If your kids aren’t this calm, we have help. via Apartment Therapy
With school closed again tomorrow, parents might be wondering not only how they’re going to deal with downed trees everywhere but how to deal with kids that have been cooped up for three or four days now. To provide some relief, Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope will open their doors to Brooklyn tomorrow, between 9:30am and 3pm, inviting children and their parents to have a space to gather that isn’t their same four walls. (more…)
When other 4-year-olds were wasting their young lives fingerpainting and watching Diego, Kai Song began fiddling with the knobs on his dad’s DJ equipment. Before long, he was spinning at school gigs and block parties and even managing to get his photo taken with Mr. Skrillex himself at the Electric Zoo music fest on Randall’s Island. DJ Kai Song, as the young turntable veteran is now known, is spinning at DeKalb Market this Sunday on Family Day, along with other gigs. (We predict an Ellen appearance by month’s end.) Kai and his father Lars sat down over whoopie pies at One Girl Cookie to talk about Kai’s upcoming gig at Red Bull Arena, meeting his idol and why he would rather you not request Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite.” (more…)
Alternately, the fun and action-packed “Camp Grocery Store” is also open next week.
Why do so many summer camps fizzle out mid-August, as if parents automatically get three weeks off a the end of summer to hang around Sesame Place? While a few Brooklyn camps are still open this week, only a handful of holdouts go all the way up to Friday, August 31 this year. (School starts Sept. 6, and you’re pretty much SOL from Labor Day ’til then.) We found six places to park your kids next week, ranging in price from $335 to $450 for full days that range from six to eight hours. If you know of any other kids’ programs open for business next week, please add ‘em in the comments: (more…)
This tip might be a bit bougie for those of you with a Tom’s-only footwear policy, but we know for a fact that there are some hardcore DSW fans in the brokesphere too. (Love those birthday coupons!) If you’re one of them, and a parent, you may have noted how annoying it is that DSW doesn’t sell kids’ shoes. Actually they do — but only online. You don’t get to play red-green-purple sticker blackjack like you do in the clearance racks, but they seem to have some decent stuff on the site. And you can return kids’ shoes to the adult stores too. There’s also a useful print-out shoe-size ruler that helps drive home how your kid’s foot has grown three sizes since you last sprung for a new pair. Ok, here’s DSW. Now back to our regularly scheduled Spike Lee movie giveaway.
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We were poking around for news on the Pop-Up Pool at Brooklyn Bridge Park — opening in July, oh yeah! — and stumbled upon this useful nugget: parents can bring their kids to bike-riding lessons at Pier 1 for several upcoming Sundays, starting with this one (5/27). Details: (more…)
We’ve been accused of nursing a little Ikea obsession, so if you’re not a breeder, you can skip this item. But if you are, and you join “Ikea Family,” you get 30 minutes extra at the Småland play area (thank you cut and paste), the only reason why any parent might leave Ikea with their bookshelves and sanity in tact. Everyone else just gets an hour, according to the web site, though we swear it was 45 minutes on our last visit. Ikea Family is free and members also get discounts on some items, a chance to win a $100 gift card whenever you shop and free coffee or tea. We’re guessing they also get a chip embedded in the neck to track Karlstad purchases and meatball consumption but that’s only a theory and did we mention that extra half hour of play time? Join here, if you want. By the way, Ikea is open until midnight this Friday (8/19), with extended water taxi and shuttle service.