New York City

HOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish

HOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish is a unique language program where children learn to love Spanish because it's taught in the most original way.

HOLA!'s method and philosophy have proven to be most efficient with young age groups because HOLA! follows a natural approach to teaching in order to help develop oral skills. The program focuses on a very wide repertory of concepts to build vocabulary and to acquire the correct use of phonetics on topics of interest in the child' world.

Children are given the space to express and create freely while having fun and learning much more than language skills! The classes are taught through the use of original and traditional music, movement, props, games, visuals and art. HOLA!, provides a great introduction to Spanish, and a great way to reinforce Spanish to an already bilingual young child.

Programs run for 12 months-6 years. Multiple locations in Manhattan:

Summer HOLA! language programs, Ballet and Flamenco en Espa????offered at multiple locations: Appleseeds in the Flatiron District, Aha! Learning in the Upper East Side, Brooklyn Heights at The New York Kids Club and Chelsea. 

Summer Camp at the Kids Corner in Chelsea!

From July 6th -August 14th

Half (9am-12pm) and Full Day Options (9am-5pm) 

Please call us at (917) 648-5006

E-mail: info@holaplaygroup.com

Web: www.holaplaygroup.com

And for more great camp ideas, check out our Summer Camp Guide

 

A Week of New York City Earth Day Activities 2008

eco-camp.jpgEarth Day and NYC Public School Spring Break are in alignment this year. Coincidence? ...Yeah, probably. (shrug). So, school's out but the fun, hands-on learning is just beginning. You don't have to go to a fancy resort to have an eco-vacation. With the Mommy Poppins Do-It-Yourself Spring Break Eco Camp kids can learn, do, make and play their way to a greener, smarter world right here in New York City.

We've organized a week jam -packed with the best of Earth Week's eco-friendly fun for NYC kids of all ages. It's almost completely free, will keep you busy all week, and registration is super-easy (just ask yourself if you still have spots available!)

Saturday, April 19
South Bronx EarthFest Celebration in St. Mary??™s Park.
A recycled materials fashion show, free boat rides in the Bronx River and electronics recycling are some of the highlights among the more than 30 activities booths at the South Bronx EarthFest Celebration in St. Mary??™s Park.
Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
St. Mary??™s Park , St. Ann??™s between 146th and 148th Streets
FREE
South Bronx Earth Fest is a family celebration of the environment and of the South Bronx community. Enjoy food and entertainment, including: a "Music Gets Me Green" song contest, a recycled-materials fashion show, a musical performance by the Oscar-nominated Impact Repertory Theater, free boat rides on the Bronx River, a student dance performance, and a keynote presentation by Majora Carter of Sustainable South Bronx. Bring your old cell phones, computers, printers, fax machines, TVs, VCRs and stereos to be recycled. Donate gently used clothing for reuse. Bronx Green-Up will be among the more than 30 activities booths, which also include Bronx Community Solutions, CENYC, Butterfly Project, Solar Oven, and South Bronx Job Corps Academy.
Free admission

Habana Outpost, Fort Greene's new eco-eatery, is hosting a very cool Earth Day Expo 2008. Two Days of free workshops and events including beekeeping, recycling within your environment, composting, recycled art show and umbrella recycling. I like this event because the activities make you think differently about greening your life rather than the same old topics we hear over and over again.
Saturday, April 19th & Sunday April 20th 2008.
757 Fulton Street (corner of South Portland) Brooklyn
Kid??™s Corner-Saturday& Sunday 12-6
Check the website for the full schedule.
FREE

Go Green Go Greenpoint
Saturday, Apr 19, 2008
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
McCarren Park, behind the Field House, Lorimer Street between Bedford and Driggs Avenues
FREE
Educational programs, recycling stations, a scavenger hunt, tree planting, live music and more.

