Metropolitan Sitters

April 2, 2014

Kids in the Kitchen

Filed under: Ideas and Activities — Tags: , , , — admin @ 2:04 pm

Just when we think that the weather will allow some fun outdoor activities, we learn that mother nature has some other ideas in store!

If you find yourself (or the babysitter, even!) cooped up at home with the kids, why not have fun cooking or baking? Even using some no-bake recipes can be a blast! Sure, you could run to that boutique coffee shop up the block, but what fun is that?

There are plenty of ways kids can help out in the kitchen. Get a little creative with your little ones! It doesn’t have to be a gourmet meal, nor does it have to be something as simple as ants on a log. English muffin pizzas, anyone?

Kids want to spend quality time and show that they are growing to become more independent. Cooking and baking are also great activities to encourage sharing and turn taking. They’re also great ways to make math fun and interactive- measuring, counting, and timing are all skills you can work on while in the kitchen.

Here are some great tips from The Food Network on how to involve the kids in the creative process!

September 3, 2010

5 healthy kid approved snacks!

Amy Shapiro, registered dietician/nutritionist and founder of AWS Nutrition shares with us ‘5 healthy kid approved snacks’ 


1.      GNU Flavor & Fiber Bars:  Created locally by a father for his 4 year old daughter this snack bar tastes like a treat while providing fiber to keep kids hunger at bay.  The American Heart Association Eating Plan recommends that children older than two get the majority of their calories from complex carbohydrates high in Fiber.  This bar, which is easy to toss in a lunch box or backpack, provides just that! 

2.      Edamame:  Full of fiber, protein and heart healthy fat, edamame is the perfect snack and children LOVE it!  You can eat it hot or cold so it is easy to serve at home or pack into a lunch box.  Also a ½ cup provides 10% the RDA of Vitamins A & C! 

3.      Hummus:  All kids love to dip, dip, dip so why not get them to eat veggies dipped in hummus?  If they simply won’t eat veggies then whole-wheat pita or whole grain crackers work too!  The perfect combination of protein, fiber and omega 3 fatty acids to keep their blood sugar stable, their tummies full and brain development going.  It is also fun to eat with friends. 

4.      Peanut butter pinwheels:  Simply spread all natural peanut butter on a whole wheat tortilla, sprinkle with granola, raisins or sliced banana then roll up and cut into ½ inch slices.  This snack is not only easy to make but it has staying power.  The protein and fat in the peanut butter paired with the whole grains in the tortilla will help your child perform at their best without getting hungry!  Also try Almond butter, which has 3x the calcium of peanut butter for variety on the same treat!

5.      Home made banana ice cream:  make your own ice cream by freezing 2 whole bananas cut into chunks.  Once frozen add to a blender, add 2 TBSP non-fat milk (or any other milk substitute) and blend until smooth!  Scoop into a cup or a cone.  This is just about the easiest way to get your child to eat one of the two servings of fruit they should have a day!  Bananas can help to prevent anemia and constipation since they are good sources of iron and fiber and this potassium rich fruit also helps to improve brainpower and focus!


June 2, 2010

sweet summer (child friendly) treat!

Filed under: Ideas and Activities,Summer — admin @ 11:53 am

As the signs of summer are upon us don’t let the heat slow you down.  Pop bar in the West Village is a great place to take the kids for an after school treat!

Pop bar is super kid-friendly: made fresh hourly using real fruit and other natural ingredients, preservative-free, no corn syrup, no artificial coloring/flavoring ( Unlike traditional popsicles, popbars are made in-house using a patented artisanal process from Italy. (kosher and gluten free)

The real plus is that each child can make their own pop bar.  With options like gelato, sorbet, almonds, granola, brownie chunks, white chocolate, and coconut who could pass up this great way to cool down?

April 15, 2010

Great offer from our friends at Imaginocean!

Filed under: Events,Ideas and Activities,Special Offers,Uncategorized — admin @ 3:43 pm


New World Stages

340 West 50th Street


Tony Award-nominee John Tartaglia has certainly spread his creative wings. He starred in the acclaimed musical Avenue Q, appeared on Broadway in Shrek: the Musical and in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and created and starred in The Playhouse Disney series Johnny and the Sprites. Now, as if creative wings weren’t enough, he has grown some creative gills as well—with the production of John Tartaglia’s Imaginocean.


A one-of-a-kind, interactive show, John Tartaglia’s Imaginocean is a magical, musical undersea adventure for kids of all ages.  Tank, Bubbles, and Dorsel are three best friends who just happen to be fish, and they’re about to set out on a remarkable journey of discovery. And it all starts with a treasure map.  As they swim off in search of clues, they’ll sing, they’ll dance, and they’ll make new friends—including everyone in the audience. Ultimately, they discover the greatest treasure of all—friendship. Jam-packed with original music ranging from swing to R&B to Big Band, John Tartaglia’s Imaginocean is a blast—from the first big splash to the last wave goodbye.



  • $29.50 (reg. $39) for performances on Wednesdays thru May 26, 2010.  
  • $35.00 (reg. $39) for performances on Saturdays and Sundays thru May 26, 2010


1) Visit and mention code JTHHC410

2. CALL 212.239.6200 and mention code JTHHC410

3. VISIT the New World Stages Box Office, 340 West 50th Street, with a printout of this offer.

Performance Schedule: Wednesday at 11am, 2 and 7pm. Saturday at 11am. Sunday at 12pm.

*A $1.50 facilities fee has been included in the price of each ticket. This offer is valid for select performances through May 26, 2010 and is subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions; black out dates and restrictions may apply. Limit eight (8) tickets per order. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time.



