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.
Joining these ranks is British retailer Caramel Baby & Child, which recently opened its first stand-alone across the Big Pond.
Scooter Weekend: Labor Day
No wedding in New England? Fearful of Hamptons traffic? No weekend escape upstate? No worry! New York City is the perfect place to be this Labor Day Weekend. Most of the City’s cultural institutions remain opened, the weather reports are peachy perfect and a few festivals are rearing and ready to go.
A non-conventional, and perhaps adventurous bet for families who like their music served rowdy with extra bass, is Made Event’s Electric Zoo electronic dance music festival in Randall’s Island Park. The surprisingly family-friendly event is open to all ages and hasn’t sold out of general admission tickets yet for the festival’s three days: August 31, September 1 and 2.
This week Scooter ventured to New York City’s Javits Center for the New York International Gift Fair to check out what’s new in the world of toys, learning, books, crafts and lifestyle for parents and their children. One product line that caught our attention was Lifefactory’s Go Glass 9oz glass baby bottle with silicone sleeves.
The configurable feeding solution is both innovative and attractive. Made of durable borosilicate glass, the bottle eliminates toxins such as BPA, phthalates, PVC and polycarbonates —making it a healthier option for your infant. Lifefactory describes it as a painless way to concoct and warm the perfect formula or store mom’s breast milk.
Swanky Scooter Weekend
The release of Baz Luhrmann’s sure-to-be-blockbuster, Great Gatsby, may have been postponed by Warner Bros. Pictures, but that doesn’t mean New Yorkers and their families have to miss out on all the roar! Governor’s Island, Scooter’s top-pick for in-City weekend escapes, is slated to host another year of its Jazz Age Lawn Party. On Saturday and Sunday from 11a.m. – 5p.m., Jazz Age Lawn Party will knock away prohibition, welcome flappers and funky-on-down to Colonels Row for much merriment. Children under 12 enter the festivities for free (tickets are required for all) and there will be plenty of opportunities for the young ones to dance, eat and play. An easy excuse to get all dolled up.
Live jazz music will come by way of Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra and instructors will coddle even the most horrendous dancer with free ’20s-period dance lessons. Bring a picnic for the family to enjoy or dine on the island and spend time playing games. “It’s the berries!”
As kids prepare to head back to school and parents expect to be shuttling them from sports practice, to rehearsal and a slew of other extracurricular activities, trendy Japanese brand UNIQLO is launching a whole new kids’ collection just in time.
Due in stores Friday, September 7, the fall/winter 2012 UNIQLO Kids collection will keep city boys and girls, from 3 months to 12 years old, stylish for all their many affairs.
“We are excited to launch our new UNIQLO Kids and Babies collection in the U.S.,” said Mr. Shin Odake, UNIQLO USA’s Chief Executive Officer. “Adding this product category is a natural step for us as we widen our consumer base.”
“This Back To School contest is the first of several contests Nina Kids will run this fall, including giveaways later in the fall of styles worn by Vivienne Jolie Pitt and other celebrity kids,” said Mary Robertson of Nina Kids.
The contest, which begins this Sunday and runs until August 18, will consist Read More
Solving Kids’ Cancer (SKC) champion Catherine London has worked tirelessly with her husband to build awareness of pediatric cancers and support for cancer research. A former prosecutor at the Manhattan D.A.’s office, Ms. London committed herself to the cause after her daughter Penelope, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at 16 months, lost her battle with cancer. Ms. London spoke with Scooter about SKC and her experiences as a mom.
Still debating what to do for July Fourth? Quite a few families have decamped our scorching concrete jungle already, jetting to favorite seaside enclaves for the holiday week. Not to fear, stragglers, there’s still hope. In fact, a slew of New Yorkers enjoy hanging around the under-whelmed city as the rest duke it out for sunbathing realty in East Hampton.
Hot Child in the City
It’s getting hot in here (so hot) so take off—from work and cool down with the kids. Not to worry, Scooter did your homework. Here’s how to beat the heat:
Madison Square Park’s 15-foot waterwheel sprinkler doesn’t just keep the grass green. It’s a great way to cool off on Read More