Jeff Koons's Split-Rocker makes its New York City debut at Rockefeller Center, to coincide with the opening of his retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Split-Rocker is a spectacular planted form that towers over 37 feet high and features over 50,000 flowering plants.
On May 22, more than 2,000 NYC public school students went behind the scenes of Motown, The Musical on Broadway, courtesy of Inside Broadway's Creating the Magic program, which aims to introduce young children to live theater.
Elliott's Gymnastics, an Upper West Side facility that offers children's movement classes, recently announced its Kids In Bloom summer camp for preschoolers. The summer camp is English-Spanish bilingual.
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.
Turtle Dove Children, a creative center for kids that is partnered with The Jack and Jill School, will offer an Under the Sea summer camp for kids in Manhattan. The Gramercy Park summer camp location aims to inspire peace and community through theater arts, yoga, and creative activities.
School of Rock NYC, an Upper East Side music school for kids and teens, recently expanded its summer programs to offer a songwriting and recording summer camp. It also now offers music birthday parties.
On May 14, Build-a-Bear Workshop kicked off its 2014 Huggable Heroes contest at its location in Midtown Manhattan, where it invited military members and their families, former Huggable Heroes, and local students to build teddy bears to be donated to military families.
Soccer star Mia Hamm received the Residence Inn by Marriott 2014 Resident Mom of the Year award in Manhattan. The award came with a check for $10,000 to the Mia Hamm Foundation, which supports youth soccer organizations.
Kids at Art, an Upper East Side kids’ art studio, will offer new art summer camps this year for children ages 2 and older. The art studio also offers art birthday parties.
La Petite French School, a French immersion preschool, plans to open on the Upper East Side in September.
The free Everyone Reading Summer Tutoring Program is now accepting applications for students in grades 2-12 who want to improve their reading skills through one-to-one tutoring. The program takes place over four weeks in July.
The Hewitt School's Summer Clubhouse Camp for kids on the Upper East Side has added two new programs. Shawn Shafner of the POOP Project will teach campers about digestion, plus campers will participate in Zumba for kids.
Supermodel and mom of four Niki Taylor visited NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the New York Stock Exchange to show her support and help kick off the 2014 March of Dimes' March for Babies, which will be held in nearly 700 communities at the end of April.
Broadway Workshop holds performing arts camps for children in Manhattan. It will offer its Junior Excel Camp this summer for ages 9-13.
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.
Two second-grade students from SciTech Kids in Manhattan traveled to Washington, DC to meet President Obama and debut their short film about STEAM in the classroom at the first-ever White House Student Film Festival on Feb. 28.
Upper East Side Spanish language program for children I'm Bilingual! recently added cultural programs to its curriculum. The program also plans to offer a summer Spanish program for children.
Language Workshop for Children now offers Kids’ MusicRound at its Manhasset and Manhattan locations. The parent and child music class helps children develop cognitive ability through an exploration of music.
Mary Rose Lloyd, director of artistic programming for The New Victory Theater in Manhattan, was honored with the Mickey Miners Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 International Performing Arts for Youth Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.
FastBreak Sports, a sports and athletic training facility on the Upper East Side, now offers a program for preschoolers ages 2-5. The preschool program FastBreak Kids teaches youngsters a variety of age-appropriate sports and skills including baseball, basketball, and flag football. The facility also offers teams and leagues for children in Manhattan to improve athletic ability and inspire self-confidence.
Chatty Child, which offers speech, occupational, and feeding therapy, recently introduced a new program that focuses on music therapy for children in Manhattan. The music therapy program are group sessions and helps children develop pre-academic skills. The Tribeca therapy center also offers Handwriting Without Tears.
Sweet Jenny’s Book Club for girls inspires a love of reading in girls ages 7-11. The Upper East Side book club is meant to act as a reading enrichment program that picks up where school leaves off.
CITYKIDS Preschool, a preschool that recently opened in Inwood, focuses on children learning through play and early childhood development including cognitive, emotional, physical, and social development. The Manhattan preschool also offers parenting workshops such as how to apply to kindergartens and where children should be developmentally for their age.
Manhattan’s DanceSport recently began offering its junior ballroom program for ages 5-16. The dance classes teach children discipline, partnership and teamwork skills, and a variety of dance styles including rumba, jive, waltz, and tango. Children in the program also participate in competitions. DanceSport is also offering a discount for "Big Apple Parent" readers.