SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 Free Events for Kids and Families #LCKids

 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 Free Events for Kids and Families, Including #LCKids Costume Contest, Activities Scavenger Haunt, Storytime at the Atrium, and More


WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 2017

 11:00 am  1:00 pm

WHERE:   Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Various venues (see below)

WHAT: Lincoln Center invites costumed kids and families for a festive Halloween celebration at its third annual LC Kids Trick-or-Treat, a fun-filled day of free events, activities, and performances. The 2016 edition attracted more than 10,000 kids and families.

Schedule, by location:


Josie Robertson Plaza and Hearst Plaza:

11:00 am  1:00 pm:  Trick-or-treating at Lincoln Center venues and public spaces Scavenger Haunt activity stations around the plazas, presented by Gateway™s Haunted Playhouse; Children™s Museum of Manhattan invites participants to create a stuffed zombie on Hearst Plaza; Spooktacular Amboolance presented by NewYork-Presbyterian; Saw players, hand balancer, and stilt walkers on Josie Robertson and Hearst Plazas; and Partner giveaways and activities.

Families and their kids will be able to participate at the #LC Kids Costume Contest by taking a photo and posting it to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #LCKids. Winner will be announced on Instagram on October 31, and will receive a year-long membership to LC Kids, brunch for four at The Grand Tier Restaurant, as well as tickets for four to family performances presented by Lincoln Center resident organizations, and more.


David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets):

11:00 am  LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium featuring Crankenstein by Samantha Berger

Presented in collaboration with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (144 W 65th St)

1:00 pm Free film screening of Monster House

Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center (Recommended for ages 9+)

The organizations participating in LC Trick-or-Treat this year include: Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard Store, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, GoGo squeeZ, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, American Ballet Theatre, NewYork-Presbyterian, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Met Chorus Artists, Big Apple Circus, and The Grand Tier Restaurant.

Behind the Fright! #New Video! Six Flags Great Adventure! #FrightFest

Behind the Fright: How Six Flags Great Adventure Transforms Humans into Halloween-Inspired Monsters


This week, adults and children alike find themselves preparing for the tricks and treats of Halloween. The daunting task of concocting a costumed character is at the core of one of America™s favorite holidays. During Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure, the professional makeup and special effects team conquers the daily challenge of transforming 225 everyday humans into moaning, snarling, Halloween-inspired beasts in just a few short hours. So, how do they do it?

From animal-human hybrids and flesh-hungry zombies to maniacal clowns, toxic mutants, dancing demons and more, Six Flags offers a rare look behind the scenes to share some of the key tricks of the trade in a new video.

Fright Fest runs for one final weekend in New Jersey:

 Friday, Oct. 27: 5:30 pm to midnight

  Saturday, Oct. 28: 11 am to midnight

  Sunday, Oct. 29: 11 am to 10 pm

 Monday, Oct. 30: 5:00 pm to 11 pm

 Tuesday, Oct. 31: 5:00 pm to 11 pm

Fright Fest, the Northeast™ largest Halloween party, features world-class thrill rides, five scare zones, seven haunted mazes, 11 themed shows plus trick-or-treating for kids 12 and under on select days. For more information, call 732-928-2000 or visit

