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FREE AND LOW COST CLASSES FOR KIDS IN BRONX WEEK OF APRIL 1

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by Kids Events Editor April 1, 2013

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Nature on the Go - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through October 31, 2012 - Flatbush

Kids have fun out in nature by playing animal charades, pretending to be a bat trying to catch a moth, or joining in many other fun and active nature games that teaches them about the nature around us. Led by a park naturalist.

Read and Play - Brooklyn Public Library, Greenpoint branch
Through January 01, 2013 - Greenpoint

Children, ages birth to 5 years, enjoy hearing stories, exploring books, singing, and social interaction. (Part of The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs.)

The FEMCHO Anti-bullying Program - Bet U Can Dance
April 01, 2013 - East Northport

Girls enjoy 40 minutes of dance fitness, 20 minutes of girl-talk and a lifetime of confidence in this program that follows a specific format to allow girls to openly express their feelings in a safe environment while still having fun and bonding together. The program adheres to FEMCHO which is an acronym for friendship, equality, mindfulness, compassion, honor,and open-mindedness.

Monday Afternoon Storytime - Barnes & Noble City Center
April 01, 2013 - White Plains

Young children can enjoy an exciting adventure at every turn of the page during this storytime.

Science Spot - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
April 01, 2013 - Stamford

Join an SM&NC educator to learn about stars and planets, test yourself in the Forces Challenge lab, learn about states of matter and find out how much you would weigh on the moon. Participants are welcome to drop-in at any time, but all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Board Games for Kids and Tweens - Brooklyn Public Library, Cypress Hills branch
April 01, 2013 - Cypress Hills

Kids and tweens enjoy board games.

Chess for Children - Brooklyn Public Library, Crown Heights branch
April 01, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids learn, play, and practice chess with help from an instructor.

Lego Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard branch
April 01, 2013 - Williamsburg

Kids set their imaginations free using Lego building blocks.

Blooming Naturalists - Prospect Park Audubon Center
April 01, 2013 - Flatbush

Spring into action and train to be a naturalist. Learn how to use tools of the trade and make your own nature journal.

LEARN TO DRAW with ART TEACHER AMY - Children 5 1/2-7 1/2 - St. Luke's Lutheran Church
April 01, 2013 - Bayshore

Step-by-step, your child can learn to draw animals, landscapes, people and masterworks while they experiment with chalk and oil pastels, watercolors and markers.

Tiny Tots - Sense of Touch - Center for Science Teaching and Learning
April 01, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Kids 18 months to 3 years old can participate in a variety of fun adventures. Some are indoors, others are outdoors, but all in all, kids learn about the world around them.

Little Artist: April Showers Watercolor Painting - Children's Museum of Manhattan
April 01, 2013 - Upper West Side

Use watercolors to make a watery picture like the raindrops that fall from the sky.

Build It! - Children's Museum of the Arts
April 01, 2013 - SoHo

Explore unconventional ways of building, constructing, and assembling with this three-dimensional guided workshop series.

Morning Bird Walk: Early Migrants - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through April 02, 2013 - Flatbush

Spring into action and train to be a naturalist. Learn how to use tools of the trade and make your own nature journal. A great Spring Break activity.

Story Time Book Club - Pottery Barn Kids
April 02, 2013 - White Plains

Kids are invited to join the Story Time Club which meets every Tuesday. First-time members receive an official Book Club Passport at their first Story Time, and a special gift after five visits.

Blooming Naturalists - Prospect Park Audubon Center
April 02, 2013 - Flatbush

Spring into action and train to be a naturalist. Learn how to use tools of the trade and make your own nature journal.

LEARN TO DRAW with ART TEACHER AMY - Children 9-12 - St. Luke's Lutheran Church
April 02, 2013 - Bayshore

Step-by-step, your child can learn to draw animals, landscapes, people and masterworks while they experiment with chalk and oil pastels, watercolors and markers.

Little Scientists: Bubbly Baby Bath Time - Children's Museum of Manhattan
April 02, 2013 - Upper West Side

Kids can give a baby doll a bath in soapy water and learn the different parts of the body.

