Thursday, July 24, 2014

Virtual #CityDads Twitter MeetUp with Huffington Post Parents: Summer Activities With Our Kids

Virtual Meet-Up? Digitally bond?
Let's explain: You and your kids can stay in your air-conditioned home or participate via your mobile device in a park or playground for this meetup!  Join us over on Twitter this afternoon, Thursday, July 24 at 1:30pm EST. Help us celebrate the launch of with a meaningful chat about summer activities with your kids.
We'll be tweeting using hashtag,#CityDads, from the @NYCDadsGroup and @CityDadsGroup twitter handles and would love for you to join the conversation along with special co-host, @HuffPostParents.
HuffPost Parents have always been very supportive of our dads group so we're glad they agreed to join us as we celebrate our new City Dads Group website. Additionally, we'll be joined by all of the other awesome #CityDads Groups and parent friends across the nation: @PhillyDadsGroup, @ChicagoDadGroup, @ColumbusDads, @IndyDadsGroup, @DenverDadsGroup, @ABQDadsGroup, @ATLDadsGroup, @LADadsGroup, @SFDadsGroup, @BostonDadsGroup, @VegasDads
So, get ready to share some of your personal #CityDads activities, anecdotes, and photos to help other parents as we discuss summer activities with our kids.
See you on the Twitters!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Child Car Seat Answers at City Dads Group

car seatChild car seats and booster seats got you frustrated?

Do I need a car seat for my child when we travel by plane?

At what age can I turn the baby’s seat forward? 

How do I get this freakin’ thing installed?!

We have your answers.

Hop over to our City Dads Group site to find our guide to child car seat / booster seat safety and use. This downloadable document, created by Gregg and Darleen Jobson-Larkin, is based on a NYC Dads Group workshop led by Sarah Tilton, child passenger safety advocate manager, technician instructor and “The Car Seat Whisperer” with stroller and car seat manufacturer Britax.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Coney Island, NYC Dads Spotlighted by City Dads Group

wonder wheel coney island

The Wonder Wheel, Original Nathan’s, the Brooklyn Cyclones and more Coney Island staples are featured on NYC Dads Group member Ariel Chesler’s tribute to his native Brooklyn playground today on City Dads Group.

Coney Island for Young, Young at Heart is the first place highlighted in a weeklong series “Summer in Our City Dads Cities” that shows off some of the family-fun destinations found in the 11 U.S. cities part of the City Dads Group network.

The series is meant to help members planning to travel around the country or considering family moves, or alert those with dad friends or family located in the other areas we serve that we have City Dads Group group they can be a part of.

NYC will be in the spotlight again on City Dads Group on Thursday afternoon. Meanwhile, check City Dads Group every morning and afternoon this week for more info on our featured cities.

-- Kevin McKeever

Friday, July 18, 2014

All Star Dads Night Out Proves to Be a Home Run!

NYC Dads Group enjoy All-Star Dads Night Out
NYC Dads Group enjoy an All-Star Dads Night Out 
The MLB All-Star Game wasn't in New York this year (it was at Target Field in Minnesota), but the next best thing was to rally the troops and watch the game together with a huge group of dads!
Our friends at BABYBJĂ–RN welcomed us for a fun filled All-Star Dads Night Out with all the baseball essentials; hot dogs, fresh pretzels, peanuts, popcorn, cold beverages, baseball trivia, and of course some comfy chairs to watch the BIG game! (maybe even an adult size version of their Bouncer Balance Soft?) 
The gathering happened at the swanky midtown-Manhattan Royalton Hotel, so we were in more luxurious digs than the sports bars we usually frequent for a dads night out.  The dads came out in droves dressed in their favorite ball team's shirts and caps.  After all, we were out to watch a star-studded game with our favorite players from around the nation.  The NY Mets fans were giddy with excitement as second baseman, Daniel Murphy (dubbed Mr. Paternity Leave), was participating in his first all-star game.  New York Yankee fans were eager to watch and Respect "the Captain", Derek Jeter, play in his final all-star game before he retires at the end of the season.  Of course, New York fans ruled the roost, but other active fathers were rockin' their gear representing the Boston Redsox, Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers, L.A. Dodgers, and St. Louis Cardinals to name a few.  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

DeVoy Playground: Simply Fun

Editor’s Note: This is the third in an occasional series, written by NYC Dads Group member Niel Vuolo, reviewing parks and playgrounds in the NYC area.
Sometimes simplicity is the best thing. That is why the Joseph E. DeVoy playground in Forest Park (71st and Union Turnpike in Queens) is not only one of my kids’ favorite parks but mine.

Monday, July 14, 2014

$1 Kid Movies at Regal Cinemas This Summer


Every summer since I became a dad, I have taken advantage of Regal Cinema’s Summer Movie Express. For the price of $1 a person, you can sit inside an air-conditioned building. It doesn’t matter to me what movie is playing as long as I can soak in a few minutes of cool air on someone else’s electric bill.

The movie theaters do a great job at making the experience easy on parents too. The sound isn’t as loud as normal and they keep the lights dim in some areas of the theater. If you’re expecting a nice quiet morning at the movies, you’d better stay home. The audience is full of kids talking, babies crying, and parents yelling, “Get back here!” My family fits right in.

If you are looking for ways to cool off or keep your kids from bugging you about boredom, click here to find a participating Regal Cinema near you.

Summer Movie Express Schedule

  • Week 1 - Hotel Transylvania, The Smurfs 2
  • Week 2 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Pirates: Band of Misfits
  • Week 3 - Arthur Christmas, Despicable Me 2
  • Week 4 - The Lego Movie, Free Birds
  • Week 5 - The Adventures of Tintin, Rise of the Guardians
  • Week 6 - Kung Fu Panda 2, Madagascar 3
  • Week 7 - The Croods, Epic
  • Week 8 - Turbo, Walking with Dinosaurs
  • Week 9 - Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Rio 2

*For the week of 7/13/14, NYC is on week 2

-- Jason Greene


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