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Fall Guide 2022

Can you believe that summer is almost over???? School will be back in session soon and then the season of apples, pumpkins and all things spooky will be here. We have done some research on some of the activities going down this year in the tri-state area.

Where are the Harry Potter Fans??? Starting October 22, Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience is coming to Westchester County. While October appears to be sold out, there are still plenty of dates open in November and December. This interactive experience will enchant all wizards, witches and muggles alike.

Who doesn’t love when the leaves turn into the gorgeous reds, oranges and browns in the fall…well maybe Mel B and Sue don’t, they prefer summer, but Sissa loves all things fall (and winter). If you enjoy the fall foliage why not take a cruise up the Hudson River to see it all. Starting in September to November on Saturdays/Sundays Circle Line Cruises are offering a pleasant ride up to see it all. Tickets can be bought through this link and start at 8:30am. Onboard you will enjoy Oktoberfest snacks and will be able to disembark at Bear Mountain to hike around and enjoy the trails.

Another amazing event that goes on every fall is the NY Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo, NY. Travel back in time to all things medieval with shows and shops!!! The Faire just opened for the season and runs on the weekends until the end of October. Click here for your tickets.

Two awesome Jack O’ Lantern experiences are Rise of the Jack O’ Lantern and The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze. Both are a great night out to see hundreds of carved pumpkins but this is the first year Rise is back after a two year hiatus with the pandemic. Tickets are going fast so reserve them ASAP.

Apple picking is a family favorite to do in the fall by everyone!!! While the spots are few on long island there are plenty of places in Rockland and Orange County. Most spots also have pumpkin picking and if you are lucky you can find a corn maze at one of them too!!! And for the adults looking for something a little extra there are plenty of winery’s who have fall activities.

Long Island Locations

Lewins Farms – not only can you pick apples but they have a great corn maze.

Wicham’s Fruit Farm

Hank’s Pumpkin Town

Rockland/Orange County Locations

Orchards of Concklin

Masker’s Farm

Apple Ridge Orchard

Pennings Orchard, Pennings Cidery– not only can you go apple picking but you can spend the day at their cidery!

New Jersey Locations

Demarest Farms

Battleview Orchards

Happy Day Farms – no apple picking but there is a corn maze, pumpkin picking, pig races, sunflowers and more!

Pennsylvania Locations

The Amazing Maize Maze– one of the best corn mazes in the area!

Solebury Orchard

If you make your way out to Pennsylvania, why not stop by Peddler’s Village for all things Autumn that they have going on there. It is a great little colonial style shopping and eating area that is right over the boarder. It is roughly 90 minutes from New York City and can provide a day of fun for the whole family.

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Sissa Had Her Baby!!!! Here’s Her Advice…

That’s right!!!! After waiting 40 weeks and 3 days, on July 1 my baby…GIRL arrived healthy with 10 fingers and 10 toes and that is all we wanted. For those who don’t know, we did not find out the gender of the baby so it was fun watching everyone trying to predict what we were having. I would say it was a good 80/20 split of boy over girl. We were shocked when the doctors said girl, so much so both my husband and I said, “Are you sure??”. So here comes the down and dirty truth…how was my labor, delivery and coming home you ask…not how I planned. So for those who are expecting soon or trying here are the things no one really tells you about (with some graphic details).

1) Labor is like a really bad period cramp that gets worse, at least for me it was. My water never broke, they did it at the hospital for me. I started having these weird pains in my stomach around 5pm the night before and they started about a half hour apart and lasted 30 seconds or so. Then as the night went on, they got closer together and lasted more like 45 seconds to a minute. This can be different for everyone but this is what I felt.

2) The Epidural. After getting to the hospital at 3am, I lasted until about 6am to which I called the nurse and said I needed the epidural. Ladies, let me tell you, ITS NOT THAT BAD. People kept telling me its painful and hurts when they do it but I didn’t find it to be as horrible as people told me. I have a lower threshold for pain so for me to say its not that bad I’m not lying to you. However, once it kicked in, life was amazing. They also don’t tell you when you have an epidural you need a catheter because you can’t walk anymore since the epidural numbs your whole lower body.

