For the Love of Dance at Joffrey

Joffrey Ballet School makes dance fun! Classical Ballet classes are for age 2 to 18 with a curriculum created to encourage age appropriate creativity, musicality, and physicality. Your child will dance and have fun with an emphasis on the foundations of ballet and the opportunity to learn contemporary ballet, jazz, hip hop, and modern dance in classes.

Location: Greenwich Village, 434 Ave of the Americas, New York, NY

Joffrey Ballet School

Dance With Me w/caregiver

Age: at least 2 years
Dancers are introduced to the joy of creative movement in a fun, family friendly musical setting.
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Baby Ballerinas

Age: at least 3 years
The children will explore movement qualities, musicality, motor coordination, enhancing the development of both their bodies and their minds.
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Pre-Ballet 1

Age: at least 5 years
Fun, creative elements such as stories, games and imaginative activities keep the pace of the class lively and engaging.
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Pre-Ballet 2

Age: at least 6 years
Live music enables dancers to learn dance exercises that emphasize straight legs and pointed feet, posture, placement, stretches and comportment of classical ballet
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Demi Soloists

Age: at least 4 years
Dancers are encouraged to expand their movement vocabulary through games and creative exploration of dance movements.
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Foundations of Ballet

Age: at least 7 years
Dancers are introduced to learning at this level for alignment, flexibility, and coordination. This training develops a strong foundation of physical and mental understanding necessary for Classical Ballet training.

Birthday Party at Indoor Extreme Sports

Indoor Extreme Sports

Recently, I ventured out to Long Island City so my son could attend his friend’s Laser Tag birthday party at Indoor Extreme Sports.  Only 5 stops and less than 20 minutes on the 7 train, the commute was far easier than I thought.  With reasonable prices, spacious facility and party rooms, and various extreme sports & experiences, Indoor Extreme Sports should be your next destination to host a memorable EXTREME birthday party.  I can vouch that the kids will have a fantastic time!


 

Party Types at Indoor Extreme Sports

7 to 15+ years //  Long Island City

Black Ops Lasertag: $398.00 incl. 8 guests

Black Ops is the future of live-action gaming. It is the most realistic force on force laser combat system in the world today. It uses the most advanced software in the world today that tracks real-time stats like your kills, deaths, ammo count, points, and more just like a real video game!

Arena Lasertag: $360.00 incl. 12 guests

ARENA CQB is the most realistic force on force laser combat system in the world today. It uses the most advanced software similar to Black Ops Lasertag. Arena C.Q.B is a close quarter battlefield which means smaller sized teams, and fast-paced style games!

Archery Tag: $300.00 incl. 10 guests

Come experience the latest new sports craze at the first official ArcheryTag® center in New York City. Battle it out “Old School Warrior Style” with true bows and safe arrows. Learn how to shoot in the archery range and then battle it out on a 3000′ sq ft field.

Paintball: $398.00 incl. 8 guests

The first and only official Paintball ReBall Center in the TriState Area and the only Paintball facility in NYC.  Play paintball at the most revolutionary facility of its kind today whether you’re a first time “Noob” or an experienced “Hi-Tech” player.

Virtual Reality: $210.00 incl. 6 guests

Rent out our virtual reality lounge and choose from any of the awesome activities. You and your group of friends can experience what it’s like to be in a whole new reality! Are you ready for the most intense gaming experience of your life?

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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.

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!

I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts: How to Handle Your Child’s Supernatural Sightings

Ghosts and Kids

It’s Halloween time again—neighborhoods are filled with decorations featuring witches, ghosts, gravestones, and more. Children are excited about the prospect of trick-or-treating and are planning their costumes. With this increased focus on Halloween, this time of year may also come with an increase in children talking about the supernatural or worrying more about ghosts, monsters, or more.

If a child expresses that they think they have seen something scary or supernatural, there can be several explanations. Most commonly, these statements are related to the fact that young children have difficulty separating fantasy from reality. Children are hard-wired to learn through imaginative and pretend play and therefore they can slip between reality and fantasy much more easily than adults. Also, children’s visual perception skills develop most quickly in infancy and toddlerhood, but these skills are still developing throughout early childhood so they are also more likely than adults to misperceive a visual stimulus. Therefore, while an adult might dismiss something they see quickly out of the corner of their eye as “nothing” or have a reality-based explanation, children might insist they saw a ghost or a fairy or some other creature.  Additionally, this perception feels real to them and they might get upset if an adult tries to convince them otherwise.

We also have to look to what the response to this declaration is. Attention is the currency of childhood – if a young child who states he or she has seen a supernatural gets a great deal of attention for that statement, he or she is much more likely to make such a statement again in the future. It goes back to basic principles of rewards: behavior that gets rewarded continues and attention is a great reward for most children. We must also look at the function of the behavior. Does declaring that there is a monster under the bed delay the separation from parents at bedtime that can be challenging for many children? In this case, the reward is the parent staying in the room longer.

