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Removing common stains Time management tips for kids

Your Ultimate Seasonal Fun Guide

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contents table of

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all-in-one annual resource guide 19 Food & Health Directory

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19 Family Activities Directory 21 Bithday Party Directory 21 Special Needs Directory 35 Camp Directory

Seasonal Fun Guide

The top 20 things to do each season in your area

Family Activities Calendar

Find something to do everyday this month!

35 Classes Directory 38 Education Directory

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38 Sports Directory 41 Services Directory

Fear Factor

Learn why this mother lets her son watch scary movies.

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6 Editor’s Note 7 New Places, New Programs 8 5 Questions to Ask a Potential Nanny for Your Infant 40 Meet the Health Care Professional 41 Professional Services 45 Advertisers’ Index 46 Fear Factor

10 Top 20 Things to do in the Summer

9 Your Hospital Go-Bag

12 Top 20 Things to do in the Fall

18 What to Ask When Choosing a Pediatrician

14 Top 20 Things to do in the Winter

20 Tips to Host a Birthday Party

16 Top 20 Things to do in the Spring

22 What to Do After Diagnosis

23 Family Activities Calendar

34 Camp Packing Lists 36 Make the Most of a Parent-Teacher Conference 37 The Essential College Visit and Interview Checklist 39 5 Time Management Tips for Kids 42 How to Treat Common Stains 44 8 Things to Do When You Move

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raising kids editor’s note JULY 2019 • Vol.16 • No.11

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ediatricians, schools, summer camps, tutors and test prep, orthodontists and dentists, and after-school classes and academic enrichment programs and sports and, and, and… It seems as though the list of decisions we need to make to ensure our children are happy, healthy, and on the path to success goes on and on. We get it. Making choices for your children can be daunting: Is this the best class for my son? Will my daughter thrive at this camp? Will this school offer the right support for him? Does this doctor listen to my concerns? While we can’t make weighing the options 100-percent stress-free for you, we can arm you with the information to help you make the best decisions for your family—and make raising kids a little easier. That’s why, in this issue, you’ll find a series of checklists and listicles full of tips to make life easier. Learn what to put in your go-bag if you’re having a baby soon (p. 9), what to send your child to camp with (p. 34), and what to do after your child’s diagnosed with special needs (p. 22). Other helpful advice includes time management tips for kids (p. 39), questions to ask during a parent-teacher conference (p. 36), what to ask on a college tour (p.37), and easy ways to remove common stains from clothing (p. 42). Let’s not forget about the most important decisions, though: how to spend time together as a family. Enter the Seasonal Fun Guide (p. 10), full of the top 20 things to do in Brooklyn in the summer, fall, winter, and spring. Here’s to a relaxing summer full of fun camp days for your kids and spending time together as a family! Katelin Walling Editorial Director

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Who: The International Academy of New York What’s New: A relocation back to the school’s permanent Carnegie Hill location, which recently underwent a year of renovations. The move is scheduled for July 1. The renovated building, located a stone’s throw away from Central Park, has facilities including a library, a roof deck, and a fully equipped kitchen. A three-year project to update the main lobby, classrooms, and gymnasium will commence this summer. The renovations will allow the school to expand significantly, according to Emily Benson, director of admissions at the International Academy of New York. In the fall, the academy will also begin accepting children age 2 to its pre-nursery program. Want More Info: 4 E. 90th St., Manhattan; 212-641-0260; ianyc.org

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t’s hard enough to leave your children with a sitter, but your infant? This requires a great deal of forethought and careful screening. Although you’ll want to spend plenty of time interviewing a potential nanny (and don’t forget to check those references!), it’s imperative to ask the following infant-specific questions: 1. W  hat is your experience with infants? How many infants have you cared for in the past, and what were their ages? Have you ever cared for both an infant and an older child? 2. H  ave you completed any certification courses such as infant care, CPR, or first aid? 

3. Are you familiar with the most current sleep safety guidelines? 4. Are you comfortable with storing and thawing breastmilk and/or preparing formula? 5. Finally, ask: How would you handle an emergency? It takes a special caregiver to handle a newborn’s continual needs, so you’ll want to be sure you find the best nanny for your infant.

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Your Hospital Go-Bag It’s a daunting bag to pack—what will you need while you’re in labor? How about right after the baby is born? If you’ve never been through it before, your list may stall at onesies and completely neglect your partner’s inevitable need for Cheetos. Thankfully American Pregnancy, a national health organization committed to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness, has the lowdown on what should actually go into that hospital suitcase.

For Mom

m Paperwork and IDs: Don’t forget your health

insurance card and any pre-registration forms from the hospital. Bring them in a big folder that you can use to store other paperwork you acquire.

m Your baby’s going-home outfit: a onesie, hat, booties or socks, and mittens

m Receiving or swaddle blankets m Wipes for newborns or sensitive skin

m Breast-feeding support: nursing bras, breast pads, and a good sports bra—good for a water birth or suppressing lactation if you’re not breast-feeding

m Toiletries: Don’t forget a hair band or clip if you have long hair.

m Sleepwear comforts: nightgown and robe,

slippers (during early labor you may have to walk around), and socks (many women get literal cold feet during delivery)

m Your going-home outfit: Choose one that fit when you were 6 months pregnant.

m Pillow from home: Put a non-white pillow case on it to distinguish it from hospital pillows.

m Mouth refreshers: mints or breath strips (for

nausea) lollipops or hard candies (for dry mouth)

For Baby

m Infant car seat and infant head support: You will not be allowed to leave the hospital without one; make sure you bring the instructions.

For Partner

m Change of clothes and toiletries m Snacks, and maybe even a cooler filled with drinks and sandwiches so you can avoid the cafeteria

m Watch with a second hand to time contractions

m Portable speaker to play soothing music, which may help you and your partner relax both during and after labor

m Chargers for phones, tablets, laptops, and speakers

m Massage oils to help alleviate back labor m Take-out menus for nearby restaurants m Gift for a sibling, which will help little ones feel appreciated when they visit

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Top 20 Things to Do in the

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1. Shock & Awesome

Get set for a summer of thrills when Luna Park in Coney Island (nymetroparents.com/coney-island), Brooklyn, opens for summer in late May. Serious thrill-seekers won’t want to miss The Thunderbolt roller coaster or the new adventure course that features a zip line and ropes course. See the full list of theme parks in the area at nymetroparents.com/amusementparks.

2. Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Rent a watercraft at the Loeb Boathouse in Manhattan’s Central Park and be the captain of your own ship (well, just a rowboat) and take in the views of Central Park Lake. You can also take a classic Venetian gondola ride! For more info on where you can go boating in and around the city, visit nymetroparents.com/boating.

3. Summer Jams

Enjoy open-air concerts and dance performances throughout all five boroughs when CityParks presents SummerStage, with kid-centric performances—including drum workshops—taking place from mid June through August. Visit summerstage.com for a complete schedule.

4. Ripe for the Pickin’

The Hamptons aren’t the only fun thing about Long Island. Gather your brood for a day trip to pick your own berries at Patty’s Berries and Bunches in Mattituck, which is home to more than 40 different varieties of your favorite berries. Find the full list of berry farms in the NYC area (including Westchester County and New Jersey) at nymetroparents.com/berries.

5. To Be or Not to Be?

There’s no better way to introduce the kids to the Bard than through the classic Shakespeare in the Park summer series. This year all performances are free and take place at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park at 8pm. Much Ado About Nothing begins in May and Coriolanus begins in July.

6. Art Walk

Enjoy free access to some of the world’s finest art collections and special exhibitions as you stroll down Fifth Avenue during the Museum Mile Festival on the Upper East Side, Manhattan, in early June. Is your little artist feeling inspired? Check out our guide to art classes at nymetroparents.com/art-classes.

7. And All That Jazz

Get down to sweet syncopation in early June when the Red Hook Fest brings together DJ dance parties, musicians and dancers, awesome food, and youth performers to perform at Valentino Park and Pier. Visit hookarts.org for more information.

8. Out to the Ballgame with Dad

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Treat Dad to a special baseball event by heading to Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage to watch teams from the 1864 league play “base ball”, as it was called then, following the rules and customs of the time and wearing vintage uniforms. Find more vintage and modern baseball games in the city at nymetroparents.com/ny-sports.

9. Round and Round

Take a spin on the historic Flushing Meadows Carousel in Queens, which was created by combining two historic Coney Island Carousels for the 1964 World’s Fair—it’s right next to the Queens Zoo. Find another merry-go-round near you at nymetroparents.com/carousels.

10. Summer Fest

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival in Croton-on-Hudson in nearby Westchester County features seven stages of music performances, storytelling, and kids’ programs such as face painting, mask making, bubbles, jugglers, an instrument petting zoo, discovery tents, and river seining. The festival takes place in mid-June and is a great reason for a day trip.

11. Movies in the Moonlight

Starting in July you can enjoy free outdoor movies all summer long with Hudson RiverFlicks at Pier 46 in Manhattan. Find more kid-friendly outdoor screenings at nymetroparents.com/outdoor-movies.

12. What a Catch

Teach the kids the perfect cast (while sneaking in some bonding time) when you go fishing for bluegill sunfish and black crappie at Kissena Lake in Queens. Watch out for the turtles and find other fishing holes at nymetroparents.com/fishing.

13. Hot Diggity Dog

On July 4th, catch competitive eaters scarf down iconic New York franks at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn. (Don’t forget to try one of your own!)

14. Happy Birthday, America!

Don’t miss the city’s biggest Independence Day celebration when the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show lights up the city skyline. The show travels back and forth between the East and Hudson rivers so check macys.com/fireworks for details on where to view.

15. Beach Bums

After it was temporarily closed last year, Rockaway Beach in Queens is back and better than ever! Soak up the sun on the newly-restored sand, swim in the ocean, and stroll the boardwalk. Our full list of beaches in the area is available at nymetroparents.com/beaches.

16. American Melting Pot

Indulge in the diversity of the Big Apple with a kids’ corner, wine and cheese tastings, film screenings, live music, shopping, and more during Bastille Day, a French-themed street fair hosted by the French Institute Alliance Française in mid-July on the Upper East Side, Manhattan. For more cultural festivals nearby, visit nymetroparents.com/festivals.

17. FORE!

From May through October, kids ages 6-17 can learn to play golf like the pros at the Junior Golf Center in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, which boasts a driving range, a clubhouse and classroom, and a six-hole practice course. Short game need some work? Play a round of putt-putt right here in the city—see nymetroparents.com/minigolf for locations.

18. What’s up, Dock?

Take in the view of New York Harbor from Piers 16 and 17 at South Street Seaport or enjoy meeting marine animals, free boat tours, live music, kayaking, crafts, science experiments, Disney games for kids, and more during City of Water Day, presented by Waterfront Alliance in mid-July. Check out nymetroparents.com/water-fun for more water fun ideas.

19. Dragons by the Boatload

Take part in Chinese tradition through cultural performances, arts and crafts, and an amazing boat race at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, held in mid-August at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. Find the complete schedule of events at hkdbf-ny.org.

20. Queens Serving Love

Help kick off the U.S. Open tennis tournament at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, held in late August at USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens. Got a budding Andy Murray or Serena Williams on your hands? Find tennis classes for kids at nymetroparents.com/sports-classes.

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1. How ‘Bout Them Apples

Take a day trip up to Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm in Yorktown Heights where you can pick your own apples and make it through the corn throughout September. Find other nearby apple orchards and farms in our full guide at nymetroparents.com/apples.

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The events of Sept. 11, 2001 forever changed our city, our country, and our world. Take a moment to reflect with a visit to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum (911memorial.org) at The World Trade Center Site in Manhattan’s Financial District.

3. Fall Music Fun

Though summer is over, you can still get your festival fill in Brooklyn with Fall Music Fest 2019. Head to the Richard Rogers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park to see awesome local bands perform until the sun goes down. Check nymetroparents.com/calendar for details closer to the event.

4. Good Old-Fashioned Family Fun Bryan Haeffele

Indulge in traditional blue-ribbon competitions, an Amazing Maize Maze, pie-eating and corn-husking contests, pig-racing, carnival rides, vendors, and food vendors at the Annual Queens County Fair at the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park, Queens, held in mid- to late September. Find more fall fairs in the city at nymetroparents.com/nyc-fall-fairs.

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5. Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Don thine armor, summon thy bannermen, and make haste for Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights, Manhattan. Each year in late September, the Medieval Festival (nymetroparents.com/med-fest) boasts renaissance revelry for the young, old, and middle-aged!

6. If You Can Dream It You Can Make It

In late September, attend the World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science (nymetroparents.com/ny-sci) in Corona Queens, where up-and-coming creatives can get inspired to make, recycle, build, think, and play while celebrating art, science, and technology.

