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February 2020



Valentines as a Family Bouncy Fun

The City’s Best Trampoline Parks Tear-out & keep

Teething Timeline

Eden Grinshpan

Culinary Goddess

State of the Art Dental Facility • Kid Friendly

We Welcome Little Smiles! Dr. Dionne Finlay, Pediatric Dentist Dr. Steve, Orthodontist

2100 Bartow Ave., Suite 246 Bay Plaza, Coop City Behind Pathmark, Next to AMC & Bally’s

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FEATURES 30 | Eden Grinshpan: On Eden Eats, Food & Family This foodie shares on her love for Middle Eastern-influenced food, Top Chef Canada and of course, family

Stories & columns 6 | Editor’s Note Love Notes 8 | Strollers 10 strollers perfect for the city parent 10 | Education Why parents should consider Charter Schools 16 | Children’s Dental Health A helpful teething timeline and chart from the first tooth to when you can expect to see the last of your child’s wisdom teeth 24 | Neighborhood Guide: Valentines with your Kids Our picks for places to celebrate the romance of New York 38 | Last Bite Eden Grinshpan’s favorite winter salad


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Family fun 32 | Trampoline Parks & Activities Jump on over to these fun trampoline spots 34 | Calendar Unmissable events in the Bronx and beyond for February

Directories 12 | Charter School Guide 18 | Catholic School Guide

on the Cover Photo: Ana Gambuto | anagambuto.com Hair & Makeup: Buffy Hernandez | buffysaintmarie.com Cover clothing on Eden: Apiece Apart | apieceapart.com

Thinking of changing schools? Consider a Catholic education for your child! Are you moving to a new home? Interested in helping your child succeed academically in a safe, structured learning environment? If so, now is the time to invest in a Catholic education. Catholic schools provide a curriculum based on faith, respect and service to others; and our Math/ELA proficiency test scores have outpaced New York public schools for each of the last five years. Apply before April 15, 2020, and save $100/child in registration fees! Or book a Touring Tuesday on February 11 or 18 or a private tour at any of these Bronx schools:


SANTA MARIA SCHOOL 1510 Zerega Avenue ST. ANGELA MERICI SCHOOL 266 East 163rd Street ST. ANSELM SCHOOL 685 Tinton Avenue ST. BENEDICT SCHOOL 1016 Edison Avenue ST. BRENDAN SCHOOL 268 East 207th Street ST. CLARE OF ASSISI SCHOOL 1911 Hone Avenue ST. FRANCES DE CHANTAL SCHOOL 2962 Harding Avenue ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI SCHOOL 4300 Baychester Avenue ST. FRANCIS XAVIER SCHOOL 1711 Haight Avenue ST. GABRIEL SCHOOL 590 West 235th Street ST. HELENA SCHOOL 2050 Benedict Avenue ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM SCHOOL 1144 Hoe Avenue

ST. JOHN SCHOOL 3143 Kingsbridge Avenue ST. LUCY SCHOOL 830 Mace Avenue ST. LUKE SCHOOL 608 East 139th Street ST. MARGARET OF CORTONA SCHOOL 452 West 260th Street ST. PHILIP NERI SCHOOL 3031 Grand Concourse ST. RAYMOND SCHOOL 2380 East Tremont Avenue ST. SIMON STOCK SCHOOL 2195 Valentine Avenue ST. THERESA SCHOOL 2872 St. Theresa Avenue ST. THOMAS AQUINAS SCHOOL 1909 Daly Avenue STS. PHILIP AND JAMES SCHOOL 1160 East 213th Street VILLA MARIA ACADEMY 3335 Country Club Road

Catholic Schools Online Admissions Now Open! Apply at CatholicSchoolsNY.org/apply or over the phone at (646) 794-2885

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Editor’s Note

NewYorkFamily.com Publisher: Hester Aba Executive Editor: Donna Duarte-Ladd Digital Editor: Katarina Avendaño Senior Adviser: Susan Weiss Director, Business Development: Mary Ann Oklesson Partnership Managers: Erik Bliss, Erin Brof, Mary Cassidy, Shelli Goldberg-Peck Ad Ops Coordinator: Charlotte Sauvagnat Art Director: Leah Mitch Web Developer: Sylvan Migdal Graphic Designers: Arthur Arutyunov, Connie Sulsenti Nina Gallo Photography

Love Notes New York is an amazing place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We’re still in the throes of winter, but Mother Nature can sometimes be kind and shows the city some love with a few brisk but not so freezing days where we can all go out and enjoy the wonders of Gotham. This is why you’ll want to check out our piece on “Valentines with your Kids” (page 24). From crafts and storytimes to walking the Highline, we have you covered. Speaking of running around the city, we have the best round-up with “10 Strollers Perfect for the City” (page 8). For more stroller picks visit our extensive stroller

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guides on newyorkfamily.com. If your kid’s teeth are a mystery to youyou’re not alone. Luckily we mapped out a cool tear-out “Teething Timeline” (page 16) to tack on to the fridge and we’ve even included a fun reward chart to get your kids excited about brushing! Lastly, our cover mom this month (page 38) is talented and funny Eden Grinshpan of Eden Eats and Top Chef Canada, who shares her love for food, being a mom and family. Donna Ladd Executive Editor

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The New York City Charter High School for Computer Engineering & Innovation is now accepting applications for the upcoming school year. APPLY ONLINE FOR OUR APRIL 1, 2020 LOTTERY!

ATTENTION PARENTS! Are you looking for a high school that prepares students for college and careers in the computer industry? Here at AECI2, our culture is driven by our commitment to the school's Core Values: PERSEVERANCE • ACHIEVEMENT • INTEGRITY • RESPECT By popular demand, AECI opened a second location

communication, and critical thinking skills through

in the south Bronx. The second high school will

a standards- based curriculum that meets or exceeds

serve grades 9-12 and is a Computer Engineering &

the New York State Learning Standards. Our school

Innovation themed school. The student body at

includes sports teams, after school activities, and

AECI2 is culturally diverse with a population that is

student centered clubs. The school supports moral

70% Hispanic and 30% African American. Our

and character development while addressing every

school currently has a 95% attendance rate. In order

child’s social and emotional needs. For the school

to achieve its mission, the New York City Charter

year 2020, AECI2 will accept applications for

High School for Computer Engineering & Innovation is committed to providing a rigorous

incoming grades 9 and 10. Through collaboration with industry partners and

college preparatory learning environment. AECI2

post-secondary institutions, students gain work-based

emphasizes science and math proficiency, effective

experience and college exposure opportunities.

Come visit AECI2 during one of our Open House events: Saturday, Feb. 15th, 10am-1pm Saturday, March 21st, 10am-1pm 423 East 138th Street, 7th floor Bronx, NY 10454 646-741-7470

http://aeci2charterhs.org Click on “Register” APPLY ONLINE OR AT THE MAIN OFFICE FOR OUR APRIL 1ST LOTTERY! February 2020 | Bronx/Riverdale Family



10 S�r�l�ers

Perfect for the City Our top picks for navigating with your little one through the urban jungle BY MIA SALAS AND DONNA LADD


arents in New York City, new and seasoned, know that having a great stroller is one of the essential pieces of gear they will need for their child’s first years. A good stroller should work within your budget and, most importantly, work for your family. Does it fit in your apartment? In the car? Will you be on the subway every day? Do you live in a fifth-floor walk-up? There are many factors to take in when shopping for a stroller. This is a significant and essential purchase, and finding the right stroller is everything. Check out our full guide at newyorkfamily.com.

Baby Jogger City Select LUX The Baby Jogger City Select LUX takes the popular City Select stroller to the next level by providing more versatility with over 20 possible configurations. Add a bench seat for your bigger kids or a second seat for two kids. This stroller also folds and locks, making it super easy to carry. $629.99-$649.99 for stroller, $219.99$$221.99 for second seat kit, babyjogger.com

Britax B-Free Stroller The B-Free Stroller makes family life easy and convenient. Seven storage pockets and an extra-large storage basket offer more room for baby gear (which every busy city parent knows will certainly come in handy). The canopy extends to protect your baby from the sun, and the three-wheel configuration provides great maneuverability. With a 65 pounds capacity, this stroller can accommodate your growing child. $379.99, us.britax.com


