This summer rolled along like every other summer’s past: day camp, loads of chlorine-laden towels to be washed, late nights riding bikes, blowing bubbles and relishing the ability to be outside for hours on end. It’s these daily rituals that give our lives its secure and comfortable rhythm.
This year, however, that usual idyllic serenity was heavily tempered by my father’s absence, my mother’s inability to move forward without him and my brother’s wedding, which my mother simply couldn’t attend without my dad.
Perhaps my father’s passing and my mother’s inability to emerge from her unrelenting depression have been HUGE reminders for me just how quickly things we take for granted can turn ugly and that every moment (that you’re not dealing with some kind of crisis) is truly a gift.
That’s right folks, Labor Day weekend is a gift, so treasure and savor every last bit of this summer with your kids as much as you possibly can!
And if you’re looking for some great activities to help you achieve that goal, keep reading for my some of my favorite picks.
Family riding is a great way to close out the summer, the weather is perfect and it’s an active and healthy way to spend time together. It’s also a good way to transition into the fall and get kids excited for school with the prospect of riding their bikes back to school this year. So Get thee and your kids bike riding in Silver Lake park: one of the best kept secrets on Staten Island, it’s closed off to traffic on the weekends, its a smooth carefree path to bike, run and Rollerblade,they’ve also got a dog run and they opened a brand new swing set and play ground, and the lake is heavenly.
And if you need a new bike– look no further than Schwinn which makes bikes that allow riders of all ages and abilities to experience the joy of riding. From beach cruiser, urban, bike path, mountain, road and kids Schwinn’s line of bicycles come in cool, fun colors, different sizes and price points. And their website, http://www.schwinnbikes.com is filled with useful tips and safety videos to get the whole family riding. From properly sizing your bike and helmet, to tips while riding and how to add accessories to any child’s bike our handy videos have everything you need to get the whole family riding together. And don’t forget to check out their our Facebook page, @Ride Schwinn for ongoing promotions. They’re ALWAYS launching giveaways, contests and promotions so be sure to “like” them for all of the exclusive deals and content.
The 32nd Annual Richmond County Fair takes
This fair takes place this year on all three days of Labor Day weekend. It is the only county fair held within the five boroughs of New York City and will feature many exciting activities traditionally associated with a county fair. Our costumed interpreters will demonstrate skilled trades and everyday activities from a bygone era. Children will have lots of fun making handmade crafts at our craft tent and will enjoy face painting, magic shows, and all sorts of carnival games. Parents and children can compete in pie-eating contests, hot dog-eating contests, hula hoop contests, and three-legged races. There will be a petting zoo and pony rides, too, and let’s not forget about all the amusement rides and terrific food!
Address: Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306
Times: Saturday, September 3rd; Sunday, September 4th; Monday, September 5th; Gates open at 11 AM and festivities will continue through 8 PM on all three days.
Cost: $15 per person, $10 for seniors, and children under 30″ are admitted FREE!
What kids will go gaga for: Kids LOVE their famous pig races and being able to interact with all the farm animals in the petting zoo. The rides are always a big hit, too, as are the carnival games, contests, and crafts.
Parent Perks: Parents should bring their children to the Richmond County Fair because there aren’t too many opportunities in New York to enjoy such a full day of family fun for such a low admission price. All the live music, entertainment, kid’s activities, and amusement rides are FREE all day long with the price of admission, and children under 30″ are admitted FREE!
Drawbacks: Visitors might not be able to experience all that the fair has to offer in just one day.
Overall: As New York City’s only living history village, Historic Richmond Town brings to life the American experience from the 17thcentury to the present day. Strolling through the festive fairgrounds surrounded by 350 years of American history, parents connect with children and grandparents connect with grandchildren as they make lasting memories in an enjoyable carnival atmosphere that only the Richmond County Fair can provide.
Information: 718-351-1611, ext. 236/240 www.historicrichmondtown.org