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7 Fun New Things To Learn In 2017

A new year is meant for trying new things! Here are 7 fun ideas for the kids to learn in 2017:

1. Learn Your Shapes!

 

2. Learn To Draw!

 

3. Learn To Clean Up Around The House!

 

 

4. Learn To Write Cursive*

*In-store only

 

5. Learn To Play The Ukulele

 

 

6. Learn To Ride A Scooter

 

 

7. Learn Robotics

 

Have fun learning new things in 2017!

15 Places In NYC To Keep The Kids Busy On No-School Days

The holidays are a great time of year, full of joy, family time, presents, and celebrations. Unfortunately, it also puts a big dent in our wallets and with the kids home from school until after the new year, it can be difficult keeping them busy. Here are 20 budget-friendly ideas for a nice family day out:

 

1. Grand Central Terminal

(Open Daily from 5:30AM - 2:00AM)

89 E. 42nd Street (at Park Avenue), New York, NY 10017

Free Admission

 The grandeur of Grand Central is attractive to just about everyone. The building itself is a great place to explore and take pictures. There are plenty of unique stores to browse through, including the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store, which houses a fun moving train set. Spend some time playing with new tech at the Apple Store or take a tour with Grand Central Tours.

 

2. Chelsea Piers

(Various Opening Hours For Different Activities)

62 Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011

Admission Varies According To Activity

 25+ sports, semester-based programs for kids, adult classes and leagues, a membership-based gym and event spaces with Hudson River views. This sports and play center has various fun activities (like rock climbing, ice skating, and toddler gym) to choose from, making Chelsea Piers a go-to place, perfect for all ages. 

 

3. NYC Fire Museum

(Open Daily 10AM - 5PM, CLOSED Jan 1 for New Years Day)

278 Spring Street, between Varick and Hudson Streets

Adult $8, Child age 2-12 $5, Students w/ ID $5, Seniors $5

The FDNY's original museum opened as the Fire College Museum in Long Island City in 1934. The current Museum houses a special memorial to the 343 members of the FDNY who made the Supreme Sacrifice on 9/11 and features a number of firefighting artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center site. Retired FDNY firefighters proudly volunteer to relate stories of New York City's "Bravest" and with the help of the Museum's stunning collection, tell how they got to be that way.

 

4. Oculus

(Open Monday to Saturday 10AM-9PM, Sunday 11AM-7PM)

185 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007

Free Admission

 The World Trade Center Transportation Hub, also now known as The Oculus, is the design of Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava. This main station house is a great spot to tour with the kids to not only see something new, but also to explore our city's history. 

 

5. New York Hall of Science

(Open Monday to Friday 9:30AM - 5PM, Saturday & Sunday 10AM - 6PM)

47-01 111th Street Queens, NY 11368

Adult $15, Child age 2-17 $12 | Free General Admission Fridays 2PM-5PM, Sundays 10AM-11AM

 Discover more than 450 interactive exhibits including Rocket Park Mini Golf, the award-winning 60,000 square-foot Science Playground, Design Lab—an innovative hands-on space that helps young visitors gain a greater understanding of the design and engineering process—and much more.This easily accessible learning ground is perfect for a day out with the kids!

 

6. Book Culture

(Open Monday to Saturday 9AM - 10PM, Sunday 9AM - 8PM)

450 Columbus Ave., between 81st St. and 82nd St., New York, NY 10024

Free Admission

 With 3 locations across Manhattan, Book Culture is a perfect hideout spot for a quiet day out. With an amazing selection of books for any age and comfy reading nooks, this bookstore is every devoted reader's paradise! 

 

7. American Museum of Natural History

 

(Open Daily 10:00AM-5:45PM)

Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192

Suggested General Admission $22 

 For an adventurous day into our earth's family tree, head to the American Museum of Natural History! The museum now features a new pale-ontological find, the Titanosaur and four new special exhibits, including Cuba! and Dinosaurs Among Us. 

