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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 3,000 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.

Raising Our Children in Manhattan – So Many Choices!

I raised my daughters in Manhattan. When they were young (my youngest recently graduated from Northwestern University) there weren’t a lot of programs to choose from, and mostly we young parents just hung out at playgrounds and in each other’s living rooms and let our children play freely. When I first started offering Music Together classes on the UWS and UES in 1992, there wasn’t much else around. These days, you are inundated with choices from art to music to soccer to cooking and on it goes. I can’t possibly imagine how challenging it is, the dilemma that you must face making the decision about what class or classes to enroll your child in. What’s best? What’s the most fun? Which one will my child love the most?

I can’t speak to any of the other programs that are out there because I don’t attend them, but I can speak to Music Together. As a mom in a Music Together class first, I was struck by how grounded it was, how well thought-out it was. It made sense for the child. Sure, the teacher asked me to sing with strangers – who later became friends – and dance around even if I wasn’t holding my child. I didn’t get what good that could possibly do my infant daughter. What I learned, though, is that just like all the other habits our children learn from us through observing, watching, emulating, and generally wanting to BE us as they grow, the same holds true for making music. It’s simple. When they see us doing it, they want to do it, too. And that cycle sets up a life-habit.

At Music Together we provide a classroom setting where children can thrive and grow, with music that isn’t dumbed down but is rich, interesting, stimulating – and FUN. Story songs; train songs; songs in Spanish, Japanese; songs from a diverse array of cultures; songs without words at all; and so much more. Music Together is award-winning music that even you can listen to. Our teachers are trained educators, excellent musicians, and understand what your child needs to grow musically. There is a method to our madness and your child’s music development is our top priority. 

The landscape of children’s programming in Manhattan has changed dramatically since I started ESWS Music Together all those years ago and we are proud that we have thrived despite economic downturns, the ebb and flow of families in and out of Manhattan, and the phenomenal increase in activity choices for families with young children. Parenting in New York City is a unique and beautiful thing. Make Music Together a part of your family’s journey. It’s a solid choice.

Written by Deanna deCampos, Director of Eastside Westside Music Together

Music Matters: Benefits of Music for Young Children

By Pam Wolf, Founder & CEO, NY Kids Club

I became pregnant with my first child in 1991, the year the “Mozart effect” sent millions of ambitious parents running to CD stores. The theory was coined by psychologist Frances Rauscher, who claimed that listening to classical music boosts a child’s brainpower. As a mother-to-be I joined the cult following, holding headphones with twinkling and melodious sonatas to my belly.

Now, the question is: Did it work? Did Mozart make my daughter smarter? While studies since have shown mixed results on Wolfgang Mozart’s particular brain-enhancing qualities, the link between music and childhood development is indisputable.

According to Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner, a child’s musical intelligence is of equal importance to their logical and bodily intelligence. Gardner states that engaging with music and sound play heightens a child’s day-to-day cerebral abilities such as language, numerical skills, memory, attention, and problem-solving.

Since babies and toddlers perceive the world around them through colors, shapes, and sounds, Gardner’s theory on music intelligence holds significant truths. Think back to being taught that blaring sirens warn of emergency, a dog goes “woof”, and a doorbell ringing signals an arrival. Music and sounds are a relatable medium from which a child can recognize rhythmic patterns, melodies, and the diversity of instruments—skills that set the foundation for everyday activity and elevated brain functioning.

A further study at Northwestern University’s Auditory Neuroscience laboratory concluded that music particularly enhances speech and communication. The study found that the level of precision used in processing music (discerning, pitch, key, and instruments), is even higher than that of processing speech. Therefore, musical studies can lead to earlier literacy and the ability to communicate at an earlier age, whether that be through language, body signals, or sounds.

I used music as a means of communicating emotion with my children. With my baby in my arms, I would dance around the living room to The Beatles to convey upbeat happiness, a Bob Dylan ballad to communicate sadness, or a James Taylor tune to evoke contentment. These were unique moments with my children where we could connect emotionally on a non-verbal level. As my children grew older I encouraged them to make their own music on pots and pans, produce at-home renditions of Les Miserables, or have a dance party with friends. They used music as a means of expression.

I built NY Kid’s Club from the experiences I had with my own children. Since music was an integral part of my parenting method, I infused NY Kid’s Club curriculum with dance and sounds. In our Musical Tots and Musical Kids classes, a professional guitarist and talented singer introduce children to jazz, rock and roll, nursery rhymes, and sing-alongs, for example.

