Amazon is taking the convenience factor to new levels. The brand just revealed it will be opening a check-out free grocery store in NYC, a welcomed concept for the Land of Long Lines. Now, it appears Amazon amplify the holiday spirit by selling live Christmas trees. According to Fast Company, customers will be able to order their Amazon trees up to seven feet tall and have their pick of types—Douglas firs, Fraser firs and Norfolk Island pines. They'll be able to start making their selections in November and will receive their family tree (which can run up to $115) within 10 days of their purchase. As per usual, Prime customers can enjoy the added bonus of free shipping. December is a nutty time for everyone thanks to the holidays. This new offering could be a sigh of relief when hunting for toys at the newly opened FAO Schwarz or trying to get your place decorated, but there's still something special about going all Clark Griswold and hunting for the perfect live tree (which you'll probably scoop up on your nabe's busiest street). Now, it's as simple to order a tree as it is to order Seamless. What will you do this Christmas? Add a tree to your Amazon wishlist or visit a Christmas tree farm? Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day. Celebrate the most wonderful time of year accordingly with these winter weekend getaways from NYC, a shopping spree to the best toy stores in NYC and these winter activities for kids.
For those who thought gaining acceptance into a prestigious university was tough, schools in New York pose an equally challenging application process. Niche.com, a family resource for researching schools, just revealed its list of the top k–12 private schools in the five boroughs and nearby—and parents' ears have perked right up. Get ready for the competition (and yes, even the fees comparable with college tuition). Based on a variety of factors, including composite SAT/ACT scores, cultural and diversity grade, college enrollment, among other areas, Niche and the U.S. Department of Education assembled a lengthy roundup of the best of the best (across the country, in fact), so if you're thinking about next year's studies, it might be a good idea to start planning. Curious about where the dream school stacks up? Wondering if your go-to choice made the list at all? Here are Niche's findings for 2019: 1. Trinity School, Manhattan 2. Collegiate College, Manhattan 3. Horace Mann, Bronx 4. Dalton School, Manhattan 5. Brearley School, Manhattan 6. Riverdale Country School, Bronx 7. The Chapin School, Manhattan 8. Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn 9. Poly Prep Country Day School, Manhattan 10. Convent of the Sacred Heart, Manhattan (See the full list—including neighboring New York areas—here). It's go-time NYC. Where will you have your children apply? Be sure to also check out Niche's findings for the best public schools of 2019. Sign up to receive grea
Human's Best Friend is giving the immersive experience a canine touch, and our tails are wagging with excitement over the Sept 15 debut. The latest interactive pop-up to hit NYC is essentially a dog's-eye view of his world through eight different vibrant rooms. Among them are The Dog House, which will provide a sneak peek into Fido's home, while The Toy Pit is a look at his most coveted possessions. You'll love exploring, and so will your furry BFFs. Typically pets in NYC museums are a no-go, but that rule doesn't apply at the West Village attraction. Photograph: Courtesy Human's Best Friend Once you're done checking out each room, you'll have to pay a visit to the first-ever live exhibition of the Dogist’s portraits. We love daily photos of NYC's cutest canines, and now they'll be reimagined in a new medium. Count us in! As playful as the exhibit might be, it represents more than just an opportunity to snap a few photos. "Human’s Best Friend aims to surprise and delight both pets and owners, and also shine a light on the joys of adopting rescues," founders Brian Tovar and Jason Sherwood said in a statement. "Our team is excited to partner with local grassroot pet rescue groups and our goal is to raise awareness, and encourage and facilitate adoptions.” Photograph: Courtesy Human's Best Friend Yep, you've read that correctly—you and your family can adopt a new family pet after visiting the experience (so good luck going home empty-handed). To learn more about
Target is prioritizing little ones' safety with the Car-Seat Trade-In event, so mark your calendars. To coincide with Baby Safety month, the retail giant is bringing back this highly popular program, much to parents' delight. If your kiddo has outgrown his or her car seat, you don't need to toss it! Head to a participating Target near you with the item and you will receive a 20 percent off coupon that will give caregivers a discount toward a new car seat, car seat base, travel system or stroller. Why not cash in on this epic deal? If you're going to be making the most out of the fall season with lots of traveling, your kiddos need to be secure. This is a way to ensure you're getting the items you need. If you're looking to make a swap, don't waste any time. The offer will end on Sept 22. Plus, you can feel good knowing that you helped this initiative. Target is teaming up with Waste Management to recycle unwanted goods that accumulate during the event. In turn, these recycled materials will be turned into items such as pallets and plastic buckets. Since this program made its 2016 debut, 4.6 million pounds of materials have been recycled. Let's make 2018 bigger and better than ever, all in honor of our little ones. Learn more here. Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day. During your travels, check out these delicious ice cream shops, underrated museums and indoor activities for kids.
