Megan Vasquez

Rego Park Dance Studio Undergoes a Makeover This Summer

Rego Park Dance Studio Undergoes a Makeover This Summer

(Jun. 10, 2019) - The DanceSource is a boutique dance school located in the Rego Park/Forest Hills area in Queens. Their main studio, which is 620-square-feet large, will undergo cosmetic changes during the month of June. Reopening in July, their current pine floor will be replaced with an oak floor. It is currently old and bumpy, but after laying a new floor, the studio will be both stronger and more aesthetically pleasing. A new paint job will also accompany the new floor in the main studio, while new tiles will be laid in the lobby. Their second, smaller studio, will not undergo renovations.


Disney's 'Frozen JR.' Will Make Its Debut at the White Plains Performing Arts Center

Disney's 'Frozen JR.' Will Make Its Debut at the White Plains Performing Arts Center

(Jun. 06, 2019) - The White Plains Performing Arts Center will be working on a brand-new show, Disney’s 'Frozen JR.' during the three-week session in July. These students will be the first in Westchester to work on Frozen Jr. This session will run from June 27-July 19, conveniently starting a day after the White Plains public school year ends to provide coverage for parents. Students will learn performing arts skills while rehearsing the show and will perform on the WPPAC stage.


New Imaginarium STEM Space Introduced at St. Dominic's Elementary and Middle Schools

New Imaginarium STEM Space Introduced at St. Dominic's Elementary and Middle Schools

(Mar. 08, 2019) - St. Dominic Elementary and Middle School in Oyster Bay created a new Imaginarium space or students to use as part of the district's STEM program. The space opened to middle school students in Sept. 2018 and is slated to open to elementary school students later this year. Activities in the Imaginarium space are used to reinforce lessons from the traditional classroom in a way that encourages students to work together, identify problems, and use their imaginations.


Hofstra University’s Saturday Classes for Young People Brings Back Internet of Things Class

Hofstra University’s Saturday Classes for Young People Brings Back Internet of Things Class

(Feb. 28, 2019) - Hofstra University’s Saturday Classes for Young People will bring back the Internet of Things class this Spring with new activities. This eight-session class, running from March 3-May 18, is structured through discussions and exercises that become part of the larger project. This semester’s final project will be to build a weather station, where an app will give you an alarm if the weather is ideal for your favorite activity. Think: your phone alerting you of the perfect surf or weather for skateboarding.


Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts to Offer New Creative Writing Minor and Ensemble Music Classes

Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts to Offer New Creative Writing Minor and Ensemble Music Classes

(Feb. 06, 2019) - Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts in Wheatley Heights will offer a new minor in the creative writing department, "Performance, Poetry, and Podcasting," this summer as well as a new theater class and new, small ensemble classes through the music department. The creative writing minor will focus on slam poetry and creating a podcast. DIY Musical Theater will utilize devise theater, a method in which a script or score is collaboratively created and performed by an ensemble, to help students write, direct, and perform a musical based on their lives.


8 Steps to Improve Your Credit Score in One Year

8 Steps to Improve Your Credit Score in One Year

(Jan. 30, 2019) - Your credit score affects more aspects of your life than you might think, from seeking out a loan to putting a down payment on a house and even the job hunt. Unless you’ve been diligently saving for as long as you can remember, came into an inheritance, or have a great-paying job, you’ll likely need to apply for a loan to make one of those large purchases. A low credit score, which can also prevent you from getting approved for credit cards. Read on for expert tips on improving your credit scores, including reading your annual credit report, how to protect against fraud, and how to pay off debt.


SENSE-sational FUN-damentals Occupational Therapy Offers Enrichment Classes in Armonk and Chappaqua

SENSE-sational FUN-damentals Occupational Therapy Offers Enrichment Classes in Armonk and Chappaqua

(Jan. 03, 2019) - SENSE-sational FUN-damentals is now offering classes in Armonk and Chappaqua, with a goal to help children ages 3-6 develop skills for future success. It was created by Kristin Ciorra MS, OTR/L, a mother of three children and occupational therapist of 12 years, who saw a need for children to develop the skills that schools assume they already have. She wants to be able to provide all kids with fun class to address these underlying needs required to succeed in community classes and school, including sensory, strength and school-skills areas through play-based sessions.


The Galli Theater Debuts 'Puss in Boots' This Spring

The Galli Theater Debuts 'Puss in Boots' This Spring

(Dec. 18, 2018) - Puss in Boots is making its debut show at the New York City Galli Theater in the Spring of 2019. The show will run March 16, 17, 23, and 24 and 2pm. The show, along with the other fairytale productions Galli Theater puts on, aims to teach children about growth and transformation as well as teach children how to overcome challenges.


Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School Introduces STEAM Programs

Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School Introduces STEAM Programs

(Dec. 12, 2018) - This September, Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School in East Elmhurst introduced a variety of STEAM initiatives into the curriculum, with exciting programs and speakers to come in January. Some of the new initiatives at the Queens Catholic school include the integration of the robotics club and the computer coding class, which will include teaching the students to design and code mobile apps.


New Study Shows Emotional Suppression has Negative Outcomes on Children

New Study Shows Emotional Suppression has Negative Outcomes on Children

(Dec. 10, 2018) - Various studies show that kids are good at picking up "emotional residue" from their parents, according to Sara Waters, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of human development at Washington State University. Because kids are good at picking up subtle cues from emotions, if they feel something negative has happened but parents are acting normal and not addressing it, they get confused from the two conflicting messages being sent, says Dr. Waters. Rather than suppressing emotions in front of your children, a study from WSU Vancouver suggests that the best course of action is to let kids see a healthy conflict, from start to resolution, which will benefit their long-term emotional intelligence.


