New York Family - July 2020

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45 NYC Ice Cream Shops! 7 Podcasts Hosted by Diverse Moms

The Summer Issue

Black Lives Matter Anti-Racism Books for Tots Through Teens


Fun Things to Do in the City This Summer

The Best Sunscreens for Kids

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FEATURES 6 | Apps From potty training to the state of the world, you’ll love these seven podcasts hosted by diverse mother

18 | Family Day Out Find your new favorite flavor at one of these ice cream shops 22 | Education Helpful apps for kids with special needs

8 | Sunscreens The best kid-friendly sunscreens for summer 2020

24 | Books Diversify your bookshelf with these anti-racism books for kids and teens

10 | Mom Hacks DIY Shibori is a cool tie-dye craft for the entire family

28 | Shopping Family-friendly Black owned businesses in NYC 30 | Family Fun Fun and games for a summer staycation

12 | Family Fun 15 fun ways families can enjoy NYC this summer

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Stories & columns 4 | Editor’s Note July Time for a Change 16 | Summer Self-care Move your focus away from being “bikini ready” and take care of yourself 26 | Camp Day camp amid COVID-19 31 | Last Word

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Editor’s Note Publisher: Clifford Luster Executive Editor: Donna Duarte-Ladd Digital Editor: Katarina Avendaño Senior Adviser: Susan Weiss Digital Director: Erik Bliss Partnership Managers: Erin Brof, Mary Cassidy, Shelli Goldberg-Peck Ad Operations Manager: Rosalia Bobé Art Director: Leah Mitch Web Developer: Sylvan Migdal Graphic Designers: Arthur Arutyunov, Connie Sulsenti

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Time for a Change We are heading into summer after a series of wake up calls. We have been learning to responsibly live with a pandemic, the importance of social distancing, and, most importantly, how to support our Black community. As the city erupted with a fury for change after the murder of George Floyd, there is no doubt that the status quo is not okay. This matters not just for day-to-day life but LIFE, and how we choose to live it. How will we leave this world for our children and their children? As parents, we must do better. As a minority, I can personally attest that I have felt the effects of racism, yet this does not mean I have all the answers, nor should I stop learning how to better support or teach

my children how to be allies to our Black community. There is work to do, but we all know that as parents, there is no better motivation than building a strong today and future for all our kids. Yes, mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me. Alice Walker Black Lives Matter Black Lives Matter Black Lives Matter

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7 Podcasts Hosted by Diverse Moms From potty training to the state of the world, you’ll appreciate them all, one listen at a time By Donna Duarte-LaDD


istening to podcasts is something I can do regardless of how crazy my day is, even with a four-year-old attached to me like velcro. So whether this is when the last child finally falls asleep (yes!) or when I am doing mindless work – I tune in, listen to other parents, and their stories. Some of these podcasts I listen to pretty consistently while others are newly added to my repertoire. I want to know more. To learn more. Where can I achieve a deeper understanding of what others go through, especially from other mothers’ experiences and perspectives? These moms share everything from potty training to the more serious matters such as the state of the world. And I appreciate them all; one listen at a time. Talk Cool Moms One of my personal favorites, a bi-weekly podcast hosted by “we’re not like regular moms; we’re cool moms” – Elise Peterson. Episodes share stories from pregnancy and loss to coping with transitions. What I appreciate about this podcast is that the discussions demystify what motherhood truly is with frank conversation and truth. Available on Apple Podcasts.

state if the world (Black Lives Matter — A response to the George Floyd murder) to chatting with author Nefertiti Austin of Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting on her black mom experience and her road to adoption and parenting. This podcast is raw, open, and most importantly, an honest listen. Available on

Mom Life Yo This energetic listen was created by Breegan Jane and T Lopez as a judgment-free space that unites mothers. Sharing conversations with other mothers with everything from feeling comfortable with your doctor to hearing CEO and Founder of We All Grow Latina Network, Ana Flores, sharing on reshaping the life you want by following your gut coupled with instinct. Podcasts are insightful — the takeaway being you feel encouraged and energized from these insightful mom conversations. Available Mom Life

The Latina Mom Legacy Janny Perez focuses on growing up Hispanic and multicultural moms. These moms share on everyday life with the issues many of us are dealing with from money saving tips to living with the new norm of coronavirus. A recent conversation with Laura Diaz-Alberto A Black Latina Mom’s Perspective on Race in America and the Latino Community touches on each person doing their part when it comes to the black community and admitting if you are the problem when it comes to race. Avaialble on Apple Podcasts.

Woke Mommy Chatter A show we can all benefit from listening to, especially with the turmoil the world is in with the recent killing of George Floyd. Woke Mommy Chatter is a podcast for socially conscious mothers that focuses on black and brown lives. Subjects range from the current

Experiencing Motherhood Single & Black A podcast for single moms with a focus on single parenting. Also, the creator of Experiencing Motherhood Single & Black, Kim, shares on her journey as a millennial single black mother. This podcast shares tips to help

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to educate and offers support while touching on issues with topics that are relevant such as Saving Money on Grocery Shopping and CoParenting from a Single Dad’s Perspective. Available on Apple Podcasts. Mommifaceted Mommifaceted shares how on real motherhood and its journey. With stories from successful black mothers, topics touch on Managing All the Different Parts of You + Mental Load and Motherhood with Dr. Jessica Young Brown to Keeping Your Marriage Strong During the Quarantine. Conversations are full of tips and wisdom learned from the hard lessons of dealing with mom guilt to changing the narrative of where you are at life. Available on Apple Podcasts. FAM: For All Moms A great podcast to listen to if you’re missing those playground meetups with your besties. Topics such as Stop Should-ing on Yourself and Talking to Your Kids About Tragedy touch on experiences and situations we all have or go through. Hosts Susan and Sharzad are relatable and open about their own lives, including the embarrassing moments — truth we all need a dose of these days! Available on


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Sunscreens By Courtney Ingalls


s NYC starts to reopen and we venture outside, it’s important to remember our sunscreen! Prepare for the hot summer days by lathering your kids up with some of these kid-friendly sunscreens to protect your kids’ skin from the sun’s harmful rays! These sunscreens are gentle on kids’ skin and are free from harmful chemicals, so you and your kids can focus on having a fun-filled summer!

Babo Botanical Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 50 broad spectrum

All Good Kid’s Sunscreen Lotion: SPF 30 broad spectrum

Babyganics Baby Sunscreen Lotion: SPF 50 broad spectrum

Anthelios Sunscreen for Kids: SPF 60 broad spectrum

This vegan sunscreen is another perfect choice for babies that have sensitive skin! Babo Botanicals is gluten, soy, and dairy-free. The sunscreen is ultra sheer and lightweight, making it easy to apply on young kids. $12.99,

Having a sunscreen that will be gentle on your kid’s skin is something that many parents look for. All Good adds chamomile to their sunscreen which is perfect for sensitive skin. This mineral sunscreen lotion is UVA/UVB protected, water-resistant, lightweight, nongreasy, and is made with reef-safe ingredients. All Good makes sure that your skin feels great while also being protected! $15.99,

This plant-based sunscreen seems to be a favorite for many parents! Babyganics is made with certified organic ingredients such as cranberries, raspberries, seed oils, and sunflowers. This sunscreen is a little thicker than other brands, so you only need to apply a small amount to your kids for full coverage! $9.99,

With one of the highest broad spectrums, La Roche-Posay Anthelios uses Cell-Ox Shield® technology that protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays. This sunscreen is pediatrician tested and uses antioxidants that will help protect your child’s sensitive skin from future sun damage. This sunscreen is water-resistant and can last up to 80 minutes. For kids 3 and up.$19.99,

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Badger Kids Broad Spectrum Sunscreen: SPF 30 broad spectrum

Hello Bello Sunscreen Lotion: SPF 50 broad spectrum

With this sunscreen being biodegradable and coral reef free, you can protect the environment while soaking in the suns rays! Badger kids sunscreen has a Zinc Oxide formula that is phthalate-free and also is scented with orange tangerine and vanilla! This cream is a little thicker than others so a little dab goes a long way! $16.99,

Hello Bello is the only FDA approved sunscreen that protects against all three types of UV rays. This sunscreen is made to protect both adults and kids and is made with ingredients such as green tea, avocado, and cucumber extract so your skin will stay soft and healthy! It is suggested that you reapply the sunscreen after excessive sweating, water or towel dry off. $9.78,

