(Jul. 29, 2019) - Until now, kids ages 3-6 have not been allowed to experience the fun of Adventure Park in Wheatley Heights–the bridges and zip lines between trees that provide a challenging obstacle course for adults and older kids were off limits. However, the park debuted Adventure Playground, a challenging space made just for younger kids, on July 25. Kids do not need to wear harnesses to conquer the playground’s obstacles.
(Jul. 25, 2019) - Smithsonian Institutions in Washington, D.C. offer guests free admission year-round, and the Smithsonian invites other museums, zoos and cultural centers around the country to embody that same spirit every year on Museum Day. This year, Museum Day will celebrate the Smithsonian Year of Music, an institution-wide initiative celebrating the Smithsonian’s vast musical collections and resources through 365 days of music-related programming. Download a branded ticket on August 15 to take part in Museum Day–with a guest, if you want!–at museums around the New York metro area on September 21.
(Jul. 25, 2019) - Bideawee on Main, the shelter’s first adoption pop-up location, will have dogs and cats available for adoption on Westhampton’s Main Street until September 1. If you visit Bideawee on Main and meet your new best friend, you can take them home almost immediately! The pop-up will be open Thursday-Sunday of each week. In addition to this new summer location, Bideawee operates two adoption centers in Westhampton and Manhattan, two Pet Memorial Parks in Wantagh and Westhampton, a veterinary hospital in Westhampton, and a mobile adoption unit, as well as pet therapy and reading to dogs programs around Long Island.
(Jul. 24, 2019) - New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera was unanimously inducted into the baseball hall of fame, and New Rochelle is celebrating its adopted Yankee with a key to the city ceremony and pinstripe parade on Saturday, July 27. The parade will march for a mile and a half, and the best reported viewing spots are North Aveue and Pelham Road and North Avenue at Main Street. New Rochelle residents, baseball fans, and anyone who loves Rivera are invited to partake in the spectacle.
(Jul. 24, 2019) - Summer definitely isn’t over, but it’s always nice to have something to look forward to for the cold months ahead. Parents looking for a new way to experience holiday magic with the kids might be happy to know the Bronx Zoo is bringing back its holiday lights tradition for the first time since 2007–and according to the zoo, the display will be bigger, brighter, and greener than before. You can view the lights from November 21–January 5 to keep the fun going into the new year.
(Jul. 22, 2019) - Getting dressed can be one complicated endeavor too many for parents of kids with special needs, who might run into trouble when trying to fit traditional kids’ clothing over a wheelchair, leg brace, or onto a little one that doesn’t like certain fabrics or tight styles. However, these brands are making fashionable styles just as accessible for kids with disabilities through adaptive clothing that promotes comfort, independence, and inclusion. Check out these lines and start shopping!
(Jul. 19, 2019) - Bryant Park’s Winter Village is a family classic, but Amazon is bringing a little winter wonderland to Union Square on July 25 with its Holiday in July event. The event will feature performances from several groups that kids will love, food and drink tastings, and most importantly, several Instagram-friendly spaces where you can showcase your Christmas in July spirit.
Two Bronx Students Awarded ESPN’s Inaugural Billie Jean King Award for Fighting Inequity in High School Sports
(Jul. 19, 2019) - ESPN honored two Bronx high schoolers, Matt Diaz and Lisa Parks, with its inaugural Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award for their success in using sports to make a positive impact on their communities at the fifth annual Sports Humanitarian Awards (ESPYs) ceremony. Matt and Lisa garnered recognition for the way they drew attention to inequities in high school access to sports for Black and Latino youth through their work with Fair Play Coalition, which works so all kids can have access to all athletic courts and fields controlled by the Department of Education.
(Jul. 16, 2019) - While the number of overcrowded schools in New York City has declined by 31 buildings since 2015, some 520,000 kids–roughly half of the city’s student population–attend schools that are oversaturated and ill-equipped to handle their student bodies. The worst overcrowding is happening in Brooklyn, Queens, and the central Bronx. Overall, there are 1.1 million students in 1,840 schools in 32 districts across the five boroughs. Some students are forced to learn in Transportable Classroom Units (TCUs), trailers placed outside main school buildings, in order to make sure there is enough space for everyone. The city has been trying to fix this problem for years.
Stanley Black & Decker Hosted a “Quiet Race” for Kids with Autism as Part of Initiative with Autism Speaks
(Jul. 15, 2019) - Stanley Black & Decker and the Envision Virgin Racing Team created a unique racing experience for kids with autism spectrum disorder at the ABB FIA Formula E Racing Championship New York E Prix on July 13-14. The quiet race aimed to advance inclusion and foster understanding and acceptance of neurodiversity. Kids and their families received a special behind-the-scenes garage tour and a special race-day experience that accommodated all sensory sensitivities. Guests were also given the opportunity to learn about STEM careers in motorsports.
