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5 Awesome Programs for Kids’ Winter Classes!

Happy little boy playing in playroom

Doesn’t it seem like we were all just signing up our kids for fall classes? Somehow it’s already December, and we can’t believe the start of the winter semester is less than a month away. If you’re looking for a new program to keep your kids busy during the coming winter months, here are some great options for kids’ winter classes on Kidz Central Station that definitely won’t disappoint.

The Art Farm in the City. One of the only kids’ programs in NYC to focus on nature and animals, The Art Farm in the City is a favorite on the Upper East Side. Kids as young as six months old can drop in for Play Time, and there is a great variety of semester classes for all ages like the Farm Foodies Cooking Class and Laurie Berkner’s The Music in Me. Classes start the week of January 5, so be sure to reserve your seat now!

JCC in Manhattan. Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the JCC in Manhattan offers a great variety of kids’ classes in ballet, sports, tumbling, tennis, and more. So no matter what you’re looking for, this program is sure to have it. JCC is even offering winter Little Maestros classes (the popular kids’ music program that started on the Upper East Side), which is now 10% off on Kidz Central Station with code MAESTRO10 until December 11. If you live on the Upper West Side, this one is a no brainer.

Soc Roc. With tons of great reviews on Kidz Central Station, Soc Roc is a fan favorite for soccer classes in NYC. Offering sessions throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, Soc Roc’s classes are a great way for little ones to learn soccer skills and teamwork while running around and having fun. Classes start at age 18 months, so kids can learn about this great sport at an early age.

Gymboree. This popular program is known for its Play & Learn enrichment classes, where babies learn developmental skills and are exposed to music, movement, and tons of age-appropriate activities. But beyond this great program, Gymboree also offers a whole lot more: art, music, open play, and even preschool prep classes. There are many locations throughout Manhattan, so no matter where you live, there is sure to be a Gymboree nearby.

Physique Swimming. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean little ones should wait until summer to learn to swim! Physique Swimming offers lessons for kids of all ages in locations throughout Manhattan, including the Upper East Side, Midtown East, Harlem, and FiDi. For the littlest swimmers, Me and My Shadow teaches the basics: splashing, bubbles, and being comfortable in the water; while more experienced students can take beginner and advanced classes to continue learning new strokes and skills. There are tons of class times available (on weekends too!) to fit everyone’s busy schedules.

There are so many programs on Kidz Central Station offering awesome winter classes, we can’t even begin to list them all here! Search the site by age, location, class type, and more to find exactly what you’re looking for!

Pop In for A Kidz Central Station Pop-Up Class!

You may have noticed that from time to time Kidz Central Station hosts one-time pop-up classes with some of the amazing kids’ programs throughout NYC. Just yesterday we had a pop-up at TLB Music, where kids of all ages got a sneak preview of TLB’s Mixed Age classes and also had a chance to run and play in the TLB playroom. Everyone had a blast! If you haven’t yet attended one of our pop-up classes, here are a few good reasons why you should!

photo (5)It’s a chance to try a new NYC kids’ program. We host pop-ups in different neighborhoods throughout the city, at places like Wee Ones Club in Murray Hill, Gymboree on the Upper West Side, and Fastbreak Kids on the Upper East Side. If you live in a neighborhood where we are hosting a pop-up class, attending is a great opportunity to try out a class and see if you’d like to enroll your child in the program for a semester.

They are really fun events! Pop-up classes are full of the enrichment and structure of a normal semester class, but with a fun party twist! At many of our pop-up classes we give away fun prizes (like musical play instruments and awesome kids products), serve sweet treats (we just had amazing cookies from Insomnia Cookies yesterday!), and end with a delicious pizza party! Every pop-up is full of fun and surprises.

unnamedMeet other local parents. Our pop-up events draw lots of new faces, so if you’re new to a neighborhood or looking for more parents to connect with, attending a pop-up is a great way to meet new people. You’ll find many really nice and friendly people, and maybe even make new friends your kids can take classes with each week!

