2023 Gratitude Jar

2023 Gratitude Jar!

As we approach the end of 2023, we’d like to express our appreciation for all the people, places, and members who have made this year a success. We are so grateful for those of you who have gone the extra mile to give advice to folks in need. The support of outside organizations and businesses makes the community stronger. It is my honor to serve as captain of this big ship, and along with our great staff who keep things


Park Slope Parents Summer of Independence Resource Package!


This resource package was created for the Summer of Independence webinar withLet Grow.  A recording of a webinar on why independence is important for our kids' mental health is available HERE

Peter Gray, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology once said, "Since about 1955... children's free play has been continually declining, at least partly because adults’ have exerted ever-increasing control over children's activities."

Kids don't need a


Black History Month in Brooklyn and Beyond: 2024 Edition

February is Black History Month! Keep checking back here for events to help your family educate and celebrate all month long.

The PSP Guide to Halloween + Harvest Fun: 2023 Edition

Calling all ghouls and ghosties—PSP's Halloween roundup has arrived! We'll continue updating this page as new events cross our desk, so check back for the best and spookiest happenings all around Brooklyn and beyond.

Are you a parent in Brooklyn who's not yet a Park Slope Parents member? JOIN US today to chat with fellow families about trick-or-treating best practices, share intel on the best pumpkin patches, and get advice on everything from


Hispanic Heritage Month in Brooklyn and Beyond: 2023 Edition

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed each year in the U.S. from September 15th - October 15th. The month traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. The theme for 2023 is “Todos Somos, Somos Uno: We Are All, We are One,” which reinforces the diversity inherent within the Hispanic community, as well as the power that comes from


Summer Movies in the City and Under the Stars

Find more free NYC Parks movies.

For information about the film and its ratings for KIDS, check out Common Sense Media for information on age-appropriateness, sex, romance, nudity, positive messages, language, diverse representation, and much more. 

We’ve picked the most family-friendly, but we’re including the links to all the different movie series in case you get a chance to get out of the house without kids!

2023 Pride Events

6/8: Share Your Pride!, Brooklyn Children's Museum @ 2:30pm
6/8: Teen Thursdays: Pride Art and Buttons, Adams Street Library @ 3:00pm
6/9: Teen Art & Music Listening: LGBTQ+ Edition, Arlington Library @ 3:00pm
6/9: Teen DIY Friday: Pride Buttons!, Walt Whitman Library @ 4:00pm
6/9: LGBTQ+ Teen Night, Brooklyn Museum @ 5:00pm
6/9: Queer Teen Night, Whitney Museum @ 4:00pm
6/9: LGBTQIA+ Movie Night, 4th Street Plaza @ 7:30pm 
6/10: Brooklyn

Next Clothing Swap: September 17th, 2022!

Save the date: The PSP Members-Only Kids Clothing, Gear, and Maternity Swap returns on Saturday, September 17th, 2022! The swap will once again take place outside behind the Old Stone House, and there will be an Expectant and New Parents After-Swap Party as well!

You must be a member of Park Slope Parents to register for the swap. Join or rejoin us HERE.

Keep your eyes peeled for links to register and volunteer.

We can't wait to swap with you!

Juneteenth 2022: Celebration and Education

Juneteenth is the national remembrance of the last day of chattel slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, when the last enslaved Black people in Texas were freed.

Juneteenth has been an official public holiday in New York State since October 2020, and a federal holiday since June 2021.

On this page, you can learn about family-friendly ways to observe Juneteenth in


Pride 2022: Celebration and Education

Pride Month is observed each year in June to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. We've compiled the best family-friendly events (and some adults-only events too) in and around Brooklyn for 2022!

We'll update this page as the month continues, so keep checking back. 

Not yet a member of Park Slope Parents? Whether you're an LGBTQ+ parent, a parent of an LGBTQ+ child, or both, we are here for you. Join here!

