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CAMP Directory Zip ahead for Summer camps & programs


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Camp Coverage


Cool Campers........................... 18


Camp Directory............................ 20


Summer programs have myriad benefits.

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A look at leading summer programs, along with health and special needs spotlights.






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Selective Mutism.... 16

What to do when when it’s more than mere shyness.

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All Ears............................ 25 Teach little listeners to turn down the volume when they tune in.



Bully Prevention Begins at Home.. 12 Build a strong foundation for your family.

Pregnancy Q & A: Part 1................ 14

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With OB-GYN Dr. Aron Schuftan.

Spring Style...................................... 26 Welcome warmer weather with great garments.


Mommy Fuel.................................................................... 28 How to eat and move to take off the baby weight.

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Camp Coverage

ProoF Birthday Blowout......................................................... 35 make beautiful Cool Campers........................... 18 Summer programs have myriad benefits. music ther to 19 Park Avenue South, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10016 • Fax ge• 212-213-8840 . 212-447-7734 Camp Directory............................ 20 Columns



Eyes of March Photo Contest...................................... 3

A look atrich leading summer programs, Exciting family classes—a musical environment FAx #health and special needs with that encourages youralong infant, toddler, or preschooler to spotlights. explore Find out what beautiful music P. 18 the joy of music. you and your familyiSSue canDAte: make together.

Don’t Miss........................................................................ 8 This month’s entertainment and activities.

Health............................................................................ 30 Insight and items for your family’s care.

Travel............................................................................. 32

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Please call or fax your comments and/or oK.

Destinations, product picks, and getaway tips.

Update........................................................................... 34 Essential products and information for your brood.

In Season........................................................................ 42

Selective ( 8 0 0 ) Mutism.... 7 2 8 - 2 6 9 216. m u s i c t o g e t h e r . c o m What to do when when it’s P. 16

Celebrate the highlights of the changing season.

Classes in mere Long Island and Queens. more than shyness.

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Calendar of Events........................................................ 35

Health & Fitness

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

Cover Credit: Coleman Country Day Camp/American Camp Association, NY/NJ

All Ears............................ 25 Teach little listeners to turn down the Learning & Fun All Rolled Into One!

Publisher Steve Elgort Editor-in-Chief Rachel Kalina

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Managing Editor Donald McDermott

Serving Our Community For More Than 16 Years!

Associate Editor Samantha Chan

Children Ages 2.9-5 Years Features NYS Certified Teachers

Editorial Intern Jordan Brueckner Art Directors Margaret Baldauf, Susanne Kimball, Ilana Rispoli

Bully Prevention Begins at Home.. 12 Ratios Great Teacher/Student

Build a strong foundationFamily for your family. Discounts Hours & Programs to Fit All Schedules

Pregnancy Q & A: Part 1................ 14

Director of Web Development Kristen Jankowski

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Accounting Teresa Pinargote Contributing Writers American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Scott Arizala, Lisa Druxman, Dr. Louise Hart, Dr. Carly Orenstein, Dr. Aron Schuftan

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by Rachel Kalina

Spring arrives this month, and we area programs are now hosting open houses so you can can finally start to look ahead to check out their myriad options. Whether you’re seeking a warmer weather. While I enjoy sleepaway or a day camp for your brood, you’ll find great cozying up in my homestead dur- tips and insight about the benefits of such programs in exing winter’s long freeze, I’m eager to pert Scott Arizala’s “Cool Campers.” The author discusses spend more time outdoors in the coming weeks with their the value of kids feeling “cool” due to their sense of belonging to a camp community. Plus, strike it rich with the longer bouts of daylight. PARENTGUIDE News, too, is blooming in the spring. plethora of day camps, sleepaway camps, and summer proOur Calendar of Events has tons of extraordinary events grams in our Camp Directory. and special, new highlighted happenings for you to explore Are you concerned about your child’s lack of speech in with your family. March’s WoMom and Update columns, social settings? Rather than mere shyness, your child may • 212-213-8840 featuring great giveaways, have been given a makeover, be experiencing something else entirely. Learn how to help too, along with the Health and Travel columns. We’d love with Dr. Carly Orenstein’s “Selective Mutism.” to hear your thoughts about the new looks on our FaceAlso gear up for the lion-to-lamb seasonal transition with book page at; and our “Spring Style” fashion spread this month, and have a while you’re online, check out the Eyes of March Photo marvelous March! Contest at for the chance to Cheers, win a fantastic prize. Sunnier days also conjure thoughts of camp, and many



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A talking dog with a genius IQ and his adopted boy, Sherman, hurdle through time in Mr. Peabody & Sherman. This big-screen CGI adventure from 20th Century Fox follows the duo throughout history as they interact with legendary characters and race to save the future. The flick opens on March 7.

Under The Big Top

Performers from all over the globe come together to showcase their talents when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents Legends! The once-in-a-lifetime show brings together elephants, tigers, acrobats, and aerialists of the finest caliber to provide an edge-of-your-seat circus production for one and all. Catch all of the action and excitement on March 1 and 2 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York; March 5-10 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York; and March 19-23 at the Izod Center in New Jersey. For more information, go to

Leap into Letters

Join Leap, Tad, Lily, and friends on a brand-new, problem-solving adventure in The Letter Machine Rescue Team. Based on LeapFrog’s best-selling Letter Factory series, the insightful animated story is perfect for children ages 4-7. Lionsgate Home Entertainment and LeapFrog Enterprises bring The Letter Machine Rescue Team to DVD and Digital HD on March 4.

Kong Returns

The barrel-blasting, mine-carting action of Donkey Kong is back in Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. Designed exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U, the game enables players of all ages to journey across six distinct islands filled with dynamic levels and non-stop action. The game is available in stores and online now.

Musical Messages

Kindie band Jungle Gym Jam tackles positive themes for young listeners in its new album, Everyone’s Invited. The release takes parents, grandparents, and children of all ages along on a wonderful musical adventure with topics such as friendship, kindness, anti-bullying, imagination, and play. Purchase your copy today at


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Get Bizzi

Children ages 3-7 are invited to become the stars of their very own story in the new I Imagine app! Bizzibrains proudly presents the free book app, which encourages kids to play independently, make choices, and open their imaginations. I Imagine is available now for all Apple devices. Find out more at

More Muppets

Kermit, Fozzy, Miss Piggy, and all of your favorites are back for a brand-new adventure in Muppets Most Wanted. Walt Disney Pictures presents a wonderful blend of puppetry and live action in the film, which finds the Muppets wrapped up with jewel thieves led by a Kermit the Frog lookalike. Opening on March 21, Muppets Most Wanted has a human cast that includes Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell.