Take every opportunity to introduce your child to music early in life. It not only contributes to future success—it makes for a more joyful journey.

From the Enrichment Experts at NY Kids Club:

Pamela Wolf founded the NY Kids Club and NY Preschool in September of 2001, which have grown to become the premiere enrichment centers for children two months to12 years. Ms. Wolf has been recognized as a Business Mentor of the Year, Best Entrepreneur, and one of the top female entrepreneurs of the year by Entrepreneur magazine. Ms. Wolf’s extensive business background and simultaneous experience as a mother of four have allowed the NY Kids Club to successfully expand to sixteen locations in New York and twelve in China. The company received INC 500/5000 list recognition in 2014. Of the several successful businesses Pamela Wolf has owned in New York, she is most proud of the NY Kids Club.

Head of the Class Mom: Erica Koffler

Meet this week’s Head of the Class Mom, Erica Koffler—owner of Kidfections, a kiddie personalizing business—and a mom to three amazing kids!

Tell us about yourself. Why did you start Kidfections?
I had recently finished working a full-time job as exective assistant to a celebrity chef and was looking for my “what’s next.” I had wanted to purchase a personalized Fisher Price Grow-to-Pro Basketball Hoop for a friend’s son’s birthday and was surprised to find that even in New York City, there was no one personalizing those types of toys—not even anyone on Etsy! I figured I’d try doing it myself and I sent my mom the picture. She said it was perfect and asked where I had it made. When I told her I did it myself, she casually said I should start a store and I thought, “You know what? Why not!”

What is your secret to balancing work and family? Is there a balance?
For me, the secret is being able to enjoy life when I’m with my family as well as when you I’m doing things as an individual. It’s not necessarily about balancing, but being able to find happiness within so that you can be happy in every role that you play.

Share a funny story that helped you become a better parent and/or better at your job.
My daughter has been potty trained since 22 months, and now at two and a half she almost never has accidents. One Sunday she was throwing a tantrum about not being able to have a third lollipop (it was Sunday, don’t judge me!) and she clenched her legs together in the middle of the living room and began to pee—almost out of spite. My husband, Daniel, immediately scooped her up, and as he picked her up he unknowingly held her over our nine-month-old son Lucas’, head. So then Lucas was covered in pee. Then Lily, Lucas’ twin sister (probably feeling left out) felt the need to crawl through the trail of pee that her sister left behind. So now we have three kids completely covered in pee. We headed straight to the bathtub only to see that the water was a disgusting brown because, of course, the water in our building had been turned off for some type of repair. Simply one of those ridiculous sitcom moments where you don’t know if you should laugh or cry or give up. Luckily, we have a friend who lives across the street, so we loaded up the triple stroller (yes, we have a triple stroller) a la the Beverly Hillbillies and high-tailed it across Murray Street, inflatable ducky bathtub in tow, to give all of the kids their much-needed bath. And you know what? It was the first time all three kids ever took a bath together and it made for the most incredible photo-op. The lesson? You have to take it all in stride. The best parents are adaptable. And when you have the choice between laughing and crying always choose to laugh, and then take a photo.

What has been your biggest challenge and/or greatest reward in the struggle for work-life balance?
When you work, you often find yourself stretching the limits of your child’s “schedule” when you’re around in order to maximize the hours in a day. For me, as a cook and someone who has worked in the restaurant business for a decade, my oldest daughter’s love of food and going out to eat are the greatest rewards. It is something that we can enjoy together as a family and has given us countless memories. Whether it be Chloe eating salmon sashimi or smothering her face with sugar donuts to be silly, going out to eat has become an escape for us to get out of the house and spend meaningful time as a family (@chloemaxmessyface follows her dining escapades). When you sit down at dinner and your two-year-old asks, “How was your day?” you definitely feel like you are doing something right.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you had kids?
Enjoy sleeping in now! My husband and I are self-confessed gym rats. Before children, we’d wake up, hop out of bed, and race to the gym just to be done with it for the day—weekends included. Some days, especially after that extra glass of wine (or three), I wish I could just lounge in bed. Enjoy that leisure time before your little ones are telling you that they have to go pee-pee at 6:45am. You kinda have to take them to the potty.

If you could give other moms one piece of advice what would it be?
While you are a mother, you are more than just a mother. You are still the same person you were prior to becoming a mom. You are a still a daughter, a wife, a sister, and a friend, maybe an employee, and you need to be able to wear all of these hats as effectively as you wear your “mom” hat. At the end of the day, the sum of our relationships define who we are, not just our relationships with our children.