Baby Bum Sunscreen Spray: SPF 50 broad spectrum

Tropic Sport Sunscreen: SPF 30 broad spectrum

Baby Bum is a 100% mineralbased and reef-safe sunscreen that protects against UVA/UVB rays. It protects and also hydrates the skin with coconut oil and shea and cocoa butter. This lotion is lightweight, non-greasy, and fragrance-free so parents can feel good about protecting their kid’s skin! When applying to kids, make sure you apply sunscreen 15 minutes before sun exposure. $13.99,

If you are looking for a sunscreen that is good for your kids and the environment, then Tropic Sports Sunscreen is the one for you! It is reef safe, eco-friendly, and waterresistant. Tropic Sport has also scored #2 on the EWG.Org, making it a sunscreen that has a lower hazard ranking! $29.99,

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DIY Shibori Tie-Dye Try this fun, fashionable craft at home with the family By Diana amaya


ike many fashions born from necessity and practicality, the Shibori method of tie-dye has endured the test of time. From Chinese origins to feudal Japan to the fashion runways and the like, Shibori is here to stay. While tie-dye has seen many a resurgence throughout the decades, the fun colorful styles reminiscent of the flower power era are not for the faint of heart. For those who prefer cool blues, tonal looks, and easy-to-wear styles, there is Shibori, a traditional Japanese method of indigo dyeing that packs major style and makes a great summer activity for the whole family. Ready to get in on the Shibori fun? We’ve broken down the basics, including how to dye your own pieces at home and alternative materials you might already have (save yourself a trip to the store)! A Brief History Though Shibori dates back to the 8th century, the dyeing method is most commonly attributed to 17th century feudal Japan during which many people could not afford expensive fabrics like silk. As an alternative they revived their cheaper fabrics by repairing and redyeing to make clothing look new, and so the art of Shibori evolved. Shibori comes from the root verb shiboru, “to wring, squeeze, press” and refers to a manual resist dyeing technique that involves folding and binding fabric, resulting in impressive beautiful patterns. Traditionally, Shibori patterns are created with indigo dye, but feel free to experiment with other colors! What to Dye? The possibilities are endless, just make sure to use natural fibers like cotton and linen for best results. Some fun small projects to start with include napkins, T-shirts, sweatshirts and socks. Or you can start with a large piece of fabric and turn it into stunning home accents like pillows, or even just a decorative

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cloth to drape over your favorite chair or the foot of the bed for an extra pop of color! Folding Techniques (and How-To) Different patterns are created with different folding techniques, and a Google search will yield countless results. To keep things simple we’ve highlighted the three most common here, but don’t be afraid to experiment! Accordion Fold : Also known as Itajimi, this technique starts with folding the fabric lengthwise like an accordion. Then fold it again in the other direction, also like an accordion. Most instructions will have you searching for square wood blocks to bind them, but any flat square-shaped object will do, even good old cardboard (just cut it into a square slightly smaller than the size of your folded piece). Bind it all together with rubber bands or string. These create resistance to dye, so the fewer bands/string, the more exposed fabric for dying. Also, different shaped binding materials will yield different results. There’s a lot of room for experimentation which is all part of the fun! Tying Circles Technique : Start by

laying your fabric flat on your work surface. Twist finger-sized bunches of fabric and secure with rubber bands or string. You can twist fabric randomly or in rows for a slightly more uniform pattern. It’s really that simple! Experiment with different sizes and circle placement to your heart’s desire. Pole-Wrapping Technique : Otherwise known as Arashi (Japanese for Storm), this technique starts by wrapping fabric around a PVC pipe. If you don’t have PVC pipe, try a broom or mop handle, or even a tall cylindrical liquor bottle. Wrap the fabric around the pipe either parallel to the pipe edges or at a diagonal (there are no rules!), and tie a string around the bottom of the fabric that will hold the fabric in place. Continue wrapping the string upwards around the fabric, and then scrunch the fabric down (like a sleeve on your arm), and pull the twine to tighten before tying the string around the top of the fabric. Depending on the length of your piece, it might be easier to scrunch in sections until all the fabric is compacted before tying off the top.

How to Do Shibori Tie-Dye What You Will Need: Indigo dye and optional fixative for longer-lasting color. We recommend a Jacquard Indigo Tie Dye Kit Two small wood blocks, cardboard, or flat solid shapes — Magna tiles anyone? Rubber bands, twine or string Rubber gloves Two medium to large buckets to hold water and dye A PVC pipe or cylindrical item like a tall recycled bottle Plastic drop cloths for your work surface (an old shower curtain works too) Scissors Natural fiber cloth, clothing or accessories How to: Gather your supplies and prepare your work surface with a drop cloth. If you’re blessed with an outdoor space in which to work, even better! Follow dye instructions to prepare your indigo dye in one bucket, and cold clean water in another. The sink works for your water as well if you’re working indoors. Start with clean and dry fabric and prepare it with your desired

folding method. Submerge in clean cold water to rinse and squeeze out the excess. Now to the fun part! Wearing your rubber gloves, submerge your fabric fully below the surface of the indigo dye. Most instructions will have you hold the fabric with your hands below the surface for 10 minutes and warn of sediment at the bottom adversely affecting the dye. However, according to Kisha Gianni there is no need to worry. Feel free make things a little easier and dye multiple items at a time, weighing them with heavy items to prevent them from floating to the top. Remove fabric after 10 minutes and set it out to oxidize for 20 minutes. Don’t remove your binding just yet — tempting, we know! You’ll start to see a richer hue as it oxidizes. Repeat the dying process for another 10-20 minutes for a deeper indigo. Set aside dyed fabrics to oxidize for another 20 minutes to one hour (longer for a deeper indigo). Rinse your bound pieces with clean water and squeeze out the excess. Now the great unveiling! Snip away at your rubber bands and twine and admire your creations. Set aside or hang your fabrics to dry. Once fabric is dry, you can hand wash your pieces with mild detergent or wash them in the washing machine with cold water and without detergent. Dry your fabric; line dry or set to a low setting on the dryer, then heat set the dye with an iron on the hottest setting.

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Summer Fun Summer is NOT cancelled — here are 15 cool ways families can still enjoy New York City this season!

By Regan Mies


lasses have come to an end, temperatures are rising and New York City public pools are remaining closed for the summer. Despite the current closures and restrictions, there are still ways for families to enjoy summer in New York City. Due to COVID-19, city concerts, festivals and parades have been called off through June 2020 with the majority being postponed until Summer 2021. These include bright and beloved events like the NYC Pride Festival, the Israel Parade, the Puerto Rican Day Parade, Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade and more. Yankees and Mets fans won’t be able to make it to their team’s baseball games anytime soon, and theater fans will be bummed that Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park season has been canceled. Nearly all of NYC’s museums have been closed until further notice, and the New York Public Library will only begin returning to limited services starting in July. After months of quarantine, remote learning and remote work, we’re all feeling anxious to get outside and get active. Although so many New York City summer staples have been closed and postponed, there are still plenty of ways to take advantage of the coming warm weather and blue skies in the city. Try these 15 ways for families to enjoy Summer 2020 in New York City. Watch Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Mayor de Blasio has announced that the beloved annual Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks show will go on this summer! In its 43rd year, the Macy’s fireworks show will celebrate our country with 28 colors

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and a host of new pyrotechnic effects. The fireworks will shoot off from a number of barges throughout New York City waterways. Watch in-person along the river or from your home on NBC-TV’s 2-hour entertainment special.

the over 200 species of birds living in the NYC metropolitan area; you could see up to 75 or 100 species of birds in one day! Central Park is even considered one of the United States’ birding hotspots due to the number of migratory birds it attracts.

Enjoy Public Art New York City is home to incredible street art and sculptures. From Brooklyn’s DUMBO Walls( to the World Trade Center’s street art ( to the Audubon Mural Project ( amp), there’s no limit to NYC artists’ range of styles and subject matter. In Queens, check out the Socrates Sculpture Park ( to see large-scale sculpture and multimedia installations that were built on the site of a former landfill.

Learn to Rollerblade or Skateboard If you and your kids have gotten bored of biking and walking, why not try something new! Head to your favorite park to rollerblade or skateboard. Make sure your kids have proper protective gear (like a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards), and watch them enjoy mastering a new challenge and getting some exercise while they’re at it.

