Weekend Pick: Jeff Koons at the Whitney

Whitney Museum New York City Jeff Koons retrospective

We loved visiting the Jeff Koons exhibit at the Whitney Museum. It’s full of all the fun and whimsy as you would expect – from balloon dogs to giant mounds of Play-Doh to floating basketballs. I let  Camille man the camera phone and take some of her favorites. It’s a fun family activity in New York City, for visitors and for locals.

Note, for anyone thinking of going, there is 1 room on the 3rd floor that you might want to preview for appropriateness. It is labeled (thank you Whitney Museum) so it won’t come as a surprise. Keeping families in mind, the Whitney also gives out fun little workbooks for kids visiting the exhibit. It definitely inspired everyone to bust out the art supplies when we got home.

All in all, a great, very “New York” afternoon! Check out our picks for other fun things around the city for families.

Reviewed: Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes

We’ve started to rev up our youth book selection and as such have asked our 10 year old reviewer Amina (a voracious reader & my daughter) to read and write a blurb about the books in our collection.
Peter Nimble and his fanta
~Review of Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes~by Jonathan Auxier
“If you know anything about blind children, you know that they make spectacular thieves,” states the author in Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes. So starts the story.
An orphan is born into the world. In the water he lies, nameless, parentless, sightless in his tiny basket. He was sent by sailors into a church, in order to be given a real sense of the world. Yet the church, having no use for a blind child, called him Peter Nimble and sent him off into the streets alone.
Peter Nimble somehow managed to survive the hard roads by robbing the markets of
food. After that had been done, he saw to getting himself other important items, such as
a bandage for his eyes, clothes and more necessities.
A horrible man named Mr. Seamus saw his obvious talent, so he milked the boy for all his worth.
For little Peter, life was hard. He earned his food by stealing. He earned his life by stealing. He earned his gift by stealing. That all changed the day he found the Fantastic Eyes.This powerful, moving book allows people to see what blind children such as
Peter go through, speaking with the power of imagination.
Though Auxier had stolen more than just time in the making of this book, he can be
forgiven for his masterful work, done by skillful hands.

-Amina, 10

Summer Sale at Babesta!

Summer Sale at BabestaTime to get cool! Our summer sale is going on at Babesta and we have the best indie brands–Munster Kids boys and girls clothing, Sons + Daughters sunglasses, Ruff & Huddle shorts and more. Snap up your faves to be spot on style for the summer! Meanwhile, we’re prepping the shop for fall, Back-to-School, if you can believe it! (As much as we love B-2-S, it’s so hard to think of sweaters and jeans when it’s soooooo darn hot!)

Shop Babesta Sale!

Do you Q? Introducing the Aton Q at Babesta!

Aton Q car seat at BabestaWe love the latest car seat by Cybex, the Aton Q. Does it make the grade? We say decidedly yes!

Beauty: A+: It’s got an XXL canopy, comes in lots of fashion colors (but we’re New Yorkers, so we’ll almost always go for black) and is made with premium fabrics. It’s sleek and modern and as far as car seats go, it’s a stunner.

Brains: A++: Superior side impact protection ensures forces are distributed in the car seat shell, away from baby; it features super easy and secure installation; and requires no rethreading the straps—the adjustable headrest does it for you! To boot, the seat’s even safer for preemies due to super flat positioning.

Also, like the Aton 2, the seat has a load leg that reduces forward pitching of the seat, reducing the stress on your baby’s head and neck in case of an accident, is washable and works seamlessly with a range of strollers making for an easy travel system.

 Aton Q review car seat babesta

Here are some of the features in detail:

Superior Side Impact Protection: The seat features “Telescopic Linear Side-impact Protection”, which means that in an accident, the first forces are transferred by the pull out side protector facing the door and distributed to the car seat shell, thereby absorbing the forces of the impact and channeling them away from baby. This is an upgrade from the Aton 2 increasing the safety quotient.

Automatic height adjustment of the seat: For preemies and newborns especially, the angle of the head, neck and chest is important, as the wrong position can create breathing difficulties. The new Cybex Q adjusts the sitting angle as the baby grows and you adjust the headrest.

No more rethreading straps!  With the new 8-position height-adjustable headrest with integrated harness guide, the length of the harness changes automatically when the headrest is adjusted. This prevents any need for the difficult threading in and out of the harness and makes it almost impossible to misuse.

An XXL foldaway sun canopy: UVP 50+ sun canopy protecting baby’s skin. It also protects from wind and rain!

Easy travel system:  The Aton Q infant car seat can be effortlessly converted into a travel system with many buggies and strollers.

Other features:

  • Load leg reduces forward movement upon impact decreasing the stress on your child’s neck and head in the event of a collision. The load leg distributes the force into the back of the car seat instead.
  • Seat is equipped with EPS foam, which absorbs energy in a collision.
  • The Aton Q base’s belt-tensioning plates makes installation quick and easy using latch or safety belts
  • Seat release is two-step.
  • Seat features five point harness with shoulder and buckle pads.
  • It’s super light – only 8.8 lbs (seat) and 10.25 lbs (base)
  • Removable infant insert to position newborns and newborn inlay
  • Indicator confirms the correct attachment of carrier to base (again, making correct installation easy!)
  • Breathable fabric covers are machine washable

The new Cybex Aton Q infant car seat is suitable for children weighing 4-35 pounds, and up to 30” tall. Comes with a car seat and base. Additional bases (for additional cars) are available separately.

Modern Tots need Modern Toys: Hittin’ the Beach in Style

beach toys 2_ by QuutWe think that every modern tot needs modern beach toys. These sleek and artful toys are beautiful objects in their own right, but to boot, they’re super fun. Meet the Quut sand rake, Ballo pail, sand sifter and sand castle maker. Let the fun in the sun begin! Shop Quut!

coolest beach toys by Quut

 

Time to Make Music! Fete de la Musique

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Get out your instruments New York, it’s Fete de la Musique! Tomorrow, June 21, New Yorkers, Parisians and music lovers in many other cities will be celebrating the annual event, started in France in 1982 by the French Ministry for Culture. Today, the summer holiday takes place in over 100 countries. There will be free concerts in Central Park, part of the Summer Stage, including M and Emilie Simon. Admission is first come first served ad free! 

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Don’t know M & Emilie Simon? Check out their music here!

1-       By Mathieu Chedid “ Je Dis Aime

2-       By Mathieu Chedid “ La Seine

3-      By Emilie Simon “Dreamland

4-      By Mathieu Chedid “Mojo

5-      By Emilie Simon “Fleur de Saison