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Hurricane Sandy Strikes Again

November 13, 2012

Regrettably, due to severe damage to the Downtown Community Center from Hurricane Sandy, The P.A.L. Workshop ‘CRITICAL ISSUES FOR THE NYC MIDDLE SCHOOLER‘ has been cancelled for tomorrow, Tuesday, November 13, and will be rescheduled for Spring. We regret the last minute change and apologize for the inconvenience.

Monday Night

We also want to let our friends and neighbors who’ve joined us at the Downtown Community Center know that the DCC rebuilding efforts are already underway. If you would like to volunteer or make a donation, please be sureto  contact the Downtown Community Center,  or click here to make a donation:

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The P.A.L. Workshops


Let the Countdown to Christmas Begin!

December 9, 2011

Why do all the great holiday deals happen after you buy the gifts? Jade’s ToyBox is changing that… Starting today, until Christmas, we’re giving a deal a day to our customers. So check out the great discounts…

Oh, and notice a few deals happen everyday or on rainy days!


From Now until Christmas…
The RAINY DAY DISCOUNT– Pray for rain, because you’ll get 30% on rainy days until Dec 27

GRANDPARENTS Appreciation Day– Grandparents get 30% off now until Christmas.

FRIDAY, DEC 9-The ‘Customers’ Kid’s Got Talent’ Discount. Come show us your kids awesome rendition of Tomorrow or Silent Night;  a really cool magic trick, a song on violin or any other terrific talent and get 50% off a single item!

SATURDAY, DEC 10- DOUBLE the Deal DONATION DAY! Get 30% off your entire purchase when you bring in a bag of gently used toys, books, games or kids clothing (items must be in good order with no missing pieces) Items will be donated to the Children’s Storefront School in Harlem, and The Caroline Wambui Mungai Foundation (CWMF), a home and school for orphans and vulnerable children in Wangige, Kenya.

SUNDAY, DEC 11-Secret Sundays… The 40% secret discount coupon is hiding in the Advent Calendar in pocket #11 today. Come in and get 40% off anything in the store!

MONDAY, DEC 12- A Kitschy Christmas …Wear a Kitschy Holiday Sweater or Ensemble and buy one item, get the second item of equal or less value for FREE! (limit one per customer)

TUESDAY, DEC 13- Teacher Appreciation Tuesdays– 40% OFF for teachers (must have proof of affiliation)

WEDNESDAY, DEC 14- DOGGY DISCOUNT… Jade’s ToyBox LOVES Dogs, so bring your precious pooch and get 25% off IF he can show us a trick.  

THURSDAY, DEC 15- Beat the Mystery Opponent at Chess and take home any game for free!

FRIDAY, DEC 16- Buy a JTB Mini Concept Box and get a second Mini box for half off

SATURDAY, DEC 17-Don’t miss our FREE Musical Instrument Workshop. Plus All Musical Instruments and Jason’s Music Box items are HALF off!

SUNDAY, DEC 18—Secret Sundays… The 40% secret discount coupon is hiding in the Advent Calendar in pocket #18 today. Come in and get 40% off anything in the store!

MONDAY , DEC 19– The Not-A-Box Contest– Simply have your child turn a cardboard box into the invention of their choice, bring it to the store and enter it into our contest for a chance to win a $250 gift card to Jade’s ToyBox. All entrants receive 20% off their purchase for the day.

TUESDAY, DEC 20– Teacher Appreciation Tuesdays– 40% OFF for teachers (must have proof of affiliation)

WEDNESDAY, DEC 21- All Bambino Box items are half off

THURSDAY, DEC 22- Share the name of your kids favorite educational IPhone APP and get 15% off your purchase

FRIDAY, DEC 23- THE ‘SMALLER THAN A BREAD BOX’ DISCOUNT. If it is, then you get half off the item today only. (Yes, we’ll have a bread box on hand to check!)

