(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.
(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.
(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
(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
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
Fresh Peaches, Nectarines, and Plums Recalled from Aldi and Walmart Over Possible Listeria Contamination
(Jan. 28, 2019) - Peaches, nectarines, and plums sold at various Aldi and Walmarts in New York are being recalled due to a potential listeria contamination. Jac. Vandeburg, Inc. of Yonkers issued the recall last week because of the potential to affect 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 365 cartons of fresh plums, and 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines, though no illnesses have been reported thus far.
(Jan. 25, 2019) - At the beginning of the home-buying process, there are surely 100 different factors swirling around your head that will determine on which house you put an offer. One of the most important things to consider before starting the house hunt? Finding the right neighborhood for your family. After all, you can’t easily change things about the neighborhood, but you can easily renovate a less-than-perfect house. The answer to that mystery is completely individual for your family, as your check list of ‘must haves,’ things that ‘would be nice,’ and those that are ‘not a deal-breaker’ will be different from your friends. Read on for a little help from the experts for finding the right neighborhood for your family.
(Jan. 25, 2019) - Every parent is familiar with the death stares, groans, and scoffs thrown in their direction when boarding an airplane or even a train with a baby. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to predict how your little one will react to being in a contained space like this for an extended period of time. Traveling with young children by airplane, train, or car can be a nightmare, but it doesn't have to be. We spoke to Harvey Karp, M.D., pediatrician, faculty member of University of Southern California School of Medicine, and author of Happiest Baby on the Block, and got his best tips for vacationing with young children, including tips on how to comfortably travel with your baby as well as how to keep your baby comfortable once you get to your destination, with everything from calming your baby on the plane to baby-proofing your hotel room.
(Jan. 23, 2019) - Four students from Chappaqua, Ossining and Byram Hills were named finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search contest. The competition is a research-based science competition for high school seniors. The Westchester students will join forty other students from all over the U.S. in presentations in Washington, D.C. in March to compete for more than $1.8 million in prize money.
(Jan. 22, 2019) - National School Choice Week, which began Sunday and continues through Jan. 26, raises awareness about the different educational opportunities available to families and children in the New York metro area. Over the course of the week, the events throughout Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, and upstate New York aim to help families determine their options for great schools in their area and to celebrate each school's strengths. Families will learn about the strengths of traditional public schools, charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning, and home education.
(Jan. 22, 2019) - This Spring, The Bronx Zoo will be hosting the 11th annual WCS Run for the Wild. Registration is now open and an early bird discount is available through Jan. 31. This NYC 5k walk/run is dedicated to saving wildlife and wild places and will take place at the world famous zoo on Saturday, April 27.
(Jan. 21, 2019) - TangerKIDS Grant Program, an initiative that gives award money to schools within the communities of Tanger Outlet Centers, is now accepting entries within Deer Park and adjacent communities. The program was designed to fund local schools for things such as programs, rebuilding equipment, academic materials, and supporting athletic or band programs. More than $200,000 is awarded to schools in need each year.
(Jan. 21, 2019) - The Iona Preparatory "Plungers" were named New York State's top team for the third year in a row due to their vast fundraising efforts for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge. The Plungers were presented with the award by Special Olympics New York Director of Development Kaitlin Brennan during a special presentation at Iona Prep on Dec. 17, 2018. Thanks to the fundraising efforts, more than 100 Special Olympics Athletes will now be able to participate in the games for free.
(Jan. 18, 2019) - Perdue is recalling more than 68,000 pounds of gluten-free chicken nuggets due to a possible wood particle contamination, according to Cooking Light. The nuggets have expirations dates well into the fall and the United States Department of Agriculture is urging shoppers to check their freezers for this product.
(Jan. 14, 2019) - The beloved, upstate-based supermarket chain is expected to open its first New York City location in Brooklyn at Brooklyn’s Navy Yard in the fall. The highly anticipated expansion will offer more than 500 jobs, including 150 full-time positions. The hiring process for these positions will begin next month.
(Jan. 10, 2019) - The Titi Fund of New York provided 5,000 brand new coats to students in need, in partnership with Operation Warm, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing brand new winter coats to children. All 31 schools on the Operation Warm wish list within the five NYC boroughs—Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island—received coats.
Warby Parker Expands Partnership with NYC Department of Education to Give Kindergarten-First Graders Free Eyeglasses
(Jan. 10, 2019) - To help more kids see in school, Warby Parker is continuing its partnership with the New York City Department of Education to distribute free glasses to over 100,000 students in more than 200 Community Schools. The two joined forces in 2015, and now the partnership will expand to cover the entire city, providing about 33,000 kids with free glasses and more than 140,000 with free eye exams from the city’s Department of Health, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office.