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2010-11 BROOKLYN FAMILY RESOURCE GUIDE - SECTION 1

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Rockland County, NY, 2010 Family Resource Guide; 2010 source book

BROOKLYN 

Check out our comprehensive 2010-2011 guide to services and resources for kids and families in Brooklyn. You'll find information on schools, camps, after school and sports programs, family activities, birthday party venues and entertainers, and much more, all in your area! 

 

 

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

 

BAX/BROOKLYN ARTS EXCHANGE
421 Fifth Ave (corner of 8th St), Park Slope
(718) 832-0018; www.bax.org/rental/birthday
Fernando Maneca, Director

A BAX birthday party is one to remember! Your child and party guests will be guided through an imaginative, creative movement or drama-based activity led by a seasoned, enthusiastic BAX teaching artist. Each 2-hour party includes free play with our engaging PlaySpace equipment, fun games, cake and refreshments. Creative themed activities incorporate elements of storytelling, music, song and dance, designed with your special birthday girl/boy in mind. Past themes have included: cartoons, mermaids, musicals, ballerinas, super heroes, tumbling and many more. The sky (and your child's imagination) is the limit.

 

BAY RIDGE BAKERY
7805-5th Ave
(718) 238-0014; www.bayridgebakery.com

Voted by the NY Daily News as one of Bay Ridge's "Best Bets." We create custom cakes such as character, birthday, portrait, and themed for all occasions. Our pricing varies from cheap to expensive depending on the detail of the work. Check out our spectacular display of cakes, pastries, and cookies and see how it is all made via our open kitchen. Mention this ad and get a free character cookie for your kid.

 

BEE LINE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
(718) 356-8723
www.beelineentertainment.com

Bee-Line Entertainment has been in business for over 10 years and has performed at thousands of events over that time. We offer high-end entertainment at affordable prices. We provide professional DJ entertainment teams and packages, inflatable rides, carnival game packages, birthday party entertainment packages, magicians, clowns, photo favors and much more.

 

BOUNCEU
6722 Fort Hamilton Parkway
(718) 238-3288; Email [email protected]; www.brooklyn.ny.bounceu.com

BounceU is the ultimate party and play experience. BounceU is an indoor recreational facility with large inflatable play equipment consisting of 10,000-square foot space. BounceU hosts private birthday parties, athletic team parties, church youth-group functions, field trips and even corporate events. BounceU is a safe and secure party place held in a clean and comfortable indoor stadium. Relax! Enjoy! Be our guest! We coordinate, set up, facilitate, clean up and pack up. For once, spend the party with the guest of honor and make memories that really last a lifetime.

 

CHELSEA PIERS SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX
23rd St. and the Hudson River, NYC
(212) 336-6518; www.chelseapiers.com/birthday

Chelsea Piers is home to Manhattan's best sports-themed birthday parties. State-of-the-art facilities and world-class instruction combine with convenient party planning and packages for a fun and memorable birthday celebration! Preschoolers to teens may choose from a wide variety of activities at the 23,000-square-foot gymnastics center with in-ground trampolines and deep foam pits, rock climbing wall, indoor playing fields, Little Athlete Exploration Center, basketball courts, batting cages, two indoor ice skating rinks, a 40-lane bowling center, the hi-tech golf driving range or our new Glamour/Dance parties. Pease call or visit the website.

 

GLITZY CHICKS® MAKE-OVER & SPA PARTIES
(877) GLAM-JAM
www.glitzychicks.com

The first company of its kind in the tri-state area, Glitzy Chicks has been specializing in private make-over and spa parties, as well as fabulous Glam-Jam Fundraisers for over seven years. The salon comes to you. Pampering includes manicures, pedicures, funky hair styling, make-up, facials, paraffin wax treatments, massage with aromatherapy and more. Glitz and Glam all the way! Full entertainment while guests take turns at the salon stations means there's never a dull moment! Sing-a-long, dancing and games. Packages for all ages as well as mother-daughter fundraisers for your organization.

 

INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Pier 86, West 46th St & 12th Ave, NYC
(646) 381-5010; Email [email protected]; www.intrepidmuseum.org

Host your child's next birthday party at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Guests can become a pilot, sailor, marine, spy or even an astronaut with our exciting party themes. Ask about our new "Rosie the Riveter-We Can Do It" theme, designed especially for girls. Choose from 3 different party packages, all with customizable options to make your child's next birthday party an adventure that will never be forgotten. To learn more, email, call, or browse our website.

 

NEO & NAD PERSONALIZED DESIGN PRINTS
(888) 472-1834; www.neoandnad.com

We make fun and custom party supplies for children and adults! Tell us about your next event, then pick a theme and we'll do the rest. From personalized invitations, banners, party boxes and bags, party hats, favors, save-the-dates, thank you cards, magnets and more with your photo, name or initials. Call or visit our website today and let us make your next event one that your guests will remember for years to come.

 

NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE SUPER SCIENCE BIRTHDAY PARTIES
47-01 111th St, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
(718) 699-0005 x353; Email [email protected]; www.nysci.org/birthdays

From favors and food to mini golf and exciting interactive demonstrations that will wow your guests, a Super Science Birthday at the New York Hall of Science is an action-packed party they'll remember! Brand new packages and unique outdoor/indoor themes for all ages: Playground Adventures, Rocket Park Mini Golf, Cool Chemist, Magic and much more. Your guests will receive free parking and can enjoy the whole day exploring NYSCI's more than 450 interactive exhibits, including a mechanical surfboard, real NASA Rockets and giant spider web climbing area. Reserve your party today.

