Arts & Crafts Festival on Upper West Side, September 21-22

Arts & Crafts Festival on Upper West Side, September 21-22

Childrens’ activities, live music, romance novel and poetry readings highlight the West Side Community Garden‘s Annual Arts & Crafts Festival, Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, 2013 at the Garden, located on West 89th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. 
The event is free.
Artwork and crafts created by local westside artists will be for sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days by the garden’s 89th Street entrance. Paintings, photographs, jewelry, ceramics, quilting and limited edition clothing and more. 
Saturday, Sept. 21, family-friendly events include a free crafts workshop for children (all materials provided) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,a magic show at 1.p.m., and folk music singalong at 3p.m.  
On Sunday, Sept. 22, the New York String Orchestra conducted by Stephen Josephs, will present a concert on the garden green from noon until 1p.m.

From 2-4 p.m. local poets Howard Pflanzer and Rosalie Calabrese will “bookend” live readings of romance novels by members of the Romance Writers of America New York Chapter.  A booksigning and reception will follow.  
Free Kids Classes at West Side Y

Free Kids Classes at West Side Y

Need to keep the kids busy while the schools are closed this week?? 
The West Side Y – 5 W 63rd Street between CPW and Broadway – is offering some great FREE programs for anyone in the community. No membership required, nor is advance registration is necessary except for swim classes and infant CPR. All the classes are drop in, so feel free to pick and choose what you would like to attend….and go!

Soho Kids Clothing Store Sale

Soho Kids Clothing Store Sale

The fabulous french clothing store Les Petits Chapelais in Soho is having a HUGE SALE now through to the end of January.

You’ll find 50-90% off all the season collections, including shoes and rain boots.  Price range from $1 to mostly under $90 except for a few dresses and coats the sale includes all these lines:
Petit Bateau, Oeuf, Eyespy Baby, Max & Lola, Dagmar Daley, Ten, Zorro, Rita con Rita, Paper Wings, Kidscase, Mademoiselle a Soho, MP socks and tights, Yamamoto, Noch organic, Tane organic, milkdot, chispum, Reset, Kicokids, Moose Knuckles, Noch, Appaman, Alsolete, Bakker made with love etc…

Shoes Summer and Winter: Pom D’Api, Aster and Kickers shoes, Bensimon and Spring Court Tennis bathing suits from Princesse Lilou, Kiwi, Europa, Alsolete etc…

Major credit cards are accepted & cash on baskets under $15.
Sizes range from new born to 12 years old, boys and girls



  • 12 to 7pm Monday to Friday
  • 11 to 7pm on Saturday  
  • 12 to 6pm on Sunday 

Location: 86 Thompson Street between Spring and Prince streets in Soho.

This Halloween “Make Change for Children”

Here’s an idea…instead of spending your dollars on candy this Halloween, how about
donating to “Make Change for Children” so the Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS) and its partners can
find more loving, adoptive homes for vulnerable, orphaned children

Joint Council is the only international non-profit dedicated to ensuring
that every child lives, grows and thrives in a safe, permanent and
loving family. Your donation helps Joint Council and its 258
international partners serve over 2 million children and families each

Apple Seeds Opens on UWS

, the award-winning,
all-in-one children’s play space, whose flagship is based in New York City’s
Chelsea/Flatiron district, is branching out and opening its second NYC location
at 200 West End Avenue on July 1.
perfectly on the family-friendly Upper West Side and located closely to
multiple schools and parks, apple seeds will cater to families with children
from newborn to five years old.  The new space will have incredible indoor
features including:
–    Indoor
The nearly
2,000 square foot indoor playground contains nine children’s  museum-like
exhibits as well as a gym-and-play space.
–   The
Perfect Class.
Five classrooms offer classes in music, art, movement,
soccer, cooking, science, construction, ballet and more.  Classes begin
July 1st and registration is open now.
–    Birthday
Families can choose from 11 party themes ranging from music to
sports, to animals, to cooking, princesses and pirates, construction, dinosaurs
and more.
You can check out more information at


New York International Children’s Film Festival

Celebrating its 15th year, the countries largest film festival for kids and teens will present more than 100 groundbreaking new works throughout the month of March.

The New York International Children’s Film Festival gives movie-lovers the opportunity to see U.S. premieres of international films and get sneak previews of the best upcoming shorts, features, and documentaries. NYICFF is an Oscar-qualifying festival, and in the past four years alone it has screened 11 films that were later nominated for Academy Awards.

Along with a carefully selected collection of feature films from around the world, this year’s festival includes six short film programs, kid-friendly opening and closing galas, filmmaker Q&A’s, film making workshops, and the NYICFF Awards Ceremony on March 25, when the 2012 jury — including silver screen greats like Susan Sarandon and Uma Thurman — will announce the best of the fest.

The festival runs March 3-25 in various locations around New York City.
You can buy tickets here .