Covid Vaccines and Kids Ages 5–11: Tips for a Painless Poke

A week after the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine was cleared for children aged 5 to 11, nearly a million kids had already received their jabs, with another 700,000 appointments scheduled in the days to come.

If your kiddo’s not yet a part of that 1.7 million, check out our info and tips below to set up your appointment and get them protected from Covid-19!

The PSP Guide to Halloween Fun: 2021 Edition

Hop on your broomstick and enjoy everything Brooklyn has to offer this season! From pumpkin patches to corn mazes to block parties and beyond, there’s a spectacularly spooky event to fit every family.


Are you a parent in Brooklyn who's not yet a Park Slope Parents member?JOIN US today to chat with fellow families about trick-or-treating best practices, share intel on the best pumpkin patches, and get advice on everything from costumes to carving


Ready, set, swap! March 2nd is the PSP Member Kids Clothing Swap

When: Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
Time: 10:00AM - 12:30PM
Where: All Saints Church 463A 7th Street, entrance on 7th Street (the Park Slope Senior Center)

How much and details:

  • $5.00/member - only payable at the door
  • You must be a PSP member (we will be checking at the door). Not a PSP member?

What to bring:

  • Please bring swappable kid clothing/books/gear for ages newborn-10 years. If you wouldn’t give it to your finicky in-law, don’t

Ready, set, swap! October 5th is the PSP Member Kids Clothing & Gear and Maternity Swap

The PSP Members Only Clothing, Gear, and Maternity Swap 
Saturday, October 5th, 2019
10:00am - 12:30pm
Last entry at 12:10pm
Early drop off from 9:15 to 9:45am
Where: All Saints Church 463A 7th Street, entrance on 7th Street (the Park Slope Center for Successful Aging)

Price and details:

  • $5.00/member - payable at the door
  • You must be a Park Slope Parents member with a valid Membership Card. Download/Print your membership card. Step

Expectant Parents Mental Health Check-In with The Motherhood Center

Park Slope Parents and The Motherhood Center have been holding mental health check-ins for expectant parents since 2020. The article below is a summary of many of these webinars.  The information below will help prepare you for what may be your reality with your new baby vs. the idealized expectations that some people do not experience during childbirth and in their baby's first year. 

For more, check out the Park Slope Parents Birthing Toolkit,


The 2023 Babysitter Survey Results are In!

The results are in from Park Slope Parents’ 2023 Babysitter Survey, which surveyed more than 200 Brooklyn parents about all things babysitters: how folks are finding them, who they’re finding, how much they’re paying, and more.

Check out the executive summary below—and if you’re not a member of PSP, join us today to get access to the wisdom of our community, plus a discounted rate on our exclusive Guide to Occasional/Date Night Babysitters!


Earth Day Events: 2023 Edition

Enjoy everything NYC has to offer this Earth Day!

What a Year We Had! Here’s Our 2022 Gratitude Jar

With 2022 in our rearview mirror, we wanted to reflect back on the last year and highlight our amazing members, partner organizations, and awesome contributors that have made Park Slope Parents’ network of over 7,000 families stronger than ever. 

HUGE thank yous to all of the folks that made PSP the great place it is! We're sure we’ve missed amazing, wonderful folks, but please know that you’re loved and appreciated!  

Families: Consider creating your


Welcoming our Mental Health Liaison, Mandi White-Ajmani!

For many years, we've benefitted from the expertise of our Education and Medical Liaisons, and we'd like to announce that we've added a Park Slope Parents Mental Health Liaison to our team of experts. Mandi White-Ajmani is the Founder of Small Brooklyn Psychology, long-time PSP member, and mother of three. In her practice, she conducts neuropsychological evaluations, giving families the information they need to help everyone thrive. Her team at


Shane Has Lung Cancer And Needs Our Help!

Please help our friend Shane Blodgett who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. He and his family need financial support for travel, treatment, special dietary needs, and to cope with all the unexpected expenses that arise when there is a medical crisis.

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Where to See July 4th Fireworks in 2022

The 4th is upon us! Here are upcoming Independence Day celebrations and opportunities to see fireworks all summer long in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and Jersey City.