See a Drive-In Movie Skyline Drive-In NYC (skylinedriveinnyc. com) is a unique drive-in theater with a view! Opening in Greenpoint and situated on the East River, the outdoor cinema boasts the Manhattan skyline as its stunning backdrop. As we enter into summer, look forward to spending a warm summer evening watching movies and making memories with your family. When they open, the theater will have movies on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 pm to 1 am. Go Bird-Watching Bird-watching can be an exciting summer activity for all ages. Check out the New York City Audubon Society ( go-birding) for great resources that can get you and your family started on identifying

Fly a Kite Enjoy the sun and get some exercise by finding a windy spot to fly a kite this summer! Check the weather — most kites work best when the wind is 8 to 16 miles per hour — and get outside. Some of New York City’s best kite-flying locales include Central Park’s Great Lawn, Long Meadow in Prospect Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. If you’re looking to buy a kite, call the Battery Park City, TriBeCa or Staten Island location of Boomerang Toys(https://www.; they’ll deliver! Go on a Self-Guided Walking Tour Have you ever wondered about the history of your neighborhood? Or wanted to explore a piece of New York City you’ve never had the chance to check out? Maybe you’re looking for a way to get your kids excited to leave the video games behind and head outside. In any case, try one of the expert-designed self-guided walking tours offered through

the GPS My City app ( The app includes 24 walking tours of New York City, each with varying durations, locations and themes. Each walk comes with a detailed tour map as well as photos and background information for the featured attractions. Learn more about the city at your own

pace, without any packed busses or crowded groups! Cool Down at an NYC Ice Cream Shop Make your way to an ice cream shop on an especially hot afternoon; it’s one of the best ways for families to enjoy summer!

Stop by Creme and Cocoa (cremeandcocoa. com), a Brooklyn-based creamery making small-batch ice cream, frozen desserts and other sweet treats. Or try any of these 15 ice cream shops across New York City’s five boroughs (, like Sprinkles Ice Cream (sprinkles. July 2020 | New York Family


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com/ice-cream/flavors), Eddie’s Sweet Shop (, Lollipops Ice Cream ( Lollipops-Gelato-195596070460536) and more. Hike in the Hudson Valley The Hudson River Valley is home to 18 New York State Parks, which offer kids-friendly hikes with beautiful, tree-lined trails and panoramic views. Pack a backpack with healthy snacks, fill up your water bottles, and try out one of these hikes with your family. Depot Hill in Poughquag is a 3-mile trail that should take about 2 hours to complete. After a few moderate inclines and a trek along the Appalachian Trail, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views across the Hudson River Valley. The Dover Stone Church Trail in Dover Plains is 1.2 miles long and takes about an hour. The hike will bring you and your kids to a cathedral-like cave and waterfall. Bear Hill Preserve is a lightly-trafficked Cragsmoor trail that’s 1.5 miles long and will take about 2 hours. At the top of the trail, you’ll have beautiful clifftop views to admire. Take a Kid-Friendly Hike in the City If you’re looking to stay local, there are a number of hiking opportunities throughout New York City’s five boroughs. In Manhattan, take the 1.8-mile Blue Train at Inwood Hill Park and learn about the island before its skyscrapers through marked scenic sites and historic highlights. Hike the wetland border and admire waterfront views along Brooklyn’s Paerdegat Basin Park’s Red and Blue Trails. The Bronx’s Van Cortlandt Park offers over 20 miles of hiking trails that range in length and difficulty of terrain. Visit a Farmer’s Market The Saturday market at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, the Union Square Greenmarket and a number of other NYC Greenmarkets are all operational. Arrive early to beat the lines! Check out a full list of Grow NYC markets and their hours online at grownyc. org to find the open market nearest to you. Once you’ve finished shopping for your locally-grown market goods, enjoy a family picnic lunch at your favorite park. Enjoy Fresh Air on the Staten Island Ferry A passenger trip on the Staten Island Ferry is completely free. The ride lasts 25 minutes in both directions and can be a fun way to

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show your kids a close-up view of the Statue of Liberty and a new perspective of the city skyline. Plus, getting out on the water is a great way to take a break from the summer heat and cool down from the ocean breeze. Go Fishing There are plenty of fishing-friendly locations throughout the city. Teach your kids to cast and reel, and see if they’ll be able to catch a fish in any of New York City’s top saltwater and freshwater spots. Fish off the piers of Hudson River Park or the sloped, grassy shores of Van Cortland Park’s central lake. Check out Harlem Meer in Central Park’s northeastern corner or Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5. Explore the City on a Family Scavenger Hunt Make your own New York City scavenger hunt by creating a list of items to see while walking around the city. A scavenger hunt list could include a bagel shop, five subway stops, a pigeon, a big dog and a little dog, a fountain, a bench and someone drinking coffee! Work together as a team to find all of the items. If you want a challenge, add a time limit to your quest. You can also check out Pogo Events

( or Watson Adventures ( Each gives you the option to purchase themed scavenger hunt packages for families. Go for a Bike Ride Spend an afternoon outdoors and teach your child how to ride a bike or go on a ride with your family! Older kids and parents can use CitiBike for bike rental; CitiBike wants users to know that they’re doing what they can to keep New Yorkers safe, like sanitizing bikes every time they’re returned to a dock and offering a free month of membership to health care workers, transit workers and first responders. Bike Manhattan’s Upper West Side loop for scenic, tree-lined views of Riverside Drive and a beautiful stretch along the Hudson River Bike Path. Then dive into history at the Eleanor Roosevelt Monument and Grant’s Tomb. If you’re in Brooklyn, bike along former airport runways at Floyd Bennett Field. Are you and your kids looking for something more adventurous? Try Cunningham Park’s mountain biking trails in Queens. Trails are well-marked, and options exist for all ages and levels of experience.

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Summer Self-care for MoMs This season, move your focus away from being “bikini-ready” and take care of yourself

By Marina Trejo


ummer 2020, an unprecedented summer, unlike any other in recent history. After months of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have dealt with a national quarantine, fears of getting sick, the stress of overwhelming our nation’s hospital and essential workers capacity to do their jobs, school closures, unprecedented unemployment, navigating the stresses of full-time work at home, while monitoring the schooling of kids, what we have generously termed ‘remote-learning’ school all at home under one roof and the to top it all off, nationwide civil unrest., police brutality and the sickness we have now come to understand as our country’s racist foundations that continue to overwhelm and strangulate this country’s citizens. So how do we as parents stay well, healthy, stress-free while the uncertain future looms large? Kids are at home with no routine or schedule on-site with most camps closed, how to actually manage a health routine when there may be little to no support available? First, defy the odds. Perhaps this can be a summer when we really start to look at all the old and tired out slogans of “Summer Bikini Ready” “Beach Body Perfection” ‘Best Summer Vacations” “101 Summer Meals” and throw them to the curb for real. This summer is all about dealing with the cards we have been dealt and ushering in quantitative dollops of calm management, pragmatism, and ease. I’ve always been interested in long term solutions that require investigation, thoughtfulness and being true to one’s capacity. When I feel overwhelmed, exhausted and stressed, I realize that is not the ideal time to start a new regime and be hard on myself about where I feel I am failing. Instead, I look for ways I can

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give my body true rest, create space, all while making small decisions that can have impact for the immediate future in order for me to ‘get back on track’. What does that translate to and what kind of playbook to go by? When it comes to tips on how to navigate this Summer and how to manage it all, I’d first like to point out that it may be different but not impossible to take care of you. First, start by prioritizing what you need the most:

consume (be aware they can have laxative effects!), how much watermelon can you consume daily, and notice the effects the fiber sugars and water have on your mood. Reach for a handful of fruit before anything else and simply notice the effects it has on your cravings. The more hydrated and sated you are from filling up with fruit, the less power your cravings have on your hormonal system.

Sleep Simply aiming for a well-rested summer actually requires much due diligence and planning. Longer days filled with daylight make it easy to stay up late, sleep in late and all routines undone. All fine until you find yourself eating breakfast at 2 pm and chaos has somehow become your new home. So whatever your bedtime/wake up time is, make it a consistent one that your whole family can do. And if you find yourself able to wake up earlier than the rest of the family, make time for five minutes of deep breathing through your nose, long slow, and deep nasal breathing is ideal and will have a soothing effect on your nervous system. Make it as much of a daily habit as brushing your teeth each morning. The consistent routine of checking in with your breath will have cumulative effects that go beyond your rising morning.

Movement Can’t get to a class in person because of COVID, Zoom, and Instagram workouts with your favorite teachers are impossible with the kids now taking up every nook of the house (or just burnt out from so much amped up screen time?)? Make your own favorite playlist and create a daily dance party for yourself and/or together with your family. Yes, you have heard it before, but honestly, I can’t think of a better activity to do daily that can reset moods, change the energy in the house, it allows for versatility of body movements too! You can dance in your bathroom, kitchen, garage, backyard, or bedroom. You can do it alone. You can do it with your kids. You can get everyone to pick their favorite songs and all of a sudden you have an instant heart raising, moodboosting, bad mood relieving outlet. It is straightforward, fun, and actually works wonders. Aim for 15 minutes once a day.

