Parenting Classes

Lots of parents are interested in finding out
more about how to effectively raise their children in today’s challenging
world. Parenting has never been an easy job, and it seems to be getting
tougher. The world has changed for kids, and parents are caught between old
methods and new situations. 
Here are two parenting workshops in NYC that
seem to touch on good topic for parents.
For new parents, or grandparents who want a
refresher,  Babies:
An Instructional Manual .
Babies, while fascinating and delightful,
seem very fragile to new parents and do require specific care. Build
confidence in your nurturing and care skills by covering the baby basics: how
to hold a baby, changing diapers, picking your pediatrician and more. This workshop is suggested for families who have or are adopting
children under 2. December 3, 2012, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Resilience in your Child
  Resilience is one of the best gifts we can
give our children. It empowers them to succeed when faced with peer pressures,
difficulties in school, and other challenges. In this workshop, learn
strategies and practices to instill confidence and character in your children,
positioning them to thrive in challenging situations and overcome adversity. October 1, 2012, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Youth Baseball Clinic

Youth Baseball Clinic

This is nice…just in time to get your little athlete ready for fall ball, Central Park is hosting a FREE baseball clinic for kids 6-9 years of age. They can improve their baseball skills and experience fun drills
and exercises in pitching, catching, hitting and running bases as well
as scrimmage play.

North Meadow at East 101st Street.
Pre-registration is required.

Date: Every Thursday in August, 4pm-6pm

Location: North Meadow Ballfields #10

Price: FREE
Registration: For more information, please call 212-348-4867.

NYC School Systems Simplified

Spence-Chapin will help you navigate the NYC independent and public school process from Pre-K through 8th Grade.

This Tuesday July 10th workshop is an explanation of the admissions process for parents of children entering pre-kindergarten, elementary, and middle in both the New York City public and private school system.

Learn more:

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 .

Composting in Public Schools

Did you know that, every day, New York City produces enough garbage to fill Yankee Stadium? Over 30% of that garbage is food waste; and when it rots in landfills, it produces methane – a potent greenhouse gas. NYC spends $4 billion a year trucking its garbage to other states because we don’t have anywhere to put it.
Now, an Upper West Side school – PS 166 – wants to do its share to help solve the garbage crisis.

The school is beginning a cafeteria composting pilot program for food waste and bagasse (sugar cane) lunch trays. They will compost until the end of the school year, June 27th. Ten other schools in District 3 (UWS) will be participating in this pilot program, which is being led by the District 3 Green Schools Group in collaboration with the private waste hauler IESI Progressive Waste Solutions and with DOE support.

The purpose of this pioneering multi-school program – the first of its kind in New York City – is to see if schools can reduce the volume of our cafeteria waste (12 garbage bags a day), and to determine whether composting in NYC public schools is possible, and replicable across other school districts.

IESI has provided PS166 with rolling totes, signage, and liner bags for food waste and bagasse trays. IESI will collect the schools food waste and bagasse trays daily – free of charge – for 4 months, and transport it to the Peninsula industrial composting facility in Wilmington, Delaware.

There is a lot of work to make such a program succeed – let’s hope they make it!!!!