Clif's Fruit Ropes are the new Gushers
Fri May 16
The good people from Clif Bars have now sent the hungry editors at Time Out Kids not one but two boxes of nutritious kids' products. We don't often point out snacks you can get at the local grocery store, but something has to be said for this company's Organic Twisted Fruit Rope (I've scarfed down two of the 70-calorie fruit-roll-ups today alone). When I was a kid, all I wanted on earth was for my mom to take me to Grand Union and buy me Gushers (remember those?) and fruit-roll-ups (I used to, rather grossly, wrap one around my thumb, and then suck on it for a solid hour). Luckily, Mom rarely obliged, bringing home tasteless fruit leather instead (which, by the way, everyone in school knew was not nearly as good as the artificial stuff). Here's the thing: Clif's fruit rope actually tastes as good—maybe even better?--than Fruit by the Foot and all that other garbage your kids are craving. Plus it's fairly nutritious! Even better, the solid rope shape will ensure that your...
Featured event: Music for a Green Planet
Fri May 16
It may not feel like Spring yet, but that doesn't mean you and your brood can't go green this weekend. Acclaimed jazz musician Hayes Greenfield performs a concert on Sunday at the Highline Ballroom in Chelsea, where he sings tunes from his album of the same name, all about being environmentally-friendly. The show is just in time for Earth Day (May 20th), a gentle reminder to keep the planet in mind as we become A/C-dependent with the approaching summer months. Though rain may loom in the sky, your kids will likely leave Hayes' performance with a little bit more of an appreciation for Mother Nature, and maybe even inspiration to keep their rooms clean (for now!). See all weekend events here.
Eloise returns to The Plaza!
Thu May 15
The Plaza would certainly be considered an iconic part of New York City – it’s an obligatory tourist locale, the lodging of many celebrities, and most importantly the home to the beloved Eloise. As the star of dozens of books in the Eloise series, the trouble maker is known to live in the grandiose hotel with her dog Weenie, and until the closing of the Plaza for renovations, a portrait of her hung in the Palm Court restaurant foyer. In conjunction with the hotel’s reopening, the portrait was unveiled yesterday and restored to its prime location. This summer, filming begins on Eloise in Paris, an adaptation of a book in the series, and the movie’s star Jordana Beatty was there to welcome Eloise back to The Plaza. The 9-year-old Australian cutie stopped for a second to chat with Time Out Kids about the film, causing mischief, and being in New York for the first time. Click the link below to read our interview with the giggly Eloise! Why did you want to play...
And the Ezra goes to...
Thu May 15
This evening, the New York Public Library and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation present their 2008 awards for excellence in children's literature. Though there won't be Oscar-worthy goody bags or Grammy-level fashion gaffes (at least, we're not expecting any), the awards are a great opportunity to get to know two up-and-coming author-illustrators who may not be on your radar yet. Unless, that is, you've been reading TONY Kids. Back in August 2007, we profiled Queens resident David Ezra Stein, who today is honored as the writer of Leaves (he illustrated it, too). That same month, we featured At Night, words and pictures by Manhattanite Jonathan Bean. Today he's being recognized for his artistic work on author Lauren Thompson's The Apple Pie That Pa Baked. Regardless of the exact reasons, I'm thrilled that these two talented New Yorkers are getting noticed. So, who are your favorite authors and illustrators? Let us know—maybe the NYPL and Keats Foundation will pay attention.
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