Holidays and Special Events

2018 Holiday Tips Survey: The Results are IN!

Here are the key findings from the 2018, 7th annual Park Slope Parents Holiday Tips Survey in which Brooklyn residents report their upcoming end of year gifts to service providers, nannies, and teachers.

 

 

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Valentine's Day is coming! Here's how to pamper the parents in your life!

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Treat yourself or the Valentine in your life with these Park Slope Parents Membership Discounts!

Membership Discounts: Pampered Parent

Accurate Pharmacy
Arts Life Creativity Coaching
awaken massageRite - Jenny Beth Miller, LMT
Aynsley Kirshenbaum Fitness Nutrition Wellness
Balanced Lifestyle - Paul McCarthy
Bitty Kneads, LLC (Sara Kellner Tsulis)
Blitz Facial Bar
Brooklyn Acupuncture
Brooklyn Parent Therapy
calm beauty brooklyn
CLT Wellness - Carolyn Tallents
Creative Hair Spa
Dan Rindler, Feldenkrais Practitioner
Dr. Andrea Auerbach
Dr. Marina Klotsman - Dynasty Pediatrics
Drs. Erin O'Daniel & James Cardo - Flower of Life Chiropractic
EarthySoul
Energetic Empowerment
Feel Integrated - Jin Shin Jyutsu® and Therapeutic Massage
Fringe Salon Brooklyn
Garden Acupuncture, PC
Gregg Bromberg LMT
Healing Heart Acupuncture - Mary Hart
Healing Motion Physical Therapy - Dr. Jonathan Locitzer
Helping Bodies Heal
Holistic Health for You - Dr. Emanuel Gellin M.D./ Jeffrey Goodman N.D.
Holistic Health Fusion
Integrated Bodywork Center of Brooklyn - Sarah Lazarus
Integrative Bodywork Eileen Thomas, LMT
Integrative Health NYC - Deborah Barbiere, PsyD, LAc, MSTOM
Intune Massage Therapy
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Jeanene Mack
Jocelyn Kaye Stylist & Personal Shopper
Karma Massage - Karen Clifton Mahoney
Lice Busters
Lice Free Noggins
Lift / Next Level Floats
Lissette Corso Hair Artistry
Local Roots Hair Salon
Lumena Beauty Lounge
Massage and Movement with Shakti Andrea Smith, LMT
Maya Ray
Milkmade Breastfeeding Support
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Nicki Silberman, PT, PC
Nicole Falloon, LMT
NYC Adventure Moms
Pamela Rose Beauty
Park Optics - Dr. Mitch Wilkinson
Parlor Hair Salon
Priority Fitness
PROnatal Fitness
Rebecca Kirkwood Beauty
Re-color the Palate - Ashley Spivak
Salon 718
Scott Lyons, Cranio-Sacral Therapy
Slope Nutrition
Slope Wellness
Smart Hair Studio
Sound & Vibration Therapy - Donna Vestuti
Sparkes Wellness
Spread the Health Now - Stacey Capobianco
The Bird House
The Modern Chemist
Tiga Salon
Tres Belle Spa
Two Tiger Acupuncture
Urban Wellness Park Slope
Vive
Zade SalonSpa

 

Strengthening Relationships: Valentine's Day Ideas

VALENTINE'S DAY IS COMING

Parenting puts a lot of pressure on a relationship, even a good one. With this in mind, here’s a short list of things to do to strengthen relationships. Make these things priorities starting this Valentine's Day (if you haven't already)!

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Date Night: If you can swing it, get out alone with your partner.  There are good reviews of Date Night Restaurants on the Park Slope Parents website.

Recharge: Send your partner out to get recharged, or recharge yourself. The Pampered Parent recommendations page has massage therapists and other services to help. These folks give PSP discounts on pampered parent services. It doesn’t have to cost a lot.  For dads, getting out and playing poker, going to Dad 411, or meeting up with other dads in your monthly or seasonal group are great ways to recharge. We also have an article on avoiding Parental Burnout .

Consider Therapy. This can be hard when you have limited time and young kids, but it can save a marriage. We have this list of Couple’s Therapists and Counseling. If you’ve got issues that start with you, or if your partner doesn’t want to attend, consider going to individual therapy

Read books about Relationship Resilience and do workbooks together. Parenting can stress relationships.  The big names in couple’s therapy right now are John Gottman (The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work) and Sue Johnson (Hold Me Tight and Emotionally Focused Therapy) but don’t discount oldies but goodies like Harvell Hendrix (Getting the Love You Want, Imago Therapy) and simplified but useful constructs like Gary Chapman (The 5 Languages of Love are: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, physical touch; quiz here.)  

Cuddle without expectation of sex. Be explicit that you just want to cuddle (and mean it). 

Have sex.  Schedule it if you need to. I’ve talked to many moms who feel like sex was a hassle, but they were always glad they did it afterward. If you’re co-sleeping, try a new place like a shower with the lights off. (We started a Sex after Kids Survey years ago; a Babeland/Park Slope Parents initiative that we never followed through with—maybe we need to dust that off!)

Practice Gratitude, especially with your partner. Have a Gratitude Jar (or text each other 3 things each day). Write 3 things that you are grateful for each day and re-visit them regularly. Especially tell each other what you appreciate about them.

Take charge when your partner needs a break. One friend said that the best thing her husband did was to put a beer in her coat pocket and tell her to go take a walk in the park when she was totally overwhelmed. 

Do more little things. Texts for no reason, flowers just because, notes on the bathroom mirror, phone calls.  Little things can do a lot to help a relationship. Put the dishes away, fold the laundry, offer to make dinner… do things that aren’t typically “your” tasks. 

Laugh more. Surround yourself with more comedy and less tragedy (including your steaming binges).  Share funny jokes and cartoons and reflect on funny times together. 

Practice Active Listening. Remember, it’s NOT about the nail.  This takes energy and time.

Watch things together. Co-viewing creates a shared history that helps couple's bond. 

This is a snapshot of some of the things that I discuss in my NYU Interpersonal Communication graduate class. 

So that’s some relationship help for ya. We also have this article: Wisdom/support for serious marital rough patch

Dr. Susan Fox

Ph. D. 1994, UCSB, currently NYU Adjunct

Founder, Park Slope Parents

 

LGBTQ+ Family Friendly Events-- 2019 edition

Here are our picks for Family Friendly PRIDE Events for June 2019

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Kidding Around Family Pride Picnic

When: Saturday, June 29, 10am - 1pm

Where: On the High Line (16th Street to Gansevoort Street)

How Much: Free (Guests must register in advance here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kidding-around-family-pride-picnic-tickets-59243127790

What: A celebration of LGBTQ+ families and Pride through a summer festival with carnival-style games, face painting, a musical performance, and much more.

Youth Pride

When: Saturday, June 29, 10am - 1pm

Where: Central Park’s SummerStage

How Much: Free for the public under 21. There is a $10 registration fee for individuals 21+ (Guests please register in advance here https://2019-worldpride-stonewall50.nycpride.org/events/youth-pride/ )

What: A chance for young people to celebrate NYC Pride with their friends. Interactive Experiences, games and performances from Ava Max, DJ Nhandi, Deetranda, and many more!

 

 

 

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2019 Rosh Hashanah & High Holiday Events

Park Slope Jewish Center

PSJC welcomes you and your family to join us for our youth and family services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur! Our open tent (literally!) service are open to the community and welcome your entire family from toddlers to teens a place to celebrate with singing, stories, and the shofar.  For service descriptions and times for all of our options from toddlers to teens to family services, please visit the websites below. Services are all located at 1320 8th Avenue, at the corner of 8th Avenue and 14th Street in Park Slope.
Rosh Hashanah, September 30th & October 1st
https://www.psjc.org/event/rosh-hashanah-youth--family-services1.html

Yom Kippur, October 9th
https://www.psjc.org/event/yom-kippur-youth--family-services1.html
 Registration is not required, but is requested to help with planning, but even if you decide to join us on the morning of, you're always welcome. Please contact Aileen Heiman, Director of Youth Education and Family Programming, at  , with any questions about accessibility or other needs. Shana Tovah! 

