School, Camp, & After-School Class Open Houses in Manhattan This Month

School, Camp, & After-School Class Open Houses in Manhattan This Month

UPDATED December 2019: Whether you’re looking for a new summer camp, after-school class, or school for your child, the best way to get to know camp directors, counselors, teachers, faculty, and staff is by attending open houses in New York City. Fr...

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School, Camp, & After-School Class Open Houses in Westchester County This Month

School, Camp, & After-School Class Open Houses in Westchester County This Month

UPDATED December 2019: Attending an open house session in Westchester County is the best way to determine whether a summer camp, after-school class, or school is right for your child. Open houses offer parents opportunities to meet camp directors, ...

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The Benefits of Kids Learning to Play Ice Hockey at Any Age

The Benefits of Kids Learning to Play Ice Hockey at Any Age

Whether your child is a hockey fan and wants to learn how to play ice hockey, or you’re just looking for a way to get your child moving and having fun, hockey is a sport that can be played and enjoyed for life. No matter what age your child is, it’...

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Scenes from Manhattan: Back to School

Scenes from Manhattan: Back to School

It's back-to-school season, and we've got photos from Manhattan after-school programs, schools, and more.

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After-School Activities vs. Downtime for Kids

After-School Activities vs. Downtime for Kids

Kids love to take after-school classes, participate in sports teams, and do other extracurricular activities, but unstructured time is important, too.

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How to Turn Your Child’s Extracurricular Activity Into Extra Cash for College

How to Turn Your Child’s Extracurricular Activity Into Extra Cash for College

Whether your kid is committed to sports, the arts, or even community service, here’s how to turn that passion for after-school activities into a college scholarship.

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The Benefits of Ethics for Kids

The Benefits of Ethics for Kids

Ethics for Children is a program taught at the New York City Society for Ethical Culture that emphasizes social awareness and helps kids develop better relationships with their peers and the world.

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The Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument

The Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument

Music instructors weigh in on what parents need to know before signing their kids up for music lessons, including renting vs. buying, how to choose what to play, and the benefits of private and group lessons.

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What to Look for in a Dance Studio

What to Look for in a Dance Studio

Keep these questions in mind when choosing a new dance studio for your child. A good studio will foster a love of dance while educating your child and building her self-confidence.

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A Chance to Dance: NYC Ballet Creates Workshop for Kids with Special Needs

A Chance to Dance: NYC Ballet Creates Workshop for Kids with Special Needs

One local mom's email inspired the New York City Ballet to create special dance workshops for kids with disabilities. Their reaction will melt your heart.

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Free Summer Sports Programs for NYC Kids Offered by City Parks Foundation

Free Summer Sports Programs for NYC Kids Offered by City Parks Foundation

Throughout the summer, City Parks Foundation is offering free summer sports programs for kids in New York City, including free tennis, golf, soccer, and track and field instruction and free use of equipment in parks across all five boroughs.

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Your Guide to Kids' Classes in the NYC Area

Find after-school classes and activities for kids in the NYC area, including sports and fitness classes, dance and gymnastics, swimming lessons, theater and music classes, and more in NYC, Long Island, Westchester, Rockland, and Fairfield County, CT.

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Full STEAM Ahead! Science, Math & Art Programs for Kids Abound in NY Area

Full STEAM Ahead! Science, Math & Art Programs for Kids Abound in NY Area

We've rounded up a bunch of STEM (nay, STEAM!) programs for kids in the NYC area, including classes and camps with a science and math bent, fun family outings that immerse kids in STEM concepts, and some expert advice for parents thrown in for good...

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10 Fun Fitness Trends for Kids

10 Fun Fitness Trends for Kids

It's important for kids to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, so why not make it fun? These new fitness trends offer fun ways to exercise for kids as young as 4.

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Queens of Lacrosse Empowers Girls Through Lax

Queens of Lacrosse is the only all-girls lax program in the borough of Queens, NYC. The program was started by a local dad who was searching for lacrosse programs in Queens for his two young daughters.

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Language Workshop for Children Offers English as a Second Language

Language Workshop for Children, part of Small World Connect, offers language classes for kids in Manhattan. The language center, which uses a technique designed by founder Francois Thibaut, now offers English as a Second Language for children in Ma...

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Social Learning Center Offers Alternative to Day Care

Explore+Discover, an early childhood learning center in Gramercy, recently opened. The center offers a social learning environment as an alternative to day care.

