(Mar. 25, 2019) - This year, 85 Girl Scouts in the Hudson Valley have been recognized with Gold Awards, the highest national award Girl Scouts can earn—and 14 of the Scouts are from Rockland County. Earning a Gold Award is considered a remarkable achievement. Each Girl Scout completed a rigorous, carefully thought out project in order to receive the award; each project revolved around helping others in their community. The girls were honored at a ceremony featuring a speech by Marie Reger, CEO of Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, and a keynote address by Amy Frisbie. Frisbie was honored in 2001 with the Tribute to Women of Achievement, Young Women award, which was presented to her by the YWCA of Orange County and then-Sarah Wells Girl Scout Council, now known as Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson.
(Mar. 21, 2019) - The Grimaldi’s Pizza headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona has never managed the original, foot-of-the-Brooklyn-Bridge location, which operated as an independent pizza shop until recently. However, Grimaldi’s has announced that its iconic 1 Front St. pizza shop will now be managed in Arizona as well, and will reopen on March 29 after renovations are complete. The restaurant, located at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, will feature two floors of rustic, family-friendly décor, signature red and white gingham tablecloths, wine bottle chandeliers, and black and white photographs of Brooklyn that evoke the location’s storied past.
(Mar. 21, 2019) - The Bronx Zoo has featured dinosaur exhibits before, but the zoo’s newest Dinosaur Safari is the biggest and most realistic dinosaur ride in the country, according to the zoo. The experience will take riders through 2 acres of woods, in which they will meet animatronic dinosaurs including two 40-foot-long infamous T. rexes, a 60-foot-long herbivore called Omeisaurus, and the Spinosaurus, which was one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs to ever exist. The Omeisaurus, while lesser known, will delight dinosaur fanatics as it towers over the safari trail.
(Mar. 21, 2019) - Sky Zone Deer Park has offered seasonal passes before, but starting this April, it’s new 90-day pass offers jumping-obsessed kids, weekend jumpers, and people who just love Sky Zone the opportunity to jump as much as they want within a 3-month period. Kids can jump for 90 minutes at a time 7 days a week. While jumpers are in session, they can also try out the American Ninja Warrior-inspired Warped Wall, which may look easy–but is challenging for athletes of all ages!
(Mar. 20, 2019) - Students who want to explore fascinating, high-level subjects outside of the classroom have been heading to the Learnatory in Clinton Hill for three years. Now, thanks to St. Joseph’s College, Learnatory students will be able to use state-of-the-art computers to explore STEAM-focused classes, with the goal of exploring potential college majors and creating multimedia projects.
(Mar. 12, 2019) - This summer, Challenge Camp in Hartsdale will offer 40 new classes to kids ages 4-15, bulking up their repertoire with offerings that cater to each child's unique passions. Camps will be held in 3- and 4-week sessions. Challenge Camp has been around in Westchester for 39 years, and directors Carole and Marc Berman are always building session schedules based on life experiences—whether it be an emoji class based on a Museum of Modern Art exhibit or an American Ninja Warrior class developed because of a grandchild's obsession with the show.
(Mar. 11, 2019) - This April, Studio B Dance Center is condensing its popular drop-in summer camps into drop-in spring break camps: Rainbows and Unicorns camp and Camp Jojo. Rainbows and Unicorns (ages 3-5) will feature pre-ballet, creative movement, jazz, and hip hop. Camp Jojo (6-10) incorporates music, choreography, and art projects all inspired by the tween pop sensation.
(Mar. 07, 2019) - Moms on-the-go looking for a comfortable travel experience will find privacy and support in Port Authority’s 28 upgraded nursing suites, newly available at Newark Liberty, John F. Kennedy and New York Stewart airports. These pods, which are larger, wheelchair-accessible, and offer more support than the pods introduced in 2015, are part of Port Authority’s comprehensive airport modernization process. Inside the pods, mothers will find enough space for themselves, their baby and a companion, as well as benches, fold-down tables, and outlets for plugging in breast pumps. Each pod door can be locked for safety and security. Port Authority chairman Kevin O’Toole said the transportation company recognizes the needs of its travelers and is committed to providing them accessible, sanitary nursing suites.
(Feb. 28, 2019) - Legoland Kiditor-in-Chief Waverly Winchester searched the New York area for months in order to build a Kid Reporting Team. The five young journalists chosen have been charged with providing exclusive information about the Legoland New York Resort to their peers before the park opens in 2020. The junior reporters will attend press events like any professional journalist, receive exclusive sneak peeks to the anticipated Goshen theme park long before anyone else, and gain invaluable journalism experience.
(Feb. 25, 2019) - Backyard bounce houses are fun, but they can’t compare to the world’s largest bounce house! Luckily for you and your kids, the Guinness-certified record holding bounce house is coming to Marine Park in Brooklyn, thanks to The Big Bounce America’s summer tour. Three distinct inflatable experiences mean you’ll be able to bounce all the way through select weekends in July and August. The Big Bounce America first bounced across the country in 2017, and the company brings 20,000 square feet of inflatable fun to each city it stops in.
(Feb. 25, 2019) - Introducing Jacqui Neber, assistant editor of NYMetroParents.com. This Long Island native has a passion for raising awareness and helping others through her writing.
(Feb. 21, 2019) - Bideawee, a leading animal shelter with locations in Manhattan, Wantagh, and Westhampton, just announced the winners of its 11th annual Love Your Pet Art Contest. The contest encourages students in first through 12th grades to submit artwork that expresses their love of pets. Community members vote for their favorites, and the elementary and middle schoolers’ drawings, paintings, and sculptures are displayed at Bideawee’s Art Expo. The contest helps foster a love of animals across Long Island and the five boroughs.