 

Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of our Lives:
We are excited to offer a new Youth and Family Service running simultaneous with our main services. This musical, interactive High Holy Days service is geared towards school-age youth. We welcome all families with younger children, though children ages 6 and younger must be accompanied by a responsible family member or adult. This will be a family-friendly space for all ages. 

Rosh HaShanah Youth and Family Service: 
Monday, Sep 30 11:00am-12:30pm

Yom Kippur Youth and Family Service: 
Wednesday, Oct 9 11:00am-12:30pm

Both services take place in the atrium of NAB Theater at City Tech - 285 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn

 

Brooklyn Heights Synagogue
 Community Family Services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Led by Rabbi Molly Kane
FREE and open to all. No ticket required
Monday, September 30th | 2:00PM
Wednesday, October 9th | 2:00PM
Services are located at Plymouth Church, 57 Orange Street

 

Congregation Beth Elohim
High Holy Days at CBE is a special time to reflect, rejoice, and connect. For families with toddlers, our interactive services for tots ages 0-4 and their parents are the perfect opportunity to come together during this meaningful time. And for families with special needs, please join us for a needs appropriate, sensory friendly High Holy Day experience.
 All Tots Services and the Special Needs Service are free and open to the public! For more information and our full schedule, visit https://cbebk.org/hhds/familyservices/
Services are located CBE, 274 Garfield Place
Shanah Tovah!

 

Kane Street Synagogue
High Holidays family services for kids of all ages and their families. Open to the community! Childcare and family services are included in synagogue membership. We ask non-members to purchase tickets for their family if they plan to us for family services and/or utilize childcare during the High Holidays ($50 for services and $18 for childcare). You can register at https://kanestreet.shulcloud.com/form/high-holidays-tix.

 For more information on all of our holiday programming, visit https://kanestreet.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/2016_HI-HOLIDAY-FAMILY-SCHEDULE-1.pdf

 

Union Temple

The High Holy Days are almost here! Union Temple invites you and your family to begin a new year with the sweetness of community. Union Temple’s Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur family services feature kid- and family-centered prayer, song, storytelling and connection to the values of these powerful days. There is no charge and all are welcome to any and all of our services, adult and kid alike. Just let us know that you’re coming at HHD.Union-Temple.org. Your email confirmation is your ticket; present it when you enter. One ticket is good for all services. Childcare is also available during all adult services. Please visit HHD.Union-Temple.org for the full schedule of services and more information.

ROSH HASHANAH (Monday, September 30) | 9:00AM
Services for 5 and under: 4th Floor
Services for 5+ and older: 3rd Floor 

YOM KIPPUR (Wednesday, October 9) | 9:00AM
Services for 5 and under: 4th Floor
Services for 5+ and older: 3rd Floor

 

Join the B’SHERT family for High Holiday Services! You do not need tickets for our children’s services.
Rosh Hashanah, Monday, September 30th at 1:30PM
Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 9th at 1:15PM
Beth Shalom v’Emeth Reform Temple
83 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn, NY 11218 (at Church Avenue)

  

Romemu Brooklyn

Berkeley Carroll School
Romemu Brooklyn is pleased to host our second season of High Holy Days for 5780/2019.
Babysitting and youth programs are included at no additional charge for all service times. For information and to register, visit: https://www.romemu.org/about/brooklyn/hhdbk/

 

Flatbush Jewish Center
327 E. 5th Street in Kensington
Welcome the new year with our Conservative egalitarian community. High Holiday tickets are included with FJC membership.
For non-members, tickets are $220, or $110 for Coop Hebrew School parents who are not FJC members. 
Rosh Hashanah Children’s Program, Monday, September 30th at 10:00AM
Yom Kippur Children’s Program, Wednesday, October 9th at 10:00AM

 

Bayridge Jewish Center
Free and all are welcome
Rosh Hashanah Services
Monday, September 30th & Tuesday, October 1st
10:00AM (ages 0+ - 5yrs); 11:00AM (ages 6 – 11yrs) 

Yom Kippur Children’s Services
Wednesdays, October 9th
10:00AM (ages 0+ - 5yrs); 11:00AM (ages 6 – 11yrs)
 For information on our complete High Holiday schedule, visit http://brjc.org/wp-newsite/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/BRJCHIGHHOLIDAYSCHEDULE2019newimproved.doc2_.docxF_.docxF-1-1.pdf

 

 

Chabad of Windsor Terrace
1266 Prospect Avenue
Led by our experienced and energetic group leaders, we will provide fun and educational program for your children while you attend services. Children will enjoy age appropriate games, stories, discussions, prayers and songs. No membership needed. 
Rosh Hashanah Children's Program, Monday, September 30th and Tuesday, October 1st at 11:30AM

 

Fall and Halloween Events -- 2019 Edition

Here's a sampling of the local events happening around Brownstone Brooklyn. (Are we missing something?  Email us at .)

Want to go apple or pumpkin picking? Check out PSP-member recommended destinations here

Looking for apple & pumpkin picking destinations that are public transportation friendly? Check out these PSP-member tips here

 

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The Park Slope Parents Halloween Costume Contest on October 27th at the Old Stone House!

 

October 12th and 13th
 

Harvest Hang

Where: Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 77, 141 Flushing Avenue

When: Saturday, October 12, 12:30pm - 3pm

How much: Free

What: Join the Brooklyn Navy Yard for a fun afternoon of pumpkin picking, face-painting, costume-making, and more! Yard-based businesses in the fields of costume design, fabrication, design, and entertainment will transform the BLDG 92 forecourt into a harvest takeover that is perfect for visitors of all ages! Delicious treats will be provided by local businesses, so come ready to have fun, create, and snack the afternoon away!

Fall Festival at the 6/15 Garden

Where: 6/15 Garden, 6th Avenue and 15th Street

When: Saturday, October 12, 11am (rain date 10/13)

How much: Activities, food, and plants for purchase 

What: Head to the 6/15 Green Garden on October 12th for a day-long festival! There will be pumpkin painting, apple bobbing, face painting, an exhibition by OPENSPACE GALLERY live music (children’s music from 11-1), a plant sale, and much more! Stick around for a potluck BBQ from from 3pm until dark.

The Amazing Maize Maze

Where: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway

When: Sunday, October 13, 11am-4:30pm

How much: Tickets are $10 and $5 (ages 4-11), Door Tickets are $15;and $8 (ages 4-11). You can purchase tickets here.

What: Enjoy getting lost in NYC’s only corn maze! The adventure begins with a stalk talk to prepare you for the 3-acre challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles and making your way out of this interactive maze. These events get busier the closer as we move into fall so go early! 


Annual Narrows Botanical Harvest

Where: Narrows Botanical Gardens, 464 Bay Ridge Avenue

When: Sunday, October 13, 12pm-5pm

How much: Free admission, fees for certain activities

What: This annual event features the Annual Canine Costume Contest, crafters and artisans, live music, and the Great Pumpkin Patch sponsored by Three Guys from Brooklyn.

 

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Boo at the Zoo

Where: Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Avenue

When: Weekends in October, 11am-4pm

How much: Free with zoo admission 

What: The Prospect Park Zoo is going batty every weekend in October with Halloween-themed games and crafts. Learn about bats around the world and right here in New York where we are participating in a project to understand the ecology of urban bats in our own backyard, Prospect Park.


October 19th and 20th


Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Festival

Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, 334 Furman Street

When: Saturday, October 19, 11am-2pm

How much: Free admission, fees for activities and food

What: Celebrate the changing of the seasons at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s annual Harvest Festival!

