New York Family Magazine

New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note 

The pediatrician's office was so crowded this morning that they asked me and my son to first meet with one of the nurses for the "intake" questions in one of the doctor's personal offices until a medical room became available. I wasn't complaining. Not only is this particular doctor whose office we occupied a big joker with a wonderful way around children, but he apparently is a huge classic rock fan like myself. The walls of his office radiated rock 'n' roll, with autographed album covers from Bruce Springsteen, U2, Carole King, AC/DC, Carly Simon, and other rock gods and goddesses. To my surprise however, the piece of memorabilia that stood out the most had nothing to do with rock and everything to with another passion of mine: parenting...[More Here]   


--Eric Messinger   

Parenting Tips

*From pumpkin mac 'n' cheese to pumpkin pie oatmeal, here are 15 delicious recipes that will have your family eating the seasonal squash until next fall! And don't miss the cupcakes... 


*Do you have your Halloween costume yet? For those in need of last-minute disguises, we've gathered nine local shops and pop-up stores where parents can buy spooky, cute, and creepy costumes for kids, adults, and even pets!   


*Help your children enjoy our city's amazing art museums, with these tips and games for making exhibits accessible and fun for families. 

Contests & Giveaways

*Grab your cameras--our annual Halloween costume photo contest has begun! We invite parents to snap a pic of their child all dressed up and share it with us. The winner will be featured in New York Family and will receive four tickets to the American Museum of Natural History and a copy of the museum's official guide & activity book. For info on how to enter, click here.  

Picks Of The Week: Classes & Birthday Parties

*Cool kids classes: For younger children, a preschool prep and personal development program. For older children, a one-of-a-kind after-school science exploration class that emphasizes curiosity and project-based work.


*Big birthday ideas: A children's playspace in Tribeca brings a fun and earth-friendly sensibility to kids' birthday parties, from paperless evites to recycled playground gear.

*Temperatures and trends call for layers these days, so we give you a roundup of lightweight yet sturdy children's jackets, each with a personality as crisp and cool as the mid-fall air.


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

Hot Topics & Tips 

*The MoMA exhibit "Century of the Child" is a look back at some historic children's toys and trends. From a 1930s scooter to original elements from Pee-wee's Playhouse, here are 11 things you should see with your kids.


*Ever consider swapping your condo for someone else's? When it comes to family vacations, home swapping may be your best bet, according to our blogger Hillary Chura. Here's her advice and six tips before you swap. 


*A Brooklyn nanny witnessed a man watching porn at a local library right in front of her child--yikes! Our editor, Whitney C. Harris, considers how she would react.

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October 24-30, 2012
Chelsea Piers
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