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Happy Halloween! Keeping kids safe while trick-or-treating Haunted houses, pumpkin patches, and more!

Wild Birthdays Three major party trends Surviving the Sweet 16 Plus, planning resources

Crafting the Perfect Baby Registry

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Safety Tricks (and Treats) for Halloween

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Halloween Fun a Ride Away

Prepare your kids, so Halloween is safe and stress-free for everyone

birthdays 12 Wild and Wilder 14 Birthday Party Directory 46 The (Not-So) Sweet Season

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Events to kick off the spooky season and guides for other fall activities

Can You Afford to Stay Home?

What to consider when deciding whether to go back to work or become a stay-at-home parent

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6 Editor’s Note 8 New Places, New Programs 10 Safety Tricks (and Treats) for Halloween 11 Working with Your Nanny—When You Work from Home 15 Study Habits to Improve Grades 16 Back-to-School Resources 17 Open Houses 18 After-School at-a-Glance 20 Education Planner 38 Baby’s Wish List 41 Professional Services 42 The Disaster Zone 44 Meet the Health Care Professional 45 Advertisers’ Index

22 Halloween Fun a Ride Away

40 Moving Right Along

23 Family Activities Calendar

43 Can You Afford to Stay Home?

36 50 Fall Faves for Families

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Helping Parents Make Better Decisions ON THE COVER ›› 10 Keeping kids safe while trick-or-treating 12 Three major party trends 14 Planning Resources 22 Haunted houses, pumpkin patches, and more 38 Crafting the Perfect Baby Registry 46 Surviving the Sweet 16 facebook.com/nymetroparents

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OCTOBER 2019 • Vol.17 • No.2

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risp air, cooler temperatures, and (soon) the changing of the leaves. Those are a few of our favorite things, but nothing beats our favorite fall holiday: Halloween! Some people celebrate their birthdays for the whole month, but we celebrate Halloween all month long—and affectionately refer to it as Spooky Season. (Though, if we’re being honest, we officially started celebrating on Friday the 13th.) In this issue, you’ll find a roundup of the best Halloween events in the community (p. 30), from spooky movie screenings to Halloween scavenger hunts, as well as a few can’t-miss celebrations in Manhattan (haunted hayride anyone?), to get you in a ghoulish mood (p. 22). Plus, you’ll find tips to keep your kids safe while trick-ortreating (p. 10). Bonus: We’re creating a Halloween e-book just for you, full of advice, 2019’s hottest costumes, places to celebrate, and more! Look for it on nymetroparents.com in early October. Speaking of celebrating birthdays all month long, this also happens to be our birthday issue! We spoke to moms, party planners, and trend experts to find the three most-popular party themes that break the mold—and provide tips for throwing them (p. 12). I didn’t have a huge bash for my Sweet 16—they weren’t really a thing in Maine. We likely celebrated with dinner at my favorite restaurant, followed by blueberry pie and presents at home. Looking back, I don’t mind that the affair was low-key— especially after reading about Suzanne Bergen’s experience. In “The (Not-So) Sweet Season” (p. 46), Bergen compares organizing her daughter’s Sweet 16 to planning her own wedding. Ultimately, though, it was all worth it. If you’re getting ready to plan a birthday party, make the best decisions for your child’s celebration by checking out the birthday party resources directory (p. 14). However you choose to celebrate (Halloween or birthdays), we hope it’s a blast! Katelin Walling Editorial Director

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Safety Tricks (and Treats) for Halloween

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alloween is one of kids’ favorite nights of the year, but it can also present some scary situations. Walking in the dark, wearing costumes, and receiving candy from strangers can make kids vulnerable to danger. Fortunately, there are ways to prepare your kids so Halloween is safe and stress-free for everyone.

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When it comes to Halloween safety, there’s no substitute for parental supervision, says Chris Hughes, the chief of police at Northport Police Department in Suffolk County. Kids younger than 12 should not go trick-or-treating without an adult, adds Debra Holtzman, J.D., M.A., author of The Safe Baby, and a national child safety expert. “Always look left, right, and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross. Hold the hands of young children and accompany them to the door of every home they visit,” she says.

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When kids are ready to go out on their own, they should not trick or treat in any unfamiliar part of town, Hughes says. Knowing where they are, how to get home safely, and who to go to for help—such as a neighbor or other trusted adult in the neighborhood—is crucial. They should only go up to houses with lights on, keep their cellphones fully charged, and never go inside any home, Holtzman advises. 10

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Make sure your child knows to never eat anything that is unwrapped or appears to be homemade, Hughes says. You should “discard any candy that is a choking hazard, or that your child is allergic to, or that is not in its original wrapper, or looks as though it has been opened,” Holtzman adds. “Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year,” Holtzman says. Crossing the street carefully can help prevent car accidents—but costumes matter too. Kids should wear reflective tape on their costumes, and costumes should allow for 100-percent visibility. “Should something happen, you want to be able to see it coming,” Hughes says. Consider face-paint instead of masks, Holtzman suggests, because it ensures kids can see and it won’t restrict breathing. Costumes should also be flame-resistant, and short enough that kids won’t trip or fall.

Don’t Be Spooked

Halloween is and should remain a fun and festive holiday—as long as a few safety rules are in place. In general, Hughes says, kids should stay aware of their surroundings and avoid engaging with strangers. This will help everyone have more fun—even parents, who won’t have to worry while their kids trick or treat.


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of animals and the kids are going to zone out.” Favors: Try this Pinterest favorite: Put animal crackers in mini mason jars or clear bags and decorate them with homemade tags. Or have the kids create mini terrariums, which double as favors, says Seri Kertzner, founder of Little Miss Party, a New York events company. Another idea: stuffed animals the kids can “adopt” and take home.

Kidchella

Throwing your own festival became a popular trend after Kim Kardashian celebrated her daughter North’s first birthday party with a kids’ version of the famous music festival Coachella. (Etsy has recently seen a 33 percent increase in searches for festival-themed items, Johnson says.) Kardashian’s bash featured a Ferris wheel, food stands, tents, and a stage, but fear not! You don’t need to have her budget to throw your own Kidchella. Tips: Festivals are all about the music. There are DJs out there who specialize in kids’ parties, and will do dance games and give out prizes. If a DJ isn’t in the budget, create a great playlist. You could also hire a face painter or use a tool like Blinger to decorate hair and clothes with sparkles. When it comes to décor, hang outdoor fairy lights and make your own festival signs. Favors: Set up a craft station and make flower crowns (Little Miss Party has a great online tutorial).

Enchanted Forest

One of Pinterest’s biggest party trends of 2019 (searches jumped by 238 percent since last year, according to Johnson) is fairy forests. Think: fairy and elf costumes, toadstool seats, and lots of natural decorations like flowers, wood, grass, and moss. With all this magic, it’s a great theme to inspire little imaginations. Tips: Summer Ticas, a Manhattan mom, brought the enchanted forest inside for her daughter Andrea’s fourth birthday party. She used online tutorials from Pinterest to create trees out of twisted green and brown craft paper, and fairy lanterns using jars and glitter. She then sourced fairy garden miniatures (think mini-houses and toadstools) to decorate. For activities she set up craft stations for kids to make fairy dust necklaces and mini terrariums they could take home. Favors: Ticas made fairy tutus, wands and wings, elf hats, and capes for her daughter’s guests. The kids loved running around the enchanted forest in their fairy garb. Plus, Pinterest has some great DIY fairy houses, which could work as favors. Emma Steven is a British freelance writer living in Manhattan with her husband, two small kids, and two cats.

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Creating themed party décor looks easy enough on social media, but it can be overwhelming to do yourself. You could consult a party planner, or you could try one of these tricks: • U  tilize Etsy. It’s a great place to find creative décor, favors, and invitations that look like you made them yourself. • F or DIYers, start early and stay organized with a timeline. Manhattan mom Summer Ticas, who often creates all the décor herself, says she starts planning six months out. • Plan with Pinterest. “I look at all the ideas that come out of the themes and I do spend quite a bit of time creating a board,” Ticas says. • S  ource from wholesalers. In order to save money, Ticas says she sourced fairy gardens for her daughter’s enchanted forest party direct from wholesalers rather than the craft store. • C  reate a balloon garland. It’s one of the most requested items but very easy to do yourself, according to Seri Kertzner, founder of Little Miss Party. “They can be enormous or much more low-key,” Kertzner says, but anything around 10 feet long (approximately 30 balloons) looks fancy and is affordable because there’s no helium. For instructions, check out Little Miss Party’s YouTube tutorial.

Entertainment

Now that you’ve decided to host your own party, figuring out the entertainment is key to happy partygoers. • M  ake the theme age-appropriate. Tarantulas might be great for older kids, but choose something a little easier to handle for toddlers. • D  o your research. Irvington mom Stephanie Minkoff used word of mouth recommendations and Facebook reviews to help her choose a wild animal handler for her sons’ party. “I probably contacted ten different people, and I got prices from four hundred dollars to four thousand dollars,” she says. • B  ook early. “These guys get booked quickly!” Minkoff says. • C  onsider low-cost options that fit with the theme. Think: a scavenger hunt, an epic game of hide and seek, or DIY party favors.

Favors

If you’ve settled on giving favors to each guest, consider these tips: • D  on’t give a favor that’s just going to end up in the trash. “I will always do something that is seasonally related or something that’s going to be useful to the parent or child,” Kertzner says. For example, personalized water bottles in the summer and mittens in the winter. • B  ring spares in case an extra guest turns up. “I always have extra favors on hand now,” Kertzner says. “If I end up with extras at the end of the party, I use them as gifts or return them.”


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537 Atlantic Ave. 732-965-3969 yokeypokey.com hello@yokeypokey.com Amazing birthday parties that will keep your kids entertained throughout and guests won’t stop talking about. With something for everyone and a wide range of games/experiences to choose from, YokeyPokey Virtual Reality gaming birthday party packages make it easy to create a memorable day for that special child, teen, or adult!


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Study Habits to Improve Grades

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Find out how your kids should be hitting the books this back-toschool season. By Stephen Ferraro, LCSW

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ach school year, I get asked about ways children can improve their grades. With this in mind, I set out to explore how my successful students study. Year after year, I find the following strategies the most successful. It can make a huge difference when you tell your children these are the ways students who earn A’s and B’s study.

Actively listen during review sessions.

This is a time when teachers go over what’s on the test, providing similar questions to what students will see on the real assessment. It’s a time for students to ask questions and get practice for the upcoming test. It’s critical to be alert!

Ask questions in class to clarify confusion.

Unfortunately, some students may be too embarrassed or afraid to ask questions, but it is likely that another student has the same question on his mind. If something doesn’t make sense, students should ask while it’s fresh in their head.

Read over material two or more times.

Despite its simplicity, some students don’t bother even looking at their notes or opening their textbook. Students may have to read their textbook if they don’t understand something. Although dreaded by many, it’s another method of learning the material. Furthermore, if you notice that your child has no notes or can’t find her textbook, there’s probably an issue.

Outline text.

Although this requires a lot of patience and time, it forces students to read and think about what’s important enough to write down or type in an organized manner. It then provides a quick study guide to use at any time.

Study in a quiet place.

This allows students to focus their attention on the material being studied without any distractions. Children should put away their phones and just focus on studying. Libraries are a great resource for students because they are quiet and your child will see other people reading, studying, or doing research, which may help with motivation.

Go to extra-help sessions.

Teachers typically offer extra help for students who need it. Students can set up an appointment or show up during specific days and times. It shows teachers that your child cares about the class and wants to perform better. It puts a student in a positive spotlight and may help him gain a few extra bonus points, not to mention a higher grade from increased learning. If your child is failing, one of the first questions you should ask is whether she has gone to extra help yet.

Watch educational videos.

With Khan Academy, YouTube, and WatchKnowLearn, there is a plethora of websites and resources that students can use to learn from a second source. Sometimes we understand better from one instructor than another, and technology allows it! Just remember, don’t always assume your child needs a new teacher. Sometimes the challenge for your child to learn another way or put forth a little more effort turns out to be a valuable lesson in grit.

Have someone quiz your child beforehand.

Your child can give her notebook, study guide, or textbook to a sibling, parent, or friend, and have him ask questions. If your child is getting the questions right, it will boost her confidence and reassure her she has a good grip on the material. If she is getting questions wrong, it’s time for your child to study more.

Study for multiple days.

If there is a big test coming up, studying a little bit each day can help a child see the material multiple times in a row and ask questions the next day in class if he had trouble. It also provides good time management skills for students with busy schedules who may not be able to devote a lot of time the night before a test. Just remember, every student learns differently, and it never hurts for her to try a new study strategy. Act as a consultant with your children and help them take responsibility for their learning. The long-term goal should be to make them selfdriven and resilient.

Stephen Ferraro, LCSW, is a current school counselor and former history teacher in a diverse, suburban community in New Jersey. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership and two master’s degrees in school counseling and teaching from Saint Peter’s University.

