Winter Swim Classes for Kids: Hoboken, Jersey City and NYC
Jan17

Winter Swim Classes for Kids: Hoboken, Jersey City and NYC

By Kathy Zucker • Friday, January 17, 2014 This week, my seven year old daughter started winter swim classes at the heated indoor pool at Sky Club Fitness. All those summers of swim have been paying off – she tested at a level five. From now on, we will be calling her “Sting Ray.” I had a hard time restraining my one year old from tearing her clothes off and diving in. What other options are available in or near Hoboken to keep kids swimming toward summer? A reader sent me the following information. Hoboken Here’s the info on Stevens pool: http://www.stevensaquatics.com/ And you guys are already familiar with sky club but I wanted to include it for completeness: http://skyclubfitness.co/?page_id=131 Jersey City The “piranhas” swim team operates in the summer, but apparently there is a winter “swim clinic”. Some info is here http://jerseycitynj.gov/recreation.aspx?id=3880 and https://www.facebook.com/jcpiranhas/info , but if you want more info, you should contact them. It looks like it may be operated by the Jersey City so it is limited to Jersey City residents. Newport swim & fitness offers lessons but it appears that you have to be a member. Here’s the website: http://www.newportsaf.com/swim_lessons_16.html Hamilton Health & Fitness offers swim classes to members and non-members: http://hamiltonhealthandfitness.com/pool/aquatic-programs The main location for Scarlet Aquatics is in Paramus but they also offer a team option in Hoboken at Stevens. Here’s the website: https://www.teamunify.com/Home.jsp?_tabid_=0&team=njnjwst It’s rigorous – 8 and under kids meet 3 times each week. St. Peter’s appears to offer lessons but I can’t find anything about a swim team. http://www.saintpeters.edu/rlc/aquatics/swimming-lessons/ (ps their “Swim & Sports” camp looks pretty awesome: http://www.saintpeters.edu/rlc/aquatics/camp-peacock/) New York City Asphalt Green recently opened a pool at Battery Park City in Lower Manhattan – a number of Hoboken moms have been taking the PATH train or ferry in to bring their kids in for lessons and swim teams. http://www.asphaltgreenbpc.org/c-9-p-Youth-Aquatics.aspx Related – Sizzling and Affordable Hoboken Summer Activities Kathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network and Managing Editor of Metro Mom Magazine, mother of three young children and New York Life Keep Good Going Shorty Award winner and judge, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. She blogs at MomCondoLiving.com, tweets @KathyZucker, posts pics on Instagram, gets down to business at LinkedIn, cracks jokes on Facebook and gets outdoors on Youtube. Email is Kathy@MetroMoms.Net but the fastest way to get in touch is Twitter or...

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From Noreaster To Norovirus – Getting Walloped in Hoboken, NJ
Jan04

From Noreaster To Norovirus – Getting Walloped in Hoboken, NJ

By Kathy Zucker • Saturday, January 4, 2013 Happy New Year! Wait, it is the new year, right? I’ve lost all track of time since I’ve been housebound due to sick kids and snow. My New Year plans started out so well. Fresh off a blogger party that I hosted in Bryant Park, all the attendees had a lot of fun and were full of plans to get together again soon. And what says celebration better than NYC and New Year’s eve? People were reaching out to me, saying, “If anybody knows of an awesome family-friendly place to celebrate NYE, it’s Kathy!” #Skatetastic ladies @hollypavlika PHOTO! @aidajingram @theharriedmom @betterwaymoms @chrysula @jenniferdaure #cbias pic.twitter.com/YC9DoKSBJs — Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) December 18, 2013 Well, Kathy rang in the new year dancing with a bucket and mop. That’s right, I spent new year’s eve 2013 glamorously cleaning up vomit as my family succumbed to the norovirus outbreak sweeping the US and Canada. Although I did get to wear my brand new cashmere sweater and have a sparkling midnight toast. Even though my kids have been sick for weeks, there have been bright spots in between bathroom trips. Yesterday, my one healthy kid got to work off some energy building snowmen in the gated courtyard while the little ones did some bird watching. Aside from the white stuff on our balcony, I can barely tell the difference between days since I am greeted in the morning with statements like “I threw up” or its presage, “My tummy hurts.” As apartment dwellers, we shovel zero snow and our car is downstairs in our indoor garage, so if we need to make a Target run to pick up pedialyte, my husband can hop in the car and be back within 20 minutes. We also get ambient heat from the apartments around us, which comes in handy for impromptu fashion shows. Yesterday, zero people vomited in my house, so I am cautiously optimistic that we have turned the corner on the Zucker household epidemic of winter 2013. As opposed to, you know, the norovirus colonizing the other three members of the family. If you don’t hear from me in the next week or two, it’s a safe bet that I am bedridden. Happy holidays and here’s to getting together in a happy and HEALTHY new year! Related – New Year’s Resolutions For Social Media – Dive In or Run Away Screaming? Kathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network and Managing Editor of Metro Mom Magazine, mother of three young children and New York Life Keep Good Going Shorty Award winner and judge, writes about juggling career and...

