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180 East 79 St. Suite # 1C New York, NY 10021

114-20 Queens Blvd, Suite CS2 Forest Hills, NY 11375

Committed to providing Neuropsychological and educational assessments to the children of NYC for more than a decade. Our director, Dr. Sanam Hafeez, is a highly sought-after expert in child development and learning and is faculty at Columbia University. She's a regular medical guest and expert on NBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN news shows, the Dr. Oz show, and contributes regularly to Web MD, Yahoo! Health and Parenting, Glamour, MSN, Women's Health Magazine, and more. Our clinical team, led by Dr. Sanam Hafeez, is made complete with experienced experts such as Dr. Abigail Connolly, Dr. Miriam Most, and Dr. Michelle Santiago. Together they approach each case in a unique and tailored manner to deliver on-point assessments, clinical impressions, and recommendations, that help your child and family be happier, healthier and more successful.

Who We Help: • Learning disabilities • Autism Spectrum Disorders • Developmental Disorders and Delays • Depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, mood disorders, etc

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contents table of

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all-in-one annual resource guide 24 Special Needs Directory

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24 Food & Health Directory 35 Family Activities Directory 35 Services Directory 35 Sports Directory

Seasonal Fun Guide

The top 20 things to do each season in your area

Family Activities Calendar

Find something to do every day this month!

37 Bithday Party Directory 39 Camp Directory

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43 Education Directory 45 Classes Directory

Fear Factor

Learn why this mother lets her son watch scary movies.

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things to do

checklists

6 Editor’s Note 8 New Places, New Programs 10 5 Questions to Ask a Potential Nanny for Your Infant 31 Meet the Health Care Professional 47 Professional Services 49 Advertisers’ Index 50 Fear Factor

14 Top 20 Things to do in the Summer

12 Your Hospital Go-Bag

16 Top 20 Things to do in the Fall

22 What to Ask When Choosing a Pediatrician

18 Top 20 Things to do in the Winter

25 What to Do After Diagnosis

20 Top 20 Things to do in the Spring

36 Tips to Host a Birthday Party

27 Family Activities Calendar

38 Camp Packing Lists 41 Make the Most of a Parent-Teacher Conference 42 The Essential College Visit and Interview Checklist 44 5 Time Management Tips for Kids 46 How to Treat Common Stains 48 8 Things to Do When You Move

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Your Year-Round, Go-To Resource

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ediatricians, schools, summer camps, tutors and test prep, orthodontists and dentists, and after-school classes and academic enrichment programs and sports and, and, and… It seems as though the list of resources we need to ensure our children are happy, healthy, and on the path to success goes on and on. Let’s not forget how much time you spend finding the perfect class, doctor, camp, or school for your child. We get it. Making choices for your children can be daunting: Is this the best class for my son? Will my daughter thrive at this camp? Will this school offer the right support for him? Does this doctor listen to my concerns? The solution to help you make the best decisions for your family is at your fingertips— literally! The Queens Parent Annual Resource Guide is full of the schools, camps, afterschool classes, health care providers, special needs services, and everything in between that you’re looking for year-round. What’s more, you’ll also find checklists and listicles full of tips to make life easier. Learn what to put in your go-bag if you’re having a baby soon (p. 12), what to send your child to camp with (p. 38), and what to do after your child’s diagnosed with special needs (p. 25). Other helpful advice includes time management tips for kids (p. 44), questions to ask during a parent-teacher conference (p. 41), what to ask on a college tour (p.42), and easy ways to remove common stains from clothing (p. 46). Let’s not forget about the most important decisions, though: how to spend time together as a family. Enter the Seasonal Fun Guide (p. 14), full of the top 20 things to do in Queens each season. Here’s to a relaxing summer full of fun camp days for your kids and spending time together as a family!

Katelin Walling Editorial Director Helping Parents Make Better Decisions

Keep in Touch: @nymetroparents nymetroparents.com editor@nymetroparents.com

JULY 2019 • Vol.24 • No.11

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Tutoring Services in Flushing Now Offer SSAT and ISEE Small Group Prep Who: Kent Prep What’s New: SSAT and ISEE prep in small group sessions, which began in May. Each group has no more than five students and is organized by exam type, age, and level of proficiency. Instructors are certified test specialists with at least 5 years of experience with competitive exams. Kent Prep offers consultations for college- and high school-bound students and their families, entrance exam tutoring sessions, full-length mock tests, and a four-week SAT, ACT, and SSAT summer residential program at Manhattanville College. Students can also take advantage of Kent Prep’s robust alumni network which spans across some of the country’s top schools and universities. Want More Info: 194-11A Northern Blvd., Flushing; 315 Fifth Ave., Suite 808, Manhattan; 718-423-5757; kentprep.com

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

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Who: Countryside Montessori What’s New: A renovated playground, which was finished in the spring. The playground was updated to be safer, more functional, and to help kids have more fun, according to Mary Ann Pastorelli, director and head of school at Countryside. The school replaced the playground’s previous wood chip ground cover with green, rubber mulch, which provides extra cushioning. Playground equipment was rearranged and centralized, so kids don’t have to go far to play on every piece of equipment. Countryside’s new playground will play a role in the school’s eight-week summer camp, which will feature a different theme each week. Want More Info: 354 Lakeville Road, Great Neck; 516-466-8422; info@cmsgn.com

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Montessori School on Long Island Renovates Playground

The new playground at Countrysid e Montessori aims to better utilize the space and to make it safer.


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5 Questions to Ask a Potential Nanny for Your Infant ›› Courtesy Mommybites.com

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

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

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

For Mom

m Your baby’s going-home outfit: a onesie,

m Paperwork and IDs: Don’t forget your health

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

hat, booties or socks, and mittens

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

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

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

m Change of clothes and toiletries m Snacks, and maybe even a cooler filled

m Sleepwear comforts: nightgown and robe,

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

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

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

with drinks and sandwiches so you can avoid the cafeteria

m Watch with a second hand to time contractions

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

m Chargers for phones, tablets, laptops, and speakers

m Mouth refreshers: mints or breath strips (for

nausea) lollipops or hard candies (for dry mouth)

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m Massage oils to help alleviate back labor m Take-out menus for nearby restaurants

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

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m Gift for a sibling, which will help little ones feel appreciated when they visit

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EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

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Apply now for Fall 2019, Spots are filling up quickly! Check in throughout the day! With Life Cubby®, parents can log in and see photos and videos of their kids as well as view notes and teacher comments.

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SEASONAL FUN!

Top 20 Things to Do in the

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1. Shock & Awesome

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

2. Row, Row, Row Your Boat

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

3. Summer Jams

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

4. Ripe for the Pickin’

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

5. To Be or Not to Be?

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

6. Art Walk

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

7. And All That Jazz

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

8. Out to the Ballgame with Dad

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

9. Round and Round

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

10. Summer Fest

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

11. Movies in the Moonlight

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

12. What a Catch

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

13. Hot Diggity Dog

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

14. Happy Birthday, America!

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

15. Beach Bums

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

16. American Melting Pot

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

17. FORE!

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

18. What’s up, Dock?

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

19. Dragons by the Boatload

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

20. Queens Serving Love

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

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SEASONAL FUN!

Top 20 Things to Do in the

Fall

1. How ‘Bout Them Apples

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

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

3. Fall Music Fun

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

4. Good Old-Fashioned Family Fun Bryan Haeffele

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

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5. Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

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

6. If You Can Dream It You Can Make It

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

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

10. Pet Party

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

11. The Spice of Life

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

12. Wild for Halloween

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

18. Viva Mexico!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. All Aboard!

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

3. Visions of Sugar Plums

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

4. There’s Nothin’ Like the Real Thing

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

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5. Jingle Bell Rock(ettes)

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

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

9. Giving Back

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

10. You Can’t Catch Me…

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

11. Christmas Past

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

12. It’s All Downhill from Here

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

13. Happy New Year!

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

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

17. Over the Moon

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

18. Keep the Winter Blues Away

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

19. Winter Village

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

20. Stick Together

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

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

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

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

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

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2. A Piece of Pi(e)

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

3. And…Action!

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

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

5. Erin Go Bragh!

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

6. Flower Power

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

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

16. Choo Choo!

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

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

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9. Bonnets, Pomp & Circumstance

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

10. Konichiwa, Spring!

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

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

18. Moms Rock

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

11. A Wild Run

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

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

13. Kentucky Derby, Here We Come!

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

14. Greener City, Greener World

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

20. High Flyin’ Fun

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

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

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

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


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EDITOR’S HOT TICKETS Our calendar is full of great ideas. First, here are the eight 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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4th of July Night Market 2019 FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 3pm-12:30am WHERE: LIC Flea & Food, Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, Long Island City

AGES: All WHAT: Grab a bite and view the most spectacular fireworks show! WHY WE LOVE IT: RSVP for a chance to win Flea Bucks to spend. WANT TO GO? 718-224-5863 x206. licflea.com.