 

8. The Children's Center at 42nd Street

  

(Open Monday, Thursday to Saturday 10AM - 6PM, Tuesday & Wednesday 10AM - 7:45PM, Sunday 1PM - 5PM | Dec 31 10AM - 3PM | CLOSED Jan 1 & 2)

476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave), New York, NY, 10018 
Ground Floor, Room 84
Free Admission
 The Children’s Center at 42nd Street features on-going public programs for young people and their families. From intimate readings to large-scale events, programming includes storytelling, musical and theatrical performances, spoken word performances, and guest appearances by authors and illustrators. The Children’s Center at 42nd Street is a go-to destination for children from infancy to age 12, as well as their parents and caregivers.

 

9. Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge Park

(Brooklyn Bridge Park Areas Open Times Vary Depending On Pier/Area | Playgrounds Open Dawn to Dusk | General Park Areas 6AM - 1AM)

1 Water Street (corner of Old Fulton and Water Street), address for Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory located at Fulton Ferry Landing

Free Admission

  A world-class waterfront park with rolling hills, riverfront promenades, lush gardens, and spectacular city views -- great for a nice day out! 

 

10. Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society 

(Open Daily 10AM - 4:30PM)

2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10460

Adult $24.95, Child age 3-12 $17.95, Senior age 65+ $22.95 | Wednesdays Pay-What You-Wish Donation

 The massive institution is home to more than 5,000 creatures in myriad exhibits, including an outdoor baboon reserve, a sea lion pool and an exhibit dedicated entirely to Madagascar, where you'll encounter little Ares, the newest Coquerel's sifaka lemur. Full of animals and wildlife, the Bronx Zoo is the ideal family day out spot!

 

11. Tom Otterness Playground

(Open Daily Dawn to Dusk)

Silver Towers 620 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

Free Admission

 Created by Tom Otterness in 2006, the Tom Otterness Playground is a fun and silly place for kids to be kids. Whether sliding down the legs, climbing the thighs, or slipping backwards down the arms of the gigantic figure, this special park is perfect for a nice day.

 

12. The Highline

(Open Dec 1 to Mar 31 Daily 7AM - 7PM)

Entrances and Exit along 11th and 12th Avenue, starting at Ganesvoort/Washington Street and ending at 34th Street/12th Avenue

Free Admission

 Uniquely built on an abandoned railway track, the space is ingenious in its use of reclaimed industrial detritus, a necessity in footage-starved Manhattan. Where else can your kids walk through a field of wildflowers or go on a bug hunt as cabs zoom along the street below? 

 

13. A Closer Look For Kids at The MoMA

(Open Saturdays and Sundays 10:20AM - 11:30AM)

11 West 53rd Street, Main Lobby

 Free tickets distributed at 10AM | Additional Adult $25, Seniors age 65+ $18, Students $14

 Engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. Each month a new theme is introduced. Kids and adults participate. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids.

 

14. Charles A Dana Discovery Center in Central Park

(Open Daily 10AM - 5PM, CLOSED New Year's Day)

Inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues

Free Admission

 Perched on the northern shore of the Harlem Meer, the Dana Center is Central Park's newest building, and the first to be built specifically as a visitor center. Adjacent to the Center is a small plaza, where many community programs take place. The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center is also the home of our catch-and-release fishing program, so don't be shy to borrow a fishing pole and bait!

 

15. Brooklyn's Children Museum

(Open Tuesday to Sunday 10AM - 5PM, Thursday10AM - 6PM, CLOSED Dec 31 and Jan 1)

Adult $11, Child age 1-17 $11, Grandparent $10 | Free Admission Thursday 2PM - 6PM

 With fun, educational exhibits that teach children about world cultures, history, science and nature, including live animals and a collection of 30,000 historical artifacts, even parents will enjoy it! There’s also a special area for children under five, with activities specially geared toward the youngest of youngsters and how they learn.

 

That's a wrap on our 15! We hope you're having a great holiday!

 

Happy Holidays From Butterfly 7!

From us to you and your family!

