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New Season, New Activities! 4 NYC Kids’ Programs to Try This Spring

Spring has sprung in NYC! Not only are the trees in Central Park starting to bud and sidewalk cafes are filling with people on the bustling city streets, but lots of kids’ classes are popping up for the new season. Keep your kids busy during the home stretch to summer with these four awesome activities—and search Kidz Central Station for more!

baby girl with her mother rolled out the dough cook, bakeEloise at the Plaza. Contrary to what you might think, a visit to the renowned Plaza Hotel is not just for adults—kids are in for a treat too! Little ones can pay a visit to a very special friend named Eloise—the beloved character from the Eloise children’s book series—in her own lovely corner of this popular spot. Drop in for weekly tea sessions on Fridays, complete with sandwiches, sweets, and story time; or pop in for events such as cookie decorating and pasta making, which are sure to end with a delicious treat! Plus, all children who attend these fun drop-in activities will go home with a favor bag and a $10 gift card to the Eloise store!

standard_Bulldog_5-6Bulldog Ball Club. When we think about spring, we imagine kids running around and playing outside after a long, cold winter—and thanks to Bulldog Ball Club they can do just that, starting this week! With after school baseball sessions in Central Park for kids age 4–9, this program teaches the basics, including hitting, fielding, and throwing, as well as important lessons for sports and life: positivity, effort, perseverance, and sportsmanship. All skills are taught through fun, conceptual mini baseball games, getting them ready for Bulldog’s summer camp, which is just a couple short months away!

The Art Farm - Birthday PartyArt Farm in the City. Not only does this Upper East Side favorite have tons of spring enrichment classes for kids as young as six months old, but it’s also one of the only NYC kids’ programs to focus on nature and animals. There are some great ways to play here this spring—kids can cook healthy eats in the Farm Foodies Cooking Class; rock out, get creative, and meet new animal friends in Rocks, Smocks, and Animals; or get prepped for preschool in the brand new Farm Friends class. If you’re looking for some last minute fun with animals, there is also drop-in open play every week. Although the spring semester began last week, you can still join at a prorated price!

standard_Tennis_MSSGreen Ivy Enrichment. Located downtown at the Pine Street School and Battery Park Montessori, Green Ivy Enrichment is a fantastic kids’ program with tons of after school activities for kids with every possible interest. Children age three to eight can join for a semester of soccer, tennis, chess, art, or capoeira dancing (and more!), many which are taught by well-known local programs (i.e. Super Soccer Stars and Chess at Three). Classes start this week, so reserve your child’s spot! P.S. If your child is off for spring break from April 25–29, you’ll also want to check out Green Ivy’s Spring into Summer Vacation Camp!

Find out more about NYC kids’ programs on Kidz Central Station this spring! Visit the site and narrow your search by age, location, price, day, or time to see what’s happening this season near you!

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.