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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!

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!

Add These 6 Fall Drop-In Activities to Your List

While it’s great to enroll your kids in a handful of semester activities, it’s also nice to have a free day (or two) for play dates, relaxing at home, and drop-in activities. Our lives are so scheduled these days, it’s nice to not always have to plan so far ahead!

If you’re looking for an activity or two that doesn’t require scheduling months in advance, here are a few of our picks for drop-in classes—from unique activities that are new to the site this season to favorites we’ve had on Kidz Central Station for some time now.

The Brand New:

Krav Maga Experts
If you’ve never heard of it before, Krav Maga is a self-defense style based on Israeli military principles—and Krav Maga experts, located in the East Village and Upper West Side, offers classes for kids! Sessions here help children improve balance, self-esteem, discipline, and focus, and sharpen insight and intuition when avoiding and escaping potentially-harmful predicaments. This class is great for kids age four and up!

Manhattan Fencing Center
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Let your child take a “stab” at fencing this fall! Manhattan Fencing Center is home to the Olympic Silver Medal Saber Team (Beijing), three top eight finishers in the London Olympics, and many members of the U.S. National Men’s and Women’s Saber Team—so the instructiors here really know what they’re doing. With an intro package here, kids age seven and up will learn the basics through two private lessons and two group lessons—plus equipment! Classes take place in Manhattan Fencing Center’s Midtown West location and can be scheduled when it’s convenient for your child.

RESOBOX
This Long Island City program offers an array of unique drop-in classes in the Japanese arts. Kids as young as five can pop in to learn awesome skills such as Manga Drawing and Animation, Crocheting and Amigurumi Making, and Japanese Classical Dance—classes you can’t find just anywhere! The program also offers traditional Japanese Karate classes taught by an expert instructor, for those interested in martial arts. Most classes are scheduled for after school, so they will fit perfectly into any child’s school schedule.

The Good Old:

standard_silviya_12_10_classEvolution Enrichment Center
If you’re looking for a drop-in class and live downtown, this place truly has it all. Located on the Lower East Side, Evolution Enrichment Center offers some great and interesting classes for kids age two and up. From a music class focused on songs around the world to Rhythmic Gymnastics—their signature class—there is so many different activities for kids to try. This fall, they are also offering a Gifted and Talented test prep class that uses SMART Boards, touch screen technology, and hands-on manipulatives to prepare little ones for entrance into the G&T program.

Music with James
Music with James is just what the name implies—small, intimate music classes with James Humphrey, a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist, who for the past ten years has been performing at children’s events and leading music classes throughout Manhattan. At each class he plays a variety of different musical styles and instruments, while children age four months to four years sing, dance, shake maracas, and play along. Classes take place in Murray Hill and can be bought one at a time or in packs of ten—so you can sign up and drop-in as you please.

The Art Farm in the City
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While The Art Farm is known for it’s awesome semester classes, luckily for all of us, they also offer two different drop-in sessions at their Upper East Side location—Open Play Time and Fun Fridays on the Farm! Open Play Time is offered Monday through Thursday afternoons and includes animal time, arts and crafts, and creative play in the playroom, and, as the name implies, Fun Fridays on the Farm is on Friday mornings, and kids can enjoy baking, arts/crafts, music, singing, and plenty of cuddling with animals. If you live in Midtown there’s a class for you as well—The Art Farm has teamed up with Creative Dream Parties for a drop-in Play Time with Animals class on Thursdays!

It’s Fall! Here Are 10 Musts for Kids’ Classes This Season

While we’re all pretty sad that summer has come to an end, there’s so much good that comes with the fall: cool, crisp days spent outside (ok not today, but soon enough!); beautiful foliage; fun fall activities (think apple picking, hay rides, and more); and of course, the start of fall kids’ classes! If you need a few recos to get your family ready for the new season, here are some great picks that will make the fall the most fun season of all!

