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  • Summer Family Fun Guide New York Summer 2022: Read Our Digital Summer Fun Guide Now!

    Summer Family Fun: Read Our 2022 Digital Summer Fun Guide Now! Kids are too much. They start counting down the days until summer vacation in September and then when school finally lets out in June, it takes them less than a day to declare boredom. Hello, they’re called the lazy days of summer for a reason! Enter the Ultimate Family Guide to Summer Fun, New York Family’s annual summer-themed issue that is jam-packed with endless things to do to keep local families busy from Memorial Day all the way to Labor Day. Inside the summer guide, you’ll find road trip ideas, our favorite ice cream shops in and around New York City, strawberry picking farms in and near New York, day trip ideas and much more. Plus, we’ve got 57 things to add to your summer bucket list this year. It’s going to be nearly impossible for your kids to be bored this summer – although they might still say it, just to get under your skin. With our guide, planning the best summer ever will be easier than ever! And after two years trapped in a stressful pandemic, we could all use a little extra fun this summer. Simply click on the issue below to start planning exciting, kid-friendly things to do with your family this summer!

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  • Why Temporary Tattoos Are This Summer’s Top Accessory for Kids

    The school year is winding down, and that means summer break is right around the corner. Kids will be out playing, using their imaginations, and wearing colorful summer clothes, which makes summer the perfect time to let them pretend to rebel a bit with temporary tattoos.   These easy-to-apply pieces of temporary body art let kids express themselves and exercise their imaginations. By trying on seemingly adult-like body decorations, children can play dress-up with more than just clothes and embody different characters in their play.   Playing dress-up is a vital part of developing key traits like empathy, problem-solving skills, and creativity while exploring imaginative spaces. Temporary tattoos can add an element of edginess to their play as they pretend to be outlaws, rock stars, pro wrestlers, surfers or just grownups.   Put all that aside, and temporary tattoos are just fun! It’s like having your face painted or doodling on your skin with markers, except they last longer than the former and are much neater than the latter (unless your kid is really talented, in which case try not to let them near the Sharpies). While retail temporary tattoos are easily available, parents with creative little ones can go the extra mile for a smile with original designs. These decorations let grownups and kids express themselves while learning about art and design. They can have a temporary tattoo of their own invention and be the envy of all their friends still wearing the same old boring dollar store tattoos. Custom temporary tattoos are both higher quality and longer lasting than most store-bought kinds, and ordering a run of the same pattern can mean kids replace fading tattoos, rocking their impermanent ink for a longer time.   Temporary tattoos are an easy, fun way for kids to explore their inventiveness and identities, and custom tattoos only make creativity and individuality stand out more. Parents can even get in on the action by creating some stylish designs of their own or by matching tats with the kiddos!  Get started creating custom tattoos for your whole family at StickerYou.com. SPONSORED CONTENT BY STICKER YOU Wanna read more stuff like this? Get our newsletters packed with ideas, events, and information for parents in Staten Island.

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  • Happy mother and little daughter playing with toys together on wooden warm floor, smiling young mum and cute preschool girl having fun, spending time at home, underfloor heat, horizontal banner Read the 2022 Staten Island Special Needs Guide

      The 2022 Staten Island Special Needs Guide is filled with resources and information for parents raising kids with special needs in Staten Island. Whether your child has autism, a learning disability, a speech, behavioral or developmental disorder, a physical disability, or requires special care of any kind, you’ll find everything you need to raise a child with special needs in Staten Island in this guide.

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  • little boy looking at sharks in an aquarium Aquariums Near Staten Island

