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Try a Kids’ Class for Winter on Kidz Central Station!

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 8.43.49 AMWhile it may seem like the fall class season has only just started, winter will be here before we know it. During fall it was easy—schedule a class or two for your kids and spend the rest of the time letting them run around on the playground until their hearts’ content. But winter is a different story. Windy, cold, snowy days can make the days seem endless, especially if you don’t have any structured activities on schedule. So NOW is a great time to try a class, so you can be armed and ready with the best winter classes for kids when the cold arrives. Here’s how Kidz Central Station can help:

1. The site makes it quick and easy to find and book trial classes at kids’ programs throughout NYC! Use our search engine to select important criteria such as your child’s age, a convenient location, and a desired activity; check the box for trial classes; and click the button to find the best winter classes for kids!

Two Children Painting Picture At Home2. You’ll find new and unique kids’ activities that you never knew existed! In preparation for winter your child can try a class in fencing, robotics, coding, painting, theater, swim, and more!

3. Forget about unwieldy registration forms just to TRY a class! Instead, join Kidz Central Station, fill out your information once, and try as many classes as you like. Plus, once you’ve enrolled your child in a trial class, signing up for the semester is a breeze. You can enroll for the whole class via the same link you used for the trial class.

And of course, we’re always here to help you find a class or enroll—email us any time at info@kidzcentralstation.com. So get ready for winter, and try a class via Kidz Central Station now!

5 Ways to Prepare for Fall Classes and Activities

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Now that it’s August, the pressure is on—it’s time to start enrolling your kids in fall classes and activities. Sure, you can put it off a few weeks, or sign up when summer is over, but the sooner you sign up, the sooner you can cross it off your list and return to summer fun. Plus, classes DO fill up, so enrolling now means assuring your child a spot!

If you haven’t thought a minute about what classes your child should take when September arrives, you’re not alone—it can be totally overwhelming, especially since there are so many kids’ programs to choose from in NYC. At Kidz Central Station we eat, sleep, and breathe kids’ activities, so we’re here to share some of our tips for choosing the best classes and preparing for the fall season.

Sign up for something new! Along with the perennial favorites that you sign up for season after season, try adding a new class to your child’s repertoire for fall. There are so many unique programs out there that you may not even know exist, and Kidz Central Station makes it easy for you to find them! Simply search by class type and neighborhood to see what hidden gems lie right in your neighborhood.

Keep kids’ schedules in mind. While it’s good for children to learn to be flexible, if your child naps at the same time every day, or you know he or she will focus better at a particular time keep those factors in mind when choosing a session. This will help you avoid making up tons of classes and will ensure that your child gets the most out of each lesson. Luckily, many programs offer multiple times and days for each class, so it’s easy to find the perfect option for your child.

Two cute little boys, playing footballTry a class NOW. Since fall classes don’t start until next month, August is a great time for kids to try out a class before committing for an entire season. Most programs offer trial classes for free or at a nominal cost, so it’s totally worth the time and effort. To search for a trial class on Kidz Central Station, simply check the box for “Trial Class” when searching from the homepage to see what’s available.

Complement classes with play time. With so many unique activities available for NYC kids this fall, it can be tempting to book a class for every day of the week. While structured activities are important for learning and development, kids are still kids at the end of the day—they still need free time to run around and play. Plus, fall is still warm enough to take advantage of NYC’s parks and playgrounds, which offer ample opportunity for running, jumping, climbing, and playing with pals. But don’t worry—winter isn’t too far behind, so in just a few months your little one can try all of the classes and activities he or she didn’t have time for during fall.

Get help! At Kidz Central Station, not only do we work with tons of NYC kids’ programs, but many of us are parents too! Email us any time with questions and to ask for suggestions—we know the ins and outs of the kids’ programs in NYC from working with them day to day and because our own kids have experienced many of the classes we have on the site. Let us help you get ready for fall!

5 Ways to Prepare for Kids’ Winter Activities

It’s finally cold here in NYC, which means that winter is coming soon—and the start of kids’ winter activities is not too far behind. Unfortunately the days of running around jacket-less in the park are over and walks to kids’ classes, play dates, and activities will be much colder—and possibly very snowy! Before winter rears its ugly head, here are a few ways to get ready.

