Category Archives: Holidays

Things to Do on Holiday Break with our Families!

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It’s that wonderful time of year where many of us are so lucky to be able to spend more time with our families.  With school closed, we have to keep both us and our children busy with fun and engaging activities.  This gives us a chance to do things we otherwise might not have time to do – like baking, doing charity work and fun craft projects.  If we’re lucky enough, perhaps we’ll see a little powder and be able to enjoy sledding on the 9th Street hill in Prospect Park!

Here are a few ideas to keep you all busy during this time of year.

1) Cooking & Baking:

* We recently updated our Pinterest Page with several festive meals, snacks and sweets that are kid-friendly (some are even healthy)!!!  Who knows…maybe if you dress up your veggies to look like a Christmas tree, your child will want to eat them?!   It’s worth a shot!  https://www.pinterest.com/drcaoparkslope/fun-holiday-recipes/   

* Here is a link to fruit-filled holiday dessert recipes that your child can help you with, and doesn’t require the use of an oven:  http://www.popsugar.com/moms/Fruit-Filled-Holiday-Desserts-42609490#photo-42609527

* For non-holiday themed recipes that are great year-round, I love the recipes in Pretend Soup and Salad People, both which are for preschoolers and up.  The popovers are a huge hit in this house!

2) Charity Work:  We recently shared a blog about the different charities we can get involved with in the NYC area (http://www.southslopepediatrics.com/blog/giving/).  Now we’d like to share the charities that South Slope Pediatrics is working with, in hopes that we can get our SSP families involved in as well.  This is a great way to teach our children about how this season is about giving and helping others!

* Jonah’s Just Begun:   Dr. Cao’s best little friend Jonah is suffering from a very rare disease, San Filippo Syndrome, and needs our help to fund research to save his life.  Let’s help raise money to find a cure!!!  Donate here:  https://app.mobilecause.com/form/vCJQEw

* Toys for Tots:  We have a box out in our lobby and are collecting all new toys and books, which will be given to children in need.  This cause is very special to Dr. Cao as they helped his own family when he was a child.  Please come by and make a donation if you can!

* Little Essentials:  We will also have a box in our lobby for Little Essentials, a Brooklyn based charity who helps children living in poverty by providing urgently needed resources and parenting education to families in crisis.  Please stop by with any new book or toy and help this local cause!

* Love in a Safety Pin:  Dr. Cao and your SSP Team has recently embarked in a courageous journey to ensure that our values of inclusion, tolerance, kindness and LOVE stay strong.    We have declared South Slope Pediatrics a safe haven for those who might find themselves harassed or bullied on the streets of Park Slope.  Please, join us by claiming your Love in a Safety Pin free sticker and by donating what you can to our campaign so we can produce and mail the stickers to the rest of the country.   Donate here:  https://www.gofundme.com/love-in-a-safety-pin

3) Crafts:   Looking for fun indoor activities during this cold weather that spark a bit of creativity?   Here are links to easier crafts that the smaller ones can get into:

http://www.parenting.com/gallery/christmas-crafts-kids  From felt snowmen to deer made of cardboard to traditional cut-out snowflakes, there are plenty of crafts on this list (26 in total)!

http://mylifeandkids.com/25-fun-easy-holiday-crafts-kids/  25 holiday crafts including fingerprint christmas lights, santa beards, santa slime and shredded paper snowmen!

http://www.emmaowl.com/reindeer-footprint-christmas-cards-all-you-need-is-a-shiny-nose/#_a5y_p=4586085  Footprint Reindeer Cards…genius.

http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/11/shivery-snow-paint-recipe.html  Icy Cold Snow Paint – this looks like a lot of (messy) fun!

http://handsonaswegrow.com/28-winter-crafts-kids/  Handprint penguins, puffy paint polar bear faces and snowy owl pine cones are a few of the 28 winter crafts you can try.

And…let’s just say you’re exhausted from all of these activities and you need a little down time.  Maybe a holiday show is a way to relax and cuddle with our little ones!  Here are a few favorites for kids 3 and up:

* A Charlie Brown Christmas

* Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

* Frosty the Snowman

* Lights: The Miracle of Chanukah

* Merry Christmas, Olivia

* Curious George, a Very Monkey Christmas

* Mickey’s Christmas Carol

* Shalom, Sesame: Chanukah Special

* Dora’s Christmas Carol

* Elmo’s Christmas Countdown

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!

