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Summer Recess

Double Dutch. Hula hoops. Hopscotch. Introduce the kids to some good old-fashioned screen-free games at our Seaport Kids x Screen-Free Summer Recess + Social Media Talk for Parents on The Rooftop at Pier 17. This feel-good event hosted by Mommy Poppins features an instructor from Double Dutch Lovers NYC who will coach kids on the finer points of jump-rope arts. It’s a great opportunity to ditch the screens and get back to basics.

Children ages 5+ are welcome. Supplies will be provided, so just bring your imagination.

Free with RSVP


Social Media Effects on Kids – Parent Talk Hosted By

Even better: as the kids jump it out, parents can join a discussion on ways social media and screen time impact children’s brain development, featuring Dr. Heidi Bender, a certified neuropsychologist from NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine. Give your kids an engaging experience off their screens, while you learn why and how to reduce the negative effects of screen time on children of all ages. Parents can enjoy a complimentary cocktail while attending the talk, with the opportunity to ask questions at the end.

Parents are welcome to join the talk about social media’s effects on kids and adolescents, even if their kids aren’t attending the Summer Recess event.

Free with RSVP


Seaport Kids is presented by NewYork-Presbyterian, the Seaport’s Official Health Care Provider.


Wednesday, August 23
5:30pm – 7:00pm

Kids Activity
5:30pm – 7:00pm

Parent Talk
5:30pm – 6:00pm: Meet & Greet
6:00pm – 6:45pm: Parent Talk
6:45pm – 7:00pm: Q&A

The Rooftop at Pier 17
89 South Street, between Piers 16 & 17

About The Partners

Heidi Bender

Heidi Allison Bender, Ph.D.

Dr. Heidi Bender is an award-winning, board-certified neuropsychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of patients across the lifespan with a wide range of neurological and cognitive disorders through her unique combined training in both neurology and psychology. Dr. Bender has a special interest in the neuropsychological needs of non-native English speakers and patients born outside of the United States, and is active in professional groups working to reduce disparities in healthcare. To facilitate this, Dr. Bender holds a leadership roles in multiple neuropsychological organizations committed to equity for all, including the New York Neuropsychology Group’s Bilingual Task Force (co-Chair), Chair of the Interorganizational Practice Committee and Delegate to the Cultural Neuropsychological Council. While Dr. Bender treats a variety of conditions, she has a special interest in both the neurological and social/cognitive impacts of screen time on adolescents as a new area of research and study.  As Director of Neuropsychological Services at the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center and Associate Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurological Surgery, Dr. Bender is pleased to provide a full spectrum of care to patients before, during, and after neurosurgical treatment.

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Mommy Poppins

Written by local parents who love to seek out the coolest, off-the-beaten-track things to do with kids, Mommy Poppins shares activities that aren’t just pleasant time passers, but promise enriching experiences for your family.

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