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Veterans Day Camps for Kids

Veterans Day Camps

Celebrate Veterans Day on Monday, November 12th

Celebrate our country’s military veterans on Sunday Nov 11, 2018 at the the annual New York City Veterans Day Parade, which begins @11:15am from 26th Street and Fifth Avenue and continues to 50th Street.  Then, on Monday when our kids have the day off of school, sign up for a wonderful one day camp and keep the kids busy!

Creative Drama
Play On! Studios
UWS / Ages 4-10

ART CAMP
Creatively WILD Art Studio
Brooklyn/ Ages 2-15

Robots & Science
NORY
UWS / Ages 3-7

Veteran’s Day: Future Celebrity Chef Camp
Taste Buds Kitchen
Chelsea / Ages 4-13

Coding
Launch Math + Science
UWS / Ages 5-11

Wildlife Mini-Camp
Queens Zoo
Flushing / Ages 4-9

Dinosaur Camp
Karma Kids Yoga
Union Sq / Ages 3-5

Cooking Camp
Freshmade NYC
SoHo / Ages 4-12

Election Day Camps for Kids

Election Day Camps

Tuesday, November 6 is Election Day!

We greatly encourage our Kidz Central Station parents to vote.  Before you do so or maybe after if the kids want to tag along, drop off your kids at one of these fun election day camps so they can take advantage of their day off school.

Adventures in Coding Camp
Launch Math + Science Centers
UWS / Ages 5-11

Get ready for a day of excitement as campers explore up to four different coding languages!

Marine Medics Camp
New York Aquarium
Coney Island / Ages 6-10

Go behind the scenes and get up close while experiencing how veterinarians and keepers work together to keep animal friends happy and healthy.

Robots & Science Camp
NORY
UWS / Ages 3-7

 Young innovators will use their strengths, as well as develop new skills, to program a robot and build circuits and structures.

Zoo Mini-Camp
Queens Zoo
Flushing / Ages 4-9

This is a great opportunity to learn how to be more kind to our oceans and make a difference!

Zoofari Camp
Prospect Park Zoo
Brooklyn / Ages 5-10

Explore primate adaptations, meet incredible animals up close, and design an animal superhero of your own.

Jr. Keeper: Sea Lions
Bronx Zoo
Bronx / Ages 7-10

Participants will get up close animal encounters, help make enrichment for the animal collection, and practice the skills it takes to take care of wild animals!

Cooking Camp
Freshmade NYC
SoHo / Ages 4-12

Join this two-hour drop off Election Day Cooking Camp. Kids will be cooking one sweet and one savory recipe.

Awesome Columbus Day Camps

Columbus Day Camps – October 8, 2018

Columbus Day Camp

Join this two-hour drop off Columbus Day Cooking Camp. Kids will be cooking one sweet and one savory recipe.

 

Columbus Day CampsCreative Drama with Play On! Studios UWS

Inspired by different Broadway, Disney, or Movie Musicals each session, campers explore related scenes, songs, and dances. And, of course, play lots of drama games! A day packed with theater and fun.

 

Columbus Day Camps

12 Dancing Princesses Workshop at In Grandma’s Attic UWS

Calling all princesses and heroes! Experience fantasy and adventure in this engaging fairytale.  Workshop begins with warm-up and stretches, followed by ballet class barre, combinations, across-the-floor traveling steps, and dancing improvisation.

 

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Columbus Day Adventures in Coding with Launch Math + Science Centers UWS

Campers explore up to four different coding languages! The youngest coders start off with MIT’s Scratch Jr. for an exciting introduction into the world of programming. Campers ready for a bigger challenge can use MIT’s Scratch 2.0 language to create their own unique games and animations.

 

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Columbus Day Theater Camp at Galli Theater

A wonderful theater workshop at Galli Theater (at the German School Manhattan). The theater class allows your children to act out fairytales in a playful way. At 3pm, there will be a small performance for the parents.

 

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Snow White/Dwarfs Workshop at In Grandma’s Attic UWS

Enjoy reenacting the childhood favorite fairytale about Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs! After warm-ups and stretches, we’ll dance as butterflies, horses, and children skipping in the park. Dance improvisation is a time to explore movement, connect to inner impulses, and create new pathways.

Columbus Day Camp

Columbus Day Camp at Queens Zoo

Campers will learn about North, Central and South American biomes and animals that live there with a focus on their adaptations. Dive into predators and ow a food web works in each ecosystem. Then, children learn wildlife conservation and local ways to help global animals.

 

Columbus Day Camp

Robots & Science Columbus Day Camp with NORY (UWS, UES, or Battery Park/FiDi)

Is your child inventive? creative? a problem solver? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have an innovator on your hands.  Young innovators will develop skills to program a robot and build circuits and structures.

