Expecting in 2017? Experts are saying that these baby names should top your short list this year. Looking back on our list of the most popular baby names of 2016, we feel like people tend to keep things safe or go wayyy out there; these picks, for the most part, seem to find a good balance between unique and (though we'll admit—some are a little more hipstery than we'd go for). Looking for more? Browse our picks for the most New York-centric baby names, nearly extinct baby names and actually hipster baby names, if that's your style. Here's a sampling of those featured in Today.com's list via Nameberry, a data-based website focused on baby name trends (see their full article for the entire list). 1. Astrid 2. Arrow 3. Baxter 4. Celeste 5. Clark 6. Daisy 7. Eliza 8. Esther 9. Felicity 10. Felix 11. Gus 12. Indigo 13. Lula 14. Marguerite 15. Monty 16. Remy 17. Sage 18. Sayer 19. Tallulah 20. Wilder
Many F/G subway commuters mourned the loss of the beloved Kentile Floors sign in 2014 (has it been that long?!), but there's good news coming your way! As it turns out, the sign is likely getting a new home at Gowanus' forgotten Under the Tracks Playground (below the F and G tracks on Second and Third Aves/ 9th and 10th Sts (reported by Curbed) thanks to the Gowanus Alliance. The sign's letters have remained in warehouse storage for future use. The Under the Tracks Playground has been closed for a very long time due to the Culver Viaduct project, but now there are concrete plans to reopen with the Kentile Floors sign as public art on the ground, rather than high in the sky atop a building. The Playground, of course, will get a much-needed transformation, as will the surrounding park with new greenery, basketball courts and plenty of seating for families. We'll keep you updated as we get more details! P.S. For those who don't know, Kentile Floors was a company that made cork, vinyl and rubber floor tiles, and it was one of the leading tile producers in the United States in the '50s and '60s. While you're waiting, check out our updates on the Chelsea Waterside Play Area and see our list of other exciting kids' playgrounds around the city!
Join Thomas the Tank Engine in Ross Hall at the New York Botanical Garden for a fun show with the kids! Little ones will adventure with larger-than-life train Thomas and (human) Driver Sam during "Thomas' Budding Adventure," and the performance is short enough that wiggle worms won't have time to get tired/whiny/distracted. There's even an opportunity to snap pictures with Sam and Thomas at the end! Remaining showtimes: - Weekends through Jan 16 11am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm + members-only 9am performance. - Tues–Fri Jan 3–6 11am, 1:30pm Your ticket to All Aboard with Thomas and Friends additionally includes admission to the Holiday Train Show exhibit (with the exception of Jan 21, 22 performances, where the Train Show will already be closed for the season). Tickets to see Thomas range from $10–$30, depending on age and day of visit. P.S. Be sure to get there at least 30 minutes before your show, since seating is first-come, first-served! For more family fun, explore our list of the best kids' books around and our lineup of 101 things to do with kids in NYC! Want more? Sign up here to get our newsletter!
Deals on Broadway shows for kids can be hard to come by—same with NYC's best family attractions. Broadway Week, a week where you can get two-for-one ticket deals, just opened their ticketing on January 5 at 10:30am, and Attractions Week (new this year!) is in full effect as well! When you purchase Broadway tickets through this link (or an attraction ticket through this link), you'll get a two-for-one ticket deal for a show/attraction visit anywhere from Jan 17–Feb 5. Whatcha waiting for? Here are the Broadway shows participating in 2017's Broadway Week: A Bronx TaleAladdinAugust Wilson’s JitneyBeautiful: The Carole King MusicalCatsChicago The MusicalCirque du Soleil ParamourThe Front PageIn TransitKinky BootsThe Lion KingNatasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812Oh, HelloOn Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria EstefanThe Phantom of the OperaSchool of RockWaitressWicked Attractions Week offers access to tons of cool spots, including Madame Tussauds, Whitney Museum of American Art, Ripley's Believe It or Not, Sugar Hill Children's museum and tons more! Find the full list and purchase tickets here. Want more? Sign up here to get our newsletter!
Looking for a Dino-mite time with the family? Yep, we went there. A sweet throwback to the Mesozoic Era is coming to a theater near you! Newcomer indie film venue Metrograph (to be exact) is hosting a dinosaur movie marathon that’s great for kids and parents alike. For $12 or $15 (matinee v. evening), you can see flicks like Jurassic Park, King Kong and The Good Dinosaur. Looking for other prehistoric fun? Head to see the Titanosaur at the Museum of Natural History and Field Station: Dinosaurs when springtime hits to meet huge animatronic creatures. Jurassic Park Sat Jan 7 - noon, 7:15pm Sun Jan 8 – noon The Lost World: Jurassic Park Sat Jan 14 – noon Sun Jan15 – noon Tues Jan 17 – 4pm, 9:30pm Jurassic Park III Sat Jan 21, noon Sat Jan 22, noon King Kong Sat Jan 28, noon Sun Jan 29, noon The Land Before Time TIMES TBA The Good Dinosaur TIMES TBA Find more amazing movie picks from Time Out New York Kids with our list of best kids' movies, top family comedy movies, great Disney princess movies and the best kids' movies in theaters. Want more? Sign up here to get our newsletter!
