Around Town: Get Artful this Season!

It’s gonna be an artful season for you and your culture vulturitos! Check out some of our top picks around town this season!FaceBook Chuck Close

Close Up: Chuck Close at the Parrish

From May 10 through July 26, 2015, the Parrish Art Museum presents Chuck Close Photographs, a comprehensive presentation of the modern art superstar known for his large scale collage style photography (almost a modern approach to impressionism, in our opinion). Suffering from facial blindness, this New York based artist is not only an artistic pioneer but an inspiration for overcoming challenges and reaching the height of the contemporary art scene. The exhibition features over 125 of the artist’s images, from the early maquettes to large scale composite portraits. May 10–July 26. Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY.

Bjork, Volta, 2007. Photography by Nick Knight. Image courtesy of Wellhart Ltd. & One Little Indian

Bjork, Volta, 2007. Photography by Nick Knight. Image courtesy of Wellhart Ltd. & One Little Indian

It’s Oh So Awesome: Bjork at the MoMA

This spring, treat yourself to an interactive view into the life of alt rock singer-songwriter Bjork. You may remember her for her quirky fashion sense (swan dress anyone)?, but her creative spirit spans well beyond fashion and even music. The exhibit features 20 years of the Icelandic native’s innovative projects and eight full-length albums. March 8–June 7, MOMA.

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Bed Head: World Pillow Fight Day

Find your inner kid and grab a (soft) pillow. You have permission to let the feathers fly. April 4th is International Pillow Fight day, and adults from all over the city come together and regain their youth. Because the participants tend to be “big kids at heart” but not literally kids, keep your little ones at home. But definitely replicate the scene when you get home with a nice friendly match in the playroom. April 4, 2015, Multiple locations.

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin © 2014 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, DF/Artists’ Rights Society (ARS) New York

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin © 2014 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, DF/Artists’ Rights Society (ARS) New York

Sunny Day Sunday: Stop and Smell las Rosas

The New York Botanical Garden celebrates noted Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in what is to be her first solo exhibition in NYC in over 25 years. For Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory will become Casa Azul, outfitted with Mexican terracotta pots, beautiful flowers and traditional folk art items. A dozen of her paintings will be shown  in the nearby gallery.  May 16–November 1.

Whitney Museum rendering courtesy of Renzo Piano building workshop in collaboration with Cooper Robertson & Partners

Whitney Museum rendering courtesy of Renzo Piano building workshop in collaboration with Cooper Robertson & Partners

To Whit: Opening of the new Whitney

Take the downtown train from Madison to Gansevoort: That’s right, the Whitney Museum is headed south! On May 1st be a part of the highly anticipated outdoor–indoor celebration of American art. It will be the biggest extravaganza the Whitney has ever done. Opens May 1, 2015.

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Outta Town: Museums at Night

We found the perfect reason to keep your night owl flocking about town. Started in Berlin 15 years ago, the Night at the Museum festival has grown to include 30 countries and over 530 venues. Celebrated each May on the weekend closest to International Museums Day, this year’s event will feature everything from trapeze artists to poetry readings. Dash around the European museum scene and take in the culture. Unfortunately New York isn’t on the route just yet, though we know several museums have later nights on Friday & Saturday, perfect for an end-of-the-week extra dose of culture. Join in the adventure May 13th16th.

 

Eat Play Love: London Scout of Scout the City Dishes on her Faves

London Scout Scout the CityInstagram lights up when Scout the City’s London Scout dons her latest fashion find! Although the four year old style maven reportedly would choose her Elsa outfit if she had her way, when not in princess mode, Scout’s seen sporting “it” brands in the indie kids’ market, from Barcelona-based Bobo Choses to Mexican luxe label Little Miss Galia. Her mom, Sai, serves as her parental paparazzi, posting Scout snaps daily for a dose of city kid style.