What is your favorite children’s book?
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault.

What has been your favorite kids’ class?
Songs for Seeds.

What is your favorite thing to do with your family on weekends?
Brunch! We absolutely love the jazz brunch at the newly named Roxy Hotel (formerly TriBeCa Grand).

What is your favorite rainy day escape?

Equation Motivation for Kids: The Importance of Math in Everyday Life


By: The Kumon Team

“When will I use math?” This question is often posed by students, who wonder how topics like factorization and algebra will play a role in their everyday lives. What many people don’t realize is that we use math in everyday activities like making purchases, tracking cellphone minutes, and even baking.

Looking for a few ways to motivate your child to enjoy math? Encourage him or her by discussing the importance of math for snagging potential dream jobs. Here are few ideas to get started:

• Animator. An animator uses linear algebra to show how an object is rotated and shifted and made larger and smaller.

Computer Scientist. Creating the next generation of gadgets and apps involves more math than one may think. Theoretical studies of algorithms are just a small part of the process.

Fashion Designer. Fashion designers use area, perimeter, and diameter as well as mathematical algorithms to create designs and calculate the amount and cost of fabric required.

Astronaut. Astronauts use math to make precise mathematical calculations, from how a spacecraft leaves Earth’s atmosphere to how astronauts pilot the craft.

Architect. Architects use math to calculate the square footage of rooms and buildings, to lay out floor space dimensions, and to calculate the required space for other areas such as parking, plumbing, etc.

Many careers require a solid foundation in mathematics. Whether your child dreams of becoming a math professor, research analyst, Pixar animator, or fashion designer, give him or her the tools needed to succeed. Ranging from basic counting to advanced calculus, the Kumon Math Program enhances problem solving techniques and improves mental calculation and reasoning skills—tools that can help your child find lifelong success.

Interested in Kumon’s math program? Check out all available NYC programs and locations here!

Welcome to Summer: Tips for Choosing the Right Summer Day Camp for Your Child

NYC kids summer day camp

By Pam Wolf, Founder & CEO, NY Kids Club

A summer day camp can be the perfect opportunity for children to discover a new passion, dig deeper into an existing one, and, most importantly, learn resilience and independence in a new setting away from their parents. Families that find a good match often have children who want to return year after year.

When you begin the work of researching and selecting a day camp for your child, you will find the pool of options to be both wide and deep. By asking the right questions and looking for certain qualifications, the process does not have to be strenuous. If you’re looking for a day camp for the first time, consider these 5 factors:

A focus.
Always start with your child. What are his interests? What is she drawn to? Most day camps have a specialty or focus, whether it’s gymnastics, arts, a sport, music, or STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Many specialty camps have limited availability, so be sure to call the camps your child might be interested in to ask when enrollment begins and how many spots are available.

A philosophy.
The whole point of sending your children to a day camp or any other summer enrichment program is to expose them to activities and experiences they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. If you’re eyeing a particular camp, read up on its mission and values (i.e., fostering independence by providing campers with choices). Decide if its philosophy is reflected in its activities.

The staff.
For obvious reasons, this is an important point to assess fully. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and talk with the directors of a few camps before you make your final decision. Good camps are expecting to hear from parents, and are happy to answer all of your questions.One of your first inquiries should be about the training their staff receives on counseling, safety and supervision. You also have the right to know the staff’s qualifications (for example, a camp that specializes in teaching gymnastics should have instructors with a strong background in that area) and whether or not camp staff are background-checked or require references before they are hired. In the case of indoor camps, it is also important to ask if the camp is being held in a space licensed by the Department of Health.Here are some other questions you may want to ask the staff before you make your choice:

• What is the counselor-to-student ratio?
• What is your communication plan? Who will contact me if my child gets sick or has a problem?
• Is your staff mindful about how the students are getting along, and will they place certain students with each other to ensure everyone has a positive experience?
• What does a typical daily schedule look like?
• Are children with the same counselor all day, or do they switch between activities? How closely are they supervised?
• Is an open house or camp kickoff event offered before camp starts?

Food service.
Is lunch served, or are campers expected to bring their own lunch? Are snacks and drinks provided? Does the camp acknowledge the needs of children with food allergies?

Check out camp reviews and testimonials online. If you have any concerns, ask if you can speak directly to a parent who has sent his/her child to the camp in the past.

