Monthly Archives: September 2016

October Family Events


Photograph Courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Festival


There is no shortage of family activities this October in and around Brooklyn. We have harvest festivals, Halloween parades and pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!!! Need a pumpkin break? How about a creativity lab session or a drop-off art class for your little one. Read up below on the festive calendar of things to do with your family this month!

  • Scarecrows & Pumpkins (Bronx Zoo): From September 17th through October 30th, come explore more than 30 friendly scarecrows set among rare and unusual pumpkins and gourds in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Celebrate the season by putting on a festive fall puppet show and having a spooky tea party in the Victorian playhouse. Guided activities feature making a sprout a seed necklace and exploring flowers, fruits, and seeds. Weekends bring interactive demonstrations featuring bats, reptiles, and other creepy creatures. And, on October 22nd and 23rd check out the giant pumpkins – some weighing more than a ton!
  • The Chile Pepper Festival (Brooklyn Botanical Gardens): Enjoy a full day of music and yummy (spicy) food on Saturday, October 1st from 10am-6pm. 6 Bands and 62 different food vendors will be there. 11am-3pm: Go check out “Hot Chiles for Cool Kids”, where your child can pot up a pepper plant to take home! Buy tickets and learn more here:
  • Creativity Lab (The Brooklyn Museum): On October 2nd from 4-5:30pm, visitors of all ages are invited to drop by the studios and explore their creative side. In this drop-in workshop, take inspiration from their galleries and get messy, experiment with materials, and learn artistic techniques with a new project each month. Takes place in the education studios, 1st
  • Drop Off Studio Hours at Private Picassos Art Studio (Private Picasso’s Art Studio, 237 5th Ave): The 3rd Saturday of every month until December.  $36/child (15% off second sibling enrolled for the same program).  Pre-registration is required, as space is limited!  Email or call 718-215-0589 to reserve your spot.  Walk-ins are welcome if space is available.  Parents can enjoy a date night while your budding artist explores new materials and makes new friends. Available the 2nd Saturday of each month for kids 5+.
  • Zahhak: Legend of the Serpent King (BAM): A Persian legend comes to life with live musical accompaniment and intricate shadow puppetry. Taken from the Shahnameh or Book of Kings – an epic narrative penned in the 10th century by Persian poet Ferdowsi – this shadow play tells the story of a misguided prince who becomes the villainous Serpent King. Saturday, October 22nd at 10:30am and 3pm. Tickets: $15.   Ages 8-13.
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Festival (Brooklyn Bridge Park): Come celebrate the Fall season on October 29th , 11am to 2pm with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and Brooklyn Bridge Park at the 7th Annual Harvest Festival and explore a NEW parkland with the opening at Pier 6! Enjoy pumpkin carving, arts and crafts, puppetry, games and musical performances.   Did you know they will have a “haunted marsh”???!!
  • Halloween in Prospect Park (various locations in the Park): On October 29th, Prepare for ghoulish happenings all over Prospect Park! Gather the goblins for a truly hair-raising Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair (noon to 3pm) at Lookout Hill and Nethermead. At the Audubon Center, there’s Creepy Crawly Halloween, where kids can learn about all sorts of shiver-inducing creatures, find bitty bones during an owl pellet dissection (1 to 2pm), or take a Creepy Crawly walk (3 to 4pm) in search for park-dwelling critters. Over at Children’s Corner, visit Lefferts Historic House for scary storytelling and crafts  (2 to 4pm; suggested donation $3), then spin to spooky music on the Haunted Carousel (noon–5pm; $2 per ride or five tickets for $9). All ages.
  • Boo at the Zoo (Prospect Park Zoo): On Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th don’t miss the zoo’s annual Halloween event. This year they have a costumed character scavenger hunt, face painting, spooky barn and of course – plenty of animals!!!
  • Halloween Family Party (Greenwood Park): On October 31st come for free pumpkin decorating, crafts and games, trick or treating and spooky snacks! Timing isn’t specified on the website, so call ahead to confirm hours:
  • Park Slope Halloween Parade (7th Ave and 14th St to the Old Stone House): Kicking off at 6:30pm sharp, this is the best family Halloween Parade around!   Maybe you’ve seen Dr. Cao and his family in costume in years past? The parade ends at the Old Stone House at Washington Park, with a little post-parade dancing at J.J. Byrne Playground. Feel free to gather with your family around 4pm, as many families and merchants begin greeting trick or treaters on Seventh and Fifth Avenues (yippee!). You never know what kind of spooks you’ll see at this festive celebration, and the costumes get increasingly inventive with each passing year-—so bring your A-game. All ages.




Interview with Dr. Wilson-Taylor


From the moment I met Dr. Wilson-Taylor I knew she was a perfect fit for the practice.  So warm and personable, caring and kind.  A smile that welcomes us and makes us feel confident that we are in the best of care.  A presence that makes us feel safe and calm.  Many of us have gotten to know her as the awesome doctor our child is lucky enough to see, but we ALL want to know more!!!!  Let’s learn about her in this month’s interview.

SSP:  Can you tell us a little about where you grew up and your path to becoming a pediatrician?

I was born and raised in Canarsie, Brooklyn. I always knew I wanted to be a doctor since I was in elementary school. I did a few science programs in high school and only became more fascinated in the sciences and health professions. Even though I felt passionate about being a pediatrician, I kept my mind open throughout medical school. I always found myself playing with children of my adult patients, or taking care of the newborn after a delivery and knew that providing care for children was my true passion.

SSP: Tell us a little about your family, I understand you are a mom of 2?

I am a first-generation American born. My parents are from the West Indies. My son is 9 and my daughter is 7. They are the reason I switched from academic pediatrics at Cornell to private practice here at South Slope. I wanted to be closer to home so that I could spend more time with them during their formative years. I have been married for 12 years to my childhood sweetheart.

SSP:  As parents we are always striving for a somewhat unattainable word “balance”.   How do you try to maintain balance as a doctor AND mom?

This “balance” is very tricky for working families. A couple of years ago, I made a list of ALL the activities that I do, their importance and how much time I spend on each one. It made me re-prioritize different aspects of my life, which led me to join the SSP family. It allows me a chance to be a professional and still make time to get home each night and spend time with children, finish up homework and still take them to activities on the weekend.

SSP: How has being a parent affected your perspective on being a pediatrician?

I know many great pediatricians that don’t have children, but being parent does give me a chance to take a step back and put myself in the shoes of the families of my patients. I realize the way pediatricians talk with families and patients is just as important as the diagnosis being made. I try to take my time and make sure parents understand why I am prescribing a specific treatment and are able to make informed decisions to best take care of their child.

SSP:  When you aren’t busy being a mom and a pediatrician, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time? 

Spare time…I like to cook and am working on my gardening skills. I enjoy fitness and try to get to a cardiokick class once a week and do workout videos at home.

SSP: What is the aspect of being a doctor that brings you the most happiness?

Whether its an infant with a cold or more life-altering moments, to be a constant support and sounding board for a family brings great joy. As a pediatrician, in just a few minutes, I can tell whether a child is really ill and to be able to tell a parent that their child is “fine” can put them at ease.