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Unique Sports and Fitness Classes for Fall at Kidz Central Station

With the arrival of fall, the weather is getting colder, and soon your athletic and energetic kid will be climbing the walls unless you find some other way to help her expend her energy. The usuals, soccer, dance, swimming, etc., are always good bets, but if your child has tried all of these and is looking for something new, or if she wants to be on the cutting edge of the latest fitness trends, we at Kidz Central Station have some suggestions. Below we’ve laid out our picks for some exhilarating fitness and sports classes for kids being offered this in New York City this season.

  1. Rock ClimbingRock_Climbing_1

The road to Mt. Everest begins with a single climb at New York Kids Club. Climbing comes naturally to kids, and their low body weights make it easier to scramble up. Students ages 3 to 5 work on coordination and strength while learning about world geography. Every week, students tackle a different mountain on NYKC’s 20-foot, state-of-the-art rock climbing wall.

  1. Martial Arts

There is a plethora of martial arts training opportunities available to children around New York.

Krav Maga

Krav Maga, a form of martial arts and self defense developed in Israel, is becoming popular in New York. The Krav Maga Federation in Chelsea now offers a class which allows children from ages 5 to twelve to try Krav Maga for themselves. Over the course of the class, which offers continuous registration, students improve motor skills, flexibility and balance. As students focus and commit themselves to mastering techniques and progressing through the belt ranks, they gain discipline, respect for self and others and self-confidence. The practice of Krav Maga also encourages awareness of one’s environment, and importantly, recognition of when and how to disengage from a conflict without combat.

Taekwondo

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art; although it doesn’t always get as much attention as karate, it offers a full mind and body workout. The objective of the classes at Yang Taekwondo in the Murray Hill area is to help students (classes are offered for children ages 3.5 to 5 and ages 6 to twelve) grow up strong and healthy with a solid foundation in martial arts and physical fitness. Students are taught to answer their instructors with “Yes, sir” or “Yes, ma’am” from the first day and are subsequently slowly introduced to the other basic courtesies and ethics of martial arts practice, a mode of instruction geared toward developing self-esteem, kindness, confidence and spirit.

Karate, a Japanese martial art that many parents have been enamored with since Daniel defeated Cobra Kai in the 1980’s, fosters a true sense of self-confidence, cooperation and achievement as students learn Karate techniques in a safe and non-competitive environment. New York Kids Club offers three class levels (starting with Intro to Karate) for ages 3 through 7 in the Financial District, in The Flatiron District, and on the Upper West Side in Manhattan as well as in Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn.

Can’t decide which martial art most suits your little warrior? Try Panda Kidz Martial Arts in Chinatown, whose classes for students ages 2 to 5 give students a general introduction to martial arts. Class sessions consist of stretching and warm up exercises, counting in Japanese and Mandarin, kickboxing and Taekwondo techniques, and martial arts games and focus exercises. Instructors lead safety discussions on various topics like stranger danger and bullying.

3.  Zumbini with Sindi

Zumbini is a brand new fitness experience adapting Zumba for children ages zero to 3 and their caregiver, designed to help kids make fitness part of their lives from the very start.  Classes with Sindi, offered on the Upper West Side, are fun, energetic, and full of contemporary music with world beats. Children learn to dance, sing, and move through class using their bodies, rhythmic instruments, and scarves to enhance the rhythm and feel of the music.

  1. Family YogaYoga

Sometimes parents and their kids could both use some inner peace. The whole family, from children ages 2 months to 15 years old, can balance their chakras together at BellaVita: Fitness & Wellness. Yoga improves fitness while developing focus and concentration. The class also includes yoga games and is taught in a way that all participants can understand and enjoy.

These recommendations should be enough to get you started on exploring the class offerings listed at Kidz Central Station.. KCS does the work of finding and researching kids’ classes for you. Sort offerings by activity type, age, price, schedule, and location and peruse the in-depth descriptions and reviews to identify the perfect class for your child.