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Bugaboo Bee 5 The Bugaboo Bee 5 is made for the city and designed for the on-the-go parents, which we all know means NYC parents! This stroller has small swivel wheels, making it easy to steer with one hand, navigate busy city streets, and use on public transport. The one-piece fold in this stroller makes it super easy and convenient to store, and can also be done with one hand. This stroller comes with a seperate bassinet, making it suitable for use from birth. It also comes with a stroller seat that can be used from when your child is approximately 6 months old until toddler age. From $929, bugaboo.com Chicco Mini Bravo Plus Lightweight Stroller This super-lightweight stroller includes a click-in attachment for all Chicco KeyFit and Fit2 infant car seats. The Mini Bravo also features a premium handle grip and parent tray with two cup holders and zippered storage. It has a folding handle that’s easy to reach and activates with just one hand (the fold handle also doubles as a carry handle for easier maneuvering), and oh-so-convenient, a quick-fold design that’s also compact and self-standing, an adjustable canopy with bonus, zip-open mesh panel for improved airflow, and much more. For little ones up to 50 pounds. $179.99, chiccousa.com

gb Pockit + All-City Built for the city parent the Pockit+ All-City is designed for urban parents on the go, with front-wheel suspension. The slim profile of the wheels is ideal for smooth city surfaces. This stroller is ideal for parents who need a stroller to take to work with them or who are often taking the train or cars and need a very compact stroller. When it’s time to fly, the unique ultracompact folding mechanism makes the Pockit+ All-City hand luggage compliant. Just released in May 2019, the All-City design has just what you’re looking for in a stroller ready to tackle the busy streets. $249.95-$334.95, gb-online.com Graco Uno2Duo The Graco Uno2Duo stroller starts out as a single stroller and expands into a double stroller to grow with your family. With an easy, onehand fold, parent cup holder, and extra-large storage basket, the Uno2Duo is a fullyfeatured stroller. The main seat reclines flat to become an infant bassinet, while the removable child’s tray and standing platform offer a customizable ride. Incorporate a Graco Click Connect infant car seat and a second seat (both sold separately), and the Uno2Duo offers even more customization and riding options. $454.99, gracobaby.com Maclaren Quest The one-handed seat recline and one-foot stroller collapse includes a waterproof round hood, aluminum chassis, removable washable seat fabric, and rain cover. This is a great option for parents looking for a lightweight stroller that can be carried or folded easily. With four recline positions, this stroller is suitable for newborns to kids up to 55 pounds. $275, maclaren.us

Mamas & Papas Armadillo City2 Perfect for city living, this stroller is Mamas & Papas’ slimmest and lightest design, but still has maximum comfort for your little passenger as you embark on your city excursions. The one-hand fold is quick and easy, making it suitable for public transportation or if you live in an apartment. The seat reclines into a lie-flat position with breathable fabric to provide more space for your child. $166.28, mamasandpapas.com Maxi-Cosi Adorra Stroller With a comfortable and flexible design that can be used in carriagemode for infants and stroller-mode for toddlers, Maxi-Cosi Adorra is the versatile stroller for you! It is compatible with Maxi Cosi the Mico, Mico Next, Mico AP, Mico AP 2.0, Mico 30, and Mico Max 30 infant car seats when used with the included Maxi Cosi Car Seat Adapters. Stroller mode features a reversible seat that allows either parent or forward-facing positions. One-hand compact fold makes travel easy, and we love the canopy with the peek-a-boo window. $399.99, buybuybaby.com

UPPAbaby VISTA The VISTA performance stroller system has a variety of configurations and maneuvers that enable the parent to build the stroller as the family grows. This stroller includes both bassinet (safe overnight sleep solution) and toddler seat. Features include a one-button telescopic handlebar height adjustment and a reversible toddler seat with multi-position toddler seat recline. There’s also an adjustable canopy for your growing child, an extendable UPF 50+ Sunshade, adjustable footrest, and an XL basket for storage. The VISTA lets you transport up to three children by adding a PiggyBack Ride-Along Board, and it’s compatible with the MESA infant car seat with no adapters necessary. $767.99-979.99, uppababy.com February 2020 | Bronx/Riverdale Family



Why Consider Charter Schools? An option for families in the midst of school-search season By Shnieka L. JohnSon


t is prime school-search season in New York City. If you are one of the thousands of families weighing their child’s educational options for pre-Kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school, you are in the thick of applications, essays, and assessments or testing. Aside from your regular work and daily activities during this time, you now must add researching schools, contacting administrators, and touring neighborhood options to your busy to-do list. This is true whether you considering public or private schools. So, how does one choose the best option? Begin with the big decision — public or private. Then, take a look at the options within your preferred category. For those utilizing the city’s public school options, you have many options in your district, with priority at your zoned school, and you will also have access to a host of charter schools. Charter schools (founded by not-for-profit Boards of Trustees) receive government funding, but unlike public schools, they operate independently under a contract (or “charter”)— an example of what has been labeled by some as “public asset privatization” or contracting out. Many of the city’s charter schools utilize public school space. Since the passing of the New York Charter Schools Act of 1998, there has been debate from government officials and families alike on whether these schools should be considered public. According to the United States Department of Education, given that charter schools are open to all students and do not charge tuition, they are categorized right alongside your area public schools. “We serve the communities in which we are located,” says Emily Kim, the Chief Executive Officer of Zeta Charter Schools, which has sites in the South Bronx and the Inwood/ Washington Heights areas. Zeta opened its doors in the fall of 2018. Charter schools may not have all the regulations of a districted school, but they are accountable for academic results and upholding promises that the charter school stemmed from. With well over 200 charter schools in the city, there are tens of thousands of New York


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City families that are served by these institutions, and these schools have thousands more on their waitlists. So, why are so many families choosing charter schools? Charter schools have more flexibility in their offerings, a longer school year, extended daily hours, and additional programming. “Much of my experience is in charter education, and I love how charters are free to innovate and raise the excellence bar for children,” Kim says. Although every charter is different (the model, goals, and policies may vary) — overall, they are outperforming their neighborhood counterparts on state tests (English language arts and math). “Parents deserve to have a high-quality school option, as well as a choice as to where they send their children to school. Charters provide parents with much-needed educational options for their children, which raises the bar for public education, generally,” Kim says. “We serve families and want them to be close partners with us in their children’s education. Through this partnership, we ensure that children meet their highest and best potential.” Many families are drawn by the opportunity to send their children to high-performing charter schools. Most operate through a lottery placement system due to the demand. “We were zoned for a failing public school (math and reading scores were in the singledigit percentile), and private school is too costly,” says Tiffany G., who is a parent at Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter

School. Her daughter, now in fourth grade, started at the school in kindergarten. “Public schools in New York are wonderful if you are wealthy and thereby able to afford an affluent neighborhood where high-quality public schools can be found. For many who are not wealthy or able to afford expensive neighborhoods, public schools are poor performing, sometimes perilous places. The current public school system exacerbates our city’s economic system of have and have-nots, while many charter schools offer a high-quality education accessible to all New Yorkers regardless of income,” she says. Adding: “There is a tremendous amount of variety among charter schools, as they are not bound by all the same regulations as public schools. Shop around to find the school that is the best fit for your child’s learning needs.” For families in the midst of the school search, a common online application (available via nyccharterschools.org) represents approximately 75% of New York City’s charter schools, adding ease to the process of applying. The online form, due by April 1, makes searching school options and information on each accessible. New York families interested in applying to charter schools should check individual school websites for listings of tours, open houses, and application instructions. Shnieka L. Johnson is an education consultant and freelance writer. She is based in Manhattan, where she resides with her husband and son. Contact her via her at shniekajohnson.com.

Now Accepting Applications for Grades 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 University Prep Public Schools This is the percent of students who graduate in four years from University Prep Charter High School—and 100% of our students are accepted to college. Apply to U Prep High School for September 2020 for grades 9 and 10 Apply to U Prep Middle School for September 2020 for grades 5, 6 and 7 Apply now at UPPublicSchools.org


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charter Schools Directory | Special Advertising Supplement AECI 1 - NYC Charter High School for Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industries 838 Brook Ave., Bronx 646-400-5566 aecicharterhs.org AECI offers an academic program that provides students with a foundation of the necessary skills, knowledge and practical experience to pursue a path leading to college and/ or a career in architecture, engineering or construction industries. The school’s offerings are focused on providing rigorous college preparatory sequence of classes while also preparing students for success in industry-recognized exams. All students receive double periods in Math and ELA in freshman year to prepare for long-lasting success.all staff members are tasked with developing the whole child by working together to ensure that all academic, emotional and social development is supported, cultivated and challenges.

AECI 2 - New York Charter High School for Computer Engineering & Innovation 424 E. 138th St., Bronx 646-741-7470 aeci2charter hs.org AECI2 is the AECI network’s second location in the South Bronx and serves students in grades 9-12. The mission of AECI2 is to create a rigorous college prep academic program that provides students with a foundation of the necessary skills, knowledge and practical experience to pursue a path leading to college ad/or a career in computer, engineering or innovation industries. AECI2 emphasizes science and math proficiency, effective communication and critical thinking skills through a standards-based curriculum while offering classes like Into to Computer Science Principles, Coding, Circuit Design and 3-D Printing. The school also has sports teams, after-school activities and student-centered clubs.

Amber Charter School Kingsbridge 3120 Corlear Ave., Bronx

646-802-1140 ambercharter.org Amber Charter Schools provide students with an academically rigorous and wellrounded education, along with strong character development, enabling them to prosper in their future endeavors. Widely recognized as the first Latinoled charter school in New York State, Amber Charter School East Harlem is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The school has two locations-East Harlem (K-5) and Kingsbridge (K–5). The student to teacher ratio is 13 to 1, and students participate in a core curriculum in literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. Enrichment is offered in the visual arts, music, physical education, and technology. All students also receive instruction in Spanish as a second language starting in kindergarten.