 

PARTY GYM
1130 Ave Z
(718) 891-8500; www.partygym.com

Party Gym is a fun and exciting party place, specializing in private parties for 17 years. With minimal time, Party Gym will organize a complete party. Parties are well supervised with experienced staff. Children have endless fun on soft play equipment. Many options are offered to customize your child's party so you and your child will remember it for years to come. Party Gym also offers "Mommy & Me" and summer programs. Party Gym is conveniently located in Sheepshead Bay. For more information, stop by, call or visit the website.

 

PLAY DAYS AND PARTIES
6632 3rd Ave
(718) 492-8997; Email [email protected]; www.playdaysandparties.com

At Play Days and Parties, we encourage kids to be kids. Even parents will have fun! We offer a variety of exciting packages for ages 1-12, including classic pizza, theme, craft, music and puppet parties. With so many options and add-ons to choose from, such as a bubble machine or cotton candy machine, children get a sense of involvement in the planning of their own party. Parties are two hours and packages cover 10 children. We host one party at a time, which offers privacy and security.

 

ROBOFUN®
38 E. 23rd St, 2nd Floor, NYC
(212) 245-0444; www.robofun.org

Vision Education and Media presents hands-on leading edge technologies for kids! Every season of the year, RoboFun offers classes, events and parties in robotics, video game design, animation and claymation. We use technology as a tool to further enhance a child's level of critical and creative thinking through artistic and scientific methods. We introduce students to sophisticated equipment and pose challenges that they will later use in real life situations, all while having fun. RoboFun parties are held at both our RoboFun Studio and in your home.

 

SHELL LANES
1 Bouck Ct, McDonald Ave. btw Aves. X & Y

(718) 336-6700; www.shelllanes.com

Shell Lanes, a Sheepshead Bay landmark, is excited to be celebrating their 50th anniversary. They will gladly host your child's birthday party for you. For only $18 per child, you get bowling, shoe rentals, food, unlimited soda and more. There is a 10 child minimum (kosher food available.) There is a Saturday morning children's league September-March. Many trophies will be awarded to make your child happy. There is also a Friday junior's league at 4pm, September-March. Equipped with new automated scoring with 32 panel LCD's, luncheonette, pro shop and lounge.

 

 

CAMPS

 

BAX/BROOKLYN ARTS EXCHANGE
421 5th Ave (corner of 8th St), Park Slope
(718) 832-0018; www.bax.org/youth/school-breaks
Fernando Maneca, Director

BAX offers summer programs that build creativity in a positive environment. Babies and tots (June 14-July 21, ages 18 months-5 years) is a creative program where children are introduced to the world of movement. Junior Summer Arts program (July 6-August 13, grades K-5) features weekly specialties and lunch at J.J. Byrne Playground! Young Artist program (grades 6-8) features 2 sessions: Dance Riot (July 12-23) and Media Madness (July 26-August 6). Financial assistance is available. Call or visit the website.

 

BROOKLYN FRIENDS SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP
Taunya Black, Director, Summer Arts Program
375 Pearl Street
(718) 852-1029 x228; www.brooklynfriends.org

Summer Camp at Brooklyn Friends School offers preschoolers a nurturing environment fostering creativity, individual expression, and social interaction through activities including painting, collage, cooking, storytelling, drumming, dance, and tennis. Kindergarteners through 2nd graders are afforded an enriching experience of specialty classes, swimming, cooking, arts, group games, and field trips encouraging creative exploration, physical awareness, and social interaction. All get plenty of free play on the rooftop playground. There are three sessions from mid-June through the end of July. We offer a $50 tuition savings when registration is completed by March 1.

 

BROOKLYN FRIENDS SCHOOL SUMMER ARTS PROGRAM
Rachel Webber, Director, Summer Arts Program
375 Pearl Street
(718) 852-1029 x248; www.brooklynfriends.org

Summer Arts at Brooklyn Friends School offers students ages 8 to 12 a diverse, exciting art experience taught by working artists. The instructors are selected for their artistic and professional accomplishments, as well as their experience working with children. Students explore their creativity and artistic abilities through an enriched interdisciplinary program composed of music, visual arts, computer art, field trips, and recreation, including swimming. There are three sessions from mid June through end of July. We offer a $50 savings on tuition when registration is completed by March 1.

 

CONGREGATION BETH ELOHIM ELEMENTARY SUMMER CAMP
8th Ave and Garfield Place, Park Slope
(718) 768-3814 x210; www.congregationbethelohim.org

The elementary division of our summer day camp offers children ages 5 1/2 -9 lots of fun, excitement and a wide variety of recreational activities in a safe, supervised environment under the care of a highly qualified staff. Included are swimming in our newly renovated pool, music, gymnastics, music, photography, creative dance, cooking, drama, arts and crafts, and outdoor play in nearby Prospect Park. Highlights include trips twice a week, mid-season Olympics (sports and field events, and our End of Summer Music Festival and Carnival. There's still time for 2010 enrollment!

