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FREE AND LOW COST CLASSES FOR KIDS IN BRONX WEEK OF FEBRUARY 25

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by Kids Events Editor February 25, 2013

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free and low-cost classes to do with kids in Bronx Find a schedule of free and low-cost kids' classes in Bronx this week of February 25. Our weekly Bronx class calendar includes dates, description, and pricing for children's programs throughout the area, including museum programs, academic classes, library events, nature programs, and much more. For upcoming kids classes in Bronx, plus a host of other free and low-cost family activities, check out our complete calendar of events.

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Tiny Tots - Hempstead Library
February 25, 2013 - Hempstead

This program is for children from 18 months to 30 months with a caregiver. Finger-plays, songs, and stories will provide fun for all.

Lego Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard branch
February 25, 2013 - Williamsburg

Kids set their imaginations free using Lego building blocks.

Peek-a-Boo time - Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard branch
February 25, 2013 - Williamsburg

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers enjoy stories, songs, and finger plays.

Tiny Tots Fingerpainting - Center for Science, Teaching and Learning
February 25, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Tots get to express themselves through fingerpainting in this delightful workshop.

Monday Minnows - Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
February 25, 2013 - Cold Spring Harbor

Children ages ages 2½-5 enjoy playtime, storytime, and crafts about nature and the ocean.

Build It! - Children's Museum of the Arts
February 25, 2013 - SoHo

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

Colorful Tuesdays - PURPLE! - Chappaqua Public Library
February 26, 2013 - Chappaqua

Children ages 3-5 fight back against winter's dreariness with color on Tuesday afternoons. Registration required.

Story Time Book Club - Pottery Barn Kids
February 26, 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.

Chess - Brooklyn Public Library, Ulmer Park branch
February 26, 2013 - Bath Beach

Kids learn and play chess with an actual chess master.

Our Garden Club - Brooklyn Public Library, Flatlands branch
February 26, 2013 - Marine Park

Children, with and without special needs, learn about gardening, read gardening-related books, hear storytelling and music, and make crafts. Part of The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs.

Story Time - The Jumping Gym
February 27, 2013 - West Hempstead

Everyone is welcome to free storytime. If there is time after the story there will be arts and crafts projects.

Boppin’ with Bonnie - Congregation Sons of Israel
February 27, 2013 - Upper Nyack

Children up to age 4 can join trained music teacher and ventriloquist Bonnie Halfond for music, movement, and puppets. Pre-registration is requested.

CRITTERS, CRAFTS, AND KIDS - Greenburgh Nature Center
February 27, 2013 - Scarsdale

Enjoy wonderful fall 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.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
February 27, 2013 - Garden City

It's music, music, music. Musical instruments and catchy sing-along songs get the youngest children to move their bodies.

stART (Story + Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
Through February 27, 2013 - Garden City

Each week Ms. Ashley will read a different story that relates to the season. Afterwards, the children will create a art project about the story they read. The program runs through February 27, 2013.

Chocolate Pizza Party - Basketworks
February 27, 2013 - Syosset

A twist on the typical pizza party! Kids will make slices of chocolate pizza which they will absolutely LOVE!! Forget the pepperoni, we're topping our pies with candy!

Inclusive Weekend Classes - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through February 28, 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 rrapoport@cmany.org.

Art Works - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through February 28, 2013 - Crown Heights

A different arts and crafts project at each session, usually tied to a theme such as a holiday or the seasons.

Yoga for Children - Congregation Sons of Israel
February 28, 2013 - Upper Nyack

Children ages 2-6 are invited to participate in this playful approach to yoga. Pre-registration is requested.

Free Crafts Saturdays - Straight A's
Through February 28, 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. Feb. 2: Create a Ground Hog Day Placemat; Feb. 9: Craft a Valentine Day Hand Rabbit; Feb. 16: Make a Snowy Owl Hanging; Feb. 23: Craft an Overlapping Icicle Picture.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Port Chester
Through February 28, 2013 - Port Chester

Kids learn to build or create a useful 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 from 9am-12pm for children ages 5-12.

Teen Thursdays - Yonkers Public Library - Riverfront
February 28, 2013 - Yonkers

Hang out with Z, the teen librarian, create arts & crafts, play board games/PS3, take quizzes, enter a monthly raffle, and win small prizes at Bingo...and more. Something different every week. Open to tweens and teens, ages 12-19 in the Teen Scene.