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Back-to-School Resources CLASSES

ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT/ LANGUAGE Gooroo

646-791-3081 gooroo.com support@gooroo.com Gooroo offers in-person tutoring in your neighborhood! Our tutoring membership matches students to tutors based on their unique learning needs. Members have access to experts in more than 300 subjects. Gooroo provides continuous feedback, progress reports, and a designated Personal Learning Consultant to guide students through their learning journey.

The Learnatory

St. Joseph’s College 245 Clinton Ave. 347-787-0435 thelearnatory.org dthompson@thelearnatory.org Your child can get ahead while having fun! Whether its building take-home tablets and robots, creating and coding video games, or building smart devices, The Learnatory prepares your child for what’s coming next-including tests. Weekend classes and test prep begin Sept. 28 at the Berkeley Carroll School in Park Slope.

ART CBE Kids-Congregation Beth Elohim

274 Garfield Place, Park Slope 718-768-3814 cbebk.org; bfinkelstein@cbebk.org CBE KIDS after-school program at Congregation Beth Elohim offers children a wide variety of enrichment classes and recreational activities in a safe and caring environment. Our enrichment classes are taught by teachers or experienced artists. Classes include: art, video, sewing, jewelry, bit bots, Legos, swimming, circus arts, ballet, and theater.

STEM The Learnatory

St. Joseph’s College 245 Clinton Ave. 347-787-0435 thelearnatory.org dthompson@thelearnatory.org Your child can get ahead while having fun! Whether its building take-home tablets and robots, creating and coding

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video games, or building smart devices, The Learnatory prepares your child for what’s coming next-including tests. Weekend classes and test prep begin Sept. 28 at the Berkeley Carroll School in Park Slope.

SWIMMING & WATER SPORTS CBE Kids-Congregation Beth Elohim

274 Garfield Place, Park Slope cbebk.orgbfinkelstein@cbebk.org CBE KIDS after-school program at Congregation Beth Elohim offers children a wide variety of enrichment classes and recreational activities in a safe and caring environment. Our enrichment classes are taught by teachers or experienced artists. Classes include: art, video, sewing, jewelry, bit bots, Legos, swimming, circus arts, ballet, and theater.

BACK TO SCHOOL SERVICES

DENTISTS & ORTHODONTISTS 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 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.

Dr. Sue Liebman 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.

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DOCTORS Dr. Cascya Charlot 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 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.

Gil Zoizner-Agar, M.D. - Maimonides Children’s Hospital Pediatric Otolaryngology/ENT (Ear Nose & Throat) 919 49th St. 718-283-6260 Dr. Gil Zoizner-Agar is a pediatric otolaryngologist/ ENT specialist. He treats ear infections (otitis), sore throat, tonsillitis, allergic rhinitis, and sinusitis, hearing disorders, sleep apnea, and airway problems. Dr. Zoizner-Agar performs a variety of procedures such as adenoidectomy, tonsillectomy, myringotomy with ventilating tubes, laryngoscopy, and foreign body and neck masses removal.

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.

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

Pediatric Immediate Care is a team of hearts where kids come first. State-of-the-art medical office equipment allows us to deliver your test results during your visit. Kid-friendly, walk-ins welcome, most insurance plans accepted. More than 30 years of dedication to our patients. We are open seven days-a-week, including holidays.

Tina Rakitt, M.D. - Maimonides Children’s Hospital Pediatric Gastroenterology

4802 10th Ave. 718-283-7500 Dr. Tina Rakitt is a board-certified pediatric gastroenterologist at the Maimonides Children’s Hospital. She completed subspecialty training at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and has more than 10 years of experience in treating a variety of conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), celiac disease, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Prema Ramaswamy, M.D. Maimonides Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiology

718-283-7500 948 48th St., 3rd floor 6701 Bay Parkway, 4th floor Dr. Prema Ramaswamy is the director of Pediatric Cardiology at the Maimonides Children’s Hospital. Dr. Ramaswamy is a board-certified pediatric cardiologist. She provides comprehensive evaluation, medical management, and treatment for children, with congenital heart disease, arrhythmia, and other heart-related problems. She leads a team of pediatric cardiologists dedicated to delivering child-friendly care.

EDUCATIONAL SERVICES PJ Library – Free Jewish Children’s Books

67 Hunt St., Suite 100, Agawam 413-276-0800 pjlibrary.org/metro pjlibrary@hgf.org PJ Library is a free program for families raising Jewish kids ages 6 months to 12 years old, offering books that capture children’s imaginations with fun characters, compelling stories, and vibrant illustrations. We send your child an age-appropriate, expertly curated Jewish children’s book every month. Sign up at pjlibrary.org/metro.


TUTORS & TEST PREP Gooroo

646-791-3081 gooroo.com support@gooroo.com Gooroo offers in-person tutoring in your neighborhood! Our tutoring membership matches students to tutors based on their unique learning needs. Members have access to experts in more than 300 subjects. Gooroo provides continuous feedback, progress reports, and a designated Personal Learning Consultant to guide students through their learning journey.

EDUCATION

PAROCHIAL & RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS A. Fantis Parochial School

Pre-K3 through eighth grade, including UPK Theodore G. Tasoulas, principal 195 State St., Brooklyn Heights 718-624-0501 afantis.org A. Fantis graduates enter their high schools of choice fluent in Greek and educated in the Socratic Method with strong faith as foundation. The A. Fantis School is a small, private, and inclusive Greek Orthodox school in Brooklyn Heights for preschool to eighth grade. Visit us during our fall open houses.

PRESCHOOLS A Whole New World Academy

910 Union St. 718-230-0022, 718-230-0026 awnwa.com A Whole New World Academy provides a safe and supportive environment. “The Mother Goose Time” curriculum embraces your child’s uniqueness to ensure they will learn 33 key skills. Lunch and snacks are provided by Yumble Kids, since we believe in nurturing a child’s body as well as their mind.

A. Fantis Parochial School

Pre-K3 through eighth grade, including UPK Theodore G. Tasoulas, principal 195 State St., Brooklyn Heights 718-624-0501 afantis.org A. Fantis graduates enter their high schools of choice fluent in Greek and educated in the Socratic Method with strong faith as foundation. The A. Fantis School is a small, private, and inclusive Greek Orthodox school in Brooklyn Heights for preschool to eighth grade. Visit us during our fall open houses.

Guidepost Montessori

717 Driggs Ave., Williamsburg 347-464-0490 guidepostmontessori.com/williamsburg 212 Hicks St., Brooklyn Heights 929-524-3588 guidepostmontessori.com/ brooklyn-heights Guidepost Montessori is among a growing network of schools that serves more than 2,200 families worldwide. Our campuses in Brooklyn serve children age 12 months through fifth grade. Guidepost’s exceptionally beautiful classrooms are equipped with lovingly chosen furniture and authentic Montessori materials, designed to inspire your child. Visit guidepostmontessori.com.

International Academy of New York

Shelley Borror Jackson, head of school 4 E. 90th St., Manhattan 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.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

OPEN HOUSES 2019 A. Fantis Parochial School

Pre-K3 through eighth grade, including UPK Theodore G. Tasoulas, principal 195 State St. 718-624-0501 afantis.org Join us for an open house Oct. 1 at 9am, Oct. 17 at 6pm, or Oct. 29 at 9am.

Guidepost Montessori

717 Driggs Ave., Williamsburg 347-464-0490 guidepostmontessori.com/williamsburg 212 Hicks St., Brooklyn Heights 929-524-3588 guidepostmontessori.com/brooklyn-heights Join us in Brooklyn Heights Oct. 24 at 6:30pm. Visit online to book a tour or RSVP for events in Williamsburg.

International Academy of New York

Shelley Borror Jackson, head of school 4 E. 90th St., Manhattan 212-641-0260 ianyc.org info@ianyc.org Learn more at an open house this fall: Oct. 10 at 9am, and Oct. 24 at 6pm. Registration required at admissions@ianyc.org.

The Learnatory

St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Ave. 347-787-0435 thelearnatory.org dthompson@thelearnatory.org Join us for an open house on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10am and 2pm at Berkeley Carroll School, 181 Lincoln Ave.

Guidepost Montessori

717 Driggs Ave., Williamsburg 347-464-0490 guidepostmontessori.com/williamsburg 212 Hicks St., Brooklyn Heights 929-524-3588 guidepostmontessori.com/ brooklyn-heights Guidepost Montessori is among a growing network of schools that serves more than 2,200 families worldwide. Our campuses in Brooklyn serve children age 12 months through fifth grade. Guidepost’s exceptionally beautiful classrooms are equipped with lovingly chosen furniture and authentic Montessori materials, designed to inspire your child. Visit guidepostmontessori.com.

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International Academy of New York

Shelley Borror Jackson, head of school 4 E. 90th St., Manhattan 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.

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Congregation Beth Elohim cbebk.org

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Education Planner Schools

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ABC Child Center

Lil’ Footprints

Little Hands & Feet Parochial & Religious Schools

lilfootprintsdaycare.com

718-234-5890

littlehandsandfeetdaycare.com

718-680-KIDS (5437)

afantis.org

718-624-0501

The Dimitrios and Georgia Kaloidis Parochial School (DGK)

dgkschool.com

718-836-8096

A Whole New World Academy

saintsaviourcatholicacademy.org

718-768-8000 x4

awnwa.com

718-230-0022

afantis.org

718-624-0501

amityschool.org

718-891-6100

Bryan’s Educational Center

bryanseducationalcenter.com

718-282-6944

Guidepost Montessori

guidepostmontessori.com/ williamsburg

347-464-0490

ianyc.org

212-641-0260

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Saint Saviour Catholic Academy Preschools

abcchildcenter.com

littlehandsandfeetdaycare.com

littlescholarsnyc.com

718-680-KIDS (5437)

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Redeemer St. John’s Nursery School

718-833-7700

Smart Start Early Learning Center

718-921-1868

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Stepping Stones Nursery School

718-630-1000

steppingstones86.com

Treasure Island

718-238-7676

World of Wonders Early Childcare Center

worldofwondersdaycare.com

718-621-4216

Guidepost Montessori

guidepostmontessori.com/ williamsburg

347-464-0490

ianyc.org

212-641-0260

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International Academy of New York

Rossall School, UK

Saint Saviour Catholic Academy

rossall.org.uk

saintsaviourcatholicacademy.org

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SMART START

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FREE Full Day D.O.E. Pre-K For All! This fall after school, we'll be sparking kids' curiosity through STEAM-based engineering projects and real world problem-solving. We are a place for kids to experiment, invent and put their creativity to the test. • Weekly classes runs from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. • The Fall Semester goes from Sep. 9 to Jan. 31. • We offer pick up from local schools for groups of 4 or more and an extended day option to 6 PM.

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Our curriculum helps children understand and develop skills which will enable them to succeed and make sense of the world through:

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Halloween Fun a Ride Away By Melissa Wickes

Wh ere to.. .

Margaret Fox

When it comes to October, all we can think about is Halloween. What better way to enjoy the crisp fall air, the changing colors of the leaves, and decorating for the ghoulish season than getting outside with the family and picking the perfect pumpkin to take home and carve? And if carving pumpkins isn’t your thing, but you want to see epic jack-o’-lanterns, why not meander through a display of 5,000 of them on Long Island?

After the Haunted Hayride, there is a free block party on Beekman Avenue with live music, vendors, a photobooth, and more.

Hold onto Your Head!

Sleepy Hollow’s annual Haunted Hayride invites you on a journey through the dark woods of the town. You’ll hear shrieks and sounds of hoof beats amongst a spooky setting. The ride is recommended for children ages 8 and older who don’t mind a little scare. But if anyone is too spooked for the ride, there’s a free block party on Beekman Avenue with bounce castles, a photobooth, and live music to lift your ‘spirits.’ Oct. 25-26; see website for schedule. 28 Beekman Ave., Sleepy Hollow; 914-366-5100; sleepyhollowny.ticketleap.com

PICK PUMPKINS

Brightwaters Farms & Nursery

1624 Manatuck Blvd., Bay Shore 631-665-5411 brightwatersfarms.com Hours: through Oct. 30: daily, 9am-5pm Admission: Free on weekdays; $10 per person on weekends and Columbus Day; free for children younger than 1. Pumpkins $0.69 per pound; $2 per cone for farm animal feeding; hayrides $3 per person Hay rides, inflatable rides, and a farm store with novelty decorations, apples, candy apples, and a full concession stand on weekends only. Weekends include face painting, clown entertainment, animal viewing, and unlimited hay rides.

Courtesy Boo at the Zoo

>> For more places to pick pumpkins in your area, visit nymetroparents.com/pumpkins.

Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns

The Halloween-themed weekends at Boo at the Zoo incorporate wildlife while highlighting the best parts of the season.

Lions and Goblins and Gouls, Oh My!

