Melissa Wickes

How to Plan a Family Vacation on a Budget

How to Plan a Family Vacation on a Budget

(May. 31, 2018) - Vacations are something we look forward to the whole year. They provide a rare chance to wind down, go on fun adventures, and spend quality time with the ones we love. Unfortunately, vacation expenses add up, and planning a trip in the most cost-effective way can be overwhelming. In fact, New York University’s 2017 Family Travel survey revealed that 30 percent of the middle-income families and 25 percent of the high-range income families who participated found affordability to be their main challenge when planning a trip.


The Long Island Aquarium Welcomes Baby African Black-Footed Penguin

The Long Island Aquarium Welcomes Baby African Black-Footed Penguin

(May. 24, 2018) - The Long Island Aquarium is excited to welcome a baby African Black-footed Penguin to its family, according to a press release. The chick is the offspring of Frank and Puddy, making this Puddy's fourth successful hatchling.


Just Like Om Yoga Studio Opens in Chelsea, Offers Baby Wearing Classes

Just Like Om Yoga Studio Opens in Chelsea, Offers Baby Wearing Classes

(May. 24, 2018) - The peaceful and quaint yoga, pilates, and wellness studio opened in March in the heart of Chelsea and offers a variety of wellness classes as well as doula services.


'Teens, Social Media, and Mental Health:' Hope for Depression's Annual Public Symposium

'Teens, Social Media, and Mental Health:' Hope for Depression's Annual Public Symposium

(May. 18, 2018) - Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) and founder Audrey Gruss hosted its annual public symposium “Teens, Social Media, and Mental Health” on May 8. The panel, moderated by Elyse Fox, founder of Sad Girls Club, was held in May in honor of Mental Health Month and included HDRF-affiliated researchers and psychiatrists as well as young adult and teen activists.


'Clifford the Big Red Dog' is Coming Back to TV in 2019

'Clifford the Big Red Dog' is Coming Back to TV in 2019

(May. 17, 2018) - 'Clifford the Big Red Dog,' the beloved animated children's series based on Norman Bridwell's book series that began in 1963, will launch on Amazon Prime and return to PBS Kids in Fall 2019, according to The New York Times.


'The Lit. Bar' Bookstore to Open in the Bronx

'The Lit. Bar' Bookstore to Open in the Bronx

(May. 16, 2018) - The Lit. Bar bookstore is scheduled to open in the Bronx this summer, making it the borough's first bookstore since the Baychester Barnes & Noble closed in 2016


Special Exhibition 'Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11' to Open in June at 9/11 Memorial & Museum

Special Exhibition 'Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11' to Open in June at 9/11 Memorial & Museum

(May. 15, 2018) - The National September 11 Memorial & Museum and Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Messier announced a new exhibition, "Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11," which will exhibit how sports helped heal and unite our grieving country following the World Trade Center attacks, according to a press release.


12 NYC Classes for Working Out with Your Baby

12 NYC Classes for Working Out with Your Baby

(May. 14, 2018) - Working out is a wonderful way to unwind and release some much-needed endorphins post-partum. What better way to destress without taking time away from your little one than working out with your baby right by your side (or even in your arms!)


Etsy Gave Bring Your Kids to Work Day a Whole New Meaning

Etsy Gave Bring Your Kids to Work Day a Whole New Meaning

(May. 11, 2018) - On April 26, Etsy made sure bring your kids to work day was a day filled with lifelong lessons and mentoring. In partnership with Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day, Governor Cuomo’s “If You Can See It, You Can Be It” initiatve, and ScriptEd, Etsy offered a variety of activities for kids of all ages, including career-oriented workshops.


Long Island Aquarium to Host 'Shark Tag Event' for Shark Conservation on May 17

Long Island Aquarium to Host 'Shark Tag Event' for Shark Conservation on May 17

(May. 04, 2018) - The Long Island Aquarium's Shark Tag Event, in conjunction with the Southampton and Bridgehampton School districts, will occur on May 17 in an effort to promote shark conservation through scientific exploration, according to a press release.