If you do your homework, you’ll likely find an excellent fit for your child. Best of luck finding an environment that will enhance your child’s summer!

Learn more about NY Kids Club summer camps for children ages 2 ½ – 8 years here.

From the Enrichment Experts at NY Kids Club:

Pamela Wolf founded the NY Kids Club and NY Preschool in September of 2001, which have grown to become the premiere enrichment centers for children two months to12 years. Ms. Wolf has been recognized as a Business Mentor of the Year, Best Entrepreneur, and one of the top female entrepreneurs of the year by Entrepreneur magazine. Ms. Wolf’s extensive business background and simultaneous experience as a mother of four have allowed the NY Kids Club to successfully expand to sixteen locations in New York and twelve in China. The company received INC 500/5000 list recognition in 2014. Of the several successful businesses Pamela Wolf has owned in New York, she is most proud of the NY Kids Club.

Smart sunscreen choices

Sunscreen tips for New York kids
With summer upon us, we know everyone will be spending a lot more time in the park, at the beach, and outside in general. In addition to making sure you have cool drinks and a beach blanket, your first priority should be applying sunscreen – early and often. It’s important for the entire family but especially for kids. It’s easy to forget in New York City, but kids can get some serious sun just in an afternoon of shopping with their parents or shuttling between playdates.

Many of us turn to for their guide to sunscreens, this year in its 10th annual edition. They offer helpful categories such as best sunscreens for kids (and worst sunscreens for kids), best beach and sport sunscreens, plus tips for other ways to protect yourself from the sun. It’s our first stop every summer! Check out the guide now.

Head of the Class Mom: Marni Sandler

Meet this week’s Head of the Class Mom, Marni Sandler—owner of Monkey Do! Yoga—and mom to an amazing daughter!

Tell us about yourself. Why did you start Monkey Do! Yoga?
I had been dreaming of opening a yoga studio dedicated to children and families for years. My background is in children’s media, especially interactive media design. I’ve been a yoga practitioner for a good portion of my life and often thought of bringing those worlds together. My yoga training focused on children—but it wasn’t until my own daughter was born that I was driven to make it a reality. She was an inspiration to finally make the studio happen. I opened the doors to Monkey Do! Yoga exactly 12 months after she was born.

What is your secret to balancing work and family? Is there a balance?
One thing that helps me is to erase those categories as much as I can, and to be in the moment whether I’m at home, in the studio, or in my corporate advertising/media job. Each motivates and influences the other. I’ve also had to come to terms with the fact that everything is not going to get done perfectly, and that’s fine. My home isn’t as neat as it used to be—it’s a constant flow of shifting priorities.

Share a funny story that helped you become a better parent and/or better at your job.
When my daughter was about eight weeks old, we went to a parent/baby yoga class. I was surrounded by new moms and their babies—sleeping, crying, and feeding, most of us exhausted and barely able to move. That class was unlike any other I had been to in all my years of practice. It was the most impactful; among all that noise I had never been so present. Just then, my tiny daughter let out some gas with a noise disproportionate to her size, really underscoring the idea of listening to our bodies. I had to laugh to myself.

What has been your biggest challenge and/or greatest reward in the struggle for work-life balance?
The main challenge is feeling like there’s no “off button” or break. I’m not sure that’s ever going to change, at least until I retire! It’s rewarding to find those rare moments of peace, which are especially sweet when I can share them with my daughter.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you had kids?
I wish I knew how much we’re all capable of. Once you go through childbirth, you realize you can do anything. I found it very empowering.

If you could give other moms one piece of advice what would it be?
I would definitely suggest moms get out and socialize as soon possible after your kids are born. It can be challenging to get out of the house. But, I’m so grateful for those days meeting up with other new Parents for lunch, Mommy & Me yoga, and walks in the park (even in the snow!). Those bonds are still really strong – it’s great to be able to talk to other women going through exactly the same thing.


What is your favorite children’s book?
Guess how Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. This may sound silly, but when my daughter was brand new, I attempted to read it to her and was so overcome with emotion. To this day I still can’t get through that book.

What has been your favorite kids’ class?
Monkey Do! Yoga offers a variety of classes for kids and families, so it’s hard to pick a favorite! But, I especially love are our Spanish-infused yoga for kids—movement is such a great way to integrate language.

What is your favorite thing to do with your family on weekends?
My daughter is almost 17 months and loves coming to the studio for the Sing and Move class. Then, if I get my way, we sneak in some ice cream around the corner at Ample Hills.

