Posted in Easy DIY Crafts & Reciepes

Quick…Easy…Cheap…and Super Trendy Halloween Shirts!

We have all been there before…. your little one comes home at 3pm and tells you “guess what” I can wear a festive shirt for Halloween spirit day tomorrow at school. Except you don’t have one!!!! Now what? Have no fear this quick, cheap & easy craft will save the day!


  • Spray Bottle mix with 50% water, 50% bleach
  • Blank Shirts (we opted to use black for this project)
  • Dollar Tree festive wood stencils

Insider Tips:

  • The larger stencils have a whole on top where string hands from. We cut the string out and placed a piece of tape there to cover it, so we wouldn’t end up with a whole in our designs.
  • Spraying close to the shirt gives you a more solid design such as the middle shirt. The girls sprayed further away and it was more of a sprinkled looked.
  • We did this on a sunny day so the shirts dried super quick. We flipped them over and did the back, so both sides have designs.
  • We did this on the grass and although flat it wasn’t the smoothes. Putting the stencils on and off caused the shirts to move slightly. It really didn’t affect our designs but just something to keep in mind when doing this, make sure the shirt is smooth.
  • Once the shirts were dried they smelled like bleach. So I did a quick wash with just the shirts in there and then dried them too.

The kids are super proud of their work and can’t wait to wear them. We have them just laying around waiting for their official debut and we keep getting compliments when people stop by. The best one was another parent asked me where we bought such cool Halloween shirts! Dollar Tree for the win!!

Posted in ALL AGES Events, Local Events

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

An annual Busy Bee Hive tradition!

There’s no better place to experience the magic of an autumn night than at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Now keep in mind there are two local locations you can go to take part of this memorable family experience. Van Cortlandt Manor which sits along the Croton River and provides the perfect 18th-century backdrop for this annual fall spectacle.  Or walk the spooky dark grounds of Old Bethpage Village in Long Island.

No matter which location you choose you will be amazed to see more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns light up the night! Visitors are blown away by the work and artistry of each hand-carved pumpkin and every year there’s an additional wonder to inspire—a medieval castle, signs of the zodiac, and the Pumpkin Zee Bridge were some of the recent must-see displays.

Our experience:

  • The reservation only, time slots were great. Less crowded wait times.
  • The crowds kept moving at a nice pace.
  • We were all spaced out and enjoyed the leisurely stroll.
  • The grounds are dark for little ones to navigate. Highly recommend children 3 and under to be carried or in a stroller.
  • Hit Dollar Tree for some festive glow sticks to help light the way.
  • The grounds are overall smooth and easy to get through. Some patches here and there were a little bumpy/muddy to get through with the stroller, so keep that in mind.
  • Also, only bathroom facilities were port-a-potties. Although well maintained, I know some little ones are not a fan so plan accordingly.
  • Always something new to see, fun night for the whole family!

** The opinions expressed here are of our own. We were not compensated in any shape or form in exchange for this post. **

Posted in Elementary Age Events, Local Events, Preschoolers Events


A full day of family fun awaits you at Dino Days.Trips run SEPTEMBER 18 & 19One price includes all activities$4.00 for children under 2IncludesThe Dinosaur ShowMeet BLUE the VelciraptorScott Wagstaff ventriloquist and his Zany Animals,Train RideAdmission to the Ol’ Susquehanna Mine, tour and bag of real fossil ore40′ obstacle course bouncytemporary tattoosspin artmeet and greet with Davey the DinosaurA beautiful narrated ride along the scenic Delaware riverA full day of family activitiesONLY $16 FOR CHILDREN$20 ADULTS

Meet BlueA real live Velociraptor to scare and amuse you!

The Susquehanna Mining CompanyPan for real fossils you can take home!

The Dinosaur ShowA fun and informative show with real Anthropologists!
Field Paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka will take you on a scientific exploration highlighting the world of dinosaurs, fossils and rocks/minerals. Each summer, the team explores the Badlands of North and South Dakota excavating dinosaurs. This fun-filled wow-factor show will cover the formation of fossils and herbivores vs. carnivores. We will discuss our work as field paleontologists and our background in geology in a relatable way with entertainment, humor, magic and real fossils. The presentation will feature: – “Mr. Nixon”, a real eight foot Triceratops skull discovered by our team in 1996 and is 67 million years old – A real Albertosaurus skull will highlight the features of a carnivore. – Original music – songs – show & tell with rare fossils – a touch of magic which includes a special “egg magic trick” which segues to – presentation of a real dinosaur egg fossil – “Dinosaur Game Show” will round out the show.
Posted in Tips & Tricks

Back To School In A Post-Covid World

Let’s help make this the best school year ever!

