AWNY Mums: 2017 Year in Review

Written by Helen McWilliam

This is Amanda and my first year to coordinate the Mums and Dads branch of the Australian Women of New York group.  We have both thoroughly enjoyed the last year of planning events and meeting new and existing Aussie Mums and Dads in New York.

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We began the year by asking the question “Is it okay not to love New York with kids?”.  We had such a great response to this article from Australians and readers of other nationalities. It seems like moving to any city is tough when you have young children!

We also gave you “survival” tips: surviving the subway with kids, Aussie Mum, Nakia Gordon’s tips for surviving the cold with children and also her advice for how to “survive” (enjoy) the festive season in New York with kids.

One of my personal challenges this year was to visit every playground in Central Park before it got too cold.  I’m happy to say that I achieved this!  I’ve written about my experiences which will be up on the blog in the new year to provide inspiration for when we actually feel like going outdoors again.

AWNY Mums 2017 Christmas Dinner

Most of the events this year were focused on getting Mums out of the house! Amanda and I tend to think that the kids have enough parties and fun things to attend but we couldn’t resist holding an Easter Egg Hunt. It was a hugely popular event with over 100 people attending and had representatives from all 5 boroughs! It will definitely become a yearly tradition.

We also organised a group booking to Women of Letters, which is one of my favourite things to do in New York and held summer drinks at Tavern on the Green.

We held dinners all over the city: Pio Pio in May was based in Hell’s Kitchen, Burke and Wills in October on the Upper West Side and our Christmas Party at Coarse NYC in the West Village. We’ve had some great events this year but I have to say Coarse NYC was the best food. We had a 6 course tasting menu with matching wines. My only complaint was that the wine pour was a bit generous for a Monday night. The school run was tough on Tuesday morning!

We have some interesting events in the pipeline for next year.  We hope you enjoy the holidays and we look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.

May Mums and Dads Update

Written by Helen McWilliam

It was a BIG month for the AWNY Mums and Dads group. Our inaugural Easter Egg hunt was a great success. The hunt was attended by over 100 adults and children with all boroughs of New York represented; yes including Staten Island! The Dads hid the eggs whilst the Mums occupied the children in a nearby playground. Everyone who attended was very generous and we found even the youngest children managed to collect a full basket of eggs. We received a lot of positive feed back during the day and in the days following. It will surely become a yearly tradition!

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Our first Mums outing of the year was also a huge success. We branched out from the Upper West Side to the Peruvian restaurant, Poi Poi in Hell’s Kitchen. Mums from all over New York came to enjoy delicious and abundant food. There was so much food; we all got a takeaway container to take home afterwards! It was such a fun evening with lots of laughs and easy conversation.

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Finally, we asked the question through the AWNY blog, is it okay not to love New York City with kids. The article received such an overwhelming response because it resonated with a lot of people who live in this and other big cities with young children. The response also reminded us having small children anywhere is seriously hard work!

We have a lot planned for the rest of the year. Next up ‘Welcome to Summer Drinks!’

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What’s On in New York, April 2017

BANG there’s goes the first quarter of 2017.

Time really does fly in this city, especially if you spend your life counting the days ‘til the next AWNY event. Speaking of which, leading the event list for April is the AWNY Annual General Meeting. This is when all positions on the AWNY Committee are up for re-election, so if you fancy yourself as an event planner on-the-side, a pseudo social media influencer, or a natural new-member welcomer, then please do come along to the AGM and nominate yourself for a position. AWNY is only as strong as it’s volunteer committee and the more amazing gals we have on deck the better!

If you can’t attend the meeting, then have a scroll through this list of April NYC happenings – guaranteed to keep your weeks and weekends full!

– curated by the AWNY Communications Team

Join presenter Kate Lee as she talks all things NYC in this special workshop: Act like a New Yorker on April 4th. The workshop event, held at Studio 150, 150 West 46th St, will dig into the grit and grind of living in New York City using acting, movement and improvisation. Book tickets and get more information here.

If you haven’t experienced an Easter egg hunt in the city yet, then get along to AWNY’s Family Easter Egg Hunt on April 8th. It will be held at Riverside Park at 10am (meet at the River Run playground at 83rd and Riverside Drive) and we’re expecting a great turn out. BYO picnic lunch to enjoy after the hunt. Kid heaven! Visit the event page on Facebook for more details.

Attend AWNY’s Annual General Meeting on April 17th at The Liberty, NYC. Our AGM is the opportunity to join the committee, meet new friends, and get involved in the amazing community that is Australian Women in New York! We meet at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start, and look forward to meeting many new faces! RSVP by email here. Nominate for a volunteer position here.

AWNY’s Mums and Dads Dinner is being held on April 29th at Pio Pio, 604 10th Avenue. Check out the event post on their Facebook page for more information. The Mums and Dads groups is a great way to meet Australian parents living in NYC, they hold regular meet ups and play groups, and is a valuable source of support!

It’s Spring so that mean it’s Macy’s Flower Show time! This free event is worth grabbing a glimpse of in the Herald Square flagship store between April 1-9. Gosh – even the website is pretty enough to visit on it’s own…

Remember the old Easter Hat parades we endured at primary school back home? In New York you can watch (or join) the ultimate Hat and Bonnet Parade on April 16th, with the parade meandering up Fifth Ave between 49th – 57th Streets from starting at 10.00am. This parade is a bit of an Easter institution in New York, with a history that goes back to the 1870s. You’re guaranteed an amazing sight.

The New York International Auto Show will set up (big!) shop at the Javits Center from April 14-23. While you may think this is an odd inclusion in the coveted What’s On list (especially because so few of us own cars in New York City), it really is something to see, and it’s a great day’s entertainment if you have kids. Expect all the usual suspects on show, plus amazing futuristic concept cars and get up close and personal with some of the most expensive and luxurious cars on the planet!

Make sure you get out and see the Brooklyn Botanical gardens and New York Botanical Gardens spring garden displays this month. Brooklyn’s Gardens have the Magnificent Magnolias and Seasonal Highlights tours, New York Botanical Gardens have the Orchid Show (until April 9th).