Join the Squad

Maximum Games invites families along on a special rescue mission in Putty Squad. The action-packed game offers the best in old-school gaming while bringing you even more exciting features and immersive play. Appropriate for players of all ages, Putty Squad is available for purchase now.

Keeping Kids Current

The TIME for Kids magazine that school children have been enjoying for decades is now a fun, easy-to-understand app. Full of exciting photos and stories, The TIME For Kids Family Edition App offers a great way to encourage family conversations and keep little ones aware of current events. Download it now for your tablet.

Animal Kingdom

Everyone’s favorite furry red monster takes part in plenty of barking, chirping, and galloping fun in Elmo’s World: All About Animals. The new DVD release from Sesame Street and Warner Bros. Entertainment offers more than two hours of esteem-building lessons and fun facts that revolve around birds, fish, horses, penguins, and other members of the animal kingdom. Pick up your copy beginning March 4. Donald McDermott is the managing editor.

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It’s time to get ready to dance at the Broadway Spectacular at the Kew-Forest School on March 6. Grab your brood and make your way to 119-17 Union Turnpike in Forest Hills for Kidz Theater, a national award-winning musical theater troupe, which presents a program of theater numbers. Appropriate for all ages, the performance begins at 7pm. Questions? Dial (718)268-4667.

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Toying Around

March 23 brings about Toying with Science at Queens Theatre, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 14 United Nations Ave. South, in Flushing. The whole family will be swept up in the whirlwind performance that combines circus skills, miming, music, audience involvement, and, of course, science! Dive into basic scientific information, along with the imagination of mad scientist Garry Krinsky. Tickets are available at



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Build a strong foundation for your family. by Dr. Louise Hart Today, many schools have anti-bullying programs. These work best when parents are involved, and information is reinforced at home. Through their families and time spent in childcare centers — long before the first day of kindergarten — kids learn skills and behaviors that establish how they will get along with others. Adults can superpower their kids with inner strength by: • Boosting self-esteem, self-care, and self-regulation. • Teaching them how to communicate more effectively and assertively. • Creating a family culture where respect is modeled and mean words and behaviors are not tolerated. Parents have more power than they realize to prevent and stop bullying. Childcare providers and other caring adults are also in the position to “nip meanness in the bud” and teach pro-social skills. Parents can create a solid foundation for healthy, positive development. They have the authority to make rules to ensure survival, safety, and constructive connections. Parents have enormous power to promote respectful attitudes and behaviors and discourage disrespect and meanness. They can create a positive, bully-free family climate based on respect, connection, and belonging. It is the job of caring adults to teach kids what is acceptable and unacceptable, what is right and what is wrong. It is their job to hold kids accountable. If kids can get away with bad behavior early in life, they are more likely to lack empathy, to continue behaving badly, and to bully others when they are teens and adults. 12 I parentguide News I March 2014


There has been enormous confusion in recent years since certain “normal” parenting practices have been found to actually increase bullying! Parents with the best intentions are undermining the wellbeing of their children. Without realizing it, they may be teaching the bullying dynamic. Profound cultural shifts have been challenging families over the last two or three generations. Greater permissiveness in families and society, for example, plus the tech tsunami and widespread consumer culture all contribute to the bullying epidemic. Disrespect and incivility have been on the rise, while kindness, empathy, and courtesy have eroded. For more than 35 years, Dr. Dan Olweus studied the causes of and solutions to aggression and violence. He concluded that, contrary to popular belief, bullying behavior is not a “normal” behavior, nor is it “just a stage” that kids “get over.” Olweus also found that widespread child-rearing practices are linked to the development of “hostile reaction patterns” and other antisocial behaviors in children. Olweus noted the following points of interest in his research:


sion level is likely to increase. Parents, therefore, are tacitly teaching that hostility and aggression are okay.

• Use of “power-assertive methods.” When parents don’t know what else to do, they may try to resolve conflict with power, aggression, and violent emotional outbursts. Children raised with spanking and physical punishment are more likely to become aggressive. During his decades of research, Olweus also found a set of key qualities among adults in school and home environments that successfully limit or prevent bullying problems in youngsters:


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• Permissiveness of a child’s aggressive behavior. If the primary caregiver is generally permissive and does not set clear limits on aggressive speech and behavior, the child’s aggres-

Parents must continue to educate themselves. All we do to prevent and curb bullying today will create respectful, bully-free homes and families tomorrow.

Dr. Louise Hart, Ed.D., an internationally recognized speaker, has a doctorate in the prevention-based field of community psychology. Her third book, The Bullying Antidote: Superpower Your Kids for Life (Hazelden), helps parents prevent and curb bullying in their children. For more information, visit

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What are the major differences between delivering at a hospital and a birth center? Where can you learn more about these options?


A birth center is staffed by midwives and/or obstetricians for mothers in labor who desire a more natural, home-like experience. They may be assisted by doulas and coaches. Compared to hospitals, birth centers typically provide more options during labor: food, drinks, music, and the attendance of family and friends if desired. Other characteristics can also include birthing tubs or showers for water births. The decor is meant to emphasize the normality of birth. In a center, as opposed to a hospital, women may be encouraged to act more spontaneously during their birth, such as by squatting, walking, or performing other postures that assist in labor. Active birth is encouraged. The length of stay after a birth is shorter at a center than at a hospital; sometimes just six hours after birth, the mother and infant can go home. C-sections cannot be done at birth centers.

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Mutism What to do when it’s more than mere shyness.

by Dr. Carly Orenstein

Children with selective mutism are fully capable of speaking, and they generally communicate normally at home and in situations where they are comfortable. These children are not willfully refusing to speak. They actually are unable to speak or effectively communicate in certain social settings, most notably school. Almost all children with selective mutism also have social anxiety disorders. While an inability to speak might not present itself until a child is exposed to social situations (most kids are diagnosed between ages 3 and 8), in hindsight, the child likely showed earlier signs of severe anxiety, timidity, and fearfulness but was simply considered shy. Kids with selective mutism are often talkative and even boisterous at home but fearful and anxious in settings where there is the expectation of social interaction and communication. Some of them freeze in these situations and become expressionless, withdrawn, and completely mute with both peers and adults. Others seem relaxed and are able to communicate with a few select children, sometimes in a whisper.