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7. Food & Drink for All

15. A Gourd-Grabbin’ Good Time

8. The Street Fair to End All Street Fairs

16. Pumpkins Galore

9. All About Birds

17. We Run This City

Kids and parents alike will love the spread at the annual Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival. Held in mid-October, the event spans several days and features family-friendly tastings and classes and meetand-greets with popular culinary personalities. Every New Yorker should experience Atlantic Antic at least once in his or her life. Featuring more than 500 artists, craftspeople, musicians, and food merchants, this festival takes place in Brooklyn in September and is one of the city’s largest and longest-running street fairs. For details, check atlanticave.org. Get up close with birds of prey during Wings Over Wave Hill Day at Wave Hill (nymetroparents.com/wave-hill) in the Bronx, a three-day program on Veteran’s Day Weekend in November.

10. Pet Party

In early October, bring your pet(s) to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan for the Blessing of the Animals, a celebration in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures.

11. The Spice of Life

Enjoy sizzling shows, dynamite dishes, and fiery fun at the Chile Pepper Festival, held in late September or early October at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Crown Heights. Find out more at nymetroparents.com/bbg.

12. Wild for Halloween

Get a feel for old-fashioned county livin’ with a trip to Historic Richmond Town’s Decker Farm on Staten Island where you can enjoy a corn maze, hayrides, face painting, arts and crafts, and pick your own pumpkins throughout October (see the full list at nymetroparents.com/pumpkins). Don’t miss The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze, an outdoor walk-through experience featuring thousands of hand-carved pumpkins, at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson (nymetroparents.com/vc-manor). The Blaze opens in September and runs through mid-November and is certainly worth the trip north to Westchester. Join your fellow New Yorkers and cheer on family, friends, and neighbors in early November as they run through the greatest city on Earth during the New York City Marathon. The race starts on Staten Island, spans streets in all five boroughs, and ends in Central Park in Manhattan, providing competitors with the sights, sounds, and sheer excitement only NYC can offer.

18. Viva Mexico!

Learn more about Dia de los Muertos and Mexican culture in early November at El Museo Del Barrio in East Harlem, Manhattan, which hosts educational activities, music, food, and other traditional activities celebrating the holiday.

19. We Salute You

Boils and ghouls will go batty for the Bronx Zoo’s annual Halloween celebration, Boo at the Zoo, typically held early October through early November. Enjoy crafts, a haunted pirate hayride adventure, and themed animal exhibits. Costumes welcome! For more Halloween fun, visit nymetroparents.com/halloween.

Commemorate Veteran’s Day and celebrate the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces during the Veterans Day Parade, which features floats, military and vintage vehicles, and more than 20,000 marchers from all branches of military. Over the last few years, the opening ceremony has been held next to Madison Square Park and the route follows Fifth Avenue North to 56th Street. Check parade.uwvc.org for details.

13. Fan-doms Unite!

20. Turkey, Pomp, and Circumstance

If you’re a fan of pop-culture, you won’t want to miss New York ComicCon (newyorkcomiccon.com) held at the Javits Center in Manhattan in early October. This four-day gathering includes an entire day of kid-centric programming for ages 6-12 and connects fans, creators, and stars of popular TV shows, movies, and of course, comic books.

Arguably the world’s most famous parade, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (macys.com/parade) boasts behemoth balloons, beautiful floats, and the biggest names in entertainment—and it all takes place in the heart of Manhattan!

14. Back Under the Big Top

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Big Apple Circus, NYC’s hometown circus, comes home again to Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park in Lincoln Square, Manhattan from mid- to late October through January. For show details, visit bigapplecircus.org.

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1. Slip ‘n Glide

Hit the ice for some classic winter fun at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s state-of-the-art skating facility featuring two ice rinks. Find more indoor and outdoor ice rinks in the area at nymetroparents.com/ice-skating.

2. All Aboard!

Hitch a ride to tons of fun at the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show, which boasts replicas of area landmarks made entirely from natural materials. The show typically runs mid-November through early January. Find a full list of nearby train shows and exhibits that you can visit throughout the year at nymetroparents.com/trains.

3. Visions of Sugar Plums

Visit the Land of Sweets when New York City Ballet presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. Performances are usually held late November through early January. Get details on all Nutcracker performances in our area at nymetroparents.com/nyc-nutcracker.

4. There’s Nothin’ Like the Real Thing

Make this Christmas special with a day trip to cut your own Christmas tree at Stuart’s Farm in Granite Springs in nearby Westchester County or one of the area’s other farms (see nymetroparents.com/xmastrees for the full list), most of which are open from late November through late December.

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5. Jingle Bell Rock(ettes)

It wouldn’t be Christmas in New York without the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall in Midtown, Manhattan (radiocitychristmas.com). From early November through late December, the Rockettes perform classic numbers such as “New York at Christmas” and “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.”

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6. Tales of Tinsel

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7. All of the Lights

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8. You Better Not Pout, I’m Tellin’ You Why…

From Santaland at Macy’s Herald Square in Manhattan to Historic Richmond Town on Staten Island, Kris Kringle makes appearances all over the city from late November to late December. For something unique, set sail with Hornblower New York near the end of December for a 3-hour cruise around the harbor, complete with dinner, dancing, and plenty of Christmas fun. Check hornblowernewyork.com for details.

9. Giving Back

With all of the gift-giving and receiving, the holiday season is a great time to teach kids about being charitable. Give a little back to your community and do some volunteering. Find a list of where to volunteer at nymetroparents.com/volunteer.

10. You Can’t Catch Me…

Head to the New York Hall of Science in Corona, Queens to experience Gingerbread Lane, which holds the Guinness World Record for the largest gingerbread house exhibit village. More than 1,300 gingerbread houses, stores, fire stations, businesses, and more are on sugary display from November to January.

11. Christmas Past

In mid-December, step into the 18th century with Candlelight Tours at Historic Richmond Town (nymetroparents.com/richmond-town) on Staten Island. During the special holiday tour, visitors will learn about the history of some of today’s most cherished holiday traditions.

12. It’s All Downhill from Here

Pull out your Flexible Flyer and get set for some downhill snow-day fun. Once there’s enough snow on the ground (4 to 6 inches), hills in New York City parks are fair game for sledding. For more information, check out our guide at nymetroparents.com/sled-nyc.

13. Happy New Year!

Try something different this New Year’s and check out the annual Polar Bear Club New Year’s Day Swim in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Dip your toes into the icy water, join the plungers, or just watch the zany fun—no matter what, it’s a fun way to get in some family bonding to begin the year!

Over two weekends in late January and early February, city folks can get a taste of Native American culture during the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Annual Dance Concert and Pow Wow at Theater for the New City in the East Village, Manhattan. The event brings together Native American artists, educators, singers, dancers, storytellers, and performing groups from across the Americas. Find more cultural festivals in the area at nymetroparents.com/festivals.

17. Over the Moon

Ring in the Chinese New Year in late January or early February with dragon dancers, steel drummers, fireworks, and more at the famous Flushing Lunar New Year Parade in Queens. Check nymetroparents.com/ calendar for updates.

18. Keep the Winter Blues Away

Head over to Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Prospect Lefferts Gardens from early December through early March for First Sundays, which feature all kinds of programming for the whole family throughout the winter. Activities include story time, winter nature walks, an outdoor “chase away the winter blues” tour, and a tour of the tropical, desert, and Mediterranean plants of the Conservatory.

19. Winter Village

Take the kids on a magical journey to Bryant Park Winter Village, where you can shop, sample hot chocolate, waffles and other goodies, go iceskating, and more. The holiday village usually opens in late October and runs through January, while the skating rink runs through March.

20. Stick Together

Learn all about Southeast New York’s maple sugaring heritage at programs held in late February and early March at the Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale, Westmoreland Sanctuary in Mount Kisco, and other orchards and nature preserves in nearby Westchester County. For the full list, visit nymetroparents.com/maple-sugaring.

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Grab your gear and pack up the kids for a day (or a few days) of skiing or snowboarding at one of the area’s family-friendly resorts. For details, visit nymetroparents.com/ski.

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Watch little eyes light up with holiday joy during a tree or menorah lighting. If you’re looking for a big event, brave the Rockefeller Center in Midtown, Manhattan to see its illustrious tree throughout December, or celebrate the Hanukkah at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn where a large menorah stands throughout the festival of lights.

Escape from the cold at Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. The only museum in the U.S. dedicated to the art, history, and technology of moving pictures, this museum boasts behind-the-scenes exhibits, hands-on workshops, and daily film screenings. Learn more at nymetroparents.com/moving-image.

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Create your own Christmas story in the Bronx at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum’s annual Holiday Family Day. Usually held in early December, this event includes storytelling, shopping, crafts, and of course, pictures with Santa. Learn more about the museum at nymetroparents.com/bpmm.

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1. Colorful Queens

Paint away the gray of winter during the Phagwah Parade and Festival in Richmond Hill, Queens, in early to mid-March. During this Hindu celebration of spring and love, attendees enjoy music as they literally color one another with dye and powder.

2. A Piece of Pi(e)

Celebrate Pi Day and all things mathematical at the Museum of Mathematics (nymetroparents.com/momath) in Murray Hill, Manhattan. The celebration changes every year on March 14 (3.14)– this year, there was a pi-themed activity and free admission from 4-6pm!

3. And…Action!

In March, fledgling film fanatics can get their fix of silver screen goodness at the New York International Children’s Film Festival (gkids. com). Held in Manhattan, the month-long Oscar-qualifying event spans several theaters and features screenings of films and shorts made just for younger audiences.

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Aspiring ballerinas can learn a little about the hard work that goes into becoming a professional dancer when the School of American Ballet presents The Beauty of Ballet, held in late February and early March at multiple venues in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Harlem. Find kids’ dance classes near you at nymetroparents.com/ dance.

5. Erin Go Bragh!

Don’t miss the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade (nycstpatricksparade.org), which starts in Midtown Manhattan, passes St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and ends on the Upper West Side at the Irish Historical Society. This more than 250-year-old traditional marching parade features Irish step dancers, bagpipe bands, and more.

6. Flower Power

The annual Orchid Show returns to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx (nymetroparents.com/nybg) in February through April. This exhibition boasts thousands of brilliantly colored flowers in kaleidoscopic displays and is the largest of its kind in the country.

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Join the March of Dimes’ March for Babies on a trek through Manhattan in mid- to late April, and support research to expand programs and educate medical professionals so that moms and babies can get the best possible care, even when pregnancy doesn’t go as planned. For details on this and other charity walks, go to nymetroparents.com/walks.

Search for sweet treasures hidden by a furry friend at the annual weekend Easter Egg Hunt at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (nymetroparents.com/ bpmm) in the Bronx. Kids can participate in crafts, have their photos taken with the Easter Bunny, and enjoy light refreshments.

9. Bonnets, Pomp & Circumstance

Throw on your Sunday best and an over-the-top hat and join the Easter Bonnet Festival on Easter Sunday, which marches along Fifth Avenue in Midtown East, Manhattan.

10. Konichiwa, Spring!

Welcome spring and learn about traditional Japanese culture during the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival, a celebration of the blooming cherry trees held in mid- or late April at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden in Crown Heights (nymetroparents.com/bbg).

16. Choo Choo!

Celebrate National Train Day in early May with a train ride (including one on Thomas the Tank Engine, nearby in Connecticut!) or by visiting the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn—see the full list at nymetroparents.com/trains.

17. Bike ‘n’ Roll

Kick off National Bicycle Month and see the whole city when you ride the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour (bike.nyc). In early May, 32,000 cyclists (kids should be accompanied by a parent) can take part in an amazing 40-mile ride coursing through the city’s streets and over five of its famous bridges. Before you head out, brush up on bike safety at nymetroparents.com/bike.

18. Moms Rock

Get in some mommy-child bonding and enjoy some music, activities, face painting, art, activism, and more during Mamapalooza at Riverside Park on the Upper West Side in Manhattan in mid-May. Search for more Mother’s Day activities at nymetroparents.com/calendar.

11. A Wild Run

Make the planet better for our animal friends by participating in the Run for the Wild 5K and Family Fun Run at the nearby Bronx Zoo (nymetroparents.com/bronx-zoo) in late April.

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12. City Kid Classics

Grab the kids on your block and join NYC Parks at Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem, Manhattan, for some classic Street Games in late April. For even more fun, brush up on the rules for some classic lawn games (nymetroparents.com/lawn-games).

13. Kentucky Derby, Here We Come!

See what life is like for sailors, marines, and coast guardsman when hundreds of service men and women dock their ships in New York Harbor in Midtown, Manhattan, for a visit during Fleet Week NYC in late May.

20. High Flyin’ Fun

Spend Memorial Day weekend fulfilling your need for speed when the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, the B-17 Yankee Lady, and more take to the sky in the annual Bethpage Airshow (bethpageairshow.com) at Jones Beach on Long Island.

Watch top thoroughbred horses fly down the track for a chance to race in the Kentucky Derby when they compete in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park, Queens, in April. Find local stables that offer riding lessons and more at nymetroparents.com/horseback-riding.

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In late April, help make our planet (and our city) a little better while enjoying a full day of environmental education, performances, and workshops during Earth Day New York at Union Square Park in Manhattan.

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Things get wild and woolly every weekend in May at the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn. Learn how goat farmers in Mongolia are saving local wildlife, participate in animal activities, and on one weekend, see sheep get their annual haircuts during the Wild and Woolly Festival! Meet more animals at zoos and nature centers near the city—visit nymetroparents.com/zoos for a full list.

