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2010-11 MANHATTAN FAMILY RESOURCE GUIDE - SECTION 1

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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! 

 

 

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

 

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

Our Kindermusik educators are experts at creating a birthday around your special theme, using dancing, singing, instruments, puppets, balls, a parachute, a birthday story and more. Enjoy seeing your birthday specialist transport everyone to a sandy ocean shore, an African safari adventure, or a fairytale castle! We'll come to your location, or you may choose to have us host your celebration at one of our locations. Either way, let us doing the planning for you, and everyone will enjoy a delightful celebration together.

 

APPLAUSE NEW YORK CITY
St. Jean's Community Center
184 E. 76th Street
(212) 717-0703; Email info@broadwaybabies.com; 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 Street
(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.

 

BALLOONS BY RENEE
(800) 709-5194; Email info@balloonsbyreneeonline.com; www.balloonsbyreneeonline.com
 

Balloons by Renee takes balloon decorating to new heights! We cater to clients who lack the expertise, patience and time to decorate, and take the worrying out of your party decorating needs. Our specialty is on-site balloon decorating which consists of balloon arches and centerpieces. We also deliver balloon bouquets for all occasions-birthday parties, holiday parties, seasonal parties, themed parties, etc. We can customize themes according to your needs, using the highest quality materials-our foil balloons are recyclable and our latex balloons are biodegradable.

 

BOWLMOR LANES AND CARNIVAL
110 University Place
(212) 255-8188; Email info@bowlmor.com/info@carnivalnyc.com; www.bowlmor.com/www.carnivalnyc.com

Bowlmor Lanes is proud to present Carnival-the most amusing 21st century fun zone to open in the Big Apple! Located above our two floors of glow in the dark bowling, Carnival features over a dozen boardwalk style games, live entertainment including face painters and balloon artists, and classic carny food favorites. The enormous 16,000 square foot indoor playground is open every Saturday from 12pm- 6pm. Bowlmor Lanes and Carnival also specialize in children's birthday parties; our experienced event coordinators take all the stress out of party planning. Call today.

 

CHELSEA PIERS SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX
23rd St. and the Hudson River
(212) 336-6518; www.chelseapiers.com/birthday

Chelsea Piers is home to Manhattan's best sports-themed birthday parties. State-of-the-art facilities and world-class instruction combine with convenient party planning and packages for a fun and memorable birthday celebration! Preschoolers to teens may choose from a wide variety of activities at the 23,000-square-foot gymnastics center with in-ground trampolines and deep foam pits, rock climbing wall, indoor playing fields, Little Athlete Exploration Center, basketball courts, batting cages, two indoor ice skating rinks, a 40-lane bowling center, the hi-tech golf driving range or our new Glamour/Dance parties. Pease call or visit the website.

 

CITY TREEHOUSE
129A W. 20th St. (6th & 7th Ave)
(212) 255-2050; Email info@citytreehouse.com; www.citytreehouse.com

Host the perfect party at the most innovative site in the city. Choose a full-service birthday party or do-it-yourself. We even offer sleepover parties! Let your dreams come true at City Treehouse. Our talented and enthusiastic staff will take great care of you and your guests. Recognized as Best of New York by New York Magazine, Nickelodeon, and Urban Baby, City Treehouse offers a nature-themed indoor play area that features the largest indoor water play area in New York City.

 

DAVE'S CAST OF CHARACTERS
(914) 235-7100; www.davescast.com

Make your birthday party a special one! Dave's entertainment services include over 100 costumed characters that seem authentic, plus rides and games. Princesses to superheroes, pirates to tea parties, rock star parties, high school parties-there's something for everyone. We feature DJs, clowns, magicians, face painters, balloon sculptors and food carts. New inflatable attractions include Sesame St. Bouncers; Adrenaline Rush, Wild One and Treasure of the Caribbean Obstacle courses; water slides. Enjoy our new photo booth, robots, racecars and more.

 

DRAMAZONE®
(917) 690-0789; www.dramazonenyc.com

We offer dramatic parties casting your child as the star of the show. Choose from any of our three locations or we can come to you! Bring on the super heroes with an adult super hero attending your party. Imagine your child's eyes visiting with a real life adult princess at her party. We can customize any party; you name it we can do it. We organize the entire party or send the entertainment to a venue of your choice. While your child's partying, you can simply enjoy your guests.