3) Not eating. Yep its true they don’t want you really eating while you are in labor but I brought trail mix which I was eating in between being checked. I also was able to eat Italian Ice and Jell-o which the nurse offered me and I took it. I made the mistake of not eating dinner through the pain of contractions while I was still at home. And by the time I had my C-section (I will get to that next) I was starving and dry heaving through the surgery.

4) C-Section. I was not dilating (didn’t make it past 5cm), she started to turn into my pelvis, I was getting a fever and her heartrate was rising. The doctor gave us our options but we decided to have the C-section before it got worse. They give you a stronger medicine to numb your lower half more and you really don’t feel a thing until they pull the baby out. The best way I can describe that feeling is if you have a super tight bathing suit on and you are trying to peel it off of you, like a reverse suction type feeling. After they close you up, you are brought to a recovery room with your baby where they continue to monitor you. Now here’s the fun part, once you are brought to your room after recovery, the nurses will check on your every two hours. As much as you want to be with your baby ladies, I sent her to the nursery so we, yes we, could get sleep.

5) Post-Surgery. You never truly understand what your core does in movement until you’ve been cut right through it. Again, my husband was a saint the whole first day because I could barely move. It is hard to sit up and walk and really do anything, page the nurses to help you or have your partner help you. I had also asked for a waist trainer because it helps with getting your guts back in order. Do yourself a favor and ask for it and USE IT! You also get the catheter out at some point and they nag you about going to the bathroom on your own. It took about a week post-surgery for me to be able to move not at a snails pace.

6) The BLOOD. Lets think about this one, vaginal birth or C-section, you just had a living person in your uterus with a placenta and blood. How does your body remove blood…a period, but worse. In the hospital they give you these mesh underwear and a giant pad (it was like an ultra super plus pad). Now with vaginal, you need to take care of swelling and possibly stitches and other issues but with a C-section, your lady parts aren’t damaged (for a lack of better terms). However, you will still bleed. As we speak 21 days later, I am still bleeding. Its not as heavy as day 1 post baby, but its still a period bleed. For the first week home I continued to wear the hospital underwear and giant pads but by the second week, I switched to my boyshort underwear with my normal pads I would wear at night for my period. Some people gave me advice to get Depends (they make a nicer kind called Silhouette) as it would be easier then the pads. I did not get them but I probably should have.

7) The worst part…hormones. Yep, the joy of the female body. Your body produces extra hormones for the baby and once the baby is out, those levels drop. The whole first week home, I cried, often. My poor husband kept comforting me as I dealt with what felt like a million different feelings. I cried looking at her, every time my husband said something sweet about “his girls”, when she spit up her bottle one time, you name it I was crying. They also have you fill out a post-partum depression questionnaire before you leave the hospital and then I had to fill one out a few days later at the pediatricians office. After about a week, it was like a switched changed in my body and I stopped crying.

8) Get a baby app. I’m using Sprout. I had both my cousins tell me to get Sprout. The app is free but there is a subscription. I paid the lifetime subscription for $40 but now I can have it for life and my husband has access to it also. It tracks, sleep, feeding, pumping, diapers, activity, and medical. I have used this non stop since we came home and it is so helpful with how much she eats and how long her naps are. The diapers are the most useful too as they let you pick the color and type of dirtiness they are. Plus it is also useful when you go to the doctors and they ask you those question, you can quickly answer it.

I truly hope some of this is helpful for anyone who is looking for the truth. I hated when people told me, oh its a wonderful miracle, you forget about the pain. Ummm no, I remember the pain and everything else that came with it but at the end of all of that, I have a beautiful girl who is amazing and made all of that worth it.

~Sissa

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Amazon Prime Recommendations

Happy Prime Day Eve!!!!!

Looonnnngggg time no newsletter. Well the Busy Bees Ladies have had a very busy end of the school year with the kids, pregnancy and work but we promise that we will be back on track real soon! However, with that being said make sure you are following us on Instagram @busylittlebeesnyc as we are constantly posting on our stories of events, ideas and other fun activities for your little bees.