Hydration Even if you are intimidated by the eight glasses of water per day adage, summer is an ample time to ramp up your fruit intake, and instead of eliminating the BBQs, the extra potato chips, rosé and s’mores, go for bulking up your daily fruit intake. Make a game out of how much stone fruits you can

Stretching Again go for do-able, manage-able, nonoverwhelming stretch strategies. My favorites are pinky balls or tennis balls for my feet and a foam roller for the back shoulders and hips. I keep them in a bowl in my kitchen or by my sofa so I don’t have to look for them and they stare at me when I am snuggled up

the grocery store doing this, so depending on your comfort, you really can do these almost anywhere. A new mindset is going for sustainable, healthy habits, not perfection. Simplicity Simplicity, start and end your day with paper and pencil. Write down three things you are grateful for. Write down three beautiful things that happened in your day. You can do it alone or ask your kids to participate as well. It is honestly one of the easiest yet most profound things you can do to begin and end your day with. And yes, there will be those days where it will feel redundant, but you will start to become more curious, more creative, and actually start to look for ways to be more grateful. The habit of focusing on the ‘glass is half full’ has residual effects. It really is a daily practice. My hope for you is that all of the above will lead to more feelings of space and energy for your body, your home, and your Summer. When we feel that we can achieve the small things, the bigger goals become more in focus with a more natural ability to do. Perhaps you will then have the energy to train for that marathon you were always curious about attempting. Perhaps you and your family will realize that you have the time to volunteer for a local charity or a cause you didn’t think you had the time or energy for prior. Perhaps you will simply realize that the small elementary gestures and habits can lead to bigger ground swelling movements that we can all participate in and take part in. That is such a gift of profound true health and wellbeing.

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on my sofa. Stand on the balls and gently massage your feet (one foot at a time!) as if kneading bread, make sure you have something to hold on to for balance. One to two minutes per foot is plenty. Foam rolling out your upper back, hips, and side of the legs is straightforward. Find the sorest areas and roll for five minutes per day, you can do for longer but five minutes daily is absolutely effective. Don’t have any props? Upper back and shoulder area tight? Aim for two minutes of arm lifts over your head, keep your feet

planted on the ground wide and stretch for your ceilings as tall as you can. Add in some deep, slow nasal breaths and imagine your lungs filling up with air and then squeezing the air out. Keep in mind, lungs are internal, angel shaped winged organs that have incredible capacity, I like to envision my internal wings expanding. Finish out your arm lifts with some simple shoulder and neck rolls to iron out the upper body kinks. Do several rolls each way, each side. And yes, I have been known to be that weirdo at

Marina Rae Trejo of The Bent and the Straight has been studying movement and wellness since childhood. She was first exposed to the Pilates method as a teenager by the beloved and late Julian Littleford, of JL Body Conditioning, Del Mar CA. Marina has continued her examination of alternative modalities and holistic health practices, studying anatomy with Irene Dowd of Movement Research, receiving her 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification through Om Yoga, New York NY 2003 and completing the inaugural teacher-training program with The Class by Taryn Toomey, New York NY in 2015. She is a licensed board-certified esthetician through the State of New York, 2011. She currently offers virtual group classes, on-site private sessions in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and provides nutritional and skin care consulting. To learn more about Marina and The Bent and the Straight- go to philosophy July 2020 | New York Family


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Ice Cream Shops Find your new favorite flavor at these spots across the five boroughs!

By Regan Mies


hat better way to cool down this summer than by visiting the best ice cream shops in New York City? Find your new favorite flavors in any of the city’s five boroughs with these 45 ice cream shops open for take-out and delivery in Summer 2020. Manhattan

Sedutto – Upper East Side 1498 1st Ave., New York, NY Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 1 – 9 pm daily

Sedutto offers over 40 flavors of soft-serve ice cream, hard-serve ice cream, frozen yogurt, dairy-free options, sugar-free options and wine-infused ice cream as well as numerous wet and dry toppings. MilkCow – Chinatown 69A Bayard St., New York, NY Open for Take-Out, 12 – 9 pm daily

This Korean dessert cafe specializes in an organic, preservative-free dairy soft serve that’s creamier and milkier than your traditional ice cream. Top your treat with options like honeycomb, espresso, matcha, cotton candy and more! Minus10 Ice Cream – Chinatown 10 Mott St., New York, NY Open for Take-Out, 1 – 10 pm Sunday to Thursday, 12 – 11:30 pm Friday to Saturday

Enjoy Minus10’s made-to-order, Thai-inspired ice cream rolls, hand-crafted before your eyes. Popular flavors include Monkey Business, S’mores Galore and I Love You a Latte. taiyaki – Chinatown 119 Baxter St., New York, NY Open for Take-Out, 1 – 7 pm daily

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Taiyaki offers Japanese soft serve in fresh, homemade, fish-shaped Taiyaki waffles. You and your family will love the cute shapes, bright colors and fun toppings of these traditional treats.

Whipped Urban Dessert Lab – Lower East Side 95 Orchard St., New York, NY Open for Take-Out, 2 – 7 pm Friday, 1 – 9 pm Saturday to Sunday

the Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory – Chinatown 65 Bayard St., New York, NY Open for Take-Out, 11 am – 10 pm daily

Whipped Urban Dessert Lab is a minority and women-owned, award-winning company that specializes in the world’s first creamy, plantbased and indulgent oat milk soft serve! All ingredients are natural and preservative-free.

Family-run since 1978, The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory offers a range of homemade ice cream flavors, including Regular Flavors like Almond Cookie, Black Sesame, Thai Iced Tea, Exotic Flavors like Banana, Pumpkin Pie, Pistachio and Special Appearance Flavors like Green Tea Oreo, Jackfruit and Chocolate Bacon. Il Laboratorio del Gelato – Lower East Side 188 Ludlow St., New York, NY Open for Take-Out, 12 – 8 pm daily

At Il Laboratorio del Gelato, flavor creation and recipe development take center stage; their gelato has a dense texture, superior consistency and absolute purity in flavor. Try savory cheese gelatos, grain or spice flavors, traditional fruit options, herbal and vegetable blends or a classic sweet selection. Ice & Vice – Lower East Side 221 E. Broadway, New York, NY Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 1 – 9 pm Wednesday to Sunday

This experimental ice cream shop creates premium desserts in small, in-house batches. Ice & Vice is reinventing flavor profiles, offering ice creams like Nilgiri black tea with lemon charcoal caramel and smoked dark chocolate with caramelized white chocolate ganache.

Sam’s Fried Ice Cream – Lower East Side 37B Orchard St., New York, NY Reopening July 1 for Take-Out

Sam’s customers have to enjoy the paradox that is fried ice cream: “imagine a hot, fried crust so sweetly enveloping the morsel of cool, decadent ice cream within.” Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream – Lower East Side & Greenwich Village 88 West Houston St., New York, NY 2 Rivington St., New York NY Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 12 – 8 pm daily

You and your family are bound to love one of Morgenstern’s 88 flavors! Fan favorites include American Egg Custard, Black Licorice, Burnt Sage, Chocolate Oat and Green Tea Pistachio. Soft Swerve – Lower East Side & Kip’s Bay 85B Allen St., New York, NY 379 3rd Ave., New York, NY Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 12 – 9 pm daily

Soft Swerve is best known for its towering, sprinkled soft serve swirls of brightly-colored ice cream. Their four base flavors can be topped with an assortment of toppings that

crunch, drizzle and squish. Mo Gelato – Nolita 178 Mulberry St., New York, NY Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 12 pm – 12 am daily

Mo Gelato’s rich, creamy, classic gelato won’t disappoint. Each of their 20 flavors is created using unique recipes from their master gelato-maker in Italy. Mikey Likes It Ice Cream – East Village 199 Avenue A, New York, NY Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 2 – 8 pm daily

Michael “Mikey” Cole founded and owns Mikey Likes It Ice Cream, the first pop culture-inspired ice cream shop with notable flavors like Ice Ice Mikey, Pink Floyd and Brady Bunch. Order yourself a Mikey Likes It limited-edition hoodie or hat along with your pint!

