The Kids Concierge list of family fun activities

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NYC Parks Kids Week
All Weekend
Various parks around NYC
FREE for all ages

Even when school’s out, our parks are still the city’s natural classroom! Bring your kids to parks throughout the city for Kids’ Week. With programs led by our Urban Park Rangers, kids will get to experience nature in a hands-on and fun way.

http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/kids_week

Culinary Kids Festival
All weekend, 10:00am-5:00pm
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard
FREE with admission ($20 for adults, $10 for kids 2-12)
Family-friendly, food festival celebrating the relationships among plants, farms, and your favorite foods. Cooking demonstrations, recipes, and hands-on activities, with plenty of music and tastings to add to the Daily 1 p.m. cooking demonstration will feature kid-friendly recipes and tasty samples, while local chefs will share tips and recipes.

http://www.nybg.org/exhibitions/2014/festivals/food-festival/april-culinary-kids-food-festival.php

EcoAnts for Earth Day at McNally Jackson
Saturday, April 19, 11:30am
McNally Jackson Bookstore, 52 Prince St between Mulberry and Lafayette Streets
FREE for all ages
To celebrate Earth Day and the 120-million-year-old ant species, we’ll read ant tales and build unique ant colony habitats. We’ll hatch our plastic ants, and use recycled materials to create tunnels, chambers, and, of course, a queen ant for every colony. Hosted by Yvonne Brooks.

http://www.mcnallyjackson.com/event/earth-day-event

Family Sing-Along Sunday Brunch
Sunday, April 20 at 11:00am
Measure at Langham Place Hotel, 400 Fifth Avenue between 36th and 37th Streets
$40 for adults, $20 for kids (includes food sing-along), reservations required
This unique, interactive 90-minute children’s concert comes complete with a custom kid’s cabaret menu and is a must-see event for grandparents, parents, siblings and friends. Special Easter Sunday prix-fixe menu includes hot cross buns and dyed deviled eggs.

http://newyork.langhamplacehotels.com/pdf/Tunes_With_Tina.pdf

Freedom Art Jam: Art & Dance Party for Passover
Sunday, April 20 at Noon-4:00pm
Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
Adults $15, kids 18 and under FREE
Join the Jewish Museum’s 2nd annual Passover extravaganza with art, music, and dancing! Set yourself free to the 60′s era tunes of Baby Loves Disco DJs, design a freedom sculpture, hear beloved songs from David Grover & Grover’s Gang, create an instrument, add to a giant word poem, and more!

http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/specialfamilydays

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Easter Egg Hunts

Chelsea: Spring Eggstravaganza
Saturday, April 19, 11:00am
St. Paul’s Church, 315 West 22nd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenue
FREE for ages 1-10
Trinity Grace Church in Chelsea sponsors this public event featuring an egg hunt, crafts, face painting and snacks.

https://tgc-chelsea.squarespace.com/community/#calendar-event-info

Soho: Clifford’s Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19, 10:00am-5:00pm
The Scholastic Store, 557 Broadway
FREE for all ages
The Scholastic Store is hosting a specially-designed EGG in our Broadway window in April, so they are inviting kids to design their own mini-egg during a daylong crafting event in the Imagination Clubhouse. Clifford will be there for pictures, and Scholastic Storytellers will host storytime every hour.

http://www.scholastic.com/sohostore/events.htm

West Village: Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 20, 10:30am
Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street near Christopher Street
FREE for all ages
Families can follow the Easter Bunny into the Church of St. Luke’s garden to join in a festive egg hunt that’s open to the public.

http://www.stlukeinthefields.org/calendar/event/4612

UWS: Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 20, 10:00am-noon
Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway
FREE with admission: $11 for ages 0-5
Hunt for hidden eggs throughout the museum!

http://cmom.org/visit/calendar?date=2014-04-20

Brooklyn Heights: Spring Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19 at 10:00am
Pierrepont Playground, Columbia Heights and Pierrepont Streets
FREE for all ages
Every spring, hundreds of little bunnies and their families turn out to participate in our annual Egg Hunt at Pierrepont Playground. Candy, treats, balloons and good friends have made this a holiday tradition for many families!

http://www.bhplaygrounds.org/

Get out there and explore New York City!