 

FDNY FIRE ZONE
34 W. 51st St. (50 Rockefeller Center), between 5th & 6th Avenues
(212) 698-4520

 

Combine safety and fun for a one-of-a-kind "edutaining" experience. Celebrate your child's next birthday party at the FDNY Fire Zone, a guided state-of-the-art multimedia experience promoting fire safety. Your child can climb aboard a real fire engine, try on bunker gear and attend a presentation in a recreated fire scene. Recommended for children ages 5 and over. For additional information, please call us. Great for families and school trips!

 

GRANDMA'S PLACE
84 W. 120th St
Email grandmasplaceinc@gmail.com

 

Celebrations at Grandma's Place are so hassle free even you can enjoy the day! Let us customize your party or event to suit your needs. We have a comfortable, newly renovated space with room for activities indoors and outdoors. We have so many games and activities to choose from including puppet shows to storytelling, the day is sure to be a memorable one. We will also provide a gift for the birthday child or guest of honor. We have a gift registry at our toy boutique, making gift giving easier for your guests.

 

HARLEM LANES
2116 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd
(212) 678- BOWL (2695); www.harlemlanes.com

Want to make your child's next birthday celebration memorable without the hard work or big budget? Then call Harlem Lanes! We handle every step from decorations to food and entertainment. Harlem Lanes offers 24 lanes with bumpers, cosmic bowling, karaoke, arcades, plus your own party hostess. Birthday packages can be customized to provide all your party needs. We also offer summer bowling camps, half and full days. Mention Big Apple and receive $100 off on your party package. Call us today and let us plan your next event

 

INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Pier 86, West 46th St & 12th Ave
(646) 381-5010l; Email groupsales@intrepidmuseum.org; www.intrepidmuseum.org

Host your child's next birthday party at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Guests can become a pilot, sailor, marine, spy or even an astronaut with our exciting party themes. Ask about our new "Rosie the Riveter-We Can Do It" theme, designed especially for girls. Choose from 3 different party packages, all with customizable options to make your child's next birthday party an adventure that will never be forgotten. To learn more, email, call, or browse 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.

 

KIDDING AROUND
60 W. 15th St
(212) 645-6337; Email toymaster@kiddingaround.us; www.kiddingaround.us

For nineteen years, Kidding Around has been dedicated to providing our customers with the very finest toys and gifts available anywhere in the world. When so many products are chosen by focus groups and fads, our business is centered on quality, value and customer service by offering merchandise selected by people with experience, knowledge and passion! As a family owned business, we thank you for your support of local independent retailers. Store hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 11am-6pm.

 

KIDS AT ART
431 E. 73rd St
(212) 410-9780; Email wendy@kidsatartnyc.com; 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

MOOMAH
161 Hudson St, Tribeca
(212) 226-0345; Email info@moomah.com; www.moomah.com

At Moomah, our entire space is available for private parties. Come celebrate your child's birthday and choose from one of our fantastical themes; Superheroes Go Camping, Princesses in Space, or On the Farm. We provide complete set up and clean up, you just sit back and enjoy! Each party lasts two hours, includes two teaching artists, a stimulating art project, a visit from our puppeteer, delicious food, and time in the amazing Funky Forest. Book your event with our party coordinator today.

 

NORRIS, ADRIENNE
(303) 895-0209; Email gksnorr@yahoo.com

Adrienne Norris is an independent portrait artist who creates portraits of people of all ages for all occasions. She uses various forms of media, including watercolor, acrylic and graphite on paper, canvas or illustration board. Her rates vary, based on the size and complexity of the piece. Ask about summer discounts!

 

PLAYING MANTIS
32 North Moore, 19 North Broadway, Nyack
(646) 484-6845; www.friendlymantis.com

Toys and crafts made by hand from around the world inspired by children and mother nature are perfect as birthday party gifts. Each toy, each craft tells a story of a heritage, a culture, and of the passion with artistic and humane expression. For all the right reasons, Imelda McCain can't help but restore you faith in humanity. Her worldview is local in nature and global by design. And her simple, unwavering desire to make it all work to everyone's benefit is as egalitarian and humble as it is inspired.