Chatpati Mela Festival 2019 FREE

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WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 1-5pm WHERE: Chhaya Community Development Corporation, 37-43 77th St., 2nd Floor, Jackson Heights AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy a showcase of South Asian and Indo-Caribbean heritage, food, and activism! WHY WE LOVE IT: The festival includes a pani-puri eating contest, raffle prizes, and children’s activities. WANT TO GO? 718-478-3848. chhayacdc.org.

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Queens Boardwalk Children’s Carnival FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 10am-6pm WHERE: Rockaway Beach Boardwalk, Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard, Rockaway Beach AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy a bounce house, music, and entertainment for both neurotypical children and those with special needs. WHY WE LOVE IT: There will be prizes for the best costume! WANT TO GO? 718-318-4000. nycgovparks.gov.

Apollo, a Party!

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WHEN: Saturday, July 20, 7-10pm WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th St., Corona AGES: All WHAT: Visitors can enjoy space-themed music, drinks, and treats; stargazing, hands-on activities; and projects focused on space exploration. WHY WE LOVE IT: Families can also enjoy a special screening of Apollo 11: First Steps Edition. WANT TO GO? $16; $13 children, students, and senior citizens. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

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Youth Music Festival

WHEN: Sunday, July 21, 12-5pm WHERE: Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Corona AGES: All WHAT: The festival features a bounce park, slime challenges, a batting cage, a summer concert, and art installations! WHY WE LOVE IT: Jaleel White (Steve Urkel from Family Matters) will host! WANT TO GO? $35 and up. 646-483-7602. qymfest.com.

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41st Annual Thunderbird American Indian Powwow

WHEN: July 26-28, Friday, 6pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park AGES: All WHAT: NYC’s largest powwow features intertribal Native American dance competitions, Hoop Dancers, and Sunset Lighting of the Bonfire. WHY WE LOVE IT: A large selection of Native American art, crafts, jewelry, and food will be available! WANT TO GO? Advance tickets: $10 day pass; $16 weekend pass; $5 day pass; $7 weekend pass for children younger than 13; $15 day of tickets; $8 children younger than 13. 718-347-3276. queensfarm.org.

‘Cardboard Explosion!’

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WHEN: Sunday, July 28, 12:15pm and 3:15pm WHERE: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Cardboard Explosion! tells four original stories using cardboard and imagination. WHY WE LOVE IT: The show involves tons of audience interaction! WANT TO GO? $14; $10 members; $8 children; $6 member children; free for teens. 718-463-7700. flushingtownhall.org.

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Arts, Culture & Fun: Queensboro Dance Festival FREE

WHEN: Through Oct. 6: see website for schedule WHERE: Various locations AGES: All WHAT: Head to a local park or library for performances and dance activities by Queens-based dance companies! WHY WE LOVE IT: Styles include Indian, Flamenco, hip-hop, Greek, contemporary, tap, Filipino, Ecuadorian, African, and more. WANT TO GO? queensborodancefestival.com.


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SUMMER FUN!

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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 seven no-cost events we’re excited about now. You’re welcome. Hands on History: Etch Your Own Scrimshaw Art! FREE WHEN: Saturday, July 6, 1-4pm WHERE: King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Try a popular etching art form among sailors. WANT TO GO? 718-206-0545. kingmanor.org.

Kayaking and Canoeing FREE

WHEN: Sunday, July 7, 1-4pm WHERE: Hallets Cove, 31-10 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City AGES: All WHAT: LIC Community Boathouse offers free kayaking and canoeing from Socrates’ beach. WANT TO GO? nycgovparks.org.

Learn to Ride FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 20, 11am-12pm and 12:45-2pm WHERE: Juniper Valley Park, 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard, Middle Village AGES: 5-17 WHAT: Show your kids how to ride a two-wheeler. WANT TO GO? nycgovparks.org.

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Saturday Sculpture Workshop: Whatever Floats Your Boat FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 20, 12-3pm WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 35-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City AGES: All WHAT: Create toy boats equipped with propellers and sails. WANT TO GO? 718-956-1819. socratessculpturepark.org.

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Queens Place Kids FREE

WHEN: July 9-30, Tuesdays, 2-3:30pm WHERE: Queens Place, 8801 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Kids can create and play with new themes each week. WANT TO GO? 718-393-9400.

NY Hall of Science Presents STEM Live FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 31, 6-6:45pm WHERE: Highland Park, Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street, Cypress Hill AGES: All WHAT: NYSCI instructors use experiments to demonstrate electricity, air pressure, and chemical reactions. WANT TO GO? 718-235-4100. nycgovparks.org.

Nail Polish Workshop FREE

WHEN: Through Dec. 27: Fridays, 5-5:30pm WHERE: Queens Library: Ridgewood, 20-12 Madison St., Ridgewood AGES: All WHAT: Design and polish your own nails or have them done for you. WANT TO GO? 718-821-4770. queenslibrary.org. ››

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Watercolor Class FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, July 16, 4-5pm WHERE: Queens Library: Windsor Park, 79-50 Bell Blvd., Bayside AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Complete a painting. WANT TO GO? 718-468-8300. queenslibrary.org.

Kid STEAM: Astronauts and Alien Slime FREE

CRAFTY KIDS Cartooning FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, July 2, 2-3:30pm WHERE: Hollis Library, 202-05 Hillside Ave., Hollis AGES: 5-17 WHAT: Have fun with cartooning classes. WANT TO GO? 718-465-7355. queenslibrary.org.

Summer Reading: Galaxy Bookmark Crafts for Kids FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 3, 2-3pm WHERE: Queens Library: Queensboro Hill, 60-05 Main St., Flushing AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Make galaxy bookmarks with the theme A Universe of Stories. WANT TO GO? 718-359-8332. queenslibrary.org.

Balloon Rockets FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 17, 4-5pm WHERE: Flushing Library, 41-17 Main St., Flushing AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Play with alien ooze, plus experience life as an astronaut with a game! WANT TO GO? 718-661-1200. queenslibrary.org.

Minhwa Hand Fan Making

WHEN: Sunday, July 21, 12-2pm WHERE: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Learn to make Korean folk paintings. WANT TO GO? $5; $3 members and children; free for teens. 718-4637700. flushingtownhall.org.

Blue Bus Project FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 24, 4:30-7:30pm WHERE: Highland Park, Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street, Cypress Hill AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy interactive and creative art workshops. WANT TO GO? 718-235-4100. nyc.gov/parks.

Saturday Sculpture Workshop: Afro-Latinx Caribbean Carnival Masks FREE

WHEN: Friday, July 5, 2:30-4:30pm WHERE: Queens Library: Rochdale Village, 169-09 137 Ave., Jamaica AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Explore the scientific method by sending balloons flying along a track made from string. WANT TO GO? 718-723-4440. queenslibrary.org.

WHEN: Saturday, July 27, 12-3pm WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 35-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City AGES: All WHAT: Design colorful carnival masks inspired by Afro-Latinx culture. WANT TO GO? 718-956-1819. socratessculpturepark.org.

Saturday Sculpture Workshop: Books as Architecture FREE

WHEN: Through Aug. 23: Fridays, 3-4pm WHERE: Queens Library: South Jamaica, 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., South Jamaica AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Create Maker Projects. WANT TO GO? 718-739-4088. queenslibrary.org.

WHEN: Saturday, July 6, 12-3pm WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 35-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City AGES: All WHAT: Through collaging with different materials, you’ll create new narratives between the city and the book. WANT TO GO? 718-956-1819. socratessculpturepark.org.

The Force Awakens: Build a Lightsaber FREE

STEAM Mobile Maker Cart FREE

Children and Tween Art Studio FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 11, 5-6pm WHERE: Queens Library: Kew Gardens Hills, 72-33 Vleigh Place, Flushing AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Create handmade lightsabers. WANT TO GO? 718-261-6654. queenslibrary.org.

WHEN: Through Aug. 24: Saturdays, 2-3pm WHERE: Queens Library: South Jamaica, 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., South Jamaica AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Enjoy a variety of art projects. WANT TO GO? 718-739-4088. queenslibrary.org.

