(Aug. 02, 2019) - There is a dizzying array of options for kids looking for extracurriculars, from academic enrichment to sports teams to social interest programs. All of these choices can make knowing which one is right for your child a difficult, and overwhelming, task–plus, if a kid wants to try different things, parents can wind up spending a fortune getting them from activity to activity. So how can you make sure you and your kid have made the right after-school choices? Local after-school activity directors, moms, and child psychologists share their tips for finding the right program.
(Jul. 08, 2019) - Steam Works has a number of locations across the United States including New Jersey, Texas, Florida, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, and is now celebrating its first brick-and-mortar location in New York. After establishing after-school programs at local schools, Steam Works Studio is thrilled to finally offer Westchester families extended programming in its own location. Among these programs is a summer camp, which started the first week of July and carries on through August.
(Jul. 02, 2019) - The new children’s gardening workshop at Ridge Hill in Yonkers will take place in the community garden located on the South Lawn by Whole Foods. The program will take place on Thursdays from 10-11am from July 11-Aug. 15. Parents can pick and choose weeks without having to commit to all six weeks at once. Parents are encouraged to participate with their children.
(Jun. 24, 2019) - MakerState, a STEM-focused enrichment center for children ages 6-14, is incorporating new software for learning the basics of robotics, graphic design, game design, and engineering. Younger campers will use the robotics kits WeDo and older campers will use Mindstorms, both of which allow campers to build robots with Legos. Age groups are 6-10 and 10-14.
(Jun. 07, 2019) - Magic Day Camp, a summer camp in Bayside that serves children ages 4-15, recently added a number of air-conditioned buses to its fleet. These 10 buses were acquired in November, making this summer the first time the kids will get to ride in the vehicles.
(Jun. 06, 2019) - Brooklyn Kids Prep School will be moving to Mill Basin in July. The new facility is a brand-new building, custom-made for Brooklyn Kids Prep School and its needs. The space features a large outdoor patio on the rooftop, a spacious assembly hall, and a cafeteria area that can accommodate several students and members of the community. Though the move is only approximately a 10-minute difference, the new location boasts better access to public transportation including the B41 bus service. Students will have access to Floyd Bennet Field and the Marine Park Golf Course, thanks to the proximity of the new location and the support of the community.
(Jun. 06, 2019) - Northvale Classic Diner in Northvale, NJ, introduced a number of Wild Shakes, over-the-top, Instagram-ready milkshakes, to the menu this May. Among these new shakes is the Funfetti Shake, a favorite at the Orangeburg location. The Funfetti Shake features a rim frosted with vanilla icing and sprinkles, a Funfetti cake slice, homemade whipped cream, a cake pop, a lollipop, all atop a rich base of cake batter milkshake.
(May. 31, 2019) - On May 23, the 2019 Doctors of Distinction ceremony recognized Philip J. McWhorter, M.D. of Greenwich Hospital. Dr. McWhorter was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, a distinction for his dedication to mentoring up-and-coming surgeons as well as maintaining a high standard of quality throughout his 42-year career.
(May. 22, 2019) - In October 2018, Helping Kids Pediatrics, a doctor’s office that serves children from the ages of newborn-adolescent, moved from 180 Philips Hill Road to 365 S. Main St. in New City. The new location allows for more space in examining rooms, a more central location, and an overall more kid-friendly practice. The space is handicap accessible and has wheelchair ramps.
(May. 22, 2019) - The STEAM and Reading Program at Advantage Camps in Midtown will debut July 8 and run through Aug. 20. Classes will be held Monday-Friday from 9am-12pm for a duration of six weeks this summer. Students will learn new academic concepts including mode building, real-life math problems, applying engineering to everyday life, exploring design, and thinking creatively and critically.
(May. 17, 2019) - June marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a monumental fight for LGBTQ rights in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. In honor of this event and the change it brought about, WorldPride, a six-weeklong celebration of the LGBTQ community, is being held in New York City. In honor of the Pride this year, the 14th Street Y is working with Education Alliance to present a series of events titled Live Free, Love Fierce spanning May 31-June 30.
