Author Archives: Kidz Central Station

About Kidz Central Station

Founded by a NYC mom of two young children, Kidz Central Station uses technology to solve the problem so many busy parents face—how to find, book, and manage their children's classes, camps, local family events, and birthday parties. Kidz Central Station offers more than 20,000 classes, camps, and birthday party options representing hundreds of NYC's top activity providers. With a sophisticated search engine and class reviews, it is easy for parents to find the best classes for their children, sign up for a trial class, and directly enroll.

Top Kids Musical Theater & Dance Summer Programs

Kidz Central Station is excited to partner with the famed Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. Their mission  is to transform passionate dance students into artists able to collaborate and evolve in a fast-changing society.  This involves making dance fun for our youngest performers. The Joffrey curriculum was created to encourage age appropriate creativity, musicality, and physicality.  We want to help our parents get to know the exciting summer programs available for our music, dance, and theater loving children.  

The Joffrey Ballet School presents summer dance camps hosting dancers ages 3 to 18 in several sessions from June through August 2018. Auditions not necessary unless applying for scholarship; you will be placed during the first day of orientation.


Joffrey Ballet School Dance summer

MUSICAL BROADWAY THEATER (June 11- July 13)

This summer intensive partners with a major Broadway show each week and is geared toward your triple-threat performer. CURRENT Broadway performers teach the students acting, singing, dancing and choreography.  Students will then attend the featured show at the end of the week. This experience is unbeatable for your theater loving kids!

Week 1: School of Rock and Hello Dolly

Week 2: Wicked and School of Rock

Week 3: Wicked, Hello Dolly, Carousel

Week 4: Wicked, Hello Dolly, Anastasia

Week 5: Wicked, Anastasia, School of Rock


Joffrey Ballet School summer dance

SUMMER DANCE CAMPS (June 18 – July 20)

Summer Dance Camps introduce children to creativity and movement using fun themes in dance, arts, crafts, music and food.  Activities are held at the Joffrey Ballet School’s studios in the West Village and conducted by experienced staff. This Camp offers a sampler of Classical Ballet, Folk Dance, Hip Hop, and Jazz combined with elementary exploration into Body Conditioning.


Joffrey Ballet School summer dance

HIP HOP (July 9 – 27)

This class partners with STG The Ultimate Dance Competition and top hip hop artists such as Candace Brown, a Monsters of Hip Hop Alum. There will be 75 class types in Breaking, Freestyle, House, Jazz/Funk, Street, Locking, etc.  Dancers perform a summer showcase at the end of the program.


Joffrey Ballet School summer danceNYC Jazz & Contemporary Dance Intensive (July 16 – August 10)

The NYC Jazz/Contemporary program is the flagship Jazz and Contemporary dance intensive worldwide. Angelica Stiskin leads the program offering the classical techniques of ballet and modern, along with the neoclassical derivatives of contemporary, improv, hip hop, theater dance, and more.  The program culminates in a performance in a major NYC theater venue.


Joffrey Ballet School summer dance

The Joffrey Experience (August 13 – 24)

The emphasis of this intensive is to define Contemporary Dance in the 21st Century through study, creation, and performance, all done within two intensive weeks of classes and rehearsals. Ballet and Modern Contemporary styles are explored by choreographers who are successful New York-based artists and dance teachers. After the process of creating an original work, the dancers perform in a final show at the Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center in Brooklyn.

Head of the Class Dad, Danny Kron

Meet Head of the Class Dad, Danny Kron—Founder of FunFit Kids—and an amazing parent!dannyfun

Tell us about yourself. Why did you start Fun Fit Kids?
I was born in Tel Aviv and raised in Canada but have been in NY for the last 8 years. I have a lovely wife who is my partner in all life things, including FunFit Kids. Together we have son who just turned 3 months. I originally thought up FunFit Kids and began by running weekend classes on the Upper West Side. Parents were looking for an alternative way to teach language (Hebrew) to children. At the same time, I also realized I had a passion for teaching kids the fundamentals of movement and having them explore different sports. In September, we’ll be opening a 2700 square foot gym on the Upper West Side. We have multi-sport, 2Lingo (language through sports), alternative preschool, special needs and much more.

What is your secret to balancing work and family? Is there a balance?
It’s a work in progress! Some say it’s crazy to start this venture after the recent birth of my son. But luckily my wife is my partner in the business and somehow we’re managing to get through it together.