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What to Ask When Choosing a Pediatrician Choosing a pediatrician is a challenge that parents face before their little ones are even born. With so many options available, it’s important to find a doctor that can accommodate your schedule, as well as your parenting philosophy. Lauren Levine, M.D., of Columbia Midtown Pediatrics in Manhattan, suggests questions parents should ask when looking for a pediatrician.

Does your practice see children who are unvaccinated?

With the recent outbreak of measles, it’s important that you and your pediatrician are on the same page about the potential risk of unvaccinated children sharing space with those who aren’t old enough for vaccines.

If there are multiple doctors in the practice, will I see the same doctor each time?

For some children, consistency is crucial. If your family prefers a more intimate relationship with health care professionals, seeing the same person each time might be a priority.

Are you willing to give parental advice in addition to medical advice?

For first time parents, having a second opinion on topics such as sleeping and eating can be invaluable.

How difficult is it to speak with the doctor?

What is the appointment system? Can you call or email with a quick question? Some offices offer nurse triage services and online portals to answer non-life-threatening questions.

What is your on-call service like?

In case of emergency, it’s important to know if and when your doctor will be available.

Do you see sick visits on the same day? How about weekends or evenings? This is especially important for working families and those with busy schedules.

Are you board-certified by the American Association of Pediatrics? Parents should always opt for a board-certified pediatrician.

What is your policy on antibiotics?

Whether you prefer to have a Z-pack for your child or firmly believe in toughing it out, you’ll want to make sure you and your doctor are on the same page.

What sort of accommodations do you make for patients with special needs?

It’s important to know that your pediatrician is adequately prepared in the case that your child is born with or develops special needs. Look for someone who is patient, has a subspecialty in special needs care, and is easy to talk to, according to Daniel Coury, M.D., medical director of the Autism Treatment Network at Autism Speaks.


Food & Health DENTISTS & DENTAL PROVIDERS Brooklyn Family Orthodontics

Alexis K. Fermanis, D.D.S., M.S. 142 Joralemon St. 6B, Brooklyn Heights 73 8th Ave. at Union St., Park Slope 718-395-6582 bkfamilyortho.com

Dr. Alexis Fermanis is an orthodontic specialist who practiced in Brooklyn for 10 years before starting Brooklyn Family Orthodontics in 2014. Dr. Fermanis believes that a beautiful smile makes a great first impression and is passionate about providing that to her patients.

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Cynthia Amirtharaj, M.D.

Maimonides Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiology 4802 Tenth Ave., G1 6701 Bay Parkway, 4th floor 718-283-7500

Dr. Cynthia Amirtharaj is a board-certified pediatric cardiologist at the Maimonides Children’s Hospital. She is part of a dedicated team of pediatric cardiologists providing infants, children, and adolescents with comprehensive evaluation and treatment for congenital heart disease, murmurs, arrhythmias, and other cardiac disorders.

Charlot, Dr. Cascya - Allergy and Asthma Care of Brooklyn 10 Plaza St. E., Suite 1E 347-564-3211 311 Saint Nicholas Ave., Ridgewood 347-564-3211 brooklynallergydr.com

Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics 185 Montague St., 8th floor 718-622-6741 brooklyn-orthodontist.com info@brooklyn-orthodontist.com

Exceptional smiles-Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics has been serving the Brooklyn community for more than 30 years. Under the compassionate leadership of Dr. Sue Liebman we are dedicated to providing the most advanced treatments, including braces and Invisalign, to patients of all ages with convenient Saturday hours and affordable payment plans.

DOCTORS & MEDICAL PROVIDERS Rabia Agha, M.D.

Maimonides Children’s Hospital Pediatric Infectious Disease 948 48th St., 3rd floor 6701 Bay Parkway, 4th floor 718-283-7500

Dr. Rabia Agha is director of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Division at the Maimonides Children’s Hospital. She is board-certified in pediatric infectious diseases, and specializes in diagnosis, management, and treatment of complicated infections in infants, children, and adolescents. Dr. Agha also oversees the family travel medicine office.

Dr. Cascya Charlot is an award-winning, Harvard Medical School-trained physician who is board-certified in pediatric and adult allergy and immunology. She evaluates patients for a wide variety of allergic conditions including asthma, eczema, food allergies, sinusitis, and environmental allergies.

Fidelis Care New York

888-FIDELIS (343-3547) fideliscare.org Fidelis Care is a mission-driven health plan offering quality, affordable coverage for children and adults of all ages and at all stages of life. With more than 1.7 million members Statewide, Fidelis Care believes that all New Yorkers should have access to affordable, quality health insurance.

Maimonides Children’s Hospital

Brooklyn’s only children’s hospital and pediatric trauma center 4801 10th Ave. 718-283-7500 maimonidesmed.org/childrens

Maimonides Children’s Hospital is one of New York City’s leading pediatric hospitals, and is recognized by the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI). Our expert team of board-certified pediatric physicians, surgeons, nurses, and nurse practitioners provides compassionate, family-centered care for infants, children, and adolescents.

Gary N. McAbee, D.O.

Maimonides Children’s Hospital Pediatric Neurology 4802 Tenth Ave. 718-283-7500 Dr. Gary McAbee is an experienced pediatric neurologist at the Maimonides Children’s Hospital. He is board-certified in pediatric neurology and general pediatrics. Dr. McAbee evaluates and treats infants, children, and adolescents with neurological disorders such as migraines and headaches, developmental delay, and autism spectrum disorder.

Pediatric Immediate Care

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Family Activities AMUSEMENT PARKS & CAROUSELS Wheel Fun Rentals

Marine Park Avenue U and East 33rd Street Prospect Park LeFrak Center at Lakeside 171 East Drive Bensonhurst Park 9000 Bay Parkway Flushing Meadows Corona Park at David Dinkins Circle Meridian Road Flushing Meadows Corona Park at North Meadow Lake Meadow Lake Road West 917-231-6229 wheelfunrentals.com/nyc wheelfunrentals.com

Rent some summer fun! Take a spin around the park on a Surrey or cruise on the water in a pedal boat. Whatever your riding ability, we offer specialty cycles, family bikes, two-wheel bikes, bike attachments, pedal boats, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. Product varies by location. Group rates for parties and camps.

INDOOR & OUTDOOR PLAY SPACES Wheel Fun Rentals

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Flushing Meadows Corona Park at David Dinkins Circle Meridian Road Flushing Meadows Corona Park at North Meadow Lake Meadow Lake Road West 917-231-6229 wheelfunrentals.com/nyc

wheelfunrentals.com Rent some summer fun! Take a spin around the park on a Surrey or cruise on the water in a pedal boat. Whatever your riding ability, we offer specialty cycles, family bikes, two-wheel bikes, bike attachments, pedal boats, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. Product varies by location. Group rates for parties and camps.

MUSEUMS & PLANETARIUMS imagiNATIONS

National Museum of the American Indian 212-514-3714 americanindian.si.edu nmai-ny@si.edu

Visit the National Museum of the American Indian’s new and interactive imagiNATIONS Activity Center and discover how Native STEM innovations continue to shape the modern world. Admission is free and imagiNATIONS is open daily from 10am-4:30pm. The museum is located at One Bowling Green in Manhattan.

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Tips to Host a Birthday Party Whether you’re throwing the bash of the year or taking a few friends to an amusement park, local moms reveal some helpful tips for planning a party for kids.

m Select the Right Date: Before setting a date,

ask about your kid’s close friends’ availability. If you know your child’s birthday falls near a classmate’s big day, ask the other child’s parents about their plans for celebrating. Send invites three weeks out.

m Guest List: For elementary schoolers, invite

either the whole class, less than half the class, or only your child’s closest friends. Ask about food allergies and get cellphone numbers if parents are dropping their kids off at the party.

m Activities: Set a schedule of events and alternate high-energy and low-energy activities. Also make sure there is an area designated for kids who may need a break from the stimulation.

m Get Help: Ask a friend or relative for help or hire a sitter for an extra pair of hands. Designate a photographer—someone who will make sure they get the important shots, so you don’t have to worry. Take some photos before the party begins.

m Choose a Theme: Let the birthday kid choose a theme—it makes all the other decisions (décor, invites, cake, etc.) much easier.

m Timing: Two hours is more than enough time for

a party. Schedule younger kid’s parties in the morning before nap time. For teens, set ending time earlier than needed to account for dawdling.

m Invites: Use an online invite such as Paperless Post

so you can track RSVPs. The invite should say what is needed (for example, towels for a pool party) and what will be offered (i.e. cake and pizza at 12pm.)

m Food and Drink: Make sure you have enough

for parents and younger siblings who stick around. Cut pizza slices in half. Make snacks and drinks simple and self-serve. Set out a large pitcher and cups for water.

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m Balloons: Use a bike pump to blow up balloons; buy helium balloons the day of party.

m Party Favors: Order in bulk online or buy from dollar stores (no need to spend much money on these). Don’t personalize them—you never know who will or won’t show up.

m Gifts: Save gift-opening for after guests leave. If you must open them at the party, remind your child about the importance of being thankful—even for the unwanted gifts. Another option is to forgo gifts and use a service such as Share Your Wish where guests donate money to be split between the birthday kid and the charity of choice. Be sure to send thank-you notes (email is fine) so guests know their gift was received.


Birthday Party ENTERTAINMENT Clowns.com

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BIRTHDAY PARTY PLACES Art Fun Studio

547 92nd St. 718-680-0508 artfunstudio.com; alla@artfunstudio.com Canvas and ceramic painting art studio in Brooklyn. Plan a child’s budget-friendly birthday party or adult’s Sip and Paint event, check our classes or just walk in for spontaneous fun! 70 five-star reviews on Google and Yelp. Fun and creative packages for all ages.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Pier 86, W. 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue, Manhattan 646-381-5010 intrepidmuseum.org groupsales@intrepidmuseum.org Celebrate your child’s birthday with a one-of-a-kind party! The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum captivates groups of all ages and interests. Choose from exciting themes, value packages, and customization options to create an original birthday adventure they’ll never forget. Packages start at $30 per person.

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Wheel Fun Rentals

Marine Park Avenue U and East 33rd Street Prospect Park LeFrak Center at Lakeside 171 East Drive Bensonhurst Park 9000 Bay Parkway Flushing Meadows Corona Park at David Dinkins Circle Meridian Road Flushing Meadows Corona Park at North Meadow Lake Meadow Lake Road West 917-231-6229 wheelfunrentals.com/nyc wheelfunrentals.com Wheel Fun Rentals is the perfect place for birthday parties! Explore the area on one of our specialty bikes or go on a Surrey Scavenger Hunt. Visit us in Queens at Flushing Meadows North Meadow Lake and David Dinkins’ Circle, or Brooklyn’s Marine Park, Bensonhurst Park, or Lakeside Prospect Park.

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Zoos and Aquarium

1-800- 433-4149 The Bronx Zoo: 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx Central Park Zoo: 830 Fifth Ave., Manhattan Queens Zoo: 53-51 111th St., Corona Prospect Park Zoo: 450 Flatbush Ave. New York Aquarium: 602 Surf Ave. wcs.org/birthdays Make your wildlife lover’s birthday an unforgettable experience with a party at our zoos or aquarium! Parties include park admission, a private party room with host, special animal guests, visits to our exhibits, and hands-on activities to make your party animal’s birthday a truly unforgettable experience!

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What to Do After Diagnosis When you notice signs of delay in your child’s development, your next steps may be unclear. INCLUDEnyc (includenyc.org; 212-677-4660; Spanish: 212-677-4668), the leading provider of training and information for young people (birth to 26) with any disability and their families, shares what you can do to secure educational, therapeutic, and community-based services for your child. Early Intervention (birth to 3) m T his is a free program offered through the New York State Department of Health for eligible children with developmental delays. m Children can receive physical, occupational, and speech therapies; counseling; assistive technology; respite, vision, and psychological services; and more. m Find an office in your community at health.ny.gov.

Preschool Special Education (ages 3-5) m Your child may receive special education services through the Committee on Preschool Special Education. When your referral is received, you’ll be assigned a CPSE administrator and receive a packet that includes a list of evaluation sites. m Select an agency to conduct the evaluation, which may include psychological, psychosocial, speech, physical, or occupational therapy evaluations. m Then, you’ll meet with CPSE to determine if your child is eligible for preschool special education services. If so, then an Individualized Education Program will be created.

Preparing for Kindergarten (children turning 5 by the end of the year) mD  uring the kindergarten application process, you’re encouraged to attend

an orientation and submit applications in the fall of the previous year. An admission offer to register for a school, whether or not it will be final placement, will arrive midMarch. Special education services will be provided by the child’s school or other arrangements will be made. m At the same time, you’ll develop a kindergarten IEP (the Turning 5 process). m For children already receiving preschool special education services, your child will be referred to the Committee on Special Education. The only evaluation included in Turning 5 is a classroom observation and review of existing documentation. Additional evaluations can be requested. m If your child doesn’t receive services in preschool, but you believe he or she may need them in kindergarten, contact the CSE in your district and make a referral for special education services. A referral can also be made to the school’s IEP team once a student enrolls or at any point after that.

