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15 Fun Classes for Pre-school Kids

Top Classes for Pre-School Aged Children in NYC (Fall/Winter 2018)


NORY Science & Engineering is a Tots and Me class with hands-on experiments and projects.  Teach students ‘why,’ then ‘what’ to help them become more inquisitive and to show them how to look at the world differently.




Multi-Sport | Rising Roots with FunFit Kids is a drop off class for 3yr olds.  Children focus on specific sport cues and skills that relate to gross-motor movements through games and play. Children also learn about teamwork and rules of gameplay.



Piano Lessons at High Note start as early as 3.  Nora will support your learning of an applied instrument and incorporate theory and ear training following method books and appropriate supplemental materials.




Fall Soccer Class for ages 2-4 with caregiver with SocRoc. Students learn soccer from a former pro and develop core strength, upper and lower body strength, as well as, flexibility, endurance, and excellent posture.





Take Baby Ballerinas at Joffrey Ballet School in Greenwich Village.  Children explore movement, musicality, motor coordination, thus enhancing the development of both their bodies and minds.






Canta y Baila Conmigo for ages 4 and under with Eastside Westside Music Together. For native Spanish speakers to brand new Spanish-learners.





Super Tumblers for ages 3-4 at 92nd Street Y.  Teach children age-appropriate, skill-oriented progressions based on USA Gymnastics’ movement programs.





Preschoolers love Music with James!  James Humphrey is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist.




preschoolersEarly Development Art Adventures with Claire’s Creative Adventures (UES) introduces Ages 2-5 to Contemporary, Classic and Multi-Cultural Art.

  • Curriculum Based on Artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Koons and more
  • Introduction to Professional Artist Materials such as plaster, clay, charcoal and mixed media




Hip Hop for Ages 3-5 with Midtown Movement and Dance cultivates passion for dance. Introduce movements used in mainstream hip hop and pop music and jazz technique basics.







In Grandma’s Attic has Budding Ballerina & Ballerino for Ages 2-3 (Chelsea, UWS, Harlem).  Each week a different fairytale is read, and then reenacted through dance with costumes and props.





preschoolersGet the little ones Moving to the Rhythm of Math at Launch Math + Science for Ages 1.5-3.  With music as the foundation for learning, tots explore concepts such as counting, reading and identifying numbers, and using a number line.






Learn Spanish with ¡HOLA! A Playgroup Toddler Program.  Children acquire linguistic skills and develop an “ear” for new sounds learned, while building Spanish vocabulary.






Cook with Kids in the Kitchen Ages 2-4 at 92nd Street Y.




preschoolersStart pre-school with a Threes Preschool Class at Wee Ones Club. The daily schedule includes social play, muscle & brain builders, tumbling & jumping, music & instruments, dancing, story time, snack, art, parachute & bubbles.

6 Fun Soccer Classes & World Cup Facts

Soccer Classes Kidz Central StationWorld Cup 2018 kicks off June 14th with Russia v. Saudi Arabia and ends with the finals on July 15th.  Are your soccer loving kids looking for a way to join in the fun? We found 6 of the best places for kids to hone their soccer skills at an early age to get World Cup ready. 

But first, let’s kick off World Cup 2018 with 6 Fun Facts to impress your friends.

  1. The 2018 World Cup is in Russia.  Qatar will host in 2022.
  2. Uruguay hosted the first ever World Cup in 1930…and won!
  3. Brazil has won the tournament the most – 5 times.
  4. Germany has the most 2nd place finishes with 4.
  5. The most goals ever scored by one player in a World Cup match is 5 by Oleg Salenko of Russia.
  6. In 1954, Austria defeated Switzerland 7-5 in the highest scoring game in World Cup history.


Soccer Classes Kidz Central StationSoccer Classes in Manhattan

Soc Roc

5-star rated class  created by former pro soccer player James Christie.  Summer soccer classes are now underway until August 15th.  Sign up by age group: Ages 18 months to 4 yrs, Ages 2-3 , Ages 3-4, Ages 4-6, Ages 5-8.

Kids at Work

(1) Kick and Play Soccer for ages 12 months to 2 years is a soccer readiness program presented by Super Soccer Stars. (2) Super Soccer Stars for ages 2 to 3 years focuses on skill-building and scrimmages.


Soccer & STEM Summer Camp for ages 3 to 7 years works with the pros of Super Soccer Stars to to teach kids the fundamentals, e.g. dribbling, passing, and shooting.


Soccer Classes Kidz Central Station

Soccer Classes in Queens

Long Island City Youth Soccer Academy

Soccer for Tots program for ages 2 to 4 years introduces the fundamentals. Summer Camps for ages 6 to 16 years is open to kids of all abilities.


Summer soccer classes for kids ages 2 to 8 years old begin July 5th. Locations: Jackson Heights, Astoria, Long Island City, Middle Village and Sunnyside.


Soccer Classes Kidz Central Station

Soccer Classes in Brooklyn

Aviator Sports

Everything from private lessons to various soccer classes for ages 18 months to 12 years!

NYC’s Top Rated STEM Summer Camps

NORY STEM summer camp

Our friends at NORY do what all of us parents strive to do, which is help our children “discover their talent and push the limits on what they can achieve.”  We often hear from our Kidz Central Station families how important it is to get their children exposed to and involved in STEM at an early age. We’ve found NORY to be the first step in getting this ball rolling.  

