King Hoops NYC Basketball Clinics Arrive in Lower Manhattan!

King Hoops NYC Basketball Clinics Arrive in Lower Manhattan! 

FiDi Families is excited to welcome King Hoops NYC Basketball for indoor fun. This fantastic organization is hosting an 11-week youth basketball clinic starting Saturday, December 5th at Lower Manhattan’s Leman Manhattan Prep. The clinic will be led by former NBA / Euro professional, Trevor Huffman, and former Columbia University coach, Michael Murphy. King Hoops NYC is an affiliate of the JrNBA and accredited by USA Basketball.

Session Dates: December 5th – February 27th
Location: 25 Greenwich Street (Leman Manhattan Preparatory)
Time: Varies based on age/division
Cost: $325 for 11 sessions or drop-ins $35/session

Registration Link: 
(Look for ‘Lower Manhattan – Saturday Youth Clinics’)
 For questions, please email or call 212 734 7262
King Hoops NYC Basketball Clinics Arrive in Lower Manhattan!

Seaport District Tree Lighting

Seaport District Tree Lighting

Seaport District Tree Lighting! Come celebrate the 32nd annual Seaport District Tree Lighting at the intersection of Front and Fulton. This event is focused on community and giving back. The lighting ceremony is the best way to kick off the holiday season. There will be a beautiful, festive 60 foot tree, live music performances, and a photos with Santa.

The lighting ceremony kicks off the holiday season with a glorious 60 foot tree, live music performances by a cappella group the Mistletones, gospel youth group Livre’, singer-songwriter Connell Cruise, the Mariners’ Temple Baptist Church choir, American Idol winner Nick Fradiani and a special appearance by Santa. 

In addition to the holiday season, this will kick off the Holiday Market. The market will be open daily on Fulton Street and will feature a Holiday Farmers Market every Sunday on Water Street. In addition, visitors can visit over 40 local shops and restaurants in the Seaport District. Not up for shopping? Come enjoy the seasonal décor in storefront windows.

This event also recognizes “Giving Tuesday.” This is the 4th year of this global day of giving through the power of social media. So, come celebrate #GivingTuesday.

Date: Tuesday, December 1st [Read more…]

Kindergarten Readiness Workshop (FREE)

Kindergarten Readiness Workshop (FREE)

FiDi Families Reviews Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play App for Kids

FiDi Families Reviews Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play App for Kids

Every once in a while, a new app will be released, geared towards children and I’m disappointed. It is either not challenging enough and my kids get bored, after I’ve spent money on the app or it is so challenging that they get frustrated and move onto the next game. I was somewhat skeptical that a new app I had heard about would make the cut and leave me with yet another app on my tablet that is not used and just taking up space.

Enter Captain McFinn & Friends, the brand that helps children become good people, recently released updates to its popular app, Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play.

Captain McFinn & Friends is the only children’s entertainment brand featuring live interactive guided play.

The goal of the Swim & Play app, as well as the entire Captain McFinn brand, is to help preschoolers (children ages 3-5) learn social and emotional skills that they need to get along with others and be successful in school and life – such as sharing and politeness, playing as a group, being thankful and respecting others.

FiDi Families Reviews Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play App for Kids

In Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play app, real, live people, known as Explorers, respond in real time to how a child engages with Captain McFinn’s interactive undersea world.

These Explorers encourage a child while he or she is enjoying fun games and learning activities– even addressing individual gameplay and learning via the child’s animated avatar name. The kids can see the Explorers, the Explorers can’t see them.

This latest version features three alternating worlds – Sand Dusty Reef, the home of Captain McFinn, Riff Raff Reef, focusing on preventing bullying behaviors, and The Unsmashable Cross Section, a sunken ship that focuses on using proper manners in everyday life. My daughter absolutely loved Sandy Dusty Reef. The music and interactive play was great to watch on the screen and she loved the fun music.

My five year old was absolutely mesmerized by the interactive McFinn characters. There was a ton of content for her to choose from and on a long car ride home from our Thanksgiving holiday, it was the perfect app to keep her engaged and entertained. The app features original McFinn cartoons, preschool music videos and songs and eight different activities focusing on drawing, creating music and reading.

