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5-Star Rated Classes and Birthday Parties

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

 

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


5-Star Rated Classes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


5-Star Rated Birthday Parties

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

Happy Holidays from Kidz Central Station!

BackgroundCHRISTMASLIGHTSv2(red)(LS)withHAPPYHOLIDAYS(E)Happy Holidays! We at Kidz Central Station want to thank you, all of our amazing and loyal members, readers, and followers for your support this year, and for helping us make Kidz Central Station the go-to place for finding and enrolling in NYC kids’ activities! It’s been another great year with lots of exciting accomplishments! In 2015:

The site has almost doubled to include over 5,000 classes, camps, and activities!

We’re going international! Launching in early 2016, Kidz Central Station UK will be the go-to website for finding the best kids’ activities in London’s metro area!

We’ve continued to improve the site, based on your feedback! We now have gift cards (a great holiday gift!) as well as a homepage event calendar that makes it even easier for NYC families to find and book classes in music, gymnastics, tennis, and more! Parents also have a range of scheduling options—from semester classes and drop-in activities to holiday camps and theater for kids.

Our team has grown—three new team members joined this year!

We’ve had some amazing press this year! If you missed it, we were featured in The Wall Street Journal and on WPIX 11 News

We hosted tons of awesome events, including pop-up parties with our favorite NYC kids’ programs and a holiday shopping event at Toys “R” Us Times Square with great sponsors, holiday giveaways, and lots of family activities. We can’t wait to host more fun events in 2016!

Thank you for being a part of our success this year—we appreciate all of your support, feedback, and time spent on the site. We wish you a very happy holiday and a wonderful new year—here’s to a fantastic 2016!

Why Kidz Central Station Is Thankful This Thanksgiving

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This time of year is truly the best—with Thanksgiving upon us and the holiday season right on its heals, it’s the perfect time to reflect on all of the wonderful things that have happened this year and what we have to be thankful for. So, we’d like to take this opportunity to impart five great reasons why we at Kidz Central Station are thankful this year. We wish all of the Kidz Central Station families out there a very Happy Thanksgiving!

1. We love what we do. We feel truly lucky that we get to go to work each day and help NYC parents (like us!) find classes and activities that make their kids happy. We all know what it’s like to search high and low for the right kids’ classes, so it makes us feel good to know that we’re making life just a little bit easier with Kidz Central Station.

2. We all have wonderful families who support us every day. Period, end.

3. We get to come up with new and unique ways to reach the NYC parenting community. From our recent event at Toys “R” Us to our Best Kids’ Birthday Party Finder, it’s exciting and fun to reach parents in brand new ways, and best serve their needs. If you have questions or suggestions, let us know!

4. We get to meet and learn about lots of NYC families. Each day, parents call and email us with questions about kids’ activities—what’s the best music class for a 6 month old girl? (There are tons!) Do you have soccer for a 3 year old boy? (Yes, of course!) Through these exchanges we learn about what parents are looking for, what they want, and how we can better serve them. Right now we are gearing up for winter classes, so let us know if you need help finding the best classes for your child!

5. We all get to enjoy the upcoming Thanksgiving break. This Thursday on Thanksgiving, we all get to take a moment to sit back, relax, and enjoy some much-needed family time (as well as Thanksgiving activities!). We hope you do too!

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!

 

 

 

Why Your Kids Should Learn a New Language, And Early!

Do you ever wish you knew a second language? So many of us learned a little French in high school or a little Spanish in college, but can only relay a basic greeting or navigate the menu at an ethnic restaurant. In fact, only 18% of Americans report speaking a second language, while 53% of Europeans are bilingual (and some know more languages than two!). Since the U.S. is becoming more and more multicultural by the day, what can we do to give our kids a leg up on learning a new language?

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Start them early! According to François Thibaut, founder of The Language Workshop for Children, the critical period for learning is before age 12. At that time children are like sponges—they can more or less pick up a new language by being in an environment where they can hear it and practice. Thibaut says that if a child learns a new language before age 12, they will be able to speak without an accent—akin to a native speaker! After age 12, brain plasticity (or the brain’s ability to change and adapt to new things) decreases, and children will have to study to absorb a new language.

Besides picking new languages up quickly and speaking like a native, here are a few more benefits of learning a language at an early age:

  • Children who learn a second language early on tend to show more mental flexibility than their peers.
  • Bilingual children perform better in English courses than their monolingual counterparts.
  • Learning a new language has also shown positive effects on math and science skills.

According to Forbes, the demand for foreign language classes is at it’s highest since 1968. Luckily, New York City answers that demand with lots of language classes where your little ones can interact and play while learning Spanish, French, Mandarin, Chinese, and more. Here are a few great picks here on Kidz Central Station:

Language Beans: Mandarin Immersion classes.
Location: Carroll Gardens. Ages: 3–5 years

Lango: Spanish and Mandarin classes.
Location: Boreum Hill. Ages: 3–7 years

Language Workshop for Children: Spanish, Chinese, and French classes.
Location: Midtown East/Murray Hill. Ages: 6 months–3 years

For a full listing of language classes on Kidz Central Station, click here!

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3 Great NYC Drop-In Class Options This Week!

We are excited to have 74 St. MAGIC join us at Kidz Central Station!  74th St. MAGIC is one of the NYC’s most comprehensive enrichment programs with a wide array of classes in their Mini MAP program (early preschool enrichment), MAP program (preschool alternative classes), and MAGIC program (music, art, gymnastics and cooking classes). This week, we wanted to share with you some fun drop-in class options that you may want to try and it’s easy to register!

Tumblin’ Kids: Age-appropriate gymnastic skills for ages 3.5-4 years old, are taught through a progression on all apparatus and tumbling circuits in MAGIC’s spacious, modern gym. Olympic equipment includes bars, balance beams, vaulting horse, rings and in-ground trampoline. Low student-to-instructor ratio ensures personalized instruction and safety. This popular drop-in class is offered Mondays at 1:30 PM and Wednesdays at 4:45 PM.

Music, Art & Storytime: For ages 2-3 years old, this favorite encompasses hands-on art projects and interactive musical activities. For every child under 3 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Each class begins with a story, which is imaginatively and dramatically told, and then progresses to a themed art project, which may include painting, collage, easel work or drawing. The class wraps up with musical activities such as singing, finger plays, rhythm instruments and other forms of self-expression.
This drop-in class is available on Tuesdays at 10:15 AM and Thursdays at 9:30 AM.

Piccolo Picassos: For ages 2-5 years old, children explore various art mediums and materials through creative hands-on projects. For every child under 3 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and visual/spatial processing are addressed alongside creative exploration. Children are encouraged to express themselves without worrying about making a mess! This drop-in class is available on Fridays at 9:30 AM.

To learn more on 74th St. MAGIC & see even more of their drop-in classes offered throughout the week, visit them on Kidz Central Station!  If these classes don’t fit your schedule use KCS to search by date, time, age, location or class type to find the perfect class.