January 14, 2010

Winter Activity: Baking!

Filed under: Ideas and Activities,Winter — Tags: — admin @ 1:27 pm

Ashton Keefe, from the French Culinary Institute, blogger at: “Diary of a Sweet Tooth” and a Metropolitan Sitters babysitter gives us some tips on successful baking with kids!


In terms of cooking with kids, it’s a GREAT way to get them involved in knowing where their food comes from, how it’s made, and why it’s good for you. Plus, what kid doesn’t want to eat what they are a part of creating!? It’s a win-win.

~The most important thing is keeping it safe. No knives and no fire are the rules.  These are adult only jobs.

~It’s important to give each kid a task, from filling the muffin tins with liners to stirring the bowl, etc. This way everyone feels a part of the process. Have everything organized and laid out before you begin, the kids will get antsy if they have to wait for you to find everything in the kitchen. 

~The cupcake trend sweeping Manhattan has always been a kids staple, so cupcakes are a crowd pleaser, but if you want to try something else I’d suggest breakfast type things such as muffins, breads, sticky buns, etc. Kids rarely finish a whole piece of cake, or appreciate an elaborate pastry, keeping it simple is best

~Including vegetables in sweets is a great opportunity to get kids to eat their vegetables. Instead of zucchini bread, which is popular, try zucchini muffins, that way each kid gets their own. I’ve included a recipe below that not only uses grated zucchinis but Greek yogurt, which is a healthy substitute. 

Zucchini Muffins (or Bread)
1 cup walnuts chopped (optional, but again, great way to teach kids a healthy food)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 vegetable oil
1/2 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
1 cup coarsely grated zucchini (about 1 medium zucchini) 
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line muffin pan with tins. Toast walnuts until fragrant. This step can be done by the adult ahead of time or not at all. Not even a situation if omitting nuts. 
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Add all wet ingredients. Fold in grated zucchini and nuts. Stir until batter is evenly moistened. Fill cups about 3/4 full and bake about 18-20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
Allow them to cool before the kids eat, enjoy! 

October 5, 2009

Upcoming Fall Events at Hippo Playground!

Filed under: Events,Holidays,Ideas and Activities — admin @ 12:35 pm

Get in the Halloween spirit by attending these October Events at Hippo Playground-91st and Riverside Park.

  • Oct. 10 @ 10am- Halloween inspired Arts and Crafts with help from an arts & crafts expert.

  • Oct. 17 @ 10 am- Create a banner for the Hippo Playground Halloween Parade!  Followed by an hour of engaging and animated storytelling.

  • Oct. 24 @ 10am- Pumpkin Carving, tools are provided just bring your own pumpkin

  • Oct. 31 @ 3:45pm- Halloween Parade!  Children and Parents are asked to meet at 89th and Riverside Drive in your costumes.  March to Hippo playground following bagpipers and enjoy treats at the park.

June 18, 2009

We were interviewed by Brilliant Event Planning!

Filed under: Ideas and Activities,NYC Resource,Parent Resource — admin @ 4:35 pm


I was recently interviewed by Sarah Pease from Brilliant Event Planning. 

Please check out her blog at: to see my advice on childcare at weddings.

May 5, 2009

Fun Activities for Babysitter & Kids!

Filed under: Ideas and Activities,NYC Resource,Parent Resource,Summer — admin @ 12:34 pm

GREAT ideas for child and babysitter…

Make a Lemonade Stand!  Find a good spot close to the child’s home where you can set up a small table.  Pack a cooler with ice, lemonade mix, water and cups.  Before heading out, create a “business” plan and some ground rules with the child.  How much will our lemonade cost?  How much should we bring?  Make sure the child knows how to correctly give change–good math lesson.  When you’re done help the child add up all those quarters!

Yoga, yoga, yoga.  There are several yoga studios in NYC that offer “mommy & me” yoga classes.  Yoga is a wonderful way to improve a child’s confidence, concentration, physical strength and body awareness.  The Elahi Yoga Studio on the Upper East Side caters particularly to children.  They offer classes to children from ages 15 months up to 10 years.  While many of their classes are held in a studio, some are held in NYC parks.  Elahi Yoga has offered one FREE session to all Metropolitan Sitters and the children they are watching.  Find more info at:

Central Park Picnic!  With the help of the child, put together a basket of kid-friendly picnic foods.  Pack other picnic/park necessities: blanket, activities, and a camera to capture the day you had.  I recommend heading to Central Park where you can find an endless array of areas to picnic, my favorite spot is close to the lake.  After your picnic, make a visit to the Children’s Zoo at central park.  Children’s Zoo admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-12, and FREE for anyone under age 3.  Children will love seeing the baby lambs that were born in March!

 Make A Play!  Making a play is not only fun and imaginative, but it also helps improve a child’s reading skills.  Find a reader’s theatre script online, re-enact a child’s favorite movie or book.  Help the child create costumes, use facepaint (if okay with parents), and find a voice that fits their character.  It is NOT important for each child to perform this perfectly.  But, it is important for each child to have fun using their imagination.  When the child’s parent returns home perform the play for them.  This is a great way for the parents to see how you have spent time with their child.  Metropolitan Sitters is fortunate enough to have SEVERAL babysitters who are theatre majors and would be perfect for this activity.

STORYTIME!  Many children enjoy being read to, especially if the book has a captivating plot and terrific illustrations.  Barnes & Noble, The Strand Bookstore, McNally Jackson as well as Borders bookstores in NYC offer FREE weekly children’s readings. Their interactive storytelling will be fun for both child and babysitter.  Check their websites for times and locations.

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