Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Kids

Valentine

Celebrate our favorite love holiday with these parent-child foodie activities around NYC!


Valentine’s Heart Cupcakes Workshop, Feb 10th 2019

Taste Buds Kitchen. Celebrate the season of LOVE with delicious red velvet cupcakes. Enjoy whipping up scrumptious creations from scratch and working with fondant to create the perfect heart shaped toppers. Bring your loved ones. This class is designed for kids and parents to cook together! $45 per child w/ one caregiver included.

  • Age: 2 to 5 years, Time: 9-10am, Location: 109 West 27th St, 10FL, New York, NY 10001

Sweet Hearts Gift Box, Feb 6th – Feb 12th 2019

Chocolate Works Upper East Side. Everyone loves Valentine’s Day and CHOCOLATE! Decorate your chocolate GIFT box with colors and fill it with chocolate/candies. Enjoy a marshmallow dip in the delicious Chocolate Fountain & Ice cream. These tasty treats are as pretty as they are yummy.

  • Age: 3 to 13 years, Duration: Choose your 1 hour time slot,
    Location: 1410 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

Valentine’s Love Shacks Workshop (Ages 2-8 w/ Caregiver), Feb 14th 2019

Taste Buds Kitchen. Bring your little Valentine and get creative decorating your very own Love Shack in this signature Valentine’s Day Workshop. From pink frosted roofs to heart shaped window panes, you and your creative chef will love the endless decorating options as you work together to design and decorate your very own gingerbread house masterpiece. Invite friends to join you for this creative workshop! $75 per child w/ one caregiver included.

  • Age: 2 to 8 years, Time: 4-5pm, Location: 109 West 27th St, 10FL, New York, NY 10001

What to do on President’s Day with NYC Kids

Celebrate President’s Day on February 18th with kid-friendly fun around New York City.  Our kids have the day off school and for many of them, it also Midwinter Recess/February Break. Take advantage of the time off with these fun camps and activities!


 

NORY

Presidents’ Day Robots & Science Camp on February 18th with locations in Manhattan and  Brooklyn. Half Day or Full Day sessions. Young innovators will use their strengths, as well as develop new skills, to program a robot and build circuits and structures.  We encourage children to ask “why” and will never answer “just because.”

 

Wildlife Conservation Society

Mid Winter Wildlife Camp from February 18-22 at the Queens Zoo. 9am-3pm. The water cycle, decomposition cycle, and so much more! The earth is an incredible place that naturally recycles. Join us this week to learn how to be the best Earth-dweller you can be and gain an appreciation for our planet.

 

The Fashion Class

Mid Winter Recess Fashion Camp from February 18-22 in Midtown West. Half day or Full day sessions. Fashion Campers will have a blast sewing and creating with other stylish kids during the February Mid-Winter Break 2019!  Each day breaks down into five classes with experienced instructors who work in the fashion industry.

 

Karma Kids Yoga

Holiday Kids Camp! from February 18-20 in Flatiron/Union Square. 9am-12:30pm. Take part in this super fun Holiday Camp for the preschooler community! Enjoy music, dance, yoga, drama, science, storytime, crafts, singing, free play, games and more! Healthy snacks and a pizza lunch provided.

 

Snapology

Open Play from February 19-21 @11am in Long Island City. Want to let your little one play with Lego bricks and Duplo blocks, with none of the cleanup? Take one of our morning classes and enjoy an hour of creative play!

Vascular Birthmarks in Babies: What Parents Need to Know Part 2 of 2

Vascular birthmark

From the real experts at Hassenfield Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone:

Last time, we learned about the most common type of vascular birthmark in babies, the infantile hemangioma. Read on to learn more about the other most common vascular birthmark in babies, capillary malformations.

