How many ice cream sundaes, popcorn snacks at the movie theatre, Friday night pizza nights, and chicken fingers on the kids’ menu can a kid (and the adults) take before these special indulgences become the boring norm? And what about the number of times a kid can get excited about visiting the carousel in Central Park, walking across another bridge, spending hours in a toy store or playing video games?
Yes, if kids ruled the world there would be a continuous supply of ice cream sundaes and video games instead of piano lessons, but what about introducing kids to all NYC has to offer in food and activities? Spice up a kids sense of wonder with a whole new set of activities in the parks and museums, taste carrots grown in the gardens surrounded by concrete, and learn how to cook your own pizza from the very beginning by planting the tomatoes for the sauce!
See how food grows in the sky and on land, visit the cities rooftops and urban gardens - Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, Battery Urban Farm, Randall’s Island Urban Farm, Grow to Learn NYC.
Get involved - Butter Beans, Battery Urban Farm, Red Rabbit, Edible Schoolyard, CityGrowers, Wellness in the Schools, The Brooklyn Food Coalition, Growing Chefs.
Celebrate Mother Earth and her bounty at these food festivals - Earth Fest (The Battery Urban Farm), The Edible Garden Presents: Culinary Kids Festival (Growing Chefs), Sheep Shearing Festival(Stone Barns Center).
Save money by shopping at the farmer’s markets throughout NYC - GrowNYC.
Re-explore the museums and parks - Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, bk farmyards, New York Botanical Garden.
Kid and big kid at heart approved restaurants - Bubby’s Pie Co., Franny’s, Sun in Bloom, Dig Inn, and Candle Cafe.
Get out of the city for the day - Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, The Sylvia Center, Queens County Farm Museum.
Kristin Hurley has always been fascinated by the power of food and the effect it has on the human body. After time spent as a classroom teacher and a brief period in the financial world, she decided to pursue her passion with food education. Kristin now works with children teaching them where food comes from, how it is grown both in ideal farm settings and unconventional farms in urban environments, and how real food is vital to the function of your mind, body, health and overall well-being. It is her strong belief in the enormous lifelong benefits of environmental outdoor education and food education for children in order to address every child’s learning needs and provide an opportunity to learn outside of the conventional four walled classroom. Kristin has worked with farm-to-school programs in Massachusetts and New York City. For more resources and thoughts check out her blog on WordPress; Bailey’s Nest and her pictures on Instagram; @kristinph18.
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