Fall Fun

Apple Picking via Public Transportation?

Want to go Apple Picking but you don't have a car?  Here are a few options



Hot in the City! Cheap (or free!) Activities To Do With Kids of All Ages in NYC during the summer

Are you looking for fun ideas with what to do with your toddlers & Kids this summer? Here are some tips & suggestions that PSP Members have shared. Do you have any you would like to add? Let us know!

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Fall Fun: It is Apple Picking Time!

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Park Slope Parents has an extensive list of apple and fruit picking destinations HERE with tips & suggestions from fellow parents. Make sure to call these places before you trek out (we got to one place and they were out of apples in one field and not opening another one for a few hours!).

Monday, October 12h is Columbus Day and public schools are off, so if you don't make it out in the next few weekends, perhaps that's a day for an adventure!

 Don't have a car?  We've got a list of places you can get to by public transport here.

Now all we need is the perfect Apple Pie recipe...


Taking Fall Photos of your Kids


- Take photos of leaf fights and kids throwing leaves up in the air.

- Look for contrasting colors (bright yellow leaves against a dark colored rock).

- Have the kids lay down in the leaves or buried in the leaves. (For older subjects take photos from head to toe to avoid double chins!)

- Kids don't have to be in fall colors-- other colors such as blue and green "pop."

- Photograph during sunrise or sunset for the best light and color.

- Photograph outdoors when your shadow is longer than you are, usually in the afternoon (Today near the 9th Street Playground the sun was going behind the buildings around 4:00)

- Take photos with the sun coming through the leaves but use a tree trunk or something else so so there's no direct light going into your lens.

- If you are taking portraits, consider turning on your flash to get both the leaf color AND your kids faces. Okay, it's a bit 80s, but use the sun to backlight your hair from behind (using a flash to light up your face-- but stand back so the flash isn't too stark. Lay on the ground with your subject above you so you get the leaves and tree limbs as part of the background. (Double check that there's not a big limb as a horn).


Okay-- more techy stuff:


- Use a Polarizing lens if you've got one.

- Underexpose your shots slightly

- Use your macro setting to shoot close shots of light shining through the leaf with the veins showing through.

- Use a short depth of field in order to blur the leaves and JUST get the color while keeping the person in focus.


FINALLY-- Go with another family and swap taking a family portrait-- it's good to have the WHOLE bunch of you. And Moms-- make sure to get photos of yourself!



- Susan Fox


Fall, Apple Picking and More!

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Welcome Fall!!

Time for apple and pumpkin picking, Halloween and hay rides!

Check out Park Slope Parents' extensive list of apple and fruit picking destinations HERE. September 25th/26th (Rosh Hashanah) and October 13th (Columbus Day) are DOE school holidays, so beat the weekend crowds if you can make those days work.Tip: Before you trek out, make sure they still have an open field for pickers.

No Car? HERE are some apple picking options via public transportation.

Reminder: PSP Members get $35 off a Zipcar memberships to ZipCar-- so you can skip public transportation. Sign up here. Contact to switch over your existing account or ask questions.

Did you know that PSP has over 700 discounts (and more every month)?
Check them out here! Ask your local stores if they have a PSP discount--have them email if they want to sign up!

Save the date: The 2014 Halloween Parade is Friday, October 31st.

unnamedThis year's theme: Monster Mash! (Note: Elsa calls herself a monster in Frozen - so that costume counts too!)

Every year since 1986 the Park Slope Civic Council organizes the Children's Halloween Parade (with some help from PSP!). It's an all volunteer organized event and may be the largest children's Halloween march in the nation.

More details to come, but get those monstrous costumes ready!

(image here is the 2008 "so Park Slope" Halloween Poster!)

Clothing Swap! Get out your hand me downs

Sunday, October 5th is set for our Fall Clothing Swap so get ready to purge your old stuff and get some new!

Can't make the Swap? Stoop sales are a great way to get rid of or get great recycled stuff. Here is information about Hosting a Stoop Sale and Shopping at Stoop Sales from the PSP Website.

OR Donate to Little Essentials, our go to place for donations. They are once again doing pickups (Tuesdays 3-6) and have a huge need for your extra or old gear!

Have a GREAT Start to FALL and Happy New Year!

Rachel, Susan, Melissa and Colleen
The Park Slope Parents Membership Team

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