Summer Sand Art Series FREE

Drop-in Make A Craft FREE

Saturday Sculpture Workshop: Weaving for Creation and Repair FREE

Art on the Farm FREE

WHEN: Through July 12: Fridays, 3-4pm WHERE: Queens Library: Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Make a different sand art creation each week. WANT TO GO? 718-990-0778. queenslibrary.org. WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 12-3pm WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 35-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City AGES: All WHAT: Use weaving to create or repair something. WANT TO GO? 718-956-1819. socratessculpturepark.org. 30

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WHEN: July 1-Aug. 26, Mondays, 12-5pm WHERE: Queens Library: Hillcrest, 187-05 Union Turnpike, Flushing AGES: All WHAT: Drop in to make a surprise craft! WANT TO GO? 718-454-2786. queenslibrary.org. WHEN: Through Oct. 20: Saturday-Sunday, 2-4pm WHERE: Randall’s Island Park, 20 Randall’s Island Park, Randall’s Island AGES: All WHAT: Join for art projects inspired by the farm. WANT TO GO? 212-830-7722. randallsisland.org.


SMARTY PANTS ‘Moon Day’: Build a Model of the Moon’s Orbit FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 1, 2:30-4:30pm WHERE: Queens Library: Rochdale Village, 169-09 137 Ave., Jamaica AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Create a model of planets’ orbits, then see Imani’s Moon. WANT TO GO? 718-723-4440. queenslibrary.org.

Kids Space Club: Astronaut Glove Box FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 1, 1-2pm WHERE: Queens Library: Forest Hills, 108-19 71 Ave., Forest Hills AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Pretend you are an astronaut as you complete challenges. WANT TO GO? 718-268-7934. queenslibrary.org.

Science in the Woods FREE

WHEN: Sundays, July 14 and 21, 1-2:30pm WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston AGES: 5-17 WHAT: Go on a walk, do something kind for the forest, and make a craft. WANT TO GO? 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

STEM Science FREE

WHEN: July 3-Aug. 14, Wednesdays, 3-3:45pm WHERE: Queens Library: McGoldrick, 155-06 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Join for cool science activities. WANT TO GO? 718-461-1616. queenslibrary.org.

Star Wars Coding Series for Kids FREE

WHEN: July 9-Aug. 20, select Wednesdays, 2-3pm WHERE: Queens Library: Queensboro Hill, 60-05 Main St., Flushing AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Design and code a Star Wars-themed video. WANT TO GO? 718-359-8332. queenslibrary.org.

Explore the Solar System FREE

WHEN: July 3-Aug. 28, Wednesdays, 2-3pm WHERE: Queens Library: Hillcrest, 187-05 Union Turnpike, Flushing AGES: All WHAT: Each week explore a different part of our solar system. WANT TO GO? 718-454-2786. queenslibrary.org. ››

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Wan Jan: Puppetry from Taiwan

WHEN: Sunday, July 14, 3:30pm WHERE: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Enjoy Cave of Fire and Cloud, a non-verbal classic episode with exciting martial arts scenes. WANT TO GO? $14; $10 members; $8 children; $6 member children; free for teens. 718-463-7700. flushingtownhall.org.

The Magic of Rogue FREE

WHEN: July 14-20, Saturday-Sunday, 2-3pm and 4-5pm WHERE: Fantasy Forest Amusement Park, 5351 111th St., Corona AGES: All WHAT: With audience interaction, this show is a mixture of music, flowers, fire, and animals. WANT TO GO? fantasyforestnyc.com.

Magical Matt FREE

WHEN: Sunday, July 21, 2-3pm and 4-5pm WHERE: Fantasy Forest Amusement Park, 5351 111th St., Corona AGES: All WHAT: As a wise-cracking magician, his act is full of surprises! WANT TO GO? fantasyforestnyc.com.

CityParks Foundation PuppetMobile: ‘Bessie’s Big Shot’ FREE

SHOW TIME! Cido the Clown FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 2-3pm, 4-5pm WHERE: Forest Park Carousel Amusement Village, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, Woodhaven AGES: All WHAT: This clown magic show is sure to be fun! WANT TO GO? forestparkcarousel.com.

Dr. Molar Magic FREE

WHEN: Sunday, July 7, 2-3pm and 4-5pm WHERE: Fantasy Forest Amusement Park, 5351 111th St., Corona AGES: All WHAT: Dr. Molar Magic knows how to keep all family members entertained! WANT TO GO? fantasyforestnyc.com.

CityParks Foundation PuppetMobile: ‘Bessie’s Big Shot’ FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, July 23, 11am-12pm WHERE: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 111th Street to Van Wyck Expressway, Corona AGES: All WHAT: Bessie is a cow who lives on the Upper West Side and dreams of working for the circus. WANT TO GO? 516-671-4041. nycgovparks.org.

‘Mamma Mia!’ Presented by Plaza Theatrical Productions FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 25, 7:30-9:30pm WHERE: George Seuffert Bandshell, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, Woodhaven AGES: 13 and older WHAT: This musical will have you dancing to ABBA’s greatest hits. WANT TO GO? 718-235-4100. nycgovparks.org.

Skats the Clown FREE

WHEN: July 27-28, Saturday-Sunday, 2-3pm and 4-5pm WHERE: Forest Park Carousel Amusement Village, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, Woodhaven AGES: All WHAT: Skats makes audiences of all ages laugh by combining magic and clownery. WANT TO GO? forestparkcarousel.com.

Plaza Theatrical Presents: ‘Cinderella’ FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 10, 6-7pm WHERE: Highland Park, Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street, Cypress Hill AGES: All WHAT: Bessie the cow attempts the impossible and searches for her talents. WANT TO GO? 718-235-4100. nycgovparks.org.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 30, 11am-12pm WHERE: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 111th Street to Van Wyck, Corona AGES: All WHAT: See a live adaptation of the treasured animated film. WANT TO GO? 516-671-4041. nycgovparks.org.

The Great Miguelino FREE

‘Guess What’: The Family-Friendly Stand Up Comedy Show

WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 2-3pm and 4-5pm WHERE: Forest Park Carousel Amusement Village, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, Woodhaven AGES: All WHAT: Volunteers from the audience will help with magic tricks. WANT TO GO? forestparkcarousel.com.

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WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 12:30pm WHERE: The Creek & The Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave., Long Island City AGES: All WHAT: The show is hosted by an 11-year-old and her dad. WANT TO GO? $10. 718-706-8783. creeklic.com.


HOLIDAY FUN Fourth of July Crafts FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, July 2, 2:30-3:30pm WHERE: Queens Library: Douglaston-Little Neck, 249-01 Northern Blvd., Little Neck AGES: All WHAT: Make easy crafts for celebrating the Fourth of July. WANT TO GO? 718-225-8414. queenslibrary.org.

Celebrate the 4th of July with Crafts! FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 3, 11am-2pm WHERE: Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Turnpike, Glen Oaks AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Create Fourth of July crafts to celebrate. WANT TO GO? 718-831-8636. queenslibrary.org.

Red, White, and Blue Pajama Party FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 3, 4-4:45pm WHERE: Kew Gardens Hills Library, 72-33 Vleigh Place, Flushing AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Join for bedtime stories, songs, crafts, and holiday surprises. WANT TO GO? 718-261-6654. queenslibrary.org.

Fourth of July Craft FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 3, 4-5pm WHERE: Queens Library: Woodhaven, 85-41 Forest Parkway, Woodhaven AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Get your craft on! WANT TO GO? 718-849-1010. queenslibrary.org.

Omar’s 4th of July Block Party! FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 2-6pm WHERE: Fantasy Forest Amusement Park, 5351 111th St., Corona AGES: All WHAT: Celebrate with a DJ, dance contests, fun games, and magic shows. WANT TO GO? 718-788-2676. fantasyforestnyc.com.

Fireworks Night

WHEN: Saturday, July 6, 7pm WHERE: Citi Field, 120-01 Roosevelt Ave., Corona AGES: All WHAT: See fireworks after the game. WANT TO GO? $25 and up. 718-507-8499. mlb.com/mets.

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FUN FAIRS & FESTIVALS Plover Day Festival FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 6, 12-3pm WHERE: Rockaway Beach Boardwalk, Beach 86th Street and Shorefront Parkway, Rockaway Beach AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy activities and crafts that raise awareness about shorebirds nesting. WANT TO GO? 718-318-4000. nycgovparks.org.

Stars & Stripes Racing Festival

WHEN: Saturday, July 6, see website for schedule WHERE: Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont AGES: All WHAT: Dress up as super heroes, princes, and princesses for rock climbing, a sports arcade, a castle bounce, and crafts station. WANT TO GO? $5; free for children 12 and younger. 844-697-2849. nyra.com/belmont/tickets/events.

Water Festival FREE

LITTLE FOODIES ‘Wildman’ Steve Brill Nature Walk

WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 11:45am-3:45pm WHERE: Forest Park, Union Turnpike and Park Lane, Woodhaven AGES: All WHAT: Learn to forage for food in a local park! WANT TO GO? $20; $10 children younger than 13. 914-835-2153. wildmanstevebrill.com.

Family Cooking Class with Allergic to Salad

WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 11am-1pm WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park AGES: All WHAT: Prepare simple recipes using seasonal produce. WANT TO GO? $25. 718-347-3276. queensfarm.org.

