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    A rock & roll–themed play space is coming to the Children's Museum of Manhattan

    Tue May 12

    Frolic! Pop-Up Playspace

    Frolic! Pop-Up Playspace Photograph courtesy CMOM

    A pop-up play space from Frolic! opens at CMOM on June 5, bringing live concerts, music programs and a supercool tongue slide to your budding rockstar If your little ones are in need of some new NYC play spaces to explore, they're in luck! Frolic!, a family-favorite romper room in Williamsburg, is bringing a rock & roll–themed pop-up playspace to the Children's Museum of Manhattan starting in June. The Upper West Side museum is already home to some stellar exhibits for kids, but from June 5 through December 31, your youngsters can enjoy hands-on musical exploration, thanks to special programs in the 1,500-square-foot space.  Kids ages 0–5 will love climbing inside a paint-splattered replica of a 70s Volkswagen minivan, slipping down the Rolling Stones–inspired tongue slide and playing with an interactive video music wall. Daily programs and storytimes combining music, language and movement games will get them singing and dancing and enhance their free play. In addition to creating...

    Here are the most-searched baby names by state, according to Google

    Fri May 8

    Google

    Get inside the minds of other parents-to-be thanks to Google's data on the most-searched baby names across the country We know how much moms and dads love to read up on New York's top baby names, and now Google is giving parents a peek at the baby-name brainstorming process by revealing the most-searched names. By analyzing a year's worth of data on Google searches for "meaning of" and "common baby names" (from March 2014–2015) they've come up with the top-searched baby names across the country, as well as by state. Nationally, Michael, James and Avery came in as the top three names for boys (in that order), while Elizabeth, Olivia and Emma pulled the top searches for girls. Where it gets really interesting is with the statewide favorites. With the boys, names like Joshua and Jonathan ranked on top for several states, but the girls garnered some pretty unique monikers, including Aria (perhaps some Game of Thrones inspiration?), Aurora and Killian. We think the shutterbug folk...

    Would your kids walk away with a stranger?

    Wed May 6

    This YouTube social experiment by JoeySalads totally creeped us out…would your kids leave a New York City playground with a total stranger? How often do you remind your kids not to talk to strangers? Once a day? Once a week? A social experiment led by Joseph Saladino, known as "JoeySalads" on YouTube, reveals a scary statistic on New York City playgrounds—according to this video, many kids would walk away with a total stranger if they had a puppy. Before conducting the experiment with kids, Saladino approached moms with his dog Donuts, explained the premise for his video and asked how they thought their savvy city kids would respond. Most parents thought their kids would know better and were shocked as they watched their little ones walk off with Saladino, some even holding his hand.  Parenting expert Erika Katz tells CBS New York that parents "have to tell them [kids] that sometimes strangers can be really nice and they could be nice looking; they could seem like your friend," also...

    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...

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