Capillary Malformations

Capillary malformations are another very common vascular birthmark. More commonly called “port wine stains,” “angel’s kiss,” or “salmon spots,” they are the result of dilated capillary connections close to the surface of the skin. Unlike infantile hemangiomas, these vascular birthmarks are almost always clearly visible at birth. They start off pink, red, or salmon-colored, flat and flush with the skin, and usually stay flat for years. They are painless and do not bleed, and they do not follow their own growth cycle like infantile hemangiomas do. Depending on the type, they either fade early on, or grow with the patient and remain present for life.

When capillary malformations are located along the middle of a baby’s body, they are called medial capillary malformations. On the face, they appear in the middle of the forehead, and point downwards in a V shape that ends with the point of the V around the tip of the nose. The sides of the V can cross the skin of the eyelids. On the back of the neck, they spread from the bottom of the hairline to the upper neck. They can also be located at the base of the spine. While common, medial capillary malformations usually fade on their own by two to three years of age, and generally do not require treatment.

Capillary malformations that are closer to the sides of the body are less likely to disappear without treatment. If these more lateral birthmarks are left alone, they can continue to darken and begin to grow thicker. They tend to turn a rich purple color, and will go from flat and smooth, to raised, with areas that feel like nodules under the skin. When they get to this point, they become much more difficult to treat.

Which Capillary Malformations Need Treatment?

In general, if a capillary malformation appears to be growing or darkening, it should be evaluated by a specialist. This is not only because there can be cosmetic consequences to leaving it alone, but also because, similar to infantile hemangiomas, capillary malformations can be external signs of internal issues. If this is the case, your doctor may order an MRI to check your baby’s internal organs. In particular, the brain and eyes may need to be examined if there are extensive capillary malformations over the face.

In very rare cases, a capillary malformation birthmark can also be an early sign of more serious health issues that are not obvious until late childhood. Because of this, babies with capillary malformations that are not in the middle of the body and/or do not fade after birth should be followed by a vascular anomalies specialist.

Laser therapy is the mainstay of treatment for capillary malformations. If laser therapy is chosen for your baby, the treatments will be spaced out to allow time for healing in between sessions. Your doctor might also prescribe a cream that helps to shrink the blood vessels close to the skin’s surface, which helps to make the effects of laser treatment longer lasting. This cream is also available without laser therapy, but is more effective when combined.

Take Home Message for Parents

All in all, most vascular birthmarks are completely benign, and will not lead to any complications or necessitate any treatment. If any of your baby’s marks resemble what has been described here, and you have more questions, speak with your pediatrician about seeing a vascular anomalies specialist. And congratulations on your new baby!

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Megan M. Gaffey, MD, is a pediatric otolaryngologist at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. She specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of children with complex ENT issues. She has focused training in vascular malformation management.

Lunar New Year Activities For NYC Kids

Lunar New Year

The Chinese New Year 2019 is celebrated on Tuesday, February 5th according to the Lunar Calendar.  This year’s Spring Festival is  the Year of the Pig.  Help your kids celebrate the traditions that are part of China’s most important holiday with these kids’ activities around NYC.



Lunar New Year

Enjoy this FREE family-friendly performance presented by Arts Brookfield and the New York Chinese Cultural Center.  A dynamic Lion Parade led by lion dancers, traditional Chinese dance and music, a martial arts demonstration, and theatrical players in full make-up and regalia! Saturday, February 9 from 2–3:15PM @Winter Garden at Brookfield Place

 

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year: Around the World Camp: Taste of China

February 5 // Half day sessions // Chelsea. Your chefs will learn how to make delicious dumplings from scratch and create tasty sweet and savory treats, from Long Life Noodle Salad to Fortune Cookies.

 

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year Feb 5th – Fashion Camp

February 5 // Half day or Full day sessions // Midtown West. A day of fashion design, sewing, styling and more on Tuesday Feb 5th for the Lunar New Year Public School Holiday.

Vascular Birthmarks in Babies: What Parents Need to Know Part 1 of 2

 

Vascular birthmark

From the real experts at Hassenfield Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone:

More babies than not are born with some sort of birthmark, and while many fade, some are here to stay. Birthmarks come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. Most of them are fine to leave alone, but there are a few kinds that can become problematic. For parents, it’s important to know which birthmarks are abnormal and should be seen by a physician.