Earth Day Weekend at the Queens Zoo
Sat 19, Sun 20 11am??“4pm.
Queens Zoo, Flushing Meadows??“Corona Park, Queens.
Free with zoo admission.
Kids learn how to sort recyclables, plant seeds, design their own reusable tote, and learn about environmental projects or activities going on in your Queens neighborhood and discover ways to participate.

Sunday April 20
Ninth Annual Gowanus Canal Flotilla
Sunday April 20 11am??“3pm.
Gowanus Canal, between Second Ave and Bond St, Brooklyn
FREE
Go on an eco-cruise. Take a ride in a 21 person indian shipping canoe and pick floating trash out of the Gowanus Canal.

Join us for a fun-filled of environmental education through recreation. Paddle along this annual flotilla on the historic and notorious little estuarine waterway that flows in the heart of Brooklyn. Armed with landing nets, garbage bags, our fleet of skiffs, including our unique 32ft canoe (accommodates 21 paddlers at at a time). The Urban Divers Environmental Educators guide eco-volunteers on an eco-cruise and help pick-up floatable debris along the water and on shore...Everyone is also welcomed to bring their own kayaks or canoes or GET ON BOARD OUR FLEET OF VESSELS, including our unique GIANT 32ft INDIAN SHIPPING CANOE- vessel accommodates 21 paddlers at time. To register to volunteer call The Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy at 718-802-9874, or 347-224-5828.

Earth Day Celebration in Central Park
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
FREE
Activities for all ages begin at 12:00 pm, including recycled musical instrument-making, tree tours, make and take home your own mini vegetable garden and more. Get the full schedule online.

Monday, Apr 21, 2008
NATUREMANIA
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sherman Creek Campus (3725 10th Avenue)
SHERMAN CREEK PARK, Manhattan
FREE
Spring Break is marked by being outdoors and having fun. This year for Spring Break, come learn how to build a boat, grow plants and vegetables, plant and identify trees, explore habits and fish, and more. Also join in arts and crafts projects, story time, group games, and service projects during the spring break camp at Sherman Creek Park.

Tuesday, April 22

Earth Week at Still Hip
283 Grand Avenue Brooklyn
Cool Brooklyn resale shop, Still Hip makes it easy to be green during Earth Week. Drop your old clothes off for recycling and let the kids practice tree poses.
10-5 pm: Clothing Recycling | FREE
12 pm: Baby Wearing & Cloth Diapering Workshop | FREE*
2:30 pm: Yogi Babies Save the Trees | FREE*
3:30 pm: Tree Pose Kids Yoga FUNdraiser | FREE*

Wednesday, April 23
Earth Week at the Bronx Zoo
April 21-27
Bronx Zoo
Free with Admission
Party for the Planet at the Bronx Zoo. Visit the Human Footprint exhibit to learn the impact people are making on the Earth, see recycled animal sculptures, hear stories, make crafts and more all week. See the full schedule.

Thursday, April 24
Earth Week at the Audubon Center
April 21 ??“ 27, 12 ??“ 5 p.m. every day
Prospect Park Audubon Center
FREE
Celebrate Earth Week at the Prospect Park Audubon Center! This year??™s Earth Week will have a different theme each day, with programming for environmentalists of all ages. Learn how to do your part through lectures, tours, activities, film screenings, workshops, recyclable crafts, and a daily exhibit. Check www.prospectpark.org for a full list of what??™s going on.
Friday April 25
Still Hip
283 Grand Avenue Brooklyn
Private Picassos is offering FREE Recycled Art Workshops for kids age 2-7 at Still Hip on Friday, April 25th.
Pre-registration is requested. Email info@privatepicassos.com to reserve your spot today.
Workshops include:
Junk Printmaking Workshop
Young artists age 2-4 will use recycled materials for a relief printmaking activity. Feel free to bring any toilet paper or paper towel rolls,old dry sponges, wine corks, slightly used cardboard cup protectors and corrugated cardboard scraps. 10:00-10:45am

Recycled Robots Workshop
Young artists age 5-7 will use recycled materials to create their own robots. Feel free to bring old cereal boxes, small cardboard boxes, toilet paper and paper towel rolls, corrugated cardboard, etc. 11:00-11:45am