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Revisit the Familiar to See the Unique – Liberty Science Center
Nov28

Revisit the Familiar to See the Unique – Liberty Science Center

By Kathy Zucker • Thursday, November 28, 2013 Yesterday, I took my kids to Liberty Science Center after early school dismissal. I know what you’re thinking, “So what? You take your kids to LSC practically every week.” But this trip was extraordinary. What made it so special? For starters, the place was empty. The streets were incredibly crowded with pre-holiday bustle, and the McDonalds was packed with people picking up bags of Thanksgiving food, but the Liberty Science Center parking lot had plenty of open spaces right by the front door – a first. Once we got inside, we headed straight for the Bob the Builder exhibit, where the two little ones spent the bulk of their time. My seven year old whined that it was for little kids, so I told her she could start out in Energy Quest and join us with Bob. I also told her not to get used to going off alone – this was a one-time exception because there were so few attendees the day before Thanksgiving. And who did we meet in Bob the Builder? The kids’ entire summer camp class from Wild at Play. What started out as a random excursion to work off some energy on a rainy day turned into a reunion with the various parents overseeing groups of kids at different stations. The result? The fourth floor became one giant playdate. A special hit? The Football Hall of Fame Gridiron Glory exhibit. Normally dominated by teenagers and adults, the little kids got to test their skills. And when the baby got fussy, I wheeled her around the darkened carpeted atrium until she fell asleep. And I got to read the new book from marketing genius Gary Vaynerchuk. On the way home, we drove past a four-alarm fire in Jersey City, and I used the occasion to talk to the kids about how lucky they are to have a warm home and toys when all those families now have nothing. 4 alarm fire on grove street in #jerseycity donate to help 22 displaced people via @UnitedWayHudson #Thanksgiving pic.twitter.com/xMhAxZqoiO — Steven (Steve) Fulop (@StevenFulop) November 27, 2013   Wishing everyone a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving! More – Give Your Clutter to Charity – Salvation Army Jersey City Kathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network, mother of three young children and New York Life Keep Good Going Shorty Award winner and judge, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. Read her MomCondoLiving blog, follow her on Twitter (@KathyZucker), watch her on Instagram, friend her on Facebook and get moving with...

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Give Soap & Holiday Cheer – New York Life Chat Tonight at 9 pm
Nov25

Give Soap & Holiday Cheer – New York Life Chat Tonight at 9 pm

By Kathy Zucker • Monday, November 25, 2013 With Thanksgiving days away, caring for others is at the top of my mind. Last week, I took my kids, ages 7, 5 and 1 to the Hoboken Homeless Shelter to drop off bags of mini bars of hotel soap purchased in bulk on ebay. Soap is a hot commodity at homeless shelters, with preference going to small bars since they are easier for residents to store. I try to save donations for after school so my kids get the experience of handing items to people themselves. The older kids are starting to grasp the concept of homelessness – telling them there are kids who do not have homes makes it easier for them to give away old toys to make room for the deluge about to arrive of grandparent gifts. I am looking forward to spending time with family and preparing for the holidays. As my kids get older, they are able to take more of an active role in cooking and decorating. I look forward to the day when I can sit down to a meal primarily prepared by the next generation. If you want to hear more about how we are celebrating, I will be a guest at a Twitter chat tonight at 9 pm hosted by New York Life and the Shorty Awards. You can tune in here to ask questions and follow along. I hope everyone has a wonderful, warm Thanksgiving and wish you all safe travels! More – Give Your Clutter to Charity – Salvation Army Jersey City Kathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network, mother of three young children and New York Life Keep Good Going Shorty Award winner and judge, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. Read her MomCondoLiving blog, follow her on Twitter (@KathyZucker), watch her on Instagram, friend her on Facebook and get moving with...