Staycation Sensation: Ideas for All Seasons

Staying home for school break? No matter the season, there are lots of wonderful ways to fill your time right here in Brooklyn and its environs!

The Park Slope Parents Gratitude Jar: 2021 Edition

There’s been plenty of reflection this year on how things have changed. However, what hasn’t changed is the ability for people to come through adversity and support one another in making things better. Park Slope Parents bounced back in 2021 with even more meetups, meetings, webinars, concerts, and even our famous PSP Clothing Swap! This was all possible thanks to our members, community organizations, parenting experts and so many more.


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Movies Alfresco with PSP

What better than spending the evening with fresh air, giant bubbles, and great entertainment? Here are the summer movies on tap in the coming weeks!



The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) is a Federal program to provide food benefits to children who will miss out or have missed out on school meals due to the pandemic. Those of us with children in NYC public schools (and most charter and parochial schools) will receive a P-EBT card that can be used in the same way as SNAP (food stamp) cards.

Here, find help for some of the most common P-EBT issues, including getting a

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Four Steps You Can Take to Help Food-Insecure Families

While we’re all aware of the job losses triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, a less publicized aspect of the crisis is the skyrocketing level of food insecurity across the country. According toFeeding America, the number of people without adequate access to nutritious food is likely to grow by 17 million in 2020, including nearly seven million children. Bringing that number down starts in our local communities—so we’ve compiled a few

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Mark Your Calendar: PSP Rethinking Parenting Forum, April 8 @ 8:00pm

Parenting has changed drastically over the past 50 years, from family-centered to child-focused and instinctual to expert-driven. Please join Park Slope Parents for a free forum on RETHINKING PARENTING co-sponsored by Community Bookstore on Thursday, April 8th from 8:00pm - 9:15pm.

Head HERE to sign up. 

What:    PSP Rethinking Parenting Forum 
When:   Thursday, April 8th
Time:     8:00pm - 9:15pm 
Cost:      Free


Covid Vaccination in NYC: What to Know and Where to Go

Eligible for a vaccine, but not sure where to begin? Navigating the appointment process can be a bit of a maze, but PSP members have you covered with top tips on what websites to visit, who to call, and how to make it happen.


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Convincing Kids to Wear a Face Mask (and some great recommendations)

Face coverings are crucial in keeping yourself and your neighbors safe, but some little ones are having trouble coming around to the idea. If your toddler or young child is finicky about face masks, these tips sourced from PSP members might do the trick!


Favorite Lunar New Year Picture Books

What’s the PSP Chinese Group talking about this week? Our parents have some recommendations for the best Lunar New Year picture books. Put in your order now to keep the festivities going!

Did you know that Park Slope Parents has more than a dozen bilingual and heritage groups to help you get connected to families in Brooklyn who share your cultural background? Click HERE to get connected; and if you’re not yet a member of PSP, join us HERE!


Winter in the City: Top Tips for Weathering the Storm

NYC.Gov’s Snow Response Page (you can track the snow plows!)

Ready.Gov’s Winter Weather Resources

Your Family:

  • Shop early and shop smart.Definitely pick up hot chocolate with mini-marshmallows, but also make sure you have easy-to-eat foods on hand in case the power goes out.

  • Buy some “hot hands” or other hand and feet warmers.

  • Keep your cell phones and other devices chargedin case of a power outage. 

  • Check in on family membersoutside your


Wondering What Park Slope Parents Is All About?

Check out the We Are PSP video for a crash course on our community. All we're missing is YOU!


Talking to our kids about the events on Capitol Hill

While it’s hard to believe what happened on Capitol Hill today, the effects on our psyches are undeniable. Even though Congress has reconvened and is getting back to the work of certifying the election results, this could be a very upsetting time for our families. 

Knowing that we may be able to give you some tools to talk to your kids, I called my social worker brother—who has a lot of experience counseling families—and he helped me pull together