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Songs of Summer 2020 For Kids and Families

Whether you’re in a household full of music-lovers or you just appreciate awesome tunes and music videos for kids, you’re sure to enjoy these fun, upbeat songs by incredible children’s musicians from around the world.

All of these songs are among this year’s best summer releases in children’s music, so you and your kiddos will definitely want to take a listen and have a fun music video viewing party!

Baby Beluga – Raffi and Yo-Yo Ma
Almost 40 years ago, the renowned children’s musician and advocate Raffi released the beloved Baby Beluga album. To celebrate the anniversary of the song and album, Raffi sings “Baby Beluga” accompanied by famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma in a new video that continues the series of recorded-at-home musical offerings that Yo-Yo began in March. This unique performance of two musical legends includes a new verse for adults! This one is perfect for the entire family from adults who are reminded of their childhood by the beloved tune to kids who will certainly enjoy this sweet and fun song and video about an adorable little white whale.

A Place To Call Home – Dana
Dana is an award-winning indie children’s artist who aims to introduce music of all genres that engages and educates to her listeners. In this newly-released album, Dana sings about the habitats and homes of creatures of all kinds from the land to the sea to the sky. Including tracks like “Let’s Build a Dam,” “ Honey Bee Bee Bop,” and “Animal Hide and Seek,” this album reminds young listeners that all living beings need a place to feel safe and to call home, and encourages them to mind and respect the natural habitats of all of the earth’s creatures!

Songs Across the Pond – Brady Rymer and David Gibb
Three-time GRAMMY Nominee Brady Rymer and UK BBC Folk Award Nominee David Gibb present a collaborative album about making new friends, sharing unexpected discoveries and creating joyful music together in Songs Across the Pond. The album features tracks that will appeal to kids and adults alike as with lighthearted themes and lyrics, rock-like sounds and great vocal harmony. When you listen through this album, you’ll be taking your little ones on a musical adventure across the globe during which they’ll learn about the magic of transatlantic collaboration and friendship!

For the full list of songs visit newyorkfamily.com

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What Are The Best Back-to-School Backpacks To Use During The COVID-19 Pandemic?

woman shops for back to school supplies at a Walmart store in San Diego, California August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

COVID-19 has encouraged many people to increase their focus on sanitization and cleanliness.

When and if you decide to send your child back to school or even daycare, you’re going to want to take all of the necessary precautions to keep them and everyone else at these facilities as safe as possible.

Sure you can wash your child’s clothes after a school day, but what about their backpacks? Well, get your little ones one of these washable backpacks that are not only convenient but also super stylish and fun! They also come with easily accessible exterior pockets so kids can grab their hand sanitizer when needed!

Zip & Zoe Mini Backpack
The Zip & Zoe ultra cool mini washable backpacks feature a detachable safety harness and reins and a zippered main compartment with plenty of space for snacks and school materials. The material is machine washable and the padded back straps keep the kiddos comfortable and secure on their journeys. Pricing: $22.95

Mackenzie Rainbow Backpack
From Pottery Barn Kids, Mackenzie Rainbow washable backpacks are durable, functional, and colorful. All backpacks have adjustable straps that are contoured and padded to ensure a comfortable fit and the small and large backpacks even feature a pocket for MP3 players. The exterior straps would be a great place to attach a bottle of sanitizer and a lunchbox. You can even personalize your child’s backpack by adding their name! Pricing: $26.50–$59.50

7AM MINI Backpack
The MINI backpack is perfect for kids of any age. It’s small and light, but is a great place to store school supplies and other essentials. These backpacks come with easy grab handles and adjustable padded shoulder straps, zippered pockets on the inside and outside that are great for storing some hand sanitizer and providing easy access, a water-repellent outer shell, and it is machine washable. Pricing: $40

See the full list at NewYorkFamily.com

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