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Entertainment, Birthday Parties, Summer Fun

Classes, Clubs, and Camps for Kids

There are so many ways for children to learn. Learning through the arts, or by engaging in a sport, or by learning circus acts, kids can expand their educational, cultural and physical horizons. Here are some of our favorite (and super fun) interactive programs where kids of all ages might discover hidden talents. NEW YORK ABRAKADOODLE (New York and various U.S. locations), 212-875-4100) Abrakadoodle teaches kids creative and life development skills through painting, drawing, digital art and photography, and a host of other mediums, creating portfolios of work that the children can take home and keep. This program reaches children through art, providing a network of art classes, camps and parties across the United States through an innovative mobile art education. It is designed for children 20 months to 12-year-old. APPLE SEEDS (10 W. 25th St., 212-792-7590, $895 for one-year membership) This indoor playground accomodates infants with a cushioned play area and allows toddlers to drive a wooden taxi, run a well-stocked deli or play on giant cushions in the sports playground. BABY BOOT CAMP …

Top Farms in the U.S.

Visit a farm with your family this Fall (or any other time of year) and enjoy a great experience! Take a look at our guide to the best farms in the country. Alabama Aplin Farms, Slocomb, (334) 792-6362 This farm is known for tomatoes, pumpkins, melons, hens, wagon rides, and a petting zoo. Best time to go: June through October. Mountain Fork Farm, New Market, (256) 379-4762 This farm is known for its turkeys, broilers, and eggs, alongside heirloom tomatoes and fresh leaf lettuce. Best time to go: April to November. Alaska Calypso Farm and Ecology Center, Ester, (907) 451-0691 This farm is known for vegetables—learn about 30 to 40 different varieties on a nonprofit educational farm on the road to Denali National Park. Best time to visit: June to September. Arizona Brown’s Apple and Pear Orchard and Cider Mill, Wilcox, (520) 384-3671 This farm is known for apples and pears. Best time to go: August through October. Date Creek Ranch, Wickenburg, (928) 231-0704 This farm is known for grass-fed beef, plus Golden Delicious apples, …

Best Books for Kids

Here is our selection of the top children’s books every child should read. To purchase books click on the link under the selected book. Green Eggs and Ham (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books) by Dr. Seuss As one of the most memorable children’s book of all time, this story teaches a lesson that every child needs to learn: If you’ve never tried it, you can’t say you don’t like it! Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brownand Clement Hurd  As a favorite bedtime story, this book is about a child’s nightly ritual of saying goodnight to everything he sees. The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton In this book, animals watch the sun go down and then prepare for bed. Boynton’s simple rhymes, goofy animals in goofy settings, and comforting stories make her books so appealing. Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton In this seriously silly book, Boynton’s famous animal characters are sure to educate and entertain young readers. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle This is a wonderful story with vibrant illustrations about a …

Book Review: Admissions

Admissions by Nancy Lieberman 355 pp., hardcover Warner Books, 2004 by Marissa Guijarro Admissions is the wise-cracking story of the competitive world of private school admissions in New York City. Helen Drager, art curator and advisor, loses her sense of reality when it is time for her daughter, Zoe, to apply to private high schools. In the meantime, Helen’s friend, Sara, director of admissions at The School, negotiates the kindergarten admissions process for the first time in her career under the negligent and hostile supervision of a dallying supervisor, Pamela Rothschild, headmaster of the School. Helen’s focus becomes intolerable to both her virtuous daughter and faithful husband, Michael, a cooking show producer, and her most lucid moments surface while flirting with a prospective lover. Sara clings to her Midwestern sensibilities in a maelstrom of chaos and corruption at The School. Michael, in an effort to please Helen, mixes business with parenting while trying to secure a place for Zoe at the Fancy Pants School. The character we love to hate, Pamela, becomes further ensnared in …

Minding Their Little Manners

It’s never too early to learn good taste. There are many programs that teach etiquette classes to children, including many luxury hotels.   These classes generally teach the rules of conduct in a fun and engaging environment, with workshops hosted by etiquette experts.  The workshops host interactive meals to teach table manners, including how to fold and place a napkin. Pick up Munchkin Manners Book: “Munchkin Manners on Table Setting“ from the Elementary Etiquette Society. This guide will help your little ones practice dinnertime decorum.

Celebrating Birthdays with a Charitable Twist

ECHOage is the modern way to throw a party for your little ones. Forget the extravagant presents, elaborate parties and over-the-top performers– give your kids the gift of giving. ECHOage helps parents organize socially responsible events. This charitable giving site was conceived by two Toronto-based moms looking to add more meaning to a child’s birthday party.