Comedian and author GloZell Green has amassed a following of 4.6 million subscribers and nearly a billion views on her YouTube channel with videos of funny antics, song parodies and high profile interviews. Now the Internet personality, who is a new mom, is targeting a much younger audience with a new YouTube channeled geared just for kids, Variety reports. GloBugz is a mix of live-action and animated characters, with Green as the lead bug. Together, they teach young viewers a variety of skills through song and dance alongside fellow lightning bugs Malik, Katie, Joaquin and Ella. The flying version of the creator even features Green’s signature green lipstick and golden curls. Kids will sing along to "London Bridge is Falling Down," "Humpty Dumpty" and other nursery rhymes as well as learn how to make art projects, discover new exercises and learn words in Spanish, Japanese, Russian and American Sign Language. So if you’re tired of watching Peppa Pig for the zillionth time, buzz on over to the GloBugz YouTube channel for a refreshing take on children's programming. The channel will launch with 15 episodes and new ones will be posted every week, but if you need something else to hold the little ones over in between, check out our list of the best kids' shows on TV for families.
If you’ve got little Star Wars fans in the house who love all things lightsabers and Stormtroopers, then the coolest toy in the universe has just arrived! Radio Flyer introduced a kid-sized drivable Star Wars landspeeder at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. Photograph: Courtesy Toys 'R' Us/Radio Flyer The landspeeder is a replica of the X-34 vehicle in Star Wars: A New Hope and features an interactive dashboard with lights and soundbites from the movie, including dialogue from C-3PO, R2-D2 and Luke Skywalker. It can zoom up to a lightning fast speed of 5mph and is powered by a 12V rechargeable battery. The craft can also go in reverse for those intergalactic parallel parking situations. Photograph: Courtesy Toys 'R' Us/Radio Flyer While the toy vehicle can seat up to two riders ages 4 and up, Mom and Dad will probably have to hang back—unless both fit in the small seats and the combined weight is no more than 130 pounds. Photograph: Courtesy Toys 'R' Us/Radio Flyer These sweet wheels will cost a pretty penny though with Toys 'R' Us offering it up for $499.99. The good news is that after shelling out that much for this ride, Toys 'R' Us will ship it for free. It’s currently on pre-order with an estimated ship date of September 5th, which leaves plenty of time to find an awesome Star Wars costume at Halloween costume stores for this October's festivities.
Friends of + POOL, the nonprofit that’s hoping to bring New York City’s first water-filtering floating pool to the East River, has once again teamed up with the New York City Housing Authority for its Summer Bluefish Swim Program. Thanks to the partnership, 60 kids aged 8 to 13 living in public housing complexes have been receiving free swimming lessons at the Convent of the Sacred Heart Athletic Center in the Upper East Side over the course of July. While NYC has swimming pools across the city, there are many families who don’t have access to swimming lessons for kids. Knowing how to swim is an essential survival skill and The Summer Bluefish Swim Program is geared on providing underserved youth with the opportunity to learn how for free. Kids are also equipped with swimsuits, swim cap, goggles, towel, T-shirt, bag and a booklet with lessons. The towels are available for sale to the public with proceeds benefiting the Friends of + POOL’s Summer Bluefish program. Friends of + POOL and the NYCHA first launched the program in 2016 and ten kids from the inaugural class have been given the chance to return this year for advanced classes. Their mission: to someday train these students to become lifeguards at the completed + POOL.
Families living in Jackson Heights, Queens will now have a new place to frolic, play and cool off this summer because the Junction Playground has been reopened following a $1.75 million renovation. The community park has received a welcomed facelift with updated handball and basketball courts, colorful playground equipment like swings and slides and a new spray shower. Photograph: Courtesy Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks The playground has also been outfitted with new entrance plazas, landscaping, staircases, perimeter walls and sidewalks. Parents visiting the park with their tots will have seating near the play equipment so they can monitor the kids while resting their feet, and additional seating has been added around the three entrances to the park. Photograph: Courtesy Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks The spray shower will be fully accessible, is designed with a variety of spray features that can be manually activated by kids and is set on a seven-minute timer to conserve water. With all these fun updates, Junction Park might just become the coolest new splash park in town. If you’re on the search for more fun this summer, check out our list of the best swimming pools for kids and the best free things to do with kids this summer.
It looks like Tesla-and-SpaceX–billionaire Elon Musk is continuing to make leaps and bounds in improving the way we travel—including the way we travel from NYC! Families, get ready for this: Your relatives in DC (and of course, DC’s most incredible family museums and attractions) are going to be hours closer than they were before. Hyperloop, Musk’s newest initiative, will allegedly not only get you from NYC to DC in 30 minutes, but it’ll do so in an underground tunnel on a train going nearly 800mph! If that doesn’t excite kids just as much as a rocket into space, we don't know what will. P.S. Can you imagine hours of bickering kids in the car/on the bus no longer being a thing? Heck. Yeah. We hope this offering will expand to plenty more cities, too. For the full scoop, visit Time Out New York’s coverage here. Looking for more new, cool news about city happenings? See our newest stories: a dog café opening in NYC, Governors Island’s extended season and fun Shark Week festivities.
