Author: Michelle Caines

Snow Day! Harlem Sledding Hills

Sledding in Harlem is so much fun! It is comforting to go in your own backyard and enjoy the hills of snow after a blizzard! Thursday’s blizzard wasn’t our worst so there could very well be school on Friday. But in the event of another snow day, and you want to partake in some action, read on for our favorite hills. Remember that as long as blizzard conditions exist, public parks may be temporarily closed. Please read below for safety tips. St Nicholas Park at 135th Street is a popular sledding location. The hill is steep for the most part but levels out near the stairs, ideal for smaller sledders. On your way to great snow day fun, stop by Cafe One for a warm-up of hot chocolate. The Cafe is located at the corner of 141st Street and Amsterdam. If you’re hungry, try our favorite, the BLT! Another great hill is located inside of Riverside Park at 142nd Street. This hill is near the Riverbank Camel Playground and is a bit more ideal for smaller children. Spend the day playing in the playground’s gates, building snowmen then exit for the hill just behind the playground. The official NYC Parks Snow Day location for Manhattan is Morningside Park at 110th Street: “During times of heavy snowfall, NYC Parks may offer a snow day, which is a day of free organized recreation in several...

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Financial Fitness: Raising Cent-sible Kids

We all love to shop. Making a purchase has been scientifically proven to send a rush of dopamine through our system. Our kids feel the same thing with the excitement of a new toy. I get it every time I get coffee and a pastry, no judgment please. Whatever your vice is, as the New Year turns over, we can consider it a fresh new start. Financial fitness comes to mind and things such as The Latte Factor and how to translate that for kids. Finance isn’t taught in the majority of schools so it’s up to us parents to set the tone for a new generation of savers and investors.  On the fourth day of Kwanzaa, we learned about Ujamaa (OO-JUH-MAA) which means Cooperative Economics. Just starting the conversation about money in a healthy way is beneficial. Lots of parents, including myself, say things like ‘that’s too expensive’ or ‘I can’t afford that’ to our children. This helps shape their mind as general economic principles start to form. One of my personal goals is to improve my own and my children’s relationship with money. There’s lots of online help out there. I read a post from the blog of Natali Morris, “Why you shouldn’t pay your kids to do chores”. In it, she mentions a book that I picked up from Amazon immediately, ‘The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are...

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Crayon Power, Brooklyn – Our Second Home

Recently my daughter has made much progress with her social awareness & adaptation and ability to control her anxiety. I owe much credit and praise to Kristen and her team at Crayon Power. I’d like to share my review of their program below: We were nervous about the price at first but got a chance to meet Kristen before starting. She knew a lot about what Sara needed just by spending a few minutes with her. Kristen, Amanda, and Matt are all instrumental in not only Sara’s life but mine as well. They genuinely care about her and my well being. They have taught me a lot about how to interact with my daughter on a deep level. Since starting the class, Sara has improved in behavior and temperament. She is learning how to use her words for what she’s feeling and not have fits. I’ve learned how to approach her high anxiety with warmth even when the going gets tough. This place is a staple in our family and everyone close to us can see the difference in Sara. From CP: Crayon Power is Reggio Emilia inspired cooperative focused on growing agency and emotional awareness. Children experience projects based on sensory experiences, art, adventures in Prospect Park and community involvement. We spend 50% of our day outside in local parks and going on adventures! Early drop off and...

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Kidpreneur – India Jolie of India’s Italian Ice’s

We first met India at a local Harlem family fair. This pint-sized entrepreneur launched her brand at the age of 5 and hasn’t slowed down a bit. She has a phenomenal business that is employable year round. Her Ice’s are served in ample sized cups and are a delicious addition to any party. We asked India to serve her Ice’s at our Uptown Birdies website launch party earlier this year and we’ve been in love with the flavors ever since!  Here’s the scoop: India Jolie is the kidpreneur behind India’s Italian Ice’s. She is a tiny adventurer and ice...

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Giving Tuesday: Donate to our Favorite Nonprofit Organizations

With all the cheer and excitement the holidays bring, there’s also a bit of madness. As soon as the Turkey leftovers hit the fridge, we make that mad dash to a department store or online outlet for the promise of a Black Friday deal. Meanwhile, freshly cut trees and lights adorn the streets as if Thanksgiving was a thing of the distant past. Soon it settles in that we must attack that gift list with a vengeance like a pouncing tiger before all the L.O.L. dolls or iPhone 7s are sold out! But in all this, we can forget...

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Upcoming Events

  1. Riverbank’s 25th Anniversary “KIDS DAY”

    May 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. NYPL: Early Literacy, Five Senses, Programs in a Box: Five Senses

    May 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  3. NYPL: Little Bookworm Storytime

    May 23 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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    May 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    May 24 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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