Causes It is thought that most children with selective mutism have inherited a predisposition to anxiety. Some children who are affected have one or more family members with a history of selective mutism, extreme shyness, or anxiety disorders. It has been hypothesized that the timidity and fearfulness that characterizes individuals with anxiety disorders is caused by a low threshold of excitability in the amygdala, a part of the brain involved in controlling emotional responses. When a child is in an uncomfortable or fearful scenario, the nervous system sends danger signals to the amygdala, which sets off a protective reaction. For children with selective mutism, this is manifested withdrawal from the social situation. About 20 to 30 percent of children with selective mutism have speech or language abnormalities that place additional stress on the child and increase the anxiety in situations where there is an expectation to speak.

Tips for Parents


any young children approach a new classroom with a fair amount of trepidation. For some, their shyness and anxiety initially manifest in a failure to speak. However, as the days and weeks go by, these children gradually come out of their shells. But a few — perhaps as many as 7 out of every 1,000 children — continue to be silent throughout the school year. These children may have a disorder known as selective mutism. 16 I parentguide News I March 2014

Children with selective mutism should not be expected to simply grow out of it. The earlier a child is diagnosed and treated, the better the prognosis. Left untreated, the mutism may become habitual, and those around the child will stop expecting him to speak, reinforcing the social isolation and increasing the child’s anxiety. Consider the following advice for parents who suspect selective mutism in their child. • Do not pressure the child to speak. Convey understanding of the child’s fear and frustration, and let him know that you can help. Offer positive reinforcement for the child’s efforts and successes. • Excluding the first month or so of school, if

For further reading about selective mutism, check out: the child’s failure to speak in specific situations continues for more than a month, talk to your pediatrician or consult a psychologist or psychiatrist. An experienced professional will be able to differentiate selective mutism from other disorders for which it is sometimes mistaken, including autism. • The goal of treatment is to reduce the child’s anxiety and build up his confidence in social situations. There are several therapeutic approaches that have been successful, including behavioral therapy, in which the child is gradually introduced to social environments in a non-threatening way. With cognitive-behavioral therapy, the child’s fear and anxiety are redirected to positive thoughts. The appropriate therapy for each child depends on individual factors such as age, other conditions that may be present, and the duration and severity of mutism. • Avoid any treatment plan that sees the child’s behavior as controlling or manipulative and recommends a disciplinary or punitive approach. This will only increase the child’s anxiety and reinforce the mutism. The most important thing for parents to realize is that selective mutism is caused by anxiety. Pressure to speak from parents, teachers, and peers simply intensifies the child’s fears and makes things worse. But with early intervention and a supportive environment, children can successfully overcome selective mutism.

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by Scott Arizala

Cool Campers

Summer programs have myriad benefits.

Attending camp is a cultural rite of passage, instrumental in developing skills like achieving independence, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, the ability to compromise, and leadership. Day and sleepaway camp experiences are crucial for creating strong, diverse social experiences outside of school. They can help kids hone a passion for particular sports or hobbies, too. But of all the reasons to enroll a child in a summer program, the real value of a camp may be found in the sense of belonging and community it fosters. American Camp Association studies highlight all the skills and benefits that campers get. And for every anecdote out there about how a summer camp experience changed a life, there are thousands of kids that simply feel “cool” being campers. Well, what’s so great about kids feeling “cool?” There is a power in “cool” that the rest of world doesn’t take seriously. At summer camp, we know what it really means. We don’t think of being “cool” in terms of popularity or having the right style, but rather in a sense of belonging, excitement, uniqueness, and acceptance. Counselors and directors are directly in charge of creating a nurturing culture at camp. They control the schedule, programs, living situations (at sleepaway camps), and meals, as well as the legends, myths, and routines. This all adds up to control over the values of a community and the cultural expression of those values. Camp counselors and directors actively create a space where campers thrive and are, in short, encouraged to feel “cool.” How do they do it? Summer camp is all about fun. Creating a community is pretty easy when it is wrapped in excitement. Most parents of campers will tell you that their kids tried something new (probably exciting), met new people (probably different from themselves in an important way), and are more responsible now thanks to their summer programs. The exposure to new activities,

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people, and responsibilities can lead to kids discovering hidden talents in sports, the arts, academics, or even socializing, which ensures they’ll feel great about the camp experience. Most camp staff members go above and beyond their assignments, turning regular activities into spectacular adventures. They dress up for no apparent reason, sing songs at the top of their lungs, and are ready with games and fun ideas at a moment’s notice. But if you were to ask them what they hope their campers experience, they would talk about the value of camp and its affect on the character of their kids. They understand that the activities are just the vehicle for the real experience. I want you to send your kids to camp. I think it’ll be one of the best experiences you could give them because when kids go to camp, they feel connected. Isn’t that what everyone wants? When you are considering a sleepaway camp, day camp, summer program, or even a combination of these options, there are a few inquiries you may want to keep in mind. • What are the mission and values of the camp or program? • How are its activities related to the overall summer experience and camp mission? • What is the return rate among the staff? Staff members not only deliver the experience, but they also create the culture. If the majority of them return, there will be some consistency. • What’s the schedule, and does it allow for downtime? • Can kids choose activities? • Where do kids hang out? The more opportunities kids have to be together during structured activities and when just hanging out, the better connections they will have.

Peruse these tips if your child will be going to camp for the first time. 1. Speak confidently and positively about the upcoming experience. 2. Practice overnight sleepovers for sleepaway camp. 3. Avoid making “pick-up deals.” 4. Investigate the possible worries on your future camper’s mind. 5. Contact the camp to talk with the staff.



6. Talk to other parents and campers. 7. Go to open houses. 212-213-8840 8. If your child has a friend already attending camp, that’s even• better. Scott Arizala is a leading expert, trainer, and consultant in the summer camp experience. He is the camp director for Camp Tall Tree, a resident camp for kids with unique challenges; Dragonfly Forest, a camp for kids with serious illnesses; and Camp Kesem, a national organization for kids whose parents have cancer. He is the author of the best-selling book S’More Than Camp. For more information, visit

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Discover Some of the Area’s Best Summer Camps and Programs Day Camps and Summer Programs A World Of Discovery Day Camp P.O. Box 604010, Bayside, NY 11360 (718)229-3037 At A World of Discovery Day Camp, summertime is a season for children to let loose and expand their horizons. They have something for everyone with an array of activities and well-rounded programs. At A World of Discovery there’s one great summer and two great summer programs. Campers can enjoy baseball, volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, dance and drama, carnivals, cookouts, hiking, scavenger hunts, swimming, Olympic week and so much more. A World of Discovery Day Camp is designed to stimulate your child’s imagination, physical well-being and provide an environment where kids can just be kids. Counselors must meet stringent standards and qualifications, and all their Directors and Assistant Directors are New York State Certified administrators and trained in CPR, First Aid and Responding to Emergency. The swim program stresses safety and fun. All swim instructors are certified lifeguards, carefully picked and receptive to camper’s individual needs. For more information, call (718)229-3037 or log on to for a complete list of activities for summer camp.