Ok…Prime Day…Feels like the Olympics of Amazon every July. Mel B, Sissa and Sue have put together a list of items that they have purchased from Amazon that they are absolutely in love with. Now we can’t guarantee that these particular items will have the best sales for the day but you will at least know our favorite items and why we think they are a great buy. This is a long post but it’s well worth it!

PackIt Mod Lunch Bento Food Storage Container– this container is perfect for any meal you want to pack. The dividers allow you to separate food and are leak proof. To top it off you can put it in the dishwasher and microwave. Sissa likes it for her different snacks that she can eat during her day at work.

Fluf Flip Snack Sack: Reusable Snack & Sandwich Bag – especially for little ones, you can pick a different pattern for each snack they have. Like my little one has breakfast, morning & afternoon snack in school in addition to lunch. So these bags know which food she should eat when (like a yogurt should be in the morning before it gets to warm) and allows me to put more than one thing in a bag. Like a yogurt and a spoon. Or a granola bar & fresh fruit.

OmieBox Bento Box for Kids– Not gonna lie. I love this so much I’ve been caught at the field using it for myself while the kids play their game lol what’s not to love, customizable compartments, hot & cold foods together & the ability to just carry one box instead of 4 containers!

Welly First Aid Kit– If you don’t like normal band-aids let me tell you how fun Welly first aid kits are! They have colorful Band-Aids or bravery badges as they call them, that kids will love. While this is a large first aid kit they have smaller kits that are perfect for diaper bags, purses and kids backpacks. Sissa has a small kit in her purse that has Band-Aids and ointment as well as the large one in her car. They also have a heal blister protection and clear spot patches for blemishes. Sissa loves all their products.

Stojo Collapsible Travel Cup– You would be surprised how many “kid friendly” restaurants don’t have cups with lids on it. That is a disaster waiting to happen! But problem solved…..this collapsible cup is awesome bc it so small I can throw it pretty much any bag. Even if a restaurant doesn’t have kid friendly cups I can enjoy my dinner knowing I won’t be taking home a soaked toddler later.

Chef’n Garliczoom Garlic Chopper– If you cook with garlic this is a must have! It’s the hot wheels of garlic micers. It’s so easy my 4 year old can mice garlic on her own once I set it up.

Silicone Baking Sheet Pan Dividers– If you are a person who has a Hello Fresh subscription or something equivalent to that or you need to bake several sides for a dish in a small quantity these dividers are amazing. Sissa uses them all the time for her and her husband with their Hello Fresh meals. She places them on top of a cookie sheet and its an easy clean up too!

Sturdy Wardrobe Clothes Organizer– Mel B says this is a GAME CHANGER!! Easily find any shirt and keep your clothes from turning into a big mess in any closet shelf.

Hair Finishing Stick– Do you hate the little fly always in your hair. Sue loves this product as it puts those flyaways in place so your hair is picture perfect.

KOODER Handheld Fan– Sissa is not a fan of the heat…and neither are the busy bees kids. This USB charging fan with a mister is perfect to take with you for any activities during the summer. Sissa brings hers to Disney all the time and the kids bring them to the softball fields.

Sue has a general overall statement about Prime Day….DO NOT SLEEP ON AMAZON FASHION!!!! Sue has bought so many clothes lately on Amazon for formal affairs no less and received lots of compliments on them. The following items are some of her recommendations.

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Making a Baby Registry…And Getting Free Things

Let’s have a super fun topic to talk about, making your baby registry. First thing I would 100% recommend, especially since we are living in a post-pandemic world, your furniture first…and maybe ask your family if they will be willing to purchase it. We were lucky that the crib we picked was in stock but walking around Buy Buy Baby, there were multiple furniture sets that had signs that they were on backorder. I have heard some horror stories of sets not getting delivered for 3-4 months after it was ordered, so don’t wait until the last minute.

My second piece of major advice, baby furniture is expensive. My husband and I actually opted to go to IKEA for the dresser instead of the one they had that matched the crib at Buy Buy Baby. We had picked out a gray crib and the gray stain at Ikea matched it nearly identical and the dresser at IKEA was about $500 less then what Buy Buy Baby had. (Huge savings when shopping for baby).