MONDAY Dec 26- up to 70% Off  Sale

TUESDAY, Dec 27- up to 70% Off Sale

JTB Holiday Pop-Up Event Calendar

November 30, 2011

Join us at the Jade’s ToyBox Holiday Pop-Up now through December 28 for these great holiday events for young kids & families:

everyday, anytime…
Santa Letter Writing. From paper and stickers to stamps and stencils, we provide all the eco-friendly materials so kids can create their letters for Santa and mail it to the North Pole.
The ‘Not A Box’ Contest. A childhood idea of transforming a brown box into a TV set was the impetus for the JTB product box and the installation at the JTB Pop-Up Store. Show us your ingenuity. Transform a simple brown box into the invention of your choice, explain it and enter to win a $150 Jade’s ToyBox gift card.
Holiday StoryTime, By Kids, For Kids.
Bring the kiddos in for holiday story time and hear special guest kid ‘authors’ share an excerpt of their favorite prose too. Check JTB Blog for Schedule and Sign-Up.
saturday dec 3
Holiday Craft Workshop. 2 p.m. Using recycled and found objects, we’ll transform simple items into beautiful holiday gifts for family and friends with a little help from our in-store staff and visitng artists.

sunday dec 4
Organic Gingerbread Cookie Workshop with ButterBeans. 11:30 a.m.

Join ButterBeans for homemade organic gingerbread cookie decorating and hot cocoa fun!

tuesday dec 6
The P.A.L. Workshops @ Jade’s ToyBox presents Supporting Early Giftedness Through Play: A Hands-On, Play-Based Workshop for Parents.  Just in time for the holidays, this play-based session will help parents support their child’s strengths, with games and strategies to help toddlers and preschoolers develop a love for learning, and get ready for kindergarten.6:30 p.m. $Register @

saturday dec 10
Holiday Cookie Swap with MiniMunchers. 2 p.m.
Join MiniMunchers for an organic twist on cookie making! They’ll teach the kiddos how to make healthy, yummy homemade cookies for a holiday cookie swap.

sunday dec 11
Organic Gingerbread Cookie Workshop with ButterBeans. 11:30 a.m.

Join ButterBeans for homemade organic gingerbread cookie decorating and hot cocoa fun!
The Sock Monkey Workshop. 2 p.m.
Bring in your non-stinky, recycled socks and let’s put them to good re-use as a great holiday gift. We will have classic sock-monkey socks for sale on-site too.

saturday dec 17
Holiday Craft: Musical Instrument Workshop. 2 p.m. Using recycled and found objects, we’ll transform simple items into awesome musical instruments that make great holiday gifts for family and friends.

sunday dec 18
Holiday StoryTime, By Kids, For Kids. 2 p.m. Bring your kiddos in for holiday story time and hear special guest kid ‘authors’ share an excerpt of their favorite prose too.

and more…
Holiday Dining Classes with socialsklz:). Check dates and Register @ the JTB Pop-Up
Studiotime with Hudson Soundlab. Sign-Up fast to record your original music, poem or book reading. Makes great gifts for family & friends. By appointment. Several packages are available until Dec 12.

Sign-Up at the JTB Holiday Pop-Up Store or call 212.343.8881 to guarantee a spot for our great line-up of holiday fun.
Location: 124 Hudson Street, between N. Moore & Ericsson Place in Tribeca
Hours: Monday and Friday from 9 am-7pm, Tuesday through Wednesday and Saturdays from 11 am -7 pm, and Sundays from 11 am-5 pm.

Is Your Child an Advanced Learner?

May 16, 2011

If you are in NYC, join us for the P.A.L. Workshop MAY 17, 2011-

MAY 17- The Accelerated Learner Part 2-
What’s the Right Fit for my Child? Options in the Gifted Arena

We’ll explore the various considerations, approaches and next steps to gifted education in NYC with a focus on elementary programs, including self-contained schools and programs, pull-out programs, differentiating and homeschooling. Plus a look at private versus public options. Parents and insiders will discuss options and take questions from the audience.

 Panelists include:

Victoria Goldman is a journalist specializing in education and the author of The Manhattan Family Guide to Private Schools and Selective Public Schools, 6th Ed., and The Manhattan Directory of Private Nursery Schools, 6th Ed.  She is also a private educational consultant with Education First. Goldman contributes to the Education Life supplement of the New York Times and continues to support many non-profits including the Albert G. Oliver Scholarship Program Board, The We Are Family Foundation, and the Educational Alliance, as well as others.