10 Easy Gifts That Look Like You Didn't Forget (+2 Bonus Ideas!)

The holidays are almost here and you've just been really busy. It's hard keeping track of all the gifts you need to pick up. If you've forgotten someone or simply just need an extra gift, we've got your back!

Here are 10 gift ideas to not look like you forgot:

1. Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash

No need to panic even if you still need some gifts and Christmas is practically here! Butterfly 7 is open from 9AM-6PM on Christmas Eve!

Hot Wheels is a classic that every cool kid loves! If cars are not their thing, there are plenty of other awesome toys to select from. Not in the neighborhood? Butterfly7.com offers overnight shipping!

 

2. Superhero Banks

A great incentive for the kids to save money through the year and show off their favorite heroes! Just a quick paint job and printed logo are needed for this cool DIY gift.

 

3. Glitter Play Dough

Kids can't get enough of play dough! What better than to have glitter play dough! A fabulously fun gift to play with as a family. 

 

4. Race Track Mat

For the car crazy kid, why not make a special race track play mat just for him or her! Simply using tape and a little paint, you can create this fun favorite! Not enough time or no crafty bone in your body? Get this awesome Around The City Rug & Vehicles Set!

 

5. Color Dipped Wooden Utensils Set

It doesn't get easier than this! The perfect present for any chef or food enthusiast! Grab a set of wooden utensils and dip handles into different color paints. Boom!

 

6. Confetti Tumblers

Another simple little project that would make an amazing gift! Quickly pop into a store and pick up a set of glasses. Dab dots of paint along the bottom for a confetti effect!

 

7. Colorful Cookies

Who knew already delicious Oreo cookies taking a little dip in a bowl of sprinkles can make them even more magical? Give a row of these as gifts and share the joy!

 

8. Hot Cocoa In A Jar

Everyone's favorite winter drink ready to share! A quick trip to the grocery store and you'll have a yummy present that'll be the topic of the party. 

 

9. Fort Kit

Need I say more? Not only will the kids have a blast with this gift, so will the adults! 

 

10. Cupcake In A Jar

Super simple, but looks and tastes absolutely delicious! Make a quick visit to your favorite cupcake place and place it in a little jar. Voila! Hint: This works for any dessert, really. 

 

 In case those weren't enough, here are 2 more!

 

11. Movie Night Basket

Another simple grab and go gift! Duck into your neighborhood Duane Reade or CVS and grab a basket, favorite candies, and snacks to make this amazing gift for everyone!

 

12. Glove Monsters

Remember all those gloves that the kids lost one of? This easy crafted gift will take care of them! To make things more simple than sewing the eyes and mouth on, try using glue!

 

There's our awesome list, just in time with only a couple days left till Christmas!

Good luck and Happy Holidays!

10 Yummy Holiday Drink Recipes (For Big Kids Only!)

It's that time of year for warm and cozy holiday parties. We've put together 10 holiday drinks for you big kids!

 (Click photos for recipes!)

 

     1. Gingerbread Martini

 

     2. Irish Eggnog

 

 

    3. Candy Cane-Kahlua Hot Chocolate

 

    4. Holiday Milk Punch

 

     5. Ginger Bee Sting

 

    6. Winter Sangria

 

    7. Jingle Juice

 

     8. Apple Pie On-The-Rocks

 

     9. Candy Cane Shooters

 

 

     10. Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail

 

Drink responsibly! Happy partying!

17 Toys Under $17.77

Secret Santa and Gift Exchanges are underway! If you need an awesome gift under $20, here are our 17 under $17.77.

      1. Hot Wheels Gift Pack

This gift pack needs no introduction. Each gift pack includes an exclusive Hot Wheels car, making it an awesome gift for any child, age 3 and up, who love to play with cars!


      2. DC Comics Super Hero Girls (Wonder Woman)

Unleash your power and explore your inner hero with DC Super Hero action dolls! Inspired by the star students of DC Super Hero High, the DC Super Hero Girls action dolls are ready to save the day. At 12 inches tall, the Wonder Woman action doll is leading the charge!