Brilla College Prep 413 E. 144th St., Bronx 347-273-8439 brillaschools.org Brilla Public Charter Schools, K-8 schools in the classical tradition, helps students to

grow intellectually, socially and physically into young men and women of good character and spirit, and to be prepared for excellence in high school, college and beyond. Character development is just as important as academic outcomes, for that reason Brilla prioritizes a joyful environment and works in partnership with our families. Applications are rolling until all seats are filled. Call today.

Bronx Charter School for Excellence Bronx Excellence 1 (Elementary and Middle) - Parkchester 718-828-7301 Bronx Excellence 2 (Elementary) – Morris Park 718-892-1276 Bronx Excellence 3 (Elementary) & Bronx Excellence 4 (Elementary) – Wakefield 718-882-0231 & 347-773-3100 Bronx Excellence 5 (Elementary) – Bathgate 646-460-6356 excellencecommunityschools. org The Bronx Charter School for Excellence (BCSE) was established in 2004 as a K-5

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ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE 2020-2021 Come preview our school environment and tour the building to see our innovative programs for incoming freshmen students. Saturday, February 8th • 10am-1pm (Feb. 29th in bad weather) Saturday, March 14th • 10am-1pm (March 21st in bad weather)

• Students are exposed to the careers of architecture, engineering, and construction while taking college preparatory courses. • Our partnerships which colleges such as Syracuse University and Metropolitan College of New York expose students to college level coursework starting in their junior year of high school. • AECI has a yearly graduation rate of 96% with many of our graduates attending top 4-year colleges such as NYU and Colgate University. • Students are highly encouraged to participate in clubs, sports, and internships to build their collaborative skills and enhance their resumes.

EVENTO ANNUAL DE PUERTAS ABIERTAS 2020-2021 Sabado 8 de febrero • 10am-1pm (29 de febrero con mal tiempo) Sabado 14 de marzo • 10am-1pm (14 de marzo con mal tiempo)

• Los estudiantes estan expuestos a las carreras de arquitectura, ingenieria y construccion mientras toman cursos preparatorios para la universidad. • Nuestras asociaciones con universidadas como Syracuse University y Metropolitan College of New York expone a los estudiantes a cursos de nivel universitario a partir de su tercer ano de secundaria. • AECI tiene una tasa de graduacion anual del 96% con muchos de nuestros graduados que asisten a las mejores universidades de 4 anos, como NYU y Colgate University. • Los estudiantes son altamente alentados a participar en clubes, deportes, y pasantias para desarrollar sus habilidades de colaboracion y mejorar sus curriculums.

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charter Schools Directory | Special Advertising Supplement public elementary school for children in the Parkchester section of the Bronx. By 2012 it was officially distinguished as a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School, a prestigious honor awarded to public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on academic excellence. Today, BCSE has expanded into a network of tuitionfree, public charter schools including the flagship school Bronx Excellence 1 Elementary, Bronx Excellence 1 Middle in Parkchester, Bronx Excellence 2 Elementary in Morris Park, Bronx Excellence 3 Elementary and Bronx Excellence 4 Elementary in Wakefield, and most recently Bronx Excellence 5 Elementary in Bathgate. What sets these schools apart is a unique, project-based curriculum that not only nurtures students’ critical thinking, but also cultivates all facets of their development ranging from intellectual, to artistic, to social, to emotional and ethical. By 2023, Excellence Community Schools will expand to 12 elementary and middle schools serving over 4,000 scholars.

University Prep Public Schools UP High School: 600 St. Ann’s Ave., 4th Floor Bronx UP Middle School: 470 Jackson Ave., 3rd Floor Bronx 718-292-6543 uppublicSchools.org hsadmissions@ UPpublicschools.org Opening its doors over 10 years ago, University Prep Charter High School (UPCHS) is among the highest performing High Schools in the Bronx. UPCHS is a free, public, 9-12, college-preparatory school serving 440 students in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx. They boast an average 99% four-year graduation rate, 100% college acceptance rate, and a 98% parent approval rating. UPCHS is a proud recipient of the 2016 National Blue Ribbon Award and is consistently ranked among the top performing high schools in New York State. High School Open Houses will be held on: January 29, February 25, March 12, March 23. University Prep has expanded their locus of impact

to grades 5-8 with the opening of University Prep Middle School last fall. At UPCMS they are extending their highly successful model and providing a path for younger students to reach even more impressive heights by 12th grade. Middle School Open Houses will be held: January 30th, February 26, March 11, March 23.

Rosalyn Yalow Charter School 3490 Third Ave. at 168th St., Bronx 347-708-7446 yalowcharter.org Kindergarten and first grade classes are taught on their own campus. The mission at Rosalyn Yalow is to eliminate the learning achievement gap for poor urban children -– including special needs students and English language learners – by using an engaging and demanding curriculum to graduate students at or above grade level in literacy and math. Recognizing the relationship between social emotional support and student achievement, the school uses a collaborative teaching ap-

proach – there is a lead teacher and one with a background in social work for grades K-2. The extended school day runs from 8am to 5pm and is filled with rich extracurricular activities like art, chess and fencing.

Zeta Bronx 1 Elementary 222 Alexander Ave., Bronx 646-897-4643 zetaschools.org/apply Zeta Schools are high-performing, next-generation schools with an innovative, whole-child approach, preparing children for a modern world economy. Starting with a foundation of world-class academics, their complementary social-emotional program emboldens students with the skills to thrive. It is extraordinarily important that children have the time and space to explore potential interests and passions. That’s why at Zeta, students engage in Specialist Classes as part of the school day, which may include chess, music, art, sports, and Taekwondo. Now, until April 1, Zeta is accepting applications for pre-K through 5th grade for the 2020-21 school year.

BRILLA Public Charter Schools is accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. BRILLA Public Charter Schools esta aceptando aplicaciones para el año escolar 2020-21. P: (929) 422-0128, (347) 996-9712 • brillaschools.org • apply@brillaschools.org JOIN US FOR AN OPEN HOUSE! ¡VENGA A NUESTRO EVENTO DE PUERTAS ABIERTAS! February 12 | Febrero 12 - 5:30-6:30PM Brilla Veritas (338 E 146th St, Bronx, NY 10451) February 25 | Febrero 25 - 5:30-6:30PM Brilla Caritas & Brilla Pax (2331 University Heights, Bx, NY 10468) March 14 | Marzo 14 - 10:00-11:00AM Brilla College Prep (413 E 144th St, Bronx, NY 10454) March 24 | Marzo 24 - 5:30-6:30PM Brilla Caritas & Brilla Pax (2331 University Heights, Bx, NY 10468)


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children’s dental health

Teething Timeline! Shedding 6-7 years


Baby’s first tooth! It’s a milestone that many parents love when it happens and share immediately with all. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a child’s first tooth usually appears between 6 and 12 months. You can also expect the first tooth to be at the front lower level. As for all the other glorious teeth, we have a fun timeline that will help you with what teeth to expect and when, as well as a helpful tooth-brushing chart to get the little ones in the habit of something pretty vital to self-care, brushing their teeth!


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Cardinal Spellman High School

Welcome Class of 2024!

SCHOLARSHIP: Maria Regina High School is a Catholic college preparatory high school that is committed to a holistic approach in the education of young women offering a wide range of Advanced Placement and Honors Courses.

SERVICE: MRHS provides service opportunities to all students challenging them to respond to the crucial needs of today's society. SPIRIT: With over 25 student clubs and organizations as well as varsity/JV athletic teams, there is something for every student.

500 West Hartsdale Avenue | Hartsdale, NY 10530 (914) 761-3300 | www.mariaregina.org


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One Cardinal Place (Needham Ave & Baychester Ave.), Bronx, 718-881-8000 cardinalspellman.org You can have it all – SMALL school friendliness and BIG school opportunities! This High School offers a program of studies and activities to prepare each student for personal success in college and in life. Many of the graduates are awarded college scholarships. In addition to providing a strong academic foundation for college life. Being a large co-ed school, students are offered a step forward toward a more college-like environment, giving them the opportunity to continue to develop their social skills beyond the small school setting they are leaving behind, while still receiving the support of a nurturing atmosphere. If you are in 8th grade, why not why not call for an appointment to Spend A Day?

Maria Regina High School 500 W. Hartsdale Ave., Hartsdale, NY 914-761-3300 mariaregina.org A Catholic, college preparatory high school for girls founded by the Sisters of the Resurrection, Maria Regina offers over 12 Advanced Placement courses, numerous college credit courses, and honors and college prep courses. Celebrating more than 60 years of excellence, the school is committed to the values of Scholarship, Service and Spirit. MRHS challenges young women to develop their intellectual potential and talents through individualized academic programs, strong athletics, extracurricular activities, and service opportunities, all in a strong spiritual atmosphere. By embracing the diverse personal, cultural and intellectual backgrounds of its students, MRHS guides young women to contribute positively in their own unique roles in society.

