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Birthday Coverage

* Only Experienced Legal Nannies, Contests

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Six Tips for Easy Entertaining... 16

Birthday Blowout.......................................................... Caregivers, Eldercare & Petcare 22


Me and My Daddy Photo Contest............................... 43

* Full-Time/Part-Time Emergency Back-Up Care Columns

Wow party guests with little effort. • 212-213-8840

Birthday Directory........................... 18

Don’t Miss........................................................................ 6

Party places and entertainers for the happiest of occasions.

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* Screened & Personally Interviewed

This month’s entertainment and activities.

Health............................................................................ 34

Special Needs Science of Play.................................... 12 Create sensory-rich experiences for maximum learning.

Special Needs and Health & Fitness Directory.............. 14 Experts and services catering to family wellness and special needs.

Health & Fitness Essential products and information for your brood.

Update........................................................................... 42

BonusLicensed & Bonded

Travel Directory.............................................................. 26 Attractions and accommodations for great getaways.

Sara Gubenko, MSed

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Calendar of Events........................................................ 38

A comprehensive listing of your neighborhood’s classes, events, and performances. Master of Science in Elementary

Childhood Concussions... 28 Part 1: An introduction to traumatic brain injuries.

Cover Credit: and Literacy Education Publisher Steve Elgort

Private tutor Editor-in-Chief Rachel Kalina

Features Camp Friendships........................ 8 How lifelong bonds are forged in the summer.

Coaster Craft................................ 10 Create a Father’s Day gift with fabulous form and function.

Pick Puerto Rico......................... 24 Five fab spots for family fun.

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212-SITTERS (212-748-8377) Travel............................................................................. 37 (516) 272-2004 Destinations, product picks, and getaway tips. Insight and items for your family’s care.

Is a C-Section Right for You?....... 30 The reasons for and risks of Caesarean delivery.

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Fabulous Feet................................................................... 32 Summer care tips for comfort and style.

Feeling Good, Looking Good................................................ 33 Products and accessories to make your life extra fabulous.


NYC teacher Managing Editor Donald McDermott

reading &Samantha Writing Specialist Associate Editor Chan

Art Directors Margaret Baldauf, Susanne Kimball, Ilana Rispoli Director of Web Development Kristen Jankowski Accounting Teresa Pinargote Contributing Writers Kelsey Banfield, Dr. Charles Bowers, Dr. Alisa Gean, Jess Michaels, Kara Mayer Robinson, Teresa Taylor, Louise Weadock, Dr. Steven Weinfeld, Angeli Zankel Advertising Managers Deirdre Antoniello, Karen Gibofsky, Bill Scalzitti Advertising Sales Representatives Providing academic Julie Leonoff, Karin Mikelis, Jacalyn Rose, Susan Rush, Support & Spangler, enrichment to Jennifer Serpi, Amy Smith, Rena Felicia Stafford,

Children across Manhattan PGTV Producer Beth Elgort

Submission of articles, photographs and artwork is welcome. All material must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. PARENTGUIDE News assumes no responsibility for the loss or damage of submitted material. PARENTGUIDE News reserves the unrestricted right to edit or otherwise alter submitted material for publication. PARENTGUIDE News, ISSN08961468, is published monthly by PG Media Network Corp., 101 E. Park Ave., #358, Long Beach, NY 11561; 212-213-8840. Copyright 2013 PGMNC. All rights reserved.

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June 30-Aug. 15 • Ages 3-6 Special Needs and Music & Movement • Swim Lessons Health & Fitness Directory.............. 14 Outdoor Sprinkler Play • Games • Cooking Gardening • Special Art Projects

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Travel............................................................................. 37 Destinations, product picks, and getaway tips.

Update........................................................................... 42 Essential products and information for your brood.


Travel Directory.............................................................. 26 Attractions and accommodations for great getaways.

Calendar of Events........................................................ 38 A comprehensive listing of your neighborhood’s classes, events, and performances.

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Managing Editor Donald McDermott Associate Editor Samantha Chan Art Directors Margaret Baldauf, Susanne Kimball, Ilana Rispoli Director of Web Development Kristen Jankowski Accounting Teresa Pinargote Contributing Writers Kelsey Banfield, Dr. Charles Bowers, Dr. Alisa Gean, Jess Michaels, Kara Mayer Robinson, Teresa Taylor, Louise Weadock, Dr. Steven Weinfeld, Angeli Zankel Advertising Managers Deirdre Antoniello, Karen Gibofsky, Bill Scalzitti Advertising Sales Representatives Julie Leonoff, Karin Mikelis, Jacalyn Rose, Susan Rush, Jennifer Serpi, Amy Smith, Rena Spangler, Felicia Stafford, PGTV Producer Beth Elgort Submission of articles, photographs and artwork is welcome. All material must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. PARENTGUIDE News assumes no responsibility for the loss or damage of submitted material. PARENTGUIDE News reserves the unrestricted right to edit or otherwise alter submitted material for publication. PARENTGUIDE News, ISSN08961468, is published monthly by PG Media Network Corp., 101 E. Park Ave., #358, Long Beach, NY 11561; 212-213-8840. Copyright 2013 PGMNC. All rights reserved.

Letter from the Editor U The season we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived! It’s time to don beach gear, lounge poolside, explore local parks and playgrounds, and (safely) soak up the sun. After a harsh winter, we’re all in need

of some R & R. Even the little ones are in need of the summer break. If they’re enrolled in camp or summer programs, they’re likely looking forward to making new friends and reuniting with old ones. Discover the appeal of such bonding in “Camp Friendships� by Jess Michaels, who points out why these relationships work and are so important. You may also be celebrating a special day soon in addition to the seasonal change. Find the perfect party place, entertainer, or service in our Birthday Directory. It’s filled with tons of options to fit your child’s personality. To supplement your party planning, turn to Kelsey Banfield’s “Six Tips for Easy Entertaining.� The author discusses different ways to limit stress and up the fun factor for you and your guests. Another day of note this month honors our dearest dudes. Show Pops how much you care this Father’s Day by entering • 212-213-8840

by Rachel Kalina

the Me and My Daddy Photo Contest for the chance to win a great prize. And surprise him with Angeli Zankel’s D.I.Y. photo-based project from “Coaster Craft.� The personalized keepsakes can be made with kids. Of course, the key to a wonderful summer is safety. In addition to practicing good skin care and sunburn prevention, get educated about traumatic brain injuries that can occur during sports and other activities. “Childhood Concussions� by Dr. Alisa Gean explains why these types of injuries affect children differently than adults and presents symptoms of which parents, coaches, and caregivers should be aware. Need ideas for how to avoid the dreaded “B-word� now that school’s out? With our extensive Calendar of Events, you won’t have to hear “I’m bored!� And when you need a respite, visit and The Sandbox Social blog to see what other parents are up to, as well as our Contests & Giveaways page to enter to win fantastic prizes.


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DON’T MiSS Still Transforming

The popular Transformers film series continues with this fourth entry from Director Michael Bay. Mark Wahlberg stars as an automobile mechanic who makes an amazing discovery that brings down the Autobots, the Decepticons, and one paranoid government official. Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27.

Even More Amazing

Based on the hit action film, Amazing Spider-Man 2 the video game offers hours of fun for the gamers in every family.Activision invites you to lead your favorite wall-crawling hero on an adrenaline-fueled search for dangerous criminals in the underworld of Manhattan.The new release is available now for the PS4 game system.

A Dragon’s Tale

Return to the mythical world of wild dragons and burly Vikings when How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes to theaters on June 13. Paramount Pictures’ animated action comedy tells the story of Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t exactly fit in with his tribe’s dragon slayers. Catch the action in 2D and 3D.