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Family-Friendly Bowling Alleys in the NY Metro Area

Family-Friendly Bowling Alleys in the NY Metro Area

Bowling alleys across the country have upgraded to appeal to kids and youth players, and New York City is no exception. Check out our list of the best bowling alleys for families in the New York metro area.

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Entrepreneurship Program Opens Location in Lower Manhattan

8andUp is a group of business professionals who are committed to teaching children about entrepreneurship. The entrepreneurship classes offered for kids teach children about building businesses and web coding.

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The Clover Hill School in Norwalk Celebrates Its 10th Year

The Clover Hill School, a Waldorf school for preschool and kindergarten-age children based in Norwalk, CT, was once only an idea brought up in a Stamford church meeting room. This year, it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

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Help Your Child Choose the Right Extracurricular Activities

Help Your Child Choose the Right Extracurricular Activities

Can we nurture our children, their interests, and their chances of Ivy League acceptance all at the same time? It's possible to strike a balance among your child's family time, play time, structured activities, homework time, and socialization. Her...

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Why I Chose Stage Crew Over Acting

A high school student and theater lover explains why he has chosen to work behind the curtain in the stage crew rather than act on stage, and offers advice for other kids and teens who want to get involved with student or community theater.

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Columbus Gym to Offer Gymnastics and Music Program

Columbus Gym, part of Columbus Pre-School, plans to offer a combined gymnastics and music class for toddlers. The program, Move and Groove, helps with kids’ motor skills and keeps them active, and helps with their social-emotional development.

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10 Tips to Help Kids Ace Theater Auditions

Is your child trying out for a school play or community theater show? Get tips from casting directors on how to help your kid ace the audition, including how to prepare the right song and monologue, calm nerves and stage fright, and deal with disap...

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Pro Tips for Kids Auditioning for Broadway Roles

For kids who want to audition for professional acting roles on Broadway or even in TV or film, we've got the best advice from pro casting directors on how to stand out from the crowd and make the most of each audition and callback.

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Triathlons for Kids: How to Get Them Race-Ready

More and more parents are pushing their bodies in fun and healthy ways, from 5Ks to mud runs, inspiring their kids to want in on the action. Here’s how to find triathlons for kids and help them train in a fun and healthy way.

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Indoor and Outdoor Ice-Skating Rinks in the New York Area

Indoor and Outdoor Ice-Skating Rinks in the New York Area

Find indoor and outdoor ice-skating rinks in the New York area, including New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, Rockland County, Bergen County, NJ, and Fairfield County, CT.

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Where to Ski and Snowboard in the Northeast

Where to Ski and Snowboard in the Northeast

Our skiing and snowboarding guide includes resorts and mountains just outside of the New York metropolitan area, to the slopes of Connecticut, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. Beginner lessons and kid-friendly sl...

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Ask the Expert: How to Choose a Bike Helmet

Ask the Expert: How to Choose a Bike Helmet

Bike riding is a great warm-weather activity, and wearing a helmet is the most important part of bike safety. Sandhya Katz Katz, M.D., an emergency medicine physician at Nyack Hospital, shares tips to pick a properly fitting bike helmet.

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Concussion Risk in Soccer is As High As in Football

Although soccer isn't a high-contact sport like football, children who play soccer are just as likely to get a concussion. Matthew Pecci, M.D., shares what causes concussions in soccer and how coaches can help prevent them.

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Rules of Engagement for Responsible Coaches on Social Media

ResponsibleSports.com shares 10 social media guidelines for coaches to follow when interacting with young athletes on Facebook, including creating a coach account rather than use your personal account and creating an interest page for the team.

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New Facility for Youth Boasts 'Teacher of Team Sports'

FastBreak Sports, a sports and athletic training facility on the Upper East Side, now offers a program for preschoolers ages 2-5. The preschool program FastBreak Kids teaches youngsters a variety of age-appropriate sports and skills including baseb...

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Book Club for Young Girls Inspires a Love to Read

Sweet Jenny’s Book Club for girls inspires a love of reading in girls ages 7-11. The Upper East Side book club is meant to act as a reading enrichment program that picks up where school leaves off.

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Introducing the Close-to-Home Olympic Athletes

Of the more than 200 athletes on Team USA competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, we’ll introduce you to nine athletes who call the NY metro area home. The local athletes will compete in the following winter games’ events: men’s lug...