“It all started because my single New York friends were sick of me posting my child on Facebook every 10 minutes (I thought I’d never be that mom),” says Sai. She says Scout the City became her alt outlet for the pics—a digital diary of their favorite children’s brands worn with Scout’s unique and candid street style. Clearly people are loving it: at the time of writing (and after 9 short months), Scout’s amassed a following of 40,000! We are big fans of the duo, and were psyched to chat with them about their favorite spots in the Big Apple. We suggest you give these city hot spots whirl—and snap a pic while you’re at it!

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This is clearly a question that little London Scout relishes and her answers are nuanced:

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Best macaroni and cheese (a category of its own): Atrium in Dumbo—Mom notes that the place is always filled with other well-behaved toddlers for Scout to socialize with.

Lunch Fix: Though dinner can be a little more formal, for lunch it’s all about sushi at Nobu. Scout adores the vegetable rolls and edamame.

Yummiest Dinner: Both mother and daughter light up at the mention of Gran Electrica—a  very cute Mexican restaurant in Brooklyn. Scout calls it the “bubble man restaurant” because they have sketches of dancing skeletons with round heads on the wall.

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Sweet Spots: Scout doesn’t only have one, she’s got two. One Girl Cookies is always the favorite for cookies and hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows, while Dewey’s candy shop in Brooklyn is home to her favorite lollipops and Pez dispensers.

 PLAY

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Indoor Energy Burn: Klub 4 Kidz in Williamsburg. It’s a huge padded indoor play area filled with balls, slides, zip lines and rock climbing.

Culture Rich Imaginary Play: Brooklyn Children’s Museum. It’s been around for some time—in fact it opened in 1899! There are miniature markets boasting everything from Italian pizza and West African beauty products to Chinese lanterns and Caribbean masquerade costumes.

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Picturesque & Fun: Jane’s Carousel. The beautiful glass encased carousel sits on a raised platform in the East River, has breathtaking views of the city and is only $2 to pony up!

Awesome Afternoon: Pier 6 Playground at Brooklyn Bridge Park. It’s heaven for children, especially during summer months. Scout’s favorite playspaces at Pier 6 are “The Water Lab”, with water jets, and a mini river; “Slide Mountain” with two jungle gyms, a few super fast slides and climbing structures; “Sandbox Village,” the biggest sandbox in Brooklyn; and “Swing Valley” with 10 new swing sets for all ages as well as Tarzan-styled ropes.

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Scout is in her element living in the city, says Sai. “She loves her diverse group of friends, ballet class and riding the subway!  City life encourages her to be confident, outspoken and open minded to trying new things.”

Toy Story: Papinee

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He notes that quality and beauty marked his formative years, most pronounced in the special relationship he had with his parents. “They were always challenging my imagination,” he says. “We would close our eyes and daydream together. My mother would bring to life travels around the world, from Ginza in Tokyo to Prado in Madrid, without us having to leave our home.” He recalls the games—Gamin, Snakes and Ladders and other English toys—and the stories of Tutankhamun, King Henry, Christopher Columbus and Warhol, that his mom (who he dubs Mary Poppins) would relay whisking him across centuries and continents with a turn of phrase. PAPINEE Sphere Installation_lr

Those precious memories of colorful places inspired and fueled his path to create Papinee, a pledge to give that journey to others through heirloom quality toys built to at once inspire, delight and educate. Suj, who’s worked as a brand consultant for labels like Tod’s, Dunhill and Chopard, gathered 31 artists and 28 ambassadors to bring this concept to life. “It’s been a labor of love and so much fun for a group of individuals who love art and incredible quality, whilst wanting to make a difference,” Suj says.

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“We want to make toys you can keep your whole life—for dreamers of all ages.” The collection of artisanal plush toys and companion storybooks are steeped in history, art and culture: The sheep was inspired by Turkey and Ottoman architecture; the horse is reminiscent of the palace of Versailles and Louis XIV; the deer is clearly an homage to street art culture in New York City. The company also makes a priority of giving back, sharing art and culture, working with organizations from all around the world. “It’s the education of global ideas and incredible objet d’art, both child-safe and universally fun. We believe in that gift.”

