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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

New Season, New Activities! 4 NYC Kids’ Programs to Try This Spring

Spring has sprung in NYC! Not only are the trees in Central Park starting to bud and sidewalk cafes are filling with people on the bustling city streets, but lots of kids’ classes are popping up for the new season. Keep your kids busy during the home stretch to summer with these four awesome activities—and search Kidz Central Station for more!

baby girl with her mother rolled out the dough cook, bakeEloise at the Plaza. Contrary to what you might think, a visit to the renowned Plaza Hotel is not just for adults—kids are in for a treat too! Little ones can pay a visit to a very special friend named Eloise—the beloved character from the Eloise children’s book series—in her own lovely corner of this popular spot. Drop in for weekly tea sessions on Fridays, complete with sandwiches, sweets, and story time; or pop in for events such as cookie decorating and pasta making, which are sure to end with a delicious treat! Plus, all children who attend these fun drop-in activities will go home with a favor bag and a $10 gift card to the Eloise store!

standard_Bulldog_5-6Bulldog Ball Club. When we think about spring, we imagine kids running around and playing outside after a long, cold winter—and thanks to Bulldog Ball Club they can do just that, starting this week! With after school baseball sessions in Central Park for kids age 4–9, this program teaches the basics, including hitting, fielding, and throwing, as well as important lessons for sports and life: positivity, effort, perseverance, and sportsmanship. All skills are taught through fun, conceptual mini baseball games, getting them ready for Bulldog’s summer camp, which is just a couple short months away!

The Art Farm - Birthday PartyArt Farm in the City. Not only does this Upper East Side favorite have tons of spring enrichment classes for kids as young as six months old, but it’s also one of the only NYC kids’ programs to focus on nature and animals. There are some great ways to play here this spring—kids can cook healthy eats in the Farm Foodies Cooking Class; rock out, get creative, and meet new animal friends in Rocks, Smocks, and Animals; or get prepped for preschool in the brand new Farm Friends class. If you’re looking for some last minute fun with animals, there is also drop-in open play every week. Although the spring semester began last week, you can still join at a prorated price!

standard_Tennis_MSSGreen Ivy Enrichment. Located downtown at the Pine Street School and Battery Park Montessori, Green Ivy Enrichment is a fantastic kids’ program with tons of after school activities for kids with every possible interest. Children age three to eight can join for a semester of soccer, tennis, chess, art, or capoeira dancing (and more!), many which are taught by well-known local programs (i.e. Super Soccer Stars and Chess at Three). Classes start this week, so reserve your child’s spot! P.S. If your child is off for spring break from April 25–29, you’ll also want to check out Green Ivy’s Spring into Summer Vacation Camp!

Find out more about NYC kids’ programs on Kidz Central Station this spring! Visit the site and narrow your search by age, location, price, day, or time to see what’s happening this season near you!

A Top-Notch Preschool Pick for NYC Kids: NY Preschool

standard_IMG_3177-5We’re excited to announce a brand new program on Kidz Central StationNY Preschool! With 13 locations throughout NYC, there are some great options for preschool age kids (and pre- preschool age kids!) in every neighborhood to learn, grow, and gain independence in a warm, nurturing environment. All programs incorporate what the school calls its “three pillar” curriculum: traditional academics, the arts, and physical education; and kids are exposed to a wide range of activities throughout the year, including Spanish, art, dance, chess, yoga, gymnastics, and cooking. These fun activities help each child form his or her individual interests and bring excitement to each day!

Interested in a program for your child for the 2016-2017 school year? Here’s a snapshot of each of NY Preschool’s programs by age:

Pre-2s. This program is a gem because it offers separation for kids younger than two—which can be very hard to find in NYC! Meeting two or three days a week for up to two hours a day, the Pre-2s focuses on sensory and social development. There’s also an emphasis on developing literacy skills, which is fostered through story time, music, movement, and theater. Science and math are also introduced, and kids improve verbal, social, and fine motor skills through imaginative art projects and an energetic, musical circle time that delves into the world around them. After a year of this they’ll be ready for the real deal—it’s the perfect first preschool experience!

2s. Also focusing on sensory and social development, the 2s program incorporates art, gym, and music into each child’s experience. Parents can choose to send their children two, three, or five days a week, and each session is three hours long—lots of flexibility here! Teachers also emphasize language development through stories, music, movement, and theater, as well as fundamental math skills through numbers, shapes, sorting, and ordering exercises. The 2s enjoy circle time too, and build self-confidence and body awareness throughout the year, so they’ll all be ready for the next year of fun!