Get acquainted with Kidz Central Station. Kidz Central Station is run by moms who want to make it easier for parents like us to find the best classes for their kids. At every event you’ll meet a Kidz Central Station member who can answer any questions you have about kids’ classes and who may even have one of their own little ones in tow enjoying the class. We stand by all of the classes on our site and love having the opportunity to let our kids try them out, too.

If you want to be notified about the next pop-up class in your neighborhood, sign up for our mailing list! And if you live in downtown NYC or feel like traveling to a different neighborhood, our next pop-up class is at Gymboree Tribeca on November 21!

Lonely Only Child? Not So Much-Thanks to Kids’ Classes and ….

Lonely Only Child? Not So Much-Thanks to Kids’ Classes and ….

Mykaela (in the front) with her dance class friends.

 

*Mykaela (in the front) with her dance class friends.*

Gymboree Throwback! Mykaela 8 months!

I grew up as an only child. I was not spoiled. I did not think the universe revolved around me. I absolutely was not lonely. Those are the general stereotypes of only children, and like many stereotypes there is some basis to it but it has been grossly overgeneralized. The biggest stereotype is the one about being lonely. People who are not onlies seem to think that only children spend mass amounts of time brooding in their rooms wishing they had siblings. Nope. I played in my room just fine with all my stuff uninterrupted and never had to worry about anyone whining because I wouldn’t share. My books were mine, my video games were mine, and all my stuff stayed where I put it. When I wanted to share and have social interaction I had other little people called friends. Friends are awesome! I could play with them when I wanted to be around people, and when I didn’t want to I could stay home and enjoy my alone time. Friends are like siblings outside of the house so I had the best of both worlds. While other kids complained about how annoying their siblings were or how one got more attention than the other, I was quite smug about the fact that I did not have those problems. Not only were my possessions all mine, but my mom was all mine too! There was no scheduling alone time with mom. There was no “not right now Cassaundra, Mommy has to take care of BrotherSister.” Nope! I shared my mom on school trips or if I invited a friend to come along on an outing. Ok, so maybe a little spoiled, but not in the stereotypical only kid way.

When I started getting to the age where I thought about having a family, I thought I’d have more than one child. Not because I didn’t want an only child for fear of loneliness, but simply because I wanted a boy and a girl so I could play football with one and dress up the other. Loneliness never crossed my mind. When I became pregnant with my daughter the whole story changed. I was diagnosed with a very rare neuromuscular condition several years ago and the rate of passage is 50%. That means I had a 50% chance of passing this thing on to any child I have. I had an amniocentesis done, she did not have it. I also had the absolute worst pregnancy ever, and I was 33 when I gave birth. Listen, I don’t know about you, but to me all that screamed loud and clear ONE AND DONE! I am also not the most patient person in the world and I honestly never, ever, ever, ever, NEVER want to go through the toddler stage again! She is just about 3 and I have discovered gray hair, I have bags under my eyes, and sometimes I really feel like I’m going insane! Again, ONE AND DONE! Many people have tried to convince me that I need another child. She is going to be spoiled they said. She needs someone to play with they said. And here we go, she is going to be LONELY they said. Not so much.

My daughter is absolutely NOT lonely. She has me and seriously, I am awesome company! Aside from me, my daughter also has been in playgroups and classes with other children since she was 8 months old. We started out at Gymboree where she spent a year in music and gym classes. We had unlimited classes so she got to attend multiple times a week. I would also take her to just about every kid activity I had time for so she was exposed to other kids early on. At a bit over 2 we enrolled at the Harlem School of the Arts for Tiny Moves dance classes where she is currently finishing up her second semester. She made tons of friends there. I think the best thing I did was enroll her in those classes. They taught her to share, how to behave with other kids, how to make friends, and how to be a friend. I have recently signed her up for group piano lessons through Kidz Central Station and I am looking into other classes as well. I have been using Kidz Central Station for awhile now and I love it! Being able to search for classes that are in my budget is awesome, because as a single mom budgeting is really important. I have found many trial classes, free classes, and low cost classes for my daughter to attend. She has all the social interaction she needs without having a sibling. My daughter may be an only child, but she is definitely not lonely.