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The star-studded singalong airs tonight!
04/16/2020
The Disney Family Singalong - SI Parent Magazine

The star-studded singalong airs tonight!

The happiest place on earth is about to be your living room. The Disney Family Singalong, a star-studded event featuring celebrities singing Disney favorites from inside their homes, will air on ABC this Thursday. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the lineup includes: “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes”...

Movie night or grown up nap time? Call it what you want but do it right!
04/14/2020
Top 50 Movies For Kids You Can Stream Now - SI Parent Magazine

Movie night or grown up nap time? Call it what you want but do it right!

There’s never been a better time to cozy up with the family on the couch and settle in for a good movie. These movies come highly recommended by Common Sense Media, an organization trusted by parents and educators for objective ratings on movies, TV shows, books, and more. Click each title and ope...

You can't cook EVERY night. There's a good chance your favorite restaurant will deliver right to your door.
04/13/2020
Where to Eat In Staten Island During COVID-19 - SI Parent Magazine

You can't cook EVERY night. There's a good chance your favorite restaurant will deliver right to your door.

Did you know Staten Island restaurants are open for takeout and delivery during the coronavirus pandemic? Although bars and restaurants are currently prohibited from allowing patrons inside, you can still enjoy their offerings at home. Want to know if your favorite spot is open for business during t...

04/11/2020

How is your family celebrating Easter?

We've got even more virtual fun for all you cool cats and kittens!
04/09/2020
Virtual Concerts, Story Time, Dance, Art & More - SI Parent Magazine

We've got even more virtual fun for all you cool cats and kittens!

Just because kids are home 24/7, they don’t have to spend their days with their faces buried in Fortnite and YouTube. There are more productive ways to pass the time with those electronic devices. With the nation on lockdown, virtual enrichment programs are popping up everywhere. We rounded up som...

Since the minute the coronavirus hit New York, Staten Islanders have been busy helping. Essential workers are risking th...
04/08/2020
5 Ways Staten Island Won't Let COVID-19 Win - SI Parent Magazine

Since the minute the coronavirus hit New York, Staten Islanders have been busy helping. Essential workers are risking their lives to keep everyone safe and healthy while others are doing everything in their power to support them.

From donating food and safety supples to crafting gratitude videos and art, Staten Islanders are showing up for each other more and more every day.

Covid-19. It’s all anyone is talking about these days. And rightfully so. In less than a few short months, a single virus has fundamentally impacted all of humanity. Many of the impacts are obviously negative; the news is filled with talk of death tolls, mandatory lockdowns, PPE shortages, hospita...

Sign up for our newsletter, the Daily Dose, and get tons of new new ideas and advice every day for keeping busy --and sa...
04/06/2020
Join the Community | SI Parent Magazine

Sign up for our newsletter, the Daily Dose, and get tons of new new ideas and advice every day for keeping busy --and sane-- during this crazy time.

Join our community of Staten Island parents by following us on social media, signing up for our newsletter, joining our Birthday Club and more!

We rounded up some of the funniest quarantine songs floating around the internet. Watch them all. It’s not like you have...
04/04/2020
The Best Quarantine Songs - SI Parent Magazine

We rounded up some of the funniest quarantine songs floating around the internet. Watch them all. It’s not like you have anywhere to be.

Our favorite quarantine videos to make you laugh (instead of cry) during the coronavirus pandemic.

Submit your child’s photo showing how they're keeping busy through this crazy time!The top-voted image will win a $300 A...
04/04/2020
Cabin Fever Candids Contest

Submit your child’s photo showing how they're keeping busy through this crazy time!

The top-voted image will win a $300 Amazon Gift Card & be featured on Davler-Parents websites.

Cabin Fever Candids Contest

Now more than ever, moms in recovery need a safe space to share about the challenges.
04/03/2020
Virtual Meetups for Sober Moms - SI Parent Magazine

Now more than ever, moms in recovery need a safe space to share about the challenges.

In the midst of wine memes and virtual happy hours, moms in recovery need a safe space to share about the challenges. Professional recovery coach Emily Lynn Paulson noticed a disconnect of virtual support groups for moms—she saw groups for women, alcohol-free lifestyles, and 12-Step programs, but ...

Wanna visit The Bronx Zoo, Mars, and the Great Wall of China all in the same day — without changing out of your pajamas?...
04/02/2020
32 Virtual Field Trips - SI Parent Magazine

Wanna visit The Bronx Zoo, Mars, and the Great Wall of China all in the same day — without changing out of your pajamas? We got you. 😉

Find a list of virtual tours, live webcams, and online exhibits from some of the coolest places on earth -- near and far!

04/01/2020

Favorite movies to watch as a family?

03/31/2020
Mike Reilly

Some important updates from Mike Reilly.

⚠️ #CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
7PM on March 30th

Here is what my team and I can share with you this evening...

➡️ Governor Cuomo announced this morning that there were 66,497 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York State.

➡️ I can share that, as of this morning, there are 38,087 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York City, with 2,140 confirmed cases on Staten Island.

➡️ I returned to Albany today, where my colleagues and I are preparing to pass a state budget [hopefully] before the deadline, tomorrow at midnight. I have expressed a strong belief that Governor Cuomo should not push for partisan policy to be part of this budget — instead, we should pass a budget that‘ll keep New York open so we can get back to focusing on healing this state and fixing our economy.