Activities for the day include a pumpkin patch, face painting, music, live animals, arts & crafts, enrichment activities, storhour, lawn games, and more. Food and drinks for sale by Gorilla Cheese NYC and Takumi Taco.

PS 124 Fall Festival
Where: PS 124, 4th Avenue & 14th Avenue
When: Saturday, October 19, 12pm-3pm
How much: $20 per family (includes pumpkin and raffle ticket) 
What: Join PS 124 for games, prizes, face painting, raffles, a magic show, food/baked goods, raffles, and balloon animals! All proceeds go to enrichment programs and classroom assistance.

PS 107 Fall Festival
Where: PS 107, 1301 8th Ave
When: Saturday, October 19, 12pm-4pm
How much: Admission price unknown
What: Bring your friends and family and enjoy inflatable rides, cotton candy, popcorn, spin art, face painting, pumpkin painting, delicious food, a magic show, and much more! They need your help. Konstella sign up coming soon. 

12th Annual Howl-O-Ween Bark Block Party
Where:Sean Casey Animal Rescue, 153 East 3rd Street
When: Sunday, October 20, 12pm-5pm
How much: Admission is free
What: Families and animal lovers from all over the NYC community are invited to attend this free fundraiser and adoption event. Enjoy live performances, games, crafts, costume contests, photo ops, prizes & activities for families and pups alike.


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12th Annual Howl-O-Ween Bark Block Party


Atlantic Terminal’s Harvestfest
Where: Atlantic Terminal, 139 Flatbush Avenue
When: Sunday, October 20, 1pm
How much: Free
What: Come celebrate the season with Fall. Family. Fun. at HARVESTFEST! Monster Mash with DJ Ace the Cut Lieutenant; Pony Rides; Giant Pumpkin Patch; Community Coloring Book; Face Painting; Arts & Crafts; farm themed photo ops; giveaways & more. Plus, kids receive an Atlantic Terminal trick-or-treat bag (while supplies last)!


Harvest Homecoming Festival
Where:Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Avenue
When: Sunday, October 20, 11am-5pm
How much: $25 for adult tickets, children under 12 are free
What:
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is debuting its Harvest Homecoming Festival in a big way: Families can expect classic autumnal activities, think hayrides, cornhole games and bobbing for apples, but there will also be newfangled delights, such as pumpkin bowling. Mom and Dad can kick back, too: New York breweries will be on hand with cider and other bevvies. Halloween costumes are encouraged!

Halloween Pop Up
Where: Sweetly Brooklyn, 447 6th Avenue
When: Sunday, October 20, 11am-3pm
How much: $12 
What: Bring your boo! Stop in and say howdy neighbor and sample some sweet treats, shop local artisans or make your own spooky treat. Knitted by Ella, Ester K. Ban Essential Oils and Solstice Candles will be in the house as well as a Craft and Cookie Table.



October 26th and 27th

 

Coney Island Children's Halloween Parade

Where: MCU Park, 1904 Surf Avenue

When: Saturday, October 26, 11am

How much: Free

What: The Ghosts are haunting, the Monsters will mash, it’s time to join us for our Halloween Bash! Pirates, Princesses, Superheroes and more, wear your best costume for the highest score! Brought to you by The Alliance for Coney Island and Paul's Daughter with support from Councilman Mark Treyger and Senator Savino.  Along with sponsorship from Coney Island Hospital, El Dorado Auto Skooter, Hebrew Public Charter School the party starts at 11am with games, bounce houses, face painting, live music, trick-or-treating and of course – the Official Coney Island Costume Contest! This event is for ages 15 and under.


Spooktacular Halloween Carnival

Where: PS282 Park Slope Elementary, 80 6th Avenue

When: Saturday, October 26, 11am-2pm

How much: Activity pricingricing varies 

What: PS 282 invites you to put your costume on and join us for Halloween-themed family activities at our annual Spooktacular! We'll have a BBQ and bake sale, carnival games, pumpkin decorating, craft making, a bounce house, a costume parade and much more! All proceeds go to funding our enrichment programs. Rain or Shine.

3rd Annual Kids’ Halloween Parade + Scavenger Hunt

Where: Beyond at Liberty View - Bed Bath & Beyond, 850 3rd Avenue

When: Saturday, October 26, 10am-4pm

How much: Free

What: Come dressed in your costume for a day full of Halloween Fun at the 3rd Annual Halloween Parade! There will be a DJ, Trick-or-Treating, arts and crafts, a photobooth and more!


Beyond X Industry City: Kids’ Halloween Parade

Where: Industry City, 51 35th Street

When: Saturday, October 26, 12pm-2pm

How much: Free

What: Join Beyond and Industry City for the second annual Kids’ Halloween Parade Including fun activities like mural painting and a pumpkin patch, come in costume for an evening to remember.


19th Annual Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival

Where: Fort Greene Park, 100 Washington Park

When: Saturday, October 26, 12pm-3pm

How much: Free

What: The Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival returns on October 26. This free, family-friendly event offers a vast array of holiday activities such as a pumpkin patch, face-painting, and train rides, made possible with the help of volunteers.

Bklyn Boo: Albee Square

Where: Albee Square, corner of Dekalb Avenue and Bond Street 

When: Saturday, October 26, 2pm

How much: Free

What: Enjoy a multicultural Halloween celebration with fun activities, live music, and art.


Greenpoint Children's Annual Halloween Parade, Spooktacular Party & Zombie Nerf War

Where: Polish & Slavic Center, 176 Java Street

When: Sunday, October 27, 11:30am

How much: Parade is free to join. Nerf war and party are $15-$25

What: For over a decade, Town Square has been bringing Halloween fun to the families of North Brooklyn with their  Halloween Parade & Party. Costumed kids and kids-at-heart march down Manahattan Avenue and back to the starting point for a spooktacular party! Arts & crafts, contests, games and yummy munchies. This event is now a seasonal highlight for North Brooklyn families.

The King of Rock and Roll ft. the Music of Elvis for Kids Halloween Spooktacular
Where: The Rock and Roll Playhouse, 104 W 29th Street
When: Saturday, October 26, 1pm
How much: Free
What: Celebrate The King of Rock and Roll ft. the Music of Elvis for Kids Halloween Spooktacular at Industry City in Courtyard 5-6.
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21st Annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest
Where: Fort Green Park, Dekalb Avenue and Washington Park
When: Saturday, October 26, 11:30am
How much: Admission is free
What: Get your (and your pup's!) costumes ready and come to Fort Greene Park for the annual Halloween festival and dog costume contest. Event will take place by the central lawn with the closest entrances on Dekalb & Washington Park and Dekalb & South Portland. Rain date will be on Sunday, October 28. Judging of dog costumes will start at 11:30am sharp at the bottom of the monument stairs. All dogs must be registered to enter the contest.

The Prospect Park Alliance Halloween Haunted Walk & Fair
Where: Prospect Park,  Brooklyn, NY
When: Saturday, October 26, 12pm-3pm
How much: Admission is free
What: Encounter zombies, werewolves, witches and other Halloween spirits on a haunted walk through the woodland Lookout Hill, ideal for families with children ages 7-12. All ages can enjoy a festive Halloween Fair on the Nethermead, featuring family-friendly activities, as well as sweet and savory treats from some of the city’s top food trucks.

 

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Prospect Park Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair  (Park Slope Parents will be there!)

Haunted Farmhouse

Where: Queens County Farmhouse, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway

When: Saturday, October 26, 1pm-7pm

How much: Advance tickets $4, $7 at the door

What: Prepare for a scare inside our haunted farmhouse! This ghoulish adventure is the perfect way to twist and turn in to Halloween. This indoor event is rain or shine. Recommend for ages 6–12.