School Age (ages 5-21) m If a child enters school without an IEP, but you suspect they may have a disability, you can request an evaluation from the school’s IEP team. Within 10 school days, you’ll receive a consent form. The evaluation, IEP meeting, and offer of services,

if eligible, should not take more than 60 school days from the date the consent form is signed. m If attending a private or charter school, make requests to the CSE in that school’s district. m Evaluations must be done in a language your child understands. Results must be translated into a language you understand.

Community-Based Services (all ages) m T he Office for People with Developmental Disabilities provides free services and support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Eligibility is determined based on disability and individual need regardless of family income and other insurance. m Call your Developmental Disabilities Regional Office to speak to a Front Door team member and register for a Front Door information session, where you’ll learn more about services and the OPWDD eligibility process. If your child is found eligible, you will choose a Care Coordination Organization to coordinate support and services. m OPWDD eligibility requirements are the same for all ages though “provisional eligibility” may apply to children younger than 8. “Standard eligibility” needs to be established after age 8. Start scheduling evaluations when your child turns 7.


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Our calendar is full of great ideas. First, here are the 10 events we consider can’t-miss—the ones we’re taking our own kids to. Consider it your cheat sheet to the best of what’s great this month!

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Independence Day in Prospect Park FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 12-5pm WHERE: Prospect Park Audubon Center, 101 East Drive, Flatbush AGES: All WHAT: Make a plumed hat, sign a Declaration of Independence, and enjoy nature education programs, animal encounters, and a bird walk. WHY WE LOVE IT: You can even take a spin on the carousel! WANT TO GO? 646-393-9031. prospectpark.org.

Nathan’s Famous 4th of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest 2019 FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 10am-1pm WHERE: Nathan’s Famous Restaurant, 1310 Surf Ave., Coney Island AGES: All WHAT: See the world’s top competitive eaters in action! WHY WE LOVE IT: Watching might ignite your children’s appetite for lunch! WANT TO GO? 718-946-2202. nathansfamous.com/hotdog-eating-contest.

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Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 9:20pm WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: Fireworks barges will make the iconic Brooklyn Bridge the star of the show. WHY WE LOVE IT: Families can get a great view from Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo. WANT TO GO? 212-494-4495. macys.com/social/fireworks. 24

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Preposterous! a Happenstance Clown Circus

WHEN: Saturday, July 6, 2pm and 7pm WHERE: Waterfront Museum, 290 Conover St., Red Hook AGES: All WHAT: Clowns play circus animals, sing, do classic routines with a twist, and execute a slow-motion number involving a pie! WHY WE LOVE IT: There’s both a matinee and an evening show to catch! WANT TO GO? $15-18. 718-624-4719. waterfrontmuseum.org.

Bastille Day Celebration FREE

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WHEN: Sunday, July 14, 12-5pm WHERE: 60th Street, between Fifth and Lexington avenues, Midtown, Manhattan AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy French food, wine, culture, and entertainment! WHY WE LOVE IT: Highlights include a kids’ corner, live music and performances, prize drawing, and a film screening. WANT TO GO? 212-355-6100. fiaf.org.

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Live at the Archway Series 2019 FREE

WHEN: July 18-25, Thursdays, 5:30pm WHERE: Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge, Water Street, between Anchorage Place and Adams Street, Dumbo AGES: All WHAT: Check out musical performances, pop-up galleries, and interactive art experiences. WHY WE LOVE IT: Family Jam opens each night with puppets, hulahoopers, and more spectacle fun! WANT TO GO? 718-237-8700. dumbo.is.


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9th Annual New York City Poetry Festival

WHEN: July 27-28, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm WHERE: Governors Island, Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: Poetry organizations and collectives bring their unique formats, aesthetics, and personalities to the festival grounds. WHY WE LOVE IT: This year will feature more poets than ever before! WANT TO GO? Prices vary. 212-440-2200. govisland.com.

The World’s Biggest Bounce House Comes to Brooklyn

WHEN: July 26-28, see website for schedule WHERE: Aviator Sports and Events Center, 3159 Flatbush Ave., Marine Park AGES: All WHAT: This attraction includes the world largest bounce house, a 900-foot-long inflatable obstacle course, and a giant maze. WHY WE LOVE IT: There will be slides, ball pits, and climbing walls galore. WANT TO GO? Starting at $19. 718-758-7500. aviatorsports.com.

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Lawn Games FREE

WHEN: July 6-28, Saturday-Sunday, 2-4pm WHERE: Lefferts Historic House, 452 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Lefferts Garden AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy badminton, rolling hoops, horseshoes, and more. WHY WE LOVE IT: Families can have tons of fun playing historic lawn games. WANT TO GO? 718-789-2822. prospectpark.org.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Concert Series FREE

WHEN: July 5-Aug. 10, select Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 7:30pm WHERE: Prospect Park Bandshell, 7th Avenue and 2nd Street, Prospect Heights AGES: All WHAT: See 29 performances reflective of Brooklyn’s eclecticism and diversity. WHY WE LOVE IT: Stroller parking will be available on the 9th Street side! WANT TO GO? 718-683-5600. bricartsmedia.org.

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AGES: All WHAT: This multimedia exhibition is based on immigrant oral histories from The Brooklyn College Listening Project. WANT TO GO? 718-789-2822. prospectpark.org.

Kayaking in Red Hook FREE

WHEN: July 4-25, Thursdays, 6-8pm WHERE: Louis Valentino Jr. Park & Pier, Ferris and Coffey streets, Red Hook AGES: 5 and older WHAT: The Red Hook Boaters provide free kayaking in Red Hook. WANT TO GO? 212-639-9675. redhookboaters.org.

Sunrise Yoga with Abhaya Yoga FREE

WHEN: July 8-29, Mondays, 7:30-8:30am WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6, Atlantic Avenue and Furman Street, Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with sunrise yoga. WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Summer Reading Storytime at Brooklyn Bridge Park FREE

WHEN: July 3-31, Wednesdays, 10:30am WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3, 146-300 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: Hear stories from the library’s summer reading list, plus a whole lot more. Photo by Paula Berg WANT TO GO? 718-624-4719. brooklynbridgepark.org. ››

Build with LEGO FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 1, 2-4pm WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Gerritsen Beach, 2808 Gerritsen Ave., Gerritsen Beach AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy a relaxing Lego building session. WANT TO GO? 718-368-1435. bklynlibrary.org.

Free Music Class at Feed Dumbo FREE

WHEN: Sunday, July 7, 9am WHERE: Feed Dumbo, 55 Water St., Dumbo AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Join for a kid’s music session with Dan the Music Man. WANT TO GO? 929-397-2716. feedprojects.com.

We Are Brooklyn: Immigrant Voices FREE

WHEN: Sunday, July 21, 12-5pm WHERE: Lefferts Historic House, 452 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Lefferts Garden

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The Flip Flop Circus

WHEN: Sunday, July 21, 2pm WHERE: Waterfront Museum, 290 Conover St., Red Hook AGES: All WHAT: Bringing slapstick, physical comedy, stunning visuals, wild costumes, original puppets, and comic antics all together with classic vaudeville style and the worldwide language of clowns. WANT TO GO? $15-$18. 718-624-4719. waterfrontmuseum.org.

Unplugged FREE

SHOW TIME!

WHEN: July 5-26, select Fridays, 6-8pm WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3, 146-300 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: Unplugged features intimate acoustic acts curated by DeGraw Sound. WANT TO GO? 718-624-4719. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Magic at Coney!!!

WHEN: Friday, July 5, 1pm WHERE: Greenbelt Conservancy, 700 Rockland Ave., Staten Island AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Enjoy a forest-focused summer sing-along. WANT TO GO? 718-351-3450. sigreenbelt.org.

WHEN: July 7-28, Sundays, 12pm WHERE: Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave., Brooklyn AGES: 3 and older WHAT: A magical variety show highlighting a vast array of magicians; featuring illusionists, escape artists, mentalists, and close-up magicians from around the world. WANT TO GO? $10 adults; $5 for children 12 and younger. 347-699-4386. coneyisland.com.

Little Laffs: A Kid’s Variety Show

What’s Dis? with The Grand Falloons

Sing-Along with Patrick and the Rock-a-Silly Band plus Sprinkler fun! FREE

WHEN: Sunday, July 7, 11am WHERE: Jalopy Theatre, 315 Columbia St., Red Hook AGES: 3-8 WHAT: This variety show mixes juggling, balloon art, music, comedy, and more. WANT TO GO? $25 family; $10; $5 children. 718-395-3214. littlelaffsny.com.

FAB Fridays Kids’ Concerts FREE

WHEN: Sunday, July 28, 2pm WHERE: Waterfront Museum, 290 Conover St., Red Hook AGES: All WHAT: A Daffy Duck-esque romp through the Great American Vaudeville of the 1920s with comedy, juggling, magic, slapstick, audience participation, the live music, and the square bubble! WANT TO GO? $15-$18. 718-624-4719. waterfrontmuseum.org.

WHEN: Friday, July 12, 10am WHERE: Crispus Attucks Playground, 1030 Fulton St., Brooklyn AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Moozika!, an original family music program aiming to nurture a more enlivened world where music inspires all children and their grownups to love, play, and grow, will perform. WANT TO GO? fabfulton.org.

The Sparrow Sisters

Magician Tyler Schwartz FREE

ON SCREEN

WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 12:30-3:30pm WHERE: Industry City, 274 36th St., Brooklyn AGES: All WHAT: Tyler Schwartz is a New York-based magician who specializes in card and coin magic and uses simple demonstrations to inspire astonishment. WANT TO GO? 718-736-2516 x200. industrycity.com.

‘Bring It!’ Live

WHEN: Sunday, July 14, 3pm WHERE: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Join Coach D and the Dancing Dolls from the hit Lifetime show, Bring It!, as they take the dance battle from your television screen to stages across the nation. WANT TO GO? $75. 718-856-5464. kingstheatre.com.

Mad Science Presents Big Top Science FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 17, 6-6:45pm WHERE: Highland Park, Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street, Cypress Hill AGES: All WHAT: Step into three rings of fun for a series of chemistry and physics demos. WANT TO GO? 718-235-4100. nycgovparks.org. 26

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WHEN: July 1-29, Mondays, 4pm WHERE: Norman and Jules, 158 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: The Sparrow Sisters perform a sweet mixture of folk and nursery songs with guitar, ukulele, vocal harmony. Plus, a visit from resident puppet Henry the Caterpillar. WANT TO GO? $10 per child. 347-987-3323. normanandjules.com.

Movies Under the Stars: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 8:30-10:30pm WHERE: Scarangella Park (Basketball Courts), Stillwell Avenue, Bensonhurst AGES: All WHAT: Follow Miles as he becomes one of the many Spider-Men that team up to save NYC. WANT TO GO? 212-639-9675. nycgovparks.org.

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach FREE

WHEN: July 8-22, select Mondays, 8pm WHERE: Coney Island Boardwalk, Boardwalk and West 10th Street, Coney Island AGES: All WHAT: Movies include a variety of thrillers, kids’ movies, and comedies. WANT TO GO? 718-594-7895. nycgo.com.

NYSoM Summer Movie Series: ‘Aquaman’ FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, July 23, 6pm WHERE: Scholes Street Community Garden, 134 Scholes St., Williamsburg AGES: 9 and older


WHAT: Aquaman tries to save the world from an attack from his evil halfbrother, Ocean Master. WANT TO GO? nysomgroup.org.

Movies with a View FREE

WHEN: July 11-25, Thursdays, 6pm WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: There will be sweet treats, savory snacks, and drinks for sale. WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

SummerStarz Movies FREE

WHEN: July 12-26, Fridays, 8-10pm WHERE: Transmitter Park, Greenpoint Avenue and the East River, Greenpoint AGES: All WHAT: Watch kid-friendly films including Coco and The Wizard of Oz. WANT TO GO? 347-559-1410. townsquareinc.com.

Movie Night at Habana Outpost FREE

WHEN: July 7-28, Sundays, 8pm WHERE: Habana Outpost, 757 Fulton St., Fort Greene AGES: All WHAT: Habana Outpost projects classic films onto its big outdoor screen. WANT TO GO? 718-858-9500. cafehabana.com.

Summer Nights

WHEN: July 5-27, Friday-Saturday, 10am-10pm WHERE: New York Aquarium, 602 Surf Ave., Coney Island AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy animal trivia, an aquatheater show, music, and food while watching the Coney Island fireworks. WANT TO GO? $29.95; $24.95 children ages 3-12; free for children 2 and younger. 718-265-3474. nyaquarium.com.

Fishing Clinics FREE

WHEN: July 20-28, see website for schedule WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5, Joralemon Street, Brooklyn Heights AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Learn how to tie fishing knots, bait a hook, cast a fishing rod, and catch fish. WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Live Animal Adventure

WHEN: July 6-28, Saturday-Sunday, 4:15-4:45pm WHERE: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights AGES: All WHAT: Learn about and touch live animals! WANT TO GO? $11. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org.