Jamaican Jerk Festival

WHEN: Sunday, July 21, 12-8pm WHERE: Roy Wilkins Park, 177th Street and Baisley Boulevard, Jamaica AGES: All WHAT: Check out New York’s biggest Caribbean food festival! WANT TO GO? $39; free for children younger than 11. universoulcircus.com.

Free Summer Meals & Music for Kids & Teens FREE

WHEN: Through Aug. 30: Monday-Friday, 1-2pm WHERE: Queens Library: Bellerose, 250-06 Hillside Ave., Bellerose AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Enjoy a free lunch and music. WANT TO GO? 718-831-8644. queenslibrary.org.

Lunch and Listen FREE

WHEN: July 1-Sept. 4, Monday-Friday, 1-2:45pm WHERE: Queens Library: South Jamaica, 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., South Jamaica AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Listen to a book or watch a movie while eating free lunch. WANT TO GO? 718-739-4088. queenslibrary.org. 34

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WHEN: Saturday, July 6, 11am-2pm WHERE: Beach 108th Street Roller Rink, Beach 109th Street & Shore Front Parkway, Rockaway Beach AGES: All WHAT: There will be waterslides, a bounce house, arts and crafts, music, face painting, games, playmobile, and refreshments. WANT TO GO? 718-318-4000. nycgovparks.org.

Jamaica Bay Festival on City of Water Day FREE

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

Ralph McDaniels’ Hip Hop in the Park FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 3-7pm WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 35-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City AGES: All WHAT: A community-oriented day of DJs and emceeing, dance performances, and art-making. WANT TO GO? 718-956-1819. socratessculpturepark.org.

Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Nueva York’s Guelaguetza Festival FREE WHEN: Sunday, July 28, 2-5pm WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 35-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City AGES: All WHAT: Immerse yourself in Mexican culture during this showcase of the dances, music, and traditions of Oaxaca! WANT TO GO? 718-956-1819. socratessculpturepark.org.

Lowery Plaza Pop-Up Market FREE

WHEN: Through July 28: select weekends, 12-6pm WHERE: Lowery Plaza, 40th Street and Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside AGES: All WHAT: IT market will feature local vendors with jewelry, art, clothing, and food! WANT TO GO? 718-606-1800. sunnysideshines.org.

Greek Festival FREE

WHEN: July 25-28, Wednesday-Saturday, 5-11pm WHERE: St. Irene Greek Church, 36-07 23rd Ave., Astoria AGES: All WHAT: This fair includes rides, games, and traditional Greek food. WANT TO GO? 718-626-6225. stirene.org.


Family Activities AMUSEMENT PARKS & CAROUSELS Wheel Fun Rentals

Flushing Meadows Corona Park at David Dinkins Circle Meridian Road Flushing Meadows Corona Park at North Meadow Lake Meadow Lake Road West Marine Park Avenue U and East 33rd Street, Brooklyn Prospect Park LeFrak Center at Lakeside 171 East Drive, Brooklyn Bensonhurst Park 9000 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn 917-231-6229 wheelfunrentals.com/nyc; wheelfunrentals.com Rent some summer fun! Take a spin around the park on a Surrey or cruise on the water in a pedal boat. Whatever your riding ability, we offer specialty cycles, family bikes, two-wheel bikes, bike attachments, pedal boats, kayaks, and standup paddleboards. Product varies by location. Group rates for parties and camps.

INDOOR & OUTDOOR PLAY SPACES Laser Bounce – Family Fun Center

The Shops at Atlas Park, 80-28 Cooper Ave., Glendale 347-599-1919 laserbounce.net Laser Bounce is open year-round, seven-days-a-week, this ultimate 21st century playground features among others, Hologate, an impressive virtual reality adventure, and Mini Rider, a piercingly vivid 3D motion simulator. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Walking Dead games amplify the escapism of Laser Bounce’s entree, the jumbo-sized Laser Tag Arena.

Nails by Judes – Coming Soon

25-02 Francis Lewis Blvd., Flushing Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @nails.byjudes Do you need some mommy time to do a little self-care? Nails by Judes is a full-service nail spa with a separate, supervised kids play room. Let us care for your little one while you indulge in some pampering, because you deserve it! (Recommended ages 1-7 for playroom).

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

Sports CK Kids

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68-02 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village 718-366-7400 x247; ctkny.org

CK Kids offers families one location for their educational and leisure activities. We offer a variety of programs for ages 2-18. Dance, karate, hip-hop, and acrobatics classes are offered for children of all ages and skill levels. Our soccer and basketball clinics develop players’ individual skills in a non-competitive setting.

SOCCER CK Kids

Wheel Fun Rentals

Flushing Meadows Corona Park at David Dinkins Circle Meridian Road Flushing Meadows Corona Park at North Meadow Lake Meadow Lake Road West Marine Park Avenue U and East 33rd Street, Brooklyn Prospect Park LeFrak Center at Lakeside 171 East Drive, Brooklyn Bensonhurst Park 9000 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn 917-231-6229 wheelfunrentals.com/nyc; wheelfunrentals.com Rent some summer fun! Take a spin around the park on a Surrey or cruise on the water in a pedal boat. Whatever your riding ability, we offer specialty cycles, family bikes, two-wheel bikes, bike attachments, pedal boats, kayaks, and standup paddleboards. Product varies by location. Group rates for parties and camps.

MUSEUMS & PLANETARIUMS imagiNATIONS - National Museum of the American Indian

212-514-3714 americanindian.si.edu nmai-ny@si.edu Visit the National Museum of the American Indian’s new and interactive imagiNATIONS Activity Center and discover how Native STEM innovations continue to shape the modern world. Admission is free and imagiNATIONS is open daily from 10am-4:30pm. The museum is located at One Bowling Green in Manhattan.

68-02 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village 718-366-7400 x247; ctkny.org

CK Kids offers families one location for their educational and leisure activities. We

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offer a variety of programs for ages 2-18. Dance, karate, hip-hop, and acrobatics classes are offered for children of all ages and skill levels. Our soccer and basketball clinics develop players’ individual skills in a non-competitive setting.

Soccer Friends USA, Inc.

106-06 Queens Blvd., 3rd Floor Gym, Forest Hills 718-261-2403 347-756-2568 (para Español) soccerfriendsusa.com soccerfriendsusa@hotmail.com SFUSA offers two types of soccer summer camps. The first option is a drop-off summer camp that can be booked on a weekly or daily basis (ages 4½-16). The second is a Flexible Class Pass (ages 2-14). You will have the six-week season to use up the classes.

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

m Select the Right Date: Before setting a date,

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

m Guest List: For elementary schoolers, invite

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

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

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

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

m Timing: Two hours is more than enough time for

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

m Invites: Use an online invite such as Paperless Post

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

m Food and Drink: Make sure you have enough

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

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

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

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

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We know this is your child’s special day; that’s why we only book one party at a time! Call us to build your child’s custom party. 68-02 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village • ctkny.org • 917-602-6271


Birthday Party ENTERTAINMENT Bilingual Birdies - Marilyn Duque

We offer canvas paintings, ceramic plates, or mugs. We can host up to 30 people.

bracelet and lanyard birthday parties bring the party to you, or you can come to their party place! Learn to make your favorite friendship bracelets and lanyard stitches. Many amazing themes and packages. We will customize any birthday party to fit your needs.

host your next birthday party. Our birthday party packages include one hour of court time with tennis drills and games organized by our USTA Pro staff. You will also have a one-hour private room for your birthday celebration which includes pizza for all your party guests.

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214-26 41st Ave., Bayside 2016 N. Jerusalem Road, N. Bellmore 516-200-4691 bilingualbirdies.com longisland.bilingualbirdies@ gmail.com Bilingual Birdies is the leading bilingual music education program in New York that serves toddlers and preschoolers through song, dance, and puppetry. Celebrate your child’s birthday with Myla Birdie, who is a bright yellow puppet that enchants every child while on an adventure of learning and fun.

Bilingual Birdies - Marilyn Duque

214-26 41st Ave., Bayside 2016 N. Jerusalem Road, N. Bellmore 516-200-4691 bilingualbirdies.com longisland.bilingualbirdies@ gmail.com

Laser Bounce – Family Fun Center

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Proudly Serving Westchester, Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx 516-577-0000, 718-971-5862 clowns.com At Clowns.com, our goal is to create an unforgettable and memorable party experience for you and your family. We are a family-owned and -operated entertainment company, offering a wide range of party and entertainment services including clowns, inflatable bounce houses, characters, magicians, princesses, magic shows, face painting, and party concession rentals.