Of course, more than one of these issues can be at play at any given time. A young child may genuinely misperceive a sight or sound as being a monster, their difficulty distinguishing fantasy from reality leads them to fully believe that monsters are real, and then they are rewarded with time, attention, possibly some soothing from parents, and with the delay of the separation at bedtime.

So what’s a parent to do?

Start with validating the child’s concern or fear, while helping them distinguish reality from fantasy. Sometimes offering an explanation can help allay fears, for example, letting them know that at this time of year witches and ghosts and the like are on our minds more. If attention seems to be motivating the behavior, decrease the amount of attention you provide for these statements and increase the amount of attention you give to other things they say. For example, a statement about seeing a ghost gets a brief “Uh-huh” while a statement about what they are doing or the dog they see outside gets an enthusiastic “Wow! That’s great! What color was the dog?” A quick “monster check” at bedtime is typically fine for a young child, but as children get older parents should help with differentiating fantasy from reality and reminding them that monsters are not real.

Aleta G. Angelosante, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone Health. She is a child psychologist and the Clinical Director of the Anita Saltz Institute for Anxiety and Mood Disorders at the Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.

3 Best Financial Tips for Parents of Young Children

Financial TipsAfter a quick survey of our smart and educated parent friends, we found that financial planning often falls by the wayside as we become parents and get bogged down in the day-to-day of childcare, school, and activities.  Taking care of finances can be confusing and overwhelming, and we all want to avoid thinking about wills and future planning. However, if you are an expectant parent or parent of young children, it’s necessary to identify your financial goals.

The first step is to find advisors we can speak to comfortably and build a genuine relationship with and that led us to Greg Breitman (greg_breitman@strategiesforwealth.com) and Evan Pollack (evan_pollack@strategiesforwealth.comat Strategies For Wealth in downtown NYC. 

They kindly shared their top 3 Financial Tips for our Kidz Central Station parents.

Finance Advice

1) Get Organized by meeting with a Financial Planner

No matter your financial situation, organization is paramount! Time is understandably limited with a young family or baby on the way so meeting with a trusted financial planner to get organized is an efficient way to check this off the to-do-list. Additionally, use your adviser as an accountability partner because putting off this crucial step until things calm down is a common and costly mistake. Getting organized with your adviser leads to the creation of a successful plan that starts with protecting the family with wills, trusts and life insurance.

2) Get a Will and other Legal Documents

This is the the most common essential protection piece people put off. Getting a will is not as time consuming as one would think. To get a jump start, determine who you would want to take care of your child if you were not around. Everything else is secondary. Will’s should be updated/reviewed roughly every 5 years or when there is a new life event. Having a properly constructed will saves surviving friends and family from additional stress. Additional documents needed include a living will, power of attorney and health care proxy. Trusts are an essential planning tool as well if needed.

3) Get Life Insurance

Life insurance implementation is one of the most important decisions a family can make. It is uncomfortable to talk about however is too essential to overlook or push off. Too often do families make mistakes with the appropriate amounts and types due to hasty decisions, misinformation and a lack of proper education leading to unimaginable financial consequences. Consulting your trusted adviser with this decision will help you figure out what is best for your family to cushion the blow of an unexpected loss of income. Life insurance premiums are based on your age and your health. It is one of those items where when you actually want it, is typically the toughest to get.

 Meet our Financial Advisors

Finance Advice

Greg Breitman, Evan Pollack and Dan Paikin have a combined 22 years of financial planning experience. Their expertise is around helping families that have or are expecting children. Their belief and approach to helping young families is to address items in order of priority, 1) getting organized 2) getting protected and 3) building a foundation of a plan that’s proven to work. 

Specifically, they help parents address 6 main areas:

  • Wills/Trusts
  • Lawsuit Protection
  • Life Insurance
  • Income Protection
  • Savings & Investment Strategies
  • College Planning

For more information and to learn more about organizing your own finances, PLEASE CONTACT:

Greg (212) 701-2529 or Evan (212) 701-2571

Take Your NYC Kids on an Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor learning is an essential form of education and personal development, especially in the Pre-K to Kindergarten age group. Improvement in health, self confidence, social skills, and language development are among the many benefits of being outside.

The best outdoor adventure program in New York City is Upper Manhattan Forest Kids, an amazing program founded by parents Stephen and Sarita, who wanted to give their daughter a chance to learn from nature.  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

Upper Manhattan Forest Kids offers parent-child classes in Central Park and Inwood Hill Park for children ages 1 to 6. Classes are offered on Tuesday and Saturday mornings and Saturday afternoons. Sign up for a FREE trial or semester program on Kidz Central Station!

