Now that the influx of holiday tourists has subsided, its finally time for New Yorkers to get out and flex their skating muscles at Citi Pond. January and February are the perfect time to enjoy a less crowded, yet no less beautiful spin around the ice rink in the park. Remember, Citi Pond is New York's only free admission skating rink. What better reason do you need to plan a visit?
This year Martin Luther King Day is on Monday January 21. This day lets us celebrate the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. As it is a federal holiday, there is lots going on so there is also lots of choice as to how to spend the day. Below we are highlighting just a few of the happenings for families in the city.
SATURDAY JANUARY 19 Ice Festival @ Central Park Sip on hot chocolate while watching Okamoto Studio carve Belvedere Castle and its surrounding landscape out of ice and learn about the geologic history of Central Park. Scandinavian Sing-Along @ Scandinavia House Scandinavia holds a treasure-trove of children’s songs and games. Danish musician Vibe Normann will introduce children to English versions of these songs, play musical games, and perform a selection of songs. Come prepared to move, dance, imagine, and sing your heart out!
Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Walcott updated New Yorkers on the potential School Bus Strike. Unfortunately, it now looks like the union-Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union- will go on strike this week, possibly Wednesday.
If they decide to strike, it would jeopardize the education and safety of the more than 150,000 students who take school buses every single day, in a year when students have already missed a week or more of school because of Hurricane Sandy.
What's On: NYC Kids, January 12 & 13 SATURDAY JANUARY 12 Little Swappies Kids Clothing and Toy Swap Event @ Avenues School Have unused holiday presents, outgrown clothes, stored up toys and books that your kids will not play with or read anymore? It’s a new year so swap them all for things you actually need! Saturday Morning Storytelling @ Scandinavia House Some of New York’s most famous storytellers bring to life exciting tales of mythical creatures and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far North. Ages 5+
[caption id="attachment_9702" align="alignnone" width="169" caption="Andy with his three boys"][/caption] I can't say that I am the best lawyer, or the best business man, but I can say that I am extremely skilled at dancing the balance of work and family. Skilled because I am equipped to make this balancing act work - my wife and I decided way back when that we wanted to be there for our kids while they still wanted us to be there.  

Here at New York Loves Kids, we are very excited about the Gaga Center's new Tot Gaga which is being launched this month. This is for two-, three- and four-year-olds to have their fun in the pits...