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

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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

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

The PSP Members Only Clothing, Gear, and Maternity Swap 
When:
Saturday, October 5th, 2019
Time:
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
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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!

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FAQs on P-EBT

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

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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!

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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

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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!

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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

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The Park Slope Parents Gratitude Jar: 2020 Edition

What a year! There are lots of things we want to leave in our rearview mirror for 2020, but there are also a lot of people in the Park Slope Parents circle who kept us going and growing. As we look ahead to what HAS to be a better 2021, we wanted to take a minute to thank our awesome community members and some of our great helpers for what they’ve given us in 2020.

PSP Members We Love!

Mister Rogers tells us to notice the helpers, and we had

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2020 Holiday Tips Survey: The Results are IN!

The findings from the 2020 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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The PSP Gift Guide: 3s, 4s, and 5s

The ultimate gift guide for the 3s, 4s, and 5s in your life has arrived! From art supplies to costumes to puzzles and beyond, Park Slope Parents members have suggestions for kids of all genders, interests, and attention spans.

Read on for the recommendations—and if you’re not already a member of PSP,join our community today to connect with families raising young ones the same age as yours.

Shopping for someone on the younger side? We have

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The PSP Gift Guide: Tweens and Teens

Tweens and teens may be notoriously difficult to shop for, but our Park Slope Parents members have them outsmarted with these savvy suggestions.

Read on for the recommendations—and if you’re not already a member of PSP, join our community today to connect with parents in our Tweens & Teens Group!

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How to Help this Holiday Season: Volunteer & Giving Opportunities in Brooklyn

As we head into a most unusual holiday season, we at PSP hope you’ll join us in supporting those who have been hit hardest by the pandemic and its effects on poverty,  food insecurity,  and housing insecurity. No matter your age, skillset, or availability, there’s an opportunity for you to donate some time or money to lend a hand this holiday season.

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Covid Testing in Brooklyn: Where to Go and What to Know

Getting tested for Covid-19 is a great way to put your mind at ease and keep those around you safe. We’ve compiled the most recent member experiences at a range of Health + Hospitals sites, urgent care centers, and medical offices around Brooklyn, plus general tips to help your testing experience go as smoothly as possible.

 

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Birth and Beyond: Wisdom from Our 2020 New Parents

Park Slope Parents ran two Zoom sessions for expectant parents, which included new parents who had their babies in July, August, September, and October of 2020. We had someone join with a four-day-old! Here’s a summary of some of the great advice they imparted to our expectant parents from the Park Slope Parents November 2020, December 2020, January 2021, and February 2021 groups!

If you’re not yet part of the Park Slope Parents community, join

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We Will Survive... An Update from PSP Headquarters

Hey all,

I thought it was about time to send an update and some positive energy out into the cosmos and the community. It’s been a rough couple months for a lot of us, including me, and with the election tomorrow and everyone on edge about that, I thought it was extra important to send out a note of encouragement and an update on how things are going at PSP headquarters.

As the pandemic trudges on, I have to find more and more creative ways to

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Here’s What You Need to Know to Vote in NYC

According toBrookings, a record 83 percent of voters say that it really matters who wins the election in 2020. Compare that to the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, when just 50 percent of the voters thought that it really mattered who won. That unprecedented level of enthusiasm could translate into record-high turnout in November, but achieving that will be a collective effort on a massive scale. Come on, PSP—let’s make it

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The PSP Guide to Halloween Fun in the Time of Coronavirus

Events, socially distanced ideas, and trick-or-treating updates

Like all other aspects of life, spooky celebrations will look a little—or a lot—different this year. But we at Park Slope Parents are a resourceful bunch, and we’ve got some tricks up our sleeves to help you have a hair-raisingly haunting Halloween despite the circumstances. Read on...if you dare!

Are you a parent in Brooklyn who's not yet a Park Slope Parents member? JOIN US today to

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THE 2020 WINTER GEAR DRIVE

❄ Winter Gear Drive 2020 ❄

We’ve teamed up with Park Slope Neighbors, the Park Slope Civic Council, Roots Café, and The Old Stone House to collect coats and other winter gear for the Shirley Chisholm WIN Family Housing Shelter at 4th Avenue and 15th Street. Our goal is to have coats and winter gear collected by October 24th for delivery the following week.

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Wisdom from our 2020–21 Birthing Experience Survey

The results are in from our 2020–21 Birthing Experience Survey! More than 250 Park Slope Parents members shared their honest reviews of OB GYNS, midwives, doulas, hospitals, and other support folks throughout Brooklyn and beyond, and they also passed along sage advice on pregnancy, birthing, and the post-partum period.

For member reviews and recommendations, view ourOb-Gyns, Birthing, Fertility and Post-Partum category; and for wisdom, read

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Dating Apps (sigh): A Discussion From Our Single/Divorced/Separated Group

So you’re looking to enter (or re-enter) the exciting world of dating! It can certainly be daunting, but just know—all of us at Park Slope Parents are rooting for you! Here is some handy advice for navigating those pesky dating apps. 

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