While summer camp season won't be here for quite a while, your kids can experience "Wilderness Camp" at Brooklyn Children's Museum for an exciting adventure right here in town. On the second floor of the Museum, you'll find an interactive exhibit inspired by Tatfoo Tan, whose work examines our relationship with nature. "Wilderness Camp" offers opportunities to try camp-worthy activities, like packing a backpack full of necessary items including a mess kit, compass, canteen, maps and a warm blanket. You will also get to "set up camp" in one of the gallery's seven tents designed by Tatfoo Tan himself and read stories around a campfire! Well, a fake campfire. Don't leave without learning to tie knots (Feb 4, 5)! On weekends in February, the exhibit will also offer Wilderness Skills workshops, where kids can learn how to build their own compass (Feb 26, 26), tie-dye with natural dyes (Feb 11, 12), and even dehydrate food (Feb 18, 19). Don't miss it! "Wilderness Camp" opens at Brooklyn Children's Museum on January 21 and runs through June 4. Want more? Sign up here to get our newsletter!
The new year is almost here (Woohoo, New Year's Eve with kids!) If your resolution is to have way more fun in 2017, you've come to the right place. 17 fantastic openings, releases and experiences are coming your way in a hurry, and here's your guide to them all! Your kids will love exciting adventures at "National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey," where you'll dive into a simulated ocean experience, or great stuff like Gulliver's Gate, a 50,000-square-foot attraction full of miniatures. Did we mention Nitehawk Prospect Park is opening in 2017 too? There's so much to get excited about! Read on for the full details (and to be the most "in the know" parent on the block). For more fun activities, try our favorite 101 things to do with kids in NYC and the best free activities for kids, too. 1. "National Geographic ENCOUNTER: Ocean Odyssey" The great minds of National Geographic Partners, award- winning special effects teams, composers, designers and sound engineers are behind Times Square’s upcoming permanent multisensory experience for families. Visitors travel through a 60,000-square- foot maze of screens to virtually visit the Salomon Islands, the Pacific Ocean and the California coast (among other places), seeing humpback whales, sea lions, great white sharks and Humboldt squid along the way. 226 W 44th St (natgeoencounter.com). Opens in fall, date TBA. All ages. 2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Enter a world of pure imagination when this musical version of the R
Whether it happens at home or at the mall, a temper tantrum is never a welcome experience. As anyone can attest, it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve encountered it, each creative new presentation feels like the first time, and we flounder, quickly racking our brain for a way to Just. Make. It. Stop! We’ve got your back. Browse our list of tried and true (and sometimes unexpected!) ways to get your little one back on track. 1. A distracting question can be a lifesaving tactic, capable of halting hysterics before they’re fully underway. As we all know, tantrums are not relegated to the terrible two’s. Next time your child begins to stomp and scream, calmly ask them where the dog is, what’s that brown spot on the wall, or "Did Sarah like the drawing you made for her at art today?" Watch the waterworks switch off as they stop to answer you. 2. Have twos, threes and fours? Break out into song. We're not kidding. Watch as they either join in, or watch you in awe. As they say, music soothes the savage toddler. 3. Threats of taking away a coveted toy may sound harsh, but sometimes you've gotta resort to this very effective tactic. It works best on the older set, but be sure to follow through with your threat. You can always return the toy a few hours (or days) later for good behavior. 4. Ignore it. Yes this is a hard one, but a few minutes of raging out to an uninterested audience (you) can make your child give up when the theatrics aren’t garnering the attention they’re look
We’re so excited to see that construction on the New York Wheel is really moving along! For those of you that may not already know (though we’d expect you’ve heard by now!), the 630-foot-tall, 500 million+ observation wheel is now slated to open in early 2018 in Staten Island and will hold 1,440 people at a time. Some quick facts: The wheel will have 36 pods, each holding 40 people Rides will be 38 minutes long (and cost about $35 per person) It will be open seven days a week, roughly 10am to midnight The pedestal base just made it to Staten Island in November (progress!) Riders will have views of the Statue of Liberty, Verrazano Bridge and Manhattan skyline An adjacent shopping mall, Empire Outlets, will open in 2017, and it comes complete with retailers like Nordstrom Rack and factory stores from Nike, Banana Republic and Gap to name a few (an awesome perk for parents of growing kids)! Curbed reports that the New York Wheel will also come complete with a 10,000-square-foot playground (woohoo!!!)! There will also be an outdoor beer garden for adults. In the meantime, check out other fun kids’ playgrounds around NYC. And hey, if you're not into the $35 fee (though you'll probably need to go for a ride at least once!), you'll still get to see the sights from the Staten Island Ferry for free. Want more? Sign up here to get our newsletter!
If your kid's one holiday wish is to see animals in costumes, you're certainly in luck. In the New Year, an amazing 15-foot, two-and-a-half–ton bronze sculpture called Hippo Ballerina will be gracing 64th and Broadway (across from Lincoln Center)! The Bjørn Okholm Skaarup-made sculpture makes its debut on February 7th thanks to the NYC Parks' Art in the Parks program, and it will remain on view through July 31, 2017. Look vaguely familiar? It's modeled after Little Dancer Aged Fourteen by Impressionist icon Edgar Degas—you know, except with a hippo. Visitors take note: If you take a picture striking your favorite pose with the Hippo Ballerina, then post your image to Instagram using the hashtag #dancewithhippoballerina, you'll be eligible to win two tickets to a ballet performance at Lincoln Center. But wait—there's more! Skaarup's concurrent companion exhibition (with even more bronze critter characters) will be on view from February 7 to March 17, 2017 at Cavalier Gallery (3 W 57th St; cavaliergalleries.com). In Bronze Creatures Great and Small, you'll see a dancing bear balancing atop a ball, a lion riding a rocking horse, a kangaroo on a pogo stick and even a cheetah on a scooter! For more fun in NYC, check out our favorite things to do with kids in NYC and wonderful winter activities for kids, too. Want more? Sign up here to get our newsletter!