Parents Corner- Sex Education in the Classroom

Did you know that sex ed, as of now, isn’t a required part of the NYC curriculum? Do you feel that this is a good thing or that it should be required as part of your kid’s education? If you are in support of sex ed in the classroom, Planned Parenthood has a campaign going, and they need your help!

BUT-before we tell you about it, read these alarming facts:

  • In NYC about one in three NYC high school students are currently sexually active,
  • One in five report having four or more sex partners so far in their lifetime.
  • Only one-third of them report using condoms
  • One in five girls did not use any form of birth control at all the last time they had sex!

Planned Parenthood Of New York City is currently organizing NYC parents to make sure sex ed is being taught in our schools. Their campaign is called We’re Going to the Principal’s Office- they are trying to empower parents to talk with their principals about getting sex ed into schools and ask that interested parents get in touch with them so that they can send materials to help parents through the process. The first thing Planned Parenthood will do to help parents is send them a copy of their “Parent Tool Kit.” After parents review the Tool Kit and are ready to schedule a meeting with their principal,they will receive a copy of the “Principal Packet”. This packet is shorter, and is meant to be handed over to the principal at the time of the meeting. It contains basic information about the key sex ed stats and an overview of the curriculum available and the DOE trainings and resources available.

Interested? Click here to visit the website. Or email



Free Older Youth Activities at CASW

Children’s Arts & Science Workshops, Inc.

Bronx River Community Center

1619 E. 174th Street, Bronx, NY 10472                         

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Come on Bronx!

Now in its fourth year, Make Music New York, “the largest music event ever to grace Gotham” (Metro New York), is a unique festival of free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on Monday, June 21st, the first day of summer. MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 327 cities around the world — a global celebration of music making.

From 11 in the morning to 10 at night, public spaces throughout the five boroughs — sidewalks, parks, community gardens, and more — become impromptu musical stages, dance floors, and social meeting points. Thousands of amateur musicians, in every genre, perform on sidewalks for the biggest crowds of their lives. Professional musicians perform for new audiences, who come out from under their headphones to hear unfamiliar groups risk-free. And everyone is invited to sing along and enjoy the first day of summer.

Make Music NY wants to increase the participation in the Bronx! So if you or someone you know has a business, community center, or space outdoors here in the Bronx and would like to have musicians perform there FREE for a day, register today!

Click here to register!!

Easter Time at Bartow Pell Mansion

Exciting Egg Events at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

With spring in the air, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is pleased to offer two fun-filled egg events in March: A Pysanky Ukrainian Easter egg workshop in the mansion’s Orangerie     and an annual Easter Egg Hunt in the garden.

Pysanky Workshop

Saturday, March 20, 11 a.m.–3:30p.m.

Learn the traditional Ukrainian art of decorating Easter eggs using a wax-resist technique.

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 27, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

An egg hunt, arts and crafts, and photos with the Easter Bunny for children 2–12.

895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, NY 10464


Bronx Parents

The Bronx doesn’t just offer resources for kids, there are also many services available to adults, many of which are free! The Children’s Art and Science Workshops Inc at the Bronx River Community Center offers salsa classes, aerobics and more. Click Read More to view the schedule.


Also parents- the South Bronx Food Cooperative offers Yoga and Cooking classes! Yes, they are free!!

Yoga Classes

  • Tuesday @ 3:30 en Espanol
  • Thursday @ 6:30
  • Saturday @ 11am
  • Jan 15th and 22nd – NO class
  • 29th – Class resumes
  • Suggested donation is $10.00.

Cooking Classes

  • Wednesdays @ 6:30pm

Bilingual Cooking classes:

  • Monday @ 6:30 pm.
  • Sponsored by the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

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Summer Youth Programs/Children’s Day Camps 2010

There’s no denying how important it is for kids and teens to be involved in some kind of activity. Whether it be a local sports team, a rec center, or a part time job; its a great experience for them-and a weight off our shoulders!

FYI The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene also compiles a list of day camps, overnight camps, special need camps, and traveling day camps. You can check it out here.

Please keep checking back as BronxMama discovers the many programs available in the Bronx-for kids of all ages that is open this summer.  Read more to find out..

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Outside of the Bronx: MSG and Radio City Music Hall Tours!

Bronx Mama on stage at Radio City Music Hall!

Bronx Mama recently had the chance to experience both the Madison Square Garden All Access Tour and Radio City Music Hall’s Stage Door Tour! While there are so many awesome things going on in the Bronx, its always great to jump on the train and head downtown every once in a while. And for anyone with kids who are into sports or music-these tours are a great way to spend some family time together.

BronxMama was able to take a peek inside a luxury box-overlooking the arena at MSG and watch as a crew set up for the John Mayer concert and discover exactly how stars come from under the stage at Radio City Music Hall.

No tour is the same-being that there is always something different going on! Whether you get to experience a real live sound check by an artist performing later in the day, or watch the basketball court being constructed on top of the ice-its something you must experience.

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