Busy Bee Play Time Kings Park, NY 11754 (631)269-7383 When your schedule has you buzzing, let Busy Bee Play Time help care for your little ones. This daycare center, housed in a bright and cheerful facility, offers toddler, nursery and pre-k programs. It fulfills working parents’ needs for quality care. Flexible schedules benefit both parents and children. Youngsters ages 18 months through 5 years may attend Busy Bee programs in part- or full-time increments. The daycare is open Monday through Friday from 7 am until 6pm. Summer camp is also available for all, including school-age children in grades k-2. Children are able to enjoy enriching activities and games in a safe, clean and welcoming environment. An extraordinary outdoor playground provides fitness and fun. Nutritious breakfasts, snacks and hot lunches are included in programs year round. Busy Bee Play Time is a member of the Child Care Council of Suffolk. Contact Miss Cathy at the number or e-mail listed for additional details.

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The Crayon Box Preschool 44-10 192nd St., Flushing, NY 11358 (718)888-9341 Preschool introduces children to the world of education, and the Crayon Box Preschool thrives on making that first step a positive and rewarding experience.

A fun and flexible summer program for children entering grades Pre-K to 7!

Summer at Kew-Forest!

June 30 - August 15

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Come to our Open House! Saturday, April 5th 11:00 am-1:00 pm After April 5th, call us to to schedule a tour. FREE PARKING AND REFRESHMENTS!

Get a headstart on September when you register for Morning Academics or Combo Camp! Featuring: Academic and Recreational Options Full-Day and Half-Day Programs; Before and After-Camp Care (7:30 am- 6 pm) Registration by the day, week, or for the full 7 WEEKS!

Available Classes: Drama, Hands-on Science, Sports, Martial Arts, Cooking, Arts and Crafts, Computer Lab, Swimming, Field Trips and More!

The Kew-Forest School, 119-17 Union Turnpike, Forest Hills, NY 11375 Phone: (718) 268-4667 ext. 108 Email: Website: 20 I parentguide News I March 2014

CAMP DIRECTORY Children feel secure when they are comfortable in their surroundings and know what is going to happen next. Socialization as well as academics are balanced in a way that teaches children to work in a classroom setting. Students receive a well-rounded education by a professional and dedicated staff. Children are provided with a nutritionally balanced breakfast to start the day off right! The school is year-round with an eight-week Summer Program that includes sprinklers and water play daily with academics still offered to keep the children ready for back to school. A day at the Crayon Box consists of reading time, circle time, projects, outdoor activities, gym, nap/rest time and snack. Enroll your children for three days a week (full or h lf-day), or five days a week (full or half day). The programs can be customized to your own specific needs. Call now to find out more about the Crayon Box Preschool’s summer camp. The Crayon Box Preschool, “Where learning and fun are all rolled into one!”

hockey, ice skating, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, sailing, soccer, softball, N.F.L. flag football, fencing, gymnastics, tennis, computer game design, digital and video design, robotics design, circus arts, multi-sport, cheerleading, and the Friends Academy Club and Travel program. The C.I.T. Program (for ages 1415) allows students to intern in an area of interest while learning leadership and child care skills. Camp tuition includes hot and cold lunches, towel service and air-conditioned transportation. Call to find out more about the upcoming season and open house dates. Office hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am-4pm. Visit

Gan Israel Day Camp Chabad 212-12 26th Ave., Bayside, New York 11360 (718)279-1457 Friends Academy Summer Camps Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley, NY 11560 Camp Gan Israel at Chabad offers a wide variety of fun activities to pro(516)393-4207 mote physical, educational and emotional development. Your child will have the opportunity to explore the fine arts and sports activities, all in419 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016 •tegrated 212-213-8840 • Fax 212-447-7734 with a Jewish flavor meeting the needs of all Jewish families, reFriends Academy Summer Camps offers exciting programs for children ages gardless of affiliation. The program is designed by educational specialists, 2-14 from 9:30am-4:30pm. All programs provide a safe environment where tailored to meet the needs and aid the development of your child in a safe, TO: FAX # children learn new skills and make new friends. The General Camp (for ages secure and loving environment. The daily schedule includes an exciting 2-7) provides a well-rounded program that includes physical education, arts mix of sports, field trips, swimming and CGI clubs. The entire program is and crafts, music, tennis, science, designed FROM:playground time, two daily swimming ISSUE DATE:to be educational, fun and conducive to building and nurturing periods and special events. Families can choose from four- to eight-week sesfriendships. Camp Gan Israel will strive to: be a truly fun and unforgettable sions. Children are placed in small groups by age and gender. The Academy experience; be a place where children will learn the importance of caring, program (for ages 8-13) offers one- to eight-week girls comments sharing and workingOK. with others; provide an opportunity for Judaism to be Pleaseoptions. call orBoys faxandyour and/or have the opportunity to work on individual and group skills in a well-strucfelt, lived and experienced in a fun and all-encompassing way; and provide tured environment that provides instruction and fair competition. The new elementary instruction in a variety of sports, swimming, gymnastics, arts SIGNATURE OF activity APPROVAL: one-week format allows campers to change selections each week. and crafts, as well as nature appreciation. Daily Kosher lunches and snacks Friends Academy offers more than 24 activity choices, including fine arts, are available. Transportation is provided. Please check on availability in computers, travel, baseball, basketball, dance, golf, horseback riding, ice your area. Early bird specials available. Call now!