Share a funny story that helped you become a better parent and/or better at your job.
My wife was in labor. It was late at night (like 3am) and we grabbed a yellow cab. I had our hospital bag and birthing ball, all as planned. It was so late, and I was so tired, that I opened the door for her to get in the taxi, then proceeded to put in the hospital bag and birthing ball, all well also trying to squeeze into the back seat. I just kept pushing the birthing ball into my super pregnant wife and couldn’t, in my sleepy state, realize there was a whole empty trunk of the jeep taxi we hailed. Laughing (and also maybe crying) my wife said SLOW DOWN, put the stuff in the trunk! I did, hopped in the car and was on our way. It was a great reminder in life to slow down and take things step by step.

What has been your biggest challenge and/or greatest reward in the struggle for work-life balance?
Starting a business with a newborn means lack of sleep and the feeling that there are not enough hours in the day. Thankfully, sleep is improving, but there will never be enough hours in the day. The greatest reward is coming home after a hard day at work and seeing my son smile. Also, seeing families enjoy our classes makes me glad that the work I’m doing is wanted and worthy.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you had kids?
I really wish I knew about the feeding schedule and the fact that it sometimes takes two of us. I never knew how much effort and time it takes to making sure the baby is happy and fed.

If you could give other dads one piece of advice what would it be?
Keep your partner happy and the baby will follow. Children feel the vibe of the household. I also learned, through FunFit Kids, it is important not to put your sports dreams on your children. Let children explore and discover what sports speak to them, and that it is okay if they are not the next Lebron James.

QUICK Q’s:

What is your favorite children’s book? The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (I had the Hebrew version growing up called Ha’Etz ha’Nadiv)
What has been your favorite kids’ class (other than your own!)?  FunFit Kids 😉
What is your favorite thing to do with your family on weekends?  We love to picnic in Central Park or walk along Riverside Park
What is your favorite rainy day escape?  We have lots of family on Long Island, and like to escape by visiting them. or by watching movie marathons.

Learn more about FunFit Kids, their great classes and amazing birthday parties in their beautiful new facility.

Win NYC Baseball Tix for Dad + Top Father’s Day Activities

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To celebrate Father’s Day, we’re giving away sets of tickets to two July baseball games in NYC. Two winners announced June 28th. Enter to Win!


 

Father's Day NYC

Mozart for Munchkins Presents a Day for Dads: Brass, Babies, & Books!

Father's Day NYC

Father’s Day Pizza Party Workshop @ Taste Buds Kitchen

 

Father's Day NYC

Okabaloo’s A Daddy Puppet Show

 

Father's Day NYC

Father’s Day “Daddy and Me Paint n Sip Brunch” @ Fruiggie

6 Fun Soccer Classes & World Cup Facts

Soccer Classes Kidz Central StationWorld Cup 2018 kicks off June 14th with Russia v. Saudi Arabia and ends with the finals on July 15th.  Are your soccer loving kids looking for a way to join in the fun? We found 6 of the best places for kids to hone their soccer skills at an early age to get World Cup ready. 

But first, let’s kick off World Cup 2018 with 6 Fun Facts to impress your friends.

  1. The 2018 World Cup is in Russia.  Qatar will host in 2022.
  2. Uruguay hosted the first ever World Cup in 1930…and won!
  3. Brazil has won the tournament the most – 5 times.
  4. Germany has the most 2nd place finishes with 4.
  5. The most goals ever scored by one player in a World Cup match is 5 by Oleg Salenko of Russia.
  6. In 1954, Austria defeated Switzerland 7-5 in the highest scoring game in World Cup history.

 

Soccer Classes Kidz Central StationSoccer Classes in Manhattan

Soc Roc

5-star rated class  created by former pro soccer player James Christie.  Summer soccer classes are now underway until August 15th.  Sign up by age group: Ages 18 months to 4 yrs, Ages 2-3 , Ages 3-4, Ages 4-6, Ages 5-8.

Kids at Work

(1) Kick and Play Soccer for ages 12 months to 2 years is a soccer readiness program presented by Super Soccer Stars. (2) Super Soccer Stars for ages 2 to 3 years focuses on skill-building and scrimmages.

