The 2015 NYMetroParents Kids Photo Contest is accepting entries through June 13. Eight local kid finalists will win a professional photo shoot and divide over $1,000 in prizes. One grand prize winner will appear on a future print cover of the magazine!
Last year, The Long Island Aquarium rescued a sea lion pup that was found on a California beach. That sea lion, Nila, is now on view in the aquarium's sea lion exhibit.
Coaches from Adelphi University and LIU Post have partnered to bring Tiger Tennis & Swim Camp to children on Long Island. The Brookville tennis day camp will mix athletic exercise and skill building with fun and open play.
As part of its travel program, Kenwal Day Camp in Melville is adding an overnight trip to Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari in Jackson, NJ.
Vincent Smith School, an independent school for children with learning disabilities, is adding first and second grades in the fall. The school is also building a new playground, and will offer a transitional program for 11th and 12th grades.
Twinn Palms Homestay Services, which finds families for foreign exchange students to live with, is expanding its services into more New York schools. Families can host up to two foreign exchange students at a time.
Friends Academy Summer Camp, a day camp in Locust Valley, is adding three new science-related programs to its day camp offerings: CSI, Marine Science, and Mindcraft game programming.
East Woods Camp, a day camp on Long Island held at East Woods School in Oyster Bay, recently appointed Jo Korder as its new camp director. Korder has more than 20 years of camp experience.
Future Stars, a day camp on Long Island, is adding STEM programming to its summer camp line-up.
My Spectrum School, a gifted and talented early childhood education school, opened in Port Washington in October. The school also offers gifted and talented after-school programs and a gifted and talented summer camp.
Portledge School's summer camp Portledge Summer Adventures in Locust Valley is launching two new programs this summer: a foreign language immersion program and a sports academy program.
The Fashion Class in Merrick teaches children ages 6-17 the skills needed to sew and make clothing and accessories. The fashion design program offers summer camps to teach sewing, designing, and fashion history.
LIU Post Youth Camp is adding cheerleading to its summer camp offerings. The Long Island cheerleading summer camp will be taught by LIU Post cheerleaders.
Usdan Center for Creative and Performing Arts is adding classes to its creative and performing arts summer camp on Long Island.
Children’s health matters. Healthyville is a place for everybody. The bilingual, interactive exhibit teaches health and wellness lessons through play-filled activities and educational messages that foster learning by doing.
Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park, recently opened a second Long Island location in Mount Siani. The fitness facility for families offers a range of classes including a toddler trampoline fitness class and a special needs jump time.
Village East Gifted, an enrichment center that offers gifted and talented programs for gifted students on Long Island, recently redesigned its Huntington Station location to incorporate natural elements in its decor.
The Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages, a museum that focuses on American history and art with a tie to Long Island, is offering its Rides for Kids program this year after piloting it last year. The program provides free rides for schools to visit the museum.
Vincent Smith School, a third through 12th grade school catered to those with learning disabilities, recently appointed Layla Lindau as the new director of special education.
MKSA, formerly Marion K Salomon and Associates, recently partnered with HASC to offer its early intervention services on Long Island. As a subsidiary of HASC, MKSA now offers in-home early intervention services.
South Shore Ballet Academy, a Long Island classical ballet dance program, recently opened in Amityville. The ballet school offers dance classes for children of all ages and levels of dance.
Kidville, a parent-child enrichment center, recently opened in Wantagh. The new location will begin offering its preschool alternative class in Wantagh in January.
Miss O's Academy of Arts and ABC's, a preschool that combines its academic curriculum with the creative arts, recently relocated from Hempstead to West Hempstead.
Variety Child Learning Center, a Long Island school for children with special needs, recently opened a second location. The new location, in Levittown, offers a school program as well as an integrated preschool class.
Raymond Mohler is a teen from Lynbrook, NY, who founded the Little St. Nick Foundation on Long Island, which supports charity work with children's hospitals. He has been awarded the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes.