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New Kiddos on the Block: Babesta Beat & Bugaboo at Brookfield Place!

bugaboo runner

We had a wonderful time at the Brookfield block party this weekend where the Bugaboo Runner was the star of the show at the Babesta booth. Handing out the latest edition of the Babesta Beat on a gorgeous Sunday, it was the perfect weather to chat with some downtown locals (tourists too) about our new store at Brookfield Place and the hottest items out this fall season. After taking a relaxing spin around the block party parents were ready to learn about the new Runner and how to stay active with their baby. Lively parents you do not have to compromise your daily jogging routine since Bugaboo offers two options for the Runner; adding the new edition to your stroller portfolio or simply attaching the runner extension to your existing Bugaboo Bee / Bee³, Bugaboo Cameleon³, Bugaboo Buffalo or Bugaboo Donkey. Not to fret, if you could not make it to Battery Park City this weekend, you can still test out the Bugaboo Runner with our loaner program in store (Tribeca Cribz/Brookfield Place). Also fresh in the F/W 2015 edition of the Babesta Beat are the stylish paper dollz (already a fan fave), ready to get decked out in their Babesta best!

babesta beat brookfield bugaboo

by: Pia Finnigan

Hudson River Trail is Calling You

Make this Sunday an active day outside soaking up the last rays of September sunshine. Begin the morning by testing out a Bugaboo Runner (or runner extension if you have your own) from the Babesta booth at Brookfield Place’s Block Party, going on 11:30-4:30pm.

Babesta Block Party

Borrow-a-runner for a few hours and see downtown’s Hudson River Park attractions in a whole new light. With so many exciting nooks & crannies throughout lower Manhattan’s answer to Central Park, you might forget to keep running. The family friendly trail is chalk full of activities and sights, so we narrowed down the best spots south of Chelsea Piers.

Esplanade North Cove

In order of appearance:
1. Begin by catching a breathtaking view of the Statue of Liberty
2. Bump, set & spike: the volleyball courts at North Cove (between Liberty & Vesey streets) are open through November.
3. Keep the game going by playing on the Rockefeller Park Basketball Court (between Warren & Murray streets). Younger kids can slide & swing through the playground.
4. Teardrop Park (Warren street): is ready to go for the water play fanatic.

Teardrop park

5. North End Ave Island Dog Run (between Warren & Murray streets): has separate spaces for big dogs and little doggies.
6. Pier 25 at N Moore Street:
a. Mini Golf-Grab a club & putt over, under and through waterfalls, streams, a pond, foot bridges, sand traps and a cave too.
b. Grand Banks-If all this running around has whetted your whistle (seafood anyone?) why not grab a bite while experiencing some history. Chow down at Grand Banks, a restaurant aboard the Sherman Zwicker, also known as the last original salt bank fishing vessel in existence. Delish eats plus bonus points for helping to support maritime preservation.
7. Catch an organized sporting match at Pier 40 (Houston Street): indoor/outdoor & rooftop fields offer a variety of fun sports.
8. “Everything” by Hanna Liden (at Christopher Street): Public Artwork’s tasty & attention grabbing sculpture that attracts kids and adults alike. Fun Fact: Liden chose bagels to illustrate the “eternal cycle of city life.”

everything bagel (photo cred)
(We spotted this awesome picture by By Aria Isadora/BFA in VF Culture)

9. 14th Street Park (near Chelsea Market): All you need is a blanket to claim your spot chillin’ along the Hudson.
10. Chelsea Piers (17-23rd streets): Enjoy limitless options from Bowlmor to shopping to the Field House.