What Are Vascular Birthmarks?

Vascular birthmarks fall under the category of vascular anomalies, which are the result of abnormal blood or lymphatic vessels. They can present anywhere on the body, including the skin, the scalp, on the inside of the mouth, or on the genitalia. They can also be present in internal organs. Depending on the vessel type, vascular birthmarks can vary in color from pink or red, to blue, purple, or gray. Some vascular birthmarks are close enough to the surface of the skin to be seen and/or felt immediately after birth, but others don’t appear until later in infancy or childhood.

What Are the Most Common Vascular Birthmarks?

Infantile hemangiomas and capillary malformations are the most common vascular birthmarks. Both are on the skin’s surface, or typically close enough to the surface to be noticed before a baby is one month old, and tend to be pink, red, or purple.

Infantile Hemangiomas

Infantile hemangiomas are the most common vascular birthmarks. They are commonly called “strawberry angiomas,” because they often look attached to the skin’s surface, and protrude in small, clustered red bumps. Parents tend to say that the marks started as a single, small, red spot right at birth.

Hemangiomas can also be on the flatter side, or located deep to the skin. When deep, they might look like a tinted, smooth protrusion of skin. Shortly after birth, they begin to grow rapidly; during this period, they usually darken and turn from red to purplish.

Infantile hemangiomas grow at their fastest rate when babies are around seven months old. By one year, they begin to shrink. One of the first signs of shrinkage is lightening of the involved skin to gray, which usually begins in the center of the hemangioma. The gray skin is a sign that the blood vessels are being replaced by fatty tissue, which may or may not be noticeable, depending on how big or how deep the infantile hemangioma was.

By age two, infantile hemangiomas usually go away on their own, leaving only a faint mark, if anything. This is why most infantile hemangiomas can be observed as your baby grows, and don’t require any medicine or surgery.

Which Infantile Hemangiomas Need Treatment?

If infantile hemangiomas grow too quickly or get too large, complications can arise. Rapid growth can lead to ulceration, forming cracks in the skin and bleeding. This can lead to infection and scarring.

The size of infantile hemangiomas can also become problematic when they compress or cover surrounding structures. For example, an infantile hemangioma blocking a nostril, or one causing an eyelid to droop and block vision, requires action from your doctor.

Very large infantile hemangiomas can also become aesthetically unappealing, especially if they are located on the face. Even though the birthmark most often goes away on its own, large infantile hemangiomas can leave behind some fatty tissue and distended skin when they fade. This left-behind skin has a pale, saggy appearance. Typically, the larger infantile hemangiomas are allowed to grow, the more saggy tissue they will leave behind.

The birthmark location is also important because it may signify a disorder in the underlying tissues or organs. For example, infantile hemangiomas under or around the chin might indicate that there are infantile hemangiomas in the mucosa of the upper airway, which can lead to breathing problems. If your pediatrician suspects internal organ involvement, your baby may need an airway evaluation by an airway specialist, or an MRI, which is a special imaging study that helps evaluate deep effects of vascular anomalies.

Besides size and location, the number of infantile hemangiomas can also be concerning. In particular, if a patient has more than five separate hemangiomas, that could indicate vascular anomalies of the liver. Make sure to tell your doctor if your baby has multiple infantile hemangiomas, so that imaging tests to check the liver and other internal organs can be ordered, if necessary.

If your baby’s hemangioma is changing and showing some concerning signs, you should see a vascular anomalies specialist—a pediatrician, dermatologist, or surgeon who has spent time dedicated to learning about the spectrum of vascular anomalies, and how to treat them. This specialist will take into account the factors discussed above, and help guide you towards further observation of the infantile hemangioma, or towards a treatment plan. He or she may want you to see a subspecialist, like an otolaryngologist, ophthalmologist, orthopedist, etc, for an opinion about the area potentially affected by the hemangioma.