Saturday, April 26
Go Green Expo
Saturday, April 26th from 10 a.m. ??“ 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 27th from 10 a.m. ??“ 3 p.m.
Learn about eco-friendly alternatives available today. More than 200 booths showcasing organic food and wine, home and office products, health and beauty supplies, energy alternatives, and the latest cars and transportation. Find out more at GoGreenExpo.com
Sunday April 27
Gardening Day at the Queens Botanic Garden
Sun 27 noon??“5pm.
$5 Donation
Queens Botanical Garden, Flushing, Queens.
Learn about and celebrate the honey bee with puppet shows, storytelling, and clowns!

Stay tuned for next week when our Earth Week posts really HEAT up. An don't miss our GREAT GREEN GIVEAWAY.

East Side Tae Kwon Do

This exciting camp is focused on Tae Kwon Do and related physical activities. It is appropriate for kids 5-12 years old; no prior Tae Kwon Do experience is necessary. We start each morning with an hour Tae Kwon Do class and have two more classes throughout the day. The morning class is always focused on Tae Kwon Do. The afternoon classes either refine the techniques learned in the morning class, or entail some other type of physical movement such as yoga or a team sport. When we??™re not moving we do art activities, learn about Asian cultures, go to the park or take field trips to kid friendly places.

Sign-up is available is available on a weekly basis. The camp runs from 9:00 am through 3:00 pm, or until 5:30 pm for an additional fee. Camp meets at
325 East 65th Street
, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

Kids need to bring their own lunches and snacks. The 2009 Session runs from the end of June to mid-August. Please call 212.755.5982 for details or to register.

www.eastsidetaekwondo.com

For more great camp ideas, check out our Summer Camp Guide

 

Hi Lo: Anime Classes for Kids


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When I saw that Hi-Art was giving anime classes for $675 I thought, "wow, those must be some pretty amazing classes." But I also thought to myself in New York City I bet there are some other really cool classes for kids to learn about the Japanese cartooning style, anime, that don't cost the maintenance money. I thought it would be fun to do a feature like in the magazine (same outfit Hi or Lo). So I did a little research and found a couple of different ways to expose your kids to anime in NYC right now. Here's Japanese Anime for Kids: Hi/Lo:

HI:
HiArt Manga Madness
For the $675 you'll pay for HiArt's Manga Madness anime classes, you'll get 8 classes (starting today). Yes, that's almost $100 per class, but kids 7-14 will learn anime-style drawing techniques from acclaimed artist Yali-Lin. In addition to learning the techniques for drawing different types of characters and faces, kids will write their own stories and learn how to create panels, incorporate text, and design their page. There will be beginner and advanced sessions so kids can really hone their skills.

What you'll get: Professional level art class with a renown artist in a beautiful, light-infused chelsea loft. Lots of individual attention and intensive study.

LO:
Brooklyn Museum Anime Event
The Brooklyn Museum is kicking off their Takashi Murakami exhibit at this Saturday's Target First Saturday event. Kids and adults are encouraged to dress up as their favorite anime characters. There will also be anime activities where kids can create their own anime alter egos. Try to catch a screening of Hayao Miyazaki's Kiki's Delivery Service (if you haven't watched this with you kids it's a wonderful story. If you're not going to the event think about renting it). That's the tip of the iceberg. There will be Japanese Drumming, gallery talks and more. Saturday, April 5, 5-11pm at the Brooklyn Museum.

Check out the Brooklyn Museum site for the full schedule. All attendees will also get free admission into the museum to see Takashi Murakami exhibit and the other galleries. The exhibit will run through July 13th.

What you'll get:
Free anime workshops, free movies, free museum admission, and...crowds. Some events may be filled if you don't arrive early.

