Bethany Braun-Silva

'Boogie Down at the Bronx Zoo' Celebrates the Cultural Diversity of the Bronx

'Boogie Down at the Bronx Zoo' Celebrates the Cultural Diversity of the Bronx

(May. 10, 2018) - The Bronx has given us Jennifer Lopez, Al Pacino, Kerry Washington, and is home to the New York Yankees. Culturally, the Bronx has impacted hip-hop and Latin music, street art, and dance. New York City families love the borough for the New York Botanical Garden and of course, the Bronx Zoo. The Bronx has given us so much to celebrate and now the Bronx Zoo will do just that with the aptly titled, "BOOGIEDOWN at the Bronx Zoo." The celebration is taking place on weekends through June 3, and just wait until you see this lineup.


National Museum of the American Indian in New York to Open Youth Center

National Museum of the American Indian in New York to Open Youth Center

(May. 10, 2018) - The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York, will open a new youth center on May 17, 2018. The center will house Native innovations from history that helped shape the world we live in today. The imagiNATIONS Activity Center will feature "activities developed on principles of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) that embrace scientific and technological advances originated in Native communities throughout the Americas," states the official press release. On opening day, the museum will host an open house for teachers and will hold school tours starting May 18. During opening weekend, May 19-20, the museum will hold its annual Children's Festival and much of the programming will be geared toward learning about the new imagiNATIONS Activity Center.


Cross County Shopping Center Announces Summer Fest Lineup

Cross County Shopping Center Announces Summer Fest Lineup

(May. 09, 2018) - Westchester County residents and visitors will soon be able to celebrate all the fun things Summer has to offer at the Cross County Shopping Center's 8th annual Summer Fest. The lineup of events and activites was recently announced and there is something fun planned for everyone. This year's Summer Fest will include concerts, kids' events, fireworks, art workshops, food festivals, and much more.


Boy Scouts of America Agrees to Accept Girls, Changes Name

Boy Scouts of America Agrees to Accept Girls, Changes Name

(May. 03, 2018) - The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) just made a major announcement by agreeing to accept girls into its programs for older kids. This announcement comes as part of the new Scout Me In campaign, which aims to show "the fun, adventure and character-building opportunities found in Cub Scouts," in an inclusive way. Boys AND GIRLS will now be able to join the iconic Cub Scout program and we are thrilled! The program will also receive a new name to better reflect its new members and will now be called Scouts BSA. These changes are in line with the BSA's Scout Oath and Scout Law, which are its core values and which promise a "inclusive and foundational for both young men and women."


Domino Park to Open in Brooklyn This Summer

Domino Park to Open in Brooklyn This Summer

(May. 02, 2018) - This large park, that will span a quarter-mile of Brooklyn's waterfront from from Grand Street to South 5th Street in Williamsburg, is set to open this June. It will inhabit the old Domino Sugar Factory location and will include an artifact walk, original factory machinery, and of course, a playground for kids. The park will also include a water feature that will include sprinklers and a mist and spray stream that is surrounded by seating so parents can relax while their kiddos cool off in the water. You can also take in the amazing views at the picnic area that will be able to accomodate 80-100 people. A day in Williambsurg with the family just got a lot more exciting!


Pier 26 to Receive a Kid-Friendly Makeover

Pier 26 to Receive a Kid-Friendly Makeover

(May. 01, 2018) - Construction will begin this year on Tribeca's Pier 26 in an effort to make the park more eco and kid-friendly. The area will be transformed in a multi-purpose park with lots of new places for New York City kids to play and learn. New renderings released by the Hudson River Park Trust reveal a, "wetland tidal pool area that will be used for educational purposes. Once complete, this area will be open for students to visit (during low tide) and learn about climate change, the habitat, and salinity, among other things," according to Curbed.


The Ideal School Emphasizes Inclusion for a More Diverse Education

The Ideal School Emphasizes Inclusion for a More Diverse Education

(Apr. 25, 2018) - The academic program at The Ideal School is based on the belief that students learn best when the bar is set high. The faculty at IDEAL believes that true learning is only possible when students feel understood and celebrated. The faculty is made up of dedicated, highly skilled, committed teachers who aim to know their students in and out of the classroom. Through various programs, IDEAL provides time for conversation, reflection, and leadership. The arts, STEAM, and athletics are integrated into the school’s program, fostering creativity and a healthy mind-body balance.


American Museum of Natural History Will Open Its Lawns to the Public This Summer

American Museum of Natural History Will Open Its Lawns to the Public This Summer

(Apr. 24, 2018) - Any one who has visited the American Museum of Natural History is familiar with the lush surroundings that span from 77th street to 81st street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. In the past, the area known as Theodore Roosevelt Park was closed to visitors but it was just revealed that the area will soon open to the public. This summer, as part of the Parks Without Borders initiative, the lawns surrounding the museum will be open to visitors. From Memorial Day to September 30, New Yorkers and tourists can enjoy the space that has been previously closed to the public for many years.


Central Park Will Be Car-Free This Summer

Central Park Will Be Car-Free This Summer

(Apr. 24, 2018) - Following on the heels of Brooklyn's Prospect Park, it was recently announced that, starting June 1, Manhattan's Central Park will be free of cars as of this summer. Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that cars will be banned on the roads below 72nd Street in New York's famed park. While cars and buses can still drive crosstown through the four thoroughfares at 66th, 72nd, 86th, 96th streets, all other cars will be prohibited. While cars and buses can still drive crosstown through the four thoroughfares at 66th, 72nd, 86th, 96th streets, all other cars will be prohibited.


What Kind of Rash Does My Baby Have?

What Kind of Rash Does My Baby Have?

(Apr. 24, 2018) - Finding a skin rash on your infant is fairly common given that her skin is so sensitive. But how do you know if it's a normal occurrence or it it's a more serious rash that needs medical attention? Doctors share the most common skin rashes on babies, what they look like, and how to treat them—and when it's time to see a pediatrician.


NYC Babies Can Now Experience The Metropolitan Opera with BambinO

NYC Babies Can Now Experience The Metropolitan Opera with BambinO

(Apr. 19, 2018) - New York City kids really have it made; they get the latest and greatest in food, music, museums, and now opera. Many NYC parents (me included) believe it's never too early to get you little ones some culture. That's why I'm really loving BambinO at The Metropolitan Opera. This "musical theater adventured" is geared toward babies 6-18 months old and features tons of music and interactive activities. The series of six performances start Monday April 30 and last 40 mins. Not to mention, they are completely free!


Celebrate Car Free Earth Day in New York City

Celebrate Car Free Earth Day in New York City

(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.



New York City YMCA's to Celebrate Healthy Kids Day

New York City YMCA's to Celebrate Healthy Kids Day

(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.


Music School in Mamaroneck to Launch Band Jam for Kids

Music School in Mamaroneck to Launch Band Jam for Kids

(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.


Exploring Port Jefferson, Long Island With Kids

Exploring Port Jefferson, Long Island With Kids

(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:


NYC Girl Scout Troop Comprised of Girls Living in Shelters Holds First-Ever Cookie Sale

NYC Girl Scout Troop Comprised of Girls Living in Shelters Holds First-Ever Cookie Sale

(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!


Take Part in The Great Saw Mill River Cleanup Just in Time for Earth Day

Take Part in The Great Saw Mill River Cleanup Just in Time for Earth Day

(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.


Goat Yoga is Coming to Brooklyn!

Goat Yoga is Coming to Brooklyn!

(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.


Visiting Citi Field With Kids

Visiting Citi Field With Kids

(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.


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