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    Want to Adopt? Don't Move to Arkansas

    Tue Nov 18

    This news may be two weeks old, but it's still got me riled up! While most of us were celebrating the historic election of the most liberal President in U.S. history, some narrow-minded folks were taking away the rights of others. No, I’m not talking about Prop H8te. I’m talking about the oddly named Act 1, which bans unmarried folks in Arkansas from adopting children or serving as foster parents. Act 1 was put on the ballot in an attempt to keep gays away from kids, which is heinous enough. But because of its far-reaching wording, the new law also bars straight singles (and straight couples who aren’t legally married) from becoming adoptive parents as well. Disgusting. Oh, and November happens to be National Adoption Month. As a single adoptive mother and, more important, a human being who cares about kids, I'm shocked to find out that there are grown-ups in this country who are so filled with hate that they’d prefer to let children suffer than see them placed with...

    Parenting Poop: What Big Apple Moms and Dads Are Buzzing About

    Tue Nov 18

    Think you’re having trouble finding decent schools? Bet you’re not under as much pressure or scrutiny as the Obamas. Too bad the President elect and his family don't live in New York. If they did, they could try Catholic school. Jada Pinkett Smith has a business-family plan. Wonder if she gets to write off their vacations as work expenses. Your 12-year-old plays WoW. Mrs. Fishman’s 12-year-old plays food critic. Your kid probably gets fewer wedgies. Did you have sex on Election night? If you did, you may be part of the inevitable Obama baby boom.

    Helping Hand-Me-Down

    Mon Nov 17

    Your kid just turned two and yet you’re still pawning off barely used baby tees and rattles. You can’t bear to throw them away, but selling them—or even giving them away online—is just one more project you can’t take on. Salvation is just a few clicks away. Handmedowns.com lets parents sell, donate or (god forbid) buy gently used wares. Organized by city and item type, handmedowns.com pulls ads from myriad sites including Craigslist and eBay, as well as its own listings, to create a space solely for parent-specific deals. So you can finally get rid of that “Challah Back Girl” onesie…or, if you’re in the market, acquire one.

    What was he inking? Stephen Baldwin gets a Hannah Montana tat.

    Thu Nov 13

    And you were worried that your kid might get a stupid tattoo. TMZ reports that Stephen Baldwin got branded with the letters H and M in a bid to guest star on Miley Cyrus's show. Apparently the conservative actor and the Disney diva are pals. Last year, he asked her if he could appear on Hannah Montana, and she agreed—provided that he tattoo himself with her character's initials. The pair bumped into each other earlier this week, and wouldn't you know it, Baldwin proudly showed off his new artwork. So, what's the weirdest thing about this story? That Baldwin got the tattoo at some point during the past year and didn't bother telling Cyrus until he happened to run into her? That Baldwin gets work through dares instead of his agent? Or the fact that Baldwin and Cyrus are friends at all? (Frankly, that's a little creepy.)   Once Baldwin has filmed his guest spot (he's earned it!), we bet he'll go under the needle for a little cover-up. HM could be turned into a lot of...

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