NORY

Soccer & STEM Summer Camp for ages 3 to 7 years works with the pros of Super Soccer Stars to to teach kids the fundamentals, e.g. dribbling, passing, and shooting.


 

Soccer Classes Kidz Central Station

Soccer Classes in Queens

Long Island City Youth Soccer Academy

Soccer for Tots program for ages 2 to 4 years introduces the fundamentals. Summer Camps for ages 6 to 16 years is open to kids of all abilities.

Superkickers

Summer soccer classes for kids ages 2 to 8 years old begin July 5th. Locations: Jackson Heights, Astoria, Long Island City, Middle Village and Sunnyside.


 

Soccer Classes Kidz Central Station

Soccer Classes in Brooklyn

Aviator Sports

Everything from private lessons to various soccer classes for ages 18 months to 12 years!

5 Questions with Carried Away Chefs + Recipe

Like many New Yorkers, the Kidz Central Station team defaults to ordering delivery almost every night.  Then, we motivate to cook more often so we can eat healthier. This vow lasts a week. Repeat. Does this cycle sound familiar??

That’s why we are super excited to introduce Carried Away Chefs to our busy, tired families carried away chefswho are also concerned with eating family meals in a relaxed, happy environment.  Dedicated personal chefs travel to you to cook a healthy, delicious home-cooked meal using ingredients you want – a comprehensive home dining solution.  They will even shop for the groceries.  Don’t worry if you have a tiny NYC kitchen because these talented chefs can work with anything!  Check out @carriedawaychefs for their mouth watering photos.


Kate Homes Carried Away ChefsFounder Kate Homes is a Le Corden Bleu trained chef who spent many years in top fine-dining kitchens and at the Food Network.  During this time she also worked as a personal chef and truly enjoyed the connection formed by cooking in family homes. We, especially, connected with how her service and her mission transformed once becoming a mom herself.

How has being a mom informed your mission with Carried Away Chefs?
I had my first daughter, Lucy, 2 years after starting the business and began to truly understand how we were not only helping with our clients’ meals, but also with family time and life balance. When I went back to work, I started mimicking our weekly service for myself at the beginning of the week; cooking a handful of meals.  I’d then come home in the evening and instead of rushing into the kitchen to prepare dinner, I’d sit down on the floor with my daughter and spend the quality time we hadn’t had while I was at work.  Enjoying a glass of wine with my husband, playing with the kids, knowing dinner is ready to re-heat when you get hungry is such a pleasant way to wind down from the work day.

carried away chefs

What are your two best tips for handling a picky eater?
1. Minimize drama – kids pick up on when they’ve pushed a button that gets attention, negative or positive.  If there’s always a lot of fuss over eating certain foods, it might become not about the food at all but about the habit of resisting. Try acting casual and saying, “oh, you don’t like that?  I totally forgot sorry!”

2. Eat the same food and eat together. We can’t do this all the time, but sharing a few meals, snacks, or treats together throughout the week can reinforce the idea that it’s not solely about the nutrients. We are supposed to enjoy food as well.   

How do we get our kids to eat healthier, i.e. sneak in more vegetables?
There are definitely some fun recipes we’ve made that actually ‘sneak’ vegetables into the recipe so kids don’t know they are there.  I think it’s great because we all could always use more vegetables in our diets, though it does slightly ‘kick the can down the road’ in terms of developing healthy eating habits.  I’m a huge fan of just making the vegetables taste amazing. Seasoning very well with salt (in moderation it’s not bad); it brings out the flavor of vegetables and makes them SO much better.  Or try soy sauce or liquid aminos; my kids will eat anything if there is soy sauce on it. Texture plays a part, too; a lot of kids aren’t into cooked vegetables but are totally fine with raw. Throw in a tasty dipping sauce and you’re good to go!

carried away chefsWhat foods or textures or tastes can help expand our children’s palate?
I have found that introducing exciting flavors and cuisines early can help expand their palates and give you more options.  Asian dishes that include soy sauce or toasted sesame oil are well seasoned so they will be a hit; and Mexican and Indian as long as they aren’t spicy.  I prefer ground or shredded meat dishes as they are easier for little ones to chew, and more seasoning covers the bites. I also try to make rice, quinoa or couscous dishes where everything is chopped small so they get all the ingredients and flavors in each bite.