Ok now that those two pieces are done here’s what to do on the rest. I first started browsing on Amazon and made a baby registry but kept it private. With Amazon if you complete 60% of your list, you qualify for a FREE gift. Same with Target and Buy, Buy, Baby when you create baby registries. Now for what is in the free gift varies by each store but it is essentially samples of products. But in my world, Free is for ME!

I started with the basic things a baby needs such as car seat, stroller, bottles, grooming kits, wash clothes, towels, crib sheets and waterproof crib sheets, pacifiers, and books. From there I branched out from each of those things. So for example, my car seat, I needed an extra base, a mirror so I can see them, a seat protector for my car, shades for the windows, etc. Slowly my list was building on each registry.

I also asked a lot of my friends what they bought but didn’t use or what was the best purchase they did make. While every baby is different and what you buy may not be what baby likes…KEEP ALL GIFT RECIEPTS!!!! Also remember, Amazon will literally take back anything so just make the switch, it is not a big deal and it will keep your stress levels down postpartum.

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8 Weeks To Go!!!!

Hey BusyLittleBee World…Sissa here!!!! Well…it has been a hot minute since any of us have posted on our blog. I blinked and I have 8 weeks left to my pregnancy. So where did I leave off…oh yea, morning sickness.

The morning sickness subsided around week 13/14 and I was back to my normal self. I have been taking photos every two weeks of my belly growing and its amazing how quickly your body changes to grow this little human. I have to say I have had a great pregnancy…until the dreaded glucose test.

Lets start with the first test. It is a one hour test where you drink pure sugar that is masked to taste like flat orange soda (at least mine was, there are different “flavors”). Personally, I didn’t think it was that bad, the worst of it was afterwards I got a bad headache from what I assume is all the sugar in the drink. You should go in fasted but I was told I could eat one scrambled egg before the test just to quickly crave the hunger when I woke up. After waiting one hour, you then get your blood drawn. Now, I don’t know about everyone else but they took about 10 mini vials of blood. And when the results came back…I had failed, by 7 points. So now what…oh you get to take the three hour test.

The three hour test is basically the same thing. You go in fully fasted ( at least 8 hours) and they take your blood to find your starting level. Then you drink that wonderful drink again but this time it has MORE sugar in it. For the next 3 hours on the hour, you get your blood drawn. During this time I felt dizzy and nauseous at some points and you aren’t allowed to drink water while your doing the test…or so the lab told me but the doctor said I could have drank some water but that was after the test. My arms got a little bruised from the blood being drawn but this is all for me and the babies health right?!

A few days went by and surprise surprise…I failed 2 of the 3 blood draws by a few points. What does this mean you ask? This meant I was now diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. So here we add another doctor to my list. So now I have to check my levels 4 times a day, when I wake up and after each meal. What I can tell you is my level are beyond super normal and I am hoping that I can stop pricking myself soon and just watch what I eat in terms of sugary food (which is the only thing that does spike it).

So now that this post has been sad with my dealings I will say wait for next week when I plan on writing a post about making your baby registry list. That will be more uplifting…I promise.

Have a great day!!!!

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Sissa Has A Secret!!!!!

As most of you know Sissa is our resident newlywed to the group and well, things are about to change. Her and her husband announced on Christmas Day that they are adding to their family and are expecting a baby in June!!!!! We are so excited for her and she is even more excited to share her journey with all of you. The rest of this post is her story so far.

I am just so excited to finally be on the journey of becoming a mother. For years, I have watched friends have children and I have enjoyed being the “aunt”; sharing in milestones with them, but now it’s finally my turn. And so far what a turn it has been. By the time I share this with the Busy Bees world I will be 19 weeks pregnant. And I am here to tell you…I will NOT sugar coat anything.

When we first found out I was pregnant I had taken the test about 3 days after my missed period. Within seconds, it felt like that line turned into a plus sign and then the digital test read pregnant. We were both extremely excited but also scared and nervous as we had experienced a miscarriage in early July at 8 weeks pregnant. This second time we waited a little longer to go to the doctor to confirm the pregnancy. At 7 weeks we had our first appointment and there on the screen was this little blob with a heartbeat.

