New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note

Sunday Afternoon: After Sunday's New England Patriots-Baltimore Ravens playoff game which ended with the Ravens' all-pro kicker missing the kind of middle-distance field goal that he would normally make 98% of the time, I explain to my football-obsessed soon-to-be 8-year-old son the concept of choking.


Tuesday Night: "Hey, Adam, how was the test today?"  (He had taken city's annual test for Gifted & Talented schools.) His answer: "I think I choked."


--Eric Messinger   
Parenting Tips

*Inspired by our new Quality Time column in the magazine--a monthly round-up of recipes, activities, crafts, games and other family fun ideas--we've gathered twelve unique indoor art projects for fams to keep the fun inside this season. From a winter sun catcher to Q-tip snowflakes--let the weather do its thing while you and the gang have a blast inside!      


*New York City is the theater capital of the world--and that goes for children's theater, too--with more than ten well-established companies producing Broadway-like entertainment for kids of all ages. "Plays For The Pint-Sized" outlines on-stage specialties ranging from modern adaptations of fairytales to cutting-edge fun. Shows that are now playing include Rumple Who? at the 13th Street Repertory, Aladdin at the Galli Theater, and The Bully at Vital Theatre Company.


*After wowing new parents with its savvy approach, the website StrollerTraffic has established an older sibling--ScooterTraffic, for moms and dads of preschoolers. For more on the parenting website, and Founder Tara Mandy's top finds for the 3-5 set, see "Scoot! Scoot!"

New York Family Events

*Now is the time to start thinking about summer camp. Come research the possibilities at New York Family's Camp Fairs--produced in collaboration with the American Camp Association NY & NJ--on Saturday, January 28 at Grace Church School Downtown  and Sunday, January 29 in Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more information on day and sleepaway camps and to register, click here.


*Speaking of Camp fairs, New York Family just launched a virtual camp tour at To help families and camps connect, we recently launched the site as a one-stop resource to find the ideal summer experience for children.


*If your kid's wardrobe is in need of a refresher--or if your little guy has just outgrown all of his tees--you'll want to consider stopping by the Stoopher & Boots-hosted Playdate NYC trunk show this Thursday, 1/26 from 10am-5pm. Playdate NYC has cotton threads for infants-kids size 12. Click here for more details on the event.  


*The next generation of indoor fort-builders are in luck. Fort Magic kits include the tools to build 3D life-size teepees, tunnels, pirate ships, submarines, castles, planes and more. The set comes with over 300 pieces for kids to build on their imaginations! $279, 

The Week at    
*Have you found the perfect three-bedroom apartment? We're on the hunt and have a few suggestions for growing families.


*Banana sushi will have your little ones begging for more. Check out our new Yummy Delicious blogger Jennifer Clair's recipe for this fruity twist on the raw fish roll.


*They're coming! Natalie Diaz has five important pieces of advice for how to prepare for twins--with tips that apply to singletons, too.


Best of (The Rest Of) The Web 


*Do men really strive for a son, while women pine for a daughter? Yes, according to a study by the journal Open Anthropology. (TIME 



*Teaching discipline, or horrible torture? A Brooklyn school policy limits children three bathroom breaks a week. (MSNBC)



*Comedian and new mom Ahna Tessler was shunned by "Funny or Die" after posting a skit of herself breast feeding her newborns. (NY Times)


For more of our favorite articles from the web this week, click here. 

Contests & Giveaways

*The Green Toys Dump Truck is not only bright and fun, but it exceeds marks in being safe and eco-friendly, too. One New York Family reader can win a dump truck of their own by posting on our Facebook page telling us why you'd like to win. Then, email us putting "Green Toys" in the subject line. Deadline is Wednesday, February 1.

Bonus Tip

*If you have an artsy child between grades K-12, you may want to check out the 5th Annual Doodle 4 Google Contest by the popular search engine, the New York Public Library and Crayola. One young artist has the chance to have his or her artwork seen by billions of Google browsers! To up the fun factor, pop sensations Katy Perry and Jordin Sparks, plus quirky children's author Mo Willems, are guest judges for the competition. For more information, click here!

January 25-31, 2012



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