Back on the Prairie

Relive all of the wholesome family fun of Walnut Grove when Little House on the Prairie Season 2 comes to DVD. Starring Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert, the six-disc set of the popular Emmy-winning series comes complete with 21 episodes, as well as many bonus features. Pick up your copy in stores or online today.

Winter in Summer

The weather outside is warm, but every day is a snow day with Disney’s Frozen: Olaf ’s Quest. Based on the smash hit film, the video game follows your favorite snowman across 60 imaginative levels inspired by the mythical kingdom of Arendelle. Join in on Olaf’s Quest now for the Nintendo 3DS.


by Donald McDermott

Hello, Kitty

Strap on your helmet, and get ready for some old-fashioned racing with Hello Kitty Kruisers. Choose from ten different racers; play with as many as three other friends; and race across land, sea, and air in this delightful video game. Rated E for Everyone, Hello Kitty Kruisers is available now for the Wii U game system.

Over the Falls

One of the Disney Channel’s most popular animated shows is ready to come into your home on DVD. Gravity Falls: Six Strange Tales follows 12year-old twins Dipper and Mabel Pines as they uncover mysterious surprises, quirky characters, and hilarious adventures in the town of Gravity Falls.The six-episode DVD set is available now.

Start Your Engines

Fathom Events and Mattel put the pedal to the metal by bringing Team Hot Wheels®:The Origin of Awesome to select cinemas nationwide.The animated feature follows Gage, Rhett,Wyatt, and Brandon as they take on the mysterious black car that is transforming their town into a chaotic mess.The special two-day release is held on June 7 and 8. Check your local listings.

New from Nick

Nickelodeon proudly presents an exciting new app for preschoolers.The Nick Jr.App is populated by characters and clips from some of Nickelodeon’s most popular shows, from Dora the Explorer and The Backyardigans to Bubble Guppies and Blues Clues. Download yours today.

Aussie Audio

Listeners of all ages will be transported to the magical landscapes of the land down under with Australian Playground.The new CD release features music from one of Australia’s most compelling children’s performers. Copies are available at select book, gift, health food, children’s, and other specialty shops. Donald McDermott is the managing editor.

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June Knowledge is Power

Rutgers Community programs offer top-notch workshops for families and parents. On June 9, 6-7:30pm, head to the 236 W. 73rd St. location for Come Play With Me!, a free parenting workshop. Learn from an education professional how to optimize play time with your children at different ages. This can greatly affect your kids’ socialization and organizational skills, as well as how they deal with emotions, physical changes, and cognitive growth. Registration is required and can be done by contacting Jennifer Moore at or (212)877-8227, ext. 212.


by Samantha Chan

Early Learning

Early childhood exposure to music and art can be critical. The Diller-Quaile School of Music Early Childhood Preschool kicks off a two-week program on June 10 for children aged 2.7-4.2 years. This program allows teachers to guide your young one in new summertime discoveries through music and art concepts. It runs 9-11:30am at the school, 24 E. 95th St. Learn more and sign up today by contacting Dorothy Appleton at (212)369-1484, ext. 43, or


Start Up the Grill Top of the Big Apple Circling the Sites Pit masters from around the city, It’s time for the big Rooftop-aGather up your whole family, and get to Circle Line • 212-213-8840 • 212-213-8840 Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, and beyond are all converging in Madison Square Park, June 7 and 8, for the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore some of the savory and succulent offerings, in addition to live blues, rock, and country music. Visit for more information.

Sightseeing Cruises for a 75-minute, family-friendly adventure with a live tour guide and entertainment. During special Kid Cruises, offered June 21 and throughout July and August, families enjoy breathtaking photo opportunities of NYC’s biggest attractions, as well as food, drinks, prizes, and giveaways. Boarding begins at 9:30am, and ships sail at 10am. The cruises dock at Pier 83 at West 42nd Street. Book your cruise by calling (212)563-3200 or clicking on

palooza at the JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave. Families with children ages 1-6 are invited to enjoy some rooftop rock and roll. Snacks and a pizza dinner are available, as is plenty of play in water and sand areas! The program begins at 4pm. For more information, log onto

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ummer camp is a place where strong friendships are made. Ask a child about peers who went to camp last year or an adult about people who attended 25 years ago, and you’ll discover the same thing: Camp friends are some of their closest friends. American Camp Association research has found that 96 percent of campers say that camp helped them to make new friends and 94 percent say camp helped them to get to know campers who were different than themselves. But what exactly is it about camp that fosters these strong friendships? At camp, children have the freedom to be themselves without the pressures of school or the constraints of who they may be at home. When children go to school with the same children each year, they may be categorized as the shy or the studious child. Camp allows children to reinvent themselves and be who they want to be in a positive, supportive environment. The shy child may become the outgoing child, and the child who may be not be the athletic kid at home can become entrenched in sports at camp. Camp is an intentional community, one where children return each summer and are reunited at the place they love. Children eat together, participate in a myriad of activities together, share traditions, and sometimes live communally in bunks together. In this environment, children must learn to share, make decisions as a group, and respect each other. Through all these shared experiences, bonds are formed and friendships are made. The camp environment also allows for children to try new activities each day. And when they succeed together, whether it’s reaching the top of the climbing wall or going down the zip line, they connect over the experience. Camp is also a place with strong traditions and rituals; sharing in these as a community allows for friendships to grow. Camp professionals are trained in the management of group dynamics. Counselors are trained to empower children in their group so they feel comfortable and to encourage each child to contribute to the group, showing him that he is valued. This leads a child to feel confident in a group, making it easier to find friends. With so much technology in the lives of today’s children, camp gives children a respite from it all. The majority of summer camps ban most technology, including TV, smartphones, tablets, and computers. As a result, children engage with each other face to face, building stronger friendships. For parents worried about their child going to camp without a friend from home — don’t fret! Children make friends at camp quickly. Many camps even host pre-camp events for first-time campers so they can meet new friends before the first day. Other camps host spring festivals at and welcome all new families. Even without these events, children will meet friends on the first day of camp. Whether it’s on the bus to camp, at the first shared meal, or during icebreaker games, children will begin to open up to each other. In no time, you will be hearing about all the new friends your child is meeting at camp. If your child does decide to go to camp with a friend, speak with the camp director and let him know that these children are friends from home. Consider putting them in separate bunks. This will help your child to be more outgoing in making new friends instead of just defaulting to his friend from home. Don’t be surprised if your child comes home from camp with a new saying, “Living 10 for two.” What does it mean? Kids wait 10 months of the year for those two months at camp, where they get to be with their friends again. Jess Michaels is the director of communications for the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of the summer camp experience.

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Coaster Craft

Create a Father’s Day gift with fabulous form and function.

by Angeli Zankel

This is an unique, affordable project that you and your child can make for Father’s Day. Any dad would love a personalized gift like this coaster set! Tiles (about 20 cents each) and most of the supplies may be found at Home Depot or Lowe’s. Parental supervision (or participation!) is recommended, and discretion should be used to determine age appropriateness.

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•Computer printer •Computer paper (matte) •4-by-4-inch tiles •Foam paint brush •Scissors •Permanent glue •Gloss sealer (spray preferred) •Mod Podge Gloss glue •Cork discs

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Step 1 - Choose one photo per tile. Print the photos of your choice, and cut each one into a 4-by-4-inch square. Step2 - Start with one tile. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge Gloss glue onto the “shiny” side of it with the foam paint brush. Make sure your strokes are nice and even when applying the glue. Place your photo image side up on the tile, and gently press it down while smoothing out any bubbles. Allow the Mod Podge to dry for approximately five minutes.

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Step 3 - Once the photo has dried, apply an additional coat of Mod Podge on top of the photo on the tile. Evenly distribute the Mod Podge, and let it completely dry. Step 4 - Apply your second and last coat of the Mod Podge once more on top of the photo. Once dry, the tile with photo should look like the image on the right.