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CAMP DIRECTORY Mill Basin Day Camp sports, and daily swimming. Weekly specialized parent training helps to improve 5945 Strickland Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11234 parent-child relations. The excellent staff-to-child ratio of 1 to 1.5 children enables (718)251-6200 the NYU Summer Program to make the summer a productive and fun experience for each child. The program is directed by nationally recognized clinicians that Summers are for having fun. It’s a time to spend with friends, make memories are leading experts in their field. Counselors are undergraduate and graduate stuand share experiences that last a lifetime. That’s what Mill Basin Day Camp is dents who are supervised by the clinical staff. Highly qualified teachers conduct all about. It is dedicated to providing an exciting and fulfilling camp experience the academic learning centers. The program is directed by Karen Fleiss, Psy. D., for children and their parents by offering fun recreational, social and educational Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry NYU Child Study Center activities. Its staff consists of professionals, many of whom continue to work in and Clinical Director, Long Island Campus. There is limited enrollment. child-related fields throughout the year. Directorial staff comprises licensed New York City Department of Education teachers and deans in various elementary Oasis Summer Day Camp in Bayside Queens and high schools. Mill Basin’s modern, fully air-conditioned facility offers a wide Queensborough Community College, 22205 56th Ave., Bayside, NY 11364 range of activities for children entering pre-k through grade 9 in the upcoming (646)519-5055 September scholastic year. There are five individual camp programs. Each camp has its own unique and innovative program that best suits the needs of the ing ages of campers. Families are always invited to come in for a personal tour of This summer, Oasis in Bayside offers a day camp experience tailored to your the facility and to discuss the camp program at length. It would be Mill Basin’s child’s interests with Camper Academies. For wide-ranging skill developpleasure having you. ment,South, campers theNY following Chinese 419 Park Avenue 13thparticipate Floor, New in York, 10016 •academies: 212-213-8840 • FaxLanguage 212-447-7734 and Culture, Science Exploration, Engineering, and Fine/Performing Arts. NYU Summer Program for Kids During academy time, your child develops skills in specific content areas. to: FAxparticipate # The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY 10805 When campers are not in academies, they in traditional day camp (516)358-1811 programming, which includes sports, team-building activities, visual and performing arts, nature exploration and recreational swimming. Oasis Day From: DAte: is a popular Teen Travel Camp is for boys and girls ages 4-14.iSSue Also offered The NYU Summer Program for Kids is a seven-week, evidence-based, therapeutic program, for young people ages 12-15, which gives teens the opportunity to day program geared specifically to meet the needs of 7-11-year-old youngsters take unique daily trips while forming lifelong friendships. Oasis Early Start call or faxcampers. your comments and/or with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and behavior disorders. It is a preis Please offered for 4-year-old This program’s camp dayoK. is designed to mier program attracting families from across the country and around the world. meet the social, emotional, and physical needs of junior campers. Campers Children are helped to improve social behavior, friendship skills, copingSigNAture skills, may either bring their lunch or sign up for daily hot lunch service. Oasis bus oF APProvAl: academic competence, problem-solving skills, self-esteem, classroom behavior, service picks up and drops off campers from a number of convenient locations sports competence, rule following and home behavior. A typical day includes in select neighborhoods. Sibling and other discounts are available. Online academic review, computer-assisted learning, art, morning and afternoon team registration is fast and simple, so don’t wait! Visit the website for details.


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CAMP DIRECTORY Summer at Kew-Forest! 119-17 Union Turnpike, Forest Hills, NY 11375 (718)268-4667, ext. 108 The Kew-Forest School, the oldest independent, coed pre-k through 12 school in Queens, welcomes children entering grades pre-k through 6 to its exciting and expansive summer experience, Summer at Kew-Forest! When school ends, camp begins! From July 1 to August 16, kids entering grades pre-k through 6 can enjoy a full-day program (9am- 4:30pm) featuring a morning of academics and an afternoon of recreation, or a half day of either option. Academic sessions focus on hands-on enrichment in reading, writing and math and provide a head start on September. Recreation options range from arts and crafts to computer lab, handson science, dance, martial arts, sports, cooking, field trips and more. Register for half-day or full-day sessions by the day, by the week, or for the full seven-week season. The Early Bird and Afternoon Owl programs can be added to extend the day from 7:30am-6pm.


Steps to Socialization (s2s) 13 South Bayles Ave., Port Washington, NY 1050 (516)767-0266 Is your child left out of playdate invitations? Does your child sit on the sidelines at recess? Steps to Socialization (s2s) is a social learning program for children who have difficulty with social interactions. Steps to Socializationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highly trained staff guides students, in groups of 3-4, in learning the skills required to develop and maintain friendships, interpret social cues and work in groups. Skills taught include predicting what someone else is thinking about, how behavior impacts on others, and how to be part of a group. Using targeted activities and role playing, students are equipped with the skills needed to navigate the social world. The program is for children with average to above-average cognitive skills in grades 1 through 8. s2s teaches children how to think socially, step by step.


Vincent Smith School 322 Port Washington Boulevard, Port Washington, NY 11050 (516)365-4900 The Vincent Smith School (VSS) is well-known for its individualized program for students with learning disabilities in grades 4-12. VSS has a history of excellence dating back to 1924. Located on four and a half acres in suburban Port Washington, Vincent Smith School is a private day school, serving students in Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens Counties in New York. It offers students differentiated instruction in small supportive classes. Students experience academic success, emotional growth and social acceptance. More than 85 percent of graduates go on to college. Vincent Smith School is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents as an independent, nonprofit institution and is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools. It takes pride in being a place where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s okay to learn differently. The Vincent Smith School is open to all without regard to race, creed, or national origin. â&#x20AC;˘ 212-213-8840 Parent/Child Resources â&#x20AC;˘ 212-213-8840 Kent Prep 194-11a Northern Boulevard, Bayside, NY 11358 (718)423-5757 Since 1989, Kent Prep has satisfied the demands of the most competitive student body in the diverse city of Queens. It offers a comprehensive curriculum led by specialized instructors that are at the top of their field whilst providing comprehensive test preparation and professional counseling services for both students and parents to foster personalized academic careers. Through the passionate pursuit of their ambitions, Kentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students stand out among other achievers in the most selective pools and applicants. Visit the website for additional information.


Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what kids with ADHD want. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get at The Child Study Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Summer Program for Kids (SPK), the only evidence-based summer WUHDWPHQWSURJUDPLQ1HZ<RUNVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\WDLORUHGWRPHHWWKH needs of children between the ages of 7 and 11 with ADHD. The program is directed by nationally recognized clinicians from New York University Langone Medical Center who are leading experts LQWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;HOG,WLVDSUHPLHUSURJUDPDWWUDFWLQJIDPLOLHVIURPDFURVV the country and around the world. The program consists of: Â&#x2021; Behavioral techniques used to promote positive behavior Â&#x2021; Development of social and academic competence Â&#x2021; Nurturing and fun atmosphere Â&#x2021; Swimming and group sports daily Â&#x2021; +LJKO\TXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HGVWDIIRISV\FKRORJLVWVWHDFKHUVDQG psychology undergraduates and graduate students Â&#x2021; Excellent staff/child ratio of 1 to 1-2 Â&#x2021; Seven weeks, starting the last week of June The Child Study Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Summer Program for Kids (SPK) prepares children to start the school year as better adjusted and more socially skilled students. Parents also receive specialized training to make the most of their childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer experience.

For more information, please call 212.263.0760 or visit us on the web at Contact us about our NEW summer program for rising kindergarteners!

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Gifted & Talented Summer Enrichment Searching for a summer program that will help your child stay ahead and intellectually stimulated? Kent Prep is currently taking summer registrations for the 2014 summer semester. With a devised syllabus taught by experienced teachers, students leave the program prepared and confident for the 2014 semester.

Summer Semester Term: 8-week (July 7-Aug. 28, 2014) or 6-week (July 7-Aug. 14, 2014) Schedule: Monday-Thursday 9:00am-1:45pm (extended day available) * Early Registration discounts are currently available for a limited time so call and register today!

718.423.5757 194-11A Northern Blvd. Flushing, NY 11358

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CAMP DIRECTORY Health and Fitness Dr. Mindy Homer Pediatric Dentistry 800 Community Drive, Suite 200, Manhasset, NY 11030 (516)869-9500 Did you know that approximately 40 percent of children have cavities by the time they reach kindergarten, and it is now recommended that children see a dentist no later their first birthday? Dr. Mindy knows that dental visits in early childhood can prevent cavities. Dr. Mindy earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. She continued her training at Columbia University New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she earned her specialty degree in Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Mindy is board certified and provides the best dental care to pediatric, adolescent and special needs patients. Dr. Mindy’s mission is to make the dental experience fun and anxiety-free for the whole family. She believes in educating parents and children in cavity prevention. She takes the time to understand the needs of your child and family, and she provides individualized treatment plans to address them. Dr. Mindy’s office is a reflection of her philosophy. It offers a modern, kid-friendly environment with video games in every room. She has digital x-rays to reduce the amount of radiation exposure to your child. Her warm and courteous staff will welcome you with a smile at each appointment. Call today to schedule an appointment or visit com for more information. Weekend and evening appointments are available. • 212-213-8840


Enrichment & Tutoring Services

Bayside Speech & Language PALS 58-47 Francis Lewis Boulevard, Suite 15, Bayside, NY 11364 (347)408-4247 Fax: (347)408-4398 Bayside Speech & Language PALS, PLLC (PALS Speech) is a full-service,

speech-language practice exclusively devoted to improving the lives of children. It specializes in the language, speech and feeding skills of preschool and school-aged children, as well as working with families to understand their child’s specific speech and language needs. Through highquality, customized treatment, PALS endeavors to provide clients with the confidence and skills they need to excel in an academic or social setting. PALS Speech provides evaluations and therapies that cover oral and written language, articulation, phonological processing and oral motor skills, feeding issues, fluency, auditory processing, reading and spelling, and pragmatic language. PROMPT, Phono-graphix and SOS-trained therapists are available to work with children both individually and in groups. PALS accepts New York City Department of Education preschool contracts and RSA letters for school-aged children. PALS Speech is proud to join forces with Balanced Pediatrics to offer comprehensive pediatric therapy services, such as speech, occupational and physical therapy in a sensory gym. Bilingual Korean evaluations and therapy are now available. Therapy may be provided at offsite locations upon request. A therapist will determine a schedule and therapy plan that is right for you.


Mathnasium Learning Centers 43-17 Bell Boulevard, Bayside (718)747-MATH (6284) 3430 Sunrise Highway, Wantagh (516)799-MATH (6284) 414 Central Ave., Cedarhurst (516)569-1500 1141-3 Jericho Turnpike, Commack (631)543-MATH (6284) Forest Hills (718)544-MATH (6284) 11 Great Neck Road, Great Neck (516)482-MATH (6284) 2795 Middle Country Road, Lake Grove (631)619-6949 381 Sunrise Highway, Lynbrook (516)881-7997 1003 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park (516)616-MATH(6284) 217A Mineola Ave., Roslyn Heights (516)484-MATH (6284) 110 Jackson Ave., Syosset (516)944-MATH (6284) 55 Post Ave., Westbury, (516)338-6284 Mathnasium Learning Centers, with more than 300 locations in the United States, as well as in 16 countries, offer math-only educational programs. In a relaxed, homework-free environment, Mathnasium enables kids to focus on sharpening their math skills. Mathnasium students develop and maintain the mathematics knowledge and confidence needed to succeed in the information age. Mathnasium is a learning center where kids go to catch up, keep up, or get ahead in math. Programs run year round for kids of all ages. • 212-213-8840

Groups are forming now for the next session! • Central location near Bayside, Fresh Meadows and Flushing • Offering group and individual therapies

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All Ears

Teach little listeners to turn down the volume when they tune in. Courtesy of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


ith the skyrocketing use of smart mobile devices among children, it is critical for parents to instill safe listening habits early in their lives. Early intervention can prevent the long-term, irreversible hearing damage that can result from unsafe use of devices with earbuds and headphones. According to Common Sense Media’s 2013 study on mobile media use, 75 percent of kids ages 8 and younger have access to a smart mobile device at home, a statistic that’s increased from 52 percent in 2011. Almost 40 percent of children younger than 2 have used a mobile device, an increase of 10 percent as compared to two years ago. Many children listen to music, watch television shows, and play games on cell phones, tablets, and gaming devices at dangerously high volumes. This could lead to them paying an unfortunate price in the form of noise-induced hearing loss. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) urges parents to help protect their kids with a few simple, safe listening tips: • Keep the volume down. A good guide is to use half the available volume. • Limit listening time. Everyone’s ears benefit from a break. • Model good listening habits. Practice what you preach for your kids’ sake and your own. “Mobile technology use is pervasive in today’s society, and it is becoming ingrained in children at younger and younger ages,” says Patricia A. Prelock, Ph.D., ASHA’s 2013 president. She adds, “Parents have a tremendous opportunity to start children off right by establishing safe listening behaviors early.” Hearing loss in young people is on the rise. A 2010 study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association showed one in five children between ages 12 and 19 is suffering from hearing loss. This number presents an increase of 31 percent since the late 1980s/early 1990s. Hearing loss can affect academic achievement, vocational choice, and social functioning. Those who experience hearing loss may feel isolated or unhappy in school. Hearing is critical to a child’s development, and the earlier hearing loss occurs, the more serious is the effect on speech and language development, communication, and learning. Identify the Signs of Childhood Hearing Loss It is essential that, in addition to teaching preventative habits, parents learn the early signs of hearing loss so they can seek help if needed. The earlier hearing loss is identified and intervention begins, the better the outcome. Early warning signs include: • Lack of attention to sounds. • Failure to follow simple directions. • Delays in speech and language development. • Difficulty with academic achievements, especially in reading and math. • Persistent ear discomfort after exposure to loud noise. More signs and treatment options are available at The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is a national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 166,000 members and affiliates, comprising audiologists, speech-language pathologists, scientists, students, and others. ASHA empowers and supports its members by advancing science, setting standards, fostering excellence in professional practice, and advocating for them. Learn more at your needs, your neighborhood

