16-Year-Old Charles Kolin Spearheads Initiative to Get Unity Day Recognized by Congress

16-Year-Old Charles Kolin Spearheads Initiative to Get Unity Day Recognized by Congress

Charles Kolin, a junior at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT, has overcome bullying to spearhead an initiative that will hopefully result in Unity Day being officially recognized by Congress as a day for students to come together in support of k...

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747 Sensory-Friendly 'Santa Cares' Events Happening Across the Country This Season

747 Sensory-Friendly 'Santa Cares' Events Happening Across the Country This Season

This year, Autism Speaks and Cherry Hill Programs have partnered to offer 747 sensory-friendly “Santa Cares” events across the country where kids with autism and other sensory-related special needs can enjoy meeting Santa and getting into the holid...

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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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Macy's Announced Lineup and What's New for the 93rd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Announced Lineup and What's New for the 93rd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy’s recently announced the official lineup of the 93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, including musical guests, performance groups, the participating marching bands, the character balloons, floats, clowns, and more. The parade will be he...

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The Bloomingdale's Flagship Holiday Exhibit is ‘Out of This World’

The Bloomingdale's Flagship Holiday Exhibit is ‘Out of This World’

This year’s Bloomingdales “Out of This World” holiday campaign is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and will feature holiday windows, themed gift shops, in-store experiences, and a performance from John Legend, who will gift shop...

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Walt Whitman Shops Unveils New “Santa Set” for Families This Holiday Season

Walt Whitman Shops Unveils New “Santa Set” for Families This Holiday Season

Walt Whitman Shops has revealed that a brand-new Santa Set display will be part of this year’s holiday festivities that will allow families to have all kinds of fun while visiting with Santa throughout the season. The ‘Illuminated Holidays’ Santa S...

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Bowlero Bowling Alley Comes to Mineola

Bowlero Bowling Alley Comes to Mineola

The AMF Sheridan Lanes bowling alley in Mineola has been transformed into Bowlero Mineola, Long Island's third Bowlero location, and will offer the ultimate entertainment experience for the whole family with unique bowling, an interactive arcade, a...

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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 STEAM-Focused Preschool Center Will Open in Corona in Fall 2021

New STEAM-Focused Preschool Center Will Open in Corona in Fall 2021

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Deputy Mayor Phil Thompson, and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza recently announced that a new STEAM-focused, state-of-the-art, 306-seat Pre-K Center will open in Corona in the fall of 2021 in partnership with...

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3 Important Ways Vaping Impacts Your Kid’s Health

3 Important Ways Vaping Impacts Your Kid’s Health

Vaping has exploded in the teenage population around the country. Although these products were originally designed as alternatives for adults who already smoke traditional cigarettes, fun flavors, a perceived cool aesthetic, and the promise of “saf...

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Andersons Larchmont Launches 'Holiday Wish List' Program

Andersons Larchmont Launches 'Holiday Wish List' Program

Holiday shopping can be time consuming, stressful, and tedious–not to mention expensive. This year, Andersons Larchmont bookstore has launched a “Holiday Wish List” program that will help families keep their shopping stress free, local, and guarant...

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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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Local Moms Launch D.I.Y. Slime Shop in Larchmont

Local Moms Launch D.I.Y. Slime Shop in Larchmont

Stacey Sarver and Nicole Fiftal of Mamaroneck and Larchmont–two moms who know that kids love slime, but parents hate the mess that comes with it–just launched D.I.Y. Slime, a one-of-a-kind shop dedicated to making slime. The shop will provide kids ...

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How to Fully Secure Your Home This Holiday Season

How to Fully Secure Your Home This Holiday Season

With the holidays just around the corner, apartment doormats and front stoops will soon be stacked with packages—and that means “porch pirates” will be out in full force. Many of us will be traveling, leaving our homes unattended, during the holida...

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New Data Shows Kids Are Struggling with Reading—How You Can Help

New Data Shows Kids Are Struggling with Reading—How You Can Help

If your child is having a hard time learning to read or you’re worried she might fall behind, the Nation’s Report Card scores released yesterday aren’t great news. An alarming percentage of students in fourth and eighth grades are indeed struggling...