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Step 5 - Take your tile outdoors for adequate ventilation, and spray it with the gloss sealer to give it a nice finish. Steadily spray the coaster with the sealer until you are satisfied with the gloss finish. Let it dry for at least one hour. Step 6 - Complete the project by gluing the cork disc to the back of the tile with permanent glue. Step 7 - Let the tile air out for about a day. Repeat steps 1 through 6 for each tile you create. Carefully stack your coasters, tie a ribbon around them, and get ready to see Dad smile!

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by Louise Weadock, MPH, RN

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lthough we associate it mostly with carefree fun, there is also science involved in child’s play. The latest educational research shows that from infancy on, play teaches us the valuable skills needed to strengthen our bodies and develop our brains. Play improves a child’s ability to identify, sort, react to, and expand upon the information presented to him in an environment. Children learn best by experiencing the world with their senses. They need to see, feel, hear, smell, and even taste things to understand them fully. A child is in an optimal learning situation when he participates in activities that utilize his senses. This is called “sensory play.” The more children use their senses, the more completely they learn. The science of play actually starts at conception! Playfully, to build leg and abdominal muscles, an unborn infant uses his legs to push off a uterine wall, causing him to flip and tumble. Once a child is born and through his adolescence, he should be surrounded by materials that invite use of the senses and provide quality learning opportunities. Engaging the senses during exploration enables children to develop communication, reasoning, and problem-solving skills. Self-confidence and social development increase as children master what they are trying to achieve. More importantly, sensory play leads to imaginative play, which is crucial for emotional and cognitive development. Imagination helps children anticipate scenarios, too. When my children were growing up, I created a learning wonderland in our house based on research I conducted while at Johns Hopkins University. You, too, can make sensory-rich environments or scenarios for your kids. All you need to do is clear out an area like the basement, family room, or even the garage to use for playtime. Next, rummage through closets, storage items, and your kitchen to find creative learning tools. Then, pull it all together while being especially conscious of the five senses, which can be incorporated in the following ways: 12 I parentguide News I June 2014

maximum learning.

Smell. Cooking and

baking can offer a great way to boost math skills while stimulating the senses. With a chocolate chip cookie recipe, all of those spoon, cup, liquid, and solid measurements enable math practice and tickle the sense of smell. Another time, try creating a “smell test” station with dip sticks in oils, perfumes, and other aromatherapy items (being mindful of allergies and sensitive noses, of course).

See. Create opportunities

to explore and see the world with scavenger hunts and nature discovery. Find tips to foster nature-based activities at www.parentguidenews. com/Articles/NaturalSplendor. In a different play session, bring out some black lights, and see the kinds of effects they create on different colors and surfaces. The lights can also be used for calming behavior.

Hear. Create your own

special headphone experience by streaming a range of different sounds like music, banging, drumming, etc., through them. In addition, your children can form a rock band with microphones, bongos, and tambourines.


Make a sensory diet of taste experiences through cooking with varied flavors, taste testing, and even food fights!


Try to keep on hand a truckload of art supplies like clay, paint, putty, “slime,” canvas, plastic, and more. In the summer, employ water toys of all types and sizes for a fully tactile (and wet!) experience.

Some other fun, sensory-rich learning activities to try are game nights, creating photo exhibitions and art galleries, rock collecting and polishing, knitting, sewing, and carpentry. Within the context of free multi-sensory play, children learn how to make friends; use motor skills; and assimilate the symbols required to read, write, and calculate. You can’t go wrong as long as you keep learning and fun in mind! Anything you do will be a success when you make a conscious effort to be as creative as you can. The more sensory-rich your fun zone, the more scientific your play becomes. You’ll be amazed by how much your children can teach themselves. Your child’s growth in strength will also help him feel peace, comfort, joy, and a positive attitude of “Yes, I can!”



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Special Needs Services and Health & Fitness Resources Close to Home Special Needs BBkids Speech Therapy-SLP, P.C (212)643-9064 BBKids Speech Therapy-SLP is conveniently located in the heart of Manhattan, easily accessible by public transportation. It is owned and operated by Bernadette Bergancia, who holds a Master of Science dgree in speech pathology and has more than 10 years of experience with children and adults. Ms. Bergancia is primarily devoting her time to working with children, and on a case-by-case basis with adults. In addition to treating and enhancing children’s speech ability, she wishes to educate parentscaregivers on the importance of early detection/intervention in children during the “critical” period of language development. The child-friendly environment of BBKids Speech TherapySLP is carefully designed to make children feel at ease during treatment. They utilize the latest methods (PROMPT trained, knowledge/use of SIM, methods in Verbal- tonal), combined with traditional therapy methods to achieve real progress. A multi-sensory integrated approach is the goal at BBkids-Speech Therapy,SLP. Whether a child is overcoming a speech and lan-

guage, occupational and physical challenges families receive the therapies that are needed to help children through their development. In addition to speech therapy, occupational and physical therapy is provided on site through partner agencies: CTD Occupational Therapy and PIM Physical Therapy. Progress In Motion Physical Therapy PLLC 525 Chestnut Street, Suite 2, Ceadurhurst, NY 11516 (347)746-7812 Progress in Motion Physical Therapy, PLLC (PIM) is a pediatric physical therapy clinic in Midtown Manhattan that provides cutting edge physical therapy services in a highly personalized setting to children ages 0-21 with developmental, neurologic, sports, and orthopedic conditions. PIM physical therapy services value the importance of a family-oriented physical therapy practice and are backed by evidence-based clinical care to children including early intervention, initial evaluations, reassessments, and treatment interventions. In addition to physical therapy, occupational and speech therapy is provided on site through partner agencies; CTD Occupational Therapy and BBkids Speech Therapy. Progress in Motion is an approved clinic for the New York City Department of Education and accepts CPSE, CSE, and RSA mandated ser-

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by Kelsey Banfield

s parents, it’s easy to feel pressured to throw our children perfect birthday parties they will remember forever. And, as a mom of two kids, I have had firsthand experience learning what works and what doesn’t when it comes to birthday party entertaining. And I’ve realized: Parties don’t have to be stressful! Here are my go-to entertaining tips to help your next birthday party or get together run smoothly. 1) Start with an empty dishwasher. Even with a small gathering, dirty dishes pile up fast. To save yourself from a post-party sink full of dishes plus a full dishwasher, be sure to run and clear the washer before guests arrive.

2) Prepare a family-friendly cheese platter or cheese-fruit kebabs. A cheese platter is a wonderful option for simple get-togethers as well as large parties. I like to serve unexpected but family-friendly and mild cheeses such as creamy Havarti or Gouda so even picky eaters are happy. Fruit kabobs offer a fantastic but simple way to serve fruit to kids. Layer grapes, strawberries, blueberries, or apples with your favorite kid-friendly cheese. The kabobs are perfect for grabbing and eating. (Just be careful that the skewers aren’t too sharp and are safely discarded after use).

3) Only place two items in the oven. In order to avoid a holdup at the oven, plan your menu to include no more than two items that need to be baked or heated. Unless you have an industrial-sized oven available (lucky you!), it’s difficult to time multiple baked items so they’ll be ready for the start of an event. Plus, cold foods are incredibly kid friendly and easy to prepare ahead of the party.With these types of munchies ready in the fridge, you can quickly satisfy hungry tummies at a moment’s notice. Don’t fret about preparing a four-course gourmet meal. Instead, make memories with your child and enjoy interacting with your guests.

