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Cover Story Play-by-Play on Staten Island Parks

Staten Island Parent Brings Home The Gold (and a Bronze, too!)

Our Gold award was received for an essay written on the important subject of post partum depression and one mother’s struggle in “Finding My Way Back to Fine.” On a lighter note, our humorous look at hosting the family Thanksgiving dinner, “Home for the Holidays,” won the bronze medal this year. Both articles were written by our Junior Editor Jeannine Cintron, a Staten Island mom of two, who has been with S.I. Parent since early 2014. Congratulations to Jeannine on her fine work--- and to the PMA for recognizing her talent!

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Safe Selling

Do you buy or sell used items online? While many Staten Islanders often engage in this pocket-friendly activity, the Borough President’s office is strongly encouraging anyone who utilizes various “yard sale” Facebook groups and apps like Wallapop to exercise extreme caution when doing so. There are obvious dangers in meeting someone you don’t know to conduct a transaction, particularly when expensive items and large amounts of money are involved. You should always set a public location as the meeting point, and never meet at your home or the other person’s home. BP Oddo’s office is also urging Staten Islanders to consider making these transactions outside one of the Island’s four police precincts. It will allow both parties to the transaction to feel safer while conducting the sale; and as an added benefit, is it will raise a red flag if one of the parties refuses to meet outside a police precinct. You can find the precinct nearest to your home

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Boardwalk Days at South Beach are back again, kicking off the summer 2016 season on Wednesday, June 22. The Sunday Boardwalk Concert Series will return with performances under the Gazebo each week, from June 26th through Sept. 4th, and featuring a wide variety of musical styles. Weekly fireworks displays will also return every Wednesday at sundown beginning June 22nd. Visitors can enjoy kid­friendly entertainment, fitness and sporting events, giveaways and a DJ spinning tunes under the Gazebo ­­­ all leading up to the fireworks. Over the course of the summer, there’ll be several movie nights, courtesy of the NYC Parks Department, as well as a number of special events.

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Refreshments will be on sale at the Boardwalk Grill. Go to siparent.com to link to the Boardwalk Days website, and be sure to bookmark our summer page online at siparent.com/summer, where you can check out the Boardwalk Days event schedule and other Staten Island summer offerings.

Camping Season

Have you spent a night in the great outdoors? The National Wildlife Federation is again hosting its Great American Campout, now in its eleventh year of camping fun. The annual event encourages people to connect with the great outdoors, get closer to nature, and get motivated to protect wildlife and wild places. People are asked to make an online pledge to camp anywhere they’d like – including their own backyard— on the Great American Campout Day, June 25. The NWF will provide all the information needed, including a directory of hosted Great American Campout locations, tips on what to bring, lists of campout activities and recipes, and more. Campers are encouraged to take #Campies (Camping Selfies) and submit them to NWF’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to share their experiences. Link to their website at siparent.com. For a fun camping experience right here in Staten Island (in case the very thought of being in your backyard after dark has you scratching mosquito bites), Urban Park Rangers will be hosting a family camping event on Saturday, June 25 at Blue Heron Park. Space is limited to 30 spots and registration will take place online on June 15. Winners will be chosen via lottery. Link to more information at siparent.com.

Staten Island Summertime Fun

Summertime is so close you can practically smell a hint of sunblock and sand in the air already. There’s so much to do in Staten Island this summer, you won’t know where to start first. And as always, Staten Island Parent’s got you covered! So stop what you’re doing right now and go bookmark our summer section online at siparent.com/summer to stay updated on all of the best seasonal happenings on the Island from June until early September. We’ll keep you in the loop with fireworks schedules, free summer concerts, carnivals and festivals on the Island and in NJ, nearby pick-your-own fruit farms, free movies under the stars, free beach events and entertainment, free or low-cost events at local cultural institutions like the Staten Island Children’s Museum and the Staten Island Zoo, summertime ideas and activities for kids and so much more. The summer fun is endless! Now go bookmark siparent.com/summer!

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important school dates June 1 – Regents Exams June 2 – ADNY Religion Exam for Catholic High Schools June 4 – ADNY Religion Exam for Catholic Elementary Schools June 9 – Anniversary Day (no school for Public School students) June 14 – Clerical Day (no school for Public Elementary & Middle School students) June 14-17 – Regents Exams June 20-23 – Regents Exams June 23 – Regents Rating Day no school for High School students, except D75 students) June 28 – Last Day of Public School (early dismissal)

Fundraisers If staying fit isn’t a good enough reason to get some exercise, then maybe doing it in the name of charity will be. There are plenty of fundraising walks taking place in Staten Island this year, along with lots of fun ways to donate your time or resources. Not up for walking? Attend a different charity event instead. Here’s a lineup of fundraising walks and charity events:

New walks and events are added to the S.I. Parent Fundraiser page on siparent.com/fundraisers. June 2 A Stand-Up Comedy Benefit for FDNY EMT Sal Turturici Station 43 Liberty Tavern June 4 Crohn’s & Colitis Walk Clove Lakes Park

Lyme Disease Awareness & Fundraiser Event South Shore Bar & Grill June 12 Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk Midland Beach Parking Lot 8

Annual Ryan Pisapia Family Fun Day Nansen Lodge

June 19 SIHA’s Annual Father’s Day Walkathon Fundraiser Clove Lakes Park

June 5 SunriseWALKS Mount Loretto Campus/ Catholic Charities of Staten Island

June 30 Gianna Nicole’s Heart of Hope 6th Annual Gala El Caribe (Brooklyn)

Captain Martin J. Egan, Jr. 10th Annual Memorial 5k/Walk Midland Beach Promenade

Lumen 2016 Lumen, Staten Island’s waterfront video and performing arts festival, is back this year with a new roundup of talented artists to the visually stunning annual event. Lumen is described as an authentic contemporary art experience in New York City featuring original visual, performance and installation art from emerging and established artists. The event is Saturday, June 25, 7pm-12am at the iconic Atlantic Salt Company (561 Richmond Terrace.) “Early Bird” discounted tickets will be available until June 15. Visit siparent.com to find out where to purchase your tickets and to see a list of participating artists.

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Readers Are Leaders

Reading may be fundamental, but for a handful of very special local 4th graders, it’s pretty fun too! Last month, Borough President Oddo honored students from schools around Staten Island who participated in the 20th annual “Readers Are Leaders” 4th Grade Reading Challenge. “Readers Are Leaders” challenged 4th grade classes in the Island’s public, parochial and private schools to read a minimum of six books at grade level or above during the five-week period of February 12 – March 18. Students then submitted a report on their favorite book that they read during the period. Each school picked one “Exceptional Reader” to be honored at the ceremony. Since the program began in 1996, 4th graders have read more than 575,000 books for the annual challenge. This year, 40 schools participated with some 1,207 students completing the challenge. “We read for all different reasons: To escape, be a better writer, ignite your imagination, get smarter, learn more about a hobby and go to faraway places,” said BP Oddo. “I’m proud to continue this program and hope that those who participated over the past 20 years continue to read as they grow older.” To make this year’s ceremony extra special, BP Oddo partnered with magician and author Mike Lane, who performed a magic show and doled out awards to students who read books from his “Magic Shop” series. Also in attendance was Vito Fossella, who began the program 20 years ago when he was a City Council member as well as event sponsors CTV, Macmillan Publishing and Barnes & Noble, which provided each winner with a $25 gift certificate.

Brush with Kindness Summer Reading Challenge

Want your child to get some practice for next year’s Readers Are Leaders competition? The Scholastic Summer Challenge is a great way to keep kids interested in books over the summer vacation, and it also helps them avoid the “summer slide,” in which important skills are lost over the break. To participate, kids simply log their reading minutes on the Scholastic website each day to earn virtual rewards. The challenge is already underway, with millions of minutes already logged. The challenge ends on September 9. This year’s theme is “Be A Reading Superhero.” And it’s all about believing in kids and encouraging them to be the best independent readers they can be. The school that logs the most minutes will receive “Best in State” recognition and a Celebration in a Box and Reading Plaque for a school-wide reading celebration. Each winning school will also receive recognition in the 2017 Scholastic Book of World Records. Go to siparent.com to sign up for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. And be sure to check out siparent.com/summer for a list of other helpful reading programs your child can join over the break.

Looking for a colorful way to give back in your community? Habitat for Humanity New York City is currently looking for volunteers for its Brush with Kindness (BWK) program. The program enhances community spaces in all five boroughs by painting interiors and murals; landscaping and gardening; and performing minor construction tasks in public schools, playgrounds, community centers, and public parks. Volunteers have the opportunity to create their own schedule, learn new skills, and make a positive difference in the lives of others. The BWK sites are open every Wednesday through Friday from 8:45am-4pm, & every Saturday from 9:15am4:30pm. Volunteers ages 14-17 may participate with a signed waiver from a parent or guardian. No experience necessary. Go online to siparent.com to learn how you can sign up for an orientation and to link available volunteer opportunities.

2016 Community Health Fair

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On June 28th from noon till 6pm, you can stop by the new Ocean & Breeze Track & Field Complex, located at 625 Father Capodanno Boulevard for the Inaugural Community Health Fair. This free event, presented by NYC Parks, is open to the public, and will include representation from hospitals and local clinics, insurance programs, mental health organizations, medical screening tests, fitness demonstrations, and a blood drive hosted by the New York Blood Center. The aim of the community health fair is to provide Staten Islanders with health and wellness information as well as showcase local Staten Island resources. june 2016

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Alex’s Lemonade Days

Starting a lemonade stand is a great way to teach kids basic entrepreneurial skills, but now it can be a wonderful lesson in generosity as well. Alex’s Lemonade Days is Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s (ALSF’s) annual three-day fundraiser where supporters hold lemonade stands to raise funds for childhood cancer research. The fundraiser was founded by Alex Scott, a brave and selfless little girl who lost her own life to cancer at just eight years old. Lemonade Days is held each year during the second weekend of June (June 10-12), the time of year when Alex always held her lemonade stand, to honor her and all childhood cancer heroes. An astounding $15 million toward pediatric cancer research has been raised since Alex’s first front yard lemonade stand. Want your child to join the fight against childhood cancer by hosting a lemonade stand of their own? This three-day event is the perfect opportunity to continue Alex’s legacy and embrace ALSF’s mission. Each Lemonade Days stand host will receive a special edition Lemonade Days fundraising kit, which includes materials such as posters, banners, thank you notes, fundraising tips, ALSF merchandise and more. Go to siparent.com to find out how your child can get started on his or her own lemonade stand.

Addiction Angel

It’s never too early to teach kids the dangers of drug abuse. That’s why Addiction Angel, an addiction resource center located here in Staten Island, will be hosting a forum for parents, caregivers, young adults and kids ages 12 and educating children on the horrific effects of drug abuse. “Scared Straight” attendees will hear first-hand accounts from the family members of those lost to addiction as well as Staten islanders currently in recovery. In addition, professionals, health care providers and law enforcement will be on hand to provide helpful information and insight to families and young adults. With Staten Island’s alarming addiction rates, Scared Straight is a can’t-miss for parents of teens and young adults. The meeting will be held in the auditorium of New Dorp High School at 7pm on June 7. For more information, call Alicia Palermo Reddy at 646-404-0637. Addiction Angel hosts this forum approximately 3 times per year. In addition, they host a monthly meetings for parents and siblings of addicts. The next parent meeting will be held at Our Lady Star of the Sea on June 16 at 7pm, and the next sibling meeting will be held at Our Lady Star of the Sea on June 14 at 7pm. Check the Staten Island Parent Calendar for all future Addiction Angel meetings and events.

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Drawing for the Disabled

Congratulations to the winners of the annual Disabilities Awareness Poster contest, who were honored at the State Capitol with Assemblyman Michael Cusick on Disability Awareness Day in May. Hailing from various schools in Staten Island, the group traveled to Albany to raise awareness and celebrate the accomplishments of New Yorkers living with various physical and mental impairments. Cusick, a longtime advocate for the disabled community, expressed his dedication to these individuals: “This day should serve as a reminder that while we have come a long way in how we care for and treat disabled individuals, much work remains to be done. These students have done a marvelous job in illustrating the very real issues faced by this community, and I am committed to improving their lives through my work in the Assembly and on Staten Island.” Go to

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teach your child to swim the right way >>Five mistakes to avoid when teaching your baby, toddler or child to swim

Every summer the number of drowning incidents involving children skyrockets as more families spend the warmer months hanging out by the pool or at a nearby lake. In 2015 between Memorial Day and Labor Day there were 209 children who drowned in swimming pools, another 76 in lakes, and those are just the incidents that were reported by the local media.

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One common mistake that many parents make that can lead to a drowning incident is allowing young children to use pool floats and wear water wings in the pool. While life jackets are designed to save a child from drowning and should always be worn near open bodies of water like lakes or the ocean, flotation devices and wings can slip out of a child’s grasp or fall off and give a false sense of safety. Goggles are another widely sold pool accessory that parents should avoid with their children.

There are many theories today on what age a child should learn to swim and what techniques should be used to teach swimming. While all parents will have their own preferences and beliefs, there are a few recommendations experts agree should be followed to help avoid a drowning incident. The United States Swim School Association, (USSSA), the preeminent swim school organization in the country, advises parents to follow the guidelines below when teaching their children to swim.

