Imagine a day when geeks, dorks, and nerds can join hands and stand as one. That day is coming. This Saturday, May 4, marks Free Comic Book Day, and most comic book stores across the city (and around the world) will give away comic books absolutely free—no strings attached. It’s a great opportunity for you to turn your kids on to this original American art form without spending a cent.
Santa Claus at Catimini!
Tomorrow, from 2p.m. to 5p.m., Santa will be making a pause goûter at the Catimini boutique at 1125 Madison Avenue (at 84th Street) for a fabulous afternoon of holiday shopping and snacks. Children are invited with their families to this up-beat event and share their Christmas wishes with Santa, discover that perfect Chanukah gift or browse the hip children’s wear. There will even be a special mail box delivering directly to the North Pole, and of course, you can pose with Mr. Claus.
A trendy destination for stylish young ones for more than 35 years, Catimini offers a vibrant, yet chic design concept that is a solid match for New York City kids avec attitude.
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With Fathers Day over, Scooter decided to take a minute to recognize the (sometimes) funny fathers of Facebook.
No, these are not mommy-jackers out to remind us of the labors of parenting. These are parent posters of a different breed, often aiming for the shock-and-laugh effect.
Professional baseball, beach volleyball and tennis are in full swing and just in time, Scooter has discovered a novel game that combines the skill-set of all three. Hit Mit is a hands-on volley game perfect for summer amusement in the outdoors.
Governor’s Island Park during the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. (GETTY)
The Intrepid for Fleet Week
Our military’s finest (or rowdiest) invade New York’s shores for Fleet Week (May 23-28). It’s not just about bars and people watching, there is fun for the family too! Climb aboard Intrepid’s Pier 86 for special performances, tall ship tours, movies and even the infamous military Tug of War. Expect added merriment this year since it’s the Intrepid’s 30th Anniversary.
Meet Celia Babini, Bonnie Young’s 11 year old daughter, a Scooter star in her own right, who single handedly raised over $11,000 for Solving Kids’ Cancer. The organization works to find, fund and manage clinical trials and scientific programs to rapidly develop the most effective treatments and cures for childhood cancers.
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If you missed it — and in certain places you couldn’t — yesterday marked “Take Your Son/Daughter (or loved one) to Work Day!” Scooter dropped by Town Residential’s Flatiron, where the firm hosted a morning of fun and entertainment for staff and their families. (Another event at Town’s Upper East Side office took place later Thursday afternoon.) Town had curated a variety of special activities to help kids of all ages learn more about what their parents or guardians do, along with the opportunity to explore their workplace.
Kids at Play
What’s not to love when a kid gets to enjoy an afternoon filled with balloons, face painting and colorful books? Elizabeth Street, the go-to site for trendy moms in the city, recently hosted a book launch for children’s author Kelly Florio Kasouf’s debut title. “The Super Adventures of Sophie and the City: All in a Day’s Work” follows Sophie as she discovers her dad’s work in fashion publishing. Ms. Florio Kasouf based the story on her own experiences with her late father, Steven Florio, who was CEO and president of Condé Nast for over a decade. Diane Von Furstenberg and Isaac Mizrahi make star appearances, as Sophie realizes some terrific life lessons. The book is available at Amazon.com, Barney’s, Bergdorf Goodman and Fred Segal.
“Traces,” now playing in Union Square, is a unique blend of circus, street art, and dance, creating an emotional portrait of young people leaving their mark on the world. The show has been hailed by Time Out New York and Time Magazine as one of the top ten theater pieces of 2011.
But one audience segment was already familiar with “Traces”: kids who saw it years ago at The New Victory Theater, the first theater in New York City dedicated to youth and families.
The New Victory got its start as one of seven theaters revived by New 42nd St., the nonprofit created to revitalize Times Square in the mid-1990s. The organization took a dilapidated, shuttered theater with a risqué past (it was once a burlesque club) and renovated it to create something that New York didn’t have: a children’s theater presenting works from around the globe.