      3. Melissa & Doug Sequin Art (Animals)

Press sequins and gems onto scenes to create sparkling art! This kit contains everything you need to create 4 adorable and shimmering sequin animal scenes. No glue is needed and everything is right inside -- step-by-step instructions, 4 scenes, 500 multicolored sequins, 8 gems and 9 shaped sequins. Perfect for the artist!


       4. Melissa & Doug 3D-Puzzle (Pretty Purple Dollhouse)

This "no glue or scissors required" dollhouse takes puzzles to new heights! Detailed section by section instructions help kids fit together the more than 100 foam pieces into a multi-level, four-room dollhouse, complete with dormered windows, a front porch, and a white picket fence! 


      5. Melissa & Doug Jewelry Made Easy Mixed Metal Earrings, Necklaces & Bracelets

Jewelry Made Easy is the perfect all-in-one kit for a little designer! All the premium materials needed to make more than 6 dazzling pieces of jewelry are included: earring hooks, cotton cord, a clasp, 18 metal shapes to layer and hang, and simple, step-by-step instructions on how to put them all together. 


      6. Melissa & Doug Stitch by Color (Cute Cupcake)

Basic stitching is fun and easy to learn with the all-inclusive Stitch by Color craft kit! Stitch along colored lines on the easy-to-hold sturdy wooden board to create super-cute cupcake scene with an embroidered look.

 

      7. Melissa & Doug 3D Puzzle (Pirate Ship)

Ahoy-Mateys! Take puzzle building to swashbuckling new heights with this pirate ship play set and puzzle in one! Detailed section by section instructions help kids fit together the more than 100 foam pieces--with no glue or scissors required--into a multi-level pirate ship, complete with three masts, a crow's nest, ship's wheels that spin, a working hatch, and even a plank to walk!


      8. Crayola Modeling Clay Deluxe Kit 

 

This Crayola Modeling Clay Deluxe Kit is a treasure trove of clay and tools. This Crayola gift set includes an awesome array of tools for sculpting and detailing clay creations. It also includes a generous assortment of 24 clay colors and an idea guide to inspire creative projects. An awesome gift for kids four and up!


      9. Circle of Pokémon Puzzle

Join the world of Pokémon with this 150 piece 3D puzzle.  

 

     10. Melissa & Doug Dress-Up Tiaras

Every princess needs a selection of crowns to match their best ballgowns! This fabulous four-pack of dress-up crowns and tiaras have been painstakingly designed to be pinch-free, the comb-backed crowns won't tangle, and all are made with the very best materials we could find--so they're tough enough to stand up to years of play and look gorgeous for years to come.


     11. Melissa & Doug 3D Stickers Pad (Habitats)

This 3D reusable extra-large sticker pad is the perfect gift for a gift exchange! With more than 100 coordinated stickers, it gives a unique viewing experience promoting fine motor skills and creative play.


     12. Star Wars: The Power of the Dark Side (Storybook & Dark Vader Sound)

 

 

 

 

 

 

This full-color, interactive retelling of the Darth Vader story features Darth Vader highlights from A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. The collectible Darth Vader toy features a button-activated breathing sound that kids will be prompted to start throughout for a feature-rich story-time experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. Melissa & Doug Stained Glass Made Easy (Unicorn)

 

 

 

This guided arts-and-crafts activity gives young artists everything they need to create a shimmering "stained glass" work of art. It's easy to create: Just hold up the sheet of colored stickers to the clear frame, peel them off one at a time, and stick them on. Perfect for artists age 4 and up!

 

 

     14. Melissa & Doug Stained Glass Made Easy (Race Cars)

This peel-and-press sticker craft gives kids everything they need to easily create two spectacular "stained glass" sun catchers. Just hold up the sheet of colored stickers to the clear frame, peel them off one at a time, and stick them on. Young artists will be enchanted by the results and proud to show them off!

