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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 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.

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!


 

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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!

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.

 

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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.

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

NYC Winter Break Camps for Kids

Winter Break CampsNYC is cold and the department store windows are decorated for the season.  The holidays are upon us and the kids are enjoying their holiday parties at school.  Are you searching for the perfect activity to keep them engaged and happy this Winter Break?

There’s still time to enroll your children in a fantastic Winter Break Camp in NYC…

Winter Break Camps

Winter Break STEM Camps @NORY
For your inventive, creative, and problem solving child. Ages 3-4 and 5-7. Locations in Manhattan (UWS, Batter Park/FiDi/Tribeca) & Brooklyn Heights. REGISTER
Dec 2628Winter Break Robots & Science Camp
Jan 24Winter Break 2 Robots & Science Camp


Winter Break Camps

January Mini-Art Camps //  Jan 2,3,4 7 // Claire’s Creative Adventures on UES. Special Museum Adventure Friday 1/4 will be at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Winter Break Camps

To celebrate the holiday season, Nutcracker Dance Workshops are available at In Grandma’s Attic on the UWS. Dance class, plus exciting excerpts from the classic Nutcracker story! Costumes and arts project included in these holiday workshops. Classes running all month long. UWS and Midtown West. Ages 3-12.


Winter Break Camps

Creatively WILD Art Studio in Brooklyn is offering Art Camps for children of all ages.  Kids will explore a wide variety of professional artistic mediums and learn exciting techniques. Taught by professional teaching artists. Camps run during Winter Break dates: Dec 24-28, Jan 2-4.

ART Camp for Toddlers Age: 2 to 4

ART CAMP for Kids Age: 5 to 9

ART CAMP for Teens Age: 10 to 15+

Creatively WILD Art Studio is also offering Stop Motion Animation and Computer Animation Camps during Winter Break.

Stop Motion Animation Camp for KIds Age: 5 to 9

Stop Motion Animation Camp for Teens Age: 10 to 15+

Teens Advanced 2D Computer Animation Camp Age: 10 to 15+


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Winter Holiday Theater Camp // Dec 26-28 // Galli Theater in Tribeca. Warm up games, movement activities, and theater games. Kids are working on a play during the camp with a performance at the end.


Winter Break CAmps

Wildlife Mini Camp // Dec 26, 27 or 28 // Queens Zoo. Campers learn how animals build, live in, and adapt to their natural habitat.

Winter Survival // Dec 28// Bronx Zoo. Children explore how animals adapt/survive/thrive in cold weather.


Winter Break Camps

At Taste Buds Kitchen in Chelsea:

Winter Mystery Basket // Dec 31- Jan 4. Cook your way through surprise ingredients to prepare a starter, main course, and dessert.

Holiday Cookies Galore // Dec 24-28.  From Gingerbread Men to Star of David Cookies; add your own spin on classic recipes.

Gingerbread House Workshop // Dec 16- 27. Parent and child work together to design and decorate their own Gingerbread House.

Weekend Activities for Kids in NYC

Weekend Activities

Who doesn’t look forward to the weekend? Even the little ones need time to let loose and have some fun. Weekends are the perfect time for kids to try some fresh and fun activities. Here’s our list for the best weekend activities your kids will love!

 

Wildlife Conservation Society Spend your weekend up close to animals with an interactive class at the five zoos and aquarium throughout NYC. Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Bronx Zoo, NY Aquarium / Ages 2+         

Family Breakfast With The Animals: Primates

THE ZOO: Jungle World Mornings

 

The Fashion Class. The Fashion Class focuses on fun and fabulous fashion themed classes where students learn to sew in a creative environment. Midtown West / Ages 6+

Beginner Sewing Class for Kids

Fashion Design & Illustration for Kids

Pattern & Stitch Advanced Sewing for Kids

Fashion Design & Sewing for Teens

 

New York Stage of Mind. New York Stage of Mind provides exceptional performance-focused music education. Classes include private lessons in voice, piano, guitar, and more for all ages. Long Island City / Ages 3+

Piano Lessons

Singing Classes

 

Physique Swimming. Designed for swimmers to move smoothly from one level to the next as they progress in their swimming capabilities. Throughout NYC / Ages 4 months to 7

Me and My Shadow

Beginner 1: Water Exploration

Beginner 2: Primary Skills

 

Eastside Westside Music Together. For children from birth (yes, birth!) to five years, is based on the premise that all children are musical and have the same innate ability to learn music as language. UWS, UES, Midtown.

Music Together (Babies)

Music Together (Mixed Ages)

 

14th Street Y. Bring a friend and enjoy the relaxed environment where little ones explore and play together. Stuyvesant Town / Ages 2 months to 3

Indoor Playground

Sing Along

Kid Friendly Show on Theater Row NYC

The Emperor’s New Clothes and More Magical Stories

Kid Friendly Show on Theater Row

The Emperor’s New Clothes and More Magical Stories opened on Sunday on Theater Row and Kidz Central Station was fortunate to attend.  This kid friendly performance is based on four short tales by Hans Christian Andersen as told by four central characters. The show features: The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Nightingale, and The Ugly Duckling.

The show begins as a girl sits down on a Central Park bench next to a man reading a story book. A gust of wind blows the papers out of his book and she helps to pick them up. He then invites her to read the book and after some initial resistance, she agrees and becomes a part of the story herself! Her journey takes her through many ups and down including a scam to dress an emperor in invisible clothes, saving a harmonious nightingale and a little duckling who realizes she is as beautiful as a swan.

Anderson’s classic children’s tales are presented in a clear and easy to follow storyline with humor and contemporary twists. There was no shortage of giggles and cackles in that theater!  The 4 performers fully embodied each character while effortlessly transitioning from one tale to another. In addition, the magic came to life with the incredible music, sound effects, and lighting. We were submerged in the story eagerly waiting for what’s to come next. Come early to enjoy pre-show activities and/or stay after to take pictures with members of the cast!

We were so happy to learn that a sensory friendly performance is offered on December 8 @11am and designed to create a welcoming environment for families with children on the autism spectrum and related conditions. Slight adjustments are made to the performance such as the reduction of loud sounds and flashing or jarring lights, availability of sensory tools such as fidgets and earplugs, a designated quiet area in the lobby, a relaxed atmosphere in which audience members can talk throughout, and available Autism specialists on site to provide support.

Click here to buy tickets to The Emperor’s New Clothes and More Magical Stories!

November 24 – December 22, 2018

Best for ages 5-8

Runs for approximately 50 minutes

Theatre Row, 410 W42nd Street, NY, NY 10036

Tickets: $29.25 General | $49.25 Premium

Stroller parking and booster seats available