On Wednesday, the Financial Center Winter Garden kicked off its month-long series of family-friendly holiday events with the illumination of 50,000 holiday lights throughout the venue. The indoor light show, which packs a pretty hefty punch, will be open to the public 7a.m. – 10p.m. daily until January 3. The center also presented two days of performances by New York Theatre Ballet in Keith Michael’s version of “The Nutcracker.” Don’t fret if you missed the fun as there is still a long list of free holiday events on-deck.
Debra Simon, Vice President and Artistic Director of Arts Brookfield, commented that “Arts Brookfield is committed to presenting an array of free holiday events that celebrate New York City’s dazzling cultural tapestry.”
And with that, next week the excitement for holiday-lovers of all ages gets ramped up when Santa makes a weekend visit to the Winter Garden December 7-9. Read More
We’ve had our fill of apple picking, we haven’t tested our pie baking skills quite yet, but we’re pros at cooking all the fixings for Thanksgiving. Still, Scooter wanted to whip up something extra tasty, yet healthy that would be fun for the kids to prepare this year. We turned to Vegan Divas, which just opened a shop on the UWS, for help. Their suggestion: Pumpkin Bread!
Now, we could take the easy route and trek Uptown and order the signature pumpkin dessert, made with real organic pumpkin, maple syrup and freshly ground spices ($24 per loaf), or we can make our own and spin it as family-time. Vegan Divas let us in on a secret and passed along their Organic Pumpkin Bread recipe, which is gluten-free, kosher, cholesterol-free and serves eight people. At only 112 calories per slice, parents can indulge and sugar-eager children won’t even question the healthier alternative. Read More
Love it or hate it, the new Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn is a hit. From Barbra Streisand and Journey to the Brooklyn Nets and Bob Dylan, the venue has attracted some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment. Now the young ones will have something to rejoice about: on Tuesday, November 27, Disney On Ice will debut Rockin’ Ever After at Barclays Center.
Produced by Feld Entertainment, the spectacle presents a new twist on fairytales and several Disney stories that we all know quite well… Think Ariel, Rapunzel, Belle, and Merida (of Disney•Pixar’s smash hit Brave). Read More
Happy Birthday! Scooter celebrated its very first birthday Sunday November 11. And like any savvy New York kid, Scooter did it in style (all thanks to Town Residential).
Crowds of loyal Scooter fans (and their mommies and daddies) gathered at Dylan’s Candy Bar to nosh on trays of sour belts, gummy bears, and marshmallow-bellied frogs. Yes, there was healthy food as well. But most party-goers under age 10 opted for sour patch kids over baby carrots.
The longest line at the party, however, wasn’t for sweets but for the artistic wand of face painter extraordinaire, Sheila Jordan. Kaleidoscope butterfly wings on cheeks, sparkling rainbows on foreheads, and pirate eye patches all added to the festive air. Read More
Whether you’ve been trapped without electricity or simply confined to your neighborhood, this has been one rough week for NYC parents and kids. Just in the nick of time comes the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with free admission and special programs for families all weekend. Saturday and Sunday are both forecast to be mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 40s, so don’t mess around. Read More
The aggressive market for upscale children’s clothing boutiques is roaring loudly. Fashion titans Gucci and Armani have opened up pricey outposts Uptown and a bevy of specialty stores are blossoming all around New York City. These boutiques offer designer duds, high-end toys, artsy furnishings and often plenty of gifts that even parents can enjoy.
This Saturday, October 13, will be Sweaty Saturday where the City’s finest fitness studios, health brands and wellness experts will get you and your family movin’ and groovin’ through fitness.
The Gaga Center is taking part in this HealthCorps benefit event, which promotes national wellness and childhood obesity, by offering its signature, one-hour Open Gaga session for free.
Reservations are required, and sessions will close when they have reached maximum capacity said the center, but The Gaga Center will donate 10% of merchandise and Open Gaga five- and ten-pack purchases on October 13 to HealthCorps. Read More
Right Action for Women is getting some extra help this October to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month from FabKids, a subscription-based shopping site. This month, the style destination (a creation of ShopStyle founder Andy Moss) has teamed up with breast cancer survivor Christina Applegate to design personalized “Think Pink” outfits that will see 10% of Read More
“At Schwinn, we hear stories all the time about how a helmet saved someone’s life during a bike accident,” said Alice Tillett, President of Schwinn. “The effect of those stories has made a profound personal impact on me and the other employees at Schwinn. [Helmets on Heads] comes from our desire to ensure that riders of all ages, particularly children, are safe while enjoying their bikes.”
Thus is the basis for Schwinn’s new safety and education campaign, Helmets on Heads, a partnership with the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation. Over the next ten years, the initiative will attempt to inform and educate around one million adults and children about bike safety and the importance of wearing a helmet. Scooter knows that bike riding often is at the top of many grown-ups’ fondest childhood memories, so on Thursday October 4, we went to the cause’s New York City launch event at the PS41 School Yard in the West Village. Schwinn brand ambassador, Olympic Gold Medalist and mother of two, Summer Sanders, was on hand to meet local families and promote Helmets on Heads by fitting everyone with bike helmets. Read More
This past Thursday, October 4, the third floor of Azure (333 East 91st St.) was completely transformed into a kids’ wonderland.
At Azure’s children’s amenity space (which includes a play room, game room, and TV and library lounge), Scooter brought together 92Y, The Little Orchestra, New Victory Theater, magician Seth Dale, and balloon twister Brian of Balloonscapes, Read More