Travel Hot Spots with Feather + Flip

Here at Babesta the temperature won’t affect are mood, spring has officially sprung, and we are raring to go! We’ve looked all over to come up with a collection of “not-to-be-missed” locales, events & activities this season. We got to chat with Henley Vazquez from our fave travel site, Feather + Flip, about family getaway spots!

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1. Malliouhana, Anguilla:

“I’ve always loved Anguilla—easy to reach, cool beach bars, casual restaurants, seas so calm my daughter could safely play in the water even as a toddler—but the new Malliouhana that just reopened after a huge renovation is my favorite place to stay. They have big rooms with two queen beds and private patios, so you don’t have to pay for two rooms to fit your family, but you have space to sit outside with a glass of wine after the kids go to bed.”

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2. Havana, Cuba:

“I can’t tell you how many people ask us about traveling to Cuba with kids. It’s a fascinating place to explore, and now is definitely the time to do it, but it’s a much better fit for families with teenagers versus the toddler set. We just interviewed two moms who specialize in organizing Cuba trips so we could share their tips with readers.”

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3. The Chequit, Shelter Island:

“I love Shelter Island, but Sunset Beach gets booked up well ahead of time, so finding a place to stay if you aren’t a summer renter can be tricky. This spring, the old Chequit will reopen with a new look thanks to the team behind the Salt House in Provincetown. It’s cute and quirky plus walking distance to the ferry, a beach, shops and restaurants. Shelter Island Heights is full of storybook Victorian homes and feels like something from another era. Bring on the hot dogs and apple pie!”

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4. St. Regis Sanclemente, Italy:

“Venice is pure magic for kids, but it’s also crowded and hot in the summer. The St. Regis is opening a resort on a neighboring island, so you can boat in to tour around San Marco then spend the afternoon hanging out by the pool. The best of both worlds!”

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5. Edition, Miami:

“It’s not new but it keeps getting better. I have a huge hotel crush on the new EDITION, which opened last December. It has huge grounds with plenty of space for kids, two gorgeous pools, direct beach access, massive rooms and even an underground nightclub so you can have an adult night out but still be an elevator ride away from the babysitter. For hipsters, check out the new Thompson. It’s not as family oriented but is still great and a lot less expensive.”

 

An Ugly Doll Lost in Love

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Lonely #uglydoll Betty felt a #Februarychill
Needed that special monster to give her a thrill

So decked out in her latest #threadz
Out on the town she heads

Prepared to cross borough lines
Oh will she find ❤ #love devine?

Answering a post from monstermatch.ny
Why not give a #vday romance one more try?

Searching from the #city hall stop
Scanning the benches, would this be a flop?

Little did she know waiting in the distance
Was the hippest of monster men, who was  quite persistent ….

Will #uglydoll Betty find the monster of her dreams?
Check back on V-day and see where Betty and her Monster friends go, wear, and do!…

by: Pia Finnigan

A Night at the Museum in NYC – Grab your toothbrush!

Wouldn’t it be cool to relive “The Night at the Museum” movies and actually spend the night the museum? Yeah, we think so too! And it wouldn’t be the city if there weren’t tons of choices for an over-the-top, educational and uber cool museum sleepover – you just have to decide the theme: Animals, Intrepid or Mystery! Pack up your sleeping bags  & tooth brushes: Here are some of our favorites!

American Museum of Natural History

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Central Park West at 79th Street, Manhattan

From the enormous T-Rex display to the gigantic whale, bring the children along for an educational tour and flashlight fossil find while you spend an entire evening in a dim museum. Cost includes snacks and light breakfast as well. Check the website for more details and dates, to no one’s surpass, they  sell out quickly!

Cost: $145

Ages: 7-14

Time: 5:45pm-9am

Via: http://www.amnh.org/

The Bronx Museum “Family overnight Safari”

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2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx

RRRROAR!!!! Imagine having a slumber party with the lions tigers and bears, well here you have it! During this safari overnight you get a sneak peak of what the animals are up to once the suns down. Must bring your own tent and picnic dinner. Beverages dessert and late-night snack will be provided.