Preston High School 2780 Schurz Ave., Bronx 718-863-9134 prestonhs.org Established in 1947 by the Sisters of the Divine Compassion as an independent collegepreparatory Catholic school. They have a longstanding tradition of academic excellence and commitment to empowering young women to become compassionate leaders for change. They offer a broad and challenging curriculum, the support of a diverse, faith-centered community and a commitment to Christian service. The co-curricular program includes honor societies, service clubs, choirs and special interest groups. Those interested in growing artistically have many options including the school musical produced by the Preston Players. The Athletic Department sponsors varsity and junior varsity teams including soccer, basketball, volleyball, cheerleading and softball (2017 division champions). Their goal is to help students become women of dignity, honor, respect and compassion.

Saint Barnabas High School 425 E. 240th St., Bronx 718-325-0364 stbarnabashigh.com SBHS is an independent, all-girls college preparatory school, serving a diverse group of young women, located in the northeast Bronx. They offer AP classes, college credits and challenging academics for all learners. Saint Barnabas fosters a respectful, inclusive environment that challenges their students to think critically and encourages academic excellence. Beyond the classroom, they provide an array of enriching opportunities, including internships, mentoring programs, extracurricular activities and community service. Through this affordable, values-oriented educational experience, Saint Barnabas High School

St. Helena Elementary School A Total School Program OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, January 25, 2020 11:00 – 1:00 • Full Day UPK • Schedule: 8:00 am to 2:35 pm • Breakfast Program Available (beginning at 7:00 am) • After School Programs to 6:00 pm (FREE for grades 6, 7 & 8) • Academics - According to New York State Board of Regents Requirements • Foreign Language Instruction in grades K-8 • Accredited by AdvancEd • 2 to 1 ratio of laptops to students • CYO Sports, National Junior Honor Society • Last year our 8th Graders earned $300,000 in H.S. Scholorships

A Safe Passage Through Childhood/A Solid Religious Foundation As seen in the Daily News on December 19, 2006 - Catholic school keeps faiths “All God’s children” welcome “There is a wonderful family atmosphere here. In the Parkchester area, you have all these faiths. It doesn’t matter if your neighbor is Muslim or Catholic. They’re still your neighbor.” — Richard Meller,

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UPK4 to 8th grade. Music, Arts, Chess, CYO Basketball, Peer Tutoring, Dance Team, Choir, Engineering and Robotics

The philosophy of St. Brendan’s School is to provide a quality Catholic education so that each child can develop his/her full human potential. We place the teachings of the Catholic faith at the core of the curriculum so that religious values permeate all subject areas. We continue to welcome all who seek and appreciate a value- centered, quality education.

268 East 207th Street, Bronx, NY 10467 718-653-2292 stbrendanschoolbronx@gmail.com StBrendanSchoolBronx.org

St. Francis of Assisi School

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New Student Enrollment for PreK3 & K-8 is Now Open!


FREE UPK Enrollment Available Please Enter Either Site Code:

CORRY ACADEMY (St. Francis @ Corry Academy 4321 Barnes Ave.): 11XAQL ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI SCHOOL (4300 Baychester Ave.): 11XADN

St. Francis of Assisi School Offers:

FREE Breakfast/Lunch/Afterschool Dinner Program • Afterschool Enrichment Program • Algebra 1 • Sports Program French Language Program • Art Program Musical Theatre Program • Yearbook • Integrated Technology w/ Google Classroom STEM Lab • 1:1 Chrome Books • Monthly School Mass

Call and schedule a tour today and experience firsthand, “Where Integrity and Academic Excellence Meet!”

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St. Brendan’s School Norwood 268 207th St., Bronx 718-653-2292 stbrendanschoolbronx.org For more than 100 years, this school has been providing a quality Catholic education to its students in grades pre-K through 8th. They strive to educate the spirit and develop the intellect in an environment that emphasizes Christian values and creates an atmosphere fostering responsibility and courtesy. Your child will receive a strong academic education in structured surroundings. Self-discipline, responsibility and selfmotivation are among the benefits of the school’s program. Teaching the whole child is a priority and they offer an exemplary academic curriculum supplemented with visual arts instruction, weekly music lessons, physical education and technology classes. They provide an early drop-off breakfast program and after care services until 6:00. Scholarships are available.

enriching and nurturing environment grounded in the philosophy that young children learn through play. Their thematic-based instruction is aligned with the New York State preKindergarten Foundations for the Common Core. The principal is Marc Silva.

St. Helena School Parkchester 2050 Benedict Ave., Bronx 718-892-3234 sthelenaschoolbronxny.org A culturally diverse Middle School Accredited Catholic school that educates children from full day pre-K to 8th grade in the Park Chester/ Castle Hill section of the Bronx. The school motto is “It’s Fun to be Good!” Students in grades 1 through 8 have a schedule from 8 a.m to 2:35 p.m. daily. Students enjoy two periods of gym, computers and library each week in state-of-the-art facilities. Extracurricular activities include boys as well as girls’ basketball, track, bowling, volleyball, Cub Scouts and summer camp. The graduates have earned over $300,000 in college scholarships. The Principal is Rich Meller.

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St. Thomas Aquinas School

4300 Baychester Ave., Bronx 718-994-4650 sfabx.com An Advanced Accredited School serving pre-K3 to grade 8 offering free Universal Pre-K (UPK) at two convenient neighborhood locations. They have a newly renovated STEM lab and their enrichment programs include: French, art, music, gym, technology, Algebra1 Regents course, and remedial afterschool programs. Extracurricular activities include basketball, volleyball, drama club, book club, yearbook, and service club. St. Francis of Assisi @ Corry Academy is an annex to St. Francis of Assisi School that opened in October 2012 offering an early childhood program. At the Corry Academy, they celebrate the early learner’s individuality and offer an

1090 Daly Ave., Bronx 718-893-7600 staschoolbx.org Founded by Mother Butler and the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary in 1907, the school has been a mainstay in the neighborhood for all these years. It continues to provide a Roman Catholic curriculum and a quality education addressing the changing needs of the student population. Catholic values are infused in every aspect of their students’ educational experience. The faculty and staff are dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for all. St. Thomas Aquinas school is committed to the mission of Catholic education. Registration is ongoing. Inquire about scholarships. The school has full day pre-K4 and kindergarten,


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St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School 1909 Daly Avenue, Bronx, NY 10460 718-893-7600

“Founded in Faith, Growing with Confidence” St. Thomas Aquinas School is proud to announce the addition of FREE Full Day Universal PreKindergarten for the 20182019 school year! Our school is also a proud participant in the new Blended Learning Initia tive bringing advanced technology and instructional innovation into the classroom resulting in higher test scores and increased subject comprehension.

All St. Thomas Aquinas students enjoy the benefits of: • Early Drop off 7:15 am • Guidance Counselor • After School Program until 6:00pm • State of the Art Wireless Access • Computer Lab and Smartboard Technology

• Title I Services: Reading, Math & ESL Resource Room/SETSS (for eligible students with IESP) • FREE Breakfast & Hot Lunch Programs • Phys Ed, Art & Music Programs • After School Piano Lessons • Daily Prayer and Weekly Masses

Apply today to become part of an expanding St. Thomas Aquinas School community. Registration is open and our admissions are limited! Contact the school directly at 718-893-7600 to arrange a tour.

“Celebrating over 100 years of Academic Excellence in the West Farms-South Bronx Community”

grades 1 to 8. Early drop-off and after-school are also available.

St. Raymond Academy for Girls 1725 Castle Hill Ave., Bronx 718-824-4220 saintraymondacademy.org A small Catholic high school for young women in an urban setting, St. Raymond Academy for Girls inspires their students to reach their God-Given potential in a safe, supportive, and diverse environment. Through a wide state-wide curriculum and extracurricular activities, they encourage their students to seek and value truth. By empowering them with an education that promotes a commitment to excellence, self discipline and strong Christian values, they challenge their students to become successful and accountable in a dynamic society.

St. Raymond Elementary School 2380 E. Tremont Avenue, Bronx NY 718-597-3232 straymondelementary.org This school offers a fullday academic program for PreK3 through Grade 8 in a safe, nurturing and academically motivating environment, and a broad array of extracurricular activities. Our offerings include Catholic faith formation; advanced level math and science; Italian; honors and enrichment programs; academic intervention and remedial programs; a full-time art teacher and strong music program; SMART boards in all classrooms; primary and middle grade libraries; two science labs; two computer labs; a full sports program and fitness center; beforeand after-school programs; school nurse; air-conditioned classrooms, moderate tuition and financial assistance for those who qualify.