5) Capture the moment. I usually try to carry a camera with me throughout the day to make sure I’m getting snapshots of special moments. Investing in a neck strap for your camera is worth it. It’s a lifesaver to have your hands free and ready to fill an empty glass or help with opening presents.Another option is to ask family or friends if they can help out. If you have a friend or sister who is a great photographer, she might not mind taking a few pics so that you get plenty of photos with your little ones. And, I always try to capture a few pictures before the party starts (while the kiddos are still clean!).

6) Have a two-bite maximum. Don’t serve anything that can’t be eaten in two bites, especially if you are hosting an event where children will be running around and adults will be standing most of the time. It makes conversation much easier when you are not fumbling around with a plate full of food, cutlery, and a beverage. One of my favorite kid-friendly recipes is a Havartiand-Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich that’s cut into snack-size quarters (see sidebar for recipe). 4) Pick a unique theme. My kids are constantly getting invited to birthday parties, and to ensure their own special days standout, I pick party themes that are as unique as they are. For inspiration, I look for theme ideas in the things my kids love, such as their favorite colors, books, animals, characters, etc. Once a concept is sparked, Pinterest offers additional resources to make the details happen.

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hether it’s your baby’s first birthday or a neighborhood get-together, always do what makes you feel most comfortable, festive, and lets you enjoy time with your guests. Hopefully these tips will not only get you through your next event, but also help keep planning fun, simple, and stress-free.

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•2 slices sourdough bread •1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and divided •2 ounces Arla Dofino Creamy Havarti cheese •½ ripe pear, cored and thinly sliced



1. Place two slices of bread side by side, and spread the top of one with ½ tablespoon of butter. On the second slice, layer Arla Dofino Creamy Havarti cheese followed by the thinly sliced pear. Close the sandwich with the buttered bread slice, butter side up. 2. Add the remaining butter in a nonstick skillet, and place it over medium heat. Swirl the butter so it coats the bottom of the pan. Place sandwich in skillet with non-buttered bread side down, and cook until the bread is toasted and golden brown (about 4 to 5 minutes). Flip the sandwich, and cook the other side for an additional 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the skillet, slice into quarters, and serve. • 212-213-8840 • 212-213-8840

Kelsey Banfield is a mom and a foodie and believes these titles should never be mutually exclusive. She’s also the author of the Naptime Chef blog and cookbook The Naptime Chef: Fitting Great Food into Family Life (Running Press). Her blog features everything from family-friendly recipes to food articles.

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A Family Disco is the only party in town where parents have fun dancing, too! One-stop shopping for all your party needs: light-up dance party favors, creative disco cakes, full bar and extensive catering. From cotton candy to jumpy castle, chocolate fountain or jewel makeup art– they’ve got it. Princess Balls and Superhero dance parties feature sing-alongs and dancing characters. And at Frozen-themed parties, kids belt out the tunes and dancers play fun dance games. Impeccable reputation for traveling parties too, bringing the entertainment right to your home, school or community room. Now that little slumber party will really swing!

with convenient party planning and packages for a fun and memorable birthday celebration! A wide variety of activities are available for all, from preschoolers to teens, such as the 23,000-square-foot gymnastics center outfitted with in-ground trampolines and deep foam pits, rock climbing wall designed for kids and teens, indoor playing fields, Little Athletes Exploration Center, basketball courts and batting cages. You can also choose from two indoor ice skating rinks, a 40-lane bowling center or a hi-tech golf driving range for parties. Private instructors are available for all parties (excluding bowling parties). Refreshments are served in private party rooms. For gymnastics, rock climbing, soccer, basketball and other team sports parties, contact the Field Blue Man Group House at (212)336-6518 or; for ice skating Astor Place Theatre parties, contact Sky Rink at (212)336-6100 or; 434 Lafayette St., NYC 10003 for golf parties contact the Golf Club at (212)336-6400 or golfclub@chelark Avenue(212)260-8993/(800)BLUEMAN South, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax; for bowling, call (212)835-BOWL. On-site parking is able for a fee. Easily accessible by the M23 or M14 bus. Please call or visit Blue Man Group is not just a show, it’s a state of mind. Having utterly redefined the website at and see why Chelsea Piers is FAXGroup # continues to reinvent itself. The the New York theater scene, Blue Man the best choice for a stress-free and fun-filled birthday party! wildly popular show at the Astor Place Theatre now combines signature Blue Man Group moments with breathtakingly fun new pieces. Blue Man Group is Cozy’s Cut for Kids ISSUE DATE: great for birthdays or any special occasion! This unique theatrical experience 448 Amsterdam Ave., NYC 10024 is a form of entertainment like nothing else, guaranteed to be an outing that (212)579-2600 your group will never forget. Birthday party packages are available for groups 1416 2nd Ave., NYC 10021 Please fax includes your comments and/or OK. child on (212)585-COZY (2699) of 10 orcall more.or Package discounted tickets, name of birthday the LED screen at the beginning of the show, merchandise item for each guest, and a Blue Man Group poster for the birthday child. For more information or A Beauty Bash at Cozy’s is a rite of passage for all NYC stylistas! Parents URE OF APPROVAL: to book, call the Group Sales Department at (212)260-8993. sit back and relax while the girls get their glam on in their own private salon. Pick a package that suits your little ladies, from The Ultimate Beauty Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex Bash Deluxe to The Glamour VIP Party. All parties include incredible West 23rd Street and Hudson River Park, NYC 10011 hairstyling from Cozy’s Braid Bar & Blow Bar by Up-do Specialists, mini (212)336-6666 art manicures and sparkly makeup application. Additional fun includes art projects, dancing, runway show, music, pizza, beverages and much more. Chelsea Piers is home to Manhattan’s best sports-themed birthday parties, Also available is the BFF day– two or more girls can have the greatest all year round! State-of-the-art facilities and world-class instruction combine play date of all, no occasion necessary! The hour-long package includes


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Karma Kids Yoga 104 W. 14th St., NYC 10011 (646)638-1444 At the Karma Kids Yoga Studio, children are encouraged to explore and discover Imagine having a party where your child and guests create fabulous projects to take home. At Kids at Art, there are a variety of art projects to choose from in their private art studio, which is all yours for an hour and a half! Projects can be tailor-made for your child or you can choose from a variety of others. Included are all art supplies, personalized invitations, complimentary t-shirt for the birthday child, paper goods and juice. Balloons and other goodies can also be supplied for an extra charge. Kids at Art Also offers karaoke/disco birthday parties, American Idol, Broadway, Beatles, Glee, and much more! Real DJS from Expressway Music are exclusive at Kids at Art! All parties are run by a staff of professionals. Please call or visit the website for more information.

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Medieval Times The Meadowlands Castle 149 Polito Ave., Lyndhurst, NJ 07071-0327 (888)935-6878 In the mood for some old-fashioned fun? Medieval Times invites you to come celebrate more than 20 years of feasting, fighting and fun! A popular dinner attraction for all ages, Medieval Times Castles features a two-hour dinner and live show based upon authentic medieval history. Guests enjoy a four course medieval banquet while witnessing brave knights compete on horseback in games of skill, jousting matches and swordfights. Admission includes a four course dinner, beverages and a live show. Parking is free. In addition to their regular daily schedules, Medieval Times is the perfect place to cel­ebrate the next birthday of the young Lord or Lady of your own castle! Their special action-packed birthday party packages in­clude preferred seating, an individual photo with the King or Queen, a cheering banner, birthday cake, and an announcement in hon­or of the birthday child during the perfor­mance! Medieval Times is located west of Giants Stadium and just minutes from mid-town Manhattan. Other locations include Hanover, MD; Lawrenceville, GA; Kissim­mee, FL; Schaumburg, IL; Myrtle Beach, SC; Dallas, TX; Buena Park, CA; and To­ronto, Ontario. Call the number above for reservations and further information.