Recently, Muniba from the Kidz Central Station team, attended an Upper Manhattan Forest Kids trial class with her five year old brother, Ali.  

My Outdoor Adventure with Upper Manhattan Forest Kids

We met the enthusiastic group at 108th St, where Kadie greeted us and led everyone to the meetup spot. Here we found Stephan playing the Tin Flute in the middle of the forest! We proceeded to sing the welcome song and welcome everybody to the class.

Stephan introduced our first activity, “Finding the Trail.” The children take the lead as they search for blue flags tied to branches that mark the trail. This self guided activity encouraged independence, leadership, and sharp observation skills as the kids excitedly found one flag after another.

Upper Manhattan Forest Kids

Stephan and Kadie used every moment as a learning opportunity. For instance, when we encountered a split in the forest, Stephan asked the kids questions that led to clues to help the children find the way. With minimal assistance from parents, the little ones independently found every single flag hidden throughout the trail!  After the last flag was found, we got to our destination that was marked with an X.

Upper Manhattan Forest Kids

Here, we enjoyed Danish rye bread and butter while we listened to a storybook called On This Spot: An Expedition Back Through Time. Kadie encouraged active imagination by asking kids what our environment and life would have been like hundreds of thousands of years ago.

Outdoor Adventure

We had a period of free play where little ones had a chance to actively explore their living environment. We discovered monarch butterflies, spiderwebs, and interesting looking sticks!

Upper Manhattan Forest Kids

After open play, it was time to pack up our stuff and head back. Stephan invited each child to take a turn leading the way back. We made it all the way back to our meet up spot led entirely by the kids!

We sang our goodbye song and said goodbye to our new friends, teachers, the animals, and the plants.

Outdoor Adventure

Our class with Upper Manhattan Forest Kids was an incredible experience for Ali and me. This class reminded me how much we can learn by spending time in nature. For Ali, it taught him how to be more observant and to think critically.

Stephan and Sarita have developed an amazing program that promotes independence and growth within your child by giving them a chance to learn with movement, freedom, and imagination.

Sign up for a FREE trial or semester program on today!

Fun Halloween Events for Kids

Halloween is a favorite time of year for New York City kids.  And NYC really goes all out to celebrate Halloween with week-long Halloween events planned for all kinds of interests whether dance or music or cooking or zoo fun.  Read on for the best activities around town.


Halloween Events

Snow White/Dwarfs Dance Workshop. Enjoy reenacting the childhood favorite fairy-tale about Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs! At In Grandma’s Attic. Upper West Side. TH 10/25 @3:30-5:30pm

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Music with James Halloween Party. Join Music with James for his always-popular Halloween costume parties. It’s everything you and your kids love about Music with James, with a Halloween twist. Murray Hill. TH 10/25 @10-11am

Halloween Events

Pajama Story Time : Haunted Habitats. Take a VIP tour around the zoo at night and then enjoy animal encounters inside the classroom. For families and children age 4+. At Queens Zoo. FRI 10/26 @5:30-8pm

Halloween Events

Spooktacular Night Walk. Get ready for a ‘Spooktacular’ evening as your family stay behind in the zoo while everyone else leaves. Meet creepy, crawly animal guests then enjoy a pizza dinner. Take a night walk and see what happens when the gates close! At Bronx Zoo. FRI 10/26 or SAT 10/27 @5-7pm

Halloween Events

Halloween Haunted Houses Workshop. Celebrate the season and design your own gingerbread house. At Taste Buds Kitchen in Chelsea. SAT 10/27 @9-10am

Halloween Events

The Pumpkin Fairies & Elves Ballet Workshop. Based on The Queen Bee Ballet, an original story and ballet created by Deborah Bailay of In Grandma’s Attic. Upper West Side. SAT 10/27 @10am-12pm

Halloween Events

OKABOO Kids’ Halloween Party and Parents’ Date Night. FUNtastic Halloween Party for kids and Date Night for parents! At OKABALOO FunArtFaktory – Arts & Fun Center in Long Island City. SAT 10/27 @5-9pm

Halloween Events

OKABOO Halloween Crazy Science Show. Children will learn how to make Horror Ice and Spooky Slime. Treats will be served!  At OKABALOO FunArtFaktory – Arts & Fun Center  in Long Island City. SUN 10/28 @10-11am

Halloween Events

Halloween Spooky Cupcakes Workshop. Join in the SPOOK-tacular celebration and whip up oh-so-delicious Spooky Cupcakes complete with Monsters and Spiderwebs. At Taste Buds Kitchen in Chelsea. TUE 10/30 @11:30am-12:30pm

Keeping Kids Safe from Eye Injuries

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Eye injuries are one of the leading causes of vision loss in children and teenagers. Injuries are most likely to happen at home or in familiar spots, to happen by accident, and are nearly always preventable! Most of us think that eye injuries happen during sports or rough play—and they certainly do—but keeping your child’s eyes safe should always be on your mind.