 

Columbus Day Camps

Columbus Day Super Foodies Camp at Taste Buds Kitchen

Super Foodies empower little chefs to be Super Fast, Super Strong, Super Healthy, and Super Happy. Taste colorful and delicious superfood ingredients, build culinary super powers and perfect  techniques. Featuring both savory and sweet recipes from Samosas to Beet Hummus.

Best Bets for Brooklyn Kids

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Has everyone noticed that the Brooklyn Kids scene is thriving? We certainly have here at Kidz Central Station. Well, it is our job to notice…but even if it weren’t, Brooklyn kids activities are on our radar. So, if you’re a Brooklynite, then grab a slice of the world’s best pizza and learn all about the activities in your backyard. If you live outside of Brooklyn or are visiting, then head on over the iconic Brooklyn Bridge (after pausing to take in the incredible views) and prepare for a full day of fun for your kids.


Brooklyn Kids Events

Brooklyn Kids events

Boot Camp for New Dads  is a 3 hour class hosted by NYU Langone Medical Center in Brooklyn that prepares men to be dads. Veteran dads demonstrate the basics of newborn care—from burping and changing to soothing a crying baby. Other topics include supporting moms,  bonding, work hours, forming a parenting team, safety, and dealing with relatives.

Project Playdate specializes in unique 3 hour drop-off group playdates for kids, which include free play, dinner, arts and crafts, story time, dance time, movie time, and more.  On May 18th, take part in the Kidville Park Slope Drop Off Pajama Party.

Music for Autism hosts FREE concerts for individuals with autism or special needs and their friends, families, and loved ones. Kids dance in the aisles and play musical instruments as they enjoy the featured musical act. Snacks are provided! The next event at the Park Slope Library is Saturday, July 21st.


Brooklyn Kids Summer Camps

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Prospect Park Zoo is on the eastern side of Prospect Park near the Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Windsor Terrace, and Crown Heights neighborhoods. Both Prospect Park Zoo and New York Aquarium have several weekday summer camps to choose from for your explorers.

We raved about Fruiggie Organic Arts & Crafts Studio in our Earth Day blog and it’s worth taking a another look at their wonderful creative, eco-friendly Brooklyn kids summer camp in Bed/Stuy. Weekly themes include paper making, DIY musical instruments, DIY nature jewelry, vegan cooking, DIY school supplies, and more. Students also dance, sing and play while learning the importance of recycling, upcycling and connecting with nature. Bonus: Healthy organic, vegan snacks and drinks/smoothies included!

Kids in the Game, which has many camp locations throughout NYC, has a Brooklyn kids camp – Park Slope Summer Camp 2018. Lots of fun activities including, Sports, Arts & Crafts, Music, Dance, Yoga, Swimming and more. Special field trips take place to Yankees and Mets Games, the Transit Museum, Intrepid Museum, Bronx Zoo, and New York Botanical Gardens. This summer camp offers many great activities for boys and girls entering Pre-K4 to 8th grade.

Aviator Sports and Events Center has a Brooklyn kids summer day camp in Floyd Bennett Field. As mentioned in our Swim classes blog, this co-ed camp is spacious and has every activity/field trip your child could want. Camp is divided into four divisions; Junior Camp, Younger Division, Older Division and Teen Division. Each division has 15 campers, 2 general counselors, 1 head counselor, and a division counselor, thus providing very specialized attention. All activities are developed through the Project Based Learning curriculum as recommended by NY Department of Education standards. Inquire about the bus service option.


Brooklyn Kids Classes

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YokeyPokey Virtual Reality Club brings VR to everyone through private parties and events at either their location in Boerum Hill a block away from Barclays center or to a location of your choice. Examples of fun party play via 360 degree videos and VR gaming include fighting zombies, driving race cars, or traveling the world. A new STEM class called VR Architechts and after-school and holiday break classes are available for kids.

Ajna Dance Company teaches kids (ages 4-8) Bollywood and Indian classical dance in Gowanus/Park Slope. Kids learn basic body awareness and movement, storytelling, authentic technique, and choreography.

Willan Academy of Music provides In-Home Music Lessons personalized to your child’s individual needs. Learn Piano, Violin, Guitar, Singing, Saxophone, or Flute in a relaxed environment with experienced teachers. Also, get your friends together because group intro classes are available.

Not just a summer camp, Aviator Sports offers several individual classes for sporty and active kids in Brooklyn. Basketball, Flag football, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Ice Skating, Soccer, Special Needs Gymnastics, Performing Arts, and Fitness are all available classes. If you’re still not convinced, there are an arcade, food court, sports bar, events rooms, and FREE parking for us parents!

swim classes for kids in NYC

Swim Classes & Camps for NYC Kids

Finding swim classes may seem like a daunting task when you are raising your kids in New York CIty.  Yet, the city has excellent options for swim classes and camps whether you are looking for your babies, toddlers, or older kids.  Here are great choices to help you find the right program for your kids and help them become confident swimmers.  