BIRTHDAY PARTY PLACES

American Dance & Drama

188-22 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows 718-479-8522 68-02 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village americandanceanddrama.net We are one of the largest and most exciting birthday party locations in Queens, offering dre ss-up, disco, gymnastics, basketball, and obstacle course parties. We also offer a tunnel maze, moon bounce, ball pit, bubbles, fog machines, cotton candy, plus crazy craft, princess parties, and first birthday parties.

Bee You Art Studio

32-43 Francis Lewis Blvd., (inside Bayside Plaza, upper level), Bayside 718-926-9728 beeyouartstudio.com beeyouartstudio@gmail.com Bee You Art Studio is a bright, and fun studio that offers birthday parties for ages 4 and older. The whole studio is yours for two hours. Parties consist of a stepby-step painting of your choice.

Bilingual Birdies is the leading bilingual music education program in New York that serves toddlers and preschoolers through song, dance, and puppetry. Celebrate your child’s birthday with Myla Birdie who is a bright yellow puppet that enchants every child while on an adventure of learning and fun.

63 E. Old Country Road, Hicksville 516-396-2193 celebrationsinthekitchen.com celebrationsinthekitchen@gmail.com The most unique, fun-filled, joyous event! We have created a true baking experience for everyone to enjoy, including sugar cookie baking, all about pizza, cupcakes from scratch, doughnuts, chocolate and candy projects. Come in, call, or visit celebrationsinthekitchen.com for more information on parties.

CK Kids Birthday Parties

68-02 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village 917-602-6271 ctkny.org; ckkids@ctkny.org We know your child’s birthday is a special day-so we only book one party at time! Private party room available with two bounce houses, ball pit, disco lighting, cotton candy, face painting, tattoos, music, and games! Add-on party activities include dress-up, karate, hip-hop, and cooking.

The Shops at Atlas Park 80-28 Cooper Ave., Glendale 347-599-1919 laserbounce.net Laser Bounce’s birthday parties are distinguished by their commitment to making an overwhelming room of dazzling spectacles feel like home. Your guests enjoy private sessions in Bouncy Houses and Laser Tag Arenas, and access to the arcade and attractions. Party rooms are spacious, with pizza and unlimited drinks for kids. Licensed Provider of Music Together® Since 2003 Astoria, Bayside, Forest Hills, and Glendale 718-229-0033 Astoria at Gym-Azing! Bayside at Shotokai Karate, USA upper level of the Baybridge Commons Shopping Center Forest Hills at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills Forest Hills at the Church-In-TheGardens Glendale at Tiger Schulmann’s Glendale musictogetherwithmusicandme.com info@musictogetherwithmusicandme.com We provide unique birthday party musical experiences for first through sixth birthdays. Families and friends participate and celebrate a birthday child’s day in a way in which everyone shares in the fun. Call us to customize your child’s musical birthday. We can come to your space.

Soccer Friends USA, Inc.

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106-06 Queens Blvd., 3rd Floor Gym, Forest Hills 718-261-2403, 347-756-2568 (para Español) soccerfriendsusa.com soccerfriendsusa@hotmail.com Soccer Friends USA Inc. offers soccer birthday parties for children ages 2 and older. Its parties are fun, dynamic, and energetic. Its aim is to keep all the children moving and engaged. It offers both excellent indoor and outdoor locations in the Forest Hills-Rego Park area.

The Lanyard Ladies

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40 Melville Park Road 516-777-9255 gravityvault.com/locations/melville-ny; melville@gravityvault.com Host a birthday party with The Gravity Vault where ages 5 and older can come climb and have fun. Climbing is a great way to celebrate your birthday! Our awesome climbing parties give kids an exciting day they will never forget! Offering different party package options to accommodate your needs. 433 Merrick Road, Oceanside 516-578-2248 thelanyardladies.com thelanyardladies@yahoo.com The Lanyard Ladies friendship

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Flushing 718-760-6200 x0 ntc.usta.com Let the National Tennis Center

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

Whitestone Lanes

30-05 Whitestone Expressway, Flushing 718-353-6300 whitestonebowlinglanes.com We offer children’s and teen birthday parties, starting at $17.95 per child and $25.95 per child for teens. Your child and their friends will bowl for one hour and then enjoy 45 minutes in our private party room, where they will receive one slice of pizza, beverage, and a trophy!

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Zoos and Aquarium

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

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

Sleepaway Camp

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

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

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

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

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

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

m A family picture to remind them of home

m Clip on fan

m Wet wipes

m Duct tape

m Waterproof sunscreen with 30 SPF or higher

m Head lamp

m Waterproof windbreaker or light jacket for

m Shower caddy and

rain or hikes

m Water shoes m A reusable water bottle

shower shoes

m Pre-addressed and stamped envelopes

m Extra batteries

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m Deck of cards

day trips

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

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

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

Summer magic happens every day! Daily swimming with instruction, sports, tennis instruction, arts and crafts, and three trips every week! 216-15 Peck Ave., Bayside • magicdaycamp.com • 718-634-8109


Summer Camps DAY CAMPS CK Kids Summer Camps

68-02 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village 718-366-7454 ctkny.org; ckkids@ctkny.org Don’t miss the summer fun at CK with four exciting summer camps to offer children of all ages. Camps appeal to all interests, including soccer, basketball, dance, drama, cooking, arts, water slides, and ninja. On-site math and ELA programs available. Come for a week or the whole summer!

Countryside Montessori School

354 Lakeville Road, lower level, Great Neck 516-466-8422 cmsgn.com; info@cmsgn.com Countryside Montessori school runs summer camp during July and August for children ages 18 months-6 years. Camp has weekly themes. Toddlers have play-based mornings, and Primary (ages 3 years and older) spend time doing academics and on the playground. Camp is a great way to acclimate your child to school.

Ivy Day School

65-01 Kissena Blvd. Flushing 718-460-6366 70-44 Kissena Blvd. Flushing 718-880-1888 104-70 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills 718-997-1997 ivydayschool.com dinam@ivydayschool.com At Ivy Day School (three locations), we provide our decade-long standard of academic excellence to children ages 2-5. We envision students will develop essential skills for a lifetime of achievements via fun, stimulating activities. Call to ask about our special summer program for children ages 4-6.

Magic Day Camp

216-15 Peck Ave., Bayside 718-634-8109 magicdaycamp.com Magic Day Camp, “Where Every Day Is Magical,” offers children ages 4-15 adventures and activities that stimulate and motivate minds and physical ability. We swim every day in an Olympic country club pool. With exciting weekly trips, our rates include door-to-door transportation, healthy lunches, professional tennis, dance, and instructional sports programs.

Oasis Day Camp

Oasis in Bayside - Queensborough Community College 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside 646-519-5055 oasischildren.com bayside@oasischildren.com Oasis Day Camp prides itself on age-appropriate programming for ages 3-15. Early Start (ages 3-5) is a nurturing camp environment. Lower (first-second grade) offers sports, arts, swim, enrichment, and nature. Upper (third-sixth grades) is bigger and better for older campers. Teen Travel (seventh-ninth grades) offers unique trips, overnights, friendships.

Sam’s Camp and Swim Club at Commonpoint Queens Sam Field Center

58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck 718-225-6750 x246 commonpointqueens.org/program/nursery-camp Welcome to Sam’s Camp and Swim Club at Commonpoint Queens, Sam Field Center. A first camp experience for ages 2-5. Weekly themed program is highlighted with enrichment experiences provided by professionals in nature and entertainment. Instructional swim program is certified by a water safety instructor. Snacks included, lunch for specific programs.

Tiny Footsteps

167-01 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows 718-969-5500 tinyfootstepsny@yahoo.com Tiny Footsteps is the place to be for kids ages 1-5! Our handson curriculum is theme based allowing for student growth, exploration, and creativity. Students are prepared academically and socially for the big step into elementary school. Call for more information and to find out about our summer program.

SPECIALTY CAMPS All Star Studios

108-21 72nd Ave. (4th floor), Forest Hills 718-268-2280 allstarstudiosnyc.com allstarstudios@gmail.com Sign up now for summer and fall classes-limited space available. All Star Studios program is designed to encourage and educate students on how to increase flexibility, improve coordination, focus on muscle strengthening, build poise, and have fun. All instructors have experience in both teaching and performing.

Archbishop Molloy High School

83-53 Manton St., Briarwood 718-441-2100 x155, x140, x110 molloyhs.org Basketball and Baseball: mmccleary@molloyhs.org Theater: swinters@molloyhs.org STEM: eboral@molloyhs.org Archbishop Molloy HS offers summer camps for basketball, baseball, theater, and STEM. The camps are open to rising sixth, seventh, and eighth graders and incoming freshmen. Molloy is a safe environment where students can develop and have fun. Check our website molloyhs.org for further details!

