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    8 awesome family events on Independent Bookstore Day

    Fri May 1

    Storytime and Singalong

    Storytime and Singalong Photograph: Bobby Kintz

    Bring little bookworms to celebratory storytimes, literary gameshows, puppet performances and more at your favorite local shop on May 2 Saturday, May 2 is Independent Bookstore Day, and with so many incredible book stores in NYC boasting curated children's sections, families have plenty to celebrate! These shops host all manner of activities for youngsters, ranging from storytimes for budding readers, to author meet-and-greets and book clubs for older lit-lovers. The events below provide tons of free things to do with kids, so make room in your family's agenda this weekend and show appreciation for your favorite neighborhood bookstore! Bookstore events for kids Bank Street Bookstore In celebration of Independent Bookstore Day, Bank Street welcomes an impressive lineup of children's book authors and illustrators to the brand-new location at Broadway and W 107th St. Pop in for readings, signings, puppetry and refreshments throughout the day. Meet talented writers like Peter...

    Take the kids on a free tour of any New York firehouse on May 2

    Thu Apr 23

    Photograph: Joi Ito

    In celebration of the FDNY's 150th anniversary, firehouses throughout the city are opening their doors to give families a peek inside To celebrate their 150th anniversary, the FDNY is throwing a citywide "Open House" where every firehouse in the city (and many EMS stations) will be open to the public during two, two-hour slots. Those interested in touring a station (Parents, this is your chance to live out those childhood Ghostbusters dreams!) can sign up for a slot from 11am–1pm or 1pm–3pm on May 2. "It's a day we want everybody to see what's behind the red door," said Capt Robert Hauryluck of Engine 54/Ladder 4 at Eighth Avenue and 48th Street to the New York Post. "We have an open door policy as it is." Giveaways during the event will include coloring books for kids, carbon-monoxide alarms, plastic fire helmets and commemorative programs marking the 150th anniversary. For more information and to register, visit nyc.gov/FDNY. For more four-alarm fun, head over to the New York City...

    The best farmers’ markets in NYC

    Wed Apr 22

    NYC Green Market

    NYC Green Market Photograph: Shutterstock

    Ditch the grocery store and bodega buys for farmer’s markets around the city—you won’t believe how much awesome stuff you can find at your local greenmarket Kids might reconsider their aversion to veggies when they get to meet the super cool farmers that grow them. Local bakers, chefs and growers set up tables to show off seasonal favorites, while local artisans display their coolest creations. Some greenmarkets even have live music! Check out mainstays like the Union Square and New York Botanical Garden markets. If you're not ready to eat your new loot just yet, head over to one of these spectacular farm-to-table restaurants for a delicious summer feast. New York Botanical Garden Greenmarket Starting June 17 2015, visitors to the New York Botanical Garden will have a chance to both see a beautiful display of plants and take home a tasty, wholesome treat! From 9am to 3pm every Wednesday, the NYBG Greenmarket will provide fresh foods available for purchase by the Garden’s...

    The best new kids' movies on Netflix in May

    Wed Apr 22

    The BoxTrolls

    The BoxTrolls Photograph: Courtesy LAIKA

    These new-to-Netflix films will have you and the kids wanting to settle in for a family movie marathon Springtime brings pretty blooms and bursts of greenery back to NYC's public gardens, but it also tends to bring showers and storms. These new kids' movies on Netflix will be your savior when you run out of things to do with kids when it's raining. Even when the weather's nice, you'll need something to keep the babysitter sane—popcorn and a movie night should do the trick!   The Boxtrolls (2014) Avail 5/23 Eggs, an orphaned human boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trolls, must escape the clutches of an evil exterminator in this 3-D stop-motion animated film, done in a style similar to Coraline and Paranorman, from the same creator. The trash-collecting monsters, though slightly creepy, are affectionate and intricately detailed; and the familiar voices of stars like Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette and Tracy Morgan bring warmth to the otherwise dreary world of...
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