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5 Awesome Programs for Kids’ Winter Classes!

Happy little boy playing in playroom

Doesn’t it seem like we were all just signing up our kids for fall classes? Somehow it’s already December, and we can’t believe the start of the winter semester is less than a month away. If you’re looking for a new program to keep your kids busy during the coming winter months, here are some great options for kids’ winter classes on Kidz Central Station that definitely won’t disappoint.

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, and there is a great variety of semester classes for all ages like the Farm Foodies Cooking Class and Laurie Berkner’s The Music in Me. Classes start the week of January 5, so be sure to reserve your seat now!

JCC in Manhattan. Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the JCC in Manhattan offers a great variety 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. JCC is even offering winter Little Maestros classes (the popular kids’ music program that started on the Upper East Side), which is now 10% off on Kidz Central Station with code MAESTRO10 until December 11. If you live on the Upper West Side, this one is a no brainer.

Soc Roc. With tons of great reviews on Kidz Central Station, Soc Roc is a fan favorite for soccer classes in NYC. Offering sessions throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, Soc Roc’s classes are a great way for little ones to learn soccer skills and teamwork while running around and having fun. Classes start at age 18 months, so kids can learn about this great sport at an early age.

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

Physique Swimming. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean little ones should wait until summer to learn to swim! Physique Swimming offers lessons for kids of all ages in locations throughout Manhattan, including the Upper East Side, Midtown East, Harlem, and FiDi. For the littlest swimmers, Me and My Shadow teaches the basics: splashing, bubbles, and being comfortable in the water; while more experienced students can take beginner and advanced classes to continue learning new strokes and skills. There are tons of class times available (on weekends too!) to fit everyone’s busy schedules.

There are so many programs on Kidz Central Station offering awesome winter classes, we can’t even begin to list them all here! Search the site by age, location, class type, and more to find exactly what you’re looking for!

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.