Melissa Wickes

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. 


Family Fun in Manhattan This April

Family Fun in Manhattan This April

(Mar. 26, 2019) - Manhattan is filled with fun things to do with kids all year round, but we're especially excited about April because it marks the beginning of outdoor NYC fun! To celebrate Earth Day and the warm weather, we'll be at the NYC Earth Day Bazaar shopping for sustainable goods and learning about environmental programs. We're also looking forward to embracing some of the culture NYC has to offer at the Freedom Art Jam, a Passover celebration at The Jewish Museum and Jazz for Kids at Jazz Standard. Whatever you're celebrating this April, we've got fun in store for you and the family.


Helping Teens with Anxiety, Depression, and Other Mental Health Struggles

Helping Teens with Anxiety, Depression, and Other Mental Health Struggles

(Mar. 25, 2019) - Teenage mental health disorder statistics can be surprising and unsettling. For example, 20 percent of teenagers have a diagnosed mental health disorder, according to Robin Seymour, LCSW, clinical director of Newport Academy, a series of evidence-based healing centers for adolescents struggling with mental health issues. She says teens often exhibit internal mental health difficulties, like depression and anxiety, by acting out and partaking in risky behaviors. So, to help your teen through mental health struggles and to limit your teen's risky behaviors, Seymour shares five effective ways to navigate your child's mental health crisis.


The Jewish Education Project Partners with Music Together of Nyack for New Sing Shalom Classes

The Jewish Education Project Partners with Music Together of Nyack for New Sing Shalom Classes

(Mar. 25, 2019) - The Jewish Education Project is partnering with Music Together LLC to create a Jewish version of its high-quality, renowned music education program called Music Together Sing Shalom. The class will incorporate Jewish music and songs into the regular Music Together class to provide a unique, Judaism-inspired cultural experience for families. The new class in Rockland County will be offered at Congregation Sons of Israel in Nyack. The program began on Long Island and in Manhattan and has since been spreading to other communities.


Sedation-Based Pediatric Dental Practice Opens in Huntington

Sedation-Based Pediatric Dental Practice Opens in Huntington

(Mar. 15, 2019) - The Tooth Pillow Dentistry, a team of pediatric dentists and dental anesthesiologists, opened in Huntington in December 2018. The practice accepts referrals for patients requiring IV sedation for dental treatment. The team treats a wide variety of patients 18 months and older, including those with dental fear, special needs, significant gag-reflex, and extensive dental treatment needs.


Kids 'N Comedy Classes Give Kids the Opportunity to Perform at Gotham Comedy Club

Kids 'N Comedy Classes Give Kids the Opportunity to Perform at Gotham Comedy Club

(Mar. 15, 2019) - Evan Breckman has a connection to comedy and is given the opportunity to channel this passion by performing at the Gotham Comedy Club through Kids ‘N Comedy, founded by Jo Ann Grossman and Stu Morden. Kids ‘N Comedy teaches kids ages 11-18 how to write and perform stand-up comedy while welcoming them into a community of comedians where they are free to be themselves.


City Harvest Challenges New Yorkers to Raise $1.1 Million to Feed 50,000 Children in Need

City Harvest Challenges New Yorkers to Raise $1.1 Million to Feed 50,000 Children in Need

(Mar. 14, 2019) - City Harvest, NYC's largest food rescue organization, is challenging New Yorkers to raise $1.1 million to feed 50,000 New York children and their families. The fundraising campaign, Skip Lunch Fight Hunger, challenges New Yorkers to donate the money they would normally spend on lunch to ensure that children and their families will have the food they need to survive. The campaign runs from May 13-17.


Hillcrest Jewish Center Day Camp in Flushing Adds Online Registration, Drone Program

Hillcrest Jewish Center Day Camp in Flushing Adds Online Registration, Drone Program

(Mar. 13, 2019) - Hillcrest Jewish Center Day Camp in Flushing added an online registration portal to its website in February to make camp registration more efficient for parents, to waste less paper, and to give parents the ability to change details within the account if necessary. This July, it will begin a Drone Training program for campers ages eight through 14.