 

ROBOFUN®
38 E. 23rd St, 2nd Floor
(212) 245-0444; www.robofun.org

Vision Education and Media presents hands-on leading edge technologies for kids! Every season of the year, RoboFun offers classes, events and parties in robotics, video game design, animation and claymation. We use technology as a tool to further enhance a child's level of critical and creative thinking through artistic and scientific methods. We introduce students to sophisticated equipment and pose challenges that they will later use in real life situations, all while having fun. RoboFun parties are held at both our RoboFun Studio and in your home.

 

THE ROC
93 St. Marks Place
(212) 982-9896; Email theroc93@gmail.com; www.therocspace.com

The ROC offers a sunny and airy birthday party space rental starting as low as $200 per event! It's conveniently located in a fun and exciting NYC neighborhood, only steps from the playground and park, with self-serve kitchen facilities, as well as full service catering, and custom cake options. Bring your own party to our space, have us custom design and plan your event, or purchase a complete birthday package from our selection of featured themes including robotics, Slime and Science, Wii gaming, Diva and Devo Karaoke, chess tournament, and more.

 

THE SCHOLASTIC STORE
557 Broadway (between Prince & Spring)
(212) 343-6187; Email thescholasticstore@scholastic.com; www.scholastic.com/birthday

We provide the magic. You make all the memories. Our party planner will assist you with all of your party needs. Our party hosts will make this the easiest, most fun party you can imagine. Basic party includes: party planner, two party hosts, online invitations, craft activity, music and dancing, story time, cupcakes, juice and games! Choose from a variety of themes, including "Clifford's BIG Birthday Bash," "Fabulous Fashions," and "Wacky Science," with prices and special features to match every budget.

 

SCRIBBLE PRESS
1624 First Ave
(212) 288-2928; Email infony@scribblepress.com; www.scribblepress.com

Celebrate your child's creativity at Scribble Press, the only place where kids can write and illustrate their own books in a fun and festive environment. Our one-of-a-kind parties are perfect for kids of all ages. Make books, collaborate on calendars and other great custom keepsake projects, crafts and games. Invitations, balloons, pizza, drinks and thank you notes included.

 

SOCCER BY COACH FHER PROGRAM
130 Seventh Ave, #128
(917) 650-3008; www.coachfher.com

Is your child's birthday coming up and you're not sure what to do? Let's throw a soccer birthday party! Soccer by Coach Fher provides all the fun and games. Parents can sit back and enjoy guests while watching the children have a ball. Two fun packed hours of activities, races and games. We provide the equipment; schedule a break for water, food, or snacks that you provide. We come together for a family or kids match just before cake to celebrate a wonderful birthday. And let your child be a pro.

 

 

CAMPS

 

APPLAUSE NEW YORK CITY
St. Jean's Community Center, 184 E. 76th St.
(212) 717-0703; Email info@broadwaybabies.com; 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, Suite 537
(212) 691-5919; Email hbaird@atlantictheater.org; www.atlanticactingschool.org

A 4-week summer teen ensemble day program, for ages 14-18 interested in learning the Atlantic Technique, integrates acting classes with rigorous physical training in voice, speech and movement. Our Summer Young Actors Workshop (ages 10-13) features physical and vocal warm-up, improvisation and theater games while engaging kids' creative abilities through playwriting. We offer two, 2-week sessions. A summer youth program for ages 6-9 features classes in acting and storytelling, theater games, creative writing, music and art. Offered for 1 or more weeks.

 

BUMBLE BEE TENNIS
Columbus Circle, SoHo, Greenwich Village
(347) 284-6061; Email info@bumblebeetennis.com; 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.

 

CAMP ROC AT THE ROC
93 St. Mark's Place
(212) 982-9896; Email theroc93@gmail.com; www.therocspace.com

Camp ROC is an awesome, affordable summer program offering a wealth of classes, activities and field trips including gardening, robotics, science experiments, woodworking, improvisation acting, Shakespeare, chess, guitar, drumming, art, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, sewing, computer animation, video game designing and programming, knitting, and much more! Developed by the ROC, a resource center dedicated to providing enriching opportunities for children and families year round, Camp ROC features schedule flexibility, and tons of learning fun. The ROC also offers themed birthday parties, as well as space for workshops, meetings and events.