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There are two kinds of swim earplugs available; custom fit plugs, and one size fits all swim plugs. They are both effective for keeping ears dry, but each type has certain advantages and disadvantages. Your hearing care professional can help you with recommendations as to which kind is right for your child. If you choose to go the route of custom fit swim earplugs, they will need to be ordered through a hearing care professional. The advantage of custom swim plugs is that they tend to be higher quality, and therefore last longer. Hygiene is also a factor; they are re-usable and washable. Your hearing healthcare profes-

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• Do not panic and transfer feelings of fear to your child if his or face dips below the surface of the pool. For very young children, practice having them put their entire face under water in the bathtub and blow bubbles to build their comfort with water. Additionally, the USSSA recommends that parents adhere to several standard water safety precautions including: keeping children under constant supervision, enrolling children in swimming lessons, knowing CPR, having pool fences and barriers installed. By Sue Mackie, Executive Director, United States Swim School Association. To find a USSSA affiliated swim school, visit: http:// www.usswimschools.org

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Fidelis Care is officially part of the Staten Island community! The Catholic health service provider held a joyful grand opening last month at their new Forest Avenue location. The Saint Adalbert’s Fife and Drum band joined the celebration, serenading guests with patriotic tunes. Local radio station 92.3 AMP was also present at the the ribbon-cutting ceremony, along with Scooter the Cow from the Staten Island Yankees, Maddie from the New York Liberty WNBA team, and of course the Fidelis Care mascot Fidelisaurus. Ginny Matello from Borough President Oddo’s office, along with Catholic Schools Superintendent Zoilita Herrera, were in attendance as well. “We really want to make even more of a commitment to Staten Island. So it really feels great to be in the community and be where we want to be helping people,” said Fidelis Care VP of Marketing Mark Sclafani. Fidelis Care provides quality, free or low-cost, New York State-sponsored health insurance coverage for people of all ages. Today, through a Statewide network in excess of 67,000 providers, more than one million children and adults are covered by Fidelis Care, making it one of the largest government program-based health insurance plans in New York State. Their new office is located at 1686 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9am-5:30pm, and Saturday, 11am to 2pm. Call 718-420-1236 or visit www.fideliscare.org for more information.

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USL Summer Camp Academy @ St. John’s University The USL Summer Camp Academy focus is on having fun, building confidence and uniting children of all ages, gender and community. Parents will love the different programs because their children are started on a voyage of discovery into the world of sports through fun-filled days with other activities such as character building and drama. The programs are supervised by local experts who are qualified in each sport and skilled in working with children.

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remove a splinter – quick & easy >> Most splinters can be safely removed at home, but some may require medical assistance

Everyone has been there. No sooner did you or your child touch that old wooden bench when a small sliver of wood slides into the skin – causing a surprising amount of pain. Fortunately, say dermatologists, splinters are easy to remove with the proper tools and technique.

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“Splinters come in all shapes and sizes, and they can really hurt,” said board-certified dermatologist Robert Sidbury, MD, MPH, FAAD, associate professor, department of pediatrics and division chief of dermatology, University of Washington School of Medicine. “To reduce pain and the possibility of an infection, splinters should be removed as quickly as possible.” To remove a splinter, Dr. Sidbury recommends the following tips: Wash and dry the area: To prevent infection, wash your hands and the affected area with soap and water and gently pat your skin dry. Inspect the splinter: If the splinter is very small, use a magnifying glass to see how big it is and which direction it entered the skin. Use tweezers to remove the splinter: If part of the splinter is sticking out, you can use tweezers to gently pull out the splinter. First, sterilize the tip of the tweezers using rubbing alcohol. Then, pull out the splinter in the same direction that it entered the skin. Never squeeze out a splinter, as this may cause it to break into smaller pieces that are harder to remove. Use a small needle to remove the splinter: If the entire splinter is embedded under the skin, you

can use a small needle to remove it. First, sterilize the needle and a pair of tweezers using rubbing alcohol. Afterwards, look through a magnifying glass and use the needle to gently pierce the surface of the skin at one end of the splinter. This may require help from a friend or family member. Continue to use the needle to carefully push out part of the splinter. Once one end of the splinter is sticking out, use the tweezers to gently pull out the splinter. Clean and apply petroleum jelly: After the splinter has been removed, clean the area with soap and water and apply petroleum jelly. Keep the area covered with a bandage until it heals. “Most splinters can be safely removed at home, but some may require medical assistance,” said Dr. Sidbury. “See your doctor or a board-certified dermatologist if your splinter is very large, deep, located in or near your eye or if the area becomes infected.” These tips are demonstrated in “How to Remove a Splinter,” a video posted to the AAD website and YouTube channel as part of their “Video of the Month” series. Provided by the American Academy of Dermatology 888-462-DERM • www.aad.org

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feature / father’s day books, a little money, one-third of a house and – most significantly – the gift of grim prophesy. Murphy’s Law is: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. My dad used to say, “Epstein’s Law is: Murphy was an optimist.” I try to keep to myself my crystal-clear glimpses of the future. But they leak out. In December I told my daughter, “Marie, make sure the Christmas tree has enough water.” Apparently it wasn’t the first thing I’d said about the tree, because my wife Betsy laughed and said, “That’s right, Marie. To Daddy, this isn’t a Douglas Fir, it’s a Flaming Torch.” Which is exactly how I’d been seeing it. WHOOOSH! Besides notifying me of the hazards of wrapping a tinder-dry evergreen with cheap electric wire and hot light bulbs, my dad taught me lots more:

a father’s garden of admonitions fond recollection of a dad’s endless warnings

Loving fathers are here for all kinds of good reasons. Mine was here to provide a good example, encourage us to learn all we could, and to enjoy books, travel and good music. But most of all, he was here to warn us. This’ll be my first Father’s Day without my father. He passed away a few months ago, leaving me heir to lots of

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Never count your money in public or in front of an unshaded window. Garbage cans sitting empty at curbside are “an engraved invitation” to burglars. Wearing a campaign button reveals your secrets to unknown enemies, and bumper stickers can antagonize vandals or police officers. Never discuss politics or religion. Don’t be a showoff, loudmouth or wiseguy. Don’t lie. Don’t experiment. (If the clothes dryer were suited to defrosting hamburger meat, the owner’s manual would mention it.) Never go out looking like a bum. Stay away from trouble, situations that can turn into trouble, and people who attract trouble. And if you DO get into trouble, you are probably guilty of something – unluckiness, at the very least. That’s not a crime, but it might as well be.

Buy clothes that won’t go out of style. Always carry a handkerchief. In case of war, volunteer for the Entertainment Committee and become indispensable. Always leave an audience wanting more. Avoid the spotlight; public attention invites public criticism. Make reservations. Check references. Maintain your equipment. (“Grease is cheaper than metal.”) Use the right tool for the task, and put it back where it belongs. But if something is really hard to fix or build, hire people who know what they’re doing. Keep your papers in order. Save your receipts. Neatness and spelling count. Wash all fresh produce. (Dad could look into the past, too, and shared horrifying visions of fruit-picker hygiene.) Rely on the perspective of others. (“If two people tell you you’re drunk, go home and sleep it off.”)

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Don’t try to get away with anything, and that includes using artificial sweeteners. There are no freebies or bargains. Read all instructions. Ask for directions. Save your money. Buy insurance. Running out of gas is not only foolish, but it sucks the sludge from the bottom of the tank into your carburetor and causes trouble. Don’t put furniture in front of a heating vent. Good intentions aren’t enough. Never underestimate the importance of clean fingernails, good grammar, perfect attendance, a clear conscience and a balanced diet. When outdoors, stay on pavement. Stay out of barrooms, tattoo parlors and casinos. Keep mayonnaise refrigerated. And the less you have to do with animals, the better. With all of this good advice, is it any wonder, when I got out of school I naturally gravitated toward unsavory characters, taverns, motorcycles, guns, tequila, wild parties, chewing tobacco, sleeping in vacant lots and riding freight-trains? Having survived my youth pretty much by accident, I’ve ripened into a middle-aged guy who believes that Dad’s practical and unheroic advice was right on target. Even the things that shouldn’t be true, are. I’ve been trying to impart this wisdom to my kids gently so I don’t challenge them to test it or dampen their zest for life. But a little while ago I went into the kitchen for a late lunch and found one of the kids had left the mayonnaise out on the counter. (Lucky thing I happened by when I did.) I assembled the usual suspects and said, “Somebody left the mayonnaise out on the counter; it doesn’t matter who. But don’t do it again because bacteria breed in warm mayonnaise turning it into a witch’s brew of toxic slime that looks like regular mayonnaise.” My wife got right to the crux of the matter, telling me, “It’s a wonder you and your brothers are bold enough to get out of bed in the morning.” But my point was made. I wish Dad had left me in charge of joie de vivre instead of safety, but what is joy to a kid who’s writhing in agony in the Poisoned Children’s Ward?

By Rick Epstein, a local freelance writer and the author of “Rookie Dad” and “The Right Number of Kids.” Rick Epstein can be reached at rickepstein@yahoo.com.

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Dessert and summer are a match made in heaven. With sticky summer afternoons on the horizon, it’s a good idea to add some simple and refreshing treats to your recipe arsenal. This kiwi fruit sorbet is so easy to make, your youngest child can be your sous chef! ingredients

• 2 teaspoons grated lime or lemon zest • 3⁄4 cup sugar, divided • 3⁄4 cup water • 2 pounds kiwi fruit (about 8 kiwi fruit), peeled and quartered • 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice • 2 limes, quartered

directions

In a small bowl, mash the zest with 1 teaspoon of the sugar to release the oils. Combine the remaining sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Cook until the syrup is clear. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. In a food processor or blender, purée the kiwi fruit with the juice, syrup and sugared zest. Transfer to a container, cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 3 hours. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Or, to freeze without an ice cream maker, pour the mixture into a 9-inch nonreactive square pan. Cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and freeze just until solid, 2 to 3 hours. Scrape out into an electric mixer or food processor and process briefly until light and fluffy. Serve at once or transfer to a container, cover, and freeze until firm, about 2 hours. At serving time, garnish with a lime wedge to squeeze over each serving.

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Move! notes that kids who are supported by their families or surrounded by others interested in physical activity are more likely to participate in such activities themselves. Families looking to get fit and grow closer can consider the following approaches to live healthier, more active lifestyles. · Give gifts that encourage activity. Both youngsters and adults are enamored with the latest gadgets, but tablets and video game consoles won’t do much to make families more physically active. In lieu of toys that promote sedentary lifestyles, give kids toys that encourage physical activity. Erect a basketball hoop in the driveway or go buy new bicycles for the whole family, resolving to go for a nightly ride together. · Restrict TV time. Establish house rules regarding how many hours of television kids and adults can watch each day. Kids will follow their parents’ lead with regard to how much television they watch, so parents should be mindful of their own viewing habits, resisting the temptation to plop down on the couch for several hours each night. Don’t turn on the television at night until the whole family has engaged in some physical activity. · Walk or ride bikes to run errands. When running errands in town, take the kids along and walk or ride bicycles rather than drive. This is a great time for families to catch up, and walking or riding a bicycle is great exercise for adults and kids alike.

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Families often look for fun things to do together, and few things are more fun than physical activity. Choosing activities that combine fun with physical activity is a great way to bond as a family and get healthy at the same time. According to Let’s Move!, an initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama to fight the problem of childhood obesity, children need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Parents know it can sometimes be hard to get kids to disconnect from their devices long enough to get out and play. But Let’s

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· Schedule physical activities for the weekends. When planning weekends, parents can schedule a physical activity for the whole family. Make time to go hiking at a nearby park or schedule a family basketball game in the driveway. Such activities are healthful, and they don’t have to cost a lot money either. · Volunteer as a family. Another way to get up and go as a family is to work with a local nonprofit or charitable organization. Sign the family up for monthly park or beach cleanup projects that get the family out of the house and moving. Or sign the family up to work at a local soup kitchen where kids can learn the value of helping others while staying on their feet. · Let kids plan activities. One great way to get kids excited about an active lifestyle is to let them plan family activities. Kids who are encouraged to come up with activities, whether it’s visiting the zoo or going kayaking as a family, are more likely to embrace those activities.

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hey, hey! let’s take a VaCay! >> Tips for making that summer family vacation affordable

Family vacations provide wonderful opportunities for families to bond and make lasting memories. But such opportunities do not come without a price, and that price is oftentimes very steep.

According to the 2015 TripBarometer study from popular travel website TripAdvisor, travelers across the globe are open to spending more on travel in 2016 than they have in the past. The study, conducted on behalf of TripAdvisor by the independent research firm Ipsos, analyzed more than 44,000 responses from travelers and hoteliers across the globe. Thirty-three percent of respondents plan to spend more on travel in 2016 than they did in 2015, while 31 percent admitted that they plan to spend more on travel because it’s important for their health and well-being. Those figures are good news for the travel industry, but travelers, especially parents who plan to vacation with their children, should expect to encounter rising

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room rates when planning their trips. That’s because nearly half of all hoteliers surveyed indicated their intentions to increase room rates in 2016. While that might scare off some budget-conscious travelers, parents should know there are ways to cut the costs of family vacations. • Consider alternative accommodations. Families accustomed to staying in hotels while on vacation may be able to save by exploring some budget-friendly alternatives to hotels. Vacation rental property sites, such as VRBO, Airbnb, HomeAway, FlipKey, and OneFineStay, feature private homes or condominiums, which may not only charge less per day than four- or five-star hotels in the same city, but can cater to your specific needs,

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To celebrate Mother’s Day last month, students in Mrs. DiVirgilio’s Pre-k class at Notre Dame Academy hosted a special brunch dedicated to the most important ladies in their lives. The children presented their moms with heartfelt songs, poems, lapbooks, and a slide show. After chowing down on some yummy muffins, they got busy drawing personalized pictures of Mom. Although Mother’s Day was over a month ago, there’s never a wrong time to show Mom how much you love her! So here’s how you can make a lapbook of your own for your mom like the students in Mrs. DiVirgilio’s class:

Here’s how to make a lapbook at home:

Materials

• File folder • A picture of the child with Mom

• Glue, Markers/Crayons • A blank sheet of paper

DIRECTIONS

1. Glue your picture to the outside of the file folder. 2. Decorate the file folder however you like, using stamps, stickers, or your own drawings. 3. Use the blank sheet of paper to create a personalized picture of mom. Here’s how: • Draw a circle for mom’s head. • Make two circles for the eyes and fill them in. • For the mouth, make a big smile and add the dimple lines on the outside edges to make her look very happy. Then make some lower case “M bumps” on the top of her lips, and a smile on the bottom of her lips. • Make a dot for the nose and two letter c’s for the ears (one will be backwards).