(May. 16, 2019) - According to data collected by the New York City Department of Health, blood-lead levels have been on a steady decline in children younger than 18 across all five boroughs. The rates are at an all time low in both private and public housing throughout the city, with lower rates of elevated lead levels in public housing. The borough with the most children with elevated lead levels is Brooklyn with 2103 cases while the borough with the least is Staten Island with 170, according to the report.
(May. 10, 2019) - This spring, CAMP is embracing the new blooms and gardening with its newest theme—Cooking CAMP! The interactive shopping experience is focusing on food and the journey our ingredients make from farms to supermarkets to our dinner tables! Kids begin the journey at the garden with a planting station. For $10, little ones can plant sunflower, dill, or other spices and learn about how to care for plants on a small scale. Afterwards, they can hop into the custom-built silo for a bounce on the CAMP trampoline (a campoline, if you will).
(May. 07, 2019) - This summer, from the first week of July through the last week of August, Art Studio E will be offering nine weeks of fine art camps for three different age groups from Tuesday-Friday. There will be three different camp sessions depending on age. Children ages 5-8 will meet from 9am-12pm and learn mostly introductory skills including sewing, painting, drawing, nature-inspired crafts, and hand building for clay. Tweens ages 9-12 will meet from 12:15-3:15pm and will begin to dive into specializations such as “throwing” on a pottery wheel, drawing, painting, comics, and polymer clay.
(May. 07, 2019) - Children entering sixth to 11th grade can join the Junior Travel Program at Oasis Day Camp at LIU Post in Greenvale beginning this summer. Students can enjoy swim, arts and crafts, coding, athletics, and other traditional camp activities three times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, in addition to twice weekly day trips on Tuesday and Thursday. Potential destinations include local theme parks, natural areas and parks, museums and cultural centers, a beach, and a baseball game. All trips will be on Long Island.
(May. 06, 2019) - At Mill Basin Day Camp, the Laser Maze activity will involve children weaving through a Mission Impossible-esque maze of beams of light. They’ll climb over and under the lasers to reach a special “verification point” in which they must enter a 3-digit code of their choosing and scan their handprints. Once they’ve successfully “unlocked” the maze, kids will go back through the course to return to the starting point. However, on the way back, the lasers will activate sporadically and instead of avoiding contact with the lasers, kids will try to karate chop through them!
(May. 03, 2019) - From July 8-Aug. 23, The DNA Learning Center of Cold Spring Harbor will be offering summer camps at New York City College of Technology for the first time. Sessions will be offered for children entering sixth through 12th grade. There will be five different camps offered over the summer.
(May. 02, 2019) - For New York City residents, Sesame Street is now just a short subway ride, walk, or Uber away! That’s right—there’s a real Sesame Street in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and other stars of the hit series Sesame Street were present for a special ceremony in which the portion of West 63rd Street near Broadway was officially renamed after the show. The location was chosen because it has been Sesame Workshop’s headquarters for the past 50 years.
(Apr. 30, 2019) - Beginning this year, Tumble-Bee Gymnastics, a noncompetitive gymnastics facility that serves children ages 10 months to 12 years, has begun allowing families who are not members to drop into open gym times. The open gyms are playtimes for children ages four and younger with a parent or guardian. There are four open gyms offered each week including Tuesday from 10:30-11:30am, Wednesday from 2-3pm and 6:45-7:45pm, and Thursday from 1-2pm. Summer hours, which begin on June 27 are Wednesday from 2-3pm, Thursday from 6:15-7:15pm, and Saturday from 11:30am-12:30pm.
(Apr. 29, 2019) - A-Game Sports, located in New Rochelle, is welcoming several travel softball teams that previously played for another organization to the Westchester Heat softball tournament program this summer. They will also be adding a woman's field hockey team.