 

 

Park Slope Parents LGBTQ Halloween Party

Where: All Saints Church, 463A 7th Street (around the cornder at the Senior Center entrance)
When: Saturday, October 26, 3pm-5:30pm

How much: Potluck

What: Please join the PSP LGBTQ group for some wild dancing, silly story-telling, crazy crafts, and tasty treats.

 


Park Slope Parents Halloween Costume Contest

Where: Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street between 5th and 4th Avenues 

When: Sunday, October 27, 2pm-4pm

How much: Free

What: Wear your Halloween costume, with prizes for Best in Show! Plus... paint pumpkins and make pizza in the Old Stone House outdoor oven! The day will end with a mini-parade around the park; great for little ones who can’t make the larger parade on the 31st!

 

 

HALLOWEEN!  October 31st


Park Slope Civic Council Children’s Halloween Parade
Where: Washington Park, between 5th and 4th Avenues 

When: Thursday, October 31, 6:30pm

How much: Free

What: There are plenty of seasonal parades in NYC, but a few really stand out, including Park Slope's annual procession, which is the oldest children's Halloween parade in the country. Hit the Old Stone House for activities in the afternoon, and be sure to register for the main event, which kicks off at 6:30pm at 14th Street and Seventh Avenue. The parade heads back to the historic house for a party with live music, dancing and romping in the adjacent J.J. Byrne Playground. Merchants on Fifth and Seventh Avenues dole out sweets as kids show off their creative costumes, many of which are homemade. It's another reason Park Slope is considered one of NYC's most family-friendly neighborhoods.

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BAMBoo!  (This event is being researched)

When: October 31, 2018 4pm - 7pm
Where
: 30 Lafayette Ave between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St
How Much: Free

What: This is a Ft. Greene based Halloween block party. Family-friendly music and mischief kicks off at 4pm!

Cobble Hill Halloween Parade
Where: Clinton Street, Brooklyn
When: Thursday, October 31, 4pm-5pm
How much: Free 
What: This hour-long parade kicks off from Cobble Hill Park and winds its way throughout the neighborhood. A tradition for more than 20 years, the parade follows musicians that lead a procession of costumed families down Congress to Henry, around to Warren Street and back to the park. Kids can stop at stoops for treats along the way!

DUMBOween
Where: 6/15 Garden, 6th Avenue and 15th Street
When: Thursday, October 31, 4:30pm
How much: Free 
What: This year is going to be scarily good, with the annual march to the arch followed by crafts, costumes, contests, live music, and candy in the archway.
         4:30pm: ANNUAL MARCH TO THE ARCH
         Brooklyn Roasting Company - 25 Jay Street
         Jim Munson of Brooklyn Roasting Company tells the story of the Jack-O-Lantern. Then, costumed characters leave Brooklyn Roasting Co and             parade through DUMBO's streets en route to the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge, led by the Funkrust Brass Band.
         5-7pm: ARCHWAY KIDS PARTY
         Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge 
         Brass performance the Funkrust Brass Band; hands-on arts and crafts with Creatively WILD Art         Studio; a photobooth; prizes for the best               costumes and lots of candy.
         4-8pm: TRICK-OR-TREATING
         Neighborhood-wide
         Grab your pumpkin bucket: the DUMBO BID sponsors storefront trick-or-treating for the little ones from 4-8pm. 40+ businesses will be giving out           candy. Look for the pumpkin sign in the window of participating businesses.

 


Rocky Horror Picture Show Live Karaoke Revue and Halloween Extravaganza presented by The Occasionalists
Where: Littlefield
When: Weneday, October 31, 2018 Doors at 7pm, Show at 8:00
How much: $12/$15 day of show - VIP tickets available.
What: A 21 and over benefit for The Center for Anti-Violence Education. Every year, on Halloween, The Occasionalists do a special Rocky Horror Picture Show live karaoke night in which they play two complete live karaoke sets of the movie soundtrack with singers from the audience doing all the lead vocals.  In between the two sets, they have a costume contest with some great prizes and there is also a raffle in which one can win, among other things, two round-trip airfares. To make the show even more fun, we have NYC RHPS who are the longest running group of Rocky Horror shadow casters (the people who act out the movie in front of the movie) who perform with the clips. Last but not least, the show is a benefit show for The Center for Anti-Violence Education, a Park Slope-based organization that "develops and implements comprehensive violence prevention programs for underserved individuals and organizations.  https://caeny.org. The band proudly donates all proceeds to CAE.VIP package includes open bar (beer, wine and well cocktails) from 7 -9pm and a gift bag. 

 

 

 

 

Santa Claus: Is he real?

The ins and outs of creating (or not creating) the Santa Claus myth.

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Too Many Presents/Gifts

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Getting too many presents for your kids? Here's some ideas on how to decrease the consumerism.

Quick link: Looking to just get rid of stuff? see PSP’s list of places to donate any unwanted toys, gifts and household items

 

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Tipping Summer Camp Counselors

It's end of summer and what do you do when it comes to saying farewell to the counselors that kept your little tots busy & happy all summer long. This article offers advice on tipping summer camp counselors from neighborhood parents.

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Nanny Goodbye Gifts (including final compensation and pay)

Parting is such sweet sorrow... Looking for a special gift idea to give to your nanny when saying goodbye?  Here are some member suggestions.

 

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Gift Ideas: Practical Baby Items

One PSP member asked their baby group: "I'm putting together a baby gift for my newly pregnant friend, and the theme of the gift is "highly practical baby items." (I suspect most of her other gifts will be highly impractical.) Thinking back to after you had your baby: what were highly practical, must-have items you wish you'd gotten in advance, rather than having to do a midnight Duane Reade run?"

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Helping a Food Pantry This Thanksgiving

Supporting a food pantry is a great way to help New Yorker in need. It’s also an easy way for kids to learn about the importance of helping others. A food drive is a great way to involve even young children. You can collect food as a family, with a group of friends or in your child’s class at school. Here are some local food pantries to consider...

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TOP 12 Things to Think About When Moving (including what to tip movers!)

Moving can be a stressful time. But if you take steps to familiarize yourself with the way it is regulated and what rights and responsibilities you have, you'll likely have a much smoother move. Here are some things to think about as you prepare for your move.

Need some tips for making the transition with kids run more smoothly?  Check out our Moving with Kids article.  

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ISO: Mediocre Nanny IMMEDIATELY (April 1 Start Date)!

We're in desperate need for a nanny, but we don't need a great one.  A "pretty good" , "slightly used" or even "like new elderly" nanny will be fine.  

Ideal candidate will be FROM PARK SLOPE.  We want the right kind of nanny, and since our kids are from Park Slope, why look outside of perfect?  Additional requirements:  advanced degree in a child-related field or social work, or retired teacher (no gym teachers please).  Fluency in English required; fluency in French and Flemish a plus. Fluency in other Romance Language considered.  Must also be able to draw.

Responsibilities include but are definitely not limited to:
Cook for, feed, clean up after, bathe, read to and put to sleep 15 month old "above average" triplets.  

Hours: 7am to 8pm.  Nanny should arrive just after the kids have been fed breakfast, will clean them and take them out of the house all day to various activities and classes or to the park, to return at 6pm to feed, bathe and put them to bed before we return from dinner (typically at or around 8pm each night though occasionally it may be later).  

We will need this person to work a minimum of 7 days per week.  Some weeks we may require an extra day. If that is the case, meals that day will be provided at a discounted rate.

This position will be unpaid for the first month as a "trial and adjustment" period.  If at least 2 of the 3 kids approve of the nanny, full time pay may be offered at some point.

Additional benefits include:
Exposure to three wonderful, though temperamental, above average, extremely gifted free-range children of wonderfully intelligent and well educated Park Slope Parents.
1 unlimited metrocard per month (half of which will be paid for by nanny)
Use of bathroom and kitchen for all childcare-related purposes (a small container of personal food may be kept in the fridge for one personal meal per day).
Free access to post daily pictures of kids on family blog.
Discounted airline ticket provided on all family vacations (lodging to be paid by nanny).
Must love cats (we have six).