Brooklyn Bridge Park: Environmental Education Center Open Hours FREE

Red Hook Flicks FREE

WHEN: July 1-31, Tuesday and Thursday, 3-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 1-5pm WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: Visit a 250-gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10-foot scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, and a reading corner. WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Regal Summer Movie Express

HOLIDAY FUN

WHEN: July 9-30, Tuesdays, 8:30pm WHERE: Valentino Pier, Van Dyke and Coffey streets, Red Hook AGES: 9 and older WHAT: See Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and The Dark Crystal. WANT TO GO? redhookflicks.com. WHEN: July 2-31, Tuesday-Wednesday, 10am WHERE: UA Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX, 3907 Shore Parkway, Sheepshead Bay AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Enjoy The Secret Life of Pets and The Lego Movie. WANT TO GO? $1. 844-462-7342. regmovies.com.

Movie Night in the Garden FREE

WHEN: June 21-Aug. 23, select Fridays, 8:30pm WHERE: Narrows Botanical Gardens, Shore Road, between Bay Ridge Avenue and 72nd Street, Bay Ridge AGES: All WHAT: Films include Wreck It Ralph and Vertigo. WANT TO GO? narrowsbg.org/events.

ANIMAL LOVERS Island Festival

WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 12-3pm WHERE: Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, Staten Island AGES: All WHAT: Learn what makes island animals unique. WANT TO GO? $10; $7 seniors; $6 children 14 and younger; free for children 2 and younger. 718-442-3100. statenislandzoo.org.

Zoolympics

WHEN: Sunday, July 21, 12-3pm WHERE: Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, Staten Island AGES: All WHAT: Join in games to test how we compare to our animal friends. WANT TO GO? $10; $7 seniors; $6 children 14 and younger; free for children 2 and younger. 718-442-3100. statenislandzoo.org.

Staten Island Philharmonic Concert & Fireworks FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 6-9pm WHERE: Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island AGES: All WHAT: The sweet sounds of the Staten Island Philharmonic are followed by fireworks from the waterfront. WANT TO GO? 718-816-4506. aliceausten.org/events.

Big Onion Walking Tour: Revolutionary New York

WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 2pm WHERE: City Hall Park, intersection of Broadway and Murray Street, New York AGES: All WHAT: Visit sites that were significant to New York’s Revolutionary Era. WANT TO GO? $25; $20 students and seniors. 888-606-9255. bigonion.com.

Travis Parade FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 12pm WHERE: P.S. 26 and Showplace Entertainment Center, 141 E. Service Road, Staten Island AGES: All WHAT: Travis hosts one of the oldest consecutive Independence Day celebrations in the United States. WANT TO GO? travisparade.org.

Coney Island Fireworks FREE

WHEN: July 4-5, Thursday-Friday, 9:30-10pm WHERE: Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave., Coney Island AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy singing karaoke on the boardwalk then watch the fireworks! WANT TO GO? 718-372-5159. coneyisland.com. ›› BrooklynParent 27


Music in the Grove Kids Concerts FREE

WHEN: July 7-31, Wednesday and Sunday, 10-11am WHERE: Fort Greene Park, Washingon Park Street, Fort Greene AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: See some of the finest talent in Brooklyn including Mills Trills. WANT TO GO? 212-639-9675. fortgreenepark.org.

Music & Art

WHEN: July 10-Aug. 28, Wednesdays, 3:30-4:15pm WHERE: Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab, 458 Bergen St., Park Slope AGES: 5-8 WHAT: Explore jazz, rock, folk, and classical! WANT TO GO? $28. 718-369-1167. storiesbk.com.

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MUSICIANS Brooklyn Traditional Slow Jam FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 3, 7-9pm WHERE: Old Stone House & Stone Park, 336 3rd St., Park Slope AGES: All WHAT: This acoustic instrumental meet-up focuses on tunes suitable for contra dancing or other traditional fiddle diddies. WANT TO GO? 718-614-2919. nycgovparks.org.

Twilight Tuesdays: Trombonist Craig Harris FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, July 9, 7-8pm WHERE: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., Crown Heights AGES: All WHAT: Join world-renowned composer Craig Harris for an intimate solo performance. WANT TO GO? $15; $8 seniors and students 12 and older; free for children younger than 12. 718-623-7200. bbg.org.

Brooklyn’s Oldtime Slowjam FREE

WHEN: Sunday, July 14, 3:30-6pm WHERE: Jalopy Theatre, 315 Columbia St., Red Hook AGES: All WHAT: Welcome to banjos, fiddles, mandolins, guitars, singers, harmonica, and so on. WANT TO GO? 718-395-3214. littlelaffsny.com.

Sing-Along with Hannah from The Buttons

WHEN: July 7-28, Sundays, 10am WHERE: The Great Room, 194 Columbia St., Columbia Street Waterfront District AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Sing-along to classic children’s songs, favorite oldies, and original songs. WANT TO GO? $20. 718-797-2469. thegreatroom.org.

CRAFTY KIDS Kids & Clay Mini Series!

WHEN: July 9-23, Tuesdays, 3:30-4:15pm WHERE: Private Picassos, 237 5th Ave., Park Slope AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Learn traditional clay building skills, including pinch pots, coil pots, and slab building. WANT TO GO? $28. 718-215-0589. privatepicassos.com.

Freestyle Fridays In ColorLab

WHEN: July 5-26, Fridays, 2-4:30pm WHERE: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights AGES: All WHAT: Choose from a quirky assortment of materials and tools to make something unique. WANT TO GO? $11. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org.

Art Force 5 FREE

WHEN: May 25-Aug. 4, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm WHERE: Governors Island, Ferries leave from 10 South St., New York Harbor AGES: All WHAT: Superheroes-in-training can make an action figure and customized cape. WANT TO GO? 212-440-2200. govisland.com.

Watercolor & the Sketchbook: Recording the Story of Your Life!

WHEN: July 12-Aug. 9, Fridays, 4-5:30pm WHERE: Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab, 458 Bergen St., Park Slope AGES: 5-17 WHAT: Start a sketchbook practice and talk about different ways of recording experiences. WANT TO GO? $35. 718-369-1167. storiesbk.com.

American Indian Community House FREE

Music Makers (with Grown-Up)

WHEN: July 2-30, Tuesdays, 11:30am-12:15pm WHERE: Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab, 458 Bergen St., Park Slope AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Enjoy singing, dancing, exploring instruments, and making new friends. WANT TO GO? $30. 718-369-1167. storiesbk.com.

WHEN: June 1-Aug. 18, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm WHERE: Governors Island, Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, New York Harbor AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy art exhibitions and artists talks with three Native artists. WANT TO GO? 212-440-2200. govisland.com.

Nunu Chocolates Sing-Along with Lloyd Miller

Art Playgroup for Babies!

WHEN: July 2-30, Tuesdays, 10-11am WHERE: Nunu Chocolates, 179 5th Ave., Park Slope AGES: All WHAT: Bring your little ones to this weekly sing-along. WANT TO GO? $10 per family. 718-622-3212. nunuchocolates.com. 28

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WHEN: July 8- Aug. 26, Mondays, 10:15-11:15am WHERE: Private Picassos, 237 5th Ave., Park Slope AGES: Newborn to 2 WHAT: Let your child explore art materials in a whimsical art studio. WANT TO GO? $10. 718-215-0589. privatepicassos.com.


Toddler Art Adventures

WHEN: July 9-Aug. 27, Tuesdays, 10:15-11am WHERE: Private Picassos, 237 5th Ave., Park Slope AGES: 1½-3 WHAT: Explore paint, crayons, oil pastels, collage materials, air-dry clay, and recycled sculpture. WANT TO GO? $28. 718-215-0589. privatepicassos.com.

Move Your Body!

WHEN: July 11-Aug. 29, Thursdays, 3:30-4:15pm WHERE: Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab, 458 Bergen St., Park Slope AGES: 3-5 WHAT: Budding artists use their whole body to make art. WANT TO GO? $28. 718-369-1167. storiesbk.com.

Public Art: Bridge Over Tree FREE

WHEN: July 1-Sept. 29, daily, 6am-1am WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: Armajani’s artwork features a 91-foot-long walkway with a set of stairs that rise and fall over a single evergreen tree. WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Transit Tots

WHEN: Through Dec. 31: Thursdays, 10:15-11am WHERE: New York Transit Museum, 99 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Young train enthusiasts explore themes like animals underground, the people and buildings of New York City, colors and shapes, and the city’s subways and buses. WANT TO GO? $10; $5 children ages 2-17. 718-694-1600. nytransitmuseum.org.

FUN FAIRS & FESTIVALS Jamaica Bay Festival on City of Water Day FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 10am-4pm WHERE: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy hiking, bird watching, art, and nature. WANT TO GO? 347-690-0931. jbrpc.org.

Backlight Slide

WHEN: July 12-13, Friday-Saturday, check-in: 5pm WHERE: Aviator Sports and Events Center, 3159 Flatbush Ave., Marine Park AGES: All WHAT: Go down the inflatable slide with glow-in-the-dark water running WANT TO GO? Prices vary. 718-758-7500. aviatorsports.com.

Farmhouse July Family Day: South Brooklyn’s Waterways FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 20, 11am-3pm WHERE: Wyckoff House Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road, East Flatbush AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Enjoy fun outdoor play spaces, tours of the farmhouse, and a paper oyster craft. WANT TO GO? 718-629-5400. wyckoffmuseum.org.

Come Out & Play Family Day FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 20, 1-5pm WHERE: Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge, 80 Pearl St., Dumbo AGES: All

WHAT: Game designers from around the nation can submit original games WANT TO GO? 646-807-8131. comeoutandplay.org.

Terrific Tuesdays

WHEN: July 2-Aug. 13, Tuesdays, 10am WHERE: Greenbelt Conservancy: Carousel for All Children, 1 Eton Place, Staten Island AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Take a spin on the carousel, enjoy a nature activity, and learn about upcoming programs. WANT TO GO? $2.25. 718-351-3450. sigreenbelt.org.

Smorgasburg FREE

WHEN: July 21- Oct. 27, 11am-6pm WHERE: Prospect Park, Eastside: Breeze Hill, Ocean Avenue, Prospect Lefferts Garden AGES: All WHAT: This open-air fair has more than 100 local and regional food purveyors. WANT TO GO? 718-965-8951. prospectpark.org.

DANCE PARTY

Waterfront Workouts Moving Together Family Dance Series FREE WHEN: Sunday, July 14, 1-2pm WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3, 146-300 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: Learn basic movements and explore the beats of hip-hop music. WANT TO GO? 718-624-4719. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Famajam Family Dance Party Series FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 20, 11am-1pm WHERE: Greenwood Park Beer Garden, 555 7th Ave., Greenwood Heights AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: A dance party on Greenwood Park Beer Garden’s new 50-foot tented lawn WANT TO GO? 718-210-3080. greenwoodparkbk.com.

Sing-Along with Hannah from The Buttons Band

WHEN: July 4-25, Thursdays, 3:30pm WHERE: Wild Was Mama, 272 Driggs Ave., Williamsburg AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Join for a lively song and dance party. WANT TO GO? $20. 718-576-3806. wildwasmama.com.

Willie Villegas Presents: Salsa Sunday FREE

WHEN: July 14-28, Sundays, 12-6pm WHERE: Industry City, 274 36th St., Sunset Park AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy outdoor salsa classes. WANT TO GO? 718-736-2516 x200. industrycity.com.

Waterfront Workouts: Broadway Dance FREE

WHEN: July 1-29, Mondays, 10am WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2, Furman and Clark streets, Brooklyn Heights AGES: 9 and older WHAT: This dance workout offers improved strength and increased flexibility. WANT TO GO? 718-802-0603. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Dance and Music with Cumbe Kidz FREE

WHEN: July 2-30, Tuesdays, 10-11am WHERE: Fort Greene Park, Washingon Park Street, Fort Greene AGES: 9 and older WHAT: Dance in interactive Caribbean, hip-hop, and Afro-Cuban classes. WANT TO GO? 212-639-9675. fortgreenepark.org. ›› BrooklynParent 29


PSP Summer Fridays in Prospect Park FREE

WHEN: July 12-26, select Fridays, 3-5pm WHERE: Prospect Park Picnic House, 40 West Drive, Park Slope AGES: All WHAT: Bring the kids, a blanket or chair, some snacks, and enjoy the live music with bubbles, and rainbow face paints. WANT TO GO? 718-965-8951. prospectpark.org.

Journey to the Stars FREE

WHEN: July 12-26, select Fridays, 8:30-10:30pm WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: Members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will set up hi-powered telescopes for stargazing sessions that are free and open to the public—weather permitting. WANT TO GO? 718-683-5600. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Coastal Cleanup FREE

THE GREAT OUTDOORS Foraging Tour with ‘Wildman’ Steve Brill

WHEN: Sunday, July 7, 11:45am WHERE: Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West, Prospect Heights AGES: 5 and older WHAT: The tour includes spicy hedge mustard, poor man’s pepper greens, celery-, parsley-, and carrot-flavored goutweed. WANT TO GO? Suggested donation: $20 adults; $10 children younger than 12. 914-835-2153. wildmanstevebrill.com.

