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MANHATTAN

Check out our comprehensive 2010-2011 guide to services and resources for kids and families in Manhattan. You'll find information on schools, camps, after school and sports programs, family activities, birthday party venues and entertainers, and much more, all in your area! 

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT

  

¡HOLA! A PLAYGROUP IN SPANISH
(917) 648-5006; Email [email protected]; www.holaplaygroup.com

For over eight years, ¡HOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish, a unique grass-roots immersion program, continues to expand its programs where children learn to love Spanish because it's taught in the most fun way. ?Hola! follows a natural approach to help develop oral skills. Programs focus on a wide repertory of concepts to build vocabulary and help acquire the correct use phonetics from a native speaker. Children at ?Hola! feel empowered and proud of their achievements. Classes are taught through use of original and traditional music, movement, games, props and art.

 

BILINGUAL BUDS
175 Riverside Blvd at 68th St
(212) 787-8088; www.bilingualbudsnyc.com

Bilingual Buds is a dynamic preschool and kindergarten program that focuses on the development of the whole child and his or her relationship with the world. The first school of its kind in the greater New York area, Bilingual Buds uses a proprietary curriculum specifically designed for an early childhood Mandarin immersion environment. Classes are highly interactive and small by design, with students enjoying the leadership and attention of two Mandarin teachers and one head English teacher. The school's extensive offerings include full and half-day preschool, kindergarten, afterschool classes, and "Mommy and Me."

 

BLUE SCHOOL
432 Lafayette St
(646) 602-7066; www.theblueschool.org

We design both our curriculum and our environment with the goal of nurturing the innate sense of curiosity and wonder that children bring into our program, facilitating robust exploration, personal expression, group collaboration, open communication and active play. Information on how to apply is on our website. Blue School welcomes applicants for the matriculated program as well as our year round enrichment programs that are open to the public as well as students for the 2s through 3rd grade.

 

THE CAROUSEL OF LANGUAGES
(212) 501-8524; www.thecarouseloflanguages.com

The Carousel of Languages enriches the minds and spirits of young children, in their most brilliant stage of development, through the discovery of a foreign language. Our methodology emphasizes the importance of multi-sensory learning through verbal, visual and tactile association, providing each student with the opportunity to learn on multiple levels. New studies on brain development indicate that early exposure to more than one language builds a more powerful brain. Classes offered in Italian, Mandarin, French and Spanish.

 

CITY AND COUNTRY SCHOOL
146 West 13th St
(212) 242-7802; www.cityandcountry.org

City and Country School is a premier progressive school in NYC. The mastering of academic, social, physical and ethical disciplines is embedded in experiential learning. Students enjoy a range of programs, including orchestra, filmmaking, podcasting, digital design, rhythms, woodshop, foreign language, and interscholastic sports. After-school classes include chess, art, musical theater, animation, science, among others. Graduates of C&C are original thinkers who embrace inquiry and experimentation and have the ability to problem solve in any situation. C&C graduates develop an authentic sense of confidence and an unmistakable respect for others.

 

COLLINA ITALIANA
135 E. 96th St
(212) 427-7770; www.collinaitaliana.com

Collina Italiana's Italian Summer in the City program is for children of all ages who want to learn and practice Italian, meet new friends, absorb the warm and lively culture of Italy, and have fun Italian style...right here in New York City! Giardino dei Bambini, a morning drop-off playgroup for ages 2-5, is offered year-round. Other programs, including comprehensive language learning and hands-on instruction in the arts, are Girotondo ("Circle"), Teatro Italiano and Piccoli Cuochi for little chefs.

 

CONGREGATION SHAARE ZEDEK
212 W. 93rd St
(212) 874-7005 x16; Email [email protected]; www.sznyc.org

Our program provides a unique Hebrew school experience for children of all ages. We aim to instill our students with a love of Judaism and a thirst for Jewish learning in a warm and friendly synagogue community. With small classes, our nurturing teachers lead interesting and engaging educational programming tailored to each student's interests and needs. Through creative lessons, holiday celebrations, and Shabbat programs, we provide children with the tools needed to meaningfully and critically engage with the Jewish tradition. For more information contact Elisheva Cohen, Director of Family Learning.

 

DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY CENTER
www.manhattanyouth.org

Tribeca's home for programs for all children. Sign up for after-school programs and classes such as: swim lessons, art and ceramics classes, tumbling, dance, sports and fitness, film and music production, and much more. Join the Downtown Community Center as a member and take advantage of Family Swim, lap swimming, free early childhood classes, and adult fitness and yoga. Find out more by visiting the website.

 

EBL COACHING
17 E. 89th St, Suite 1D
(212) 249-0147; www.eblcoaching.com

EBL Coaching offers individualized one-on-one tutoring and three-week, intensive academic summer programs for students in grades pre-k-12. EBL specializes in reading, writing, reading comprehension, math, and study skills tutoring, using Orton-Gillingham and other multi-sensory techniques. Individualized programs for students with dyslexia and attention deficit disorder are available. All programs begin with an assessment and are custom-tailored to the needs of each student. EBL also offers strategy coaches, organizational tutors and content area enrichment. c

 

EINY-ECOLE INTERNATIONALE DE NEW YORK
111 E. 22nd St
(646) 410-2238; Email [email protected]; www.einy.org

Enrolling students from Nursery through 5th grade (ages 3-11) Director of Admissions: Mr. Clyde Javois. The École Internationale de New York (EINY) opened in September 2009. This French-American international school offers an academic, bilingual program in French and English: 60% of instruction is in French, 40% in English. The school enrolls students of all nationalities who speak French, English and other languages. French teachers are certified by the French Ministry of Education and American teachers are certified by New York State. It offers a daily after school program from 3:15pm-6: 30pm.

 

KUMON MATH AND READING CENTERS
(800) ABC-MATH; www.kumon.com

Kumon is an after-school math and reading program that unlocks the potential of children by motivating them to achieve more on their own. Founded in Japan in 1958, the learning method uses an individualized approach that helps children develop a solid command of math and reading skills. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration and develop better study skills. Kumon Math and Reading Centers also offers Junior Kumon, an early reading and math education program for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Kumon has 26,000 centers in 46 countries.

 

LANGUAGE WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN
888 Lexington Ave
(212) 396-0830 or (800) 731-0830; www.languageworkshopforchildren.com

Since 1973 New York's renowned Language Workshop for Children has specialized in French, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese classes, preschools, and camps for children 6 months-9-years-old. Parents Magazine named the LWFC "6 Classes Worth the $$$." CNN called Director Thibaut "one of a very few experts in teaching languages to small children." Four times a year students get professionally developed LWFC Songs and More workbook/CD sets (plus an LWFC Storybook for older kids). Enroll now to capture your child's prime time to learn a new language. Eastside, Westside, Soho.

 

LAUNCH MATH ACHIEVEMENT CENTERS
173 W. 81st St, Lower Level
(949) 528-6240 (LAUNCH-0); Email [email protected]; www.launchmath.com

Launch Math Achievement Centers offer effective and fun year-round math programs for kids grades prek-8. After-school and weekend offerings include Launch Learning (instruction/tutoring), workshops, parties and clubs including the popular Video Game and Animation Programming Club. Our one-week day camps are offered during summer breaks. Sessions include video game programming and electronics, rocket science, math and science FUNdamentals and pre-k/k Aspiring Astronauts. Real-life rocket scientist, Scott Heifetz, founded Launch with one mission: inspire children to appreciate and learn math. Motivate your child to love and learn math-call Launch today!

 

MAD SCIENCE
(888) MADD-SCI; www.madscience.com/manhattan

Keep your children learning and laughing with Mad Science! Our exciting and engaging parties keep kids inspired about science. We bring our hands-on shows right to your home. It's no-hassle, mess-free fun that parents love just as much as kids. Call today and ask about our bubbling potions and rocket launches, or visit our website.

 

MOSAIC TUTORING
(646) 410-2700; www.mosaictutoring.com

NYC's best tutors come to your home! Mosaic Tutoring offers academic, homework and organizational skills help, as well as college counseling and test prep for children in mainstream, special education and home school environments. Tutors work one-on-one in your home and are available seven days a week. Founded by a parent who has been there, we would love to talk with you and get to know you and your child better. Whether in-person or by phone, let's talk, parent to parent, and figure out what Mosaic Tutoring can do to help.

 

NEW YORK CITY CHESS INC.
234 Thompson St
(212) 475-8130; www.chessnyc.com

New York City Chess Inc., an academy dedicated to and revolved around all things chess. Located in Greenwich Village. City Chess offers outstanding chess tutoring, classes, camps, birthday parties, tournaments, and after-school programs.

 

 

NY MATH GURU
30 Christopher St
(516) 647-0350; Email [email protected]; www.nymathguru.com

NY Math Guru provides private tutoring for elementary through 12th grade students. SAT/ACT prep specialist. Science and Spanish tutoring also available. Individual/group lessons. Flexible hours and locations. Excellent references.

 

PHILOSOPHY DAY SCHOOL
12 E. 79th St. (between 5th and Madison Avenues)
(212) 744-7300; Email [email protected]; www.philosophyday.org

Philosophy Day School helps students develop the type of character they will need for life's upcoming challenges. The school emphasizes the practice of virtue for its own sake and for the sake of others. The school helps children to be generous, confident, open hearted, clear headed, and reasonable. The school provides a rigorous academic program that features the reading of good literature for the development of fine morals. The nursery and pre-k programs founded upon "love and play" are well established offering the option of an extended day.