Bee You Art Studio

32-43 Francis Lewis Blvd., (inside Bayside Plaza, upper level), Bayside 718-926-9728 beeyouartstudio.com beeyouartstudio@gmail.com Bee You Art Studio “the happiest art studio” offers an art-filled summer camp. We specialize in acrylic canvas paintings, ceramics, watercolor, and arts and crafts. Camp is open Monday-Friday from 10am-1pm for ages five and older. Snack is included. Call to reserve a spot!

The DanceSource

98-11 Queens Blvd. (at 65th Ave.), Rego Park/Forest Hills 718-997-1278 dancesource.net info@dancesource.net The DanceSource begins its 25th year. We offer classes for children age 2 to adult. We offer all the classic dance classes and ethnic styles of dance. Our smaller, boutique-sized classes offer lots of individual attention. We will run a six-week summer session July 6-Aug. 9.

Further Music School

110-06 72nd Ave., Forest Hills 718-544-8886 140-75 Ash Ave., Suite 2B, Flushing 917-563-1480 furthermusic.com info@furthermusic.com 2017 National Music School of the Year. Since 2007, Further Music School has grown to be one of the most popular and recognized music schools in Queens. Reaching more than 3000 students, our award-winning facility provides music lessons for all instruments and singing. Explore your summer music classes with us!

Hofstra Summer Camps

101 Oak St., Uniondale 516-463-CAMP (2267) hofstra.edu/camps ce-camps@hofstra.edu Hofstra Summer Camps offer children, ages 5-17, more than 70 programs from theater to sports,

gaming, art, music, STEM and STEAM, academics, culinary, dance, YouTube Studio, Adventure Education, and Super Hero Academy. At our camp, kids will explore their interests, learn valuable social skills, and have fun while gaining confidence.

ISTEIN Education Center

107-06 71st Road 2nd floor, Forest Hills 718-575-8877 isteinny.com; info@isteinny.com ISTEIN Summer Day Camp offers academics, music and arts, and Chinese in a creative methodology. In the morning, our program focuses on academic enrichment in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies all aligned to the common core standards. Afternoons, our students learn music and Chinese through singing, dancing, and acting.

JEI Learning Centers

Auburndale 347-408-4098 Floral Park 718-347-3138 Forest Hills 718-268-2890 Fresh Meadows 718-740-7888 Great Neck 516-482-2234 Rego Park 718-441-3762 Whitestone 718-819-8813 jei.com JEI Learning Center challenges children to achieve academic success through summer enrichment and tutoring programs. Pre-K-ninth grade students can increase their knowledge in math, problem-solving math, reading and writing, and English curricula that aligns with Common Core State Standards. Contact your local center to learn more about summer enrichment programs today!

Kuei Luck Summer Camp

195-05 69th Ave., Fresh Meadows 718-679-9908 kueiluck.com For more than 20 years, we have been providing a wide variety of programs including after-school, Chinese school, enrichment classes, SAT and SHAT prep. Our seven-week summer program for kindergarten-eighth grade includes many activities such as Chinese YoYo, coding, cooking, dance, Gaga Ball, Junior Engineers, pixel art, robotics, sports, and Taekwondo.

LIU Post Center for Gifted Youth

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Licensed Provider of Music Together® Since 2003 Astoria, Bayside, Forest Hills, and Glendale 718-229-0033 Astoria at Gym-Azing! Bayside at Shotokai Karate, USA upper level of the Baybridge Commons Shopping Center Forest Hills at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills Forest Hills at the Church-InThe-Gardens Glendale at Tiger Schulmann’s Glendale musictogetherwithmusicandme.com info@musictogetherwithmusicandme.com Music Together, is the Internationally beloved early childhood music and movement program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown-ups who love to participate! Join our weekly 45-minute joyful classes. Sing, dance, play, and learn where music learning supports all learning. Schedule your free class today for our summer or fall session!

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35-57 89th St., Jackson Heights 718-639-1425, 917-774-3411 paconyschool.com info@paconyschool.com We offer music instruction in piano, violin, guitar, voice, brass, and woodwinds; dance instruction in ballet, folk dance, modern, and flamenco; art instruction in drawing and painting. Dalcroze, music and movement for preschoolers, drama and musical theater classes, and Spanish for kids is also available. Adults are welcome.

Queens Ballet Center

72-35 112th St. PR11, Forest Hills 718-521-5276 queensballet.com info@queensballet.com Queens Ballet Center summer program will start in July where Creative Movement and Classical Ballet will be the core focus. The classes will consist of four to six students. The program will be divided into two sessions, July and August. Email or call us to set up a trial class.

RIOULT Dance Center

34-01 Steinway St., entrance on 34th Avenue, Astoria 212-398-5903 rioult.org/rioultdancecenter Twirl into a world of fun at RIOULT’s summer programs!

We offer programs for all levels ages 5 and older. Explore dance styles including ballet, jazz, modern, and musical theater. In this nurturing environment, your child’s creativity and athleticism will flourish. Visit rioult.org/ summer for more details!

School of Rock Rookies 2019 Summer Program Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike, (temporary space until opening), Fresh Meadows 929-999-7625, Karen Flyer, general manager Bayside grand opening in fall 2019 queens.schoolofrock.com kflyer@schoolofrock.com School of Rock is the original performance-based music school. We focus on keys, vocals, guitar, bass, and drums. Our Rookies program, for kids ages 5-8, teaches music fundamentals and peer socialization. The Rookies program is offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from July 1-Aug. 9.

Soccer Friends USA, Inc.

106-06 Queens Blvd., 3rd Floor Gym, Forest Hills 718-261-2403, 347-756-2568 (para Español) soccerfriendsusa.com soccerfriendsusa@hotmail.com SFUSA offers two types of soccer summer camps. The first option is a drop-off summer camp that can be booked on a weekly or daily basis (ages 4½-16). The second is a Flexible Class Pass (ages 2-14). You will have the six-week season to use up the classes.

St. Agnes Academic High School

13-20 124th St., College Point 718-353-6276 stagneshs.org St. Agnes will be offering Cheer Camp, Cooking Camp, and TACHS Course this summer. Cheer campers will learn motions, jumps, cheers, chants, and dances, as well as basic stunting. Cooking will learn basic culinary skills. TACHS students hone their skills in language and mathematics, which will be assessed on the exam.

The Windsor School

37-02 Main St., Flushing 718-359-8300 thewindsorschool.com admin@thewindsorschool.com Students attend our summer school to earn course and Regents credit for acceleration, or to preview a course which will be taken during the upcoming school year. Our schedule allows students to take up to two full year Regents courses. SAT/ACT prep classes are also offered. Classes begin July 1.


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

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

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

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

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

m Is my child submitting homework on time?

m Is my child socially comfortable?

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

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

m Is my child paying attention in class?

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

m Is my child engaged in lectures and assigned

m What additional assistance or support do you

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

recommend?

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

m Is my child getting along well with his peers?

tasks?

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

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

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

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

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

Before setting foot on campus:

m Review the Office of Undergraduate Admissions page for application requirements

m Explore the undergraduate majors page and relevant departmental pages

The College Visit

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

mW  hat kind of characteristics are you looking for in an applicant?*

mH  ow much does GPA matter compared to standardized tests?

mH  ow important are SAT or ACT scores?

m How much weight is put on the college essay?

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

mW  hat does your college value in terms of extracurriculars?

Sponsored by:

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

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

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

mH  ow competitive are students? How collaborative?*

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

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

mW  hat kinds of internships are available?*

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

The On-Campus Interview

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

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

mW  hat does your college value in a resume?

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

mD  o you have any suggestions for me to improve my chances of admission?

The Alumni Interview

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

mH  ow did this college prepare you for your career path?

mW  hat advice do you have for me as an applicant? In general?

Archbishop Molloy High School is a Catholic Marist college preparatory school that promotes intellectual curiosity, personal growth, and faith. Visit our open house: Sunday, Oct. 20 from 11am-4pm. 83-53 Manton St., Briarwood • molloyhs.org • admissions@molloyhs.org 718-441-2100 x155, x140, or x110.


Education PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS Archbishop Molloy High School

83-53 Manton St., Briarwood 718-441-2100 x155, x140, x110 molloyhs.org admissions@molloyhs.org Archbishop Molloy High School promotes intellectual curiosity, creativity, personal growth, and faith. Rooted in a tradition of high standards in academics, athletics, and service to others, students are challenged to excel by our top-tier faculty, dedicated coaching staff, and competitive curriculum.

St. Agnes Academic High School

13-20 124th St., College Point 718-353-6276 stagneshs.org Statistics prove that girls enrolled in single gender schools set higher educational goals, feel in control of their choices, and achieve at higher levels in math, science, and reading. At St. Agnes 100 percent of recent graduates attended college. St. Agnes girls thrive in a culture of mutual respect and inclusivity.

