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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 February.

The businesses you and your family care about are always doing something new, whether it is a new class, a new location, or an exciting addition to a 2020 summer camp. This month, we've rounded up what's new at the businesses that make your lives easier as parents, from improvements in technology at Forest Hills Orthodontic Associates to a scholarship at The École. Take a trip to the Children's Museum of Manhattan to check out its brand new Inside Art exhibit. 

News in Westchester

Upgraded Ice-Skating Parties

In September 2019,  Hommocks Park Ice Rink began offering silver and golden packages for birthday parties. Silver packages include admission to public skating, skate rentals, 2 hours at a party table, a meal, and paper goods. Gold packages include everything in the silver package, plus a special gift for the guest of honor and complimentary passes for one free admission to a future public skating session for each member of the party. These packages will be offered through June 14 to ages 6 and older. 140 Hommocks Road, Larchmont;; 914-834-1069.


A Pediatric Dentist for All Abilities

 Little Dreams Dentistry opened in Sleepy Hollow last month and serves ages newborn to 20. The practice serves patients of all abilities and provides in-office and hospital-based dental care with the appropriate type of anesthesia to achieve the best outcomes for each patient. The team at Little Dreams consults a child’s medical and dental providers before constructing a treatment plan in regard to anesthesia. 245 N. Broadway, Suite 105, Sleepy Hollow; 914-920-3070;


Therapy Center Expands Services

The Mount Kisco location of  Creative Wonders Therapy Center opened in October 2019 with a state-of-the-art sensory gym, toddler space, fine motor treatment area, and two speech treatment rooms. The therapy center provides occupational, physical, and speech therapy to ages 3-11. This spring, Creative Wonders is slated to open a neurofeedback program to help kids with ADHD, anxiety, autism, and more, by creating more efficient brainwave patterns to alleviate symptoms. 101 S. Bedford Road, Suite 404, Mount Kisco; 914-421-8270;


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 Brooklyn

Upgrade Your Kid’s Style

In November 2019, The Ridge Kids, a children’s boutique serving the families of Brooklyn, opened in Bay Ridge. The boutique is owned by a Brooklyn mom of two and former luxury clothing buyer. The Ridge Kids carries high-quality clothes from infant’s size 0 months to children’s size 14, as well as a carefully curated selection of books, toys, shoes, and arts and crafts. 8122 3rd Ave., Bay Ridge; 347-662-6103;

A Global School in Brooklyn

Whittle School & Studios is a modern, global pre-K to 12th-grade school with campuses in Washington, D.C. and Shenzhen, China. It’s slated to open a campus in Downtown Brooklyn for the 2020 school year, welcoming early learners ages 3-5 for its inaugural school year. In August, Whittle is slated to launch its Studios program with globally themed programming. 181 Livingston St., Downtown Brooklyn; 718-360-9880;

News in Queens

A Cleaner Alternative to Dental Impressions

 Forest Hills Orthodontic Associates began using the Formlabs 3D Printer in December 2019 for digital impressions, offering a more comfortable, cleaner alternative to traditional Alginate impressions. The 3-D printer, in addition to the Itero Intraoral Scanner, make digital impressions for orthodontic appliances, such as Invisalign, more efficient for patients. The practice offers services to all ages and recommends children begin visiting an orthodontist at 7 years old. 105-58 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills; 718-263-6643;


State-of-the-Art Auditorium Enhances Performances

The school theme at  The Rosa Parks Magnet School for Leadership Development (P.S. 254Q), revolves heavily around the arts. So, to best showcase students’ talents in dance, visual arts, theater, and more, the school upgraded its auditorium in October 2019. The auditorium now has a wide screen, HD projector, upgraded speaker system, and Bluetooth capabilities. These upgrades will enhance the experience for both students performing and parents watching them on stage. 84-40 101st St., Richmond Hill; 718-520-7878;


Charter School to Build Hi-Tech Library

 Our World Neighborhood Charter Schools in Howard Beach is slated to open a state-of-the-art library for the 2020-2021 school year. The library will be equipped with a full line of reading materials, a Smartboard, and a 1-to-1 laptop program, allowing all students to use laptops in class. The school serves kindergarten-fourth grades and aims to educate students to be independent thinkers and lifelong learners. 36-12 35th Ave., Howard Beach; 718-392-3405;

News in Manhattan

Scholarships for Bilingual Students

 The École is offering a middle school scholarship for the 2020-2021 school year. The scholarship will be renewable for the student’s duration at The École (up to three years). In order to apply, students must be a current fifth-, sixth-, or seventh-grader; speak, read, and write in French and in English; and not already be an École student. To apply, fill out an application on the École website, write an original writing sample in French and English, and write an original essay on the importance of bilingualism. Applications close Feb. 22. 111 E. 22nd St., Flatiron; 646-410-2238;


Explore Larger-than-Life Artwork

 Children’s Museum of Manhattan opened Inside Art on Jan. 18, an exhibit in which kids ages 3-10 can assemble, create, peek into, crawl under, and walk through large-scale installations and sculptures. The exhibit invites children to solve puzzles, decode shapes and patterns, and move like a groundhog as they dwell in a burrow built to human scale. The exhibit features artwork by 11 critically acclaimed contemporary artists, whose work explores ideas around architecture, natural phenomenon, collaboration, and culture. 212 W 83rd St., Upper West Side; 212-721-1223;

News in Nassau

Summer Camp Adds Cooking and Chinese Programs

 Friends Academy is slated to offer Introduction to Chinese Culture and Language and Culinary Creations for ages 11-14 this summer. The language program will teach campers basic vocabulary and short sentences such as greetings, self- and family introductions, ages, colors, numbers, animals, and fruits. Classes will be project-based, with cooking and traditional Chinese Art. In Culinary Creations, campers will create three-course meals to take home and share with their families while learning about ingredients and developing kitchen skills through cooking and baking. 270 Duck Pond Road., Locust Valley; 516-393-4207;


Saturday Program Enhances Social Skills

 Variety Child Learning Center will offer the SLIDE (Social Learning Interactive Development Experience) Program, a Saturday program for children ages 3-9 to practice interacting with peers, enhance social development, and more. Weekly themes will facilitate new experiences for your child to participate in group activities in a cooperative environment. Themes may include but are not limited to Pet Therapy, learning to participate at birthday parties, sharing, making friends, board games and movies, dance parties and more. 47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset;


Learn to Code Drones

A Drone Coding Program will be introduced to  Future Stars Summer Camps’ STEAM Camps at the Farmingdale and Old Westbury locations this summer. Campers entering third-ninth grades can attend weekly sessions that aim to engage children through project-based learning. Students will learn the basics of block style coding through to more advanced Python programming, applying the fundamentals of math, science, and logic. They will then test their code on small drones that will fly autonomously. College at Old Westbury, 223 Store Hill Road, Old Westbury; 516-226-2267; Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale; 631-769-2267;

News in Suffolk



Neuropsychology Offers More Hours

 Fontanetta Neuropsychology Huntington is expanding its schedule as of last month. It specializes in evaluations of children ages 1-26 with neurodevelopmental (including autism, ADHD, and dyslexia), medical, and psychiatric disabilities or symptomatology. The practice works with families, schools, and physicians to provide diagnoses, evaluate appropriateness of testing and classroom accommodations, and provide individually tailored recommendations corresponding to the child’s neuropsychological profile. 755 New York Ave., Suite 230, Huntington; 631-505-3671;


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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