Last year’s school year was something we had never seen before, with many schools offering a fully remote option, children like mine haven’t stepped foot in a school since March of 2020. However, many school districts have done away with that full remote option. The goal is to get every child back to school for in person learning in September. So needless to say besides the normal first day gitteries we have some additional worries and concerns this year.  So Sissa, Sue and myself sat down and discussed how to help ease that transition from a teacher’s perspective to help prepare “the busy bees” for a return to in person learning and came up with these 5 easy tips we want to share with you: 

  • If there is anything we have learned & seen this past year is mental health is important. If you thought quartiened was hard for you, imagine a child who didn’t fully understand what was going on. So address their feelings and help them work out their emotions and of course seek the help of professionals if you feel it is out of your comfort zone. But most of the time, we all just need someone safe to vent to.
  • Being positive in front of kids. We are all adults and have so many different opinions on everything. That’s what makes us special and unique BUT even if you disagree with a school wide regulation, please encourage the kids to be respectful  and cooperative. The goal is to keep everyone, everyday, as safe as possible.                      
  • Stick to routines (bedtime/lunches/homework time) – kids thrive off routines and can find success when they know there are clear expectations and what is in store for them. At our home when the kids were little, we used a visual scheduler like Easy Daisy visual scheduler and now that they are older we use apps like Tiimo, where they can check off items in each activity as they complete it. Using tools like this takes a load off your plate, believe it or not. Yes, it requires you to plan out your day a little but once it’s done, you won’t be repeating yours 1,000 times anymore! 
  • Little ones need practice who didn’t get to experience school last year.   All summer long I have been packing Baby B’s lunch/dinner in her @Omni lunchbox she will be using in fall. So she gets used to opening and closing everything on her own. We also have been working on getting our shoes, jacket and clothing on and off independently. Teachers you’re welcome 😂         
  • Make the weekends about free time/free play (de stress) – that’s where we come in!! Check the blog and event calendar for ideas of inexpensive things to do with your hive without breaking your bank!! 

Wishing everyone an amazing 2021-2022 school year! Let’s be patient. Be positive. And always have fun! 

Posted in At Home Fun, Easy DIY Crafts & Reciepes


Tired of spending a ton of money out, here is a way to make those streaming services work for you!

MOVIE: Peter Pan on Disney+
DINNER: Make Your Own Pizza Bar
MOVIE SNACKS: Dollar Tree Candy Isle

  • Disney+: $8 per month
  • Dollar Tree: $14 for containers/candy
  • Grocery Store: $10


  • Take advantage of your local Dollar Tree.  Sissa ended up going to two different ones to get all the supplies she needed and to fulfill the candy requirements for the busy bees.  You can also take the kids with you to pick out their own candy.
  • Find all the comfortable items in the house.  Pillows, bean bag chairs, blankets.  If you have a blow up pool large enough, set it up and throw the cozy items in it. 
  • Optional: Set up your concession stand without the children around so that when they walk into the space they are surprised by the night.  You can also leave the movie tickets by their bed to find in the morning.  


Pilsbury just came out with mini pizza dough so we had to try it out.  We purchased trays at Dollar Tree (or you can use your cookie sheets) as well as a 12 bowl pack, so that each kid had their own tray with dough, sauce and cheese to avoid any fighting.  The busy bees got super into making their own pizza.  The littlest bee needed some assistance but the other two were fully capable of doing it themselves.   


This did not take much.  We set up their snack containers on the counter with drink cups and the concession sign.  In the living room we put a blow up toddler mattress with pillows and blankets then put the movie poster sign under the tv.  When the kids came inside from pool time it was all set up and they were so excited to have a movie night and make their own dinner. 


At the end of the movie we asked the kids on a scale of 1-10, 10 being amazing, how would they rate it.  The scores were a 10/10, 9/10 and 4/10…I don’t think baby bee understood.  They already want to know when we can have another movie night!!!!

Posted in Adults Only Events, Local Events

Barn Dance is back October 7th. Tickets on sale NOW! 🐎

Gallop NYC taking their boots to Manhattan!

This fall – October 7th – join them for an evening of celebration in support of therapeutic riding in New York City.

We’re pleased to announce the return of our beloved in-person fundraising gala, The GallopNYC Barn Dance. On Thursday, October 7th from 6-10 PM, we’ll gather at The View in Battery Park to celebrate our programs and honor Tom O’Mara, President of US Equestrian.

We’ll have dinner, dancing, drinks, a roaring auction, and of course, we’re bringing a pony! 

Tickets and sponsorships are available at the link below.


New Venue, Stunning Views! 

We’ll be celebrating in equestrian chic style at iconic New York City venue, The View. Located in Battery Park, you’ll dance the night away at this incredible venue, which features an outdoor bar and lounge with stunning views of the Statue of Liberty. 

Posted in Local Events

Official Return of Movies With A View this August in Brooklyn Bridge Park!

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Presents

Movies With A View

Brooklyn’s Beloved Outdoor Film Series
Returns for a 4-Week Run this August 2021! 

