New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note

One of the party staples at Bar/Bat Mitzvahs these days is a video featuring family photos of the honored child from birth to the present, often set to plaintive background songs like Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)". With my own children now almost 8- and 12-years-old, I find myself especially sensitive to anything that reminds me of the passage of their childhoods. But at a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday it wasn't the video that got to me...[more here]    


--Eric Messinger   
Contests & Giveaways

*All aboard! Win a full semester at Kidville (worth $725)! The amazing playspace has launched a new interactive music program for newborns to children five-years-old--Rockin' Railroad. And we're giving away a 16-week semester of classes to one lucky reader! To enter this special giveaway, write on our Facebook Page telling us why your kid would love Rockin' Railroad. Then, email us with the subject line "Kidville." Deadline is Friday, February 24.

Special Promotion 

*Are you ready to "1-2-3...Imagine!" with Elmo & friends at Sesame Street Live? Starting tomorrow through February 26, the high-energy production for families is coming to Madison Square Garden. New York Family readers can save up to 40% using the discount code: NYFAM. Purchase your tickets here. 

Parenting Tips

*Next week is mid-winter break for public schools, and mini camps are a great way to keep kids active. We've gathered twelve fantastic mini programs for you to consider--from cooking classes and art instruction to chess and sports--and keep in mind that most of your favorite activity centers offer these kinds of classes.  


*Speaking of what to do next week, the Intrepid Museum's Kids Week 2012 will take place from February 18-26 (10am-5pm daily). Each day brings a different theme and cool activities--like the circus and space & aviation--so pick the one that tailors to your kiddo's interest...or check them all out!  


*Buckle up! When it comes to car seats, nothing's more important than safety. But secondary features like ease-of-use and modern design don't hurt either. We rounded up 11 of the newest models boasting sleek styles, state-of-the-art accessories and, of course, leading safety features.  


*With a range of gentle products designed to help with everything from dry skin to diaper rash, the eco-chic beauty brand Nassim Naturals has calming lotions & balms for your winter routine. Children will think washing is a treat with these adorable labels with fun animal friends. $8-12,


*Young girls can dress like their sporty moms with ivivva athletica's new dancewear for girls. In collaboration with Disney Consumer Products, the Shake It Up active wear line is ideal for dancers and gymnasts. We especially love the Keep Ur Cool Racer. And ivivva's designers want input from the girls who wear their stuff, so be sure to check out their site! $34, 

The Week at    
*If you're an aspiring blogger--or wish to know more about how you can use the web for profit or personal satisfaction--be sure to check out Thursday's panel at 92Y, Cultivating Connection: How to Find Success on the Web. 


*Introduce little ones to the wonders of hummus with this homemade, six-ingredient recipe from Liza Huber on our Yummy Delicious blog.  

*Toddler not talking?
Angela Johnson doesn't mind that hers isn't keen on words just yet. Sometimes milestones are meant to be ignored!


Best of (The Rest Of) The Web 


*Affluent, born-abroad parents prefer to send their kids to NYC public schools, more so than local parents. Why are they less comfortable with the idea of our private schools? (NY Times)


*Puppet justice is served. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor makes a visit to Sesame Street to settle the Baby Bear vs. Goldilocks case. (TIME)


*The YouTube video of a dad shooting his daughter's laptop has gone viral with almost 23 million views! But did this father go too far? Many disagree with his actions; some applaud him. (Forbes)


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

February 15-21, 2012



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