 

CONGREGATION BETH ELOHIM TRAVEL SUMMER CAMP
8th Ave and Garfield Place, Park Slope
(718) 768-3814 x210; www.congregationbethelohim.org

Movin' On, our travel camp, offers youth ages 10-13 an exciting full summer program designed to meet their developmental needs, allowing for independence while supervised by a program director and experienced, mature counselors. Campers are grouped by grade and travel daily to points of interest in and around New York City. Our facilities include art and computer rooms, a full size gymnasium, and a newly renovated indoor swimming pool. We use Prospect Park for sports. Two overnight trips are planned during the summer. There's still time to enroll for summer 2010.

 

INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Pier 86, West 46th St and 12th Ave, NYC
(646) 381-5166; Email [email protected]; www.intrepidmuseum.org

Campers, ages 6-13, spend the summer aboard the Intrepid for our multi-week, full-day camp. This engaging enrichment program gives campers the opportunity to learn by challenging their imaginations, designing inventions and exploring life aboard an aircraft carrier. Camp runs from July 5-August 27, 2010, Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm! For more information, visit our web site or contact Dorothy Klein.

 

JOFFREY BALLET SCHOOL
434 Ave of the Americas, 3rd Floor, NYC
(212) 254-8520; www.joffreyballetschool.com

The Joffrey Ballet School builds on a child's natural impulse to express themselves through movement. With an outstanding faculty of professional artists, our mission is to train children from ages 3-18, develop their talents, and to graduate outstanding young dancers. JBS provides classes for serious young dancers (graded program) as well as classes for those who just want to enjoy a fun after-school activity. The children's division encompasses classes in creative movement (3-4 years), pre-ballet (4-7 years), ballet (8-12 years), and teen classes. Performance opportunities are offered.

 

THE LITTLE GYM - BAY RIDGE/BENSONHURST
8681 18th Ave
(718) 259-6878; www.tlgbayridgebensonhurstny.com

A feeling of success is just one of the many benefits your child receives at The Little Gym® . The Little Gym provides gymnastics-based motor skill development programs for children from 4 months to 12 years of age. Through sequential skill-building, movement, gymnastics, exercise, music and games, our curriculum teaches students to build their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual skills. We provide gymnastics, dance, karate and sports skills classes. All classes are non-competitive and taught in a fun, safe and nurturing environment. Call to schedule your introductory class today!

 

MARKS JCH OF BENSONHURST
(718) 331-6800 x143; Email [email protected]

 

Want the most for your children's summer? Look no further! For the last 83 years, Marks JCH Day camp offers a reliable, fun and safe camping program. Skill development in areas of swimming, sports, arts and science; many trips and overnights for older children; Jewish enrichment programs; air-conditioned facilities and transportation; financial help for all who qualify. Make this summer last a lifetime. Call today.

 

MILL BASIN DAY CAMP
5945 Strickland Ave
(718) 251-6200; www.millbasindaycamp.com

Mill Basin Day Camp is dedicated to providing an exciting and fulfilling camp experience for campers and parents. Founded in 1998, MBDC has become the largest and most popular summer day camp in Brooklyn. MBDC serves campers annually from Brooklyn, Long Island and Queens. A modern, fully equipped, air-conditioned and secure facility, MBDC offers a wide range of on-site activities for children entering Pre-K through 9th grade. Come in for a tour of our facility.

 

PARK EXPLORERS DAY CAMP
611 8th Ave (at 6th St), Park Slope
(718) 788-3620; www.parkexplorers.com

At Park Explorers in Park Slope, kids find an exciting summer full of the traditional camp activities, games, songs, swimming, sports, arts and crafts, with gymnastics, karate, beach, and trips in and around the tri-state area. The close proximity to Prospect Park ensures that even the youngest camper gets plenty of summer sunshine. The older campers add trips and overnight adventures going beyond the city. Our diverse staff of creative, energetic counselors ensure that every child stays safe with plenty of hands-on fun. 6/29-9/3. Weekly enrollment. Multiple week discounts.

 

PARK EXPLORERS-EXPLORING THEATER
8th Ave & 6th St, Park Slope
(718) 788-3620; www.parkexplorers.com

Explore the art of creating and telling a story while developing it into an original, one of a kind written play, which is performed in front of a live audience on the last Friday of the session. Campers develop focus, and discipline as they work together to explore the many fun aspects of creating, performing and producing a show. To assure our actors the healthy sunshine needed to shine, we add on trips to the park, pool and beach. Session 1: July 5th-23rd. Session 2: July 26th-August 13th.

 

PARK SLOPE DAY CAMP
(718) 788-7732; www.parkslopedaycamp.com

Professional. Safety-minded. Dynamic. Caring. What makes us so special is our mature, caring and most of all, enthusiastic staff that returns year after year and creates a camp culture second to none. Our camp is predominantly out of doors and has been serving Brooklyn for 19 years. Arts and crafts, swim, dance, horseback riding, gymnastics, rock climbing, trips, special events, sports, nature and more. Ages 3 and 1/2-14. Multiple locations.

