A very Scarry summer, indeed
Fri Jun 5
When did you last visit Huckle Cat and his friend Lowly Worm in Busytown, or flip through Best Word Book Ever ? If it's been a while, whip those Richard Scarry titles back out. Today would have been Scarry's 90th birthday, and to celebrate, Sterling Publishing is throwing a summer-long bash: it's " A Very Scarry Summer ." Scarry passed away 15 years ago, but his books—which number more than 300 and star round-faced animals you'll want to hug—are timeless. (I still have the Lowly Worm doll I made from felt in elementary school.) Sterling's 90-day celebration offers the chance to win eight Scarry books and urges those touched by his work to share their memories . Beyond the contest, games and gushing, Sterling is reprinting 15 out-of-print Scarry titles (eight have already been released), and four will be published as board books for the first time. Librarians, teachers, booksellers, parents: Get your hands on classics like What Do People Do All Day? ...
The next great reality horror show for NYC parents: NYC Prep
Thu Jun 4
The CW's Gossip Girl is a fabulous, fun hour of escapism--unless you're a New York City parent of a private school teen. Then you start to worry about whether your kid will turn into Blair, Serena or worst of all, Chuck! So we can't even begin to imagine the kind of panic attacks that Bravo's new reality show, NYC Prep , will instigate. The show hasn't even premiered yet (the big day is June 23rd) and it's already inspiring blogossip . One of the girls on the show, Camille (the "Blair" character), attends the Nightingale-Bamford School , the all-girls UES alma mater of Gossip Girl author Cecily von Ziegesar. Although the show doesn't mention Nightingale by name, being that this is New York, it didn't take long for multiple news outlets to figure out where the kids are enrolled. I happen to have attended Nightingale for kindergarten and first grade (full disclosure: it was strict and fancy, but I loved it). As an alum, I receive occasional email...
Central Park debuts Sound Tunnel on June 8
Thu Jun 4
Kids love weird noises—especially when they come out of nowhere. On Monday, June 8, the pedestrian tunnel outside of the Central Park Zoo is set to transform into a "sonic collage" created by composer John Morton. Each half hour, kids can listen to 20 minutes full of remixed chimes from the nearby Delacorte Clock, recordings from around the city (think pigeons, fountains, musicians and jackhammers) as well as a poem read by Bowery Poetry Club founder Bob Holman called "Centrally Park." You can listen to a sneak, er, sound byte on Time Out New York . The cool cacophony continues through September 10.
Photos from Time Out Kids' Spring Kids Fest!
Wed Jun 3
[node:] If you didn't make our Spring Kids Fest in Madison Square Park this past Saturday, then you don't know what you missed...but we're happy to show you! The weather was gorgeous and kids and parents seemed to be having a fantastic time listening to music, watching magic, trying yoga poses and sampling free eats. (We won't lie: The complimentary cotton candy was a serious hit with all ages—in fact, a lot of childless folks waited patiently to get their hands on the sticky pink snack!) Our next kids fest will take place sometime in October. Until then, click through our slide show of fabulous photos by Marc Whalen from this month's edition.
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