 

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. Join our Summer in the City language immersion camp Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 9am-1pm. Choice of Italian, Mandarin, French or Spanish.

 

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.

 

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.

 

DOWNTOWN DAY CAMPS
120 Warren Street
(212) 766-1104 x250; www.manhattanyouth.org

K-8th grade camps: general, sports, performing arts and a one week sleep-away. Our beautiful Downtown Community Center and two adjacent facilities in Tribeca boast a 75-foot pool for swim lessons; two art rooms; dance/karate studios, gyms, auditoriums, and more. Camps include shows, tennis and outdoor sports on the ball fields. Weekly trips include Governor's Island and bowling. Camp spirit and experienced, professional staff keep the kids coming back! Varying session lengths, June 30-August 20.

 

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.

 

INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Pier 86, West 46th St and 12th Ave
(646) 381-5166; Email dklein@intrepidmuseum.org; www.intrepidmuseum.org

Campers, ages 6-13, spend the summer aboard the Intrepid for our multi-week, full-day camp. This engaging enrichment program gives campers the opportunity to learn by challenging their imaginations, designing inventions and exploring life aboard an aircraft carrier. Camp runs from July 5-August 27, 2010, Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm! For more information, visit our web site or contact Dorothy Klein.

 

JACK & JILL SCHOOL
209 East 16th St
(212) 475-0855; www.jackandjillschool.com

July camp at Jack & Jill Summer Fun for children ages 3 to 6. Children enjoy mixed aged grouping with lots of water play in a private play yard with sprinklers and wading pools. Weekly excursions around the city. Arts and crafts. Music and movement, cooking, puppet making. Special Science. Blocks and dramatic play keep us busy. Indoor play space for rainy days. School provides morning snack and children bring their own lunch. Call for information and registration materials.

 

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.

 

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.

 

KID'S KORNER PRESCHOOL
247 W. 24th St
(212) 229-9340; Email kidskornernyc@gmail.com; www.thekidskornerpreschool.com

Summer camp at Chelsea's best-kept secret, Kid's Korner Preschool is a NAEYC-accredited preschool/nursery school. Kids will enjoy arts, crafts, water fun, and much more! A backyard brings the country to the city, "paved" with fake grass so that children can take off their shoes, lie down and look at the clouds. The calm, quiet space is decorated with birds, butterflies and sunflowers.

 

KIDS OF SUMMER SPORTS
(917) 572-2423; Email kidsofsummer@gmail.com; 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.

 

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 camps, classes, and preschools 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 info@launchmath.com; 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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

PRESCHOOL OF AMERICA
345 42nd St; locations include Queens, Upper East & West Sides, Midtown, and Downtown
(212) 767-0606; www.preschoolofamerica.us

We're committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment for young children. Our year-round play based program developed to nurture and educate infants-6-years-old. Programs run Monday-Friday, 8am-6 pm. We created specialty programs to inspire children's interests; music, art, dance, yoga and foreign language. Our new summer program "Around the World in 50 days," exposes students to the rich traditions of South America, Africa, North America, Asia and Europe. This program enables children to learn about the distinct and various languages, foods, dress and traditions of specific regions.

 

ROBOFUN®
38 E. 23rd St, 2nd Floor
(212) 245-0444; www.robofun.org

Vision Education and Media presents hands-on leading edge technologies for kids! Every season of the year, RoboFun offers classes, events and parties in robotics, video game design, animation and claymation. We use technology as a tool to further enhance a child's level of critical and creative thinking through artistic and scientific methods. We introduce students to sophisticated equipment and pose challenges that they will later use in real life situations, all while having fun. RoboFun parties are held at both our RoboFun Studio and in your home.

 

SOCCER BY COACH FHER PROGRAM
130 Seventh Ave, #128
(917) 650-3008; www.coachfher.com

Coach Fher program was the only soccer program that has a joint summer camp with the European soccer team "FC Barcelona" in 2009. Visit our summer camp now-summer schedule through August 5th. We're preparing for fall soccer classes and currently accepting applications for all outdoor soccer classes! Fall season begins September 6th and runs through November 20th. Classes are offered every day for all ages at your convenient location. Children develop strength, balance, coordination and most importantly, self-confidence. Take advantage of our flat rate for your school and free trial demonstration classes.