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Ask the Expert: How Can I Help My Child Balance Piano Practice and Homework?

The director of a local music school offers tips on how to help kids balance piano practice with their homework by carving out specific times for both after school and then sticking with it.

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Ask the Expert: Advice for Coaching Your Child's Team

Ask the Expert: Advice for Coaching Your Child's Team

Soccer Friends USA co-owner and coach Sean Peckett kicks up great advice for coaching youth sports teams, from tips for coaching your own kids to promoting good sportsmanship for every athlete on the team.

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Ask the Expert: Should My Child Specialize in One Sport?

Ask the Expert: Should My Child Specialize in One Sport?

Wondering if your child is too young to specialize in one sport? Monica Holmes, founder of a youth fitness consulting firm in Harlem, explains what age is best to begin specialization and why your child should try out multiple sports at first.

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Ask the Expert: How Should a Parent Respond When a Child wants to Quit his Sports Team?

Sometimes kids outgrow a sport, and that's okay. We asked the owner of Soccer by Coach Fher how to navigate the transition if your athlete decides they want to quit the team.

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A Parent’s Guide to Handling Tricky Coach Situations

Sometimes, it's the coaches and not the kids who need a lesson in good sportsmanship. One therapist offers tips if you're concerned about your child's little league coach's behavior and dugout demeanor.

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WNBA Star Tina Charles Hosts Sports Safety Clinic for Kids in Harlem

WNBA star Tina Charles of the Connecticut Sun teamed up with Safe Kids Worldwide to educate kids about sports injury prevention at a Sports Safety Clinic in Harlem's Riverbank State Park on Oct. 12.

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14th Street Y Offers Fitness Classes for Kids with Special Needs

The 14th Street Y in NYC's East Village offers the KOL Program, which includes sports, fitness, movement, and music classes for kids with autism and communication disorders or language delays.

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'Eat Smart, Play Safe' Campaign Promotes Healthy Lifestyles for Kids

Pop Warner Little Scholars and DSM Nutritional Products have partnered to raise awareness of the importance of proper nutrition and healthy lifestyles for active kids.

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Nutrition Tips for Young Athletes

Nutrition Tips for Young Athletes

Nutritionist Robin Werner shares nutrition guidelines for young athletes and active children, as well as ideas for healthy snacks for athletic children and how to teach your child to make healthy food choices.

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Ask the Expert: How Does Yoga Help Kids with Special Needs?

Lindsay Malejko, co-founder of Prasanthi Studio in Westchester, explains how yoga can benefit kids who have special needs, how yoga classes are modified for children with special needs, and why she recommends yoga for parents of kids with special n...

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Teen Athletes Need Balanced Diets to Perform Their Best

Teen Athletes Need Balanced Diets to Perform Their Best

To perform well in sporting events and support healthy development, teen athletes need to eat balanced meals that provide key nutrients. A registered dietician gives the play-by-play on what teen athletes should be eating.

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What Active Teens Should Be Eating

What Active Teens Should Be Eating

Teens, especially teen athletes, have special nutrition needs. Here's a guide to feeding your teen athlete, including meal ideas for active teens that support their sports performance as well as their development.

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Ask the Expert: How Can I Make Sure My Child is Safe When Riding Their Bike?

President of Bike and Roll NYC Chris Wogas shares tips for staying safe on a bicycle, including the safety accessories every bike should have, how to tell if a helmet fits properly, proper bike seat positioning, and what to look for in a bike maint...

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Ask the Expert: How Can I Stay Safe While Riding My Bike in Traffic?

Chris Wogas, the president of Bike and Roll NYC, shares tips for riding bikes with traffic and in large groups, as well as how some bike laws differ in each state.

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Ask the Expert: What Is Martial Arts Therapy and How Can it Help My Child?

Dr. Alisha Griffith-Berkeley, co-founder of a specialized martial arts program in Brooklyn, explains what martial arts therapy is and how it can help children with special needs such as autism, ADHD, and sensory issues.

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Ask the Expert: Should I Persuade My Kid to Stop Playing Sports if His Team Keeps Losing?

Though your child's sports team may require long hours and commitment, is persuading him or her to quit because the team does not win a lot of games the right move? A father of two and the CEO of House of Sports in Westchester, New York weighs in o...

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