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Sensory Gyms in Brooklyn: 8 Spots for Children's Physical Therapy

We've written about sensory activities before, and while there are plenty of things your kids can do at home, sometimes you want an expert to address certain issues. That's when you might need a sensory gym, one of those highly specialized (and fun) spaces where occupational and physical therapists help kids. Children work on gross and fine motor skills, core strength, neurodevelopmental delays, balance, coordination, and sensory integration, but the activities are usually so engaging they just think they're having a great time.

Finding a sensory gym that's a good fit for your child can be a challenge. Once you do, snagging a great therapist and a decent time slot usually involves multiple wait lists (and relentlessly checking in on those wait lists) and a willingness to remain flexible about scheduling. Fortunately for Brooklyn families, the borough has a number of well-equipped sensory gyms staffed by accomplished therapists.

Trying to navigate NYC's special education services and programs? Check out our Special Needs Guide for NYC families.

50 Free Things To Do with Toddlers This Summer in NYC

New York City is chock-full of exciting summer to-dos for its youngest citizens. Sure, visiting the sprinklers at your local playground is sometimes enough to make your toddlers’s day. But for those occasions when you feel a yearning to venture farther afield, we’ve rounded up 50 FREE things to do with toddlers this July and August.

We've already put together a list of 100 Free Things To Do in NYC This Summer for kids of all ages, but the suggestions that follow are tailored just for little kids.

Looking for additional inspiration? Check out our Summer Fun GuideEvent Calendar, and Free in NYC Guide

25 Things To Do for Father’s Day Weekend in New York City

Here’s to celebrating the dads, grandpas and father figures in our lives! This year, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19, and we think it’s an ideal excuse to plan a special day out with the kids. 

Of course, you know dad best; it’s possible that chilling on the couch is his dream come true. But if you’re looking for inspiration beyond home, we’ve rounded up 25 ideas for celebrating Father’s Day weekend in New York City.

Need a few more ideas? Take a look at our previous "for-NYC dads-by-NYC dads" recommendations for celebrating this special day.

Best Events for Preschoolers in NYC This Summer

New York City is bursting with great activities and events for preschoolers and toddlers this summer, outdoors and in. It can sometimes be more, uh, challenging to haul our littlest New Yorkers around to all of city's great summer day trips, like NYC beaches and nearby water parks or even the sometimes overwhelming street fairs. After all, some of us need to get back in time for nap!

So we're rounding up only the very best 19 happenings for preschoolers and tots this summer like a kite-making festival, tons of great music and performances, live crocodiles, a river cruise and much more.

Check out our June GoList, the 2016 GoList and our Event Calendar for even more summer family fun ideas. 

Water Safety Musts for Kids at the Beach, Pool and Lake

It’s a basic law of summer that a dip in a cool pool, or a splash in the ocean, makes everything right in the world. With many families gearing up for ocean and pool trips, or lake vacations, we talked to swim instructors and water safety experts around the country to gather the most important tips for keeping water-loving kids safe this summer. 

New Children's Bookstore and Story Lab Arrives in Park Slope

Are you tired of browsing impersonal children's book sections online? Do you wish you could have a more engaging experience looking for books for your child? Enter Stories Bookshop and Storytelling Lab, a new children’s bookstore scheduled to open in late May in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It will also offer kid events, workshops and classes, including storytimes, sing-alongs and illustration and writing classes.

We got a sneak peek and were totally charmed by this indie newcomer to NYC's kid lit scene opened by Brooklyn parents.

13 Dual-Language and Immersion Preschools in Manhattan

Whether your toddler already speaks a second (or third) language at home, or if you’re simply hoping to give your monolingual child the gift of another language, there are plenty of great preschools where NYC kids may begin, or continue, learning another language. 

As with mastering any new skill, regular (and fun) practice makes a big difference in how quickly a child becomes comfortable speaking another language. We previously rounded up great Spanish language learning centers for school-aged kids, as well as Spanish sing-alongs for toddlers. Now, we're turning our attention to the preschool set, pulling together a sampling of immersion and dual-language preschool programs available in Manhattan. All our picks accept a mix of children at different levels of language proficiency, including absolute beginners.

Read on to find out where your tot can learn German, French, Mandarin and Spanish, and be sure to look through our NYC Preschool Listings and Directory for even more options, including dual-language playgroups and preschool alternatives. 

Take a Baby CPR Class for Parents in NYC

As a parent, you hope you’ll never need to use CPR or first aid. But the scary truth is that if your baby chokes, or suffers a trauma like drowning or an electrical shock that knocks him unconscious, you'll want to be prepared and know what to do, rather than rely on the availability of a knowledgeable stranger while you wait out the ambulance. 

Have we freaked you out yet? The good news is NYC boasts plenty of infant CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), new parent first-aid classes and refreshers where life-saving skills are taught and practiced until you feel as prepared as possible. So read on for our top picks on CPR and first-aid classes in Manhattan.

Check out our Baby & Pregnancy Guide for more essential NYC parenting tips like a list of of pediatric emergency rooms in Manhattan.

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