It seems like it was just yesterday that the Lowline Lab opened, but here we are...and sadly it shutters this weekend! Just one ultra-successful stepping stone to the future Lowline park (the world's first underground park), the Lab has certainly served its purpose in demonstrating the viability of the greater project. It's shown New Yorkers a true example of what the park might look like and proven that the Lowline's solar technology is fully functional. Plants really can thrive underground en masse (and we're not just talking about roots here, people!) The Lowline Lab has attracted more than 100,000 visitors of all ages since its opening day and has played host to plenty of cultural events and cool education programming. Want to see it one last time? RSVP at Lowline's Facebook page here and attend their farewell event on February 25 and 26 11am–5pm at 140 Essex St. Suggested donation is $10. Want more? Sign up here to get Time Out New York Kids' newsletter!
It's hard to believe that cursive writing has not been a mandatory part of curriculum in New York State schools for 20 years. After all, how can you sign a legal document or check without a real signature? Or read a historic document like the Declaration of Independence? Thankfully, it looks like the days of kids saying "I can't read that!" are soon to be over. PIX11 reports that Chancellor Carmen Fariña at the Department of Education is committed to working with NYC schools to incorporate cursive writing into regular third and fourth grade teachings. The 2016–2017 Department of Education manual states that "Evidence reveals an advantage for handwriting using pen and paper over keyboarding for students in grades 2 to 6 for amount written, rate of word writing, and number of ideas expressed." Welcome back, cursive! Want more? Sign up here to get our newsletter!
Calling all Thomas the Tank Engine fans! Your kid's gonna freak for Mattel's newest Thomas toy. The Thomas & Friends Super Station set includes Percy, Thomas, James and Harold, plus an impressive 35 feet of track and ten different locations to "visit"—like Knapford Station, Brendam Docks, the Search & Rescue Center and Tidmouth Sheds. The Station is also designed to work with any scale of Mattel's Thomas & Friends engines, Trackmaster toys, MINIS or Wooden Railway toys, so kids can add their own (or focus in on the ones included in the set). Believe it or not, there's room for 100 engines! Kids can even race their engines, depending on the track's configuration, or send them up in a crane lift. P.S. NYC parents will be delighted to hear that it can be configured in any number of ways, so it won't actually take up your entire living room (though it may take up most of it...ha!) Photograph: Courtesy Mattel The toy will be released in fall, so keep your eyes peeled. Don't forget to check out American Girl's newest release, too! For more family fun, try visiting our favorite children's museum picks. There are also plenty of other great places to blow off some steam around town, like at our favorite indoor playgrounds and stellar kids' play spaces. Want more? Sign up here to get our newsletter!
Facing pressure to continue diversifying their doll selections, American Girl/Mattel has chosen 2017 to introduce its very first boy doll: Logan Everett! With some of the brand's original distinctive favorites having been retired in recent years, American Girl has found itself in a time of great evolution—both introducing contemporary dolls and more historical dolls than ever. According to The New York Times, Logan was a response to American Girl fan requests for a boy doll for boys to play with, and simply as a boy doll companion to girl dolls (Barbie-style). We have to admit—he looks like he'd fit in just fine as a young kid in NYC. He'd definitely be into indie music, too. We heard he's a drummer and friend to Tenney, (a singer-songwriter and another of American Girl's new releases). Photograph: Courtesy American Girl/Mattel Stay on the lookout for more newbies like Gabriela, a NEW version of Felicity Merriman (nooo! whyyy? original all the way...), Z and Nanea. For more family fun, try visiting our favorite children's museum picks. There are also plenty of other great places to blow off some steam around town, like at our favorite indoor playgrounds and stellar kids' play spaces. Want more? Sign up here to get our newsletter!
Did you know that Anastasia is coming to Broadway? This new musical from the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime is a must-see for those that loved Twentieth Century Fox’s animated film Anastasia (1997) (or Anastasia at Hartford Stage). Unfamiliar with the story? The show follows the tale of a young woman, Anya, as she goes in search of her lost family—and finds a little more than she’d bargained for. The cast includes Derek Klena, Christy Altomare, Ramin Karimloo, Mary Beth Peil, Caroline O’Connor and John Bolton, with music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the book by Terrence McNally and Darko Tresnjak directing. The show opens to the public on April 24 (previews start March 23)! You ready? See a teaser below. Tickets start at $69 (212-239-6200, anastasiabroadway.com). Looking for some great shows to see in the meantime? See our roundup of the best Broadway shows for kids and Off-Broadway shows for kids.
