Toys, toys, toys!

We have new plush toys that just came in stores at both Babesta Cribz and Threads! These join some old faves that we try to keep on our shelves (though it’s hard, they’re soooo lovable)

We received new plush toys and mini figurines from kidrobot. Their Yummy Plushes range from: black & white cookies, blue frosted donuts, chocolate frosted donuts, etc. We also received key chains of these Yummy Plushes! Be sure to check it out!

We also want to show off SkipHop’s collection of toys aimed at our city babies! Hug & Hide Stroller Toys, activity gyms,  duck bath toys, alphabet zoo mirrors, and more! Playsam also has babystroller toys and YoYos!

Toys are a great way to raise a child’s imagination! Toys will definitely entertain our awesome city kids!

Also check out Kushies and PlaySam!

And please check out our Vine Video of all our toys at Babesta Cribz here!

Summertime Open Air Movies – Awesome!

Do you love watching old films? Do you love music and the large crowd atmosphere? Well, according to timeout, until August 14th, there will be an outdoor movie viewing for adults and tweens! Every Wednesday, this event will be held at McCarren Park between Leonard and North 12 St. For Subway surfers, take the: L Subway to Lorimer St, G to Nassau Ave.

The lineup for the movies are:

July 10 Can’t Hardly Wait

July 17 Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

July 24 The Craft

July 31 The Goonies

August 7 Speed

August 14 Audience Pick!

The audience gets to vote for a movie that they enjoy for the final day! This audience is targeted for mainly adults and tweens, but for fun family nights,  definitely visit and watch Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and The Goonies! This is Summerscreen’s 8th year hosting this awesome event! Summerscreen will open their doors at 6PM, and live music will start up at 6:30PM. Movies will be screened at sundown! Be sure to bring snacks, blankets, cameras, and smiles!

How do I beat this heat?

There’s a simple solution to that! At Babesta, we did a bit of research and discovered… SWIMMING POOLS. You can never go wrong with taking a dip in the water to beat the hot summer heat. We found many locations in New York, so no worries about whether it is too far!

According to timeout, there are 11 (that’s right ELEVEN!) different pools, which most are free of cost!! Here are three of the eleven that sounded coolest:

  1. Astoria Pool: located in Astoria Park, 19th St at 23rd Ave, Astoria, Queens: This pool has “Olympic-size lanes.” The pool is ginormous with a lot of space for you to lay out your towels and tan! This is a local favorite of many New Yorkers! It is also free of charge.

    Astoria Pool; {via weheartastoria}

     

  2. The Floating Pool; located in Barretto Point Park, Intersection of Tiffany St. and Viele Ave.  That’s correct. You read correctly. A floating pool. This is a seven lane pool that is atop a movable barge. It was once located in Brooklyn Heights but was moved permanently to Barretto Point Park. There are locker rooms, a great view, and plenty of space to sit down and enjoy a floating pool! And of course, it is free of charge!

    an actual floating pool!!

     

  3. And critics’ choice, McCarren Park Pool; located at Lorimer St between Bayard St and Driggs Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 
    This is a37,571 square-foot pool, which is very spacious! There is plenty of space around the pool for beach chairs and towels. You will certainly have a great time with your families and friends. However, there is usually a large crowd due to tourists and families who want to enjoy the sun! It was renovated and reopened in 2012, and ever since, more and more people have been visiting. It will certainly be a fun time! Once again, free of cost!

    an enormous pool!! via papermag

     

Babesta also gathered a few summer outfits and essentials that can be worn to the pool or to the beach!

We have a few favorite swimwear for our city kids!

  1. One of our most favorite tiger face swimsuit by popupshop. This cute swimsuit dons the face of a fierce tiger! Your cute city kid can rock this out with a pair of matching Mini Rodini sunglasses. How adorable would that look?!
    Roar! Tiger Swimsuit!

    Roar! Tiger Swimsuit!

    Mini Rodini Tiger Sunglasses!

    Mini Rodini Tiger Sunglasses!

  2.  Our favorite pick for our city boys is A for Apple’s boy Swimshorts. This will match well with Sons & Daughters’ Blue Hunter Sunglasses. Our city boys will definitely rock this well!
    A for Apple's boy swimshorts!

    A for Apple’s boy swimshorts!

    Rockin' the blue!
    Rockin’ the blue!

     

  3. Our final favorite swimsuit is Stella Cove’s Hepburn Bathing Suit. This is for the retro ladies who know what style is all about! Son’s and Daughters’ printed sunglasses will go so well together!! Fashionista! Ow ow!
    Hepburn Bathing Suit

    Hepburn Bathing Suit

     

    Fierce printed sunglasses by Sons & Daughters.

    Fierce printed sunglasses by Sons & Daughters.

     

PS:Most of these pools do not allow electronic devices like kindles, laptops, etc.

Thank you!

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!

 

What do you call a city without water?

The answer? A city without…water…

Imagine a city without water? New York City would not be the awesome New York City without the bridge and ferries! Governor’s Island would not be an island, either! In order to celebrate how awesome water is, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance is hosting A City of Water Day!

  • WHEN: July 13
  • TIME: 10AM- 4PM
  • WHERE: Governor’s Island, NYC && Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ.
  • COST: Free
  • FOOD: check here for all the vendors!

A City of Water Day will have so many fun activities for families, teens, couples, and friends. There will be a boat tour you can sign up for here. You will have to provide a $3 reservation fee that is fully refundable. There will also be a Waterfront Activities Fair, Free Ferry Rides, Live Music, Amazing Food, Water activities (kayaking, canoeing, rowboats), and more! You can also have your own picnic and ride bikes.