Cost: $175

Ages: 5 and up

Time: 4:30pm-10:00am

Via: www.wcs.org/

Intrepid Museum “Operation Slumber”

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Pier 86, West 46th St & 12th Ave

This cool slumber experience includes fun sea and space exhibits that the entire family can enjoy. Admission includes Space Shuttle Pavilion Meals (dinner, snacks & breakfast), Scavenger Hunts, a Ride on our XD Theater Cosmic Coaster, Goodie bag for youth participant w/T-shirt and more.

Cost: $120

Ages: 6-17

Time: 6:00pm-8:00am

Via: www.intrepidmuseum.org

Historic Richmond Town’s “Mystery, Murder and Mischief Sleepover”

441 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island

Step back in time at this  sleepover,  although only available for private parties and groups of up to 20 children this proves to be an interesting night, guests take a candlelight tour of the early American town and witness a mock murder trial at the 1837 courthouse, where they bunk down for the night.

Cost: $45 per child; $40 for each adult chaperone

Ages: 8-12

Time: 7:00pm-11:30am

Via: www.historicrichmondtown.org

Sleepover at Citi Field

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123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Queens, 718-507-6387

A dream come true for any baseball fan. Let your little slugger spend a night on NYC’s Citifield. Lil Mets fans watch a game on the jumbo screen while snacking on their peanuts and Cracker Jacks…It’s a home run!

$200/ticket

Via: Citifield

- Maria Burgos

Gizmos and Gadgets: What children need from CES 2015

CES imageA well-rested child with fancier feet and a brighter smile- isn’t that what all parents want? After a visit through the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 taking place in Las Vegas that might just be what you can manufacture. That is, if consumers were allowed in. The CES is an exhibition showcasing the most innovative gadgets and new technologies that are arriving on the market. When the public is able to purchase these latest everyday items that are being connected to the web here are the ones to grab.

Babies are especially hooked up this season. If you’ve recently welcomed a newborn the Slow Control Smart Baby Bottle will teach you exactly what is necessary to feed your child. A red light signals “not so good” while a green light is letting you know you are successful. Data that was typically tracked by writing it down (feeding times/amount of food) will now be sent to your smart phone and you and your baby’s pediatrician can easily access and track the feeding patterns. Amazon introduced Amazon Elements a line of baby products, including diapers and wipes, that are scanable with the company’s app to find out exactly what is being used to make the products. A smart pacifier, Pacifi, from Blue Maestro was also introduced. The pacifier can send info to your phone about when medicine was taken, can take temperature and most practical when a baby is crying the Pacifi will send an alert to your phone if the pacifier has been forgotten!

As your child grows let them know that monsters are not hiding under the bed with the SleepIQ bed from Sleep Number. Without anything being attached to the child sleep patterns are captured which is helpful in developing sleep routines. The bed also has nightlights and alerts parents when the kid is out of bed. For a more intense tracking buy your youngster a hereO watch complete with a GPS so your child’s whereabouts is always known. Sketchers developed a new gaming sneaker with the memory game Simon on the side of the shoe.
Finally there is a niftier way to brush your teeth with options from Kolibree and the Rainbow Bluetooth toothbrush from Vigilant. Both toothbrushes monitor what spots are missed in the mouth. Kolibree has the created the app Pirates and Kolibree Coach which making brushing more exciting with music and games to improve dental hygiene.

There you have it the latest and greatest in virtual parenting straight from the opening day at CES 2015!

Shop cool baby gear

-Pia Finnagin

Rockin’ around NYC Rinks

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While Rockefeller Center and Wollman Rink at Central Park are staples during prime ice skating season we’ve discovered a few locales that are must-see or just a little bit closer to home. Lace up & get ready for an ice-skating breakdown!    

