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Ask the Expert: What Is Martial Arts Therapy and How Can it Help My Child?
Dr. Alisha Griffith-Berkeley, co-founder of a specialized martial arts program in Brooklyn, explains what martial arts therapy is and how it can help children with special needs such as autism, ADHD, and sensory issues. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Should I Talk to My Kid About Losing a Sports Game?
When your child loses a competitive sports game like a soccer match or basketball game, the ride home may be filled with silence. A father of two children who play competitive basketball and the CEO of House of Sports in New York shares advice on what parents should say to their children after a loss. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Should I Persuade My Kid to Stop Playing Sports if His Team Keeps Losing?
Though your child's sports team may require long hours and commitment, is persuading him or her to quit because the team does not win a lot of games the right move? A father of two and the CEO of House of Sports in Westchester, New York weighs in on whether it's appropriate to pull a child out of a team sport simply because they are not winning. (read the story...)

House of Sports Offers Summer Sports Programming for Ages 2-4
House of Sports in Ardsley—the academy for athletic excellence—offers summer programs for children ages 2-4 to introduce them to sports and the importance of physical activity. The programs include soccer and baseball lessons, as well as a summer camp that includes lessons from all the sports offered at House of Sports, including basketball, gymnastics, and football. (read the story...)

Four Summer Safety Tips to Beat the Heat
With the heat and humidity of the summer, it is important for young summer athletes to pace themselves and stay cool. Here are four tips to stay safe in the heat this summer. (read the story...)

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals' Tips to Prevent Sports Injuries in Kids
The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, of which Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York in New Hyde Park is a member, provides tips to prevent sports injuries in children, including staying hydrated, preventing concussions, and treating muscle strains and sprains. (read the story...)

Where to Find New York-Area Mini Golf Courses
Miniature golf promises a fun time for all. Here's a listing of putt-putt courses throughout the New York City area, including indoor and outdoor mini golf in NYC, Long Island, Westchester County, and Rockland County. (read the story...)

Asphalt Green's Battery Park City Location Offers Family Programming
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. (read the story...)

Athletic Training School Building New Facility in Port Washington
Athletic training facility Parisi Speed School is currently holding its classes at the Port Washington Tennis Academy while its new facility is being built. The training center offers fitness classes for ages 7 to adult that build agility, strength, speed, and self-confidence, while helping athletes get and stay in shape. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Why Should My Child Learn to Ride a Balance Bike?
We interviewed Joseph Rumley, chief marketing officer of FirstBIKE, about the benefits of children riding a balance bike versus training wheels, the safety precautions the need to be taken on a balance bike, how to transition your child to a pedal bike, and the benefits of bike riding as a family. (read the story...)

Where To: Catch A Minor League Baseball Game
UPDATED MARCH, 2014: The Minor League Baseball season in the New York metro area runs through September and many of these venues have special offers for families, making one of these games a perfect family outing when the kids are off from school. Check out the minor league baseball teams that play in New York and NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. (read the story...)

The Rinx Offers Its Programs at Bethpage Ice Rink
Hauppauge-based ice rink, The Rinx, is now offering its Total Skating and Total Hockey programs at the Town of Oyster Bay Skating Center in Bethpage. The programs help kids develop their skating and/or hockey skills. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Do I Find the Right Martial Arts School for My Child?
If you're planning to enroll your child in a martial arts program, choosing the right school and instructor is an important first step. Here, tips on how to find the right martial arts studio and the questions you should ask martial arts instructors. (read the story...)

The Love of Lacrosse Comes to Brooklyn Bridge Park
Is your son or daughter itching to try a new sport? Why not try lacrosse? Brooklyn Lacrosse Club, which has fields on Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 5, is starting its first competitive season this spring. With teams for boys and girls, your athlete will have fun while being active. (read the story...)

Fit Club in Fairfield Offers New Kids' Classes
Fit Club, a family-friendly gym that offers fitness classes for adults and kids, moved its new location in Fairfield's Sportsplex. Fit Club now offers boxing and overall fitness classes for children. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can Kids Benefit from Playing Tennis, and When Should They Start?
Tennis can help kids develop many physical, social, and mental skills that they can use in other areas of life. We asked Go! Tennis director George Garland what age is right to start tennis lessons and what the goals of those early lessons should be. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Is Golf the Right Sport for My Child?
Kate Tempesta, founder and co-owner of Kate Tempesta’s Urban Golf Academy, shares her tips on the benefits children get from playing golf, how young kids can start golf lessons, and what to expect from your child’s golf teachers. (read the story...)

Manhattan’s Toddlers Can Now Go Gaga for Gaga
The Gaga Center, Manhattan's only location dedicated to the game of gaga, has added Tot Gaga, a class where toddlers can learn to play gaga, to its schedule of gaga classes for kids. The Upper East Side location also offers party packages for a gaga filled birthday. (read the story...)

Where to Ski and Snowboard in the Northeast
UPDATED DECEMBER 2013 - Skiing and snowboarding with the family this winter? Our guide includes resorts and mountains just outside of the New York metropolitan area, to the slopes of Connecticut, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. Beginner lessons and kid-friendly slopes for new skiiers and snowboarders are readily available at most mountains. No need to haul your gear, either—you can rent skis, snowboards, helmets, and all of your winter sporting needs right on site. Please note: Hours and programs are subject to change. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details before your visit. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Is that Bounce Place Safe for Your Child?
Bounce houses and trampoline parks are becoming increasingly popular as birthday party venues for kids. Here are safety tips to keep in mind when taking your kids to a bounce place. (read the story...)

Suffolk Sports Training Facility Opens Second Location
Give It Your All Sports, a sports training facility for children in Ronkonkoma, is opening a new location in Setauket. The facility offers sports training and agility classes for kids, as well as athletic leagues children can participate in, including baseball, softball, soccer, gymnastics, and basketball. The new location also offers birthday party packages. (read the story...)

Fencing: A Sport For Kids Of All Ages
Fencing, a sport your child very well may have never heard of until the 2012 Olympics, is a perfect way to harness a child’s focus. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Do Sports Affect My Child's Development?
When kids begin to play sports, parents may have worries, including how playing sports can affect a child's growth and development. A pediatric athletic development specialist offers tips on how to know whether your child is participating in too much sports play and how playing sports at an early age can affect proper movement and development. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Prevent My Kid From Getting Injured While Playing Sports?
It's hard to not worry about sports injuries when your child begins to play sports in gym class or in an intramural team after school. A physical therapist offers tips on how to lessen the risk of sports injuries in kids and provides advice on ensuring your kids stay safe while on the field. (read the story...)

Miracle League of Long Island Gives Kids with Special Needs a Chance to Play Ball
Kristine Fitzpatrick founded the Miracle League to provide homerun miracles to children with special needs on Long Island. (read the story...)


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