The City Council is working toward inclusivity for New Yorkers, as proven through recent efforts. On Wednesday, in a 41–6 vote, legislation passed that permits people born in NYC who do not identify as male or female to change their birth certificates to "X"—a gender that is not exclusively male or female—without an affidavit from doctors, according to the Associated Press. This goes for little New Yorkers as well. Parents also have the option to select "X" for their newborns. Previously, licensed physicians or medical professionals needed to sign off on requests for gender changes on birth certificates, according to the City Council. Before 2014, New Yorkers had to undergo gender confirmation surgery before their birth certificates could represent the change, the AP further reports. Council Speaker Cory Johnson has been at the forefront of this effort, and the mayor is expected to sign the bill. However, it won't go into effect until Jan 1. "This was a historic City Council vote and an important step for New York in its role as a worldwide champion for inclusivity and equality," Speaker Corey Johnson said in a statement. “New Yorkers will no longer need a doctor’s note to change their gender on their birth certificates, and will no longer be treated as if their identify was a medical issue. I hope this sends a powerful message to other cities and states that this can and should be done. No one should have to go through hoops to have a birth certificate that correspo
Red alert! This cute stuffed cottontail is wandering around the Brooklyn neighborhood all by his lonesome—sans owner and carrots. If you and your kiddos ever experienced the loss of a furry friend, you can understand how dire the situation really is. Missing stuffed animals are no joke, friends. Fortunately, there are people willing to help the solo bunny and his unidentified owner through this difficult time. Yesterday, the good samaritans at the Park Slope Business Development District posted a missing photo of the lost stuffed rabbit on its Facebook page. He is slender, about 10 inches or so in height, has perky ears and is donning a comfortable blue jacket like his style icon, Peter Rabbit. In the photographs, the poor little fella is seen on the sidewalk of Fifth Ave and Saint Marks—clearly confused as to what's going on. In the second photo, he is then seen at the B63 Bus Stop, which is acting as a makeshift lost and found. Today, the Park Slope BID informed us that the rabbit is no longer at the bus stop, so we have to hope he's been reunited with his proper child (either that, or we hope he's headed for an exciting NYC adventure). Any updates on the story of this 'lil guy? Send to email@example.com. P.S. It's Wednesday afternoon, Time Out readers. Do YOU know where your bunnies are? Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day. Be sure to check out the best toy stores in NYC, the most delicious ice cream
We're craving some sugar and Dessert Goals is here to deliver. The festival dedicated to everyone's favorite meal will return to NYC on Oct 13, 14, 20 and 21 to provide a much-needed pick-me-up of delicious snacks and with a helping of photo-worthy moments (#omgdessertgoals). Essentially, the event, which will be held at Sound River Studios in Long Island City, is every child's paradise, and we'd be remiss not to make a pitstop (and steal a few bites along the way ourselves). Photograph: Courtesy Liang Shi + Dessert Goals With a lineup as beautiful as it is delicious, it's hard to tell where we'll snack first. Baked in Color's tie-dye chocolate chips put a funky spin on the classic cookie while Woops! macaroons deliver sweet pastel color and delicious flavors such as peanut butter and jelly and the avant garde London fog (but the 21+ crowd will gravitate toward the piña colada offering). Rebecca's Cake Pops are museum-worthy. No matter the shape, color or theme, these treats are delicious and picture-perfect (check out the Yankee helmets, tennis balls, ice cream cones and try to resist one...or 10). Of course, no dessert extravaganza would be complete without some cookie dough, and 2 Dough Boyz is here to provide ample amounts of the treats. Photograph: Courtesy Liang Shi + Dessert Goals Getting hungry? We can't blame you. Check out a full line up here and snag tickets ($17–$35) to the event here. We wish you a pleasant afternoon of snacking! Sign up to
