Boomerang Toys opens up in Staten Island
Thu Oct 8
We have been big fans of Manhattan's Boomerang Toys for years, so we were thrilled to hear that the mini-chain opened a third location in Staten Island . Owner and mom Karen Barwick grew up in the borough and noticed that the North Shore was lacking in specialty toy stores. The shop, which just opened last week on Forest Avenue, is run by Barwick's mom and is chock-full of educational playthings, classic board games, building sets, dress-up clothes, puppets, trucks and more for kids ages newborn to 13. It's a busy few weeks for Barwick: This Saturday, her Tribeca store is hosting a launch party from 2 to 4pm for DK Publishing's LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary. Young Star Wars followers (and their parents!) can mingle with Star Wars characters and enter to win Lego products, posters, stickers and more. Don't forget to bring the camera!
New theater reviews: The Man Who Planted Trees and My House
Thu Oct 8
Two new shows presented by the New Victory Theater have taken center stage to wow young theatergoers. The Man Who Planted Trees (playing through this Sunday) at the Duke on 42nd Street tackles some heavy subject matter with the help of clever puppetry, and My House (playing through Sunday Oct 18) at the New 42nd Street Studios offers an introduction to theater for the under-three crowd. But do the shows deliver? Read our reviews (and check out their accompanying slide shows!) to find out.
Don't miss today's Read for the Record literacy celebration
Thu Oct 8
Tote your tot to the library today to take part in the fourth annual Read for the Record campaign, which is sponsored by Jumpstart, a nonprofit organization that provides books to low-income families. Thousands of events are taking place all over the country; here in the Big Apple, a bunch of book-related venues are hosting readings of Eric Carle's classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. To find an event near you, visit readfortherecord.org or visit your local library.
Your FREE-day weekend: PLANNED!
Thu Oct 8
A three-day weekend already? Don't panic; we've got plenty of free activity suggestions from Saturday through Monday to keep the kids busy. Outdoors, indoors, uptown and down, we've rounded up the coolest no-cost happenings all over the city . Start planning your adventures now .
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