The FEMCHO Anti-bullying Program - Bet U Can Dance
April 03, 2013 - East Northport

Girls enjoy 40 minutes of dance fitness, 20 minutes of girl-talk and a lifetime of confidence in this program that follows a specific format to allow girls to openly express their feelings in a safe environment while still having fun and bonding together. The program adheres to FEMCHO which is an acronym for friendship, equality, mindfulness, compassion, honor,and open-mindedness.

Boppin’ with Bonnie at CSI - Congregation Sons of Israel
April 03, 2013 - Upper Nyack

Parents with babies and toddlers are invited to join music teacher and ventriloquist Bonnie Halfond for a morning of music, movement, and puppets.

MusicClasses4Kids Trial Class - Germonds Presbyterian Church
April 03, 2013 - New City

MusicClasses4Kids invites parents or caregivers and their newborn through kindergarten-aged children to a trial class of their Spring 2013 “Circus Spectacular” Song Collection. Fee will be credited to your tuition if you join after the class. Pre-registration is requested.

CRITTERS, CRAFTS, AND KIDS - Greenburgh Nature Center
April 03, 2013 - Scarsdale

Enjoy wonderful spring days at the Nature Center with walks, live animals, and stories. Dress for outdoor activities. For children ages 18 mos.-5 years with a parent/caregiver.

LEARN TO DRAW with ART TEACHER AMY- Children 6-9 - West Islip Community Center,
April 03, 2013 - West Islip

Step-by-step, your child can learn to draw animals, landscapes, people and masterworks while they experiment with chalk and oil pastels, watercolors and markers.

EatSleepPlay™ Tots: I Love My Veggies Collage - Children's Museum of Manhattan
April 03, 2013 - Upper West Side

Kids can glue vegetable cut outs and collage materials onto green paper to make their very own vegetable garden collage. They will learn descriptive vocabulary, develop shape and color recognition, sensory awareness, and creative expression.

Planting Seeds for a Healthy Spring - Rosenthal JCC
April 04, 2013 - Yorktown

Get your picky eaters involved with growing and making their own healthy foods, even vegetables. Food coach, Hillary Marra, will facilitate a workshop on healthy spring eating. You and your child will plant lettuce seeds to start your own garden and taste-test a variety of foods, including a smoothie - who could resist?

Invent It! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
April 04, 2013 - Crown Heights

Help us build a giant machine with levers, pulleys, ramps, and wheels inspired by wacky inventor Rube Goldberg. Start a chain reaction that's as wild as your imagination!

Ridge Kids Write - Brooklyn Public Library, Bay Ridge branch
April 04, 2013 - Bay Ridge

Kids meet up at a nurturing and supportive creative writing workshop.

Hive Fashion Teen Time - Brooklyn Public LIbrary, Bushwick branch
April 04, 2013 - Bushwick

Teens interested in fashion learn about photography photography and document new styles.

Yoga for Children - Congregation Sons of Israel
April 04, 2013 - Upper Nyack

The synagogue invites children ages 2-6 to this playful and integrative approach to yoga.

MusicClasses4Kids Trial Class - Beth Am Temple
April 04, 2013 - Pearl River

MusicClasses4Kids invites parents or caregivers and their newborn through kindergarten-aged children to a trial class of their Spring 2013 “Circus Spectacular” Song Collection. Fee will be credited to your tuition if you join after the class. Pre-registration is requested.

MusicClasses4Kids Trial Class - Tallman Bible Church
April 04, 2013 - Tallman

MusicClasses4Kids invites parents or caregivers and their newborn through kindergarten-aged children to a trial class of their Spring 2013 “Circus Spectacular” Song Collection. Fee will be credited to your tuition if you join after the class. Pre-registration is requested.

J-Baby: Planting Seeds for a Healthy Spring - Rosenthal JCC Yorktown Branch
April 04, 2013 - Yorktown Heights

Get your picky eaters involved with growing and making their own healthy foods, even vegetables. Food coach, Hillary Marra, will facilitate a workshop on healthy spring eating. You and your child will plant lettuce seeds to start your own garden and taste-test a variety of foods, including a smoothie - who could resist?

