Family fun activities to do around NYC that are beyond the Children’s Museums….


Is your child totally into trains but the thought of going to the Transit Museum one more time makes you want to stick needles into your eyes? (Is it just me or are the security guards there totally unhelpful when it comes to getting down the steps with a stroller?)  Or maybe your dear little one loves boats, but wants something more than just gazing at them from the shores of Pier 5 as they all go cruising by. Or perhaps going to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan one more time and risking bedbugs again is just not worth it.  Well, I’ve got the list for you. Here is a list of off-the-beaten-path of activities to do with your little one who is into trains, boats, museums, and much more…

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Are you a new parent in the neighborhood? Maybe you have just moved into the hood with older kids? Or maybe you have been living here for years and just had a kid and have no idea where the playgrounds are! Whatever your situation is you will want to read through this playground and parks primer for our neighborhoods. Not each playground is made equally. There are good ones, greats ones, and one you just need to steer clear of! Check out this list below and explore the playgrounds with hopefully energetic kids who won’t just sit on the bench next to you and ask for snacks the whole time! READ MORE

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How was your Memorial Day Weekend? Did you get out of the city?

 

We went up to Storm King Art Center in Cornwall, NY to check out the huge sculptures within the wooded park. It was a short 1.5 hour drive (but 2 hours back to Brooklyn with city traffic at 5pm) and it was so worth it. The views and art were inspiring and humbling. READ MORE

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Have you heard of Bunmi Laditan? Laditan is the talented creator of The Honest Toddler blog, writer of four books, her most current one Confessions of a Domestic Failure, and ever hilarious twitter tweeter. She is an amazingly honest mother who doesn’t humbly brag about her 3rd grader reading on an 8th grade level, or about how organized her snack pantry is. She talks about living in yoga pants (with holes in the crotch, but who can really see that anyway) and how mac and cheese with a side of hot dog and ketchup is what’s for dinner.  Laditan keeps it real and that is why I, and so many others, just love her.

So along with the release of her most current books was this quote that was passed around on Facebook and which definitely caught my attention — READ MORE

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I hate to admit this, but I sometimes don’t know what to talk to my kids about. My usual thoughts are bogged down in worrying about the state of our country and world, figuring out if I donated enough money to my child’s school in order to get her into the good teacher’s class next year, and fretting if the the dinner I made tonight hits all the four food groups. READ MORE

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One of the many questions pregnant moms in the city wonder about is this elusive and at times exclusive idea of a night nurse? A night nurse is a person who comes into your home and helps out with overnight feedings and sleep training of your newborn. Sounds dreamy right? The idea of having a newborn but also getting a full night’s rest makes me consider having a third kid (but…not really). Though there are definitely down sides to having a night nurse (I mean, let’s not even talk about the cost) the positives greatly outweigh the negatives in my expereince. Here is my list of pros and cons about having a night nurse. READ MORE

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Kids on a Plane! Yes, this could be the title of a horror movie. Just the thought of flying with kids makes my heart race, palms sweat, and ovaries dry up. Whether you are taking the short 25 minute flight from JFK to Hyannis this summer or to your in-laws in Hong Kong for Spring Break, you will want to prepare, prepare prepare! Luckily once your kids are 4 years-old they can sit for a reliable amount of time with an iPad and be fine (provided you keep it well charged and stocked with games and movies.) But prior to this blissful flying stage are the dreaded years of entertaining a child on a plane. These following toy suggestions are tried and true recommendations I have received from jet setting moms and dads. Browse through and pick the best items for your child’s age. And remember it is better to bring too many toys and not use them all than not enough. Stuck at 38,000 feet with a cranky 18 month old and fresh out of trinkets to toss his way ain’t fun.

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When buying the first stroller for your little one, the choices can be overwhelming. I mean so overwhelming that the whole pursuit of finding the perfect stroller can be abandoned and instead you decide to do attachment parenting and just carry your toddler everywhere! (Hey if you are into that go for it.) But back to reality —  stroller purchasing. Let’s hone in on how exactly you are going to be using this stroller. Ask yourself these following questions and let’s figure out what aspect of the stroller is most important to you. The perfect stroller for your family is out there.

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Living in a small space in the city is common. When you have to share that small space with a baby– Oh boy! Time to get creative. ‘But babies are tiny’ you say! Sure they are tiny but the stuff that comes along with them is not, and you know that. So if having a designated room for you child is off the table, it’s time to do some research on small crib solutions until you can move to that 2+ bedroom!  Luckily there are plenty of options that can fit your space and budget. (And once you are done with the crib there is a huge market for its resale! Forget Craigslist, sell it here at Weepea.com for a safe and happy transaction…but I digress!) Small cribs are the way to go in small spaces. Have a look at these.

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The iPads and other tablets have become a part of our lives. For better or worse they are here. Both of my children went through (are still in?!) phases where all they wanted was an iPad. This was usually due to a sickness which rendered our lives housebound and therefore iPad beholden and thus iPad obsessed. I mean, can I blame them? Am I not on my phone or tablet all day a lot?! OK, I’m not here to argue the benefits and pitfalls of iPad usage with kids; I’m just sharing that I definitely let my girls use the iPad. Their usage is mostly concentrated to airplane travel, weekend, and sick days. Due to the frequency of these events I have come across a plethora of awesome apps. Whether you are looking for that educational first app or a silly one that will simply entertain your kid on his first coast to coast flight, there is an app for your needs on this list. Check it out…

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