After evaluating your baby’s infantile hemangioma, your doctor may encourage you to intervene to halt its growth. Treatment options for infantile hemangiomas can be divided into three main groups:

  1. Medical Therapy – Several medications exist that have been shown to help slow or halt hemangioma growth, and in some cases, speed up the regression process.
  2. Laser Therapy – There are advanced medical lasers that can be used to shrink the blood vessels specific to infantile hemangiomas.
  3. Surgical Therapy – Occasionally, removing the hemangioma is the best option. This is usually a decision that is made when it is evident that the hemangioma will cause functional, developmental, or aesthetic problems if left alone

Choosing if and when to perform surgery is a decision that should be made with the help of a vascular anomalies surgeon. It is important to remember that surgery will always leave a scar, no matter when it is performed, so surgery is only chosen if the scar is more favorable than the predicted “scar” left behind by the infantile hemangioma.

hassenfieldMegan M. Gaffey, MD, is a pediatric otolaryngologist at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. She specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of children with complex ENT issues. She has focused training in vascular malformation management.

Kids Activities in NYC for MLK Weekend

Kids Activities for MLK Jr Day

MLK Day is Monday, January 21, 2019, a day to commemorate the legacy of American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is also a wonderful day to get the kids out and involved in activities around the city to take part in this day of remembrance.  Here is a selection of classes and camps available to our kids to celebrate the day.

  • January Jam Mini Dance Camp // January 21 // Upper East Side // 9:30am-12:30pm. Join Dance Workshop NY & Shibley Day Camp for a morning of dance, games, crafts and fun!
  • Martin Luther King Robots & Science Camp // January 21 // Manhattan and Brooklyn // 9am-3pm.  Kids ages 3-7 will use their strengths, as well as develop new skills, to program a robot and build circuits and structures
  • Pokemania // January 21 // Astoria // 1:30-2:30pm. Join Snapology as students build and explore the world of Pokemon and create their own gyms, battles, and even their very own generation of Pokemon.
  • Aladdin // January 21 // Boerum Hil // 5-6pm. Don’t miss the Galli Theater’s production of the classic tale of Aladdin!
  • MLK Day Acting Workshop// January 21 // Battery Park/Financial District/Tribeca // 9am – 3pm.  The Galli Theater will be offering this theater workshop at Galli Theater (at the German School Manhattan). 
  • Stop Motion Animation Camp for KIds // January 21 // Brooklyn // 9am – 4pm. Spend an exciting and informative Camp day making your very own Stop Motion Animation Clip!
  • ART CAMP for Kids // January 21 // Brooklyn // 9am – 4pm. Spend an action-packed day with Creatively WILD exploring artistic materials and techniques.
  • Wildlife Mini-Camp: MLK Day Camp // January 21 // Queens Zoo // 9am-3pm. Campers learn about the rights that animals have  and about the conservation efforts happening at the Queens Zoo!
  • Holiday Kids Camp! // January 21 // 9am – 12:30pm // Karma Kids Yoga. A super fun Holiday Camp to our preschooler community!
  • Yoga Rainbow Holiday Workshop // January 21 // 10am – 12pm or 1 – 3pm // In Grandma’s Attic.  Students study and practice yoga poses fused seamlessly with movement and dancing.
  • Babysitter Certification / Ages 11-15 // January 20 // 9am – 2pm // UES at 92Y. This class covers basic child development, infant and child care, first aid, emergency procedures, age-appropriate toys, business hints and tips for managing parents’ expectations.
  • Saturday Morning Show // January 19 // 10am – 12pm // Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place. FREE to attend. Food and beverage options available for purchase.
  • Make Your Dream Candy Bar // Fri-Mon // Many times available // Chocolate Works UES. This delicious activity can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how elaborate the masterpiece becomes!
  • In-Home Private Music Lessons // Fri-Mon // Choose your time // Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens.  A teacher comes home and gives music lessons to your kids! Ages 4+.