Dr. Robin Aronow has her Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work and was a clinician in private practice and a school social worker. Robin has visited all the private schools and most of the public schools to which families in Manhattan apply. She has developed positive working relationships with private school admissions directors and administrators at Hunter College Campus Schools, the Anderson Program, and administrators in the Department of Education. She is an advisor to Manhattan Media’s (West Side Spirit and Our Town, among others) Blackboard Awards which honor excellence in education.

Dr. Aronow consults with numerous private nursery and elementary schools, and individual families looking for ongoing schools pre-K through high school. She has written several articles about the process of applying to schools and conducts workshops entitled “Life After Nursery School” including workshops on applying to private and public schools. Robin also maintains an email updating service.  She finds it extremely satisfying providing information and support to families to help make the process less daunting. She also loves returning to school settings, and having a chance to tour so many schools and observe best practices.

Sharon Roth lends the parent perspective of a mom who has experienced a top tier private, but found a better fit for her child at a self-contained gifted school. Roth, a graduate of Loughborough University in England, is an editorial consultant for the American National Standards Institute, a former parent board-member-at-large for the Brownstone preschool and is secretary of the Parents’ Association at Speyer Legacy School. Her son, Drake, was recently featured in the New York Times article regarding early readers:

Jennifer Selendy is a litigation partner at the firm of Kirland & Ellis LLP, where she tries commercial cases for clients such as IBM, Samsung, Verizon and Discover.  She has a long history of educational philanthropy and pro bono work with New Leaders for New Schools, College Summit, Hunter College Elementary School and, most recently, The Speyer Legacy School.  She also chairs the board of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, a national legal services organization focused on the civil and economic rights of those living in poverty, and co-chairs the board of The Speyer Legacy School.

Event: the P.A.L. [Parents of Accelerated Learners] Workshop Series

Date: May 17, 2011 6:30-8:00 pm

The Downtown Community Center
120 Warren Street, 1 block south of Chambers
Between Greenwich Street and West Street
New York, NY 10013

For more information click herethe P.A.L. [Parents of Accelerated Learners] Parent Workshop Series  or go to

What Kind of Kid Do YOU Have?

May 9, 2011

Jade works with Jennifer Trausch at the Polaroid 20x24 Studio

My kid is predominately a kitty cat kid…and an artist kid…and a musician kid. Her best friend is a puppy dog kid. In her kindergarten class, I can point out the architecture kid, the princess kid, the dinosaur kid, the magician kid, and so on…

As parents, it’s a hard lesson when we realize our kids might not be cut out to follow the same path we pursued, or the one we might want them to pursue. Instead, it’s about encouraging and enabling them to follow their own path, given their unique package of strengths and talents.

I wonder, if my parents had “made me” pursue opera singing lessons as a kid, would I be a great opera singer today? Did parents of Tiger’s Woods encourage his 10,000 hours of golfing because he loved putt-putt? Did Renoir’s mom realize he had a knack for painting when he was helping paint tea cups or  do some other art activity?

When and how do we discover our child’s strengths? Perhaps we’ll discover it when we sit back, watch and listen to what they give us…the obvious and the subtle hints: their home reenactments of a play they just saw; their copy of a painting from a museum visit, or a song self-taught on the piano or toy saxophone.

Instead of enrolling your child in ballet or piano lessons, for example, first expose them to it through performances or concerts. Show them alternatives, like jazz, tap, hip hop, before signing up for the class. If offered in your community, consider having your child take a career or talent sampler workshop, or create your own, where you expose them to different talent areas so they can see what piques their interest most.

Organize a sampling of interest activities: a visit to a local photographer’s studio; the neighborhood vet’s office to see how science plays a part of a vet’s life; or visit a local art museum and ask about tours or sample classes to expose your child to an art experience. You can do the same with food. Maybe your child is the next Bobby Flay or Julia Childs. Expose them to great foods, local restaurants and experiences at farmer’s markets and area farms to discover new options.

Jade captures her Vegetable Still Life

Use this summer to learn about your child’s unique talents and interests with these great tools and resources:

1- The Renzulli Profiler identifies your child’s strengths, interests and learning styles.

2- The Primary Interest-A-Lyzer– developed for kids k-3 to discover their non-academic interests.