As soon as we got the confirmation, the “morning” sickness began. I felt nauseous from the second I woke up to the second I went to bed. Brushing my teeth became impossible in the morning and I had to resort to keeping my teeth clenched to get a light brushing in without causing myself to throw up. As for breakfast, a Dunkin Donuts Egg and Cheese on an English Muffin with an apple juice was what was tolerable. Mini Triscuits, plain Cheerio’s, red and orange peppers and ice cold water were my go to foods trying to much on something every few hours just so I wouldn’t dry heave behind my mask at work. Lunch was mac and cheese and as for dinner…yea I could barely eat as I was so tired by the time I got home everyday.

Now you are probably thinking…that doesn’t sound very healthy. Well ladies let me tell you, healthy goes out the door when you feel that sick. Everyone around you will start to give you advice on what helped them (and I took any and all suggestions) and others will tell you to try to suck it up and eat real food. My best advice, DO WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER. Does the baby and you need nutrition, yes you both do, but when you feel sick, you have to just eat what will stay down.

By week 13, it started to go away and I was able to start eating more food again. This is when I also tried to get in the “healthy” foods that you need as you are growing this human inside of you. Little by little it has gotten better. Do I still have moments where I dry heave, yes I do but they are few and farther between.

I also decided to spoil myself and subscribe to a Bump Box which I am going to share with you of what I get inside each month. Check out our Instagram stories for that! I am just thrilled to share my journey with you in hopes that if any of you are going through the same thing or starting your own journey of parenthood that you get a little more insight without everyone telling you “pregnancy is a wonderful thing”…it is but let’s be real, we all want to know the rough side of it too

~Sissa…and baby too

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Long Weekend at Disney with Kids

Do you think it is impossible to get away with the kids during the school year AND go to Disney. Honestly it isn’t that bad if you plan it correctly. If you can plan it with a Monday or Friday that school is closed that works in your favor. In New Jersey, A LOT of people travel during the NJEA Teachers Convention that is part of the first week in November. Another good time is in October over the Columbus Day long weekend.

In our case, our kids school had a half day on October 1st so they only missed one and a half days of school. We left JFK around 8am which had us land in Orlando about 10:30am. This gave us the whole rest of the day in Hollywood Studios. Friday was jammed packed in Magic Kingdom, Saturday was Epcot. Sunday we woke up early to catch our 9am flight back to NY so we could have a normal night routine to go back to school on Monday.

A few tips and tricks that we learned to help keep our day flowing:

  1. I decided that I was going to rent a stroller instead of bringing mine. Since we were just going for the weekend that meant 5 pieces of carry on luggage, plus backpacks…I didn’t need the extra hassle of my own stroller. I used Kingdom Strollers which gives you the option of pick up at the airport OR having it dropped off at your resort. I choose to pick it up at the airport since we were heading to the park as soon as we got dropped off. It cost about $50 for the three days and was perfect.
  2. If you have a small child, consider getting a Ride-On Suitcase. I have linked it from Amazon. This saved me in the airport of having my stroller because my smallest just sat on and we pulled her (she loved it!).
  3. While we were in Disney we use their mobile ordering A LOT for meals when we didn’t have a sit down service. The best part was we could pre order food for a time slot later in the day. This eliminated taking time out to wait on line to order food. Half the time we were on line for a ride and placing our order and it would be ready when we were done at the ride.
  4. Travel Blanket!!!! If you think I am crazy saying bring a blanket to Florida I am not. We had a travel blanket that was thin and easy to carry in a backpack. When it came time to find a spot for fireworks, it was so much more comfortable then sitting on hot pavement. Plus it saved space for us from bystanders.
  5. In Magic Kingdom (for those who haven’t been in a while), the Dumbo ride is new and improved with a great playground/air conditioning spot. You don’t need to ride on Dumbo to use the playground area, just ask a cast member. Also in that area is a splash pad, so bring a change of clothes if you want to let your child run in the water.
  6. Another great air condition/cool down spot is in Epcot at The Seas with Nemo and Friends. After the ride, which 95% of the line is indoors, is the aquarium with ocean life. There is a lot of ocean information that the kids can learn about AND there is also Turtle Talk with Crush which is interactive with the children. We spent close to an hour inside cooling down.
  7. Bring your own water bottles. Disney will give you water at any quick service spot if you ask. It was still very hot in October and we were constantly refilling our water bottle every time we stopped to up food.
  8. If you want to help keep your costs down, bring your own snacks for the in-between times. I brought with me goldfish, fun fruits and granola bars. They helped if we were waiting a long time on rides or as we were waiting for fireworks (so we didn’t loose our spot).
  9. Epcot is the perfect sleep in day. The park opens early but the World Showcase doesn’t open until 11am. The only two rides that are open in the World Showcase are Frozen Ever After and Remi’s Adventure but we did not leave the hotel until about 9:30am.
  10. PLANS CHANGE. Going to Disney is not about keeping a schedule. Every minute does not have to be accounted for with doing something. Sometimes just sitting on a bench eating popcorn or a Mickey Ice Cream Bar is enough. Take in the little moments with your children…they are only little once.
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Disney in a Day

