(Apr. 19, 2018) - New York City is definitely a walking town, but that doesn't mean the traffic isn't brutal. In fact, traffic congestion is so bad that the City is proposing a congestion tax, that would charge drivers traveling in highly congested areas during the times of day when traffic is at its heaviest. To off set this and to encourage walking and public transportation, NYC will hold the third annual Car Free Earth Day event on Saturday April 21, 2018, the day before Earth Day. From Times Square to Union Square, Broadway will be closed to cars and only available to pedestrians and cyclists.
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(Apr. 17, 2018) - It's fun to stay (and learn) at the YMCA! This year the YMCA's annual Healthy Kids Day will be held on Saturday April 21 at all 22 locations across New York City. The free event is geared toward educating kids on how to keep their minds and bodies active during the summer months. The all-day event will feature cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts projects, bouncy houses, face painting, and more.
(Apr. 12, 2018) - Bach to Rock, a music school for kids, is launching a Band Jam for kid’s ages 10-13 on Tuesday nights starting April 3.
(Apr. 12, 2018) - Port Jefferson located on Long Island's north shore is a picturesque waterfront location with plenty of things to do for kids and families. It is located about 50 miles east on New York City and is easily accessible by car, Long Island Railroad, or even boat. In fact, Port Jefferson is a top destination for boaters because it is one of two ports that have access from Connecticut and because the waters are so calm. Families can take in a bit of history or take part in an education activity at the Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson Village Center, or Bayles Boat Shop, where they can learn about building and restoring wooden boats. There's also live theater year-round, plenty of great restaurants, and amazing festivals. Read on to discover our favorite things to do in Port Jefferson with kids:
(Apr. 12, 2018) - Girls from Troop 6000, a Girl Scout troop made up of girls living in a homeless shelter in New York City, are holding their first cookie sale and there's still time to grab those Thin Mints and Dos-si-dos we love so much. More than 20 members of Troop 6000 will be on hand at Kellog's NYC in Union Square from 4-6pm until April 13 selling the famous cookies. This will be the first time the troop will be able to raise money via a cookie sale and they have set a goal of selling 6,000 boxes!
(Apr. 11, 2018) - Now in its 9th year, Groundwork Hudson Valley will be celebrating Earth Day with its annual Great Saw Mill River Cleanup. Nine sites alone the Saw Mill River will welcome volunteers from across lower Westchester to help remove trash. The event will be happening the April 21- 22 from 10-1pm and volunteers will visit each of the nine locations. On Saturday, April 21 sites include Woodlands Lake in Irvington, Bridge St. in Ardsley, Lawrence St. in Dobbs Ferry, Farragut Ave. in Hastings, and the following sites in Yonkers: Hearst St., Odell and Executive Blvd., Walsh Rd./War Memorial Field, and Van der Donck Park/Larkin Plaza. Sunday, April 22 will be at 115 Fairview Park Dr. in Elmsford in front of the Liberty Coca-Cola plant.
(Apr. 11, 2018) - Yoga with baby goats is coming to Brooklyn and we could not be more excited. You might have heard about this adorable trend on social media and now New Yorkers can give it a try first hand. Sharon and Aldo Boustani, founders of NY Goat Yoga started the concept at their Gilbertsville Farmhouse, and starting April 17 they will be bringing the class to Bushwick for a two-month stay. Children ages 12 and older are welcome to join the class that is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5pm and 7pm.
(Apr. 10, 2018) - Baseball season has officially started and that means our favorite hometown heroes are back. Catching a game with my boys is one of our favorite things to do during the Spring and Summer. Citi Field, home to the New York Mets, is an incredibly kid-friendly stadium and offers a number of great ammeniities in the way of food and fun. Citi Field is located in Flushing and is easily accessible via the 7 train (it has its own stop!). Upon arriving you will be greated by the famous home run apple that lived at Shea Stadium for many, many years. Here are some other things to experience at Citi Field.
(Apr. 10, 2018) - Street Games is back for its 11th year. This fun outodoor event brings old-school games to new-school kids. From double-dutch to hula hoop is bringing the best games from the 60's and 70's to East Harlem's Thomas Jefferson Park. This free event is fun for the whole family. Kids and play and learn new games or watch performances by a yo-yo master, hip-hop breakdancers, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem.
(Apr. 05, 2018) - Starting in April the Wholeness Center of Rockland will be launching its Artist Discovery classes for kid’s ages 4-6 and 7-9. The classes will run for four weeks and cost $80 if you register for all four classes in advance. Walk-ins are welcome and cost $22.
(Apr. 05, 2018) - New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo, announced via Twitter that schools will now be required to provide free menstrual products for girls in grades 6-12. These products will be available in every girl's bathroom in New York State schools. Back in January the Governor announced plans to empower more girls across the state and included included in this proposal was to, "Empower young people to forge healthy relationships, work to close the gender gap in STEM, provide mentoring and leadership opportunities for girls across the State, and ensure access to menstrual products in public schools."
(Apr. 04, 2018) - There's no better way to enjoy the warm weather with your family than to take in an outdoor fair or festival. You get to experience local food, culture, and celebrate with your neighbors and friends. Westchester has some fantastic street fairs and festivals coming up this Spring that you and your kids will want to be sure to check out. Many of these Westchester fairs have free admission and will be continuing all throughout the season. Here are five Westchester County street fairs and festivals happening this Spring:
(Apr. 03, 2018) - In honor of Black History Month, Buckley Country Day School a school-wide read-aloud event in February. The school’s librarian chose specific books for each grade level to represent the culture and history of African-Americans.
(Apr. 03, 2018) - Cunningham Tennis, a year-round tennis program that offers lessons, classes, and summer camps in Kew Gardens, is adding a STEAM program to its Discovery Camp this summer. The camp is for kids ages 4-10 and offers professional tennis instruction as well as educational enrichment, arts and crafts, swimming, additional sports, and day trips.
(Apr. 03, 2018) - Sylvan Learning Center, an academic enrichment center with locations across the New York metro area, recently opened a new location in Mineola and will offer new summer workshops and Math Edge at the Huntington location.
(Apr. 03, 2018) - Long Island Children’s Museum, located in Garden City, unveiled the Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice™ exhibit on Jan. 27. The exhibit, which features two distinct environments—the Land of Fire and the Land of Ice—is a hands-on learning experience geared toward children ages 3-10.
(Apr. 03, 2018) - April is Autism Awareness Month and to celebrate, Sesame Place in Langhorn, PA just announced some pretty fantastic news. It recently became the first theme park in the world to be a designated Certified Autism Center. This came after the entire staff completed a autism sensitivity and awareness training at the park. This is exciting news for parents as they start making plans for summer travel. Sensory guides will be on-hand to help families plan their visit while at Sesame Place. There will also be quiet rooms and low-sensory areas available.
(Apr. 02, 2018) - Running around naked, being super particular, watching the same movie over, and over, and over again. These weird toddler behaviors can get old fast, but they're totally normal in early childhood development. Experts share why.
(Mar. 29, 2018) - Atlas School creates an individualized educational program for each of its students. At the core of these programs is a focus on developing students’ social-emotional skills as well as their communication skills. The school’s curriculum, called the Atlas Map, places a strong emphasis on communication with the goal of helping students to become effective, life-long communicators.