3- The Secondary Interest-A-Lyzer-developed for middle schoolers

4- An Interest Inventory for High Schoolers

5- Interest-A-Lyzer for Adults– Developed by Joe Renzulli at the University of Connecticut

6- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

7- Child’s Play: Enriching Your Child’s Interests, from Rocket Science to Rock Climbing, Stamp Collecting to Sculpture by Monica Cardoza

8-Your’s Child’s Strengths by Jennifer Fox

9- Career Tech, Career and Academic Connection-a great resource for parents to find career information based on the interests of their kids

Helping understand, develop and nurture children’s interests and talents is paramount at Jade’s ToyBox. Consider one of Jade’s ToyBox Concept Boxes that match the interest of your child, or call us to create a custom box, like a dinosaur box, a kitty cat box or a magician box to match the strength and interests of your child.

"Vegetable Still Life" by Jade

10 Books or 10 Baby Items, Get 10% off!

December 7, 2010

As if donating 10% of our holiday proceeds to charity wasn’t enough, Jade’s ToyBox just wants to keep giving back, so every Tuesday & Thursday through the end of the month, we’re offering 10% off our toys (excluding dollhouses) for every customer who brings us 10 hardbound children’s books (no licensed characters, please), or 10 gently used items for newborns through 5 years of age.

We’ll be giving it away to children’s charities right in time for the holiday season! So make room for the new holiday presents, clean out those closets in the process, and help children in need this holiday!

Come visit us at : 475 Greenwich Street between Canal Street and Watts in Tribeca, NYC, entrance on Watts Street near Canal
Mon-Sat 10-7 pm; Sun 11-5 pm.

Be sure to check out our events at:

Holiday Hugs

December 7, 2010

Maybe it’s just the spirit of the season, or maybe when you realize you’ve found someone who can relate to your personal plight, you just have to show the excitement. A southerner by birth, I’m a hugger, but it’s not everyday that I have a customer want to hug me. So today was a first…I hugged my customer!

And why? Because there seems to be a growing population of parents who know what it’s like to raise an accelerated learner; who understand the distinct characteristics they share, the social and emotional issues they may have; the impact it has relationships, childhood peers and others. It’s time to unite and not longer accept the uneducated company line that “all children are ‘gifted’.” Now all children are special, no doubt, and although we might not like the term “gifted,” accelerated learners are a distinct population with specific needs that must be addressed for them to reach their potential.

So parents of “accelerated learners,” “advanced ability kids,” “gifted children,” AKA “smart kiddos”…UNITE! And come get an extra 10% off toys (excluding dollhouses) Monday through Friday at our JTB Holiday Pop-Up Store in New York City from now until December 28, 2010. Oh, the proof required to get your discount? An example of your trials and tribulations with your lil brainiac. Speaking of, Our Brainiac Box is also 10% off for you!

See the store details:


90 Days of Summer Fun: Lessons in time

July 3, 2010

No reclining allowed at 10 minutes ’til landing.

It’s 10 minutes until our flight lands and my kiddo calls it a day. Can’t blame her considering we’ve been traveling from Istanbul back to New York City via Paris. We’re in it for more than 11 hours at this point, and wake up time was 5 a.m., so needless to say, there was no point trying to keep her awake through customs and an hour ride home.

But when wake up time the next “morning” was 2 am, after her 9 hours of sleep, I couldn’t convince my daughter to stay asleep. Two days later, I’m still jet lagged, but in the blur of these last couple days, I found it the perfect time to explore concepts of time with my child.

And I don’t usually go quite so overboard as I did in my pursuit to find the best time teaching tools that are available. You can find some of these time items in our Daily Grind and Goodnight Sleepyhead and Too Cool for Preschool Original boxes, and purchase them separately during our holiday pop-up store in New York City.

My current favorite is the red German-made clock I discovered at the Nuremberg Toy Fair this year. Without all the bells and whistles- through it does have batteries that make the clock work- but it would probably lose in a side-by-side comparison with many other kid clocks. It doesn’t have bright colors or a silly face, and it doesn’t talk and make loud electronic noises, but it does have elements others’ don’t like interactive blocks that can be used to explore sequencing of events, roman numerals, fractions of time, seconds and other time elements.