 

ROBOFUN®
38 E. 23rd St, 2nd Floor, NYC
(212) 245-0444; www.robofun.org

Vision Education and Media presents hands-on leading edge technologies for kids! Every season of the year, RoboFun offers classes, events and parties in robotics, video game design, animation and claymation. We use technology as a tool to further enhance a child's level of critical and creative thinking through artistic and scientific methods. We introduce students to sophisticated equipment and pose challenges that they will later use in real life situations, all while having fun. RoboFun parties are held at both our RoboFun Studio and in your home.

 

THE TUTORING CLUB OF BAY RIDGE
7811 3rd Ave
(718) 748-8867

 

Summer Learning camp: bridging activities in math and reading. Social activities include: indoor games, arts and crafts, weekly movie, and outdoor activities. Daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, and full summer packages. Summer test prep camps: classes for September 2010. Eighth graders for TACHS, SSHSAT and ISEE tests start July 5th, Monday through Thursdays 3pm-7pm. Classes for September 2010 HS seniors for October 9th SAT Test start July 10th on Saturdays from 1pm-3pm.

 

 

CHILDCARE/DAYCARE/AFTERCARE

 

AMICO COURT ST. CHILDREN'S CENTER
292 Court St, Carroll Gardens
(718) 855-1778 or (718) 855-1779; www.amicoinc.org

Our comprehensive Preschool program embraces each child and invites parent interaction with teachers and in educational workshops. Children ages 2 1/2-6 enjoy play activities (i.e. arts and crafts, block building, manipulative toys, singing, drama, etc.) that develop sensory, literacy, mathematical, music and interpersonal skills in classrooms supervised by a certified teacher, assistant teacher and teacher's aide. We offer participation in Nickelodeon Educational Research, progress evaluation three times yearly, and three healthy meals daily in a nurturing and multicultural environment year round. Open enrollment. See our ad or call for more information.

 

AVALON CHILDCARE
Alicia Marte, Vice President/General Manager

Main location: 552 5th Ave (at 15th St.), Park Slope
48 Sullivan St, Red Hook
(718) 768-4300; www.avalonchildcare.com

We offer a new interactive literacy program called "Your Baby Can Read" at both locations, using flashcards, video, and music to promote early language development in children as young as 2-months-old. We offer childcare programs for children ages 2 months to 6 years as follows: infants at Park Slope location; infants/toddlers at Red Hook location; pre-k/kindergarten programs (including Kinderdance, led by certified early childhood movement specialists) offered at Avalon's main Park Slope location; and after-school for children up to age 12. A+ rating by Better Business Bureau.

 

THE LEAGUE CENTER
30 Washington Ave (btw. Water and Plymouth)
(718) 643-5300 x258; www.leaguetreatment.org

Our Preschool Inclusion program provides an educational, nurturing environment in which both typically developing and special needs children learn and play and are cared for by certified teachers and trained classroom staff. Our specialty teachers lead innovative enrichment classes in music, art, literacy, yoga, dance and computers. We offer a high teacher to student ratio, indoor and private outdoor play spaces, breakfast and lunch programs, and a full-time registered nurse on site. Our preschoolers continue at Brooklyn's finest public and private schools. Preschool programs start at $50/ week for 3-5-year-olds.

 

LURIA ACADEMY
238 St. Marks Place, Prospect Heights
(718) 398-3290; www.luria-academy.org

Luria Academy is a nurturing, child-centered, value-oriented environment dedicated to academic excellence and Jewish heritage. We incorporate innovative teaching methodologies, Montessori tools, and progressive materials for 3-to 5-year-olds. This new location offers 4,000 square feet of space, including more classrooms, indoor/outdoor play spaces, and a vegetable garden. Our educational philosophy is rooted in a profound respect for each child as a special individual with a unique form of intelligence and talent. We encourage creativity, foster Jewish pride and instill a deep sense of commitment and compassion for all mankind.

 

WORLD OF WONDERS DAYCARE
72-19-New Utrecht Ave
(718) 621-4216

 

We provide a warm, caring environment for children ages infant to 5-years. Our children learn to interact and get along with other children. We also offer computers, arts and crafts and outdoor activities. Monday through Friday, 7am-6pm, full and part time. Extended hours for working parents. Fully licensed by NYC Department of Health of Day Care. Call for additional information. Jeannine McKenna, Director.

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT

 

A SPECIALIZED LEARNING RESOURCE
482 Elton St
(718) 647-0997

 

Finally! An after school program/tutoring/summer camp and out of school oasis that focuses on your child's learning style with flexible schedules, licensed teachers, small groups and individualized programs. Assistance with homework, study habits, test preparation and tutoring. Available Monday-Saturday. Serving PreK-8th grade. Register by 7/16/10 to receive 20% off and $25 off the monthly fee for each referral.

 

BRIENZA'S ACADEMIC ADVANTAGE
Locations: 8696 18th Ave; 1902 Ave T; 259 Rose Ave, Staten Island; 215 E. 6th St, NYC
(718) 232-0114; www.academicadvantageonline.com

Brienza's Academic Advantage offers a wide variety of programs for students attending kindergarten through grade 12. We specialize in TACHS, SHSAT and SAT preparation. Our programs provide students with the opportunity to increase their skills and knowledge, enabling them to reach their full potentials. Programs offered are: tutoring in all subject areas (both one-to-one and share-a-tutor groups), test preparation courses, mandated summer school programs, SETSS (P3) services to qualified students and SES programs under the No Child Left Behind legislation. We are taking registration for summer and fall programs now.

