Melissa Wickes

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.


Holocaust Survivor Visits Baldwin Middle School to Give Important Lesson

Holocaust Survivor Visits Baldwin Middle School to Give Important Lesson

(Feb. 20, 2019) - Werner Reich, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor, visited Baldwin Middle School to give the students a firsthand history lesson. Reich, of Smithtown, told stories of the horror he and his family experienced throughout the Holocaust. Reich's presentation came while the students read and learned about the Holocaust in "The Diary of Anne Frank" and it taught students the impact of bullying and the importance of looking out for one another.


Nature's Path Envirokidz Cereal Recalled Due to Undeclared Gluten

Nature's Path Envirokidz Cereal Recalled Due to Undeclared Gluten

(Feb. 19, 2019) - Nature's Path Envirokidz Choco Chimps, Gorilla Munch, and Jungle Munch cereals with a best before date code of Aug. 24, 2019 and Sept. 21, 21 have been recalled from Trader Joe's due to the potential of undeclared gluten, according to Trader Joes. If you have purchased this product with the aforementioned dates and are affected by celiac disease, a wheat allergy, or sensitivity to gluten and wheat, throw it away or return it to Trader Joe's for a full refund.


New York Aquarium Receives 5 Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon to Educate Public About Its Extinction Prevention

New York Aquarium Receives 5 Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon to Educate Public About Its Extinction Prevention

(Feb. 14, 2019) - The New York Aquarium has receives five Endangered Atlantic sturgeon to educate its visitors about the importance of protecting these endangered fish, as well as other historically important fish of the Hudson River. The aquarium will display the giant fish and highlight the influence the species has had on New York State history.


Legoland Discovery Center Westchester Celebrates the Lego Movie 2 with Movie-Themed Experience

Legoland Discovery Center Westchester Celebrates the Lego Movie 2 with Movie-Themed Experience

(Feb. 12, 2019) - The Lego Movie 2 fun doesn't have to stop when you leave the theater! Legoland Discovery Center Westchester, the lego-themed indoor playground, will host a Lego Movie 2: The Second Party experience from Feb. 15 to April 28. 10 Lego build and play zones, a 4D cinema, and two rides for families with children ages 3-10 are just some of the fun features your family will experience at this Legoland celebration.


Fisher-Price Power Wheels Barbie Campers Recalled Due to Injury Hazard

Fisher-Price Power Wheels Barbie Campers Recalled Due to Injury Hazard

(Feb. 12, 2019) - On Feb. 5, Fisher-Price recalled the children's Power Wheels Barbie Dream Campers with model number FRC29 due to a potential for injury, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. 17 reports have been made indicating that the wheels continued to run after the foot pedal was released. No injuries have been reported. The recalled vehicles are battery-operated, have a play kitchen, fold out grill, and pretend campfire. They are hot pink with blue accents and the Barbie logo on the back.


New Study Says Children Are Using an Unhealthy Amount of Toothpaste

New Study Says Children Are Using an Unhealthy Amount of Toothpaste

(Feb. 04, 2019) - Many children are not using the right amount of toothpaste when they brush their teeth, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost 40 percent of children ages 3-6 use more toothpaste than the amount recommended by dental professionals. Swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste, especially for young children with new teeth, can cause dental fluorosis, or teeth discoloration.


SUNY Optometry and SightGlass Vision are Seeking Nearsighted Children for a Clinic Trial

SUNY Optometry and SightGlass Vision are Seeking Nearsighted Children for a Clinic Trial

(Jan. 30, 2019) - SUNY Optometry and SightGlass Vision, Inc. is seeking children ages 6 to 9 years old for a clinical trial involving FDA approval of glasses designed to correct myopia, or nearsightedness, and to reduce the rate of myopic progression in children of this age group. The trial involves using glasses part of the study for up to three years.


Legoland Discovery Center Westchester Partnering with a Special Needs Pre-School to Launch Merlin's Magic Spaces Installation

Legoland Discovery Center Westchester Partnering with a Special Needs Pre-School to Launch Merlin's Magic Spaces Installation

(Jan. 30, 2019) - Legoland Discovery Center Westchester is partnering with ACDS Westchester, a special needs pre-school in Scarsdale, and Merlin's Magic Wand to launch Merlin's Magic Spaces—a room specifically designed for children who can't visit Legoland Discovery Center due to severe illness or disability. Merlin's Magic Wand is a children's charity that helps children facing various difficulties including serious illness, disability, or other adversities globally.


Cognitive Behavioral Consultants in White Plains and Manhattan Now Offering Autism Diagnostic Evaluations

Cognitive Behavioral Consultants in White Plains and Manhattan Now Offering Autism Diagnostic Evaluations

(Jan. 29, 2019) - Cognitive Behavioral Consultants (CBC), with locations in White Plains and various locations in Manhattan, is now offering autism diagnostic evaluations. Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often exhibit deficits in communication and social relationships, and CBC hopes to use the evaluations to create comprehensive treatments for these individuals.


Pip's Island Interactive Kids Show to Return to NYC in April

Pip's Island Interactive Kids Show to Return to NYC in April

(Jan. 29, 2019) - Pip's Island, a theatrical adventure for kids and families in NYC, is officially reopening on April 12, and permanently residing at 400 W. 42nd Street at the Pod Hotel. The one-of-a-kind show made its world premiere in 2016 for a limited time and will return for its second chapter, combining immersive sets, original narrative, exploratory spaces, and stimulating audiovisual content. The show will incorporate various aspects of the STEAM curriculum.


Life Time Athletic Announces Feb. 8 Member Opening at Chappaqua Crossing, to Create 200 Jobs

Life Time Athletic Announces Feb. 8 Member Opening at Chappaqua Crossing, to Create 200 Jobs

(Jan. 29, 2019) - UPDATED FEB. 1: Life Time Chappaqua has officially announced its Feb. 8 for-members-only, opening at Chappaqua Crossing. The club will be open to all members at 5am, joining the Whole Foods which opened at the shopping center on Route 117, also known as North Bedford Road, in December. The new Chappaqua location will serve the northern Westchester community in a variety of ways, including its variety of amenities committed to health and wellness, the Kids Academy for children ages three months to 11 years old, and the creation of nearly 200 jobs.


FrostFest Kicks off at Bryant Park with Bumper Cars on Ice and More

FrostFest Kicks off at Bryant Park with Bumper Cars on Ice and More

(Jan. 28, 2019) - Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park kicked off FrostFest 2019 last Friday with a variety of fun winter activities for the family, including bumper cars on ice at The Rink, the FrostFest Igloo Experience, live ice carving, a silent disco, live music, and more. This winter wonderland at the park in Midtown is a one-stop shop for kid-friendly activities in NYC through Feb. 3.


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