What can be injured and how?

Any of the tissues around the eye can be damaged by injuries. This includes fractures of the bones of the orbit, scratches (abrasions) and cuts (lacerations) to the eyelids or eyeball, burns from heat or chemicals, blunt trauma causing internal swelling, bleeding or inflammation, or penetrating trauma into the eyeball itself.

Prevention. Prevention. Prevention.

Your child’s eyes will be safest if you avoid dangerous activities. I know many people get squeamish when thinking about eyes and eye injuries so I won’t go into much detail, but you can use your imagination that care should be taken with sharp objects, projectiles like sports balls, or explosives like fireworks. Unfortunately, there has been a steady rise in serious eye injuries from paintball guns, airguns, BB guns, and other firearms, even with recommended safety goggles. From an eye safety perspective these activities should simply be avoided.

What about sports?

We all know eye injuries happen during sports, especially ball sports. Many leagues have taken great measures to make eye safety equipment standard. If that is an option for your children, insist that they wear it. Often injuries will happen during informal games like pick-up basketball, soccer, or badminton. So get your child a pair of sports goggles. These are usually cheap, durable, and provide excellent protection. Most sporting goods stores will sell models with good fits and styles. The same thing goes for using safety goggles for woodworking or grinding metals where small pieces can fly into the air.

What if my child already has glasses?

With the right pair of glasses your child will be seeing well and will be better protected. Just make sure they have the right:

  • Fit- The lenses should fully cover the eyes, the nosepiece should rest comfortably on the bridge of the nose, and the ear pieces snuggly around the ear. Try using a strap around the head to keep them on while doing activities.
  • Lenses- All kids should get impact resistant lenses made out of a material like polycarbonate plastic. Remind your eye doctor to write that on the glasses prescription.
  • Style- If your child does not like the glasses he or she will never wear them!

Prescriptions can also be placed into sports and safety goggles for extra protection.

Accidents happen…

If you suspect an eye injury, try the following:

  • First, if you think the injury opened the eyeball or if you see something sticking into the eye, do not touch it or try to remove any objects. If you can find something that can be used as a protective shield (a paper cup works well) tape it over the eye. Go immediately to an emergency department.
  • If you think an object or chemical got stuck around the eye or under the eyelids, try to irrigate or wash it out with clean water for 10-15 seconds and then seek medical help.
  • If after an injury your child is complaining about eye pain, a change in vision, light sensitivity, or is unable to open the eye, take him or her to an emergency department or local ophthalmologist for a complete eye exam.

Your sight is one of your most valuable senses, protect it! NYU Langone Health has ophthalmologists trained in eye trauma at our offices and every emergency department to help when you need it.

Zachary Elkin, MD, is a pediatric ophthalmologist and assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at NYU Langone Health. He sees patients at the NYU Langone Eye Center in Manhattan.

Party Time! Best Birthday Party Entertainers in NYC

This week, we bring you the best birthday party entertainers in NYC. Whether your child wants to sing and dance or have an interactive musical experience, these entertainers will bring the party fun to a Venue of Your Choice. Don’t forget to check out last week’s recommendations of the Best Birthday Party Venues in NYC.

Many party entertainers provide a discount if you book through Kidz Central Station’s Birthday Party Finder. We advise parents to book entertainers 1-2 months in advance, so start planning now!


Midtown Movement and Dance Company

Best Party Entertainer

Starting at $250 for 15 children. This fun music and dance party has it all. Midtown Movement and Dance provides you with a dance instructor/party leader, music, speaker, guided and freestyle dance activities, props, dance giveaways, dance games, and any theme of your choice.

Music with James

Best Party Entertainer

Starting at $200. Music WIth James classes are a staple for parents in the Murray Hill area. Children dance, jump, clap and sing along as children and parents are drawn into an interactive musical experience that is fun and educational.

Bee In Motion

Birthday Party Entertainers
Starting at $425. Bee in Motion guarantees 10+ hours of sleep from every child after a Bee In Motion birthday party! Tag, capture the flag/football, dodgeball, and kickball, are just a few of the games included. Each activity is age appropriate and modified for children 4 and up.

Kids at Work

Best Birthday Party Entertainers

Starting at $250. Give your child an authentic musical experience with Kids At Work! Musicians get down on the ground with your kids, learn names and ages, and create an interactive environment for all children. Musicians can play and sing almost anything.

YokeyPokey Virtual Reality Club

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 From $500. YokeyPokey provides virtual reality gaming / experiences and 360 degree immersive experiences during the party. Race cars, shoot down space aliens, play minecraft, create and destroy cities, paint in an immersive painting and much more.  Enter a world like you never have experienced before.

Happy Birthday Planning from the Kidz Central Station Team