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Teen Zumba Lets Kids Move Freely
by Vanessa Friedman - March 08, 2012

A.P.E. Fitness has always allowed teens to participate in their Zumba classes, but now owner and instructor Alba Carrasco-Martinez offers a specialized Teen Zumba class, which is open to boys and girls and runs a full hour.

New Activities at Great Play
by Vanessa Friedman - March 05, 2012

Great Play of Scarsdale recently added a slew of new activities to their line-up, including Parents’ Night Out, Zumbatomic, a sibling class, a new weekend class, and a drop-off camp, Snack & Play. More party times have also been added to the schedule.

Stepparent Survival Skills
by Vanessa Friedman - February 17, 2012

Blending a family is a joy but can also be a challenge. Nicholas Strouse, director of Westport Family Counseling, advises that basic family issues are often intensified and compounded when confronted by blended families. The key to success is to remember that all families have obstacles -- just because your family’s issues may be different, they are not impossible to deal with.

Teaching Kids How To Learn
by Vanessa Friedman - February 03, 2012

FasTracKids, an early childhood education enrichment program founded in 1997, has 365 locations in 49 countries. JEI is an academic enrichment program that aligns with state curriculum. The new FasTracKids/JEI center in Bellmore officially opened on Jan. 15.

Karma Kids Yoga Lets Adults Join In
by Vanessa Friedman - February 03, 2012

Karma Kids Yoga has opened a second location and begun to offer adult yoga classes.

The PIT Throws Broadway Birthday Bashes
by Vanessa Friedman - February 03, 2012

The Peoples Improv Theater, known as The PIT, launched a new birthday party division in January 2012. The new division, Broadway Birthday Bashes, will host parties for kids.

Learning Social Skills with a Smile
by Vanessa Friedman - February 03, 2012

socialsklz:-) is offering a new program called CLUBsocialsklz:-) that will be offered both in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Uproar Brings Art to Schools
by Vanessa Friedman - February 03, 2012

Uproar Art, an all-purpose Brooklyn-based nonprofit art program for kids and teens, is launching a visiting artists program in schools this spring.

Sunshine Daycare Center: Hands On Learning, 7 Days A Week
by Vanessa Friedman - February 03, 2012

Jennifer Jimenez opened Sunshine Daycare Center in February 2012 and plans to run it like a preschool, catering to children ages 2 through 6. Sunshine Daycare Center’s curriculum will emphasize reading, writing, math, and science skills, as well as fine and gross motor skills.

New Boutique Offers Fancy Outfits for Kids
by Vanessa Friedman - February 03, 2012

Dressing children for fancy occasions can be difficult and expensive. Vita Como, owner of brand new Europa Baby & Children’s Boutique, says she wanted to open a children’s special ware store because she believed it did not have to be that way.

Life Coaching With a Focus on Infertility, Pregnancy, and Motherhood
by Vanessa Friedman - February 03, 2012

Sabrina Roffman, owner of Just for Women Life Coaching, wants to offer women support and guidance as they transition and take on different life events.

A New Resource for New Moms
by Vanessa Friedman - February 03, 2012

Patricia Reilly started Growing Up Babies, a newborn care consulting company, in November 2011 because she saw a need for support for new mothers when they return home from the hospital with their newborns.

The Unicorn Project Will Provide Hope And Healing for Abuse Victims
by Vanessa Friedman - January 20, 2012

Author and abuse survivor Angelica Harris plans to open a crisis center where women and teens suffering from domestic violence or sexual assault can hear, “It’s not your fault.”

Nonprofit Village Green Nursery of Bedford Village Celebrates 55 Years
by Vanessa Friedman - January 16, 2012

The Village Green Nursery School of Bedford Village, the only nonprofit nursery school in the area, celebrated its 55th anniversary in September.

More Summer Camp Fun for the Winter Months
by Vanessa Friedman - January 16, 2012

As a way to combat the cold winter months and psych your kids (and yourself) up for summer that currently seems just out of reach, we’re bringing camp home with an array of slightly modified camp activities that can easily be implemented indoors. Our official guide starts in the February issue, but as promised we’ve got many more ideas, so here they are…

Re-Create Summer Camp at Home this Winter
by Vanessa Friedman - January 16, 2012

As winter descends, it can be tough to keep kids entertained indoors. Recreate summer camp activities in the comfort of your home and quickly become the coolest counselor/parent around.

A Cause To Celebrate
by Vanessa Friedman - January 11, 2012

Build-A-Bear and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital teamed up with the New York Giants to host a benefit that really gave cause to celebrate.

North Shore Performing Arts Center Spreads Holiday Cheer
by Vanessa Friedman - January 11, 2012

North Shore Performing Arts Center visits two area nursing homes to perform for the residents, a 14-year-old tradition that is as old as the studio itself.

Gold Material Expands To Kips Bay
by Vanessa Friedman - January 10, 2012

Gold Material Montessori School, founded in 2004 as an independent private school, has expanded to three locations, the newest of which is opening in Kips Bay this month. Registration for Gold Material Montessori School in Kips Bay is open now and is ongoing.

No Name, No Rules, Just Art
by Vanessa Friedman - January 10, 2012

This fall, for the first time in the history of In The Making, the Museum of Modern Art’s popular and competitive free art program for teens, the museum offered a class with no rules and no agenda, fittingly calling it “A Class With No Name.”

Swedish Style in NYC
by Vanessa Friedman - January 10, 2012

Polarn O. Pyret, a clothing store founded in Sweden in 1976, recently opened two retail outlets in Manhattan. The new stores are located at 200 Chambers Street and 428 Columbus Avenue.

Lice Tamers Helps Clean Up
by Vanessa Friedman - January 10, 2012

Lice Tamers, headed by seasoned lice remover and certified nurse practitioner Melissa Levin, will now add a new element to the lice removal business: a cleaning service.

Music For The Kids
by Vanessa Friedman - January 06, 2012

Candy Chiu and Thomas Bergeron, musicians and teachers who studied at Yale University, have opened The Greenwich Music Lessons, a teaching studio in their Greenwich basement offering piano, percussion, and trumpet instruction.

Sweet Outfits, Sweet Store
by Vanessa Friedman - January 06, 2012

For parents who feel like cute clothing options for baby boys are limited, My Sweet Pea, which opened on November 21, is a welcome relief.

Magic For All Ages
by Vanessa Friedman - January 06, 2012

MagiQuest, a popular live-action fantasy game, made its New York debut this past August at Fun City NY at the Palasides Center. Through January 28, those who have yet to try it out can enter to win 4 free passes to Fun City by entering a contest on their Facebook page.

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