Fun & FREE Kids Events at Brookfield Place in NYC

Brookfield Place

Special Weekly Event! Saturday Morning Show

Join us Saturday mornings for performances by magicians, musicians, storytellers and more that are perfect for a pint-sized audience! Kids can wiggle, dance and singalong with our dynamic children’s performers.  FREE to attend. Food and beverage options available for purchase.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12
10am Music with CC & Mallory
11am Juggling Performance by Jester Jim

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 
10am Music with Carl Banks
11am Magic with Cardone The Magician

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26
10am Music with Lloyd H. Miller
11am Puppet Show with Yellow Sneaker Puppets

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2   
10am Music with Hopalong Andrew
11am Puppet Show with Paper Heart Puppets


 

Brookfield Place

Upcoming Event! Celebrate Lunar New Year 2019

Ring in the Lunar New Year with a family-friendly performance presented by Arts Brookfield in partnership with the New York Chinese Cultural Center.  A dynamic Lion Parade led by lion dancers launches an afternoon filled with bursts of energy and color with traditional Chinese dance and music, a martial arts demonstration, and theatrical players in full traditional make-up and regalia!

3 Reasons Kids Should Learn A Second Language

Language Workshop for Children

In today’s interconnected world, understanding the languages of other people and other countries is essential to engage with the world.  And children who learn a second language at a young age not only gain cognitive advantages, but also develop an interest in  different cultures and people from the start.

Boost Brain Development

When kids are young, e.g. birth to about five years old, they are very receptive to receiving different sounds and words. Studies have shown that even babies who have been exposed to multiple languages show different cognitive patterns in their brain. In fact, brain scans show more gray matter in the regions of the brain involved in executive function.

Enhance Academic Achievement

Studies have also shown that  that students who know or have studied multiple languages perform better on tests and get better grades in school.  Language learning boosts problem-solving, memory, critical-thinking, concentration and listening skills.

Create Cultural Empathy & Understanding

Understanding another language helps our children build empathy for other cultures and people who speak other languages. It builds cultural understanding of different words and sayings, as well as, traditions.

So, how do I get my kids started?

The Language Workshop for Children (LWFC)  has an unique, internationally-recognized teaching method, which is developed especially for children. They discover language through movement, touch, sight, hearing, voice and emotion to ensure that what they learn they retain for life.  Original music, vocabulary-building songs, language immersion, festive visual aids, action games and native-fluent language teachers are why the LWFC is the country’s leader in children’s language educational play.

Early Bird Special! Language Workshop for Children is offering 10% off their Winter semester classes until Jan 9th. Learn French, Italian, or Spanish. For ages 6 months to 5 years.

Snapology Combines Play and Education

Snapology is a new learning concept that combines play with education by providing a fun and interactive environment for children to learn. Your child will learn Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, Robotics, and Video Game Design concepts using LEGO® bricks, K’Nex, and technology.

  • Birthday parties and Classes 
  • Ages 2 to 14
  • Multiple locations, including Astoria, Long Island City, and the Upper East Side

Birthday Parties

standard__birthday_2017_8_6You choose the location and Snapology will come to you! Snaplogy’s exciting birthday parties can be customized to your child’s favorite theme including Spongebob, Hello Kitty, Jurassic Park, LEGO, Pokemon, and more! A certified Snapology party facilitator will set-up, conduct activities, and clean up. You can sit back and enjoy your child’s big day.  Most parties book 14 days in advance. Request a date / More info


Unique Classes

STEM/STEAM

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Snapology believes childrens’ best learning experiences come from interactive activity. In this hands-on class, children learn using LEGO® bricks, K’Nex, and technology. While the children are having fun with familiar toys, laptops, and iPads, they don’t even realize they’re learning! STEM/STEAM classes are designed for children 2 to 14 years old. Classes are offered Every Day from 8am to 6pm in multiple locations.