FUN HOLIDAY EVENTS IN BROOKLYN & BEYOND!

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Check out these fun family events that will surely help get you into the holiday spirit.  From family-friendly holiday themed shows like The Nutcracker, Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas and a Charlie Brown’s Christmas Live…to train shows at Grand Central and the NY Botanical Garden…from an Ice Spectacular Show at  Lefrak to meet and greets with Santa himself right here on 5th Ave in Park Slope, there are many ways to celebrate and share the joy with our little ones!

* 15th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central (Grand Central Station, Manhattan): November 14th – February 26th.  Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat and Sun 10am-6pm.  This year’s Holiday Train Show display will feature a 34-foot-long “O gauge” model train layout with Lionel’s model Metro-North, New York Central, and vintage subway trains running on eight separate loops of track, against a backdrop featuring graphics celebrating the Museum’s 40th anniversary by artist Julia Rothman.  http://www.grandcentralterminal.com/event/15th-annual-holiday-train-show/2145462112

* Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas (Vital Theatre, 152 W. 71st St):  November 19th – December 31st, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 1pm.  Based on the NY Times bestselling picture book by Jane O’Connor.  What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles – and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can’t wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?  http://fancynancychristmaslive.com/  1 hr long.

* Holiday Train Show (NY Botanical Gardens, Bronx): From November 19th – January 16th.  Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track.Explore a winter wonderland across our 250 acres with special tours, a cappela performances, Winter Harmonies Concerts, a poetry reading with recently named NYBG poet laureate, Billy Collins, and activities for kids.  http://www.nybg.org/hts16/

* Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade (Manhattan): 9am on November 24th.  The annual pageant of giant balloons, floats, cheerleaders, clowns, marching bands, theater and Broadway in New York performances and celebs is one of the best NYC events in November. Read up here for recommended viewing areas:  https://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/events-festivals/macys-thanksgiving-day-parade

* Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar (501 Union, Gowanus): November 26th and 27th, 11am – 6pm.  Free admission.  Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar is a unique annual event that showcases the best of Brooklyn under one beautiful roof. The 4th edition will be packed with fine handmade goods, food, drinks, music, craft activities and more good times on Thanksgiving weekend.  http://brooklynholidaybazaar.com/

* Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting (Rockefeller Center, Manhattan): The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City. The 2016 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, November 30, with live performances from 7–9pm, at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues.  https://www.rockefellercenter.com/whats-happening/2016/11/30/2016-rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-lighting/

* Charlie Brown Christmas Live (ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitewell Place, Brooklyn): Fri, Sat and Sun, Dec 2nd – 11th.   Performance of the classic Charlie Brown Christmas special word for word and gesture for gesture.  Jazz trio will play the iconic Vince Guaraldi score.  For show times and details, go to: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2698281

* Santa on 5th (several locations on 5th Ave, Park Slope on Dec 3rd, 10th and 17th): Ho ho ho!  Santa will be making appearances at 3 different locations on our very own 5th Ave during the month of September.  Eat, Drink and spend locally – while saying hi to our friend visiting from the North Pole!  Strolling carolers will be making an appearance as well.  http://parkslopefifthavenuebid.com/event/here-comes-santa-clause-first-visit-of-three/

* The Colonial Nutcracker at the Walt Whitman Theater  (Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts, 2900 Campus Rd, Brooklyn):   December 11th, 2pm.  An annual holiday favorite, Dance Theatre in Westchester performs its family-friendly, full-length version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet set in wintry colonial Yorktown, complete with a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and simultaneous narration to help young audience members enjoy this timeless classic.   2hrs, 10 min including a 15 min intermission.  Recommended for ages 5+.  Tickets: $15. http://www.brooklyncenter.org/buy-tickets/calendar-of-events/view/The-Colonial-Nutcracker/

* Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Radio City Music Hall, Manhattan): The Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2016 literally kicks off the holiday season in NYC. Since 1933, the tap dancers, flying Santa and of course the Rockettes have put on one of the city’s most classic Christmas spectacles. If The Nutcracker from New York City Ballet is too stuffy and doesn’t have enough camels onstage for you, this show is the one to see.  https://www.rockettes.com/christmas/

