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    Poets House opens summer outpost on Governors Island

    Thu Jul 17

    "Ode to New York City" artwork

    "Ode to New York City" artwork

    For the next three weekends, Poets House will take up residence in a historic house on Colonels Row, featuring an interactive exhibition of poetry and art As if you needed another reason to visit the oasis of Governors Island, Poets House is making the bay island’s lush lawns and newly installed hammocks even more appealing for families. In one of the houses on Colonels Row, the nonprofit poetry library is installing the “Ode to New York City” art and poetry exhibition that will inspire creativity in visitors of all ages. The work featured in the exhibit was crafted in elementary classrooms this past April (a.k.a. National Poetry Month); students at P.S. 1, P.S. 89 and P.S. 276 worked with staff from Poets House and guest artists to reflect on and make art about their most treasured New York City landmarks, and the resulting poetry was collected in an anthology and celebrated with readings at Poets House. Now visitors can view the work of these budding artists and are encouraged to...

    From GPS trackers to tattoos: Keeping kids in sight in NYC

    Tue Jul 15

    Photograph: Creative Commons/Courtesy Susan Sermoneta

    Summer is NYC's most exciting time of year for families, but the big crowds that come with warm weather can make it even harder to keep an eye on your energetic children Calling all parents! Everyone's experienced that moment of panic when your child disappears from view, even if it's just for a second. Check out these great ways to keep track of your kiddos in the crowds of NYC this summer. Securus eZoom Pop the Securus eZoom right in your kid's zip pocket and the GPS device will track their location and will text or email you with their location every 30 seconds if needed. You can create "safe" zones and receive an alert when your child leaves the perimeters you set, and you can even get a satellite view of their location online. Available at securusgps.com for $99 plus cost of service plan ($19.99 per month, $179.88 for one year, $311.76 for two years) Life 360 Life 360, a free app for iPhone, Android and Windows, makes sure your family members arrive safely at their...

    NYC Museums: Permanent exhibits for kids

    Mon Jul 14

    These can’t-miss permanent exhibits have been (and will likely be) here for the long haul, but have you visited them lately? Pay a visit to the dinosaurs or outer space with your little ones this weekend. Whether you're in the mood to explore the depths of the ocean with The Museum of Natural History's blue whale, tee off at New York Hall of Science's "Rocket Park Mini Golf" or teach the little ones about famous painters at the Met, these iconic permanent exhibits will keep the whole family entertained for hours. See our favorite NYC picks below.   The Jewish Museum, "Archaeology Zone" Introduce kids to ideas about why and how cultures develop with an exhibit that features a dig's worth of interactive elements: Tots can piece vessels together, weigh and examine replicas of artifacts, decipher the meaning of symbols in a mosaic and don a costume reminiscent of Indiana Jones's garb. Note that this exhibit is not open on Saturdays due to the Sabbath. Brooklyn Children’s Museum...

    McKittrick rooftop hosts Potions and Planting Tea Party for kids


    Mon Jul 14

    Photograph: Courtesy O&M Co.

    Your youngsters can garden their way through the day with a favorite stuffed animal atop one of NYC’s iconic hotels. Take your little ones to the McKittrick Hotel's Potions and Planting Tea Party next month for one of the most unique children's events you've seen in New York. Held at the Gallow Green rooftop garden (usually reserved for happy hour and tasty dinners for grownups), the Potions and Planting Tea Party invites kids ages 6–11 to learn about veggies, edible flowers and herbs.  Recommended: 13 best NYC parks for families On both August 2nd and August 9th, kids can craft magical potions made from organic materials in recyclable bottles and will be able to learn about gardening. They'll even plant seeds themselves with the help of garden staff. During the event, attendees will enjoy a traditional English high tea platter with sandwiches, sweet treats and pink lemonade. After your kids have become little gardening experts, they'll be able to take home a mini flower press,...

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