So for those of you who have read the title and thought to yourself that doing Disney in a day isn’t possible, guess what it is and here’s how it’s done. Between the 3 NYC airports (JFK, LaGuardia and Newark) Newark has the earliest flight leaving at 6am with JetBlue and has you landing around 8:30am. I was able to book my ticket about a week before for the best price of $110 round trip! 

From there you can take an Uber or Lift for a 30 minute ride to Magic Kingdom (or the park you want for the day). If you go to Magic Kingdom they will drop you off at the transportation center which means you will need to take the monorail or ferry over to the park.  And now you have reached Magic Kingdom just as the park has opened. 

If you plan your day right you can get on a ton of rides and eat all your favorite treats. Mobile orders are the best way to go unless you really want to do a sit down meal. I left all my shopping for the end of the day and bought a reusable bag to be my “carry-on” for the plane with all my goodies. 

My flight to leave Orlando was at 7:35 so I had to leave the park by 6 to give all that extra time for driving and security. I was lucky and security went quick and I was at my gate by 7ish and back in NJ by 10:30ish. I think I fell asleep at one point on the plane but again…well worth being there for the day! 

I packed a backpack with all I needed for the day. I wore sneakers down and about 3pm when my feet started to hurt, I switched to my Croc flip flops. I also packed 2 masks, a wallet with ID, my Disney Rewards card, credit cards plus some cash. I also packed KT Blister tape, a Welly first aid kit, sunglasses, a hat, water bottle, hydration powders, a mini fan, hat, earplugs, gum (MCO does not sell gum), Advil and Tylenol, lip balm, sunblock, Purell wipes, portable battery charger, and a metal straw (Disney uses paper). 

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While this all looks a lot, I did have a lot of room left over but once the sneakers went in my backpack there was less room. I still fit some disney souvenirs in my bag plus I had gotten the big tote bag too which was fine in the overhead bin. 

Overall, it was a SUPER draining day and I was exhausted the next day too but it was 100% worth every moment. So I guess your asking can this be done with kids…that’s not up to me to say. If you think your kids can handle it, go for it. But if you and your friends or husband are looking for a spontaneous trip…BOOK IT. 

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 Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Celebrates the Official Reopening and 6th Anniversary of the Environmental Education Center

