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The Long Island Children's Choir: Hitting All the Right Notes
A new children's choir on Long Island, founded by local parents, strives to help fill the gap in children's arts education and give back to the community. (read the story...)

Music and Theater Programs Added to Local Kids’ Gym
M.A.T.S.S. Kids' Gym now offers music and theater classes for children in Syosset. The music classes are offered by Long Island Aardvarks and the theater classes are offered by New Artist Theater, a division of The AMF Studio. (read the story...)

Program Offers Children a Creative Way to Learn
Challenge Island, an academic enrichment program, recently opened in Syosset. The program, which offers after-school programs, in-school field trips, summer camps, and birthday parties, helps children build problem-solving skills and engages imagination through creative lessons and activities. (read the story...)

Indoor Trampoline Center Opens Deer Park Facility
Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline center, recently opened a Deer Park location. The trampoline center hosts birthday parties and fitness classes, and houses 21,000 square feet of trampolines. (read the story...)

Pump It Up Adds Photo Feature to Party Packages
Pump It Up, an indoor bounce play space, now offers a special photo feature in all three party packages. The birthday party location will now take photos during the bounce portion of the party and create a montage to watch while eating pizza and cake. (read the story...)

Mid-Island Y JCC Receives Donation for Special Needs Center
Mid-Island Y JCC’s center for special needs in Plainview has a new name—the Adler Center for Special Needs—due to a donation from Kenneth and Ann Dorman Adler. The center provides services for children and adults with special needs. (read the story...)

While They’re Little Offers Music Together in Oceanside
While They’re Little now offers Music Together music classes for children in Oceanside. Music Together is a research-based early childhood music education program that helps children discover their musicality. (read the story...)

Peter Facinelli and Aflac Honor Leaders in Fight Against Childhood Cancer
Actor Peter Facinelli presented the 2013 Aflac Duckprints Awards to three individuals on Long Island who are making a difference in the fight against childhood cancer at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park. (read the story...)

Undercover Santa
Every year, thousands of kids go without presents. One local organization is rallying against that. The jolly figure behind Jocelyn’s Operation Holiday Spirit has a lot in common with Old St. Nick. (read the story...)

Two Dance Academies Merge to Create Junior Program
Dance With Me USA and Rising Stars Dance merged to create Dance With Me Juniors. The dance program for children in Nassau County teaches a variety of styles including ballroom, hip-hop, and contemporary. (read the story...)

Active Kidz Long Island Adds Bowling Lanes
Active Kidz Long Island, a family entertainment center on Long Island, recently added bowling lanes and new blasters for its Cannonball Blast game. The birthday party location in Jericho also offers laser tag, inflatables, rock climbing, an arcade, and a virtual game center. (read the story...)

Lanyard Ladies Win $20,000 on 'Bethenny'
The Lanyard Ladies, a mom-owned business based in East Rockaway on Long Island, was named the winner of the Bethenny in Your Business $20K Giveaway. The business received a check for $20,000 on an episode of "Bethenny." (read the story...)

Win Tickets to See the Laurie Berkner Band Live In Concert
Enter now for your chance to win tickets to see beloved children's musicians the Laurie Berkner Band live at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and the Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture. (read the story...)

Long Island JCC Plans to Expand Its Golf Program for Those with Disabilities
The JCC of the Greater Five Towns on Long Island is planning to expand its Play Golf program, which helps kids and young adults with disabilities learn the sport of golf as they get physical exercise and develop socialization skills. (read the story...)

Straight-Up Support
Curvy Girls, a network of scoliosis support groups, empowers girls who have scoliosis from Long Island to Australia. The groups, founded by a Long Island-based mother-daughter duo, offers support and information for both girls and parents. (read the story...)

Garden City Café Offers Low-Fat, Gluten-Free, and Flourless Options
Honestly Delicious, a bakery and cafe, recently opened in Garden City. The café has a party room and offers specialty cupcakes, which makes it a great birthday party location in Nassau. (read the story...)

ER-DOX Opens Third Long Island Location
ER-DOX, an urgent care facility, recently opened its Hewlett-Five Towns location. The urgent care center is an emergency room alternative that can treat coughs, sore throats, injuries requiring stitches, and broken bones. (read the story...)

Jericho Brain Training Center Offers Discount for Struggling Learners
Jericho's LearningRx is offering help for students who are struggling to learn in school. Any struggling student who wants to improve their bad report card will receive a discount on a brain skills assessment if they bring in a copy of their bad report card. (read the story...)

Car Seat Installation Lessons at Your Home
Strapped In Car Seat Safety recently started offering its car seat installation services in the New York metro area. The service also offers child passenger safety lessons, car seat checks, and car seat installation at your home. (read the story...)

After-School Arts and Crafts Program Offered in Syosset
After-school arts program Long Island Arts and Crafts now offers its classes at Basketworks in Syosset. The after-school program aims to expose young children to art and the different mediums used to create art, including paint, mosaics, and collage. (read the story...)

West East Bistro Offers 'Little Foodies' Birthday Parties
Casual, upscale dining restaurant West East All-Natural Bistro & Wine Bar now offers two birthday party packages for Little Foodies: a cooking party and an entertainment party. The birthday party location on Long Island offers its parties on Saturdays and Sundays for lunch. (read the story...)

Beautify Your Child's Birthday Bash with Glamify
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. (read the story...)

Bounce! Trampoline Sports Opens Syosset Location
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. (read the story...)

A Community Garden in Huntington Flourishes Beyond Its Soil
The Gateway Park Community Organic Garden in the heart of Huntington Station is a multi-generational, multi-ethnic community project that brings the area's residents together and teaches children to garden, exposing them to fresh, locally grown produce. (read the story...)

Kids Learning Loft Offers Animal Therapy, Social Skills Program
Williston Park-based therapy center for children with special needsWilliston Park-based therapy center for children with special needs now offers two new therapy programs: animal therapy and an after-school social skills peer-based program. The loft, which caters to children on the autism spectrum and with ADD or ADHD, also offers in-home therapy, speech therapy, and yoga, as well as consultation services. (read the story...)


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