 

RHINELANDER CHILDREN'S CENTER
350 E. 88th St
(212) 876-0500; www.childrensaidsociety.org/rhinelander

A premier resource for Upper East Side families. The best beginnings start at Rhinelander. Early childhood classes: Toddler Time, enrichment workshops and more for children ages 1-4 years. After school program: homework help and arts specialties for children pre-K-5th grade, September- June. Transportation from many area schools. Nursery school: accredited pre-school for children ages 2.6-5-years-old.; applications for 2011-2012 available September 7.

 

THE QUAD MANHATTAN
54 Reade St
(212) 513-1840; www.thequadmanhattan.com

The Quad Manhattan is a recreational center providing social and educational programming for bright and gifted children ages five to 12 with special needs, also known as "2e" children. Serving kids from various educational settings, all programming is built around the organization's "core curriculum" with the goal of invisibly promoting social and emotional well-being while kids are busy playing. Available programs at The Quad include: academic help, afterschool and Saturday programming, "Quad Squad" for two and three year olds with motor and/or language delays, summer camp, and a variety of family supports.

 

QUEEN SOFIA SPANISH INSTITUTE
684 Park Ave
(212) 628-0420; www.queensofiaspanishinstitute.org

Spanish for children. Play and learn Spanish, we guarantee your child's success! Having Spanish as a second language will give your children a competitive edge when entering higher education and the workforce, providing them with the skills to succeed in the future. Our courses target children from 6 to 12 years of age. Students learn Spanish through storytelling, games, songs and activities related to their own experiences. Our program is designed to gradually enable students to attain proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing

 

SCRIBBLE PRESS
1624 First Ave
(212) 288-2928; Email [email protected]; www.scribblepress.com

Scribble Press, New York's creativity studio is the only "make your own book" store. The perfect place to drop in, make a book or other custom project, or join a class. Our 12-week classes include "The Colors of My World," "Buzz, Bloom and Flutter," and "Weird Science," for 2- to 6-year-olds. Older kids can expand their storytelling skills with our creative writing class, study different forms of illustrations or learn all about comic books. Celebrate the author in your child with their own published book at the end of each session.

 

THE SOCIETY FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF JUDAISM
15 W. 86th St
(212) 724-7000; www.thesaj.org

At SAJ Hebrew School we're about creating connection and engagement with Judaism, with each other, and with the world. We provide a range of joyous, exciting educational and social opportunities while supporting the whole family's Jewish journey. Through our experiential learning approach, children of all ages live the joys of Jewish life and thrive in an environment of openness, exploration and creativity. We welcome diversity and embrace families of varying composition that are committed to raising Jewish children.

 

SOLOMON SCHECHTER SCHOOL OF MANHATTAN
New campus opening Fall 2010: 100th St and Columbus Ave
(212) 427-1087; Email [email protected]; www.sssm.org

The Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan is an independent, coeducational Jewish elementary and middle school passionately dedicated to cultivating active learning and high ethical standards. Classes are staffed with two full-time teachers and have a maximum of 18 students. Students become self-motivated, resourceful learners, critical and reflective thinkers, and collaborative, compassionate community members. Graduates are uniquely well equipped to succeed with distinction in their academic and life journeys. In Fall 2010, Schechter Manhattan will move into new, larger facilities at 100th Street and Columbus Avenue. Call now to learn more!

 

TRIBECA LEARNING CENTER (TLC)
21 Saint John's Lane
(718) 812-1910; Email [email protected]; www.tribecalearningcenter.org

Our school believes in a multicultural approach and teaches language amongst the history of a variety of cultures. We believe in promoting, reinforcing and motivating each child to reach their individual goals. We focus on integrating the learning content amongst the different subjects so the children can realistically learn through all the available venues in the classroom! We value the methodology of High Scope which incorporates the different learning centers in the classrooms including the dramatic play area, the blocks, the art area, the math area, the science area etc.

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

ART

 

HANDS ON! A MUSICAL EXPERIENCE, INC.
1365 First Ave. (212) 628-1945
529 Columbus Ave. (212) 496-9929
19 Warren St. (212) 227-7375
233 E. 50th St, (212) 339-9915
189 Amsterdam Ave. (212) 724-3124
www.handson4music.com

Hands On! A Musical Experience, Inc. is a music program for infants, toddlers, and pre-school children. Using a specially formatted and instrument-based curriculum, students are introduced to a variety of musical styles, concepts, instruments, and activities that enhance other learning like the acquisition of language, listening skills, auditory discrimination, social understanding and personal discovery. We have produced such programs as "Carnival of the Animals," and "Music Around the World." Hands On! Creative Arts is a program that guides children towards self-expression, helps them to develop problem-solving skills, and instills an appreciation for art.