3s. Like the 2s, the 3s program offers classes two, three, or five days a week for three hours each, so you can choose whatever fits your child’s busy schedule! The innovative curriculum strengthens social, intellectual, and physical skills through language, math, science, social studies, gymnastics, dance, and art, and teachers focus on language and literacy development through letter recognition, phonemic awareness, expressive and receptive language, oral language comprehension, and print concepts. And don’t forget math! Through block building and puzzle and pattern activities, kids learn to problem solve and gain a broader understanding of the world around them.

standard_Copy_of_Copy_of_NYKids0914s. At four years old, children attend NY Preschool five days a week for five to six hours a day. This gives them the opportunity to develop confidence and a love of learning and prepare for the world beyond preschool! Social and intellectual learning is strengthened through lessons in physical science, social studies, gymnastics, dance, and art, and teachers further reinforce and build on language, literacy, and math skills learned in the 3s. Beyond the regular day-to-day curriculum, 4s also attend specialty enrichment classes taught by professional instructors! These classes really bring out each child’s individual interests and include lessons in cooking, gymnastics, sports, dance, music, and yoga.

Bestof16smallAll programs are taught by highly trained teachers who create an environment that kids can’t wait to come to every day—it makes us wish we could go too!

Note that program offerings vary by location. For more information about NY Preschool, check out all available programs here!

We’ve Expanded . . . Check out Kidz Central UK!

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We are SUPER excited to announce that Kidz
Central Station has expanded—internationally! Yesterday we announced our launch of Kidz Central UK, a new website for finding and enrolling in kids’ activities in Hertfordshire, a suburban area outside of the city of London. Kidz Central UK features the same easy-to-use interface and search engine that has already helped thousands of parents find and enroll in kids’ programs here in NYC and has helped local kids’ programs to expand their reach to new parents. Using this new site, Hertfordshire parents can search for local kids’ activities by the criteria most important to them, such as age, location, class type, price, and more; sign up for trial classes; and directly enroll in a wide variety of programs in music, dance, art, cooking, and more.

Here’s what Kidz Central Station founder Lauren Pohl had to say:

“We are very excited about our expansion to the UK. Our experience in the New York City market proved that there is a need for one centralized location for finding and enrolling in local kids’ programs. Expanding to other markets was the natural next step, and we are excited about the great feedback we’ve already received in the UK market. The Hertfordshire area has so many amazing kids’ programs available, but until now there hasn’t been an easy way for local parents to find them. There is truly a need for this technology, and I have the utmost confidence in the energetic and extremely capable team leading this new venture.”

At the helm of Kidz Central UK is Julie Morrow, CEO, and Daisy Hodgson, director of marketing and strategy, both moms who live in Hertfordshire and have a strong familiarity with the area’s kids’ programs. Before joining Kidz Central UK, Morrow spent many years as an electronics engineer in the audio broadcasting, test automation, imaging and defense industries, and Hodgson was an auctioneer and valuer for over ten years.

Here’s what Julie Morrow, head of our new London team, had to say:

“After seeing the success of Kidz Central Station in New York City, we knew this kind of website was needed in our area. We have already garnered positive feedback from local parents and kids’ programs and look forward to what the future has in store for us.”

There are already over 1,500 classes populating the site and parents can choose from unique kids’ programs such as Tilly’s Dance Factory for dance and Wildchild Activities, which offers classes in archery, skateboarding, and outdoor bushcraft. Like Kidz Central Station, Kidz Central UK allows parents to sign up for semester, drop-in, and trial classes, purchase gift cards; read reviews; and earn reward points with each purchase through the Kidz Rewards program. Kidz Central Station’s popular birthday party finder tool can also be found on the UK site in the form of Hertfordshire’s Best Kids’ Birthday Party Finder, offering area parents a quick and easy way to find and request more information about kids’ birthday party programs and entertainers.

If you’re ever visiting the Hertfordshire area, or if you have friends who live there, spread the word!

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!

Stuck Inside? Get Active With These 5 Great Winter Activities for NYC Kids

While the recent cold weather has made it hard for NYC kids to get outside and play, now that Snowstorm Jonas hit the city, it’s become even harder! Sure, sledding and snowball making are fun for a little while, but when your kids want to run around and get active this winter, what can they do?

Luckily for NYC kids, they have Kidz Central Station to help them (and their parents) find the best winter activities to get active this winter! Here are four of our picks to sign up for now!