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Kids Can See Broadway Shows for Free on February 25, 2020

Kids Can See Broadway Shows for Free on February 25, 2020

The Broadway League announced that kids will be able to see Broadway shows for free during a Kids’ Night on Broadway on February 25, 2020. The event is open to kids 18 and younger accompanied by a full-paying adult. Scoring a Kids’ Night on Broadwa...

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Why Your Teenager Is Driving You Crazy

Why Your Teenager Is Driving You Crazy

You probably know that some bad behavior often comes with having a teenager–whether it’s making choices without regard to consequences, questioning authority (aka parents and teachers), or just become more distant. This makes it a challenging time ...

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Do You Need a Special Education Attorney?

Do You Need a Special Education Attorney?

You know when your child with special needs isn’t receiving the education that is right for him. Maybe he’s struggling in a class that’s not a good fit. Perhaps he’s not receiving the supports and services he’s entitled to outside of class. He migh...

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Why Are Parents Still Refusing to Vaccinate?

Why Are Parents Still Refusing to Vaccinate?

New York City's biggest measles outbreak in almost 30 years ended in September, according to Health Department officials, but the argument about vaccinations is still raging. Headlines in the media, warnings at doctor's offices, regulations by scho...

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The Winter Village at Bryant Park Opens Oct. 31

The Winter Village at Bryant Park Opens Oct. 31

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, home to holiday shops, an ice rink, a bar and food hall, and so much more winter fun for the whole family, opens at 12pm Thursday, Oct. 31 for the 2019/2020 season. This NYC holiday favorite is home to...

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One Manhattan Teacher Will Win a $100,000 FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence

One Manhattan Teacher Will Win a $100,000 FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence

The FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence launched on Oct. 23 and will recognize and celebrate one extraordinary Manhattan public school teacher with a $100,000 prize–and $20,000 for his or her school. Four finalists will also receive $10,000 each and...

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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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Sandbox Playground and Sandbox, Powered by Related Kids’ Makerspaces Now Open in Chelsea

Sandbox Playground and Sandbox, Powered by Related Kids’ Makerspaces Now Open in Chelsea

The Zaha Hadid Building at 520 W. 28th St. in Chelsea unveiled Sandbox Playground, a “STEAM-focused innovation lab” for community kids to explore, on October 3. Kids who live in the building also have access to a residential makerspace that allows ...

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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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The NYPD Shares How to Keep Your Kids Safe on Halloween

The NYPD Shares How to Keep Your Kids Safe on Halloween

The New York City Police Department wants to remind you that Halloween is one of the most enjoyable days of the year for children, but parents should be aware of the potential risks that can affect children who are not supervised properly.

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Your Child’s American Girl Doll Can Receive Check-Ups at the American Girl Place in NYC

Your Child’s American Girl Doll Can Receive Check-Ups at the American Girl Place in NYC

At the new American Girl Doll Hospitals in New York City and Chicago, kids can bring their dolls in for checkups, dental care, surgery, repairs, and more. This interactive play experience is designed to broaden the scope of how kids can play with t...

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Stony Brook University's New Children's Hospital Is Complete

Stony Brook University's New Children's Hospital Is Complete

Stony Brook University celebrated the opening of the new Stony Brook Children’s Hospital on October 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. This new hospital will expand Stony Brook’s capacity to meet kids’ health needs across Long Island. The hospital ...

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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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Check Out East Midtown’s 5th Annual Trick-or-Treat Celebration This Halloween

Check Out East Midtown’s 5th Annual Trick-or-Treat Celebration This Halloween

On October 31, Midtown East’s Halloween celebration for families returns for its fifth year, complete with trick-or-treating, face painting, a spooky photo booth, costume contests, and more. More than 90 local businesses are expected to participate...

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WeWork’s Private School in NYC Will Close After This School Year

WeWork’s Private School in NYC Will Close After This School Year

HuffPost reports that WeGrow, WeWork’s private Manhattan school for kids ages 3-9 that opened in 2018, will close after this school year. WeWork has faced tumult recently in the aftermath of a failed IPO, an investor exodus, and a takeover announce...

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Celebrate the Premiere of ‘Frozen II’ at Saks Fifth Avenue in November

Celebrate the Premiere of ‘Frozen II’ at Saks Fifth Avenue in November

There’s no Disney musical more important to today’s little ones than Frozen. The film’s much anticipated sequel Frozen II premieres on November 22, and Disney is teaming up with Saks Fifth Avenue to host an Enchanted Forest Experience that will del...