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58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck 718-255-6750 x246 commonpointqueens.org/program/early-childhood-programs tcampo@commonpointqueens.org Early Childhood Programs are designed for children ages 2-5, and include Nursery School, Childcare, and Summer Camp.

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We offer flexible scheduling with full- and part-time options. Our programs provide young children an opportunity to play, explore, and engage in multi-faceted learning activities under the guidance of professionally-trained teachers.

Countryside Montessori School

354 Lakeville Road, lower level, Great Neck 516-466-8422 cmsgn.com info@cmsgn.com Countryside Montessori School was founded in 1998 with the aim of providing a high-quality early childhood education based on the philosophy, methods, and techniques developed 100 years ago by educational pioneer Dr. Maria Montessori. Everything in our school is designed to encourage and aid a child’s natural curiosity.

Ivy Day School

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718-679-9909 klpreschool.com We are a Mandarin immersion and Reggio inspired school for children ages 1-5. We believe in developing independent thinkers and motivated learners through an inspiring child-led environment. Call to schedule a tour and find out more about our summer and fall programs.

Tiny Footsteps

167-01 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows 718-969-5500 tinyfootstepsny@yahoo.com Tiny Footsteps is the place to be for kids ages 1-5! Our hands-on curriculum is theme based allowing for student growth, exploration, and creativity. Students are prepared academically and socially for elementary school. All of our educators are dedicated to the profession of early childhood with extensive experience.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS The Windsor School

37-02 Main St., Flushing 718-359-8300 thewindsorschool.com admin@thewindsorschool.com Founded in 1969, The Windsor School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for middle and high school students. Students are provided a rigorous curriculum designed to help gain admission to top-ranked colleges and universities. Merit scholarship and financial aid are available, offering an affordable tuition for most families.

TUTORS & TEST PREP JEI Learning Centers

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Miss Anita – Private Math Tutor and Advisor

917-477-7953 workinganita@gmail.com Do you need a mathematics tutor who is talented, understanding, terrific, outstanding, and resourceful (T.U.T.O.R.)? Tutoring available for various levels of math: elementary and middle math, algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, and tests like the GED. Experienced teacher, tutor, and advisor of 23 years who can help students pass any test.

Nina’s Tutoring Center

8702 Grand Ave., Elmhurst 718-205-7508 92-22 Corona Ave., Elmhurst 718-606-1056 tutornina@hotmail.com We tutor kids in kindergarten-12th. For the past 11 years, we have provided quality education that helps kids excel. We help improve skills in math, ELA, science, and social studies. We have an intensive preparation program for ELA, math, science, citywide and statewide exams, SAT and ACT.

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Floral Park 718-347-3138 Forest Hills 718-268-2890 Fresh Meadows 718-740-7888 Great Neck 516-482-2234 Rego Park 718-441-3762 Whitestone 718-819-8813 jei.com JEI Learning Centers have helped children achieve academic success around the world since 1977. We offer a variety of academic enrichment and tutoring programs for children in pre-K through ninth grade, including math, problem-solving, English, reading, and writing. Our program is designed to elevate each student’s abilities to the next level.

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Year-Round Soccer Program General Classes After School Summer Camp Futsal League Travel Team Birthday Party All Girls Class Soccer in Spanish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Classes ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT/ LANGUAGE CK Kids

68-02 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village 718-366-7400 x247 ctkny.org CK Kids offers families one location for their educational and leisure activities. We offer a variety of programs for ages 2-18. Our educational support programs for grades kindergarten-12th are designed to review and reinforce subject matter and skills necessary to achieve success. On-site parking, reasonable prices, and flexible scheduling!

Hofstra University Continuing Education - Saturday Classes for Young People and Precollegiate Career Discovery Institute

516-463-7400, Jessica Dease, program director ce.hofstra.edu/youth jessica.dease@hofstra.edu Saturday Classes for Young People wants your child to love learning. Our small classes provide individual attention and help encourage students’ curiosity. There are many classes to choose, including reading, math, writing, STEM/ STEAM, cartooning, theater, art, video game development, Minecraft, and swimming.

ISTEIN Education Center

107-06 71st Road 2nd floor, Forest Hills 718-575-8877 isteinny.com; info@isteinny.com ISTEIN after-school program offers rigorous academic enrichment in our State Test Prep (grades third-sixth), and Little Winner Program (kindergarten-second grade). Our staff is comprised of professional teachers and assistants whose goal is to make sure your child has a rewarding experience.

JEI Learning Centers

Auburndale: 347-408-4098 Floral Park: 718-347-3138 Forest Hills: 718-268-2890 Fresh Meadows: 718-740-7888 Great Neck: 516-482-2234 Rego Park: 718-441-3762 Whitestone: 718-819-8813 jei.com JEI Learning Centers have helped children achieve academic success around the world since 1977. We offer a variety of academic enrichment and tutoring programs for children in pre-K through ninth grade, including math, problem-solving, English, reading, and writing. Our program is designed to elevate each student’s abilities to the next level.

LIU Post Center for Gifted Youth

Dr. Lynne Manouvrier, director LIU Post, Brookville 516-299-2160 liu.edu/giftedyouth The Long Island University program for gifted children was established in 1979 in response to the recognition of society’s special responsibilities for children with demonstrably superior intellectual ability. The LIU Center for Gifted Youth offers extraordinary teachers recruited from leading schools in the metropolitan area, and university-level facilities.

Nina’s Tutoring Center

8702 Grand Ave., Elmhurst 718-205-7508 92-22 Corona Ave., Elmhurst 718-606-1056 tutornina@hotmail.com We tutor kids in kindergarten to 12th grades. For the past 11 years, we have provided quality education that helps kids excel. We help improve skills in math, ELA, science, and social studies. We have an intensive preparation program for ELA, math, science, citywide and statewide exams, SAT and ACT.

ART

Bee You Art Studio

32-43 Francis Lewis Blvd., (inside Bayside Plaza, upper level), Bayside 718-926-9728 beeyouartstudio.com beeyouartstudio@gmail.com Bee You Art Studio offers after-school classes Tuesday-Fridays from 4-6pm. Classes are taught by a New York State-certified art teacher. Classes consist of painting, watercolor, drawing, charcoal, and pastel. Portfolio classes also available. Discover the ultimate art class for ages 5 and older!

DANCE

All Star Studios

108-21 72nd Ave. (4th floor), Forest Hills 718-268-2280 allstarstudiosnyc.com allstarstudios@gmail.com Sign up now for summer and fall classes-limited space available. All Star Studios program is designed to encourage and educate students on how to increase flexibility, improve coordination, focus on muscle strengthening, build poise, and have fun. All instructors have experience in both teaching and performing.

The DanceSource

98-11 Queens Blvd. (at 65th Ave.), Rego Park/Forest Hills 718-997-1278 dancesource.net info@dancesource.net The DanceSource begins its 25th year. We offer classes for children age 2 to adult. We offer all the clas-

sic dance classes and ethnic styles of dance. Our smaller, boutique-sized classes offer lots of individual attention. We will run a six-week summer session July 6-Aug. 9.

Queens Ballet Center

72-35 112th St. PR11, Forest Hills 718-521-5276 queensballet.com; info@queensballet.com Queens Ballet Center offers comprehensive dance training for all skill levels from 18 months old to adult. Whether you or your child want to join early childhood creative movement class, classical ballet, contemporary, or are interested in pursuing a career in dance, we have a class for you.

RIOULT Dance Center

34-01 Steinway St., entrance on 34th Avenue, Astoria 212-398-5903 rioult.org/rioultdancecenter Join us at Astoria’s RIOULT Dance Center to find your love of dance! The Center’s thoughtful design provides a serene setting in which experimentation and learning are the focus. Offering classes for children, teens, adults, and professional dancers, the RIOULT Dance Center provides an encouraging environment for creativity to flourish.

MOMMY & ME

Just Wee Two

Bayside, Manhasset, Plainview, plus Brooklyn and Connecticut, 516-433-0003; 800-404-2204 justweetwo.com This program for children ages 8 months through 3 years and their parents, provides an environment that enables grown-ups to share the joy of a child’s early learning. Toddlers enjoy arts and crafts, creative movement, stories, and play time. We are now registering for summer and fall sessions.

MUSIC

Further Music School

110-06 72nd Ave., Forest Hills 718-544-8886 140-75 Ash Ave., Suite 2B, Flushing 917-563-1480 furthermusic.com info@furthermusic.com 2017 National Music School of the Year. Since our founding in 2007, Further Music School has grown to be one of the most recognized music schools in Queens. Reaching more than 3000 students of all ages and skill levels, our award-winning facility provides music lessons for all instruments and voice.

