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Best Children's Theater!

by Allison Schlanger

The best children’s theater company has a show in production right now…and the tickets are FREE.

I have 3 kids. Living in NYC, we have seen a lot of children’s theater. Nothing compares to Theatreworks USA shows. Yesterday I took two of my boys Ari (10) and Dov (5) to see Skippyjon Jones -- Snow What.

It was amazing. Theatreworks USA raises the bar in children’s theater. The music and lyrics are incredibly clever, relevant and hilarious. The abilities of the performers – their voices, their range of characters and their stage presence are undeniable. The show is an hour. You have to go. Did I mention the tickets are FREE?

To read more information about Theatreworks USA and for ticket information, click here!


Bill Clinton attends songs for seeds concert in Madison Square Park!

We were pretty excited when former President Bill Clinton showed up to rock out with songs for seeds on Thursday (7/16) at our Summer Concert in Madison Square Park. 

Looks like People Magazine heard about it too!

Read the full article here!


Employee of the Month - July 2015

Congratulations Sweet Mo-lasses, The Texan Yogi, Hudson Mueller - you are our July Employee of the Month! 

For the past six years, we have seen you grow (even more than your hair) into the amazing teacher, entertainer and friend that we have grown to love. You are our go-to guy for everything songs for seeds! You are always willing to help out where needed, be it: subbing classes, running around the city to play at various special events, or finding and training our newest band members, and you ALWAYS do everything with the calmest and kindest attitude! You consistently showcase an amazing love and care for the families at apple seeds and we are so lucky to work alongside you.


And The Award For Best In Show Goes To...

by New York Family

The 2015 New York Baby Show, which took place on May 16-17 at Pier 92 in New York City, introduced thousands of new and expectant parents to a variety of products and services in the baby and maternity realms. We also had a prestigious panel of judges on hand–from leading publications and organizations in the parenting world–to select this year’s Best in Show Awards. As you’ll see for yourself in the slideshow below the six winners and four honorable mentions are notable for their variety and excellence.

Our expert judges include Maria Colaco, of TTPM; Nicole Felicano, of MomTrends;Lauren Greene, of The Bump; Rory Halperin, of Mommy Nearest; Whitney Harris, ofStroller Traffic; Jenna Helwig, of Parents magazine; Erica Hill, of “Weekend TODAY;” Andrea Lee, of City Births; Brianne Manz, of Stroller In The City; Stephanie Mayers, ofCool Mom Picks; Jane Morales, of the Mamas Network; Heather Ouida & Laura Peyser Deutsch, of Mommybites; Jessica Pallay & Kaity Velez, of Well Rounded NY;Alison Qualter Berna & Allison Schlanger, of apple seeds; Nancy Redd, of HuffPost Live; Matt Schneider & Lance Somerfeld, of the NYC Dads Group; and Julie Tiedrich, of GILT.

Check out the Best In Show winners here!


very sad news

Dear families,

It is with a very heavy heart that we share this news.

Our beloved long time songs for seeds keyboardist and friend, Sueyoung Yoo, passed away this weekend. Sueyoung was a vital part of the apple seeds family since 2008. She was very well loved by our own children, and by the hundreds of babies and children whose lives she changed over the years through her teaching and music at apple seeds. Sueyoung’s infectious smile would light up a room, her constant stream of treats for the kids were always happily received and her energy was always positive.

Our entire staff is deeply grieving this loss. We know that many families and children will be impacted by this tragedy. We have decided to suspend songs for seeds classes at all three apple seeds locations today (5/28) and tomorrow (5/29) out of respect for Sueyoung’s colleagues and fellow musicians. We will be in touch soon with ways to celebrate her beautiful, vibrant life.

Death is a complicated subject to address with children and depending on your child’s age and relationship to Sueyoung, it may mean different things. We ask that you clearly communicate with your caregiver as to how your family will be handling this situation.

Some children who overlapped with Sueyoung in songs for seeds class may be too young to process this sad information. Under 3 years old, it is difficult to cognitively absorb the reality of death. Other children are older and will remember Sueyoung well, particularly her private piano clients. If you are looking for support to help you personally process this terrible news, and more specifically, how to talk to children about death and loss, please see below.

We have a list of clinical psychologists that specialize in children and grief counseling. Please call apple seeds at 212-792-7590 for a list of their names and numbers should you need.

We also have several articles and publications on hand, as well as a Sesame Street guide specific to very young children, should you need. Please reach out if you need more information. Below is a suggested list of books, and you can also find additional and helpful support at http://www.acaringhand.org/

We send our deepest sympathy to everyone in our community through this very difficult time.

Alison, Allison, Bobby, Craig and the apple seeds team

Talking with Children About Loss by Maria Trozzi

When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death by Laurie Krasny

Love Never Stops: A Memory Book for Children by Emilio Parga

Jim’s Dog Muffins by Miriam Cohen

Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by Bryan Mellonie