MWA started this event to show that water brings us all together. We should be thankful for water!! This is a great event to learn about the importance of water while meeting new people.

Be sure to check it out! Afterwards, maybe you can go visit the mahattanhenge!

 

Check out MWA’s official site for more information and pictures!

Beat the heat with a Fun Movie!

Who doesn’t enjoy movies? It is a great getaway from the burning sun on summer days! Here are a few that have been (and will be) released this month of July. Let us know how you like em!

1) Despicable Me 2

minions are throwing an ice cream party!; photo by: universal studios

A personal favorite. Even as an adult, I enjoyed this movie so much. It is the sequel to Despicable Me that was released two years ago. Despicable Me 2 was released on July 3, 2013. D.M. 2 is filled with more action and more funny and heartwarming moments. The main character, an ex-villain, Gru must find a villain that took all his minions! He has a few leads on who the villain is, but he faces so many obstacles! Gru also falls in love, can’t tell who it is!

2) Monster’s University

Mike & Sulley; photo by: disney/pixar

Children will almost absolutely love this movie! I’m hoping everyone watched the first, Monster’s Inc. In it, Mike and Sulley are best buds, scaring kids, and also saving them. However, in Monster’s University, it takes the audience back in the past, to when Mike and Sulley first met. This unfolds the journey of how they become best friends; they were not close in the beginning!

3) Turbo

Turbo and his clan of snails; Photo by: dreamworks

A super fast snail? No way. Snails that talk? Snail Indy races? Too much to believe? Released on July 17, Turbo is the story of a snail who wishes to be the fastest snail. He gets his wish, but now he strives to become a racer in the Indy 500. Will he make? If he does, who wins? You will meet so many talented snails!

Definitely a great way to beat the heat! Afterwards, you and your young babe can whip up something yummy at home! Babesta has yummy food making kits that will teach our city babes how to cook while having lots of fun! Check out our chefs post!

-LK

Wig in the Window: Spy Training Workshop !

Imagine witnessing a scary event... Then afterwards, imagine getting followed by cars, cracking codes, and meeting strange, mysterious people! If you can’t imagine a spy lifestyle like this, then you should definitely read Kristen Kittscher’s The Wig in the Window. To summarize, this novel is about two spies: Sophie Young and Grace Yang, witnessing (spying) a bloody scene in the kitchen of their middle school counselor, Dr. Agford. They call the cops and discover that Dr. Agford was actually making her famous pickled beets! Soon after, Dr. Agford starts acting strange and they: start receiving strange codes they need to solve, get followed by a mysterious blue car, and meet with people who have Texas accents and u n i b r o w s! Step into Young and Yang’s great spy adventure, and try solving the clues along with them!

Her story sounds too cool! But I want to write my own spy story like Kristen!   

Don’t worry! Luckily, we here at Babesta can teach you! Kristen has visited Babesta yesterday to teach thirteen 8-12 year olds who wanted to learn how to write a great spy story. She has such a bright personality, joking around with the children, and it was such a great event! When introducing her novel, children pointed out that her picture was on the inside cover; her response? “Maybe that’s not actually me…that might be another woman with a wig…who knows?”

Kristen answering questions about her novel

Kristen answering questions about her novel

She taught our little spies different steps to creating their own spy story! Babesta provided a mini goody-bag with: spy glasses, a mustache, a yin and yang necklace, a mini notepad, and a pen.

  1. She made our little spies break a code to learn the first step of writing a great spy story. It took a few minutes, but codes were no match for our little spies! They solved that the first step was thinking of characters! That’s right! In order to create the best story, you must come up with different characters.
    Our code. Can you solve it out, too?

    Our code. Can you solve it out, too?

     

    Agent Agford cracking the code!!

    Agent Agford cracking the code!!

     

  2. The next step was discovering the traits of the character. Age, favorite color, scared of, lives in, etc.

    All our spies deep in thought!

    All our spies deep in thought!

  3. Third, you come up with a case and an enemy, if they have one! Kristen has stated that it was a bit easier to come up with different traits because during her childhood, she and her friends were part of their own spy group. She has always been interested in spy stories!

    Kristen's spy group!

    Kristen’s spy group!

  4. After a few brainstorming sessions, our little spies came up with the character Lily Lin who lives in Beijing, China. She is 8 years old, is scared of shadows and strangers. Her case is to capture different thieves.

    Our brainstorming board!

    Our brainstorming board!

Kristen showed a mini clip about her novel during the brainstorming session to inspire our spies! She also held a raffle at the end of the workshop. The lucky winner was Agent 722 who won a signed The Wig in the Window novel! Yin and Yang cookies were served at the end with yummy pink lemonade and water.

 

Kristen handing the winner her gift!!

Kristen handing the winner her gift!!

 

Refreshments! YUMMY!

Refreshments! YUMMY!

But why so much Yin and Yang themes? In the novel, the two spies, Young and Yang, run into different conflicts and have two different personalities like Yin and Yang. They receive too much pressure from all the codes and mysterious, which puts a strain on their friendship. Do they grow apart? Do they get closer? That is for you to find out!

Babesta truly thanks Kristen for her visit! She definitely inspired our little spies to grow their imaginations and write! Maybe Young and Yang will be the next Harry Potter! We wish more, greater success on you, Kristen!!

You can read further details of her novel here ! It is definitely a great read!

 

Here are some more pictures to enjoy!