* Tree Lighting Party (Greenwood Park, Park Slope):  December 7th from 6pm- close. The “biggest tree in Brooklyn”!  Tree, wreaths, and decorations will be for sale in the holiday market.  Bring the family to meet Santa – there will be hot coca, cider, food and drink specials!   http://greenwoodparkbk.com/blog/events/holiday-tree-lighting-party/

* Ice Spectacular (Lakeside @ Lefrak Center, Prospect Park):  December 18th, from 5:30 – 6:45pm.  This annual winter show is FREE to watch and features figure skating solos, duets, and group numbers. Group number registration includes three half-hour rehearsals on Sundays before the show as well as skate rental, show accessories, and keepsake programs on performance days. Register in advance online or in person, limited space available.  $40 for one (1) event, $60 for two (2) events.  http://lakesidebrooklyn.com/event/ice-spectacular-winter/

GIVING

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GIVING.  There is nothing more fulfilling than giving to others and helping those in need.  Whether it be providing a meal to a person who is hungry, to spending time with an elder who feels isolated and lonely, to providing blankets and clothing to keep someone warm in the colder months – these are just a few of the ways we can show we care and want to share the love in our hearts with those around us.   For those of us who find it difficult to make time for volunteering, donations (both monetary or goods) can make an important impact in someone’s life.  After all, in this exceptionally ugly election race, we should all open our hearts and share a little more love, sensitivity and generosity.    It can be contagious!   Let’s all get involved and ask our friends to join us.  Make it a family outing and teach our children the importance of giving.  Here are a few ways we can volunteer and give back in NYC, both around the holidays and year-round.

NY Cares: Help mentor students, serve meals in soup kitchens, clean up parks, collect winter coats and help the homeless.  NY Cares offers one-time volunteer opportunities to weekly opportunities.  Volunteer as an individual, group or with your company. https://www.newyorkcares.org/volunteer?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=DesktopBannerTest

City Meals on Wheels: If you have a car, you can get involved with this organization that helps feed 18k elderly folks in the NYC area.  This Thanksgiving they’re looking for people to go to a senior center in Bushwick, Brooklyn and deliver food.  Here is a link the volunteer form, where you can sign up to volunteer for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years programs.  http://www.citymeals.org/volunteer-with-us/individual-volunteers/volunteer-application-form

NY Common Pantry: Choice Pantry volunteers help provide free grocery packages for families and hot meal volunteers help prepare and serve meals to guests at the NY Common Pantry location on 8 East 109th St. in Manhattan.  http://nycommonpantry.org/how-to-help/volunteer/  They also offer off-site opportunities like a Thanksgiving Food Drive, making sandwiches for the Brown Bag Program, and collecting new clothing and toys.  http://nycommonpantry.org/how-to-help/off-site-opportunities/

BARC Shelter:  Are you an animal lover?  Here’s a way you can help our furry friends.    Come take a dog for a walk, keep a cat company or bring in your old towels and blankets as a donation.  http://www.barcshelter.org/

Gobble, Gobble, Give: This organization meets in Harlem to assemble takeout meals for 200+ families in low income housing and shelters.   You can help put meals together or drop off the food.  Donations of food, clothing, toiletries, toys and books are also welcome. Check out their Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/gobblegobblegivenyc

God’s Love We Deliver:   Help bring food to those who are sick and unable to shop and cook for themselves.   Every Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve over 1k volunteers help in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.   https://www.glwd.org/volunteers/holiday.jsp;jsessionid=1394DCC88DACD66D864DB9F0427B108C

City Harvest:  Help fight hunger by distributing fresh food and collecting any excess food donations from farmers at the end of local farmer markets.   How about getting your company involved and work as a team to fight hunger?  https://www.cityharvest.org/volunteer

Good+ Foundation:  Donate that baby gear and those diapers, coats and toys that your children have grown out of or organize your own children’s coat or holiday toy drive.  http://goodplusfoundation.org/how-to-help/organize-a-drive/

Room to Grow:  Dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty, Room to Grow assists low-income families by accepting donations of baby items, funds and volunteering.  Learn how to get involved here: http://roomtogrow.org/index.php/get-involved/how-to-help-in-new-york

OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER FAMILY EVENTS IN BROOKLYN!