The Bronx Zoo’s annual Halloween favorite Boo at the Zoo is back with spooky fun for the whole family. Favorites include magic shows, the extinct animal graveyard, a corn maze, a costume parade, pumpkin carving demos, mind reading, and (who could forget) a candy trail! Special events, including the Dinosaur Safari and Spooktacular Night Walks, are available with the purchase of an extra ticket on the website. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 28-Nov. 3, including Monday, Oct. 14., 10am-5:30pm; Ages: All. $39.95; $34.95 ages 65 and older; $29.95 ages 3-12; free for children 2 and younger. 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx; 718-220-5100; bronxzoo.com/boo-at-the-zoo 22

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Courtesy Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns

GET IN THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury 516-252-3392 therise.org Hours: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 4-11, Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 17-27, and Monday, Oct. 28. 6-10:30pm Admission: $26; $22 children ages 3-17; free for children 2 and younger See 5,000 jack-o’-lanterns carved by professional artists from the tristate area staged along an illuminated, scenic walking path and set to a spooky, fall-themed musical score. Advanced tickets are required. >> For more fun Halloween events like this, visit nymetroparents.com/halloween-fun.


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EDITOR’S HOT TICKETS

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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Rosh Hashanah in Prospect Park

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 12-4pm WHERE: Prospect Park Audubon Center, 101 East Drive, Flatbush AGES: All WHAT: Join Prospect Park Alliance during the Rosh Hashanah holiday for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House, and the Prospect Park Carousel. WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids can play badminton, croquet, and cornhole, and enjoy a Bird Nerd Game Hour and animal encounters. WANT TO GO? $2.50 per carousel ride. 646-393-9031. prospectpark.org.

Live at the Archway: Oktoberfest FREE

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WHEN: Oct. 4-5, see website for schedule WHERE: Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge, Water Street between Anchorage Place and Adams Street, Dumbo AGES: All WHAT: The Manhattan Bridge Archway is transformed into a traditional German “beer hall” with two days of festive musical performances, contests, photo opportunities, and themed food and beverage offerings. WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids will love the arts and crafts offerings, plus pretzels, brats, and sauerkraut to taste. WANT TO GO? dumbo.is.

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Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 5, 12-4pm WHERE: Willowbrook Park, Eton Place and Richmond Avenue, Staten Island AGES: All WHAT: Meet the horses from NYC Parks Equine unit, learn all about the 24

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benefits of planting native plant species in your garden from the Staten Island Native Plant Society, and enjoy many more fun activities. WHY WE LOVE IT: Music with Patrick will perform near the pumpkin patch at 2pm! WANT TO GO? 718-351-3450. nycgovparks.org.

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Celebrate Sukkot With Green Meadows Farm

WHEN: Oct. 16-17, Wednesday-Thursday, 12-5pm WHERE: Aviator Sports and Events Center, Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Ave., Marine Park AGES: All WHAT: Celebrate Sukkot with Green Meadows Farm, where families can pick pumpkins, meet and milk Sweet-Lips the cow, go on a hayride, enjoy a kid-friendly haunted house, and more. WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids get to pet friendly animals, go on hayrides and a giant hay wagon slide, pretend to be a bulldozer operator, and play in the corn box. WANT TO GO? $9. 718-758-7500. aviatorsports.com.

Halloween Haunted Walk & Fair FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 12-3pm WHERE: Prospect Park Lookout Hill, 150 West Drive, Park Slope AGES: 7-12 WHAT: This annual event brings thousands of kids and families for spooky fun to Prospect Park. Encounter zombies, werewolves, witches, and other Halloween spirits on a haunted walk through the woodland Lookout Hill. WHY WE LOVE IT: Enjoy a festive Halloween Fair on the Nethermead with sweet and savory treats from some of the city’s top food trucks. WANT TO GO? 718-965-8951. prospectpark.org.

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5th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 4:45-6pm WHERE: Washington Market Park, Greenwich and Chambers Streets, Tribeca, Manhattan AGES: All WHAT: Prizes will be awarded in several categories: scariest, funniest, and most creative being just a few. Bring your already carved jack-o’-lantern to enter, or just stop by with your family to enjoy the festive display! WHY WE LOVE IT: This event is short and sweet—perfect before dinner and bedtime! WANT TO GO? washingtonmarketpark.org.

Halloween Harvest Festival FREE

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WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 12-4pm WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 35-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, Queens AGES: All WHAT: The festival features costume-making, Agostino Arts facepainting, Urban Shaman Mama Donna’s Pet Memorial Altar and Blessing of the Animals, and a Doggie Costume Contest! WHY WE LOVE IT: Vibrant cultural activities also include a Gede song workshop, card readings, and a procession culminating in a dance and drum performance. WANT TO GO? 718-956-1819. socratessculpturepark.org.

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Night Of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns

WHEN: Oct. 17-27, Thursday-Sunday, 5-10pm WHERE: Governors Island, ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: You’ll see LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns staged along a festive, paved, illuminated tree-lined pathway among the backdrop of centuries-old buildings. WHY WE LOVE IT: A truly unique jack-o’-lantern jaunt! WANT TO GO? $26; $22 children ages 3-17; free for children ages 2 and younger. 212-440-2200. govisland.com.

‘Peter Pan’

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27, 2pm WHERE: Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Blvd., Manhattan Beach AGES: 3 and older WHAT: This enchanting adaptation by John Caird tells the story of Peter Pan through the eyes of the Darling family living in Edwardian England. Together, they transform their nursery into Neverland, turning pillows into clouds, long johns into shadows, an ironing board into a ship’s plank, and antique snowshoes into a crocodile’s snapping jaws. WHY WE LOVE IT: You’ll have a chance to meet the cast after the show! WANT TO GO? $13. 718-368-5596. onstageatkingsborough.org.

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Boo at the Zoo

WHEN: Oct. 5-27, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-4pm WHERE: Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Park AGES: All WHAT: Have a spooky good time with Halloween-themed games and crafts. Learn about bats around the world and also in New York, where the zoo is participating in a project to understand the ecology of urban bats in our own backyard. WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids can participate in a Costumed Character Scavenger Hunt! WANT TO GO? $9.95; $6.95 children ages 3-12; free for children 2 and younger. 718-399-7339. prospectparkzoo.com.

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WE CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S FREE Think a freebie has to be ho-hum? Don’t let the price tag (or lack of one) fool you. Here are the five no-cost events we’re excited about now. You’re welcome.

Babies & Books FREE

WHEN: Oct. 1-2: Tuesday-Wednesday, 1:30pm WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Park Slope, 431 6th Ave., Park Slope AGES: Newborn to 12 months WHAT: Lap songs, fingerplays, board books, and playtime for the littlest pre-readers! This program is designed for lap-sitting babies and their caregivers. WANT TO GO? 718-832-1853. bklynlibrary.org.

Anime Club FREE

WHEN: Oct. 2-16, Wednesdays, 4pm WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Brownsville, 61 Glenmore Ave., Brownsville AGES: 12-17 WHAT: Check out this club where members will watch, read, and discuss their favorite shows and series! Popcorn provided. WANT TO GO? 718-498-9721. bklynlibrary.org.

Events for Youth and Families FREE

WHEN: Oct. 5-26, Saturdays, 1pm WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights AGES: All WHAT: Events for youths and families takes place every Saturday with a different show to enjoy. Shows include Mister G, Schoolhouse Rock, and Hot Peas ‘n Butter Live! Seating is limited: first-come, first-served. WANT TO GO? 718-230-2100. bklynlibrary.org.

New York Virtual Volcano Observatory FREE

WHEN: Through Oct. 27: Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm WHERE: Governors Island, ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, Brooklyn Heights 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.

G.O.A.T. (Games on a Table) FREE

WHEN: Oct. 7-28, Thursdays, 3pm (No session Oct. 14) WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Brownsville, 61 Glenmore Ave., Brownsville AGES: All WHAT: Drop in for tabletop gaming. There will be games on hand but you are also welcome to bring your own games and hand held devices (Switch, 3DS, etc.). WANT TO GO? 718-498-9721. bklynlibrary.org. ›› BrooklynParent 25


Harvest Festival FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 11am-2pm WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6, Atlantic Avenue and Furman Street, Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: There will be fun activities for the whole family, including pumpkin carving, arts and crafts, storytelling, games, and musical performances. Photo by Alexa Hoyer. WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Old Home Day

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 20, 11am-5pm WHERE: Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island AGES: All WHAT: A family favorite for generations, Old Home Day returns this October featuring historic trades demonstrations, music, food, crafts, and sweet treats. WANT TO GO? $8; $6 seniors and students ages 12-17; $5 children ages 4-11. historicrichmondtown.org.

FUN FAIRS & FESTIVALS Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival FREE

WHEN: Oct. 4-6, see website for schedule WHERE: The Plaza at Ashland, 300 Ashland Place, Boerum Hill AGES: All WHAT: Celebrate Downtown Brooklyn’s cultural community and the artists, writers, and performers who inspire the borough’s creative spirit. Enjoy free programming including theater, poetry, dance, and music. WANT TO GO? 212-721-1234. downtownbrooklyn.com.

Kings County Fiber Festival FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 12, 10am-5pm WHERE: Old Stone House & Stone Park, 336 3rd St. (between 4th and 5th avenues), Park Slope AGES: All WHAT: Spend the day with natural fiber artists, crocheters, dyers, felters, knitters, quilters, spinners, and weavers in the annual fiber fair. The day will include a marketplace for independent fiber artists from the tri-state area, demonstrations, an art exhibit, and more. WANT TO GO? 718-614-2919. kingscountyfiberfestival.org.

Smorgasburg FREE

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

Greenmarket at Bartel-Pritchard Square FREE

WHEN: Oct. 2-30, Sundays and Wednesdays: 8am-3pm WHERE: Bartel-Pritchard Square, Prospect Park Southwest, Park Slope AGES: All WHAT: Offerings range from a selection of vegetables, fruits, baked goods, plants, and flowers to fresh-caught fish and organic baked goods. WANT TO GO? prospectpark.org.

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Rolling Thunder’s Oktoberfest!

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 12, 12-7pm WHERE: Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island AGES: All WHAT: There will be entertainment, vendors, food, and fun, including carnival games, rides, and a bouncy house. All proceeds will go to helping veterans in need. WANT TO GO? $8; $6 seniors and students ages 12-17; $5 children ages 4-11. historicrichmondtown.org.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 14, 11am-5pm WHERE: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights AGES: All WHAT: Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day through storytelling, art, language, and more. Hear stories from Taíno storyteller Bobby Gonzalez, and Haudenosaunee storyteller Perry Ground, and speak Lunaape with language teacher Karen Mosko as we learn about the Indigenous histories, cultures, and heritages that make up the Americas. WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission: $11. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org. 26

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Brooklyn Traditional Slow Jam FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 7-9pm WHERE: Old Stone House & Stone Park, 4th Street at 5th Avenue (between 4th and 5th avenues), Park Slope AGES: All WHAT: This acoustic instrumental meet-up focuses on tunes in the Irish, English, New England Old Time, French Canadian, American Southern, and Scandinavian traditions. Tunes are those that are typically suitable for contra dancing or other traditional fiddle tunes. WANT TO GO? 718-614-2919. theoldstonehouse.org.

Rock and Roll Playhouse FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 5, 12:30-2:30pm WHERE: Industry City, 274 36th St., Sunset Park AGES: All WHAT: Brooklyn Bowl presents a free family concert series every Saturday at Industry City. Rock and Roll Playhouse features live music of iconic rock stars, dancing, and interactive games—all in an effort to educate and promote creativity. WANT TO GO? industrycity.com.


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Little Orchestra Society: The Three C’s: Culture, Classical Music, and Composing!

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 6, see website for schedule WHERE: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights AGES: 3 and older WHAT: The Little Orchestra Society is in residence at BCM for a series of family music workshops. Each session explores music of a different culture, engaging children, parents, and caregivers through movement, song, composition, and an introduction to the world. WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission: $11. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org.

Music Class at FEED DUMBO FREE

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 6, 9am WHERE: Feed Dumbo, 55 Water St., Dumbo AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Join in on the first Sunday of every month for a kids’ music session with Dan the Music Man. WANT TO GO? RSVP required. feedprojects.com/blogs/events/kiddiemusic-store-event.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse Plays the Music of Queen for Kids WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 13, 12pm WHERE: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg AGES: Newborn to 10 WHAT: The Rock and Roll Playhouse band offers games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out in an effort to educate children and explore their creativity. WANT TO GO? $12. 718-963-3369. therockandrollplayhouse.com.

MacDowell Room Recital FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 5-6pm WHERE: Brooklyn Music School, 126 St. Felix St., Fort Greene AGES: All WHAT: Performance is a large part of the school’s teaching philosophy. Every month the Brooklyn Music School holds these intimate concerts for their students to shine. WANT TO GO? 718- 638-5660. brooklynmusicschool.org.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse Plays the Music of the Beatles for Kids WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 20, 12pm WHERE: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg AGES: Newborn to 10 WHAT: Performing songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse band offers games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out in an effort to educate children and explore their creativity. WANT TO GO? $12. 718-963-3369. therockandrollplayhouse.com.

