Get ready for The Big Talk
Mon Oct 12
You may have heard a rumor that Time Out Kids is following in the steps of our weekly sister mag and doing a "Sex Issue." Well, yes and no. Our November guide to at-home sex education will be visually tasteful—even cute!—so there's no need to hide it from the fam. However, we will tackle some explicit topics that you won't find in the national parenting publications (as you may have noticed, they target a largely conservative readership). Why are we doing it? In August, the United Nations announced it's working on guidelines for schools worldwide , suggesting that sexuality curricula begin at age 5. And yet sex ed isn't part of the required coursework in NYC public schools. It baffles us that one of the most culturally enlightened cities in the world would have no standardized sex ed. So we asked ourselves, how do progressive city parentstalk with their kids about sex? We want our children to be smart, sensitive and satisfied—in every way. But where do we start?...
Brooklyn mom stereotype on Bored to Death
Mon Oct 12
Has anyone else noticed that HBO has a thing for airing comedies about stereotypical and/or depressed Brooklynites? Last year, an episode of the sardonic animated comedy The Life & Times of Tim served up a cutting depiction of an uptight, juice-drinking Park Slope parent. This season, the new half-hour, Brooklyn-set comedy Bored to Death (which airs on Sunday nights at 9:30pm) is going after the same target. In last night's episode, Jason Schwartzman--an unlicensed private eye living in Kings County--helped out a local single mom, played by New Yorker Parker Posey. A strict vegan diet (a sure sign, as one character said, that she was absolutely miserable), this mom lived to over-parent her son. At the end of the episode, when Schwartzman rang her doorbell to say he'd solved the case, she wouldn't let him upstairs because her son was having an allergic reaction—his wrists were swollen due to contact with gluten—and she had to ice them. She also volunteered that she...
Win tickets to Ezra Jack Keats in Story and Song at Symphony Space
Mon Oct 12
Symphony Space kicked off its Just Kidding series this month, and as always the Upper West Side culture spot is showcasing some of our favorite family-friendly entertainers, including Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could and the tot rockin' trifecta of Dan Zanes, Gustafer Yellowgold and Father Goose at the Super Duper Extravaganza . But some literary love is also on the roster: On Saturday, October 24, at 11am author-illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, of Snowy Day fame, will be celebrated in story and song , and Time Out Kids is giving away two family four-packs to the show. In addition to readings and big-screen projections of his colorful illustrations, the Deedle Deedle Dees and Randy Kaplan will croon Keats-inspired tunes. Click here for your chance to win tickets!
World's largest Maurice Sendak exhibit on view in Soho
Mon Oct 12
Even Where the Wild Things Are obsessives could be forgiven for feeling a bit of Sendak overload—and the new film doesn't even open until Friday. That said, well-behaved Max fans (or is that an oxymoron?) might want to swing by Soho's Animazing Gallery, where more than 200 of Sendak's original illustrations and etches are on display. Even if you can't afford to take any of the pieces home, fans are invited to view the works free of charge during regular gallery hours. And if you are in a position to bring some Sendak home with you, know that some of the proceeds will benefit the Jane Goodall Institute, an organization dedicated to the well-being of real-world wild things. Animazing Gallery, corner of Broome and Greene Sts, 212-226-7374. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm.
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