Hope you enjoyed your run along the Hudson River Trail! Don’t forget to run (or jog) back!

by: Pia Finnigan

“Along the Way” w/ Brooklyn’s KAWS

 KAWS (American, b. 1974). ALONG THE WAY, 2013. Wood, 216 x 176 x 120 in. (548.6 x 447 x 304.8 cm) overall. Brooklyn Museum; Gift in honor of Arnold Lehman, TL2015.27a‒b. © KAWS, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York. (Photo: Adam Reich, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York)

KAWS (American, b. 1974). ALONG THE WAY, 2013. Wood, 216 x 176 x 120 in. (548.6 x 447 x 304.8 cm) overall. Brooklyn Museum; Gift in honor of Arnold Lehman, TL2015.27a‒b. © KAWS, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York. (Photo: Adam Reich, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York)

Kaws
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).

Fete the French at the Family friendly Bastille Day Celebration this Sunday at Brookfield Place!

bastille jen

We are so excited for our Bastille Day celebration at Brookfield Place this Sunday! Come join us for our “Let them eat cupcakes” themed day (check out Marie Antoinette in our window), celebrating France! We are giving 15% off French brands and themed goods – by Janod toys, 7AM Enfant, Vilac, Sophie the Giraffe & more! Although we can’t offer such deal on our fave french Babyzen Yoyo stroller we are giving a free cupholder with each purchase. As always we’ll put it together for you and deliver for free if you’re under Canal Street. paris calling 3_LR

Cupcakes & champagne served all day! And this is just some of the fun! Our neighbors, Posman’s Books will be reading French books, there will be french language lessons, French games, music and food all day both inside & outside at Brookfield Place!  Be sure to join us!

Vive la France!

 

Calling all chefs!!

Summer is the perfect time to train your little chef! It’s a great indoor activity if it’s too hot outside, but make sure to have your air conditioner on, since the kitchen can heat up! The Cooking Club for Kids offers lots of different fun cooking sets for your little culinary whiz!

But before anyone starts cooking, every chef needs chef hats and aprons – and for that we have The Cooking Club for kid’s black and white aprons and hats, ready for our chefs, $23.

black and white aprons!

black and white aprons!

For Breakfast!

Everybody needs to eat a healthy breakfast to have a great day – they way that breakfast is the most important meal of the day–it energizes you! For our breakfast food loving chefs, we have a pancake kit. It comes with: a mixing bowl, different shapes, a flipper, and recipe cards. One morning our little chefs can make pancakes and maybe another morning they can create yummy crepes!

yummy pancakes for everyone!

yummy pancakes for everyone!

For Lunch!

Pizza Time! The Cooking Club for Kids Pizza making kit comes with: a rolling pin, a sauce brush, a pizza tray and lifter, and recipe cards. Our young chefs can create their own pizzas with different ingredients as well! I would love to try a ham and pineapple pizza, please!

I want a hot slice of pizza!

I want a hot slice of pizza!

 

Snacks!

Snacks are great for extra energy throughout the day. Babesta has two snack kits: the cookie kit and the gingerbread kit. Both kits contain recipe cards and different cookie cutter shapes. The cookie kit contains a silicone mat and a rolling pin,while the gingerbread kit has a mixing bowl and a decorating pen. How fun will it be to create different shaped cookies! I would love to try a heart and star shaped cookie! I’m sure it will taste as great as it looks!

chocolate chip cookies please?

chocolate chip cookies please?

Yummy Gingerbread Cookies!

Yummy Gingerbread Cookies!

 

Cool-Down!

I also have to add that I love ice-cream as much as I love pizza and pancakes! Babesta recently received Chronicle’s Star Wars’ Ice Saber Kit. It comes with four molds that you can fill with your favorite juice or fruit to make yummy pops that will be chilly for a hot summer day. This kit contains 30 different Ice Saber Recipe so no one will ever get bored!  You can have light saber fights while eating!! And they’re only $24!

Woosh! Cool down with these cute sabers!

Woosh! Cool down with these cute sabers!

If any of our little chefs decide to create new recipes with these kits, please stop by and drop off some snacks! LOL.

Only $29 for all these kits. In-stores at Babesta Cribz and online.

- LK

Asphalt Green in BPC is Open, Hooray!