Your Weekend Itinerary for a Family Vacation in Orange County, CA

Your Weekend Itinerary for a Family Vacation in Orange County, CA

(Mar. 08, 2019) - It’s often difficult to find a vacation that will not only please but entertain the whole family in every area. Between meals, entertainment, accommodations, and activities, how can you get your ball-of-fire 5-year-old, angst-ridden teen, and you and your husband to agree on, and actually enjoy, one location? If you're looking for a getaway from the concrete jungle that is New York City, one that will not only please but impress the whole family, the answer may be Orange County, California.


The American Museum of Natural History's New T. Rex Exhibit Opens Monday

The American Museum of Natural History's New T. Rex Exhibit Opens Monday

(Mar. 08, 2019) - T. Rex: The Ultimate Predator is The American Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibit and it opens to the public on Monday, March 11. The exhibit presents the feared and revered dinosaur in a way the American Museum of Natural History never has before, including all of paleontologist’s most recent findings. Visitors will learn how the T. rex grew from a lanky, turkey-like creature to the beast it once was, what made the T. rex the greatest predator of them all, and how its brain affected its vision and other senses.


The Long Island Aquarium Receives Accreditation by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums

The Long Island Aquarium Receives Accreditation by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums

(Mar. 06, 2019) - The Long Island Aquarium is proud to announce they have been accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA). This accreditation is recognized as 'the gold standard' for zoological parks and aquariums with marine mammals throughout the world. Long Island Aquarium was recognized by the AMMPA for its dedication to the highest standards of animal care, exceptional welfare practices, conservation and education, and state of the art veterinary practices.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Crisis Facility Opens in Hauppauge

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Crisis Facility Opens in Hauppauge

(Mar. 04, 2019) - A 24-hour Crisis Stabilization Center opened in Hauppauge today, according to the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASAS). The $4.7 million Diagnostic Assessment and Stabilization Hub is operated by the Family Service League and will act as Suffolk County’s first open-access center serving anyone in need of addiction services and immediate access to 24/7 treatment. The immediate access to care will aim to manage treatment of mental health and substance use disorders, to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency department visits, and to provide jail diversion services.


Youth Basketball Coach from South Ozone Park Named Junior Knicks Coach of the Year

Youth Basketball Coach from South Ozone Park Named Junior Knicks Coach of the Year

(Mar. 04, 2019) - A Queens basketball coach was awarded Junior Knicks Coach of the Year this past Thursday. New York Knicks legend Allan Houston called Jason Curry, the youth basketball coach who grew up in Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park, to deliver the good news. Curry founded the nonprofit organization Big Apple Basketball in 1999, which hosts basketball training and events, offers scholarships, and conducts clinics to train and mentor student athletes who may not be able to afford these programs.


Family Fun in Manhattan This March

Family Fun in Manhattan This March

(Feb. 26, 2019) - With the winter months finally coming to a close, your family can hang up those ice skates and put away the gloves and look for some fun ways to appreciate the outdoors of NYC. However, because it's still cold, you and the kids can start your Earth appreciation indoors at The American Museum of Natural History or at Ajijaak on Turtle Island, a beautiful puppet show about the effects of climate change on Earth and its animals. There are plenty of ways to get the family geared up for Spring even if the weather still says it's winter.


5 Things You Can Do in the Early Years to Help Your Child’s Development

5 Things You Can Do in the Early Years to Help Your Child’s Development

(Feb. 21, 2019) - As a parent of a young child, it can be overwhelming and difficult to find tangible actions from parenting resources that will contribute to a healthy upbringing for your kid. It’s helpful to know the specific steps you can take to teach your child what is right and wrong—and ensure she feels safe and confident. Christine Martin, author of You’ve Got This! Keys to Effective Parenting for the Early Years, shares what you can do to help navigate this confusing but crucial time in your child’s development.


NYU College of Dentistry Opens Oral Health Center for Individuals with Disabilities

NYU College of Dentistry Opens Oral Health Center for Individuals with Disabilities

(Feb. 20, 2019) - The NYU College of Dentistry opened a dedicated treatment center in New York City for individuals with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities this month. The center, located in the NYU College of Dentistry's Weissman Building at 1st Avenue and 24th Street, will provide comprehensive care for patients whose disabilities or medical conditions may have prevented them from receiving proper dental care in a conventional dental setting.


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