• Seasonal decorations like stickers and stamps

• Make a number 11 for the neck. • Draw a triangle for her dress. Add a bunch of smiles on the bottom for some ruffles. • For each arm, add “one line, two lines, and then put a lid on it.” Make two circles for each hand. • For each leg, add two lines with a lid like you did for the arms. Make two ovals for the shoes. You can also add rectangles on the bottom of the shoes to make heels. • Add your mom’s hair style. • Decorate your mom’s dress and shoes using any color and shapes you like. 4. Glue your drawing of mom to the inside of the decorated file folder, then present it to Mom. You’ll make her day!

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As annoying as these toddler years can be –the crying at bath time, tantrums at dinnertime, breaking up fights, preventing them from accidentally killing themselves, anxiously awaiting bedtime– I’m still bummed they won’t just stay little forever. Parents of older children love touting the expression “little kids, little problems- big kids, big problems.” While it’s admittedly obnoxious to hear on a regular basis from the seasoned pros, there’s surely some truth to the expression. A lot of truth, actually. For example, while I must keep at least one eye glued to my youngest at all times to ensure that she doesn’t climb up a wall, reach for the knife rack, and then walk around holding one by its blade (true story), at least it is guaranteed that I’ll never be too far away to ensure she doesn’t accidentally stab the dog, her brother, herself, or anyone else. Now fast forward 16 or 17 years. I will no longer be always a mere two feet away, ready and waiting to keep disaster from striking. I won’t be able to turn down a date with the wrong kind of guy for her, or steer her clear of the wrong crowd, nor will I be there to yank the car keys from her hand before she even thinks about getting behind the wheel after having a drink. Gosh, I already hyperventilate thinking about that happening, and she hasn’t even had a sip of soda yet. (Okay fine, yes she has).

so many hugs, so little time

Why can’t they just stay little forever?

I love how affectionate my children are. My son just gave me one of his trademark bear hugs, a lengthy, tight squeeze that brings on the warm and fuzzies every time. It’s the best feeling ever. Too bad it also makes me wonder….What on earth will I do when my kids no longer want to hug me??? How will I feel when I can no longer simply outstretch my arms, anytime I want, and wait for the nearest little person to come barreling across the room to wrap their own miniature arms around my waist?

The thing is, my kids look up to me and I don’t want that to ever stop. Right now, every knee scrape, every broken toy, every bad dream is very easily mended with a kiss and a cuddle from mama. But how will I feel the day I pose the question “all better?” and I’m stung by a negative response? What’s Mama Cuddles to do then? What if I go and do something completely psychotic like try to have another baby or something? I already find myself lamenting over how tiny they are in their precious baby pictures. I can’t help but wonder if I might one day successfully locate a big pause button that will simply freeze their childhood for a little while. I need to soak up all that angelic innocence now before I blink and they’re moody, miserable teenagers who curse the ground I walk upon. At the same time, though, I’m also excited to see what amazing adults they’ll grow into. I know they will make me so proud someday and I look forward to basking in the glow of their success. I’m also pretty psyched to sleep past 7a.m. once in a while too. Oh, the paradoxes of parenthood. I suppose there’s comfort in knowing that they will always be my babies, whether they are actual babies or not. Now excuse me now while I go hug my little boy for the twentieth time today. By Jeannine Cintron, a Staten Island mom of two who thinks a hundred hugs a day is still not enough. Read her blog at www.HighchairsandHeadaches.com

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Staten Island moms love to share their opinions! We asked our Facebook Moms for recommendations of their favorite health care professionals. The response was overwhelming! Here are some of the top picks:

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• Dr. Michael Santoro, Bloomingdale Road • Dr. Zahra Marina on Richmond Avenue • Comprehensive Pediatrics, Hylan Boulevard ~ Dr. Nick Faraci ~ Dr. John Donati ~ Jerry Sicca, RPA-C • Gabriel (GPM) Pediatrics, Richmond Ave ~ Dr. Michael Elias Gabriel ~ Dr. Theodoros Raptis ~ Dr. Calogera Perrone ~ Dr. Rosana Kleinman • Dr. Arthur Buonaspina, Edgegrove Avenue • Dr. Liezl Villaverde, Byrne Avenue • Dr. Usha Thomas, Guyon Avenue • USFHP Fort Wadsworth Family Health Care for our Military Families • Island Heights Pediatrics, Richmond Avenue ~ Dr. Diana Pintus-Emma • Dr. George Roussis, Hylan Boulevard • Island Heights Pediatrics, Richmond Avenue ~ Dr. Annmarie Grigoletto ~ Dr. Emma Pintus • Premier Pediatrics, Veterans Road West ~ Dr. Linda DiToro ~ Dr. Jene Tesoriero ~ Dr. Brian McCarthy

pediatric dentists • Kids Dental, Arthur Kill Road ~ Dr. Lisa Lazzara

• SI Pediatric Dentistry, Bridgetown Street

~ Dr. Debbie Gries ~ Dr. Michele Flannigan • Dr. Michelle Giumenta, Amboy Road • Dr. Phyllis Merlino, Todt Hill Road • Small World Dental, Hylan Boulevard • Happy Teeth Dental, Seguine Avenue • Dr. Michael D’anna, DDS, Seguine Avenue • Dr. Chris Bernardini, Old Town Road • Dr. David Sandler, Richmond Avenue • Dr. Graclyn Santos, Victory Boulevard • Sola Dental Spa, Richmond Avenue • Dr. Philip Squatrito, Annadale Road • Dr. Daniel Perrone, Victory Boulevard • Dr. Marshall Skopp, Forest Avenue • Dr. Leona Kotlyar, Brooklyn • Hoffman and Karl Dental Associates, Hylan Boulevard • Dr. Harry Weisenfeld, Richmond Hill Rd • Gallery 57 Dental, NYC • Starship Pediatric Dentistry, Madison, NJ

Pediatric Ophthalmologist & Eye Care: • Pediatric Eye Care of Staten Island, Richmond Road: ~ Dr. Patrick Derespinis ~ Dr. Caryn S. Pearlstein • Island Eye Surgery Specialists, Hylan Boulevard and Victory Boulevard • Dr. Madelyn Pullman, Richmond Road

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• Dr. Charles Neu, New Dorp Lane • Dr. Mitchell Schuman, Richmond Road • Sterling Optical, Hylan Plaza • Dr. Sepideh Rousta, East Brunswick, NJ • Dr. Mark Steele, NYC • Dr. Louis Furlan, Brooklyn

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10 tips for a tear-free checkup for kids…and parents! A handy checklist for your next checkup Well child checkups are a routine part of your child’s life; in fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a yearly visit for all children over the age of one. Though sometimes dreaded by the child (and therefore the parent), these visits are really opportunities to follow their growth and development and to review accurate information regarding their overall health. Other topics such as nutrition, bedwetting, parenting, and, of course, vaccinations can also all be discussed with your child’s health care provider during the visit. Here are some tips to help prepare both parents and children to get the most out of their appointment:

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Let your child know before the scheduled appointment that they will be visiting the doctor to make sure that their body is healthy. Positioning the visit in a positive manner should help to alleviate any fear that something may be wrong. Children who are more sensitive may agonize for days before their checkup, so use your best judgment as to how far in advance you will let them know about the appointment. Ask your child to be a participant in the process. Make a list of topics that you feel he/she may want to review. In addition to health issues, include some fun achievements that you may want to share on your child’s behalf with the provider such as a recent award, team participation, or a great dental checkup. Getting them involved will help to empower them. Many children like to play out their visit beforehand. Try providing your child with a doctor’s kit to get them familiar with what may happen at the appointment. A picture book about going to the doctor can also help to alleviate fear that the child may have about the unknown. Keep in mind that all good nurses will review in detail all that she or he will be doing along the way. Letting your child know that there should be no big surprises should help to reassure them. If your child is anxious about shots, let him or her know that the doctor will help decide what is best and that vaccines exist to help keep the body healthy. Depending on the child’s personality and temperament, you may want to either let them know beforehand about the possibility of shots to help prepare them, or perhaps your child will do well not to stress in the days leading up to the appointment about shots; in this case leave it up to the doctor to discuss. Be positive, but don’t lie. There is no need to say, for instance, that a shot won’t hurt. – just probably not as much as a child usually imagines it will. Teach your child the concept

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of the pain being on a scale from 0-10: “0” is no pain while “10” is very painful. Let them know that a shot is about a 2 or 3 on the pain scale so they can grasp that though there will be a little pain, it won’t be great. Most pre-school children can understand this concept.

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Arrive early and come prepared! Your health provider will need to know your insurance information and any recent updates, arriving early will save you the stress of rushing around. Be sure to bring your child’s immunization card. Making a list beforehand of any updates in your child’s health history, allergies, or other concerns you have can be helpful, so you don’t have to rely of your memory during the visit. Don’t make false promises that there won’t be shots if you know there will be just to ease your child’s fear. If your child is anxious about the possibility of a shot, speak to your physician. There are numbing creams, sprays, breathing techniques and other approaches to managing their anxiety. Even just telling a joke or talking about a funny memory can do wonders! Avoid excessive reassurance, apologies or criticism if your child is distressed. A sense of calm acceptance on the parent’s behalf goes a long way in providing the child with comfort. Last, but most importantly, plan time to celebrate in your own way with your child after the checkup. This could be lunch out, an ice cream cone, a small toy or treat. Take advantage of the opportunity to spend time with your child one on one. Your child’s checkup can serve as a wonderful way to show them how proud you are to be their parent. For parents, it can offer support should you have a particular concern, question, or topic you’d like to discuss. As we often hear, it truly does take a village to raise a child: don’t be afraid to make your child’s pediatrician a vital part of that village. By Dr. Chrystal de Freitas, pediatrician, mother and author of Jake’s Kindergarten Checkup • JakesKindergartenCheckup.com

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outine dental examinations and cleanings are an important component of oral healthcare for both children and adults. However, many children do not visit the dentist until well after the time recommended by medical and dental professionals. Parentsmay be unaware of the dental health timeline, or they could be reluctant to bring their children for fear of how their kids will behave - especially if parents are harboring their own apprehensions about the dentist. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child go to the dentist by age one, or within six months of the eruption of his or her first tooth. Yet, according to a survey commissioned by Delta Dental Plans, the average age of a child’s first dental visit is 2.6 years. Parents worried about how their kids will respond to the dentist can take the following steps to acclimate kids to dental visits to make them more comfortable during their appointments now and down the road.

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· Be a positive role model. Children frequently learn by example. If they see their parents being diligent about dental care, they’re more likely to embrace proper oral hygiene. Bring children to your own dental appointments so they understand the process and become familiar with the type of equipment used. · Stick to the first-tooth milestone. Take your child to the dentist on or about when his or her first tooth erupts. Early dental visits will get kids used to going to the dentist and prevent minor problems that may lead to more complex dental issues. · Read books about the dentist and role play. Information can allay kids’ fears about the dentist. Read books together about dentalvisits and act out possible scenarios with your kids. Give kids toy dental health tools and have them practice exams on you and vice-versa. · Be supportive and instill trust. Avoid telling your child that everything will be okay. If a procedure is needed, this could affect his or her trust

in you and make the dental office an even greater source of anxiety. Simply be supportive and offer a hand to squeeze or a hug if your child needs you. · Consider which dentist to use. Some parents like to take their children to a pediatric dentist who, by nature, caters to children. The décor and staff are tailored to help put a child at ease. Many family dental practices see patients of all ages, and if the office is a familiar place for your child, he or she may be more comfortable there. Speak with your dentist about the ages they see. · Steer clear of negative words. Michael J. Hanna, DMD, a national spokesperson for the AAPD, suggests using positive phrases like “clean, strong, healthy teeth” to make the visit seem fun and positive rather than scary and alarming. Let the office staff come up with their own words to describe processes that won’t seem too frightening. By employing these techniques, kids’ dental visits can be more pleasant for all involved, paving the way for a lifetime of healthy teeth.

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june is vision health month

Common Childhood Eye Disorders Amblyopia

Amblyopia, also referred to as “lazy eye,” is the most common cause of vision impairment in children. Amblyopia is the medical term used when the vision in one of the eyes is reduced because the eye and the brain are not working together properly. Strabismus

Strabismus involves an imbalance in the positioning of the two eyes. Strabismus can cause the eyes to cross in (esotropia) or turn out (exotropia). Strabismus is caused by a lack of coordination between the eyes. As a result, the eyes look in different directions and do not focus simultaneously on a single point. Source: CDC.gov

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s adults, we know when we are beginning to experience trouble with our vision, and should book an appointment with the eye doctor to check it out. Children, on the other hand, might be hesitant to tell their parents about any vision problems they’re having, whether due to a fear or eyeglasses or simply not realizing their symptoms are a red flag. Because of this, parents must learn to recognize certain warning signs that indicate their children are experiencing vision problems. Vision problems in youngsters can be especially problematic, as many of the lessons kids learn in school still begin on a board located at a distance from their seat. Some common childhood vision problems can be diagnosed with a regular vision check up. If your child complains of headaches or you notice any of the following potential indicators, seek medical attention to get to the cause of the problem:

· Reading habits: Vision problems may be most noticeable when kids are reading. As youngsters learn to read, they might use their fingers to keep their place while they figure out the pronunciation of certain words. But kids eventually grow out of that habit. Kids who are still doing so long after they have learned to read may be having trouble seeing words on the page. In addition, kids who pull their reading materials very close to their eyes may be struggling to see the words. · Viewing habits: Peculiar viewing habits may also be indicative of poor vision. Kids who sit too close to the television may be struggling to see what’s on as opposed to just being overexcited to see their favorite shows.