(Jul. 15, 2019) - Whitby School in Greenwich, Connecticut named Dr. John “Jack” Creeden as its Interim Head of School on July 15. Creeden was chosen from a pool of distinguished candidates for his experience and leadership in independent schools. He was recently Head of School at Chadwick School, an independent K-12 school in California, and previously served as president of School Year Abroad, where he was responsible for the leadership and administration of the school’s one-year language immersion program in four schools in China, France, Italy, and Spain. Creeden served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Independent Schools from 2012-2015.
(Jul. 15, 2019) - This summer, Marra & Glick Applied Behavior Analysts is expanding to New Hyde Park with a new center-based location that offers behavior intervention services using the principles of applied behavior analysis, including an interim alternative placement for home instruction for students with autism spectrum disorders. The New Hyde Park location will be unique because it will offer early intervention and preschool programming to child 18 months and older. Marra & Glick’s goal is to help its students transition back into their recommended school placements.
(Jul. 12, 2019) - Six vending machines offering free books to kids who want to avoid the summer slump opened across the five boroughs on July 11. 14-year-old Marley Dias from West Orange, NJ helped to unveil the machines and emphasized the books are free for everyone. Kids can take whichever books they are interested in, and don’t have to return them. The vending machines are part of Jet Blue’s Soar with Reading program. The machines aim to promote reading in toddlers up through teenagers, especially in underserved communities of the city.
(Jul. 12, 2019) - SO Fun City, an organization provides inclusive enrichment programming that suits the needs of all children, has teamed up with the New York Mets to host the first-ever Inclusion Day at Citi Field on August 7. The event will feature a pre-game carnival inside the stadium with activities that are modified to meet all kids’ needs and abilities. SO Fun City’s founders, a board certified behavioral analyst and a professional magician, created the event when they realized the extent of the city’s need for inclusive programming. Beyond Inclusion Day at Citi Field, the company has worked with schools, camps, and organizations to create programming, and provides training to schools and camps so staff can better understand how to respond to certain behaviors in kids, be more inclusive, and work to decrease bullying.
(Jul. 10, 2019) - Ocean Cube, an interactive pop-up exhibit in Soho that brings readers into a futuristic undersea world, is now open through August 18. The exhibit encourages visitors to do their part in repurposing plastic to help save our oceans and their animals and features five rooms that all repurpose plastic to illustrate a facet of a bigger theme. Each room tells a story using lights, colors, and hanging objects. Each part of the exhibition creates a futuristic ocean feel, educates viewers on the current state of the sea, and shows how both individuals and corporations have a responsibility to conservation.
Communication Issues Prevent Food Insecure NYC Families from Taking Advantage of Summer Meals Program
(Jul. 08, 2019) - Summer can be hard for New York City kids who rely on school to provide at least one of their daily nutritious meals. That’s why the Department of Education’s 2019 Summer Meals Program, which began on June 27 and will end on August 31, is so important–it is designed to provide healthy, quality meals to more than 1,000 kids across the city who need them. However, Chalkbeat reports that information about the program is not well distributed, and as a result, food goes to waste while the need for it remains high.
(Jul. 03, 2019) - Melissa Lipson has been a school counselor in Nanuet for over 20 years and she is expanding her services beyond the district with Lipson Family Coaching, Inc. this summer. Lipson says she is excited to bring three decades of experience in schools to her new, private practice.
John Cronin of John’s Crazy Socks Makes History As the First Person with Down Syndrome to Win Entrepreneur of the Year Award
(Jul. 01, 2019) - 23-year-old John Cronin, the founder and Chief Happiness Officer of John’s Crazy Socks, is the first person with Down syndrome to win an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. John’s Crazy Socks offers customers a huge variety of fun, colorful socks to choose from, which all arrive with a personalized thank-you note from John himself. John and his father, Mark, won in the “Mission Driven” category of the competition, which recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies for their innovation, financial performance, and impact on the world. The Ernst and Young competition is considered one of the most prestigious business awards programs in New York and beyond.
(Jun. 28, 2019) - The Port Authority and NYC Department of Environmental Protection have announced that three female peregrine falcon chicks hatched in early May near the Bayonne Bridge. The chicks–Martha, Rosie, and Juno–were tagged on May 29 and appear to be about 21 days old, and made their first flights around June 19. The chicks were named after World War II heroes and the 75th anniversary of D-Day celebrated earlier this month, according to Port Authority. They are just three of 46 peregrine falcons that have hatched from Bayonne since 1992.
(Jun. 26, 2019) - The New York Botanical Garden is home to a rare flower with a surprisingly pungent odor–the “corpse flower,” otherwise known as one of the largest and most putrid-smelling flowers in the world. The plant is also finicky–its bloom cycle occurs over a brief 24-to-36-hour peak bloom, which should happen within the next few weeks. The flower is said to smell like rotting meat. Looking for something a little different to do with the kids as June turns into July? This might be it.