(Oct. 03, 2019) - Mattel announced the debut of UNO® Braille, the first UNO card deck that would be accessible for players with visual impairments, on October 1. UNO Braille decks are designed in partnership with the National Federation for the Blind. They feature Braille in the corner of each card that indicates the card’s color and number or action. Mattel created these decks with the aim of making one of America’s most beloved card games accessible for the more than 7 million blind and visually impaired people in the country.
(Oct. 03, 2019) - P.S. 101Q in Forest Hills has been awarded a national blue ribbon for being among the highest performing schools in New York, the US Department of Education announced on Sept. 26. 101Q is one of eight schools in NYC to receive this distinction, and the only one in Queens. Blue Ribbons “affirm the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content," according to the DOE.
(Oct. 02, 2019) - Beautiful Minds Child Care took over the location of a previous day care business in July and is bringing many unique changes to day care options for kids in Queens. The Queens childcare center teaches kids through a creative curriculum with thematic units, so all lessons are structured around a weekly theme that includes new vocabulary and projects.
(Oct. 02, 2019) - Many new parents wonder if one of them can become a stay at home parent without straining their finances and current lifestyle. There are several pros and cons of stay-at-home parenting and factors that play into the decision including salary, retirement, and education. Financial advisors can offer families crucial feedback about potential consequences of stay-at-home parenting and whether or not it makes sense for them.
(Oct. 02, 2019) - LEGOLAND New York Resort just announced it will open its doors to the public on July 4, 2020, just in time for the summer season. The Goshen resort will have more than 50 Lego-themed interactive rides, shows, and attractions on seven “lands”, so kids and their families can spend whole days exploring everything the park has to offer. The park is designed for kids ages 2-12, but anyone who loves Legos is welcome to come. The resort will initially occupy 150 acres of land, but the full site is slated to occupy more than 500 acres, making it the largest LEGOLAND ever built.
(Oct. 01, 2019) - Last month, homework help, an arts curriculum, and inclusion were added to the after-school care program at Great South Bay YMCA. Students attending the Before and After School programs for Bay Shore and Massapequa school districts can now receive homework help and tutoring and participate in arts programs in addition to existing activities in STEAM, various kids' clubs, the rock wall, and more. Children with disabilities will be given extra support during homework help.
(Oct. 01, 2019) - Since May, PJ Library has expanded its reach to now offer free Jewish books to families in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester–and will provide one book per child, rather than one book per family. PJ has partnered with more local funders to provide 40,000 kids in our area with monthly books. To become a part of PJ Library all you have to do is sign up online and the books will come to your home each month!
(Oct. 01, 2019) - Halloween is one of kids’ favorite nights of the year, but it can also present some scary situations. Walking in the dark, wearing costumes, and receiving candy from strangers can make kids vulnerable to danger–and make parents worry instead of having fun. Fortunately, we talked to safety experts to compile all the ways you can prepare your kids for trick-or-treating so Halloween is safe, stress-free, and fun for everyone.
(Sep. 30, 2019) - The youth program at Steps on Broadway dance studio on the Upper West Side expanded this month with the addition of contemporary and modern dance classes. The program, which was renamed Steps Youth Program this summer, offers programming to kids who want to make dance a major part of their lives.
P.S. 62, The Magnet School of Computer Science and Innovation, Places Emphasis on 3-D Printing and Coding
(Sep. 30, 2019) - P.S. 62 is at the forefront of technology innovation for elementary schools, and the schools will increase focus on 3-D printing and coding with more projects like this being offered to students in the Play Lab this school year. Last year's successful 3-D printing and computer science programs in the school's Play Lab inspired the school to continue work in the lab this year.
(Sep. 25, 2019) - Hunters Point is now home to a new library that features more than 50,000 books, gorgeous views of Manhattan, a minimalistic design, areas for kids and teens, Spanish and Chinese book collections, and more. The project was completed over the course of a decade and reportedly cost $40 million. It is the 217th library to open in the city, and one of several recent waterfront developments in Hunters Point. The building is 82 feet tall, but Curbed New York reports that once you’re inside, it feels much better. The roof features a terrace with stadium seating and more amazing views.
