New York Family Magazine
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The New York Baby Show is almost here! For expecting and new parents with infants or toddlers, this annual mega event is an extraordinary mix of goods, services, expert speakers and fun for families. It takes place at Pier 92 in NYC the weekend of May 19 and 20. Tickets are $20 per family/$10 per person. America's #1 pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp, creator of the best-selling DVDs/books, The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block is one of several amazing Keynote Speakers. The show will also feature 100+ top vendors, a Stroller Test Drive Track, free buggy tune-ups, a performance by Pinkalicious, classes by Eastside Westside Music Together and Karma Kids Yoga, and Clifford the Big Red Dog. For details and to reserve your tickets, visit


The Mamas Network and New York Hall of Science present the Second Annual Mamas Expo this Saturday, May 5. Open to all parents and families with children ages 0-5, the expo provides access to some of the best local services, specialists and products in Queens and throughout NYC. For info, click here.  


Known for original musicals cast entirely with kids ages 8-18, TADA! Youth Theater's newest show, Up To You, is for ages five and up, and brings issues such as stereotypes and bullying to center stage. We got the scoop on the new production from Executive and Artistic Director Janine Nina Trevens and writer Eric Rockwell. Plus, this Sunday is a free forum on combating bullying through leadership, moderated by Miss New York and sponsored by New York Family

Weekend Plans & More

Taikoza Live!, a percussion-based performance, lets families march to the beat of their own drum at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center. But we bet you'll love the bamboo flutes and costumes, too. (Friday-Saturday)


Propelled 20 feet in the air, the high-flying dance moves and acrobatics of the New Victory Theater's 8cho Ariel Tango are sure to astound. Recommended for ages eight and up. (Friday-Sunday)


Madison Square Park's latest interactive installation is the quirky work of Charles Long entitled Pet Sounds. The funky and colorful railings let kids produce various vibrations and sounds. (Friday-Sunday)


The classic tale of The Velveteen Rabbit rounds out the New York Children's Theatre Festival. Bring kiddos four and older to this endearing show. (Friday-Sunday)


If Mama needs a brand new (diaper) bag--head to Shop Lucky Finds' Consignment Sale & Trunk Show at the Museum of Motherhood. It's a great way to stock up on designer gear for your tot, for less. (Saturday-Sunday)

Go green in Greenpoint! Head to McCarren Park for the 2012 Greenpoint Earth Day Festival for music, health tips, arts & crafts and assorted children's activities. (Saturday)


Prep your soon-to-be camper by sending them to the campsklz workshop hosted by socialsklz:-). Ages 7-12 will learn everything from conversational skills to friendship 411, and how to handle homesickness. (Saturday)


The Imagination Movers excite the Big Apple this weekend with a live performance at The Best Buy Theater featuring 22 of their original songs. (Saturday)


Head to Caribou Baby in Brooklyn for a Learn To Cook Mother's Day Dinner demo (three courses!) led by food writer Debbie Koenig. (Saturday)


For the next three Saturdays, High Line Kids presents Museum Mornings, a collaborative outdoor program with a few the city's coolest museums. Kicking things off is the Children's Museum of the Arts, where kids ages four and up can create collages and personalized cityscapes. (Saturday)


The Rocket Thrower Family Festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park lets kids of all ages enjoy music, space-themed arts & crafts and of course "rocket-throwing"! (Saturday)


The Spring Fest at The Battery Urban Farm will be chock-full of tutorials (like composting), container gardening, arts & crafts, scavenger hunts and kids cooking demos. (Saturday)


From calendars to dollar bills, learn all about paper and its uses at The New Museum's First Saturdays for Families Series: All About Paper. Recommended for ages 4-15. (Saturday)


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at The Scholastic Store with children ages 2-6. The afternoon promises salsa dancing, bilingual singing and plenty of arts & crafts. (Saturday)


Led by Disney Teaching Artists, the Dimenna Children's History Museum's Newsie-inspired dance workshop will teach kids the true story (and moves!) behind the popular Broadway musical. (Sunday)


Ages 3-10 can attend Japan Children's Day at the Japan Society. Youngsters are encouraged to try traditional Japanese snacks, enjoy musical and theater performances and participate in arts & crafts. (Sunday)


Hippo Playground, nestled inside Riverside Park, is hosting their annual Spring Fair for families. Join them for pony rides, food, games, a petting zoo and prizes. (Sunday)


Support the Children's Museum of the Arts at their Imagined Worlds Spring Benefit. Live music by the Raya Brass Band and American Family Jamboree, hands-on art, DJ Kai and a special silent auction are sure to please every attendee. (Sunday)


Alongside the exhibit In the Company of Animals, The Morgan's Spring Family Fair features singing, dancing, mask-making and an animal costume photo shoot. (Sunday)


Ring in spring at the Celebrate Queens Farm Festival. Learn how to shear a sheep, receive in-depth tours from farmers and scoop up some vegetable and flower seedlings. (Sunday)


Join the Henry Street Settlement for a 145-year birthday bash celebrating its Founder Lillian Wald. The afternoon includes cupcakes, arts & crafts, tours and old-school games like stickball. (Sunday)


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

Contests & Giveaways

Bring the spa home this Mother's Day with the June Jacobs Spa Collection New Body Travel Kit. At a value of $95, ladies will love the NJ Camp Fair DatesGrapefruit Purifying Shower Gel, Vanda Orchid Polishing Beads, Papaya Body Balm, and Citrus Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner. And we have a New Body Travel Kit to give away to one lucky reader! To enter, post on our Facebook page telling us why your mom deserves this fab gift. Then, email and include "June Jacobs" in the subject line. Deadline is Wednesday, May 9.


RUSH GIVEAWAY: Jazz up your weekend routine this Sunday with the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival. The top three performing bands get the chance to perform on the historic Avery Fisher Stage. And one lucky New York Family winner gets the chance to see it all live! You can enter to win a family four-pack of tickets by emailing putting "Essentially Ellington" in the subject line. Be sure to enter by Friday, May 4 at 10am!

May 3-9, 2012

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