Give our busy parents your favorite kid-friendly dish using just 5 ingredients and minimum pots and pans from their small NYC kitchen.


Turkey mushroom lettuce cups – one skillet!

  • 2T Toasted sesame oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 cup grated shiitake mushrooms
  • 2T tomato paste
  • 3 T soy sauce
  • 1 head bibb lettuce (this is a 6th ‘ingredient’ but you don’t actually have to do anything to it!)

    1. Saute the turkey and mushrooms in sesame oil with a pinch of salt. when the cooking juices start to diminish, stir in tomato paste and soy sauce, cook until thickened
    2. Break up the lettuce head into ‘cups’- see if you can entice your child to eat the lettuce like a taco with the meat inside, or if not, just the meat.

Carried Away Chefs services:

  • A personal chef will come to your home once weekly to prepare 3 main dishes + 3 sides + 1 baked good ($350+ groceries) or twice weekly to prepare 2 main dishes + 2 sides + 1 baked good per visit ($550+ groceries)
  • In-home interactive cooking demonstration for your family, including a recipe packet
  • Cooking classes: for kids ($45/child, minimum 6) or individual sessions ($275+)
  • Private Events

NYC’s Top Rated STEM Summer Camps

NORY STEM summer camp

Our friends at NORY do what all of us parents strive to do, which is help our children “discover their talent and push the limits on what they can achieve.”  We often hear from our Kidz Central Station families how important it is to get their children exposed to and involved in STEM at an early age. We’ve found NORY to be the first step in getting this ball rolling.  

Thanks in great part to its state-of-the-art facilities and inspirational instructors, NORY has been rated NYC’s premiere STEM summer camp.  Budding innovators ages 3-12 create through collaborative project-based learning and design thinking challenges. An equal emphasis is placed on developing social skills (e.g. empathy, inquisitiveness, resilience) to help our kids embrace new ideas, learn from their mistakes, and then continue to create without fear.  These are the skills necessary to succeed in life.


Kidz Tips

  • NORY camps generally run from June 18 – Aug 31. Multi-week discounts are available!
  • 3 locations: Midtown East (E45th St), UWS (W76th St), FiDi (Pine St).
  • Shuttle bus service from/to LIC and UES to the Midtown East location
  • Healthy and organic lunch service provided by Little Green Gourmets
  • Early drop-off (8:15 AM), extended day (4-6 PM) and half-day options
  • Low camper to instructor ratio of 5:1

 

We reviewed four fantastic summer camp options: Soccer & STEM, Swim & STEM, Robots & Science, and Entrepreneurship.  

Robots & Science Summer Camp

NORY STEM summer campEach week introduces a new theme, such as Design Thinking & Civil Engineering, Theatre Science, Kitchen Science, Inventor’s Challenge, Rocket Engineering & Space Explorers and many more. In addition to science, other valuable skills emphasized are resiliency, teamwork, and inquisitiveness.  Each day includes a specialty activity from team sports to creative art projects to help develop soft skills relevant to the weekly theme.

Swim & STEM Summer Camp

NORY STEM summer campThis partnership between NORY and Physique Swimming is one we can’t stop raving about.  Campers swim every morning for a full hour of instructional swim with 15 minutes of fun led by Physique Swimming instructors at a nearby pool.  Campers return for lunch at 12 PM and spend the afternoon with NORY innovating with STEM projects that include Robot Building, Motion & Matter Physics, Blast Chemistry, Builder’s Engineer and more.  

Soccer & STEM Summer Camp

NORY STEM summer campCampers start the day by developing new skills, such as  programming a robot, building circuits, conducting experiments, etc. During the second part of the day, the pros of Super Soccer Stars teach kids the fundamentals of soccer: dribbling, passing, and shooting. Emphasis is placed on the enjoyment of the game, self-confidence and teamwork.

Entrepreneurship (aka The World’s Coolest Lemonade Stand)

NORY STEM summer camp

In this one week-long session, children will learn to understand others’ needs, develop solutions to a problem, and gain the courage to take risks as they develop their own business. Most importantly, young entrepreneurs will learn that being creative is not only rewarding, but also a whole lot of fun.

