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When Nicole Ventura opened her Mill Basin dance studio, The Dance House of Brooklyn, in September, she brought families a new opportunity for fitness fun. With classes for all skill levels and ages, The Dance House of Brooklyn invites parents to experience dance with their children.
Park Slope Kids Dental, owned by Dr. Tanesha Francis—or Dr. T as the kids know her, is a new, state-of-the-art, kids-only dental office located in Park Slope. The office features an open play and appointment area, which lessons the negative experiences at the dentist. Dr. T schedules at least two appointments per year for each child to allow for a familiarity to grow.
IP Kids recently opened its IP Montessori Preschool in Bensonhurst. The new preschool combines Montessori principles with a focus on interactive, hands-on methods that allow children to become independent at an early age.
Fort Greene's Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance offers a variety of new classes for children and young adults that are rooted in African dance and music styles. Classes include Hip Hop, Drumming4Toddlers, and DrumDance.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2012 through Nov. 12, 2012, the New york Children's Theater Festival will be accepting submissions for its spring 2013 productions, encouraging people from all over the world to write live children's entertainment.
A new book, "A Poem as Big as New York City," captures a kid’s-eye view of what it’s like to live, learn, and play in NYC.
Brooklyn residents now have another option when buying supplies and decorations for their next party. Party Max, which recently opened in Dyker Heights, offers everything from balloon bouquets and themed supplies to Halloween costumes, greeting cards, plush toys, and seasonal merchandise.
Club KO Kickboxing's new location in Williamburg will offer classes for children ages 9-11, as well as for adults. Participants will learn the basics of kickboxing without any actual physical contact. The classes are designed to get people in shape while building self-confidence.
The Children's Place is launching its second annual model search this fall to discover its next superstar who will win round-trip air transportation to the glamorous photo shoot and a $500 gift card to spend on all of the latest styles.
Olympic gymnast John Orozco, also a Bronx native, spends time at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo with other famous Bronx residents and also shows his appreciation for his community.
Parents and their children volunteered to transform an overgrown lot into the South Brooklyn Children's Garden by building raised beds and planting vegetables. The South Brooklyn Children's Garden will offer a variety of programming for children beginning with the 2013 growing season.
In partnership with The Walt Disney Company, Disney Store will donate 25,000 school supply kits to children at the Boys and Girls Club of America, adding a little back-to-school magic as kids nationwide prepare to return to the classroom this fall.
Play, an indoor play and learning space in Greenpoint, is now owned by Josh Gunsberger. Play offers classes by RugBug, an after-school program for 5- to 10-year-olds, movie nights starting in the fall, and drop-in play time for toddlers.
The International School of Brooklyn, a French and Spanish language immersion school located in Carroll Gardens, is adding a middle school program starting in the 2012-2013 academic year. All students are required to study two languages, which are continued from the elementary school.
When Sandra Abrams opened her clothing store, Chiquita y Coqueta, she decided to give 40 percent of her profits to a good cause each year. Abrams recently launched an online store that features handmade clothing from Argentina, made without harmful chemicals and with high-quality fabrics.
A free theater program, Only Make Believe, marks 12 years of bringing the healing power of laughter and imagination to more than 25,000 chronically ill kids and those with disabilities throughout hospitals in New York City.
Pattie Mehrej, mother of two and former EMT, combined her passion for parenting with her love of the community to open Itty Bitty Adventures, a preschool on Marine Park. The preschool staff makes daily developmental assessments to help each child progress at their own pace.
Pinocchio Children's Palace now provides child care for the East Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn. The new center's curriculum, taught by teachers with master's degrees in early childhood education, will help children develop their social, academic, and language skills.
GallopNYC, the NYC-based therapeutic riding organization, held its fifth annual Ride with Pride Horse Show in Central Park, celebrating its disabled riders.
New York City public school students got a backstage glimpse of Broadway's "Mamma Mia!" during a behind-the-scenes program hosted by Inside Broadway.
Ten New York City public school students had their original plays published and performed through the LeAp OnStage after-school theater program.
Adrienne Bailon, former Cheetah Girl and star of a new series on the Style network, read to kids at the kick-off celebration for Brooklyn Public Library's Summer Reading Program.
Spa-Tacular Party's at The Candy Shop, a new party venue in Brooklyn, features six party packages including disco, arcade, manicure/pedicure, and fashion shows. This party venue is located in the back of a vintage candy shop, where parents can relax and enjoy a cappuccino.
There's an ice cream truck in New York City that will donate all of its proceeds from selling icy cold ice cream treats to local museums in the New York City area, from the Children's Museum of Manhattan and Brooklyn Children's Museum to Staten Island Children's Museum.
Parents, faculty, and PTA members from across the New York City area worked together to win new books from the "Books 4 Our School" campaign co-sponsored by the Brooke Jackman Foundation and NYMetroParents.