights. The Brooklyn middle school has an active-driven mission and will use an integrated curriculum that is focused on sustainability, including environmental issues and justice concerns....

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A. Fantis Parochial School Partners With Vanderbilt for Phenomenon-Based Learning Program

A. Fantis Parochial School Partners With Vanderbilt for Phenomenon-Based Learning Program

A. Fantis Parochial School, celebrating its 55th year, began working with Vanderbilt University in August 2018 to revamp its curriculum for students in kindergarten-eighth grade. The program, headed by Jennifer Ufnar, Ph.D., the executive director ...

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Little Scholars Opens Bensonhurst Location

Little Scholars Opens Bensonhurst Location

Little Scholars, a chain of early childhood education centers in Brooklyn, will open a new location in Bensonhurst this month. This will be the fifth location to open in the borough and will be housed in a new 6,000-square-foot facility that will...

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Donate New or Gently Used Coats to Massage Outpost, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint

Donate New or Gently Used Coats to Massage Outpost, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint

Massage DUMBO, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint are accepting new or gently-used coat donations in exchange for $20 off your first massage. Donations will be delivered to local New York Cares Coat Drive warehouses. From there, homeless shelters, commun...

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Instagram-Worthy Moments from Kids' Activities & Programs in Brooklyn

Instagram-Worthy Moments from Kids' Activities & Programs in Brooklyn

We asked some of our Brooklyn partners to provide photos of the activities that go on in their walls. We posted the results to the @NYMetroParents Instagram account and are publishing them below. What follows are beautiful, dynamic photos of after-...

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Mill's Trills 9th Annual Winter Bash Invites You to Become a Songwriter

Mill's Trills 9th Annual Winter Bash Invites You to Become a Songwriter

Recognized as a 2018-2019 Jubilation Foundation Fellow for her excellence in bringing joy to children, Amelia Robinson unites Brooklyn communities once again in this year’s annual celebration of live music and art-making at the Mill’s Trills 9th An...

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Circus Glow Comes to Brooklyn and Queens

Circus Glow Comes to Brooklyn and Queens

Circus Glow is bringing a totally new style of circus to Brooklyn and Queens. It is committed to providing children and families with an illuminated experience fused with art and entertainment and the highest level of excitement. The show is kickin...

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Brooklyn Councilman Announces Kosher and Halal Lunch Programs

Brooklyn Councilman Announces Kosher and Halal Lunch Programs

Though about 1.1 million New York City school students have access to free lunches in public schools, the menu hasn't always been quite as inclusive. But now, a Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn councilman announced a plan that would provide new Kosher and ...

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Lighthouse Family Daycare Opens in Bay Ridge

Lighthouse Family Daycare Opens in Bay Ridge

After 18 years of experience in Chinatown, Lighthouse Family Daycare decided to close their Manhattan doors and reopen in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, in September. Lighthouse Family Daycare is interested in guiding children ages 2-5 through their early li...

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Brooklyn Student Honored for Service to Help Save Bee Population

Brooklyn Student Honored for Service to Help Save Bee Population

With all the hubbub lately about the disappearance and collapse of a number of bee colonies and the growing influence of organizations like Save The Bees, it’s nice to see one of New York’s own make a positive difference. A high school junior from ...

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City Parks Offers Free Street Hockey Program in Brooklyn and Queens

City Parks Offers Free Street Hockey Program in Brooklyn and Queens

City Parks Foundation is offering a free, weekly instructional street hockey program for kids ages 8-12 in local neighborhood parks. Youth will learn basic hockey skills such as stickhandling, passing, shooting and core life skills, such as safety,...

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Autism Speaks and Manhattan’s Blue Man Group Present an Autism-Friendly Performance on Nov. 3

Autism Speaks and Manhattan’s Blue Man Group Present an Autism-Friendly Performance on Nov. 3

The Blue Man Group, in conjunction with Autism Speaks, is hosting a sensory-friendly performance for children with sensitivity to stimulation or autism spectrum disorder. The sensory-friendly show, now in its fourth year, will feature amenities suc...

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Brooklyn Schools Named Finalists in Recycled Garden Giveaway

Brooklyn Schools Named Finalists in Recycled Garden Giveaway

Some things—desks, books, and pencils—are standard in schools, but how many schools can say they have their own garden? This year, one lucky school in Brooklyn will be the recipient of a brand new garden made completely from recycled waste.

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Brooklyn Music School Now Offering Music Therapy Programs For Kids and Adults

Brooklyn Music School Now Offering Music Therapy Programs For Kids and Adults

Kids and adults can now participate in any of the four new music therapy programs that just launched at Brooklyn Music School, including MusiKids for children ages 5-7. Classes for the fall trimester began on September 30 and each session ranges fr...

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Harry Potter Exhibit Debuts at the Upper West Side’s New-York Historical Society

Harry Potter Exhibit Debuts at the Upper West Side’s New-York Historical Society

Harry Potter: A History of Magic opened Oct. 5 at the New-York Historical Society and is bringing a little extra magic to the Upper West Side. Whether you’ve read all the books, seen every movie, and spend a little too much time on Pottermore, or j...

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Science Language and Arts International School Moves to Carroll Gardens

Science Language and Arts International School Moves to Carroll Gardens

For students attending Science, Language & Arts International School this year, the brand-new main campus location in Carroll Gardens is just one of many recent developments: the school is now offering a Mandarin language immersion track in additio...

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Hendrick I. Lott House in Marine Park to Open to the Public for a Limited Time

Hendrick I. Lott House in Marine Park to Open to the Public for a Limited Time

For the first time this year, the Hendrick I. Lott House, located in Marine Park, will open its doors to the public for a limited number of interior tours as part of Archtober, a celebration of New York City’s architecture. Listed on the National R...

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Theatre Collective for Children Will Perform a Hilarious Version of The Odyssey

Theatre Collective for Children Will Perform a Hilarious Version of The Odyssey

Classical Remix Theatre Collective is performing a parody of Homer's The Odyssey on select dates October 6-10. The Theater is based out of P.S. 264, The Bay Ridge Elementary School for the Arts. The work that they produce services the P.S. 264 scho...

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Officials Discover Lead in More Than 1,000 NYC Schools

Officials Discover Lead in More Than 1,000 NYC Schools

At school, things like clean drinking water should be a given. In NYC, though, officials from the Department of Education have yet to fully fix more 1,100 water fixtures found to have elevated levels of lead.

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Muse Academy Opens In Brooklyn For All Five Boroughs

Muse Academy Opens In Brooklyn For All Five Boroughs

MUSE Academy's doors opened on September 5 with a first day of school celebration of the inspiration of the ancient Greek Muses for the young scholars who make up the founding class of the new school in the heart of Brooklyn's cultural district.

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Ume Ume Music + Arts of Park Slope Offers New 'Jump Start' Preschool Alternative Program

Ume Ume Music + Arts of Park Slope Offers New 'Jump Start' Preschool Alternative Program

Ume Ume Music + Arts of Park Slope has already begun accepting students for this new ‘Jump Start’ program, but will also offer rolling admission throughout the year. Ume Ume offers one, two, and three day options from 9am-11am, and feature a comple...

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Hootenanny Art House Opens 7th Avenue Location in Park Slope

Hootenanny Art House Opens 7th Avenue Location in Park Slope

After 10 years of growing the beloved Hootenanny Art House on 15th Street, Pete Sinjin and Kira Smith are thrilled to be opening their second location, just for ART: the new Hootenanny ART Annex! They are happy to continue to bring Art to the Park ...

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