Sony Wonder Technology Lab 550 Madison Ave., NYC 10022 (212)833-8100 Prepare your child and their friends for a birthday celebration like no other! Sony Wonder Technology Lab offers one-of-a-kind parties for all age groups in an exciting, state-of-the-art facility. Choose from a VIP tour with exclusive use of the Lab’s four floors of dynamic interactive exhibits, an intense PlayStation 3 gaming experience in the High Definition Theater, an opportunity to develop your very own short claymation movie and much more! All birthday packages also include a decorated reception complete with pizza, cake and beverages as well as specially designed birthday invitations. The birthday staff caters to your unique needs to provide a memorable and fun experience. All parties also include the nearby Sony Store’s VIP Concierge offerings, which include a gift registry and specialized party favors. Sony Wonder Technology Lab is a technology and entertainment museum located in the heart of NYC with four floors of hands-on interactive exhibits. For more information and rates, please visit

For That Special Touch Cakes ‘N Shapes 466 W. 51st St. (b/w 9th and 10th Avenues) NYC 10019 (212)629-5512 Children and adult cakes at surprisingly reasonable prices! Edie creates cakes in the character or design of your choice. Some popular examples from her portfolio include trains, trucks, Barbie, bears and adult creations in the form of a golf course and a front page newspaper article. The cakes are perfected with scrumptious chocolate or moist vanilla and finished with a delicious butter cream icing. How about honoring that special person with a photo you can eat? Your child’s artwork can be scanned directly onto an edible Edie cake! And for that special party favor, a photo can also be scanned onto a delicious cookie! Photo cookies are individually wrapped and ready to give away at birthdays, showers, business promotions and holiday parties. Whatever the occasion of your next party, call Edie and she will help you make this a unique and memorable event. Edie Connolly has been featured on CNN, NBC and in The New York Times, The Daily News and in magazine and newspaper articles around the world. As an added bonus, Cakes ‘N Shapes is a nut-free bakery. your needs, your neighborhood

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Many people think Puerto Rico is all about piña coladas and hotel spa treatments. Not so! There’s oodles to do outside resort walls for kids and adults. Read on for the top five picks for family fun on the island that boasts it all: beaches, deserts, caves, rivers, and a rainforest.

1) Old San Juan

Viejo San Juan (as locals know it) is a seven-square-block area of cobblestone streets and pigeon-filled plazas. Quaint and charming, it’s more reminiscent of a European city like Barcelona than an old Caribbean port. It’s the perfect place for relaxed strolling with kids. There are parks and plazas around practically every corner, and the area’s not hurting for kid-friendly, yet authentic food. Head straight for El Morro National Monument, a fort surrounded by gargantuan stone walls and cannons. Built way back in 1540, it’s pretty much a maze filled with tunnels, dungeons, ramps, and secret passageways. Bring spare change to buy a kite to fly on its vast grassy area, where kids can run free while you savor the fabulous views of San Juan Bay.

2) El Yunque

A rainforest is part of the United States — who knew? El Yunque National Forest is super-accessible. Only an hour from metropolitan San Juan, this hotspot places you in thick of the jungle. You can drive right in and park within just a few steps of plenty of cool observation areas, waterfalls, hiking trails and lookout points. There’s also a welcome center to get a better grip on what to see. Kids get a huge thrill out of all the coquis, a.k.a. tree frogs, which make non-stop “ko-key” noises. Keep your eyes peeled for the Puerto Rican Amazon parrot, one of the most endangered birds in the world, but don’t hold your breath — spotting one isn’t a sure thing. Bring rain gear — it is, after all, a rainforest, and 100 billion gallons of rainwater is dumped on it every year.

3) Ponce

Drive to the southern side of the island to find calmer waters — the south touches the Caribbean Sea, while the north is on the Atlantic Ocean — and a genuine feel for local living. Go to the town square for the Old Ponce Fire Station (Parque de Bombas). It’s an awesome firehouse painted with bold

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red and black stripes and a surefire kids’ attention-grabber. Then walk over to Ponce’s boardwalk, Paseo Tablado La Guancha, for good local eats and a ferry ride to Coffin Island, which has gorgeous beaches and an old lighthouse.

4) Rio Camuy Cave Park

The cool factor in the caves at this locale is through the roof. It’s the third-largest cave system in the world, formed more than a million years ago. Translation: Convincing kids to visit is as good as done. The trails take you 200 feet down into the earth. You can take a trolley ride through the caves and sinkholes, which have some odd types of fish (they’re blind!), plenty of bats, and tons of ferns. Go on your own or prearrange a guided tour; either is an adventure. This isn’t just a way to kill an hour — plan on an entire day. Bring a picnic lunch, a camera to record all those crazy stalactites and stalagmites, and some extra coin for souvenirs.

5) Your hotel

Yes, my favorite Puerto Rican adventures are outside hotel walls. But truth be told, some of the best family resorts in the world are in Puerto Rico, so why not sink your teeth into them? Most offer multiple pools, gobs of beach activities, lively family events, a fully equipped recreation center, and a daily kids’ club. Spending a few days on the property is just plain good judgment! My suggestion: Alternate between active excursions and leisurely resort days and you’ll go home relaxed, refreshed, and revived.

Where to Stay

- Top pick: El Conquistador Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Resort that has its own private island and beach, an onsite water park, dozens of water activities, restaurants galore, and kids’ adventures around every corner. - Another good choice: The Caribe Hilton, which is close to Old San Juan, has plenty of pool action and grounds with peacocks, swans, turtles, and a rooster or two.

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Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Pier 83, W. 42nd St., NYC 10036 (212)563-3200 If you want to experience the best of New York, a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise is for you. Whether it’s seeing the skyline from a new perspective, or capturing a landmark photo, they help you make that memory. Circle Line has hosted more than 60 million guests since 1945 and is considered “America’s Favorite Boat Ride.” They have something for everyone. Choose from five different leisurely tours including the famous FullIsland Cruise, the landmark-spotting Semi-Circle Cruise, the quick and easy Liberty Cruise or the sunset Harbor Lights cruise. New this year, all cruises include all new tour content created in partnership with the New-York Historical Society, creating an enthralling narrative of the history, culture and landscape that make New York Iconic. The thrill seekers in the family can take a ride aboard the BEAST Speedboat– a 30-minute ride of pure excitement! Special event cruises include the popular Kids Cruise series (May 31, June 21, July 12 and 26, August 9 and 23, and October 25), fantastic Fourth of July fireworks cruises and family-friendly Bear Mountain cruises in the fall. Visit or find Circle Line on Facebook for more information on this relaxing and fun way to see the world’s most famous skyline.

TRAVEL DIRECTORY Discovery Times Square 226 W. 44th St., NYC 10036 This summer, Discovery Times Square will host the world premiere of Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. The Exhibition (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network), based on the global box-office smash film franchise: Marvel’s The Avengers. This exhibition is a completely interactive experience that brings visitors into the cinematic world of Marvel’s The Avengers. Bringing to life the science behind Super Heroes, fans of all ages participate in a simulated recruitment, as if they were being trained as agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and get a first hand look at intelligence files, classified studies, and experiments behind Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Thor, and more. Also at DTS this summer is the exhibit named one of CNN’s Top Ten “global must-see exhibitions,” The Art of the Brick. The world’s largest display of LEGO art ever now features brand new pieces by artist Nathan Sawaya including a ground-breaking LEGO art and photography collaboration with award-winning photographer Dean West. Don’t miss this critically acclaimed collection of intriguing and inspiring works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world— LEGO bricks. Log on to www. for more information.


