South Street Seaport Ice Rink Ticket Giveaway

South Street Seaport Ice Rink Ticket Giveaway

South Street Seaport Ice Rink. The outdoor ice skating rink at the South Street Seaport is officially open! There are a ton of options, whether you want to take a spin around the ice once or if you think you’ll be twirling around on the ice all winter long like Dorothy Hamill or Kristi Yamaguchi, then you may be interested in a season pass. Regardless, the option is there for you and your family to spin and sail across the ice, all winter long. Holiday carolers will perform at the rink on weekends throughtout the Winter.

Dates: Open now through February 23, 2014 [Read more…]

Fall Family Fun In New York City


Macy’s balloon inflation – Photo by Charley Lhasa

Fall is a favorite time of year for many families. Fall means football, cozy sweaters, vibrant foliage, family-filled holidays and pumpkin-flavored treats. Although the kid-favorite season summer is over and school is back in session, the autumn season is full of exciting family-friendly things to do, especially in New York City.

Whether you call the Big Apple your home or are planning a visit this fall season, there are plenty of attractions and activities providing fall family fun to families of all sizes and ages. Scroll through our list and pick out how you and your family will enjoy all fall has to offer this year.

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Santa Rescue at the New York City Fire Museum

Santa Rescue at the New York City Fire Museum

Santa Rescue at the New York City Fire Museum! If you and your family have not witnessed the Santa Fire Rescue, you have been missing out on a great Lower Manhattan tradition. It’s a great family-friendly event that is definitely something that you need to take the kids to, while they still believe in the Santa. Watch FDNY Firefighters rescue Santa from the roof of top of the New York City Firefighter Museum. Once he is safely inside, the fun will begin. Join other families on the 3rd floor loft at Santa’s Cafe and enjoy holiday carols, photos with Santa and Christmas carols performed live by John Clacher’s Fire House Band. Bring your cash…snacks and hot chocolate will be available for sale. So, grab those subway transit cards and make your way to SoHo for an afternoon of family fun.

Children of all ages are invited to attend!

Date: Sunday, December 7th [Read more…]

Beyond Mom Event: Winter Warm Up (Save the Date)

Beyond Mom Event: Winter Warm Up


Join Beyond Mom, Well Rounded NY and Comptoir Des Cottoniers for a Winter Warm Up Event! Expect an indulgent evening of networking, style, beauty and inspiring conversation. Get ready to meet and mingle with NYC’s most fascinating women in a Beyond Stylish atmosphere. The holidays are around the corner-it’s time to approach your parties, your community and 2015 as your most confident and fabulous Self! [Read more…]

Fandango Family Room

Fandango Family Room

As the parent of two toddlers, I have become a “movie Mom”. I find myself up-to-date on kid-friendly movie releases and I’m pretty sure I’m as excited as my kids are to see a new movie. The experience of watching a movie unfold, through the eyes of a 4 and a 6 year old, is pretty hard to beat. They are still at an age where they believe animals can talk, as seen in “Madagascar” and kids can be spies, as in “Spy Kids”. So, when I was asked to partner with Fandango and help get the word out about their new parent resource, “the Family Room”, I was thrilled. The Family Room essentially allows a parent to visit their website, plug in their kids ages and determine which movies are a good fit, based on content and subject matter. Parents are able to discover family-friendly content and movie news, find advice and reviews from trusted sources. It’s a GREAT tool for parents. 

Fandango Family Room


Both of my kids have seen Madagascar (at least 100 times) and really connected to the movie because they visit the Central Park Zoo on a very regular basis. Their love for penguins is directly tied to their love of the movie. We recently discovered that a new “The Penguins of Madagascar” movie is coming out, for the upcoming holiday season, on November 26th and it is evident by the number of posters on the subway cars, phone booths and bus stops, throughout the City. Needless to say, I logged onto my iPad and showed the kids the trailer on the Family Room tab on the Fandango website. And, then had to explain that November 26th was still a couple of weeks away. That didn’t go over very well. So, I found some digital printables online and promptly launched a coloring session with my two artists-in-training. And, they had a blast. Download the image here and do some coloring with your kids!

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Fandango Synopsis: The penguins from Madagascar get their own film in this DreamWorks Animation production. When a villainous octopus named Dave (voice of John Malkovich) hatches a plan to eliminate the penguins, Skipper (voice of Tom McGrath), Kowalski (voice of Chris Miller), Rico (John DiMaggio) and Private (Christopher Knights) must team with a clandestine animal organization known as North Wind to thwart the diabolical plan.