Kids who prefer to watch programs on tablets they can hold as opposed to televisions may also make that choice because it’s easier for them to see on their tablets than on the television. In such instances, ask why they prefer tablets to television. When kids watch TV, ask them to move further away from the television. If they complain moving back makes it hard to see, book an appointment with an eye doctor.

· Eye rubbing: Many kids, and even adults, rub their eyes when they are feeling fatigued. But kids who seem to rub their eyes frequently and at times of the day when they should not be tired may be experiencing vision troubles and feeling frustrated that they cannot see very well. · Eye activity: Some kids begin to close one eye when reading, watching television or attempting to read signs. That may be indicative of a refractive vision disorder, in which the eye struggles to focus, or refract, light correctly on the retina. Such problems can often be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses, but some refractive disorders may require surgery. · Squinting: Kids who squint a lot may be finding it difficult to focus on words on a chalkboard or even television programs. Squinting may also be brought on by a corneal abrasion. Parents who notice their youngsters are squinting should consult the child’s eye doctor to determine the cause of the problem. Vision problems can be especially harmful to children, who rely on their vision to perform their schoolwork. Parents who learn to recognize the various warning signs of vision troubles can nip problems in the bud before they have too great an impact on youngsters.

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June 24, 2016 at 8pm at the historic Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

Love In Bloom will summon the audience to explore the breadth, depth and power of love through the perspective of the play’s characters, who will use a variety of artistic expressions such as music, dance, visual art and poetry to convey love as the supreme emotion. Great family entertainment.

Featured performers include Tony-nominated Broadway veteran, Larry Marshall; Karlus Trapp, Jeannine Otis, David Jones, Leopoldo Fleming, Betty Shirley and Sajda Musawwir Ladner. The suggested donation is $20 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 18.

Purchase tickets at the door or call 718-273-5610 425 Jersey St • SI, NY 10301 utasi.org • 718-273-5610 www.facebook.com/UTAsiny twitter.com/UTAStatenIsland templeofthearts@hotmail.com • info@utasi.org UTA’s production of Love in Bloom has been supported generously by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

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liza, a fifth-grader who lives in Dongan Hills, believes a top-notch park is a place where there is almost too much to do.

recreation areas along Staten Island’s East Shore from Fort Wadsworth (where, among other things, you can make reservations to camp overnight) and continues south to Great Kills Park and Nichols Marina.

Meagan, a mom from Rosebank who has a 22-month-old daughter, values cleanliness and a good social environment.

Most of the borough’s parks, however, are run by New York City — and Staten Island residents make good use of them.

Todd, from Tottenville, who has a 6-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son, wants to feel transported when he goes to a park. “Like, you go there and you don’t feel like you’re in New York City,” he said.

Grasmere resident Nicole gets out to Clove Lakes Park in Sunnyside about once a week with her 1-year-old daughter, Liliana.

They’ve all found places they love on Staten Island. That’s not hard to believe, considering that Staten Island is known as the Borough of Parks. In fact, according to the Visit Staten Island website, there are more than 170 parks and playgrounds open here, covering some 12,300 acres. And the borough’s not done yet: When Freshkills Park is fully built out and open (for the next generation’s use) in 20 years, another 2,300 acres will be added. Currently, there are two major state-operated green spaces on Staten Island — Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve in Charleston, and the Mount Loretto Unique Area in Pleasant Plains. The National Parks Service operates Gateway National Recreation Area, which stretches along the shore from Queens to Sandy Hook, N.J., and includes beaches and

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“I used to run for high school. I went to New Dorp. I love all the different trails. Now, I’m in the military. I put her in a jogging stroller and go on the trails,” said Nicole. As she pushed her daughter in a swing, a smile spread across the little girl’s face. Nicole’s friend Meagan, meanwhile, just a few feet away, was keeping a watchful eye on her daughter, who was navigating a climbing structure. Meagan said that while she grew up playing in DiMatti Playground in Rosebank, she prefers Clove Lakes Park now. “It’s cleaner. There’s so much to do. You can go for a walk, blow bubbles, sit on the grass. She loves the park,” said Meagan, nodding toward her daughter. Joe from Mariners Harbor and his 7-year-old son, Jo-Jo, often head to Walker Park in Livingston, between Bard and Davis Avenues. The basketball courts there are a big draw for both father and son, but Joe said if basketball isn’t your thing, you can still stay busy. “There’s tennis, nice shade, swings,” he

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said. His son says it’s a great place to “run around.” Miranda Mancuso of Prince’s Bay has three children — ages 3, 5, and 6. She said she’s drawn to Swinnerton Park, formerly known as Lenape Park, tucked away near the grounds of historic Conference House Park in Tottenville. In addition to swings and climbing structures, Mrs. Mancuso likes the hiking path nearby that courses near the shore. “They like to walk on the path,” she said of her children. For herself, Mrs. Mancuso called the park “quaint and quiet.” “No one bothers you over there,” she added. Todd and his family like the Mount Loretto Unique Area because, he said, “you don’t need a playground.” You think you’re upstate in Tarrytown or somewhere when you’re there. Especially in the fall, it’s very pretty.” Aside from three distinct hiking trails (The Wetlands, Grassland, and Beach Loop), Mount Loretto Unique Area is a great place to bird-watch. The park also offers visitors fresh- and salt-water fishing, biking, kayaking, and canoeing. At 2,800 acres, Staten Island’s sprawling Greenbelt wraps around the center of Staten Island like a beautiful bow. Beneath its boughs, there are actually several distinct parks and recreation areas. These range from the Greenbelt Recreation Center at 501 Brielle Ave. and the Nature Center at 700 Rockland Ave., where classes, activities, and exhibits are offered, to Willowbrook Park,

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Some parks are especially suited to individuals with special needs. The keyword to look for in a park’s online description is “accessible.” Here are a few standouts on Staten Island.

Bloomingdale Park, intersection of Ramona Avenue on the north

and Bloomingdale Road on the west, Prince’s Bay. Neat features for kids of all ages and abilities, including Sway Fun, a wheel chair-accessible glider. This 13.8-acre park also includes a fitness path, playground, bathrooms, dog run and spray shower. For information, call 718-585-7117.

Carousel for All Children, located in Willowbrook Park, 2 Eton Place, Willowbrook. This attraction was constructed between 1997 and 1999 by Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio — the only company in North America that crafts wooden carousels. The merry-go-round features 51 hand-carved horses, mythical beasts and endangered species. It is handicap-accessible and staff is available to provide assistance. The carousel will operate daily through August; then on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only in September and October. One two-minute ride costs $2. For information, call 718-351-3450, or visit sigreenbelt.org/carousel-for-all-chldren/. Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve, 83 Nielsen Ave., Charles-

ton. The site of extensive mining for white kaolin clay in the 19th century, the park’s abandoned pits are now filled with rain and spring water. The park boasts 180 bird species, including 57 species of migratory songbirds.

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home of the popular Carousel for All Children, located off Eton Place. Willowbrook Park also features an archery range, catch-and-release fishing, picnic areas, and tennis courts. (The tennis courts, however, have been closed pending repair to the asphalt.) If hiking is in your plans, head for the Greenbelt’s High Rock Park, located at 200 Nevada Ave. off Rockland Ave, where a number of trails loop through the woods, some to man-made Moses Mountain and beautiful Lake Ohrbach.

For a list of Staten Island’s city parks, visit www.nycgovparks.org. The website presents parks individually, and covers a wide range from playgrounds co-operated by the Department of Education/Department of Parks & Recreation to major community sites like Wolfe’s Pond Park. For state park information, visit www.nysparks. com. For information on Gateway National Recreation Area, visit www.nps.com. Note: Some parks make use of Urban Park Rangers who will head up educational programs and walks; state and most federal parks employ interpreters or public information personnel on site.

Sometimes, however, it’s familiarity that makes a park a favorite. The Hambric family of St. George — Keisha, Tyrone and their daughters, 8 year-old Genesis, and 4 year-old Ava — love Silver Lake Park. “Our friends go there,” said Mrs. Hambric, “and it’s close by. They made that nice little playground for children on the Victory Boulevard side. There are swings and playground equipment. We’ve done Frisbee there, had parties there.” If you haven’t taken advantage of the wealth of outdoor play spaces on Staten Island, now’s the time to get out and explore. It may be cliché, but it’s true: There is absolutely something for everyone! By Marjorie Hack

Bathrooms are available. The park has some accessible features including an Interpretive Center where workshops and demonstrations on things like pond ecology, birds, and plant and tree identification, are held. The picnic facilities are also accessible. For information, call 718-967-1976.

Drumgoole Tot Lot in Rossville is named in honor of Father John Drumgoole, an Irish priest who was a child-care pioneer and founder of St. Vincent’s Home for Homeless Newsboys at Mount Loretto. It provides a playground for community children of all abilities between the ages of 2 and 5. New accessible recreational equipment, swings, benches, and picnic tables, allow young park users to play and climb. The playground is located within a triangular Greenstreet, is bordered by Drumgoole Road West, Rathbun Avenue and Carlton Boulevard. • nycgovparks.org/parks/drumgoole-tot-lot. Jennifer’s Park or “Playground for All Children,” is located near intersection of Jules Drive, Elson Court and Regis Drive in Graniteville (near P.S. 22). This neighborhood playground without barriers is named in memory of a young girl who had Down syndrome and attended P.S. 22. Features basketball courts, a recreation center, playground, spray shower on 1.6 acres. • www.nycgovparks.org/parks/jennifers-playground. Mount Loretto Unique Area, 6450 Hylan Blvd., Pleasant Plains, 200 acres of grasslands, wetlands, and coastal shoreline is adding the following accessible features to the property: Trail, parking lot, and fishing platform. www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8291.html

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It’s no secret that Staten Island’s drug problem has reached epidemic proportions, with many users being minors and young adults. As a family community, our foremost thought is to protect our own children and family from a live destroyed by drug use. Marijuana, over-the-counter, prescription, ecstasy, and cocaine are among the most popular drugs teens use, but some extreme methods of getting high are constantly being reported. How can we, as parents, get in front of a teen’s drug use before it starts? TeenSafe, one of the most popular parental monitoring services, wants to empower parents with the tools to monitor and manage a child’s online activity in order to help know when they need to open a dialogue and start a conversation, before their activities lead to serious problems. Below is a roundup of signs your teen may be hiding drug or alcohol abuse:

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Seven Signs Your Teen is Hiding Drugs or Abusing Alcohol 1. Suddenly messy or unkempt appearance – A teen abusing substances may suddenly become messy or unkempt, have poor hygiene, or have unexplained marks or burns. 2. Separate social groups – Teens are more likely to do drugs in social situations. The introduction of drugs or alcohol also often comes with new friends, separate social groups, or the loss of old friends. 3. Sudden drop in grades – If your teen’s abuse has led to addiction, it can also impact their academic performance, including increased truancy, sudden drops in grades, or loss of interest in extracurricular activities. 4. Unexplained income – Dealing with drugs can lead to dealing drugs. Be on the lookout for unexplained income, cash flow problems, increased requests for money, or signs of theft. 5. Dramatic weight loss or gain – Signs that substance abuse is impacting your teen’s health include dramatic weight loss or gain, erratic sleep schedule, slurred or unintelligible speech, and clumsiness or lack of balance.

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6. Altered emotional state – Drugs and alcohol don’t just affect a child’s physical health. It also alters their mental and psychological well-being, causing rapid mood swings, loss of inhibitions, loss of focus, and hyperactivity. 7. Abrupt personality change – Perhaps the most worrisome sign is that substances can create changes in the core personality of your teen. If your teen has developed secretive behavior, the tendency to lie, or depression, it may be time to seek help. Keep an open dialogue with your child. Start the conversations early and revisit them often. Talk about the dangers of alcohol and drug use, and always be aware of what’s going on in their lives. To learn more, visit teensafe.com See Michael Reilly’s Column on page 54 for information on Staten Island’s Drug Awareness Resources for our Schools.

If your child may be having trouble with their vision or you just want to be sure they have healthy eyes, call us today at 718-984-7616 to make an appointment. Dr. Bui also can fit first time contact lens wearers as well, and we have a wide selection of both eyeglasses for children and contact lenses to offer in our optical shop.

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top online communities for women with postpartum depression According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in 10 women experience postpartum depression (PPD), a type of depression that occurs after having a baby. While there is a wealth of resources for women experiencing PPD, one of the most popular ways to seek help and guidance is by connecting with other women via online communities. Treato.com, the largest source of online consumer insights on healthcare, has recently released its list of the top online communities for postpartum depression. After analyzing thousands of online discussions regarding postpartum depression in the past year, below are the most helpful online communities for women seeking help with PPD.

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Staten Island Drug Awareness Resources for Schools Each day we hear, read and see the horrible effects drug addiction has on our Staten Island community. Families torn apart, thefts and other crimes, and most troubling, the unnecessary deaths of our young Staten Islanders at alarming rate. We all acknowledge SOMETHING MUST BE DONE. This horrific epidemic on our Island did not happen over night and the efforts to reclaim our families, children and community will sadly not happen over night as well. It will take time, commitment, passion and community partnerships to reduce the impact of drug abuse and addiction. Education and outreach is the most important pathway to that end.

