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Save 15% on Physique Swimming Fall 2019 classes

Physique Swimming

Save 15% on Physique Swimming Fall 2019 classes when you book at KidzCentralStation.com and use coupon code PHYSIQUEFALL2019. Enjoy this limited time offer from now until Labor Day 2019 only for Kidz Central Station families!

Physisque Swimming

Summer is coming to an end, but swimming doesn’t have to stop! Physique Swimming offers a variety of class levels from Beginner to Advanced to Swim Team Prep. Your kids will learn to swim and progress in their swimming capabilities during this program.

Registration for all Manhattan locations is now open for Fall 2019 classes beginning on Sept 4th!  Sign up today to reserve your space!

View Schedules by Class:
Me and My Shadow Age: 6 months to 3 years
Beginner 1: Water Exploration Age: 3 to 5 years
Beginner 2: Primary Skills Age: 4 to 7 years
Advanced 1: Stroke Readiness Age: 5 to 7 years
Advanced 2: Stroke Development Age: 6 to 10 years
Swim Team Prep Age: 6+

Locations Include: Bowling Green, FiDi, East Village, Midtown East, Midtown West, UES, Hunter College, Yorkshire Towers, South Bronx

 

Memorial Day Activities for Kids

Memorial Day Activities for Kids

Monday, May 27th is Memorial Day and the kids are home from school! 

SIGN UP for a great day off activity.

Robots & Science Memorial Day Camp

at NORY locations in Pine Street School and Brooklyn Heights. Age 3-7.
Your child will spend the day doing what they love and learning while they do it. Young innovators will use their strengths, as well as develop new skills, to program a robot and build circuits and structures. 

Memorial Day Art Camp

at Creatively WILD Art Studio in Brooklyn. Age 10+.
Happy Campers spend action packed days going on exciting artistic adventures. Camps include instruction & exploration in Painting, Drawing, illustration, Cartooning, Manga, Found Object Art, Mixed media, Collage, Sculpture & more.

 

Love of Reading Starts with Play

Playful Literacy'Every year, teachers are struggling to motivate kids to read, even starting in kindergarten, because of poor attention spans. While the research does not unequivocally state why attention spans are shorter now, there is new evidence to suggest that technology overuse is not helping. Speech-Language Pathologist Frida Matute, founder of a new class called Playful Literacy, is reigniting that natural motivation kids have to learn by organically combining playing and reading.

Playful Literacy’s philosophy is that kids become motivated to read if they learn early reading skills through movement, games and mostly, fun! Playful Literacy builds upon the premise of many evidence-based reading programs like Orton-Gillingham, which use multisensory activities that incorporate movement of the whole body to read. Playful Literacy involves and captures kids through playing games like ‘Pin the Sound on the Donkey’ and ‘Sound Trivia’ as well as word obstacle courses and vowel scavenger hunts. For older kids, the curriculum builds on literacy by incorporating reading and writing through songs, plays and scripts, which engage kids to write content for their own shows, private YouTube channels and blogs. Playful Literacy aims to combine today’s interests with the inherent love of play. This whole-body, multisensory approach to learning is a well-researched and proven method to increase children’s motivation, confidence and success while learning to read.

Playful Literacy

Teaching reading through play and movement is becoming  popularized as specialists in reading, teachers and parents become more aware of the benefits of learning how to read through multi-sensory activities. The Playful Literacy curriculum changes for each grade level, but always embeds reading and writing into highly interesting activities, making learning to read “sticky” for kids. Classes are led by speech-language pathologists with master’s degrees in language and reading specialists trained in Orton-Gillingham. Classes maintain small groups with specialist to student ratios of 1:5 so learning outcomes are met in fun, structured lessons. Playful Literacy is now an option for parents to help their kids love reading during afterschool or summer classes.

WHY DO I NEED TO START THIS NOW?

Playful LiteracyThe term ‘Literacy’ means reading and writing. In order for kids to learn how to read and write, they need to learn skills that prepare them for reading starting in pre-k. In pre-k, self-regulation and active listening are critical precursors to reading. From there, kids learn early literacy skills like rhyming and sound identification. Kids then start blending simple sounds together to read short words. Children with well-established literacy skills are more equipped learners and listeners. These children excel in a variety of domains and build profound abilities for reasoning, language awareness, self-understanding, and formulation of questions (All Children Read).

PLAYFUL LITERACY | LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. SELF-REGULATION: The ability to recall important information and sustain attention while inhibiting distractions from accomplishing tasks. Students that learn to self-regulate earlier demonstrate long-lasting increased language and learning skills.
  1. ACTIVE LISTENING: Fully listening to a communicative partner is critical to academic and daily life. A large portion of students’ class time involves listening to instruction and newly presented information.
  1. PRE-LITERACY SKILLS: Early literacy skills like sound identification, rhyming, letter identification, and syllable segmentation need to be secured to dive into reading and writing successfully.
  1. THE LOVE OF LEARNING: Playful Literacy’s curriculum is fun! A fun and engaging approach to learning motivates kids to participate.