Winter Village@ Bryant Park 

Winter Garden Rink at Bryant Park is an exciting, family fun-filled and just an all-round good time holiday rink. With the festive blue tree lit up as a centerpiece, tons of people buzzing around while shopping and delights being sipped while music plays- the holiday song (Christmas Bells) seems come to life in the Midtown Manhattan. Since the price is right for everyone, Free! admission (bring your own skates or rent them for a small fee) you will be sure to return. This is great for an Olympian in training who cannot get enough ice-skating trips crammed into a single season.

Ice Skating Rink @ The Standard 

If you are looking for the chicest place to be this winter then stop by the rink at The Standard. This rink is a party all around for grownups and children alike. Little ones can make use of a smaller rink where they can feel free to roam around in all directions. It’s gorgeously light at nighttime  and  the most adorable, kid friendly penguins help first-timers feel like pros. Parents can take the rink and enjoy some free stylin’ or just sit back on the plush red couches and sip cocktails by candlelight. Don’t forget to stop into the BierGarten for a night out without the kids. Be sure to make this your go-to destination after a walk along the High Line!

Brookfield Place Winter Garden

Ice skate in a most serene venue! Overlooking the marina in Battery Park City and the NJ skyline, Winter Garden’s views of the Hudson River provide a peaceful backdrop amidst the hectic city pace. Not as thick with crowds as some other options, the you can really get some great skating in if you come by during off-hours. At the center of Brookfield there are always new and exciting exhibits to be viewed. Anyone catch the Canstruction 2014 exhibit of some of the latest light shows? While you are taking a skate break run inside to the food court to grab a snack. Cannot wait until Babesta shares this space!

LeFrak Center @ Lakeside- Brooklyn

LeFrak Center is the only destination on our list with 2 rinks! Weather is never an issue. Choose from open air or a covered rink! The rink offers a special Toddler Tuesday skate around- ideal for those just starting out.

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Once in a lifetime! Be seen and see! Show off your skills where performers like Idina Menzel, Mariah Carey, Michael Buble and Taylor Swift have helped light the classic Christmas tree. This is the iconic winter time ice skating experience. Prepare yourself for a whirlwind of colors, languages and tons, and tons of people. But experiencing the chance of a lifetime to skate with family and friends is the best part of any holiday/wintertime experience. P.S. Sneak inside for a Godiva dessert right inside 30 Rock!

Central Park Rinks: Wollman Rink & Lasker Rink 

Calling those who consider ice-skating an extreme sport! This rink is for the purist and the ever- so-slightly hardcore. Wollman rink has been featured in films such as Love Story and Serendipity so it also has a classic “New York of earlier days” feel. While traveling further uptown through the park take a whirl around Lasker Rink. Primarily for specialties—hockey/private lessons—the public can enjoy this rink too on certain dates/times.

By: Pia Finnigan

 

Fave Five from a Groovy Grandma!

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BabyLit: Goodnight Mr. Darcy

A combination of two masterpieces the childhood favorite combines with Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice. Grandma passes down the classics from her generation with a groovy twist!

http://www.babesta.com/Goodnight-Mr.-Darcy.html

Noe and Zoe: Little Bag

Sequin purse to carry all your little trinkets on the way to Grandma’s house.

http://www.babesta.com/Little-Bag.html

Nurseryworks: Empire Rocker

Traditional mixed with modern updates this glider is the perfect addition to any home. Super comfy for the little one during relaxation time. So hop on up and cuddle up for a story-time.

http://www.babesta.com/Empire-Rocker.html

Kidrobot: Yummy World Plush – XL Donut

Nom, nom, nom. Enough said! The plush pillow collection serves as the ultimate accent to any bed or lounge area for the future foodie expert.

http://www.babesta.com/Yummy-World-Plush-XL-Donut.html

Babesta: What Happens at Grandmas Snaptee/Tee

A Babesta original!  A trip to grandma’s house is always a good time filled with special treats & sweets. Shhh…but don’t tell mommy. This little Babesta rebel knows how to sport a “What happens at Grandmas” Snaptee!

http://www.babesta.com/What-Happens-at-Grandmas-Snaptee-Tee.html

Who said Granny isn’t down with the trends?!

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By Maria & Pia