Ultimate Guide to Mets Citi Field With Kids

Kidz Central Station @ NY Mets Citi Field

Baseball was my favorite sport as a child and I loved a day at the ballpark. However, visiting the ballpark with my two young  and very different kids is not easy.  My 3rd grader loves baseball from first pitch to last. My 1st grader is happy until his hot dog is eaten and water has spilled all over his shirt…so 1 ½ innings. 

This is why I am so excited about the New York Mets game plan for Sunday home games in 2018.  “Family Sundays with the Mets” includes 2 hours of pre-game kid-focused activities, a promotional giveaway, and an appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Met.  At the end of the game, kids 12 and under are even invited to run the bases in the Mr. Met Dash.  An entire day at the ballpark filled with family friendly fun?  Sounds like a hit for kids and parents.

Pre-Game Activities at Citi Field

We had tickets for Sunday, May 20th – NY Mets Vs. Arizona D-backs.  Arizona was in 1st place in the NL West but the Mets were looking to sweep the weekend series.  We were pumped for this matchup! Outfitted in our Mets gear, we hopped the 7 train to Citi Field in Queens, a 45 minute trip from Madison Square Park.

Kidz Central Station @ NY Mets Citi Field

 

 

Two hours before Sunday game time, Mets Plaza in front of the main entrance is full of carnival games, skills games, inflatables, face painting, arts and crafts, balloon artists, and other kids activities. It is a music-blasting party atmosphere. In other words, my “I want to go home” six year old was immediately engaged.

Smart play, Mets!

 

 

Kidz Central Station @ NY Mets Citi Field

 

 

 

Arriving early, among the first 15,000 fans, ensures you one of the cool giveaways (a plastic bat for this game). Plan now for these upcoming key games and cool giveaways: June 3rd vs Cubs (an on trend fanny pack) or June 10th vs Yankees (Jeurys Familia Fathead) or June 24th vs Dodgers (Mets Cap).

 

 

 

 

Kidz Central Station @ NY Mets Citi Field

 

 

My kids enjoyed EVERY game of the pre-game activities!  They practiced their hockey shot and  tested their pitching strength. They played basketball toss, magic ball, tic tac toe, ring toss, and wiffle ball. We got a family photo with Mrs. Met.  “Is that a girl?” my little one kept asking.  We watched a Tae Kwon Do class give a demonstration.  Of note, the area never felt crowded, which made the whole experience pleasant. 

 

 


Kidz Tips

  • Tickets start at $15/person (children 32″ and under are free!)
  • Arrive early to sample all the games and snap your photos at the Home Run Apple in front of Citi Field
  • Take the 7 train or LIRR to Mets/Willets Point Station
  • Utilize the Uber Pickup zone on 126th St

 

Inside The Ballpark & Fan FestKidz Central Station @ NY Mets

After a fun filled hour of outside play, we were ready for the ballpark.  The kids were swinging their free plastic bats. We grabbed Nathan’s trusty hot dogs, nachos, and ice cream before heading to our seats on the 1st base side on field level (section 109).  We settled into our seats, ate our food, and watched the 1st inning. Every seat at Citi Field offers a great view of the game. Still, my younger one was ready to go home by the top of the 2nd.

This was the right moment to visit Good Humor Fan Fest on the field level beyond center field.  Walk across the concourse, over Shea Bridge, and enter this food court and kids playground area.

Kiz Central Station @ NY Mets CIti FIeld

Games include a dry dunk tank with the opposing team’s “fan” (my sporty 9 year old dunked him to much applause), wiffle ball batting practice, and tee ball in a mini Citi Field.  You can get a photo with Mr. Met and Mrs. Met again.  Several Kids Club representatives are here to help you (read more below).

Kidz Central Station @ NY Mets Citi Field

 

Fan Fest is open until the mid-7th inning, and we hung out here for four full innings. There is a large tv screen so you can keep your eyes on the game. FYI , Shea Bridge is a fantastic viewing area for the game and a perfect meet-up location if you have friends attending the same game but sitting elsewhere as we did. Restaurants in this area include Papa Rosso, Blue Smoke, Box Frites, and Shake Shack.  The kids had pizza and flavored icees while my husband and I tried spicy fried chicken sandwiches at David Chang’s Fuku outpost.  We could stay here all day!