Drama Posse - Hillcrest Library
April 04, 2013 - Flushing

Children and teens ages 11-14, can try their hand at acting, and perform in a live show especially for kids. Budding actors, musicians, scenery artists, sound effects techs, and stagehands are needed. Weekly meetings and rehearsals are required for all actors and actresses.

Audio Portraits - Children's Museum of the Arts
April 04, 2013 - SoHo

Kids can stop by the Sound Booth and create an "Audio Portrait" with teaching artists. Using Garageband software, kids will flex their skills in oral interpretation as they record tracks that include autobiographical information such as descriptions of their home and family, their favorite color, food, animal, or their happiest place. In addition, they'll have the opportunity to add music and sound effects to their unique Audio Portraits. This is a great workshop for the budding podcaster, radio journalist or storyteller.

Parent Survival Night - The Little Gym of Westport
April 05, 2013 - Westport

Children aged 3-12 experience gym activities with well trained staff, while parents get a night out on the town.

Blooming Babies: Adventures in the Jungle - Brooklyn Children's Museum
April 05, 2013 - Crown Heights

Discover animals that live in the world's jungles. Imagine being one of those animals and crawl, jump, flap, or hop from place to place while letting out your loudest roar! Meet an animal from the Museum's live collection and create a jungle-themed craft to take home.

Kidz Cook - Staten Island Children's Museum
April 05, 2013 - Staten Island

Kids make yummy Beignets from New Orleans.

LEARN TO DRAW with ART TEACHER AMY- Children 6-9 - First United Methodist Church
April 05, 2013 - Amityville

Step-by-step, your child can learn to draw animals, landscapes, people and masterworks while they experiment with chalk and oil pastels, watercolors and markers.

PJ Party! - New York Kids Club
April 05, 2013 - Upper West Side

Pajama parties are a one-of-a-kind thematic "after hours" celebration for children 2.5-8 years featuring gym exploration, art, story, cooking, games, relays, and more. All parties culminate in a disco dance party, and dinner is provided. This is a drop off event.

Ductivities Workshop - Glaze Art Studio
April 05, 2013 - Orangeburg

Glaze hosts this Friday night craft workshop. Kids in grades 1-6 can learn to harness the power of ordinary duct tape to make extraordinary projects. Students will tear, rip, and fold their way to wallets and bags using duct tape. Registration is required.

Gan Shabbat Service - Bet Torah Nursery School
April 06, 2013 - Mt. Kisco

An inter-active introduction to Shabbat songs, stories and prayers for toddlers up to grade 2 and their families. A kid-friendly Kiddush of refreshments follows each service. Unaffiliated families and intermarried families are invited to join this specially-designed, warm, and welcoming children's program.

New Victory Family Workshops: Sound Effects and Foley Design - New 42nd Street Studios
April 06, 2013 - Times Square

Use sound and music to define the mood and enrich the story of your own imaginary world. Inspired by "Intergalactic Nemesis," this workshop is best for kids ages eight and older.

MusicClasses4Kids Trial Class - Germonds Presbyterian Church
April 06, 2013 - New City

MusicClasses4Kids invites parents or caregivers and their newborn through kindergarten-aged children to a trial class of their Spring 2013 “Circus Spectacular” Song Collection. Fee will be credited to your tuition if you join after the class. Pre-registration is requested.

FAMILY JAMS featuring Music for Aardvarks - Groove Performing Arts
April 06, 2013 - Larchmont

A live, interactive musical experience for the whole family. Sing, dance, jam and laugh out loud. Ages 1-5 years with an active grown-up. Registration required. Note new times!