If you’re more of a dog person than a cat person, then you’re finally going to get a café made just for you. A dog cafe named Boris & Horton will be popping up in the East Village by the end of the year and our tails are wagging at the thought of sitting down with a cup of coffee while watching pups play around. New York City’s first dog café is the dream of father-daughter team Coppy and Logan Holzman and named after their two dogs, DNAinfo reports. Patrons will be able to snack on pastries, sandwiches and drinks while the pooches play in a lounging space. To comply with the Department of Health’s rules, the café area and the doggie play area will be divided by a glass wall and while humans can travel between the two spaces, their four-legged counterparts have to remain in the dog area. That side will also offer pet supplies and a photo booth for selfies with your pup. Don’t have a dog because your landlord forbids pets? You can snuggle with someone else’s dog. And if you’re on the search for a new best friend, the cafe will team up with Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue to bring in dogs that need forever homes. If dog owners need to run over to the cafe side to grab a drink or food, staff members will stay behind to watch their pets. But perhaps this will be a great way to meet other dog owners in your neighborhood, watch each other's dogs and later coordinate your own puppy playdates for the future. If you ask us, this sounds like a fun place to visit whether you own a lova
Hey there, fans of Sesame Street! Here's everything we know about the soon-to-be-released Tickle Me Elmo, your kid's future bestie. But first, some fun facts. #1 The original Tickle Me Elmo debuted in 1996 from TYCO and retails for around $100 on eBay. In case you were wondering, that one shakes, giggles and says "That tickles!" #2 A prototype critter called Tickles the Chimp was the first step in creating Tickle Me Elmo. The technology for Tickles the Chimp was going to be used in a toy called Tickle Me Tasmanian Devil (back when TYCO had rights to Looney Tunes and not Sesame Street), but clearly Elmo ended up being the best fit. #3 In 2001, there was a "Surprise Edition" of Tickle Me Elmo, where five of the Tickle Me Elmo products sold stopped laughing on Jan 9, 2002, signaling that the purchaser had won a prize. The grand prize of the five Elmos won $200,000! #whatttt Okay, okay, back to the news. Fall 2017's Tickle Me Elmo will be released online Aug 16, will be geared towards children ages 18 mos–4 years and will retail for approximately $29.99. Along with his usual funny sayings, this Elmo is slightly smaller than the previous version (sized more appropriately for preschool hands) and has two touch points (his tummy or feet) that make him laugh, move and shake. Looking for even more great kids' gear? Explore our favorite outdoor toys for kids, fun local toy stores and the best toy stores in the world, ranked!
Shark Week is swimming its way back into our lives beginning July 23 and with it, Discovery Channel’s shark-related lineup that entices kids and adults year after year. But sitting in front of the television for gripping programs on our marine friends isn’t the only way to celebrate the week. See a few of our favorite ways to honor and learn more about these scary-but-maybe-not-so-scary fishes of the deep below. The Shark Speed Boat Thrill Ride Feel like a shark on the prowl on this racing 30-minute boat ride around the NYC harbor. The wild adventure cuts through the water at 45mph with twists and turns that’ll have you gripping your seat. Don’t worry, there will be a moment of calm when the boat stops right in front of the Statue of Liberty for photos before roaring back to shore. Pier 16, South Street Seaport, 89 South St (212-563-3200, circleline42.com). $29, children ages 3–12 $24. Ages 3 and up (must be 40 inches tall). Sharks, Rays & Turtles The New York Aquarium is still rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy’s destruction in 2012—and completing a brand new exhibit "Ocean Wonders: Sharks!" to open in 2018—but luckily for us, sand tiger sharks, along with rays and turtles, are among those exhibits still on view during construction. Surf Avenue & West 8th Street, Brooklyn (718-220-5100, nyaquarium.com). $11.95, ages 2 and under free. All ages. Shark Dive If your family is brave enough to stare into the eyes of a shark without screaming into your scuba gear, then take a d
Staten Island’s MakerSpace has taken over an empty lot next to its building on 450 Front Street and converted the spot into a beautiful outdoor gallery named MakerPark. Sculptures and painting have transform the once-neglected area into a place where the community can gather for art shows, classes and movie screenings. Photograph: Courtesy Gail Middleton Shipping containers have been decorated with murals and will serve as storage for artists interested in working on larger scale projects. Not only will the public enjoy rotating art installations and programs held in the outdoor gallery, but a live streaming internet radio station will operate out of one of the shipping containers onsite. Photograph: Courtesy Gail Middleton This past weekend, MakerPark hosted its inaugural art show with sculptures created during three MakerSpace programs, including an "UpCycle Journey" class during which creations were developed using recycled materials. The theme is a fitting one, considering the lot has morphed from an unsightly junkyard made worse after Hurricane Sandy into a welcoming place for neighborhood residents. MakerPark is proof that one person’s trash can transform into a community’s treasure.
Guess what? It looks like Governors Island won't be closing at the end of summer—in fact, it'll be open one whole extra month! Since the Island opened a month early this year, 2017 marks the first-ever year that the Island has been open to the public for six months at a time. This means more biking, exploring, hammock grove-swinging and visits to Slide Hill for a zip down one of its four slides. Yippee! We'll surely be heading there for fall fun as well, like leaf-peeping (imagine those views!) and fall-themed activities like Night of 1,000 Jack O' Lanterns, a new ticketed event that will feature more than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins. Michael Samuelian, president of the Trust for Governors Island, notes that "extending the season into October is an important step in our efforts to activate the Island year-round.” For even more to do on Governors Island, visit our Governors Island, NY guide. For more family fun, explore our July events calendar for kids and our favorite summer activities for kids. Governors Island is now open from 10am–6pm weekdays and 10am–7pm on weekends through October 31, 2017.