Staten Island Borough President’s Office and the NYPD • 5th Grade - Too Good For Drugs Program: A 6-week curriculum that is a collaboration by Borough President Oddo, NYPD Chief DeLattore, and Staten Island Schools. The program partners a teacher and an NYPD Police Officer from the local precinct to teach, guide, and mentor 5th graders about making good healthy choices. This program is unique in that the officer who patrols the streets interacts in a positive way with students they may encounter in the community while on patrol. This program builds unity within the community while promoting drug awareness and prevention. To learn more, call the Staten Island Borough President’s Office, Director of Education at (718) 816-2055

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Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness • Tackling Youth Substance Abuse (TYSA) is a coalition of people and organizations who have come together to decrease youth substance abuse on Staten Let us know and Mike Island. It is a dynamic partnerNow would be an excellent may address your concern ship of private and non-profit opportunity to schedule events organizations; city and state in the next issue. and programs for the school government agencies; philanVisit siparent.com/mikereilly year that will begin in Septemthropists; parents, teachers and ber 2016. teens— many of who have been to submit your request. working to combat alcohol and Listed below are some of the drug abuse for years. The TYSA excellent resources and programs available to all Staten initiative is different because all of its members work toIsland school communities. gether to help one another, and the whole community, tackle youth substance abuse. Richmond County District Attorney’s Office • “No D” Initiative: 35 minute, classroom presenta• Parent Workshops, Community Forums, Media tion for students in grades 6 through 12. The presentation Campaigns highlights real life experiences of opiate abuse, discussing how it impacts families. An Assistant District Attor• Provides opportunities for youth and community ney presents a Powerpoint and has an interactive discusownership of issue through a Youth Council, Worksion with the students. groups, Town-hall Meetings To learn more or schedule a presentation, call the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office at (718) 876-6300

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Over 600,000 computing jobs are available in the US, but only 43,000 computer science majors graduated last year. That startling statistic from code.org may explain why 9 out of 10 parents want children to learn computer programming. Even kids who aren’t likely to choose programming as a career benefit from learning something about it. Coding teaches kids to analyze problems, think logically, and be persistent about troubleshooting. Getting results also gives kids a sense of accomplishment and confidence that they can make technology work for them.

Bitsbox.com has a free website, but it also offers a subscription service for elementary school kids. Once a month, kids get a box of new programming challenges along with stickers, small toys, and trading cards. Clubs. Cs-first.com offers free modules that can be used in afterschool programs or summer camps. The materials are built around Scratch, a coding language devised at MIT (scratch.mit.edu) and are targeted to students in 4th8th grade. All you need to start a club is a willing adult and access to one Internet-enabled device for each club member.

Lessons. For children who develop a taste for coding, several organizations offer a more systematic way to become proficient. Code.org has links to “Hour of Code” projects that offer free one-hour tutorials introducing students to code. They also have a series of videos that help kids master basic algorithms and offer inspiration from master coders like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Pluralsight, a company that provides online training to adults by subscription, offers several free classes for kids at pluralsight.com/ Toys. Three-dimensional playthings can teach kids the kids-courses. At Codeacademy.com, teens who are motivatkind of logical sequencing that is at the heart of programed can master several programming languages through free ming. Code-A-Pillar, coming soon from Fisher Price, is interactive lessons. Finally, Tynker.com, a program widely used by schools, offers over a caterpillar that does different things depending on how a tod1,000 coding activities with kid appeal to families willing to pay dler sequences its segments ($50). Coding teaches kids to analyze a monthly subscription. Try the Makerbloks.com sells domino size blocks that have different problems, think logically, and be free apps, available for Android functions. Kids, six and up, can and Apple, before signing up. persistent about troubleshooting. snap them together to tell stories Camps. Summer is a great or create devices like a burglar Getting results also gives kids time to learn a new skill, and sevalarm or a voice changing mia sense of accomplishment and eral camps will immerse kids in crophone ($125). Circuit Maze from thinkfun.com teaches kids to code. IDtech.com offers camps confidence that they can make think logically about circuits with exploring a variety of technitechnology work for them. a series of 60 puzzles ($40). cal topics at over 150 locations, including many campuses with Bots. Robots and droids can be prestigious CS programs. Their fun for the entire family, but many models are expensive, website makes it easy to find an experience that’s age appropriate for kids 7-18. The Emagination program intersperses delicate or tricky to operate. Exceptions include Dash and lessons in coding with more traditional camp activities. InDot (makewonder.com), freestanding, kid-friendly bots that formation about locations and programs, including a popucan be controlled through an app. Sphero.com also sells lar Minecraft session, is available at computercamps.com. several durable, rolling robots that will appeal to kids over 8, especially if they are Star Wars fans. Just for Girls. In the past, boys gravitated towards Apps. A wide variety of apps claim to teach coding to programming more readily than girls. A number of orgakids. Two of the better ones come from Hopscotch (gethonizations are trying to reverse that trend. Madewithcode. pscotch.com). Their signature program lets school-age kids com, a Google initiative, features exciting coding projects developed by young women. Girlswhocode.com sponsors use code to design games and create artwork. A simpler program called Daisy the Dinosaur is available for pretech clubs and summer camps for girls. And Girldevelopit. schoolers (free, Apple products). Kodable teaches coding com offers supportive women-only classes in 52 US cities. practices by having 6 to 10 year-olds maneuver furry, round Stuff around the House. CSunplugged.org promises aliens called Fuzzes through 30 increasingly difficult mazes to teach kids some of the basic concepts of computer sciby using visual arrow icons (free, multiple platforms, Kodable.com). The Foos asks elementary-age kids to help cute ence through games and puzzles that use inexpensive matecharacters solve problems that just happen to involve codrials like cards, string, ping pong balls, and crayons that are ing skills such as pattern recognition and sequencing (free probably lying around your house. The site which is popular with educators includes downloads and videos explaining for most platforms, TheFoos.com). Lightbot is a slightly more abstract set of puzzles that can be addictive for older how to make use of the materials. kids (free for most platforms, Lightbot.com). With so many options available, every parent should be Hybrids. Several interesting programs teach code with a able to find a program or project that matches your child’s combination of tangible objects and apps. Bloxels has kids, age and temperament as well as the family’s schedule and ages 8-12, create video games by inserting brightly colored budget. So what are you waiting for? Get your kids coding blocks into a grid to create a pixelated image. Capture the now! image on a smartphone and an app helps you convert it into a game with characters and obstacles (bloxelsbuilder.com).

Unfortunately, many K-12 schools don’t routinely offer coding classes. To correct that problem, the White House launched a CS for All initiative earlier this year. Parents can find out about exemplary school programs at digitalpromise.org and discover local programs in the “Learn” section of code.org. You can also supplement what’s available at school with options like these:

Carolyn Jabs, M.A., raised three computer savvy kids including one with special needs. She has been writing Growing Up Online for ten years. In 2016, she will publish Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart. Visit www.growing-up-online.com to read other columns. @ Copyright, 2016, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.

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Answer: Before you start teaching your daughter to read and write numerals, you should make sure that she has developed the concept of numbers through sorting, ordering and counting activities. They can be as simple as sorting socks or M&M’s, Finding a New School ordering books by height, or rote counting to learn Question: We are moving across country and the names of the numbers. When this is accomwill soon be looking for a new place to live. Natuplished, she is ready to start reading numerals first, rally, finding a good school district will play a big then writing them. role in our decision about where to buy a home, as Mathematicians use the word “numeral” for the we have three children in elementary school. Do you written symbol of a number. Children must learn that have any suggestions for ways to learn more about when they see the symbol “6,” they say the word schools in districts that the realtors suggest to us? – “six” and are talking about a set of six things. The Searching following are some good activities for you and your daughter: Answer: It is getting very easy to find out how Back Scratchers: Take your finger and trace the schools perform academically. Most State Departoutline of a numeral on your child’s back. Have your ments of Education have this information on their child tell you the number. websites. In addition, some states have even rated Playing Cards: Shuffle the cards and turn them all their schools. Plus, a school or its district office face up one at a time (in the beginning use only the will have accurate information on test scores and stucards up to the number 5). Have your daughter point dent-teacher ratios. to the numeral in the corner of the card and say its Furthermore, there are name, then count the number absolutely loads of websites of hearts, etc., on the card. According to the American Academy for major cities that comIndex Cards, a Paper Bag of Pediatrics, children as young as pare schools by such things and Glue: Write a numeral as test scores, school envi4 can be tested for ADHD. However, on each index card with glue. ronment, student-teacher few children are diagnosed with this After the cards dry, you will ratio and much more. One disorder before elementary school, as have a set of raised numerals. it is difficult to get a diagnosis before caution: Some sites that Place the cards in the bag, compare schools are based children are 5. have your daughter reach in more on opinions rather than and select a card and tell you facts. Another possibility is the numeral without looking. talking to parents in school Sandbox: Ask your child simple questions like districts in the immediate area where you are considhow many feet do you have? Have your child write ering buying a home. Do try to talk to several parents the numeral in a cake pan with some sand. to get a range of opinions. Finally, there is no substitute for visiting a school Time to Test Children for ADHD before making a final decision on where you want Question: I have heard mixed opinions about to live. At a minimum, you will want to do the folwhether you can or cannot test young children age lowing things: 2 to 4 for ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactive disor-Observe the outside area around the school to der). Do you have any information? -- Need to Know see if it is in good order. -Take a quick look at the halls and bathrooms. Answer: According to the American Academy -Note how the students behave between classes. of Pediatrics, children as young as 4 can be tested Are they orderly? for ADHD. However, few children are diagnosed -How are individual classrooms decorated? with this disorder before elementary school, as it -See as much as you can about how students are is difficult to get a diagnosis before children are 5. interacting with each other and teachers and adminNevertheless, an early diagnosis can improve ADHD istrators. symptoms in preschoolers who receive behavioral therapy and/or low doses of medication. It also helps for parents to enroll themselves in a support group. Keep in mind that many of the symptoms of ADHD are seen in young children. It is normal for preschoolers to have a high level of activity, an inability to focus for long periods of time and impulsivity. However, young children with ADHD are far more hyper and impulsive. They are on the go almost all the time and are not likely to take naps or sit still

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pick-up games with his buddies for years, I was flipping the channels on the car starting when they were younger at Royal radio one recent night, after 11 p.m., when Oak Field and still today at Silver Lake Park, I stopped at WFAN, which has been the where there’s a little more space and they top sports talk radio station for the past 30 play using a soft baseball. years. A caller was rehashing the night’s “We actually take it very seriously,” he Yankee game and complained that Yankee laughed. manager Joe Gerardi should have bunted in After high school, Jastremski headed for a particular situation. Syracuse University, where he did post-game “Don’t tell me they should have bunted interviews of the school’s athletes and had a there!” the WFAN host charged. “This team radio show, preparing him for the WFAN has enough trouble scoring runs. You want contest that jump-started his career. them to give up outs and bunt? I don’t want He is heard regularly on the station on to hear it!” Sunday mornings from 2 to 6 a.m., and John Jastremski’s passion was oozing out works various night shifts during the week. of my car speakers. His followers know they can check his “I’ve always been very opinionated,” Facebook and Twitter pages to learn when the 28-year-old Castleton Corners resident he’ll be on. told me recently. “I don’t say what I say for Before he was famous, I encountered shock value. I just try to be myself on the air. Jastremski as a teenage referee in the Staten It’s my real opinion.” Island Soccer League, where I coached. He Jastremski — known by radio listeners as was one of the more mature young refs I JJ After Dark — has been heard voicing that came across back then. opinion regularly at WFAN in New York While he did play some soccer City and CBS Sports Radio nationwide since in his youth, he he won ‘FAN’s Fantasy admitted that the Phenom contest in the Castleton Corners’ real soccer players summer of 2011. It’s his John Jastremski, known on air as in the family are his dream job, something sisters: Caroline, he’s been aiming for JJ After Dark, found his dream who starred for four since before he started job as a nighttime talk show years at Notre Dame high school. DJ on WFAN and CBS Sports Academy, and Julie, Like many other Radio since winning the ‘FAN’s who is finishing her young Yankee fans in Fantasy Phenom contest five freshman year at the late 1990s, “of course NDA. I wanted to be the next years ago. On his radio gig, Derek Jeter or Bernie Jastremski has had Williams. But I realized the opportunity to interview a number of at a young age that pro baseball was not in well-known sports personalities, such as my future,” he said. football players Josh Brown, Victor Cruz “Lucky for me I found the next-best and Dan Fouts, and broadcasters John thing.” Flaherty, Ian Eagle and Kevin Burkhardt, to Back before his age reached double name a few. digits, when he was playing in the Snug “It adds a different element to the show,” Harbor Little League and St. Teresa Baseball he said of the interviews. “It’s 80-85 percent League, Jastremski was falling asleep each caller-driven, but we’ll mix in a guest when night tuned into WFAN. they enhance the program. “ “I fell in love with the format,” he said. “I As much fun as it is being a host in the came to the conclusion it was what I wanted big leagues of sports radio, Jastremski says to do for a living.” there’s a lot of preparation that goes into Not that he didn’t love playing sports. He being able to offer expert opinions on a wide was a member of the baseball team during range of sports topics. He said he watches an his final four years at the Michael J. Petrides awful lot of games and follows the pro and School, which he attended from the first college teams and players in depth. year it was open in 1995 until his graduation “Especially when I do the national in 2006. shows,” he said. “I need to be immersed in “I had my moments,” said the pitcher and topics beyond the local teams, and ready to outfielder, who still plays organized baseball give you an opinion on what’s going on with in his home borough on Sunday mornings Johnny Manziel or Steph Curry.” for the Staten Island Royals in the Frank Or whether or not the Yankees should Murphy A.M. Baseball League. have bunted. He also has been playing in regular

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houseplants can clean indoor air >> Make your indoor space a source of both health and beauty. Gardening is a rewarding hobby that can pay a host of dividends, both for the planet and the people doing the gardening. Healthy plant life can help clean the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and various air pollutants, while the act of gardening can help gardeners combat stress. Published in the Journal of Health Psychology, a study from researchers in the Netherlands found that gardening promotes relief from acute stress. In the study, two groups of participants were asked to complete a stressful task and then instructed to either read indoors or garden outdoors for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, the latter group had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and even reported being in a better mood than the group instructed to read indoors. But gardening does more than just provide gardeners with a reason to spend some time relaxing outdoors in an effort to relieve stress. Gardeners who raise certain plants may be able to bring those benefits with them when going inside as well. According to an article published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, houseplants can work wonders when it

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comes to improving overall health, removing toxins from air, soil and water by metabolizing some toxic chemicals and releasing harmless byproducts while sequestering such toxins by incorporating them into plant tissues. Clean indoor air is important for everyone, but especially so for those people who suffer from respiratory ailments like asthma. In fact, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology considers indoor air filtration an essential part of any strategy to improve respiratory health. But filtration systems and air purifiers are often not enough, and those who want the air in their homes to be as clean as possible may benefit from introducing certain houseplants into their homes. The following are a handful of plants that can help to improve indoor air quality. · Aloe vera: Aloe vera might be most often associated with hand creams and hand soaps, but the aloe vera plant, a succulent that even novice gardeners should have no problem growing, can clear indoor air of formaldehyde and benzene, two common byproducts of chemical-based cleaners many people use in their homes.