2014 New York International Auto Show Women’s Blogger Event #NYIAS

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Javitz Center, NY

As a Mom, When I think of the New York Auto Show, I’m assuming the crowd would all be men right?  Well, leave to the Toyota’s Women’s Blogger Event to gather amazing Mom Bloggers to unveil the latest 60 models. This was my first time at the NY Auto Show and it won’t be my last. This place is not just for dad’s and son’s. It’s for Moms, daughter’s and friends too!

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In addition to viewing the latest vehicle’s, there were plenty of fun filled activities. I was able to drive in a simulator to see the dangers behind texting and driving. The scary part was that I crashed into a mountain. The best part was walking out alive!

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Dr. OZ, The Good Life Quizzes were given out which again, as a driver for almost 15 years, I was shocked to know about simple common mistakes that I make daily.

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The tough part was learning about Teen driving. Being a Stepmother of three teens, knowing that one day they will be driving absolutely frightens me. Here’s a fact: The first year behind the wheel can be one of the most dangerous years in a teen’s life. That’s why Toyota created TeenDrive365 – online tools, safe driving tips, and special driver events happening across the country, to help parents talk with their teen about safe driving.

To learn more about Toyota’s commitment, visit http://www.TeenDrive365.com

Want to visit the car show with your family? 3citygirlsnyc is giving away a 4 pack of New York International Auto Show tickets to a lucky subscribed reader. If you’re not subscribed, simply subscribe to enter. If you’re already subscribed make sure to Tweet for your chance to win. Good luck!

*Disclosure: I was invited as Media to the 2014 New York International Auto Show. As always, All opinions are of my own.

Wendy Bellissimo for Destination Maternity @WendyBellissimo

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Wendy’s signature boho-chic aesthetic and own wardrobe staples inform the collection which is designed to offer both comfort and style for moms-to-be. The collection features every day, easy-wearing essentials like billowy maxi-dresses, layering tops, on-trend denim with double zipper front pockets, tribal-inspired sweaters, moto jackets and scarves. The pieces can be worn together for a head-to-toe look that is fashion forward and perfect to be used as accent pieces that can be layered into both mom-to-be’s maternity and existing wardrobes. The collection will be in Destination Maternity and Motherhood Maternity stores and online beginning in September 2014.

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“In all of my designs, from home décor to clothing, I find a way to incorporate relaxed, approachable style elements without over-complicating a look,” said Wendy Bellissimo, CEO & Creative Director of Wendy Bellissimo Media, Inc. “As a mother of four, I have the highest appreciation for the evolution of a woman’s body during this transformational phase, and have always dreamed of creating a line of fashionable stand-out items that flatter an expecting woman but that includes special and meaningful pieces that will continue to be part of her rotation even after her baby is born. That dream has finally come to fruition through my work with Destination Maternity.”

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“Destination Maternity has long-admired Wendy as a tastemaker, entrepreneur and mother,” said Destination Maternity Corporation President Chris Daniel. “Her style and keen eye for selecting pieces that can transform a wardrobe into a personal statement are apparent throughout the collection and we look forward to sharing it with our style-savvy moms-to-be.”

Wendy Bellissimo for Destination Maternity Availability / Pricing:

The collection will be available beginning September 2014 at Destination Maternity® and Motherhood Maternity® stores and online at http://www.DestinationMaternity.com

Celebrating National Grilled Cheese Day with The Naptime Chef #HavartiParty @thenaptimechef @ArlaDofino @freshmadenyc

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Manhattan, NY

As a busy Mom and wife, there are lot’s of days that I don’t have the energy to get fancy in the kitchen. I cook what’s easy, quick and filling for my family. It’s either a home cooked meal or takeout which is not always a healthy option. I was thrilled to meet Author of The Naptime Chef Kelsey Banfield, after my confession that I’m not always a healthy cook at dinner time and I normally go the simple route,  she shared amazing recipes that are so easy, your little ones can actually help too.

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When you think of Grilled cheese, we think of the plain boring way right? This is why you must try Kelsey’s recipes. This is not just for children. Believe me when I say my next Mommy’s Night In will include Havarti Cheese and wine!

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Which grilled cheese couldn’t this mama stop devouring at the Freshmade NYC kitchen? the Havarti Tomato and Arugula Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Want to create your own?