 

KIDS AT ART
431 E. 73rd St
(212) 410-9780; Email [email protected]; www.kidsatartnyc.com

As the premier children's art studio in New York City, Kids at Art focuses on visual arts basics, with age-appropriate projects for kids 2-11-years-old. The innovative classes give each child individual attention where the process is just as important as the finished project! In addition, Kids at Art hosts birthday parties, which are always unique in format and fun.

 

MOOMAH
161 Hudson St, Tribeca
(212) 226-0345; Email [email protected]; www.moomah.com

Funky Forest is a highly collaborative environment designed to support, not direct, your child's attention. It is an open and dynamic system, providing an opportunity for play and experimentation. Children can work individually or collectively in the forest seeing first-hand how their actions effect the environment. As children explore and play, they discover that the environment is inhabited by a variety of sonic life forms and creatures that appear and disappear depending on the health of the forest. These creatures also go through a metamorphosis as the seasons change.

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

DANCE

 

92ND STREET Y
1395 Lexington Ave
(212) 415-5500; www.92y.org

From classes for parents-to-be to activities for teens, 92nd Street Y provides a supportive, noncompetitive environment for families. Through its Wonderplay program, 92Y offers hundreds of activities year-round for children five and under. For school-aged children, there are classes in art, music, dance, science, sports, swimming and gymnastics. Teens can participate in volunteer opportunities, dance troupes, and fitness, art and music classes. 92nd Street Y Camps include programs from traditional day and sleep away camps to specialty offerings in baseball, film, gymnastics, fashion and more.

 

THE AILEY SCHOOL
405 W. 55th St
(212) 405-9000; www.theaileyschool.edu

The Ailey School's junior division offers classes for children beginning at age 3. The First Steps and Bounding Boys programs offer an enjoyable introduction to dance, bringing the joy of music and creative movement to young children. The pre-professional program for students ages 7-17 encompasses a broad curriculum of dance classes including Horton, Limón and Graham-based modern dance techniques; classical ballet; tap; West African and Spanish dance. Classes are taught by experienced, nurturing dance instructors with extensive experience working with children.

 

BALLET ACADEMY EAST
1651 Third Ave, 3rd Floor
(212) 410-9140; Email [email protected]; www.baenyc.com

With more than 30 years of experience, Ballet Academy East offers classes to both children and adults of all ages and levels. The programs offered include the pre-professional ballet division for ages 7-18, pre-ballet, tap and drama for ages 3-6, mother and child classes for 2-years-olds and adult ballet, tap, Pilates and yoga.

 

FLAMENCO LATINO
244 W. 54th St, 4th Floor
(212) 399-8519; Email [email protected]; www.flamencolatino.com/class.htm

Flamenco and salsa/mambo dance classes, year-round. Taking enrollment for September-December term. Monday-Thursday and Saturday. Ages 5-9, 10-15. Single class, $12; packages available. Commitment required. Flamenco shoes and costumes available through subsidy. Student recitals and performance opportunities. Summer intensive in flamenco dance underway July 5-23, Monday-Friday, 3-6 pm. Lecture-demonstration performances and residencies at your school or community center.

 

JOFFREY BALLET SCHOOL
434 Ave of the Americas, 3rd Floor
(212) 254-8520; www.joffreyballetschool.com

The Joffrey Ballet School builds on a child's natural impulse to express themselves through movement. With an outstanding faculty of professional artists, our mission is to train children from ages 3-18, develop their talents, and to graduate outstanding young dancers. JBS provides classes for serious young dancers (graded program) as well as classes for those who just want to enjoy a fun after-school activity. The children's division encompasses classes in creative movement (3-4 years), pre-ballet (4-7 years), ballet (8-12 years), and teen classes. Performance opportunities are offered.

 

PERIDANCE CENTER, PERICHILD PROGRAM
126 East 13th St (between 3rd & 4th Avenues)
(212) 505-0886; www.peridance.om

The renowned PeriChild program was established in 1986 and has become an integral part of the Peridance Center. Peridance's approach has always been to provide strong classes with a coherent curriculum. The program offers "Parents and Toddlers," creative movement, movement for boys, ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, musical theater, African Drum and Dance, and Salsa and Samurai Sword Fighting. In keeping with these standards, students are encouraged to integrate disciplines in order to improve their techniques. Our classes have maintained their structure and students can expect the individual attention that is necessary for growth.

 

STAGECOACH SCHOOLS
45 E. 81st St; (347) 678-8989

330 Smith St, Brooklyn; (718) 852-3208
www.stagecoachschools.com

Stagecoach is not just for performers, it is for everyone who loves to act, sing and dance for pure enjoyment. Stagecoach helps children grow, at their own speed, into effective human beings. At the same time our caring and talented teachers and principals make sure they keep their feet firmly on the ground. Classes run on Saturday mornings from 10am to 1pm. StageCoach training is training for life!