 

CENTER OF ARTS AND IMAGINATION
2116 86th St, 2nd Floor, 2nd door (enter from Bay 28th St)
(718) 996-8378; www.centerofartandimagination.com

Our mission at Center of Arts and Imagination is to provide every child with the chance to discover his or her own form of expression. Studies have shown that an education in the arts can increase literacy and math skills as well as build confidence. Our goal is to provide a safe environment and professional support that will encourage and nurture the artist in every child. Let us show how talented your kids are! Do not forget that "Hollywood starts from childhood!"

 

CLUB Z! OF BROOKLYN
540 President St at BCL, 3rd Floor
(718) 483-8506; www.clubz.com/brooklyn

Club Z! of Brooklyn is successful because we provide highly individualized, one-on-one instruction. Sessions are scheduled at home, schools, after school facilities or libraries. Club Z! tutors are experienced, degreed professionals and/or state certified instructors with impeccable credentials and a heartfelt enthusiasm for teaching. Our tutors use students' own school curricula and guarantee increased confidence in the classroom, higher grades, stronger study skills, and enhanced motivation. We tutor all subjects and ages. Call us or visit our website.

 

E. NOPI
www.enopi.com

E.nopi Math Reading and Writing is a highly individualized, step-by-step learning program focused on the mastery of academic skills for children ages 4 to 14. Since 1975, E.nopi has been providing students with the tools needed to excel in the classroom, and continues to do so with over 2.5 million students worldwide. The E.nopi program can be designed for the student who needs the extra help, or the student that wants further enrichment. Whatever the case, E.nopi is the perfect complement to your child's education. Call your nearest E.nopi center to find out more! Visit www.enopi.com to find the E.nopi Learning Center nearest you.

 

FASTRACKIDS / ENOPI MATH & READING
7612-13th Ave
(800) 470-9216 or (718) 748-3000; www.fastrackids.com/www.enopi.com

FasTracKids/Enopi learning centers specialize in world-class, research-based, fun learning programs for children ages 2.5-10, which can be used in addition to regular schooling. FasTracKids is a leadership, communication skills and brain development program. Situated in a fun, no pressure setting that children adore, FasTracKids has been proven to accelerate a young child's learning by 150%-200%! Enopi in Korean means eye-level; it is a fun research-based system designed to develop children's math & English skills outside of school. Enopi has 2.5 million students worldwide. Call or visit our websites.

 

FORDE'S PROFESSIONAL TUTORING, INC.
693 E. 43rd St
(718) 856-0575 or (718) 856-0368; Email [email protected]

 

Tutoring can make all the difference in determining your child's educational success. Invest in your child today. With over 20 years experience and dedicated tutors, we can help you achieve your child's educational goals. Forde's is a 21-year-old privately operated tutorial institution which help students improve academically and prepare for exams. It is staffed with educational professionals who are skilled in helping children perform at their maximum. It is an institution that is proud of its success in turning out successful students year after year.

 

MARKS JCH OF BENSONHURST
(718) 331-6800 x143; Email [email protected]

 

Robbins Coreman After School Center at the Marks JCH of Bensonhurst offers a safe and fun place for your child Monday through Friday. Homework help, sports, arts and crafts, computers and many other educational activities are offered. Transportation is available from most local schools. Additional activities include swimming, dance and music lessons. Call to schedule a tour of our new facilities.

 

THE TUTORING CLUB OF BAY RIDGE
7811 3rd Ave
(718) 748-8867

 

For over 24 years, the Tutoring Club Program has been dedicated to helping students increase their subject skills and gain self-esteem. We utilize the most advanced curricula in tutoring, maintain a low student-to-tutor ratio, pinpoint problems and correct them, motivate each student to keep trying, and provide qualified instructors who are certified in the use of the program and are committed to ensuring each child's success. SAT, SSHSAT, TACHS, and ISEE Programs for the Fall 2010 tests begin Mid-July.

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

ART

 

ART 81
1313 81st St
(718) 236-7332; www.art81.org

Art 81 provides children and adults opportunities to pursue personal interests in visual arts while developing technical skills and an awareness of art history. Lessons are developed around individual student strengths and curiosities rather than the expectation that students adhere to a predetermined course of study. The services are agreed upon by the student and/or parent and teacher. Scheduling is flexible and materials for students under age 18 are provided.

 

THE ART CLUB
257 Bay Ridge Ave
(718) 492-3142

 

The Art Club is a fun and relaxing environment, conducive for children to creatively express themselves through art. They are taught techniques including drawing, color mixing for painting, sculpting in clay, and collage with paper. Their observational skills are heightened by the use of still life, books and pictures. Their imaginations can soar, while learning to use pastels, craypas, charcoal, colored pencils and much more. Adult drawing classes in different media are also available.

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

DANCE

  

BAX/BROOKLYN ARTS EXCHANGE
421 Fifth Ave (corner of 8th St), Park Slope
(718) 832-0018; www.bax.org/youth
Fernando Maneca, Director

Known for excellence in education since 1991, BAX strikes a thoughtful balance between technical skill and creative expression. BAX is deeply invested in developing and encouraging the artist in each of the over 600 students who study dance, theater, and related courses at BAX. Students are taught by seasoned professionals, who are active performers, choreographers or playwrights. BAX offers youth classes in dance and theater, six days a week, for ages ranging from tots to teens. For more information visit the website.