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written by Jen #supermom

What an exciting time of year it is for the little ones and for us parents, sharing the beauty of the colorful foliage and enjoying the refreshing cool air, so much Halloween fun… and pumpkin carving!   Any excuse to eat more apple pie and have another pumpkin spiced latte.  There’s so much going on here in Brooklyn over the next month, including many spooky and silly Halloween activities to enjoy with your family!

Mythic Meal (JJ Byrne Playground): A pancake breakfast fundraiser for JJ Byrne Playground.   Come as your favorite character, swap costumes, get your face painted and make banners for the Halloween parade!  They will also be doing a winter gear drive so bring any coats, boots, sweaters, etc to this great event!  $10 for adults, $5 for kids. Saturday October 17th, 10am-12pm.  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2336394?utm_source=+%40OSH%3A+Forage+Walk%3B+Pancake+Breakfast%3B+Permaculture+Fest!&utm_campaign=August+1&utm_medium=email

Harvest Festival (Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park): Come and celebrate the fall season with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy at Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park!  The 5th Annual Harvest Festival will have free fun activities for the whole family, including arts & crafts, storytelling, volleyball and musical performances.  Saturday, October 24th from 10:30am-1pm. http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/events/harvest-festival

Ghouls  & Gourds (Brooklyn Botanical Gardens):  Kids showcase their costumes along giant puppets in a parade with live music by Terry Dames Science Music Roadshow!  Kids under 12 are free, adults $15.  Saturday October 24th from 12-5:30pm. http://www.bbg.org/visit/event/ghouls_gourds_2015#schedule

Boo at the Zoo (Prospect Park Zoo):  Don’t miss this annual Halloween event.  Watch the baboons play with pumpkins, meet a Wildlife Witch, make a spider craft…and more!  Join in a Halloween parade at the end of each day, and snap a photo with the costumed creatures along the way.  Saturday and Sunday, October 24th and 25th. http://prospectparkzoo.com/events/71

Monster Mash (Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights): Calling all ghosts and goblins, come dressed to impress as the museum celebrates Halloween!  Join up for a spooky good time, complete with a performance by Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino and a ghoulish glowing dance party.  Saturday, October 31st from 10am-5pm.    http://www.brooklynkids.org/calendar/2015/10/31/monster-mash

6th Annual Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade (1205 Surf Ave, Coney Island): You and your family are officially invited to the 6th Annual Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade and Costume Contest. This year’s kid-friendly event promises to be better than ever with free entertainment, giveaways, and trick-or-treating!  Open to all children under 15 with great prizes for contest winners. Registration begins at 10am with the costume contest taking place at 12pm. Hand-made Coney Island themed costumes are encouraged.  Saturday, October 31st at 10am.  http://coneyislandfunguide.com/Events/6th-Annual-Coney-Island-Childrens-Halloween-Parade_10_24_2015-4200.htm

Halloween Party (Rollerskating Rink at Lefrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park):  Your halloween costume looks even better on skates!   Listen to Halloween music, play games and win prizes and enjoy a costume contest.  Saturday, October 31st from 12-6pm.  http://lakesidebrooklyn.com/events/halloween-party/

BAMboo! (Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM):  Put on your devilish dancing shoes and kick off trick-or-treating right at this free outdoor Halloween block party featuring family-friendly music and mischief.  Featuring Abby the DJ, candy giveaways, bouncy house, carnival games, costume contest and arts & crafts!  Free.  Saturday, October 31st from 2-5pm.  All ages!http://www.bam.org/kids/2015/bamboo

Park Slope Halloween Parade (14th St and 7th Ave):  If you’re marching, join for the line up on 14th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue.  The parade concludes at the Old Stone House in JJ Byrne Playground with a gathering and dancing with the parade bands!  Saturday, October 31st from 6:30-8:30pm.    Details forthcoming at:  http://parkslopeciviccouncil.org/event/halloween-parade-2/

Sol y Canto (Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM):  This pan-Latin musical ensemble, led by artist-educators Rosi and Brian Amador, presents bilingual concurs that are as instructive as they are engaging.  Geared towards families working to build kids’ Spanish proficiency as well as those that speak mostly Spanish at home, Sol y Canto’s interactive fiestas invite young audiences to dance, sing and learn to the beat!   Tickets are $10 each. Saturday, November 7th at 2pm.  Ages 2-5. http://www.bam.org/kids/2015/sol-y-canto