Seining FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 10:30am-12pm WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 4, 334 Furman St., Pier 4 Beach, Brooklyn Heights AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Discover the amazing biodiversity of the Hudson River Estuary as staff and scientists use a seine net to humanely catch incredible creatures that live below the water’s surface. WANT TO GO? Free with RSVP. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Nature Walks with Bradley Klein: Interesting Insects Part 1

WHEN: Sunday, July 14, 11am-12pm WHERE: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., Crown Heights AGES: All WHAT: Midsummer is a great time to look for butterflies, moths, dragonflies, and damselflies among the habitats of the Garden. WANT TO GO? Free with admission: $15 adults; $8 seniors and students 12 and older; free children younger than 12. 718-623-7200. bbg.org.

Moth Night in High Rock Park FREE

WHEN: Friday, July 26, 9pm WHERE: Greenbelt Conservancy, 200 Nevada Ave., Staten Island AGES: 8 and older WHAT: Learn about the biodiversity of moths and other nocturnal insects. Bait trees and visit a light station to attract night-time wildlife, especially moths. WANT TO GO? 718-667-2165. sigreenbelt.org.

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WHEN: July 10-26, see website for schedule WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: Remove hundreds of pounds of trash from salt marshes and beaches. WANT TO GO? 718-683-5600. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Pop-Up Audubon II: Fishing Clinics + Birdwatching FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 27, 12-5pm WHERE: Prospect Park Audubon Center, 101 East Drive, Flatbush AGES: 9 and older WHAT: Join Prospect Park Alliance for this popular summer program. WANT TO GO? 646-393-9031. prospectpark.org.

Pop-Up Audubon I: Fishing Clinics + Birdwatching FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 27, 2-5pm WHERE: Prospect Park Audubon Center, 101 East Drive, Flatbush AGES: 8 and younger WHAT: Join Prospect Park Alliance to go fishing. WANT TO GO? 646-393-9031. prospectpark.org.

Prospect Park Walking Tours

WHEN: July 7-28, Sundays, 10:30am-12:30pm WHERE: Prospect Park, 101 East Drive, Flatbush AGES: All WHAT: Prospect Park Alliance and Turnstile Tours host a series of walking tours that examine the many layers of natural and human history to be found in Brooklyn’s Backyard. WANT TO GO? $20-$30; $18-$27 seniors, students, and veterans, $10$15 children ages 5-11; free for children younger than 5. 646-393-9031. prospectpark.org.

Forest Stewards: A Volunteer Opportunity FREE

WHEN: July 16-30, Tuesdays, 1:30pm WHERE: Greenbelt Conservancy, 700 Rockland Ave., Staten Island AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Care for the land during the growing season. Call or email to register. WANT TO GO? 718-351-3450. sigreenbelt.org.

Green Team 2019 FREE

WHEN: July 6-Oct. 26, Saturdays, 10am-12pm WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: Take care of the park, including planting, mulching, and removing invasive plants. WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.


MOVERS & SHAKERS Pilates with Dodge YMCA FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, July 2, 7-8pm WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3, 146-300 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: This class focuses on the body’s core stability. WANT TO GO? 718-624-4719. brooklynbridgepark.org.

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Power 105.1 Presents BIG3

WHEN: Sunday, July 14, TBA WHERE: Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Prospect Heights/Park Slope AGES: All WHAT: This 3-on-3 league is bringing all your favorite basketball stars back to the court. WANT TO GO? $32.50 and up. 917-618-6100. barclayscenter.com.

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Kayaking FREE

WHEN: July 4-28, Thursday, 5:30-6:45pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2pm WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Glide along the water while kayaking. WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Zumba with Dodge YMCA FREE

WHEN: July 7-28, Sundays, 4:30-5:30pm WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2, Furman and Clark streets, Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music, utilizing dance themes. WANT TO GO? 718-802-0603. brooklynbridgepark.org.

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Basketball Clinics FREE

WHEN: July 7-30, Sunday, 12-2pm; Tuesday, 5-7pm WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: 5-17 WHAT: Learn basketball basics as head coaches lead participants through drills and games. WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

play:groundNYC’s The Yard FREE

WHEN: May 4-Oct. 27, Saturday-Sunday, 12-4pm WHERE: Governors Island, Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, New York Harbor AGES: All WHAT: The Yard is a 50,000-square-foot adventure playground stocked with loose parts, tools, and space for kids to play. WANT TO GO? 212-440-2200. govisland.com.

New York Road Runners Open Run FREE

WHEN: Through Dec. 18: Tuesdays, 7pm WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6, Atlantic Avenue and Furman Street, Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: Participate in free weekly 2½- to 3-mile runs or walks, directed by volunteers. WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org. ››

School Programs

• Two Year Old Classes • Three Year Old Classes • Four Year Old Classes

Kindergarten through 5th grade

Full and Half Day Programs Available School Session:

Call for a private tour before summer camp or the school year begins.

SPACES ARE LIMITED!

September – June

Summer Session: July – August

Please call or email us to schedule a tour to view the school.

Forms are found on our website www.steppingstones86.com

Stepping Stones

245 86th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209 • P: 718-630-1000 • F: 718-630-1446

Stepping Stones - The Next Step

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4th and 5th avenues, Park Slope AGES: All WHAT: A self-directed journey through the Revolutionary Era in Brooklyn from 1776 until 1783 while exploring the Battle of Brooklyn and the Occupation. WANT TO GO? 718-614-2919. nycgovparks.org.

Sensory Room

SMARTY PANTS Summer Reading 2019 Teen Programs FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 1, 2:30-3:30pm WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn AGES: 13-17 WHAT: Join a great summer of fun including crafts, DIY, and how-to writing programs. WANT TO GO? bklynlibrary.org.

Chess Club FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 1, 4-5pm WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, McKinley Park, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Dyker Heights AGES: 5-12 WHAT: An open program for kids age 6-12 to play chess with their peers. WANT TO GO? 718-748-8001. bklynlibrary.org.

Teen Pop-Up Gallery Talks

WHEN: Saturday, July 6, 6:30-7:30pm WHERE: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Teen Apprentices host 10-minute talks about photographs on view in Liz Johnson Artur: Dusha. WANT TO GO? $16 adults, $10 students and visitors with disabilities; free for children ages 19 and younger. 718-638-5000. brooklynmuseum.org.

Hands-On Art FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 6, 6-8pm WHERE: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights AGES: All WHAT: Get camera-ready by creating your own wearable art, inspired by works in Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall and the museum’s collection. WANT TO GO? Pick up free tickets in Hands-On Art line at Admissions at 5pm to reserve your spot. 718-638-5000. brooklynmuseum.org.

WHEN: July 6-28, Thursday, Saturday-Sunday, 2-4:45pm WHERE: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights AGES: All WHAT: In this inclusive space, children of all abilities can explore their senses through play, including sensory mats, objects, and swings. WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission: $11. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org.

Holding History

WHEN: July 7-28, Sundays, 11am-1pm WHERE: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights AGES: 3 and older WHAT: Children will learn about the history of objects through tactical investigation and by relating these historical artifacts to their own lives. WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission: $11. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org.

BCM Explorers Day

WHEN: July 2-30, Tuesdays, 10am-5pm WHERE: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights AGES: All WHAT: There’s tons to explore at BCM and Tuesdays are dedicated to the permanent exhibits. WANT TO GO? $11. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org.

Waterfront

WHEN: July 1-31, see website for schedule WHERE: Brooklyn Historical Society Dumbo, 55 Water St., Dumbo AGES: All WHAT: This exhibition and multimedia experience brings to life the vibrant history of Brooklyn’s coastline through stories of workers, artists, industries, activists, families, neighborhoods, and ecosystems for visitors of all ages. WANT TO GO? $10 adults; $6 teachers and seniors; free for visitors with disabilities and children 12 and younger. 929-258-3853. brooklynhistory.org.

A Queer Look at Brooklyn

WHEN: Wednesday, July 17, 6:30pm WHERE: Greenbelt Conservancy, 700 Rockland Ave, Staten Island AGES: 8-10, adult WHAT: Discover microorganisms and explore the unseen microverses they inhabit. WANT TO GO? sigreenbelt.org.

WHEN: July 1-31, see website for schedule WHERE: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the student interns that make up BHS’s Teen Council focus on the LGBTQ history of Brooklyn. WANT TO GO? $10 adults; $6 teachers and seniors; free for visitors with disabilities and children 12 and younger. 718-222-4111. brooklynhistory.org.

The Old Stone House: Witness to War FREE

Navigating New York

Con Edison Family Science Night: Discover the Microverse! FREE

WHEN: July 6-28, Saturdays & Sundays: 11am-4pm WHERE: Old Stone House & Washington Park, 336 3rd St., between 32

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WHEN: July 1-31, see website for schedule WHERE: New York Transit Museum, 99 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn Heights


AGES: All WHAT: Navigating New York draws on the New York Transit Museum’s collection, artistic renderings, historic maps, guidebooks, and digital technology that refresh our view of the city and show how transportation has catalyzed its development. WANT TO GO? $10 adults; $5 children ages 2-17 and seniors. 718694-1600. nytransitmuseum.org.

New York Virtual Volcano Observatory FREE

WHEN: Through Oct. 27: Saturday-Sunday, 11am5pm WHERE: Governors Island, Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, New York Harbor AGES: All WHAT: Join volcanologists to discover the complex life of magmas and volcanos through virtual reality experiences, a volcano sound gallery, and kid-friendly activities. WANT TO GO? 212-440-2200. govisland.com.

Friday Drop-Off

WHEN: Through Dec. 27: Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm WHERE: Brooklyn Game Lab, 310 7th Ave., Park Slope AGES: 9-17 WHAT: Drop in for Dungeons and Dragons and go on a multi-month campaign each week. WANT TO GO? $48. 718-788-1122. Brooklyngamelab.com.

Block Lab

WHEN: July 2-31, Tuesday-Friday: 10am-4pm; museum is closed July 4 WHERE: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights AGES: All WHAT: BCM’s Block Lab invites visitors to develop spatial reasoning, engineering, and language skills with the Imagination Playground block set. WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission: $11. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org.

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Chess at Three (Beginners/Intermediate, Drop-off) WHEN: July 10-Aug. 7, Wednesdays, 4-4:45pm WHERE: Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab, 458 Bergen Street, Park Slope AGES: 3-8 WHAT: These classes are centered around stories that explain why the chess pieces move the way they do. Your children will learn how all the pieces like to move, some chess theory, and the importance of sportsmanship. WANT TO GO? $38. 718-369-1167. storiesbk.com.

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Chess at Three (Advanced, drop-off)

WHEN: July 11-Aug. 8, Thursdays, 4-4:45pm WHERE: Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab, 458 Bergen St., Park Slope AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Children will delve deeper into chess theory, figure out difficult puzzles, strengthen the importance of sportsmanship, and hear the occasional hilarious story. WANT TO GO? $38 per class. 718-369-1167. storiesbk.com.

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Camp Packing Lists Whether they are leaving home for the day or for the month, sending your little ones off to camp can be nerve-wracking. You want to give them every chance to stay safe, have fun, make friends and learn new skills. This starts with knowing what to pack in their camp bag.

Day Camp

Sleepaway Camp

Even though kids aren’t spending the night, they still need to be prepared for the elements. The following essentials should be packed in a durable backpack that has extra side pockets:

Your child’s sleepaway camp will provide a packing list, which will include the basics: shorts, T-shirts, towels, and flashlights. You should abide closely by that list. But what about those items that only experienced camp parents can recommend? We asked some sleepaway pros to reveal what off-list items they’ve learned are essential gear:

m Hat with visor for sun protection and to shield their eyes during outdoor activities

m Extra clothes—they will get dirty and wet. m Plastic bags for wet swimsuit and clothes m Insect repellent wipes, which are easier for children to reapply

m A lunch that won’t melt (hint: no chocolate) packed in a thermal tote bag

m Small backpack for m Waterproof watch m Photographs of family mD  ecorations for the bunk

m A family picture to remind them of home

m Clip on fan

m Wet wipes

m Duct tape

m Waterproof sunscreen with 30 SPF or higher

m Head lamp

m Waterproof windbreaker or light jacket for

m Shower caddy and

rain or hikes

m Water shoes m A reusable water bottle

m Deck of cards

day trips

shower shoes

m Pre-addressed and stamped envelopes

m Extra batteries

mReusable water bottle m Washcloths m Baby wipes m An extra pair of eyeglasses

m A costume mA bunk organizer that hooks onto their bunk to hold flashlight, books, etc.

m Extra blankets m A letter from home m Floor mat to wipe their feet before getting into bed


Summer Camps DAY CAMPS The Learnatory

St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Ave. 347-787-0435 thelearnatory.org dthompson@thelearnatory.org The Learnatory Summer Camp is the fast track to developing kids for 21st century success! From math to music, reading to robotics, summertime becomes a memorable experience for kids ages 7-17 as they do new things, make new friends, and keep their minds sharp. More than 30 innovative courses!

