New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note
Chances are, if you have the interest to read a parenting newsletter like this one, you probably also have the interest and ability (whatever your income level) to make sure your child enjoys occasional special adventures like going to the Bronx Zoo. But what may be a common treat for your children and mine isn't common for all children, of course--and I want to share a special story about, believe it or not, a local gangbanger who plaintively laments how he's never been to the Bronx Zoo.

In the same spirit, I also want to encourage everyone to review the special deals from our friends at Mommy Poppins, which will help a few impoverished kids go to camp this summer.   

--Eric Messinger   
Bonus Tip 

*For the second year, Mommy Poppins is offering deals of up to 66% off NYC summer camps. Options include chess, tennis, acting, art, golf, gym, music and all-around-fun camps for kids from tots through teens. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to help provide summer camp experiences for underprivileged children. Win-Win!


*A night in Central Park can be magical for children. Add to that a carnival and a special charity event and you've got something for the whole city to enjoy. The Carnival Night For Kids on Wednesday, June 13 is a fun-filled evening with rides, games, raffles, food, live music and more--and all proceeds benefit the Coalition for the Homeless' youth programs. For more information, click here

Parenting Tips

*Get ready to rock this summer! The hottest names in kid music are taking the stage in and around the city. Warm up your feet and vocal cords because these catchy groups will keep you moving and grooving all summer long.


*All this hot weather surely has everyone thinking of water! For sand & surf family fun, we've gathered our favorite local beach spots (until the pools open in a few weeks), plus a definitive article on water safety. And don't miss the sidebar on where to learn water sports locally.         

Contests & Giveaways

*Get a crash-course in 20th century music at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Family Matinee: Sweet & Low Down on Sunday, June 10. Audiences will join musician Michael Feinstein in the Allen Room as he introduces interested ears to some of the greats like Duke Ellington and Cole Porter. And we have a family four-pack of tickets to give away! To enter, post on our Facebook page telling us about your favorite song. Then, email us at with "Sweet & Low Down" in the subject line. Deadline is Wednesday, June 6.  NJ Camp Fair Dates


NJ Camp Fair Dates*Nothing is quite as quintessentially summer as a lemonade stand. Inspired by the first-ever Lemonade Day taking place this weekend, we've found some fun, quirky lemony goodies for kids to play with, read, sing along and wear!


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

The Week   

*A new children's book, Zoe Gets Ready, inspires our newest blogger, D.J. Duckworth, to visit the Scholastic window related to the book and consider her own clothes conundrums.  


*If you haven't checked out NJ Camp Fair Dates16 Handles yet, put it on your family's summer calendar! Here's how one local mom "handled it" with her son and daughter.  


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Best Of (The Rest Of) The Web 


*Are you smarter than a second grader? Probably not compared to the youngest competitor in the National Spelling Bee. (CNN)

*After a recent arrest on the murder charge of Etan Patz, the first child whose face appeared as "missing" on a milk carton 33 years ago, Lisa Belkin reflects on the current climate of child safety. (Huffington Post)

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

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