 


Kidz Tips

  • Diaper changing tables are in all concourse restrooms
  • There are 15 Family Restrooms
  • Visit the Mamava Station for nursing moms on Empire Suite Level
  • $7.00 Kids’ Meal including a Nathan’s hot dog, popcorn, juice box, and prize is available at the concession stand behind Section 121 on the Field Level
  • Go to the Bullpen Gate on 126th St after the game to line up for the Mr. Mets Dash

 

Family Sundays with the Mets is a Home-run

 Kidz Central Station @ NY Mets Citi Field

We are happy to call Family Sundays a win!   After Fan Fest, we went back to our seats for the 7th inning.  Just in time to watch the Mets seal the game with back to back homers!  The longest we’d lasted at a baseball game before this was 4 innings at Camden Yards and Yankee Stadium was a huge bust.  Very impressive because we were exhausted from the day’s activities. Unfortunately, we didn’t hold out for the Mr. Mets Dash, but my older son knew a school friend in attendance with his little league team who did the dash.  He loved that experience, of course. We will definitely be back for a day at Citi Field.

Let’s go Mets!

 

Mr. Met’s Kids Club

Family Sunday activities are for all ticket holders.  But, there are extra perks if you sign up for one of the Mr. Met Kids Club membership packages.  This is a great deal for your little Mets Fans!  We are signing up as we had a great day and want to go to a Brooklyn Cyclones game next.

  • All-Star Membership  – $35 Four (4) complimentary tickets* located in Promenade Outfield seating that can be used for a select game
  • MVP Membership – $55  Four (4) complimentary tickets located in Baseline Box seating on the Field Level that can be used for a select game

Each membership includes:

  • 2 BOGO ticket offers
  • 1 complimentary scoreboard message
  • 4 complimentary Brooklyn Cyclones tickets
  • Access to Mr. Met’s Kids Club ticket offers
  • “Passport” with barcode and lanyard for check-in.  Passport allows fast pass access to the Mr. Met Dash.  In addition, earn prizes (autographed player cards, Kids Club hat or jersey) by checking-in at the game with Passport.
  • Drawstring Bag, Pencil Case, Bookmark, Door Tag, Pair of Wristbands

Note:  Kidz Central Station was offered promotional tickets by the Mets organization. This did not affect the author’s review.

 

Things to do in Queens with Kids

Queens is NYC’s largest and most ethnically diverse borough.  It is fast gaining popularity with parents with such family friendly neighborhoods as Rego Park, Astoria, Forest Hills, and Long Island City.  Nice weather has arrived so it’s time to take advantage of some of the city’s most authentic food, best views of the Manhattan skyline, and Family Sundays at Citi Field (Go Mets!).   Hop the 7 train and begin your outing in Queens, NY!

Queens Kids Astoria Park views

View from Astoria Park

Queens Kids Special Events

On the early evening of Friday, June 1st, join Wildlife Conservation Society at Queens Zoo to learn about birds, meet farm animals, and see other animals up close. Enjoy cookies and milk and a fun story at  Pajama Story Time – An Animal Tale.

Then, spend the morning at the Queens Zoo on Sunday, June 3rd for Family Breakfast: Keeping up with Keepers.  Meet a keeper and learn about what it takes to care for some amazing animals!

Bring the kids to a NY Mets game at Citi Field for Family Sundays.  Arrive early for the pre-game party with all kid friendly games and activities.  Stay until the end of the game to run around the bases with Mr. Met.

Queens Kids Soccer

superkickers queens

Soccer class in Astoria Park

Soccer, Soccer everywhere.

And Superkickers is truly everywhere with locations in Jackson Heights, Astoria, Long Island City, Middle Village and Sunnyside.  The gooooaaal is to have fun, learn new skills and build self-esteem for kids ages 18 months to 12 years old.

Or spend your summer with Long Island City Youth Soccer Academy which has locations in Astoria Park and Long Island City.  Soccer for Tots classes are especially designed for introducing kids ages 2-4 and ages 4-5 to the game.  Summer camps for tots ages 2-5 and older kids ages 6-15+ are designed for soccer loving kids.

 
 

Queens Kids Music and Dance

The DanceSource is a renowned Dance studio in the Rego Park/ Forest Hills area.  Classes include: Ballet, Modern, Gymnastics (Acrobatics), Tap, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Zumba, Martial Arts, Bollywood, Barata Nathyam, Georgian Dance and Yoga. And if you love to dance and are looking for a party venue, The DanceSource will host your Bat/Bar Mitzvah, Quincinera, birthday or Wedding dances.  The 6 week summer program Arts Dance Music Camp offers Art, Dance and Music and swimming.

