Melissa Wickes

Family Fun in Manhattan This November

Family Fun in Manhattan This November

(Nov. 01, 2019) - With Halloween over and the holidays imminent, it can feel tricky to know what to do with your family during November. Luckily, the city is full of activities, exhibits, and spaces that are perfect for putting a unique spin on holiday lights, getting into the holiday spirit, and of course, celebrating Thanksgiving with Macy's. Check out four things to do with the whole family this month:


Why Are Parents Still Refusing to Vaccinate?

Why Are Parents Still Refusing to Vaccinate?

(Oct. 28, 2019) - 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 schools, and even celebrities' social media posts have perpetuated the debate about the truths and myths of vaccinating. We spoke with pediatricians about this controversial issue that continues to baffle many parents.


The Winter Village at Bryant Park Opens Oct. 31

The Winter Village at Bryant Park Opens Oct. 31

(Oct. 25, 2019) - 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 the city's only free admission ice skating rink, a variety of options for holiday shopping, and fun and unique winter-themed programs and activities, like bumper cars on ice and broom ball.


Wegmans Opens In New York City On Oct. 27

Wegmans Opens In New York City On Oct. 27

(Oct. 24, 2019) - 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 supermarket will offer restaurant-quality prepared foods, more than 4,000 organic products, fresh seafood, hundreds of items of produce, 300 kinds of cheese, and more.


Bronx Zoo Debuts Endangered Dholes in New Exhibit

Bronx Zoo Debuts Endangered Dholes in New Exhibit

(Oct. 15, 2019) - 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 born born at the San Diego Zoo. The dhole exhibit times may vary while the animals acclimate to their new environment. Stay tuned for exhibit hours and details as they are available.


The Rink at Rockefeller Center Opens Oct. 12

The Rink at Rockefeller Center Opens Oct. 12

(Oct. 09, 2019) - It's hard to believe that time of year is around the corner again! The world's most famous ice skating rink, The Rink at Rockefeller Center, opens for the 83rd winter season on Saturday, Oct. 12. The opening of the rink marks the beginning of winter festivities and celebrations around NYC, so get out your ice skates, pull your scarves and gloves out of the attic, and prepare your family for the most wonderful time of the year!


Saturday Program to Offer STEM and Public Speaking Courses

Saturday Program to Offer STEM and Public Speaking Courses

(Oct. 04, 2019) - Hofstra Continuing Education is back for the 2019 school year with a plethora of exciting programs and offerings including the STEM Engineering and Design program where students will learn the fundamentals of engineering design. A Public Speaking Debate course will also be offered this school year. Both programs begin on Oct. 19 and enrollment is open through that day.


4 Can't-Miss Kids Halloween Outings in NYC

4 Can't-Miss Kids Halloween Outings in NYC

(Oct. 02, 2019) - Whether we're at the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin to make a jack-o'-lantern, strutting in our favorite costume, or stocking up on Halloween candy, spooky season is our favorite. We are particularly excited about the Howl-oween Howl Healthy Hound Fair this year because, well, dogs in Halloween costumes! The Bronx Zoo's Boo at the Zoo provides spooky fun (with wildlife!) for the whole family over the course of six weekends. What's better than celebrating the best time of year exploring the many opportunities for Halloween fun NYC has to offer?


Miss American Pie Shop Opens in Park Slope

Miss American Pie Shop Opens in Park Slope

(Sep. 06, 2019) - On August 17, Lindsey Hill, former fashion designer, turned her online pie business into a brick-and-mortar storefront at Miss American Pie Shop in Park Slope. The shop is a 1950s-inspired bakery with an industrial twist offering pies of all kinds, coffee drinks, pastries, and savory treats. Hill says she hopes the pie shop will spread love and joy and will be a place to facilitate community and authentic relationships throughout Brooklyn.


Music Conservatory of Westchester Now Auditioning for MCW Prep Program

Music Conservatory of Westchester Now Auditioning for MCW Prep Program

(Aug. 19, 2019) - Music Conservatory of Westchester is now offering a precollegiate training program for serious, advanced high school musicians called MCW Prep, slated to begin in September. The program will give instrumentalists and singers an opportunity to study with performers of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Broadway. Auditions are scheduled by appointment through September and scholarships will be offered based on need.


Family Fun in Manhattan this August

Family Fun in Manhattan this August

(Aug. 07, 2019) - Summer is coming to a close but is still too much fun to be had in NYC this August. Before you get started on school supply shopping and plan out your carpool route, take a trip into Manhattan to enjoy the last few weeks of summer with your kids. You can visit a new spectacle about maintaining our oceans at OceanCube NYC, a futuristic, undersea popup in Soho. An older favorite, Belvedere Castle, reopened in June with a variety of upgrades and is a must-see in Central Park. Read on for the four events and venues we consider can't-miss in Manhattan this August.