 

Great NYC Kids’ Classes for Fall

As New Yorkers, we pride ourselves on certain qualities: we’re cosmopolitan, confident, and open. We love our city because of the unique opportunities it provides to experience the best in education, culture, art, and science. Of course, we want to pass those values and that love on to our children and help them take advantage of the opportunities that are available to them. We at Kidz Central Station can help! Below are our picks for the best New York City-centric classes for the Fall.

  1. Art Adventures and Story Art-Ventures
    Smiling Girl CCA

Is your son or daughter a junior Picasso or Pollock? Encourage your little artist by enrolling her in a creative adventure. Claire’s Creative Adventures, based on the Upper East Side, boasts a variety of offerings for students ages 2 to twelve. Art Adventures and Mini-Art Adventures introduces children to modern and contemporary artists and gives them the supplies to try their hands at creating their own masterpieces. Field trips to city galleries draw on the wealth of art displayed around New York. Does talent run in the family? Try the Parent/Child Workshop together. To give your child some artistic inspiration, sign her up for Story Art-Ventures at Let’s Gogh Art NYC where students from ages 2 to 4 are read a popular children’s story in every session, followed by the completion of a unique art project related to the story. The class also incorporates age-appropriate math, science, writing, geography and history concepts. Depending on the theme, students might also sing, dance and play games.

  1. Little Scientists and Magical Math
    Magical Math

Many of the best minds in the country are based at New York’s myriad institutions of higher learning. If your child is a budding brainiac, check out these intellectual outings: Little Scientists, offered in lower Manhattan by Little Peep Prep for kids from 16 months to 3 years old and by the 14th Street Y in the East Village for ages 3 to 5, provides a venue for mini-Einsteins to conduct hands-on experiments and discover the natural world. If your son or daughter has more of a mathetical bent, Little Peep Prep’s Magical Math for students from 20 months to 4 years old provides children the opportunity to count, sort, match and explore a variety of materials, allowing them to naturally understand the relationship between everyday life and math.

  1. Animal CareAnimal Care

Healthy, local food is a New York obsession. We sign up for farm shares and patronize farmer’s markets, but your city kid may wonder a farm is, exactly, or maybe she’s just an animal lover. Either way, sign her up for the Animal Care class at the Art Farm in the City, an indoor organic farm on the Upper East Side. Students from ages 4 to 7 participate in a variety of stories, games, and other activities. Every session includes actively caring for the animals in the Farm’s indoor petting zoo, up-close encounters and time to record observations. Before it’s time to go, students can read an animal themed book or just relax with a favorite creature on the Farm.

4. ¡HOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish

There are hundreds of languages spoken around New York City. It’s never too early to begin teaching your child a second language; in fact, as we’ve previously discussed on Kidz Buzz, young children’s brains are primed to learn new languages. The ¡Hola! program hosts Spanish-language playgroups and after school programs for aspiring polyglots from ages 18 months to 8 years in multiple locations throughout Manhattan and Queens. The program focuses on a wide repertory of concepts to build vocabulary and help children acquire the correct use of phonetics from a native speaker while also enhancing children’s cognitive abilities, fine/gross motor skills, and social and artistic capabilities.

  1. PopFit and JumpLife KIDSPopFitphotohoopjump

New Yorkers are some of the most physically fit people in the country, but students sit in classrooms for most of the day during the school year, and with the decreasing prevalence of physical education classes in schools, it’s more important than ever to help your child stay active throughout the year. PopFit Kidssignature class, in combination with its junior class develops “The Fab Five”: Cardio, Balance, Flexibility, Strength and Endurance, in students ages 3 to 8 through energizing circuits, dynamic drills, exciting games, yoga, and more. JumpLife‘s appropriately-named kids’ class in Tribeca caters to older students, ages 8 to thirteen. The unique 45-minute trampoline workout distinguishes itself by its atmosphere of non-competition, where students can express themselves and avoid the pressure of organized sports.

The suggestions above only scratch the surface of the wide range of fun, educational, and enriching classes listed at Kidz Central Station. Kidz Central Station does the work of finding and researching kids’ classes for you. Sort offerings by activity type, age, price, schedule, and location and peruse the in-depth descriptions and reviews to identify the perfect class for your child.