New York based designer, KAWS is sharing his art with his own ‘hood this summer. The Brooklyn residing KAWS, aka Brian Donnelly, is bringing his sculptures and paintings to the Brooklyn Museum. KAWS, who previously worked for Disney, is displaying his take on familiar cartoon imagery, which are reminiscent in the main attraction; “Along the Way.” The two eighteen-foot-high wooden sculptures are a colossal greeting to visitors as they enter the museum. They will be hard to miss in the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion & Lobby. KAWS, who began his career as a graffiti artist, has a growing fan base as his artwork was showcased in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This latest exhibit also includes the paintings GLASS SMILE (2012) and SHOULD I BE ATTACKING (2013).
Archive: For Kids
The McKittrick Hotel, known for Sleep No More, is opening its rooftop to the elementary school set. Enter Gallow Greens, the rooftop brunch destination, and you are no longer in Manhattan, but in a fairy tale complete with potions and gardening galore. The Chelsea based hotel is hosting a Potions & Planting event for children, six Sunday mornings this summer through September 12th. Adventurers aged 6-11 are invited to this summer spot for an educational and enjoyable outdoor experience. Head to the rooftop, right off the High Line, to a place where getting your hands dirty is encouraged! Hurry to buy advance tickets because some dates have already been sold out.
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
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!
The Bronx Museum “Family overnight Safari”
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.
Ages: 5 and up
Intrepid Museum “Operation Slumber”
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.
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
Sleepover at Citi Field
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!
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!
Noe and Zoe: Little Bag
Sequin purse to carry all your little trinkets on the way to Grandma’s house.
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.
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.
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!
Who said Granny isn’t down with the trends?!
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By Maria & Pia
Jimi Hendrix tee by Goodie two sleeves
Bring them back in time with the legendary guitarist with this Jimi Hendrix tee.
The Clash 1977 Tee by Rowdy Sprout
Rock out with this cool vintage rock band the Clash.
Black Star Scarf by Nununu
Pair this with just about any outfit just to add a touch of edge
Loog 2 Guitar by Loog guitars
From play-dates to Jam sessions, band rehearsal, this guitar is an awesome gift. The little musician in the making would enjoy plucking the strings on this and learn to play some cool tunes for the family!
Cassette Sweater by La Miniatura
Keep them warm and rockin’! The more subtle rock-star, this pull over sweater works perfect for the laid back and collective kid.
Brighten’ up the streets of NYC. Subway tunnels to shops to parks – the city is your canvas and inspiration. Get out there and let your creativity flow!
Late Greats: Pablo Picasso Doll
Pablo Picasso : painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and now an adorable pillow doll! Picasso could do it all & now you can too! Everything old can be fashioned into something unique! Let Picasso guide your creative flow and use all the other artsy tools to get inventive.
Wild and Wolf: Pinhole Camera
Create anyway you can! Join the selfie craze or capture the world around you. Snap away with this camera from the 1960′s that takes real pictures! Also enjoy hours of fun with all the games and jokes that are included in the vintage style package.
Chronicle: Sukie Button Factory
Buttons galore and they are all shaped by you kiddo! All the tools are in this nifty activity set. Prints of creatures, catch phrases and icons deck out these pins.
Kidrobot: Munny Reusable
Craft from your own imagination. Complete with reusable markers and the Munny statue doll the possibilities are endless. Good for rainy day fun, long travel trips or just when the mood strikes. Munny doll is your vision come to life! A new way to sculpt a timeless piece of artwork (over & over again)!
Bugaboo: Warhol Banana Accessory Pack
What little artiste does not want to stroll around in wheels from an iconic American artistic master? This stroller is a fun, fresh take on the classic prints of Andy Warhol. Add a bit of pizzazz to your ride through the streets with the Bugaboo Retrospective Collection accessory pack, including a sun canopy and tote bag!
Start drawing, painting, performing, sculpting and crafting! Who knows how many Picasso proteges are among us!
By: Pia Finnigan
Our Fab5 list struts on! We pulled together our top stylish item picks to deck out the Fashionista in your life. Dazzle the chicest little one on your holiday list with perfect pairings, trendy accessories and the swankiest décor and activities.
Bobo Choses Leopard Faux Fur Coat
Statement pieces are the corner stone of a stylish wardrobe for any age. This leopard knockout coat definitely fits the bill!
Mini Rodini Jaguar Sunglasses
Need a little shade from the spotlight? Sunglasses complete any look and you are certain to be a stunner in these shades by Mini Rodini. Stash ‘em in your purse and your accessories are done! Stroll those city streets O’Fab One!