Family Day at the Asia Society
Discover the origins of anime through Japanese prints (ukiyo-e) in the "Designed for Pleasure" exhibit at the Asia Society. During this family day event children can also learn more about Japanese culture with traditional and modern Asian storytelling through pictures, puppets and performances. Free with Gallery Admission (which is free for kids under 16) Saturday, April 5, 12-3pm. at the Asia Society.  Exhibit runs through May 4.

What You'll Get: A free day of family events geared to exposing children to Japanese culture and placing anime in it's cultural and historical background.

DUSC Summer Soccer Program

Description:

DUSC/GGFC offers innovative training on the fields at Pier 40 in downtown Manhattan. Under the guidance of Gustavo Palomino and Paul Jeffries, our experienced and talented staff employs disciplined training methods to deliver 10 weeks of innovative and fun soccer education.

Each week presents campers with an intensive program designed to take individual games to a higher level of play. Players will learn new forms of warm up and flexibility; skills training will focus on different parts of the game each day: emphasis will be put on dribbling, body movement, passing, shooting, game tactics and much more. Games allow players to develop skills gained. Campers will watch soccer games on video, and discuss tactics. The full-day program includes swimming in a college-sized pool.

DUSC/GGFC soccer clubs focus is on the imagination, style and flair of the individual: soccer is a game where each player should be given the skills that support their imagination and allow them to make critical decisions on the field without the restrictions of over-coaching. We want to develop smart players, with a strong grounding in proper technique, who will go on to develop their own creative interpretation, and love, of the game.

Program Information:

June 8th-August 21st, Ages 5-12 and 7-14 and 3-4
Full Day/Half Day and Single Day options.  

The program is run at Pier 40, Houston Street and the West Side Highway, New York City.

Contact:

Website (on line registration): www.dusc.net

Gustavo Palomino: 646-247-6449 or gmsgpalomino@optonline.net or information@dusc.net

And for more great camp ideas, check out our Summer Camp Guide!

Basketball City Summer Day Camp

Basketball City provides NY's most comprehensive youth instructional basketball programs all year round.

Summer camps - Beginning June 15th 2009 through the end of August, at Hunter College. This year's camps include Walt "Clyde" Frazier, Five- Star, New York Knicks, and the Basketball City FUNdamental Camps. 

For boys and girls ages 7 -18.

Call (718) 786-4242 Or visit www.basketballcity.com for more information!

Check out more cool camps in our Summer Camp Guide!

Le Petit Paradis

The first eco-friendly preschool in New York City Bilingual French Montessori & Bank Street

Our mission is to create a harmonious International environment, uniting children from various cultural backgrounds and working as a team within a relaxed positive atmosphere.

We give your child an opportunity to learn French as a second language from a young age. By combining both Montessori and Bank Street philosophies, your child will have an early start to a strong education.

We start teaching children about an eco-friendly way of life, giving them awareness for the future of their planet.

We contribute a unique service using education, psychology, communication, caring and nurturing with elements of creativity, play recreation, humor, enthusiasm, fun, and lots of love resulting in good self-esteem, independence, confidence and overall happiness!! That's why we call it The Little Paradise!!

The environment at Le Petit Paradis is mostly eco-friendly.

We use non-toxic cleaning products. Furniture and classroom materials are all recyclable. Tables and chairs are made from wood that is harvested from healthy forests done in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. The walls are painted with a NO or low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) which does not have toxins in it.

The floors are made of bamboo. The HV/AC system we installed is the new non-ozone depleting gas.

Light bulbs are fluorescent.

We start teaching children about an eco-friendly way of life, giving them awareness for the future of their planet.

Example: Polar bears are becoming extinct; the glaciers in Antarctica are melting because of warmer temperatures.

CONTACT US

Physical Address: 1656 Third Ave, New York, NY 10128

Mailing Address: 305 E 24th Street, # 18 C New York,

NY 10010

Telephone: 646-262-6549 Fax: 212-696-4607

Email: christina@lepetitparadispreschool.com

Web site: www.lepetitparadispreschool.com

And for more great camp ideas, check out our Summer Camp Guide

Get Ready for Summer with Free Swimming Events


Summer is just around the corner and summer means swimming. In preparation of summer and swimming season get your feet wet at these free swimming events.