Ajna Dance CompanyBollywood. A recent addition to Kidz Central Station, this program offers kids age 4 and up an education in Bollywood and Indian classical dance. With class offerings throughout NYC (UWS, UES, Tribeca and Park Slope), these classes teach basic body awareness and movement, storytelling, authentic dance technique, and choreography. During the 15-week semester kids learn challenging, yet incredibly fun Bollywood choreography and are able to show friends and family all they’ve learned in an end-of-semester performance! Classes are in session, but you can join now at a prorated price!

standard_MFC_044At Manhattan Fencing Center, kids age 7 and up can drop in seven days a week to learn all about the art of fencing! Home to the Olympic Silver Medal Saber Team (Beijing) and three top eight finishers in the London Olympics (among other prestigious athletes), this program has top coaches teaching your kids the necessary skills and techniques to become a real fencer! Sign up for their intro package on Kidz Central Station and your child will get two group lessons and two private lessons, plus equipment to use!

Soccer Kids NYClittle boy with soccer ball isolated in white. When you think of kids’ soccer classes, you often think of little ones running around sprawling fields in the park with the sun shining brightly overheard. Not this time of year! With the parks thoroughly blanketed with snow, NYC kids need indoor options, like the ones from Soccer Kids NYC, a program with locations throughout Queens and classes for kids age 2–10. Not only do kids learn skills and drills such as dribbling, passing, and scoring, but they also learn important values such as teamwork, respect, and perseverance. Winter classes are either in session (you can join at a prorated price) or starting this week, and there are weekend options if weekday classes won’t fit your child’s schedule.

92nd Street Ystandard_fit_stretching_mirrorstudents_lg. Basically, if you can think of a way to get active, the 92nd Street Y has a way for your child to do it. From swimming and tennis to parkour and zumba, if your child has an interest you can find it here. While Upper East Siders will find the 92nd and Lex location most convenient, with this many options the program is definitely worth traveling for. There are tons of classes starting this week and many more beginning in February, so search and enroll now so your child won’t miss a beat.

standard_Teen__twisterIf it’s easier during a hectic week to schedule in your child’s fitness activity on your own time and in your own space, Energetic Juniors is the way to go. Offering personalized, in-home, one-one-one workouts for children (including special needs children), this program incorporates cardiovascular training, strength training, yoga, boxing and more into a fun workout for your child! Coaches use age-appropriate equipment to tone and strengthen, and also focus on improving self-esteem and overcoming any health challenges your child may face. Trial sessions are available, as well as small group sessions if you want to organize a fun activity for your child and his or her friends!

Want to see all of the fantastic winter activities for NYC kids on Kidz Central Station? Search, find, and enroll, now!

New Year, New Kids’ Programs on Kidz Central Station!

Happy New Year! 2016 is off to a very promising start, with classes starting throughout this month, and many new (and awesome if we do say ourselves) kids’ programs on Kidz Central Station. Want a heads up about what activities have been added to the site for winter? Here are a few of the new kids’ programs you may not have heard of before, but definitely should know about now!

standard_pic61c58b6e2a2d6Lango Lower Manhattan & Brooklyn. Based in Brooklyn (Boerum Hill to be exact!), this children’s language program not only offers little ones the opportunity to discover new languages, but also to engage in other fun activities! There’s an after school program for kids age 4–7, which includes either Spanish or Mandarin as well as music, dance, or art, as well as toddler playgroups for kids age 1–3 that provide an early introduction to Spanish or Mandarin through stories and music. You can also enroll your child in a weekend language, movement, and art class for a little extracurricular fun on Saturdays! The after school session has already begun (you can still join at a prorated price!) and the playgroups and weekend classes start January 23 and 25!
standard_Kids_in_the_Game_TeamFor classes and camps that get kids moving and playing around, Kids in the Game has you covered. This Upper West Side program has everything: sports and fitness-focused summer camps, “Kids Night Out” on Saturday nights (which is great for parents, of course, and even drop-in youth basketball clinics on Saturday mornings and afternoons—both uptown and at a downtown location. And, to top it off, the Kids in the Game staff is made up of former college athletes, professional dancers, and fitness instructors, so you know you’re learning from the best!

standard_good_NYFA_kids_fencing_girl_boy_newmuralNew York Fencing Academy (NYFA) is dedicated to teaching kids all about the fun of fencing! With a strong reputation in the fencing world (NYFA has developed numerous nationally-ranked fencers who earned championship titles, including a European Champion on the French Junior National Team!), this Brooklyn program offers a great intro package for beginners to the sport (age six and up), which includes four intro lessons to learn the basics, as well as equipment. Start any time, seven days a week!