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Group Hike or Trail Run Greenbelt Nature Center 700 Rockland Avenue 718-351-3450 6pm • Free • All ages

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Green Reading Greenbelt Nature Center 700 Rockland Avenue 718-907-0709 2pm • Free • All ages

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Homework Help St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 4pm • Free • Ages 5-12

Lego Castles: A Medieval Building Series Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 3pm • Free • All ages

Baby Space! Stapleton Library 132 Canal Street 718-727-0427 11:45am • Free • Ages 0-1.5

Lego Castles: A Medieval Building Series New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 4pm • Free • Ages 5-12

Turtle Lurking The Interpretive Center 2351 Veteran’s Road West 718-967-1976 4pm • Free • Ages 0--12

Sunday, June 5

Sunrise Walk Free Math & Reading Tutoring Mount Loretto State Park New Dorp Library 6450 Hylan Blvd. 309 New Dorp Lane 718-475-5200 718-351-2977 8:30am • 10-20 • All ages 11am • Free • Grades PreK-8 Kayaking Kayak Staten Island Basic Canoeing Ocean Avenue Willowbrook Park kayakstatenisland.org Eton Place and Richmond Ave. 12pm • Free • All ages 718-967-3542 11am • Free • Ages 8+ Discovery Hike: Introduction to the Forest Greenbelt Nature Center 700 Rockland Avenue 718-351-3450 11am • Free • Ages 3-7 The Annual Ryan Pisapia Family Fun Day The Nansen Lodge 3441 Victory Blvd  917-715-4461 12pm • Kids $10, Adults $35 • All ages Art Studio SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 1pm • Free w/ admission • All ages Carnival & Science Spectacular! SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 1pm • $12 in advance • All ages Kiddie Game Time Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 1:30pm • Free  • Ages 6-11 Be a Game Builder Lego Series for Young Adults South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 2pm • Free • Young Adults Talking Drums: Rhythm and Work in the African Diaspora Staten Island Cultural Lounge 10 Ferry Terminal Drive 718-414-6904 2pm • Free • All ages

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Summer Craft Blue Heron Nature Center 222 Poillon Avenue 718-967-3542 1pm • Free • Ages 4-10 Importance of the Insect World Blue Heron Nature Center 222 Poillon Avenue 718-967-3542 2pm • Free • Ages 8-12

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Wii Gaming Port Richmond Library 75 Bennett Street 718-442-0158 2:30pm • Free • Ages 5-12

Teen/Tween Sewing Great Kills Library 56 Giffords Lane 718-984-6670 4pm • Free • Ages 8+

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3 to 6 Club Walker Park Davis Avenue 212-360-3440 3pm • Free • Ages 7-12

Boardwalk Concert Series The Vanderbilt at South Beach 300 Father Capodanno Blvd. boardwalkdays.com 4pm • Free • All ages

Teen PASS Program Faber Park Kill Van Kull & Faber Street cityparksfoundation.org 3:15pm • Free • Grades 6-8

Monday, June 6

Krazy Kidz West New Brighton Library 976 Castleton Avenue 718-442-1416 8am • Free • Ages 1.5+ All Join In! Stapleton Library  132 Canal Street 718-727-0427 11am • Free • Ages 2-4 Toddler Story Time Great Kills Library 56 Giffords Lane 718-984-6670 11am • Free • Ages 1.5-3

Read Aloud Huguenot Library 830 Huguenot Avenue 718-984-4636 4pm • Free • All ages

Crafternoon West New Brighton Library 976 Castleton Avenue 718-442-1416 3:30pm • Free • Ages 5+ Nocturnal Read Aloud South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 3:30pm • Free • All ages Be a Game Builder Lego Series for Young Adults South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 4pm • Free • Young Adults

Homework Help Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 5pm • Free • Grades 1-6

Tuesday, June 7

Wee Little Ones Story Time St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 10am • Free • Ages 0-1 Tot Time Tuesday The Interpretive Center 2351 Veteran’s Road West 718-967-1976 10am • Free • Ages 1-3 Baby Space St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 10:30am • Free • Ages 0-2 La Leche Meeting Christ Church of New Brighton 76 Franklin Avenue 347-432-1134 10:30am • Free • Adults Tuesday Storytime Barnes & Noble 2245 Richmond Avenue 718-982-6983 11am • Free • All ages Tot’s Time Plus SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 11am • $5 w/admission • Ages 1-5 Itty Bitty Play Time Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 2pm • Free • Ages 0-1.5 Teen Lounge

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descriptions & details on the events listed here can be found on siparent.com Tottenville Library 7430 Amboy Road 718-984-0945 2:30pm • Free • Ages 11+ 3 to 6 Club Walker Park Davis Avenue 212-360-3440 3pm • Free • Ages 7-12 Teen PASS Program Faber Park Kill Van Kull & Faber Street cityparksfoundation.org 3:15pm • Free • Grades 6-8 Afternoon Story Time and Craft Port Richmond Library 75 Bennett Street 718-442-0158 3:30pm • Free • Ages 3-12 Free Math & Reading Tutoring New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 3:30pm • Free • Grades PreK-8 Read Aloud South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 4pm • Free • All ages Kiddie Game Time Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 4pm • Free  • Ages 6-11 Math Tutoring Tuesdays Huguenot Library 830 Huguenot Avenue 718-984-4636 4pm • Free • Grades 1-6 Craft Corner Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library 2550 Victory Blvd 718-494-1642 4pm • Free • Ages 3-11 LiteracyINC: Story Hour Stapleton Library  132 Canal Street 212-620-5462 5pm • Free • All ages Partnering for Success Workshop Ocean Breeze Park Quintard Street and Nugent Avenue cityparksfoundation.org 6:30pm • Free • Adults

Wednesday, June 8

Paint Day SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 1:30pm • Free w/admission • Ages 2-10

De-Cluttering Small Spaces South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 5:30pm • Free • Adults

Summer Reading Kick Off South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 2:30pm • Free • All ages

3 to 6 Club Walker Park Davis Avenue 212-360-3440 3pm • Free • Ages 7-12

Group Hike or Trail Run Greenbelt Nature Center 700 Rockland Avenue 718-351-3450 6pm • Free • All ages

Teen Lounge Tottenville Library 7430 Amboy Road 718-984-0945 2:30pm • Free • Ages 11+

Teen PASS Program Faber Park Kill Van Kull & Faber Street cityparksfoundation.org 3:15pm • Free • Grades 6-8

FrogWatch USA Monthly Monitoring Session High Rock Park 200 Nevada Avenue 718-351-3450 7:30pm • Free • Ages 8+

LEGO Club St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 3:30pm • Free • Ages 4-11

Fireworks South Beach Father Capodanno Blvd. & Sand Ln boardwalkdays.com 9pm • Free • All ages

Be a Game Builder Lego Series for Young Adults South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 4pm • Free • Young Adults

Toddler Time St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 10:30am • Free • Ages 1.5-3

National Trails Day: Celebrate Greenbelt Trails! Saturday, June 4 - 10am High Rock Park 718-351-3450 $12

Nature lovers across the country celebrate their local trail system on the first Saturday in June every year. The Greenbelt is no exception! Save the date to join us in High Rock Park and we “play” outdoors. We will be unveiling new trail-side interpretive signs that explain the flora and fauna of our natural areas park. These educational signs are being made possible by generous funding from Con Edison.

Wildlife at the Library South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 3pm • Free • All ages Ramp Math West New Brighton Library 976 Castleton Avenue 718-442-1416 3:30pm • Free • Ages 7+ Homework Help Port Richmond Library 75 Bennett Street 718-442-0158 4pm • Free • Ages 5-12 STEAMtastic Thursdays: Lego Mindstorms Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 4pm • Free • Ages 6-11 Homework Help St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 4pm • Free • Ages 5-12 Father’s Day Craft New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 4pm • Free • Ages 5+

Tween Crafters Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 4pm • Free • Ages 10-14

Pre-K Storytime Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 11am • Free • Ages 3-5

Read Aloud/ Picture Book Time New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 4pm • Free • Ages 3+

Baby & Me Tottenville Library 7430 Amboy Road 718-984-0945 11am • Free • Ages 0-1.5

Summer Reading Kick Off Magic Show! Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library 2550 Victory Blvd 718-494-1642 4pm • Free • All ages

Tot’s Time Plus SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 11am • $5 w/admission • Ages 1-5

Science Lab Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library 2550 Victory Blvd 718-494-1642 4:30pm • Free • Ages 5+

Bookcraft Stapleton Library 132 Canal Street 718-727-0427 4pm • Free • Ages 4-8

Reading Fun for Everyone St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 10am • Free • Ages 0-5

Wonderful Wednesdays Tottenville Library 7430 Amboy Road 718-984-0945 4pm • Free • Ages 3-12

Toddler Time Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 11am • Free • Ages 1-3

Homework Help Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 5pm • Free • Grades 1-6

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Thursday, June 9

3 to 6 Club Walker Park Davis Avenue 212-360-3440 3pm • Free • Ages 7-12

Bouncing Babies West New Brighton Library 976 Castleton Avenue 718-442-1416 11:15am • Free • Ages 0-1.5

Friday, June 10

Toddler Time Tottenville Library 7430 Amboy Road 718-984-0945 10:15am • Free • Ages 1.5-3

Clay Day SI Children’s Museum Toddler Time 1000 Richmond Terrace Port Richmond Library 718-273-2060 1:30pm • Free w/admission • Ages 2-10 75 Bennett Street 718-442-0158 10:30am • Free • Ages 1.5-5

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descriptions & details on the events listed here can be found on siparent.com Preschool Play Huguenot Library 830 Huguenot Avenue 718-984-4636 10:30am • Free • Ages 2-5

Kids Nature Hike Goodhue Recreation Center 304 Prospect Avenue 718-967-3542 11am • Free • All ages

Preschool Story Time Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library 2550 Victory Blvd 718-494-1642 11:30am • Free • Ages 3-5

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Storytime Barnes & Noble 2245 Richmond Avenue 718-982-6983 11am • Free • All ages

Kidz Cook SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 2pm • Free w/ admission • All ages 3 to 6 Club Walker Park Davis Avenue 212-360-3440 3pm • Free • Ages 7-12 Wii Time South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 3:30pm • Free • All ages Wii Love Gaming Stapleton Library  132 Canal Street 718-727-0427 3:30pm • Free • Ages 5-11

B-Fest Teen Book Festival Barnes & Noble 2245 Richmond Avenue 718-982-6983 11am • Free • Ages 13-19

Saturday, June 11

Stargazing in Great Kills Great Kills Park Hylan Blvd. & Buffalo Street 212-535-2922 8:30pm • Free • All ages

Sunday, June 12

Annual Pug Fun Day Alice Austen House Museum 2 Hylan Blvd. 718-816-4506 9am • $5 • All ages

La Leche Meeting Sunnyside call for location 347-432-1134 12:15pm • Free • Adults

Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk Midland Beach Promenade Fr. Capodanno Blvd. & Lincoln Ave. cff.org 9am • All ages

Art Studio SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 1pm • Free w/ admission • All ages

Trail of the Month Hike High Rock Park 200 Nevada Avenue 718-351-3450 10am • Free • All ages

Carnival & Science Spectacular Saturday, June 4 - 1pm Staten Island Children’s Museum 718-273-2060 sichildrensmuseum.org FREE

Reading Aloud Richmondtown Library 200 Clarke Avenue 718-668-0413 4pm • Free • Ages 3+ B-Fest Teen Book Festival Barnes & Noble 2245 Richmond Avenue 718-982-6983 7pm • Free • Ages 13-19

1131 Manor Road 718-351-3450 6pm • Free • All ages

Join us for our annual Carnival & Science Spectacular. Rides! Robots! Live entertainment! Cool science demonstrations! Cotton candy and popcorn for all! Rain date June 5.