The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is Seeking High School Students for Students of the Year Fundraising Competition

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is Seeking High School Students for Students of the Year Fundraising Competition

(May. 02, 2018) - The Connecticut Westchester Hudson Valley Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) is seeking high school students passionate about volunteering, philanthropy, and leadership for a fundraising competition called Students of the Year, according to a press release.


NYC’s First Pop-Up Pizza Museum Will be Free for Kids

NYC’s First Pop-Up Pizza Museum Will be Free for Kids

(May. 01, 2018) - The Museum of Pizza (MoPi) is coming to New York October 13 through October 28 and tickets are available now, according to a press release. Nameless Network, the youth media company for Gen Z, is bringing pizza to life in the world’s first experiential pizza adventure.


Infertility Awareness Week: It's Time to Have the Talk with Your Doctor

Infertility Awareness Week: It's Time to Have the Talk with Your Doctor

(Apr. 27, 2018) - The Reproductive Medicine Associates (RMA) of New Jersey conducted the 2018 Infertility Trends National Survey including more than 1,000 respondents. The survey revealed that many people facing infertility issues are unaware of the huge advancements being made in this field because they are too focused on the cost being a barrier.


Does Your Medicine Cabinet Need a Makeover?

Does Your Medicine Cabinet Need a Makeover?

(Apr. 23, 2018) - Our medicine cabinets have become at-home mini drugstores and are often the first place we turn when facing a medical issue, sometimes even before turning to the doctor. As parents, we want to have a plethora of medications on hand in case of any emergency, whether it’s the flu or the imaginary boo-boo your little one has because she wants to accessorize with character Band-Aids.


Great Neck 12-Year-Old to Star in This Sunday's Episode of NBC's 'Genius Junior'

Great Neck 12-Year-Old to Star in This Sunday's Episode of NBC's 'Genius Junior'

(Apr. 20, 2018) - Sebastian Lennox, the 12-year-old smarty pants from Great Neck, will be on this Sunday’s episode of “Genius Junior,” which is a one-hour competition series featuring the brightest children in America. Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the exciting new game show will test the intelligence of children ages 8 to 12 with increasingly difficult quiz questions, with the goal of being crowned ‘Genius Junior,’ according to a press release.


Laser Bounce Family Fun Center Opens in Glendale

Laser Bounce Family Fun Center Opens in Glendale

(Apr. 16, 2018) - The premiere birthday party family fun center opened in Glendale at the end of February. Laser Bounce has something fun for everyone, including laser tag, "ballocity" foam balls, a 3D roller coaster simulator, and virtual reality gaming experience.


Pop-up Attraction Adventures at Governors Island to Open for the 2018 Season

Pop-up Attraction Adventures at Governors Island to Open for the 2018 Season

(Apr. 16, 2018) - Adventures at Governors Island pop-up attraction is opening for the 2018 season on May 5. The three attractions Flywire Zip Line, Amazen' Maze, and the Climbing Challenge will be available as well as a new mini golf attraction debuting this summer.


How Can Parents Help Teens Keep Safety in Mind This Prom Season?

How Can Parents Help Teens Keep Safety in Mind This Prom Season?

(Apr. 13, 2018) - With prom season right around the corner, it is more important than ever to take all precautions necessary to prevent alcohol-related teen driving fatalities. One third of all of these tragedies occur between April and June, which is peak prom season, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


OpenBionics Partners with Disney to Make 'Super' Prosthetic Arms

OpenBionics Partners with Disney to Make 'Super' Prosthetic Arms

(Apr. 09, 2018) - In partnership with Disney, Marvel and Star Wars, OpenBionics is making prosthetics to help kids with a limb loss feel like superheroes, according to businessinsider.com.


The Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen, P.C., Extends Practice to Specialize in the Rights of Children with Special Needs

The Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen, P.C., Extends Practice to Specialize in the Rights of Children with Special Needs

(Apr. 03, 2018) - The Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen, P.C., located in Garden City, recently welcomed Laura Adler-Greene, Esq., as an associate attorney specializing in Children’s Rights, Special Education Law, and Special Needs Planning. Adler-Greene joined the practice to advocate for and represent parents in Nassau and Suffolk counties in special education legal matters.


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