Stomp, Clap & Sing FREE

WHEN: Tuesdays, Oct. 8 and 22, 11am-12pm WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy interactive musical experiences with two fun groups: the Sunny Songsters (Oct. 8) and Fiddle Foxes (Oct. 22). WANT TO GO? 718-230-2100. bklynlibrary.org.

ExME 2019 FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 7-8pm WHERE: Brooklyn Music School, 126 St. Felix St., Fort Greene AGES: All WHAT: BMS’s signature music series featuring music from the many communities from the Middle East that contribute to Brooklyn’s diverse tap-

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The Rock and Roll Playhouse Plays the Music of Phish for Kids WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27, 12pm WHERE: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg AGES: Newborn to 10 WHAT: The Rock and Roll Playhouse band offers games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out in an effort to educate children and explore their creativity. WANT TO GO? $12; free for children 1 and younger. 718-963-3369. therockandrollplayhouse.com.

Sing-Along with Hannah from The Buttons Band

WHEN: Oct. 3-31, Thursdays, 3:30pm WHERE: The Wild, 272 Driggs Ave., Williamsburg AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: The Buttons Band is an upbeat, original kids’ music band based in Brooklyn. Join Hannah from the band every week for a lively song and dance party to keep little ones moving through their afternoon. WANT TO GO? $20 drop-in. shop-thewild.com.

MOVERS & SHAKERS play:groundNYC’s The Yard

WHEN: Through Oct. 27: Saturday-Sunday, 12-4pm WHERE: Governors Island, ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, Brooklyn Heights 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.

Family Bowl FREE

WHEN: Oct. 6-27, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-6pm WHERE: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg AGES: All WHAT: Bring the whole family and get your bowl on. Food by Blue Ribbon will be available. WANT TO GO? 718-963-3369. brooklynbowl.com.

Chess Workshop with William Del Castillo FREE

WHEN: Oct. 2-30, Wednesdays, 6-7pm WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Carroll Gardens, 396 Clinton St., Carroll Gardens AGES: All WHAT: Learn to play or improve your game with instructor William Del Castillo. For beginners or advanced players. WANT TO GO? 718-596-6972. bklynlibrary.org.

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. ››

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CRAFTY KIDS Lego Club FREE

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 4, 6pm WHERE: Barnes & Noble Park Slope, 267 7th Ave., Park Slope AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Each month will have a surprise objective: build a bridge that can hold weight or build a boat that can float in water. Get those creative juices flowing! WANT TO GO? 718-832-9066. bn.com.

House Party: S.T.E.A.M. Punk FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 5, 12-5pm WHERE: BRIC House, 647 Fulton St., Fort Greene AGES: All WHAT: Dig into STEM and sci-fi inspired activities, explore contemporary art, and try your hand at media experiences. Come in your best steampunk attire and dance the afternoon away during a family dance party hosted by Party Like Brooklyn, Baby. WANT TO GO? 718-683-5600. bricartsmedia.org.

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BAMkids Movie Matinees: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 12-5pm WHERE: Jewish Children’s Museum, 792 Eastern Parkway, Crown Heights AGES: All WHAT: Get creative with a variety of Jewish-themed crafts to choose from! WANT TO GO? $13; $10 seniors age 65 and older; free for children younger than 2. 718-467-0600. jcm.museum.

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 20, 2pm WHERE: BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Spider-Man is Miles Morales, a middle school kid from Brooklyn, in this Academy Award-winning spin on the classic story. As he discovers his powers, Miles travels into parallel universes and joins forces with a rag-tag assortment of superheroes—from a washed-up Peter B. Parker to a sleek Spider-Woman to a talking pig called Spider-Ham. WANT TO GO? $10; $7 children ages 12 and younger. 718-636-4100. bam.org.

Kids Create FREE

Movies @ the Library FREE

WHEN: Oct. 2-30, Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30pm WHERE: Staten Island Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island AGES: All WHAT: Join the walk-in workshop and create your own artwork! WANT TO GO? $8. sichildrensmuseum.org.

WHEN: Oct. 5-26, Saturdays: 1pm WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek, 12143 Flatlands Ave., East New York AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy a free movie at the library every Saturday. Theater-style snacks will be served. WANT TO GO? 718-257-6571. bklynlibrary.org.

Movie Night at Habana Outpost FREE

WHEN: Oct. 6-27, Sundays, 8pm WHERE: Habana Outpost, 757 Fulton St., Brooklyn AGES: All WHAT: Habana Outpost projects classic films (many are rated PG) onto its big outdoor screen from late spring to late fall. WANT TO GO? Free with food or drink purchase. 718-858-9500. cafehabana.com.

Superpower Dogs 3D

WHEN: Through May 31, 2020: see website for schedule WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, Queens AGES: All WHAT: Join an immersive 3-D adventure to experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. WANT TO GO? $6; $5 children; plus museum admission: $16; $13 children, students, and senior citizens. nysci.org. 28

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WHEN: Oct. 4-25, Fridays, 3pm WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Gerritsen Beach, 2808 Gerritsen Ave., Gerritsen Beach AGES: All WHAT: Kids will have a chance to create projects every Friday afternoon. Projects for the month of October include Magnet Monsters, Haunted Houses, Vampire Bookmarks, and Rock Monsters. WANT TO GO? 718-368-1435. bklynlibrary.org.

Paint, Stamp & Draw: 2D Art Day

Tots Time

WHEN: Oct. 1-31, Tuesday-Thursday, 11am-1pm WHERE: Staten Island Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island AGES: 2-4 WHAT: Play in learning centers, listen to stories, and create artwork! WANT TO GO? $6 additional per child. sichildrensmuseum.org.

Sculpt & Shape: 3D Art Day

WHEN: Oct. 3-31, Thursdays, 1:30-4:30pm WHERE: Staten Island Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island AGES: All WHAT: Join the walk-in workshop and create your own artwork! WANT TO GO? $8. sichildrensmuseum.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.


SMARTY PANTS Language Science Fair

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 5, 12-4pm WHERE: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Join New York University linguists Dr. Ailis Cournane and Dr. Sudha Arunachalam as they talk to parents about language and brain development, raising multilingual children, and more, while kids play themed games and related arts and crafts activities. WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission: $11. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org.

Capturing Shadows

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 5, 2-4pm WHERE: Lefferts Historic House, 452 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn AGES: All WHAT: Before photography, silhouette was one of the most popular portraiture techniques in 18th- and 19th-century America. Join the Prospect Park Alliance at Lefferts Historic House to learn about this tradition and create and embellish miniature personal silhouette portraits. WANT TO GO? $3 suggested donation. 718-789-2822. prospectpark.org.

Reading Zoo

children for kindergarten and beyond. Stories, crafts, and word, number, and color concepts are among the activities taught. WANT TO GO? 718-596-6972. bklynlibrary.org.

NYTM Train Operators Workshop

WHEN: Oct. 5-27, Saturday-Sunday, 11:30am-12:30pm WHERE: New York Transit Museum, 99 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: 10 and older WHAT: Drop by the Computer Lab to take control of a NYC subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software. WANT TO GO? Free with admission: $10 ; $5 seniors ages 62 and older and children ages 2-17. 718-694-1600. nytransitmuseum.org.

Discovery Room Build & Construct

WHEN: Oct. 5-27, Saturday-Sunday, 3:30-4:40pm WHERE: New York Transit Museum, 99 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: 2-5, adult WHAT: Stop by the Education Center to explore transit-themed puzzles, books, toys, and hands-on materials! WANT TO GO? Free with admission: $10; $5 seniors ages 62 and older and children ages 2-17. 718-694-1600. nytransitmuseum.org.

WHEN: Through Oct. 6: Tuesday-Wednesday, 10am-5pm; Thursday, 10am-6pm; Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-7pm WHERE: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights AGES: All WHAT: Let your imagination run wild with ‘Reading Zoo,’ an exhibit inspired by animal stories, natural habitats, and highlights from Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s collection of animal taxidermy. WANT TO GO? $11. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org.

Kids Tech Time FREE

Farmhouse Family Day: Architecture Adventures FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6:30pm WHERE: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: Go behind the scenes of Brooklyn’s mural movement, and explore how today’s artists are continuing to forge community cohesion and retain a sense of place amid gentrification. WANT TO GO? $10. 718-222-4111. brooklynhistory.org.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 11am-3pm WHERE: Wyckoff House Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road, East Flatbush AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy an architecture-themed scavenger hunt, Colonial toys and games, and the fall harvest. WANT TO GO? 718-629-5400. wyckoffmuseum.org.

Open House NY: Cellar to Attic Tours

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 11am-4pm WHERE: Wyckoff House Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road, East Flatbush AGES: All WHAT: Explore the historic Wyckoff House Museum with a special behind-the-scenes tour only offered once a year! WANT TO GO? 718-629-5400. wyckoffmuseum.org.

Transit Walk: Lower Manhattan

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 20, 2-4pm WHERE: New York Transit Museum, 99 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: Through the lens of transportation, discover new places, share stories, and connect with communities. Join Senior Museum Educator Katherine Reeves in Lower Manhattan for a transit walk and explore the fascinating history of pre-subway New York. WANT TO GO? $30. 718-694-1600. nytransitmuseum.org.

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! FREE

WHEN: Oct. 12-26, Saturdays, 11am WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Carroll Gardens, 396 Clinton St., Carroll Gardens AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Ready, Set, Kindergarten is a weekly program designed to prepare

WHEN: Oct. 1-29, Tuesdays: 3pm WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Gerritsen Beach, 2808 Gerritsen Ave., Gerritsen Beach AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Hang out and enjoy different kinds of tech with other kids. WANT TO GO? 718-368-1435. bklynlibrary.org.

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Poco a Poco: Spanish Language Playgroup FREE

WHEN: Oct. 2-30, Wednesdays, 3pm WHERE: Staten Island Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island AGES: 2-8 WHAT: Conducted in Spanish, this program offers children a fun way to learn about Latin American culture through music, crafts, storytelling, and more! WANT TO GO? sichildrensmuseum.org. .

‘An Opening’

WHEN: Through June 30, 2020: Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm WHERE: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: An Opening is an installation of audio and visual artworks by Brooklyn-based artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed. It engages with a multiplicity of Muslim experiences in Brooklyn. WANT TO GO? Suggested Admission: $10; $6 seniors and teachers; free for children and visitors with disabilities. 718-222-4111. brooklynhistory.org. ››

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Spooktacular 2019

WHEN: Oct. 19-20, Saturday-Sunday, 5-8:30pm WHERE: Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, Staten Island AGES: All WHAT: Don’t miss Staten Island’s largest Halloween-themed event brimming with shows, games, and enchantment spread over the Zoo’s 8-acre campus. Expect a costume contest, interactive games for children, musical-comedy shows, a hay maze, Monster Alley, a carousel, candy, crafts, and music. WANT TO GO? $25; free for children 2 and younger. 718-442-3100.

Halloween Makeup Workshop FREE

HOLIDAY FUN Yom Kippur In Prospect Park

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 12-4pm WHERE: Prospect Park Audubon Center, 101 East Drive, Flatbush AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy family-friendly programming in Prospect Park on Yom Kippur, including lawn games and nature exploration. WANT TO GO? $3 suggested donation. 646-393-9031. prospectpark.org.

Columbus Day in Prospect Park

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 14, 12-5pm WHERE: Prospect Park Audubon Center, 101 East Drive, Flatbush AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy family-friendly programming in Prospect Park on Columbus Day, including animal encounters, carousel rides, nature activities, and fun, competitive games. WANT TO GO? $3 suggested donation. 646-393-9031. prospectpark.org.

Pumpkin Painting: Brooklyn FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 11am-1pm WHERE: Berry Street Garden, 303 Berry St., Williamsburg AGES: All WHAT: It’s that time of year to use your creative chops and turn pumpkins into festive decorations. GreenThumb will have pumpkins and paint ready, while supplies last. WANT TO GO? 212-602-5300. nycgovparks.org.

Family Day: Storytelling in Nature

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 12-3pm WHERE: Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab, 458 Bergen St., Park Slope AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: An afternoon of autumnal arts and crafts and nature play including pumpkin planters, mud paintings, and leaf printing. WANT TO GO? $10. 718-369-1167. storiesbk.com.

Harvest Homecoming Festival

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 20, 11am-5pm WHERE: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., Crown Heights AGES: All WHAT: Replacing the annual Ghouls and Gourds fest, this traditional fall foliage festival features hay rides, lawn games, Brussels sprout bowling, and more. Kids will have a chance to debut their Halloween costumes in a children’s parade winding through the Garden. WANT TO GO? $30; $25 seniors and students ages 12 and older; free for children ages 12 and younger. 718-623-7200. bbg.org.

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WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 4-5pm WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Gerritsen Beach, 2808 Gerritsen Ave., Gerritsen Beach AGES: All WHAT: Try out some new looks to go with your costume. Make up and sponges will be provided but participants are welcome to bring their own. WANT TO GO? 718-368-1435. bklynlibrary.org.

