Halloween in NYC

Halloween in NYC

When the kids get tired of trick or treating in their building, these street parties are the way to go. 

Museum of Natural History

7 p.m.

Spooky Astronomy. “On this Halloween night, join Jackie Faherty and Lydia Maria Petrosino for an evening of spooky stories of the cosmos as we navigate the constellations and explain the most frightful and petrifying objects in the sky. Recommended for ages 12 and up.” $12 for members, $15 for non members. More here.

Trick or Treating

West 69th Street

West 69th between Broadway and Central Park West always has a very big crowd for its block party, though it can get very crowded. The decorations are always awesome!

West 87th Street

The block between West End and Riverside tends to be blocked off.

West 90th Street

The block association has held a block party between Columbus and Central Park West for several years. For the 4th year they will be doing a haunted maze on the northeast corner of 90th and Columbus (in front of 65 west 90th) between 5-9 pm.

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Halloween Costumes

Halloween Costumes

Deciding on a Halloween costume was so easy when they were young. They would enthusiastically agree with (almost) anything I chose. Now that they’re older, what is appropriate is a harder conversation. I’m not referring to anything too sexy or scary; I want originality and creativity.


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Back to School Blues

New York City schools start next week. Like many kids, my children have mixed feelings about that. Two are excited to get back to their old schools, see friends and start the routine – school, hockey, soccer, etc. The eldest starts a new school and is anxious about making new friends, what the commute will be like and the work load.  So, to lessen the stress of the transition, we are filling the next few days with fun activities and “honey dos.”

  • Beach trip – Jones or Lake Welsh
  • Hair cuts. OK, not so much “fun” but necessary.
  • Bedroom refresh, which comes along with a trip to IKEA; that’s always a hit!
  • Prepping, eating and enjoying the season’s fresh veggies and fruit. That sounds odd but each child has their favs so I’m encouraging them to eat as much as possible when we’re “in season.”


  • Cleaning the car. We have a summer of sand and dust inside and out. Yeck.
  • Shoe shopping – camp did in their sneaker!

What do you do with your children to ease the transition back to school?

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!

EDO POP: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints

EDO POP: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints

On exhibit now at the Japan Society, Edo Pop – The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints.
 Edo Pop playfully juxtaposes classic ukiyo-e prints from masters like Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige with contemporary works inspired by these artists and their works. Delve into worlds created by the power of Edo period and contemporary popular culture.

On May 12 the Japan Society is hosting a family-friendly printmaking workshop inspired by the works found in Edo Pop. Included is a discussion of selected works in the exhibition and an explanation of woodblock printmaking techniques. A printmaking workshop devoted to a variety of techniques follows, with time for show-and-tell with all participants.

Gallery Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 11 am-6 pm; Fri. 11 am-9 pm; Sat. & Sun. 11 am-5 pm; closed Mon. & major holidays. Docent-led walk-in tours are conducted Tues.-Sun. at 12:30 pm.
Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York, New York 10017

Tubby the Tuba narrated by Patti Smith

Tubby the Tuba narrated by Patti Smith

Dedicated to introducing children to the world of classical music, The Little Orchestra Society has been putting on family-friendly events for 65 years.

Tubby the Tuba, a childhood favorite of punk rock musician and National Book Award-winner Patti Smith, is a whimsical piece that tells the story of a plucky tuba out searching for a song all its own.

No doubt the adults will be getting something very different from this concert than their children, but both will enjoy it.


AT 11:00AM AND 1:00PM

Bronx 3rd Annual Winterfest Celebration

Bronx 3rd Annual Winterfest Celebration

Saturday, January 19, 2013
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Join Bronx Recreation for a day of fun at its 3rd Annual Winterfest Celebration.This event is to kick-off the winter season through Sports, Fitness, and Outdoor Adventure.

This event is FREE for children and families of all ages. Activities will include Sports Clinics, Fitness Demonstrations, Winter Activities and Games, Live Entertainment and much more!

Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center in Williamsbridge Oval
3225 Reservoir Oval East

Location Details:
Between 208th Street and Bainbridge Avenue

Cost: Free