➡️ Today I also signed onto a letter penned by Councilman Joe Borelli calling on Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio to extend full line of duty death benefits to first responders as well as essential state and city employees who succumb to coronavirus. We are asking them to fight on the front line, and this is the least we can do to thank them and their families.

➡️ The USNS Comfort, a 1,000 bed hospital ship with 12 operating rooms, a pharmacy, and 1,200 medical staff, arrived in New York Harbor today. These additional beds will be reserved for treatment of non-coronavirus patients should the hospital system exceed capacity.

➡️ Over the weekend, Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order to...

⏩ Move the date of New York’s Presidential primary from April 28th to June 23rd.

⏩ Mandate all public and private hospital facilities to permit one “support person,” as long as they do not have a fever, in the room during childbirth.

⏩ Move the state’s due date to file taxes from April 15th to July 15th. (The Governor previously announced he would do this; however, the directive was not official until now).

➡️ Mayor de Blasio announced last week that the city's Regional Enrichment Centers (REC), which provide daytime childcare to first responders, transit workers, and healthcare workers, will now provide care for grocery and pharmacy workers as well. To apply for this service, please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdDNFMOezuG9mCu99utf3dkloTpdEhzBB1ancwlaeT3ny7uEQ/viewform.

➡️ Alternate Side Parking (ASP) will remain suspended until tomorrow; however I anticipate that Mayor de Blasio will extend it for another week. Meters remain in effect.

➡️ Richmond University Medical Center has launched a 24-hour hotline for those feeling stressed or anxious as a result of coronavirus, and it can be reached at (718) 818-6300.

➡️ You can sign up for text alerts pertaining to coronavirus from the New York City Office of Emergency Management by texting COVID to 692-692.

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As always, we will do our best to answer your questions in the comment section below, but please check the following list for guidance before commenting. We will update this list daily going forward.

🗪 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

» Q: I believe I am experiencing symptoms related to coronavirus, what should I do? A: You should rest and monitor symptoms for the next 24-48 hours while avoiding all non-essential social contact. If symptoms worsen, you should call your primary care doctor or an urgent care provider. Do not go to the emergency room, urgent care, or doctor's office without calling them first.

» Q: How can I get tested for coronavirus? A: Testing is available through your primary care doctor, local urgent care, both of Staten Island's private hospitals, as well as through the drive-through test site on Staten Island's east shore, which was activated last week. Drive-through testing is by appointment only, and healthcare workers and first responders are being prioritized for testing. To schedule an appointment by contacting the New York State Department of Health via their hotline at 1-888-364-3065, or online at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing…

» Q: I called the hotline and was placed on hold or was promised a call back, what should I do now? A: As you can imagine, the hotline is experiencing a very high volume of calls. The best advice is to be patient. The state's Department of Health is in the process of hiring additional staff to handle this call volume, and they've launched the aforementioned online portal to help people schedule an appointment easily.

» Q: I heard that all non-essential businesses were required to close. How do I know if my business is essential? A: Please visit www.esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026 for the complete list of businesses/industries classified as "essential" by Empire State Development.

» Q: I have a large quantity of Personal Protective Equipment (gloves, masks, gowns) that I would like to sell to the State of New York. Who should I contact? A: Governor Cuomo is asking businesses interested in selling their products to contact their office at [email protected].

» Q: I own a business that is able to produce Personal Protective Equipment (gloves, masks, gowns) for the State of New York. Who should I contact? A: Governor Cuomo is asking businesses capable of manufacturing PPE products to contact Empire State Development at [email protected].

» Q: I own a business that has been negatively affected by coronavirus. Is there any assistance available? A: There are a number of small business assistance initiatives being planned, but the best resource for assistance at this time is the city's Department of Small Business Services. Please visit www.nyc.gov/covid19biz for more details.

» Q: I am out of work due to my employer being a non-essential business. Am I able to claim unemployment benefits? A: If you have paid into unemployment insurance and are out of work due to your business being closed as a result of coronavirus, you may be entitled to unemployment benefits. Please visit www.labor.ny.gov for more details.

» Q: I have called the state's Department of Labor to apply for unemployment benefits, but have been unable to connect with an operator. What should I do? A: To manage the unprecedented call volume they're experiencing at this time, the Department of Labor is asking claimants to call in on their assigned day, based on their last initial. Please visit www.labor.ny.gov for further guidance, and continue to be patient.

» Q: I heard that the deadline for filing my federal and state taxes has been postponed. Is this true? A: Yes, the federal government announced that the deadline for filing your federal taxes this year has been postponed until July 15th. The state government announced soon after that the filing deadline for state taxes would be postponed until July 15th as well.

» Q: Will my child still be required to take standardized tests such as the SAT, ELA, or Regents exams? A: We can confirm at this moment that both the March and May administering of the SAT exam has been canceled, and the ELA exam has been canceled for this year. We are still awaiting guidance on the Regents exam.

Are you trying to maintain nutritious habits during quarantine?
03/30/2020
Now's the Time to Teach At-Home Nutrition - SI Parent Magazine

Are you trying to maintain nutritious habits during quarantine?

With a lot of parents facing the challenge of keeping housebound kids happy and healthy, this is the perfect time to teach kids the basics of nutrition and eating right. Consider these simple suggestions from Melanie Marcus, MA, RD, health and nutrition communications manager for Dole Food Company.....

03/30/2020

Who's ready for week two? What are your biggest homeschool challenges so far?

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A simple, fun home school project for all ages. Grow your garden from seeds.