Saint Raymond Academy for Girls For more information contact

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Saint Barnabas High School is an all-girls college preparatory school offering: • AP Classes, College Credits & Academics for All Learners • Internships in Education and Medicine/Health • An array of sports including Track & Field and MAKE YOUR SUMMER COUNT! Cross Country plus clubs like Robotics and NYPD SUMMER ENRICHMENT ACADEMY Explorers Program June 30 – July 17 Calling all 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Girls Preparing for High School • Enhanced STEM through Amazon Future Get ready for your next level of learning this summer. Engineer Program & PepsiCo Million Women’s Morning sessions include: Mentoring Program Reading, Math, English & TACHS Preparation Afternoon sessions have fun activities: Art, Athletics and Robotics Coming soon ~ State-of-the-Art STREAM Lab Contact Anissa Osorio for more information at Aosorio@stbarnabashigh.com 718-325-8800 x20

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St. Raymond Elementary School Celebrating Excellence in Catholic Education for 150 Years Christ-Centered Education in a Safe, Nurturing and Academically Motivating Environment OPEN HOUSE & APPLICATION* February 19 6:00 p.m. *Children must be present to apply. Student interviews are required for Grades 1-8 and may be required for younger grades.

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WiTh Your KidS Our picks for places to celebrate the romance of New York By Mia SalaS


ew York City is full of late night date spots and romantic outings perfect for Valentine’s Day. But if you’re looking to celebrate the holiday with your whole family (babysitters are hard to come by on Valentine’s!) you may not have many options in mind. We’re here to help with our round up of NYC-style ways to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit with your kiddos. SweetS & treatS

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes at Baked by Melissa Multiple locations

Baked by Melissa comes out with a delicious assortment of bite-sized Valentine’s Day treats each year. Adorable to look at and even more yummy to eat, Baked by Melissa never disappoints with their creative flavor combinations. The February Mini of the Month, the new seasonal cupcake that stays around for only that month, will also likely have a Valentine’s Day flare. Pick up a box of cupcakes in-store, have your cupcakes delivered to your doorstep, or bring your little ones into the shop so that they can pick out their favorite flavors! Museum of Ice Cream 558 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

If you haven’t sunk into the sprinkle pool at the Museum of Ice Cream yet, then Valentine’s Day is the time to do so. Take instagrammable pics with your family as you make your way through the super sweet exhibits. It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a dose (or two) of sugar, so try one of the Museum of Ice Cream’s seven new ice cream flavors, including fun taste combinations such as Nana Banana and Churro Churro. Reserve tickets online to see available times, $39 adults, free for kids ages 2 and younger.


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Jaccques torres Chocolate Multiple locations

We’re obsessed with Jacques Chocolate’s I Love U Puzzle. This custom hand-made treat composed of dark and milk chocolate is perfect for sharing. If you have a family of four, everyone gets one puzzle piece. Let your kiddos play around with the puzzle before you dig in — real little ones will get a kick out of fitting the jigsaw pieces together. Any treat that combines sugar with play is our kind of dessert! Ship the puzzle to your house or head to Jacques Chocolate for an in-store experience. Spread of Love Box at Macaron Café 625 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022 152 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018 750 Third Ave., New York, NY 10017

Pop into Macaron Café to try a selection of macaron flavors, including birthday cake, chocolate raspberry, dark chocolate, lavender honey, champagne rose, strawberry smoothie, and matcha green tea. If you really want to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit, shop the Spread of Love Box for $39. You get to choose 15 different macarons to go inside a beautifully wrapped box with flower petals, red tissue paper, and sparkly heart decor. Bring your box home to share with your family or have the box delivered to you. Berry Bliss at the Sugar Factory 835 Washington St., New York, NY 10014

The Sugar Factory has endless options to satisfy your sweet tooth, but our Valentine’s Day pick for kids is the Berry Bliss Goblet. This non-alcoholic beverage is made right in front of you at the table, which little ones get a kick out of. The sweet drink has berries galore: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Goblets are $39 and perfect for sharing with your whole family.

Fondue at Max Brenner 841 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

Fondue is another one of those romantic treats that has Valentine’s Day written all over it. Share your love for your family by sharing a fondue at Max Brenner! Choose from four kinds of fondue: Classic European, Sharing, Urban S’mores, and Crystal Churros. An activity and dessert all in one, dipping treats into fondue is chocolatey fun for all ages. Fondue prices vary from $12 to $25.50. Cookie Decorating Kit from Billy’s Bakery Multiple Locations

Order a Valentine’s Day themed Cookie Decorating Kit from Billy’s Bakery to have a cookie decorating party with your family. The “Love” kit, for $48, comes with 6 large hearts and 12 small ones. You’ll also get three piping bags of royal icing in your choice of colors, three sprinkles of your choice (we recommend Heart Confetti!), mini wooden spoons for spreading icing, and doilies for displaying your cookies. You can pick up the kit at your local Billy’s Bakery when it’s ready or check to see if the Bakery delivers to you. Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Croiffles, and Belgian Liege Waffles at Godiva Café 560 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10022 One Pennsylvania Plaza LL2, New York, NY 10119 52 W 50th St, New York, NY 10012 933 Broadway, New York, NY 10010

Visit a Godiva Café this Valentine’s Day for classic and unique sweet treats. Chocolate dipped strawberries are both a Godiva and Valentine’s Day signature, so share a few of these with your family to start. Next, try either a Godiva Croiffle or a Belgian Liege Waffle. Croiffles are Godiva croissants pressed into a hot waffle with six different savory and sweet combinations. The Belgian Liege Waffles, which also come in Mini Belgian Waffle Bites for your little ones, are waffles made of pearl sugar that caramelizes when the sugar hits the iron. Valentine’s Day Sweet Swap 200 Rector St., Battery Park City, New York, NY 10280

Bake your favorite Valentine’s Day sweets with your family and get ready to trade at the free Valentine’s Day Sweet Swap, 2-4 pm. Bring a few dozen of your one-of-a-kind treat to share with friends and Battery Park City Feb. 2020 | Bronx/Riverdale Family



Authority staff. Celebrate the day with your friends and family, and leave with a collection of desserts to devour later! Valentine’s Day Candy at Dylan’s Candy Bar Multiple Locations

A trip to the ultimate NYC candy store may be just what your family needs to kick off Valentine’s Day. Bring your little ones to Dylan’s Candy Bar to shop Valentine’s Day candy. Let your kiddos fill up a bag of their favorite candies as they explore the exciting, rainbow store. If the Dylan’s Candy Bar that you’re at has a Café, then try one of the overthe-top desserts before you leave. Valentine’s Love Shacks Class Taste Buds Kitchen 109 West 27th St., New York, NY 10001

Kids ages 2 to 8 and their ‘rents are invited to this signature Valentine’s Day workshop. With plenty of decorating options at hand, you and your mini chef will create pink frosted roofs and heart shaped window panes to construct your gingerbread house masterpiece. Listen to cheerful love tunes, sip pink hot cocoa, and experience quality family time. $75, 1:30-2:30 pm. CRAFTS, STORYTIMES & HISTORY NY Public Library Valentine’s Day Crafts Multiple Locations

NY Public Library always has a full schedule of free programming for families, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Yorkville Library has Valentine’s Day Craft Time at 3 pm for ages 3 and up. Sedgwick Library hosts Valentine’s Day: Crafternoon at 3:30 pm for ages 5 and up. Check out what your local NY Public Library has to offer for crafting! Children’s Museum of Manhattan Mural Wall Painting The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024

Visit the iconic Children’s Museum of Manhattan to get a little messy this Valentine’s Day. Bring your kids, ages 5 and younger, to drop-in Mural Wall Painting. Jump into the fun to create a love-themed mural. For families with really little ones, this activity is perfect to celebrate the holiday. Free with museum admission, 12-12:45 pm. Pajama Storytime at Queens Zoo: Owl Always Love Wildlife 53-51 111th St., Flushing, Queens, NY


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Spend Valentine’s Day evening as a family at Queens Zoo. “Owl Always Love Wildlife” is all about getting to know how animals love and take care of each other as you express your own love and interest in animals. Learn about how animals get along in pairs, family groups, or herds. Find out who takes care of their young and who lets their young fend for themselves. Kids ages 4 and up, along with their families, will meet animals guests, sip hot cocoa, enjoy a nice story, and of course, come in your PJs! $25, 5:30-8 pm. Queens Library: Valentine’s Day Crafts Multiple Locations

Several Queens Libraries offer free Valentine’s Day Crafts for kids and their families. We love the Heart Sand Art Pendant Necklace at Langston Hughes Library, 4:30-5:30 pm. Douglaston/Little Neck Library invites kids ages 6 to 11 to make their own Valentine, 3-3:45pm. Little ones ages 3 and up can head to Au burndale Library to make a Valentine’s Day craft, 3:30-4:15 pm. Peninsula Library and Hunters Point Library also offer crafts and card making. Love in the Time of the Revolution at Fraunces Tavern Museum 54 Pearl St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10004

For the history-loving family, Love in the Time of Revolution delves into the romantic traditions of the past. Hop on the romanceinspired tour of the Museum as you explore 18th century courting and marriage customs. Learn about the love stories of the Founding Fathers and their Lady Loves. Included with

museum admission, 2-3 pm. THEATER, MUSIC & MOVIES Yeti, Set, Snow! City Parks Foundation 79th Street and West Drive Central Park, New York, NY 10023

