• June 2012: Scoop

    Keeping Parents In The Know


    Sweet As Can Be

    New Yorkers with Celiac Disease or a gluten allergy will
    find a dessert mecca at the Upper East Side’s newest
    sweet shop, Pip’s Place: The Gluten Free Cakery. Founder and creative
    mastermind Denise Cummings created this gluten-free sanctuary after her
    14-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Celiac in 2007. Store bought items just
    weren’t cutting it, so Cummings took to her kitchen and reinvented the
    gluten-free wheel. Her culinary creations were so tasty that she decided to
    take her treats mainstream and open a bakery. Pip’s Place will serve an array
    of over 40 gluten-free goodies—all approved by the Gluten Free Certification
    Organization. Items such as chocolate layer cake with mocha frosting, raspberry
    pinwheels and peanut butter cup cookies will have sweet toothed city strollers
    going back for seconds. For more
    information, visit pipsplacenyc.com


    Dining With Dan

    Bring Dan Zanes to the breakfast table. Families can enjoy a
    little piece of the children’s folk musician while they eat as Dan Zanes teams
    up with Fishs Eddy for a special dish collection. With Zanes’ music on popular
    rotation at this New York City store, they decided to collaborate on a unique set of bowls, plates and cups featuring
    quirky musical motifs like tubas, cellos, guitars and bongo drums. The dishes,
    designed by Donald Saaf and recently available at the Fishs Eddy store, range
    in price from $10.95 to $12.95. Or, simply purchase the entire set for $36.85
    in a charming gift box. For more
    information, visit fishseddy.com




    Music, literature and film all by Broadway’s best—and for a
    good cause! Over the Moon: The Broadway
    Lullaby Project
    is a stellar multimedia compilation aimed to support finding
    a cure for breast cancer. The 2-CD collection features 26 original lullabies
    written and performed by Broadway stars like Michael Cerveris, Kate Dawson, Audra McDonald, Vanessa Williams and
    many others. Also included is an illustrated children’s book with a foreword by
    legendary actress Julie Andrews. Plus, since the entire project was taped,
    purchasers will receive a copy of the documentary film. Proceeds will be
    donated to various breast cancer charities. For more information, visit missingpiecegroup.com.




    Make Meaning, a favorite family activity destination, has
    opened a new location on the Upper East Side! Walk in
    anytime (reservations are not needed, but always recommended) and partake in a
    number of unique classes on offer. Crafty kiddos will enjoy ceramics,
    jewelry-making or getting creative with paper. For something different, check
    out the soap-making or glass jewelry classes. One of the most popular new
    offerings is scrumptious cake decorating. Pre-baked, blank canvas cakes are
    available in various sizes and include incredible decorating materials like
    edible glitter and disco dust. The best part? You get to take your beautiful treat
    home and chow down! For more
    information, visit makemeaning.com



    Summer Challenge

    Keeping a kid academically engaged during the summer can be
    tough. But our friends at Scholastic have created the perfect solution with
    their Scholastic Summer Challenge, a program which aims to keep up literacy all
    summer long! Every time a child finishes a book, he or she can log those
    minutes at scholastic.com and help to break the world record for total number
    of summer reading minutes by kids. Parents will receive weekly emails regarding
    their child’s progress, along with book lists and expert tips. To make this all
    the more fun, Scholastic is introducing their Reading Timer App, which allows readers
    to log minutes and win prizes while on-the-go. Free for iPhone and Android
    users. For more information, visit scholastic.com.