New York Stage of Mind is a music school in the heart of Long Island City.  They offer private Piano LessonsSinging Classesand guitar lessons, as well as, Musical Theatre programs focused on acting, singing, and dancing.  Take your little ones to Tunez for Totz for a music introduction.

Maybe you don’t want to leave the comfort of your beautiful Queens home.  In that case, invite the Willan Academy of Music’s experienced teachers to give in-home Piano, Violin, Guitar, Singing, Saxophone, or Flute lessons that are personalized to your child’s individual needs.

Queens Kids Art, Music and Birthday Parties

Okabaloo Queens Kids

OKABALOO FunArtFaktory – Arts & Fun Center deserves its own category – an arts and fun factory for Kids.  Sign up for anything from puppet shows, to summer camp, to a “Lego Guru” class.  Or take advantage of their bright, spacious studio to host your next party event!  Astoria mom Samantha Shlimbaum said, “Okabaloo is unique… most spaces in Astoria are small, but Okabaloo is perfect  to invite friends and family.  Also, they partnered with Fiddle Foxes which performed at my daughters 1st birthday party. I highly recommend them!”  

Queens Zoo Summer Camp

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo in Flushing hosts frequent special weekend events such as mentioned above and offers summer camp for every age from Toddler Camp  to KinderZoo to Week of Wildlife to Zoo Explorer to Junior Scientist.  Don’t miss the zoo!

Summer Camps in Murray Hill & UES

Last week, we featured summer camps in Downtown Manhattan, so now let’s head uptown and East.  Murray Hill  is a neighborhood in midtown Manhattan on the East side.  Full of families and boasting tons of restaurants and parks and tree-lined streets, this neighborhood is a great place to spend the day.  Go farther up the 6 train and you hit the Upper East Side, which is well-known for its kid-friendly activities.


Summer Camps in Midtown East/Murray Hill

Summer camps in Murray Hill Midtown Manhattan

Midtown Movement and Dance Company

Cultivate a passion for dance through music and creative movement, while establishing the foundation of ballet technique.  Classes are led by Miss Jackie. Camp runs Jul 30th 2018 – Aug 10th 2018. Mon-Fri 9am-12pm.

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CenterStage

Performing arts classes for kids all summer culminating in an end-of-semester performance for your children’s biggest fans (you!). Sign up any or all weeks Jun 18th 2018 – Aug 24th 2018.

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The Goddard School

Bring learning and FUN! to your young children’s pre-school experience.  Weekly themes include Engineering, Acting, Cooking, Soccer, Filmmaking, and so much more.  Field Trips each week and Splash Day on Friday. Age: 5 years and under.  Camp runs Jun 18th – Aug 30th 2018.   Mon-Fri 9am-4pm; inquire about half day option.

 

Physique Swimming

With NORY, this is an unique Swim and STEM summer camp.  Children ages 4 to 11 years can swim in the morning, then have lunch followed by an afternoon of STEM activities.   A half day Morning Camp Swim with Physique Swimming option is also available. Camp runs Jun 25th-Aug 31st 2018.

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NORY

NYC’s premier STEM Camp for aspiring innovators ages 3 – 12.   NORY offers 3 camps, including its partner camp with Physique Swimming.  All camps run Jun 18th 2018 – Aug 17th 2018.

 


Summer Camps in the Upper East Side

Summer camps in Upper East Side Manattan

Claire’s Creative Adventures

Summer camp explores new artists and museum exhibitions throughout the summer.  This culminates in a wrap-up Friday museum art-making tour to see the artists discussed all summer.  Register for any one of the 3 weeks of June camp; each week is different. 9:30-12:30 session only. Jun 11th 2018 – Jun 29th 2018.

 

Kids In Sports

Two options: (1) Indoor Camp Ages 2.5-6 years held at Temple Israel (112 E. 75th St.) (2) Outdoor Camp Ages 4 up to 9 years held at Randalls Island.  Activities include Baseball, Football, Soccer, Basketball, Floor Hockey, and Volleyball, arts and crafts, story-time, and more. Children can participate in any or all weeks.  