ISTEIN Education Center

107-06 71st Road 2nd floor, Forest Hills 718-575-8877 isteinny.com; info@isteinny.com

Music is about creativity, communication, and cooperation. ISTEIN students have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives, and experience the world from a new perspective. Our music program includes instruction and performance. We offer piano, violin, viola, cello, flute, guitar, drum, saxophone, vocal, theory, and composition classes.

Music Together® With Music and Me

Licensed Provider of Music Together® Since 2003 Astoria, Bayside, Forest Hills, and Glendale 718-229-0033 Astoria at Gym-Azing! Bayside at Shotokai Karate, USA upper level of the Baybridge Commons Shopping Center Forest Hills at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills Forest Hills at the Church-In-TheGardens Glendale at Tiger Schulmann’s Glendale musictogetherwithmusicandme.com info@musictogetherwithmusicandme.com Since 2003, we have provided the gold standard-Music Together music and movement program for children and their grown-ups who love to dance, sing, learn, and play! Thousands of families with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers have experienced our classes with highly trained, registered Music Together teachers.

Performing Arts Conservatory of New York 35-57 89th St., Jackson Heights 718-639-1425, 917-774-3411 paconyschool.com info@paconyschool.com We offer music instruction in piano, violin, guitar, voice, brass, and woodwinds; dance instruction in ballet, folk dance, modern, and flamenco; art instruction in drawing and painting. Dalcroze, music and movement for preschoolers, drama and musical theater classes, and Spanish for kids is also available. Adults are welcome.

School of Rock Rookies 2019 Summer Program

Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows (temporary space until opening) 929-999-7625 Karen Flyer, general manager Bayside grand opening in fall 2019 queens.schoolofrock.com kflyer@schoolofrock.com School of Rock is the original performance-based music school, teaching vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums for kids 4 and older and adults. Our Rookies program for kids 5-8, offered throughout the year and during the summer, teaches music fundamentals. For older kids we combine weekly private lessons with rehearsals in rock bands.

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

If your clothing has these stains, replace the garment:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

mIf garment is white, wash in hot

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water with detergent and ½ cup of bleach.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

mA  pply appropriate pretreatment and wash according to care label.

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

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

m If neither works, experiment with a different deodorant.

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

m Repeat above step, moving washcloth on table around so you’re working on a clean spot.

m Once lipstick no longer transfers, apply appropriate pretreatment, then wash on hottest temperature possible.


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Your local guide to tutors, teachers, lawyers, financial planners, and other professionals DENTISTS & DENTAL PROVIDERS ZWEIHORN ORTHODONTICS

“All for a Smile” Office hours include Sundays and evenings 150-25 Union Turnpike, Flushing 718-969-9234 drzweihorn.com Dr. Zweihorn is a board-certified orthodontist specializing in the treatment of children, teens, and adults. Our team focuses on helping you achieve your best smile!

are 100 percent non-toxic. Treatments include two free re-checks. Whether or not you use our service, we are here to help you.

SALONS AND SPAS NAILS BY JUDES – COMING SOON

25-02 Francis Lewis Blvd., Flushing Facebook and Instagram @nails.byjudes Nails by Judes is a full-service nail spa with a separate, supervised kids play room. Let us care for your little one while you indulge in some pampering, because you deserve it! (Recommended ages 1-7 for playroom).

DOCTORS & MEDICAL PROVIDERS SPECIAL NEEDS LONG ISLAND CENTER FOR SPEECH AND MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

Locations across Suffolk and Nassau: East Yaphank, Farmingville, Stony Brook, Commack, Jericho, Wantagh, and Lake Success lispeechandmyo.com Queens: 718-640-6767 Nassau: 516-216-1791 Suffolk: 631-689-6858 Janine Stiene, speech-language pathologist, along with her group of therapists, supports families and children across Long Island, specializing in PROMPT, feeding, myofunctional therapy, voice disorders, fluency, augmentative communication, articulation, auditory processing disorders, and expressive and receptive language disorders.

FINANCIAL PLANNING & INSURANCE LISA MACBETH, FINANCIAL ADVISOR

7 Hanover Square, Suite 800 212-764-6262 x-2820 Mobile: 646-726-8332 noalgoldfarb.com/team lisa_macbeth@natfin.net Lisa Macbeth, M.B.A., non-fee financial planner with 20 years of experience in finance and investmentshelping individuals, families, and businesses of all income levels develop realistic financial plans to achieve their dreams.

LICE FAIRY LICEMOTHERS

2463 South Long Beach Road, Oceanside 866-561-0492 1755 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park 866-561-0492 679 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head 866-561-0492 fairylicemothers.com fairylicemothers@gmail.com Our treatment centers are kid-friendly and our products

LITTLE STEPS 1, INC. SPEECH & LANGUAGE CLINIC

Adelina Samuels, M.A. C.C.C.-S.L.P. speech pathologist 63-70 Woodhaven Blvd., Rego Park 929-335-7707 littlestepsspeech.com Little Steps 1, Inc. aims to help people develop their communication abilities, as well as treat speech, language, swallowing, and voice disorders. Services include prevention, identification, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation.

LONG ISLAND CENTER FOR SPEECH AND MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

Locations across Suffolk and Nassau: East Yaphank, Farmingville, Stony Brook, Commack, Jericho, Wantagh, and Lake Success lispeechandmyo.com Queens: 718-640-6767 Nassau: 516-216-1791 Suffolk: 631-689-6858 Janine Stiene, speech-language pathologist, along with her group of therapists, supports families and children across Long Island, specializing in PROMPT, feeding, myofunctional therapy, voice disorders, fluency, augmentative communication, articulation, auditory processing disorders, and expressive and receptive language disorders.

LISA MACBETH, FINANCIAL ADVISOR

7 Hanover Square, Suite 800 212-764-6262 x-2820 Mobile: 646-726-8332 noalgoldfarb.com/team lisa_macbeth@natfin.net Lisa Macbeth, M.B.A., no-fee financial planner with 20 years of experience in finance and investments-helping individuals, families, and businesses of all income levels develop realistic financial plans to achieve their dreams.

MARRA & GLICK APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS 1737 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 1, Islandia 2341 New Hyde Park Road, New Hyde Park

631-479-2900 mg-aba.com Marra & Glick Applied Behavior Analysts specialize in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to serve people with autism spectrum disorders in our center-based programs, at school, in the home, and community.

THERAPY & COUNSELORS COMPREHENSIVE CONSULTATION PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES, P.C.

114-20 Queens Blvd., Suite CS 2, Forest Hills 180 E. 79th St., Suite 1C, Manhattan 1-888-441-0015 comprehendthemind.com Dr. Sanam Hafeez, an expert in diagnosing and treating all childhood psychological and learning conditions, has a refreshing approach; direct, warm, and competent. These qualities have made her sought after in the field of neuropsychology and child development.

ELSA LEE, PH.D., LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

254-18 Northern Blvd., Suite 3, Little Neck 646-389-2283 queenspsychology.com contact@queenspsychology.com Dr. Lee is a psychologist who provides counseling and neuropsychological/psychoeducational evaluations. More than 10 years of experience in clinical and school settings. Free consultation. Services also available in Chinese.

TUTORS & TEST PREP MISS ANITA – PRIVATE MATH TUTOR AND ADVISOR

917-477-7953 workinganita@gmail.com Tutoring available for various levels of math: elementary and middle math, algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, and tests like the GED. Experienced teacher, tutor, and advisor of 23 years who can help students pass any test.

VILLAGE EAST GIFTED - ENRICHMENT CENTER FOR THE GIFTED LEARNER

Village East Gifted of Huntington 33 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station 631-549-2313 Village East Gifted of Roslyn 216 Willis Ave., Roslyn Heights 631-549-2313 villageeastgifted.com info@villageeastgifted.com Village East Gifted provides after-school enrichment and private tutoring for gifted and talented students. We are a designated John Hopkins CTY and SAT testing center.

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

Before Moving In Change the locks on external doors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tackle unpacking rooms one by one.

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

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

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

Lisa Macbeth is a no-fee financial advisor with 20 years of experience. She helps families and businesses develop financial plans to achieve their dreams. Queens/Brooklyn/Manhattan •  noalgoldfarb.com/team  •  212.764.6262 Cell: 646.726.8332 Registered Representative and Financial Advisor of Park Avenue Securities LLC. (PAS), 990 Stewart Avenue, Suite 200, Garden City, NY 11530, 516-745-5600. Securities products/services and advisory services are offered through PAS, a registered broker/dealer and investment advisor.   

Financial Representative, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY. PAS. is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian. National Financial Network, LLC is not an affiliate or subsidiary of Guardian. PAS is a member of FINRA, SIPC


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I let my son watch scary movies—and we’re both happier.

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

By Patti Woods

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

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

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