standard_pre-crawler_on_mama_s_leg_colorFor baby development classes, check out Child’Space, a program that focuses on how touch and interaction can help babies find more movement options, coordination, ease, and balance. Their classes are also wonderful for bonding with your baby! You’ll learn hands-on techniques to support infant development through touch, movement and song in a class specifically for your child’s age: Pre-Crawlers I is for babies 4 months and younger, Pre-Crawlers II is for age 4–12 months

Check out all of the amazing programs on Kidz Central Station for winter 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!

Try a Kids’ Class for Winter on Kidz Central Station!

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 8.43.49 AMWhile it may seem like the fall class season has only just started, winter will be here before we know it. During fall it was easy—schedule a class or two for your kids and spend the rest of the time letting them run around on the playground until their hearts’ content. But winter is a different story. Windy, cold, snowy days can make the days seem endless, especially if you don’t have any structured activities on schedule. So NOW is a great time to try a class, so you can be armed and ready with the best winter classes for kids when the cold arrives. Here’s how Kidz Central Station can help:

1. The site makes it quick and easy to find and book trial classes at kids’ programs throughout NYC! Use our search engine to select important criteria such as your child’s age, a convenient location, and a desired activity; check the box for trial classes; and click the button to find the best winter classes for kids!

Two Children Painting Picture At Home2. You’ll find new and unique kids’ activities that you never knew existed! In preparation for winter your child can try a class in fencing, robotics, coding, painting, theater, swim, and more!

3. Forget about unwieldy registration forms just to TRY a class! Instead, join Kidz Central Station, fill out your information once, and try as many classes as you like. Plus, once you’ve enrolled your child in a trial class, signing up for the semester is a breeze. You can enroll for the whole class via the same link you used for the trial class.

And of course, we’re always here to help you find a class or enroll—email us any time at [email protected]. So get ready for winter, and try a class via Kidz Central Station now!

5 NYC Gems for Open Play

standard_IMG_2947WWNow that it’s getting colder outside, finding an indoor spot for open play is a must—especially when your kids (and you) have been climbing the walls from being home all day. If you don’t have a go-to spot, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite NYC spots for open play—places that offer dedicated time for kids to run around, explore, and play the day away!

TLB Music
TLB’s playroom is every kid’s dream: an indoor play space with slides, a play kitchen and market, soft blocks, a rock climbing mountain, ride-on cars, a reading nook, puzzles . . . the list goes on. Open seven days a week, parents can visit this Upper East Side favorite at their convenience, and purchase single visits or five-packs in advance.

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This awesome facility is relatively new to the Upper East Side, and offers a super cool space to climb, slide, play pretend, and more! It’s open seven days a week, so it’s a great go-to for free time on weekdays or a rainy weekend afternoon. Play passes are $30 each, which includes two hours of playroom fun (and siblings are discounted!). Plus, there are classes in music, art, Legos, and more offered here, too, if you’re looking for a little more structure for your child’s play session.

Gymtime
A state-of-the-art gym on the Upper East Side, Gymtime is known for a variety of great classes for kids of all ages. While the program doesn’t offer open play all day long or for every child, anyone enrolled in the Tiny Tots program (age 7–18 months) gets unlimited complimentary open play during designated hours of the week. Parents/caregivers and kids can drop in at their leisure for play time in the Tiny Tot mini gym, which includes, slides, mats, mini trampolines, and more.

Little Peep Prep
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This downtown program has open play classes for all ages, so you choose between a mixed age or babies-only open play session depending on your child’s age and developmental stage! In their New Baby Play session, bring you baby age four to eight months to their warm, inviting space for developmentally appropriate activities and parent discussion, and in the Big Baby Play session, kids age eight to 12 months can crawl, cruise, and play around at their leisure! Or, if you have siblings or like the idea of a mixed age class, Little Peep Prep’s Neighborhood Friends class offers kids 10 months to four years the chance to read, play pretend, create artistic masterpieces, and more!

14th Street Y
14th Street Y has tons of classes for kids—in music, language, baby development, and more. And beyond these specialized activities, this program also offers an open play class three times a week called Indoor Playground—which is exactly what it is. Children can run, climb, slide, and jump in the Y’s padded playroom, while parents and caregivers can meet and socialize for an hour or so.