 

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.

 

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.

 

WINSTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL
126 W. 17th St
(646) 638-2705, x688; Email summer@winstonprep.edu; www.winstonprep.edu

The Summer Enrichment Program at Winston Preparatory School includes sports and art activities, including basketball, Judo, kickboxing, power yoga, cross training, digital photography, Computing 101, Arts and Minds, and playwriting and performance. Winston Preparatory School is located at 126 West 17th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. For further information, brochures, or applications, please call or email.

 

YMCA-FROST VALLEY
(845) 985-2291 x301
Email campdirector@frostvalley.org; 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.

 

 

CHILDCARE/DAYCARE/AFTERCARE

 

BATTERY PARK CITY DAY NURSERY
215 South End Ave
(212) 945-0088; Email info@bpcdaynursery.com; www.bpcdaynursery.com

Battery Park City Day Nursery is a safe, nurturing, learning environment where children, parents and teachers are mutually respected. Located in NYC's busy financial district since 1986, the Nursery offers an environment carefully planned to develop each child's individual potential. Children play and learn in the beautiful parks of this family friendly neighborhood. Small classes with excellent child/teacher ratio assure personalized attention. For ages 1-5, 8am-6pm, Monday-Friday. Full days and half days available. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and licensed by the NYC Department of Health.

 

LOVE A LOT PRESCHOOL
99 Suffolk St; (212) 529-2650
21 Clinton St; (212) 792-5770
www.lovealotpreschool.com

We're dedicated to nurturing, and educating young children in a challenging, stimulating environment. Age appropriate programs and a staff of dedicated teachers ensure a positive learning experience for your child. Love A Lot Preschool I offers an infant toddler program for children 2 months-2-years-old. Love A Lot Preschool II offers a pre-school program for children 2-5-years-old. We strive to provide a nurturing environment to promote each child's physical, social, emotional, creative and intellectual development. Our interactive environment encourages curiosity, problem solving, and creativity.

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN
(800) 424-2460; www.rightchoiceforkids.org

The National Association for the Education of Young Children's(NAEYC) goal is for all young children to have access to a high quality early childhood education. NAEYC Accreditation of Programs for Young Children is the largest accreditation of early childhood programs in the U.S. The Right Choice for Kids helps families identify early childhood education programs that have successfully earned and currently maintain NAEYC Accreditation. Visit the website to learn more about NAEYC Accreditation and what to look for when searching for the right program.

 

THE PARK PRESCHOOL
275 Greenwich St

(212) 571-6191; info@theparkpreschool.org; www.theparkpreschool.org
The Barclay Street School, 6 Barclay St
(212) 571-2715; info@thebarclaystreetschool.org; www.thebarclaystreetschool.org

"Growth through nurturing." Beginning our 20th school year in Tribeca with our guiding principal, children learn through play. In our mixed age group settings, we focus on personal development and let each child learn and develop at his or her own pace. We offer flexible schedules to meet both the family's childcare and child's developmental needs.

 

RAY OF THE SUN
226 E. 70th St between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
(347) 546-1301

This new pre-school day care facility is in a private facility conveniently located on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Limited to seven pre-schoolers, our qualified teaching staff will nurture your child in a caring atmosphere to stimulate intellectual and physical growth in preparation for kindergarten and beyond. Full and part-time programs available. Monday to Friday, 8 am to 6 pm.

 

TEACHERCARE
(212) 808-5273 or (888) TEACH-07; www.teachercare.com

Are you looking for more than a nanny or childcare center? Discover TeacherCare. TeacherCaregivers provide for all of your child's needs including meals to transportation and beyond in your home-while customizing playful learning activities into the day. See the magic a teacher can bring to your home.

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT

  

¡HOLA! A PLAYGROUP IN SPANISH
(917) 648-5006; Email info@holaplaygroup.com; 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 ecohen@sznyc.org; 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 clydejavois@einy.org; 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 info@launchmath.com; 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.


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