ABCs & 123

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This program for children 2 to 4 years old is designed to reinforce the current curriculum being taught to preschoolers. Children will learn their colors, shapes, letters and numbers using DUPLO® bricks and other interactive learning toys. This class is offered in Long Island City, Mondays – Thursdays @9-10am.

Pokemania

standard__themed_pokemonLearn about real-world science through the habitats of the Pokemon! Students ages 5 to 12 will build and explore the world of Pokemon as they create their own gyms, battles, and even their very own generation of Pokemon. This workshop is offered in Astoria on Monday, January 21 @1:30- 2:30pm.

Junior Creator’s Club

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Students ages 2 to 5 participate in various creative play activities designed to promote the creative, social and expressive skills of children. You’ll be amazed at the improvement you’ll see in your child’s fine motor skills after just a few visits to Snapology. This class is offered in Long Island City, Mondays @11am-12pm.

Junior Engineers

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Young student’s use DUPLO® blocks to build fun and simple models! By playing with and manipulating the models, 2 to 6 years olds experience pulleys, levers, gears, wheels, and axles while exploring energy, buoyancy, and balance. Classes include free-building time to promote creativity. This class is offered in Long Island City, Tuesdays @10-11am.

Junior Scientists: All About Animals

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Allow your child to cultivate their love of animals. Children ages 2 to 5 will learn various concepts of animal life cycles and animal characteristics & traits using K’Nex toys and other interactive learning tools. We make animal science fun at Snapology! This class is offered in Long Island City, Wednesday @10-11am.

KinderBots

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Children ages 4 to 6 will begin to explore the world of robotics as they build simple models that teach the fundamentals of robotic design. Whether learning about sensors while building drills and magic wands, or discovering ways that gears and pulleys create movement while building helicopters and robotic dogs, your child is sure to have a great time! This class is offered in Long Island City, Thursday @10-11am.

Snapology Basic Engineers Class

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In Snapology’s Basic Engineers class, 5 to 8 year olds will build super-cool models that use gears, axels, and pulleys. Students will work in teams under guided instruction to build a different model each week. This class is designed so that children of all building abilities can build together. They will also have plenty of free-building time to express their creative side. This class is offered in Astoria, Saturdays @11am-12pm.

Snapology is a one of a kind program combining play and education in a fun and interactive environment. Their innovative programs help children grow up with a thirst for knowledge! Sign Up your child for a class today!

NYU Langone’s Virtual Urgent Care for Kids Age 12+

Sick Over the Holidays? Get Help Without Leaving Your Couch with NYU Langone’s Virtual Urgent Care

Virtual Urgent CareWhen you’re not feeling well and it isn’t easy to make it to the doctor, what do you do? NYU Langone Health’s Virtual Urgent Care service now offers patients in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania a real-time video visit with a world-class doctor in the palm of the hand.

Saving you a trip to the doctor or even leaving your couch, adults, as well as kids 12 and older can see an NYU Langone board-certified emergency medicine physician for minor medical concerns—right from the comfort of home, on any mobile device.

The service is ideal for non-emergency issues such as cold and flu, sore throat, pink eye, earache, rashes, and urinary tract infection, for both adults and children. Physicians are available for appointments Monday through Friday from 7 am to 11 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 8 pm.

These video visits are just like an office appointment. The doctor will review your child’s medical history and symptoms, develop a treatment plan, prescribe any needed medications and, if necessary, provide a referral to a pediatric specialist at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.

For children, parents must schedule the appointment and be present with their child during the visit. They will also need to have proxy access to their child’s NYU Langone Health MyChart account, which can be set up by calling 929-455-6409, or in person, at your child’s doctor’s office. You must be in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania to use the Virtual Urgent Care service.

So the next time your child has flu symptoms and doesn’t want to get out of bed to go to the doctor, they don’t have to—NYU Langone Health’s Virtual Urgent Care is here for you when you need it.

Learn More about NYU Langone Health’s Virtual Urgent Care service on Youtube