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G n i r Sp ylE St T by Samantha Chan

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For the Woman behind the Mom

How to eat and move to take off the baby weight. by Lisa Druxman

I’ve yet to meet a mom who is happy with her body after the birth of her beautiful baby. She may be overjoyed with the new arrival but uncomfortable with the still-needed maternity clothes when she leaves the hospital. What do I tell these moms? First off, realize you have the rest of your life to get your body back. These initial months with your baby are precious and go by extremely fast. But that doesn’t mean we can’t get you on track to start taking off the baby weight. Here are ten tips for getting your body back while still being able to enjoy your baby!

1) Start moving. As early as your hospital stay, start recon-

necting with your body. Do pelvic tilts and abdominal bracing to start waking up those core muscles. Begin walking as soon as your doctor gives you permission.

2) Fuel your body. You will need good food to take care

of your baby, so eat a bountiful amount of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole foods. If people are kind enough to make your meals, don’t be bashful about requesting healthy meals. We are not talking about dieting, just eating clean. When you eat whole foods, you don’t have to worry about portion size.

3) Sleep when your baby sleeps. A lack of sleep can

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4) Hydrate. Water can curb hunger, increase energy, and help flush out toxins. Fill up a 64-ounce jug at beginning of the day, and make markings on it for every hour so you can track your water intake. Stay hydrated throughout the day! You will need even more water if you are nursing.

5) Tummy time = workout time! Your baby will spend lots

of time on the floor working her little arm and head muscles. Lie down beside her, and start your own workout. Try a plank and crunches.

6) Stroller workout. Get out with your baby each

day. The fresh air will do you both some good! Start slow, but each day, increase your travel distance or pace intensity, monitoring how you feel. The added weight of the stroller makes any walk a workout. See if there is a local stroller workout class in your neighborhood.

7) Veggie up! Eating a diet that is filled with vegetables aids in weight loss. You get high volume for less caloric density. Vegetables also help curb food cravings. Plus, they are packed with nutrients that you need. Eat a rainbow of veggies throughout the day.

8) Wear your baby. Many people wear weighted vests to

increase their workout. You can just wear your baby! A supportive front-pack carrier is a great tool. Be mindful of your posture, and choose safe exercise moves! Just walking while wearing your baby will burn extra calories, but you can also lunge, squat, and wall sit with your baby in a carrier.

9) Protein power. Aid your weight loss by adding protein

to your meals and snacks. A fruit by itself will quickly affect your bloodstream, causing an insulin spike. When you add a handful of walnuts or a tablespoon of peanut butter to it, the effect slows and keeps your blood sugar stable.

10) H.I.I.T. your workout! Once you’ve been

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March 2: Little Laffs Variety Show for Kids, Jalopy Theatre, 315 Columbia St., Brooklyn, Treat yourself to a bloody mary or mimosa, while your children, age 3-9 enjoy a variety show packed with juggling, balloon art, music, comedy and more. 10:30am.

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March 1-7 March 1-2: A Cow Named Cow Musical, The Actors Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn, Based on the book by Amber L. Spradlin, this funny new moo-sical teaches kids the importance of friends and family. Hummable songs and catchy lyrics will make this show fun for all. 3pm and noon respectively. The show continues March 8 and 9.

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Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, (516)299-3100, www. March 5: Nature Tots, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 The Mermaid Brooklyn Ave., Brooklyn, (718)735-4400, www.brookTheatre of Nova Scotia stages Calling all nature lovers and budding scientists the three-show program The Very age 5 and younger! Learn about the living and nonliving Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric things who live on planet Earth and the importance of beCarle Favorites. It includes The Very ing a Hungry stewardCaterpillar, of the environment. Meet an animal, plant or Little Cloud, mineral from the Museum’s collection. and The Mixed-Up Chameleon, and2:30pm. it is appropriate for families with Opening March 6: 3Masters of Disguise: The World of Camchildren ages and older. 2pm.


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March 10: Urban Stages Presents The Last Pine Tree on Eagle Mountain, Queens Library: Woodside Branch, 54-22 • 212-213-8840 Skillman Ave., Woodside, (718)429-4700, http://greening. acclaimed ensemble performing French Baroque music on March 23: Scavenger Hunt Urban Stages presents a new musical period instruments. 6pm. for children ages 4-10 and their families about friendship Kissena Park, Rose Avenue and Oak Avenue, Flushing, and the environment. Discover how a pine tree and an eagle Children are encouraged to let overcome the odds to clean up the environment and secure a their imaginations run wild in a safe atmosphere, supportfuture for all on their mountaintop home. 4pm. ed by urban park rangers. Journey through nature, gatherMarch 15:toHSBC Children’s Garden Family ing clues complete a scavenger hunt. 10am.Day, Queens March 14: Les Delices, King Manor Museum, 150-03 JaBotanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., www.queensbotanical. maica Ave., (718)206-0545, King org. Get a taste of the HSBC Children’s Garden program at Manor Museum partners with Five Boroughs Music Festhis special free family day where you can plant seeds while tival to present Les Delices, a Cleveland-based, criticallylearning about gardening and the environment. 2-4pm.