The Park Slope Day Camp

Ronny Schindler, executive director 718-788-7732 parkslopedaycamp.com For 28 years, Park Slope Day Camp has been providing Brooklyn families with a safe, nurturing, and unique day camp experience. Located in Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Carroll Gardens, and Bay Ridge, we offer a wide variety of activities and options including traditional, circus, soccer, and travel camps.

Smart Start Early Learning Center

8411 Fort Hamilton Parkway 718-921-1868 smartstart@verizon.net Summer Fun at Smart Start is an extension of our preschool program with the addition of water play and outdoor activities. Your child’s day will be filled with fun and learning. Activities include art, music and movement, outdoor playtime, and center time. Smart Start is licensed for ages 2-5.

Stepping Stones Nursery School 245 86th St., Bay Ridge 718-630-1000

Stepping Stones-The Next Step 9321 Ridge Blvd. 718-630-1001 steppingstones86.com steppingstones86@aol.com Stepping Stones believes in engaging children in large and small muscle activities, sensory and discovery exploration, social interaction, and creative expression for ages 2-9. Join us for a fun summer camp where your child will travel on local trips, play with water in our playground, enjoy themed lessons and enrichment classes.

Treasure Island

347 74th St. (corner of 4th Avenue and 74th Street) 718-238-7676 silbekidz@aol.com

Treasure Island provides campers with a nurturing, supportive, intellectually stimulating environment that promotes learning and exploration; builds self-esteem and self-confidence; empowers each child; promotes socialization, kindness, and empathy; builds upon the diversity of campers; and encourages campers to be independent and unique individuals. Campers explore exciting themes and enjoy enrichment.

SPECIALTY CAMPS New York Surf School

Rockaway Beach 718-916-5359 surflessonsnewyork101.com nysurfschool@gmail.com Kids, teens, and adult surf camp is available from June 17-Sept. 20 at Rockaway Beach, NYC. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced sessions are offered. Easy to reach from all parts of Brooklyn. Become part of the greatest lifestyle on earth! Surfing is one of New York’s best kept secrets.

Classes ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT/ LANGUAGE Brienza’s Academic Advantage Inc.

Several locations in Brooklyn and Staten Island Call for a location near you 718-232-0114 brienzas.com Brienza’s Academic Advantage offers a wide variety of academic programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Specializing in reading and math tutoring, TACHS, SHSAT, Regents, SAT and ACT preparation. Programs offered include tutoring in all subjects, test preparation, Mandated Summer School programs, and SETSS (P-4) services to qualified students.

The Learnatory

St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Ave. 347-787-0435 thelearnatory.org dthompson@thelearnatory.org The Learnatory Summer Camp is the fast track to developing kids for 21st century success! From math to music, reading to robotics, summertime becomes a memorable experience for kids ages 7-17 as they do new things, make new friends, and keep their minds sharp. More than 30 innovative courses!

MUSIC Brooklyn College Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts

234 Roosevelt Hall, 2900 Bedford Ave. 718-951-4111 bcprepcenter.org For more than 40 years, The Preparatory Center for the Perform-

ing Arts at Brooklyn College has offered private and group classes in music, theater, and dance for children and teens of all levels. Prep Center’s Teen Division includes live-action film-making and beat-making classes, focusing on the newest technologies in film and composition!

Music Together

BayRidge, Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay, Midwood, and Marine Park 718-499-2866 musictogetherbr.com Music Together is a nationwide educational program founded on the belief that all children are musical, and that music is a perfect way for children to learn and grow. We sing, dance, and play instruments in a fun, informal, supportive atmosphere. Limited to 12 children with caregiver. Now enrolling for summer.

THEATER Brooklyn College Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts

234 Roosevelt Hall, 2900 Bedford Ave. 718-951-4111 bcprepcenter.org For more than 40 years, The Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College has offered private and group classes in music, theater, and dance for children and teens of all levels. Prep Center’s Teen Division includes live-action film-making and beat-making classes, focusing on the newest technologies in film and composition!

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Make the Most of a Parent-Teacher Conference A parent-teacher conference is an ideal opportunity to get the lowdown on your child’s academic life—but how do you maximize your limited time and get all the information you need? With the help of Dana Stahl, M.Ed., author of The ABCs of Learning Issues, Diane Marzitliano and Danielle Monick, sixth and eighth grade teachers at M.S. 137, and Allyson Moyal, an Old Westbury mother of three, we compiled a list of the most important questions to ask.

Instead of focusing on your child’s grades, ask more probing questions:

m What are my child’s strongest and weakest subjects?

m Is my child sought out during structured or unstructured time?

m Does my child have one or two friends with whom he feels comfortable?

m Is my child submitting homework on time?

m Is my child socially comfortable?

m What is the quality of my child’s homework? m Can you provide examples of my child’s strengths and weaknesses?

One of the most important things to discuss is the child’s attention level:

m Is my child paying attention in class?

If your child’s teacher brings up any academic concerns, you may want to consider delving in deeper with questions like:

m Is my child engaged in lectures and assigned

m What additional assistance or support do you

m Does my child appear to zone out? Is my child

recommend?

m Does a disparity exist between my child’s knowledge base in class and her performance on examinations? Social interactions at school can interfere with learning, so be sure to ask:

m Is my child getting along well with his peers?

tasks?

actively disruptive? If your child’s teacher confirms your child is struggling to pay attention, you may want to ask:

m Is your level of concern for my child’s attention issues sufficient to warrant a ‘Child Study Team’ meeting?

m Do you think an evaluation is warranted to understand why attention issues are present?

Remember, a parent-teacher conference is not only an opportunity for you to learn about your child, but an opportunity for his teacher to learn from you. Don’t forget to offer your own information—especially if there is a recent event (divorce, move, new sibling, etc.) that might be affecting your child.


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The Essential College Visit and Interview Checklist College visits and interviews are valuable for the college to get to know your son or daughter as more than just a file. To make the most of a college visit and college interview, Tony Di Giacomo, Ph.D., educator and founder of Novella Prep, a college planning service, shares tip to ensure the college visit and interview are a success.

Pre-Visit

Before setting foot on campus:

m R eview the Office of Undergraduate Admissions page for application requirements

m E xplore the undergraduate majors page and relevant departmental pages

The College Visit

The following questions will help you gain insight into the college, and whether it is a good fit: About the application:

m What kind of characteristics are you looking for in an applicant?*

m How much does GPA matter compared to standardized tests?

m How important are SAT or ACT scores?

mH  ow much weight is put on the college essay?

m What percent of students are admitted early decision vs. regular decision? How do these applicant populations vary?

m What does your college value in terms of extracurriculars?

About the college: mHow does class size vary by college within the university or by major?

m What types of activities are available for students to get to know their peers and participate in the college community?

m What kinds of social activities are available to students, in the first two years?*

m How competitive are students? How collaborative?*

m How does this college make a student feel at home or not overwhelmed?* About connecting college to career:

m Is there a formal process for career counseling providing support for students junior or senior year?

m What kinds of internships are available?*

mH  ow active is the alumni network for supporting job placement or field interviews to learn more about potential career paths?*

The On-Campus Interview

Applicants who are able to request an on-campus interview, who are selected upon applying to

be interviewed, or who only have the choice for alumni interviews should take advantage of this opportunity to further personalize and showcase who you are. An on-campus interview by admissions staff member: In addition to asking the above questions marked with an asterisk (*), ask: About the application:

m What does your college value in a resume?

m How much does GPA or class difficulty matter in comparison to test scores? About me:

m Do you have any suggestions for me to improve my chances of admission?

The Alumni Interview

The alumni interview can include all of the on-campus interview questions, as well as:

m How did this college prepare you for your career path?

m What advice do you have for me as an applicant? In general?

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Education DAYCARE & CHILDCARE Little Hands & Feet

1270 Bay Ridge Parkway 718-680-KIDS (5437) littlehandsandfeetdaycare.com Little Hands & Feet was founded by Aneshah, who has been certified in childcare for 20 years. Our goal is to provide a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment while focusing on educational and social development. We believe each child is special and unique. Our staff is dedicated, qualified, and trained.

PRESCHOOLS

eighth grade but accepting applications through fourth grade for 2019-20.

Little Hands & Feet

1270 Bay Ridge Parkway 718-680-KIDS (5437) littlehandsandfeetdaycare.com Little Hands & Feet was founded by Aneshah, who has been certified in childcare for 20 years. Our goal is to provide a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment while focusing on educational and social development. We believe each child is special and unique. Our staff is dedicated, qualified, and trained.

Smart Start Early Learning Center

Brooklyn Amity School

3867 Shore Parkway 718-891-6100 amityschool.org info@amityschool.org Brooklyn Amity School will now be offering a tuition-based pre-K-3 program. This early childhood program will offer two enrollment options: half-day (8am-12pm) and full-day (8am-3pm). Our free UPK program provides an integrated curriculum of activities balancing emotional, social, physical, and intellectual development. Visit amityschool.org for more details about the program.

International Academy of New York

4 E. 90th St., Manhattan (150 W. 83rd St. for 2018-19 only) 212-641-0260 ianyc.org info@ianyc.org The International Academy of New York is multi-cultural and diverse, developing culturally astute, confident, and empathetic students with fluency in Mandarin or Spanish, while excelling in literacy, math, and the arts. Pre-nursery (2s)-

8411 Fort Hamilton Parkway 718-921-1868 smartstart@verizon.net While providing a safe, warm, and nurturing environment, our staff addresses the social, emotional, and physical needs of children. Through thematic units, arts and crafts, and dramatic play, the whole child will flourish. Full- and part-time classes for ages 2-3, and free universal pre-K for age 4, with extended-day option.

Stepping Stones Nursery School

245 86th St., Bay Ridge 718-630-1000 Stepping Stones-The Next Step 9321 Ridge Blvd. 718-630-1001 steppingstones86.com steppingstones86@aol.com Join Stepping Stones to share the joys of early exploration and discovery. The children at Stepping Stones achieve successful social skills and build a wonderful rapport with their peers and teachers. Watch your child grow through handson learning and small group instruction based on an independent and creative curriculum.

Treasure Island

347 74th St. (corner of 4th Avenue and 74th Street) 718-238-7676 silbekidz@aol.com Every child deserves a champion who connects with them and helps them to become the best that they can be. At Treasure Island our staff are champions for all children, helping each child to become a confident, motivated, engaged learner. The program promotes social competencies, active thinking, and problem-solving skills.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS International Academy of New York

4 E. 90th St., Manhattan (150 W. 83rd St. for 2018-19 only) 212-641-0260 ianyc.org; info@ianyc.org The International Academy of New York is multi-cultural and diverse, developing culturally astute, confident, and empathetic students with fluency in Mandarin or Spanish, while excelling in literacy, math, and the arts. Pre-nursery (2s)eighth grade but accepting applications through fourth grade for 2019-20.

TUTORS & TEST PREP Brienza’s Academic Advantage Inc.

Several Locations in Brooklyn and Staten Island Call for a location near you 718-232-0114 brienzas.com Brienza’s Academic Advantage offers a wide variety of academic programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Specializing in reading and math tutoring, TACHS, SHSAT, Regents, SAT and ACT preparation. Programs offered include tutoring in all subjects, test preparation, Mandated Summer School programs, and SETSS (P-4) services to qualified students.

Sports FITNESS New York Surf School

Rockaway Beach 718-916-5359 surflessonsnewyork101.com nysurfschool@gmail.com Kids, teens, and adult surf camp is available from June 17-Sept. 20 at Rockaway Beach. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced sessions are offered. Easy to reach from all parts of Brooklyn. Become part of the greatest lifestyle on earth! Surfing is one of New York’s best kept secrets.

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The Park Slope Day Camp

Ronny Schindler, executive director 718-788-7732 parkslopedaycamp.com For 28 years, Park Slope Day Camp has been providing Brooklyn families with a safe, nurturing, and unique day camp experience. Located in Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Carroll Gardens, and Bay Ridge, we offer a wide variety of activities and options including traditional, circus, soccer, and travel camps.


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5 Time Management Tips for Kids Do you have an elementary school student who is exploring all of her various interests in afterschool activities? Or is your high-schooler focused on band or soccer and working a part-time job? Whatever your child’s after-school schedule looks like, learning time management skills will set him up for a lifetime of success. (Don’t even get us started on college, when you have no control of her daily calendar!) Below, you’ll find tips for helping him think through tasks and commitments to ensure everything gets done.

Avoid overscheduling. It may be tempting to sign your child up for a different after-school class every day, but Melanie WilsonTaylor, M.D., F.A.A.P., of South Slope Pediatrics in Brooklyn, recommends choosing the one or two she is really excited about. Limiting the number of after-school activities will help prevent stress and anxiety that can come with overscheduling. Plus, while homework may seem easy in September, as the year progresses, the amount and complexity of homework increases as your child learns new material. You can always sign her up for more extracurriculars later in the year.

Use an assignment book. When it comes to keeping track of homework assignments, there’s nothing better than having one spot he can jot down tasks for each subject. Emily Levy, Ed.D., founder and director of EBL Coaching in Manhattan, recommends students create a five-column grid for each day. The first (and widest) column should be for Assignments, then have Estimated Time, Actual Time, Order, and Done. Once your child gets home, she should think through her assignments, write an estimate for how long each task will take, and decide an order to tackle the assignments. After each assignment is completed, he should mark how long it actually took to help him better gauge future assignments. An “x” should be put in the “done” column only when the homework is placed in her backpack to take to school.