 

DANCEWAVE
45 Fourth Ave at Dean Street
(718) 522-4696; Email [email protected]; www.dancewave.org

Dancewave is Brooklyn's premiere dance educator with our pre-professional modern dance companies: Dancewave Company, Dancewave Company II, and Young Movers Ensemble. The School at Dancewave, Summer Dance Intensive, and our annual Kids Cafe Festival offer high-level dance training and performance opportunities. Join us for our Summer Dance Intensive, August 16-27, perfect for aspiring dancers ages 10 years and older. The fall semester starts September 20th with dance classes for ages birth to 18 years. Scholarship opportunities are available. We are conveniently located near the Atlantic/Pacific street subway station.

 

DANCEWORKS DANCE CENTER
7014 13th Ave, 2nd Floor studio
(718) 680-7806

Established by Margaret A. Tapogna in 1992, Danceworks Dance Center's talented staff and curriculum continues to expose each student to a variety of dance genres. Every child is encouraged to ignite their own very special creativity, in a safe and accepting environment. Danceworks alumni have appeared on Broadway, danced in music videos and many productions in the U.S. as well as overseas. Our school offers classes for all ages and levels. We offer recreational classes, as well as dance companies, competition classes and an adult program offering jazz, tap, aerobic classes and ballroom dancing. We are open Monday through Friday from 3:30pm-9pm and on Saturdays from 10am-2pm.

 

DIVA DANCE STUDIO
12 Ave S
(718) 375-3482

 

Come experience life as a diva! Register every Wednesday 5-8pm and get ready to dance like a star. Diva Dance Studio offers a wide variety of classes for all ages and levels. We are proud to have professional, award-winning dance instructors. We have a comfortable, fun atmosphere, with classes on many different days and times to fit your busy schedules. Prices are affordable and we accommodate everyone. Come in for a trial class and see how much fun Diva Dance Studio is. You can also join our award-winning competition team.

 

JOFFREY BALLET SCHOOL
434 Ave of the Americas, 3rd Floor, NYC
(212) 254-8520; www.joffreyballetschool.com

The Joffrey Ballet School builds on a child's natural impulse to express themselves through movement. With an outstanding faculty of professional artists, our mission is to train children from ages 3-18, develop their talents, and to graduate outstanding young dancers. JBS provides classes for serious young dancers (graded program) as well as classes for those who just want to enjoy a fun after-school activity. The children's division encompasses classes in creative movement (3-4 years), pre-ballet (4-7 years), ballet (8-12 years), and teen classes. Performance opportunities are offered.

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

MARTIAL ARTS

 

NEW YORK CITY TAE KWON DO
528 Court Street
(718) 625-5425; www.gonyctaekwondo.com

Every child needs a sense of achievement. There is no greater reward than seeing yourself do what you set your mind to. Our program helps give children the foundation for commitment, dedication, and greatness in athletic ability. It provides children with the necessary basic skills to do well in all sports. It helps develop their balance, coordination, patience, good listening skills, respect, courtesy, and self-confidence. It provides children with the necessary body control and endurance that are the cornerstones of success. After school program: pick-up at school, help with homework, Tae Kwon Do classes.

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

MUSIC

 

BROOKLYN COLLEGE PREPARATORY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
234 Roosevelt Hall, 2900 Bedford Ave
(718) 951-4111; www.bcprepcenter.org

The Preparatory Center is a nurturing and fun environment in which our talented professionals develop children's skills to the fullest potential and lead them towards a life-long love for the performing arts. Music classes include private instruction, musicianship, and chamber music ensembles as well as Suzuki programs in violin, cello and flute. Music and movement classes and creative movement/pre ballet are offered for children 3-4. Traditional and musical theater, ballet, tap and other dance classes are offered. School year and summer programs.

 

MUSIC TOGETHER OF BAY RIDGE
Bay Ridge/Bensonhurst: (718) 499-2866; www.musictogetherbr.com  
Park Slope/Kensington: (718) 369-3099; www.mtparkslope.com
South Slope: (718) 369-0528; www.southslopemusictogether.com

Music Together® is a nationwide educational program founded on the belief that all children are musical and that music is a perfect way for children to learn and grow. We sing, dance, and play instruments in a fun, informal, supportive atmosphere. Limited to 12 children with parent or caregiver. 45-minute classes meet once a week. Morning, afternoon, evening or weekend class times available. Ages birth to 5. Free demonstration classes offered. Sessions Start in September, January, April and July.

 

RED RABBIT MUSIC
437 Bergen St, Park Slope
(718) 916-4999; Email [email protected]; www.redrabbitmusicnyc.com
 

Specializing in violin, viola and beginner music theory. Private and group instruction for students ages 4 to adult, all backgrounds and skill levels. We care about the training you or your child receive: whether just beginning an instrument, taking up an old pastime, or an advanced student with an active future in music. Our instructor has studied at top conservatories and maintains an active, prestigious performing career. Conveniently located in Park Slope. Flexible schedule to accommodate busy schedules. Reasonably priced. Special discounts for group classes when taken along-side individual instruction.