Jodi’s Gymstandard__DSC0128. This Upper East Side program has it all when it comes to gymnastics for little ones (age eight months to eight years). Weekly classes get kids running, jumping, and tumbling all season long, and offer just the right exercises and activities for every age and skill level. Plus, members are entitled to enjoy three free playtimes each week (that’s over 50 per semester!). So hurry up and enroll—classes start September 14!

Soc Roc. Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean children can’t enjoy classes outside in the fresh air. Soc Roc offers awesome soccer classes in great outdoor venues such as Manhattan’s Central Park, McCarren Park and Bushwick Inlet Park in Brooklyn, and Astoria Park in Queens! This program allows kids of all ages to learn the basics of soccer while having a blast with their peers. And if outdoor classes aren’t right for your child, Soc Roc also offers indoor classes in various NYC neighborhoods. Classes start over throughout next two weeks!

Physique Swimminghi res-girls with paddleboards. Although swim season will soon be a distant memory, kids can enjoy swim classes all year long with Physique Swimming! Not only does this program offer classes for all ages, but it also has locations throughout the city, including FiDi, Lower East Side, Midtown East and West, Upper East Side, and the Upper West Side. The classes help little ones get comfortable with the water, and teach basic skills such as splashing and blowing bubbles. So what are you waiting for? Classes start this week!

StageCoach Theatre Arts. Kids can be so dramatic sometimes, so why not let them channel their drama through a theater arts class? Offering weekend sessions on the Upper East Side, StageCoach has classes for kids age 4–14, where students spend an hour and a half singing, dancing, acting, and building self-confidence through group acting, solo work, and participation in an original play. It’s a great opportunity for your child to test his or her acting chops, and the perfect time for you to run a few weekend errands, all the while knowing your little one is happy and having fun. Classes start September 12!

Chocolate Works Upper East Sidestandard_sushi. With tons of fall workshops for kids age three and up, Chocolate Works is a delicious spot on the Upper East Side where kids learn to make sweet treats and use their imaginations at the same time. The store hosts regular workshops on both weekends and weekdays that teach kids how to make and decorate lollipops, chocolate pizza, candy bars, and even candy sushi! The program also hosts special holiday-themed classes (like Rosh Hashanah coming up!), so there are lots of options for everyone’s schedule.

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 or enjoy a great variety of semester classes, such as their signature Rocks, Smocks, and Animals class or Farm Foodies Cooking Class. The fall session start this week, so reserve your child’s seat now!

JCC in ManhattanHappy little boy playing in playroom. Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the JCC in Manhattan offers a tons 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! They even offer weekly Little Maestros classes, the popular kids’ music program that started on the Upper East Side. If you live on the Upper West Side, this one is a no brainer.

Gymboree. This popular program is known for its Play & Learn enrichment classes, where babies learn developmental skills and are exposed to music, movement, and age-appropriate activities. But beyond this great program, Gymboree offers a whole lot more: art, music, 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.

14th Street Ystandard_Musical_Notes_with_Nathan. If music is your child’s thing, you’ll find no shortage of great options at the 14th Street Y. Classes like Rock-a-Baby and Boogie with Brett incorporate songs, instruments, musical stories, and more and let kids age 12 months to three and a half years rock out. Beyond music you’ll find, sports, tumbling, language and more, as well as drop-ins for new parents looking for support or to get in shape after baby! Classes start September 14.

92Y. This Upper East Side program truly has it all—there are hundreds of classes available for babies, toddlers, kids, teens, and even adults. From perennial favorites like swimming and gymnastics, to unique options such as songwriting and classes focusing on twins, kids come from all over NYC to take classes here. The fall session starts throughout September, so you’re sure to find a class that works for your child’s busy schedule.

Which NYC Kids’ Program Is Right For My Child?

Two Children Painting Picture At HomeWhile it’s great that NYC offers so many amazing enrichment programs where little ones can learn and play, it can be daunting to sort through all of the options to figure out which kids’ program is best for your child—especially since the “right” activity changes so much with age. And if you’re new to the whole parenting thing, a million questions can stop you in your tracks: Is three months old too young for music classes? Will a four-year-old girl enjoy soccer? Are there classes for parents too?