Happy April!

Dave
S.Slope
(3 bratty kids, 6 wonderful cats)

 

Ideas for Hosting Your Own Easter Egg Hunt!

Park Slope Parents is not doing our “official” Easter Egg Hunt this year…

but we wanted to give you folks some tools so that you may plan your own!

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Meeting Place: Decide on a meeting place.

Parts of Prospect Park that folks have met-up, in the past, include:  in front of the Picnic House; in front of the Lafayette Monument at 9th Street; the north end of the Long Meadow, between the two tunnels; at the 3rd Street entrance, by the wildcats; in front of the boat house;  and the 15th Street entrance.

Date: Decide which day works best. Most of the organized Hunts are on Saturday but since it will be spring break, you might want to consider a Friday (i.e., Good Friday). Park Slope Parents’ Easter Egg Hunts have been on Sunday/Easter and we’ve had a great turnout.

Time:  Consider nap schedules and plan for a time when kids are at their best! (If you want to get more feedback from people on their best time, use a Doodle poll https://doodle.com/). The hunt itself is usually over quite quickly (e.g., 10 minutes or less) but if it’s a nice day, stay out and enjoy the Park!

Organizational tools:  A simple Google spreadsheet can help you track who is attendees (and make it easy to email the participants). Here is a model you can copy and paste into your own Google spreadsheet: http://bit.ly/PSPEasterEggHuntExampleSpreadsheet

 

WHAT TO BRING:

-       Plastic Eggs:  a dozen, or so, plastic Easter eggs per child, filled with goodies (such as small toys, stickers, coins, shells, temporary tattoos, candy, etc…). Make sure the goodies are age-appropriate (that is, no ‘choke-ables’ for the little ones). NOTE: Get your eggs now because they can be hard to find during the last week, before Easter.

-       Props (Easter books, music, etc…) for entertainment. Musicians, bring an instrument; shakers, a pot and spoon, anything!

-       Lunch and a blanket if you want to enjoy a picnic in the Park, afterward.

-       Bubbles—Bubbles make for lots of fun!

 

GUIDELINES:

-        Your group should go off to an area of its choosing (away from the beaten path). Some folks from the group can keep the kids occupied with music, tattoos, or other little activities while others hide the eggs.

-        Avoid wooded areas and don't bury the eggs.

 

REMINDERS:

-       No pushing/shoving. No egg is worth a trip to the emergency room!

-       Oversee Kid Egg Intake. Find ONLY the number of eggs you've brought +-3. Once they find this many, have your child: (1) help someone else (especially the littler ones); (2) POINT to where eggs are hidden rather than pick up each and every one; (3) open a few of their own eggs to keep them occupied.

-       KEEP THE PARK CLEAN—Pick-up after yourselves (candy wrappers, eggs, this piece of paper, etc…)

-       Help kids understand the importance of sharing, taking turns and being patient. Let this be fun for everyone.

Being a part of a small, simple hunt in a beautiful natural area is great. It's only as good as what people bring to it, so bring a generous heart and jolly disposition!  If you do plan something as a group, I’d love to know about it. Please email me at .

 

 

Visiting the New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show

This is a growing NYC holiday tradition: watching model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the conservatory at the NY Botanical Garden.

Here are PSP member tips about making the most of this magical event...

 

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December staycation? More ideas of what to do with Kids in NYC over the Holidays

Planning a staycation over the December holidays? Here PSP members share ideas of what to do with kids in New York City during the December school break.

 

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Tips on Tips

Park Slope Parents offers some suggestions on tipping over the Holiday season.

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Local Gifts That Keep Giving

Looking for Christmas or Chanukah Gift ideas this Holiday? Here are some suggestions for Brooklyn-based presents to give.

 

 

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Tip With Confidence: The PSP Holiday Tips Survey

 

Results of the PSP 2011 Holiday Tips Survey

 

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2012 Holiday Tips/Gifts Survey: RESULTS

How generous are people with holiday tips/gifts? Look at the results of the 2012 Holiday Tips/Gifts/Bonuses Survey!

 

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Holiday Tips Survey 2013: The Results are In!

Thanks to everyone who answered the survey! How much do folks spend on holiday tips/gifts?

 

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Year End Gifts for Daycare Providers

From a parent: "I posted a question last week regarding year-end holiday gifts for daycare providers.  I didn't receive many replies, but I have posted the ones I did receive below."

 

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Keep Money Local: Buy Memberships to Brooklyn's Great Organizations as Gifts

Okay, in our effort to keep dollars local I wanted to post about another idea: purchasing MEMBERSHIPS as GIFTS.

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2014 HOLIDAY TIPS SURVEY: THE RESULTS ARE IN!

Here are the findings of the annual Park Slope Parents 2014 Holiday Tips Survey.

 

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Homemade Gift Ideas

Whether it is for a grandparent or a teacher; a nanny leaving or for mom/dad - here are ideas parents have shared about making homemade gifts, tokens and momentos.

 

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2015 Holiday Tips Survey: The Results are IN!

Here are the findings from the annual Park Slope Parents Holiday Tips Survey.

 

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day gift ideas from PSP members.

 

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2016 Holiday Tips Survey: The Results are IN!

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Here are the key findings from the annual Park Slope Parents Holiday Tips Survey:

 

  • The more the merrier - or poorer? Having a full-time nanny, dog walker, parking attendant and living in a doorman building with a super will cost you roughly $1500 extra if you tip the average amount as holiday gifts this holiday season.
  • You can’t go wrong with a personal touch. One in three (35%) are giving something more than cash (homemade cookies, treats, wine) to their service providers.
  • Power in numbers. Three out of four parents with kids in K-12 students contribute an average of $20 towards the class gift in lieu of gifting individually.
  • For daycare/preschool, you can’t go wrong with $50 for the head teacher and $25 for the secondary teacher(s). Six in ten (58%) families with kids in daycare/preschool give monetary gifts individually over a class gift.
  • For nannies, the standard holiday bonus is a week’s pay.
    Caveat: If your nanny hasn’t been working a year then you can give less (e.g., ½ week’s pay if they worked only 3 months) but do let the nanny know if you plan on giving more next year.

 

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Gift Ideas For Grandparents

Wondering what to get the grandparents as a gift? PSP members share their ideas.

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Results from the 2017 Holiday Tips Survey

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Thanks to everyone who filled out the Holiday Survey!

Here are the key findings from the annual Park Slope Parents Holiday Tips Survey in which Brooklyn residents report their upcoming end of year gifts to service providers, nannies, and teachers.

  • The more the merrier - or poorer? Having a full-time nanny, dog walker, parking attendant and living in a doorman building with a super will cost you roughly $1525 extra if you tip the average amount as holiday gifts this holiday season.
  • You can’t go wrong with a personal touch. One in three (34%) are giving something more than cash (homemade cookies, treats, wine) to their service providers. As is human nature, appreciation and recognition feel wonderful, so going beyond a monetary gift is always appreciated.
  • More than 9 in 10 (93%) nannies receive a monetary bonus around the holidays. The standard holiday bonus is a week’s pay.
  • Caveat: If your nanny hasn’t been working a year then you can give less (e.g., ½ week’s pay if they worked only 3 months) but do let the nanny know if you plan on giving more next year. Erring on the side of generosity is always better if you can make that happen.
  • ALSO: Don’t assume a week off without pay is something that your nanny will appreciate. If they are available to work and you give them off without pay many would rather work for pay than miss out on money to support their family.
    • Parents with kids in daycare and preschool practice gratitude. Eight in ten (81%) parents give daycare and preschool teachers a monetary gift. Typical monetary gifts for head teachers is $50 and $25 for secondary teachers. Unlike K-12, parents typically give separately with only one in three (35%) giving a class gift.
    • Power in (organized) numbers. Eight in ten (84%) parents with kids in K-12 students contribute to a class gift.  The most frequently given amount to these teachers is $20 but 45% give more than that amount (most frequently $25 or $50).
    • Remember the little people. A kind gesture to the folks that support your life (e.g., crossing guards, lunch staff, accountants, after school staff, tutors, and therapists) love to feel appreciated too!