    Dive into an undersea adventure with at one of these aquariums near Staten Island in New Jersey or New York, where your family will encounter sharks, sting rays, moon jellies, clown fish, whales and other marine life. Rainy day or you just don’t feel like going out? Scroll down for some cool aquarium live streams! Aquariums Near Staten Island New York Aquarium 602 Surf Ave., Coney Island, Brooklyn nyaquarium.com • 718-265-3474 Hours: July 1-Sept. 4, Sunday-Thursday, 10am-6pm; Friday, Saturday and holidays, 10am-8pm; Sept. 5-Nov. 5, Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Friday, Saturday and holidays, 10am-5:30pm. Nov. 6-March 2023, daily, 10am-4:30pm. Admission: Off-peak: $26.95; $24.95, seniors; $22.95, ages 3-12; free for ages 2 and younger. Peak: $29.95; $26.95, seniors; $24.95, ages 3-12; free for ages 2 and younger. The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium is home to over 500 marine species and 18 sharks and ray species on 14 acres on Coney Island. American Princess Cruise Whale Watching Departs from Pier 3, 2498 Emmons Ave, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn americanprincesscruises.com • 718-474-0555 Admission: $65; $60, seniors; $45, ages 5-12; free for children 5 and younger (reservations required). Group rates available. Spot whales and dolphins in the waters of Rockaway, Queens, New York. Kids can help crew members with official whale and dolphin count. Jenkinson’s Aquarium 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ jenkinsons.com • 732-892-0600 Hours: Check the online calendar. Admission: $16; $11, seniors; $10, ages 3-11; free for ages 2 and younger. In January, the aquarium offers half off admission Monday-Friday. Excludes weekends and holidays, cannot be combined with coupons and other discounts. Exhibits like sharks, coral reefs, penguins, and seals give you the opportunity to get up close to animals from all over the world. Adventure Aquarium 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ adventureaquarium.com • 844-474-3474 Hours: Check the online calendar. Admission: $26.99-44.99; $24.99-42.99, seniors; $18.99-34.99, ages 2-12 Discover the under-water world with over 15,000 aquatic animals. See sharks, penguins, Nile hippos and so many others. New Jersey Sea Life Aquarium 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ Hours: Check the online calendar. Admission: Online prices: $23.99-28.99; free for ages 2 and younger. Exhibits include jellies, the urban jungle, stingrays, Sharks Fish Avenue, ocean tunnel and the tiny giants touch pool. Seaquest Woodbridge Township, NJ Trumbull, CT 203-502-8337 visitseaquest.com • 732-283-2945 Admission: $16.99; $11.99, ages 2-11; $14.99 for seniors, military and students; kids under 2 free. Enjoy a unique petting zoo aquarium experience, including snorkeling with stingrays, interacting with sloths, Asian otters, flying squirrels and more. Mystic Aquarium 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT mysticaquarium.org • 860-572-5955 Hours: 9am-6pm, daily. Hours are subject to change. Admission: Check prices online. Mystic Aquarium is home to thousands of species of marine mammals, fish, invertebrates, and reptiles. Exhibits include beluga whales, sea lions, seals, sharks, penguins, exotic fish and sting rays.   Aquarium Live Streams Monterey Bay Aquarium Access ten live cams displaying different Monterey Bay exhibits including sea otters, jellyfish, the open ocean, and more. Long Island Aquarium Stream the Coral Cam, the Long Island Aquarium’s reef exhibit. Wildlife Conservation Society The Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and Prospect Park Zoo are sharing animal content like videos, virtual learning, and Instagram stories visiting animals to bring the zoo to you. Visit this page to stay updated. Georgia Aquarium The Georgia Aquarium offers several live, underwater live streams, including the Ocean Voyager cam where you’ll get to see the magestic Whale Shark in action. New England Aquarium The New England Aquarium has a variety of videos featuring aquarists, animal feedings, and behind-the-scenes animal care on its Facebook page. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Explore various Ripley’s exhibits including the Ray Bay, Reef Shark tank, and sea turtles on Facebook Live. Read Next | Find Great After School Programs in Staten Island Wanna read more stuff like this? Get our newsletters packed with ideas, events, and information for parents in Staten Island.

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  • kid stuffing his face These Are the Best Kids-Eat-Free Restaurants in Staten Island