Discover the beautiful love of friendship this Valentine’s Day as you watch Yeti, Set, Snow! An original story and production from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Yeti, Set, Snow! tells the story of a young girl named Widget and her friend Twig. The two encounter a yeti named Pascetti who dislikes snow. Through songs and snow day activities, Pascetti discovers not only that snow can be fun, but also how important friendship truly is. Two shows: 10:30 am-11:15 am and 11:30 am-12:15 pm, $8-$12. Carnegie Hall Citywide: Pistolera Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, Queens, NY 11354

Fill your Valentine’s Day evening with music and dancing as a family. Critically acclaimed New York band Pistolera has toured around the world with its accordion-driven dance songs since its debut in 2005. Anchored by the Spanish vocals of Sandra Velasquez and buoyed by accordion, guitar, bass and percussion, Pistolera’s sound is grounded in traditional Mexican music with powerful, socially conscious lyrics. Come ready to dance! Free with online RSVP, 8 pm. Family Film Friday North Hills Queens Library 57-04 Marathon Pkwy., Little Neck, NY 11362

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The Addams Family (2019) is showing on Valentine’s Day. This free movie, rated PG, is just a little spooky and all about family love! While you may know the classic story of The Addams Family, watch it come to life, reimagined on the big screen. 2:30-4 pm. Sonic The Hedgehog Multiple locations

We’re super excited for Sonic The Hedgehog movie, which opens on Valentine’s Day! Sonic tries to navigate the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound best friend: a human named Tom Wachowski. They must soon join forces to prevent the evil Dr. Robotnik from capturing Sonic and using his powers for world domination. Sonic The Hedgehog has something for everyone, so check to see if your local theater has showtimes. Paddington Gets in a Jam DR2 Theater, 103 East 15th St., New York, NY 10003

From the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show comes Paddington Gets in a Jam. An original comedy for the whole family, the production tells the story of a bear named Paddington who offers to help his neighbor prepare for a visit from his Great Aunt. But in typical Paddington fashion, nothing goes as planned. Will Paddington be able to fix everything before his neighbor’s Great Aunt arrives? Get ready for the new Paddington TV Series that is set to launch on Nickelodeon in 2020 with this show on the stage. Two shows: 10 am and 4 pm, ticket prices vary based on seat. Frozen or Aladdin on Broadway Aladdin: New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 West 42nd St., New York, NY 10036 Frozen: St. James Theatre, 246 West 44th St., New York, NY 10036

Treat your family to a Broadway show this Valentine’s Day. There’s nothing quite like the Broadway experience, bringing beautiful sounds, sets, and talented acting together on one stage. Our top picks for Valentine’s Day Broadway shows are Frozen and Aladdin. Both have a love story component and are must-see productions! Ticket prices vary, both shows at 8 pm. ACTIVE FUN Jane’s Carousel Old Dock Street, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Sweet treats from (clockwise from top left) Max Brenner, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Godiva Café and Jaccques Torres Chocolate and two superb chariots. If you’ve never visited the Carousel, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time. Bring your little ones for some family fun at Jane’s Carousel and be sure to take plenty of photos for your Instagram! 11 am-6 pm, $2 per ride, $20 for 12 tickets. Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center 5th Ave between 49th and 50th Streets, New York, NY 10020

The holidays may be over, but the Rink at Rockefeller Center is still up and running. As one of NYC’s most celebrated attractions, ice skating at Rockefeller Center is known for creating magical moments. You can reserve rink time in advance or drop in during general admission hours. Note that you may have to wait a bit to get on the rink, but once you’re there it’ll surely be worth it! The Cliffs at LIC 11-11 44th Drive, Long Island City, Queens, NY 11101

If your have bigger kids who are looking for a more daring, active family outing this Valentine’s Day, head to The Cliffs at LIC. For a $32 day pass per person, you can explore the vast rock climbing walls at The Cliffs. Kids love bouldering, the shorter walls that sit on gymnastics pads so you can climb

them with no partner and no rope. If you really want a challenge, try roped climbing and see if you can make it to the top. Open 6 am-12 am. Parent & Child Yoga Apple Seeds, 10 West 25th St., New York, NY 10010

Karma Kids Yoga hosts Parent & Child Yoga at Apple Seeds on Fridays, 10:30-11:15 am. Partner with your toddler, strong walkers to 3 years old, in fun, animated poses. The yoga session focuses on sharing and bonding between parent & child, all while strengthening growing muscles and using your imagination. Drop-in $35 per pair, 10 classes $300. Walk the High Line Gansevoort St. to 34th St. on Manhattan’s West Side

A public park built on a 1.45-mile-long elevated rail structure, the High Line represents the intersection of nature, art, and design. Embark on a family walk on the High Line to celebrate your love for each other along with art and nature this Valentine’s Day. Grab a bite to eat at Santina, a coastal Italian restaurant with a menu that highlights vegetables and fish, along the way. High Line open 7 am-7 pm.

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hen you work at New York’s leading parenting magazine, you kind of expect to meet cool moms, and Eden Grinshpan is one of the coolest. This avid foodie and Williamsburg-dweller lives a hilarious, no-filter life. She puts it all out there, from posting videos on Instagram showing her dancing around her apartment while “wearing” a breast pump, to posing topless covered in pizza. On my first coffee date with Eden, we bonded over toddler tantrums and healthy eating strategies. I learned that although Eden is a hard worker, driven by her love for food, she has a killer sense of humor, and is doing this parenting thing very much in her own lane. A bit of history. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in London, Eden traveled to India, Israel, and Southeast Asia to take in the culture and, of course, the cuisines of these countries. When she returned to New York, she co-created the show Eden Eats for the Cooking Channel. A year later, she launched Log On & Eat with Eden Grinshpan also for the Cooking Channel. Eden traveled around the country connecting with popular food bloggers and social media influencers who, like Eden, are obsessed with food. This down to earth foodie is also one of the hosts of Top Chef Canada. Amongst all these projects, she co-founded the contemporary Middle Eastern restaurant DEZ, birthed a baby (Ayv, age 3), and is now about to launch a cookbook. The book will be out in Fall 2020 and will have recipes based on contemporary Middle-eastern flavors inspired by Eden’s Israeli background and include dishes such as baharat roasted


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chicken with preserved lemon relish, salted halva chocolate chip cookies (hellodeliciousness!), the creamiest tahini hummus and pistachio cardamom coffee cake that are surprisingly easy to whip up. These days you can find Eden wrapping up edits on her cookbook, running around the city with most possibly the sweetest husband we ever met, Ido, and their adorable daughter Ayv.

How has becoming a mother changed the way you cook and see food? I try not to let it change the way I cook because I want Ayv to eat the way Ido and I do. Obviously, it doesn’t always work out, since she has become a little picky in the last couple of months, but we always try. I usually have back-up foods in the house, that I know are a sure thing. I find that Ayv eats more when we all eat together so I try and sit down with her for a nosh while she eats her meals. You are one of the stars of Top Chef Canada. What is it like filming this popular show? Amazing! I still pinch myself every time I see the show. I have been such a fan of the franchise for so many years. I also love that I get to travel to and live in Toronto for a month every year. That’s where I grew up and I haven’t lived there since I was 18 so it gives me a nice little taste of life there. The food I’ve had on the show is insane and the crew I work with is also one of the best crews I have ever worked with. I just love filming Top Chef Canada. You formerly owned Dez, a Middle Eastern restaurant. Will you be back in the restaurant business in the future? One day for sure! I loved Dez so much. I

am still so incredibly proud of the restaurant that Sam Wasser (of By Chloe) and I created. The food, brand, space, and community we built was honestly everything we wished for. I have learned so much and can’t wait to use everything I’ve learned in my future projects. Middle Eastern food influences so much of your cooking. Did you grow up eating this delicious food? I am half Israeli and grew up going to Israel every summer. Those flavors and dishes have totally influenced the way I cook at home now for my family and friends. I never get tired of Middle-Eastern food. It’s so fresh, bright, full of flavor and always a crowd-pleaser. My first cookbook is coming out fall 2020 and is inspired by so many of those flavors. I can’t wait for everyone to try it out! Favorite dishes under 20 minutes for kids? If these even exist! I always have cheese, fresh veg, and eggs on hand. If I need to put something together fast I just cut up some fresh veg, top with a chunk of feta, a 7-minute egg and maybe some tahini with fresh bread or toast. Ido and I eat like that all the time. I also always batch cook oatmeal and keep it in the fridge to heat up in the morning. I mix in nut butter, flax and fresh fruit with oat milk. Since becoming a mother, are you finding the support you need? Yes. My husband is extremely handson and we do almost everything together which makes everything easier and fun! We laugh a lot at all the chaos that comes with parenthood. I am also very lucky to have parents that are extremely helpful and