Circus Glow Comes to Brooklyn and Queens

Circus Glow Comes to Brooklyn and Queens

(Dec. 06, 2018) - Circus Glow is bringing a totally new style of circus to Brooklyn and Queens. It is committed to providing children and families with an illuminated experience fused with art and entertainment and the highest level of excitement. The show is kicking off in Brooklyn at the PAC Dome in Canarsie on Dec. 21 and then will move to Amuzara in Jamaica on Dec. 31.


One River School Presents Local Artist Illustration Exhibition

One River School Presents Local Artist Illustration Exhibition

(Dec. 05, 2018) - From Dec. 8-Dec. 31, One River School of Art & Design will be showcasing a dynamic array of illustration art by six local artists in the exhibition "Picture This! Contemporary Illustration." These artists, Claire Widman, Darren "Mouse" Mosley, Kendra Shedenhelm, Chris Szabo, Amalia Hoffman, and Daniel Weiss, demonstrate their technical skills in creating both real and imaginary worlds through different aesthetics and mediums. Storytelling is the root of their illustrations, so bring the whole family to explore the worlds they have created and let your imaginations run rampant.


Ursuline School Holds Pajama Drive for a Good Cause

Ursuline School Holds Pajama Drive for a Good Cause

(Dec. 05, 2018) - Every child has the right to a good night's sleep, yet thousands across the United States will go to sleep missing something. They may feel alone and afraid in a bed that isn't theirs, in a shelter that isn't home or with families who wish they could give them more. Students at The Ursuline School in New Rochelle have teamed up with the Pajama Program to collect more than 700 pairs of pajamas and 100 new books to help these children. The donated items were sent to Cardinal McCloskey Community Services in Valhalla, where they were distributed to local homeless centers.


Creative Corner of Larchmont to Offer Slime Birthday Parties

Creative Corner of Larchmont to Offer Slime Birthday Parties

(Nov. 26, 2018) - During the first week of December, Creative Corner of Larchmont is launching Slime Birthday Parties. Kids can choose from two different types of slime, fluffy or neon. They’ll decorate their slime containers and add whatever extra ingredients they want to make the slime unique, like glitter or glow in the dark paint. Kids can also stay after crafting for pizza, dessert, and piñata time.


20 Family-Friendly Things to Do on the Upper East Side

20 Family-Friendly Things to Do on the Upper East Side

(Nov. 21, 2018) - The Upper East Side has a ton of entertaining activities for kids of all ages, including unique play spaces, world-class museums, and ice cream shops that any ice cream lover must stop by. Grab a bite at one of the many restaurants, take a family-friendly class, or go for a tour while you’re visiting this residential NYC neighborhood. But first, read on for everything a family needs to know before visiting the Upper East Side.


5 Things You Need to Do with Your Kids at the New FAO Schwarz

5 Things You Need to Do with Your Kids at the New FAO Schwarz

(Nov. 20, 2018) - New York City’s beloved toy store, FAO Schwarz, made its return to Midtown Manhattan on Friday, Nov. 16 after its Fifth Avenue flagship store closed in 2015—just in time for the holiday season! This 20,000-square-foot toy emporium is located at 30 Rock, just steps away from The Rink at Rockefeller Center and the soon-to-be-lit Rockefeller Plaza tree. Children and families will feel instantly welcome as soon as they enter the store’s grand doors, finding everything from board games and animals to dolls and STEM products. Here are five things your kids won’t want to miss at FAO Schwarz!


LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester to Host Holiday Bricktacular Events in December

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester to Host Holiday Bricktacular Events in December

(Nov. 20, 2018) - LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, a 32,300-square-foot indoor attraction for kids located in Yonkers, will celebrate the season with brand-new elements for its annual Bricktacular holiday events, which are happening all December long. In addition, LEGO MINILAND, featuring replicas of New York area landmarks made out of LEGO bricks, will be turned into a Winter Wonderland. Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is the perfect place to break out your favorite ugly sweaters, snap some unique holiday photos, and get into the holiday spirit each weekend in December.


Whole Foods Market to Open in Chappaqua

Whole Foods Market to Open in Chappaqua

(Nov. 15, 2018) - UPDATE Dec. 7, 2019: Whole Foods Chappaqua is delaying its grand opening. A new grand opening date has not been released. Whole Foods Market is scheduled to open its new 40,000-square-foot Chappaqua store, located at 480 N. Bedford Road, at 9am on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Opening day customers will be greeted with complimentary coffee and pastries outside from 8-9am, a free shopping bag giveaway to the first 200 customers, product demonstrations, and sampling throughout the store.


Hebrew Academy of Nassau County Partners with the Allied Foundation for Diaper Drop Box Charity

Hebrew Academy of Nassau County Partners with the Allied Foundation for Diaper Drop Box Charity

(Nov. 15, 2018) - 1-in-3 families struggle with diaper needs. Of those families, 3-in-5 miss work or school due to lack of sufficient diapers to send their child to childcare, daycare, or early childhood education programs. The Allied Foundation is combating this issue by distributing thousands of diapers to those in need throughout New York. Allied launched its “Diaper Drop Box” effort at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HANC) preschool in Plainview where children who were successfully toilet trained celebrated by donating the diapers they no longer need to those less fortunate.


Lower East Side Historical Exhibit Opens at Henry Street Settlement

Lower East Side Historical Exhibit Opens at Henry Street Settlement

(Nov. 13, 2018) - The Henry Street Settlement, located in the Lower East Side, recently opened an interactive exhibit that will teach children about NYC’s history during the time of early immigration. This exhibit will allow visitors to travel back in time to the year 1893 and observe 125 years of the Lower East Side’s history. Are you interested in learning more about history, politics and social activism, urban poverty, and public health? The permanent exhibit The House on Henry Street, which opened in September is the place for you!


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