Bless your pets during the Feast of Saint Francis this weekend
Thu Oct 1
Are your kids longing to honor their dog, cat or guinea pig, or just wanting a chance to parade their prized pet in public? Then the Blessing of the Animals is an event they won't want to miss. Because of his affinity with living things, Francis of Assisi is remembered as the patron saint of animals. On the first Sunday in October, many congregations throughout the city celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis by inviting folks (religious and otherwise) to bring their pets to church to receive a blessing. A few tips: Be sure to leash your pet, or bring it in a sturdy carrier. If your child's hamster is high-strung or his tabby is timid, leave the animal at home. Many churches are happy to bless a photo; some will even bless stuffed toys. And even if you don't have a pet, it's worth checking out all the furry fun. Although not all congregations choose the same day for the fest, the lion's share of church-held events occurs this weekend. In case of inclement weather, be sure to call...
Park Slope gets new Chinese Restaurant
Thu Oct 1
The Brooklyn Paper reports that the owners of the well-regarded New American resto Stone Park Cafe will be opening a casual Chinese eatery on Fifth Avenue in the space that previously housed Tempo. While there's plenty of delicious, cheap Thai food in the area (we're looking at you Song and Long Tan), Chinese has been lacking from the neighborhood's Asian menu. We're hopeful this addition will fill the culinary gap—and finally give Park Slope kids a chance to experience what their friends in Manhattan have been ordering up for decades. Now, if only the owners of Al Di La would open up an Indian restaurant....
Score your kid a brand-new bedroom!
Thu Oct 1
We bet your parental popularity will rise if your child manages to win this awesome prize package from Room & Board . In addition to snazzy new furniture from the national chain, one lucky boy and one lucky girl will snag a closetful of clothes from 77kids by American Eagle and a slew of tech goodies including an iPod Nano , MacBook and more. Entering is simple—just click here and fill out the form. You only have until midnight on October 5th to enter so don't procrastinate!
Is Glee appropriate for kids?
Wed Sep 30
A few staffers here at Time Out Kids are already addicted to the new Fox program Glee (Wednesdays at 9pm). The show follows the misfit students who come together in a high-school glee club, as well as their socially awkward teachers. Though it clearly takes some cues from megahit High School Musical, the series differs in a huge way, in that this musical is actually watchable, with real laugh-out-loud moments. It's also musically eclectic: Featured songs include Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" and Rihanna's "Take a Bow." Among the talented cast are Lea Michele, from Broadway's Spring Awakening, and Matthew Morrison, who played Link Larkin in Hairspray's first national tour. And the emotionally authentic plotlines have so far tackled teen sex and pregnancy, and coming out as gay to friends and parents. Which got us wondering...are any parents out there allowing their musical-obsessed tweens to watch this show? Tell us! If your kiddos are definitely too young to tune in, check out our...
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