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live close by. I have been able to build an incredible community of mom friends in NYC.I always ask them for advice, talk about new milestones or just call them to vent when things get frustrating or hard (which happens as a new mom, let’s be honest). Becoming a parent is incredible but also challenging since everything is new and you are also growing as a parent with your children. I am always comforted by the fact that most of my mom friends go through the same things and we can all connect over it and exchange advice. Your husband seems like a big support to you and Ayv. How are you both balancing huge careers and parenthood? My husband is the best! I always joke that he has more maternal instincts than I do. We

are also extremely lucky to have an amazing support system in our parents, friends and have a great nanny (it takes a village)! Ido and I always focus on our communication and time together which makes communicating as parents work. It’s so easy to get lost in your relationship if you are only talking about your work or children, so we make a point to take time for ourselves and our relationship. The parents are the heart of the family. If they are strong and happy the kids feel secure. The first time we met, we were both digesting our mornings of toddler tantrums. How are you faring these days with your daughter Ayv’s growing personality? Ayv is extremely funny, strong-willed and outgoing. She knows what she wants and

doesn’t give up easily. I am learning alongside her and trying new things every day to help our mornings move faster. I find that giving her two options for her outfits helps (she loves to dress herself), as does having a “special” snack to convince her to get in her stroller to go to school. She loves pomegranate or a bowl full of berries. Ayv loves her independence, so I am teaching myself to give her tasks and I make sure I include her in my daily routine. When we grocery shop, she is in charge of the cart and I give her the food to put in it. Or after I put on her clothes for the day she takes her pj’s to the laundry herself. She LOVES helping out and I LOVE that about her. For more on Eden and Eden Eats visit edeneats.com February 2020 | Bronx/Riverdale Family


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Over to These Trampoline Parks and Activities Bounce over to these fun spots in and around the city

By Mia SalaS

rampoline parks are the current kidfriendly craze for play. Especially in winter, these indoor arenas are perfect for your little ones to burn off some energy. Expect more than just basic trampolines, there are foam pits, obstacle courses and even arcades and rock climbing. Some trampoline parks also offer special hours for toddlers, glow in the dark bouncing, fitness, and kids with special needs. We’ve rounded up the best trampoline parks and activities in and near NYC for jumping fun!

While most of the bouncing at STREB requires enrolling in a class, you can also opt for oneday fun at this exciting center for jumping, flying, and flipping. Activities include PopAction, Trampoline, Flying Trapeze, and more. If you’re interested in enrolling in a trampolinerelated program, Kid TRAMPOLINE, for ages 5 and up, teaches kids the trampolining basics as they learn acrobatic skills, body awareness, and proper and safe techniques for partnering on a trampoline. The spring semester is $500, February 24-June 25. If you love Kid TRAMPOLINE, check out the other unique classes that STREB offers.

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Sky Zone

62 Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011

Multiple locations - closest to Midtown Manhattan: 33 Lecount Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801


Not only do you get to jump on a trampoline at Chelsea Piers, but rock climbing and a foam pit are part of the package too! Drop-in sessions include CP Champs and Rock-N-Roll Sessions. CP Champs is for kids ages 3 to 5. Activities include gymnastics, trampoline, foam pit, rock climbing, dance, soccer, and basketball. Little ones also enjoy arts & crafts and storytime. Reserve your spot at least 24 hours in advance. Get five sessions for $355 and ten sessions for $635. Rock-N-Roll Sessions are for ages 5 to 16 and include 45 minutes of gymnastics and 45 minutes of rock climbing. Each session is $32. Check the schedule, because sessions can be affected by private parties and holidays. Bounce! Trampoline Sports 310 Michael Drive, Syosset, NY 11791

Head over to Bounce! Trampoline Sports for Open Bounce. Jump, bounce, and flip on the trampoline courts, fall into giant foam pits, and hop into a game of trampoline dodgeball. Open Bounce is for ages 7 and up, but there’s a separate Jr. Zone for little ones ages 6 and under to have their own fun, safely! One hour is $25 and two hours is $35. No-slip socks are mandatory for $3. Jump N Glow, glow in the dark trampoline fun, is for kids taller than 48 inches and sessions start on every hour or half hour after 8 pm. One hour is $22, two hours $32, and 90 minutes $27. Toddler Time runs Tuesday-Friday, 10 am-2 pm and Saturday-


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Sunday, 9 am-12 pm for jumpers ages 2 to 6 for $15. Finally, we love Sensational Kids, which is an exclusive time for jumpers with autism on Mondays 6-8 pm. Sensational Kids is $12 for one hour, $24 two hours, and $18 for 90 minutes. Billy Beez 1000 Palisades Center Drive, Unit A-100 West Nyack, NY 10994

The 20,000 square ft. park accommodates all ages, including infants and toddlers. Your tots and infants will especially love Mini Beez, the smaller-scale section with softer toys and padded flooring. There are slides, tunnels, swings, ball pits, sports courts, and the Honey Cafe to grab a snack. Day passes are $19.95 for kids ages 4 to 17, $15.95 for toddlers ages 1 to 3, free for infants ages 0 to 11 months with paid child/toddler (otherwise $9.95 for infant with an adult), 6.95 for adults and 9.95 for the second (or more) adults in your group. STREB 51 North 1st St., Brooklyn, NY 11249

Race your friends on the Ninja Warrior Course, play Ultimate Dodgeball, chill out in the Foam Zone, Sky Joust your buddies, conquer the Sky Ladder, and, of course, bounce on the massive wall-to-wall trampolines. Burn some calories with Sky Fit, the workout program for teens and adults ages 13 and older. Sky Fit classes are $10 and run on Tuesdays, 5-6 pm and 7-8 pm. Bring your little ones ages 4 and under to Toddler Time, Sunday-Friday 9:30-11 am, $10, for bouncing without big kids. A parent ticket is included with your child’s ticket, so you can bounce along with your tots. There’s also glow in the dark bounce and members only nights. Freestyle Jump has plenty of open hours for fun, so just purchase a ticket online: $22 one hour, $27 for 90 minutes, and $32 two hours. The hours and rates may vary per location, so if you choose to visit another Sky Zone, check its website in advance. Launch Trampoline Park 163-50 Crossbay Blvd., Howard Beach, Queens, NY 11414 260 West Nyack Road, West Nyack, NY 10994

This play space has something for your whole family. There are trampoline courts, dodgeball, basketball, knockout, Launch Pad to practice tricks, Tumble Traks (extra

long trampolines), ninja courses, foam pits, virtual reality games, an arcade, and much more. Come for Open Jump or to one of the several offered programs at the Queens location. Ignite is for all ages every Friday and Saturday night for three hours. Jump to music by a DJ under the black lights at this glow party. Toddler Time, Wednesday-Thursday 10 am-12 pm, is for kids ages 5 and under to enjoy the entire park without bigger kids. Staff leads trampoline games and open jump fun. V.I.P. Time is designated for guests with special needs every last Tuesday of the month, 4-8 pm. Home School Hours and Trampoline Fitness are coming soon. The Rockland, NY location has the same programs, but the schedule varies, so visit the Rockland Launch website for scheduling specifics. Bounce U 6722 Fort Hamilton Pkwy., Brooklyn, NY 11219 13225 14th Ave., College Point, Queens, NY 11356

Bounce U isn’t exactly a trampoline park. It’s more of a bounce castle park with lots and lots of inflatables. But the action is still the

same: jumping! Jump on the bounce houses, play bounce house basketball, and race your friends on the bounce obstacle course. There’s Open Bounce, Cosmic Bounce, and Pre-School Playdate, ages 2 to 7, for your little ones to have some fun. And don’t miss out on Parent’s Night Out: drop your kids off for supervised bouncing, pizza, movies, and other activities while you enjoy a night out or have some me-time. Hours and rates vary per location. Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park Multiple locations - closest to Midtown Manhattan: 241 Market St., Ridge Hill, NY 10710

At this premier indoor trampoline park, your kids will get to jump, play dodgeball, slam dunk a basketball, and climb a rock wall, with lanes varying in difficulty. There’s even a ninja course, foam pits, and X-Beam, a competition to knock your opponent off the beam and into the soft foam pit. Rockin’ Tot Hours, for your little ones ages 6 and under to play in a safe environment, are MondayFriday 9-11 am and Saturday 8-10 am for $18. Rockin’ Saturday is the ultimate family

jump party, every Saturday night, 9-11 pm, $22. Rockin’ Friday is an exclusive after-dark jump experience with strobes, black lights, and today’s top hits. Rockin’ Friday is every Friday night, 9-11 pm, $22. Urban Air Adventure Park 69 Wesley St., South Hackensack, NJ 07606 1600 Saint George Ave., Avenel, NJ 07001 396 Ryders Lane, Milltown, NJ 08850 Brooklyn location coming soon: 4422 2nd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232