Toddler Fall Faves Giveaway

Giveaway: Toddler Fall Faves! toddler

We are so excited to be part of this amazing giveaway! We are back with another fabulous group giveaway, this time comin’ atcha with my favorite things for toddlers this Fall! Who can really resist all of these awesome prizes!  Some items are seasonal, some are great year round, but all are totally fabulous! From clothes and shoes to food and feeding gear to potty training and nose sucking, whoever wins this $600 value jackpot is going to be over the moon!! Read on for more info about each of the products in the giveaway, and enter to win in the Rafflecopter app at the bottom! Good luck!!
Bella Rae Baby Boutique is a new online shop with the most adorable children’s accessories and clothes, in sizes from 0-3 months through 9-10. From adorable bow hats and leg warmers to baby tuxes and suspenders to knee highs and rompers, this mama has got a great selection! Our grand prize winner will receive his or her choice of the Girls'”Cookie Day” Dress ($25 value, sizes 0-6 / 6-12 / 12-18 months) and Boys’ “Suspender Bebe” ($20 value, sizes 0-3 / 3-6 / 6-12 / 12-18 months). You can browse her entire store here, and stay tuned as I’ll be writing a full promotional blog post soon!
 Thinkbaby has some of the best (and safest) products on the market for babies, kids, and adults (just check EWG’s Skin Deep Database)!! Our lucky grand prize winner will receive this great Thinkbaby bundle valued at $63, including their tear-free Shampoo & Body Wash(free of phthalates, parabens, 1,4 dioxane, sodium lauryl sulfate, and harmful chemicals), water resistant non-nano zinc oxide based SPF 50+ Sunscreen, and BPA free Orange Feeding Set (with bento box, soup bowl, baby bowl, and kids cup). You can shop all Thinkbaby and Thinksport products (from sippy cups to deodorant to yoga mats) on their website and Amazon (affiliate link).
With a half serving of veggies in each 8oz box of flavored milk, Sneakz helps us sneak some extra nutrition into our kids! Coming in 3 delicious flavors (chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry) and certified USDA organic, Sneakz is a great drink to throw in the lunch box, bring on a picnic, or suck down in the car after school! They even have a brand new vegan powder version available for pre-order – it’s chock full of 14 grams of protein, 10 essential amino acids, 1/3 serving of veggies, and probiotics!! Our grand prize winner will receive one 12-pack of traditional Sneakz milkshakes in each flavor (that’s 36 milk boxes – a $64 value)! You can shop for Sneakz on their website (and even sign up for a discounted subscription service) and Amazon (affiliate link). You can also read my personal review here (spoiler alert: we LOVE them!!) and check out my recipe for Sneakz Neapolitan Chia Pudding!
Whether you’re looking for adorable crib shoes, stylish footwear for a new walker, or kicks for an older toddler, Freshly Picked moccasins are where it’s at!! Made of durable 100% genuine cow hide leather with elastic that comfortably keeps them on little one’s feet, our grand prize winner will receive one pair of soft soled moccs ($60 value) in his or her choice of design and size (from newborn to 3.5 years)! From traditional colors and designs to fun seasonal kicks to themes such as Care Bares and Nasa, their selection is incredible!! Check out all Freshly Picked products on their website, including soft soled Moccasins and Mary Janes, sandals, hard soles, and diaper bag!
Focusing on comfort, fit, and durability, Lucky & Me produces super-soft underwear and basics that promise “Comfy Ever After”! Available in sizes 2/3 to 9/10 you’ll find everything from girls‘ dance shorts, underwear, tank tops, socks, and leggings to boys‘ briefs, boxers, boxer briefs, and tees! Oh, and their tagless backs mean itch-free kids – YES! When you say goodbye to diapers, say hello to Lucky & Me undies! Our lucky grand prize winner will receive a $50 gift card to be used on their website. Others can also find them on Amazon (affiliate link).
Producing today’s top of the charts music by kids for kids, KIDZ BOP is a way for parents and children to enjoy the latest music, with kid-friendly lyrics! Our grand prize winner will receive their choice of physical CD or download of KIDZ BOP Halloween (including “Thriller” and “Ghostbusters”) and their last 3 albums: KIDZ BOP 36 (including Camila Cabello’s “Crying in the Club” and Moana’s “How Far I’ll Go), KIDZ BOP 35 (including Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” and Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy”), and KIDZ BOP 34 (including Sia’s “The Greatest” and DJ Snake’s “Let Me Love You”) – a $48 value! You can find all of KIDZ BOP music on their website, Amazon (via CD, mp3, or unlimited streaming; affiliate link), and iTunes.
Whether you’re cleaning out your newborn’s congested nose or sucking out major gunk during your toddler’s horrible cold, BabyVac will get the job done. I can say, from personal experience and without a doubt, this bad boy blows all other nasal aspirators out of the water (and I’ve tried a lot!!). It is powered by your own vacuum, which sounds scary, but it regulates the power so it doesn’t hurt and does an AMAZING job at clearing everything from noses (even things our little ones might stick up there…). Our grand prize winner will receive one BabyVac, valued at $16 – $39.99 on their website or Amazon (affiliate link), and stay tuned because I’ll be posting my full review soon!