BABY JAMS featuring Music for Aardvarks - Groove Performing Arts
April 06, 2013 - Larchmont

You're up early, so you might as well be jamming! BABY JAM is the ultimate interactive musical experience for the littlest Aardvarks in the house. Don't expect all lullabyes and la-la-la...this Jam really rocks! Live music, pint-sized drums, easy-to-grasp shakers, and other music makers to keep busy baby hands happy. BABY JAM is also a great place for new parents who are living through the same sleep-free nights and baby milestones to meet one another. Proud grandparents and other grown-ups in the extended family are always welcome guests! For pre-mobile babies 3-12 mos. with an active grown-up.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Bronx Terminal
April 06, 2013 - Bronx

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin, and certificate of achievement. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Port Chester
April 06, 2013 - Port Chester

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin, and certificate of achievement. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Gun Hill Road
April 06, 2013 - Bronx

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin, and certificate of achievement. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Bruckner Boulevard
April 06, 2013 - Bronx

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin, and certificate of achievement. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Mohegan Lake
April 06, 2013 - Mohegan Lake

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin, and certificate of achievement. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - New Rochelle
April 06, 2013 - New Rochelle

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin, and certificate of achievement. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Yonkers
April 06, 2013 - Yonkers

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin, and certificate of achievement. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Hawthorne
April 06, 2013 - Hawthorne

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin, and certificate of achievement. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12.

Blooming Babies: Adventures in the Jungle - Brooklyn Children's Museum
April 06, 2013 - Crown Heights

Discover animals that live in the world's jungles. Imagine being one of those animals and crawl, jump, flap, or hop from place to place while letting out your loudest roar! Meet an animal from the Museum's live collection and create a jungle-themed craft to take home.

Math Workshop - Science Math Learning
April 06, 2013 - Oceanside

Interactive workshops to hone math and math problem-solving skills. Ideal for Grades 6-8. Call to register.

Reading and Writing Workshop - Science Math Learning
April 06, 2013 - Oceanside

Interactive workshops to hone reading, writing and math problem-solving skills. Ideal for Grades 6-8. Call to register.

Tours for Fours - The Museum of Modern Art
April 06, 2013 - Midtown

Look closely at three to five works of art in the museum galleries, talk about what you see, and engage in drawing, movement, or writing activities. Kids and adults participate together. April's theme is "Brush, Pour, Splatter: Looking at Paintings." Kids must be four years old to attend this program. Younger siblings are allowed to accompany the group, but the participating child must be four. This program is free for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Additional adults $25, seniors (65 and over with ID) $18, students $14, member guests $5. Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10:00 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs often fill up; we recommend arriving a little before 10:00 a.m. All participants must be present.

A Closer Look for Kids - The Museum of Modern Art
April 06, 2013 - Midtown

Share your ideas and participate in drawing, movement, or writing activities as you explore three to five works of art in the museum galleries. Kids and adults participate together. The theme for April is "Face Forward: People." *This program is free for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Additional adults $25, seniors (65 and over with ID) $18, students $14, member guests $5. *Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10:00 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs often fill up; we recommend arriving a little before 10:00 a.m. All participants must be present.

Transformations & Explorations: From The Scream and Beyond - Art Workshops With Pratt Art Instructors - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
April 06, 2013 - Upper East Side

Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly encouraged. The third installment of art workshops for kids with Pratt Institute art educators explores MUNCH | WARHOL and the Multiple Image. Working with several printmaking techniques, kids will, like the pop artist Andy Warhol, transform the images of Edvard Munch's Madonna, The Scream, and Self-Portrait with Skeleton Arm with their own personal versions or interpretations of the original works. About the Art and Design Education Department at Pratt Institute The mission of undergraduate Art and Design Education is the preparation of students of art and design as accomplished teachers of a diverse population of learners in urban schools, museums, early childhood, and community programs. Throughout the curriculum, practice is directly connected to, and supported by, pedagogical theory with an emphasis on reflection and the development of critical thinking skills. The department's graduates transform art classrooms into studios where students can discover their potential as learners. For more information, visit pratt.edu/academics/art_design.

Music for Aardvarks Family Time - JCC Rockland
April 07, 2013 - West Nyack

Families with kids ages 6 months-4 years old are invited to join Luke Montgomery of Music for Aardvarks for this hip, original, and fun music class featuring songs celebrating the lives of children in both an urban and suburban world. Participants can sing, dance, and jump in this interactive musical playground with instruments, bubbles, drums, and more.