DETAILED FINDINGS:

 

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Nanny End of Year Bonus: Do’s, Don’ts, and Druthers

Have a Nanny? Here are the ins and outs of year-end bonuses.

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No presents at a party

Is it okay to ask for no presents? PSP members discuss the do's, don'ts, and etiquette of requesting no gifts at a party.

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A Brief Summary of Major Jewish Holidays

A quick guide to talk you through all the major Jewish events.

 

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Spring Forward (O The Humanity!)

The history of Daylight Saving Time

 

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What Moms Want?

an opinion piece on Mother's Day

 

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Mother's Day: Not All Cards and Flowers

Julia Ward Howe; one ambitious mother

 

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West Indian- American Festivities-- a Synopsis

Ben Austin wrote up a great email last year about the West Indian Day Festivities-- He's given me permission to repost it here (Thanks Ben!).

 

 

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How To Thank Teachers at the Holidays & End of the Year

So it's the Holidays or the end of the year.  And you are probably wondering what you should do about giving gifts to your child's teacher. What exactly is expected from parents? Do you go all out with something big or can you keep it small & more personal? You've even heard rumors that giving gifts aren't even allowed.  Park Slope Parents explores the dos & the not to dos of what to give teachers & discusses what exactly the rules are when it comes to gifting teachers in both NYC public & private schools. 

And we even have some advice from teachers too about what is cool (or not cool) when it comes to gifting.

 

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10 things the whole family can do for Valentine's Day

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Happy Valentine's Day!

If you couldn't get a sitter this Valentine's Day - why not make it a Family Valentine's Day?  Here are a few ideas to make the day feel special:

 

1. Have a family date night
Go on a family date night. Check out one of these member recommended family and kid-friendly restaurants then do an activity like a movie or bowling.

 

2. Do a family movie night
Make some popcorn and have a movie night at home. Here are some family movies PSP members recommend. If you are feeling extra crafty, get the kids to decorate brown lunch bags with hearts to serve popcorn in.

 

3. Embrace the cold weather - together
Make the cold weather feel extra special with hot chocolate and marshmallows, lots of blankets, pillows. Why not create a family-sized fort?

 

4. Take a family "vacation"
If you are really fed up with this cold weather, turn your house into a summer day. Have an indoor picnic and cook up some hamburgers (or tofu dogs), make some virgin pina coladas or lemonade and stream a summer themed movie in the background - did you know there is a surfing and board sports category on Netflix? If you are feeling extra summery, pull out some Hawaiian shirts to wear.  Get the kids to draw beach scenes, flowers, or anything else that reminds them of summer to decorate the house. Make s'mores or anything else that gives you that summer vibe!

 

 5. Do a fun craft activity
Make a tree of hearts! Make and decorate all types of hearts to decorate an indoor tree or branch.  Or you can also stick your hearts them on to a largee sheet of paper or turn it into a garland/ 3D mobile to hang. You could even write on each heart a thing that you love or little love poems and rhymes. (source)

 

6. Have a family game night
Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse for a family game night.  Pull out your favorite games and enjoy spending time together.

 

7. Play "Find the Heart"
Play "Find the Heart."  It's just like an Easter egg hunt but think of it as Cupid instead of the Easter Bunny.  Hide Valentine's Day treats like chocolates, notes, heart stickers and Valentines around the house  for your kids to find. (source)

 

8. Bake Valentine's Day Cookies or Cupcakes
Whether you want to make cookies from scratch (or hit up the cookie dough aisle at C-Town or Fairway), cut them out in heart shapes and decorate them with red or pink icing. Or stick to a classic chocolate chip, just the smell of baking is heavenly!

Here are parents recommendations for baking supply stores.

Here are some recipe ideas

 

9.  Visit a chocolate store (and find out how chocolate is made)
Visit a chocolate store like Jacques Torres in DUMBO, NuNu on Atlantic Ave, the Chocolate Room or the Cocoa Bar here in Park Slope or Mast Brothers in Willilamsburg. (source)

Read what PSP members say about the Chocolate Room here

And here's what they say about Cocoa Bar

 

10. Show some love back to your community!
Donate unwanted items or your time to a local charity. Find out more about volunteering opportunities here.

 

What are you doing this Valentine's Day?

 

By Melissa De Witte

 

Block Party Planning Time!

Thinking about summer and Block Parties? Since it can take 60 days (or 90 in some areas), you might need to get crackin’ on plannin’.

Here’s some information about throwing a great party as well as links to applying in Community Board 6 and CB7.

 

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Remembering on Veteran's Day

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For many of us today is an day off from school and a time when we try to arrange things to do with the kids to fill the time.  I did, however, want to take a minute to also remind folks that it’s Veterans Day, a day to remember the soldiers who have served (or are serving) in the nations armed forces. Do you know that it was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of November (the 11th month) of 1918 they signed the Armistice Treaty (I didn’t).  And the difference between Memorial Day (honoring those who have died) and Veterans Day (honoring all soldiers past and present)?

The History Channel has a little history lesson on today’s date (see here), and there are lots of YouTube Videos that you can watch about the day and honoring soldiers. There is also a Veterans Day Parade in the city. It kicks off at 11:15 from 26th Street and 5th Ave up to 52nd. It’s also televised on some of the major networks. Lots to watch and read about the day.

 

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Hanukah: Not the "Jewish Christmas"

All you need to know about Hanukah

 

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Interfaith Holidays: Chrismukkah

Christmas + Hanukah = ?

We've complied stories from interfaith families who celebrate both Christmas and Hanukah and how they honor these two religious holidays. We are including here two separate questions from families who have raised questions about tradition and family.

 

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Cheap and Cheerful Things to Do With Kids During the Holidays

‘tis the season to be distracted. We’re not necessarily talking about spending the big bucks to take the whole family to the Nutcracker or taking out a second mortgage to skate at Rockefeller Center. There are lots of fun things to do with kids that are all about spending time together.

 

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Caroling for Dummies

Park Slope Parents tips for Caroling this Christmas!

 

 

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My Son is on Naughty Watch

Santa tells it like it is - a Santa Clause computer/phone app!

 

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How to Handle Holiday Stress

Christmas can bring more than presents, cookies and Santa Claus. With it can come stress, worry and anxiousness.  It's easy to get overwhelmed by the Holiday buzz and feel like yourself spinning out of control.

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Where to see Christmas Lights?

Want to see some great Christmas Lights? Here are some local and further destinations worth checking out.

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Where to buy a Christmas Tree?

 Where to buy your Christmas tree in Park Slope. Did Foley’s Firs hold up? Did the expensive guy in front of CVS have trees that were perfect? Here are what PSP members say about their Christmas trees.

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Ways to Recycle your Christmas Tree

Wondering how to recycle your Christmas tree? Read on!

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PSP's 2017 Guide to the Holidays

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IN THE GUIDE:

 

Where to meet Santa

Activities:

Ongoing

Upcoming

Where to see Christmas Lights?