NYCRuns Haunted Island 5K & 10K

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:30am-12pm WHERE: Governors Island, ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: NYCRUNS produces running events that exceed the standards of the biggest events in the world while providing the atmosphere of a true community race. WANT TO GO? Registration is required. 212-440-2200. govisland.com.

Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 10am WHERE: Coney Island Boardwalk, Boardwalk and West 10th Street, Coney Island AGES: All WHAT: The 10th annual Children’s Halloween Parade offers free entertainment, face-painting, a costume contest, and, of course, trick-or-treating. Handmade Coney Island-themed costumes are encouraged for the costume contest. Must be age 15 and younger to enter. WANT TO GO? allianceforconeyisland.org.

Bklyn Boo: Albee Square FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2pm WHERE: Albee Square on Fulton Mall, Fulton Street and Bond Street, Downtown Brooklyn AGES: All WHAT: Head to Albee Square for a multicultural Halloween celebration with kids’ activities, live music, and art. WANT TO GO? 212-889-0808. downtownbrooklyn.com.

Halloween All Day!

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 10am-5pm WHERE: Staten Island Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island AGES: All WHAT: Wear your costume and join throughout the day for activities! WANT TO GO? $8. sichildrensmuseum.org.

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm

WHEN: Oct. 5-26, Saturdays, 12-5pm WHERE: Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island AGES: All WHAT: Harvest season at Historic Richmond Town’s Decker Farm is fun for the entire family! Pick a pumpkin to take home, enjoy an old-fashioned hayride, corn maze, arts and crafts, face-painting, and all of your favorite autumnal activities. WANT TO GO? $8; $6 seniors and students ages 12-17; $5 children ages 4-11. historicrichmondtown.org.


Halloween in Richmond Town

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 3-7pm WHERE: Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island AGES: All WHAT: In the nostalgic spirit of an old-fashioned community Halloween, visitors will enjoy a safe, fun trick-or-treating experience, while visiting historic structures, catching mystifying shows, and sampling delicious Halloween-y treats! WANT TO GO? $8; $6 seniors and students ages 12-17; $5 children ages 4-11. historicrichmondtown.org.

Park Slope Halloween Parade FREE

Pumpkin Picking with Green Meadows Farm

BAMboo! FREE

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6:30pm WHERE: Washington Park, starts at 14th Street and 7th Avenue; ends at the Old Stone House, Park Slope AGES: All WHAT: The annual Park Slope Civic Council Halloween Parade kicks off from 14th Street and 7th Avenue, then heads north on 7th Avenue, turning left on 3rd Street and ending in J.J. Byrne Playground at the Old Stone House. This is a family-friendly event with a focus on children. WANT TO GO? parkslopeciviccouncil.org.

WHEN: Oct. 26-27, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm WHERE: Aviator Sports and Events Center, Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Ave., Marine Park AGES: All WHAT: Visit with friendly alpacas, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows, giggle on a hayride, pick your own pumpkin, and be delighted by all the activities. WANT TO GO? $9. 718-758-7500. aviatorsports.com.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 31, 4-7pm WHERE: BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene AGES: All WHAT: BAM’s annual free community Halloween celebration returns, featuring music, carnival games, arts and crafts, stilt walkers, roaming artists, costume contest, and a candy giveaway. WANT TO GO? 718-636-4100. bam.org.

Annual Halloween Harvest at Luna Park

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6-8pm; 6:30-8:30pm; and 7-9pm WHERE: Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St., Sunset Park AGES: 12 and older WHAT: You’ll visit some of the cemetery’s most intriguing monuments, including the elaborate memorial to John Matthews (the “Soda Fountain King”), Charles Calverley’s marble portrait of Precious Georgie, the formerly unmarked grave of William Poole (aka, “Bill the Butcher”), and Harvey Burdell, whose famous murder in 1887 resulted in the criminal trial of the 19th Century. WANT TO GO? $25. 718-768-7300. green-wood.com. ››

WHEN: Oct. 5-27, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-6pm WHERE: Luna Park, 1000 Surf Ave., Coney Island AGES: All WHAT: Experience all the thrills, chills, and Halloween frills with festive and seasonal activities like Miss Tillie’s Tractor Race, Blackbeard’s Pumpkin Patch, face painting, interactive performances on the Monster Mash Stage, and Extreme Pumpkin Carving. WANT TO GO? Luna Pass starts at $29. 718-373-5862. lunaparknyc.com.

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Musical Haunted House FREE

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27, 3-5pm WHERE: Brooklyn Music School, 126 St. Felix St., Fort Greene AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy thrills, costumes, candy, and especially music! WANT TO GO? 718-638-5660. brooklynmusicschool.org.

Diwali Celebration

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27, 10am-5pm WHERE: Staten Island Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island AGES: All WHAT: Celebrate the Hindu festival of lights with a special event. WANT TO GO? $8. sichildrensmuseum.org.

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WHEN: Oct. 26-27, Saturday, 1-5pm; Sunday: ,1am-3pm WHERE: 111 Conselyea St., Williamsburg AGES: 5-17 WHAT: Have fun with games, costumes, and slime contests! Trade slime with old and new friends! WANT TO GO? $10. 917-364-3878. eventbrite.com/e/generalparent-admission-saturday-tickets-66474526097.

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day will allow families to enjoy zoo exhibits along with sensoryfriendly activities. WANT TO GO? $6. 718-442-3100. statenislandzoo.org.

Foraging Tour with Wildman Steve Brill

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 14, 11:45am WHERE: Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West and Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights AGES: 5 and older WHAT: This 4-hour foraging tour of Prospect Park invites you to learn about the great abundance of edible and medicinal wild plants and mushrooms that make this park a great place for foraging in the fall. WANT TO GO? Suggested donation: $20; $10 children younger than 12. 718-965-8945. prospectpark.org.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS Campfire Conversations for Kids

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 5, 6-7pm WHERE: Lefferts Historic House, 452 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn AGES: All WHAT: First, learn fire safety tips and help find wood to make a campfire. Once the fire is roaring, enjoy s’mores and other treats while resident storyteller Tammy Hall weaves campfire tales and leads children in a conversation about bravery. WANT TO GO? $3 suggested donation. 718-789-2822. prospectpark.org.

Creative Homesteading: Putting the Farm to Bed FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 5, 12-2pm WHERE: Wyckoff House Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road, East Flatbush AGES: All WHAT: Experience autumn on the Wyckoff Farm as Farmer Zach leads you through end-of-season tasks to make sure your garden has a restful winter. WANT TO GO? 718-629-5400. wyckoffmuseum.org.

Natural Explorers FREE

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 7, 11-11:45am WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Park Slope, 431 6th Ave., Park Slope AGES: All WHAT: Using our senses—especially our sense of curiosity—we’ll explore the wonders of the garden through different themes each week, including plants, animals, and ecological partnership. This program is open to children of all ages and will, weather permitting, be held outside in the Storytime Garden. WANT TO GO? 718-832-1853. bklynlibrary.org.

Nature Walk with Brad Klein: Autumn Bird Migration

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 13, 11am-12pm WHERE: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., Crown Heights AGES: All WHAT: Join naturalist Bradley Klein to learn about the hawks, falcons, eagles, and owls that pass through or over the Garden. WANT TO GO? Free with admission: $15 adults; $8 seniors and students 12 and older; free for children younger than 12. 718-623-7200. bbg.org.

Staten Island Zoo Goes Blue for Autism

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 14, 9am-12pm WHERE: Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, Staten Island AGES: All WHAT: The Staten Island Zoo is once again proud to be going blue in partnership with Autism Speaks, providing a friendly environment for families affected by autism spectrum disorder. The 32

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Green Team 2019 FREE

WHEN: Through 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. Photo by Alexa Hoyer. WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Prospect Park Walking Tours

WHEN: Oct. 6-27, Sundays, 10:30am-12:30pm WHERE: Prospect Park Westside, 95 Prospect Park West, Prospect Park AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy Prospect Park while learning about its incredible history! 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; $18 seniors and students; $10 children ages 5-12; free for children 4 and younger. prospectpark.org.

Brooklyn Bridge Park: Environmental Education Center Open Hours FREE

WHEN: Oct. 1-31, Tuesday and Thursday, 3-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 1-5pm WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park by visiting the Environmental Education Center’s 250-gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10-foot scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and more. WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Brooklyn Borough Hall Saturday Greenmarket FREE

WHEN: Year-round: Saturdays, 8am-5pm WHERE: Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Downtown Brooklyn AGES: All WHAT: Buy fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables and take part in nutrition workshops, clothing collections, and food scrap collections. WANT TO GO? grownyc.org.

Fight for Sunlight Exhibit

WHEN: Oct. 1-Dec. 31, daily, 10am-5:30pm WHERE: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., Crown Heights AGES: All WHAT: Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s greenhouse complex was built in the 1980s to cultivate and display plants from environments around the world. Specifically selected for its access to sunlight, this is one of the only places in New York City where you can see such a diverse collection of rare plants in bloom year-round. WANT TO GO? Free with admission: $15; $8 seniors and students 12 and older; free children younger than 12. 718-623-7200. bbg.org.


LITTLE FOODIES ShopRite Kidz Cook

WHEN: Oct. 4-18, Fridays, 3-4pm and 4-5pm WHERE: Staten Island Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island AGES: All WHAT: Kids learn to cook in this weekly class. Oct. 4 and 11 they’ll taste traditional Puerto Rican Cocina Criolla cuisine. Oct. 18 they’ll travel to Italy with a special dish. WANT TO GO? $8. sichildrensmuseum.org.

demos, communal dinners in the marketplace, and more. WANT TO GO? 212-561-7327. nycgovparks.org.

Hattie Carthan Sunday Market FREE

WHEN: Oct. 6-27, Sundays: 1-6pm

WHERE: Hattie Carthan Herban Farm, 49 Van Buren St., Red Hook AGES: All WHAT: The Hattie Carthan Sunday After Church Market is to place to shop for fresh, locally-grown produce, stone fruits, vegetables, herbs,

Hattie Carthan cage-free eggs, and more. There are also youth cooking demos and communal dinners in the marketplace. WANT TO GO? nycgovparks.org. ››

Wafels & Dinges Factory Tour

WHEN: Oct. 4-25, Fridays, 10am WHERE: Wafels & Dinges, 264 Butler St., Red Hook AGES: All WHAT: Learn how the spectacular Liège wafel dough and delicious ice cream are made. Get an insider’s look at this dynamic and growing business. WANT TO GO? $30; $27 seniors age 65 and older; $15 children ages 5-12; free for children 4 and younger. dinges.nyc.

Smorgasburg FREE

WHEN: Oct. 5-26, Saturdays, 11am-6pm WHERE: East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave., Williamsburg AGES: All WHAT: Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, attracting 20,000-30,000 people to Brooklyn each weekend to eat from 100 local vendors. WANT TO GO? Prices for food and drink vary. 718-599-7301. smorgasburg.com.

Hattie Carthan Saturday Market FREE

WHEN: Oct. 5-26, Saturdays, 9am-3pm WHERE: Hattie Carthan Community Garden, 654A Lafayette Ave., Bedford-Stuyvesant AGES: All WHAT: The Hattie Carthan Community Market offers specialty farm products, youth cooking

Maimonides Children’s Hospital The Only Children’s Hospital in Brooklyn Maimonides Children’s Hospital is one of New York’s leading pediatric hospitals, and is proud to be a member of the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA). Our expert team of board-certified pediatric physicians, surgeons, nurses and nurse practitioners provides compassionate, family-centered care for infants, children and adolescents. Our extensive range of pediatric services and specialties include allergy and immunology, cardiac care, neurology, orthopedic care, neonatal intensive care and critical care. Maimonides Children’s Hospital is also Brooklyn’s only Pediatric Trauma Center, and provides comprehensive pediatric emergency care in our fully-accredited Pediatric Emergency Room, a division of both Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics.

4802 Tenth Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11219 718.283.7500 MaimonidesMed.org Jeffrey Avner, MD, Chair George Foltin, MD, Vice Chair – Clinical Michael Marcus, MD, Vice Chair – Ambulatory Ingrid Walker-Descartes, MD, MPH, Vice Chair – Education

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Coastal Cleanup FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10am-12pm WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Join the coastal cleanup volunteers to give back to the community by helping remove hundreds of pounds of trash from Pier 1 salt marshes and beaches. WANT TO GO? 718-683-5600. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Kids Care: Eco Lab FREE

KINDNESS CRUSADERS It’s My Park Day FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 5, 10am-1pm WHERE: Lookout Hill, 95 Prospect Park West, Prospect Park AGES: All WHAT: Join Prospect Park Alliance and REI to participate in a citywide effort to care for our green spaces with brooms, shovels, rakes, and trash grabbers. WANT TO GO? prospectpark.org.

Eastside Revival FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 9:30am-1pm WHERE: Prospect Park Long Meadow, 70 West Drive, Park Slope AGES: All WHAT: Join Prospect Park Alliance on Tuesdays to help beautify two of the park’s most elegant locations: the Vale of Cashmere and the Rose Garden. Tasks may include raking, sweeping, path edging, and litter removal. WANT TO GO? 718-965-8951. prospectpark.org.

