Metropolitan Sitters

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.



March 3, 2010

Greg Constantine Book Signing & Exhibit

Filed under: Events — admin @ 3:50 pm


Children’s author and artist Greg Constantine will sign copies of his fourth book, “When Big Artists Were Little Kids,” at TODA on the 6th floor of 250 West Broadway on Sunday, March 21, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. A number of the original watercolor illustrations from the book will also be on exhibit.


The children’s book is Constantine’s attempt to recall his own beginnings as an artist by imagining how famous artists started out.



Greg Constantine’s ambition to produce paintings, objects and drawings resulted in many exhibitions in Europe and the U.S., including 18 one-man shows in New York City.


Constantine has also authored and illustrated three other well known Children’s books; “Vincent van Gogh Visits New York,” “Leonardo Visits Los Angeles,” and “Picasso Visits Chicago”.


February 10, 2010

Valentine’s Day Babysitter

Filed under: Holidays — admin @ 4:09 pm

It’s not too late!

Metropolitan Sitters is happy to find a Valentine’s Day or night babysitter for your family

No additional fees, no hassle, no cancellations—Call or email us today to find the perfect sitter for this weekend!

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! 

November 4, 2009

Great opportunity!

Filed under: Parent Resource — admin @ 5:46 pm



Le Petite Club is a social NYC Playgroup teaching French and Spanish to children ages 1-6.

Children learn through songs, cultural themes and hands-on art!

Experience their FREE weekend Trial playgroups:

11/14/09 – French: 10:45-11:30 am (12-17 months), 11:40-12:25 (18-23 months), 12:35-1:15 (2-3 year olds)

11/21/09 – Spanish: 10:45-11:30 am (12-17 months), 11:40-12:25 (18-23 months), 12:35-1:15 (2-3 year olds)


Le Petite Club meets in Chelsea: The spark – 161 W.22nd, between 6th & 7th ave. RSVP at:

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.

August 22, 2009


Filed under: Parent Resource — admin @ 11:17 am

Making back to school simple…

-Get back into a routine

     Set an appropriate bedtime and have your child under the covers, books read, teeth brushed by that actual time. 

-Show enthusiasm

    Take your child to see her classroom and meet her teacher.  Walk around the school and practice the commute there and back; little things like this can ease a child’s anxiety as she will already know what to expect when she walks in the door that first day. 

-Make friends

   If you already know who is in your child’s class, setup a play date before school starts so that there is a friendly face in class.  In addition, talk to your child about how to share in class, when to raise her hand, and how to respect other children’s boundaries.


  Always listen to your child’s worries or excitement about school; the more you listen the more she will talk.  Doing so will give you the opportunity to verbally address her fears and let her know that school is a fun, safe place!

-Take one last trip to the beach!

  Have a nice ending to the summer by taking that one last trip to the beach.  Take time to reflect on the adventures that occurred the past couple of months.  Maybe your child learned how to ride a bike?  Celebrate these accomplishments, and look forward to all that she will learn as school starts.

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.

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