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Author: Tonya

The NY Aquarium: an outing for a hot day

Last Sunday it was too hot for the playground but we needed to get our 2 year old out of the house and away from the breakables so we took him to The New York Aquarium at Coney Island. Of all the places the Wildlife Conservation Society offers ( Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo) , the aquarium is not the best (though a revision is planned) BUT it’s easy to get to and offers enough on display that we spent a couple of wonderful hours there. On the weekends The Aquarium...

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2 Park Slope restaurants: 1 kid-friendly and the other…not so much

A new restaurant named Thistle Hill Tavern has opened at 441 7th Avenue (at 15th Street) where Olive Vine used to be. It’s a pub-style place with gourmet fare: duck leg confit, grilled octopus, pan seared cuttlefish; sides that include: charred kale, fried fennel, zucchini pancakes; and even an assortment of cheeses from Italy, France, and New York. They use seasonal, local, and sustainable ingredients. We went for a family dinner recently and while they don’t have a children’s menu, they do have grass-fed burgers and they even went out of their way to make a grilled cheese for...

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Book Signing and Toy Making in Greenpoint

Join Brooklyn author Heather Swain for a toy making demonstration and book signing. Her new book:  Make This Toy: 101 Clever Creations from Everyday Items will debut on July 24th, 3:00 pm, at WORD Bookstore (http://www.wordbrooklyn.com/) in Greenpoint. Simply take the G line to the Greenpoint Avenue stop.  You and your family will learn how to make a milk carton into a balloon boat, a cardboard tube into a kaleidoscope, and tons of other fun things from everyday household items. A great way to have fun together and recycle! Before you poo-poo the idea of trekking on the G...

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Visit Hershey Park

Hershey Park, PA Usually when I think of fun amusement parks, I think Six Flags, but there is actually an awesome park that has something for all ages in Pennsylvania:http://www.hersheypark.com/.  Hershey, PA is geared toward families. It is about 3 hours away so I would recommend staying overnight. The hotels are kid-friendly, your child can even have a picture taken with a giant Hershey Kiss! We stayed at the Hershey Lodge, which was $179/night. Right now they’re offering a special: Kids Stay, Play & Eat FREE! Kids 17 and under receive FREE daily breakfast and FREE admission to Hersheypark! At the Lodge they have quite a few pools, a playground, and even their own miniature golf course. Nearby there are also spa treatments for mom and golf outings for dad (I don’t believe they offer babysitting services but they do have special packages for teens). There are a multitude of different restaurants — all very kid friendly.  My son had a grilled cheese and apple juice at every place we visited. We went there in a big group. So there were children of all ages, from 1 ½  to 13 years old. They all had an amazing time. Even the adults had tons of fun. There are rides for every age: roller coasters, water rides, kiddie rides, games for all ages, and even a zoo, which was larger and...

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A day trip to Hersey Park, PA from Brooklyn

Usually when I think of fun amusement parks, I think Six Flags, but there is actually an awesome park that has something for all ages in Pennsylvania: Hershey Park. It is about 3 hours away so I would recommend staying overnight. The hotels are kid-friendly, your child can even have a picture taken with a giant Hershey Kiss! We stayed at the Hershey Lodge, which was $179/night. Right now they’re offering a special: Kids Stay, Play & Eat FREE! Kids 17 and under receive FREE daily breakfast and FREE admission to Hershey Park! At the Lodge they have quite...

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