Part of Hundreds of Free and Low-Cost Public Events in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Thursdays, August 5 – August 26, 2021
Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Doors at 6:00 PM, movie starts at sundown

BROOKLYN, NY, Thursday, July 8 — Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy (Conservancy) is excited to announce the official return of Movies With A View to Brooklyn Bridge Park for a 4-week limited run this August 2021! After a challenging 2020, the Conservancy’s popular outdoor film series will return for its 21stseason with the theme “Grit,” featuring heartwarming, irreverent, hilarious, and uplifting underdog stories that celebrate human perseverance and resilience, and overcoming adversity. Movies with a View is a summer must that has earned a large and loyal following. Since its launch, the Conservancy has entertained, thrilled, and pulled at the heartstrings of over 650,000 moviegoers, cementing this program as one of New York City’s favorite film series. Come celebrate the return of this Brooklyn classic as we cheers to a joyful summer back together in-person.

Movies With A View is one of hundreds of Conservancy events and activities that take place in Brooklyn Bridge Park over the course of the season. To date, more than 1.8 million visitors have enjoyed the Conservancy’s free cultural, recreational, and educational events and activities in the Park. To access our full lineup of events, please visit:

“Movies With A View is the Conservancy’s signature summer event and we look forward to welcoming back visitors for the official return this August,” said Nancy Webster, Executive Director of Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “We can’t wait to celebrate together with an amazing lineup,“Grit,” featuring fun and heartwarming stories of perseverance and resilience — something we can all relate to after 2020. We hope to see you here for movies, waterfront dance parties, fishing clinics, or any number of the Conservancy’s free cultural, educational, and recreational events this season!” 

“Brooklyn Bridge Park has been such an important refuge for so many the past year, and we are now very excited to welcome back one of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s most loved events. Movies With A View is a fantastic outdoor activity and wonderful way for the entire family to enjoy Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer,” said Eric Landau, President, Brooklyn Bridge Park. “All the Conservancy’s summer programs are fabulous, but Movies With A View is not to be missed!”

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Smorgasburg will provide food and drinks all evening along the Pier 1 promenade, featuring a selection of NYC’s favorite food vendors. Beer and wine concessions will be available for purchase for adults 21 and over.  

Doors open and music starts at 6:00PM. The film starts at sundown (generally around 8:30pm). The pre-movie lineup includes a DJ curated by Brooklyn Radio and a short film featuring local filmmakers curated by BAMcinématek. Please visit our website for the DJ and short film lineup, to be announced soon.

Free bike valet will be available thanks to Transportation Alternatives.

Thursdays, August 5 – August 26
Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Doors at 6:00 PM, movie starts at sundown

      August 5: Shaun of the Dead (2004, Directed by Edgar Wright)

      August 12: Patti Cake$ (2017, Directed by Geremy Jasper)

      August 19: Akeelah and the Bee (2006, Directed by Doug Atchison)

      August 26: Karate Kid (1984, Directed by John G. Avildsen)

Chairs (other than wheelchairs) are not allowed on the lawn, so please bring a blanket. There is reserved seating at the top of the lawn (on the hardscape) for people who require physical accommodations. Free bike valet is available for bike commuters. 

Maintaining safety is our number one priority and we are following State, City, and CDC guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19. At this time, no health screening or proof of vaccination is required to attend Movies With A View. Due to the ongoing risk of COVID-19 in New York City, the continued use of masks in crowded settings is recommended for all non-vaccinated individuals. We ask that unvaccinated individuals also maintain social distancing. 

All capacities and safety guidelines are subject to change.

For most up-to-date information, visit our event page at:


Brooklyn 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.


Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, known as Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP), is the 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. As steward of the park, BBP has transformed this previously deteriorated stretch of waterfront into a world-class park where the public can gather, play, relax and enjoy sweeping views of New York Harbor. The self-sustaining park was designed by the award-winning firm of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. and features expansive lawns, rolling hills, waterfront promenades, innovative playgrounds, a greenway, sports facilities and the popular Jane’s Carousel. BBP serves thousands of people on any given seasonal day, who come to picnic, walk their dog, play soccer, jog, bike or roller skate. Brooklyn Bridge Park is a signature public investment for the 21st Century and will be an enduring legacy for the communities, elected officials and public servants who made it happen.

Twitter:    @BBPNYC
Instagram:     @BrooklynBridgePark

Posted in Elementary Age Events, Local Events, Preschoolers Events

A Day Out With Thomas is only 2 weeks away!


A Day Out With Thomas – Aug. 13,14,15 BUY TICKETS
Destination Good Times! Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling into town with the Party Train Tour. Hop on board for a real train ride with Thomas. Say hello to Sir Topham Hatt, stop in the party corner for lawn game fun, have a blast in the bubble zone & check out the pop up gift shop for exclusive Thomas swag! Destination Good Times! Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling into town with the Party Train Tour. Hop on board for a real train ride with Thomas Say hello to Sir Topham Hatt, stop in the party corner for lawn game fun, have a blast in the bubble zone & check out the pop up gift shop for exclusive Thomas swag! Capacity will be limited and advance tickets are required. We’re back on track for delivering fun & memories at the Delaware River Railroad Excursions. Capacity will be limited and advance tickets are required.
99 Elizabeth StreetPhillipsburg, NJ 08865