AWNY Mums and Dads Update, September 2017

 

By Helen McWilliam

Last Days of Summer

And just like that, summer is over.  When I returned to New York for the start of the school year, it made me realise how important respite is when you live in such a big city. We take the beach and trees for granted in Australia.  I had a wake up call when my four year old was terrified of a fly. Don’t get me started on our trip to the Butterfly Conservatory at the American Natural History Museum—sheer terror! It was definitely time to get out of the city. Now we’re glad to be back and ready for the school year. Over the last few months, I found a few things that I thought were worth sharing:

Crybaby Matinees

I wish I’d known about this when we first moved here. There are parent and newborn baby screenings at cinemas here in New York, called ‘Crybaby Matinees’.  I used to attend them regularly in Sydney with my firstborn. I loved them because everyone’s baby is crying so it doesn’t matter if yours is too! Wednesdays at 11am at the E86th Street City Cinema is one location I am aware of however I am sure there are screenings in cinemas across New York. Definitely worth looking out for if you have a small baby.

53rd St Library Movies…

Another thing I wanted to share was a great children’s space I came across during the holidays—the 53rd Street Library, which has been open for just over a year in Midtown and is across the road from MOMA.  I came to know about it as I attended a free movie screening with my children. With a library card, the library provides you with a listening jack/headphones and you are welcome to bring food. It was a great and free way to see a movie with children.  

…and Kids’ Room

My two year old got tired of listening after a while so I took him downstairs to the children’s room, which is an enclosed space, so you can sit down and watch your children explore the room.  The children’s room also had Lego, toys and of course many books, as well as staff on hand.  They also had change tables and it just felt very child friendly.  In addition to the movie screenings, there are also numerous story times, coloring clubs, Spanish lessons and even a children’s improv hour.  See their website for more details.

Coming Attractions for Aussie Mums and Dads in New York

Finally, as the kids are back at school, Amanda and I have more time to ourselves so we are back to organising events!  The next one is a beauty and will be on October 22 at Burke and Wills for their $30 Sunday supper special. Please check out the event up on the Australian Mums and Dads in New York Facebook group.  We have a few more events planned over the next few months so please watch this space.

Helen and Amanda

Happy Australia Day in NYC 2015

Australia Day is Monday, January 26th and there is a wealth of celebrations to be part of commencing this coming weekend. Below is a list of what’s on offer.

The Australia Day Black Tie Gala is on Friday, January 23rd at Cipriani Wall Street.

The Liberty 29 W 35th Street, New York
New York Magpies present Australia Day
Saturday 24 Jan. 8pm-4am – Free drink with entry, Aussie beer and wine specials, live music by Dave Young, Aussie sport on TV and a special appearance from Keith the Koala. Complimentary food available from 8-9pm. Dress in your best Australiana costume for a chance to win great prizes.

The Thirsty Koala – 35-12 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria
Saturday 24 Jan. 8-11pm – Munch on meat pies, sausage rolls and cheezymites. Aussie drink specials flowing and live jazz music. Raffles and prizes all night long from Coopers.

The Australian20 West 38th Street, New York
Sunday 25 Jan. 8pm-4am – Triple J’s Hottest 100
Monday 26 Jan. Free Coopers on entry between 3-4pm, Skype session with Jimmy Barnes at 5pm, live music from 6pm.

Northern Territory12 Franklin Street, Brooklyn
Sunday 25 Jan. 4pm-late – DJ playing throughout the day, lamb burgers and lamb lollipops, kitchen specials, free Coopers gift give away, $6 Coopers pale ale draft pints all night and raffle prizes to be won.

Soho House – 29-35 9th Avenue, New York – SOLD OUT
Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy Event present an Australia Day Party at Soho House
Sunday, January 25. 2-7pm – In lieu of a ticket price, a donation to Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy is greatly appreciated (suggested donation $50 – $200 per person).  All funds raised from the Australia Day party will go towards protecting Australia’s threatened wildlife and their unique habitats. SOLD OUT

Flinders Lane 162 Avenue A, New York
Sunday 25 & Monday 26 Jan. – Special 3-course menu created by chef Chris Rendell.

Burke & Wills226 W 79th Street, New York
Monday 26 Jan.  5.30-11pm – 5-course special dinner menu with all Australian wine pairing. Reservations essential.

Bluestone LaneWest Village, Financial District, Midtown East & the new Bryant Park store, New York
Australia Day promotion – Half price key Australian espresso coffee beverages including: Flat White, Long Black, Magic and Piccolo Latte.

Down Under New York Tech MeetupBiergarten at The Standard Hotel 848 Washington Street, New York
Monday 26 Jan. 7-10:30pm – Casual drinks to celebrate Australia Day.

Whatever you do to celebrate Australia Day AWNY wishes you a happy one. Just to get you in the mood check out this cute video ‘STRAYA’ a parody of Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya’ with lots of great images to make you homesick.