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.
The 14th Street Y in NYC's East Village offers the KOL Program, which includes sports, fitness, movement, and music classes for kids with autism and communication disorders or language delays.
Upper West Side college prep school Dwight School recently opened its athletic center in East Harlem. The school signed a long-term lease with 1199 Housing Corporation, owners of the East River Landing apartment complex, to refurbish an existing facility. The Dwight School Athletic Center is open to students and the residents of East River Landing and offers athletic classes and programs, including tennis, swim instruction, Zumba, and yoga.
Glamify, a mobile spa party service, offers spa packages for girls’ birthday parties in the New York metro area. The birthday party entertainment can include spa services such as mud masks, manicures, pedicures, and glitter tattoos.
Ecole International de New York, a bilingual elementary school, added a middle school program starting with a sixth-grade class this September. The French-English bilingual international school in Manhattan aims to have students become bilingual within a few years.
Bounce! Trampoline Sports recently opened its Syosset location. The indoor trampoline center on Long Island offers birthday parties, trampoline fitness classes, and open bounce time.
The Moms in Training program is an 8-week fitness group for moms that trains participants to run a 5-mile or 15K charity walk/run for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The program will host several kick-off events in NYC and CT where new members can join.
Upper East Side children’s clothing store, Appliké Couture, where children can customize clothing with different shaped appliques, now offers a special in-store discount for 'Big Apple Parent' readers. The store is also a fun place to host a birthday party where the party guests can design their own T-shirt.
SciTech Kids, which offers after-school STEM programing for children in Manhattan, has extended its curriculum to offer more engineering-based classes. The classes for ages 3-12 cover themes including air and water, art and design, electronics, robots, and the human body. SciTech Kids also offers science birthday parties.
Rutgers Church’s Ready, Set, Go! preschool alternative program will be offered in the afternoons this fall. The program, for children ages 3-5, is a great supplement to other preschool programs children may already be enrolled in, according to program director Jennifer Moore. The program offers art, storytelling, dance, and gym activities, as well as special activity days.
92Y, on Manhattan's Upper East Side, recently opened a state-of-the-art gymnastics studio. Gymnastics Studio in the Sky now offers gymnastics classes for children with special needs, private lessons, cheerleader tumbling, and birthday parties.
New York City recently launched a new health initiative at Lincoln Medical Center and Harlem Medical Center to get low-income and at-risk patients to eat healthier. The Health Bucks four-month pilot program helps those patients purchase produce from farmers' markets.
Chelsea preschool, Kids Korner Preschool, recently named Jennifer Contrubis Denza as its new administrative director. The full-time preschool in NYC is a close-knit community. Children participate in activities such as music, dance, and Spanish. Kids Korner Preschool is currently accepting applications for the fall.
Spend a day with the family at the new Luna Park at Coney Island with a day-trip package that saves more than $75 on regular prices, including transportation on Gray Line New York and CitySights NY double-decker buses to and from Manhattan.
Snoopy, the world's most beloved beagle and the longest flying character in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® history, returns this November 2013 to delight millions of fans.
Join New York Water Taxi, Radio Disney, and Cayman Islands for the first-ever Princess and Pirates Adventure cruise made especially for kids on the NY harbor this Sunday, June 30.
Engineering for Kids, a traveling STEM education program that visits schools and summer camps, now offers its programs in Nassau County, as well as Manhattan, Queens, and Westchester County. The hands-on STEM academic enrichment program also offers robotics, rocket building, and Levitron birthday parties.
Karma Kids Yoga, located in Chelsea, now offers Mom & Baby Pilates, a one-hour class that gives mothers a chance to exercise and bond with their babies. The class is also an opportunity for babies to learn to socialize with each other and for mothers to meet other mothers in the area and observe the developmental stages babies go through.
Actor Josh Lucas attended Only Make Believe's SPiN Out of Spring event at SPiN: NYC, where he played ping pong with young professionals to support the nonprofit organization that brings live theater to children suffering from chronic illness and disabilities.
New York City public school students got a behind-the-scenes look at Broadway's "Nice Work If You Can Get It," thanks to Inside Broadway's Creating the Magic program, which aims to introduce kids to Broadway shows and the people behind them.
NYC teen Valerin Sanchez of Bushick School for Social Justice in Brooklyn was named the winner of the Materials Matter Amazing Art Challenge at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square on June 15.
On May 31, assemblywoman Margaret M. Markey and the Queens Tourism Council at the New York Hall of Science kicked off New York State Museum Week, which will be from June 10-16.
Asphalt Green’s new Battery Park City location offers the same athletic and fitness programming to youth, adults, and families, as well culinary and cultural classes. Asphalt Green also offers summer day camp for children ages 4-13, which includes sports and swim instruction, as well as cultural arts.
PARTYpoopers, Tribeca-based party planners, now offers Manhattan Laser Tag Parties. The laser tag birthday parties can either be hosted at the PARTYpoopers location or at a location of your choice—they bring the party to you for birthday, graduation, or bar/bat mitzvah parties. The laser tag is designed for children ages 8 and older and is completely safe, using only light.
Kids will delight when they see the surprise guest -- Dusty, the star of Disney's new movie "Planes" -- at this year's Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach during Memorial Day weekend.