(Sep. 24, 2019) - The CAMP flagship experience in the Flatiron district provides families with rotating themed experiences that bring kids on adventures that disrupt the traditional idea of what it means to play. On September 14, the flagship transformed into Travel CAMP, which brings families around the world from the 10,000 square foot location at 110 Fifth Avenue. Families will find activities for kids of all ages and in so many different countries. There will also be spaces to eat, play, and more.
(Sep. 24, 2019) - We all remember Mr. Rogers and his lessons about how to be a good neighbor–lessons that live on even though Mr. Rogers and his show are gone. PBS Kids has released materials to help you celebrate National Neighbor Day on September 28 and talk to your kids about kindness, empathy, and understanding. Kids who love to play games on iPads or iPhones might like the Neighbor Day online game from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood which helps kids learn that there are many ways to be a good neighbor. There’s also a free crafting project that will help kids map their own neighborhoods. On the PBS website Katie Hurley has released five tips to raise inclusive, kind kids. These strategies include:
(Sep. 23, 2019) - Healthy Eating Research, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program that supports research on policy, systems, and environmental strategies that have potential to promote healthy eating in children, just released guidelines on the beverages kids should be drinking as they grow. Healthy Eating Research identified gaps between recommendations issued by other authoritative bodies in terms of which drinks are healthy and which to avoid. In response, HER convened a panel representing four national health and nutrition organizations to develop comprehensive recommendations for childhood beverage consumption.
(Sep. 23, 2019) - There is no shortage of holiday lights festivals–or just holiday lights–in New York City. You can visit a Christmas tree or menorah, take a bus tour of all the lights winking throughout the city, or simply walk down Fifth Avenue and be amazed by the storefronts. But if you’ve done all of the above, you’re still in luck: Time Out reports that a more interactive, very special lights festival is coming to Randall’s Island. And there will be way more to see than just lights!
(Sep. 20, 2019) - Owner of Studio Jacked Dance Company in Nanuet Jackie Galgano created a hip hop dance program for students with special needs based on her experiences with her own 3-year-old son, who has autism. His love of dancing–and the lack of activities available for kids with special needs in Rockland County–led to the creation of this program in Nanuet. The hip hop classes, which are held on Friday evenings beginning this month, aim to allow kids with special needs to express themselves while introducing adults to a community of like-minded parents.
(Sep. 20, 2019) - Thousands of New York City kids left school on Friday, September 20–excused by the DOE–and headed down to Foley Square, marching through the streets to advocate for action in the wake of destructive climate change as part of a global climate strike that occurred in cities throughout the world. Prior to the event, youth organizer Olivia Wohlgemuth shared her thoughts on why she has become an activist, youth organizers’ plans after the strike, and what adults can learn from young activists.
(Sep. 19, 2019) - “Goldie the Mindful Moshling,” a new story on the Moshi Twilight app that helps kids get to sleep peacefully, will be voiced by Hollywood legend Goldie Hawn, Mind Candy announced September 18. Goldie is the newest character in the Moshi world and will take a journey to discover how using mindfulness during the day can lead to sweet dreams at night. Like the app’s other Twilight Sleep Stories, “Goldie the Mindful Moshling” is designed to be read to kids after they’ve already listened to a book and turned out the lights.
The Central Park Conservancy Unveils Design for Restoration and Reunification of North End on Upper West Side
(Sep. 19, 2019) - The Central Park Conservatory unveiled its plan to reunify the northern part of the park with the Harlem Meer on September 18 at a media briefing at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. For years, the Lasker Pool (and seasonal ice rink) has stood as a physical and symbolic separation between the Meer and the rest of the park, and has become run-down and out of sync with the community, according to officials. The Conservatory’s project, which will break ground after the 2021 pool season, will raze Lasker, build an oblong pool/rink, create a community space that is built into the side of the ravine, and re-open the watercourse between the Meer and the water flowing through the north end of the park.
(Sep. 18, 2019) - Soho is full of interactive, sometimes-gooey, always-fun spaces for kids to play. After you check out the Museum of Ice Cream that’s opening this fall, take the kids over to the Sloomoo Institute at 475 Broadway for a day full of slime. The 8,000 square-foot facility entertainment center is an art exhibit and art class in one. Visitors will enter a black light cove filled with glow-in-the-dark slime, according to Time Out New York Kids, let an EEG machine show them their brains on slime, and so much more.