    Going out to dinner can get expensive, but luckily there are a few restaurants where kids can eat free in Staten Island. These restaurants are making it a little easier for families to enjoy a night out without breaking the bank. So when you’re not in the mood to cook another dinner or you want a break from meal prep, check out one of these family-friendly Staten Island restaurants. These locations all have Kids Eat Free nights throughout the week. And these restaurants’ kids’ meals all include classics like grilled cheese, chicken fingers, and hamburgers, so even picky eaters are sure to find something they like! Oh, but if you do decide you want to cook at home, check out these easy pasta recipes using ingredients you likely have at home, these meals that take 30 minutes or less to make, or simmer one of these classic soup recipes on the stove until it’s time to eat. Here’s a list of the best restaurants where kids eat free in Staten Island during the week! Note: Restrictions may apply and offers may change. Please contact the restaurant for details on each offer before heading to dinner to avoid disappointment. Where Kids Eat Free on Sunday Moe’s Southwest Grill 2397 Hylan Blvd. 718-979-8226 262 Arden Ave. 347-562-4850 Facebook • Instagram Ages: 12 and younger Time: All day Requirements: One kids’ meal per adult entree There are two locations of this chain restaurant on Staten Island. Menu items include burritos, quesadillas, chips and dips and more.    View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Moe’s Southwest Grill (@moessouthwestgrill) Where Kids Eat Free on Monday Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse 23 Nelson Ave. 718-966-9600 Facebook • Instagram Ages: 10 and younger Time: All day Requirements: One kids’ meal per adult entree  A Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar. Choose from a variety of items including tempura-style apps, hibachi dinners, sushi platters and more.    View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse (@ariranghibachi) The Hop Shoppe 372 Van Duzer St. 718-448-3400 Facebook • Instagram Ages: 12 and younger Time: All day Requirements: 1 free kids’ meal and 4 video game tokens per adult entree This local gastropub serves burgers, nachos, hummus platters, salads, tacos and has an extensive beer list.  The Richmond Republic  4459 Amboy Road 718-356-7425 Facebook • Instagram Ages: 12 and younger Time: 4-9:30pm Requirements: with purchase of adult entree Offers fare such as steaks, burgers, seafood and more.  Where Kids Eat Free on Tuesday Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse 23 Nelson Ave. 718-966-9600 Facebook • Instagram Ages: 10 and younger Time: All day Requirements: One kids’ meal per adult entree  A Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar. Choose from a variety of items including tempura-style apps, hibachi dinners, sushi platters and more.  J’s On the Bay  1189 Bay St. 718-720-0922 Facebook • Instagram The kids-eat-free promotion will resume once the Bay Street location reopens; check back for updates A classic gourmet eatery. This North Shore dining spot has a variety of items on its menu, including brick-oven pizza, sandwiches, burgers, and more.  Miller’s Ale House 2883 Richmond Ave. 718-477-0112 Facebook • Instagram Ages: 12 and younger Time: All day Requirements: free kid’s meal with the purchase of a $10 or more meal; limit 2 per table Restaurant and sports bar. Enjoy a variety of dishes including filet mignon, original pasta dishes, boneless chicken zingers, and more.    View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Miller’s Ale House (@millersalehouse) Z Two 2925 Veterans Road West 718-356-6800 Facebook • Instagram Ages: 12 and younger Time: 5-8pm Requirements: 1 per adult entree   Diner. Menu items include seafood, chicken, wraps, paninis and more. Costume characters and balloon animal artists on kids-eat-free nights.  Where Kids Eat Free on Wednesday Big Nose Kate’s 2484 Arthur Kill Road 718-227-2266 Facebook • Instagram Ages: 3-12 Time: 4-9pm Requirements: per adult entree A saloon-style pub and restaurant. The menu features soups, salads, burgers, wraps, side dishes, beverages, cocktails and more.  Joyce’s Tavern 3823 Richmond Ave. 718-948-0220 Facebook • Instagram Ages: 12 and younger Time: 5-8pm Requirement: with purchase of adult entree Irish and American bar and restaurant. Costume characters will be on site during kids-eat-free times!   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Joyces Tavern (@joycestavern) Where Kids Eat Free on Thursday  J’s On the Bay  1189 Bay St. 718-720-0922 Facebook • Instagram The kids-eat-free promotion will resume once the Bay Street location reopens; check back for updates A classic gourmet eatery. This North Shore dining spot has a variety of items on its menu, including brick-oven pizza, sandwiches, burgers and more.    View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Js On The Bay ???? (@jsonthebaysiny) Wanna get more family activities sent to your inbox? Sign up for our newsletters, which are packed with ideas, events, and information for parents in Staten Island.