Determine an after-school schedule. Pick up a dry-erase monthly calendar your child can use to note after-school activities, assignment due dates, sports games or other school activities, and work schedule (if you have a teen). Once the calendar is filled in with the extracurricular commitments, designate a block of time each day when homework will be done and stick to it, suggests Lisa Rappaport, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist in NYC. Will it be after dinner but before evening screen time? Will it be between when school gets out and dance class?

Designate a homework spot. Whether it’s at the kitchen counter, the dining room table, or a desk in the bedroom, having one spot where your child does his homework—that’s stocked with all the supplies he’ll need—will set him up for homework success.

Help assess larger assignments. Help your child break down projects and long-term tasks into smaller steps that she can write in the assignment book, Dr. Levy advises. Think about writing a research paper; he’ll need to create an outline, find sources, write the paper, compile a list of sources, and do final edits. With practice, she can use this strategy independently to successfully conquer bigger assignments.

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Meet the

Health Care Professional

Dr. Sue Liebman - Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics 185 Montague St., 8th floor 718-622-6741 brooklyn-orthodontist.com info@brooklyn-orthodontist.com

Dr. Sue Liebman literally grew up in the field of orthodontics. Following in her dad’s footsteps, a love of orthodontics and changing people’s smiles was contagious. Board-certified as well as being a renowned lecturer, leader, and mentor, Dr. Liebman brings her own unique dedication to the field. What sets Dr. Liebman apart, is her commitment to truly understanding every patient’s concerns and combining her vast knowledge, experience, and expertise to develop the best treatment possible for each of her patients, at any age and any stage.

Brooklyn Family Orthodontics Alexis K. Fermanis, D.D.S., M.S. 142 Joralemon St. 6B, Brooklyn Heights 73 8th Ave. at Union Street, Park Slope 718-395-6582 bkfamilyortho.com

Gary N. McAbee, D.O. Maimonides Children’s Hospital Pediatric Neurology 4802 10th Ave. 718-283-7500

Pediatric Immediate Care 698 Manhattan Ave. 718-389-PEDS (7337) 150 E. Sunrise Highway, Suite 105, North Lindenhurst 631-956-PEDS (7337) 1077 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown 631-864-PEDS (7337) pediatricimmediatecare.com

Dr. Charlot Cascya - Allergy and Asthma Care of Brooklyn 10 Plaza St. E., Suite 1E 311 Saint Nicholas Ave., Ridgewood 347-564-3211 brooklynallergydr.com

Cynthia Amirtharaj, M.D. Maimonides Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiology 4802 10th Ave., G1 6701 Bay Parkway, 4th floor 718-283-7500

Rabia Agha, M.D. Maimonides Children’s Hospital Pediatric Infectious Disease 948 48th St., 3rd Floor 6701 Bay Parkway, 4th floor 718-283-7500

Dr. Alexis Fermanis is an orthodontic specialist who practiced in Brooklyn for 10 years before starting Brooklyn Family Orthodontics in 2014. She is a native New Yorker and enjoys running and traveling in her free time. Dr. Fermanis believes that a beautiful smile makes a great first impression and she is passionate about providing that to her patients. She is active in her alumni societies and local dental organizations and regularly attends continuing education classes so that she can provide the most successful results for her patients.

Pediatric Immediate Care is a team of hearts where kids come first. State-of-theart medical office equipment allows us to deliver your test results during your visit. Kid-friendly; walk-ins welcome; most insurance plans accepted. Complete pediatric and adolescent care, as well as baby, camp, school, and sports physicals. Certified urgent care recommended by Urgent Care Association of America. Thirty years of dedication to our patients. The offices are open seven days a week including holidays, 8am-11pm.

Dr. Cynthia Amirtharaj is a board-certified pediatric cardiologist at the Maimonides Children’s Hospital. She is part of a dedicated team of pediatric cardiologists providing infants, children, and adolescents with comprehensive evaluation and treatment for congenital heart disease, murmurs, arrhythmias, and other cardiac disorders. Dr. Amirtharaj is a compassionate and dedicated physician who combines her vast knowledge, experience, and evidence-based medicine to provide individualized care plans for every patient. The Maimonides Children’s Hospital is equipped with state-of-the art technologies, including fetal and pediatric transthoracic echocardiography.

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Dr. Gary McAbee is an experienced pediatric neurologist at the Maimonides Children’s Hospital. He is board-certified in pediatric neurology and general pediatrics. Dr. McAbee evaluates and treats infants, children, and adolescents with neurological disorders such as migraines and headaches, developmental delay, and autism spectrum disorder. In addition, Maimonides has a pediatric epilepsy monitoring unit with video EEG capability. He is a professor of pediatrics at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, has been widely published in peer-reviewed publications, and has lectured extensively regionally and nationally.

Dr. Cascya Charlot is an award-winning, Harvard Medical School-trained physician who is board-certified in pediatric and adult allergy and immunology. She is the chief of pediatric allergy at Methodist Hospital in Park Slope, and medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of Brooklyn, in Park Slope and Williamsburg. She evaluates patients for a wide variety of allergic conditions including asthma, eczema, food allergies, sinusitis, and environmental allergies. Throughout her career, she has received numerous accolades including the prestigious Patients’ Choice “Most Compassionate Doctor” award in 2012 and 2013.

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How to Treat Common Stains Who hasn’t come across a surprise stain while doing laundry? Mary Gagliardi (aka Dr. Laundry for Clorox) says the first step is to always read the care label. If the garment contains spandex, use a colorsafe bleach, such as Clorox 2, and avoid anything with sodium hydrochloride in it. Leather, suede, and silk should be treated professionally. For everything else, Dr. Laundry has the following advice:

If your clothing has these stains, replace the garment:

m Dried paint m Permanent marker An oil-based stain, such as pesto, marinara, or grease splatter from cooking: m T reat the oil first, then worry about the color stain.

m Apply liquid dish soap to stain on dry fabric, rub it in, wait 5 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

m Repeat if necessary. m Then, wash according to care label with detergent and appropriate bleach product to treat the color part of the stain.

Mechanical grease (bike chains or car oil) or set-in oil stains: m L estoil Heavy-Duty Multi-Purpose Cleaner is a fabric-safe solvent that’s great for stripping oil.

m T o test if it’s safe for your fabric, apply a small amount to a hidden patch on the garment, wait a few minutes, and rinse.

mA  pply Lestoil to grease stain as pretreatment, let sit for a few minutes, then wash according to the care label.

Diaper explosions: m R inse away as much of the stain as you can with cool water.

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water with detergent and ½ cup of bleach.

m If garment has color, apply color-safe bleach as pretreatment and wash in hottest temperature possible.

Vomit or spit up: m P retreat stain with detergent and rinse; then pretreat with color-safe bleach and wash.

m For cold-water washing, soak the item in a gallon of water with detergent for 30 minutes before washing.

Blood: m L iquid Clorox 2 works really well because the hydrogen peroxide in it breaks up the blood proteins.

m For a fresh stain, apply pretreatment, let sit for 10 minutes, and rinse with cold water.

m For dried on blood, do the pretreatment twice, then wash according to care label.

Grass and mud: m R inse off as much mud as possible, even if it’s already dry.

m Presoak the garment for 30 minutes in cool water mixed with powder detergent that includes an enzyme.

m Pretreat with appropriate bleach product, then wash according to care label.

Non-oil-based food stains: m P retreat with appropriate bleach product, then wash according to care label.

Red wine: m P our club soda on stain, which will help rinse out the wine.

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Sweat or pit stains: m If the shirt is white and 100-percent cotton, machine wash in hot water with regular bleach.

mIf not 100-percent cotton, pretreat with liquid detergent containing an enzyme or Clorox bleach pen gel.

m If neither works, experiment with a different deodorant.

Lipstick: m L ay out a washcloth on a table, place garment on top with stain facing the washcloth. Take another washcloth with liquid detergent on it and blot the stain, pushing detergent through fabric. This pushes the stain from the garment onto the washcloth.

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8 Things to Do When You Move Congrats! You just found a home to raise your children in! While moving can be overwhelming (especially with small children in the mix), there are some often-overlooked tasks you’ll want to tackle ASAP. On the other hand, there are also things you may think need to be done immediately that can be moved to your long-term to-do list. Sarah Fishburne, director of trend and design at Home Depot, weighs in on what to do before moving, on move-in day, and after moving to make the process a little easier.

Before Moving In Change the locks on external doors.

Nearly 37 percent of new movers don’t do this, according to a survey conducted by Home Depot. It’s easy to do, whether you tackle the project yourself or hire a locksmith. After all, you never know who might have keys to the old lock.

Replace the keypad if you have an automatic garage door opener.

The directions for resetting the pin probably got tossed long ago, so it may be easier to install a new one, Fishburne advises.

Fix any issues noted in the home inspection. In the home-buying process, you’ll want to have an inspector look through the house to ensure everything is up to code. If there is anything noted as an issue, it’s important to take care of that ASAP—especially since it could affect your homeowner’s insurance policy.

Get a homeowner’s insurance policy (or update your renter’s insurance).

Once you have these policies squared away, make hard copies and store them in a fireproof safe as well as in a secondary location should something happen to your home. Other documentation to keep in the fire-proof safe are birth and marriage certificates, bank statements, passports and driver’s licenses, health insurance, mortgage papers, social security cards, car titles and registrations, and legal documents.

Move-In Day Call utility companies to update your accounts. Cancel services at your old address. At the same

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time, schedule appointments (if necessary) to set up services at your new home if you’re using the same company. Otherwise, set up accounts with new providers. While you’re at it, update your address with credit cards, bank statements, subscriptions, and friends and family.

Tackle unpacking rooms one by one.

It’s not realistic to get the whole house unpacked as soon as the last box is unloaded from the moving truck. Concentrate on getting the most-used rooms unpacked first (the kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom, and living room), then move on to play rooms, offices, etc., Fishburne advises.

After Moving In Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If they’re old, you’ll want to install new ones, which have improved technology—and some have batteries that can last for 10 years, Fishburne says. At the very least, put fresh batteries in existing detectors.

Make small changes to personalize your home. Without committing to a total renovation, there are easy modifications you can make that will have a big impact. Change out the handles on doors and cabinets, replace towel bars and curtain rods in the bathrooms, and swap out old light fixtures, Fishburne recommends. Paint will become your best friend (or perhaps enemy) in making an old space feel new. Paint rooms, kitchen cabinets, your front door, and even the exterior of the house. And, of course, give your home some curb appeal with flowers, new numbers, and even a new mailbox.


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t started with Stranger Things. My husband, my son Henri, and I watched the first season together and loved it. I was terrified, but Henri was cool as a cucumber. He’s always loved scary stuff. Even as a toddler, he was never freaked out by gruesome Halloween costumes or macabre movies such as Coraline. There was only one occasion when he woke me up in the middle of the night from a nightmare. He was 4 years old at the time and he dreamed of a skeleton called Masterpiece. His retelling of it scared the bejeezus out of me, but he—having unloaded it all—managed to go right back to bed. When the second season of Stranger Things came out, Henri and a group of friends got together to binge-watch it. I know some other parents gave us the hairy eyeball for allowing our 11-year-old to watch it, and frankly, I also questioned the appropriateness. But then something magical happened. This pack of boys, who normally just played online, suddenly wanted to be like Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will—which meant riding their bikes to each other’s houses and going in search of adventures. It made my 1980s inner child sing with happiness. And it also made me realize that some scary things are okay. But then came It, the Stephen King movie. He wanted to see it and I wasn’t so sure. “Please, mom. I promise, it’s not too scary. Dad said it’s okay.” I wasn’t as concerned about the scariness as I was about the

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violence and language—but I also knew he was already exposed to a lot of that. And honestly, I wanted a night to hang with my increasingly independent son. So, one Saturday night, I relented. My husband went to bed early, leaving Henri and me and a big bowl of popcorn. The previews alone had my heart thumping. “It’s not real, Mom,” he continually reminded me. I wrapped myself tightly in a blanket and white-knuckled it, trying not to scream. How could he be so calm? And then it happened. During the scene when Pennywise the Clown peeks out from the sewer, Henri reached out and grabbed my hand. This was a child who never wanted me to hold his hand—even when he was a little kid crossing the street or walking into the first day of school. So, when he tightly squeezed my fingers, Pennywise took a backseat to the utter joy glowing in me. He needed me! My tough tween son actually still could be vulnerable. I won’t go so far as to say he snuggled with me that night, but for two hours, we experienced something together. I’m still not a fan of scary movies, but I’m not against them either. Stranger Things helped him tighten the bonds of his friendships and It gave him a gentle reminder that it’s still okay to need your mom. Now I can’t wait to surprise him with a trip to the local haunted house.

Patti Woods is a freelance writer living in Connecticut. Her work has appeared in many places such as The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, Today’s Parent, The Week, and more. She is the author of Lost Restaurants of Fairfield (The History Press, 2015). 

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