NATURE EXPLORERS SERIES: Tracks in the Snow - Suffolk County Environmental Center
February 28, 2013 - Islip

Search through the snow and mud for signs of deer, fox, raccoons or other wildlife. Then make your own animal tracks craft. For children ages 2 1/2 to 5 and an accompanying adult

Indoor Play - Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace
Through March 01, 2013 - Windsor Terrace

Toddlers and pre-schoolers will enjoy an indoor playground, rockers, blocks, play panel for theater, rock climbing wall, bouncy castle, musical instruments, and easel boards for drawing.

Picture Book Time - Hempstead Library
March 01, 2013 - Hempstead

The program includes stories, songs, animal friends, and fun.

Kidz Cook - Staten Island Children's Museum
March 01, 2013 - Staten Island

Kids make Vietnamese lettuce rolls.

Science Session - Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens
March 01, 2013 - Stamford

The children’s classroom will take on the look and feel of a science lab. Families are encouraged to stop by and take part in educational and fun science experiments and become familiar with a variety of tools that scientists use on a daily basis. Reservations suggested.

Blooming Babies: Imagine-Nature - Brooklyn Children's Museum
March 01, 2013 - Crown Heights

Babies and toddlers look at the nature-inspired art of Georgia O'Keeffe, then try painting a flower, cloudscape, tree, or bird!

Gan Shabbat Service - Bet Torah Nursery School
March 02, 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.

Diller-Quaile Rug Concert - The Diller-Quaile School of Music
March 02, 2013 - Upper East Side

Engaging 45-minute concerts designed for children ages 6 and younger include singing, movement, and opportunities to play rhythm instruments. No reservations needed, but space is limited.

Crafts For Kids - Cupcake Corner
March 02, 2013 - New Hyde Park

Bring your kids to the bakery/cafe for a free craft. Reservations not required. Craft changes every weekend. Craft takes anywhere from 15-45 minutes to complete depending upon the age of the child. Parents can enjoy lunch while their kids do activities.

Boutique Springtime Cupcakes - CakeSuite - Ages 14+
March 02, 2013 - Westport

This fun class focuses on baking and decorating. Each student leaves with a dozen decadent cupcakes, each finished with personalized springtime decorations.

Saturday Art Studio - Not Just Art
March 02, 2013 - Oyster Bay

Designed especially for young artists ages 3-8 years old, children will have access to a wide range of inspiring materials and a variety of ways to explore them. Special featured activities and materials may include: play clays, painting and printmaking, beading, collage and construction, and assorted concoctions. One-time or ongoing studio play dates can be booked throughout the week. Phone reservations required.

Just Dance - Teen Gala - Rosenthal JCC
March 02, 2013 - Pleasantville

Teens dress in their favorite jeans and jewels and show off their dance moves as the DJ plays. Plus, meet teens from other high schools. Entrance and all other donations support the Laine Meyer Summer Smiles Camp Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships so local kids can enjoy a summer of fun and adventure at camp.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Bronx Terminal
March 02, 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. Today's Project: a #20 Race Car.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Port Chester
March 02, 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. Today's Project: a #20 Race Car.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Gun Hill Road
March 02, 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. Today's Project: a #20 Race Car.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Bruckner Boulevard
March 02, 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. Today's Project: a #20 Race Car.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Mohegan Lake
March 02, 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. Today's Project: a #20 Race Car.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - New Rochelle
March 02, 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. Today's Project: a #20 Race Car.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Yonkers
March 02, 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. Today's Project: a #20 Race Car.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Hawthorne
March 02, 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. Today's Project: a #20 Race Car.

4 Kids' Acting Classes - The Secret Theatre
March 02, 2013 - Long Island City

Parents interested in acting for their children can turn their tiny turnip into a scintillating thespian. Children learn diction, poise, and creativity, all aspects used in acting, as well as everyday life. This program, which runs over 4 weekends, on Feb 23, March 2,9,and 16, gives children a sample of the full-length classes, which includes monologues, scenework, improv, and character development.

FAMILY JAMS featuring Music for Aardvarks - Groove Performing Arts
March 02, 2013 - Larchmont

A live, interactive musical experience for the whole family. Sing, dance, jam and laugh out loud. Ages 6 mos.-5 years. Registration required.

Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
March 02, 2013 - Staten Island

Create cartographic art. Draw a pirate's treasure map

Mixed Up Vehicles - New York Transit Museum
March 02, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Kids create and color their very own fantasy vehicles Amphibious buses? Trains with wings?

Blooming Babies: Imagine-Nature - Brooklyn Children's Museum
March 02, 2013 - Crown Heights

Babies and toddlers look at the nature-inspired art of Georgia O'Keeffe, then try painting a flower, cloudscape, tree, or bird!

Invent It! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
March 02, 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!

Imagination Station: Architects - Brooklyn Children's Museum
March 02, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids design sustainable housing from Pueblo adobe houses to current day Earthships.

Kids with Cameras- Making Movies - Center at Maple Grove Cemetery
March 02, 2013 - Kew Gardens

Interested in making movies? Creative kids and film buffs alike can enjoy this experiential educational program seeking to provide students ages 11-15 with the opportunity to learn the art of documentary filmmaking with the guidance of industry professionals. Students will learn to identify various forms of documentary filmmaking ranging from MTV reality to the traditional narrative made popular by Ken Burns. Students will learn to develop a story idea all the way through to the interview, and learn to effectively use a video camera and proper sound recording. Lastly, students will edit footage and use soundtracks to further shape their story into a powerful, visual form. Kids with Cameras honors the great Hollywood Era Film Director Irving Rapper, who is interred at Maple Grove. Pre-registration required.

Moey's Music Party Concert & Songwriting Workshop - JCC of Manhattan
March 02, 2013 - Upper West Side

Every kid feels like a rock star as they jump, dance, and shake their thing with Moey's Music Party. There will be puppets, bubbles, and pompoms for all the kids plus a pink feather boa to the most enthusiastic grown-up dancer. After the concert, families can enjoy an intimate songwriting workshop with Parents' Choice Gold Award winning songwriter, Moey as she explores creating rhymes and rhythms with children. All ages welcome.

Music for Aardvarks Family Time - JCC Rockland
March 03, 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.

Kids' Cake Decorating with Fondant - CakeSuite
March 03, 2013 - Westport

Children ages 6-14 learn how to roll out fondant, enrobe a cake, and decorate it with colored fondant. If your child loves the decorating shows on TV, this is a perfect introduction to the art of cake decorating. Each participant goes home with a completed masterpiece.

Peter Rabbit Appearance - Pottery Barn Kids - The Westchester
March 03, 2013 - White Plains

Catch Peter Rabbit when he hops over to Pottery Barn Kids in The Westchester. Enjoy timeless tales and a fun photo opportunity with the beloved bunny...don't forget your camera!

Gym Buddies - Play with the Big Kids! - Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester
March 03, 2013 - Pleasantville

Children in K-6th get a chance to play with the big kids - tweens and teens who act as role models and engage children with fun games.

Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
March 03, 2013 - Staten Island

Create cartographic art. Draw a pirate's treasure map

Sunday Sing-along - The Moxie Spot
March 03, 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.

Mixed Up Vehicles - New York Transit Museum
March 03, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Kids create and color their very own fantasy vehicles Amphibious buses? Trains with wings?

Blooming Babies: Imagine-Nature - Brooklyn Children's Museum
March 03, 2013 - Crown Heights

Babies and toddlers look at the nature-inspired art of Georgia O'Keeffe, then try painting a flower, cloudscape, tree, or bird!

Invent It! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
March 03, 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!

Imagination Station: Architects - Brooklyn Children's Museum
March 03, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids design sustainable housing from Pueblo adobe houses to current day Earthships.

Mostly Magic With Matt Wayne - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
March 03, 2013 - Upper West Side

Join celebrity magician Matt Wayne in small-group classes and break down one trick per session, from the history to the techniques. Tricks range from card-based to mind reading. Kids will get hands-on practice and guidance during the class, and will take home materials to continue learning at home. RSVP required at familyprograms@nyhistory.org.

Lego Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard branch
March 04, 2013 - Williamsburg

Kids set their imaginations free using Lego building blocks.

The FEMCHO Anti-bullying Program - Bet U Can Dance
March 04, 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
March 04, 2013 - White Plains

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

Soap Suds Art Workshop - 74th St. MAGIC
March 04, 2013 - Upper East Side

Washing hands has never been so much fun! Choose scents, colors, and shapes to create your very own bars of soap.

LEARN TO DRAW with ART TEACHER AMY - Children 5 1/2-7 1/2 - St. Luke's Lutheran Church
March 04, 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.