Keep the kiddos busy this midwinter break with spectacular family activities. The Museum of the Moving Image plays host to several events this month, including one centered around Jim Henson and another on Winnie the Pooh. Here’s the scoop below…don’t miss out! I Am Jim Henson book presentation by Chris Eliopoulos and screening of The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (Feb 18 1pm) See rare video clips of the 1990 special The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson, then meet the illustrator of a newly-released book, I Am Jim Henson, part of a children’s book series called Ordinary People Change the World.$15, students $11, children 3–12 $7, under 3 free. Ages 5 and up. Drop-in media-making sessions at Moving Image Studio (Feb 18–26 11:30am–3:30pm) Depending on the day, your kiddos can participate in fun activities like making flipbooks and creating thaumatropes (hand-drawn optical toys) or building games and experimenting with stop-motion animation. Ages 6 and up. Winnie the Pooh (2011) screening (Feb 19–26 12:30pm) Stop in for a showing of this 63-minute film to see your favorite pals from the Hundred Acre Wood set out on an adventure to “save” Christopher Robin. $15, students $11, children 3–12 $7, under 3 free. Ages 3 and up. For more family fun, try visiting our favorite children's museum picks. There are also plenty of other great places to blow off some steam around town, like at our favorite indoor playgrounds and stellar kids' play spaces. Want more? Sign up here to get our
You are bombarded with rules and guidelines you should follow to ensure your child's safety the moment you become a parent. Some of the these rules are easy to follow, some are definitely more challenging. As parents, we all have the best intentions of doing what is right for our children and keeping them as safe as possible. However, we have all been put in a position where we do something that we wouldn't normally do to diffuse a situation or to soothe a hysterical baby. Working in the pediatric emergency room, Dr. Katie Friedman, board certified pediatrician and co-founder of foreverfreckled.com, is often faced with the consequences of these common mistakes. See Dr. Friedman's top tips below to avoid common safety issues below: 1. Proper Positioning for Sleep (Infants) Parents underestimate the importance of placing their child on his/her back to go to sleep. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is a very real and tragic event that occurs in newborns. Losing a child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a horrifying event for a parent, made worse by the fact that there is no known cause that can explain why a baby dies for no apparent reason. Research has shown that placing your child to sleep on their back with a light blanket significantly reduces the chance of a fatal event. 2. Placing Bed Bumpers on Cribs: Many parents question me about the newest recommendations of removing bed bumpers from cribs. There is a valid concern that if bed bumpers are removed, there is a
Trips to the Poconos from NYC are no biggie, especially on a long weekend...and the journey feels even closer when something this cool is happening just a few hours away! Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Pocono Mountains is set to reopen its already-impressive indoor waterpark (on March 8!) with more fun than you'll know what to do with. With the resort's new renovations, families will now get to enjoy a whopping 220,000-square feet of waterpark entertainment, making it the biggest indoor water park in the United States! The current waterpark has more than doubled in size to include new slides: The Screaming Hyena (a near-vertical plunge with a trapdoor drop) The Saraha Sidewinder (a 250-foot looping waterslide) The Smoke That Thunders (info TBA) Kenya's Korkscrew (a zig-zag slide) The Cheetah Race Mat Slide (where kids can challenge their friends in a slide race) The Elephant's Trunk (info TBA). There will also be an expansion to the existing lazy river, a kids' play area and a swim-up bar for the parents. What's not to love? For more fun Poconos family vacation recommendations, check out our guide to Poconos family resorts.
Milk & Cookies Spa and Salon (a NYC spa for kids) has partnered with My Little Pony to bring your tykes an unforgettable experience just in time for New York Fashion Week! There are all kinds of My Little Pony-themed services on offer from February 9–17, including hair services like The Fluttershy (a side ponytail with bouncy curls, $32), The Applejack (a clip-in hair extension and ponytail, $32) or The Rainbow Dash (non-toxic Funlights highlights and glitter sparkles, $18). There’s other fun stuff too, like a Mommy & Me spa package, manicure package and makeup package. Every kid who has a My Little Pony-themed appointment will also leave with their very own My Little Pony figure. Be sure to call ahead to make a reservation (646-850-4032)! Beauty services range from $5–$124 for the Mommy & Me package (“The My Little Pony”). Photograph: Courtesy Hasbro For more family fun, try visiting our favorite children's museum picks. There are also plenty of other great places to blow off some steam around town, like at our favorite indoor playgrounds and stellar kids' play spaces. Want more? Sign up here to get our newsletter!
Impatient for warmer, sunnier weather? We are too. That’s why we’ve rounded up a handful of really spectacular things to do with kids before spring even gets here. You can say goodbye to cabin fever right here and now—why wait for March 20, the official first day of spring? 1. Central Park Conservancy Ice Festival (Sat, Feb 11) Check out the park's sixth-annual ice festival to see professional ice-carvers at work! See dazzling demos and attend a silent disco during your visit. 2. Go "camping" at "Wilderness Skills" (Sat, Sun Feb 4–26) While the exhibit is open for quite a bit, there are eight dates that will offer an accompanying workshop (included in museum admission). Try your hand at tie-dye, creating a DIY compass or learning useful knot-tying skills. 3. Catch a flick with Film Forum Jr. (Sundays, Feb 12–19) See family favorites like Lassie Come Home, Planet of the Apes or The Witches in this series' remaining screenings. 4. Rock out with Gustafer Yellowgold (Sat, Feb 25) Go on an unforgettable adventure through the woods with the help of actors/musicians, props, onscreen animation and storytelling. 5. Warm up with the butterflies at "Butterflies Alive in Winter" (Through May) AMNH plays host to this unique, live butterfly exhibit that will enchant children of all ages. Enter a greenhouse-like atmosphere to get a close look at the cool critters and learn about their life cycles. 6. See Puss in Boots as told by puppets (Various dates and times) Join Puppetworks