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  • public swimming pools on staten island 7 Free Public Pools on Staten Island Your Family Will Enjoy

    There are seven free, outdoor public pools on Staten Island, and they’re all open this summer through Labor Day Weekend. But before you pack your swim towels, apply sunscreen, and head to the pool for an afternoon of family fun this summer, there are a few things you need to know. Note from the NYC Parks Dept.: Outdoor pools are currently open for swimming. Due to the current national lifeguard shortage, all swim programs, including lap swim, senior swim, and Learn to Swim, have been cancelled for summer 2022.  What to Know Before Swimming in a Public Pool on Staten Island NYC Parks has some requirements and suggestions for families who want to swim at one of the public pools on Staten Island: All visitors must wear swimsuits to enter the pool area. If you want to cover up to protect your skin from the sun, you’ll need to bring a plain white shirt or hat. Shirts with colors on them aren’t allowed on pool decks. Forget or run out of your sunscreen? All public pools provide free sunscreen. Bring a sturdy lock (they’re required to enter) to keep your valuables safe in lockers. Don’t bring food, glass bottles, electronic devices, or newspapers to the pool, and leave valuables (like jewelry and credit cards) at home. Leave the pool floats at home. Babies and toddlers can use swim diapers in the pools. While you may find a spot to park your stroller, it’s at your own risk, so you’ll have to keep an eye on it. RELATED: The Top 10 Parks for Families on Staten Island These Are the Public Pools on Staten Island for Families 1. Faber Pool Faber Pool and Park, Faber Street and Richmond Terrace 718-816-5259 Hours: daily, 11am-3pm and 4-7pm Pools On-Site: Intermediate Pool Wheelchair Accessible Located by the Staten Island waterfront, this outdoor pool includes a park with playgrounds, basketball courts, and a skate park. 2. General Douglas Pool General Douglas MacArthur Park, Jefferson Street and Seaver Avenue 718-987-9800 Hours: Wednesday-Monday, 11am-3pm and 4-7pm Pools On-Site: Mini Pool Named after General Douglas MacArthur, the park was developed as part of the General Charles W. Berry Houses public housing project. The park was renovated this year. In addition to the mini pool, it includes reconstructed basketball courts and bleacher seating, improved lighting, chess tables, and new adult fitness equipment. Want to cool off without going swimming? This park also has spray showers for kids to run through. 3. Lyons Pool Pier 6 and Victory Boulevard 718-816-9571 Hours: daily, 11am-3pm and 4-7pm Pools On-Site: Olympic Pool, Wading Pool, and Diving Pool Wheelchair Accessible This aquatic facility is a swimmer’s delight with three pools to choose from, whether you’re a trained athlete, recreational swimmer or just want to relax in the water.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Staten Island, NY (@explorestaten) 4. Maggie Howard Pool Rev. Dr. Maggie Howard Playground, Tompkins Avenue, between Hill and Broad streets 718-448-5969 Hours: Wednesday-Monday, 11am-3pm and 4-7pm Pools On-Site: Mini Pool This pool is named after Stapleton community activist and senior pastor of Stapleton UME, the oldest African-American church on Staten Island. There are also playgrounds, baseball fields, basketball and handball courts, and spray showers on-site.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by NYC Parks (@nycparks) 5. PS 46 Playground Pool Old Town Playground, Parkinson Avenue and Kramer Street 718-448-8694 Hours: Wednesday-Monday, 11am-3pm and 4-7pm Pools On-Site: Mini Pool The site of this mini pool includes the Old Town Playground. And visitors can use baseball fields, basketball and handball courts, and spray showers when they’re not splashing around in the pool. 6. Tottenville Pool Hylan Boulevard and Joline Avenue 718-356-8242 Hours: daily, 11am-3pm and 4-7pm Pools On-Site: Intermediate Pool, Wading Pool Wheelchair Accessible As part of the Cool Pools NYC initiative, this public pool on Staten Island has been upgraded to include fun, summer-themed wall art, lounge chairs, cabana-style shade structures, plants, and free poolside activities, including games, sports, arts and crafts, and fitness classes. Plus, there’s an adjacent playground your kids can play on if they want to take a break from swimming.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by NYC Parks (@nycparks) 7. West Brighton Pool CPL. Thompson Park, Henderson Avenue, between Broadway and Chappel Street 718-816-5019 Hours: daily, 11am-3pm and 4-7pm Pools On-Site: Intermediate Pool, Wading Pool Wheelchair Accessible As with Tottenville Pool, the West Brighton Pool is part of Cool Pools NYC and has been upgraded to include fun, summer-themed wall art, lounge chairs, cabana-style shade structures, plants, and free poolside activities, including games, sports, arts and crafts, and fitness classes. Plus, the park offers baseball, soccer, and football fields, a playground, and running tracks. Read Next | Learn about All the Best Pre-school or Daycare Centers on Staten Island

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