If you still don’t know what classes are right for your child this fall, we’re here to help! Here is an age-by-age breakdown of the best kids’ programs in NYC for every age.

0-3 months: While your baby is too young for most NYC kids’ programs, at this point it’s important to find a scheduled activity where you can meet fellow new parents and have a reason to actually get dressed and leave the apartment. Try a new parent support group (like Big City Moms’ New Moms Support Group), which is great for making friends and sharing experiences. Or, for a class that’s good for both the mind and body, try the postnatal yoga classes at programs like Prenatal Yoga Center and the 92Y.

Baby girl and her mother playing at home3-6 months: Your baby is becoming more alert and moving around now, so a music and movement class, such as Little Maestros, Kids Music Round, and Music for Aardvarks will expose your child to singing, rhythm, and songs he or she will be singing for years to come. Another great option at this stage is a baby development class (i.e. Gymboree’s Play & Learn classes or Creative Play for Kids’ Bouncing and Busy Babies) which will nurture your child’s early gross and fine motor development.

6-12 months: At this stage, your baby is probably crawling, walking, or on his or her way! This is the perfect age for a tumbling class. A semester at programs like MAGIC or the JCC Manhattan will let your little one crawl and climb, stretch and step, and continue to enjoy rhythm and song. Keep the music classes going too! Don’t want to commit to another semester-long class? Try a drop-in like Music with James, Music with Suzanna, or Moosiki Kids Music, which your little one can attend as much or as little as you’d like.

standard_Mighty_Muscle_Movers_212–24 months: Kids at this age will benefit from a more action-packed gym class, like Teeny Tumblers at the 92Y or Mighty Muscle Movers at Jodi’s Gym. This is also a great age to begin a foreign language development class, since children are becoming more verbal at this stage and soaking in the language around them. Programs like ¡Hola! A Playgroup in Spansh and The Language Workshop for Children teach children the basics of a new language through play, music, and age appropriate games. Music is also important for language development, so keep those classes on the schedule as well.

2 years: Active two-year-olds are at the perfect age for sports and dance basics classes, which keep them active and offer structure to the day. Some great options are City Moves Dance Studio, which offers classes in a variety of dance styles; Physique Swimming, which offers swim lessons in several Manhattan neighborhoods; and Soc Roc, a fantastic soccer program taught in neighborhoods throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. This is also a good time to enroll your child in a preschool 2s program, so he or she can experience a variety of activities while developing socialization skills and preparing for future school years.

standard_kids_conveyorbelt_pretzels3 years: In addition to the preschool program your three-year-old may be attending, try something new at this age! NYC has many unique options, for example a Science class at City Tots, Basketball with Hands on Hoops, and Chocolate Making at Chocolate Works Upper East Side. These programs will expand your child’s horizons and expose him or her to fun new activities.

4+: Now you can really hone in on your child’s interests! Have a budding actor or actress on your hands? Try a dance/theater class at I Can Do That NYC. A Michaelangelo in the making? Creative Space Arts has a basic sculpting class for creative kids. The next Karate Kid? Yang Taekwondo is a studio that will grow with your child, offering martial arts classes for children up to 12 years old. Kidz Central Station also has unique options for Coding, Legos, Manga drawing, and more!

Check out Kidz Central Station to search all of the great class options for your child this fall! Whichever classes and activities you choose, your little one is sure to have a great time learning new things and meeting new friends in the new season.

Why Kids Should Learn to Code


Just as math and english are critical subjects for kids to learn, coding is increasingly becoming just as important. Our friends at The New York Code + Design Academy have compiled a list of important reasons kids must learn to code in today’s world. 

It will help them with their career.
“1 million of the best jobs in America may go unfilled because only 1 in 10 schools teach how to code”. There are always technical jobs available but are difficult to fill because there’s a limited supply of people with those skills. Having coding skills early in life will allow kids to build upon their knowledge and have better chances of employment later on.

It teaches cognitive skills.
Programming flow charts can be utilized to better manage problems and thought processes. Kids would learn how to break down complex problems into smaller ones to solve an essential life skill.

It allows them to build anything.
Let them create anything with their imaginations. Coding is just another way for kids to express themselves outside of music, writing, art, and other traditionally creative mediums.

It’s the future.
Technology is not only everywhere, but it’s advancing rapidly. The younger generation shouldn’t only be consumers of technology—they should help mold the future as well.

For in-person classes, The New York Code + Design Academy has two- and four-week summer coding camps for kids age 9-12 and 13-17 starting August 3rd. Learn more about how to get them started on building web applications here!

Head of the Class Mom: Rachel Jarrett

Meet this week’s Head of the Class Mom, Rachel Jarrett—owner of Chocolate Works Upper East Side and a mom of two!

Tell us about yourself. Why did you open Chocolate Works?
You could say it was part of a “mid-life crisis,” although I would prefer to call it a “mid-life awakening.” In 2013, I turned 40, had a baby (my second), and decided life was too short not to pursue my dreams. So I quit my job as a corporate retail executive and took the risk of becoming an entrepreneur. For a long time, I had wanted to run my own business and the opportunity of opening a Chocolate Works, a fledgling franchise, on the Upper East Side, came to me from a small business broker. I immediately fell in love with the concept and the idea of making people smile every day.

What is your secret to balancing work and family? Is there a balance?
You should never open a small business believing that you will have more balance or free time than you did in corporate life. The workload is in intense and 24-7. But it does give you a fair degree of flexibility, which is very nice when you have a family. I think the trick to “balance” is being sure that your life is not only about your kids. Happy parents = happy kids. The other thing I try to do is remember that the most important thing you can do for your kids is love them and support them emotionally. This year, I forgot to apply to preschool for my son because I was so busy at the store. At first, I felt so bad and guilty. But now it is something that I laugh about and shrug off.

Share a funny story that helped you become a better parent and/or better at your job.
I didn’t have my son Spencer until my daughter Eden was already four years old. So, she was pretty used to being the center of attention. One day she said to me, “Mommy, I don’t like having a brother. Let’s bring him back to the hospital.” I looked at her—dead serious—and said “You know, you are right. Let’s take him back right now. Go pack up his stuff and I will call for a car.” Her jaw dropped to the floor. Then we both started laughing. Since then, she has never asked to return him!

What has been your biggest challenge and/or greatest reward in the struggle for work-life balance?
My biggest challenge, as a perfectionist, is having to accept that it is IMPOSSIBLE to do everything perfectly. So I have stopped trying. But sometimes I beat myself up and then I try to remember that “good enough” is okay.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you had kids?
I wish I knew how hard it would be to keep your figure after kids!

If you could give other moms one piece of advice what would it be?
Read the Ferber book cover to cover. Don’t trust what others say about it until you have read it for yourself. This book has saved me on multiple occasions.

QUICK Q’s:

What is your favorite children’s book?
Eloise
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What has been your favorite kids’ class?
My son loves his music class at Hands On. I think they do a really great job of entertaining and educating kids.

What is your favorite thing to do with your family on weekends?
Visiting the duck pond in Central Park or having bagels and lox at Barney Greengrass.

What is your favorite rainy day escape?
Renting a family movie and staying in bed!

6 Easy Ways to Ensure Spring Sport Safety

Follow these six easy tips to ensure your children enjoy a fun and safe time this spring!

Ah spring. Finally kids can play outside and give you some peace and quiet! With the additional playing time and sporting events, how do you ensure your kids are safe and prepared?