With a non-elastic no-pinch no-dig signature waistband, HOTBUNZ offers fresh, premium 100% GOTS certified organic cotton pants for babies and toddlers. Machine washable, super comfy, and uber cute, HOTBUNZ drop crotch pants are a staple item in any little’s wardrobe! Our grand prize winner will receive their red hot Twinkle in Chili Pants (pictured above center / top left / top right) in their choice of size, from 0-3 months to 18-24 months, a $39 value! You can browse all of their other fabulous designs and their lookbook on their website!
There are many snack cups out there that claim to be spill-proof, and there are a few that come pretty darn close. But Munchie Mug takes spill-proof  to the next level – these are actually SHAKE PROOF! Yep, it’s completely sealed!   Munchie Mug features 2 overlapping pieces of fabric, which means not only is it spill-proof, it’ll also be much nicer on the hands  than traditional plastic snack cup tops! What’s more? They are BPA / Phthalate / Lead / PVC free and proudly made in the USA. Our grand prize winner will receive 2 Munchie Mug cups (their choice of color and size, available in 12oz and 16oz), a $36 value. Others can browse cups on Munchie Mug’s website or Amazon (affiliate link). You can also check out my personal review and demo video here!
Your kids love getting messy creating their arts and crafts masterpieces, but you hate the mess, cleanup, and ultimate destruction of your kitchen table… If this sounds familiar, then you gotta check out PlaSmart’s MessMatz Creativity Mats. With raised edges, these 24″ x 18″ non-toxic silicone mats are built to contain the mess and protect surfaces. They wash and dry quickly, and roll up for easy storage. Our grand prize winner will receive one in their choice of color (green, pink, or blue), a $30 value, and others can buy them on PlaSmart’s website or Amazon (affiliate link).
Potty training can be overwhelming, frustrating, and downright messy. There are a number of books and methods, even professionals you can hire to do the job for you!! But here’s an innovative product we’re really excited to help get the word out about: Pee-Kaboo reusable potty training stickers!! No more cajoling, no more timers, no more candy treats.  Simply stick the pee-kaboo reusable potty training sticker into a portable potty and watch what happens.  Each time your toddler has a potty success, “pee-kaboo” a magical image appears in their potty, visually rewarding them for their efforts and encouraging them to use the potty again and again all by themselves. After they finish, leave the sticker in the potty and clean as usual. Once it dries, it’ll be ready for its next magical appearance! Each sticker lasts 4-6 weeks, and our winner will receive 2 kits, a $23 value! Others can shop Pee-Kaboo stickers on their website and Amazon (affiliate link).
This fall and winter, why not keep your baby or toddler’s head warm with a hat that will be the envy of all!?? Check out these ah-may-zing handmade bonnets by Addison’s Crafty Mommy on Etsy. Sherpa lined with high quality fabric in beautiful designs, and let’s not forget those ears!!!!! Oh. My. GOSH! She’s got a great assortment for boys and girls (check out all of her bonnets, blankets, bibs, and teethers on her website). Our grand prize winner will receive one bonnet in the size (0-3 to 18-24 months) and design of his or her choice, a $20 value.
When your littles are begging you to paint their nails, it’s time to look into Piggy Paint. This non-toxic water-based nail polish is the kid-friendly nail polish every family needs! Their original line is odorless, and their new scented line comes in fun scents such as banana, cocoa, grape, watermelon, and more! They’ve even got low-odor non-acetone polish remover. Our grand prize winner will receive their new scented nail polish set, which includes 4 colors, a $20 value! Others can shop Piggy Paint’s website (be sure to click around – they’ve branched out a ton with puppy paint, nail vinyls and stickers, kid-friendly hair products, and SOPHi – an odorless hypoallergenic line of nail products for adults. You can also find them on Amazon (affiliate link).
Whether for an infant or a toddler, EduShape’s Happy Monkey brings sensory fun, discovery, and comfort to any child. Features include crinkle ears, a teether tail, vibrant contrasting colors, a rattle, silk ribbons, and interactive legs and arms (one shrinks when the opposite is pulled). Not just a toy or lovey, it will actually help your child develop fine and gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, auditory senses, logic and reasoning! Our grand prize winner will be happy to receive one Happy Monkey, a $20 value, and others can purchase him on Amazon (affiliate link), as well as all of their other amazing fun and educational toys!

Please enter in the Rafflecopter App below – note that only a blog comment is mandatory for entry, but you will gain more entry points for each action you take, and some actions can be completed daily! Good luck everyone and thank you for participating!!

This giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and over, and will end at 11:59 PM EST on November 8, 2017. One winner will be randomly selected and notified via email, and will be given 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.

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