Mister Softee's tune is the quintessential sound of summer, but when his whimsical chimes are on repeat day after day, it can almost discourage an ice cream cone purchase for some New Yorkers (perish the thought). According to data from Localize.City, roughly 1,200 calls to 311 have been placed over the past year (through Aug 15) regarding the truck's music. Drivers continually make a beeline to particular locations where they expect to cash in on sales, but not everyone is terribly pleased with their route. "It’s apparent that ice cream trucks know their audience and are targeting parks and playgrounds—but families might not be totally cool about that,” data analyst Daniel Slutsky said in a statement. Looks like a little outdoor fun is interrupted with the infamous tune—one kids can't resist but parents wish would disappear. As a result, Localize.city decided to uncover where the most complaints have been filed over the past 12 months (through July 30). Its scientists mapped out clusters of complaints within 1,760 feet of one another to pinpoint which area was being targeted the most. Are you located near any of these top complaint spots? Captain Tilly Park in Jamaica, Queens Union Square Park and Madison Square Park in Manhattan Bailey Playground, Fort Independence Playground and Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx Rainbow Playground, Brizzi Playground in Sunset Park, Brooklyn Newtown Playground in Elmhurst, Queens Linnette C Williamson Memorial Park, Martin
No crowds, no kids, no problem! Mom and Dad, it's time to mark your calendars for an adults-only trip to the American Museum of Natural History. Score some one-on-one time with the monstrous T-Rex, wander through empty exhibits and enjoy jazz tunes during the 21+ Night at the Museum Sleepover for Adults on Sept 21. Make like Larry Daley and let your imagination run wild...without your tots running wild. Although AMNH is one of the best museum sleepovers for kids in NYC—joining the ranks of the Intrepid, New York Hall of Science and Bronx Zoo—there's no reason why the adventure should be restricted to visitors with single-digit ages. Adults can live like children again and take advantage of the sleepover's fossil fact-finding tour, live-animal special exhibition and access to the many artifacts. To celebrate the longer time we've spent on Earth, we get to enjoy a museum buffet dinner with a bit of wine and beer. After exploring one of the city's most beloved attractions in a new light, guests will receive a cot to catch some Zs underneath the famous blue whale residing atop of the roof in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. To learn more about the event click here. After your adults-only museum stay, grab the kids and score tickets to the best tours and attractions in town by clicking here. Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day. While you're adventuring, make sure to check out these cool underrated museums, take a spin on the
Don't let NYC's unforgiving temperatures fool you. Back-to-school season is officially upon us, and kids return to class tomorrow. There's a lot to look forward to about a new academic year, but with the onslaught of homework, soccer practice and science fairs comes a bit of stress. One thing parents don't have to worry about is food. Take a breather, mom and dad! Thanks to the Free Meals for All program, NYC public school students are entitled to free breakfast and lunch. There will also be halal and kosher options for students thanks to a $1 million pilot program, according to Forward. Not a problem if you ran out of your child's go-to meal—there will be something for the kiddos at school at no cost to families. Before kiddos can access their freebies, the NYC Public School System does ask that parens fill out this form so that funding can be allocated to schools accordingly. This is also available in each school's main office, should you need it. While you're filling out the necessary paperwork, don't forget to download the SchoolFood app on your cell (click here for iOS and here for Android). You'll have access to monthly menus, have the ability to write reviews and—bonus points for kiddos—have the ability to skip the lunch line! This is 2018, folks. You didn't think you would be able to order your Starbucks ahead of time while your young'uns are waiting for Sloppy Joes. If you have any questions or need a refund for the money you've uploaded to your SchoolFood