Naturally, kids are designed for high-intensity activities. They perform quick boosts of exercise followed by short periods of rest. It is for this reason that hydration and nutrition play a vital role in children’s health, not only the spring months, but year round. Ensuring that children take breaks to sip water or juice and are eating a variety of healthy foods is integral to maintaining good health and supporting their activity levels.

Now, what do we do to avoid injury?

1. Be sure their equipment fits. Trying to squeeze into last year’s cleats or putting on an extra pair of socks to fill out on older sibling’s old shoes is not the answer. These changes might be a money saver, but faulty equipment is linked to injuries. Ensuring the proper fit of clothes, shoes, sticks, racquets, and other equipment for a child’s sport is one of the quickest fixes to avoid injury.

2. Progress appropriately. We all want the best for our kids, so we shouldn’t push them into athletic situations they aren’t ready for. Don’t throw them into the game with older kids because “he is tall for his age.” Children’s motor skills, agility, strength, and power develop differently. The differences in kids age 13 compared to age 16 are immense. Putting a child into the mix with more advanced athletes before he or she is ready can lead to bangs, bruises, and even breaks.

3. Continue activity year-round. Good cardiovascular and strength conditioning throughout the year best prepares kids for increased activity in the spring. Younger children don’t need a specific training regimen—simply letting them move, climb, crawl, and play is enough. Think of it as “functional training”—something parents may benefit from doing with them!

4. Stretch and warm up properly. As children enter a sport, be sure they are getting a good sport-specific warm up and stretching routine with their coach prior to sports competition. This should include jogging, side-to-side movement, torso and arm range of motion, and other movements replicating the direction and type of movement they will be doing during their sport. Also, this habit will help them for years to come.

5. Rest when tired. This one may be hard to control, but kids need time to rest, recover and regain focus and energy. Taking time to grab water and a snack, and take a breather will help prevent injuries due to fatigue, like sprains, strains, and falls.

6. Have fun as a family. Enjoy activities as a family! Letting kids explore different activities and sports breeds a healthy relationship with exercise and fitness. Forcing your child into a sport he or she doesn’t enjoy, or feels pressure to perform, may even lead to behaviors such as moving carelessly and decreasing focus, which may lead to injury. Find out what your child likes best and get the entire family involved.

NYULMC-2011_2CP_RGB_300dpiFrom the Real Experts at NYU Langone Medical Center:

Heather Milton, MS, RCEP, CSCS, is a clinical exercise physiologist at NYU Langone’s Sports Performance Center, where she conducts physiological testing and trains a diverse clientele that ranges from competitive athletes to those wishing to improve their overall health and fitness.   Prior to joining the staff at NYU Langone, Heather worked at the Tufts USDA Human Nutrition Center as a strength and conditioning researcher and then at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a senior exercise physiologist in the cardiovascular lab. Heather is a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Heather also contributes her knowledge in fitness and health to a holistic wellness technology company as the physical activity and weight management consultant.

10 Ways Kidz Central Station Will Make Your Life Easier

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If you’re new to Kidz Central Station, or if you’ve only visited us a few times, you may not be aware of all of the things we can help you do to make your life easier. We know NYC parents don’t have a lot of time to search through the hundreds of of kids’ programs that exist, so we created the site so that you can search, find, and enroll in NYC classes and activities all in one place. In an effort to help all of you busy parents out there, here is a list of 10 things you can do on Kidz Central Station that will help you and your little ones make the most of the site and find the best activities for spring and summer!