 

     15. Melissa & Doug Coloring Pad (Goofy Animals)

The eyes have it! Color in 30 pages of silly animal pairs with wiggly, wacky eyes! Jiggly googly eyes peek through cut-outs on every page. Awesome for some silly fun!


     16. Klutz: Marvelous Book of Magical Mermaids

 

Grab your little mermaid and bring your imagination, as classic paper doll dress-up meets enchantment under the sea. The Marvelous Book of Magical Mermaids takes this classic play pattern to new heights (and depths) -- it comes with six glamorous paper mermaids, three elegant paper sea horse friends, and 200+ fin-tastic punch-out fashions and accessories from gowns to crowns to jewels to hairstyles.


     17. Melissa & Doug Wooden Stamp Set (Safari Animals)

Let creativity go "wild" with this set of wooden s and coloring set featuring safari animals! Wooden stamps help kids four and older develop hand-eye coordination and encourage storytelling and imaginative play.

 

Happy Gift Giving!

    Top 10 "First Holiday" Gifts In 2016

    There's a new baby in the family or maybe it's your friend's baby. Regardless, you need a gift for the little one. We know how hard it can be to choose, so we've selected our top 10 "First Holiday" gifts for the new cutie pie!
          1. Melissa & Doug Musical Beehive

    Designed for age 0+, this musical beehive is ideal for a new baby's "First Holiday" gift! The softness, colors, and gentle music it plays, when the bee is pulled, will capture the baby's curiosity.

     

          2. Melissa & Doug Turtle Ball

    Kids will have a ball with this crinkling, jingling, multi-textured toy! The giant, friendly turtle comes filled with 60 squeezable multi-colored balls that are easy to grasp, toss, and roll. Zipper and self-stick tabs open so baby can sit inside, and close to store balls and to make a fun pillow.

     

          3. Hape Roly Poly Ralph Rattle

     

    Rolie Polie keeps on spinning for non-stop fun!

     

          4. Melissa & Doug Pull Back Construction Vehicles

     

    Back to the good old days, when everything did not run on batteries! These Melissa & Doug Pull Back Vehicles are a classic and so much fun. This set of four is perfect for children 6 months and up.

     

          5. Hape Wonder Walker 

     

    A balancing walker providing a sturdy base to pull up and a unique design making it easy to push. Full of movable knobs, gears, and colorful balls, the Hape Wonder Walker is fun for children age 1 and up.

     

          6. Kaloo Activity Playmat Ladybug 

    The Kaloo Ladybug Playmat features 15 activities including a squeaker, rattle, teether, rustling, mirror and ultra soft fabrics. It's the ultimate gift for a first holiday!

     

          7. Fisher Price Deluxe Projector Mobile

     

    Star light, star bright, the first star I see tonight! Fisher Price's 3-in-1 Deluxe Projector is a perfect "First Holiday" gift. The projecting light shines stars above, while the adorable animal mobile below dances. Along with the detachable mobile, the projector can be clipped to the crib or set on a table.

     

          8. Melissa & Doug Farm Cube

    Make learning extra fun for your little one with the Melissa & Doug Musical Farmyard Cube. It features a soft box of noisy animals that sound off with their assigned songs and play a lively melody when their noses are pressed. Ideal for toddlers 6 months and up, this activity cube includes a study teether, knotted tags, crinkly flower petals and tabs and a toddler-tough plastic mirror.

     

          9. Hape Take Along Activity Box 

     

    This 5-sided activity box is designed to keep little ones entertained and developing, making it an ideal gift for 10 months and up.

     

         10. Hape Walk-A-Long Snail

    Ideally for 12 months and up, the Hape Walk-A-Long Snail is a 2-in-1 shape sorter and pull along toy. This multi-tasking snail totes a shell full of wooden blocks as he tags along behind you. Lighten the load by removing the colorful shape sorter, and he's ready to roll alone.

     

    That's our Top 10 "First Holiday" Gifts In 2016 for the littlest one! Don't forget to check butterfly7.com for more ideas.

    Happy shopping!