What is your favorite rainy day escape?
I love Brooklyn—I’m very lucky to live in an apartment building with lots of kids the same age as my daughter. We get together, order in lunch, and let the kids play. We don’t even have to leave the building!

Check out the full schedule for Monkey Do! Yoga, here!

For NYC Kids, Summer Camp Options Abound!

Finding the best NYC summer camp for your child can be hard, but using the variety the city offers to your advantage can help a lot. The phrase “there’s something for everyone” is overused, but when it applies to camp in New York, it’s practically an understatement. Not only is there a great camp option for every child—regardless of interest—usually there is more than one. A great place to start your NYC summer camp search and browse many options in one place is Kidz Central Station!

If you already know the kind of specialized NYC summer camp you are looking for, here are some suggestions:

Theater Camp. Home to Broadway, New York is the theater capital of the world, so it isn’t surprising that there are many options when it comes to the performing arts for kids. New Victory Theater Camp NYCNew Victory Theater—one of the most beloved children’s theaters in NYC, offers several different week-long camps for ages 7–11, led by teaching artists who are professional theatrical performers. Created by a Broadway veteran, I Can Do That NYC also offers a summer musical theater experience, and has programs for kids as young as three and a half years, as well as summer camps for kids up to 10 years old. Broadway by the Day at CenterStage (for kids age 3–9) offers a blend of traditional camp with the fun of musical theater and all the flexibility that its name implies.

Noah Syndergaard Baseball Procamp New YorkSports Camp. Soc Roc’s soccer summer camp teaches new athletic skills to young athletes (ages 3–4 yrs) right in New York’s own backyard—Central Park. Also in Central Park is Bulldog Ball Club’s beloved baseball camp for ages 6–12. (Make sure to also check out their popular Hamptons summer day camp option as well!) And for a truly unique New York sports camp experience, check out ProCamps Worldwide, which offers mini camps where kids learn from and interact with top professional athletes such as NBA all-star Ray Allen and New York Mets superstar pitcher Noah Syndergaard.

Taste Buds Kitchen's Around the World CampSee the World. New York is an international city, and there are great NYC summer camp options that reflect this fact. So send your child on a trip around the world without leaving home! Language Workshop for Children brings its proven language learning method for kids to summer camp, offering your choice of French camp, Spanish camp, Chinese camp, Italian camp and ESL camp, all for ages 3–8. There is also no better (or at least no more delicious) way to learn about the world’s cultures than through food. At Taste Buds Kitchen’s Around the World camp for ages 4–13, children whip up recipes from different countries each day, while their Urban Foodies camp (ages 11 and up) combines cooking in the kitchen with a visit to a different international food vendor in NYC each day.

Tech Camp. New York City also offers great tech, STEM, and coding summer camp options! New York Code Design Academy offers a variety of programs for ages 8–15, from game coding and Minecraft modding to building iOS apps. Or, for children age 5–11, Pixel Academy New York CampBricks 4 Kidz camps use Legos to teach STEM concepts, including engineering, robotics, and computer video editing. Then there’s Pixel Academy, which offers a broad range of week-long camps for ages 7–14, and allows kids to use cutting-edge technology to incorporate exploration and creativity into the summer experience.

Still not sure about the best NYC summer camp for your child? Check out Kidz Central Station for more information and many more ideas!

An Important Milestone: Reading Proficiency in the Third Grade

Kumon_GroupBy: The Kumon Team

Reading proficiently by the end of third grade is considered one of the most important benchmarks in a student’s academic journey. Students who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade start falling behind in their knowledge and comprehension across all subjects. This effect “snowballs” as these students often fall further behind each year.

This is significant because the national average percentage of public school students reading proficiently in the beginning of fourth grade was only 34% in 2013. The other 66% of students are considered basic readers, and are four times more likely to drop out of high school. This finding comes from research conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which linked factors in students who drop out of high school. Many states have cited this report when making changes to their educational policies.

The Kumon Reading Program strengthens students’ reading abilities by building many essential literacy components such as vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension. It’s important for students to read often and be exposed to a variety of genres to maintain reading proficiency throughout school. Getting into good study habits and developing strong reading skills as early as possible sets an important foundation for school success. Studying ahead of grade level enables Kumon students to read proficiently and be confident in their reading abilities.

Interested in Kumon’s reading program? Check out all available NYC programs and locations here!