Memoir Writing Workshop Garibaldi-Meucci Museum 420 Tompkins Avenue 718-442-1608 12am • 100-110 • Adults

Open Craft Hour Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 1:30pm • Free • Ages 6-16

Freshwater Fishing Clove Lakes Park 626 Clove Road 718-967-3542 11am • Free • Ages 8+

National Get Outdoors Day Hike The Interpretive Center 2351 Veteran’s Road West 718-967-1976 10am • Free • All ages

B-Fest Teen Book Festival: B-Part of the Fun Barnes & Noble 2245 Richmond Avenue 718-982-6983 2pm • Free • Ages 13-19

B-Fest Teen Book Festival Panel Discussion Barnes & Noble 2245 Richmond Avenue 718-982-6983 12pm • Free • Ages 13-19

Family Fun Day Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 11am • Free • All ages

Lego Castles: A Medieval Building Series Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 3pm • Free • All ages

B-Fest Teen Book Festival Panel Discussion & Writing Workshop Barnes & Noble 2245 Richmond Avenue 718-982-6983 2pm • Free • Ages 13-19

Free Math & Reading Tutoring New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 11am • Free • Grades PreK-8 Sensory Story Time Stapleton Library  132 Canal Street 718-727-0427 11am • Free • Ages 2-10

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Summer Reading Triathlon Opening Ceremony Barnes & Noble 2245 Richmond Avenue 718-982-6983 4pm • Free • All ages Outdoor Fest Campout, Night Trail Race, Live Music, Yoga! Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds

B-Fest Teen Book Festival: B-Creative Barnes & Noble 2245 Richmond Avenue 718-982-6983 2pm • Free • Ages 13-19 Art Studio SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace

718-273-2060 1pm • Free w/admission • All ages Boardwalk Concert Series The Vanderbilt at South Beach 300 Father Capodanno Blvd. boardwalkdays.com 4pm • Free • All ages

Monday, June 13

Krazy Kidz West New Brighton Library 976 Castleton Avenue 718-442-1416 8am • Free • Ages 1.5+ Toddler Time South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 10am • Free • Ages 0-5 All Join In! Stapleton Library  132 Canal Street 718-727-0427 11am • Free • Ages 2-4 Toddler Story Time Great Kills Library 56 Giffords Lane 718-984-6670 11am • Free • Ages 1.5-3 Pond Dip Blue Heron Nature Center 222 Poillon Avenue 718-967-3542 11am • Free • Ages 5-7 Baby Space! Stapleton Library  132 Canal Street 718-727-0427 11:45am • Free • Ages 0-1.5 Summer Craft Blue Heron Nature Center 222 Poillon Avenue 718-967-3542 1pm • Free • Ages 4-10 Wii Gaming Port Richmond Library 75 Bennett Street 718-442-0158 2:30pm • Free • Ages 5-12 Let’s Draw Together: Nature Drawing Series Blue Heron Nature Center 222 Poillon Avenue 718-967-3542 2:30pm • Free • Adults 3 to 6 Club Walker Park Davis Avenue 212-360-3440 3pm • Free • Ages 7-12 Teen PASS Program Faber Park Kill Van Kull & Faber Street cityparksfoundation.org 3:15pm • Free • Grades 6-8 Crafternoon West New Brighton Library

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descriptions & details on the events listed here can be found on siparent.com 976 Castleton Avenue 718-442-1416 3:30pm • Free • Ages 5+

222 Poillon Avenue 718-967-3542 2pm • Free • Ages 6-12

132 Canal Street 718-727-0427 4pm • Free • All ages

206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 3pm • Free • All ages

Nocturnal Read Aloud South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 3:30pm • Free • All ages

Teen Lounge Tottenville Library 7430 Amboy Road 718-984-0945 2:30pm • Free • Ages 11+

Math Tutoring Tuesdays Huguenot Library 830 Huguenot Avenue 718-984-4636 4pm • Free • Grades 1-6

3 to 6 Club Walker Park Davis Avenue 212-360-3440 3pm • Free • Ages 7-12

Craft Corner Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library 2550 Victory Blvd 718-494-1642 4pm • Free • Ages 3-11

Teen PASS Program Faber Park Kill Van Kull & Faber Street cityparksfoundation.org 3:15pm • Free • Grades 6-8

Teen PASS Program Faber Park Kill Van Kull & Faber Street cityparksfoundation.org 3:15pm • Free • Grades 6-8

Teen/Tween Canvas Book Art Great Kills Library 56 Giffords Lane 718-984-6670 4pm • Free • Ages 8+

Are you a Superhero? West New Brighton Library 976 Castleton Avenue 718-442-1416 3:30pm • Free • Ages 5+

LiteracyINC: Story Hour Stapleton Library 132 Canal Street 212-620-5462 5pm • Free • All ages

Homework Help St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 4pm • Free • Ages 5-12 Lego Castles: A Medieval Building Series New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 4pm • Free • Ages 5-12 Read Aloud Huguenot Library 830 Huguenot Avenue 718-984-4636 4pm • Free • All ages Story Time Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library 2550 Victory Blvd 718-494-1642 4pm • Free • Ages 3-11

Afternoon Story Time and Craft Port Richmond Library

Wednesday, June 15

Reading Fun for Everyone

Importance of the Insect World

Homework Help Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 5pm • Free • Grades 1-6

Monday, June 6 - 2pm Blue Heron Nature Center 718-967-3542 preserve2.org/blueheron

Tuesday, June 14

Wee Little Ones Story Time St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 10am • Free • Ages 0-1

The classification, life cycles, diet, ecology and economic impact of insects are the subject of this session. Bugs, beetles, dragonflies and ants are just a few of the six-legged arthropods that participants will examine and learn about.

Tot Time Tuesday The Interpretive Center 2351 Veteran’s Road West 718-967-1976 10am • Free • Ages 1-3

75 Bennett Street 718-442-0158 3:30pm • Free • Ages 3-12

Baby Space St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 10:30am • Free • Ages 0-2 Tuesday Storytime Barnes & Noble 2245 Richmond Avenue 718-982-6983 11am • Free • All ages Tot’s Time Plus SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 11am • 5 w/ admission • Ages 1-5 Itty Bitty Play Time Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 2pm • Free • Ages 0-1.5 The World of Worms Blue Heron Nature Center

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Preschool Program New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 3:30pm • Free • Ages 2.5-5 Free Math & Reading Tutoring New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 3:30pm • Free • Grades PreK-8 Read Aloud South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 4pm • Free • All ages Kiddie Game Time Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 4pm • Free  • Ages 6-11 Wildlife Superheroes Stapleton Library 

St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 10am • Free • Ages 0-5 Toddler Time Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 11am • Free • Ages 1-3 Home School Session: Harmonious Hummingbirds Greenbelt Nature Center 700 Rockland Avenue 718-351-3450 1pm • 6-8 • Grades K-4

LiteracyINC: Story Hour West New Brighton Library 976 Castleton Avenue 212-620-5462 3:30pm • Free • All ages Teddy and Me Pajama Party South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 3:30pm • Free • All ages LEGO Club St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 3:30pm • Free • Ages 4-11 Anti-Bully Workshop Rossville A.M.E. Zion Church 584 Bloomingdale Road 646-765-6531 4pm • Free • All ages Read Aloud/ Picture Book Time New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 4pm • Free • Ages 3+ Bookcraft Stapleton Library  132 Canal Street 718-727-0427 4pm • Free • Ages 4-8 Wonderful Wednesdays Tottenville Library 7430 Amboy Road 718-984-0945 4pm • Free • Ages 3-12 Homework Help Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 5pm • Free • Grades 1-6 Group Hike or Trail Run Greenbelt Nature Center 700 Rockland Avenue 718-351-3450 6pm • Free • All ages

Fireworks South Beach Paint Day Fr. Capodanno Blvd. and Sand Lane SI Children’s Museum boardwalkdays.com 1000 Richmond Terrace 9pm • Free • All ages 718-273-2060 1:30pm • Free w/admission • Ages 2-10 Thursday, June 16 3 to 6 Club Pre-school Time Walker Park St. George Library Davis Avenue 5 Central Avenue 212-360-3440 718-442-8560 3pm • Free • Ages 7-12 10:30am • Free • Ages 3-4 Family Story Time Mariners Harbor Library

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descriptions & details on the events listed here can be found on siparent.com 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 11am • Free • Ages 3-5

2550 Victory Blvd 718-494-1642 4:30pm • Free • Ages 5+

Baby & Me Tottenville Library 7430 Amboy Road 718-984-0945 11am • Free • Ages 0-1.5

PS 35 Young Writers Awards – Bookfair Barnes & Noble 2245 Richmond Avenue 718-982-6983 4:30pm • Free • All ages

Tot’s Time Plus SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 11am • $5 w/ admission • Ages 1-5 Bouncing Babies West New Brighton Library 976 Castleton Avenue 718-442-1416 11:15am • Free • Ages 0-1.5

Friday, June 17

Toddler Time Tottenville Library 7430 Amboy Road 718-984-0945 10:15am • Free • Ages 1.5-3 Toddler Time Port Richmond Library 75 Bennett Street 718-442-0158 10:30am • Free • Ages 1.5-5

Clay Day SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace Toddler Rhyme Time 718-273-2060 1:30pm • Free w/admission • Ages 2-10 New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 Teen Lounge 10:30am • Free • Ages 1.5-2.5 Tottenville Library 7430 Amboy Road 718-984-0945 2:30pm • Free • Ages 11+

Homework Help Port Richmond Library 75 Bennett Street 718-442-0158 4pm • Free • Ages 5-12 STEAMtastic Thursdays: Lego Mindstorms Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 4pm • Free • Ages 6-11 Homework Help St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 4pm • Free • Ages 5-12 Summer Reading Kick­-Off Celebration New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 4pm • Free • Ages 3+ Movies South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 4:30pm • Free • All ages Science Lab Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library

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Lego Hour Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 3:30pm • Free • Ages 5-11 Wii Love Gaming Stapleton Library  132 Canal Street 718-727-0427 3:30pm • Free • Ages 5-11 Reading Aloud and Coloring Great Kills Library 56 Giffords Lane 718-984-6670 3:30pm • Free • Ages 4-10 Reading Aloud Richmondtown Library 200 Clarke Avenue 718-668-0413 4pm • Free • Ages 3+

Summer Reading Triathlon Opening Ceremony

3 to 6 Club Walker Park Davis Avenue 212-360-3440 3pm • Free • Ages 7-12 ​ he Dinosaur Adventure T Huguenot Library 830 Huguenot Avenue 718-984-4636 3:30pm • Free • All ages

Wii Time South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 3:30pm • Free • All ages

Saturday, June 11 - 4pm Barnes & Noble 718-982-6983 barnesandnoble.com

Until September 6, kids in grades 1 through 6 can earn a free book at their local Barnes & Noble! Kids can get their journals for a free book, enjoy fun-filled activities and cast a ballot for their favorite book hero and place to win a gold, silver or bronze medal.

Baby and Me Great Kills Library 56 Giffords Lane 718-984-6670 11am • Free • Ages 0-1.5 Preschool Story Time Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library 2550 Victory Blvd 718-494-1642 11:30am • Free • Ages 3-5 Kidz Cook SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 2pm • Free w/ admission • All ages 3 to 6 Club Walker Park Davis Avenue 212-360-3440 3pm • Free • Ages 7-12 Children Science Activity South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 3:30pm • Free • All ages

Saturday, June 18

Super Science Saturdays: Chemical & Physical Reactions Staten Island Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A 718-727-1135 10am • 5-10 • Ages 8-13 Free Math & Reading Tutoring New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 11am • Free • Grades PreK-8 Father’s Day Storytime Barnes & Noble 2245 Richmond Avenue 718-982-6983 11am • Free • All ages

5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 1pm • Free • Ages 3-11 History Tour: Farm to City Staten Island Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A 718-727-1135 1pm • Free w/ admission • All ages Revolutionary New York: Staten Island The Conference House 298 Satterlee Street 718-967-3542 1pm • Free • All ages Father’s Day Focus Tour Historic Richmond Town 441 Clarke Ave 718-351-1611 1pm • Free w/ admission • All ages Art Studio SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 1pm • Free w/ admission • All ages Kiddie Game Time Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 1:30pm • Free  • Ages 6-11 Talking Drums: Dancing in Dialogue: Rhythm, Dance and Language WNYC Jerome L. Greene Performance Space 44 Charton St. 718-414-6904 2pm • Free • All ages Exhibit Tour: HOME GAMES Staten Island Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A 718-727-1135 2pm • Free w/ admission • All ages Father’s Day Craft Program St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 3pm • Free • Ages 5-11 “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” – outdoor performance High Rock Park 200 Nevada Avenue sistny.org 3pm • Free • All ages Meet the High School Interns! SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 3:30pm • Free w/ admission • All ages

Sunday, June 19

Kayaking Kayak Staten Island Ocean Avenue kayakstatenisland.org 12pm • Free • All ages

SIHA’s Annual Father’s Day Walkathon Fundraiser Clove Lakes Park 626 Clove Road 718-370-7442 9am • $36 • All ages

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Summertime is so close you can practically smell a hint of sunblock and sand in the air already. There’s so much to do in Staten Island this summer, you won’t know where to start first. And as always, Staten Island Parent’s got you covered! So stop what you’re doing right now and go bookmark our summer section online at siparent.com/summer to stay updated on all of the best seasonal happenings on the Island from June until early September. We’ll keep you in the loop with fireworks schedules, free summer concerts, carnivals and festivals on the Island and in NJ, nearby pick-your-own fruit farms, free movies under the stars, free beach events and entertainment, free or low-cost events at local cultural institutions like the Staten Island Children’s Museum and the Staten Island Zoo, summertime ideas and activities for kids and so much more. The summer fun is endless! Now go bookmark

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21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 3:30pm • Free • All ages

Ranger’s Choice: Archery Willowbrook Park Eton Place and Richmond Ave. 718-967-3542 1pm • Free • Ages 8+

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party West New Brighton Library 976 Castleton Avenue 718-442-1416 4pm • Free • All ages

Father’s Day Focus Tour Historic Richmond Town 441 Clarke Ave 718-351-1611 1pm • Free w/ admission • All ages Art Studio SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 1pm • Free w/ admission • All ages “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” – outdoor performance High Rock Park 200 Nevada Avenue sistny.org 3pm • Free • All ages Boardwalk Concert Series The Vanderbilt at South Beach 300 Father Capodanno Blvd. boardwalkdays.com 4pm • Free • All ages

Homework Help St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 4pm • Free • Ages 5-12 Lego Castles: A Medieval Building Series New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 4pm • Free • Ages 5-12 Read Aloud Huguenot Library 830 Huguenot Avenue 718-984-4636 4pm • Free • All ages

Baby Space! Stapleton Library 132 Canal Street 718-727-0427 11:45am • Free • Ages 0-1.5 Wii Gaming Port Richmond Library 75 Bennett Street 718-442-0158 2:30pm • Free • Ages 5-12 Teen PASS Program Faber Park Kill Van Kull & Faber Street cityparksfoundation.org 3:15pm • Free • Grades 6-8 Crafternoon West New Brighton Library 976 Castleton Avenue 718-442-1416 3:30pm • Free • Ages 5+ Nocturnal Read Aloud South Beach Library