 

STEFAN HELD PRODUCTIONS
150 South 1st St, Ste 4F, Williamsburg
(646) 246-6134; Email [email protected]; www.stefanheld.com

Record your own CD with award winning producer, Stefan Held. A voting member of the Grammys, Stefan works with Grammy/Tony/Emmy/Obie winners and composes/produces music for MTV, MTV2, Bravo, VH1 & more! Studio in heart of Williamsburg-one stop from Manhattan on L, J, M or Z. Stefan provides instrumental tracks you choose, professionally records your vocals, then mixes/remasters the songs. Receive 5 CD copies of your finished songs, plus a CD with the instrumental track, so you can perform anywhere. Be a star at parties, family gatherings, special occasions. A memorable gift.

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

SPORTS & FITNESS

 

CHELSEA PIERS SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX
23rd St & The Hudson River Park, NYC
(212) 336-6666; www.chelseapiers.com

Chelsea Piers is a 28-acre sports village located on three historic Hudson River piers, offering Manhattan's best sports programming for children ages 12 months-17 years. Children enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, including a gymnastics center, rock-climbing wall, indoor soccer fields, basketball courts, batting cages, two indoor ice-skating rinks, high-tech golf driving range, 40-lane bowling center, and a Little Athlete Exploration Center. For gymnastics, basketball, soccer, baseball, rock climbing, and other sports programs, call (212) 336-6500; for ice-skating or hockey programs, call (212) 336-6100; for junior golf programs, call (212) 336-6400; for bowling, call (212) 835-BOWL.

 

THE LITTLE GYM OF BAY RIDGE/BENSONHURST
8681 18th Ave
(718) 259-6878; www.tlgbayridgebensonhurstny.com

A feeling of success is just one of the many benefits your child receives at The Little Gym® . The Little Gym provides gymnastics-based motor skill development programs for children from 4 months to 12 years of age. Through sequential skill-building, movement, gymnastics, exercise, music and games, our curriculum teaches students to build their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual skills. We provide gymnastics, dance, karate and sports skills classes. All classes are non-competitive and taught in a fun, safe and nurturing environment. Call to schedule your introductory class today!

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

THEATER

 

BAX/BROOKLYN ARTS EXCHANGE
421 Fifth Ave (corner of 8th St), Park Slope
(718) 832-0018; www.bax.org/youth
Fernando Maneca, Director

Known for excellence in education since 1991, BAX strikes a thoughtful balance between technical skill and creative expression. BAX is deeply invested in developing and encouraging the artist in each of the over 600 students who study dance, theater, and related courses at BAX. Students are taught by seasoned professionals, who are active performers, choreographers or playwrights. BAX offers youth classes in dance and theater, six days a week, for ages ranging from tots to teens. For more information visit the website.

 

DRAMA KIDS INTERNATIONAL
(718) 667-0412; www.dramakids.com/ny8

Drama Kids International is the largest after school program in the world with over 55,000 students. We use the theatre arts to improve speaking skills, build students' creativity and increase their confidence. Although we are an educational program, students are receptive to our theater techniques. Our mission is to train children to think quickly and use their creativity in building character. Our program begins in the fall and in June we have the students work on a Spring performance. Registration is now open.

 

 

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

 

FAMILY ARTS AT KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
2001 Oriental Boulevard, Manhattan Beach
(718) 368-5596; www.kingsborough.edu/events

Kingsborough Performing Arts Center presents world-class performances in our state-of-the-art theatre and outdoor bandshell. The July air is filled with our Hot Summer Nights free outdoor concert series and Bright Summer Day free outdoor family theatre at our outdoor bandshell. From September to May, audiences enjoy our ever-popular Family Series, as well as dance, music, literature, and theatre performances by world-renowned artists. For information or to join our mailing list, call or visit our website.

 

INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Pier 86 at W. 46th St. & 12th Ave, NYC
(877) 957-SHIP; www.intrepidmuseum.org

The Intrepid Museum is a unique journey through spectacular interactive exhibits and virtual, multi-sensory technology. Located at park-like Pier 86, the complex boasts 30 restored aircraft, former USS Growler submarine and British Airways Concorde. The Intrepid Museum is a dynamic adventure for visitors of all ages and offers group packages, member benefits, birthday parties, special event packages, educational programs and more. Intrepid is easy to get to by mass transit, car or water taxi. The Museum is open daily through September 30, 2010, and Tuesday-Sunday from October-March.

 

NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE SUPER SCIENCE BIRTHDAY PARTIES
47-01 111th St, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
(718) 699-0005 x353; Email [email protected]; www.nysci.org/birthdays

From favors and food to mini golf and exciting interactive demonstrations that will wow your guests, a Super Science Birthday at the New York Hall of Science is an action-packed party they'll remember! Brand new packages and unique outdoor/indoor themes for all ages: Playground Adventures, Rocket Park Mini Golf, Cool Chemist, Magic and much more. Your guests will receive free parking and can enjoy the whole day exploring NYSCI's more than 450 interactive exhibits, including a mechanical surfboard, real NASA Rockets and giant spider web climbing area. Reserve your party today.

