Family friendly activities in Lower Manhattan are plentiful given the absence of snow. Enjoy ice skating in Battery Park, hop on the Staten Island Ferry, take a boat tour around Lower Manhattan…the sky is the limit this holiday season. All of the subways are running on schedule and the sun is out. Take the kids out on the scooters and walk around Lower Manhattan. Stop in the new Key Foods on Fulton Street and grab a hot chocolate or check out the stores and restaurants that have reopened in the South Street Seaport. And, if you are really feeling adventerous, hop on the subway and check out the train exhibit at Grand Central, take the kids to Bryant Park to enjoy the outdoor shops and ice skating or get a glimpse of the Christmas Tree at Rock Center. Enjoy the holiday!
Good news for all you fans of the Seaport Musuem toddler program “Mini Mates’; they are reopening and have announced that their Winter registration is now open for their upcoming semester. Help support a great museum by participating and registering your children for some great indoor activities.
Children ages 18 months to 3 years old and their caregivers will enjoy arts and crafts, music and movement, snack and free play. Registration begins on December 18th. Please read the following information carefully.
Winter registration is for a full semester (12 weeks), on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings, from 10 am to 11:15 am. Classes are on the following days:
Tuesdays: January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19 and 26
Wednesdays: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20 and 27
Thursdays: January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21 and 28
To register simply send an email to FKent@mcny.com
Music For Aardvarks’ Winter Registration is now OPEN. With classes in the Financial District at Alwan For the Arts (16 Beaver St) there’s a lot of singing, dancing and jamming happening all over NYC.FiDi Families Promotion:
Act now to receive the “Winter/Spring Bundle” option and get $50 off each session ($100 total savings)! Register for both sessions before December 21st to get this great deal! The Winter Session runs from January 14, 2013 through March 22, 2013 and our Spring Session runs from April 8, 2013- June 14, 2013 (no class on Memorial Day).
For information log onto: www.musicformanhattan.com.
Parents around the world are reeling from the tragedy in Sandy Hook, CT. Advice is on the web from the NY Times and every parenting author known to man are all providing tips on how to address the tragedy with their children. My children visit TriBeCa Pediatrics and the practice sent out a note today with some great articles and suggestions. But, the point that hit home was the advice that apparently the beloved Mr. Rogers own Mom had given him and I thought it was worth repeating. As described by the late Fred Rogers: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers; so many caring people in this world.” – Fred Rogers
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the families affected by this tragedy.
If your childen love to help with recipes and love playdough, test out the FiDi Families tested playdough recipe below for a fun holiday-themed project, perfect for little hands. Get out the aprons!
2 Cups of Flour
2 Cups of Water
1 Cups of Salt
1 Tblsp of Cream of Tartar
1 Tblsp of Vegetable Oil
Food Coloring – pick your favorite color(s)
Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium to low heat, but don’t add the food coloring. Stir continuously until the mixture thickens and doesn’t stick to the sauce pan. Once the playdough is cool, knead until the desired consistency.
For fun, add in drops of food coloring to make the playdough festive. Add in crushed candy canes for extra fun. Set up a playdate and have fun!
Join the NY Rangers and USA Hockey for a free Ice Hockey clinic for children 9 years and younger. No skating experience required and hockey equipment will be available for free. However, families are encouraged to bring bike equipment (helmets, elbow and knee pads). There are 10 locations to choose from and the closet to FiDi is the Ice Pavillion in Long Island City. The clinic is limited so register now and check out the various locations, dates and times. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the hockey hotline at (212) 465-6553.
Please note dates have been rescheduled due to the Hurricane so please call the number for additional information and details. We’ll be there on January 5th and hope to see you there!
For more information, log onto: http://rangers.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=83448
Check out a new and unique fitness program at Exerblast – FamilyBlast!
It’s a new, unique & fun-filled approach to fitness for the whole family! Get a great workout while your kids play too! Enjoy quality time together with your whole family.
Date: Every Saturday/Sunday
Ages: Babies to 4 yrs old
Time: 9am – 10am
– Single session: $40 (one parent and child)
– Both parents: $65 (two parents and one child)
– 5 pack for one parent & one child: ($38/session) $190 (expires in 6 weeks)
– 5 pack for two parents & one child ($62/session) $310 (expires in 8 weeks)
– Each additional child per family $10
For more information, log onto: www.exerblast.com