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Teen Lounge Tottenville Library 7430 Amboy Road 718-984-0945 2:30pm • Free • Ages 11+ Make Music New York At The Boardwalk South Beach Fr. Capodanno Blvd. and Sand Lane 718-816-5834 3pm • Free • All ages Teen PASS Program Faber Park Kill Van Kull & Faber Street cityparksfoundation.org 3:15pm • Free • Grades 6-8

Sunday, June 12 - 9am Alice Austen House 718-816-4506 aliceausten.org

Monday, June 20

Toddler Story Time Great Kills Library 56 Giffords Lane 718-984-6670 11am • Free • Ages 1.5-3

Itty Bitty Play Time Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 2pm • Free • Ages 0-1.5

Annual Pug Fun Day

Krazy Kidz West New Brighton Library 976 Castleton Avenue 718-442-1416 8am • Free • Ages 1.5+ All Join In! Stapleton Library  132 Canal Street 718-727-0427 11am • Free • Ages 2-4

Tot’s Time Plus SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 11am • 5 w/ admission • Ages 1-5

Join us for a fun day of canine-filled activities on the lawn of the Alice Austen House, including a costume contest. Presented with the Pug Dog Club of Greater New York, Inc. BYOP (Bring Your Own Pug or Pup)!

muLiteracyINC: Story Hour Stapleton Library 132 Canal Street 212-620-5462 5pm • Free • All ages

Wednesday, June 22

Reading Fun for Everyone St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 10am • Free • Ages 0-5 Toddler Time Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 11am • Free • Ages 1-3 Paint Day SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 1:30pm • Free w/admission • Ages 2-10 Teen PASS Program Faber Park Kill Van Kull & Faber Street cityparksfoundation.org 3:15pm • Free • Grades 6-8 Slime Time West New Brighton Library 976 Castleton Avenue 718-442-1416 3:30pm • Free • Ages 5+ Ocean In A Jar Craft South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 3:30pm • Free • All ages LEGO Club St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 3:30pm • Free • Ages 4-11

Afternoon Story Time and Craft Port Richmond Library 75 Bennett Street 718-442-0158 3:30pm • Free • Ages 3-12

Read Aloud/ Picture Book Time New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 4pm • Free • Ages 3+

Wee Little Ones Story Time St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 10am • Free • Ages 0-1

Free Math & Reading Tutoring New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 3:30pm • Free • Grades PreK-8

Bookcraft Stapleton Library 132 Canal Street 718-727-0427 4pm • Free • Ages 4-8

Tot Time Tuesday The Interpretive Center 2351 Veteran’s Road West 718-967-1976 10am • Free • Ages 1-3

Storytime with Literacy Inc. Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-620-5462 3:45pm • Free • Grade PreK-8

Baby Space St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 10:30am • Free • Ages 0-2

Math Tutoring Tuesdays Huguenot Library 830 Huguenot Avenue 718-984-4636 4pm • Free • Grades 1-6

Tuesday Storytime Barnes & Noble 2245 Richmond Avenue 718-982-6983 11am • Free • All ages

Craft Corner Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library 2550 Victory Blvd 718-494-1642 4pm • Free • Ages 3-11

Story Time Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library 2550 Victory Blvd 718-494-1642 4pm • Free • Ages 3-11

Tuesday, June 21

Movie of the Month Huguenot Library 830 Huguenot Avenue 718-984-4636 4pm • Free • All ages Wonderful Wednesdays Tottenville Library 7430 Amboy Road 718-984-0945 4pm • Free • Ages 3-12 Group Hike or Trail Run Greenbelt Nature Center 700 Rockland Avenue 718-351-3450 6pm • Free • All ages

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descriptions & details on the events listed here can be found on siparent.com Fireworks South Beach Fr. Capodanno Blvd. and Sand Lane boardwalkdays.com 9pm • Free • All ages

Friday, June 24

Saturday, June 25

Lumen Festival Atlantic Salt Company 561 Richmond Terrace 718-414-6904 7pm • 5-20 • All ages

Toddler Time Tottenville Library 7430 Amboy Road 718-984-0945 10:15am • Free • Ages 1.5-3

Halfway to Holidays Hike! Greenbelt Nature Center 700 Rockland Avenue 718-351-3450 10am • Free • All ages

Toddler Time St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 10:30am • Free • Ages 1.5-3

Toddler Time Port Richmond Library 75 Bennett Street 718-442-0158 10:30am • Free • Ages 1.5-5

Sensory Story Time St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 11am • Free • Ages 2-10

Pre-K Storytime Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 11am • Free • Ages 3-5

Baby Rhyme Time New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 10:30am • Free • Ages 0-1.5

Free Math & Reading Tutoring New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 11am • Free • Grades PreK-8

Baby & Me Tottenville Library 7430 Amboy Road 718-984-0945 11am • Free • Ages 0-1.5

Preschool Play Huguenot Library 830 Huguenot Avenue 718-984-4636 10:30am • Free • Ages 2-5

Storytime Barnes & Noble 2245 Richmond Avenue 718-982-6983 11am • Free • All ages

Art Studio SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 1pm • Free w/ admission • All ages

Tot’s Time Plus SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 11am • 5 w/ admission • Ages 1-5

Preschool Story Time Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library 2550 Victory Blvd 718-494-1642 11:30am • Free • Ages 3-5

Family Coloring Time St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 1pm • Free • Ages 3+

“A Midsummer’s Night Dream” – outdoor performance High Rock Park 200 Nevada Avenue sistny.org 3pm • Free • All ages

Thursday, June 23

Are You A Superhero?

Bouncing Babies West New Brighton Library 976 Castleton Avenue 718-442-1416 11:15am • Free • Ages 0-1.5 Clay Day SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 1:30pm • Free w/admission • Ages 2-10 Teen Lounge Tottenville Library 7430 Amboy Road 718-984-0945 2:30pm • Free • Ages 11+

Tuesday, June 14 - 3:30pm West New Brighton Library 718-442-1416 nypl.org Kids, come dress as a superhero and introduce yourself. Tell us your special powers as we read and discuss different superheroes both real and fictitious.

Homework Help Port Richmond Library 75 Bennett Street 718-442-0158 4pm • Free • Ages 5-12

Kidz Cook SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 2pm • Free w/ admission • All ages

Art Studio SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 1pm • Free w/ admission • All ages

Bilingual Read Aloud South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 4pm • Free • All ages

Optical Art for Kids West New Brighton Library 976 Castleton Avenue 718-442-1416 3:30pm • Free • Ages 5+

Open Craft Hour Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 1:30pm • Free • Ages 6-16

STEAMtastic Thursdays: Lego Mindstorms Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 4pm • Free • Ages 6-11

Wii Time South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 3:30pm • Free • All ages

Craft Huguenot Library 830 Huguenot Avenue 718-984-4636 2pm • Free • All ages

Wii Love Gaming Stapleton Library 132 Canal Street 718-727-0427 3:30pm • Free • Ages 5-11

“A Midsummer’s Night Dream” – outdoor performance High Rock Park 200 Nevada Avenue sistny.org 3pm • Free • All ages

Homework Help St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 4pm • Free • Ages 5-12 Science Lab Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library 2550 Victory Blvd 718-494-1642 4:30pm • Free • Ages 5+

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Reading Aloud Richmondtown Library 200 Clarke Avenue 718-668-0413 4pm • Free • Ages 3+

Family Camping Blue Heron Nature Center 222 Poillon Avenue 718-967-3542 6pm • Free • All ages

Sunday, June 26

Magnanini Winery Bus Trip Garibaldi-Meucci Museum 420 Tompkins Avenue 718-442-1608 12am •  • Adults Freshkills Park Discovery Day Freshkills Park  350 Wild Avenue 212-602-5374 11am • Free • All ages

Boardwalk Concert Series The Vanderbilt at South Beach 300 Father Capodanno Blvd. boardwalkdays.com 4pm • Free • All ages Music with Patrick on the Meadow SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 4pm • Free • All ages

Monday, June 27

Krazy Kidz West New Brighton Library 976 Castleton Avenue 718-442-1416 8am • Free • Ages 1.5+ Toddler Time South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 10am • Free • Ages 0-5 All Join In! Stapleton Library  132 Canal Street 718-727-0427 11am • Free • Ages 2-4 Baby Space! Stapleton Library  132 Canal Street 718-727-0427 11:45am • Free • Ages 0-1.5 Wii Gaming Port Richmond Library 75 Bennett Street 718-442-0158 2:30pm • Free • Ages 5-12 Teen PASS Program Faber Park Kill Van Kull & Faber Street

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Hey Fourth Graders!

All fourth grade students are invited to join the White House’s Every Kid in a Park program, which will provide a free entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks. This pass can also be used to waive parking fees at Gateway’s Sandy Hook Unit and Jacob Riis Park in Queens between Memorial Day and Labor Day of 2016.

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descriptions & details on the events listed here can be found on siparent.com cityparksfoundation.org 3:15pm • Free • Grades 6-8

718-984-0945 2:30pm • Free • Ages 11+

Crafternoon West New Brighton Library 976 Castleton Avenue 718-442-1416 3:30pm • Free • Ages 5+

Teen PASS Program Faber Park Kill Van Kull & Faber Street cityparksfoundation.org 3:15pm • Free • Grades 6-8

1000 Richmond Terrace Fr. Capodanno Blvd. and Sand Lane 718-273-2060 boardwalkdays.com 1:30pm • Free w/admission • Ages 2-10 9pm • Free • All ages Summer Reading Kick-off Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 2pm • Free • All ages

Nocturnal Read Aloud South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 3:30pm • Free • All ages

Afternoon Story Time and Craft Port Richmond Library 75 Bennett Street 718-442-0158 3:30pm • Free • Ages 3-12

Lego Castles: A Medieval Building Series New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 4pm • Free • Ages 5-12

Free Math & Reading Tutoring New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 3:30pm • Free • Grades PreK-8

Read Aloud Huguenot Library 830 Huguenot Avenue 718-984-4636 4pm • Free • All ages

Read Aloud South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 4pm • Free • All ages

Guitar Craft South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 4pm • Free • All ages

Story Time Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library 2550 Victory Blvd 718-494-1642 4pm • Free • Ages 3-11

Kiddie Game Time Mariners Harbor Library

Read Aloud/ Picture Book Time June 25-26 from12pm-8pm Mount Loretto 6581 Hylan Boulevard • 10309 (718) 490-5023 or email ajr@prcision.com Purchase tickets online at: mountloretto.org/event/food-truck-festival/

Wee Little Ones Story Time St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 10am • Free • Ages 0-1

This event will feature some of the best food trucks in the business as well as live music, rides for the kids and more!Tickets are available online @ mountloretto. org/event/food-truck-festival/ for $5 per person. Parking passes are also available for $5 per car. Tickets will be emailed to you instantly upon purchase. Print both your ticket and parking pass and bring them with you to be scanned the day of the event. All proceeds raised will benefit Catholic Charities of Staten island.

Baby Space St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 10:30am • Free • Ages 0-2

206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 4pm • Free  • Ages 6-11

Tuesday Storytime Barnes & Noble 2245 Richmond Avenue 718-982-6983 11am • Free • All ages

Craft Corner Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library 2550 Victory Blvd 718-494-1642 4pm • Free • Ages 3-11

Tot’s Time Plus SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 11am • $5 w/ admission • Ages 1-5 Bilingual Read Aloud South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 2pm • Free • All ages Itty Bitty Play Time Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 2pm • Free • Ages 0-1.5 Teen Lounge Tottenville Library 7430 Amboy Road

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Teen PASS Program Faber Park Kill Van Kull & Faber Street cityparksfoundation.org 3:15pm • Free • Grades 6-8

food truck festival

Tuesday, June 28

Tot Time Tuesday The Interpretive Center 2351 Veteran’s Road West 718-967-1976 10am • Free • Ages 1-3

Abracadabra Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212.421.1380 3pm • Free • Ages 3-12

LiteracyINC: Story Hour Stapleton Library 132 Canal Street 212-620-5462 5pm • Free • All ages

Wednesday, June 29

New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 4pm • Free • Ages 3+ Bookcraft Stapleton Library  132 Canal Street 718-727-0427 4pm • Free • Ages 4-8 Family Board Game Night Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library 2550 Victory Blvd 718-494-1642 4pm • Free • All ages

Toddler Time Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 11am • Free • Ages 1-3

Wonderful Wednesdays Tottenville Library 7430 Amboy Road 718-984-0945 4pm • Free • Ages 3-12

Summer Reading Carnival St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 11am • Free • All ages

Group Hike or Trail Run Greenbelt Nature Center 700 Rockland Avenue 718-351-3450 6pm • Free • All ages

Paint Day SI Children’s Museum

Fireworks South Beach

Thursday, June 30

Pre-school Time St. George Library 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560 10:30am • Free • Ages 3-4 Baby & Me Tottenville Library 7430 Amboy Road 718-984-0945 11am • Free • Ages 0-1.5 Tot’s Time Plus SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 11am • $5 w/ admission • Ages 1-5 Bouncing Babies West New Brighton Library 976 Castleton Avenue 718-442-1416 11:15am • Free • Ages 0-1.5 Clay Day SI Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 1:30pm • Free w/admission • Ages 2-10 Summer Reading Kickoff Celebration Richmondtown Library 200 Clarke Avenue 718-668-0413 2pm • Free • All ages Teen Lounge Tottenville Library 7430 Amboy Road 718-984-0945 2:30pm • Free • Ages 11+ End of school Carnival South Beach Library 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 3:30pm • Free • All ages STEAMtastic Thursdays: Lego Mindstorms Mariners Harbor Library 206 South Avenue 212-621-0690 4pm • Free • Ages 6-11 Pajama Night at the Library New Dorp Library 309 New Dorp Lane 718-351-2977 4pm • Free • Ages 4+ Craft Huguenot Library 830 Huguenot Avenue 718-984-4636 4pm • Free • All ages Gianna Nicole’s Heart of Hope Foundation’s Gala El Caribe Country Club 5945 Strickland Avenue 718-644-4431 6:30pm • $125 • All ages

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