Drives, Giving, and Volunteer Opportunities

Where to buy a Christmas Tree

Member advice and issues explored

 

WHERE TO MEET SANTA

 

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ONGOING SANTA PHOTO OPS:

 

Macy’s Santa Land

When: from November 24 - December 24
Where: 8th floor of Macy's Herald Square on 34th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue.
When: now - December 24, times vary; please see the schedule for details. Please note that Macy’s Santaland will close at 4pm (sharp!) on Christmas Eve.
What: Santa is stopping by Macy's! He's only here for a limited time and it's be reservation only!  You can reserve a spot on their Express Pass line free of charge online. Reservations are subject to availability and can only be made 30 minutes to 48 hours in advance.
What PSP Members say: "I do not recommend Macy's. We made a 10am appointment for Macy's Santa and when we arrived and checked in they pointed us to the end of the line which snaked way outside of Santaland entrance, down through the cookware, and around the corner. At which point I asked somebody what the wait time was and they said about 3 hours. Which to me looked more like 4 or 5 hours because I remember the inside from last year and how it snaked around quite a bit. So we left and went to Bloomingdales. Same thing we did last year. So after 2 years of being let down by Macy's, I cancelled my Macy's card and wrote a letter explaining that young children that need naps and meals can't wait in lines that are 3 plus hours long. We have been very happy with the Bloomingdale Santa's and the fact that there were only two people in line in front of us was even better. You are totally allowed to take your own photos and Santa is very cooperative. they also have a photographer there if you would like them to do it and buy a package with printed photos and digital download for very reasonable prices."
"You can take your own pictures head on at Santa Land. I always wait until they take their pictures then ask if I can take my own. They always step aside so I can go in the middle and take my own. You just have to ask! I even carry my gigantic camera (I’m a professional photographer) and have never had anyone say anything to me about it. My pictures are always great and I never have to buy theirs. Also, the new reservation only thing worked out great this year! It was so quick and easy for us (although we did go early in the season so it might be busier later)."
"I did same. I took my own pics after they took theirs. You just ask them if they don't mine if I take a pic. Honestly, my pics come out way better than theirs."
Cost: It’s free to visit and the professional photos are available for purchase, but they’re optional. Packages start at $20.99.
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Bloomingdale's Santaland

When: November 24-Saturday, December 23, 10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday; 11am-6pm Sundays.
Where: Midtown East 1000 Third Avenue at East 59th Street
What: Bloomingdale's has its own Santaland on the fifth floor in the kids' section, and we hear lines are shorter than at Macy's in the past.
How much: Photo packages start at $22.
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Photos with Santa + Free Gift  
Where: Kings Plaza Mall, 5100 Kings Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11234
When: Now through December 24
What: Visit Santa for photos and a free gift! Santa will be available for photos and visits at his winter home, located Upper Level, near Best Buy. Reservations available, but not required!
What PSP Members say: “Kings plaza mall last weekend and so was Santa! NO LINE! He's a great looking Santa, and they took 3 'poses' this year. My fav is one of my son whispering what he wants in Santa's ear. Great pics this year.”
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Items of Interest
Where: 60 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
What: Skip the lines!  Schedule your appointment time with Santa in Items of Interest's comfy, intimate, neighborhood-shop setting. Their kindly elves and Santa sit in a perfectly staged setting, complete with stockings, presents, and of course a Christmas tree!  Their skilled photographer will take multiple photos, and (unlike the mall), you'll get all of them to take home with you on your very own jump drive, ready for you to print and/or create your online holiday cards!
What PSP Members say: "I had a really great, easy experience with my newborn last year at Items of Interest. You can schedule in advance online, and the Santa scene is much more homey and less chaotic than a Macy’s/mall environment" and "we went to Items of Items of Interest last year.  We really enjoyed it. I believe they've raised the price by$10 this year. We still plan on going again this year."
Cost: $29.95 and $39.95
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Santa at ABC Carpet
Where: 888 Broadway New York, NY 10003
What: A handful of Saturdays and Sundays Santa visits ABC Carpet & Home.
What PSP Members say: "The Santa at ABC carpet and home is the best. Authentic as it gets. We've been going every year since our 8-year old was born. You take your own photos, though. No photographer is present."
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OTHER UPCOMING "ONE-OFF" SANTA PHOTO OPS:

 

Free Santa Visit at Sidecar
Where: 560 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
When: Saturday, December 16, 3 - 5 p.m.
Where: Sidecar
What: Santa Visits on #theother5th are sponsored by the merchants through the BID. Meet Santa, take a photo with your child or children and get a candy cane in our local stores on #theother5th. Carolers will also be walking 5th Ave every Saturday 3-5pm before the holidays from December 2nd.
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Free Santa Visit at Du Jour Bakery
Where: Du Jour Bakery, 365 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
When: Saturday, December 23rd, 4 - 5 p.m.
What: Santa Visits on #theother5th are sponsored by the merchants through the BID. Meet Santa, take a photo with your child or children and get a candy cane in our local stores on #theother5th. Carolers will also be walking 5th Ave every Saturday 3-5pm before the holidays from December 2nd.
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HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

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ONGOING HOLIDAY EVENTS:

Holiday Nostalgia Rides
When: Sunday, November 26th, December 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th!
What: In celebration of the one year anniversary of the Second Avenue Subway, this year’s Holiday Nostalgia Train will run along the F line between 2nd Av and Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street and via the Q line between Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street and 96th Street on the Upper East Side. The special eight-car subway train of  R1-9 cars from the 1930s is complete with rattan seats, ceiling fans, incandescent bulb lighting, drop-sash style windows, vintage roll signs, and original advertisements.
Where and more details: The Holiday Nostalgia Train departs from the 2nd Av subway station on the F line at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm and from the 96th Street subway station on the Q line at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm.
Cost: Don’t miss your chance to travel through time – for just the cost of a MetroCard swipe!
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Holiday Train Show®
Where: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458-5126   
When: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 – Monday, January 15, 2018
What: Catch magical model trains zipping through 150 landmarks re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of fairy lights. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. This year’s exhibition showcases Midtown Manhattan’s iconic skyscrapers and other architectural wonders, featuring new replicas of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, General Electric Building, and St. Bartholomew’s Church.
Cost: prices vary depending on weekday or weekend. One adult ticket costs $23 or $30, students $20 or $28, children 2-12 $10 or $18. This is the cost PER ticket.
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UPCOMING HOLIDAY EVENTS:

 

BrooklynOne Concerts
When: Friday, December 15, 8 p.m. & Saturday, December 16, 8 p.m.   
Where: Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge
What: Family friendly concert
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Brooklyn Brandenburgers Holiday Concert
When: Saturday, December 16, 7 p.m.
& Sunday, December 17, 2 p.m.
Where: Old Stone House, 336 Third Street
What: OSH's
beloved house band, the Brooklyn Brandenburgers, will perform their annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 16 at 7 pm, and Sunday, December 17 at 2 pm, featuring music by Georg Philipp Telemann, W. A. Mozart, Gene Glickman, Astor Piazzolla, Arthur Foote, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach. Children under 16 are free. $10 tickets on-line at Brown Paper Tickets
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Merry Tuba Christmas
When: Sunday, December 17, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Rockefeller Center, 49th and 50th streets between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
What: Hundreds of tenor and bass tuba players will congregate on The Rink at Rockefeller Center to play Christmas carols and other crowd favorites. Tubists of all ages will line up under the famous Christmas tree and fill the plaza with the organ-line sound of low brass. Spectators are encouraged to sing along with the Christmas carols and holiday favorites.
Cost: Free

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Menorah on 5th
Where: Fourth St and Fifth Ave
When: December 18, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
What: Join the Chabad of Park Slope for a local Menorah Lighting in partnership with the 5th Avenue BID.  Chabad of Park Slope is creating a fun community experience with Donuts, Latkes and Dreidel gifts for the children.
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Holiday Sing-a-long at Da Nonna Rosa
When: Tuesday, December 19, 10 a.m.

Where: Da Nonna Rosa restaurant (140 7th between Carroll and Garfield)
What: Holiday sing-a-long benefitting CHiPS (suggested donation $20).