  • Search classes, activities, and birthday parties by age, date, type, budget, and neighborhood to find exactly the right program for your child.
  • Enroll your little one in semester and/or drop-in classes at hundreds of local programs. Choose what fits your busy schedule—we’re adding new summer classes daily!
  • Send a direct request to any of the amazing birthday party providers on our Kids’ Birthday Party Finder, get for more information about their parties and request a party date.
  • Use our homepage event calendar to find one-time classes and activities. You can click on whatever date you are looking for something to do, and TA-DA!!, a list of activities for that date will appear.
  • Sign up for classes that have started at a prorated price! Just because a class has already started doesn’t mean your child can’t join the fun.
  • Still haven’t decided on a spring semester class or want to try something out for summer? Search for a trial class and get a taste of what it would be like if your child was enrolled for the semester. Once you try, you can easily come back and buy the class.
  • Read class reviews from the people you trust most—other parents. We think it’s important that parents review programs and classes on our site so that other parents can get an accurate view of the class and how their children will like it.
  • Share your findings with friends! You can email or share classes via Facebook from every activity page.
  • Purchase Kidz Central Station gift cards as birthday presents! Parents will love that their kids can try new classes, and will be especially grateful that it doesn’t take up any room in an NYC apartment!
  • Buy classes and save! Kidz Central Station awards Kidz Rewards points for every purchase, so by booking with us you‘ll earn discounts on future classes. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Finally, we are here to help you all day, every day. If you have any questions at all—about using the site, new classes, or anything else—email us at info@kidzcentralstation.com and we’ll email you back as soon as we can!

 

 

 

5 Stellar Spring Activities for NYC Kids

Losing an hour of sleep on Sunday may not have been the most fun, but what it signified was well worth it. With an extra hour of daylight and the added bonus of warmer temperatures, it actually seems like spring is just within reach. For NYC kids, the approaching spring season also means a new semester of awesome classes on Kidz Central Station (if we do say so ourselves!). Most classes start over the next few weeks and offer little ones the chance to get out and play, meet new friends, and learn lots of new skills and activities. Here are a few not to miss, and of course you can also search our site for a full selection!

Fastbreak KidsFastbreak. Little ones age 2–5 will go crazy over Fastbreak Kids, an awesome multi-sport program with a state-of-the art Upper East Side facility (conveniently next to a Starbucks with outdoor seating for parents dropping their kids off). Over the course of the spring semester, the program’s fantastic coaches enthusiastically and expertly teach kids every sport imaginable—from basketball to football to baseball and beyond. And you have tons of class times to choose from, no matter your child’s schedule. Classes start April 20!

The Mandell School. Brand new to Kidz Central Station (this month!), The Mandell School is an Upper West Side preschool with amazing mommy and me classes for kids age 2–18 months. Called My Grownup & Me, these classes focus on developmental milestones and incorporate age appropriate multi-sensory exercises with educational tools, toys, and music. These fun activities are designed to develop skills that will prepare kids to start school with a solid learning base. Sound good? Sign up for a trial, or register for the spring semester, which starts April 7!

Physique SwimmingSwim. With spring around the corner, we all know that summer
isn’t too far behind. So a great way to ensure your kids are pool-ready for summer is to enroll them in swim classes during spring! Physique Swimming not only offers classes for all ages, but also at locations throughout the city, including FiDi, Lower East Side, Midtown East and West, Upper East Side, and the Upper West Side. The classes help little ones get comfortable with the water, and teach basic skills such as splashing and blowing bubbles. So what are you waiting for? Classes start March 23!

StageCoach Theatre Arts. Our kids can be so dramatic sometimes, so why not let them channel their drama through a theater arts class? Offering weekend sessions on the Upper East Side, StageCoach has classes for kids age 4–14, where students spend an hour and a half singing, dancing, acting, and building self-confidence through group acting, solo work, and participation in an original play! It’s a great chance for your child to test his or her acting chops, and a great chance for you to run a few weekend errands, all the while knowing your little one is happy and having fun. Classes start March 28!

summertime kidKidz Central Station’s St. Patrick’s Day Pop-Up! For a fun one-time spring activity, join us at Musibambino’s Upper East Side location for a musical St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 17! Little ones age 4 months–4 years will sing, play, and learn all about instruments. Dress your little ones (and yourself) in green for a more festive way to get into the St. Patty’s Day spirit! So pop in for the class, meet lots of new friends in your neighborhood, and enjoy some awesome treats!

For more stellar spring classes starting soon, visit Kidz Central Station!