Summer Essentials

From classic picnics in Central Park, to pool parties to beach days, we have you covered. City families always find new ways to make summertime fresh each year, and New York has enough tulips, trees, farmer’s markets, shade and grass to render life sweet and slow in the Big Apple. Here are some ideas for your days in the sun.

Go fly a kite

Send your spirits soaring with windy-day kite action over the Hudson or East Rivers. Kites have never been so magnificently structured, whether as a Star Wars jet, favorite flying superhero, or ferocious Tiger Shark sailing in the sky;

Star Wars in the pool

In addition to imaginative kites, Jakks Pacific also offers 3-foot long Star Wars inflatable pool rides with built-in water cannons. Time to head for that summer home or visit all of your pool-owning relatives. But first, visit

Best foot forward

Have your little ones chase after kites, balls and butterflies in a pair of Japan’s Tsukihoshi shoes, which are built to last for the fastest of kids. Designed for the unique structure of a child’s foot and crafted with health, comfort and ease in mind, these shoes are bright and mostly lace-free. Have your superheroes slip on a pair for summer camp, beach or park action. Choose a style at

Cover up

There has never been so many great options for sunscreen, and chief among them are: the all-green KINeSYS sunscreen, which just introduced the pink Girls KINeSYS with SPF 30. This is an iParenting and Mom’s Best award winner, and comes with a spray nozzle; Another beneficial sun-busting sunscreen is the Paula’s Choice brand, created specifically to support women by providing them with healthy options. Light, non-greasy and effective, this is easy to tote in the purse and well worth the effort. Find it at

organic strength

Vivesana Organic Skin Care’s Solar to Polar Baby sunscreen is another superb option for the active and sporty. Rife with potent organic botanicals, this is a durable and chemical-free line, which can be purchased year round for sun or skiing at Vivesana’s ingredients transparency is due to pride: when stacked up against many other baby sunscreens, it’s the purest offering possible with the highest organic level on the market. Bravo! Rounding out a quartet of healthy sunscreen options for parents and kids is the Nature’s Gate Classics Sun Care line, which includes fragrance-free & Giggleberry SPF 30, Aquablock with SPF 50, SportBlock, and SunBlock SPR 30 with rose hip, wild pansy, chamomile and vitamin E, at

blue bag it

The Blue Avocado bag system is touted as the world’s first fashion-inspired reusable grocery bag system, and is ideal for picnics, farmer’s market outings and grocery shopping. This 6-bag collapsible system can fit in a purse (or be a purse) and replaces 15 bags per shopping trip or 1000 bags annually. They’re great for toting around baby and kid items, too;

smart bag

Another stylish bag system is the Olive Smart Sack, which contains 6 bags in one small sack that can fit into the cup holder of your stroller or car. Each has a 20-lb capacity and long straps for toting with comfort and the array of colors from which to choose is extensive. Check them out at

tote your wine

Voga wines are bottled in unique square shapes, affordable, and hardy enough for picnic fare. Though they’re not going under lock and key in the wine cellar, they’re well-suited for the casual outing; Throw wine, suntan lotion, groceries or beach items in a trendy mesh Eco-Bag, which comes in jewel tones, earth tones and an array of other colors. Also affordable and durable, these bags not only look great, but serve you well. Find them at

work it, mom

Moms who want to stay in shape during the summer will appreciate Banglz and the SmartSlip. Banglz are wrist weights cleverly disguised as bracelets, so when you pass your little one a toy in the park, you’re working those arm muscles. Decorative ankle weights are available as well, and the Smart Slip helps you exercise as you move by providing the same resistance as the ankle and wrist weights. Hips, glutes and legs will tone as you tend to baby! Find them at

Sunscreen? Check. Wine and eco-friendly bag system? Check. Kids running shoes? Check. Kites? Of course. Inflatable raft? Definitely. Ok – you’re ready for summer: dive in and have the time of your life.

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