9th Annual Children’s Book Fair (Brooklyn Museum, 1st Floor):  Showcasing your favorite Brooklyn authors and illustrators, this free event features storybooks, picture books, graphic novels and art activities for all ages.  Saturday November 14th from 12-4pm.  For a detailed schedule of readings, go to:  https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/calendar/event/ninth_annual_childrens_book_fair/

Hope everyone enjoys a BOO-ti-fully safe and fun Halloween!!!

AUGUST FAMILY EVENTS IN BROOKLYN!

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written by Jen #supermom

Although so many of us Brooklynites decide to leave town during these hot summer days, there is lots to see and do this August with our families.    What I personally love about being in the city during the summer is that it can sometimes feel like we have it all to ourselves…the playgrounds are much less crowded, early mornings at Prospect Park are so peaceful and hushed…and you might not have to wait for a table at your favorite restaurant!   Here are some of the fun happenings in our neighborhood over the next month:

* Adoptapalooza (Bartel-Pritchard Square, Prospect Park):  If your family is looking to adopt a new furry companion, on August 1st from 11am-5pm there will be over 150 cats and dogs from rescue organizations at this adoption fair.  You’ll be able to purchase a dog license and take home free pet food samples, free photos from the fair’s photo booth, ID tags and more.  http://www.animalalliancenyc.org/events/featured/adoptapalooza/index2015PP.htm

* Animation for Kids (Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Rose Cinema): At 2pm on August 1st,  BAM Cinema will be playing a collection of the year’s best family-friendly animated shorts, gathered from both festivals and the major studios.  Total run time is 65 minutes and tickets are $14 ($7 for members).  Recommended for ages 4-8. http://www.bam.org/film/2015/animation-for-kids

* Sesame Slam:  A Retrospective on Sesame Street Animations (Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Rose Cinema): Come enjoy Sesame classics along with cartoons from the iconic program on August 2nd at 2pm.   65 minute run time, tickets are $14 ($7 for members).  Ages 1-5.  For more detail, please check out:http://www.bam.org/film/2015/sesame-slam

* Pattern Wizardry Exhibit (Brooklyn Children’s Museum):  A hands-on object-based exhibit, this event is designed to encourage children’s curiosity about their world through patterns.  They can play with special wands to play rhythmic beats, walk inside a 360 degree mirror, and more!  This exhibit runs through September 6th.  All ages.  http://www.brooklynkids.org/exhibits

* Figure 8 Playdate (Lefrak @ Lakeside, Prospect Park): Skate with your favorite storybook character and enjoy a meet & greet, story time, arts and crafts, breakfast and a favorite episode of the character’s show.  August 2nd, 10am-12pm is Curious George; and on August 16th from 10am-12pm will be Where the Wild Things Are! http://lakesidebrooklyn.com/activities/lakeside-kids/

* KIDtivity Wednesday (Lefrak @ Lakeside, Prospect Park): Every Wednesday through August 25th, there is a full day of 3 separate activities for our little ones. Starting at 11am kids can partake in a 60 minute fitness party, where they will enjoy kid-friendly circuit stations, games and stretches as they help increase muscle coordination and most importantly, have fun (ages 2-5). At 1pm they can enjoy puppet shows, dancing and bubble time with Puppetsburg (ages 0-4).  Creative Kitchen is at 4pm, where they can make recipes and kitchen crafts, enjoy fun food stories and sing songs (ages 2-5).  Tickets for all are FREE but make sure to reserve in advance: http://lakesidebrooklyn.com/lakeside-events/event-calendar/

* Shira & Friends Concert (Albee Square Fulton Street & Bond Street, Fulton Mall): Combining original tunes and kids classics, Shira & Friends will be performing a mix of singalong, danceable, smile-inducing music for both little and big ones to enjoy.  August 6th from 10-11am, FREE! http://downtownbrooklyn.com/events/family-community/bk-block-party-shira-friends

