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Star Wars Sleepover Helps Community
A Star Wars-themed sleepover at Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Times Square celebrated the release of "Star Wars Episode I in 3-D" and raised funds for a nonprofit organization that benefits local families. (read the story...)

Spotted in the Saddle
Teen actor RJ Mitte of "Breaking Bad" fame visited New York City to mentor budding actors, speak out against bullying, and support therapeutic horseback riding. (read the story...)

Local Students Attend Unveiling of a Rare Copy of the Thirteenth Amendment
On Feb. 1, the New-York Historical Society unveiled a rare handwritten copy of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution signed by Abraham Lincoln. The Thirteenth Amendment will on display at New-York Historical through April 1. (read the story...)

From the Court to the Books
Former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar read his new book, "What Color is My World?" to a group of kids at the Children's Museum of Manhattan to celebrate Black History Month on Feb. 8. (read the story...)

Karma Kids Yoga Lets Adults Join In
Karma Kids Yoga has opened a second location and begun to offer adult yoga classes. (read the story...)

The PIT Throws Broadway Birthday Bashes
The Peoples Improv Theater, known as The PIT, launched a new birthday party division in January 2012. The new division, Broadway Birthday Bashes, will host parties for kids. (read the story...)

Learning Social Skills with a Smile
socialsklz:-) is offering a new program called CLUBsocialsklz:-) that will be offered both in Manhattan and Brooklyn. (read the story...)

Young Music Students Honored at Carnegie Hall
Four local students in The Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program were awarded Certificates of Excellence for earning top marks on their 2011 musical assessments. (read the story...)

Dunk for Adoption
A dozen people, dressed as penguins, participated in the Second Annual Dunk-a-Thon hosted by You Gotta Believe!, a teen agency based in New York City that is dedicated to finding permanent families for local teens. (read the story...)

NYC Native Named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
Author Walter Dean Myers, who grew up in Harlem, assumed the two-year post of National Ambassador for Young People's Literature just after the New Year, choosing “Reading is Not Optional” as the banner for his platform. (read the story...)

Ali Forney Center Kicks Off 10th Year with $500,000 Grant
The Ali Forney Center kicks off its 10th year with a grant of $500,000 that will help build the nation's first 24-hour drop-in service center for homeless LGBT youth. (read the story...)

A Cause To Celebrate
Build-A-Bear and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital teamed up with the New York Giants to host a benefit that really gave cause to celebrate. (read the story...)

Gold Material Expands To Kips Bay
Gold Material Montessori School, founded in 2004 as an independent private school, has expanded to three locations, the newest of which is opening in Kips Bay this month. Registration for Gold Material Montessori School in Kips Bay is open now and is ongoing. (read the story...)

No Name, No Rules, Just Art
This fall, for the first time in the history of In The Making, the Museum of Modern Art’s popular and competitive free art program for teens, the museum offered a class with no rules and no agenda, fittingly calling it “A Class With No Name.” (read the story...)

Swedish Style in NYC
Polarn O. Pyret, a clothing store founded in Sweden in 1976, recently opened two retail outlets in Manhattan. The new stores are located at 200 Chambers Street and 428 Columbus Avenue. (read the story...)

Kids, Meet Billy
Inside Broadway celebrated its 30th anniversary with an interactive "Creating the Magic" workshop that introduced the magic of "Billy Elliot the Musical" to 1,000 NYC public school students. (read the story...)

First Lady Honors NYC Youth Programs
The First Lady honored two New York City youth programs with the National Arts and Humanities award to recognize their effectiveness in helping to engage young people in the arts and humanities. (read the story...)

Former Professional Soccer Player Offers Private Group Classes
Sign kids up to learn soccer from one of the best—a former professional soccer player from Argentina who now offers private group classes anywhere in NYC. (read the story...)

REI Opens First NYC Location in SoHo
REI, a specialist in the great outdoors, will launch its first New York City location in SoHo's historic Puck Building before the end of the year. (read the story...)

Boot Camp for New Dads Launches in NYC
New Dads Boot Camp offers workshops for expectant fathers, facilitating frank discussions on fatherhood and teaching dads-to-be how to care for their kids with guidance from veteran dads. (read the story...)

Kidberry Expands to New Space in Harlem
Kidberry, a learning and developmental play center for children in Harlem, offers some of the only classes of its kind in the neighborhood. (read the story...)

Justin Tuck and Peanuts Characters Teach Manhattan Students About Good Oral Hygiene Just Before Halloween
NFL star Justin Tuck joined Peanuts characters at P.S. 19 in Manhattan to help announce the MetLife Foundation's $1.1 million donation to two important dental care and oral health initiatives for children and families in New York City and beyond. (read the story...)

Father Knows Best Kicks Off in New York City
Former NBA all-star Allan Houston, now the current assistant general manager of the New York Knicks, his father Coach Wade Houston, and iStar Charity Shootout host the kick-off event to the Five Borough Basketball Tour in New York City for fathers and sons and mentors and mentees, stressing the importance of having a strong, male role model in a child's life. (read the story...)

Downtown Dance Factory Opens Four Studios in Tribeca
Downtown Dance Factory's new Tribeca studios now offer every style of dance classes for kids and adults, including tap, hip hop, jazz, and Zumba. (read the story...)

77Kids Opens New Store in Times Square
American Eagle's children's brand, 77Kids, opened a store in Times Square full of stylish threads and fun techie extras worthy of its NYC digs. (read the story...)


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