Gym Buddies - Play with the Big Kids! - Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester
April 07, 2013 - Pleasantville

Children in K-4th get a chance to play with the big kids - tweens and teens who act as role models and engage children with fun games.

Blooming Babies: Adventures in the Jungle - Brooklyn Children's Museum
April 07, 2013 - Crown Heights

Discover animals that live in the world's jungles. Imagine being one of those animals and crawl, jump, flap, or hop from place to place while letting out your loudest roar! Meet an animal from the Museum's live collection and create a jungle-themed craft to take home.

Sunday Sing-along - The Moxie Spot
April 07, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

The Moxie Spot invites everybody for a Sunday sing-along. First and 3rd Sundays feature a drum-along. Second and 4th Sundays are without the drums. "Clap, sing, dance, or just stare in amazement," as The Moxie Spot touts on its website.

Tours for Fours - The Museum of Modern Art
April 07, 2013 - Midtown

Look closely at three to five works of art in the museum galleries, talk about what you see, and engage in drawing, movement, or writing activities. Kids and adults participate together. April's theme is "Brush, Pour, Splatter: Looking at Paintings." Kids must be four years old to attend this program. Younger siblings are allowed to accompany the group, but the participating child must be four. This program is free for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Additional adults $25, seniors (65 and over with ID) $18, students $14, member guests $5. Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10:00 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs often fill up; we recommend arriving a little before 10:00 a.m. All participants must be present.

A Closer Look for Kids - The Museum of Modern Art
April 07, 2013 - Midtown

Share your ideas and participate in drawing, movement, or writing activities as you explore three to five works of art in the museum galleries. Kids and adults participate together. The theme for April is "Face Forward: People." *This program is free for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Additional adults $25, seniors (65 and over with ID) $18, students $14, member guests $5. *Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10:00 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs often fill up; we recommend arriving a little before 10:00 a.m. All participants must be present.

The FEMCHO Anti-bullying Program - Bet U Can Dance
April 08, 2013 - East Northport

Girls enjoy 40 minutes of dance fitness, 20 minutes of girl-talk and a lifetime of confidence in this program that follows a specific format to allow girls to openly express their feelings in a safe environment while still having fun and bonding together. The program adheres to FEMCHO which is an acronym for friendship, equality, mindfulness, compassion, honor,and open-mindedness.

Monday Afternoon Storytime - Barnes & Noble City Center
April 08, 2013 - White Plains

Young children can enjoy an exciting adventure at every turn of the page during this storytime.

CPR/AED Course - Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps
April 08, 2013 - Scarsdale

Learn to save a life in just 4 hours! CPR course includes the use of an AED and choking rescue for adults, children and infants. Participants will receive an American Heart Association CPR Certification valid for two years.

Read and Play - Brooklyn Public Library, Greenpoint branch
April 08, 2013 - Greenpoint

Children, ages birth to 5 years, enjoy hearing stories, exploring books, singing, and social interaction. (Part of The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs.)

Lego Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard branch
April 08, 2013 - Williamsburg

Kids set their imaginations free using Lego building blocks.

Alley Pond Environmental Center - Creative Writing Workshop
April 08, 2013 - Douglaston

Join Laurie Nicholson, Professor of Writing at Hunter College as she leads this exciting new workshop. Writers at all levels are encouraged how to express their appreciation of nature. Geared towards nature writing, the concepts learned can be used for any genre of writing. Call to pre-register.

LEARN TO DRAW with ART TEACHER AMY - Children 5 1/2-7 1/2 - St. Luke's Lutheran Church
April 08, 2013 - Bayshore

Step-by-step, your child can learn to draw animals, landscapes, people and masterworks while they experiment with chalk and oil pastels, watercolors and markers.

Tiny Tots - Let's Garden - Center for Science Teaching and Learning
April 08, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Kids 18 months to 3 years old can participate in a variety of fun adventures. Some are indoors, others are outdoors, but all in all, kids learn about the world around them.