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

GYMNASTICS

 

74TH ST. MAGIC
510 E. 74th St
(212) 737-2989; www.74magic.com

74th St. MAGIC offers classes in music, art, gymnastics, cooking, science and preschool alternatives, as well as a summer day camp and customized birthday parties. Sharing a building with Epiphany Community Nursery School, children will find state-of-the-art classrooms, a baby gym and a fully-equipped full-size gym, as well as a terrific party room and outdoor rooftop playground. Our mission is to help children gain confidence, independence and knowledge while cultivating their curiosity and talents.

 

GYMTIME RHYTHM & GLUES INC
1520 York Ave
(212) 861-7732; www.gymtime.net

Gymtime Rhythm and Glues-the savvy mom's resource for recreational and educational activities for children ages 6 months-12-years-old. We offer: gymnastics, mommy and me classes, sports, Tae Kwon Do, cooking, art, music, combination classes, birthday parties as well as a NYC licensed preschool! This year we're growing by leaps and bounds! This is bigger than big. Come and feel the energy of our new spacious, sunny and bright, expanded facilities. For more information on our many programs please call or visit our website.

 

JODI'S GYM
244 E. 84th St; (212) 772-7633
25 Hubbels Dr, Mt. Kisco; (914) 244-8811
www.jodisgym.com

Jodi's Gym has been providing New York kids the highest level of fun and fitness for 29 years! Their step-by-step, no-fail approach ensures that every child feels a sense of accomplishment. From the tiniest tumblers to advanced gymnasts (9 months to 12 years old), there is something for everyone. They offer Mommy and Me Gym, and gym and music classes, preschool gymnastics, school-aged gymnastics, summer and holiday break camps, open playtime, play groups, free monthly perks for registered students, Jodi's Gymwear, private lessons and the best birthday parties ever.

 

SOKOL NEW YORK
420 E. 71st St
(212) 861-8206; Email [email protected]; www.sokolnewyork.org

Sokol New York, one of the best finds on the Upper East Side, has been a gymnastic fitness center since 1867. A not-for-profit organization, Sokol provides quality instruction at reasonable fees. Classes for children include Tot Developmental Gymnastics, boys' and girls' gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, ballet, basketball and Tae Kwon Do. Adult classes are offered in gymnastics, ballet, basketball, folk dance, volleyball, Tae Kwon Do and yoga. Check the website for class schedules and registration information. The classes start the week of 9/20/10. Register by mail in July!

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

MARTIAL ARTS

  

SOKOL NEW YORK
420 E. 71st St
(212) 861-8206; Email [email protected]; www.sokolnewyork.org

Sokol New York, one of the best finds on the Upper East Side, has been a gymnastic fitness center since 1867. A not-for-profit organization, Sokol provides quality instruction at reasonable fees. Classes for children include Tot Developmental Gymnastics, boys' and girls' gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, ballet, basketball and Tae Kwon Do. Adult classes are offered in gymnastics, ballet, basketball, folk dance, volleyball, Tae Kwon Do and yoga. Check the website for class schedules and registration information. The classes start the week of 9/20/10. Register by mail in July!

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

MUSIC

 

ABC DO-RE-ME!
6 locations in NYC
(646) 434-1419; www.abcdoreme.com

ABC Do-Re-ME! is a premier children's music program offering enriching music programs to NYC children including Kindermusik and Suzuki Music classes. With classes available for babies, toddlers and preschoolers through 7-year-olds, our programs make a lasting difference on your child's future. We help educate and socialize your child while encouraging their creativity. With an emphasis on adventure, fantasy and imagination, we stimulate your child's neurological development and have a direct impact on his or her creativity and sense of self.

 

APPLAUSE NEW YORK CITY
St. Jean's Community Center, 184 E. 76th St
(212) 717-0703; Email [email protected]; www.applauseny.com

Applause New York City, home of Rock-n-Roll Babies, Broadway Babies and Superstars is the number one rated, highly acclaimed NYC music and drama program for all ages! Classes include Broadway Babies and Rock-n-Roll Babies (4 months to 3 years), Little Stars (3 and 4 years), Stars (4 and 5 years), Superstars (kindergarten to 5th grade), and Applause weekend workshops (5th-12th grade). Applause NYC also does birthday parties for ages 1-12. Check out our classes and sign up online.

 

APPLE SEEDS
10 W. 25th St
(212) 792-7590; www.appleseedsnyc.com

apple seeds is a 15,000-square foot, all-in-one play space for children and families in NYC. Named "Best Play Space" by NY Magazine (2008 and 2009) and Time Out NY Kids (2007), it features an indoor-playground, children's classes (music, art, cooking, science, construction, dance, gym, language and more), a boutique/bookstore, salon, café, camp, birthday parties and event space. Located in Chelsea/Flatiron, apple seeds is a clean, safe, modern and-most of all- fun space where parents and caregivers can bring their children to play, learn, shop, eat and just hang out.