 

New Year's Eve Fireworks: One Brooklyn
When: Sunday, December 31, 11 p.m.
What: Join Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Prospect Park Alliance for Brooklyn's most spectacular New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration at Prospect Park's iconic Grand Army Plaza. This free event includes live entertainment by Brooklyn's own Quintessential Playlist starting at 10:30 pm, followed by fireworks at the stroke of midnight. The event, now in its 38th year, attracts tens of thousands of revelers to Prospect Park, making it one of the city's most popular celebrations. This event is free and open to the public.
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DRIVES AND GIVING/ VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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Little Essentials' Holiday Toy and Diaper Drive
What: Little Essentials is one of PSP's favorite not-for-profit partners. They are a community response to a community need, helping families with children under 4 who live at or below the poverty line. We’ve worked with them for 6 years, ever since Sandie had her living room chock full of donated items from her baby group friends to donate to people less fortunate. If your baby group is getting together (which is awesome by the way) have a Little Essentials Toy Drive as part of your celebration. If you can have a toy drive at your office, wonderful.  They need more than 500 toys for their needy families.
What they need: Dolls /Action Figures; Sports Gear (Footballs/Soccer Balls/Bballs); Dress-up sets; Purses and Totes Bags; Craft & Jewelry Sets; Board Games/Card Games; Puzzles; Educational Baby Toys; Building Blocks/ Legos; Books for All Ages (Board/Picture/Chapter); Art Supplies (Sketch Pads/Markers/Crayons);or Musical Toy Instruments
Where: Drop toys off at their warehouse in Tribeca if you can (email Elissa Young to arrange drop off: " target="_blank">elissayoung@littleessentials.org). Or, if you need to drop them here in Brooklyn you can do so at my doorman at 438 12th Street between December 5th and 12th (9am – 8pm).
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Sheltering Arms - 3 ways ways to help!
What: Help break the cycle of poverty through Sheltering Arms, a non-profit that strengthens the education, well-being, and development of vulnerable children, youth, and families in New York City. Here are 3 ways to help:
Buy from the Children's Gift Registry:
One way to help is by purchasing an item for a child in need through their gift registry. Your gift will be sent directly to the facility. Use their online gift registry to select an item to give. At checkout, remember to check "this order contains a gift" and write your name, email, and "Park Slope Parents" in the message. Then, select "Sheltering Arms' Gift Registry Address" for shipping. Need a donation letter? Email " target="_blank">winterwonders@shelteringarmsny.org
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Help out at a Wrapping Party:
You can also attend one or both of their two wrapping parties! They need volunteers to sort, wrap, and track gifts for our children, many of whom will receive a present for the very first time this holiday season. Complete the volunteer form here to let them know you’re interested in sorting and wrapping presents.
When: Wednesday, December 13th, 6:30pm-8:30pm (adults only) and  Saturday, December 16th, 11:00am-2:00pm (families encouraged!)

 

Lantern Gift Drive
What: Have Tweens or Teens? The Lantern GIFT DRIVE is for you. Could you imagine if you were homeless (or threatened with homelessness) and you’re between 14-24 years old? Lantern community services help their older kids, tweens, and teens. Lantern Community Services champions the independence and well-being of New Yorkers who are impacted by or threatened with homelessness. The families we serve struggle on very low incomes, and many of our youth don’t have families to turn to at all. With your help, we’ll make sure that every single one of them receives a gift. 
What they need: Buy any item from the Lantern Holiday Gift List. Make it personal by letting your kids help pick out items based on what they like. Select Lantern as the shipping address: Lantern Community Services Holiday Gift Drive, Clover Hall, Lantern CS, c/o Alicia Sweeney, Program Director, 333 Kosciuszko Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11221, United States.
Please note: Lantern is a 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit and we would love to give you a letter acknowledging your donation, for your tax records. Unfortunately Amazon doesn’t pass on your details to us, so if you want to receive your letter, go to https://goo.gl/forms/nNw26gKiiECwP7e13 and fill out our form.

 

100 Suits for 100 Men
What: Assemblymember Bobby Carroll's District Office is a temporary collection location for the non-profit 100 Suits for 100 Men. This community program serves men and women in need of business attire for the job search process. The mission of 100 Suits for 100 Men is “to help underprivileged men and women improve their role in society, build dignity and self-esteem, foster self-sufficiency, dispel stereotypes, and promote community involvement in order to build each other up.”  100 Suits for 100 Men seeks Business Attire in both Men’s and Women’s sizes from XS to 6X along with belts, briefcases, purses, ties and shoes. You can drop off donations at Assemblymember Carroll’s District Office in Park Slope. 
Where: 416 7th Avenue (between 13th and 14th Streets) between 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

MEMBER ADVICE AND ISSUES EXPLORED

 

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The holidays can trigger many mixed emotions around family life, concepts of materialism, understanding and practicing religion, not to manage added stress, financial concerns, and more. PSP members share advice about: 

Interfaith Holidays: Chrismukkah

Cheap and Cheerful Things to Do With Kids During the Holidays

How to Handle Holiday Stress

Reducing Stolen Packages in the Neighborhood

Santa Claus: Is he real?

Too Many Presents/Gifts

How To Thank Teachers at the Holidays & End of the Year

 

Costume-Making Tips: Nothing to Be Afraid Of When DIYing Halloween

The  homemade, DIY costume is easy - all it takes is a little time and inspiration.  Here are some tips to get you started on a creative costume!

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Costume-Making Tips: How To Papier Mâché

Papier mâché creations: limited only by the imagination (and the laws of physics). For committed do-it-youselfers, papier mâché is the costume craft of choice. It's pliable,easy and kid-friendly, plus it's fun to watch your ideas take shape.

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An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Halloween

Is it your first Halloween in the 'hood? Here is the spooktacular scoop on having a great Halloween with very small children.

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Halloween Costumes for Procrastinators

You can make something wonderful (or at least socially acceptable) with as little as a few plastic bags and a snuggie. Here are some of the last minute costume ideas we came up with.

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Halloween Safety and General Reminders

Halloween in the Slope is lots of fun but it comes with its own unique set of challenges - like how to tell your Princess Leia and Spiderman from the 400 other princess Leias and Spidermen. Here are our top tips for making our urban Halloween safe and fun.

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Where To Buy Halloween Costumes in Park Slope and Brooklyn

Over the years, pop up costume shops and stores selling Halloween gear have been available at the following Brooklyn locations...

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DIY Facepainting

Face painting is almost always a hit with the 3-8 year old set. Hiring a face painter can be expensive, but they bring all the equipment and it's good stuff. You can also decide to try your own hand at making it happen.

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Food Allergies and Halloween: What to Do?

So your little one has food allergies. How do you handle Halloween, a holiday where allergens - more scary than the ghosts and witches out at night - will be everywhere?

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The Thanksgiving Day Parade: So Worth It

Here are PSP members best tips for seeing parade with kids...

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Don't be a Traffic Turkey this Thanksgiving

Tips for traveling in and out of New York and the 'Slope over the Thanksgiving period.

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The Night Before The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Watch the Balloon Inflation

Get a sneak peek of the Macy's Day Parade & watching the balloons get inflated the afternoon before! Many PSP Members suggest this as a great alternative to the Parade watching experience.  Here are tips, information & more...

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Get up close to the Macy's Day Parade floats! Kids can see balloons like Kermit getting inflated (image via here)

 

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Thanksgiving at Home

Parents share their cooking tips, recipes, decoration ideas & more for making a fun and festive Thanksgiving Dinner at home...

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Meaningful Memorial Gifts

Ideas for memorial gifts that are more than flowers or a donation.

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First holiday without kids

What do you when you find yourself solo over the holidays? A PSP member asked the the Park Slope Parents Separated, Divorced, and Single (SDS) Group what to do over Christmas/New Year’s. Here are the replies, and includes tips for other major events including Thanksgiving.

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A Cautionary Tale for Christmas

A personal tale of the importance of carbon monoxide detectors.

 

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Reducing Stolen Packages in the Neighborhood

Expecting some packaged to be delivered? Here are out Top tips to keep your packages from being stolen

 

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