Davey’s Ice Cream – East Village 137 1st Ave., New York, NY Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 2 – 9 pm daily

Since 2013, Davey’s has used local dairy from New York state creameries and fresh farmersmarket ingredients for all of its flavors. Enjoy a number of classic ice creams, sundaes and signature treats. Sundaes and Cones – East Village 95 E 10th St., New York, NY Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 2 – 10 pm daily

Sundaes and Cones’ options range from the classic flavors of vanilla and chocolate to the striking flavors of wasabi, ginger, corn, tiramisu and black sesame. They also offer non-fat and no-sugar-added ice creams. Stuffed Ice Cream – East Village 139 1st Ave., New York, NY

Open for Take-Out, 2 – 9 pm daily

Stuffed Ice Cream is the only spot to enjoy a Cruff, a perfectly toasted, glazed donut stuffed with your ice cream flavor and toppings of choice. The Cereal Killer Cruff includes Fruity Pebbles and Cinnamon Toast Crunch flavors with Captain Crunch and Caramel toppings. The Unicorn Poop Cruff is stuffed with White Chocolate Lavender and Thai Tea flavors and Fruity Pebbles and Condensed Milk toppings. La Newyorkina – West Village 240 Sullivan St., New York, NY Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 1 – 8 pm Sunday to Thursday, 1 – 9 pm Friday to Saturday

La Newyorkina offers Mexican Ice, paleta, ice cream and sweets, handmade with love and expertly prepared for maximum nostalgia. Try flavors like raspberry verbena, fresa fields, bandera, lemon ginger and mango chamoy. July 2020 | New York Family


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Emack & Bolio’s – Upper West Side & Yorkville 389 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 1 – 9:30 pm daily 1564 1st Ave., New York, NY Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 12 – 10 pm daily

Emack & Bolio’s has 75 flavors and more being made every week. Beyond their ice cream, the shop has world-famous, handmade ice cream cones, dipped in gooey marshmallow, crushed oreo, cereal crunch, melted chocolate and more. Momofuku Milk Bar – Upper West Side & East Village 561 Columbus Ave., New York, NY Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 1 – 9 pm daily 251 E 13th St., New York, NY Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 2 – 10 pm daily

Milk Bar is best known for its beloved Cereal Milk Soft Serve Ice Cream! Milk Bar has been shaking up the dessert scene with its crazy new creations since it was founded by award-winning pastry chef Christina Tosi in 2008. Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co. – Union Square 25 E 17th St., New York, NY Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 1 – 11 pm daily

Chloe’s creates delicious frozen treats using just three simple ingredients: fresh fruit, water and cane sugar. Their classic soft-serve flavors are Banana, Dark Chocolate, Mango and Strawberry, which are accompanied by up to 12 seasonal additions and a range of smoothies, pops and sundaes. Sugar Hill Creamery – Central Harlem 184 Malcolm X Blvd., New York, NY Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 2:30 10 pm Monday to Thursday, 2:30 – 11 pm Friday, 12 – 11 pm Saturday, 12 – 10 pm Sunday

Sugar Hill Creamery is “a love affair between community and food.” The shop serves handmade ice cream and non-dairy frozen desserts with flavors inspired by the owners’ Caribbean and Midwestern cultures as well as their Central Harlem neighborhood. Brooklyn Malai Ice Cream – Carroll Gardens 268 Smith St., Brooklyn Open for Take-Out, 12 – 8 pm Friday to Sunday

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Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 12 – 7 pm daily

The original Flushing Ice Cream Factory

L’Albero Dei Gelato’s seasonal gelato and sorbetti use only the very best raw materials from small farmers and sustainable producers. They value creativity when creating their sweet and savory gelatos; try flavors like blueberry apricot, green bean mint, eggplant chocolate and more!

Since its founding in 2015, Malai has drawn inspiration from South Asian ingredients, aromatic spices and its founder’s upbringing. The ice cream is eggless and handcrafted with little air, leading to robust flavors and an especially creamy texture.

Ample Hills Creamery – Prospect Heights 623 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 12 -11 pm Sunday, 2 – 10 pm Monday to Thursday, 12 – 11 pm Friday to Saturday

Creme and Cocoa Creamery – Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1067 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 3- 8 pm Thursday to Sunday

At their Prospect Heights Scoop Shop, Ample Hills Creamery scoops twenty flavors, including their shop-specific special, The Commodore: salty honey ice cream mixed with chocolate-covered potato chips clusters and housemade honeycomb candy.

Creme and Cocoa is a family-owned ice cream shop inspired by its founders’ Caribbean culture. Enjoy their flavorful ice cream, sorbets, smoothies, desserts and coffee; they also have vegan ice cream and boozy ice cream options. lady Moo Moo Ice Cream – Stuyvesant Heights 365 Chauncey St., Brooklyn Open for Take-Out, 3 – 8 pm Thursday, 12 – 8 pm Friday to Sunday

Stop by Lady Moo Moo’s walk-up window for gourmet ice cream and sorbet in a wide range of flavors, from chocolate or vanilla to red bean or pear. You can even purchase 2.5 and 5-quart tubs of ice cream to bring home! Blossom Ice Cream – Cobble Hill 196 Court St., Brooklyn Open for Take-Out, 12 – 10 pm Sunday to Thursday, 12 – 11 pm Friday to Saturday

Try Blossom Ice Cream’s hand-rolled ice cream and vegan hand-rolled options in flavors like Cookie Butter and Key Lime Pie. They only use fresh, high quality, all-natural ingredients in their desserts. Brooklyn Farmacy – Cobble Hill 513 Henry St., Brooklyn Open for Take-Out, 3 – 9 pm Friday to Monday

Enjoy custards, floats, specialty sundaes, milkshakes, ice cream cookie sandwiches and more at this beloved Brooklyn ice cream bar, now celebrating its tenth year in business! l’Albero Dei Gelato – Park Slope 341 5th Ave., Brooklyn

Blue Marble – Prospect Heights 186 Underhill Ave., Brooklyn Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 8 am – 7 pm Monday to Thursday, 9 am – 9 pm Friday to Sunday

New York City’s only Certified Organic, GMO-free ice cream serves elemental flavors that are handcrafted and sourced with integrity. Try cinnamon double dark chocolate, salt-kissed caramel, banana cream pie and more delicious options. ollie’s Ice Cream and Stuff – Bushwick 158 Irving Ave., Brooklyn Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 5 – 10 pm Monday to Friday, 12 – 10 pm Saturday to Sunday

Ollie’s offers ice cream for dogs and their humans. Pick from a range of ice cream flavors, ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes, cookies and treats. There are plenty of options; you and your pup are sure to find something you love. oddFellows Ice Cream Co – Dumbo & Brooklyn Bridge Park 60 Water St., Brooklyn Open for Take-Out, 1 – 8 pm Thursday to Sunday Pier 5 Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Open for Take-Out, 12 – 6 pm daily

At OddFellows, enjoy 12 rotating flavors of ice cream, sorbet and soft serve alongside a selection of beers, wines and ciders for mom and dad! To ensure the freshness of their housemade, small-batch ice creams, OddFellows even pasteurizes their own milk themselves!

Open for Take-Out, 5 – 8 pm Thursday to Friday, 2 – 9 pm Saturday to Sunday

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Ice Cream House – Boro Park 2 Church Ave., Brooklyn Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 8 am – 12 am Monday to Thursday, 8 am – 2 pm Friday, 7 pm – 12 am Saturday, 10 am – 12 am Sunday

Known as the King of Frozen desserts, the Ice Cream House serves a vast range of hard-serve ice cream, soft-serve ice cream, sorbets and more in all of your family’s favorite flavors. Sprinkles Ice Cream – South Williamsburg 194 Wallabout St., Brooklyn Open for Take-Out, 8 am – 11 am Sunday to Thursday, 10 am – 3 pm Friday, 8 pm – 12 am Saturday

Sprinkles Ice Cream is a family-run business with over 300 ice cream flavors and popular ice cream cakes. If you’re trying to stay healthy, try Sprinkles’ “Carb-a-low” treat, a low-carb ice cream treat that is strictly Kosher dairy and contains no preservatives, but still tastes amazing!

Lollipops Gelato combines classic Italian gelato with exciting and exotic Caribbean flavor combinations. At Lollipops, you can “taste your way to your new favorite flavor with all the pleasure and half the guilt of regular ice cream!” Teresa’s Gourmet Italian Ices – Pelham Bay 1298 Crosby Ave., Bronx Open for Take-Out, 11 am – 8 pm daily

Teresa’s is a family-owned business that offers over 40 flavors of gourmet Italian ices as well as a variety of pastries, cakes, cannolis and more! QueenS

At Eddie’s, enjoy all of the classic flavors you love alongside new and exciting flavors like Cherry Vanilla or Rum Raisin. Eddie’s also offers an amazing selection of different toppings and syrups so you can customize the perfect dessert!


Max & Mina’s Ice Cream – Flushing 7126 Main St., Flushing Open for Take-Out, 12 – 8 pm daily

Van Leeuwen’s has an impressive selection of both classic and vegan ice creams! Their current specials include peanut butter brownie chip, carrot cake doughnut, vegan planet earth and vegan oat passion fruit ube coconut cookie.