Bridge the Gap for Girls 5K Walk FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 12, 9am WHERE: Cadman Plaza Park, Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn Heights AGES: 3 and older WHAT: The Save the Children Bridge Challenge is a 3½-mile walk and fundraiser across the Brooklyn Bridge that raises money and awareness for girls in need. WANT TO GO? Donations are encouraged. 475-999-3025. savethechildren.org/bridge.

Help the Garden Day FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 12, 10am-1pm WHERE: Highland Park Children’s Garden, Jamaica Avenue and Ashford Street, Highland Park AGES: All WHAT: Nestled at the far end of Highland Park is a delightful community garden filled with beds of shade trees, flowers, fruits, and herbs. Join community gardeners and help “wind down” while learning the basics, such as weeding, composting, pruning, and planting. WANT TO GO? 718-235-4100. nycgovparks.org.

Lung Cancer Research Foundation’s Brooklyn Free to Breathe Walk FREE

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 20, 9:30am-12pm WHERE: Cadman Plaza Park, Cadman Plaza Park East between BQE and Tillary Street, Brooklyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: The walk will feature a route of approximately 3 miles, with the majority of the walk talking place along the Brooklyn Bridge. Walkers may complete the entire route or choose an early turnaround point. As a special way to honor those impacted by lung cancer, participants will also have an opportunity to dedicate a hope flag to a loved one. WANT TO GO? 212-627-5514. lcrf.org/brooklyn. 34

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WHEN: Oct. 2-30, Wednesdays, 3-4pm WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Gerritsen Beach, 2808 Gerritsen Ave., Gerritsen Beach AGES: All WHAT: Eco Lab participants will do experiments, make crafts, and learn lots of new ways to take care of our planet. WANT TO GO? 718-368-1435. bklynlibrary.org.

ONCE UPON A TIME FG Graphic Novel Book Group FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7:30pm WHERE: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St. (at South Portland Street), Fort Greene AGES: 9-17 WHAT: Led by Greenlight bookseller Emily, this new graphic novel book group in Fort Greene reads and discusses comics and graphic novels in a variety of genres. WANT TO GO? 718-246-0200. greenlightbookstore.com.

PLG Graphic Novel Book Group FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 7:30pm WHERE: Greenlight Bookstore PLG, 632 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Lefferts Garden AGES: 9-17 WHAT: Led by Greenlight bookseller Emily, this graphic novel book group in Prospect Lefferts Gardens reads and discusses comics and graphic novels in a variety of genres. WANT TO GO? 718-246-0200. greenlightbookstore.com.

Saturday Storytime FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 5, 11am WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Carroll Gardens, 396 Clinton St., Carroll Gardens AGES: All WHAT: Sing songs, hear rhymes, read some classics and new books, and have a lot of fun! WANT TO GO? 718-596-6972. bklynlibrary.org.

Reading Zoo BookFest

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 6, 11am-5pm WHERE: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights AGES: All WHAT: Spend the day reading with authors, creating art with illustrators, and playing games that bring beloved stories to life. Go dressed as your favorite storybook character and get free entrance to the museum. WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission: $11. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org.

Drag Queen Story Hour

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 12, 11am-12pm WHERE: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights


AGES: 3 and older WHAT: An interactive art and story time program that celebrates the uniqueness of all kids and families. This event happens regularly around the city and features drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission: $11. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org.

Saturday Author Story Time FREE

10th Anniversary Party! FREE

Sunday Bookseller Story Time FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 6:30pm WHERE: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St. (at South Portland Street), Fort Greene AGES: All WHAT: Join for kids’ activities and giveaways all day long, and stop by between 6:30-10pm for drinks, refreshments, special guests, a live DJ, and more giveaways, as well as toasts to friends and supporters. WANT TO GO? 718-246-0200. greenlightbookstore.com.

FG Young Readers Book Group FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 5:30pm WHERE: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St. (at South Portland Street), Fort Greene AGES: 9-12 WHAT: Led by Greenlight bookseller Sarah, our young readers book group in Fort Greene reads great contemporary and classic chapter books. WANT TO GO? 718-246-0200. greenlightbookstore.com.

PLG Young Readers Book Group FREE

WHEN: Wednesdays, Oct. 2 and 23, 5:30pm WHERE: Greenlight Bookstore PLG, 632 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Lefferts Garden AGES: 9-12 WHAT: Led by Greenlight bookseller Wynne, this young readers book group in Prospect Lefferts Garden reads great contemporary and classic chapter books. Parents are welcome (but not required) to attend, and pizza is served. For October, the group discusses Kelly Barnhill’s Newbery Award-winning The Girl Who Drank the Moon. WANT TO GO? 718-246-0200. greenlightbookstore.com.

Babies & Books FREE

WHEN: Oct. 4-25, Fridays: 11am WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Gerritsen Beach, 2808 Gerritsen Ave., Gerritsen Beach AGES: Newborn to 2 WHAT: Hear stories, sing songs, play with toys, and meet new friends! WANT TO GO? 718-368-1435. bklynlibrary.org.

Storytime

WHEN: Through Oct. 28: see website for schedule WHERE: Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab, 458 Bergen St., Park Slope AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Enjoy a 30-minute staff-led story time, filled with songs and stories, perfect for little ones with their grown-ups. WANT TO GO? $10. 718-369-1167. storiesbk.com.

Spanish Storytime FREE

WHEN: Oct. 3-31, Thursdays, 10:30-11:30am WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Williamsburg, 240 Division Ave., Williamsburg AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Join for stories and songs in Spanish for children and their parents or caregivers. WANT TO GO? 718-302-3485. bklynlibrary.org.

WHEN: Through Dec. 28: Saturdays, 11:30am WHERE: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St., Fort Greene AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Authors present their books with interactive readings and drawings, and often activities and crafts. WANT TO GO? 718-246-0200. greenlightbookstore.com. WHEN: Through Dec. 29: Sundays, 11:30am WHERE: Greenlight Bookstore, 632 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Lefferts Gardens AGES: All WHAT: Greenlight staff choose their favorite books to read-aloud WANT TO GO? 718-246-0200. greenlightbookstore.com.

SHOW TIME!

ColorLab LIVE! Presents Soul Science Lab in the Let Your Soul

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 5, 4:30-5:30pm WHERE: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights AGES: All WHAT: Dance, play, and sing along to a live performance. WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission: $11. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org.

Curious, Unusual, and Extraordinary!

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 5, 4pm WHERE: Barbes, 376 9th St., Park Slope AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Author and composer Michael Hearst and his band, presents songs about Unusual Creatures, Extraordinary People, and Curious Construction WANT TO GO? $10. Barbesbrooklyn.com.

Climate Change: An Opera (work-in-progress)

WHEN: Oct. 10-11, Thursday-Friday, 7pm WHERE: BRIC House, 647 Fulton St., Fort Greene AGES: All WHAT: This opera addresses the overwhelming reality of our planet’s changing climate, and our role in that change. WANT TO GO? $8 in advance; $12 day of. 718-683-5600. bricartsmedia.org.

Bindlestiff Cavalcade of Youth

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 13, 4pm WHERE: Coney Island Boardwalk, Boardwalk and West 10th Street, Coney Island AGES: All WHAT: A special showcase for young variety performers, ranging from absolute amateurs to world-class professionals. Juvenile jugglers, diminutive dancers, adolescent acrobats, and more present a full show of vaudeville. WANT TO GO? $15; $10 children younger than 21. coneyisland.com.

Peggy Choy Dance in Association with Kumble Theater Presents: ‘FLIGHT!’

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 20, 4pm WHERE: Kumble Theater, 1 University Plaza, Fort Greene AGES: 5 and older WHAT: World-class dancers bring an Afro-Asian fusion of hip-hop, martial arts, and Asian dance to the stage. WANT TO GO? $20; $15 students; $12 children 12 and younger. 646765-4773. kumbletheater.org.

‘The Sleeping Beauty’

WHEN: Through Dec. 22: see website for show times WHERE: Puppetworks Inc., 338 6th Ave., Park Slope AGES: 4 and older WHAT: Perrault’s real Faery Tale with music by Tchaikovsky is adapted for marionettes by Nicolas Coppola. WANT TO GO? $11; $10 children. 718-965-3391. puppetworks.org. ›› BrooklynParent 35


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fall fun

50 Fall Faves for Families

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e’re lucky to live in an area that’s beautiful all year round, but it’s never prettier than in the fall. Autumn is also a perfect time to have fun as a family: The temperatures are sane, the crazy crowds are gone, and busy work and school schedules make together time a commodity to be especially celebrated. To help you get started, we’ve rounded up 50 awesome seasonal activities—pick and choose your faves and make this a fall your family will always remember.

1. Attend a fall festival in your area (nymetroparents.com/fall-fests). 8. Join the Kite Flight for Peace & Human Rights on Roosevelt Island on Saturday, Sept. 28 (fdrfourfreedomspark.org). 2. Join in on the 93rd Annual Feast of San Gennaro in Manhattan’s Little Italy. (It runs Sept. 12-22—11 days!) 9. Enjoy some of the best leaf-peeping in the entire Northeast (nymetroparents.com/leaf-peeping). 3. Play putt-putt before it’s too cold out (nymetroparents.com/mini-golf). 10. Have an old-timey experience at the 37th Annual Queens County Fair at Queens County Farm Museum Sept. 21-22. 4. Spend a still-warm morning or afternoon exploring the High Line, a 1.45-mile-long public park that runs down Manhattan’s 11. Take a scenic boat ride before the season ends west side from 34th to Gansevoort streets.

(nymetroparents.com/boat-rides).

5. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by dancing, decorating a 12. Attend the Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage—the county piñata, and more (nymetroparents.com/hispanic-heritage).

fair for the entire island—Sept. 21-29 (lifair.org).

6. Learn about marine science at the SUBMERGE Marine

13. Make colorful memories at Color Factory in Soho,

Science Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28 in midtown Manhattan (hudsonriverpark.org).

7. Take in a sensory-friendly theater show in NYC (nymetroparents.com/shows). 36

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Manhattan (colorfactory.co).

14. Just because summer’s over, it doesn’t mean you have

to stop family vacations! Plan a day trip for a long weekend at nymetroparents.com/day-trips.


15. Rainy day? Make a Low-Mess Pom Pom Hand Puppet with the kids (nymetroparents.com/pompom-craft).

16. Take in the scenery from horseback (nymetroparents.com/horseback).

17. Meet some of your kids’ favorite authors on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival (ccbfestival.org).

31. Find vintage treasures at the Brooklyn Flea (brooklynflea.com). 32. Aw, shucks: Oyster Bay’s annual Oyster Festival is Oct. 19-20. 33. Go ice-skating (nymetroparents.com/ice-skating). Nope, it’s not too soon; some rinks open in mid- to late October.

34. See the colorful sights at one of the many Diwali festivals around the city in late October (nymetroparents.com/Diwali).

18. Visit an apple orchard or farm for a day of pretty picking

35. Get lost in (and find your way out of) a corn maze

19. Spend the day exploring Times Square—it’s not just for

36. Spend a weekend in scenic Mystic, CT. 37. For some truly spooky sights, don’t miss the 46th Annual

(nymetroparents.com/apples).

tourists (nymetroparents.com/times-square)!

20. Lace up your hiking boots and hit an area hiking trail (nymetroparents.com/hike).

(nymetroparents.com/corn-mazes)

Village Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village, Manhattan (halloween-nyc.com).

21. Have (way) old-school fun at the New York

38. Check out Six Flags Great Adventure’s Fright Fest Sept.

22. Shop for costumes for the fam at one of these fun

39. Get yourself over to Governor’s Island before it closes Oct. 31. 40. Head to the Bronx Zoo’s Treetop Adventure for nighttime

Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo through Oct. 6 (nymetroparents.com/ren-faire).

Halloween costume store (nymetroparents.com/halloween-stores).

23. Visit Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Pocantico Hills any weekend through November to meet the pigs and bees, taste farm-to-table foods, and more (stonebarnscenter.org).

24. Come out to watch Manhattan’s Columbus Day parade on Monday, Oct. 14, with more than 100 bands and floats.

25. Take some time to reflect at NYC’s 9/11 Memorial & Museum (911memorial.org).

13-Nov. 3 (sixflags.com).

zip lining (bronxzootreetop.com).

41. Cheer on runners at the New York City Marathon on Nov. 3. 42. Observe Native American Heritage Month with feasts,

arrowhead making, and more (nymetroparents.com/native-american).

43. Planning a bar/bat mitzvah, Sweet 16, or other bash?

Browse the Celebrate Party Showcase in Melville in Suffolk County on Sunday, Nov. 3 or in Tarrytown in Westchester County on Sunday, Nov. 24 (celebrateshowcase.com).

26. Ramble through Wave Hill on Saturday, Oct. 19

44. Enjoy the harvest bounty at a farmer’s market

27. Go big and pick your own pumpkins (nymetroparents.com/pumpkins).

45. Ooh and aah at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! 46. Volunteer with your family at a local worthy cause

28. Then decorate your pumpkins with our no-carve ideas

47. Toast the return of cooler weather by trying some of the best

before taking in Vulture Culture: A Live Bird Presentation (wavehill.org).

