Jesseca took a leap of faith 7 years ago with the support of her family and left a comfortable but unfulfilling office job to pursue her dream of writing. Fast forward to present day, where after freelancing for brands like Parenting.com and Family Fun, she’s back at Red Tricycle, dedicated to finding totally cool and unique events for her fellow NYC parents. When she’s not wrangling her daughter or two dogs, you’ll probably find her cooking, looking up new recipes, or researching local farmers markets.

Favorite place to play outdoors: Tie. Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, which combines hiking and history—our daughter’s two favorites, and any zoo or the NY Aquarium.

Favorite thing to do on a rainy or snowy day: Cook and/or bake! It’s the best time to test recipes when you’re stuck inside.

Favorite street for an afternoon of fun: Southern Boulevard. We practically live at the Bronx Zoo. Season passes for the win!

Favorite class: Family Canvas Paint Night

Favorite restaurant to take the kids: One where our picky eater will actually eat. Usually Chili’s or Fridays or the like.

Can’t-live-without mom product: Baby wipes and Tide stick. Notice a pattern?

Most unique (or daring) thing you’ve ever done with your kids locally: A Night at the Museum—slept over at the American Museum of Natural History for her birthday.

Contact Jesseca: nycalendar@redtri.com