FiDi Families Reviews Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play App for Kids

My seven year old was also intrigued, even though it is geared towards the preschool audience. He especially loved the badges that he could earn, for completing activities. I appreciated the chat box for parents, which allowed a parent to ask the Explorer questions and a clap button for cheering on other users. Anytime I can teach my kids the idea of good sportsmanship, such as cheering and encouraging others is a “win” in my book.

Both of my kids love the world of marine life and sea life, so this app was a fan favorite. They both responded to the unique and magical animated, underwater world that Captain McFinn lives in. It was the perfect forum for an interactive experience, which engages children in a subtle and fun way.

FiDi Families Reviews Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play App for Kids

Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play app offers teachable moments that share important life skills that promote kindergarten readiness and can be put into practice at home, at school and at play.

FiDi Families Insiders: The Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play is $2.99 in the Apple Store and through Google Play

Did You Know: Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play app is also featured in the nabi Elev-8, Fuhu’s most advanced and powerful kid-focused tablet to date, which launched in October. Fuhu, Inc., is the creator of the award-winning nabi® tablet and the foremost innovator in high technology solutions for families. Captain McFinn joins a select group of other premier children’s entertainment brands in nabi Elev-8’s content lineup.

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This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play App. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.

David Rockwell Installation At Brookfield Place

David Rockwell Installation At Brookfield Place

David Rockwell Installation At Brookfield Place. Arts Brookfield will debut an installation created by the Rockwell Group. Luminaries is a holiday tradition featuring a spectacular lighting display that follows topography of the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. This is a great way to celebrate the traditions of Lower Manhattan include ding sharing, community, and connection. The Winter Garden is under a canopy of light coming from 650 hanging lanterns. 

This year, Brookfield has partnered with the GRAMMY Foundation® to support their GRAMMY in the Schools® music education programs for high schoolers.  Visitors send a wish to the lanterns above by touching one of three wishing stations. For every wish sent, Arts Brookfield will donate anywhere from $1 – $25,000.

Light shows are scheduled throughout the day and every night every two ours. The shows are called “Snowfall,” “Christmas Tree,” “Ribbons,” “Firecracker,” and “Northern Lights.”

The installation will debut Giving Tuesday and will be open daily until January 10th.

GRAMMY in the Schools® creates opportunities for high school students to work with music professionals. They make sure they gee real-world experience and advice about how to have a musical career. Opportunities include an audio engineer, concert promoter, electronic music producer, manager, musician, music journalist, singer, songwriter, and more.

Date: Tuesday, December 1st – Friday, January 10th

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Zuccotti Park Holiday Lighting

Zucotti Park Holiday Lighting

Zuccotti Park Holiday Lighting. Celebrate the start of the holidays downtown. Come for live music by Metropolitan Klezmer and Cara Samantha and delicious treats. Enjoy the illumination of the park with thousands of lights. 

Zuccotti Park, formerly known as Liberty Plaza Park, is a located in a privately owned public space controlled by Brookfield Properties. The park’s northwest corner is across the street from Four World Trade Center and has been popular with local tourists and financial workers. The park was damaged in September 11 attacks, but since then has been recovered. The plaza was used as the site of several events commemorating the anniversary of the attacks. After 2006 renovations, the park was renamed by its current owners after company chairman John Zuccotti.

Metropolitan Klezmer is an electrical Yiddish band that performs music from all over. Performing vibrant versions of original songs are perfect fro holiday celebrations. They re-invent tradition for audiences of all ages!

Cara Samantha is an NYC based vocalist known for her debut on American Idol Season 12. She grew up singing the classics of Nat King Cole and Drank Sinatra, but strayed away as she got older. Her eclectic mix of genres and styles is enjoyable for everyone.

Date: Tuesday, December 1st [Read more…]

Holiday Tips Shared by “PJ Masks” from Disney Junior

Since its launch in September, the colorful and engaging new show has been a hit with preschoolers and families across the country. The inventive CGI-animated series follows 6-year-old Connor, Amaya and Greg, who transform into their dynamic superhero alter egos, Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, when they put on their pajamas at night and activate their special animal amulets. Together the three friends embark on action-packed capers, solving mysteries, having thrilling nighttime adventures and learning valuable life lessons all along the way.