Thanks in great part to its state-of-the-art facilities and inspirational instructors, NORY has been rated NYC’s premiere STEM summer camp.  Budding innovators ages 3-12 create through collaborative project-based learning and design thinking challenges. An equal emphasis is placed on developing social skills (e.g. empathy, inquisitiveness, resilience) to help our kids embrace new ideas, learn from their mistakes, and then continue to create without fear.  These are the skills necessary to succeed in life.

Kidz Tips

  • NORY camps generally run from June 18 – Aug 31. Multi-week discounts are available!
  • 3 locations: Midtown East (E45th St), UWS (W76th St), FiDi (Pine St).
  • Shuttle bus service from/to LIC and UES to the Midtown East location
  • Healthy and organic lunch service provided by Little Green Gourmets
  • Early drop-off (8:15 AM), extended day (4-6 PM) and half-day options
  • Low camper to instructor ratio of 5:1


We reviewed four fantastic summer camp options: Soccer & STEM, Swim & STEM, Robots & Science, and Entrepreneurship.  

Robots & Science Summer Camp

NORY STEM summer campEach week introduces a new theme, such as Design Thinking & Civil Engineering, Theatre Science, Kitchen Science, Inventor’s Challenge, Rocket Engineering & Space Explorers and many more. In addition to science, other valuable skills emphasized are resiliency, teamwork, and inquisitiveness.  Each day includes a specialty activity from team sports to creative art projects to help develop soft skills relevant to the weekly theme.

Swim & STEM Summer Camp

NORY STEM summer campThis partnership between NORY and Physique Swimming is one we can’t stop raving about.  Campers swim every morning for a full hour of instructional swim with 15 minutes of fun led by Physique Swimming instructors at a nearby pool.  Campers return for lunch at 12 PM and spend the afternoon with NORY innovating with STEM projects that include Robot Building, Motion & Matter Physics, Blast Chemistry, Builder’s Engineer and more.  

Soccer & STEM Summer Camp

NORY STEM summer campCampers start the day by developing new skills, such as  programming a robot, building circuits, conducting experiments, etc. During the second part of the day, the pros of Super Soccer Stars teach kids the fundamentals of soccer: dribbling, passing, and shooting. Emphasis is placed on the enjoyment of the game, self-confidence and teamwork.

Entrepreneurship (aka The World’s Coolest Lemonade Stand)

NORY STEM summer camp

In this one week-long session, children will learn to understand others’ needs, develop solutions to a problem, and gain the courage to take risks as they develop their own business. Most importantly, young entrepreneurs will learn that being creative is not only rewarding, but also a whole lot of fun.

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.

NYC Classes and Activities for Kids Starting Next Week!

Although the first day of spring has come and gone, with today being the first day of April we can definitely say that spring is here—and the weather is finally cooperating! Kidz Central Station has tons of spring classes and activities for kids starting each day, from music and soccer to family friendly shows and beyond. If you need last minute help deciding on classes, check out our round up below (or email us at info@kidzcentralstation.com and ask!)—or sign up for a trial class if you still aren’t sure!

Music for Aardvarks Sohostandard_BREEZY_PIC_POSTCARD. Music of Aardvarks Soho is run by the talented Bree Sharp, a.k.a. “Breezy”, a musician trained under Music For Aardvarks creator David Weinstone. She has been teaching classes for over 10 years, including the new semester of Music for Aardvarks Soho (which she teaches with all-star Andrew) starting April 6! Classes are for infants and toddlers age four months to four years, and include lots of singing, dancing, moving, clapping and laughing! Children are exposed to a wide variety of musical styles and instruments, and are sure to have a blast all season long.

The Amazing Max. For a limited time only, The Amazing Max is back and bringing fun and comedy to NYC kids from April 6–10! The perfect weekend activity for the whole family, The Amazing Max is a comedic magician who can keep even the most active kids entertained. It’s a high-energy show where objects disappear, the laws of gravity are defied, and kids sit spellbound for an entire 60 minutes! And for a limited time, select shows are 20% off!standard_TheAmazingMax0518

Soc Roc. The arrival of spring means that it’s time for children to get outside and enjoy the fresh air—and Soc Roc’s new semester of soccer classes is a great way to start! With tons of classes in Manhattan’s Central Park and Astoria Park in Queens, this program allows kids of all ages to learn the basics of soccer in NYC’s natural havens. And if outdoor classes aren’t for your child, Soc Roc also has indoor classes available in various NYC neighborhoods. Classes start over throughout next two weeks!

Urban Golf. Another great outdoor class for city kids, Urban Golf’s Early Birdies class for 3.5–5 year olds provides an overall introduction to the fundamentals of golf: how to hold a golf club; proper swing posture, set up, and aim; and rules and etiquette. Kids learn and practice with a variety of golf drills and games, all from the beautiful Riverside Park in NYC! The spring semester starts April 6, so hurry up and enroll!

Spring Break Campsstandard_4wGD15ikKj4Cq8K7eoFcWYnhaGd5RvepMCjGXZcXxTI. Since next week is spring break for NYC public schools (but not for parents!), many kids’ programs are running special spring break camps to keep kids busy all week long. Rockstars! (music and movement), Freshmade (cooking), and LIC Kids (gym, music, sports, and more!) are just a few great options, but check out the site for a full selection. Camps vary in number of days and hours per day, so you can choose the best program for your little one. So while kids are still learning and playing the week away, parents can drop of them off and attend to their own regularly scheduled activities.