daily June 21-Labor Day, September 1. Smugglers’ Notch Vermont 4323 Vermont Route 108 South, Smugglers’ Notch, VT 05464 1(866)771-3717 In the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains, Smugglers’ Notch Resort provides all the ingredients for a perfect summer family vacation. All you need to do is add your family! No other family summer resort offers such a wide variety of programs and activities. The FamilyFest and Adventure Connection vacation packages include accommodations in a comfortable, fully equipped condominium home, unlimited access to four waterparks including eight pools, and four waterslides, award-winning kids’ programs for ages 6 weeks-17 years, guided hikes, walks and much more. All just a short walk or an on-demand-shuttle ride to the Village Center with dining and shopping. The SimplySmuggs vacation package offers the same family activities and makes kids’ programs available at a significant discount. The ArborTrek Zip Line Canopy Tour adds a heightened level of excitement to your experience. Soar down more than 4,000 feet of zip lines, cross suspension bridges, rappel from trees— it’s the adventure of a lifetime. Smugglers’ offers a perfect, self-contained resort village where your family can relax, have fun and reconnect. For more than 50 years, Smugglers’ Notch has been helping families create memories that last a lifetime! Call (866)771-3717 or visit to make your reservation today! • 212-213-8840

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Childhood Concussions

An introduction to traumatic brain injuries.


elieve it or not, childhood is one of the highest risk periods for experiencing traumatic brain injury (TBI) from sports-related concussions, motor vehicle accidents, and falls. TBI is the leading cause of death and disability in children. There are at least 3.5 million new childhood TBI cases every year, and nearly 5.3 million Americans (2 percent of the population) are currently living with a TBI disability. The nearly 3,000 youth football leagues across the United States with approximately 600,000 players present just a small sampling of the kids that are at risk for TBI. This number does not include children who participate in soccer, lacrosse, baseball, and hockey. Fortunately, the majority of TBI in children is classified as “mild,” often termed a concussion. In this author’s opinion, however, the classification of “mild” can be misleading as the injury may lead to disabilities that are associated with a variety of longterm social, behavioral, and reasoning difficulties. Although most concussions resolve on their own within days to months, a small minority of patients will experience persistent symptoms. 28 I parentguide News I June 2014

Children and adolescents are not little adults. Children’s brains are continuously developing, which means an injury would affect them differently than it would an adult in the following important ways: •A child’s brain, because of its early growth, is large and heavy relative to other parts of the body. It is poorly stabilized by weak neck musculature and is often the leading contact point on impact. •A child’s face provides less protection because a child’s facial skeleton is relatively small. •A child’s brain is more susceptible to tearing of the white matter (i.e., the “wiring” of the brain). This shearing injury is currently thought to be the primary cause of a concussion. Hence the slogan: “Wire together, fire together. Out of sync, lose your link.” •Brain swelling is more common in children than in adults as a child’s brain fills up the entire skull and there is no room for additional blood or brain swelling.

•The skull of a child is thin and provides less protection for sports that do not use head gear (e.g., soccer, baseball). •A child’s nervous system is constantly evolving (through age 24 in males and 20 in females). Consequently, the effects of a head injury on the developing brain are likely to interfere with neurodevelopmental processes. •Young patients are more prone to the “second impact syndrome” (SIS). This syndrome is believed to occur when a second concussion, even one of lesser severity to the first, re-injures the previously healing brain and results in death or devastating injury.

What should a parent and coach look for in a concussion? Concussions remain a symptom-based diagnosis, and they can be difficult to diagnose clinically. Early warning signs include: headache, nausea and vomiting, blurred vision, balance problems, sensitivity to light and noise, memory problems, sleep disorders, and mood disorders. A loss of consciousness (LOC) is not necessary for the diagnosis of concussion. Indeed, only 10 percent of concussed individuals experience a LOC, with many incidents going unnoticed. However, a concussion typically does involve a period of short-term forgetfulness. Parents and coaches should be aware that athletes may minimize or fail to report their symptoms because of a strong desire to continue playing, or a belief that their symptoms

are mild enough to play through. Children who sustain a concussion are required to be removed from play or strenuous activity until clearance by a health care provider. TBI may be common, but it is also avoidable. To focus on prevention, parents should ensure children wear protective gear and play in a safe environment with heat and hydration precautions. If enrolled in supervised sports, children should have coaches that have been certified and can recognize possible TBI signs. Kids should continue playing outside and benefit from the rewards that playing team sports offer. That being said, everyone should understand the signs of a TBI injury, take proper steps to prevent them, and stop play immediately if a TBI may have occurred.

Dr. Alisa Gean is a professor of neuroradiology at University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital. She has more than 25 years of experience working in traumatic brain injury in the United States and abroad. Dr. Gean is an avid writer on TBI, and her latest book, Brain Injury: Applications from War and Terrorism (LWW), was released in, 2014.

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C-Section Right for You? For some pregnant women, the idea of scheduling a Caesarean section sounds convenient and practical. Compared with traditional labor and delivery, getting wheeled into a surgery room on a scheduled day seems like it would be less painful and more controlled — but is it? The truth is, while C-sections have benefits and can be necessary to protect the baby or the mother, they still carry significant risks. That’s why the decision to have one should be carefully weighed. How do you know if a C-section is right for you? Of what should you be aware beforehand? What exactly are the risks involved, and how can you best heal from one? Here’s a look at what you need to know about Caesarean deliveries.

What determines the need for a C-section?

The main thing to keep in mind with C-sections is that they exist is to protect mothers and babies. When complications arise, a C-section provides a way to intervene surgically to protect them both. According to, “A C-section might be planned ahead of time if you develop pregnancy complications or you’ve had a previous C-section and aren’t considering vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Often, however, the need for a first-time C-section doesn’t become obvious until labor is under way.” When a mother has health conditions like an unstable heart disease or high blood pressure, or when a baby has health concerns such as fluid on the brain, a C-section may be scheduled before labor ever starts. But in other cases, a C-section may become necessary when labor has already started for the following reasons:

The reasons for and risks of Caesarean delivery. by Dr. Charles Bowers

Stalled labor. When a mother’s cervix isn’t opening properly despite hours of labor or when a baby is too big to fit through the birth canal, labor is stalled and a C-section may be needed. Breech birth. When the baby is in an abnormal presentation like feet first or shoulder first, a C-section may be necessary.

Baby is in danger. During labor, if the baby’s heartbeat changes significantly or a doctor is concerned about the baby’s oxygen supply, a C-section offers a way to get the baby out quickly without prolonged health damage.

Problems with the placenta or the umbilical cord. Some typical birth complications include placental abruption (placenta detaches from the uterus before labor is completed), placenta previa (placenta covers opening of cervix), or problems with the umbilical cord (when it slips through the cervix before the baby or gets compressed during contractions), any of which threaten safe vaginal delivery.

Multiples. Mothers carrying multiple babies will often have one or more of the babies in an abnormal presentation, making vaginal delivery difficult.

Additionally, once a mother has had a C-section, it is often suggested to deliver future children the same way, depending on the type of incision and other factors.

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Risks of C-sections

A C-section is a major operation, and, like all major surgeries, it involves risks. Babies born after elective C-sections may have a greater chance of breathing problems at birth, as well as other injuries. For the mother, risks include: •Increased bleeding •Blood clots •Inflammation and infection of the uterus membrane •Reactions to anesthesia •Wound infection •Surgical injuries to bowel and bladder •Greater risks for future pregnancies




How can you prepare for a C-section?

The best preparation for a C-section is•knowledge. Ask • 212-213-8840 212-213-8840 healthcare provider about any questions you have so you know what to expect. He will likely order blood tests to prepare for the unlikely event of a transfusion, and there may be other details he can help you understand. Most importantly, prepare yourself to rest well after a C-section. For a few weeks after surgery, you will probably need help with meals, housework, and childcare if you have other kids. Plan accordingly so your body has the proper time to heal.