To pre-purchase tickets and to receive a free download of Dreamworks Holiday Classics, from Fandango, please visit 

“In accordance with the FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that I received compensation from Fandango for my participation in the Fandango Family Digital Network. Although we have material connection to Fandango, any publicly stated opinions of Fandango and their brands remain my own.”

Gingerbread Workshops at the Church Street School for Music and Art


Gingerbread Workshops at the Church Street School for Music and Art. It’s Gingerbread House time! This holiday season, families are invited to the best place for creating a work of art at the Church Street School for Music and Art in TriBeCa. This fabulous destination is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary! The family-friendly gingerbread workshops are a great way to introduce your kids to the tradition of building a gingerbread house without making a mess at home! If your children love candy and love to be creative, sign up for the Church Street Schools annual Gingerbread House decorating workshop.Kids and grownups alike will have a chance to dig into some great candy offerings as they build their gingerbread dream house. With music in the background and a fun atmosphere, kids will enjoy kicking off the holiday season at this great destination in Lower Manhattan. As a parent of two toddlers, I can say that this has become our annual family tradition and hope to see you all there!

Date:  December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21 [Read more…]

Heroes of the City Giveaway

Heroes of the City Giveaway
Heroes of the City Holiday Giveaway. The giveaway is free to join and will give all the participants the chance to win great prizes every day from December 1st to December 25th. You only need to enter once to have a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card every day between December 1st and December 25th. 
To enter the giveaway, please use the following link…


Yoga for Kids with Breathe Bend Grow

Yoga for Kids with Breathe Bend Grow

Yoga for Kids with Breathe Bend Grow. If you are looking for a fun and interactive class to cap off 2014 or kick off 2015, join FiDi Families and Cara J. Ottilio-Cooper, the Founder of Breathe Bend Grow for infant, toddler and big kids Yoga classes in FiDi. Yoga can help improve skill development, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility. Yoga is chance to unwind and to focus on breathing.  It is a non-competitive, joyful, empowering practice that will enrich all aspects of your child’s life as they grow and change.  Practicing yoga on the mat, including breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation, will gently teach our kids tools that can be helpful and transformational in this modern life. FiDi Families are invited to take advantage of a great promo as well. Various locations and age groups throughout Manhattan, including FiDi, Tribeca and Battery Park. [Read more…]

Silent Auction Fundraiser for the Peck Slip and Spruce Street Schools

Silent Auction Fundraiser for the Peck Slip and Spruce Street Schools

Silent Auction Fundraiser for the Peck Slip and Spruce Street Schools. The Howard Hughes Corporation will hold a Silent Auction of Seaport artist Naima Rauam’s artwork in Cannon’s Walk (206 Front Street) with all proceeds going to Peck Slip and Spruce Street Schools as well as the South Street Seaport Museum. The auction items were featured on Fulton Street’s walls this summer. The art pieces are currently on display at the Fulton Stall Market, which is located next to Cannon’s Walk at 207A Front Street. 

Date: Thursday, December 4th [Read more…]

Barnes and Noble Storytime – Snowmen at Night

Barnes and Noble Storytime - Snowmen at Night

Courtesy of Barnes and Noble

Storytime at Barnes and Noble. This ongoing children’s storytime for kids in Tribeca has been a huge hit for kids and parents alike. Introduce your children to the wonderful world of books, while teaching them the fine art of listening, using their imagination and sharing floor space with others! And, as an added bonus for caffeine lovers…the Starbucks Cafe!

“Snowmen at Night” is the featured storytime book, during the Barnes and Noble Discovery Weekend.

Background on this wonderful Winter-themed tale: Ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? Discover and experience the secret life of snowmen at night.

Date: Sunday, November 23rd  [Read more…]

FiDi’s Newest Establishment “Cedar Local” Fundraiser

FiDi's Newest Establishment "Cedar Local" Fundraiser


Kick off the weekend at one of FiDi’s newest establishments, Cedar Local. It’s a great spot and they are hosting a great fundraiser for Spence-Chapin, as they fundraise in honor of National Adoption Month. So, stop by Cedar Street (and William) and help raise money and enjoy your Friday at a great new hotspot, for the FiDi locals (and their friends). 

Seaport Tree Lighting Ceremony


Seaport Tree Lighting Ceremony

Seaport Tree Lighting Ceremony. The 31st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the South Street Seaport is a FiDi Families tradition and we hope to see our neighbors in attendance! The ceremony will include music, a light show and will mark the official opening of the ice rink.  Bundle up and visit some of the shops that will be open and help celebrate the holiday season with your neighbors and friends.

Date: Tuesday, December 2nd [Read more…]