Monday Minnows! - Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
March 04, 2013 - Cold Spring Harbor

Children ages 2½-5 enjoy playtime, storytime, and crafts about nature and the ocean. RSVP required.

Build It! - Children's Museum of the Arts
March 04, 2013 - SoHo

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

Free Baby Play Group - Franciscan Community Center
Through March 12, 2013 - Upper West Side

This free baby class for parents and caregivers meets on Tuesdays from 10am-12pm. It will include toys, music, and relevant topics for discussion. Come out of the cold and make some new friends.

4 Kids' Acting Classes - The Secret Theatre
Through March 16, 2013 - Long Island City

Parents interested in acting for their children can turn their tiny turnip into a scintillating thespian. Children learn diction, poise, and creativity, all aspects used in acting, as well as everyday life. This program, which runs over 4 weekends, on Feb 23, March 2,9,and 16, gives children a sample of the full-length classes, which includes monologues, scenework, improv, and character development.

R&R @ the JCC - The JCC In Manhattan
Through March 23, 2013 - Upper West Side

R&R Saturdays are free at the JCC. Make your Shabbat afternoon special and share in your community. Workshops, art, yoga, meditation, food, music, study sessions, film, creative art projects, spa experiences, and both indoor and outdoor play. There are programs for both children and adults. All are welcome.

Building a Bunny Hutch-Chocolate or Gingerbread - Riesterer's Bakery
Through March 28, 2013 - West Hempstead

Sign up for classes to learn how to build a bunny hutch in chocolate or gingerbread. It's a great party for children and adults. Enjoy soda, treats and take home your own creation. See how they make some of Long Island's largest variety of Easter bunnies- up to 3 feet tall. It's a chocoholics dream. Call for exact days. Classes run through March 28.

Playtime with Sammie and Tudie - Sprout San Francisco
Through March 31, 2013 - Upper East Side

Playtime with Sammie and Tudie is a 'mommy and me' style class. The interactive class includes themed week such as ducks, butterflies, teddy bears, fish, and dinosaurs. Great for ages 1 to 3 1/2 years. Come by the class once or buy a multiple class package. Monday and Wednesday 10:30am.

Film Forum Jr. - Film Forum
Through March 31, 2013 - Lower Manhattan

A new Sunday matinee series of classic films for kids and their families beginning Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at 11am. The series will run for 13 Sundays, January 6 through March 31; all tickets will be $7. Programmed by Bruce Goldstein, Film Forum's Director of Repertory Programming, Film Forum Jr. will introduce children (ages 5 and above) and teenagers to silent and sound classics, as well as modern classics. All movies will be shown in glorious 35mm prints or equally glorious DCP (no Blu-rays and no DVDs). Film Forum Jr. will kick off with the 1956 French classic THE RED BALLOON. Turn your kids on to the joie du cinema français, as petit garcon Pascal Lamorisse and mind-of-its-own balloon rouge share dialogue-less adventures through the old Belleville section of Paris. One of the most celebrated short films of all time, and winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes, THE RED BALLOON will be presented in the miracle of “Balloon-O-Rama.” GERALD MCBOING-BOING, winner of the 1950 Academy Award for Best Animated Short, will screen with THE RED BALLOON. Adapted from a story by Dr. Seuss and produced by animation legend John Hubley, GERALD MCBOING-BOING is the story of a little boy who speaks through sound effects instead of language. A GERALD MCBOING-BOING sound-alike contest will follow the show. Full schedule available at www.filmforum.org/ffjr

Dr. Seuss Workshop - Grandma's Kitchen
Through March 31, 2013 - Northvale

Bakers can decorate either Cat in the Hat or Lorax cookies and a coordinating cake to take home. Supplies, snacks, and drinks are included. Afterward, participants can hear their favorite Dr. Seuss book. Registration is required.

Free Crafts Saturdays - Straight A's
Through March 31, 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. March. 2: Create your own Weather Wheel; March 9: In Like a Lion out Like a Lamb Puppets; March 16: Craft a St. Patrick's Day Mobile; March 23: Make a Winter to Spring Cherry Blossom Tree; March 20: Create an Under-the-Sea Wall Hanging.

Macy's Sunday Story Time - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through March 31, 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.

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.

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.

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 Amanda_Kayam@14StreetY.org 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.

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 Booksstore
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.

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.

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.

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

A different project every Saturday.

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