Ready, Set, Play: The Importance of Raising Active Children

By Pam Wolf, Founder & CEO, NY Kids Club

We live in an age of digital dominance, where children abandon their bikes and tree houses for the comfort of indoor entertainment. Media’s rapid advance is accompanied by urban growth and the associated precautions, leaving behind the carefree days when parents allowed children to roam their neighborhoods and playgrounds unaccompanied. According to the University of Michigan’s Institute of Social Research, in the last two decades, childhood has moved indoors as 43% of adults believe a child should not play outdoors unsupervised. Given this, the average American boy or girl now spends fewer than 30 minutes a day engaging in outdoor activity, leaving nearly 11 hours for electronic engagement.

While safety is of utmost concern, childhood independence and outdoor exploration are key in promoting a sense of well-being and raising active children. This shift toward indoor activity profoundly impacts a child’s emotional and physical health. It is scientifically proven that physical fitness boosts confidence, social interaction, and academic motivation while reducing stress levels. Physical movement also leads to a healthy and fit body, which promotes sound sleep, lower anxiety levels, and greater feelings of happiness. Encouraging outdoor activity from an early age will help your children build a foundation for healthy habits moving forward.

Despite the complexities of modern parenting, there is still opportunity to re-introduce your children to the joy of fitness and outdoor play. Doing so effectively requires understanding a few things:

standard_Copy_of_IMG_3135Encourage curiosity. Young children have a knack for finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. To them, everything is new. They are naturally inquisitive and instinctively seek out physical activity; if you ask them questions about the world around them, they will likely respond by developing questions of their own. When my children were toddlers, I would ask them questions like, “How many of these steps can you climb?” or, “How far can you throw this ball?” Encouraging them in this way made them unafraid to explore, imagine, and play.

Find age-appropriate activities they enjoy. Choosing activities that coincide with a child’s age keeps him or her interested and focused. While adult-led, structured activities are important for young children, unstructured playtime is proven to increase creativity and boost the brain’s imaginative properties.

Unstructured playtime time allows toddlers and preschoolers to develop the fine and gross motor skills they need and lays a foundation for more advanced skill sets. Activities such as examining nature; playing tag or follow the leader; throwing and kicking a ball; jumping and running; riding a tricycle; blowing and chasing bubbles; singing and dancing; and engaging in simple obstacle courses; are ideal age-appropriate learning scenarios. Although unstructured, older children enjoy these activities too and can use the experience to further develop their skill sets to include more traditional sports such as tennis and basketball, as well as specialized activities like yoga, skateboarding, and hiking.

Remember, your child does not have to be an intense competitor to enjoy physical fitness. Casual participation is healthy and beneficial!

Age-appropriate activities keep children emotionally, intellectually, and physically challenged and engaged. With each new learning experience, children further their skills and advance to new phases.

Make time for fun at home. Though having an electronic device at the ready keeps children content, carving out screen-free time each day is essential to a child’s well-being. Your home, backyard, and neighborhood are ideal arenas for adventure or projects. Consider planting a few different types of herbs and vegetables in the spring (this can double as an educational activity or a lesson in responsibility), or exploring nearby parks, playgrounds, and museum exhibits. Let your children build Legos or make abstract art in a space where they are unconfined and free to draw outside the lines. My children loved to build pillow forts with my couch cushions, and though I took pride in a tidy house, I found that allowing them to be a little boisterous and messy made them happy and wholesome kids. Make it a priority to have fun together at home.

Be active yourself. Almost as soon as they come into the world, little ones modify their behavior based on the actions of those around them.  Because children emulate what they see, modeling an active lifestyle and a kind and caring attitude will encourage them to do the same.

There is no greater charge than playing a positive role in your child’s early experiences. Setting the foundations for a healthy, dynamic life begins with encouraging curiosity and embracing fun in the form of physical activity.

From the Enrichment Experts at NY Kids Club:

Pamela Wolf founded the NY Kids Club and NY Preschool in September of 2001, which have grown to become the premiere enrichment centers for children two months to12 years. Ms. Wolf has been recognized as a Business Mentor of the Year, Best Entrepreneur, and one of the top female entrepreneurs of the year by Entrepreneur magazine. Ms. Wolf’s extensive business background and simultaneous experience as a mother of four have allowed the NY Kids Club to successfully expand to sixteen locations in New York and twelve in China. The company received INC 500/5000 list recognition in 2014. Of the several successful businesses Pamela Wolf has owned in New York, she is most proud of the NY Kids Club.