The original Flushing Ice Cream Factory – Flushing 135-15 40 Rd., Flushing Open for Take-Out, 11 am – 10 pm daily

THe Bronx Lollipops Ice Cream and Gelato – Wakefield 4120 Baychester Ave., Bronx

Pesso’s Ices and Ice Cream – Auburndale 203-20 35th Ave., Queens Open for Take-Out, 2 – 9 pm daily

Pesso’s has been voted the best ice cream in Queens for the past four years! At Pesso’s, everything is homemade, ensuring the best quality for their customers.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream – Williamsburg 204 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 12 – 11 pm daily

This Greenpoint ice cream parlor offers anything from root beer floats to strawberry sundaes to Brooklyn egg creams. Their aim is to share classic and nostalgic treats with their neighborhood.

If you can’t choose between ice cream and Italian ice, Mara’s has both! The family-owned business will also be happy to make you a specialty slushie or milkshake upon request.

eddie’s Sweet Shop – Forest Hills 105-29 Metropolitan Ave. #1, Forest Hills Open for Take-Out, 1 – 11:30 pm Wednesday to Friday, 12 – 11:30 pm Saturday to Sunday

Max & Mina’s is best known for all of its crazy flavors, like Captain Crunch Cookies and Cream and Cookie Monster! Not only is the ice cream a fan favorite, the decorations and the atmosphere of the shop also make it a great summer destination!

The Screen Door – Greenpoint 145 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn Open for Take-Out, 2 – 8 pm Thursday to Tuesday


The Original Flushing Ice Cream Factory is the third shop created by the owners of The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory; they’ve been perfecting their craft since 1978 and are excited to move into Flushing! Stop by for flavors like Durian, Lychee, Black Seasame and Sweet Ginger. Mara’s Ice Cream Parlor – Rockaway Beach 92-14 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Beach Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 12 – 10 pm Monday to Thursday, 12 pm – 12 am Friday to Saturday, 12 – 11 pm Sunday

eggers Ice Cream Parlor – Forest, Richmond & Urby 1194 Forest Ave., Staten Island 441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island 8 Navy Pier Ct., Staten Island Open for Take-Out, 11 am – 9:30 pm Sunday to Thursday, 11 am – 10:30 pm Friday to Saturday

Eggers Ice Cream Parlor has been “a scoop above the rest” since it began serving the Staten Island community in 1932. You can practically taste the quality and care they put into their old-fashioned ice creams, chocolates and candies. Something Sweet – New Dorp 314 New Dorp Ln., Staten Island Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 12 – 8 pm daily

Something Sweet is your classic neighborhood ice cream and bubble tea shop serving a range of colorful, fun, fresh and creative desserts since 2011. ralph’s Famous Italian Ices – Port Richmond 3285 Richmond Ave., Staten Island Open for Take-Out, 11:30 am – 11 pm daily

Ralph’s has been a New York tradition since it was started by an Italian immigrant over 90 years ago in 1928. At Ralph’s, they “love their customers as much as they love serving the best frozen treats on the east coast!” Stop by for Italian Ices, sundaes, cones, milkshakes and more. July 2020 | New York Family



Helpful Apps for Kids with Special Needs By Regan Mies


f your child with special needs is struggling while remote learning, these 22 free, paid and subscription-based apps can help them gain independence, build important skills and grow their confidence from home. Free Apps Vizzle

Vizzle is an online learning platform and app for students with special needs. Its library of 15,000+ lessons includes games and activities that collect your child’s data and instantly personalize their curriculum of concepts and skills. Vizzle’s highly-visual and gamelike interface encourages lesson play and independent learning. One year of access usually costs $75, but due to COVID-19, your child can use Vizzle for free through August 1, 2020 to continue learning and reinforcing new skills from home. Learning Ally

Learning Ally is a non-profit education solutions organization that provides resources to students who struggle to learn and read due to a reading deficit. Because of COVID-19, Learning Ally is currently offering their Learning Ally Audiobook Solution to students and families at no cost through August 1, 2020. These humanread online audiobooks can help your child with dyslexia or other reading deficit grow their confidence and ability when reading independently. soundingBoard id390532167

SoundingBoard is a free app that lets your child turn their iPad or iPhone into a custom communication device. The app comes with preloaded pictures, sayings and boards, and it also lets individuals input and create their own personalized words and boards. Developed for children and adults on the autism spectrum or with other special needs, SoundingBoard is one of the best free AAC tools.

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ArtikPix is an articulation app with flashcard and matching activities that will especially benefit kids with speech-sound delays. Your child’s scores will be saved with their profile, and progress can be audio recorded and saved to your camera roll. The “b” deck of cards is available with the free download, and the additional 23 decks are available through in-app purchases at $2.99 per deck or $29.99 for all of them. easy dyslexia Aid: dyslexia & dysgraphia support id1088194043

Easy Dyslexia Aid offers voice transcription in the OpenDyslexic font and customizable color overlays. The font was created to indicate direction and to reinforce the line of text, which aids students of all ages in recognizing letters correctly. For $4.49, the Easy Dyslexia Aid app can support children with dyslexia and/or dysgraphia while remote learning. proloquo2Go id308368164

Proloquo2Go is a widely-used communication app for those who don’t speak or have trouble being understood. The app can be useful for individuals with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Angelman syndrome and other speech difficulties. The AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) tool is easy to use and contains a vocabulary of over 10,000 words and images. Although expensive at $249.99, Proloquo2Go is often recognized by teachers, parents and therapists as the gold standard in AAC solutions. Articulation station pro

Developed by certified speech-language

pathologists at Little Bee Speech, Articulation Station Pro uses 8 engaging activities to teach your child pronunciation and articulation. The customizable activities include matching games, flashcards, rotating phrases and more, and the app’s high-quality images and 22 comprehensive, 60-word sound programs really make it stand out! You and your child can try Articulation Station’s free app before downloading Articulation Station Pro for $59.99. Autism Core skills

Autism Core Skills will teach your child, preschool through first grade, academic and social skills from colors and shapes to sharing and following rules. Themes like trains, animals and sports will keep your young learner engaged, and all lessons’ difficulty levels can be adjusted to ensure your child is learning at the right pace. Data from your child’s lessons is processed in easily-

The Zones of Regulation is available for $9.99 in the app store. Dexteria Dots: Get in Touch with Math

Dexteria Dots introduces a new approach to numbers and math. Children ages 2 to 8 can discover a deeper understanding of fundamental math skills like addition, subtraction and number sense through intuitive touch, visual memory, visual tracking and fine motor skills. All levels of the game will encourage your child through fun sounds, visuals and rewards. The app can be purchased on the app store for $2.99. Social Adventures

The Social Adventures app teaches social skills and friendship to kids ages 3 to 13 with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, NLD, sensory processing disorders and social anxiety. The app has over 80 activities, with clear step-by-step instructions, can be used to facilitate interaction and roleplay in classrooms, on playdates or within your family. Social Adventures’ engaging multidisciplinary, multi-sensory approach to social skill mastery can be downloaded from the app store for $7.99.

understandable graphs and charts. A basic, one-student account costs $4.99 and will also give you access to Autism Core Skills’ additional printable curriculum. Touch and Learn: Emotions id451685022?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Touch and Learn: Emotions helps kids with special needs read and understand body language and emotions. The app has 100+ photos to introduce new concepts and emotions at a pace that’s customizable to your child. The Touch and Learn interface is simple, fun and easy to use. If recognizing emotions is tough for your child with special needs, Touch and Learn: Emotions is an effective and accessible tool for only $1.99. Choiceworks id486210964

Choiceworks can help foster your child’s independence and positive behavior at home. Created with the help of leading hospitals and

child development specialists, Choiceworks is a tool to help your child complete daily routines, understand their emotions and improve their waiting skills. The app utilizes 4 boards (Schedule, Waiting, Feelings and Feelings Scale) and 180 images, which allow for “limitless customizability” to best support your child with special needs; it costs $14.99 in the app store. The Zones of Regulation

The Zones of Regulation app will help your child learn to regulate their behaviors, understand their emotions, manage their level of alertness and increase their selfcontrol and problem-solving skills. The app, geared toward elementary and high school students, encourages users to reflect on how their body feels during different situations, helping them gain insight into the cues that accompany each emotion. Users can then conceptualize how they’re feeling by sorting their emotions into four color-coded “zones.”