(nymetroparents.com/no-carve).

29. Head out and enjoy some family-friendly Halloween

activities (nymetroparents.com/halloween-fun). We’re talking haunted houses, corn mazes, and more!

30. Check out the Spooky Pumpkin Garden at the New

York Botanical Garden Sept. 21-Oct. 31, with more than 100 scarecrows set among nearly 1,000 rare and unusual pumpkins and gourds (nybg.org).

(nymetroparents.com/farmers-markets).

(nymetroparents.com/volunteer).

hot chocolates and teas in the area (nymetroparents.com/hot-chocolate).

48. Sit ringside at the Big Apple Circus, returning to Lincoln Center Oct. 12-Feb. 2 (bigapplecircus.com)!

49. Bake a birthday cake with your children—even if it’s no one’s birthday.

50. Get a jump on holiday decorating by cutting your own

Christmas tree—if you celebrate (nymetroparents.com/xmastrees)! BrooklynParent 37


raising kids baby

Baby’s Wish List ›› Don’t be overwhelmed by all the doodads and cute outfits—here’s how to streamline the process of creating a baby registry By Madeleine Burry

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abies may arrive in their birthday suits, but these tiny humans need a whole lot of gear, products, and clothing on hand from day one. The task of creating a baby registry for all that stuff can be overwhelming. “And it doesn’t help that the market is oversaturated and ever-changing,” says Molly Pross, a baby gear expert and founder of Bump Bestie, a baby-planning service. Parents should register for 85-120 items, according to Pross. But which items are must-haves, and which can you safely skip? We asked experts—along with parents, the ultimate pros—to identify their picks for registries, along with advice for crafting a just-right list for your growing family.

Do you need a registry?

If you’re planning to have a baby shower—or anticipate that friends and family will gift your little one with presents—it’s a good idea to have a registry or wish list in place. That way, you can avoid receiving multiple sets of bassinet sheets when you don’t have a bassinet (or getting sheets that don’t fit your particular bassinet). You don’t want to worry about complicated exchanges and returns after baby’s arrival. Creating a registry also helps you get clear on what you’ll want and need to have on hand.

Where should you register?

Thanks to the Internet, registering is easier than ever. You can choose from any number of brick-and-mortar stores or online establishments, such as Target or Amazon. You can also create a registry that pulls in options from several retailers with sites such as babylist.com and myregistry.com. In general: Be mindful of the store’s return policy (just in case you change your mind), as well as

perks the store may offer to parents who register with them. In addition to registering online, Pross recommends registering at a local boutique. That way, people can touch and feel items, and you’re supporting a local business.

How do you make your wish list?

Try thinking in categories, Pross suggests. “Organizing into buckets gives you a much better picture and helps you prioritize. For example, nursery furniture can have a ten- to fourteen-week lead time [for delivery], so it’s best to get the big items ordered first,” she says. And while it may be tempting to add tons of items to your list— every single adorable outfit and every might-be-helpful product— Pross suggests a better strategy is to keep your list focused. “If you have everything on there, guests may end up buying things that you don’t need immediately,” Pross notes. It can be helpful to create a private section of your wish list—that only you and your partner can see—to save items you’re considering and to track the items you’ve purchased yourself, Pross suggests. Safety is an important consideration as you add items to your registry, says Joe Shamie, president of Delta Children. “Parents should check that the products they are interested in are Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association-certified,” he advises. Products with that certification meet the standards of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, as well as ASTM International, which develops standards used around the world. And don’t shy away from practical essentials, says Liz Jeneault, vice president of marketing for Faveable, and a Philadelphia-based mom of a toddler. Diapers, she says, are especially critical (since you’ll go through so many) as well as baby laundry detergent.

Madeleine Burry is a freelance writer and editor who has held staff positions at Parents.com, Scholastic, and About.com. Burry lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and their cat. You can follow her on Twitter @lovelanewest.

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The list of specific purchases varies from one parent to another. If you are planning to take advantage of a lot of hand-me-downs, for instance, your needs may be slimmer. A mom who plans to breast-feed will have different needs than a parent who’s opting to bottle- feed. That said, these are the most important items to consider. Nursery and Sleep A safe place for your baby to sleep is the No. 1 registry must-have, says Joe Shamie, president of Delta Children. “Portable cribs and play yards are the next best place for a baby to sleep if a crib isn’t available, making them great for short vacations or trips to Grandma’s,” he says. q Crib, along with a mattress and sheets q Changing table—or a changing table topper that you can fit on top of a dresser q Baby monitor q Rocker or gliding chair

q B  aby bottles, a breast pump, and bottle cleaning supplies, including a drying rack: Check whether your health insurance plan covers the cost of a breast pump before adding it to your registry. q Formula q N  ursing bras and supportive pillows: Liz Jeneault, vice president of marketing for Faveable and a Philadelphiabased mom of a toddler, recommends the My Brest Friend pillow. “It definitely helped me when I was super tired and struggling to stay awake! I feel it also helped my baby latch on better,” she says.

q S  torage: closets, drawers, and other organizational systems. “Baby clothes are small, so it’s easier to have drawer separators or boxes to keep things organized,” says Molly Pross, a baby gear expert and founder of Bump Bestie.

Bath Time What will you need for bathing your infant?

q B  aby swing and bouncy chair: These will allow you to put baby down in a comfortable—and safe—space, says Eva Klein, certified infant and child sleep consultant, mom of three, and owner and founder of My Sleeping Baby. “Otherwise, [parents] could find themselves holding the baby all day, which is exhausting!” she adds.

q Bath toys

q S  waddle blankets: Klein notes that infants sleep best when they’re properly swaddled.

q A baby-sized towel and washcloths

q A soft cover for the bathtub faucet q An infant tub q S  hampoo, soap, and lotion: Look for products specifically made for baby.

q W  hite noise machine: Opt for one that won’t automatically shut off, Klein advises.

Transportation Even city parents who only rarely drive should get a car seat, says Sarah Haverstick, safety advocate at Evenflo. “You never know when you may need to utilize a taxi or ride-share vehicle,” she notes.

q S  oothing and play items: Think: pacifiers and blankets, Pross says. And, you’ll want to have some toys and books for baby’s first six months, too.

q C  ar seat: “Infant car seats are often compatible with strollers—which can make walking around town or getting in and out of ride-share vehicles even easier,” Haverstick says.

Clothing and Diapering What will baby wear? You may be surprised by how many times in a day you’ll change baby’s outfits—and diapers.

q Stroller

q A  n outfit for coming home from the hospital—remember, you’ll be buckling your baby into a car seat, so choose something slim fitting with legs.

Safe to Skip q O  utfits: Yes, you do need clothes for baby, but it might be a good idea to keep the number included on your registry low. “They grow out of them quickly, and I had so many left over,” Jeneault says.

q C  lothing—including footed pajamas, bodysuits, side-snap tops, socks, and booties q Burp cloths q Sleep sacks q H  ats, sweaters, swimsuits, snowsuits: These, of course, will vary depending on the season q Diapers, diaper cream, and wipes Feeding Your needs here will vary depending on if you’ll be breast-feeding or bottle-feeding.

q Wearable baby carrier

q C  ar seat covers and accessories: These can present a health risk, Haverstick says, who recommends avoiding extra inserts, cushions, or fluffy harness covers. “You should only use items that are approved by your car seat manufacturer,” she says. Using ones that are not approved may compromise the performance of the car seat in a crash, she adds. q P  illows and soft crib items: These are also best avoided for safety reasons, Shamie says, who advises parents to skip baby pillows, crib bumpers, plush toys, and other decorative items destined to live in the crib. “To keep your child safe, we recommend keeping a completely bare crib,” he says. BrooklynParent 39


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oving is considered one of the most stressful life events, and anyone who has done it knows why. The packing, organizing, re-organizing, and (literal) heavy lifting are always harder than anyone anticipated. Then there are the emotional detachments and re-attachments. “A move is a huge transition even if you’re going down the street,” says Nicole Black, who runs Coffee and Carpool, a parenting advice site. She should know—she has moved her three school-aged kids to three different states in three years because of her husband’s career. “While a move away from friends, family, and the only home a child has known can be traumatic and overwhelming, when you take the time to focus on helping your kids through this process, it becomes a smoother, more positive experience for everyone.” It’s never easy, but experts have found 10 time-tested ways to cope with a big move and ease the journey to a new home.

Focus on the Future

“Moving means two things: You want to be open with your kids about what they’re leaving behind, but you also want to get them focused on new adventures to come,” says Liz Tenety, co-founder of Motherly, a site for millennial moms, and a mom of three who has moved 10 times as a parent due to graduate schools, changing careers, and a growing family. “My husband and I know that our moves were hard on our kids, but by focusing on new people and experiences, they were able to stay resilient.”

Savor the Memories

“One way for your kids to adjust to this big move is to create a picture book about the house you are currently living in, especially if it is the home your kids were brought home to as infants,” Stitt says. “Have them go around and photograph or video a tour of the house, the neighborhood, and even their school. If they are moving more than an hour or two away, having pictures of their old life will give them something to share with their new life, and a younger child might even be able to bring the book to school for show-and-tell.”

Make Decluttering Fun

“When it came time to move, I created a ‘toy store’ so my kids could be part of decluttering their toys and books,” says Ali Wenzke, author of The Art of Happy Moving: How to Declutter, Pack, and Start Over While Maintaining Your Sanity and Finding Happiness. “We bring every single toy into one space and we display it like a toy store. Then the kids can ‘buy’ all of the toys they want to keep, and we donate whatever remains. Since we create toy store sections such as dolls, cars, puzzles, and board games, everything is already organized in sub-categories. Decluttering by sub-category makes the items easy to pack and unpack when you get to your new place.”

Don’t Forget to Supervise

“Especially if your kids are very little, you want to make the timing of a move very specific,” says Elisabeth Stitt, a parenting coach at Joyful Parenting Coaching. “This means you should put dates on the family calendar (even if they might change). Refer often to how much more time you have. For toddlers and preschoolers, make it as concrete as possible by tying the date to their regular routine, as in, ‘two more library visits before we go to the new library.’”

“It’s easy to get overwhelmed the days before and during a move,” says Sarah Drennan, a realtor at Terrie O’Connor Realtors in Allendale, NJ. “All the more reason to keep an eye on your kids to avoid what happened to me. I left my toddlers in a room with crayons and packing paper while I was cleaning, only to return to the room to find their art covering every wall. They drew on every wall the night before we were to close and hand our home over to the new buyers. Thank goodness for Mr. Clean Magic Eraser!”

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“Your goal is to make sure your kids are involved in the process from beginning to end,” says Lisa Jacobs, a professional organizer in New York City. “Have a conversation with them about how exciting it is to move into a new home with a brand-new room, while assuring them that all of their favorite toys will go wherever they go.” 40

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“Kids can easily get freaked out by the frantic scene that occurs when the movers arrive,” says T.J. Peterson, digital media coordinator at Oz Moving & Storage. “When parents hire a sitter, the kids will stay calm during the chaotic moving day scene, and your movers will be able to handle tasks unfettered.”


Focus on a Cool, New Bedroom

“If your child is especially stressed about an upcoming move, recast it and focus on how cool his or her new room will be,” suggests Kristen Wilkenson, founder of Mom Managing Chaos, a site that focuses on helping families stay organized. The mom of three children has moved 11 times in the last 15 years to facilitate job changes. “Is there a paint color he or she has in mind for the room, and how does he or she want it to be decorated? Make it fun by looking through décor magazines and Pinterest to get ideas. Start making the idea of the new place an exciting one.”

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Scout the Neighborhood for Other Kids

“Having moved my own children several times, I found that it was very important for my kids to meet other kids their age,” Drennan says. “Ask friends of friends if they know of any families with kids the same age or check out local mom groups. I noticed that once my kids had a friend or two nearby, they were better able to settle in.” Lambeth Hochwald is a New York City-based journalist covering trends, relationships, and life in NYC.

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f the last time you walked into your teen’s bedroom you walked right out, shocked by the sheer disarray, you’re not alone. Whether due to hormones or disinterest in cleaning, your teen’s bedroom can easily become tornados of dirt and mess. But is it her fault? “Teenagers’ brains are full,” says Jennifer Snyder, a certified professional organizer and owner of Neat as a Pin Organizing and Cleaning, who works with teens and their parents on ways to keep their rooms tidy. “They have school, driving, tests, sports, work, and other activities. Keeping their rooms clean is usually at the bottom of their priority list.” Another factor is parents are often the ones who design the layouts of their kid’s rooms—often without the child’s input—which is usually not consistent with how the teen wants to live. So, without letting your teen too far off the hook, how can you help him maintain some order?

