Melanie Baker

'School of Rock': Meet the Kids in the Band

'School of Rock': Meet the Kids in the Band

(Nov. 13, 2015) - Meet five kids who are schooling Broadway in rock 'n' roll in the new show School of Rock.


Travel to Northwest Arkansas for Family-Friendly Fun

Travel to Northwest Arkansas for Family-Friendly Fun

(Nov. 04, 2015) - If you're looking for a great family trip, explore Northwest Arkansas and discover a world of kid-friendly activities that children will love in the burgeoning areas of Fayetteville and Bentonville.


Meet the Winner and Finalists of Our 2015 Cover Contest

Meet the Winner and Finalists of Our 2015 Cover Contest

(Aug. 14, 2015) - Presenting the winner of our 2015 cover contest, plus a peek behind the scenes at our photo shoot with all eight awesome finalists, photographed at PhotoOp NYC, and sponsorship provided by Appaman, Pear Tree Greetings, and CityPass.


The Health Benefits of Kids Having a Pet

The Health Benefits of Kids Having a Pet

(Apr. 28, 2015) - Whether they're furry, feathered, or funny looking, pets offer more than companionship for kids. The health benefits of owning a pet include boosting self-confidence and emotional well-being, and teaches kids responsibility.


Brooklyn’s AltSchool Provides Experiential Learning

(Dec. 15, 2014) - AltSchool, which provides experiential learning for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, is opening a Brooklyn Heights location in the fall. The elementary and middle school is now offering open houses and accepting applications for the fall.


Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

(Oct. 15, 2014) - There are ways to make your child's trick-or-treating experience more meaningful than just collecting bags of candy. By participating in the 60-year-old Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program, not only will your kids learn the importance of fundraising and having a global impact, but they will gain an invaluable sense of self-worth through helping other children across the world.


Nigel Barker's Tips for Taking Pics of Kids

Nigel Barker's Tips for Taking Pics of Kids

(May. 01, 2014) - Fashion photographer, and host of Oxygen's "The Face", Nigel Barker shares photos of his family, photography tips for taking unexpected pictures of your kids, and his favorite photo apps.


Olympic-Inspired Activities in the NY Metro Area

(Jan. 24, 2014) - Want to get in the Olympic spirit for the 2014 winter games without flying across the globe to Sochi, Russia? We've compiled a list of Olympic-inspired activities for the whole family in the NY metro area, including the Stars on Ice tour and the USOC Road to Sochi Tour.


Meet Fairfield Resident Julie Chu of the 2014 U.S. Women's Hockey Team

(Jan. 24, 2014) - Julie Chu, a resident of Fairfield, CT, is competing on Team USA's Women's ice hockey team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Here, she talks about her career and family support.


The Personal Touch: Classroom Innovations for Personalized Learning

(Dec. 19, 2013) - One size does not fit all when it comes to learning, and a variety of innovative educators are honing in on that idea to bring a more customized approach to teaching our children. Find out how New Classrooms' Teach to One: Math, Avenues: The World School, Big Picture Learning, are doing just that.


Ask the Expert: How Does Sleepaway Camp Help Children With ADHD Develop Better Decision Making Skills?

(Apr. 03, 2013) - Sending your child with ADHD to summer camp or a travel program can be nerve-wracking. Eugene Bell, Ed.M. of Summit Camp offers advice for parents on how to worry less about summer programs geared towards children with ADHD and special needs, and how sleepaway programs can help children with ADHD learn decision making skills.


Homegrown Heroes: Singing and Signing for Good

(Mar. 27, 2013) - Professional opera singer Sabrina Francis volunteers her time and talent at Gigi's Playhouse NYC in upper Manhattan to inspire children with Down syndrome through music and sign language.


Ask the Expert: How Can Kids Benefit from Playing Tennis, and When Should They Start?

Ask the Expert: How Can Kids Benefit from Playing Tennis, and When Should They Start?

(Jan. 23, 2013) - Tennis can help kids develop many physical, social, and mental skills that they can use in other areas of life. We asked Go! Tennis director George Garland what age is right to start tennis lessons and what the goals of those early lessons should be.


Ask the Expert: Is Golf the Right Sport for My Child?

(Jan. 18, 2013) - Kate Tempesta, founder and co-owner of Kate Tempesta’s Urban Golf Academy, shares her tips on the benefits children get from playing golf, how young kids can start golf lessons, and what to expect from your child’s golf teachers.


Party Central Pick of the Month: Happy Birthday, Tree!

(Jan. 03, 2013) - A new story book introduces young readers to the importance of honoring and caring for nature. In "Happy Birthday, Tree! A Tu B'Shevat Story" by Madelyn Rosenberg, Joni and Nate realize the importance of friendship, compassion, and respect for nature.


How STEM Education Can Help Our Kids And Our World

How STEM Education Can Help Our Kids And Our World

(Dec. 20, 2012) - Science, technology, engineering, and math are the four subjects that may be most important for our kids to be learning now. STEM education is finally getting the attention it deserves and there are many programs, classes, camps, and museum activities that will let your child learn STEM subjects. We need more scientists and innovators and STEM education holds the key. Building rockets, robots, and other cool contraptions helps kids become creative thinkers and problem solvers and may help them and our world in the future.


Local Olympian Tim Morehouse Tells Us All About Fencing

(Nov. 01, 2012) - Tim Morehouse, originally from Riverdale in the Bronx, has an impressive career: He has competed on the US Olympic fencing teams in Athens, Beijing, and London (so far). Since winning a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Games, Morehouse has consistently leveraged his influence to inspire kids across the world to lead active lifestyles and to find the excitement and fun in lesser-known sports. We spoke to Morehouse about his past life as a teacher in the New York City school system, his love of the sport, and more.


Party Max Brings Varitey of Party Supplies to Brooklyn

(Sep. 19, 2012) - Brooklyn residents now have another option when buying supplies and decorations for their next party. Party Max, which recently opened in Dyker Heights, offers everything from balloon bouquets and themed supplies to Halloween costumes, greeting cards, plush toys, and seasonal merchandise.


Meet the Editor: Melanie Baker

(Sep. 06, 2012) - Get to know Melanie Baker, NYMetroParents' assistant editor and directories editor.


Three Ways to Make the Olympics Educational for Your Kids

(Jun. 26, 2012) - With the 2012 Summer Olympics around the corner, some parents may be worried about their kids sitting in front of the TV for hours watching the events and not learning anything. We found three products—a book, a movie, and a game—to help make the event watching more educational. With older kids, read the book or watch the movie, then have a discussion about the athletes featured. For younger kids, play the game to learn and review math skills.


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