ABA Flash Cards & Games: Emotions

This app uses over 500 high-quality, handpicked images to teach 100+ emotions to children who find it difficult to read facial expressions and identify feelings. The pace, presentation and content of the game are all easily customizable. ABA Flash Cards and Games is a multi-sensory tool that uses images, words and audio to keep your child engaged and having fun; it is available for $0.99 in the app store. The Mood Meter

The Mood Meter is easy to use and will help your child identify and address their emotions throughout the day. The Mood Meter can also help your child expand their emotional vocabulary and recognize patterns in the way they feel. In addition, the app offers helpful and effective strategies for managing emotions. The Mood Meter can be purchased in the app store for $0.99. July 2020 | New York Family



Anti-Racism Books for Kids and Teens Diversify your bookshelf with helpful reads By Donna Duarte-LaDD & Katarina avenDaño


ith racism being at the forefront in the news these last few weeks, many families are having hard conversations on what being anti-racist entails with our kids. Books serve as one of the best tools to educate, and with the recent senseless killing of George Floyd, many of us are looking to broaden our understanding via storytelling. How important are books on racial diversity for our kids? Very. Iman Powe-Maynard, a librarian with the Brooklyn Library Paerdegat Branch, shared, “Young children absorb information like sponges. The books we choose for them reflect what we want them to know about the world they live in. Reading and talking about racial diversity allows kids to be mindful and respectful of our differences, and teaches them important lessons on the dangers of inequality and injustice. Having these conversations are imperative in raising young, educated allies.” Here are 12 books to add to your family library:

The Snowy Day, by Erza Jack Keats

This award-winning book was first published back in 1962 and continues to be beloved by generations. The Snowy Day broke the color barrier in mainstream children’s publishing when it was first released and is the first picture book with an African American protagonist to win major awards. The book tells the story of a small boy named Peter as he experiences snowy days and reminds us of the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Ages 0- 3

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Antiracist Baby, by Ibram X.Kendi, Illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky

This baby book by New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi is available June 16th and couldn’t have come out at a better time. Mr. Kendi, who is the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, has written his first children’s book Antiracist Baby that educates the reader about race and racism at the earliest age. Visual artist Ashley Lukashevsky artfully illustrates the book. Ages 0 -3.

Shades of Black, by Sandra L. Pinkney, Photography by Myles C. Pinkney

Hair Love, by Matthew A. Cherry, Illustrated by Vashti Harrison

Recommended by the Brooklyn Library this book celebrates and shows the diversity and beauty of the African American heritage. The text shares the worthiness of each child; this is a perfect read for young children. Ages 0-3.

This charming book touches on hair and love. Notably, a Black girl’s hair and a relationship between her and her father. Daddy gives his daughter a special hairstyle that helps build her selfconfidence by embracing her gorgeous hair while nurturing their relationship. Ages 4-8.

B Is for Baby, by Atinuke and Angela Brooksbank, Illustrated by Angela Brooksbank

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness, by Anastasia Higginbotham

A sweet story about Baby and Baby’s big brother who on his way to the next village, has a curious stow away on his bicycle. The story of Baby’s adventures is told in “B” words as Baby and the reader travel and take in the beauty of Africa. Ages 3-7. I am Enough, by Grace Byers, Pictures by Keturah A. Boo

This popular book, accompanied by beautiful illustrations, is a lovely read that focuses on the beauty of Black girls. Authored by activist and actress Grace Byers with essential messages written in uplifting affirmations is a positive read for all. Ages 4- up. The Other Side, by Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by E.B Lewis

This book tells the story of a young white boy who sees police shooting a brown person whose hands were up on the TV. Concerned about what he sees, his family deflects what is happening, especially the rallies in response to the police shooting, stating that they simply, “can’t watch the news.” This book teaches kids about white supremacy, police shootings, racism that exists within society, and raises awareness about these matters. Ages 8 -12. Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice, by Veronica Chambers

In a time of unrest, this is a beautiful read for teens to young adults on ordinary people such as Frederick Douglass to Malala Yousafzai, who stood up for what they believed in and became activists. This book by acclaimed author Veronica Chambers shares stories that will teach how one person can speak and rise to the injustices of the world. Ages 8-12. The Hate You Give, by Angie Thomas

Brooklyn author and New York Times Bestseller Jacqueline Woodson’s shares a story on an interracial friendship that the reader can experience through the eyes of a child. A great book to discuss with your child about race, friendships, segregation, and more. Ages 5-8. Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X, by Ilyasah Shabazz, Illustrated by AG Ford

Malcolm X, the human rights activist, and American Muslim minister’s name, is at the forefront of activists who fought for the civil rights of Black Americans. He is a vital part of history, and this book written by his daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, touches on the early years with his parents and on how much they shaped him on who he was to become later in life. Ages 6-10.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this story is about a 16year-old girl named Starr who lives in a poor neighborhood but attends a fancy prep school. One day, her friend Khalil was fatally shot when he was unarmed. After his death makes national headlines, some are calling him a thug and cops are intimidating Starr and her family. The real question that everyone wants to know is what exactly happened at the scene, and only Starr knows the truth. Starr is caught in the middle as she struggles for justice. For teen-young adult. March, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

This book illustrates to readers the life-long journey of John Lewis and his struggle for civil and human rights. Book One goes into depth about Lewis’ youth in rural Alabama, his memorable meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., the beginning of the Nashville Student Movement, and the battle for desegregation through nonviolent actions. For teen- young adult. July 2020 | New York Family



Day Camp Amid Covid-19 What you need to know to safely plan your child’s summer BY JESS MICHAELS


ith children out of school and at home for the past four months amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents have been eager for their children to go to camp this summer and return to some sense of normalcy. In early June, Governor Cuomo announced that New York day camps would be able to open beginning on June 29th, giving kids the opportunity to be in a structured, monitored, outdoor educational environment with their peers. Most camps that are operating this summer will be opening in mid-July as they needed time from Cuomo’s announcement to put new regulations in place. New York day camps will look a little different this summer, however, the foundations of camp as a place to connect with friends, take a break from technology, learn new activities, be outdoors and gain important life skills, will certainly remain and will feel more important this summer after being in isolation than ever before. Here are some of the changes that camps will be making this summer based on state regulations and best practices from the CDC and the American Camp Association for creating a safe environment for your children this summer at camp. Shortened camp season – Due to the late announcement that camps will be able

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to open, may camps had to push back their start dates and will be offering a shorter camp season Set session dates – In the past, camps have given parents flexible options with the number of weeks they can attend. This summer, many camps are asking families to commit to a certain number of weeks Masks – While children will not have to wear them, all camp staff will be required to wear masks at all times Activities – For safety precautions, certain contact activities will not be part of the camp program this summer and all activities will take place outside Additional handwashing & hand sanitizing- Throughout the day, children

will be washing their hands and using hand sanitizer Sanitizing facilities – There will be increased sanitizing and cleaning of facilities and equipment throughout the day Daily screenings – Temperature checks will be required daily. Some camps will do this onsite while others will ask parents to take temperatures at home and complete a form online before their child’s arrival at camp Transportation –Some camps will not be offering bus transportation this summer and will be asking parents to drive their children to camp

Smaller camp groups – Camp groups will be no larger than 10 children per group and campers will stay with their cohort throughout the day. Children will not have to social distance within their cohort but will not mix with other camp groups No field trips – This year, there will be no out of camp field trips Rainy days – If the weather forecast predicts a significant and prolonged rain, camps will be cancelled for the day since all activities will take place outside. Many camps will build in 2-3 rain days and credit families back for any rain days over that number.

Many parents may be wondering whether sending their child to camp is safe. Susie Lupert, Executive Director of the American Camp Association, NY and NJ says this to parents when deciding on camp this summer, “While no environment is 100% safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, summer camps that are licensed by the Department of Health and Accredited by ACA are supervised environments for children where the risk will be mitigated with daily health checks including temperature checks, small group sizes, medical staff on site, additional hand hygiene and sanitizing of facilities, and outdoor activities only. Children have been isolated at home for months and we feel the benefits of camp for children’s mental well-being far outweigh the risks. As families are beginning to go to the beach and the parks, we see summer camp as a safer environment because they are monitored environments with set protocols in place to keep children safe.”

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Family-Friendly BlackOwned Businesses in NYC From sweet treats to educational opportunities, these local ventures offer great options for city parents and kids By Courtney Ingalls


he Black Lives Matter Movement is taking the world by storm. Many people are taking action in many ways such as taking it to social media, protesting, and donating. If people are trying to find other ways to help be an ally to this movement, supporting Black-owned businesses is another great way! Here are some great family-friendly Black-owned businesses that will bring the family together while also having fun!

