Craving a safe, unique family experience in New York City for the holidays during these crazy pandemic times? Look no further than the oasis of dazzling lanterns and lights that is the LuminoCity Festival at Randall's Island Park. Our family recently ventured over to nearby Randall's Island to immerse ourselves in a wonderland of lights at LuminoCity Festival, now in its second year. We loved navigating the spectacular, creative and expansive display of art and light lantern sculptures that heightened the senses, bringing excitement for our family during a time we desperately needed … [Read more...]
I am asked repeatedly if I miss homeschooling my children. My answer is consistently a resounding, “no.” The only part of homeschooling I miss is the flexibility it afforded. We were able to travel the world and homeschool on the road. When we read a book, we could visit the city where the book took place. Since the coronavirus has pushed me back into the homeschool teacher seat, I thought I should share how I’m planning to go about my day and what tools I am using. The schedule is critical. Starting off the day the same as usual helps get kids back into the mindset of learning. After … [Read more...]
The coolest family attraction to hit the New York/New Jersey Metro Area in years has finally arrived. After years of delays, the American Dream shopping and entertainment complex in East Rutherford, N.J., opened in November 2019 and it includes an oasis of thrilling entertainment including Nickelodeon Universe. Why is Nickelodeon Universe a must see? Let us count the ways: 1. Easy, convenient access Nickelodeon Universe is less than 30 minutes away from NYC by car or bus (they have an express bus leaving the NYC Port Authority station every 20 to 30 minutes). If you drive, parking is free … [Read more...]
New York International Children's Film Festival this month enters its third decade of bringing families great movies from around the world and NYC Dads Group can hook you up with discount tickets to the festivities.
New York International Children's Film Festival, or NYICFF for short, is one of the largest and most influential family movie events in North America. The annual festival offers thoughtful, intelligent programming for children ages 3 to 18.
This year's festival runs four weekends from Feb. 21 to March 15, in select … [Read more...]
Editor’s note: New York City presents amazing cultural opportunities to share with our families. We recently collaborated with Disney’s "THE LION KING" to experience this legendary Broadway show. Member Corbin Younger reviews this must-see musical. As we roar into the holiday season, a pride of 25 NYC fathers and their children recently attended a production of Disney’s award-winning best musical THE LION KING at the Minskoff Theatre. Coming up the escalators, my daughter and I immediately realized we were being transported someplace special. The sides of the theater look like the … [Read more...]
The Big Apple Circus is back at Lincoln Center with a refreshing new rendition, and it's the best one we've ever seen! It continues to be an annual family tradition for me and should be a must-see destination for families this holiday season. Here's a few highlights on why families should venture to the Big Apple Circus before it wraps up on Feb. 2, 2020: 1. Every seat a good seat at Big Apple Circus Glancing at my children, with necks craned skyward in sheer wonder during acts of daring feats, strength and athletic precision is why the Big Apple Circus keeps us coming back every … [Read more...]
Happy holidays, NYC fathers and your children -- you can receive free hair washes and haircuts Saturday, Dec. 14, thanks to our longtime partner Dove Men+Care and Bishops Cuts/Color. The Bishops Cuts/Color at 10 Downing St. in the West Village will offer all fathers and their offspring a "Holiday Shear" -- free haircuts, washes and styling with Dove Men+Care grooming products. The event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and runs until the store's closing or when it runs out of DM+C grooming products. This is the second year of this promotion by DM+C and Bishops but its the first time its being … [Read more...]
Men in New York took advantage of the state's recently added paid family leave law in record numbers, according to a state agency overseeing worker compensation issues. In 2018, the first year of the four-year-long phase-in for the law, more than 26,000 fathers in the Empire State took leave within the first 12 months of their child’s birth, adoption or foster placement. Compared to the first year of similar laws that have gone into effect in other states, New York had the highest overall participation rate and the highest percentage of men who used the benefit to bond with their children, … [Read more...]
All parents want to share our interests with our child. For us, that meant a love for the arts. We were thrilled for the opportunity to go see our first live show as a family recently, a special "Just Kidding" familyfriendly performance at Symphony Space in Manhattan at Broadway and 95th. The National Dance Institute: The Celebration Team “Voices of Change” was performed entirely with dance and music by children who honored individuals and communities that used their voices to affect positive change in the world. A highlight of the show for us was the performance of John Lennon’s … [Read more...]
We're big film fans and living in New York offers us many unique opportunities to see parts of the industry many others don't. If you are also a film aficionado, especially of documentaries, you should check out DOC NYC, the largest documentary film festival in the United States. To encourage you, NYC Dads Group is offering a discount on tickets to a few select movies. DOC NYC showcases new achievements in documentary film along with panels and conversations featuring actors, movie makers and industry insiders. Most screenings feature a special guest in attendance who will participate in … [Read more...]