New York Family Magazine
Special Editor's Note

I want to wish you all a light and fun end of summer and thank you for being a part of our community of families. See you in September. 

-- Eric Messinger, Editor, New York Family  (emessinger@manhattanmedia.com)

Contests & Giveaways

*Looking to get the school year off to a smart start? Make sure your little one protects her hard work with Tokidoki's Pantera Mimobot flash drive. We have five to give away! For info on how to enter to win one, click here.    

Weekend Plans & More

You don't need to be hyper-organized to escape the city. Whether you're looking for easy hikes, old town charm, or big farm adventures, these18 day trips make for fabulously hassle-free family getaways.

 

If you're looking to cool down, a short drive from the city can take you to over 15 water parks that will blow you out of the water indeed. Who knew?

 

That's not to say you can't find quality 

aquatic amusement right here in NYC. Check out our favorite local splashy playground in Chelsea--or stay dry at these climbing structure-filled playgrounds.

 

Heading to the beach? Don't forget to grab a pair of snazzy shades after applying a protective layer of natural suncreen. Once you're at the shore, moms can use sand castle hour to catch up on the summer's best beach reads.

 

For a more thrilling type of expedition, it's the final weekend of the Bronx Zoo's LEGO Safari exhibit. If you haven't gotten the chance to venture out yet, here's the scoop.

 

Of course, no Labor Day weekend is complete without a barbecue. Prepare for a fabulous feast with delicious recipes from our gourmand bloggers: watermelon ice cubes, tomato & fontina bruschetta, southern pork tenderloin, Sullivan potatoes, and ice cream cone cupcakes. 

   

It's also a great time to get your back-to-school shopping in order. From hipster knapsacks to ultra-modern binders, stocking up just got a little bit sunnier.

 

And last but definitely not least: 8 icy treats for ending the summer on a super sweet note.

Bonus Tip 

*Here's a roll of good luck: Bowlmor in Times Square is offering a special summer deal for New Yorkers with kids in tow. Until Friday, August 31, kids 12 and under bowl for FREE before 4pm. For more information on this amazing deal, visit bowlmor.com 


Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2012

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