New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note
This week I'm taking a break from talking about myself to highlight something we can all get behind: The 2012 Blackboard Awards For Teachers, which honors excellence in local education, from nursery to high school, and inNJ Camp Fair Dates all sectors: public, private, charter and parochial. Please let your friends and PTA know, too. Last year we received over 1,200 nominations from local parents. We all know teachers who deserve it. [Click Here To Tell Us About A Great Teacher]


--Eric Messinger   
New York Family Events

*May is Bike Month in NYC and The New Amsterdam Bicycle Show: Benefiting Transportation Alternatives is back! The show takes place on the weekend of April 28 and 29 at the Skylight Soho and is a fun and energetic environment where families can learn safe cycling tips, check out one-of-a kind bikes and accessories and get details on bike initiatives in the city. For info, visit

Bonus Tip 

*One of our favorite events of the year for moms--The Mommybites Summit--is coming up on Wednesday, May 2! They bill it as The Ultimate Moms' Night Out--and we agree. It's a delightful mix of shopping, socializing and learning, and this year includes one of our favorite speakers, The Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin. For info, click here

Parenting Tips

*In the spirit of Earth Day (this Sunday!), here's a list of awesome events, a tasty vegan recipe, eco-friendly toys, an outdoorsy craft and residential buildings with eco-minded amenities


*Along with this month's cover story on the creators of Gilt Groupe, we scored a sneak peek at some of the company's exciting upcoming sales for savvy families!


*The Dicapo Opera Theatre makes an intimidating art form fun and accessible for kids. This weekend, catch a family-friendly one-hour production of La Traviata, as part of their Opera for Kids series.

Contests & Giveaways

*Imagination Movers will be making a NJ Camp Fair Datesone-day stop in NYC on their Rock-O-Matic tour. And we have two family four-packs of tickets to give away for their shows on Saturday, May 5 at the Best Buy Theater. To enter, post on our Facebook page telling us something about your child's imagination. Then, email with "Imagination" in the subject line. Deadline is Friday, April 27. 


*A children's book of sheer whimsy, Along NJ Camp Fair DatesA Long Road by the award-winning Frank Viva uses five colors and pithy dialogue to create a joyful two-wheeled ride for ages 2-6. Five lucky readers will win a copy of the book! To enter, send an email to with "Long Road" in the subject line. Deadline to enter is Friday, April 27.


NJ Camp Fair Dates 

*Is there anything better than a baby in a onesie? For your viewing pleasure, we've assembled a pictorial feast of 15 onesies in a variety of fun, playful, quirky and colorful options.  


For more shopping finds from our Treats blog, click here.    

The Week   
*Who knew that Baltimore could be a destination for family fun? Jennifer Lehner tackles Charm City in under 36 hours!  


*Adam Mansbach strikes again with Seriously, Just Go To Sleep. And Kat Harrison grabs the author (while he's awake) for a five-point Q&A on his new book.   


For more articles and tips, visit 


Best Of (The Rest Of) The Web 


*How would your kids like to be spoken to? Watch this clip and find out--straight from the mouths of babes. (YouTube)

*Sparked by Hilary Rosen's comment that Ann Romney has "never worked a day in her life," it seems a mother's reason for working outside of the home still has to be defended, if it's not out of financial necessity. (Mom-101)

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

April 18-24, 2012

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