On June 15th, Battery Park City has opened the long-awaited Asphalt Green located on 555 E 90th St  New York, NY 10128. They are open: Mon-Fri from 5:30 AM to 9:45 PM and Sat – Sun from 8:00 AM to 7:45 PM. You will need a membership to enter, but you can also pay a daily fee, if you would like to take a class for the day or use their facilities. The different class schedules can be found here on their website. & their membership info is found here!!

Asphalt Green was scheduled to open a year ago, but due to different negotiations and damages from Hurricane Sandy, it has opened this year– better than never! They were kind to allow the public to take free demonstration classes and use their different facilities for no charge during the first week. Described by Carl Glassman in his article, people from members to tourists were lined up on the Grand Opening day. So many people enjoyed Asphalt Green’s swimming lanes, basketball courts, and their gym machines! A lot of people have decided to start going to Asphalt Green to get their daily workouts!

Asphalt Green’s mission is to provide fun classes to promote an active lifestyle! It is not aimed for only adults. They love their youths! Registrations for youths to come and play various sports from swimming lessons to basketball, martial arts, flag football, soccer, etc. are open! There will be so many sports that your youth will enjoy! They also have private swimming lessons.

Also, did you know that Asphalt Green holds Birthday Parties for children?! It just gets better, right? They have different birthday packages; remember to reserve ahead of time! Their super-friendly staff will hold fun games for the birthday party guests and the birthday child themselves! Parties range from pool parties to obstacle course parties! Of course refreshments will be served as well as a gift to the birthday kid! I’m very sure the parties will be talked for the whole year!!

For more information, you can check out their website!

 

-LK 

Don’t Miss Out!! Educational Events for July 17th!

1. Tales for the Teeny Tiny

Battery Park City Library [courtesy of onearth]

Battery Park City Library [courtesy of onearth]

It is important to show our babies different ways of learning! Reading books to them, singing to them, talking to them, allows the baby to learn more.

You have to love local libraries; they provide so many books for children and adults of all ages.  They also host events to help our tots learn more. In fact, Battery Park City Library is hosting a “Tales for the Teeny Tiny” event on Wednesday, July 17th at 10:30 AM. This event has no sign-ups; it is first come, first serve. Tales for the Teeny Tiny is aimed for babies of 18 months to 3 year olds.

Parents, caregivers, and our adorable babies will finger play, listen to stories, play interactive games, and sing songs. This event will be packed with a lot of activities.

 

2. Kids Theater: My City Park

puppet time! [courtesy of Bronx News]

puppet time! [courtesy of Bronx News]

“When Milo finds out that his favorite city park is going to be torn down and replaced with a shopping mall, he seeks out the help of his two best friends, Odessa the Owl and Bucky the Squirrel.”

Making Books Sing will be presenting their My City Park at Batter Park City Library on July 17th at 4 PM! The audience they seek are for ages 3- 10. This performance is said to last 45 minutes; there will be puppetry, fun songs, and audience participation. This will be a very different and educational event that children and adults will enjoy and love so much!

Check out their website for more details!

Battery Park City Library is located on 175 North End Avenue, New York, NY 10282. This is a map and list of the different subways that will lead you to these events.

-LK

Oui Oui! Let’s Visit!

Love French pastries? Interested about France’s Independence Day? Enjoy meeting new people, face painting, and drawing contests?

You’re in luck! On July 14th, Bastille Day will be held in, our very own, New York! It will be between Lexington and Fifth Avenues, from noon to 5PM.

Families will definitely enjoy this day, as well as friends who want to learn more about the French culture. There will be yummy pastries (who can say no to that?!), face painting, arts and crafts, crêpes, éclairs, fromages, and more! Live music, cultural dance performances, $2 macarons…it will be equipped with so much fun!

pastries!! ;;via timeout

pastries!! ;;via timeout

 

crepe!!

crepe!!

Bastille Day has been on-going for over 10 years, celebrating France’s official independence from the United States that took place on July 14, 1789.

Definitely visit this event for a memorable time! Also, visit the site  for more information!