Babies Only Trial Class with Eastside Westside Music Together - Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew
April 08, 2013 - Upper West Side

Music Together is known the world over as the leader in the field of early childhood music education, with singing, dancing, playing, laughing, and having a great time making music, all with your child's musical education in mind. Music Together offers a one-semester introduction babies class for infants six months and younger. The music activities and materials are specially designed for parents who want to learn as much as possible about music development in infants. Meet other parents of newborns and learn music activities you can recreate at home with your baby.

Build It! - Children's Museum of the Arts
April 08, 2013 - SoHo

Explore unconventional ways of building, constructing, and assembling with this three-dimensional guided workshop series.

Sing, Sign & Play Classes - Cadenza Music Center
Through April 10, 2013 - Flushing

Enhance your baby's communication skills and education via signing. Jacqueline Ciaramella, a former Bayside NYC school teacher will conduct this sign language course. Here is what the research has to say about signing with babies & toddlers: My child can hear...WHY SHOULD I SIGN??? Over 25 years of scientific research shows that hearing babies who sign typically have the following benefits: Earlier communication: babies can produce signs as early as 6 months old--long before their ability to speak develops. • Fewer Temper-tantrums • Less Frustration • Improved confidence • Better adjusted • Average between 8 and 13 point Higher IQ • Larger vocabulary • Tend to speak and read early • Supports Spelling • It can have amazing results for children with speech or communication challenges, as well as other special needs • Helps children link symbols (signs) with concepts (meaning) and the spoken word • Provides another mode of learning (tactile and kinesthetic) • Increased bonding (signing is face-to-face communication) • Clarifies speech (does "Ba" mean baby? bottle? ball? bug? Banana?) • Exposure to a second language: ASL, and an easy bridge to learn other spoken languages • Being able to communicate with your child when verbal communication is difficult or frowned on (either quiet places or noisy places...or from a distance on the playground) • Easier and earlier diagnosis of health problems. One pre-verbal baby kept signing “thirsty” no matter how much she drank. Testing showed that she was diabetic, which they wouldn’t have known until she was very sick had it not been for signing! • Child can express him/herself when too shy or embarrassed to speak • Opportunity to befriend children who use sign to communicate • Provides and alternative means of communication when speech may be difficult, for example, after a tonsillectomy, laryngitis, etc. • Feels like play Classes will meet one hour a week for 8 weeks. The cost is $160 for an 8 week session. These "Sing, Sign & Play" classes are based on the award winning Signing Time® educational videos featured on Public Television and Nick, Jr. These classes are a unique blend of signing education, music & play. This is not a typical mommy and me class! You will be learning a fun, enriching language with your child!Over 25 years of scientific research shows that hearing babies who sign typically have: earlier communication, babies can produce signs as early as 6 months old--long before their ability to speak develops,less frustration and improved confidence. Classes will meet one hour a week for 8 weeks.

Zumbatomic Zumba for Kids - The Dance Treatment
Through April 28, 2013 - Mineola

Get ready for a Zumba fun fitness class for kids ages 5-9 and 9-12. Classes are available for adults, too. The first class is free.

Wacky Tuesday - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through April 30, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids under 5 explore art, science, and culture in a wacky, fun, and exciting way.

Little Scientists - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through April 30, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids under 5 investigate the world of natural science with hands-on activities.

Tales for Tots - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through April 30, 2013 - Crown Heights

Travel to far away places in your imagination by listening to tales from around the world.

Free Crafts Saturdays - Straight A's
Through April 30, 2013 - White Plains

Every Saturday Straight A's invites kids of all ages to enjoy free arts & crafts. Drop in any time between 1-3pm, no reservation necessary. April 6: Welcome Spring with an Umbrella Suncatcher; April 13: Craft your own Rain Cloud wall Hanging; April 20: Hug the Earth to celebrate Earth Day; April 27: Create a Flowering Crafty Collage.