 

THE DILLER-QUAILE SCHOOL OF MUSIC
24 E. 95th St
(212) 369-1484 x29; www.diller-quaile.org

Since 1920, Diller-Quaile has been teaching music in a way that develops the innate musicality in each individual and inspires participation for a lifetime. Diller-Quaile offers early childhood classes for children 4 months-7-years-old, instrumental and vocal lessons and classes for children and adults, and teacher training/Dalcroze courses. Engaging and interactive rug concerts, master classes and faculty concerts occur throughout the year. Additionally, our extensive outreach programs bring the spirit and mission of Diller-Quaile to 900 individuals throughout NYC. Classes begin September 20.

 

GREENWICH HOUSE MUSIC SCHOOL
46 Barrow St
(212) 242-4770; Email [email protected]; www.gharts.org

Greenwich House Music School provides a welcoming environment for families to introduce their children to music, art and dance. Music classes give children the opportunity to create, learn and appreciate music with their whole bodies using the Dalcroze Eurhythmics approach. Art classes give students a personal experience with a wide range of materials, creating positive feelings of achievement and self worth. Ballet classes teach classical terminology of ballet through creative exercises, helping children find self-expression form and structure.

 

HANDS ON! A MUSICAL EXPERIENCE, INC.
1365 First Ave. (212) 628-1945
529 Columbus Ave. (212) 496-9929
19 Warren St. (212) 227-7375
233 E. 50th St, (212) 339-9915
189 Amsterdam Ave. (212) 724-3124
www.handson4music.com

Hands On! A Musical Experience, Inc. is a music program for infants, toddlers, and pre-school children. Using a specially formatted and instrument-based curriculum, students are introduced to a variety of musical styles, concepts, instruments, and activities that enhance other learning like the acquisition of language, listening skills, auditory discrimination, social understanding and personal discovery. We have produced such programs as "Carnival of the Animals," and "Music Around the World." Hands On! Creative Arts is a program that guides children towards self-expression, helps them to develop problem-solving skills, and instills an appreciation for art.

 

THIRD STREET MUSIC SCHOOL SETTLEMENT
235 E. 11th St
(212) 777-3240; www.thirdstreetmusicschool.org

Third Street offers weekly after-school and Saturday music instruction in most instruments as well as dance and visual arts classes. In addition to these programs, Third Street offers a range of early childhood activities, including a licensed preschool program, preschool musicianship and arts programs for children 18 months and up, and two pre-nursery classes. The School also provides music instruction for adults of all ages and levels, and presents more than 200 free, public concerts and recitals by students, faculty and guest artists every year.

 

THREE LITTLE BIRDS MUSIC
266 E. 78th St
(212) 744-0404; Email [email protected]; www.tlbmusic.com

Our group music classes for children aim to enhance your child's development through music. The founding idea behind Three Little Birds Music was to establish a music studio in which children and parents could learn together through creative, imaginative play. We hope to instill a love of music in all of our students and strongly believe that music can serve as a communicative medium, developmental tool, and constant companion. Come see what music can do for you and your child! Call or email today to schedule your free trial class.

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

SPORTS & FITNESS

 

92ND STREET Y
1395 Lexington Ave
(212) 415-5500; www.92y.org

From classes for parents-to-be to activities for teens, 92nd Street Y provides a supportive, noncompetitive environment for families. Through its Wonderplay program, 92Y offers hundreds of activities year-round for children five and under. For school-aged children, there are classes in art, music, dance, science, sports, swimming and gymnastics. Teens can participate in volunteer opportunities, dance troupes, and fitness, art and music classes. 92nd Street Y Camps include programs from traditional day and sleep away camps to specialty offerings in baseball, film, gymnastics, fashion and more.

 

CHELSEA PIERS SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX
23rd St & The Hudson River Park
(212) 336-6666; www.chelseapiers.com

Chelsea Piers is a 28-acre sports village located on three historic Hudson River piers, offering Manhattan's best sports programming for children ages 12 months-17 years. Children enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, including a gymnastics center, rock-climbing wall, indoor soccer fields, basketball courts, batting cages, two indoor ice-skating rinks, high-tech golf driving range, 40-lane bowling center, and a Little Athlete Exploration Center. For gymnastics, basketball, soccer, baseball, rock climbing, and other sports programs, call (212) 336-6500; for ice-skating or hockey programs, call (212) 336-6100; for junior golf programs, call (212) 336-6400; for bowling, call (212) 835-BOWL.