Dr. Charles Bowers is a retired obstetrician/gynecologist with more than three decades of medical experience. He now works for Ross Feller Casey, LLP, as a medical forensic evaluator. Discover more at


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It’s time to cast off heavy socks and boots in favor of open-toed shoes and sandals. As your feet emerge from hibernation, consider thes following tips for summer foot care.

Sporting sandals? Stability, support, and protection should be top-of-mind when you’re sandal shopping. Look for a sandal with a low, stable sole and a heel cup that allows it to remain properly aligned on your foot while you walk. A toe cap will keep your toes from being stubbed. And don’t forget arch support, which helps distribute pressure evenly and makes sandals more comfortable. What about flip-flops? They’re everywhere, and while they may have a limited place in your warm-weather wardrobe, flip-flops should not be worn as an everyday summer shoe. Flip-flops provide zero support for your feet and ankles, and their structure leaves you open to toe stubs and ankle injuries. Limit your flip-flop use to the poolside or for short strolls up the block. Never wear them on uneven terrain. Pass the sunscreen. When you’re slathering on sunscreen everywhere else, remember your feet need sun protection, too. The upper surface of the foot generally lies perpendicular to the rays of the sun when standing. This positioning makes your feet susceptible to more ultraviolet radiation than other parts of the body.

Tips for kids:

Foot hygiene can be challenging for children in summer, especially if they wear sneakers without socks. Going sockless can create a breeding ground for bacteria inside kids’ shoes. Encourage your kids to wear lightweight socks, or try light summer shoes with mesh uppers that can be easily washed to control bacteria growth and odor.

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Summer care tips for comfort and style.

Creams generally are a better option than spray-on sunscreens, which may not cover all areas of your feet well enough. Rub sunscreen liberally over the tops and sides of the feet, as well as in between toes. Remember to reapply sunscreen to feet and legs throughout the day, especially after swimming. Open shoes equal dirt and dryness. Ever notice how much dirt and sand accumulate on your feet when you’re wearing sandals or going barefoot? Clean feet resist infections, so wash your feet regularly and carefully, including in between your toes. Dry thoroughly with your own towel, not a towel you share with others. If dryness develops, apply moisturizer to the soles and the tops of your feet. Some pre-pedicure advice. Before heading to the salon, inspect your feet. If you find cracked skin, cuts, or blisters, you should delay your visit until the skin is healed. These skin problems can provide an entry point for bacteria, which could lead to infection. Most nail salons are careful about cleaning footbaths between clients, but any bacteria left behind can cause infections in open skin. Watch those bare feet. When you’re at the beach, avoid walking barefoot along rocky shores or uneven surfaces. It’s easy to cut or bruise your feet or ankles when wading. And if you’re taking to the woods or wild grassy areas, cover your feet and legs with shoes and socks to prevent ticks from attaching to bare skin. Some ticks carry Lyme disease, and covering up on hikes can help protect you. Steven Weinfeld, M.D., is an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center, specializing in the treatment of foot and ankle disorders. He is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS). The AOFAS maintains a patient-education website,, which features articles on various foot and ankle conditions and their treatments.

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Calendar of Events Nassau Manhattan Queens Open Houses June 3, 10, and 17: Ready, Set, Go!, at Rutgers Presbyterian Church, 236 W. 73rd St., (212)877 8227, ext. 212,, For parents only. 9am.


All Month Long: Kid’s Korner Preschool, 247 W. 24th St., (212)229-9340,, By appointment only. All Month Long: Bilingual Buds, 175 Riverside Boulevard, (212)787-8088, By appointment. RSVP on website.

JUNE 2014

All Month Long: The Family School West, 308 W. 46th St., (212)688-5950,, By appointment. All Month Long: Seton Day Care Center & Elizabeth Seton Preschool, 245 E. 92nd St., (212)369-9626, susanp@,, By appointment.

June 1 - 7 June 1: Celebrate Israel Run and Kids’ Races, Central Park, Central Road, celebrate-israel-run-4m. New York Road Runners’ Celebrate Israel Run presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York presents events for ages 2 through 12. Following the races, the Celebrate Israel Parade marking its 50th anniversary takes place along Fifth Avenue beginning at 11am. 8am. June 4: Front Row Cinema, Wall-E, South Street Seaport, 19 Fulton St., Head to the water’s edge for free outdoor film screenings every Wednesday and Saturday through Labor Day weekend. In addition to a kid-friendly show, families can hit up vendors from SmorgasBar before finding a spot on the lawn. The program returns with The Muppets Take Manhattan on June 11, Rango on June 18, Brave on June 25, and dates continuing in July and August. 8pm. June 7: PS 75 Spring Carnival, Emily Dickinson School Playground, West 96th Street near Riverside Drive, www. Community members and families are invited to celebrate the school and season with craft activities, bouncy rides, an international food court, a rummage sale and more. There is a focus on celebration of African

June 1: Musical Misadventures Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St., (212)220-1459, From the moment he wakes up with gum in his hair, Alexander knows that the day is going to be a rough one. Join him as he embarks on one misadventure after another in a fun musical where audience members ages 4 and older are invited to laugh and sing along. 1:30pm. 38 I parentguide News I June 2014

American culture with African drummers and performers. Make it an afternoon out with your family! Noon-4pm.

June 8 - 14 June 8: Adorama Street Fair, 18th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, For the fourth year, the Chelsea photo store throws an outdoor fair right outside their doors. Expect small carnival rides, games, tech vendors, raffle prizes, a petting zoo, and food stands. All ages welcome. 10am.


June 8: East Meets West Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival, Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue, 12 Eldridge St., (212)2190888, Through food, enjoy the joint heritage of lower Manhattan where the Jewish community meets Chinatown. The day-long festival includes tours of the historic synagogue, Chinese opera and acrobats, klezmer performances, and of course, egg rolls and egg creams! Noon-4pm.

June 8: Lost Arts Series: Quilting, New-York Historical tion Center, 655 W. 34th St., (800)346-8372, www.speciSociety, 170 Central Park West, (212)873-3400, It’s all about comic books, cartooning, • 212-213-8840 Families with children age 6 through adulthood illustration, and the graphic arts during this new comic are invited to explore quilts and how they changed in their book festival held annually in the birthplace of comics. role in the lives of people during the American Civil War. From rising stars to living legends, this is the place to June Timecomic to Play Explore the fascinating quilts in our exhibition Homefront meet your14: favorite book heroes and get exclusive and Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War. Then access to special guests. 10am-5pm. Summer on the Hudson: Play Dates, West Harlem Piers create your own quilt pattern in our studio. 2-4pm. Park, West 125th Street, Bring Through June 18: A Year withforChildren 2014, friends and your little ones out this family playSolomon date Beginning June 10: Two-Week Summer Program, R.with Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave., other community members. Enjoy children’s(212)423enterDiller-Quaile School of Music, 24 E. 95th St., dapple3587, Thisofexhibition showcastainment, arts and crafts, and loads neighborhood fun., Children esThis select artworks by students in second through sixth event features Amelia Robinson of Mil’s Trills, bringage 2.7-4.2 years old, as of June 1, and have had prior grades from 11 public schools from across the five ing interactive music for kids of all ages. It also takes borclassroom separation experience, are invited to join this oughs. missSaturday your lastinchance see approximately place Don’t the second July andtoAugust. 1-4pm. extended-morning program during which teachers guide new discoveries. Children explore music and art concepts, creative play, and storytelling. In addition to classroom activities, children attend special group concerts in the performance space. 9-11:30am. June 14: Jazz Age Lawn Party, Governors Island, www. Enjoy some prohibition-era delights— without the dry policies— for the ninth summer. Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra headline the oldtimey affair, which also features a Charleston dance contest, a 1920s motorcar expo, tug-of-war, vintage portraits, dance lessons, carnival games and prizes in the Kidland area, plus a ten-girl tribute to the Ziegfeld Follies. Families are encouraged to dress in their finest 20s garb, and pack their own picnic lunch! 11am.

