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Smart City Mom

By Lorraine Duffy Merkl

Savvy And Sympathetic, Roxana Reid Has Created One Of NYC’s Premiere Admissions Consultancies

Smart City Kids Founder Roxana Reid Smart City Kids Founder Roxana Reid “I was not in the circle of know,” says Roxana Reid, founder of Smart City Kids, of her initial attempt, years ago, to find the right kindergarten for her now 22-year-old son, Armani. It’s a surprising personal statement coming from a woman who is now well-known and well-regarded for her expertise [more]

Cheers for Tea and Cocoa

By Lorraine Duffy Merkl

As the temperatures drop outside, here’s where you can enjoy a warm beverage.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream's cocoa Van Leeuwen Ice Cream's cocoa Bring your little Eloise to the Palm Court at the Plaza for the classicafternoon tea experience. Options include Eloise Tea, of course, complete with a themed menu. 768 5th Avenue, theplazany.com Another whimsical, child-friendly tea room (with multiple locations) is Alice’s Tea Cup. Check out Wee Tea for children ages 10 and under, which serves scones, kid-friendly tea sandwiches, chocolate [more]

The Best Skating Rinks in NYC

By Lorraine Duffy Merkl

Here are our favorite spots to lace up your skates

Skating at Trump Rink Skating at Trump Rink Outdoor Rinks: The world-famous Rink at Rockefeller Center has been a classic New York City experience for generations. Check out SkySkate, which also lets you venture to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. 45 Rockefeller Plaza, rockefellercenter.com The tradition of ice skating at the iconic Trump Rink (formerly known as Wollman rink) with its skyline views is as old as the [more]

The Baby Listener

By Lorraine Duffy Merkl

After educating parents around the world about understanding and bonding with their babies (and older children), Priscilla Dunstan is bringing her “sound” wisdom to New York City.

square_dunstan Photo by Jessica Hills Editor's note: The amazing Priscilla Dunstan will be a regular contributor to New York Family Baby this year. She's also available for private consultations. For more info, see dunstanbabynewyork.com. Priscilla Dunstan is a behavioral scientist specializing in parent-child bonding and a recent transplant from London to New York City with her 15-year-old son, Tom. She [more]

Sledding Fun in the City

By Lorraine Duffy Merkl

Our roundup of the best slopes from Central Park to the Bronx

Central Park. Photo by asterix611. Central Park. Photo by asterix611. When it comes to Central Park, take your pick of where you want to stage your snow day—simply find an incline and sled to your heart’s content. However, there are some “official” slopes designated in the Park. The steepest one is Pilgrim Hill—which is the stuff of sledding legend with a big, scary [more]

Five Things To Do Right Now At…The Museum of the Moving Image

By Lorraine Duffy Merkl

Indie Essentials + Jim Henson’s World + Family Workshops and more!

cameras_palmer_lowres The Museum of the Moving Image's curriculum-based education programs serve thousands of children, teens, and families with their studios and workshops in order to advance the understanding and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. The museum immerses visitors in the creative process of making moving images by providing access to over 1,400 artifacts, [more]