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    Park Slope parents are taking a beating---again

    Thu Apr 9

    Is it just us, or are Park Slope parents really taking a beating these days? Hating on the Slope is nothing new. We ran an article about it in June of 2007, which the author then parlayed into a New York Times piece the following year. But for a while there the bashing seemed to subside. The blogosphere had bigger parental targets, like Octomom and Angelina Jolie...and then the 'hood's signature famly site, ParkSlopeParents.com, announced that it would be instituting an annual $25 membership fee beginning May 1st to cover its costs. Now residents are super ticked off and the blogs are picking up--and goofing--on their ire. Gothamist sums it up nicely (as opposed to Gawker, which snarks it up meanly): "Paying money for a service that you value and use on a daily basis? Absurd!" Certainly makes them look like a bunch of winey toddlers. Meanwhile on Broadway, the despicable characters at the heart of Yasmina Reza's new hit comedy God of Carnage--about two ostensibly civilized couples who...

    Dad pawns daughter off for meat and beer

    Wed Apr 8

    I like meat. I like beer. That said, I wouldn't sell my kid for them. But apparently a father in Salinas, California would. The man reportedly sold his 16-year-old daughter into marriage for $16,000 and a hefty load of beer and meat. Can I get a Parent of the Year award over here, please? According to the Associated Press, Marcelino de Jesus Martinez "pleaded not guilty in February to procuring a child for lewd acts, aiding and abetting statutory rape and child endangerment." If convicted, he could face 10 years behind bars. In the meantime, he will be accepting bids for his adolescent son in the form of vodka handles and tender venison. Inquire within.

    ISR teaches babies to survive drowning

    Tue Apr 7

    In such an era of de-sensitization, not many things can really shock me. However, when I saw this video, my jaw definitely dropped. This CANNOT be real! The gist of ISR (Infant Swim Resource) is that it teaches little kids—as young as six months old—"to rotate their bodies, stabilize their float, relax and breathe" when submerged in water. Don't ask me how they teach a six-month-old this tactic, seeing as most babies that age can't even feed themselves. Sorry, I'm a little skeptical. Is this tactic viable, or would you wait until your tot was older to embrace swim lessons? ISR Baby Surviving Drowning - The funniest movie is here. Find it

    Bristol Palin's ex dishes on his teenage sex life

    Mon Apr 6

    Last week, Levi Johnston--Bristol Palin's former fianc/father of her 3-month-old baby--sat down with Tyra Banks (because you know, that's the talk show you go on when you want to be taken seriously!) to chat about his antagonistic relationship with her family, being a teenage daddy and the inevitable custody battle ahead. It's this snippet, though, that's garnering all the attention: Coaxed by Tyra, Johnston admits that he was having unprotected sex with Bristol, at least part of the time, and claims that Sarah Palin, ever the abstinence advocate, knew about their premarital relations. Of course, the Palins are livid that Johnston would spread such "rumors" and now he's receiving a lot of backlash for his statements. Um, obviously they were having unprotected sex! Hence the pregnancy. I'm not even surprised about the fact that Mama Palin knew about their sex life. Too bad she didn't leave condoms under Bristol's pillow. I hope the full interview, which airs today at 5pm on MY9, is a...

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