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Soleil, in this limited-run engagement. Amaluna, their latest extravaganza, takes place on a mysterious island governed by goddesses. Their queen, Prospera, stirs up a storm that lands them a group of young men, one of whom strikes up a romance with the queen’s daughter. The show continues through April 13. Times Vary.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Fifth Avenue, between Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, 44th and 79th streets, More Dive into the award-winning than 150,000 marchers parade up Fifth Avenue in a display story by Julia Donaldson, ofwhich the vibrancy and vitality that is Irish culture. As one of the tells the tale of a tiny • 212-213-8840 March 22: Cleaning Polluted Waterways With Beneficial oldest parades in ourworld history, snail who sees the on this display and culture are a Microbes, Queens Library: Long Island City Branch, 37special component of the diversity that makes New York the the tail of a giant humpback 44 21 St., (718)752-3700, melting pot it’s come to be. 11am-5pm. whale. In this live perforMudballs are baseball-sized dirt balls made from dirt, water, mance of the written book, leaves, or wheat bran and EM-1, a microbial deodorizer and Opening March 20: Amaluna, Citi Field, 126th St. and guests ages 4 and older • 212-213-8840 soil conditioner. Learn how EM-1 can help waterways and Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, Preenjoy music and a lot of how you can get involved. 3:30-5pm. pare to be amazed by the indefatigable troupe Cirque du laughs. 2:15pm.

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March 29-31 March 29: Young Discoverers Club: Radical Rainforest, Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston, Explorers age 8-12 are invited to meet animals, plants, and people that live in this great and exotic place. What are adaptations? How do the plants, animals and people here survive in this very hot and humid place? Make your own rainforest animal, plant your own rainforest plant, as well as conduct experiments and explore this unique ecosystem! 10:30am-12:30pm. March 30: Moscow Festival Ballet: Swan Lake, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, One of the greatest classical ballets of all time, Swan Lake is based on a German fairy tale and follows the heroic young Prince Siegfried as he labors to free the delicately beautiful swan maiden, Odette, from an evil sorcererâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spell. 3pm. March 30: Bring it On: The Musical, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Hillwood Recital Hall, LIU Post, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, Enjoy a musical version of the story of the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through the thrill of extreme compe-

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way, This nature-themed story time is geared towards children age 18 months-2.5 years. Besides reading books about the natural world, kids complete a nature-themed art project. 1:15-2pm. Every Other Saturday in March: Dotty Dot!, Secret Theatre, 4402 23rd St., Long Island City, (718)392-0722, www. This new musical for children depicts a day in the life of a very bossy little girl and her gang of quirky friends as they adventure to put on a play. But when Dotty gets too bossy and her mother forces her to come inside, will the neighborhood kids be able to work together to save the show? Find out. 2pm.


Every Day in March: Flight of the Butterflies in 3D, NY Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, (718)699-0005, • 212-213-8840 • 212-213-8840 Millions of real butterflies take an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway. Weighing less than a penny, the monarch butterfly makes one of the longest migrations on Earth. Follow the monarchs’ perilous Share your event details journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico in this by the 1st of the preceding month 3D film. For the first time ever, witness the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans. The exhibition runs Submit family activities and events FREE of charge at through April 11. Times Vary. or e-mail Samantha Chan: Every Wednesday in March: Nature-Themed Storytime and Craft, Queens Library: Broadway Branch, 40-20 Broad-

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Woman’s World Educate your child about the importance of equality this National Women’s History Month with Women’s Suffrage: A History Just for Kids by KidCaps. The book captures the extraordinary tale of Inez Milholland during the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913, and it is available for purchase at



Luck of the Irish March is National Irish-American Heritage Month. Teach your children about the customs, traditions, and history of Irish immigrants with The St. Patrick’s Day Shillelagh (Albert Whitman & Company) by Janett Nolan. The book tells the story of Fergus and his family as they emigrate to America during the Great Potato Famine. Determined to take a piece of Ireland with him, Fergus cut a branch from a Blackburn tree and whittles it into a shillelagh. Find this amazing story at

Mother Earth International Earth Day is observed on March 20. Show your children the importance of conserving energy with the Light Saver project, courtesy of This unique craft can hang on your child’s door to remind him to turn off the lights while leaving the room. What you’ll need: -scissors -scrap cardboard -glue -marker -ribbon How to make it: From the cardboard, cut a light bulb shape (about 3½ inches wide and 6 inches tall). Next, create the base of the bulb by cutting out a 1½-by-3-inch cardboard strip. Wrap the strip around the neck of the bulb, and glue it in place. Paint the light bulb. When it’s dry, use a marker to draw threads on the bulb base. Write your conservation proclamation on the craft: Lights Out. For the hanger, tape a loop of ribbon to the back of the bulb. Proudly display the bulb, and start saving energy!

Yummy Goodness March 1 is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day! Indulge in your favorite peanut butter treats this holiday with the Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe, courtesy of Ingredients: -½ c. sugar -½ c. packed brown sugar -½ c. butter (room temperature) -½ c. peanut butter -1 egg -1¼ c. flour -¾ tsp. baking soda -½ tsp. baking powder -¼ tsp. salt Directions: Beat the butter for two minutes, or until it’s creamy. Add the sugars, and beat for two more minutes. Mix in the egg and the peanut butter. Next, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Then, stir this mixture into the sugar-butter mix. When finished, wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least three hours. To bake, preheat the oven to 375°F, and shape the dough into 1¼-inch balls. Place the dough balls 3 inches apart on a cookie sheet without grease. In crisscross patterns, flatten the balls with a fork. Then, bake them for about 10 minutes or until light brown. Let the cookies cool on baking sheets for a minute, and then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

Rockin’ Shamrocks Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 by whipping up a batch of yummy shamrocks made from yogurt-covered pretzels with this unique Clever Clovers recipe from What you’ll need: -wax paper -yogurt-covered mini pretzels -¼ tsp. vegetable oil -¼ c. white chocolate chips -green icing -decorating sugar How to make it: Begin by covering your work surface with a sheet of wax paper. Arrange three yogurt-covered mini pretzels and a curved, broken section of pretzel (as the stem) for each clover you make. Next, combine ¼ tsp. of vegetable oil with ¼ c. of white chocolate chips, and melt them together in the microwave according to the package directions. Adhere the pretzel pieces by dabbing this melted mixture between them. Let the chocolate harden. Next, work with one clover at a time, and pipe the edges and “stem” with green icing. Sprinkle the pretzels with decorating sugar (preferably white, light green, and dark green) to complete the clovers. 42 I parentguide News I March 2014

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