June 20: Cultural Celebration Swedish Midsummer Festival, Wagner Park, north of Historic Battery Park off Battery Place, Celebrate the longest day of the year with folk dances from Barnklubben Elsa Rix and the Swedish Folkdancers of New York. Families are invited to make midsummer wreaths, enjoy Swedish snacks, and play children’s games. 5-8pm.

June 15 - 21 June 15: Special Edition: NYC, Jacob K. Javits Conven-

For more exciting, family-friendly events in the tri-state area, visit your needs, your neighborhood

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more. You set the time!

June 8: East Meets West June 8: East Meets West

Calendarof Events

Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival, Museum at ElEgg Rolls and Synagogue, Egg Creams 12 Festival, Museum at Eldridge Street Eldridge St., (212)219dridge Street Synagogue, 12 Eldridge St., (212)2190888, Through food, enjoy 100 creative and imaginative works, including collages, 0888, Throughwhere enjoy the joint heritage of lower Manhattan the drawings, found objects, prints, paintings,food, sculptures, and the joint heritage ofmeets lowerChinatown. Manhattan The where the Jewish community day-long photographs. Times vary. Jewish meets Chinatown. The day-long festival community includes tours of the historic synagogue, Chifestival includes tours of the historic synagogue, Chinese opera and acrobats, klezmer performances, and June 28: Color of Your Dream, Symphony Space, 2537 nese opera and acrobats, klezmer performances, and of course, egg rolls and egg creams! Noon-4pm. Broadway, (212)864-5400, of course, egg rolls and egg creams! Noon-4pm.

One morning in a quite ordinary city, a magician appears with his magical umbrella. He calls himself Ole Lukoe and takes pride in giving good people of the world colorful dreams with the help of his umbrella. News travels quickly and soon the whole city is talking about him as

June 14: Time to Play June 14: Time to Play

Summer on the Hudson: Play Dates, West Harlem Piers Summer the Hudson: Play Dates, West Harlem Park, Weston125th Street, BringPiers Park, West Street, friends and125th your little ones out for this familyBring play date friends andcommunity your little ones out forEnjoy this family playenterdate with other members. children’s with otherarts community members. Enjoy children’s entertainment, and crafts, and loads of neighborhood fun. tainment, and crafts, loads ofofneighborhood fun. This eventarts features Ameliaand Robinson Mil’s Trills, bringThisinteractive event features Amelia Robinson of Mil’s Trills, bringing music for kids of all ages. It also takes ing interactive music for kids alland ages. It also 1-4pm. takes place the second Saturday in of July August. place the second Saturday in July and August. 1-4pm.

June 20: Cultural Celebration June 20: Cultural Celebration

Swedish Midsummer Festival, Wagner Park, north of HisSwedish Midsummer Festival,Place, Wagner Park, north of Historic Battery Park off Battery toric Battery off Battery Celebrate thePark longest day ofPlace, the year with folk dances Celebrate the longest thethe year with folk dances from Barnklubben Elsaday Rix of and Swedish Folkdancfrom Elsa Rixare and the Swedish ers ofBarnklubben New York. Families invited to makeFolkdancmidsumers ofwreaths, New York. Families are snacks, invited and to make mer enjoy Swedish play midsumchildren’s mer wreaths, enjoy Swedish snacks, and play children’s games. 5-8pm. games. 5-8pm.

June 1: Musical Misadventures

the biggest celebrity. 1pm and 5pm.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St., (212)220-1459, From the moment he wakes up with gum in his hair, Alexander knows that the day is going to be a rough one. Join him as he emJune 22: Welcome to Terezin, Provincetown Playhouse, barks on one misadventure after another in a fun musical 133 MacDougal St., Bring your where audience members ages 4 and older are invited to tween and teen children for the story set in June 1944. Join laugh and sing along. 1:30pm.

June 22 - 30

International Red Cross inspector for a special cabaret concert in Terezin or Theresienstadt, as the Germans call this fortress near Prague, where prominent Jewish actors, writers and composers are detained for their own protection. This powerful cabaret-style event features several of the original songs which were created and performed by June 8: East West the prisoners duringMeets World War II. 3pm. Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival, Museum at El-

June 24: Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights: Album Redridge Street Synagogue, 12 Eldridge St., (212)219lease Show, Madison Square Park, 24th Street and Madi0888, Through food, enjoy son Avenue, One of the joint heritage of lower Manhattan where the NYC’s best-loved kids’ musicians, Joanie Leeds, rocks Jewish community meets Chinatown. The day-long the park with her band, The Nightlights. Help them celfestival includes tours of the historic synagogue, Chiebrate the release of their new album Good Egg. A high nese opera and acrobats, klezmer performances, and energy, interactive experience from start to finish, the of course, egg rolls and egg creams! Noon-4pm. show will feature such favorites as “Mosquitoes,” “Blast Off,” “Wimoweh,” and “Freeze Dance,” along with an array of genre-hopping tunes from “Good Egg.” There’ll be giveaways of CDs stickers, and the all-new Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights egg shakers will be available for purchase for the first time ever. 10:30am.

June Time June 28:14: Family Dayto at Play the Center: Architectural Scavenger Hunt, The Center for Architecture, 536 La Guardia Summer on the Hudson: Play Dates, West Harlem Piers Place, (212)358-6133, www.cfafoundation. org. Budding Park, West 125th Street, Bring builders can search the city for architectural gems. After friends and your little ones out for this family play date exploring and sketching buildings in Greenwich Village, with other community members. Enjoy children’s enterlittle ones are 5 and older regroup at the Center and create tainment, arts and crafts, and loads of neighborhood fun. a This take-home model of those discoveries to be included in event features Amelia Robinson of Mil’s Trills, bringa ing temporary city block. Pre-registration required. 11am. interactive music for kids of all ages. It also takes place the second Saturday in July and August. 1-4pm.

All Month Long

Every Day in June: Masters of Disguise: The World of

June 20: Cultural Celebration Swedish Midsummer Festival, Wagner Park, north of Historic Battery Park off Battery Place, Celebrate the longest day of the year with folk dances from Barnklubben Elsa Rix and the Swedish Folkdancers of New York. Families are invited to make midsummer wreaths, enjoy Swedish snacks, and play children’s games. 5-8pm. 40 I parentguide News I June 2014

June 28: We’re All Going Camping


Great American Backyard Campout, Get together with neighbors and friends, or just camp out with the family, for the annual Great American Backyard Campout, sponsored by National Wildlife Federation. This is the perfect time of year to get outdoors and teach young children how nature makes you happier and healthier. Not sure how to plan your campout? Go online for packing lists, recipes, nocturnal wildlife guides, activities, games, and more. You set the time! • 212-213-8840

Camouflage, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86, 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue, This new exhibition explores how for many animals the ability to hide in plain sight or look like something entirely different is necessary for survival. Masters of Disguise: The World of Camouflage delves into the art and science of camouflage in the natural world, as well as its cultural adaptations and how the military has utilized these visual techniques in combat. Remains open through August 24. Saturdays in June: Harlem Eats, Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 117th and 118th Streets. Every Saturday, visit mobile food vendors that run the gamut from world cuisine to hyperlocal fare. Expect eats from the likes of Takumi Taco, Jerk Shack, It’sKale, Nuchas, Luke’s Lobster, Frittering Away, and Carnaval. Be aware vendors are cash-only. Through the warm weather season. Sundays in June: Macy’s Sunday Story Time, NewYork Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, (212)873-3400, Recommended for ages 3–7, this program presents children and their families with delightful stories every weekend! Support for the Macy’s Sunday Story Hour provided by the Macy’s Foundation. 11:30am.


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