The Big Swim
April 12, 2008
The Big Swim is a one-of-a-kind open swim meet where 1,000 New York City children ages 6-16 participate in a free day of competitive swim races. Each child experiences the excitement of a real race with starting blocks, officials, and a timed finish. Races are all supervised by lifeguards and swimming Asphalt Green aquatics staff. This event has been recommended to me by other parents who said that your child does not need to be an very strong swimmer to have a great time. The environment is not competitive and each child goes home a winner with a medal, a photo with Olympians, a t-shirt, and a goody bag.

The Big Swim takes place on April 12, 2008, but registration forms must be received by March 30th. For more information on the meet, call 800.NYC.SWIM (800.692.7946) or go to the website to register online.

Asphalt Green's The Big Swim
555 East 90th Street
New York, NY 10128

YMCA Splash Week
April 21-25, 2008
The YMCA of Greater New York is hosting a week of free swimming lesson during their Splash Week to promote water safety for kids and families. During Splash Week local YMCA branches will be offering free half-hour swimming lessons to anyone aged 3 and up. Yes, there will even be free adult swimming classes as well as lifeguarding classes for anyone who's dreaming of getting a job as a lifeguard this summer. You won't find any information about Splash Week online. You must visit or call your local YMCA branch to find out the schedule of classes, but if you don't know where the nearest YMCA branch is you can find it at the YMCA website. Participating branches can be found in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island.

If you're looking for swimming classes for read our swimming classes post. It includes mommy and me swimming classes and classes for older children as well.

Lycee Francais Summer Camp

The Lycee Francais is proud to offer a five week summer camp program for the summer of 2009. You have the flexibility for signing up for any or all of the five weeks. The camp is open for students in nursery - fifth grade. We offer a full day program from 9:00 - 3:00 which incorporates a variety of activities such as art, music, dance, swimming, science, cooking and more... The goal is our camp is to teach our children to be citizens of the world. We therefore have one American and one French counselor with each group of students. The various activities are then taught in French or English. We welcome all students whether from within the Lycee or from another school or whether they speak French, English or another language. If you have any questions regarding the summer camp, please contact Amy Zuflacht at 212-439-3825 and she can provide you with a camp brochure and a tour of the facilities. Amy Zuflacht Director of Preschool Lycee Francais de New York Tel: 212-439-3825

And for more great camp ideas, check out our Summer Camp Guide

MagicCarpet Day Camp

Boys and girls ages 4-14.

Journey with Magic Carpet and experience an exciting adventure each day with swimming, Arts & Crafts, sports, special events, and trips. This summer's "flight plan" includes stops at Adventureland, Fun Fuzion, Fun Zone, Chuck E. Cheese's, a Cyclone baseball game, a New York Liberty basketball event, Strikes, a farm, the movies, bowling lanes, a billiards hall and a skating rink. Weekly events include a carnival, costume party, talent show, an onsite TV game show, a puppet show, a live animal show, Olympics, and other contests.

The camp is located in a quiet Bayside community and is housed in a beautiful, air-conditioned facility complete with a gymnasium, lunchroom, stage, auditorium and outdoor areas. Daily swimming and instruction are given in two, private, outdoor pools. Door-to-door transportation, lunch and snack, a T-shirt and tote bag are provided. Campers are supervised by a professional staff of administrators, teachers and counselors.

In session from the end of June to the end of August, 9am to 4pm. Extended hours are available from 7:30 to 9am and 4 to 6pm at an extra fee. Two through eight week sessions are available. Come to an open house. Have your child fly the "Magic Carpet" to a fun-filled summer adventure.

Magic Carpet Day Camp Beautiful, Air-Conditioned Bayside Location Call for more information and Open House Dates (718) 634-8109 www.magiccarpetdaycamp.com

 

And for more great camp ideas, check out our Summer Camp Guide

 

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