Poetry Month - Walt Whitman Birthplace
Through April 30, 2013 - Huntington

In honor of poetry month, Walt Whitman Birthplace is offering activities for kids who can "make and take" a poem in the Poetry Corner. Using spring themes of bunnies, tulips, chicks, butterflies and Easter eggs, kids can create their very own poems. Craft supplies will be available. In addition, step back to the 19th century and, with a knowledgeable interpreter, tour the farmhouse in which Whitman was born. Also, hear a recording of Walt's voice reading his poem, "America." April 1-April 30,2013.

Macy's Sunday Story Time - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through April 30, 2013 - Upper West Side

Enjoy a different story every week with DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society. Support for the Macy's Sunday Story Time provided by the Macy's Foundation.

Ultimate Fitness for Kids with Special Needs - 14th Street Y
Through May 03, 2013 - East Village

A total body fitness class for kids ages 10-14 who are on the autism spectrum. Kids will learn how to exercise in a safe and fun way. The Ultimate Fitness program encourages a supportive atmosphere through a variety of exercises designed to increase physical fitness and promote teamwork. Activities include obstacle courses, exercise circuits, relay races, and lots of fun, team-related games. This class is part of the 14th Street Y's Kol Program, which hosts several weekend classes for kids with special needs. The program is geared for children on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum and children with communication and language delays. For more information or to receive an application, contact Amanda Kayam at [email protected] or 646-395-4339.

Arty Facts - Brooklyn Museum
Through May 19, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Children ages 4-7 and their adult friends explore the galleries, enjoy a family activity, and make their own art in this 90-minute class, each one a variation on a monthly theme.

Shababa™ Saturday Mornings with Karina - 92Y
Through May 25, 2013 - Upper East Side

Celebrate the joys of Shabbat with the Shababa™ community in this intergenerational family Shabbat experience including singing, art projects, playground visits, holiday themed celebrations, and more. Saturdays, ongoing, 10:30am-12pm.

Shababa™ Saturday Club - 92Y
Through May 25, 2013 - Upper East Side

Let your child explore and expand their connection to Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and Jewish values in a warm, informal communal setting. The staff will engage them through creative and traditional approaches. Saturdays, ongoing, 10:30am-12pm.

Transit Tots - New York Transit Museum
Through May 30, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Stories, games and surprises for our youngest transportation fans.

Little New-Yorkers - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through May 31, 2013 - Upper West Side

On Tuesdays and Fridays kids ages 2-4 can explore New York City through singing, stories, and activities. Each class will include story readings, time with historic toys, free exploration, a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, and time in the museum or a craft project, which will alternate each week. Some of the stories that will be featured include Larry Gets Lost in NYC, Don't Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, New York from Above, and Knuffle Bunny.

Art Classes - Chroma
Through May 31, 2013 - Brooklyn

Kids enjoy exploration, interpretation, and reflection through art-making. Activities include drawing, painting, sculpture, puppet-making, mixed media, collage, printmaking, clay, and much more!

Namaste Yoga Health and Wellness - Namaste Yoga of Kensington
Through May 31, 2013 - Kensington

Namaste offers a range of yoga classes for all ages, as well as Zumba fitness classes, kickboxing, pilates, belly dancing, and more.

Friday Singalong with Jarrod - Greenlight Bookstore
Through May 31, 2013 - Fort Greene

Greenlight offers a weekly singalong/story time event for babies and toddlers each Friday afternoon! Meet in the kids section for 40 minutes of favorite songs and stories for the littlest booklovers, led by Greenlight bookseller Jarrod and his trusty guitar.

Math & Science Homework Help - Long Island Science Center
Through June 01, 2013 - Riverhead

Students in grades 1-8 may be dropped off on Saturdays to receive help with homework. No pre-registration required.

The Cultural Sunday School, Kidschool, Preschool, and Bar and Bat Mitzvah Programs - City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism
Through June 02, 2013 - Upper West Side

Two Sundays a month, tots and teens have fun exploring Jewish history, traditions, holidays, culture, and ethics. The innovative Bar/Bat Mitzvah program involves classes and an individual mentored journey to discover roots, connections, and beliefs.