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Pesto Ingredients

1 cup packed arugula leaves, stems removed¼ cup walnut halves2 garlic cloves, peeled, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, ¼ cup olive oil.

 
Sandwich Ingredients

2 slices country bread, 1½ tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, 1 tablespoon arugula, 2 thick slices, fresh tomato, 1 Arla Dofino Havarti cheese slice.

 

Directions

Pesto:

In a food processor fitted with a blade attachment, combine the arugula, walnuts, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Pulse twice to combine. Pulse a few more times while pouring the olive oil down the feed tube. This makes about half a cup. Whatever is not used for the sandwich can be stored in the refrigerator for future use.

Sandwich:

Place the two slices of bread side-by-side and spread the top of one with ½ tablespoon of butter. On the second slice, spread arugula pesto and top it with two tomato slices and 1 slice of Arla Dofino Havarti cheese. Close sandwich with the buttered bread slice, butter side up.

 Add the remaining butter in a nonstick skillet and place over medium heat. Swirl butter so it coats the bottom of the pan. Place sandwich in skillet, with non-­buttered bread side down and cook until the bread is toasted and golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the sandwich and cook the other side for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the skillet, slice and serve. 

Thank you to Havarti Cheese, The Naptime Chef and Freshmade NYC for an evening of great food, wine and a deeper passion of cheese.

For more information on Arla Dofino and recipes please visit: 

http://dofinousa.com/

For more information on the Naptime Chef Kelsey Banfield, please visit:

http://www.thenaptimechef.com/

For more information on Freshmade NYC, please visit:

http://freshmadenyc.com/

Disclosure: I was invited as Media to attend. Havarti products were given for review purposes.  All opinions and review are of my own.

Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo #BrooklynBabyExpo

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Brooklyn, NY

A Child Grows’ 3rd Annual Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo was held on Sunday April 6th, 2014. Not only was it a beautiful day in Brooklyn Heights but being surrounded with other Moms, Dads, families and friends made it such a relief that we all had the same thing in common. The health and care of our children. With booths filled with informative resources on child products from the latest baby gear to childcare and even health concerns. There wasn’t anything I could think of that they didn’t cover. Seminars were sure to educate new moms or expecting Moms. Even Moms like me who just want to keep up on the latest products. There were fun filled raffles, prizes and amazing gift bags! Activities on site:

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To learn about the Brooklyn Baby & Family Expo make sure to follow on:

https://facebook.com/BrooklynBabyExpo

https://twitter.com/achildgrows

https://www.facebook.com/achildgrowsinbrooklyn

Disclose: Media passes and gift bag were given. Thank you to A Child Grows and Sponsors.

Easter at the Western Riding Club #Queens #Flushing #Horses #Easter #Free

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Photo Credit: Joy Tirado

You are invited to come stop by
and visit with the Easter Bunny, Horses also, receive an Easter treat!

Date: April 20th

Time: 1-4pm

Place: Western Riding Club

169-38 Pigeon Meadow RD.

Flushing, NY

Event Host: Joy Tirado

Here’s my youngest is having a moment at the farm. Great for all ages.

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Bring the kids out for a day of fun at the Western Riding Club. There will be feedings and photos with the Easter bunny too!. The event is free but donations are welcome, as money is used to fund the farm’s feedings cost. Help out our local community. Spread the word. #QueensStrong

Private Picasso’s Recycled Art Event at Tiny You #LIC #Queens

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Long Island City, Queens

This past weekend I took advantage of the sunny weather. Despite the heavy winds, nothing stops a true New Yorker. My little girls and I headed down to Long Island City for Tiny You’s Recycled Art event hosted by Private Picasso.

Private Picassos is a mobile art studio, providing personalized art lessons for children and adults at homes, schools, offices and wherever our clients find convenient

PrivatePicasso.com

Tiny you is the jackpot shop for parents. I was immediately drawn to the trendy stylish fashion and decor. There is something for every cool kid. These threads and gifts are definitely one of a kind. With a shop located in Sunnyside and Long Island City, you must add this to your “must visit” list. Tiny You host several events for parents and children. Just a few weeks ago Moms little girls had a blast getting manicures! How fun?

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Tiny You offers independent designer clothing and accessories as well as many European brands and products made in the USA. Gift certificates are available!

Tiny You

Take advantage of the weather and head down to Long Island City and browse all these amazing shops.