FREE Swim Event

Upper East Side

Asphalt Green will host its Big Swim Big Kick event on Saturday, April 28 from 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Kids ages 6-10 can participate in a swim race and soccer festival as part of the nonprofit’s annual fundraising event.  The swim races for kids start at 12:00 PM.

The event will also feature meet-and-greets with five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Dana Vollmer and University of Florida women’s head soccer coach Becky Burleigh. Participants receive a medal, a t-shirt, and ice cream.

REGISTER here for Big Swim Big Kick  

Swim Classes

Bowling Green, FIDI, LES, East Village, Midtown East, Midtown West, UES, Harlem

Physique Swimming has every level possible from Beginner under age 5 to Swim Team Prep for kids age 6+.  You will be hard pressed to find a bad review of Physique’s expert swim classes.  Their program is designed to advance young swimmers from one level to the next as they progress at their own speed.  Physique also offers a summer camp co-hosted with Nory (see below) and Mommy/Daddy and me classes.

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Summer Camp

Battery Park/FIDI/Tribeca, Midtown East

If you’re looking for a full-day camp with a unique combo of Swim Classes and STEM learning, this summer camp partnership between NORY and Physique Swimming is your dream come true.  This camp was a huge success last summer and they are back for a second year.  Your kids can learn to swim and make robots!

 Brooklyn

Aviator Sports and Events Center Summer Day Camp is located within Floyd Bennett Field in aviatorswimBrooklyn.  This is the place you imagine when you think of summer camp – a wide open space with the whole gamut of activities. Aviator offers swim classes and much more including, dance, music, nature, yoga, fencing, soccer, basketball, rock climbing, STEM, gymnastics, etc. There are field trips and Carnival Day.  Your kids will forget that they are city kids at this rewarding summer experience.

April is Autism Awareness Month

autismimageApril is Autism Awareness month as many organizations such as Autism Speaks and Autism Society promote awareness and acceptance of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which is the fastest growing developmental disorder and now affects about 1 in 68 children (according to Autism Science Foundation). Considering this prevalence, ASD likely affects a family you know or your child knows. This is why Kidz Central Station is committed to helping educate our parents and community about both the challenges and the joys of children with Autism.

The Quad Manhattan is a top NYC school for children with learning differences. Teachers and clinicians work with students both one-on-one and in small groups to allow kids to move at their own pace of learning. Quad Manhattan offers a six-week summer camp for children ages 5+. Enroll in a free open house to learn more.

Music for Autism hosts FREE concerts for kids with autism and their friends, family, and loved ones. The Kidz Central team attended the March event and came away with a new appreciation for music in a loving and interactive setting. Our kids especially enjoyed dancing and playing instruments along with the music, as well as the tasty snacks. Two April events are upcoming in Park Slope and Manhattan.

Our partner NYU Child Study Center, a part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, offers many well-researched and FREE webinars for our parents on a range of helpful topics, including strategies for helping kids with social anxiety, safety awareness for kids with ASD, medication management for ADHD, or dating with ASD.

Please join Kidz Central Station this month and throughout the year by promoting understanding and acceptance of all of our children! Take a class, participate in a walk, donate, educate yourself with a webinar, or just spend time with someone with Autism.

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

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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?

References.
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.

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!

Parents: Give Yourself a Break . . . With a February Break Camp!

In just under two weeks it’s Presidents’ Day, which for many parents means a day off from work and for many kids a day off from school and other activities. Sure, an extra family day is fantastic—the perfect excuse for a trip to a museum or movie, or an extra day to hang out and get organized. But for many kids, Presidents’ Day means Presidents’ Week—and a whole five days off from school. If this sounds familiar, you’re probably looking for a way to keep your kids busy and entertained while you get a much-needed break or head to work as usual.

That’s where February camps and activities come in! Many NYC kids’ programs save the day by offering kids a way to not only stay busy during vacation week, but also to learn and have fun too! If your kids are on vacation February 15–19, here are some awesome programs on Kidz Central Station to check out.

Theater CampGall camp. Can you think of anything more fun for your little one than pretending to be part of his or her favorite fairy tale? At Galli Theater’s week long Holiday Theater Camp in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood, kids kids age 4–9 years old can do just that. They’ll select a special role in a chosen fairy tale, rehearse and rehearse some more, and don dreamy costumes in order to look and feel the part. Then, at the end of the session, they’ll perform in a special show for all of their family and friends! During this fun program, kids won’t miss school a bit.