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Bronx Zoo Debuts Endangered Dholes in New Exhibit

Bronx Zoo Debuts Endangered Dholes in New Exhibit

The Bronx Zoo just announced its newest furry friends, a pack of three male dhole, a species of Asiatic wild dog. The fox-like, endangered animal will reside adjacent to the Himalayan Highlands at the zoo. The three dholes are siblings and were bor...

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6 Accessible Halloween Costume Lines for Kids with Special Needs

6 Accessible Halloween Costume Lines for Kids with Special Needs

Between sensory overstimulation while trick-or-treating to costumes that just don’t work, Halloween can feel more trick than treat for kids with special needs. And there’s nothing more worrisome for parents than wondering whether their child is hav...

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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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New Sesame Street Initiative Helps Kids Understand Addiction

New Sesame Street Initiative Helps Kids Understand Addiction

Sesame Street will return for its 50th season this year and has just launched a new initiative, Sesame Street in Communities, which offers supplemental content designed for kids–who are often unseen victims of addiction–for free to providers, paren...

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How to Tour Colleges with Your Kids–And Stay on Budget

How to Tour Colleges with Your Kids–And Stay on Budget

Beginning to look into colleges can be overwhelming for both you and your teen. It can be even more overwhelming if your child’s dream schools are far away, cost an arm and a leg to stay nearby, and come with hefty price tags if she does get in. Bu...

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U.S. News & World Report Names Montefiore Nyack Hospital a High Performing Hospital for COPD

U.S. News & World Report Names Montefiore Nyack Hospital a High Performing Hospital for COPD

Montefiore Nyack Hospital has been recognized as a High Performing Hospital for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings, now in their 5th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making info...

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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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Astor Place Theatre Unveils STEAM-Focused Blue Man Group Program for Kids

Astor Place Theatre Unveils STEAM-Focused Blue Man Group Program for Kids

The Blue Man Group put on its first performance for kids at Astor Place Theatre on October 4. These performances will be available on an ongoing basis for school groups, scout troops, and any group of kids who express interest. The performances aim...

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UNO® Braille Now Available for Kids With Visual Impairments

UNO® Braille Now Available for Kids With Visual Impairments

Mattel announced the debut of UNO® Braille, the first UNO card deck that would be accessible for players with visual impairments, on October 1. UNO Braille decks are designed in partnership with the National Federation for the Blind. They feature B...

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P.S. 101Q in Forest Hills Wins Coveted National Blue Ribbon

P.S. 101Q in Forest Hills Wins Coveted National Blue Ribbon

P.S. 101Q in Forest Hills has been awarded a national blue ribbon for being among the highest performing schools in New York, the US Department of Education announced on Sept. 26. 101Q is one of eight schools in NYC to receive this distinction, and...

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How to Work with Your Nanny While You Work from Home

How to Work with Your Nanny While You Work from Home

For moms and dads who work at home, establishing rules with the nanny can be difficult. Because you're sharing a space, it's essential that your child knows who is boss during business hours. Follow these tips and guidelines that will help you esta...

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LEGOLAND New York Resort Will Open July 4, 2020

LEGOLAND New York Resort Will Open July 4, 2020

LEGOLAND New York Resort just announced it will open its doors to the public on July 4, 2020, just in time for the summer season. The Goshen resort will have more than 50 Lego-themed interactive rides, shows, and attractions on seven “lands”, so ki...

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How to Keep Kids Safe on Halloween Night

How to Keep Kids Safe on Halloween Night

Halloween is one of kids’ favorite nights of the year, but it can also present some scary situations. Walking in the dark, wearing costumes, and receiving candy from strangers can make kids vulnerable to danger–and make parents worry instead of hav...

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5 Tips to Keep Your Baby Safe While She Sleeps

5 Tips to Keep Your Baby Safe While She Sleeps

As a parent, one of your top priorities is undoubtedly making sure that your baby is safe while she sleeps. Unfortunately, according to the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, more than 40 babies in NYC die each year because of pr...

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5 Tips to Help You Save for Your Kids' College

5 Tips to Help You Save for Your Kids' College

Every parent wonders how they can best save for their kids’ college plans, but preparing for college requires more than just saving: You have to develop goals, talk to your kids about which colleges they’re considering, and get creative in order to...

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