Saturday, September 25, 2021
1:00-5:00 PM, 
99 Plymouth Street

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy (Conservancy) will celebrate the official reopening and 6th Anniversary of the Environmental Education Center on Saturday, September 25 at 99 Plymouth Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park. This free, family-friendly afternoon features special birthday festivities inside the Education Center, as well as outdoor activities presented in collaboration with Billion Oyster Project, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Bridge Parents, and New York State Department of Conservation.Visitors are invited to explore unique educational exhibits and animals, and take part in a wide range of kid-friendly activities including crafts, a community art project using recycled materials, a mini photo booth, Park scavenger hunts, and more. Brooklyn Public Library will present a nature themed storytime at 2:30 PM at the Pebble Beach stairs.This is a free, all-ages event and is open to the public with no advanced registration required.The Environmental Education Center has been closed since the start of the pandemic and will reopen in a limited capacity for weekly Open Hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays (3:00-5:00pm) and Saturdays (1:00-5:00pm) starting Saturday, September 25 with COVID-19 protocols and safety measures enforced. Please see below for safety details, or visit our website for more information.“Throughout the pandemic, our environmental educators worked hard presenting creative outdoor and virtual programming for children and families to learn and explore,” said Nancy Webster, Executive Director of Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “We look forward to reopening the Environmental Education Center on September 25 and welcoming the public to this festive celebration of the Center’s 6th Anniversary.”“We are thrilled to once again open the doors to the Conservancy’s Environmental Education Center,” said Isa Del Bello, Director of Education, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “We have deeply missed working with children and families in the Center, providing free educational programming for learners of all ages. We can’t wait to see old friends and welcome new ones!”

“The Conservancy’s environmental programming offers so much for kids and families. We are so glad the Conservancy is able to reopen their doors and again offer educational programs from the Education Center,” said 
Eric Landau, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park  Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Environmental Education Center Reopening and 6th Birthday Celebration

Where: 99 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY 11201
When: Saturday, September 25, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Website: bit.ly/edcenterparty
 
COVID-19 Safety Measures and Indoor Attendance Requirements​​The Conservancy is committed to providing a safe environment for visitors to the Environmental Education Center and are following State, City, and CDC guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19, including the Mayoral Executive order: Key to NYC.For the well-being of our community, we ask that anyone who exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19 or has recently come into contact with someone who had COVID-19, please stay home. Any participants who do not comply with safety requirements will be asked to leave the program.Additional requirements are as follows: Participants and staff are required to wear masks at all times.All Environmental Education Center visitors ages 12 and older are required to provide proof that they have had at least one dose of the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. Visitors who cannot provide proof of their vaccination upon arrival will not be permitted entry. Visitors will need to present valid ID matching the name on their proof of vaccination. One adult from each family unit must sign-in with their name, phone number, number in group, zip code, and signature. By signing, you are also attesting your group has self-certified for COVID symptoms. A maximum of 25 visitors are allowed in the Education Center at a time.The room will follow a one-in, one-out policy when at capacity. If demand is continually high, visitors may be subject to time-limits. Masks, gloves, hand sanitizer will be available onsite for participants.Acceptable methods for providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination include:CDC Vaccination CardNYC Vaccination RecordExcelsior PassNYC COVID Safe App: Android | iOSValid ID includes your name and a photograph; for example:School I.D. cardDriver’s licenseGovernment I.D. cardIDNYC cardPassportIf you have questions regarding our COVID-19 safety policy, please email us at education@brooklynbridgepark.org.
 
ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTERBrooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Environmental Education Center is a year-round space, located at 99 Plymouth Street in DUMBO. It is the home base for our thriving education program which serves over 10,000 school children each year. The Environmental Education Center is open to families and park visitors on weekends and weekday afternoons. Learn more at: bit.ly/environmentaledcenter
ABOUT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK CONSERVANCYBrooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has worked for over 35 years to bring Brooklyn Bridge Park to life. We started out as grassroots advocates, bringing together residents, government, and local supporters to transform an abandoned waterfront into the park you see today. Now an essential supporter, the Conservancy works in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park to ensure that the Park reaches its full potential as a dynamic and vibrant public space for all of Brooklyn, New York City, and beyond. With your help, the Conservancy produces diverse and innovative programming for Park visitors and cultivates volunteer and philanthropic support of this special place on the Brooklyn waterfront. Since 2000, more than 1.8 million visitors have enjoyed the Conservancy’s free, public programs in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

ABOUT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARKBrooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, known as Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP), is the City controlled not-for-profit entity responsible for the planning, construction, maintenance, and operation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre sustainable waterfront park spanning 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River shoreline. Brooklyn Bridge Park is designed to be both environmentally and financially sustainable, a critical element of the park’s long-term sustainability. 

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