New York Family Magazine
Bonus Tips  
If you've ever wondered about Kumon, come to their Literacy Open House this Saturday, March 3, happening at a bunch of participating locations around the city (like Gramercy Park). The day will include games, readings with award-winning authors, prizes and refreshments.   


For parents with children going to summer camp, check out the Upper East Side's Love, Laura Gifts this Sunday for custom clothing, labels, towels, shower shoes, laundry bags, games, photo albums and more.

With a stellar line-up of celeb moms from Cindy Crawford to Alanis Morisette, don't miss the screening of Executive Producer Ricki Lake's More Business of Being Born at the Museum of Motherhood. Sponsored by Urbanity Baby, next Monday's event (6-8pm) will also include an expert/industry panel.  


The folks at diapers.com and soap.com have entered the toy game in a big way with the dandy website yoyo.com. We're impressed by its user-friendly toy finder and speedy delivery policies. The website is already becoming a popular site for parents looking for last-minute birthday gifts (and not only for their children). For 20% off your first purchase, click here and use the code: YOYOSHOPNYC.        

Weekend Plans & More     

The month-long New York International Children's Film Festival opens this weekend, marking the event's 15th anniversary. But be sure to get your tix to certain flicks before they sell out. (Friday-Sunday) 


Sail down the Mississippi and straight to The New Victory Theater for a classic presentation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. (Friday-Sunday)


Passing through Grand Central? Peruse their Japan Week kick-off events which include cooking demos (like Japanese fried chicken), music, fashion shows, ice carving and art. (Friday-Saturday)


Get energized by the Spirit of Uganda dancers and drummers at the Skirball Center for Performing Arts, great for kids ages 8 and up. (Friday-Saturday)


Ready your veg-lovin' palates for the New York Vegetarian Food Festival at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Fams will love the healthy food, cooking demos, live music and a really cool interactive cartoon show. (Saturday-Sunday)  


Rocking horses and bouncing balls delight in A Musical Toy Store, the latest installment from The Little Orchestra Society. (Saturday-Sunday)


Celebrate Dr. Seuss' b-day at the Brooklyn Children's Museum for the grand opening of their newest exhibit, The Literacy Quilt. (Saturday-Sunday)


A-B-C, easy as 1-2-3--head to McNally Jackson for storytime and art with author Al MacCuish. You'll adore his new book, Operation Alphabet. (Saturday)  


It's all about the Girl Scouts at the Scholastic Store this weekend. Make friendship bracelets, eat cookies and celebrate 100 years of a great tradition. (Saturday) 


Jam on your steel drum with the Children's Museum of the Arts at their Caribbean American Festival. Traditional music, dancing storytelling and workshops will be held all afternoon. (Saturday)


A little something for the parents! Check out the Dan Zanes & The Del Fuegos reunion at the Bell House in Brooklyn, playing together for the first time since the '80s. (Saturday)


Leave your igloo and explore the Arctic at the Scandinavia House's Greenland Children's Day. Learn winter survival skills and how to speak the native language, Kalaallisut. (Saturday)  


It's a spring fling at the American Museum of Natural History with the Pawkar Raymi Spring Celebration. Party the Ecuadorian way with music and dance straight from the Andes Mountains. (Saturday)


Build your own personal R2-D2 during the Sony Wonder Technology Lab's robot building workshop. Imagine what you can do with a motor, screws and some cans! (Saturday)


For creepy tales that hit close to home, join the New York Public Library for Spooky Stories of New York State. (Saturday)


The 92Y Tribeca will host the Bari Koral Family Rock Band's Anna and the Cupcakes release show. Who doesn't love music and free cupcakes? (Sunday)


Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi will host a launch party for her new book, It's A Big World! Little Pig at Books of Wonder. (Sunday) 


Put on your dancin' shoes (and socks) and groove to the Dirty Sock Funtime Band at The Jewish Museum. (Sunday)


Don your costumed best and get ready to celebrate Purim with three family carnivals hosted by the 92nd Street Y, Jewish Community Project Downtown and the JCC. Be sure to get plenty of hamentashen! (Sunday)


The Ultimate Birthday Party at Chelsea's apple seeds location is not a bash to miss. Current and prospective members will attend sample classes, enjoy free play and walk away with gift bags! (Sunday)

If you love contemporary pop and jazz, the Sinatra-like crooner John Pizzarelli is headlining a benefit for The Anderson School--kids are welcome, too! (Sunday)     


For even more events this weekend and beyond, check out our Family Calendar .   
Contests & Giveaway

To celebrate the release of The Lorax NJ Camp Fair Datesmovie, we're offering a special giveaway of five unique Dr. Seuss toys. From My Natural, a Brooklyn-based maker of eco-plush toys, these stuffed guys are completely non-toxic and good for newborns and children up to age 10. To enter, post on our Facebook page telling us about your favorite Dr. Seuss character. Then, send us an email and put "Dr. Seuss" in the subject line. Deadline is Friday, March 9.


Jazz at Lincoln Center has just released NJ Camp Fair Datesits latest CD! WeBop: A Family Jazz Party takes a playful approach to classic jazz tunes and is appropriate for children of all ages. We're giving away five copies! To enter, send us an email and put "WeBop" in the subject line. Deadline is Friday, March 9.

New York Family Event  

Support diabetes research next Sunday, March 11 at the 7th annual Carnival for a Cure. From 12-3pm at Chelsea's Metropolitan Pavilion, families can enjoy jousting, karaoke, musical entertainment and plenty of food all in the name of a great cause.    

March 1-7, 2012

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