NYC zoos welcomed several newborn baby animals this spring, including baby baboons in Brooklyn, a pair of gorilla babies and four lion cubs in the Bronx, a tiny pudu in Queens, and snow leopards and a white-necked crane chick in Central Park Zoo.
The Wildlife Conservation Society's Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn is the winner of the 2014 IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker Challenge. The zoo will receive a new teen-designated laboratory and classroom space furnished by the IKEA Brooklyn store.
Matchpoint Sports Complex, a family fitness center, recently opened in South Brooklyn. The athletic center offers activities for the whole family, as well as tennis, gymnastics, and swim camps for kids.
Staten Island kids art studio, Splats & Squiggles, recently opened a Brooklyn location. The creative studio in Park Slope offers mommy and me art classes.
Choice Scholars, a preschool in Crown Heights, now offers three creative summer camp options for children in Brooklyn: a playwright summer camp, a poetry summer camp, and a drama summer camp.
School of Rock, an international music school, recently opened its Brooklyn location. The Gowanus music school, which also offers summer camps, aims to prepare children to confidently take their music to the stage.
New York state health insurance provider Fidelis Care recently opened a community office in Ridgewood. Fidelis Care aims to make its services accessible to the communities it serves.
St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy, a Catholic school in Brookyln, will begin piloting two new programs within the coming weeks. The school will being a writing program for middle-schoolers called Writing Roadmap, and a fitness program for pre-K and Kindergarten called Adventure to Fitness.
Brooklyn Engineering for Kids recently began offering its STEM classes for kids in Brooklyn. The engineering classes for kids use Legos and other materials to help kids problem-solve.
Blue Man Group, which combines music, technology, and comedy for a theatrical experience, recently added to its birthday party offerings. The Blue Man Group birthday party now includes the opportunity to have cake in the lobby before the show. The unique birthday party in Manhattan is suitable for all ages.
More than 400 young tennis players from across NYC set a Guinness World Record on March 2 for the largest tennis lesson, which they played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens.
Greene Hill School in Brooklyn is now accepting applications for the middle school it plans to open for the fall semester. The Brooklyn middle school follows a humanities-based curriculum and is aligned with the New York state Common Core standards.
Ocean Wonders: Sharks!, a new 57,000-square-foot building that will house more than 115 species of marine wildlife, is set to open at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island in 2016. The project was delayed due to Hurricane Sandy.
BASIS Independent, a STEM-based private school opening in Brooklyn in the fall, is now accepting applications for kindergarten through 10th grade.
Mathnasium, a national math-only learning center, recently opened in Bay Ridge. The math learning center aims to make math fun for children.
Sage Music, a music school based in Queens, recently opened a music school in Brooklyn. Sage Music offers guitar, violin, cello, piano, and voice lessons and uses traditional music instruction combined with psychology, holistic approaches to health and well-being, and communal creativity.
The LeFrak Center at Lakeside at Prospect Park, Brooklyn's newest destination for year-round family fun, opens to the public Friday, Dec. 20 and will host a grand opening weekend full of ice-skating, music performances, Disney on Ice ticket giveaways, and more.
Infinity Preschool recently announced that it plans to add more activities and field trips for its summer camp. The day camp in Marine Park has weekly themes that all lessons and activities are based on.
A new preschool recently opened in Brooklyn Heights. Building Bridges at Congregation Mount Sinai, which offers morning and afternoon preschool programs, encourages exploration as a way of learning and focuses on physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development.
Cooke Center, a learning and development center for children with special needs, now offers an outdoor-based social skills group for children in Manhattan.
A new Brooklyn paint-your-own pottery studio, Pottery and Glass Land, offers various pottery pieces for children and adults to paint, as well as glass fusion art. The birthday party location in Midwood also offers ladies’ night out.
Brooklyn Treehouse Preschool in Park Slope will open soon for ages 2-4. This preschool in Brooklyn focuses on children's innate curiosity for learning though hands-on and creative activities.
Created by Kids, a Park Slope kids art program, now offers a mommy and me art class. The art program also offers kids' after-school art classes, an art camp, and art birthday parties in Brooklyn.
Omari McCleary, program director at Good Shepherd Services in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, has been selected as one of a dozen 2013-2014 Afterschool Ambassadors by the national Afterschool Alliance.
Give more than just Halloween candy this holiday season by giving back to the community and volunteering at Spirit Halloween's Spirit of Children parties at hospitals in and around the New York City area.