 

QUEENS COUNTY FARM MUSEUM
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
(718) 347-3276; www.queensfarm.org

Dating back to 1697, the museum is NYC's only working historical farm. The site includes historic farm buildings, a greenhouse complex, livestock, farm vehicles, planting fields, orchard and herb gardens. Our farm animals and tranquil agrarian environment provide the opportunity for an enjoyable visit to a farm without leaving the city. Visit us 7 days a week, and come on the weekend to enjoy tours of the farmhouse, hayrides and feed our sheep and goats! We offer educational programs and fun for children and adults. Join us for summer fun.

 

THE RAILROAD MUSEUM OF NEW ENGLAND AND NAUGATUCK RAILROAD
Thomaston Station, btw. Exit 38 & 40, Thomaston
(860) 283-7245 (RAIL); www.rmne.org

The Railroad Museum of New England and Naugatuck Railroad announces our 2010 season, May through December. Please check our website for schedule, special events and fares. Select Tuesdays, 10am. Select Saturdays and Sundays noon and 2pm. Departures rain or shine from Thomaston Station. Affordable family fun. Call for more information and to purchase tickets. Visit the website for special events, dates and times, including our Fall Foliage trains and Harvest Pumpkin Festival (October), Santa Express (December), and Northern Lights Limited (December, Friday-Sunday 5pm and 7pm, $22 per person).

 

SHELL LANES
1 Bouck Court, McDonald Ave. btw Aves. X & Y
(718) 336-6700; www.shelllanes.com

Shell Lanes, a Sheepshead Bay landmark, is excited to be celebrating their 50th anniversary. They will gladly host your child's birthday party for you. For only $18 per child, you get bowling, shoe rentals, food, unlimited soda and more. There is a 10 child minimum (kosher food available.) There is a Saturday morning children's league September-March. Many trophies will be awarded to make your child happy. There is also a Friday junior's league at 4pm, September-March. Equipped with new automated scoring with 32 panel LCD's, luncheonette, pro shop and lounge.

 

STEFAN HELD PRODUCTIONS
150 South 1st St, Ste 4F, Williamsburg
(646) 246-6134; Email [email protected]; www.stefanheld.com

Record your own CD with award winning producer, Stefan Held. A voting member of the Grammys, Stefan works with Grammy/Tony/Emmy/Obie winners and composes/produces music for MTV, MTV2, Bravo, VH1 & more! Studio in heart of Williamsburg-one stop from Manhattan on L, J, M or Z. Stefan provides instrumental tracks you choose, professionally records your vocals, then mixes/remasters the songs. Receive 5 CD copies of your finished songs, plus a CD with the instrumental track, so you can perform anywhere. Be a star at parties, family gatherings, special occasions. A memorable gift.

 

UNION TEMPLE OF BROOKLYN
A Reform Jewish Congregation
Dr. Linda Henry Goodman, Rabbi
17 Eastern Parkway
(718) 638-7600; www.uniontemple.org

We offer a host of opportunities for families to celebrate their Jewish heritage. Beginning September 2010, Tot Shabbat every third Friday at 4pm to 5pm. Family Shabbat Services every first Friday beginning with snacks at 6pm followed by Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6:30pm and pot luck dinner-featuring homemade or store-bought contributions. A fun-filled monthly kindergarten program at the religious school gets children singing and dancing. Enjoy Sukkah decorating at our open house on Sunday, September 26 and other special activities throughout the year. Check website for updates.

 

 

HEALTH:

DENTAL/ORTHODONTISTS

 

ENVY SMILE DENTAL SPA
1738 East 13th Street
(718) 891-0606; www.envysmile.com

Envy Smile Dental Spa in its 15 years of its existence, has gained an impeccable reputation. Dr. Marianna Weiner's office has many specialties; among them is orthodontics which focuses on correcting the bite, alignment of teeth and improving the shape of the face. This unique European method of bite correction consists of wearing functional appliances starting at a young age; they work with your child's growth and development to guide the jaws to their proper size. If started early, your child may not need braces and it will also prevent unnecessary extraction.

 

GINDI, RICHARD A., D.M.D.
817 Avenue U
(718) 375-1700

 

Richard A Gindi, DMD, is a pediatric dentist with over 30 years of experience providing quality dental care for infants, children and adolescents. He served as resident and chief resident in pediatric dentistry at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center. Using the latest technology, Dr. Gindi can often provide drill-less dentistry for children. Dr. Gindi uses a variety of behavior management techniques to provide dental care for your child in as comfortable a manner as possible. He also has training in orthodontics to provide comprehensive care for your child through adolescence.

 

HANSON PLACE ORTHODONTICS
One Hanson Place, Suite 707
(718) 622-2695; www.hansonplaceortho.com

Adults, children and adolescents are welcome. Featuring SURESMILE®, which cuts orthodontic treatment time by almost 40 percent compared to traditional braces. This brand new state-of-the-art treatment uses robotic technology, 3-D imaging and custom-made archwires for each patient, allowing for the most predictable results, shorter treatment, less office visits, and enhanced patient comfort. We also have Invisalign® and other treatment options all at affordable prices. We accept most insurances. Located in the Clock Tower building, next to Atlantic Avenue railroad, subways and buses. Easily accessible from Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Long Island.

 

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