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Give Your Clutter to Charity – Salvation Army Jersey City
Nov24

Give Your Clutter to Charity – Salvation Army Jersey City

By Kathy Zucker • Sunday, November 24, 2013 With five family members and three kids ages 7, 5, and 1, the clutter piles up awfully fast in my home. Nothing gets me decluttering faster than guests coming over, and I am hosting Thanksgiving this year. A massive decluttering session was at the top of the weekend agenda. For the last 12 years, I have been donating bags of clothing, books, furniture and household goods to the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 248 Erie Street in Jersey City. Yelp reviewers called it, “One of the few locations of Salvation army where donations are easier to make,” and referenced the tax deduction receipts handed out with every donation. So what makes the Jersey City Salvation Army so easy to donate? For starters, they are open seven days a week. Historically, I have been able to drop off donations as late as 10 pm, although I don’t recommend driving around with bags of goodies that late at night. Much to my surprise, when I arrived at the Salvation Army yesterday evening, I discovered a new set of rules in place. #Hoboken decluttering peeps – #JerseyCity @salvationarmy thrift store has NEW dropoff location & times. pic.twitter.com/a5WHbcZUHA — Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) November 24, 2013   The new drop-off location is on the 15th Street side of the building – I generally drive from Hoboken along Grove Street and make a right at 15th Street just before the Home Depot. Parking can be tight on weekdays during business hours, but there are usually a few spots open on weekend evenings. MAP of new @salvationarmy thrift store dropoff at Erie St in #JerseyCity. pic.twitter.com/IdZ7jyJGJj — Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) November 24, 2013   More – Celebrate Veterans Day By Reconnecting With Roots Kathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network, mother of three young children and New York Life Keep Good Going Shorty Award winner and judge, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. Read her MomCondoLiving blog, follow her on Twitter (@KathyZucker), watch her on Instagram, friend her on Facebook and get moving with...

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NJ Mom of the Week – Capeless Crusader Elizabeth Norton
Nov22

NJ Mom of the Week – Capeless Crusader Elizabeth Norton

By Kathy Zucker • Friday, November 22, 2013 Five million viewers. That is how many people tuned in to watch Elizabeth Norton (@ElizabethNorton) in June 2013 when she teamed up with Dawn Sandomeno (@DawnSandomeno) and Natalie Klein (@HollywoodHotMom) to turn the spotlight on the Jersey Shore during the #JerseyLove campaign. Elizabeth is also the co-founder of New Jersey Digital Moms, a mother of three (including a one year old), foster parent, farmer – my five year old son is dying to visit Cape May to check out her poultry flock – and party planner. Also? Elizabeth is a long-term brain injury survivor who does not drive. So how does Elizabeth deal with daily challenges that would lay anyone else low? By putting one foot in front of the other. When Elizabeth travels for business, she arranges for overnight shifts of babysitters to tend her crew. She homeschools her kids to avoid the daily drive for school dropoff. When writing proved challenging, she created Youtube videos. Elizabeth is not a saint. She has bad days when she cannot get out of bed, and times when she needs someone to drive her to Atlantic City, the closest major city. But good days and bad, she knocks my socks off with her incredible organizational abilities. And I am most certainly not alone in my sentiments. This series originated as Hoboken Mom of the Week. Click to view #1, #2, #3 and #4. More – Support Group in Your Back Pocket – NJ Digital Moms Kathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network, mother of three young children and New York Life Keep Good Going Shorty Award winner and judge, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. Read her MomCondoLiving blog, follow her on Twitter (@KathyZucker), watch her on Instagram, friend her on Facebook and get moving with...

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