Playful Literacy spring and summer classes are starting at 92ND ST Y and The Art Farm the week of April 29th and run through August 23rd.

Download the curriculum

Register for a class visit

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Kids

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Celebrate our favorite love holiday with these parent-child foodie activities around NYC!


Valentine’s Heart Cupcakes Workshop, Feb 10th 2019

Taste Buds Kitchen. Celebrate the season of LOVE with delicious red velvet cupcakes. Enjoy whipping up scrumptious creations from scratch and working with fondant to create the perfect heart shaped toppers. Bring your loved ones. This class is designed for kids and parents to cook together! $45 per child w/ one caregiver included.

  • Age: 2 to 5 years, Time: 9-10am, Location: 109 West 27th St, 10FL, New York, NY 10001

Sweet Hearts Gift Box, Feb 6th – Feb 12th 2019

Chocolate Works Upper East Side. Everyone loves Valentine’s Day and CHOCOLATE! Decorate your chocolate GIFT box with colors and fill it with chocolate/candies. Enjoy a marshmallow dip in the delicious Chocolate Fountain & Ice cream. These tasty treats are as pretty as they are yummy.

  • Age: 3 to 13 years, Duration: Choose your 1 hour time slot,
    Location: 1410 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

Valentine’s Love Shacks Workshop (Ages 2-8 w/ Caregiver), Feb 14th 2019

Taste Buds Kitchen. Bring your little Valentine and get creative decorating your very own Love Shack in this signature Valentine’s Day Workshop. From pink frosted roofs to heart shaped window panes, you and your creative chef will love the endless decorating options as you work together to design and decorate your very own gingerbread house masterpiece. Invite friends to join you for this creative workshop! $75 per child w/ one caregiver included.

  • Age: 2 to 8 years, Time: 4-5pm, Location: 109 West 27th St, 10FL, New York, NY 10001

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!


 

NORY

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!

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+.

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!

5-Star Rated Classes and Birthday Parties

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New York City is loaded with parks, museums, classes, activities, venues, and entertainers. The choices are limitless, but as parents, we want to find the BEST activities for our kids. Kidz Central Station delivers this quality information all in one place.

 

Here are 5-Star Rated classes and birthday parties according to the best critics – Parents.


5-Star Rated Classes

  • Physique Swimming offers swim classes for kids ages 4 month to 7 years. The program is designed to help swimmers move smoothly from one level to the next as they progress in their swimming capabilities.

“All the coaches were extremely friendly and welcoming, cheering my daughter on and praising her efforts.” 

  • High Note NYC teaches children ages 3+ both piano and vocals. Through goal oriented curriculum, children learn fluent music reading, technical skill and solo performance competency. One-on-one music lessons ensure teachings are tailored to individual students’ needs with a foundation that can spam a lifetime.

“My 7 year old loves taking piano lessons with Nora! He is learning music and getting more confidence in his voice.” 

  • iHOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish, for babies 2 months- 12 years, is a grassroots organization adored equally by children and parents for it’s uniqueness where thousands of children have been aided from its early language acquisition method, iHOLA’s! unique and effortless learning process will  put your baby or young teen in a wonderful language journey with ease and joy.

“My daughter responds to many of the vocabulary words they’ve used in class”

  • Upper Manhattan Forest Kids offers outdoor educational classes for kids ages 1 to 6 years old. Classes follow the Danish philosophy of Forest Kindergarten, which encourages children to play, explore and learn in a forest or natural environment.  

“Upper Manhattan Forest Kids was an amazing class that I would recommend to every parent!”

  • 14th Street Y is a dynamic community center located in the East Village offering classes for kids of all ages: drop-ins, music, art, sports, and indoor playground, are among the many classes offered.

“Awesome class! Started off with free play, then art, then reading, then snack/storytime, and ended with bubbles and story time. Lovely teacher!” 

  • Music With James Jam sessions are for kids ages 4 months to 4 years. Classes are high energy where James plays a mixture of traditional children’s songs on the guitar, piano, harmonica, and various orchestral instruments and children sing along, dance, and play instruments with each song. Classes include animal puppets, bouncing balls, and a colorful parachute to add to the fun!

“GREAT class! We love the flexibility and my son always has so much fun.” 

  • Willan Academy of Music offers music lessons for children ages 4 and up. High quality and fun music lessons can be taken at the studio or in the comfort of your own home in NYC. Lessons are personalized to your child’s individual needs in a warm and nurturing educational environment.

“Words can’t begin to express how grateful our family is for Kenji and the Willan Academy of Music. Our son is a high energy free thinking child who Kenji has turned into a musician.” 

  • The Goddard School offers a Full Day Program for children ages 5 and under. Highly trained teachers gently guide and encourage children every step of the way as they grow, develop and achieve important milestones. Children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life.

“I toured the facility and was blown away by everything from the fun rock climbing wall to the spacious roofdeck playground to the amazingly nice teachers to the included healthy meals/snacks.” 

  • CenterStage classes for children ages 4 months and up are taught by distinguished professionals in the music, dance, and acting fields. Classes range from a fun weekend activity to curriculum based comprehensive workshops.