A Princess Like Me – Online

Disney inspired characters and other female party characters come to life for your kid’s special days! A Princess Like Me allows you to give your kids an experience that they will never forget while also adding a little magic to their day. Since we aren’t able to celebrate in person, for the time being, Princesses for every kind of theme can surprise your little ones with a sweet video message.

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BCakeNY – Border of Prospect Heights and Crown Heights 702 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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If you need a cake to celebrate any type of event, BCakeNY is the place to go! These cakes can be made into any type of shape in order to transform into the vision that you want. Not only are the cakes pleasing to the eyes but they are also delicious. If you want a smaller kind of dessert, BCakeNY also makes cupcakes.

Lavender Blues – East Village 7601 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Have your kids learn about rhythm and music through baby music classes! Learning about music helps build awareness and control of their body as well as develop social and coordination skills. Kids are able to learn while also singing, dancing, and having fun! Due to COVID-19, these 40-minute classes have been moved to Zoom, and Summer sessions will begin July 6th!

Creme and Cocoa Creamery – Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1067 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY Open for Delivery and Take-Out, 3 – 8 pm Thursday to Sunday

Creme and Cocoa is a family-owned ice cream shop inspired by its founders’ Caribbean culture. Enjoy their flavorful ice cream, sorbets, smoothies, desserts and coffee; they also have vegan ice cream and

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Little Pie Company – Hell’s Kitchen 424 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

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Little Pie Company is one of the top places to get a pie from in New York City. Not only do they have little pies, but they also have

enjoy a book that you have been dying to try. Sisters Uptown Bookstore offers stories that have been written by gifted African American authors and other great authors that are masters of the spoken word. After recently celebrating 15 years of community service, the bookstore continues to provide information and ideas for adults and kids. Although the doors are closed to the public due to COVID-19, the store is still accepting orders for pickup and delivery. String Thing Studio – Park Slope 54 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

If you want to learn how to knit a blanket or a scarf, String Thing Studio has all of the supplies and tools you will need! From many different types of yarns and needles to project bags, this store has something for everyone that wants to start a new hobby! String Thing Studio offers private classes, after-school programs, birthday parties, and many other fun activities that you and your family can enjoy. Sugar Hill Creamery – Harlem 184 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10026

Enjoy a cold treat on these hot summer days at Sugar Hill Creamery! Over the last century, Sugar Hill has served homemade, small-batch ice cream and non-dairy frozen desserts. Besides their classic flavors that are available all year round, they also sell seasonal flavors that will make each special occasion a little more special. Sugar Hill is a little different than other creameries because many of their flavors are inspired by the owner’s Caribbean and Midwestern cultures. big pies, cakes, muffins, and other sweet treats. With every kind of flavor for every season, this shop has something for everyone to enjoy. You are also able to share these delicious treats with others by having it sent to their home with their next day shipping option! Melba’s Restaurant – Harlem 300 W 114th St, New York, NY 10026

If you want a little comfort food to satisfy your family’s hunger, look no further than Melba’s restaurant! Enjoy some chicken and waffles, mac and cheese, burgers, and much more. While restaurants are closed for the time being, you can order for pick up to enjoy some amazing food, or you can pick up a copy of “Melba’s American Comfort” cookbook and try to create some of your favorites at home.

SciTech Kids – Upper East Side 215 E 81st St, New York, NY 10028

Have your kids become mini scientists this summer all while having fun experimenting! SciTech Kids allows their campers to explore the theme that fosters discovery, invention, and creativity. This year, younger campers will have the opportunity to become spies, structural engineers, inventors, meteorologists, and much more. For older kids, they get to discover VR, chemistry, and scratch. Camps will be virtual this summer, but that won’t stop the fun and creativity that each camper will experience. Sisters Uptown Bookstore – Washington Heights 1942 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10032

World Explorers Group – Fort Greene 36 St. Felix St. Brooklyn, NY 11217

This group offers many different ways that your kids can stay educated and entertained. Kids get to learn about healthy nutrition, physical fitness, math, science, and more, to ensure that your kids receive the absolute best in enrichment and educational opportunities. World Explorers Group offers a variety of summer camps and after-school activities that will keep every kid engaged. All different ages are welcome to join in on the fun.

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Check out these ideas for fun and games when learning at home BY JANA BEAUCHAMP


hile a new version of summer fun is in the air and things are starting to open up, we still plan to have a lot of time safe at home. Here are some of our favorite resources and fun and games to help make summer staycations extra fun while avoiding the summer slide: American Girl Stay & Play Hub is a content hub for kids to explore, be creative, and learn. One of the first at-home activities was a virtual read-along of Kit with American Girl Author Valerie Tripp. In addition to American Girl’s free online library, the Stay & Play hub offers sing-alongs, free yoga classes, and easy & fun recipes. We also love the endless imaginative play the AG dolls offer and especially love the School Backpack set and Truly Blue Hairstyling Caddy with the Salon Chair & Wrap set for playing in quarantine fashion. Carnegie Hall introduced an ongoing series of free concerts and activities for kids

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and families. Drawn from programs created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI), this collection of resources encourages musical learning, discovery, and play for your young ones, from babies and toddlers to students in grades K–5. Your family can sing and move to music from around the world, listen to the soothing sounds of lullabies, get creative with coloring pages, and learn about the instruments of the orchestra in an interactive game. Check out their growing library of free resources for families, and stay tuned for concerts, activities, and more. Crayola developed an At-Home Creative Hub in which parents, teachers, and kids can visit for easy access to educational and crafting resources. From Creative Lesson plans, DIY crafts, How-To Videos, Free Coloring Pages, At-Home inspirational emails and their brand new live “Color & Sing Alongs” — Crayola hopes to provide creative solutions to consumers’ daily routines during these unforeseen times. It houses 100s of Craft Tutori-

als with complimentary How-to Videos and Craft recipes, providing families with fun, clever and easy creative activities, in addition to a varied supply of Free Coloring Pages. Learn Through This campaign is utilizing its VTech and LeapFrog brands to support teachers and parents with the tools they need to keep kids busy, learning, and active while at home. As a company grounded in learning and discovery, VTech and LeapFrog are offering comprehensive resources including free content such as articles, printable activity books and educational activities curated by its team of learning experts; an extended free trial of its interactive learning program, LeapFrog Academy, and recommendations for products that deliver key learning and developmental activities such as reading, writing and role-play. Lite Brite is a bright light in this time at home. The new retro-inspired styling resembles the original Lite-Brite from the ’80s and now features a bigger screen, brighter pegs, and more templates including six retro patterns! Just insert the pegs into the templates or freestyle an original design – then press the button to see the creation light-up in four different ways, from steady to blinking. With an updated stand on the back, kids can easily create and display their masterpieces…then turn off the lights for the ultimate effect! Mattel Playroom is a free online resource

that offers play-from-home activities, games, content and expert advice. Mattel is bringing families activities and content from its iconic brands, including American Girl, Barbie, Fisher-Price, Hot Wheels, Thomas & Friends and more. Played by 112 million people each month, Minecraft has made a name for itself as one of the most beloved video games of all time. Now, you can continue exploring the Overworld, build structures, and mine resources — this time through a shared, in-person experience with the Minecraft: Builders & Biomes board game from Ravensburger and developed in collaboration with Mojang. My Fairy Garden’s Fairy Light Garden is an enchanted fairy mushroom home that doubles as a night-light! Creating your own magical oasis has never been easier thanks to the easy-to-follow guide that takes children through each step on how to plant and water the seeds, while also teaching valuable STEM lessons. This set includes everything you’ll need to make a special garden for the fairy Saffron and her beautiful unicorn Calista! Plant your seeds and play in your fairy world

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surrounded by the magic of nature. Speak & Spell is back and it’s just like you remember! One of the earliest computer learning systems from the ’70s and ’80s, Speak & Spell was the first educational toy designed to help children learn to spell over 200 commonly misspelled words using a speech synthesizer. Now, a whole new generation can enjoy this classic toy with friends and family for years to come. With multiple play modes and challenge levels, kids will have fun and learn at the same time! The Story Pirates offer “screen time” that parents can trust: live improv performances, educator-approved writing and music classes, and a variety of interactive musical and sketch comedy entertainment for young

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people, refreshed each and every day. Along with free streaming content via StoryPirates. com, the Story Pirates recently launched a Creator Club. This subscription service features continually updated activities that coincide with episodes of their awardwinning podcast, writing prompts, livestreamed classes, improv, a daily radio show, and a video library to entertain and encourage creativity for kids at home. Another new offering of the Creator Club is Story Pirates University with interactive live-streamed classes taught by expert Story Pirates teachers. Sessions include expository writing lessons, script school, and Music Monday, which features guest composers behind Story Pirates award-winning songs.

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