Abrams Books Cinderella: A Fashionable Tale
How can any fashionable miss attend a ball (the ball is wherever you want it to be #playground) without the most flawless outfit to wear? Relax and enter a whole new world while reading Cinderella: A Fashionable Tale- this modern, enjoyable twist on the classic fairy tale.
Manuela De Juan Constance Glitter Boots
Shimmer & Shine and that is just on your feet. These glitter boots will snazz’ up any outfit and are sure to get plenty of ‘wows!’
Late Greats: Coco Chanel Doll
Coco Chanel has influenced fashion designers for years and years. Mademoiselle, carry along this doll and be inspired yourself! A constant reminder that you can be classic and fashion-forward at all ages!
Walk the streets like it’s your runway!!
Be sure to check out www.babesta.com for more cool fun and trendy gifts year around! Happy Shopping, Happy Holidays!
Living in the Big Apple means easy access to all of the best museums (OK, Louvre fans, some of the best museums!). An all-time kid fave is the American Museum of Natural History, especially awesome for its cool event line up year round! Holiday time is no exception. OK you’ve seen a bunch of trees out there, but have you seen an origami tree? Standing at 13 feet, the origami tree proudly stands on display from now until January 11th 2015. An annual tradition for more than forty years, the tree is delightfully decorated with more than 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national and international origami artists.
Each holiday season, the traditional origami tree follows a different theme, and this year’s is Night at the Museum. Enjoy origami models of Theodore Roosevelt, the Tyrannosaurs rex, the Rapa Nui Moai (Easter Island figure), and many more. Connecting the tree, the museum and one of every kids’ favorite fantasy flicks is a surefire winner.
How the tree is made
Ros Joyce and Talo Kawasaki, volunteers from OrigamiUSA and the designers of the Museum’s Origami Holiday Tree, seek inspiration in many ways. “Often,” says Joyce, “we see something in the Museum that we want on the tree that has never been folded, so we have to design a model and find a way to fold it.” The duo solicits origami masters from all over the globe and from every age group to make the ornaments adorning the tree. Any more needed is not a problem, as their archives are bursting with designs used over the 40 year history.
After amassing the ornaments, Joyce and Marshall start designing the completed work. “Ultimately we look at the color, size, and texture,” Joyce explains. “We sketch to see how the models are going to fit together to give the tree depth and shape.” The decorating takes less than a week, and then voila, it is revealed to the world. “It’s a long process but it’s a labor of love,” Joyce says. “In the end it’s all worth it to see the kids and adults light up when they see the tree year after year.” – Quotes via The American Museum of Natural History
Learn how to origami
Think you have what it takes? OK, if you’re not quite there yet, OrigamiUSA runs many classes at the American Museum of Natural History throughout the year, ranging from beginners classes to advanced workshops.
Upcoming events in the month of December include:
Special Folding Fun Session – December 7th
Origami For Members – December 14th
So gather the family for some fun, creative time!
Visit the museums website for an online application to be a part of the origami extravaganza!
-Via Origami at the museum www.amnh.org
We discovered a nifty new app that’s set to revolutionize kids shopping! We all know that there is no standard sizing in kids’ wear, and when the newest must-have fashion collection comes in for back-to-school, you don’t want to accidentally buy the wrong size. The AlvaKids mobile app, available on ioS and Android, finds the right size for your kids in each brand you love. It’s simple to use, you just make a quick profile for your child with a few details (age, height, weight, body proportion) and then when shopping online or in-store, grab your phone, choose the child you want to buy for, pick the brand, and let the magic happen. AlvaKids will tell you the perfect size to buy (note you can share with friends & family, otherwise, only you can see your kids’ info). What a relief it is to leave fit up to Alva (named after the original smartypants Thomas Alva Edison) so you can focus on the fashion. Now that’s geek chic!
Visit Babesta Threads November 10-17 to get “fit” by the AlvaKids fit app and get 10% off your same-day purchases.* The AlvaKids app can help you get ready for your oh-so-fashionable holiday wish list! Make your wish list at Babesta here!
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Got some Babesta greats in your closet already (or do you want a costume that you can keep wearing after the 31st? We are remixing looks into easy Halloween costumes all week for inspiration! Here’s our Baby Mickey, Dark Night and Tootsie Pop Owl, using fashion faves like Nununu, Popupshop, Dr. Martens and Bobo Choses!
(From left) Tootsie Roll owl inspired outfit using our fave Popupshop jacket and Animal Digital print jeans by Munster Kids; Our little spin on the caped crusader: our own “Dark Night” with its own “Robin” (a la Project No. 8), Nununu dress and a silver pair of Dr. Martens; Or add a Bobo Choses Mickey Mouse onesie with a pair of ears & gloves from the closest Halloween pop up!