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What's Happening in the NY Metro Area This Month?

What's Happening in the NY Metro Area This Month?

The places and programs new to your area this January.

The businesses you and your family care about are always doing something new, whether it is a new class, a new location, or a can't miss offer. This month, we've rounded up what's new at the businesses that make your lives easier as parents, from ballet classes at Tiger Strong to all the new classes at the YMCA. Look out for a new Studio E in your area and find the perfect tutor at WhizKidz in Rockland and Bergen County 

News in Westchester

Make Your Birthday Child a Star

 Shooting Star Parties, which opened in August 2019, makes children ages 5-11 the star of their own movie which is produced at their party. Kids get to act, create movie crafts and costumes to be used in the film, and then gather around to watch the movie they created. You provide the food and the cake and Shooting Star provides everything else. 914-246-0160;;


Orthopedic Institute Opens in Harrison

 Rothman Orthopaedic opened its Harrison location on Oct. 28., 2019. The 15,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art location features 17 exam rooms, a pain management treatment room, orthotics, physical and hand therapy, and two x-ray machines. They will treat all orthopaedic issues—both nonoperative and surgical—including spine joint, hand and wrist, and foot surgeries, shoulder and elbow procedures, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and sports medicine. 450 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 200, Harrison; 800-321-9999;

News in Rockland

Tutoring Services Expand to Rockland and Bergen

As of Nov 4, 2019, students in Rockland and Bergen Counties can receive immediate, expert tutoring services to fit their needs and schedules. WhizKidz tutors bring preK-college students standard tutoring, executive function coaches, test prep coaches, special educators, speech and language therapists, social and life skills coaches, and college essay writing specialists and college counselors. You will receive reports of sessions and tutors are open to speaking with teachers and attending IEP or 504 meetings if needed.

News in Queens

An Expanded Performing Arts Program

 The Magnet School for STEAM Exploration and Experiential Learning opened a dance space on Sept. 16, 2019. Made possible by a grant, the space was designed for the middle school dance and theater program. With the help of MS358’s art teacher and partnerships with Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theatre, and New Victory, students are exposed to all facets of the arts. 88-08 164th St., Jamaica; 718-558-6240;

Flushing Students Give Back

The students at  St. Kevin Catholic Academy are expanding their commitment to service through various acts including a food drive, collections of blankets and emergency packages for The Legacy Center Community Development Corporation, and donations to Cohen’s Children’s Hospital. Additionally, Allison Murphy began as principal this school year after serving as principal at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Academy in Bushwick. 45-50 195th St., Flushing; 718-357-8110;

News in Manhattan

Charter School to Open in Bronx

 Zeta Charter Schools is slated to open two locations serving Bronx Community School Districts 7, 9, and 12 for the 2020-2021 school year. The locations will serve kindergarten through first grade. Zeta will add one grade each year to ultimately serve pre-K through 12th grade. At Zeta, students engage in specialist classes as part of the school day beginning in kindergarten, including chess, music, art, sports, and taekwondo.;

Fitness Center Expands Offerings

As of November 2019,  Tiger Strong offers adult ballet classes Mondays at 6:30pm and Thursdays at 2pm. Kids ballet classes were also added Mondays at 5:30pm. Adult yoga classes started up again in December for all levels of Vinyasa yoga, incorporating meditation and health-inducing movement and positions, on Tuesdays, 7-8pm, and Fridays, 10-11am. An additional kids’ yoga class was added on Saturdays at 1:55pm. 500 E. 77th St., Upper East Side; 917-453-6503;

News in Nassau

Campers to Learn About Careers in Gaming

 Hofstra University Continuing Education is offering an Esports (professional video game playing) program beginning summer 2020. It’s for campers entering fourth to 10th grades, with campers separated by grade level. Campers will learn about the rise of collegiate and career opportunities in Esports and meet professional and college Esports athletes. The program will run Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm in three, two-week sessions and one, one-week session. 255 Hofstra University, Hempstead;

Preschoolers Learn Sign Language

  YMCA at Glen Cove Preschool is offering a sign language program to 2-, 3-, and 4-year-old classes beginning this month. Classes are held once a week for 30 minutes. Through songs, books, and play, students will learn how to sign phrases, animals, colors, food, and the ABCs. 125 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove; 516-671-8270;

Diocese Implements Social-Emotional Learning

Diocese of Rockville Centre is now offering Social and Emotional Learning training sessions for staff to enhance their ability to help students through self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, relationship skills, and social awareness. The SEL programs are an integrated part of elementary education from nursery through middle school. The goal is for students to develop healthy self-images, adequate coping mechanisms, empathy, and social skills. 516-280-2479;

News in Suffolk

Art Studio Moves to Rocky Point

 Studio E is slated to open its Rocky Point location this month. It will be larger than previous locations and will feature a pottery studio with 12 high-powered pottery wheels, hand building stations, and a separate classroom for painting and drawing classes. Studio E offers art classes for preschoolers (ages 2-5), elementary schoolers (ages 5-8), tweens (ages 9-12), teens (ages 13-16), and adults (ages 18 and older). 77 Broadway, Rocky Point;

Preschoolers Learn Literacy Through Play

  YMCA in Huntington will offer a play-based literacy program beginning this month once a week for 45 minutes for children ages 3-4. Every week, children will engage in activities including games, drama, and art to review and build upon early literacy concepts taught in preschool. Some of the pre-reading skills being taught by the certified preschool teacher are phonetics, site words, listening comprehension, and inferencing. 60 Main St., Huntington; 631-421-4242;


Melissa Wickes

Author: Melissa Wickes, a graduate of Binghamton University and the NYU Summer Publishing Institute, is the production editor for NYMetroParents. When she's not writing, she can be found playing the guitar or eating pasta. See More

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