Child in snowClothes for bundling. Of course you’re going to get your child a winter coat and some cold weather accessories, but don’t wait until the snow arrives—get them all now! The last thing you want is the first snow to fall and you’re stuck overnighting a pair of snow pants so your little one can play outside with the other kids. Necessities to put on your list: a heavy jacket (but beware of coats so puffy your child can’t move), waterproof mittens/gloves and clips to keep them attached to the jacket, a warm hat, snow pants, and snow boots.

Stroller accessories. Since we use our strollers like cars here in NYC, it’s no wonder that there are so many accessories for easy winter-proofing. Keep your little one warm with a stroller sleeping bag like the JJ Cole Polar BundleMe, and for yourself, you’ll need handwarmers, like the 7A.M. Enfant Warmmuffs, which are like mittens that attach to the handle of your stroller. And if you have a Bugaboo stroller, they carry Rough Terrain Wheels, which are made for navigating snow-packed streets. Whatever stroller you have, you can be sure there are winter accessories to come with it.

Screen Shot 2014-11-15 at 8.56.33 PMTrial Classes. Right now is the perfect time to sign up your little one for a trial class—before kids’ winter activities officially start and the weather is  too miserable to trek out several times a week to try everything out. To book a trial class, search the Kidz Central Station homepage by class type, age, and neighborhood; select the check box for Trial Class; and see what classes are available. After your child’s trial class, you can easily return to book him or her for the winter semester.

Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 11.29.28 AMShare winter classes with your friends. Once you find the right class for your child, using Kidz Central Station you can easily share it with friends who may want to sign up too. Look for the “Share this with your friends” box on the right-hand side of every page, where you can share the class via Facebook or email. It’s so easy you don’t even have to open your email to do it!

Scout out indoor activities nearby. All NYC neighborhoods have kid-friendly hangouts and activities—you just have to find them! Neighborhoods like the Upper East Side and Upper West Side have access to several great kid-friendly museums. Midtown has interactive kids’ shopping at places like FAO Schwarz and the LEGO store. Downtown you’ll find great kids’ boutiques to poke around in and more museums to visit. And every area has its share of kid-friendly restaurants and spots for open play. If you check out what’s close to your apartment now, you’ll be ready when those first few snowflakes start to fall.

It’s Back to Class Season at Kidz Central Station!

Baby girl and her mother playing at homeUh-oh . . . it’s August. There’s still plenty of summer left, but August is a reminder to
savor every summer second because fall is coming soon. If you haven’t thought a minute about what classes your child should take when September arrives, you’re not alone—many parents put it off because it can be pretty overwhelming.

To relieve some of the stress, Kidz Central Station is starting a “Back to Class” series here on Kidz Buzz, with class tips for every age, interest, and neighborhood. We’ll give advice, answer questions, and do our best to make it easy for you to sign up your kids for fall classes and enjoy the rest of your summer. To start, here are a few tips for choosing the best fall classes!

Try something new! While you may have a favorite program that you continuously sign up for with friends, try adding a new class to your child’s repertoire this fall. There are so many unique programs out there that you probably don’t know exist! Kidz Central Station lets you search by type of class and neighborhood, so try a search in your area to see what hidden gems are right around the corner.

Schedule classes around your child’s needs. Little kids can be unpredictable. But if your child has a particular nap schedule or there’s a time of day he or she will be most engaged in class, factor that in when choosing a session. Because really, what mom wants schedule 15 make-up classes because her child slept through class yet again? Luckily, many of the programs on Kidz Central Station offer a variety of times and days for each class, so it’s easy to find the perfect option for your child.

Try a class NOW. Since fall classes don’t start until next month, August is a great time to register for a trial class. Most programs offer them for free or at a nominal cost, so it’s worth a try before you buy. To search for a trial class on Kidz Central Station, simply check the box for “Trial Class” when searching from the homepage to see what’s available.

Don’t overbook. With so many possibilities, and so many unique fall classes for NYC kids, it can be tempting to enroll for an activity or two every day of the week. While structured activities are important for development and learning, kids still need free time to run around and play with pals—especially since fall is still warm enough to take advantage of NYC’s parks and playgrounds. But don’t worry—winter comes next, so in just a few months your little one can try all of the classes there wasn’t time for in the fall.