Coding and Robotics Camp If your child can’t get enough of science and coding, Bricks 4 Kidz’s February Break camp is a definite MUST. Using a special robot named DASH and LEGO bricks for building, this camp for kids in grades K–5 is not just educational, but fun too! The camp runs Monday through Friday from 9am–4pm in Bricks 4 Kidz’s brand new Chelsea space, and extended day is available for just $15. Plus, if you sign up now, you’ll save $250 with the program’s early bird rate!

A Snowy Summer Vacation!standard_Private_Picassos_Art_I At Green Ivy Enrichment, February Break is the opportunity to pretend it’s summer, even though it’s wintery and cold outside! Kids partake in a variety of fun activities throughout the week, such as music, art, improv, and science, and they can be as young as 2.5 years old to attend! Not only is the camp a great way to keep kids busy, but it’s also super flexible to fit your schedule. Choose from a half-or full day of camp or sign up for one day or five—either way, your child will have a blast!

Drop-Off Chocolate Workshops. If you aren’t necessarily looking for a full week of activities and just a day or two will do, Chocolate Works Upper East Side’s drop-off chocolate parties will definitely do the trick. On Monday, February 15, kids (age four and up) will decorate a chocolate mold of choice and a chocolate flag for Presidents’ Day, plus they’ll enjoy a scrumptious pizza lunch. Then, on Tuesday, February 16, the activity of the day will be decorating delicious chocolate pizzas followed by gobbling up a slice at a real cheese pizza party. Both workshops are two hours long, which gives mom and dad just enough time to enjoy their own Presidents’ Week activities.

standard_Klimt_Group_Paintings_SummerDrop-In Art Classes. During February Break, Claire’s Creative Adventures is offering something pretty special for kids! While you normally have to sign up for a semester of the program’s art classes, during February Break, kids can drop-in on select Art Adventures sessions at a special rate of $45! There are art/French classes for kids age 3.5–7 and a studio drop-in for the older set (age 8–13), all of which introduce kids to modern artists and allow them to use their imaginations to create fun projects using a variety of cool materials. What’s great: if your child likes the class, you can still sign up for the semester at a prorated price!

Want to see all of Kidz Central Station’s February Break classes and activities? Click here!

Give a Cheer, Winter Break Camps Are Here!

While we all love the holidays—the lights, the parties, the all-around happiness in the air—when school vacation comes panic often sets in. . . .

“I’m not going away, so what on earth do I do with my kids for two weeks with no school to keep them busy?!?!”

We all love our kids and spending quality time together, but many parents work over school holiday break and don’t get time off, and others simply need time to themselves in order to maintain sanity. Luckily there’s a solution . . . winter break camps!

Kidz Central Station is chock full of winter break activities this year—camps and workshops that last anywhere from a day to a week and offer kids awesome ways to spend their time and parents the peace of mind that their kids are safe and happy while school’s out. Check out a few of our awesome offerings below in neighborhoods throughout NYC, and visit Kidz Central Station for a full listing!

Green Ivy Enrichmentstandard_Cooking_Cookies_6’s Winter Wonderland Camp in Battery Park City is a great drop-off program for kids age 2.5 to 6. Running December 21-23 and December 28-30, each day campers explore winter-themed arts and crafts and enjoy music, theater games, outdoor play (weather permitting of course!), cookie making, and science experiments.

For uptown kids, Art Farm in the City’s winter break program is sure to keep kids busy and having fun! Also running December 21-23 and December 28-30, this camp is split into three different age groups (age 3-4, 4-5, and 5-8) with half- and full-day options available. A day here includes creating artistic masterpieces, baking goodies, and singing favorite songs to a live guitar, as well as lots of playtime with animals!

standard_winter_break_camp_collageBrand new to Kidz Central Station, Kids in the Game is a sports and fitness program that keeps kids active and having fun—and winter break is no different. During this program’s winter break camp, kids age 3-13 can participate in one or two three-day sessions (December 21-23 and December 28-30), and enjoy tons of fun activities, such as fitness games, team sports, arts and crafts, yoga, zumba, and themed days. There is even an after care program, so if you’re a working parent, there’s flexibility in when you can pick kids up!

Located in Soho, Citibabes has a Winter Wonderland Camp that kids are sure to love! Running from 9am-12pm for ages 2 and 3 and from 9am-2pm for older 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds, this camp includes winter-themed activities, science experiments, movement games, dance, music, arts and crafts, and fun on Citibabes’ toasty-warm indoor playground! Like the others, camp runs December 21-23 and December 28-30, so parents are assured plenty of time each week where their children are occupied and having a blast!