You can visit Urban Air over and over and still find new and exciting things to do! Conquer the climbing walls or climbing hill, challenge your friends in the Warrior Course, eat at the Cafe, play on the Tubes Playground, fight your friends with foamy swords on a balance beam in a foam pit, practice your tricks in DropZone, tumble on the Runway with long trampolines, and play trampoline basketball and dodgeball. There’s even an area for little ones ages 7 and under. Attractions, hours, and prices vary per location. February 2020 | Bronx/Riverdale Family


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Great Kid-Friendly February Events in the Bronx By mia salas

HIBERNATORS HYGGE WEEKEND February 1-2 There’s plenty to do at Hibernators Hygge Weekend! Hear science-based talks and tales of hibernators, make animal masks, and engage in communal wellness activities to enhance your well-being. On Groundhog’s Day, enjoy a pancake breakfast and learn to waltz at the Hibernators Ball. Free, additional costs for select activities, 9 am-4 pm. Wave Hill, 4900 Independence Ave., Bronx, NY 10471, wavehill. org




February 5 Rated G, Hercules is the perfect movie for little ones, but it’s also a musical joy for all ages. Bring your family to the library to watch Hercules. Get cozy on this winter afternoon and follow the story of Hercules’ path towards heroism. Free, 3:30 pm. Soundview Library, 660 Soundview Ave., Bronx, NY 10473, nypl.org


February 11 Get ready for Valentine’s Day with a fun craft

at the library. Kids ages 5 to 12 are invited to make their own Valentines pictures using glitter. Channel your inner creativity to produce a mini masterpiece! Free, 3:30 pm. West Farms Library, 2085 Honeywell Ave., Bronx, NY 10460, nypl.org

BRONX ZOO MORNINGS: AQUATIC BIRDS February 15 In this family program you’ll explore specialized feet and feathers for water birds and meet an animal visitor up close. Get an exclusive early morning visit to the aquatic bird house where you will learn about the diversity of aquatic birds and how the zoo cares for them from one of the expert zookeepers. $45, 9-10 am. Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10460, bronxzoo.com

SIBERIAN STATE SYMPHONY February 16 Founded in 1977 and known as one of the best orchestras in Russia, Siberian State Symphony will take your family on a musical adventure. The orchestra plays with the finest Russian soloists and plays the great Russian classics throughout Russia and the world. $20-$35, 4 pm. Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, New York 10468, lehmancenter.org

JR. KEEPERS- REPTILES February 18 Bring your little zookeeper, grades 3 to 5, to the Zoo to get up close animal encounters, help with enrichment for our animal collection, and practice the skills it takes to care for wild animals. In this session focused on reptiles, kids will visit the World of Reptiles exhibit and meet a real zookeeper. $55, 9 am-12 pm. Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10460, bronxzoo.com


The renowned Siberian State Symphony comes to the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on February 16.


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February 19 The 6th Annual Citywide Spelling Bee, held by the NYC Parks Afterschool Program, is finally here! Students will progress from a

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local competition hosted individually by each borough in January to the citywide stage in February. Come watch and support your friends as they face off in the ultimate spelling bee. Free, 11 am-3 pm. St. Mary’s Recreation Center, 450 St Ann’s Ave. #4263, Bronx, NY 10455, nycgovparks.org

MAKE A ZINE: WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE 125 YEAR OLD LIBRARY? February 20 Did you know that librarians used to manually stamp a due date on books instead of giving you a print-out receipt? Learn about the history of the library and then use some old library artifacts to create a zine. Free, 3 pm. Francis Martin Library, 2150 University Ave., Bronx, NY 10453, nypl.org


February 23 Create spectacle-art of the plants and animals that make up these rich, biodiverse ecosystems by crafting large-scale puppets and float-like structures. End the day by being a part of a video public service announcement (PSA) to educate others on the importance of loving our wetlands. Free, admission to grounds free until 12 pm, 10 am-1 pm. Wave Hill, 4900 Independence Ave., Bronx, NY 10471, wavehill. org

Learn about how animals handle the winter at Wave Hill’s Hibernators Hygge Weekend, February 1 and 2.

IHOP NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY February 25 When free pancakes are involved, it’s always an event. Head to IHOP to celebrate National Pancake Day the right way: with one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes per guest! Bring your whole family and enjoy free pancakes. You can also enter for a chance to win pancakes for life and other prizes. Free short stack, starting at 7 am. 961 East 174th St., Bronx, NY 10460, ihop.com February 2020 | Bronx/Riverdale Family


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BLUEBERRY BREAKFAST BRAIDS CLASS February 1 Learn how to twist pastry dough into a beautiful blueberry breakfast braid in this family cooking workshop. Kids ages 6 to 8 will discover the secret to making perfect breakfast bread finished with a sweet glaze. Bring home extra dough to create the treat for your family and friends. Pajamas are more than welcome for this cozy session in the kitchen. $45 per kid with one caregiver, 9-10 am. Taste Buds Kitchen, 109 West 27th St., New York, NY 10001, tastebudskitchen.com

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS February 1-2 We all know the classic story of The Three Little Pigs. Watch that story take the stage: puppet-style! Recommended for ages 3 and up, WonderSpark Puppets puts on an entertaining family-friendly production. $12, $30 family pack, 11 am and 1 pm. The 14th Street Y Theater, 344 East 14th St., New York, NY 10003, wondersparkpuppets.com

FAMILY ART PROJECT: LOVE FOR WOODLAND FRIENDS February 8-9 Celebrate the ways we care for each other by creating woodland creature sock puppets or huggable heating pads for those you want to extend care to. Use rice, plant medicine, and essential oils to stuff socks that can be heated or chilled, soothing away the stresses of your loved ones. Free, admission to Wave Hill free until 12 pm, 10 am-1 pm. Wave Hill, 4900 Independence Ave., Bronx, NY 10471, wavehill.org


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Winter Jam NYC February 1 Presented by NYC Parks, the Olympic Regional Development Authority, I Love NY, and I Ski NY, Winter Jam is a free winter sports festival for New Yorkers of all ages! Gore Mountain will blow a mini-mountain of snow in the heart of Manhattan, creating an

FANFAIRE NYC HIGH SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN’S POP CULTURE ART FESTIVAL February 8-9 Featuring over 125 artists and vendors, award-winning guest speakers, panel discussions, workshops, and more, this festival has it all. For over 80 years, The High School of Art and Design has provided award winning art programs and high quality academics for kids from across all five boroughs. Get ready for a celebration of creativity, entrepreneurship, cartooning, fashion, and more. $15 per day, $20 for the weekend, $5 students/teachers with ID, 10 am-6 pm. 245 East 56th St., New York, NY 10022, fanfairenyc.com

FAMILY FILMS: TRY, TRY AGAIN! February 15 Bring your kids ages 5 and up for family films at the Museum. Watch Whistle

urban wonderland for all to enjoy. There will be live ice carving, an ice sculpture garden, learn to ski sessions, ice bowling, photo ops, puppet making, flag football, dodgeball, and so much more. Free, 11 am- 3 pm. Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, East 72nd St., New York, NY 10021, nycgovparks.org

for Willie (1965), the 6 minute short film about a boy who wants to learn to whistle to call his dog, Willie. Then enjoy Zog (2018), the 27-minute film about an accident-prone dragon who learns how to become a dragon at Dragon School. Free, 12 pm. Museum of Modern Art, The Celeste Bartos Theater, 11 West 53rd St., New York, NY 10019, moma.org

FLUTE FAIR 2020 February 29 Does your little one play a musical instrument? Are you a musical family? If so, head to the Flute Fair. There will be performances, workshops, exhibits, and masterclasses. Featured guest artists are the flutists of the Metropolitan Opera, who will perform a gala concert. $60 regular, $25 students, special rates for members and their guests, higher fees at the door, 8:30 am-8 pm. W83 Ministry Center, 150 West 83rd St., New York, NY 10024, nyfluteclub.org


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Winter Citrus, Sumac, and Fennel Salad


over mom Eden Grinsphan shares one of her favorite winter recipes that is not only delicious but easy to make!

Winter Citrus, Sumac, and Fennel Salad INGREDIENTS For the salad: 1 head of butter lettuce, can also use romaine or little gem 3 blood oranges 2 navel oranges 1 ruby red grapefruits 1 bulb of fennel — save the fronds 1 shallot or red onion 1/4 cup of mint leaves, torn or kept whole for garnish 1/2 tsp sumac, for garnish 2 tbsp roughly chopped shelled pistachios For the lemon-honey vinaigrette: 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp white wine vinegar 1/2 large lemon, juiced 3 tsp honey 1/2 small clove of garlic, freshly grated 1 1/2 tsp salt


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INSTRUCTIONS Place all of the dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside. Remove peel from the citrus using a chef’s knife, cutting as close to the flesh as possible to eliminate any pith. Cut into rounds and set aside. Shave fennel and red onion thinly using a mandolin. Toss with ~2 tsp of

the dressing. Build the salad from the bottom — start by laying out butter lettuce and topping with the fennel and red onion. Arrange the citrus and add any remaining fennel and red onion on top. Top with mint, fennel fronds, toasted pistachios, sumac and a drizzle of dressing.




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