Home Ecologists - Tenafly Nature Center
Through June 06, 2013 - Tenafly

Home schooled children ages 5-12 will discover ecological and biological principles and gain an appreciation and understanding of the natural world at this monthly program, held the first Thursday of each month. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning and close observations on a 380-acre living museum. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Parents can sign up for the series or just a single session. Through June 6.

Kids' Yoga - Bend and Bloom Yoga
Through June 30, 2013 - Park Slope

Bend and Bloom Yoga offer children's yoga classes. Mondays are for 8-12 year olds. Tuesdays are for 3-5 year olds. Wednesdays are for 6-8 year olds. Kids are allowed to drop in ($18) or register for a series of classes. Family classes for moms and tots are also available.

Gymnastics - Aviator Sports Center
Through June 30, 2013 - Gravesend

Classes at Aviator's state of the art gymnastic facility is available for the home-schooling community.

Inclusive Weekend Classes - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through June 30, 2013 - SoHo

An opportunity for children with physical disabilities ages 7 and older and their able-bodied siblings or friends to participate in a drop-off art class together. This program is intended to make the museum's art-making accessible to all needs and provide an opportunity for siblings to spend time with each other and with peers who have similar experiences.If a child with a physical disability doesn't have a sibling to attend the session with him or her, the child may bring along a friend instead. Each session offers a new workshop that is designed to meet the needs of the participants. This program is staffed with CMA teaching artists and a licensed occupational therapist(s).?This program is based on a class-like model in which the teaching artists and the OT work to facilitate the group experience, with a keen eye towards the special needs of the participants;?if your child requires dedicated one-on-one attention you should consider bringing a paraprofessional or other adult to help facilitate your child's experience. Parents are encouraged to drop off their children, though they are welcome to stay if they wish or remain close by in another part of the museum. To sign up for a session, discuss your child's needs with the program director in advance of the session. Contact Rachel for more information at [email protected]

Dance Around with Nat - The Moxie Spot
Through June 30, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Nat, the Moxie Spot's proprietor, leads an hour of dancing and music.

Playspace - Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace
Through June 30, 2013 - Windsor Terrace

Children age 6 and younger enjoy an indoor playground, rockers, blocks, play panel for theater, rock climbing wall, bouncy castle, musical instruments, and easel boards for drawing. Have fun with many more age appropriate toys that encourage creativity and develop children's imagination.

Sunday Story Time - Greenlight Bookstore
Through June 30, 2013 - Brooklyn

Babies and toddlers enjoy stories as read by a different visiting author each week.

Saturday Story Time - Greenlight Bookstore
Through June 30, 2013 - Brooklyn

Saturday Story Time is geared toward kids ages 3 to 8 and their families. Authors and illustrators of picture books often visit us on Saturdays to present their new books, and neighborhood performers sometimes read as well.

Superhero Science - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids, 4 and older, can supercharge a magnetic compass with Magneto, explore optics with Cyclops, learn the forces of flight with Superman, or sling a web with Spidey. It's a new super science adventure every week!

Adventurous Appetites - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids will create a tasty dish and explore food from around the world.

Friendship Bracelet and Lanyard Making Class - The Lanyard Ladies
Through October 03, 2013 - East Rockaway

Looking for a fun after-school or weekend activity? Does your child want to learn how to make friendship and lanyard bracelets? Kids can make as many bracelets as they want. Each child will also receive a special gift. 15% sibling discount. Please call to reserve your space. You can also book a private play-date(10 or more children needed). Call for more information.

Seasonal Workshop - Jill's Ceramics
Through December 30, 2013 - West Nyack

Jill will help artists of all ages design seasonal or holiday-themed crafts. Her selection includes jewelry boxes, candy dishes, mugs, plates, picture frames, vases, and more. Pieces can be taken home that day or left for glazing. Fee includes instruction. Pre-registration is requested. Toddler workshops are held each Monday and Tuesday. All-ages workshops are held each Friday.

FREE Crafts for Kids - Lakeshore Learning Store
Through September 15, 2030 - Scarsdale

A different project every Saturday.

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