* Dirty Socks Funtime Band (Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6): On Sunday August 9th from 11am-1pm, come enjoy the fun and groovy, SUPER high energy Dirty Socks Funtime Band perform.  Performance is followed by activities from the Private Picassos at 12pm and an outdoor pop-up reading room from the Uni Project.  Free. http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/event-series/pier-kids-1

* 25th Annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest (Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk, West 10th-12th Streets):  On August 15th from 11am-4pm, check out this annual sculpting contest and festival, where all are eligible to compete (kids and adults) to win prizes in multiple categories.  There will be live entertainment on the boardwalk, face painting, clowns and live music!  Entrants can sign up on-site.  Free!  http://www.wearebcs.org/bcs/news_events/coneyislandsandsculpting/

* 239th Anniversary of the Battle for Brooklyn (Greenwood Cemetery):  For the older kids who are interested in learning a bit about our local history, the week ofAugust 22nd-30th celebrates the first battle of the American Revolution.  The annual commemoration at Green-Wood Cemetery on Sunday, August 30th from 10am-2pmis a day filled with fun events for kids and families.  Features reenactments, trolley tours, horse rides, cannon fire, live period music, old-school games and a soldier-filled parade.  Free but does require registration in advance:  http://www.green-wood.com/event/commemoration-of-the-battle-of-brooklyn/

Hope you all enjoy this last month of summer, whether local or somewhere else, and that you are able to get out and take advantage of these unique events in our neighborhood.  Reminds us once again how lucky we are to live here!

Enjoy Your Family BBQ! (and the Fireworks)

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Happy 4th of July!!

We are celebrating too! The office will be closed on Friday, July 3rd and will reopen on Monday, July 6th at 8AM. If you need to schedule a NEWBORN appointment for Monday, please email us at info@southslopepediatrics.com, we will email you back during the weekend.

If anything happens while we are closed here are two Urgent Care centers that are open:
  • NYM Pediatric Urgent Care at Methodist: 263 7th avenue on the 3rd floor (great for infants)
  • CITY MD: 418 5th avenue (for 6 months old and older)

Enjoy your time with your Family!

Happy ‪#‎BBQ‬! ‪#‎pediatrician‬ ‪#‎brooklyn‬

HOLIDAY EVENTS FOR YOUR FAMILY….PART 2!

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How is it half way through December already?  With Thanksgiving falling so late this year, I think it’s made many of us fall behind in our holiday planning.    My cards are going out later than ever and still figuring out gifts for many family members.  I know I personally need to step back and enjoy a bit more of the holiday spirit and not get too caught up in the whirlwind of the seemingly endless holiday to-do list!

It’s been a month since the last post on holiday happenings in our neighborhood and several other events have been planned since and are worthy of being shared.  Here are some additional ways we can enjoy the magic of the holidays with our families in Brooklyn:

* Jingle Bell Jamboree at Congregation Beth Elohim (8th Ave & Garfield Place): On Saturday, December 13th at 7pm there will be a holiday concert and sing-a-long!  PS 38 Pop Chorus, Rolie Polie Guacamole, Purelements Dance and more will perform.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jingle-Bell-Jamboree-Brooklyn/274120616024788

* Festive 5th:   On December 13th from 3:30-5pm @ Lulu’s for Baby (44 5th Ave) & on December 20th from 3:30-5pm @ Du Jour Bakery (365 5th Ave) Santa will be walking down 5th Avenue and carolers will be about, spreading holiday cheer and encouraging us all to shop local and support our Park Slope businesses.  http://www.parkslopefifthavenuebid.com/events/festivefifth2014

* Children’s Book Fair at the Shorefront Y (3300 Coney Island Ave):  On Sunday, December 14th from 2-5pm at the Shorefront Y in Coney Island there will be a Children’s Book Fair, which will feature face painting, make your own menorah, books for sale and photos with different characters from your favorite books and movies! https://www.facebook.com/events/698848163555765/

* The Colonial Nutcracker at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts (Campus Road at Nostrand Ave):  On Sunday, December 14th at 2pm the Dance Theatre in Westchester will perform a family-friendly version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, along with narration so the younger ones can follow along more easily.  Prior to the show at 1pm they will be hosting a holiday-card decorating workshop!  (Recommended for kids 5yrs+)  http://www.brooklyncenter.org/buy-tickets/calendar-of-events/view/The-Colonial-Nutcracker/