3 Big Reasons to Review Your Home Insurance

3 Big Reasons to Review Your Home Insurance

(Aug. 06, 2019) - When a disaster strikes your home—flood, burglary, fire, or worse—the last thing you want to worry about is whether your homeowner’s insurance is up to date. Even if you review your coverage annually, there are several life-changing events that may require policy modification—big purchases, home renovation, or family changes. With a little help from local homeowner’s insurance experts, we explain how and when to make the necessary adjustments. If one of these changes happens in your life, calling your agent and discussing the situation is the best way to ensure everyone and everything will still be covered.


Sylvan Learning Center Now Offering Swim, Robotics, and Coding Programs

Sylvan Learning Center Now Offering Swim, Robotics, and Coding Programs

(Jul. 24, 2019) - Sylvan Learning Center will be offering two new programs this summer in partnership with Goldfish Swim School and Code Ninjas. The Summer Learn & Swim Special at Goldfish Swim School in Farmingdale began on Wednesday, July 17 and will continue each Wednesday through August 7. The ½ Day STEM Workshop with Code Ninjas began Wednesday, July 24 and will take place on each Wednesday through August 14 at Sylvan Learning Center in Huntington and Saturdays through August 17 at Sylvan Learning Center in Mineola.


Family Fun in Manhattan This June

Family Fun in Manhattan This June

(Jun. 03, 2019) - There's no shortage of fun things to do this summer in Manhattan! Here are our top picks for what to do and where to visit while you're in the city this June!


5 Things to Know About Sun Protection

5 Things to Know About Sun Protection

(May. 30, 2019) - Did you know it only takes about 7 minutes for the receptors in your skin cells to become fully saturated with Vitamin D? With summer finally approaching, your family may be itching to get outside. However, it’s important to protect you and your children from the harm the sun can cause, including greater risk for skin cancer, increased photo aging, and a variety of other rashes that can arise as a result of strong sun exposure. Kenneth T. Kircher, D.O., FAOCD, dermatologist on the medical staff of HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston, shares five things to know to best protect your family from harmful UV rays.


The Empire State Fair Opens May 3 at NYCB LIVE Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale

The Empire State Fair Opens May 3 at NYCB LIVE Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale

(May. 02, 2019) - Look no further for family-friendly, unforgettable fun on Long Island this weekend than NYCB LIVE Nassau Coliseum. The Empire State Fair will take place on select dates from May 3-19 and will offer a lineup of free attractions that will provide something for everyone in the family. Jurassic Kingdom, the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, a Live Shark Encounter, and the Wolves of the World Show are just some of the thrilling experiences your family will see at the highly anticipated fair.


Family Fun in Manhattan This May

Family Fun in Manhattan This May

(May. 01, 2019) - There's always something going on in Manhattan, from exciting festivals to eccentric exhibits. However, amidst all the commotion, it can be hard finding the perfect events and venues for your family. Lucky for you we've hand-picked four of the best places to see and things to do in the city, whether you're a New York City-native or just visiting for the day!


5 Tips For Educating Others About Your Child's Allergies and Asthma

5 Tips For Educating Others About Your Child's Allergies and Asthma

(Apr. 29, 2019) - Having a child with a life-threatening allergy is constantly scary. As much as you can prepare yourself for the worst, it adds extra comfort to know the other adults in your child’s life are also prepared to act in an emergency situation. Purvi Parikh, M.D., an allergist with Allergy & Asthma Network, shares what parents of children with a life-threatening allergy should do to ensure their child is safe at all times—even when the child isn’t with the parent.


Tickets for Jurassic World Live Tour are Now On Sale

Tickets for Jurassic World Live Tour are Now On Sale

(Apr. 26, 2019) - 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 Prudential Center, and Uniondale in 2020. You'll experience more than 24 film-accurate, life-sized dinosaurs as they take the stage and perform a riveting dinosaur experience like no other.


Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Recalled Due to Reports of Infant Deaths

Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Recalled Due to Reports of Infant Deaths

(Apr. 12, 2019) - Fisher-Price has issued a voluntary recall of all units of the Rock n' Play Sleeper due to reports of death when infants can roll over in the product. The CPSC is aware of 10 infant deaths in the Rock 'n Play since 2015 as a result of infants rolling from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained. All 10 infants were 3 months or older. The CPSC warns consumers to always use restraints in infant inclined sleep products. 


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