Set Her Up for Success

Leslie Josel, an academic/life coach for teens and a parenting coach in Westchester, says parents have a responsibility to help their teens keep clean. “When parents ask me how to get their kids to organize their room and keep it that way, I lob a question right back at them,” she says. “I ask if their child’s bedroom is set up in a manner that makes it easy for them to create and maintain an organizing system. If they can’t answer that, I send them on a tour of the room.” Then she asks parents to answer the following questions to help them configure a neater space: • Can your teen open his closet door easily or is it partially blocked? • C  an she reach the rod and shelves? • A  re the dresser drawers hard to open? • I s his dresser crammed full? • Is there enough room for your teen to store all of her clothes? • Does he have enough hangers, hooks, storage bins, and boxes? • D  oes she have adequate shelf space for books, memorabilia, electronics, etc.? • I s there a bulletin board or cork squares on the wall? • I s there a trash can and hamper? Are they in good condition and easy to use? • I s there a nightstand for a phone charger, tissues, lamp, water bottle? • A  re there items that belong to other family members stored in your teen’s room? • D  oes your teen know where everything in her room goes?

Tackle the Mess

The first rule of thumb when organizing is everything needs a home. “It’s really that simple,” Josel says. “No matter what your organizing style, if you don’t know where something lives in your room, you’re more apt to let it sit wherever it lands. That partially explains the landmine that is their floor!” Josel

offers 10 steps to get the cleanup underway. Before organizing begins, purge. Is the room loaded with empty water bottles, food wrappers, cords to electronics he doesn’t own anymore? Grab a garbage bag and out everything goes. Start designating specific “homes” for all her belongings. And make sure these spaces are clearly labeled. When your teen is tired after a long day, visual reminders make cleaning up that much easier. If your teen needs to see his stuff, remove the closet door. If you hate looking at his crowded closet, hang curtains above the opening so he can close it off when friends come over. Replace her dresser with bins lined against a wall to store shirts, jeans, socks, and underwear. This gives her an easy and simple way to get and stay organized. Hang hooks if he can’t seem to grasp the concept of putting clothes on hangers. Put all essentials in your teen’s “prime real estate,” which means these items should be stored between his shoulders and knees for easy access. If you have to reach high or move several items out of the way in the closet to put something away, then the likelihood of your teen doing it is super slim. Leverage the walls. If there’s ample wall space in your teen’s room, hang a bulletin board, cork squares, or even a peg board. They all come in fun colors, are easy to hang, and provide space for notes, invites, and anything else that is hard to organize. Maximize space with a clear shoe bag. Hang one in her closet or behind the bedroom door and stash small items, like device chargers, jewelry, socks and underwear, belts, and toiletries, for an instant catch-all. Clear is king: If your teen can’t see it, it doesn’t exist. Don’t stop at clear shoe bags! Consider purchasing transparent bins to help your teen remember what he owns and strategize where it goes. Pair like with like. This means storing printer paper, ink, toner, and even batteries together. The fewer places your teen needs to look for things, the more likely she will be able to find what she’s looking for quickly and efficiently.

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Financial advisors outline what to consider when deciding whether to go back to work or become a stay-at-home parent. By Jacqueline Neber

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any new parents wonder if one of them can stay at home with the kids without straining their finances and current lifestyle. There are several factors at play in that decision, including salary, retirement outlook, and plans for education. It’s a stressful analysis, but financial advisors can offer families crucial feedback about the potential consequences of a parent leaving work, and if stay-at-home parenting makes sense for them. Sheraz Iftikhar, a managing partner at Arch Global Advisors in New York City, uses several different metrics to figure out how much time at home families can afford. If one parent stays home, he says, the family should ideally be able to afford the same lifestyle as before. Sometimes staying home with your child is more important than the potential revenue from going back to work, but before making that decision, you must consider all of the variables.

Planning for Retirement

If one parent leaves work, the couple should still be able to contribute the same amount to their retirement fund. Iftikhar says 5-10 percent of disposable income made by a couple between the ages of 30-40 should go into retirement savings; that number should increase by 5 percent for a couple between 40-50. “Now why is that important?” Iftikhar asks. “If you are in your thirties and you’re not able to put away five to ten percent, because now one spouse decides to stay at home, that becomes a difficult decision. Our advice then would be, yeah, you may be able to survive today, but what happens five years down the road and ten years down the road?”

College Tuition

Saving for college is another big issue to consider. Inflation in education is just north of 6 percent for private institution tuition— which means a private college’s current tuition will double in 1213 years. Parents must be aware that if one stops working, they might not be able to save comfortably for their kids’ college. However, parents can take some of the anxiety out of the college situation by talking about what kind of college they are targeting, Iftikhar says. Private tuition can be incredibly expensive and public schools can be much more affordable. In fact, the price disparity is so large, Iftikhar suggests parents make the discussion a priority. Brian Cohen, a principle investment advisor at Landmark Wealth Management in Melville, agrees it’s vital that parents are on the same page about education. Beyond public versus private schools,

both should agree on whether they want to pay for their children’s entire education or make the kids contribute. “What I wanted [my kids] to do is at least have skin in the game. I said, ‘I’ll pay for a SUNY—anything above a SUNY cost is on you if you really want that,’” Cohen says. On the other hand, if parents want to pay the entire tuition cost at whatever their child’s dream school may be, they may not be able to afford to have one parent stay at home. “There are tradeoffs on both sides,” Cohen says.

Re-Entering the Workforce

Chris Congema, a certified financial planner at Landmark, raises another potential consequence of one parent leaving the workforce—it’s difficult to get back into it. “If someone’s going to be leaving the workplace for ten years or five years as they’re raising their children…as technology and time pass them by, do they lose some of the skills that made them employable?” Congema asks. “Do they have to change careers? Will their education still make sense now? Getting back into the workforce can be a challenge after you’ve been out for so long.”

Making Difficult Decisions

Despite these challenges, Cohen and Congema have noticed a shift in how parents are able to continue working and be with the kids by keeping flexible schedules or working from home. They have also seen an increase in stay-at-home dads with moms remaining in the workforce. And they’ve noticed that as couples marry and have kids later in life, they are more aware of the preciousness of watching their kids grow up—and of being around for early milestones. When making the difficult stay-at-home decision, having a financial planner can be vital. At Landmark, Cohen and Congema help couples figure out how much disposable income they have each month, whether they can go without one person’s income, and whether there is any “fat” in their spending that can be cut to mitigate losing one person’s salary. But even when all the numbers are in, some parents will still decide to buck the financial repercussions in order to spend more time with the kids. This is a decision that ultimately only parents can make. As Congema says, “[Spending time with the kids] during this important time when they’re forming a personality and who they will be in the future…that’s something that can’t be overlooked or understated.” BrooklynParent 43


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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. Tina Rakitt is a board-certified pediatric gastroenterologist at the Maimonides Children’s Hospital. She completed subspecialty training at the prestigious Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and has more than 10 years of experience in treating a variety of conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), celiac disease, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Dr. Rakitt’s warm and engaging manner focuses not only on treating the disease itself, but also on combating any fears and concerns children and their parents may have.

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Dr. Gil Zoizner-Agar is a pediatric otolaryngologist/ENT specialist. Dr. ZoiznerAgar completed fellowship training in pediatric otolaryngology at NYU Langone Medical Center, and formerly served as an otolaryngology/head and neck surgeon at Kaplan Medical Center in Israel. He treats ear infections (otitis), sore throat, tonsillitis, allergic rhinitis, and sinusitis, hearing disorders, sleep apnea, airway problems, and swelling of the head and neck. Dr. Zoizner-Agar performs a variety of procedures such as adenoidectomy, tonsillectomy, myringotomy with ventilating tubes, laryngoscopy, and foreign body and neck masses removal.

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.

Dr. Prema Ramaswamy is the director of Pediatric Cardiology at the Maimonides Children’s Hospital. Dr. Ramaswamy is a board-certified pediatric cardiologist. She provides comprehensive evaluation, medical management, and treatment for children, from fetus through adolescents, with congenital heart disease, arrhythmia, and other heart-related problems. She leads a team of highly-trained pediatric cardiologists dedicated to delivering child-friendly care, in an environment created just for young patients. Her team utilizes the most advanced technology available today to treat cardiac conditions. The Maimonides Children’s Hospital is accredited in Pediatric Transthoracic and Fetal Echocardiography.


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The (Not-So) Sweet Season ›› One mom’s account of surviving the planning of the epic birthday blowout By Suzanne Bergen

M

y daughter, Kasey, just had her Sweet 16. That thing sucked up more time and energy than my wedding did. The extravaganza, from what I can tell, is a phenomenon unique to our area and coastal California. Relatives and friends in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Ohio, and, for that matter, Canada, were all like, “What are you talking about…?” Kasey has been invited to six Sweets (as the girls call them) in as many months, with plenty more in the pipeline. Not a one is what we might remember from our high school days, i.e., a backyard barbecue in summer or a sleepover. Among them was a Vegas Night blowout of 150 guests at country club. Another invitation, to an Under the Sea gala, came wrapped in an aquamarine tulle ribbon adorned with a real sand dollar that had been sealed to keep it from breaking in the mail. Yes, this is all nuts for a seemingly random birthday. But as a mom, you want your kid to have and do what her friends have and do. It’s a hard emotion to resist, even if your brain knows the money could be better spent. Here’s how Kasey’s fete compared to my 1994 wedding: Wedding: The caterer asked what color flowers I wanted on the tables, since they came with the standard wedding package. “Red, I guess, since the bridesmaids are wearing red.” The End. Sweet 16: To come up with the perfect centerpieces for Kasey’s Fashion theme, we evaluated 8,997 Pinterest images. We settled on square glass jars with Chanel labels and a drop of pink food coloring in the water (One drop! Not too dark!) so they look like perfume bottles, but with light pink, white, and blush wildfloweresque flowers in them. No roses. (Even the florist didn’t know the difference between blush and light pink.) I had to go to a craft store to buy the exact right glass jars…well, two craft stores, because the first one didn’t have enough. Then we downloaded and printed out Chanel perfume labels, changing No. 5 to No. 16 (get it?), bought food coloring, and picked up strands of fake pearls to drape over the flowers, because wasn’t Coco Chanel famous for her pearls? After presenting all of this to the florist, he informed me I had to Mod Podge the labels in case water splattered on them. Wedding: I ordered the second dress I tried on. It came in. It fit fine…I didn’t really love the sleeves, but I didn’t want to complain because the lady was nice. The End. Sweet 16: I took Kasey to nine stores over the course of six Saturdays before she found The Dress. These outings were always accompanied by Kasey’s BFF, Molly, who would buzz around fishing out about a dozen dresses she thought Kasey would like.

Kasey wound up trying on eight to 10 of Molly’s dozen at each of the stores, so you do the math. At the end of each exhausting expedition, the three of us were hungry, and given Molly’s undying patience, I felt the least I could do was treat her to the diner. I spent I don’t know how much on diner meals capping off fruitless dress searches, listening to the girls discuss high-level matters (should the boyfriends of Kasey’s friends get their own invitations?). We finally secured The Dress at a shop 50 minutes away, and Kasey needed not one, not two, but three fittings at this far-flung locale. Wedding: The best man gave a short, nice speech. The End. Sweet 16: The candle ceremony, during which the birthday girl recites a short poem in honor of each important person in her life, has more moving parts than 16 candles (Sorry; 17. I kept forgetting the one for good luck). Kasey decided on floating candles, so there were canisters of varying heights. Don’t even ask about the water. A specially decorated candle lighter was needed, as was her name spelled out in big sparkling letters in front of the candles. Then there was the matter of drafting 17 poems that not only, obviously, rhymed, but suitably encapsulated Kasey’s history with and feelings for that person, yet wouldn’t take longer than 45 seconds to recite. One candle had two people attached to it (her Girl Scout co-leaders), so that poem alone took an entire evening to craft. Then the DJ reminded us that Kasey needed to pick a song snippet for him to play as each person was called up. Seventeen song snippets that suitably encapsulated Kasey’s history with and feelings for that person (or Girl Scout co-leaders). I asked one sympathetic veteran mom, “Please tell me it will be worth it?!” She said it would be when I saw how happy Kasey was. She was right. My Kasey was beaming all night long. The restrained, quiet, hard-to-read teen was gone, replaced by a silly, laughing girl, clapping, spinning, and jumping up and down—and not just on the dance floor. The last candle lit that night was for me. Kasey said she saved the best for last and thanked me far more eloquently than I had ever heard her speak. The feeling I couldn’t shake in the weeks running up to the big day, that I had done all this, and she wouldn’t appreciate it, was unfounded. My song snippet was from “Wind Beneath My Wings:” It might have appeared to go unnoticed; But I’ve got it all here in my heart; I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it; I would be nothing without you. Now I’m among the veterans. Molly’s Sweet is up next. Kasey’s been running around with her dress shopping (payback is…well, you know). Her mom asked if she could use our floating candle canisters. When I dropped them off, she said, “This is a lot!” I said, “Yep…Let me know how I can help. But it will all be worth it.”

Suzanne Bergen is Long Island writer who marked her son’s 16th birthday with bagels and new sneakers.

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