Posted in Local Events

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.
Posted in ALL AGES Events, Educational FUN Activities, Local Events

 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
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
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:
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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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 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!!!!

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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