 

Kids in the Game

Summer camp for boys and girls entering Pre-K4 to 8th grade. Some of the activities and trips kids will enjoy: – Sports, Arts & Crafts, Day Trips, Music, Dance & Yoga, Tennis, Swimming, Yankees and Mets Games, Transit Museum, Intrepid Museum, Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Gardens.  Camp runs Jul 2nd 2018 – Aug 10th 2018.

 

Launch Math + Science Centers

Provide toddlers to tweens with inspiring math instruction and STEM-based summer camps.  Real-life rocket scientist, Scott Heifetz, founded Launch with one mission in mind: Inspire children to love and learn math and science.  

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Best Mother’s Day in NYC

Mother’s Day NYC Kidz Central Station

Mother’s Day in NYC  is a wonderful time to explore family activities all over the city.  Let the celebrations begin next Saturday, on to Sunday, and carryover all the way to the following Sunday!  You can never do enough to appreciate Mom.  Below is a roundup of the best events in NYC.
 

SATURDAY, MAY 12TH

Mother’s Day Breakfast (ages 3+ with adult)

Mother’s Day NYC Prospect Park Zoo

Wildlife Conservation Society – Prospect Park Zoo, 9am-11am.   Meet in the zoo before it opens, enjoy a light breakfast, meet an animal close up, and help prepare special treats for the animal moms!

 

Mother’s Day Tea Party Workshop

Mother’s Day NYC Taste Buds Kitchen

Taste Buds Kitchen – Chelsea, 9am-10am.  This class is designed for kids and parents to cook together.    Make melt-in-your-mouth Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze and brew a refreshing Sun Tea.  Festive Tea Party attire welcome.

 

Make Mom a Makeup Pouch – Sewing Workshop

Mother’s Day NYC The Fashion Class

The Fashion Class – Midtown West, 3:30-5:30pm. Kids will create a make-up bag or carry-all pouch with zipper and decorations for mom.  The class is perfect for everyone from beginners to advanced sewers.  The workshop begins with a sewing lesson on Singer Sewing machines.  Students learn to cut and pin fabric before sewing.

 

Mother’s Day Parent-Child Workshop: Cherry Blossom Trees

Claire’s Creative Adventures– UES, 4-5:30pm.
Children make a family tree or a beautiful sculpture to don any room!  Join your child in making hands-on projects using unique materials.
**Register by May 11th for this special Mother’s Day event.**

 

 

Mother’s Day with Mozart for Munchkins

Mozart for Munchkins – UWS, 4-5pm. Fun family concert featuring a variety of classical favorites including Vivaldi, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and sing-along favorites!

**SAVE 10% WITH COUPON CODE MOZARTMOM**

 

 SUNDAY, MAY 13TH – Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Celebration (Ages 3-10 with adult)

Mother’s Day NYC Central Park ZooWildlife Conservation Society – Central Park, 9am-10:30pm.   Families meet animal moms and their babies, make them treats, go on a scavenger hunt, and meet an animal guest. Then make a special Mother’s Day craft and enjoy a treat.

 

Family Brunch Celebrating Moms! (All Ages)

Wildlife Conservation Society – Queens Zoo, 11:30am-1:30pm.  Enjoy a light breakfast and explore the animals. Children will make a fun craft for their moms and the staff will take pictures of the family as a keepsake. All moms receive a gift!

Mother’s Day Tea Party Workshop

Mother’s Day NYC Taste Buds Kitchen

Taste Buds Kitchen – Chelsea, 9am-10am.  This Mother’s Day class is designed for kids and parents to cook together.    Make melt-in-your-mouth Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze and brew a refreshing Sun Tea.  Festive Tea Party attire welcome.

 

Mother’s Day with Mozart for Munchkins!

Mother’s Day NYC Mozart for Munchkins

Mozart for Munchkins – UES, 4-5pm. Fun family concert featuring a variety of classical favorites including Vivaldi, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and some sing-along favorites!

**SAVE 10% WITH COUPON CODE MOZARTMOM**

 

 SUNDAY, MAY 20TH

A Mommy Puppet Show

 Mother’s Day NYC Okabaloo

OKABALOO FunArtFaktory – Arts & Fun Center –  Long Island City, 10-10:45am.  It’s a Mommy and Me show date dedicated to “Mother’s Month.”  Enjoy a 45 minute interactive puppet show full of laughs and surprises.