* Channukah Extravaganza at the Kings Bay Y (3495 Nostrand Ave, Sheepshead Bay):  On December 21st from 11am-1pm there will be a Chanukah party full of fun activities including arts & crafts, rides, performances and a menorah lighting ceremony!  (Here is link, although no further info is given):  http://kingsbayy.org/component/jevents/icalrepeat.detail/2014/12/21/53/-/chanukah-extravaganza?Itemid=1

* The Steadfast Tin Solder & Nutcracker Sweets Performances at Puppetworks (338 6th Ave):  On December 26th, 29th, 30th at 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 4:30pm & on the 27th and 28th at 12:30pm and 2:30pm these two puppet shows will be performed.  Reservations suggested, kids 3yrs+.  http://www.puppetworks.org/Coming%20Up/Coming%20Up.htm

Lastly, in the spirit of giving and the holidays, please consider a donation to those in need.  Dr. Cao has teamed up with Crowdrise and is continuing to raise funds for both UNICEF (https://www.crowdrise.com/UNICEFUSA1/fundraiser/SouthSlopePediatrics) and for our local charity, Jonah’s Just Begun (https://www.crowdrise.com/SSPforJJB/fundraiser/SouthSlopePediatrics).    Any and every donation makes a difference.

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!!!! Now get out there and have a little holiday fun!!!

HOLIDAY EVENTS FOR YOUR FAMILY!

Family All Together At Thanksgiving

Written by Jen #supermom

As we are already being inundated with holiday ads and music, stores with their windows all dressed up for Christmas…  I think it’s perfectly appropriate to dive into sharing information on some of the holiday events in and around The Slope.  Here’s a chance for us to share meaningful experiences with our families, to help diverge from the over-commercialization and overwhelming materialistic aspect of the holiday!

* Kicking off the holiday season on November 29th at 6:30pm, there will be the tree lighting ceremony on the corner of 5th Avenue and 3rd Street (by S’Nice).  Includes carolers, treats and crafts!  http://parkslopefifthavenuebid.com/events/holidaytreelighting2014

* On Saturday December 6th at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, enjoy a special workshop on the American Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” (which returns to BAM this holiday season)!  A teaching artist from ABT will “share the beauty of dance amidst the natural beauty of the Garden”.  Basic ballet instruction and flowering plants, while exploring the world of The Nutcracker!  For kids 4-12 YO, from 12-1:30pm and 2-3:30pm:  http://www.bbg.org/visit/event/waltz_of_the_flowers

* Also at the Botanical Gardens and for kids of all ages, there is the “Wintercrafting for Families” event on Sunday December 7th from 1-3pm, where you and your child can make crafts with nature in celebration of the holidays: http://www.bbg.org/visit/event/wintercrafting_for_families

* On the morning of December 6th there is the infamous 4 mile Jingle Bell Jog at Prospect Park!  As you might already know, Dr. Cao will be running to show his support for UNICEF.  This race is great for the whole family as it includes a half mile Reindeer Run for kids 7-12.   And, best part about it is that you can dress up in your best holiday costume (or not) – but the outfits are part of what makes it so much fun (and entertaining for the little ones to watch)!  http://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2014/jingle-bell-jog  (If you are a patient of Dr. Cao and are participating, please email jen.valu@gmail.com so we can share a South Slope Pediatrics superhero cape for you to run in)!

* The Muppet Christmas Carol is coming to BAM on December 14th at 2pm!!!  I can only imagine how enjoyable this will be for both kids and adults alike, as the muppets play out this classic story:  http://www.bam.org/film/2014/the-muppet-christmas-carol

And… heard that Santa will be spreading holiday cheer at the Fairway in Red Hook on December 6th between 2 and 4pm!  Daughter has yet to meet him, and I can only imagine the crying that will ensue.  Seeing how she reacts to men she does not know, it’s going to be lots of waterworks as this strange man who also sports a long white beard, big belly and red suit tries to hold her on his lap (but SO worth the funny photographs that we’ll get from it)!

Sure there will be many more events being planned as we get closer to the holidays, but these craft, music, dance and theater activities should keep you busy in the meantime.  Hope to see you out in your elf, reindeer and candy cane costumes at the Jingle Bell Jog with Dr. Cao!!!