 

DEER MOUNTAIN DAY CAMP
Roberta Katz and Carol Katz, Owners and Directors
63 Call Hollow Rd, Pomona
(845) 354-2727; www.deermountaindaycamp.com

An unbeatable combination: a personal approach where we get to know each camper and a state-of-the art-facility, complete with a dazzling array of high quality activities! Katz family-owned for 53 years, Deer Mountain is a place where we celebrate each of our campers while they make friends, learn new skills and have a ton of fun. Our 25 mountainside acres include six heated pools; a lake for boating; a 7,000-square foot dining hall; 25 air conditioned buildings for fine and dramatic arts programs; and age-appropriate sports facilities.

 

FUTURE STARS DAY AND OVERNIGHT CAMPS
Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase
(914) 273-8500; www.fscamps.com

For over 30 years, we have encouraged confidence, enthusiasm, and a genuine love of sport. Limited enrollment ensures that staff gets to know each camper's individual needs. Programs for ages 4-16 include specialty camps in tennis, soccer, baseball, basketball, multi-sports, girls' sports, lacrosse, diving, magic, circus arts, Little Stars, academic enrichment, cheerleading, football, field hockey, softball, and volleyball. The overnight portion offers the opportunity to experience a sleep away camp with the flexibility of weekly sessions. Camps run weekly June-August. Transportation available for day campers.

 

KIDS OF SUMMER SPORTS
(917) 572-2423; Email [email protected]; www.kidsofsummer.com

Kids of Summer Sports is a fun, quality, affordable baseball and basketball program for children ages 6-14 located right in NYC's Riverside Park. Kids of Summer's experienced and energetic coaches have taught hundreds of NYC children baseball through personal instruction, fun games and specific drills great for any ballplayer. Now, Kids of Summer has a basketball day camp as well! Summer Camp runs in eleven 1-week sessions around your schedule. We also offer winter clinics, after school and vacation camps. Transportation is available. Learn to play the Kids of Summer way.

 

THE LITTLE GYM - NEW YORK
2121 Broadway, 2nd Floor
(212) 799-1225; www.tlgupperwestsideny.com

The Little Gym is an exercise and motor development center for children, offering gymnastics, sports skills development, dance, cheerleading and karate classes for ages 4 months-12-years-old in a loving, non-competitive environment. Qualified instructors implement programs designed to build confidence and self-esteem. An emphasis on music and fun encourages both physical and emotional growth. The Little Gym also offers summer camp, holiday camp, Parent Survival Night and awesome birthday parties.

 

MARGOLIS, JOSHUA CPT
(212) 865-9290; Email [email protected]; www.mindovermatternyc.com

Joshua Margolis is a fitness consultant with a Bachelors Degree in Sports Psychology. He has been working with new moms in fitness for over 10 years, designing personalized fitness programs which incorporate motivational techniques to enhance performance. He holds certifications from A.C.E. and N.A.S.M, and is also prenatal and postpartum fitness certified. Joshua's MILF (Mothers Interested in Living Fit) Boot Camp classes are offered seasonally in Central Park. His fitness philosophy: "Your self image and habits go hand in hand; change one and you will automatically change the other."

 

YMCA-FROST VALLEY
(845) 985-2291 x301; Email [email protected]; www.frostvalley.org

Our Catskill Mountains summer camp unites traditional camping with innovative programs, focusing on building and maintaining healthy lifestyles, and reflecting the interests and needs of a dynamic camp community - an exciting mix of cultures, backgrounds and abilities. Activities designed to build trust, teamwork, and mutual understanding. Exciting "Teen Adventure Trips." Our 6,000 acres are ideal for the ultimate camp experience. We focus on building strong character values through outdoor activities in a natural environment. Servicing 35,000 visitors annually, through our conference facility (for families/groups), environmental education for students, and 20 summer camp options.

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

SWIMMING

 

PHYSIQUE SWIMMING SUMMER DAY CAMP
(212) 725-0939; www.physiqueswimming.com

Physique Swimming offers a variety of classes taught by certified and experienced instructors. Small class size allows for an individual approach to each swimmer's needs. The program is designed for swimmers to move to higher levels of instruction as they improve their swimming techniques. If you should have any questions about placement, how classes are taught, feel free to call or e-mail us. Physique swimming has six locations in Manhattan and a summer swim camp in Battery Park City.

 

SWIM SWIM SWIM I SAY (TM)
www.swimswimswimisay.com

Upper Manhattan/Harlem area now has a swimming program with a staff of certified, experienced and enthusiastic instructors. We offer swimming lessons for tots, children, and adults. In addition, we developed an alternative affordable summer swimming program to the more expensive all day camps. Learn to swim from a staff that has taught New York City public school students. Why venture downtown, when you can do it in Upper Manhattan? Pool party packages available soon.