“The teachers are talented, creative and provide a warm, nurturing environment for the kids to take risks and try new things.”


5-Star Rated Birthday Parties

  • 92nd Street Y’s enthusiastic and well-trained staff lead fun-filled parties for boys and girls of all ages. From GymMaze and Jamboree parties to dancing to a circus in the sky, they offer an awesome range of birthday party themes.

“My kids loved every party they attended at 92Y! The Gym Maze party was great for my son and his friends. The facility is terrific and the staff was helpful and energetic” 

  • Chocolate Works Upper East Side will transform the birthday child and guests into Willy Wonka chocolatiers for the day! Kids make chocolate creations on the 20-foot conveyor belt, and mold and decorate their own chocolate shape to take home!

“The kids said it was the best birthday party they have ever been to – such a cute idea. The adults also had a great time.” 

  • Shake Shack is the perfect place to hold a large party! Birthday parties are held in a private rec room equipped with a 42” flat screen TV for slideshows, videos, and DVDs, and UNLIMITED Shack classics for the duration of your party. Plus, kids two and under eat free.

“Such a great deal for no wait and unlimited Shake Shack favorites!” 

  • With Eloise at the Plaza you can throw the most mahvelous affair at The Plaza Hotel. Based on one of many adventures…like in Paris or Hollywood! Eloise’s mostly companions are here to assist every step of the way to make sure the birthday girl feels like one of a kind! Presents are a must, so every guest of honor will go home with her very own special gift and all her friends will get the most interesting keepsake favor bag.

“My 3 year old absolutely loved it and asked if she could go back to the plaza the next day. Love love love it!” 

  • MusiBambino Music Program gives your child an unforgettable experience with singing their favorite songs and exploring musical instruments. They also provide a music teacher, piano accompanist, a 30-45 minute music class, and adult and specially designed kid-sized music instruments!

“The staff there is so friendly and really accommodating. Their mini instruments are so fun for the kids and they sent everyone home with a drum set which was a hit!” 

  • Galli Theater give your child the magical experience of live theater for his/her special event. Create the most amazing theater party in town! All parties are suitable for girls and boys!

“We have been to many parties in NYC and they are all usually the same. Galli’s party was a welcome change and all the kids had a blast.” 

NYC Fall Guide for Kids

Fall Guide

Fall is finally here, one of the most fun seasons in New York City! This fall, we are challenging all of our parents to give your child a NEW experience. Kidz Central Station offers a variety of classes at New York’s most iconic destinations. Break out your sweaters and join us for some amazing classes in Central Park, The Bronx Zoo, Brooklyn, Soho and more!


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For your nature loving child, the Wildlife Conservation Society offers interactive classes at the five zoos and aquarium throughout NYC. Children and caregivers get up close to animals, help prepare animal treats, and understand how keepers care for them each day. Have breakfast with penguins at the Central Park Zoo or spend the morning with seals & sea lions at the New York Aquarium or have breakfast with baboons at the Prospect Park Zoo.


Claire’s Creative Adventures

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Claire’s Creative Adventure, located in All Souls Church, is an amazing educational and engaging art program! Children develop confidence and skill by facing art challenges and exploring a myriad of exciting materials. Kids get hands on experience working with paint, clay, plaster, wood, pencil, sand, paper-mache, fabric, and more.  Explore art adventures!


New York City Fire Museum

Fall Guide

Located in Soho, The New York Fire Museum is an actual fire house from 1904! Children can try on helmets and bunker gear while learning about the colorful history of volunteer firefighters and firefighting techniques and equipment.  Retired FDNY firefighters proudly volunteer to relate stories of New York City’s “Bravest.”  Schedule your visit.


The Creative Kitchen

Fall Guide

The Creative Kitchen offers cooking classes for kids in select Whole Foods throughout NYC. They focus on fostering a positive relationship between children and food.  Kids learn basic cooking techniques while strengthening their social and motor skills in a team environment. Register Now for  class during your next grocery trip!


Upper Manhattan Forest Kids

Fall Guide

Upper Manhattan Forest Kids is an outdoor educational program in Central Park. Each week parents and children get together to learn about and explore our living environment. All activities encourage personal development, language development, and social skills.  Attend a FREE trial class this week!

Read about our recent trial class to learn more about this program!


Creatively Wild Art Studio

Fall Guide

Located in the heart of Dumbo’s vibrant creative community, Creatively Wild Art Studio gives kids a chance to build confidence and self-esteem while discovering their own personal creativity. Upcoming holiday camps for kids, toddlers, and teens are educationally designed to inspire learning through exploration in artistic mediums & techniques. As well as being lots of fun, campers pick up skills & professional techniques for future artistic endeavors!

Drop into a 2D Computer Animation, Cartooning and Manga, or Painting, Mixed Media and Found Object Art class this month!


New York Stage of Mind

Fall Guide

Drop into a New York Stage of Mind class in the hub of art and dance, Long Island City. New York Stage of Mind offers Piano lessons, Singing classes, and their ever so famous Broadway Youth and Broadway Bound classes which cover singing, acting, and dancing!