Check out some of the many ways that kids can be heroes at home and around their community this holiday season. 

Disney Launches PJ Masks Offers Holiday Tips for Preschoolers

Gingerbread Decorating Workshops at Church Street School for Music & Art

Gingerbread Decorating Workshops at  Church Street School for Music & 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. 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 live music, staff on hand to refill candy and a fun atmosphere, it is a true holiday destination. Kids will enjoy kicking off the holiday season at this great destination in Lower Manhattan, and they will love the assortment of candy that is offered during the workshp.

As a parent of two little kids, I can say that this has become our annual family tradition. For parents who dread the cleanup after baking with kids or decorating holiday cookies, this is definitely for you! 

Date:  December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 [Read more…]

Da Claudio Restaurant Hosts a Cognac Tasting!

Join the amazing team at Da Claudio for a great night of socializing and fun. Taste the Louis Royer Cognac and learn more about this great brand with Nicolas Toriki Royer! This event is free and no RSVP needed. Simply stop by, say hello and enjoy. Details below. 

Da Claudio Restaurant Hosts a Cognac Tasting!

The Nutcracker At Brookfield Place

The Nutcracker At Brookfield Place

The Nutcracker At Brookfield Place. Come enjoy one of three performances of Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker. This year features a pre-show meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with dancers. Let your kids come an hour before the show to snap a photo with Sugar Plum, Marie, Drosselmayer, and the Prince. This is a one hour, kid-friendly take on the Tchaikovsky classic and a perfect way to start off the holiday season. 

This is one of the only opportunities to take advantage of this free, holiday must-see. The Nutcracker is one of many free world-class performances presented annually by Arts Brookfield.
The production is part of Arts Brookfield’s winter holiday celebration. This exhibit features Santa’s Winter Wonderland from Wednesday, December 4th – Thursday, December 24th. 

Visitors can also enjoy the newest of holiday traditions, an interactive light installation in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. This was created by the Rockwell Group. The Luminaries features a glass-enclosed topography of the ten-story Winter Garden, a glowing canopy of color changing lanterns, and the opportunity to send a “wish” from one of the wishing stations.

Date: Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th [Read more…]

Children and Cyber Security – FREE Workshop

Children and Cyber Security - FREE Workshop


Internet usage among children is very common for all ages. Many parents want to learn about safety and security, as it relates to their children. The Leman Community Association in partnership with the Peck Slip School are inviting parents to attend this important workshop with a leading expert on the topic, Tyler Cohen Wood. With her insight and experience, Ms. Wood will review and cover the following topics: 

  • When is it appropriate to give children their own cell phone?
  • Geo-tagging: what is it and why is it dangerous?
  • Different online ways a predator can build a pattern of life to target you or your children.
  • What is the appropriate use of social media and how it can affect your personal relationships.
  • What social media means to our children v. what it means to us, both in terms of socialization and how we view others and ourselves.
  • How what you share on social media today can affect your future.
  • Ways you can monitor your child online and how to tell your child you are involved.
  • How to put yourself in your child’s mind-set so that you can better understand the selfie culture.
  • Our children are under an extreme amount of stress based solely on how their online profile is received by their peers.
  • Can 1 bad selfie destroy your child’s reputation?
  • How parents can contextualize that and help alleviate the burden.

Suspensions Bridge Challenge

Suspensions Bridge Challenge

Suspensions Bridge Challenge. Come learn about a suspension bridge at the Skyscraper Museum. There are many types of bridge, but these are some of the longest in the world. After learning about these bridges, your children will be assigned to make two bridges. These include a simple bridge and a suspension bridge. They will then test which bridge can hold the most weight. Hopefully your kids are up for the challenge!

The Skyscraper Museum hosts a rotating repertoire of Family Programs on Saturday mornings, in which children engage with an educator to explore the principles of urbanism, architecture, and engineering through hands-on activities.

Surrounded by images, film, and models of past, present, and future skyscrapers, children and their guardians are exposed to the changing exhibitions in the gallery.

Registration is requested by Friday at 5p! Saturday Family Programs at The Skyscraper Museum are presented in partnership with the Battery Park City Authority.

Date: Saturday, November 21st [Read more…]