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

TENNIS

 

BUMBLE BEE TENNIS
Columbus Circle, SoHo, Greenwich Village
(347) 284-6061; Email [email protected]; www.bumblebeetennis.com

BumbleBee Tennis is a NYC tennis school, offering affordable, convenient tennis lessons for adults and children 3+. Lessons are offered year-round on the West Side, in Greenwich Village and in SoHo, with additional locations added seasonally (check our site). In addition to group and private lessons, we offer a summer tennis camp with daily swimming lessons. Parents, don't forget about our outdoor adult lessons! We even have occasional free tennis events and clinics. Spaces are limited. Sign up now online/phone to reserve your space.

 

CHAMPION TENNIS CLUB
1918 E. 99th St at First Ave (3rd Floor rooftop)
(212) 876-7766; Email [email protected]; www.championtennisclub.com

This season, have your children learn, play, and enjoy the sport of a lifetime at NYC's number one rooftop facility. CTC's beautiful outdoor tennis club offers exciting, fun, and creative tennis programs for children ages 4 and up. Our new tennis program includes kids' cardio tennis and fitness, target training and so much more. Adults can take advantage of our morning tennis clinics and cardio tennis program on our two-tone cushioned courts or rent court time. Champion Tennis is also the perfect place to host your next birthday party.

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

THEATER

 

APPLAUSE NEW YORK CITY
St. Jean's Community Center, 184 E. 76th St.
(212) 717-0703; Email [email protected]; www.applauseny.com

Applause New York City, home of Rock-n-Roll Babies, Broadway Babies and Superstars is the number one rated, highly acclaimed NYC music and drama program for all ages! Classes include Broadway Babies and Rock-n-Roll Babies (4 months to 3 years), Little Stars (3 and 4 years), Stars (4 and 5 years), Superstars (kindergarten to 5th grade), and Applause weekend workshops (5th-12th grade). Applause NYC also does birthday parties for ages 1-12. Check out our classes and sign up online.

 

ATLANTIC ACTING SCHOOL
76 Ninth Ave, Ste 537
(212) 691-5919; Email [email protected]; www.atlanticactingschool.org

A must for any young performer! Atlantic's programs for kids/teens offer a great introduction to storytelling, writing, acting and improvisation. The younger students create stories through creative play and improvisational exercises, while older students are introduced to the Atlantic technique called Practical Aesthetics. Atlantic Acting School, founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy, has the only conservatory program in the world that offers in-depth training in the unique and influential approach to acting: Practical Aesthetics. Atlantic alumni and faculty can be seen in films, television and theaters worldwide.

 

THE GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW
340 W. 50th St
(212) 239-6200; www.gazillionbubbleshow.com

Now in its 3rd season, and 1,000 performances later, The Gazillion Bubble Show continues to amaze audiences with its mind-blowing bubble magic. This interactive show includes spellbinding lasers, spectacular lighting effects and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry. Truly a one-of-a-kind experience! The Gazillion Bubble Show will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid again. Perfect for all ages.

 

JOHN TARTAGLIA'S IMAGINOCEAN (TM)
340 W. 50th St
(212) 239-6200 or (866) 642-9849; www.imaginoceanthemusical.com

 

A magical, musical, glow-in-the-dark, interactive, undersea adventure for kids of all ages! NY1 exclaims John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean TM is "a dazzling production!" and Time Out New York calls it "absolutely magical!" It's jam-packed with original music ranging from swing to R&B to big band and it's a blast from the first big splash to the last wave goodbye. Now making a splash at New World Stages. Available for birthday parties, too. For details, call or visit the website.

 

STAGECOACH SCHOOLS
45 E. 81st St. (347) 678-8989
330 Smith St, Brooklyn (718) 852-3208
www.stagecoachschools.com

Stagecoach is not just for performers, it is for everyone who loves to act, sing and dance for pure enjoyment. Stagecoach helps children grow, at their own speed, into effective human beings. At the same time our caring and talented teachers and principals make sure they keep their feet firmly on the ground. Classes run on Saturday mornings from 10am to 1pm. StageCoach training is training for life!

 

TADA! YOUTH THEATER
15 W. 28th St
(212) 252-1619; www.tadatheater.com

Kids can sing and dance all summer with TADA!'s summer camps and classes that balance skill development with the joy of musical theater! Camps run all summer for grades 1-8 in both weeklong and 2-week formats. New this summer is Afternoon Adventures, a program allowing young artists to extend their camp day. TADA! is thrilled to offer programming for youngsters with new T.O.T.S. and pre-k/k summer classes for infants, toddlers and their caregivers. Be sure to reserve tickets for "The Magic Pot: Three Tales from China," TADA!'s summer musical.

 

VITAL THEATRE COMPANY, INC.
2162 Broadway, 4th Floor
(212) 579-0528; www.vitaltheatre.org

Don't miss Vital Theatre Company's "Pinkalicious, The Musical," running at the Bleecker Street Theatre through the summer! Performances are Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm. Visit us online for complete details. "A wonderful place for parents to introduce their kids to the glories of live theatre, done well at modest prices." - Off Off Broadway Review

 

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