But you don’t have to purchase a kids clock to explore time with your child. Use a clock at home, or make a fun simple paper plate clock with your kid. With the following supplies, a paper plate, construction paper, colorful markers or crayons and a metal fastener, you can make a custom clock to practice time concepts.

Write the numbers on the paper plate as they appear on a clock. Draw 2 arrows or “hands” and cut them out of construction paper. Punch small holes in the exact same place on the hands.Use a metal fastener to punch through the paper plate attaching the 2 clock hands. Viola, you have a clock. Create different versions with seconds or roman numerals and make learning time fun.

The point is simply to make it fun, and start with the basics. Start noticing clocks and time during the day. What time is it when we wake? When we eat breakfast? Head to school? Eat lunch? Take a nap? Eat dinner? Bathe before bed? And bedtime? Wear a watch or check your Iphone. Explore world time clocks and on vacation talk about what time it is in your vacation spot versus your hometown. Talk about how many hours of sleep you’ll miss when you return home!


90 Days of Summer Fun: Better than a Collar

June 18, 2010

What Happened to Hand Holding?

I have travel on the brain these days. Perhaps it’s the start of summer vacation. Yes, definitely. I live in a city with 7 million or more other people, but I cannot wrap my brain around the idea of putting my kid on a leash. But when you are in crowds at Disney, Coney Island, your local mall or off to Europe with kid in tow, you might want a way to keep track of your kiddo.

My sister thought I was on to something when I pitched the idea of implanting a GPS device in an earring. And why not. It’s not like that weird birth control you implant under your skin, earrings can be removed. (Note:if anyone takes that idea, I demand royalties!)

Check out the more civilized and dogmatic approaches, not fit for a dog…

1- Mabel’s Labels– Just label your kid. You can get sticky labels, bag tags, waterproof labels, you name it. Even safety “411 wristbands” to warn of allergies or other special needs.

2- Label Daddy– He’s gone the extra mile- or dollar- with licensed characters- which I don’t need- but I do like the zipper tags, the mini show label and school packs.

3-The Amber Alert GPS Child Tracker– for $279, you can track your kid on the go. I love technology, so I’d consider it, but I bet that monthly service fee adds up.

4- The GPS Shoe– Awesome. A GPS chip and cellular device is embedded in the shoe. I want these now for my kid!

Bear5- Mommy I’m Here Child Locator– a teddy  bear receiver attaches to your kid’s shoe or belt. You press the transmitter button to locate your kid, and provided your kids relatively near, you hear a chirping sound that leads you to your child.

6- The Dreaded Leash!- It’s not for me, but someone might want to tether their kid to them… I guess the monkey backpack is a better disguise than a dog collar, but I’ll let you find this one on your own.

7- A Novel Idea- Hold your kids hand! Put the kid on your shoulders, or go piggy back! What better way to know where your kid is at all times.

90 Days of Summer Fun: The Changing Wall

June 14, 2010

Almost 5 years of memorabilia

It’s an embarrassment… as a photographer and former picture editor, it’s inconceivable that I would have four and a half years worth of pictures and memorabilia in boxes still. But I do. Part of being a picture editor is wanting the perfect images to speak of the moment- so this summer I will finally take that chore- and pleasure, off my list. Until then, my daughter and I created a “Changing Wall.”

Instead of getting too precious with framed portraits, create a Changing Wall – a fun memory wall with your child, with an assortment of photographs, memorabilia and drawings that your kid can take ownership of and alter weekly, monthly  or quarterly.

Our wall is the hallway nearest to my daughter’s room, so she’ll pass it daily. There are pictures of her dressed up in her kitty costume, a school portrait, pictures she drew and a photo and drawings given to her by her cousin. She has images of her best friend, and of course mom and dad. And she knows we can update it whenever she wants.

The Changing Wall, a great place to park new pictures, drawings and objects that you can update frequently

You can use frames, magnetic surfaces, cork, shadow boxes… just about anything to display your stuff. You could even display your child’s favorite collection here too. Make it fun, and be sure your child is involved so he or she looks forward to updating it often.  And when you change an image or drawing, make that the time to put those images and any others on hand into your photo albums that you have ready to go.

Let your child's art take center stage

ps- Stay tuned this summer for the Organizing your Pile of Precious Pictures blog.